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I do love telling you about 3 random things in my life and I’d love to hear what’s going on in your world (so drop a comment or send me an email about something big or little you’d like to share!).

These are completely unrelated, but all about people who are putting their magic into the world. I love that. And I’m glad we crossed paths via the Internet so that I can spread the word about who they are and what they’re doing.

  1. Kismet Essential Oils Coco Rinse

Coconut oil and I go way back. My mom used to massage my brother and I from head to toe in coconut oil when we were small children, and now as an adult I use it in my cooking and when I’m feeling particularly self-carey I use it as a skin moisturizer. (And every time I watch my skin drink in the oil, I wonder why I don’t do this on the daily.) But I didn’t realize there were any more uses for coconut oil until my friend Natalia Sanyal told me about oil pulling. At first I thought it was some kind of painful extraction process, but it’s not. It’s just basically rinsing your mouth out with coconut oil. The oil pulls all the toxins and bacteria from your mouth which of course has amazing benefits: fresh breath, whiter teeth and general well-being.

But even though I had the coconut oil at home, I just didn’t get around to trying it. I kind of like things to be easy if I’m going to add it to my routine.

Along came Kismet Essential Oils! When they offered me the opportunity to try a 14 day oil-pulling regime, I did not hesitate! Each ‘dose’ comes in its own little package so you don’t have to measure out or even remember to keep a jar of coconut oil by your sink. I just have this handy package in my bathroom drawer where my toothpaste is and pull out a dose. The coconut oil is combined with peppermint oil which has added benefits and also is just plain refreshing to swish around in your mouth.

I loved the information that came with the Coco Rinse kit because I always want to know why I should do something. I have to be honest and say I missed a few days so I didn’t have the experience of doing it for 14 days in a row but I figure, each day I did it I was doing something great for my body and that is always a winning situation.

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2. Sandhya Acharya’s book, Big Red Firetruck!

I love when authors contact me, excited about their new books or projects. Here’s one that came across my desk a little while ago.

Big Red Firetruck! has enamored many a child. Indeed, children love cars, trains, trucks anything that moves! In this humorous short story, young Idu (Ee-doo) teaches his younger brother Adu (Aa-doo) all about fire and fire trucks. Young Idu is reminded of fire looking at the hot sun. He asks his brother to bring him a Fire Truck. Adu doesn’t know what a Fire Truck looks like. He follows instructions but needs some help. Idu takes on the role of the teacher. He is patient and loving and they both have fun in the process.

It is a fun bedtime or anytime story for children for all ages – baby through preschool or kindergarten. It is also a great opportunity for caregivers to talk about fire safety. The story also has a lesson about patience and caring for siblings.

Sandhya Acharya grew up in Mumbai, India and now lives in the Bay Area. She previously worked in corporate finance and is now a writer. She is mother to two young boys, and a dance and running enthusiast. Her articles have also featured in NPR.org India Currents and IMC connect. She self-published her first book on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. The book is titled “Big Red Firetruck!”. It has a rating of 4.9/5 with 22 reviews since it was published on 3/3/16.

Sandhya Acharya is now working on her second book titled “Ten Gulab Jamuns”. A childrens book with two adorable brothers, ten Gulab Jamuns and one hearty misadventure. Laugh, learn and relish a bit of South Asia. She will be launching a Kickstarter campaign for it in October. Check her Facebook page



I had a great time last month at The Cutting Room with fashion designer Liza Deyrmenjian and some of my blogger friends. Everyone had a chance to learn to sew a tote bag (and they all turned out fabulous!). For personal perspectives from Salma, Jamie and Raj click on their links and have a read. Check out their tote bags and the discounts they have for you if you are considering classes in sewing, pattern making, fashion illustration and more!


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