Tips for Staying Healthy Through the Holiday


Hi friends!  The holiday season is officially upon us (horray!!!!) and if you’re anything like me, this time of year poses a particular set of challenges for staying healthy.  I’ve written out my favorite tips and strategies for navigating Thanksgiving in the healthiest, most balanced way possible.  Spoiler: eat your favorite things, just in normal amounts.  Wishing you a healthy, balanced, all-around lovely Thanksgiving!  xx- Sarah  {cocktail recipe here}

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Grain Free Pumpkin Muffins


Happy Friday!  The weekend is upon us and it’s begging the question- how will you treat yourself?!  I’m offering up these muffins as an option.  They’re free of refined sugar (and low in sugar in general) and gluten-free, easy to whip up and so delicious!  Slathered in organic grass-fed melted butter, they’re a dream.  A muffin lover’s Fall dream.  Hope you love and have a great weekend all!  xx- Sarah


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CALM Raspberry and Mint Bedtime Spritzer


Hi Friends!  I mentioned the other day that I want to shift the content here a bit, and one of the ways in which I want to do so is sharing some of the tricks and tips I’ve learned for living a healthier life, beyond recipes.  I’ve seen so many incredible eastern and western doctors over the past few years, have researched relentlessly and learned a TON about health, nutrition and wellness.  I want to share what I’ve learned in the hopes that you pick up a few things that change your life the way they have mine.  And I’m starting with MAGNESIUM (and this spritzer recipe to make getting enough a treat!)

I used to think that a balanced, thoughtful whole food diet would provide my body with everything it needs.  I eschewed supplements and vitamins.  Unfortunately, I’ve found that even with my cleanest, healthiest eating there are still areas where I fall short.  And one of those areas is Magnesium.

Magnesium is a critical mineral, it regulates calcium levels in the body, contributes to producing energy, maintains nervous system balance, and helps control blood sugar.  I find when I’m deficient I have difficulty sleeping, heart palpitations, fatigue and anxiety.  Statistics show that 75-80% of Americans are not getting enough of this oh-so-important mineral.   You can read more in depth about magnesium and how if effects your health, the diseases and maladies associated with deficiency here and here.

Ok, so now that we’ve established why it’s so critical I want to talk about how I make sure I’m getting enough!  I take a nightly supplement called NATURAL CALM.  Multiple naturopaths recommended it before I finally took the plunge (I can be real stubborn like that sometimes).  But since I started taking it I haven’t looked back!  And recently I decided that I wanted to find a way to make it a nightly treat, since it’s a powder that you mix with water.  And so, the raspberry mint CALM spritzer was born.

To make, muddle a handful of raspberries (about 10) with a couple of torn mint leaves in a tumbler.  Add 1/4 teaspoon of Calm (increase this amount slowly over time as your body adjusts, according to instructions on the bottle), and fill glass with Le Croix in either cran-raspberry or berry flavor.  Side note: have you tried Le Croix?!  I’m OBSESSED!  No sugar or weird additives, and perfectly bubbly lightly flavored sparkling water!  This is my favorite flavor.  Cannot get enough.   Enjoy!  xx- Sarah

PS- I know I’m shouting out a lot of brands in this post, but just to be clear, it’s only because I love them.  I’ve not been compensated in any way for this post.


Thanksgiving Recipe Round-Up


Hi friends!  We’re a little over a week away from one of my favorite days of the year- Thanksgiving!  I think about this meal for weeks in advance, and menu planning is a huge part of the fun for me.  The anticipation! (!!!!)  Do you usually make the standards you grew up eating or mix it up with recipes you haven’t tried?  I usually go for a little of both- the comfort of the traditional dishes prepared the way I’ve always known and at least one or two new dishes to change it up.  Ahhhh, I can’t wait!  Some inspiration for you below if you’re still in the plotting stages!  xx- Sarah

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The Grandest RV Adventure of Them All!!!!


Hi my friends, I’m back in town and equal parts happy to be home and desperately missing the tropics!  Not a bad spot to be in at all.  I’d planned on posting regularly while I was away but when I realized the internet was slow I thought it might be the universe reminding me that we all need to disconnect once in awhile, so I let go of the pressure I put on myself and tried my best to stay present and offline.  That time provided opportunity for slowing down and reflecting that I didn’t even realize I needed, but so SO did!

I thought a lot about this site, about where I see it going, about the ways in which I’ve changed that the site doesn’t reflect quite yet.  I love it still, but in some ways it feels like a dated version of myself.  Like that feeling you get when you look back through photos from a few years past and you think yes, that’s me but WOW DO I FEEL DIFFERENT NOW!!!!  Does that make sense?   All of this means that I’m going to be shifting the direction around here a bit- more travel, food, health, and wellness.  Less fashion and home decor.  My priorities have changed, my lifestyle is slightly different, and I feel compelled to share that.  This site has always been a reflection of me, and one that I try to make as authentic as possible, so it’s only natural that as I change it changes with me.  I hope you’ll like the shift, even if you miss the old bits at times…

Which brings me to the MOST exciting news!  Lou and I keep going back to this post and checking in with our guts and we’ve decided WE’RE HITTING THE ROAD IN OUR RV FOR A YEAR TO MEET YOU!!!!   I mean, after your sweet responses to that post how could we NOT?!   We’re working out the details (mainly, finding long term renters for our house so if you know anyone in San Diego who’s looking send them our way!!!).  We’re hoping to be on on the road mid- January or February at the latest.  We’re also working on our route which turns out to be the most challenging part for two people who crave sunshine and warm weather, and who worry about hosting outdoor dinners in temps below 65 degrees!  We’ll be announcing city dates on our Instagrams as we go (@sarahyatesmora @loumora) and I’ll be sharing the whole adventure here throughout the year.  I CANNOT WAIT TO MEET YOU!!!!!!!!!!!  And for those of  you I can’t me, I CANNOT WAIT TO SHOW YOU WHAT WE SEE!!!!

One of the things we’ve gone back to a bunch in our conversations about whether or not to tackle this trip was the idea that there really is no better time than the present.  An adventure like this is something I’ve always dreamed about.  And I look back on my twenties and wonder WHY DID I NOT?  I don’t want to do that about my thirties.  I’m constantly striving to craft the life that lights me up the most, that makes me feel alive and full and excited.  I don’t want to miss a beat, I don’t want to do things just because it’s the way it’s always been done, I don’t want to march along in a life that doesn’t feel like it’s the very best incarnation of what I can dream up.  And so, we’re tackling this adventure head on!

I can’t say all of that without also saying this: we have major nerves about this, there are moments of fear, there are times when we say to each other WHAT ARE WE DOING?!  What if no one really wants to have dinner with us, what if we put it out there and I cook my heart out and no one shows up?  What if we’re so homesick in three months that we could cry?!  WHAT IF WHAT IF WHAT IF?!!!!!!!!  You know how that goes, right?  It’s always a sign to me that I’m on exactly the right path.  If it’s not a bit terrifying, it’s probably not going to push me to the places I’m looking to go, even if I don’t know where exactly it IS that I’m trying to go.

Last but the very most not least:  I really appreciate your support over the years, I’m so grateful to have you on these adventures with me, I’m really looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible.  So, if on our adventures you notice that we’re in your hometown and want to grab a coffee (tea for me!) please email us at and let’s catch up!!!  Instagram (@sarahyatesmora @loumora) will be the best place to get real-time updates about where we are, since I usually post here after we’ve thoroughly exhausted ourselves in a spot and have headed out of town.  We’re so looking forward to living this next year offline as much as online, we’re so looking forward to having you in our lives, both on and offline!  xx- Sarah

Avocado Crostinis- 2 Ways


Hi friends!  Sorry I’ve been so quiet, the internet here is reminiscent of dial up and I was running around from sun-up until sun down with our Bula Wellness Retreat guests making sure they had the very best adventures in Fiji last week!  I’m still here in Fiji but when I get home I’ll be prepping for the holidays like nobodies business- it’s my favorite time of year!  And this year, pre- Thanksgiving, we’ll be munching on these avocado crostinis.  Because avocado toast is the best thing ever, as we all know, so MINI AVOCADO TOASTS WITH TOPPINGS are a MUST!!!!!  Hope you love as much as I do!!!!  xx- Sarah

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