My Favorite Things: 5 Indoor Planting Tools

Welcome to My Favorite Things! Each month, we highlight products to help you create a holistic lifestyle that inspires and nurtures you, so that you can be happier and feel supported.

April hosts one of our favorite holidays, Earth Day, coming up in a couple of weeks! There are many ways to go green, from making easy, small changes, to checking your carbon footprint or donating to great causes. You can also go green by adding a little actual greenery to your space! Look out for our list of indoor trees next week, but before then, take a peek at my favorite indoor plant necessities!


Hand Pruning Shears

Whether you're just keeping your plants up or sharing them through cuttings (which I love to do!), you'll need pruning shears if you're growing indoors. 

There are many varieties of hand shears, but it's important to make sure you choose a pair that is easy to use for you and strong enough for your plants. I love these pruning shears from Gardenite, because they're high quality, strong and the ratchet feature makes using them a breeze!

Available at: Amazon


Double Macrame Hanging Planter

Some of my favorite houseplants are hanging in windows in my bathroom and kitchen. Double hanging planters are the perfect tool for getting plants great light and brightening your space

This planter is handmade with natural cotton sourced locally in Canada and comes in three different lengths to match your space perfectly! I love the neutral color and gentle material. It's like cuddling your plants!

Available at: FreeFille


EM-1 Microbial Inoculant

My mother-in-law and her husband are plant experts who teach all around the world, and a few years ago, Hugh (her husband) recommended this conditioner for my houseplants. I love it!

EM-1 is great as a general conditioner for all plants and can fight issues like chlorine poisoning and more by creating healthy micro-organisms. Just add an ounce to a gallon of water!

Available at: TeraGanix


Recycled Glass Spray Bottle

Many plants, including at least one of our favorite indoor trees, require significant amounts of humidity in addition to just water in the soil. Keeping a spray bottle of water nearby is perfect for providing this indoors. 

This bottle is made from recycled glass and holds 8 ounces of water for small or larger houseplants. It's also BPA free, handmade and features a clean, holistic design that won't stick out like a sore thumb! 

Available at: Rail19


Ceramic Planter

Don't forget the most important thing for keeping nature in your holistic spaces - planters! The type of planter you use will depend on what your plant needs, but I love this handmade stoneware option from RehnWorks. 

These hand-thrown, hand-glazed planters are made to order, include drainage holes and are even available in larger sizes than listed. Not to mention they add a beautiful Wood element color to your space in addition to the plant itself! 

Available at: RehnWorks



My Favorite Things: 6 Space Clearing tools

Welcome to My Favorite Things! Each month, we highlight products to help you create a holistic lifestyle that inspires and nurtures you, so that you can be happier and feel supported.

March is a month of new beginnings as we welcome Spring (finally!). One of my favorite ways to welcome the new season is to clear my space. Space clearing is useful almost any time of year, but it can be especially beneficial during new beginnings to provide a fresh slate and welcome new, positive energy. In fact, we even have an upcoming podcast where I'll talk more in depth about space clearing. Be sure to check it out on March 27! For now, here are my favorite space clearing tools! 


Palo Santo for Space Clearing

Though it isn't traditionally used in feng shui, palo santo is one of my absolute favorite ways to clear space. 

Derived from the palo santo tree (but only after it dies!), palo santo has a much more pleasant smell than traditional sage and is a lovely, effective space clearing tool. 

Just light the sticks until they produce a thick smoke, and circumambulate! Here are more tips on using palo santo.

Available at: Holistic Spaces


Handmade Pottery Bowl

Another of my favorite ways to clear space, which is often used in feng shui adjustments, especially around the Chinese New Year, is orange peels! 

Part of this ritual involves placing the peelings of nine oranges in a beautiful, clean bowl. This bowl from NellHazinskiPottery is a great example! I stumbled across Nell's pottery on etsy and love all her ikebana vases.

Not only is this a beautiful, handmade piece of art, its glaze is non-toxic as well!

Available at: NellHazinskiPottery


Himalayan Salt Crystal Lamp

I've mentioned the lovely ladies at FlowLife NYC before. I met them a few years ago and love their wonderful online shop.

There, you can find Himalayan salt lamps, which are incredible for clearing the air of negative ions and EMFS (we could all use that!). 

Tammy and Maria offer square shaped lamps and pyramid shaped lamps for whatever suits your style (or if you need to add Earth or Fire element to your space!).

Available at: FlowLife NYC


Tibetan Buddhist Tingsha Bells

You can also clear your space, as well as welcome the Metal element, by using Tibetan tingsha, which are small metal cymbals. 

As you walk around the exterior of your space, gently ring tingsha or bells. The vibrations cut through darkness and invite joy into your life. 

Make sure the sound of your bells is pleasing to you and your intentions are clear!

Available at: TerrapinRed


Radiant Energy Mist

Of course you can clear your space at any time, but there are some situations that can be much more draining of our energy. For this, I love to carry Lotus Wei Radiant Energy Mist!

This aura mist is great to use after flying, traveling or spending a length of time near computers and other technology, including x-rays!

Radiant Energy Mist stimulates the immune system, revives energy and even helps to clear your personal space of energy you may have accumulated from others. 

Available at: Lotus Wei


no.3 Space Mist

Holistic Spaces also has a spray made just for space clearing. Our newest mist, called no.3 Space, has been very popular and can be incredibly helpful in clearing spaces where you may not have the luxury of using palo santo, sage or orange peels. 

This clearing blend contains white sage and amethyst and is created with fair trade essential oils to be extremely effective as aromatherapy.

Grab a bottle for your travel bag, office space, car...anywhere, really!

Available at: Holistic Spaces



My Favorite Things: 5 Holistic Valentine's Day Treats

Welcome to My Favorite Things! Each month, we highlight products to help you create a holistic lifestyle that inspires and nurtures you, so that you can be happier and feel supported.

Most of us know that Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and the race is on to find that perfect gift for your loved one or the perfect way to say "I love you" to yourself! Whoever you're appreciating today, consider ditching the traditional roses, stuffed animals and other gifts that can end up as clutter. Instead, try these holistic, innovative products to help you enjoy this day of love. 


Rose Cardamom Infused Chocolates

Sometimes traditions become outdated and can cause clutter, but others are too good not to keep. Chocolate for Valentine's Day is one tradition we'll never complain about.

But! Indulging doesn't mean we have to harm the environment or our bodies. Wei of Chocolate candies are organic, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, Paleo-friendly and fair trade! They're also infused with Lotus Wei flower essences (our favorite) and 100% delicious. What more can you ask for from chocolate?

I have one (or two, sometimes more) of these chocolates every day! Wei Love is one of my favorites and highly recommended.

Available at: Wei of Chocolate


Venus Yantra Mandala

Valentine's Day gifts don't have to be fleeting, like flowers or chocolate, though both are wonderful options. Loving and supportive art can also be a fantastic way to express yourself!

The Venus Yantra Mandala, associated with the feminine planet, Venus, can assist in relationships and harmonize an imbalance of Earth element. I have the Venus yantra in my bedroom, in the Relationship area to cultivate love and harmony in my relationships. The Venus yantra is also an amazing addition for self-love, which is the most important kind! Valentine's Day isn't just for lovers!

Available at: Holistic Spaces


Rose Quartz 

One of my favorite feng shui adjustments for love and compassion is the placement of rose quartz crystals. If you're seeking a relationship, adding rose quartz to the Relationship area of your bedroom can be a powerful adjustment. And, you guessed it...this is a feng shui adjustment that I have in my bedroom!

Rose quartz can also help to support an existing relationship and can be a wonderful way to encourage and deepen self-love! We can't pour from an empty cup, so it's important to fill our own cups and nurture our relationships with ourselves first!

Available at: Holistic Spaces


Relationship Mandalas

Mandalas of any kind are a beautiful gift for almost any occasion, but my friend and yantra teacher, Mavis Gewant, can take these meaningful pieces of art to a new level!

Mavis offers personal, hand-crafted mandalas based on the combined energy patterns of each person in the relationship. A relationship mandala isn't just a stunning gift; it's also a unique representation of your relationship!

Available at: Sacred Mother Arts


Deluxe Perfume Making Kit

Perfume is another traditional Valentine's Day gift most of us can appreciate. I really love this perfume making kit from The Scentarium, because it offers the chance to create your very own, bespoke smell!

I went to a workshop at Sue's showroom and had so much fun figuring out my scent personality and smelling all the diferent potions. This home kit is the perfect way to have the same experience with your partner at home (or just you!). The best part? The custom scents they've created contain no chemicals!

Available at: Scenterprises



My Favorite Things: 5 Books to Warm Up With

Welcome to My Favorite Things! Each month, we highlight products to help you create a holistic lifestyle that inspires and nurtures you, so that you can be happier and feel supported.

As the seasons change and the weather gets colder, we find ourselves turning inward, both mentally and physically. Without the bright sun and warm temperatures to accompany us, spending time outdoors becomes less and less likely, and we find ourselves snuggled up in our favorite chairs under plush blankets. Even though we're shutting in, we can still let our minds roam free and plan for the new year, and we can't think of a better way than with our favorite books! 


Awakening from the Daydream: Reimagining the Buddha's Wheel of Life

If you’ve ever wondered about Buddhism or seen the Buddhist painting called the Bhavachakra, or wheel of life, and wanted to know more about it, this book is for you! 

David Nichtern is one of my meditation teachers, and it’s been transformative working with him so closely. He has an easy, yet precise, style of conveying Buddhist theory, especially in this book. In "Awakening from the Daydream," David encourages each of us to...well, awaken from the daydream, with modern images, examples and meditations in his explanation of the Bhavachakra.

Available at: Amazon


Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great

My friend and health coach, Nancy Guberti, got me on the (mostly) paleo train, and for anyone else aboard, this cookbook is a dream!

The recipes are simple, the ingredients easy to find, and I even cooked some dishes for my “normal eating” family over the holidays with rave reviews. My favorite recipe is the banana bread. I’ve made it several times, and it's become one of my go-to's for breakfast, snack or dessert. 

Available at: Amazon


108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces: Feng Shui and Green Design for Healing and Organic Homes

As a feng shui practitioner, I know how life-changing this philosophy can be, but it's not always easy to understand. That's why I wrote this!

Of course, I always encourage seeking out a certified feng shui practitioner for in-depth questions and a more personal touch, but I've pulled together 108 tips for getting a pretty great start with using feng shui to enhance your life! 

Available at: Amazon and Holistic Spaces


Flowerevolution: Blooming into Your Full Potential with the Magic of Flowers

If you love flowers, this book provides unique and inspiring insights on how to use them to transform ourselves and the world we live in. 

This book, as well as the LotusWei products, have been deeply life-changing for me. I’ve also been very fortunate to meet Katie Hess, and she truly embodies all of her knowledge and teachings. Through her thoughtful and carefully chosen words, Katie encourages us to "Start a Flowerevolution!" because “we are vastly more powerful than we think we are."

Available at: Amazon


Zen in the Art of Flower Arrangement: The Classic Account of the Meaning and Symbolism of the Japanese Art of Ikebana

Ikebana, the Asian art of flower arranging, is a spiritual path in my life. First published in 1958, this book beautifully and elegantly shares with us the contemplative aspects of the art of flowers.

One of my favorite chapters illustrates “the ten virtues” of the flower path. #3: “Quiet, clear feeling. You can reach solutions without thinking.” Ms. Herrigel truly describes the magic and ceremony that flowers and ikebana embody. It’s not just about making a pretty flower arrangement.

Available at: Amazon



My Favorite Things: 5 Fair Trade Autumn Essentials

Welcome to My Favorite Things! Each month, we highlight products to help you create a holistic lifestyle that inspires and nurtures you, so that you can be happier and feel supported.

October is officially Fair Trade Month, during which we're all encouraged to focus on making purchases that align with fair trade practices around the world. Seeking out fair trade goods is a spectacular way to do our part to ensure that our environment and workers and employees around the world are not exploited in any way. In honor of Fair Trade Month and the new season, we've gathered up our favorite fall essentials that contribute to fair and honest working conditions around the globe!


Organic Cotton Throw

Fall is the time to add warmer layers to your space, and this organic throw is an incredible addition. It's not only 100% organic cotton with eco-friendly, non-toxic dyes, it's sourced ethically in India and produced on Fair Trade farms and mills. 

Throws even come in a reusable storage box, and a portion of proceeds goes to stop human trafficking. If you want to embrace the season in feng shui style, opt for white to symbolize the Metal element and Completion area of the bagua, which are associated with fall. 

Available at: Boll & Branch


Jute Market Bag

As the weather cools, It's time to head to the farmer's market and choose seasonal veggies to nurture your body and spirit. We've talked before about bringing your own bag, and this one is perfect!

This jute market bag is hand knotted and stretches to accommodate various market products. They are created by CORR: The Jute Works, a Fair Trade Bangladesh organization that works to help rural women provide for their families and provides beneficial trainings on everyday issues. A portion of funds from craft sales go to helping children attend school as well!

Available at: serrv


Recycled Metal Bells

One of our favorite ways to say hello to fall is through the feng shui cure of circumambulation (here's what that means), and these bells are a great tool! 

Handmade in Moradabad, India as part of a workshop through Noah's Ark, a Fair Trade registered handicraft marketing organization, these recycled bells are perfect for circumambulating to activate clarity and joy in your space for the new season. Since they're metal, they also add the metal element, which is related to autumn! 

Available at: One World Projects


Focus Spray with Essential Oils

Here at Holistic Spaces, we're proud to also use Fair Trade where possible, including our apothecary mists, no. 1 Happy and no. 2 Focus, which are made with Fair Trade essential oils

Autumn is time for grounding ourselves in preparation for winter, and as we near the holiday season, stressors and busyness can make focus difficult. Our Focus spray helps to provide grounding and meditative focus and is safe and eco-friendly! 

Available at: Holistic Spaces


Plant-Based Dry Skin Brush

Skin is our largest organ, and it can get sluggish during the change to cooler weather. Dry brushing can help to give your skin and lymphatic system a refresh to ensure that you're eliminating toxins as needed throughout the autumn and winter.

This brush is made with ethically traded cactus bristles, harvested and manufactured by a group of indigenous Nanhu women called Ya Munts'I Behna. 

Available at: The Body Shop