Gentlemen, start your showers!

Gentlemen’s Soap Bars.  “Inspired by forests, cliffs and dark desert skies, these bold bars are expertly crafted to invoke the raw inner self with earthy scents – while presenting a clean, polished outer self. A hefty bar at 7 ounces, with scents of lemon, citrus, passion fruit, and mint that evoke and inspire adventure and intrigue with every wash.”

That is what Matr Boomie’s website says.  When I smelled the quartet of soaps, I said something more like “Oh!  Oh my.  Oh man, these smell good!  Wow, can someone please go take a shower with one of these so I can follow them around sniffing them the rest of the day?”  Then it almost got awkward until I realized the ‘gentleman’ part is a suggestion rather than a requirement and decided to just use one myself!  Matr Boomie also has a full line of fragrant soaps for gentle women who do not want to smell like forests, sailboats, and tartan.

Matr Boomie only offers wholesale purchasing online, but you can find their products in Ten Thousand Villages locations Asheville, Atlanta, Greensboro, and St .Paul, or you can use their Store Locator here.


Early to bed

Serrv has added two new sets of bedding to their fall home décor collection.  They are both so lovely, made in India by the skilled artists of Asha Handicrafts.

bedding sanager

Sanganer Block Print Bedding

The Sananger is block-printed by hand in a peaceful dove gray.  The duvet cover features a traditional print on the front and a chevron print on the back. Preshrunk and colorfast cotton with durable coconut buttons.  Set of 2 standard pillowcases $48.  Set of 2 standard shams $48.  Queen-size duvet $168.

Also shown in picture: Landscape Mug, Prescraft, Cameroon, $12. Carved Floral Tray, Asha Handicrafts, India, set of 3 $68

bedding jaipur

Jaipur Silkscreen Bedding $48-$168

Coming soon to Serrv’s online store, the Jaipur Silkscreen is a rich and luxurious set in varying shades of indigo.  Silkscreened on both sides with floral and paisley, the printed designs are inspired by traditional Jaipurian motifs. The shams and duvet cover have in pearly button closures. Preshrunk and colorfast cotton.   Set of 2 standard pillowcases $48.  Set of 2 standard shams $48.  Queen-size duvet $168.

Also shown, Elephant Nesting Tables, Asha Handicrafts, India, $235 set of 2.

Zebras and Giraffes and Elephants, Oh My!

safari pillows

Serrv’s new ‘early autumn’ catalog was waiting for me when I arrived home today.  Serrv’s designers do such a nice job of creating seasonal home collections. There are classic functional pieces as well as fresh new décor designs.  The 16″ Safari pillows are affordable at $25 each, and come from a wonderful group in Kenya called Bombolulu.  The trio of animal pillows would provide graphic flair to a living room or study and add some animal whimsy to a children’s room or nursery.

Read about Bombolulu.

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Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory super food said to aid in treating a host of ailments, including: arthritis, heartburn, digestive issues like diarrhea, IBS and colitis; jaundice, liver problems, gallbladder disorders, headaches, bronchitis, colds, lung infections, fibromyalgia, shingles, fever, menstrual cramps, cancer, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, water retention, worms, and kidney problems.  High in anti-oxidants when taken internally, it can also be applied topically for pain, ringworm, bruising, leech bites, infections, inflammatory skin conditions, and canker sores.

For a few weeks out of the year, I can find it fresh in root form at a local farmer’s market, lookin’ all cute like a tiny carrot/ginger love child.  It can be  sliced or grated and sautéed or simmered and is an excellent addition to soups and stir-fry.  I like to eat it raw in salads.  It is slightly peppery when raw, and quite spicy and pungent when dried.  Powdered turmeric is used in cuisine throughout the far East and middle East and can be found in curries, rice dishes, mustard, vegetable and meat dishes, and teas.


Courtesy of

Numi Organic Tea has several Turmeric tea varieties which are warm, spicy, and comforting.  My favorite is Amber Sun, which has rooibos, cinnamon, and vanilla.  It has a chai quality, especially is a little honey is added.  Numi is a fabulous company with great products and fair trade, fair labor, and direct sourcing practices.  Their teas are also non-GMO and organic.

My favorite way to reap the benefits of turmeric is in the Tropical Turmeric Cleanser green smoothie, courtesy of the lovely ladies at Simple Green Smoothies.  It is creamy, satisfying and delicious, but then all of their smoothie recipes are really good.


Tropical Turmeric Cleanser Green Smoothie

Serves 2


2 cups kale
2 cups coconut milk
2 cups pineapple
1 cup mango
Juice of ½ lemon
1 Tablespoon fresh ginger
¼ to 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric, to taste


1. Blend kale and coconut milk until smooth.

2. Add remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

*Use at least one frozen fruit to make smoothie cold.

-Recipe and image courtesy of

Overstock Sale

Serrv is having a huge overstock sale on home decor, jewelry, and clothing in order to make room for their fall collections, arriving soon.  I scored this beautiful Amber Glass Vase last week which is on sale for just under $10.  (originally $38).


Made in India by the artisans of Tara Projects.

I am always happy with the quality of Serrv’s goods.  Check out the sale here>