This month Maia got a three-day Spring Break from work and school. Julie works part time so we had two days to play! We started off the weekend with a family run. Maia and her sister Erin and dad ran around Greenlake with our dogs Daisy and Cal. Julie, still dealing with her nagging bad Achilles, jogged the mile down to the lake to meet up with everyone. It was a glorious sunny Spring day – the kind of day that reminds you how special it is to live in Seattle.
We started off the mini Spring break with a stop at one of our favorite teahouses – Cederberg South African teahouse in Queen Anne. We were joined by Erin as we enjoyed catching up over a rooibos latte and honey malva cake – yum!
Next we wandered down the street to Minisam, an all-natural nail spa which uses all chemical free and natural products, topped off with a luxurious foot massage. A discovery fueled by Maia as we try to incorporate natural products into our everyday life. And the bonus is there is no nasty chemical smell in Minisam. The Spa was bright and airy with comfortable white Herman Miller chairs to recline and relax. Nice!
Later that afternoon Maia headed down to Vida Spa for an informational interview, and Julie tagged along to meet up for happy hour at Tutta Bella in South Lake Union. What an awesome Happy Hour deal – with any drink order you get a free personal size margarita pizza. There pizza is wood fired and the perfect complement to their yummy drink selections. A perfect way to end our first staycation day!
Next on our list, Yoga. We headed over to our new Groupon of the week spot; Breathe Hot Yoga in Capitol Hill on 18th and Madison. The class was Asana 60, a take on bikram with a few changes. The room was clean but very hot! Maia enjoyed the class more than Julie who is not really into the bikram style, although it’s always good to change things up.
Wednesday we tried out Breathe’s South Lake Union studio for a lunchtime class called Cali Yoga. This was a flow class with no music and not so hot. At first Julie did not like the no music aspect, but the teacher Ryan was really good, and the yoga sesh did feel very Cali with Ryan’s laid back instructions and positive energy that circulated the room. Within minutes we looked at each other thinking this is our new spot. Maia was feeding off the energy so much she was finally able to do Crow Pose! The best part was at the end of the practice, when Ryan came around for a small shoulder/neck massage. A rarity in yoga now but definitely made the class that much more relaxing and had us leaving feeling positive and very relaxed.
Yoga got our appetites going, and being in staycation mode we hit up Tanaka – a Tom Douglas restaurant in Assembly Hall. Little did we know it was restaurant week so we took advantage of a bigger lunch then we normally would have had. Lunch included butter lettuce salads and tofu bowls followed by Tom Douglas’s famous coconut pie. What a feast! We needed a little time to digest because for dinner we met up with Erin at Oxaca in Ballard for some yummy tacos! Erin and her husband Mark are moving to London next month so Erin is on a quest to get her fill of good Mexican food (London is not known for their Mexican delight) before she leaves. Of course we have no problem obliging her. Erin is the owner of Jasyoga which now will go international!!!
Thursday Maia returned to her studies at the Gary Manuel Institute. The school is observing Earth Month with doing a variety of awareness and fund raising activities. Julie works in an environmental field, so Maia had her come into her school to talk about recycling. Reflecting on Earth Month helps us to appreciate what a beautiful place we call home, and how important it is to take care of the environment. One interesting factoid is Americans produce enough trash to circle the Earth 24 times. Fortunately awareness is growing of all the things we can do, from recycling to composting, and even small things as simple as switching to a reusable water bottle. We all need to do our part in taking care of the earth. What you put into the Universe you get out. Let’s keep our Planet and our relationships healthy by making a conscious effort.
Love and Positive Intentions,
Julie and Maia
BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD.
Love and Positive Intentions,
Julie and Maia