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Lotus Wei: Flower Essences Transforms Lives

How do you want to feel today? Inspired? Energized? Joyful? For every mood and feeling, there is a flower. When you invite that flower into your life, your body and mind respond with astonishing speed.

Lotus Wei creates the most wonderful flower elixirs and essences that evoke the precise feelings you want to experience.

“Energy Medicine is the future of medicine.” – Dr. Oz, The Oprah Show

Lotus Wei Flower

Katie Hess is the founder of this inspiring and transformative product line. I met her 5 years ago and I’ve been using her products regularly ever since. And, I’m happy to call her my friend.

Three things I most want to invite more of in my life:

Quiet Mind
Antidote for sleeplessness, restlessness, monkey mind, thinking too much or too much in your head, distraction or hard to pay attention.


Inner Peace
Antidote for high stress, overwhelm, lack of support or confidence, nervous, out of balance, going through change or transition.

Joy Juice
Antidote for feeling overly serious, heavy with responsibilities, too busy to play, lack of fun, laughter or sheer enjoyment everyday.

Life, as you know, can get crazy and that’s why I’m so madly in love with these mists, oils and elixirs. Currently, I am all about Inspired Action because I need a little MORE focus and LESS multi-tasking. Whenever possible.

Lotus Wei products are great for kids too. Here are some recommendations I got from Katie for my little one.


Joy Juice
Our daughter is not the type to jump out of bed (which we love on the weekends, not so much M-F) so I’m going to spray a little bit of Joy Juice to encourage her to rise and shine.


Inspired Action
Great for getting them to focus and do homework and practice piano.



Quiet Mind
One of the reasons our kiddo has a hard time getting up in the morning is because she NEVER wants to go to sleep when it’s her bedtime. I am going to rub a little bit of Quiet Mind on her feet right before we start reading bedtime stories. I’ll let you you know how it goes.

For great gift ideas this holiday or to take the “Flower Quiz” visit They even have a cool app you can download from iTunes where you’ll get daily reminders for 3-second surveys to track happiness, clarity, love, sleep – whatever your priority is!



Favorite Finds at NY NOW 2013

Last week I attended NY NOW which is one of my favorite trade shows all year. Not only do you get to showcase your product line to great buyers from around the world, you also get the chance to spend four fun-filled days making new friends with the other exhibitors. It’s always inspiring and every bit entertaining. And, another great perk is being able to scope out all the cool new products in the Baby & Child section. Below are a few of my favorite finds:NYNOW_ElectrikKidz

Electrik Kids, the brand that makes you want to make babies!” I love that description.
They won the Best New Product in the Apparel category for this darling Japanese-inspired mermaid gown. Congrats Christian and Ariane!


3 Sprouts was created by 3 friends who share a love of babies and an appreciation for unique and modern products. I was obsessed with this whimsical, over-sized Raccoon storage bin and had to have it along with the Camel. Thanks, Amit, for saving them for me!


Home Grown Books combine simple language and interesting subjects to honor kids’ intelligence and create a successful reading experience. Engaging for parents and children alike, the book sets encourage creativity and confidence in the earliest reader. We are proud owners of The Play Set by Cecile Dyer and The Adventuring Set by Case Jernigan. I really enjoyed talking with Kyla Ryman, Founder, who is a reading specialist and advocate of organic learning for young children.


Lollacups are innovative infant/toddler straw sippy cups that are BPA-free and made in the USA. Yay! The product line is adorable. The packaging is perfect. And the masterminds behind this great brand are super, super sweet and I’m honored to call them my friends. Mark and Hanna are a Shark Tank success story!

NYNOW_Lille Huset

Lille Huset is a collection of doll houses and play things to inspire the next generation of makers. The portable, cardboard doll house makes the perfect travel toy. I can’t wait to take them on our next road trip. I featured some of our other favorite travel toys earlier and I would definitely add this one to the list!

Our Favorite Finds at NSS

It was our first time exhibiting at the National Stationery Show. What a great place to discover beautifully designed, cool products! Here are a few of our favorite finds:

Tattly Designy Temporary Tattoos
The people at Tattly believe great design and art can make people happy. I wholeheartedly agree. These super cute tattoos were a huge hit with small kids and big kids (40+ crowd) alike.

Tattly TattosWho says you have to wear a watch on your wrist? Our little creative 5-year-old friend thought differently. Tattly tattoos are safe, non-toxic and printed with soy-based ink.

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Lazerwood Industries
We were fortunate enough to have such nice neighbors at NSS. The folks at Lazerwood Industries bring the tactile beauty of wood to your keyboard.

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They also have gorgeous covers for iPhones and Beats. And, can do made-to-order custom designs. Available in walnut and cheery wood.

Lazerwood Beats source:

NPW Moustache Lip Balms
Ridiculously adorable. After being away from home for 6 days, my kiddo got over it mighty quickly when she saw the pink moustache lip balm by NPW in my luggage. Win/win.


There were a lot more amazing products on display but these three were loved by all at our home.

Thanks, National Stationery Show. See you next year!