Spring Cleansing: Mind, Body, & Home {HEALTH & WELLNESS}

Spring Cleansing
Spring is almost here and readying its blossoms. This is the time when we emerge from our layers and unburden ourselves from Winter’s sedentariness. We often lighten from the outside by cleansing our homes of clutter and excess. And, we cleanse from the inside by purifying our minds and bodies.

Many have watched Marie Kondo’s Netflix series, Tidying Up, that offers ideas on how to organize and purge our homes of clutter, allowing us to open up and brighten our spaces. We tackle this by letting go of material items and clearing our homes of the years of amassed clothing, shoes, and books. We’ve ‘KonMari-ed’ our home and recently took on our sister’s kitchen cupboards! We felt a bit like Monica Geller from the television show Friends (if you know what we mean :)), but we got the job done!

For our bodies, cleansing may include exfoliating the dead layer of Winter’s skin that has been hidden underneath heavy, thick clothing. Also, choosing the right foods including leafy greens like kale, watercress, and arugula and anti-inflammatory and antioxidant foods like ginger, garlic, turmeric, lemon, and berries can help to heal and protect our bodies (we’ll include some of our favorite green smoothie recipes in an upcoming post).

For our minds, cleansing our thoughts may feel like the most challenging task. Because how do we stop our minds from drifting, especially to negative thoughts that can affect both our minds and bodies? What can we do?

For us, taking long walks gets our body moving and allows us to reconnect with nature from which we draw inspiration and to clear our thoughts. Life’s details snare us. So, we turn off our cellphones and disconnect from the social noise so that we can reflect in the beauty before us and, most importantly, the beauty within us. We admire the perfect imperfections of nature. Not every tree is perfect. There are many with fractured branches. But that’s what gives each tree its character. Not all the rocks are uniform in shape. Yet, the variations in shape allow for greater contrast and a varied flow in the waters. It’s the combination of these differences that create the perfect picture that we call life. So, take a step back and breathe. Let the fresh air purify your body and mind.

More recently, we’ve also found that meditation can help to clear our minds, especially of any negativity and distractions that can draw us down a seemingly endless rabbit hole. As we researched the meditative practice, we reviewed material from Oprah Winfrey, Marie Forleo, Gabrielle Bernstein, and Dan Harris whose book, 10% Happier, gave us a good understanding of how meditation can help many to be more centered in their personal and professional lives. Meditation takes time and discipline to effectively incorporate into our day-to-day lives but it’s a practice that can help us remain focused on what’s most important…our health and well-being.

For us, we’re still working on honing the meditative practice. Oftentimes we find it hard to stop thinking about the dishes that have piled up in the sink or the loads of laundry that need to be washed, but we’re working on that :).

Choose the practice that feels most comfortable to embrace into your life. Take the time to disconnect from the social noise so that you can reconnect with your inner self. It will help to disentangle from the minutia and allow your mind and body to cleanse.

Thank you for being kind to your body.

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We spied our products at West Elm !!! 

Shop our Avocado Moisturizers, Eye Serum, Regenerative Serum, Roll On Perfume Oils, and Facial Mists at West Elm on the Upper West Side (Broadway at 60th St.) or online at www.NaturallySusans.com!

Join us at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market!

We’re here at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market through December 24th! Come by for some holiday gift shopping and enjoy the festivities. We look forward to seeing you this holiday season! Love and gratitude. (P.S. ~ find us in Booth C6)

Our Collaboration with Williams-Sonoma’s Family for St. Jude…

This is a special time of the year when, once again, we’ll be donating a percentage of our sales proceeds to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with every popup at Williams-Sonoma’s family of stores through the coming holidays. Beginning this weekend at Pottery Barn Broadway, join us this Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-5pm and help raise funds to find cures for childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. We look forward to seeing you!

We’ll be at Pottery Barn this Weekend!

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Our Pampering Station will pop up in Pottery Barn on 1965 Broadway at 67th Street, Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm. Come by and get some skin-hydration in before and after Sunday’s NYC Marathon! Our Avocado Moisturizers are great for runner’s needs…that’s testimonial from a marathon-running NS Fan!

And, in collaboration with @potterybarn, we’ll be donating a percentage of our sales proceeds to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to help find cures for childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

See you soon!

Thank you West Elm Broadway for a wonderful Fall Harvest Fest

Thank you West Elm Broadway for a wonderful Fall Harvest Fest this past weekend! It was perfect! img_2574

Our Pampering Station is Popping Up at Exhale Spa!

Our Pampering Station is popping up at Exhale Spa on Central Park South! Come by for some skin care treats and check out Exhale’s rejuvenating therapies! See you soon!
Tuesday, October 11th (3pm-8pm)
Wednesday, October 12th (3pm-8pm)
exhale mind body spa logo 06.16.2013

Join us at Exhale Spa on Central Park South!

exhale mind body spa logo 06.16.2013We’ll be there on Tuesday, April 26th, and Wednesday, April 27th, with our skin care goodies, so come pick up some pampering for Mom and for yourself!

Exhale Spa (Central Park South)

150 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019 (near Columbus Circle)

Tuesday, April 26th (3pm-8pm)
Wednesday, April 27th (3pm-8pm)

See you soon!

NS Fan Stories: Facial Masks

One of our newest NS Fans, Peter, saw us on NY1. He came by our booth and shared an inspirational story about how our products continue to help his daughter. We were truly humbled by his kind words. Thank you, Peter, for sharing your story, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

NS Fan - Peter at Columbus Circle Holiday Market 12.09.2016

Find us in Booth ‪#‎C7‬ at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market. We’ll be here until December 24th, so see you soon!

Holiday shop hours:
Mondays – Saturdays 10am-8pm
Sundays 10am-7pm

Holiday Market Location:
59th Street & Central Park West (near the southwest entrance of the historic Central Park, across from the Time Warner Center)

We’re Open at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market!

On November 30th, it was a chilly Monday morning when we arrived at Columbus Circle to set up our booth for the Columbus Circle Holiday Market. Beginning at 8:00am, we painted, drilled, and worked into the night and tinkered some more early the next morning to fine-tune our booth. And, here we are…

Naturally Susan's Booth at CC Holiday Market 12.2015

We’re in Booth #C7, so come enjoy the festivities, shop for holiday gifts, and nibble on delicious bites! We’ll be here until December 24th, so see you soon!

Holiday shop hours:
 Mondays – Saturdays 10am-8pm
, Sundays 10am-7pm

Holiday Market Location: 
59th Street & Central Park West (near the southwest entrance of the historic Central Park, across from the Time Warner Center)