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Let’s Talk Lavender!

Happy Sunday!

Today is a special day.  My husband turns 30! It has been a wonderful weekend spending time with friends and family, my heart is so full. This next chapter of our life will be the best one yet and I am beyond grateful! We have so much to look forward to in the next few months. I have some things in store for the business and our baby boy will be joining us, making our family a little more complete. So excited! It has been a crazy journey to say the least, but everything always works out the way its supposed to. Thank you universe!

Herb of the Week: Lavender

MMM...Lavender. This is such an incredible soothing and relaxing herb. It has the most amazing aroma, I am obsessed! I would say it is more well known for its aroma, than its medicinal properties. Native to France and the western Mediterranean, this herb is now cultivated world wide. The flowers are picked in the summer and are dried or distilled to produce the essential oil. The flowers can also be used for teas, infusions and baking. It adds a sweet floral taste to anything its added to! Lavender is not only delicious but its, antispasmodic, relieves anxiety, acts as an antidepressant, its neuroprotective and anti microbial. Use it to calm your nervous system and wind down your day as it has sedative properties to help induce sleepiness! Try out my ZEN AF Blend to really zen the F out. It’s such a nice way to end the day. You can also use lavender to soothe your digestive system when you have bloating, gas or indegestion. It may also help asthma symptoms where excessive nervousness is a feature since it helps you to relax. The essential oil is great for a first aid remedy as it is strongly antiseptic. It helps to heal wounds, burns, sores, insect stings, inflammation and can even be used to treat scabies and head lice. Yikes! Another great way to utilize the oil from lavender is to rub it on your temples if you’re suffering from a headache or add a few drops to your bath to relive muscle tension. So many options! If you wanted to get really crazy I highly suggest you chill out with a cup of my ZEN AF tea in a bath with lavender essential oils. Hello the best sleep of your life! If you’re looking for a great Lavender Blend check out Lavished in Lavender from Daisy Paw. This is actually my mom’s company and she makes the most amazing essential oil blends that are not only great for you, but you can use them for your dogs. Check out her site here!

May New Moon with Wild Moon Circles!

I am so excited to once again be partnering up with Jenny White and Lisa Reeder of Wild Moon Circles as their featured tea for the May New Moon Circle!This circle is a very special one because you will have the chance to join IN PERSON! We will be featuring my Sunshine Blend again for this circle. This tea is absolutely delicious and brings an uplifting energy to your day, as well as a number of benefits to your health. It’s floral and fruity with a slight minty after taste due to the spearmint. I highly recommend steeping yourself a pot and seeing your day shift in a positive way! We will provide more info about our tea for this circle in the next week, so be on the lookout for that! The circle with be held on May 12, at 6:30 pm. You can find more info and the link to register HERE!

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That’s it for this week. I hope you all have a beautiful day and a wonderful week ahead!

With Love & Light,

Amber

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Full Moon, Hibiscus, Weekly round up.

Full Moon April 26th!

Happy Sunday! Hope you guys are having a wonderful weekend so far. I’m so happy some warmer weather has made its way back to Colorado. I always feel so much happier and motivated with some sunshine on my skin! I was finally able to take my first in person yoga class this Saturday and man, it made me miss the studio! So much fun, thank you again Jenny White of Moonrise Self care and Lisa Reeder of Wild Souls yoga. They do yoga on the deck at Rails End Brewing Company every month. Be sure to check them out for next month. Such a treat. Anyways! This week is a big week! So much to look forward to. I have my 30 week prenatal appointment, my in laws and best friend come into town from California, my amazing husband turns 30, we have our baby shower and on top of that...there is a FULL PINK SUPER MOON!
This will be one of the brightest full moons of 2021. Though this moon won’t really look pink, it got its nickname because it represents all of the colorful flowers in the spring. This full moon lies in Scorpio and embraces change in your life. It signifies transformation and helps us to prioritize a sense of self-love and self-worth. Since this is all about change you might be at a cross-roads and make decisions about what brings you joy. That might also mean dropping the things that are not fulfilling your life in a positive way. This is a great time to honor YOUR truth and help you to identify the type of life you want to live in. Tapping into the transformation of Scorpio and the self-care aspect of Taurus, you may find yourself finding clarity and grounding into the powerful energy helping you manifest your best life. I love how powerful the moon can be. It really is magical if you’re able to tune it and pay attention to the energy it brings.

Herb of the Week: HIBISCUS

To honor the pink full moon, this week I wanted to talk a bit about Hibiscus. I absolutely love this herb. It is delicious, refreshing, cooling and beautiful. It is native to North Africa and Southeast Asia, but also grows in tropical climates across the globe. This flower is packed full of antioxidants, high in Vitamin C, helps with menstrual cramps, may help lower blood pressure, boosts liver health, aides in digestion, can reduce cholesterol levels, and can soothe sore or inflamed mucous membranes in both the digestive and respiratory tract. Seriously so many benefits! It adds a delicious refreshing touch to any tea or beverage. You can taste for yourself in my Sunshine Blend! With the summer coming up, a great way to utilize the cooling effects of hibiscus is to make popsicles! Steep a pot of the Sunshine blend, mix it with a touch of lemonade and throw in the freezer! Delicious!

YOGA

This week I recorded my 2nd virtual vinyasa class for you guys to enjoy! The theme for this class fits perfectly with the full moon since its all about making you a priority. It’s so important to make yourself a priority each and every day. A few ways to think about doing this is to make time for yourself, speak kindly to yourself, love the skin you’re in, let go of things you can’t control, tell yourself you got this, surround yourself with people who uplift you, know that you are enough. A small step i have been integrating into my daily routine is to journal.  I am on day 9 so far and I can honestly say it has made a difference in my week. Start small, it doesn’t have to be anything crazy. Just something you can easily add to your day to take care of yourself in whatever way that resonates with you! Below is a link to the class and my Spotify playlist if you want to follow along. Any donation is much appreciated. Hope you all have a wonderful week ahead and feel the powerful energy this full moon will provide!

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With Love & Light,

Amber

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Ayurveda, Herbs, Yoga & More!

What in the World is Ayurveda?!

Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest holistic whole body healing systems. It was developed thousands of years ago in India and literally translates into the knowledge of life.  Ayur—> Life and Veda—> Knowledge. There is so much information and depths into Ayurvedic teachings and principles, but I will save that for another time, and even then I would not cover everything! It is very complex, just like any other science. Ayurveda takes the person as a whole to uncover ways in which you can live the best life.  It is one of the most ancient and natural ways of living. It takes into account Self-awareness as the foundation of good health. Instead of relying on a pill or a quick fix as a solution to be healthy, it gets to the root of a problem by addressing nutrition, lifestyle and habits, mindset, spirituality, meditation, yoga, herbal remedies, exercise, literally all of the things you do in your day to day life to help you feel and be who you were meant to be.  As I said it’s very complex, but it is fascinating! To me, almost any question can be answered by Ayurvedic teachings.  The learning never stops and I am currently enrolled in a year long course to be able to teach you all of the wonders that Ayurveda has to offer, but feel free to shoot me any questions you may have!

Herb of the Week: Peppermint

Peppermint has been a long time favorite of mine.  I grew up drinking it and using the essential oil on my temple for headaches. Peppermint has been around for many many years and even found in the Egyptian pyramids dating from around 1000 BCE, so when I say a long time, I mean a looooong time! The leaves are used in teas, and can also be distilled for their volatile oil and be used in various other ways like an essential oil, lotion, tincture, capsules, etc.  The oil has been shown to be strongly antibacterial and the menthol within it is antiseptic, anti fungal, and cooling to the skin.  That’s why it provides tremendous relief when applied to the skin if you suffer from headaches, migraines, or have other pain and inflammation on the skin.  Peppermint is also excellent for the digestive system.  It increases digestive juices and bile and relaxes the gut muscles.  I highly recommend it if you’re nauseas, cramping, feeling bloated, suffer from irritated or inflamed bowels, constipated or experiencing diarrhea.  No it will not solve the root of the problem you’re suffering from, but it may provide you with some relief. You can also use peppermint oil s an inhalant by diluting it and rubbing it on your chest for respiratory infections.  Pretty much another all around powerful herb! It is also quite delicious in my Divine Blend, you can try it here!

Savvi!

As you may know, part of my business is helping rep for Savvi.   I am only open to partnering with other brands that I truly love and have tried first hand. I have had my fair share of low quality clothing that didn’t make me feel confident. From teaching in a studio, working out or lounging around. My leggings were always see through! I even remember one time during teacher training we all went into a forward fold and I could see my whole rear end in the mirror...talk about embarrassing. Savvi really has the most comfortable, cute, versatile, high quality yoga clothes I have tried. I would definitely compare them to a Lululemon or Athleta product, but for a better price! Not only is the clothing great, but the company, the women, the support, the message they portray is incomparable. It is still a new company as it is still in pre-launch, so I definitely want to get the word out! You guys seriously need these clothes in your life.  I would love to help you find something perfect for you and your lifestyle! You can start shopping by clicking this link! Here are some items I’m loving this week.

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Yoga & Final Thoughts

This week I will be recording another Virtual Vinyasa Class! I’ll update the link on my website so you can follow along at your leisure. It will be the same style of class, but a different flow, different playlist and different message. As always it will still be pay what you can and you can find my Venmo info on the yoga tab of the website. So be on the lookout for that, I’d love for you to all give it a try and let me know how you like it.  I’m also working on some recipes/ nutrition tips that I’m hoping to share soon. Life has definitely been a bit crazy and I’m slowly getting more tired heading into my third trimester, but I promise it’s on the way!

I am so excited to kick things into gear and start the week off on the right foot, no Sunday scaries over here.  If you’re feeling stuck and always seem to be dreading the week ahead, please send me a message and I’d love to help you shift your mindset to set you up for a great week! I’ve definitely realized that if your prioritize yourself first, then the rest of the day and week always tends to be more productive. Let’s chat!

With Love & Light,

Amber

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Happy NEW MOON!

New Moon in Aries!

You guys! It’s one of my most favorite days of the month and is what I centered a lot of this business around...It’s the New Moon! This may not seem like a big deal to a lot of people, I mean what the heck is a new moon anyway right? Well to me it’s a very special day that comes around once a month.  I first learned about new moons from my Grandma Sandy.  She taught me about the astrology around it, but the biggest takeaway was that it’s a time to write down your hopes, dreams and wishes you want to see in your life, and send them off into the universe. Every month I would get a call or text to remind me to write down my wishes.  It was almost like a reboot where I could reflect on the past month and put forth more effort into the things I wanted in my life moving forward. Every ritual can look different and you can make it how you wish, but for me I always write down 10 hopes or intentions for the month ahead.  It really helps motivate me to be the best version of myself I can be! The new moon is the start of the lunar cycle and signifies new beginnings, hence why it is a great time to focus on the things you want most in your life.  It occurs when the moon is between Earth and the Sun, so the bright side of the moon is facing away from Earth making it the darkest night of the month

This new moon lies in Aries and is the first new moon of the astrological year, making it a very powerful time full of opportunities and new beginnings.  With all of this positive energy, it’s important to believe in yourself and understand that you hold the power in your hands for the life you wish.  In our new moon circle this month we talked a lot about the idea of blossoming. Some questions to consider when thinking about your own intentions are, What does blossoming mean to me? What type of energy do I want to attract this month? What type of things can I start adding into my day to manifest my goals? Dream Big! Nothing is too small. Step into your power and make it a great month!

Herb of the Week: Slippery Elm & Catnip

This week I actually wanted to talk a little bit about 2 herbs instead of just one.  I did a little poll on my Instagram to see which one you guys would rather hear about, and I received a pretty good interest in both!  So first let’s talk about Slippery Elm also known as Ulmus Rubra. This herb is one of my all time favorites, probably because I grew up drinking it.  It’s very sentimental to me and I absolutely love the taste.  It is slightly sweet, but very earthy as well since it comes from the inner bark of the slippery elm tree.  It’s a weird thing to imagine, but it almost does taste slippery as well!  This herb is native to the U.S. and Canada and thrives in high ground with dry soil.  The inner bark is collected to make powder, capsules, tablets, or in my case, for tea! The biggest benefit to this herb is that it is a gentle and effective remedy for irritated states of mucus membranes of the chest, stomach and intestines.  When it comes in contact with irritated or inflamed tissues, it soothes and literally coats the lining of the tissue to draw out toxins and protect it from further damage.  Pretty cool right?! If you suffer from chest congestion, cough, acidity in the stomach, diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, really most any digestive discomfort, then I highly recommend incorporating slippery elm into your diet.  It also can act as a prebiotic and supports healthy bacterial growth in the gut.  When used externally it can help relieve inflammation, soothe burns and heal damaged tissue.  When mixed with other herbs such as cinnamon and ginger it makes the most delicious infusion. You can try for yourself with my Rooted Blend! It’s a mix of Honeyroo tea, Marshmallow Root, of course Slippery Elm, Chicory Root, Chaga Mushroom, Sweet Cinnamon Chips and Ginger Root. It is so nutrient dense and incredibly beneficial to your body.

Moving onto Catnip or Nepeta Cataria. To be honest with you, I always thought it was called catnip because of the effect it has on cats.  I never realized it was an actual herb safe for human consumption. I really thought it was a synthetic thing that you would just give to your cats haha...Wow I was so wrong! Catnip is native to Europe and naturalized in North America. The aerial parts of the plant (the parts exposed to the air) are used for tinctures, teas, etc. Surprisingly this herb has many benefits! It helps settle the stomach, reduces anxiety and nervousness, boosts mood, reduces fever and is suitable for colds and flus, even in children! Also opposite of the effect it has on cats, catnip has a sedative effect on humans providing deep relaxation and calmness. I thought that was fascinating considering how crazy our cat would get when she was around it!. It also has a pleasant taste and is included in my Zen AF blend to help you relax and unwind from your day.

Final Thoughts

This week starts my 3rd trimester of pregnancy! I can’t believe how fast it’s going, we will have our baby boy here in less than 3 months! Over this next month with the intention of blossoming in mind, I am so excited to keep growing into this new chapter of my life. Keep an eye out this week for some delicious recipes and information on Ayurveda! Let’s make this a great week and don’t forget to set you intentions tonight! Happy New Moon!

With Love & Light,

Amber

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Weekly Round Up!

HAPPY EASTER SUNDAY!

As I am not religious, I still love this day because it’s an excuse to get together (safely of course) with the ones you love.  It’s supposed to be almost 80 today in Colorado, so I’m excited to hang outdoors with some family, maybe bbq, play with the dogs, should be a good day! I am definitely feeling a shift this past week with April.  It feels like the darkness of winter is slowly fading, and it’s time for a little more brightness and productivity.  Sometimes for me, I notice I get a little more down and unmotivated when its dark and cold.  So I’m really looking forward to the warm months ahead! More sun, more colors, more fresh foods and more time outdoors.  Not to mention prep for our little babe to get here! I can’t believe he will be here in just 3 short months. Craaazy! I hope you all have a day full of sunshine, laughter and an amazing week ahead! Now lets wrap up this last week with a few announcements and things you may have missed!

Herb of the Week: Lemon Balm

I LOOOOOVE Lemon Balm!  It is a delicious lemon scented herb that comes from the mint family.  It’s official name is, Melissa Officianalis.  Fun fact, it got its name from the Greek name Melissa, which means “Honeybee” since this plant tends to attract all the bees!  It originates from Southern Europe, Western Asia, and Northern Africa, however it is now grown all around the globe. It was traditionally used to lift the spirits and emotional wellbeing since its known to boost mood and cognitive function, but the benefits don’t stop there. It is also a first aid remedy and can be used for cuts, insect stings and good for fevers.  It also reduces anxiety, feelings of nervousness, panic and calm down a racing heart.  Even more it can also help with digestive issues, menstrual cramps, toothache, nausea...the list goes on.  Another super herb if you ask me!  I also use this herb in my Sunshine Blend.  It gives this uplifting concoction a slight lemony aroma and brings out the citrus flavors from the bitter orange peel and lemon peel. It’s a must try!  

SPEAKING OF MY SUNSHINE BLEND...

I have teamed up with the amazing Jenny White and Lisa Reeder of Wild Moon Circles to feature my Sunshine Blend tea for the entire month of April.  They host the most amazing women’s circle surrounding the New Moon (Yes, its almost that time! More info on the New Moon will be in the next post!)  It’s a magical evening to gather, to reflect, and take some time for yourself. The circle will be held virtually THIS WEDNESDAY, April 7th at 6:30pm MST. Ive been joining in on every gathering since December and it’s truly something I look forward to each month.  For April’s circle, if you register to join in with us, you’ll receive a discount code to use towards my Sunshine Blend! You can find more info and the link to register HERE! I hope to see you there!

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WHAT DROPPED THIS WEEK IN SAVVI!

In case some of you don’t know, my Athleisure Brand drops new clothes every single Friday at 11:30 MST. It’s a great day to hop on the app to see what’s new! We still have a lot of other really cute pieces available as well. From sports bras, to tanks, crops, jackets and more, you don’t want to miss out!  Also with the Spring and Summer weather quickly approaching, I highly recommend giving Savvi a try.  These clothes were really made with every woman in mind and are made from the highest quality material, but don’t take my word for it! Shop here! You can also message me for a 25$ off discount, say whaaaat?!

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Lastly in case you missed it...

I uploaded my first virtual yoga class this week! If you want to access the video and follow along click here!  All classes are pay what you can. You can find more info and my Spotify playlist in my previous blog post. Let’s make it a great week!

With Love & Light,

Amber

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First Virtual Vinyasa Yoga Class is up and Ready!

I can’t believe it has been 1 full week of launching this business!

This past week since launch has totally flown by! I am so humbled with all the support Iv’e gotten and we are just getting started! There is so much I have in store and cannot wait to see how this whole thing grows.  With that said, I have my first virtual vinyasa yoga class up and ready for you all! It has been over a year now since Ive taught my last class.  Being virtual is definitely a bit different than being in a hot studio, but I could not be happier being able to teach yoga again.  I sure have missed it!  I’m really hoping that once things have settled down with the little babe after this summer, I can get back into the studio doing what I love, but for now I will be uploading videos here for all of you! As long as baby lets me haha You can access my link under the yoga tab at the top of my website or click here! I also have the Spotify playlist open to the public if you want to listen along at home. Just click here!

As a reminder all of my yoga classes are donation/pay what you can.  It honestly just feels good teaching and sharing my love for yoga again.  Anything is so appreciated! You can find my Venmo under the username: Newmoonholistics and my name should pop up. I hope you all have an amazing Wednesday! If you take the class I would love to know how you liked it and how it felt.  Also just a warning, my dog Jax is very needy and he thought it was playtime. So please ignore the bone chewing, the bed digging and the brief barking..haha thats just what happens when you teach from home!

 

With Love & Light,

Amber

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Weekly round up, and Full Moon!

Happy Full Moon Sunday! Tonight the full moon lies in Libra, and is technically called the “full worm moon”.  The name comes from Native American folklore that signifies when there are more worms in the soil due to things growing and coming back to life in the northern hemisphere. This moon is all about bringing in more balance and compromise into your life.  If you have found yourself overly exhausted, or not taking care of yourself the past few weeks, its time to pause and take a breath! Try adding in more self care habits to your daily routine to create more balancing and harmony in your life. For me, this could not have come at a better time since I feel like some of my self care habits have gone out the window because my focus has been launching this business! Now that everything has settled down a bit I am so ready to take a moment for myself everyday to take a deep breath. I posted a reel to my instagram that ill link for some of my favorite things I add into my morning routine to make sure I’m taking care of me, and set myself up for a good day.  Check it out!

Now Let’s Talk Herbs! Each week I’ll feature an “herb of the week”, just to give you a little knowledge an insight as to why they are so beneficial to your health.  This week is all about Honey Bush Tea. This comes from the Cyclopia plant and is grown in South America. The tea itself is made from the leaves and got its name from the flowers of the cyclopia plant.  It smells similar to honey and is absolutely delicious.  It is similar to rooibos tea, it is smooth, fruity and naturally slightly sweet! I love it and that’s why I chose it as the base for my Sunshine Blend.  Not only is it delicious , but a major benefit from Honey Bush tea is that it is FILLED with antioxidants. This helps rid the body of free radicals and prevent disease while helping boost your immune system!  It also has anti-cancer properties and helps with aging since it boosts elasticity and hydration in the skin.  It has also been shown to reduce fat in the blood and help to reduce cholesterol! It’s basically a super plant!

 

Ok Switching gears a bit to SAVVI! I can’t tell you guys enough about how amazing these clothes are.  This is coming from a girl who has lived in leggings and sports bras for YEARS.  I honestly don’t even remember the last time I wore a real bra haha.  I’ve also had my fair share of clothing that’s worn out quickly whether it be from teaching yoga classes, hitting the gym, or being in a hot room sweating my a$$ off for hours at a time. I’m telling you, you need to try Savvi.  Here’s what I’m loving this week. The Ina Sports Bra. This bra has the cutest back and is so comfortable.  I guarantee you will love it as much as I do. I also love that it can double as a crop top since it is longer than your typical sports bra. The Ramsey Crop! Simple, cute and also has a unique back with elastic the crosses all the way down. It’s perfect for spring  and summer! Lastly the Prism Sports bra. As you guys can see I’m a sucker for a good sports bra. I love this one because it has a high neckline, it’s super supportive and yet again, has a really cute cross back to it. I personally own all 3 and I’m slightly obsessed. Nothing feels better than feeling confident in what you’re wearing, especially while pregnant.  Let me know if you want 25$ off your first purchase or if you have any questions! You can shop my link here! Best way to start off the spring, am I right?

Final Thoughts for now! In honor of the Full Moon tonight and being in my first week of business, I want to offer a little discount code to all of you!  During checkout apply the code fullmoon10 to receive 10% off of your first tea purchase! This discount is only good until the end of the week, so be sure to take advantage of it while you can!  I want to thank each and every one of you again for supporting me as I go through this new journey.  I am so humbled and filled with so much gratitude to finally be doing what I love!  As we move into the next week I want you guys to listen to this shift that the full moon brings.  Maybe journal and think about these questions as you go through your day.  Where in my life can I slow down and find balance? What can I be doing to provide more self care into my routine? Where in my life and what relationships can I improve my ability to compromise? I hope you all have a beautiful week!

With Love & Light,

Amber

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It’s Launch Day!

Welcome to New Moon Holistics!

Holy moly, what a journey!  I want to officially welcome you to my business! It has taken me quite some time to get here, but I couldn’t be more excited to follow my dreams and grow this business that I have put so much time, energy and love into!

So what the heck is this business all about?

Well at the basic level I make and sell my own herbal tea blends, I teach virtual vinyasa yoga classes, I sell the best athleisure wear you can find and I will be providing nutrition offerings down the line (still in the works). However this business has SO much more to it.  New Moon Holistics is a full lifestyle and holistic wellness brand.  I will be dropping a lot of information about anything from Ayurvedic Wellness, daily routines, habits, the power of positive mindset, herbs, inspiration to recipes and more! I want this to be a place to empower you and your lifestyle and maybe find some inspiration along the way. Each week you can expect to see a blog post and a weekly newsletter.  You can subscribe at the bottom of the site! There are a few glitches on the website that I’m working through, so bare with me! If you need to contact me directly please send me an email to info@newmoonholistics.com and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.  You can shop my teas in the menu at the top of the page, as well as peek at my athleisure wear company I’ve partnered with.  I’m working to post the first yoga class sometime this week or next so be on the lookout!  To all my friends and family, thank you for all the support and believing in my vision. And to everyone else out there thank you for helping support my small business, it is so appreciated! That is all for now, I can’t wait to share more in the weeks to come.

With Love & Light,

Amber