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Goddess of the Month: Coco Kislinger of Coco Bakes LA

Happy December beauties (yes, I realize it's almost over). First off, I am way behind on my blogging schedule because I slipped on my stairs a week and a half back which resulted in a concussion and whiplash. I was instructed to stay off all screens, but I am officially back!

I couldn't be more excited about this Goddess of the Month. We have actually never met in person, but I feel like we are soul sisters from another life. Coco is kind, down to earth and keeps it real. She is a fellow Scorpio and it was so lovely to get to know her a bit more through this interview. If you have not checked out her website yet, click HERE. She makes the most delicious (and totally healthy) treats you can imagine. I am grateful to officially call this beauty my friend. Welcome to the Body Bliss Tribe, Coco.

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What inspired you to create your own company?

When I quit my jobs at Huckleberry I knew I had to create a few great recipes when gluten free wasn't too mainstream. It just felt like the right move and people picked up on it. The idea that I could give back a delicious, flavorful, not blindingly sweet, properly textured baked good to people who couldn't and maybe hadn't had any in years, had me sold. 

Why baked goods?

After I graduated from College I thought I would just take a year off and go study at the Cordon Bleu and ended up coming back to the states and working in the bakery. Because pastries or baked goods are very very close to my heart. When I was little my mom made sure that when my brother and sister and I all got home from school there was some sort of snack; be it cookies, gingerbread, brownies or any variety of cake. Baked goods and food in general have a way of making people very happy and that makes me happy. 

Who is the most inspiring woman in your life and why? 

My mom started her jewelry company when I was one year old. That means she had a five-year-old a three-year-old and basically a newborn, yet found a way to make sure she was the most loving and supportive mom she could possibly be. My mama is incredibly inspiring and not just to me. She is a real life super woman. 

If you were stranded on an island and could only take two food items with you, which two would you choose and why?  

I don't love this question because I don't like limiting myself (ha!). I think I'd have to say coconut as long as I had the proper tools to open them all and they didn't already exist on the island. Second runner up, corn. I could eat corn in ALL of it's various states everyday (if it didn't hurt my tummy). 

What is your morning ritual? 

My morning ritual is trying to continue my rituals. If we're being completely transparent, I wake up and whisper to Beau that I'm the luckiest girl in the world.  Without forcing it, I list the things I'm grateful for and manifest the things I want for that day and the immediate future. I also have a habit of checking my phone. I'm working very hard to disconnect more.  It's not working. Still trying. 

How do you honor your feminine body? 

Wow. 3 weeks ago I couldn't have answered this question but today I can say that I listen to myself to my body. I am constantly checking in with myself. If I get outside of my window of tolerance, I check in, if I crave a certain food, I listen and eat that food. The best decision I ever made was to start listening to what I need, don't need and how I feel. 
I also have meaningful, powerful, beautiful love making time with my man. 

Where do you find Bliss in your life? 

I am a person who loves a partnership. It's in my birthdate. 11/2/88. I feel best when I'm in a partnership, when I can love and care for my partner and myself so I'd say that cooking for Beau and myself is my ultimate bliss, next to laying with him in bed listening to music. 

If you could offer one piece of advice to women, what would it be? 

Take care of you. 

Goddess of the Month: Alyssa Melody of Root & Bones

When I was pondering the idea of starting a blog, one of the things I knew I wanted to do was honor kick-ass women. A huge part of my platform is honoring and uplifting women, giving tools to help them live their best lives and feel good in their bodies. So here marks the first monthly "Goddess of the Month." I could not be more thrilled about this interview:

On a super hot Summer afternoon I sat down with my iced cold brew to interview Alyssa Melody of Root & Bones. I was drawn to her and her company for so many different reasons. Her high quality herbs and mushrooms are truly some of the best I have come across. They are high vibration and affordable. Since discovering Root & Bones, I have used them every single day and sometimes multiple times a day :). Alyssa is truly an amazing woman. She knows her stuff, she has passion for what she does, she is connected, conscious, grounded and is unapologetically herself.  I could have talked with her all afternoon. Check out what she had to say below and don't forget to hop on over to my instagram @bodyblisslife for a fun giveaway!

What inspired you to start your company?

I was truly inspired by the herbs themselves. I started using them during acupuncture school to help deal with the stress of a 3 1/2 yr Masters program. I was really focused on finding things that were going to keep me sane, healthy and keep my mind at ease. I dove right into tonic herbs. It was love at first sip. I've been taking them for over a decade now, and am so grateful to them for transforming me. What made me want to offer them as a product is that it is a way of reaching more people than I can just reach my my acupuncture practice. Its a simple, and effective way to increase your daily routine into something that can benefit body, mind and soul. 

Why tonic herbs/adaptogens/mushrooms?

Society is stressed out beyond belief. We have the fight or flight instinct for a historical reason, but we react the same way whether we are thinking about our 401k or if we are in a traffic jam and someone is honking at us. We are deteriorating because there is such a host of symptoms that come from stress. In Chinese medicine when we give herbs they are very specific to the person and condition, whereas these adaptogens are good for everyone.

Who is the most inspiring woman in your life and why?

My Grandma. She is a kick ass little lady. She  just lives her life the way she wants to. She is a no-apologies kind of lady. 

If you were stranded on an island and could only take two adaptogens with you, which two would you choose and why?

I would take Reishi. It is the first one I tried and is the most well known for calming the nervous system down. He Shou Wu to keep my skin moist on this hot island. 

What is your morning ritual?

I do lemon water, chlorophyll, stretching, breathing and then make a bomb-ass coffee adaptogen drink. I try to drink it outside no matter what the weather is to have that time in nature and get started with my day. I try to do most of movement in the morning: Walk in the woods, weight lifting or stretching. I love doing that in the morning.

How do you honor your feminine body?

Movement and dancing around. It doesn’t have to be a certain kind of music. I could get down to Enya or Rihanna. Giving myself acupuncture every week is something that really helps me reconnect with my body and get out of my mind. I also think its really important to masturbate, even if it’s not even a sexual drive, its more just loving on the yoni. 

Where do you find Bliss in your life?

Nature!  I grew up in Oakland in a cement warehouse. My brother and I shared a room with no window to the outside. I feel like my childhood was deeply deprived of nature. I feel so invigorated and inspired by nature which is one of the reasons I live in Arcata. Being around thousand year old redwood trees is incredibly humbling. Any stressful day I can go into the woods and feel like better. Almost everything starts to feel trivial when you are in nature. It puts things into perspective I love it and I love being alone in it. It is where I get some of my best thinking done. 

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Iced Root & Bone Rooibos Latte

  • 1 cup strongly brewed rooibos tea
  • 1/2 cup nut milk
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 1 T coconut butter
  • 1 tsp R&B Reishi
  • 1 tsp R&B Cordyceps
  • 1 tsp R&B He Shou Wu
  • 1 tsp local honey
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom

Blend in a high speed blender and pour over ice.

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Don't forget to use "bodybliss" at www.rootandbones.com for 15% off your order

Welcome!

Hello Beauties! Welcome to my Blog: "Living consciously through the feminine!"

I am thrilled to start this journey and to take you along with me. I have had requests for years to start a blog and its finally time for me to take the plunge. Here is a little about me:

  •  I am a feminine movement teacher living in Portland
  • I love to cook and play in the kitchen
  • I love all things feminine
  • I've been practicing Kundalini yoga and meditation most of my life
  • I have a passion for real foods and creating beauty with them
  • I have my degree in voice performance and you can catch me performing from time to time

My goal is to bring you recipes, products, guest bloggers and movement. To inspire you to live a little more in your gorgeous feminine body every day. To create a community that uplifts and supports. When women come together and support one another, amazing things happen!