IN LOVE ON TOUR

House Show Tour 2015

Ok so the truth is before we got on tour we were gearing up by visiting our favorite joints and of course we had to get one more Regina pizza from Brooklyn finest pizzeria right up the street from where we live called  Pauliee Gee’s Pizza. If you have not gone yet do yourself a favor and go and when you do order off the secret menu our favorite American pizza called the Regina.

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Here we are performing a showcase in Austin Texas at SXSW at The Michigan House. PS a special thanks to Mae for hooking us up with these fine folks.

You may be thinking wait a minute I thought you were a musician not a touring food critique well in my line of living I am both since I am and always will always be a full fledged foodie and full fledge musician.

Which is just one more reason added to the pile of why I LOVE touring so, so, so, so, so, much. Is that enough so’s for you? Anyways, its hard to believe that last week today we had already put 13 hours under our belts. Weird?

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Here I am standing in the mist of SXSW on 6th street ( the mecca of music happens here) early morning the day of our third showcase with LOUD our distribution label. Showing some pride. // Shine ON

Now, we have made it to Phoenix, AZ from our home in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY which is approximately 2413 Miles and 1 day and 11 hours.

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Plus, it helps that I am head over heals in love with my best friend and love of my life Nathaniel Paul Hoff (aka tour bus driver and (insert explicative here) insanely talented songwriting musician that he is – ahhhh, he’s so dreamy.)

I guess that is what you get when you have known someone since you were 15 years old and are high-school sweethearts. Alrighty, we’ve got it good folks.

So, in short sure you could say that I am in love, in love with my man, life decisions, and how we have been working harder then ever while touring our ass’s off. Some say we are living the dream and I would agree without hesitation.

However, do note that any dream has its ups and downs, sacrifices, and uncertainties aplenty.

As you see these glamorous photos above and dreamy lifestyle that we lead you must be conscious about the reality of it all because to any dream there is a real side.

Such as the super crazy 4 AM late night drives where your eyes can’t seem to stay open, or having achy bum from sitting down for 15 plus hours, to feeling hang-rey (you know you’ve been there), or how about needing to go pee and there not being a place to relive yourself- oh this one could be the worst.

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SXSW with random Canadian Band who jumped in the photo at the last second.

Then there is the constant hustle to make sure your bank account reads in the positive. To loony truck drivers, accidents, road closures, uncertainty as to where we will crash for the night.

And of course you have time lost, time gained, reservations, expectations met and not met.

To missing your cue to capture a photo of the state welcome sign that your husband so badly wanted you to capture for the video he will be putting together. Ooop, sorry babe!

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Yes, touring is life for us.There are highs and lows and you hope to break even. Luckily we not only have brooke even we have thrived out here on the open road, singing, writing, performing our painstakingly crafted songs for the masses from sea to shining sea.

Sure, we have our sacrifices, ups and downs but that is all a part of life. Out here on the road I have to pinch myself as I look back at the photos we have taken the moments we have lived through and experiences we have gained and say wow, I am truly blessed.

I live for this and together we love this life, this is our one life so we opted in to live it fully with no reservations and no regrets. Won’t you join us? Live your dream and you won’t work a day in your life.

Shine ON //

PS check out this brand new review we got from Band Mark in Canada its called Brilliantly Brooklyn and its on us >>>—–> The Bergamot.

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Photographer // The Colagrossis

J. Love’s Remix of “Baked Carrot Cake Oatmeal”

This recipe is a go to in our home here in BKLYN. I make it once a week for it is so delicious and is inspired by this recipe http://www.greenkitchenstories.com/baked-carrot-cake-oatmeal. I toyed with it a bit and pulled out the spices, added a lot more vanilla extract, chocolate, and cranberries.

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J. Love’s Remix of Baked Carrot Cake Oatmeal 
Serves 4

For a vegan alternative: measure 2 tbsp chia seeds into a small bowl and add 1/3 cup (90 ml) water. Stir with a spoon and set a side for 15 minutes. Use in place of the eggs.

Dry mixture
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (or any rolled flakes), choose gluten free if you are celiac
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
1 pinch coarse sea salt
1 1/3 cups / 200 g / 7 oz grated raw carrot (about 4)
a handful cranberries  + a handful of dark or semi-sweet chocolate chunks 

Wet mixture
 2 organic eggs or chia seed mixture (see top note)
2 cups / 500 ml / 17 oz plant milk of your choice, I typically use Almond Milk. 

Crunchy top layer
4 tbs pure maple syrup
2 tbsp coconut oil, room temperature + extra for greasing the pan
1 cup / 180 g walnuts or nuts or your choice ( I use 1/3 up walnuts + 1/3 cup of cashews)
3/4 cup / 100 g sunflower seeds or seeds of your choice

Preheat the oven to 375°F (180°C). Grease the base of a 8 x 10 inch (20 x 25 cm) baking dish with coconut oil and then set aside.

Combine the rolled oats, baking powder, spices and salt in a mixing bowl, then add grated carrots and raisins and stir to mix. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs (or chia mixture), add the milk and whisk well to combine.
To create the crunchy top layer, put the sweetener, coconut oil, walnuts and sunflower seeds in a small bowl and mix with your fingers to make sure everything is well coated.
Spoon the oat mixture into the baking dish and then pour the egg mixture over the oats so everything is evenly soaked. Sprinkle the seed and nut mixture on top and bake for 25 – 35 minutes. When it’s done, the oatmeal should be set and the nuts and seeds lightly browned and crunchy. Leave to cool slightly before serving.

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shine ON

RADIANT SKIN MASK WITH TURMERIC

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It was two days before my wedding and Mom said, ” Jillian I have a facial mask that will give you the perfect glow for your big day!” I said, “ohhh, fun… Mom, you know I love face masks, and I have no idea what you have up your sleeves but I trust you.”

Needless to say, she had made a Turmeric Mask, which she then applied liberally to my face and neck. Since Turmeric stains clothing ( btw it does not stain your skin) I wore a beat up pair of shorts and old t-shirt and she wore gloves on her hands to apply the mask to my face.

And you know what, it worked Mom’s Turmeric mask worked beautifully especially since it is a powerful antioxidant, Indian women have used it traditionally in their beauty regimens for beautiful, radiant skin.

The photo below is yours truly on my wedding day. My skin was clear and vibrant thanks to this Turmeric Mask and of course eating nutrient rich foods an drinking plenty of hydrating water didn’t hurt.

PS check this link to learn more about the amazingly glorious properties of Turmeric 

Photographer // Evan Perigo

Photographer // Evan Perigo

Radiant Skin Mask with Turmeric by // Lindsey, the Homemade Mommy

“This mask, inspired by a recipe from Aggawal’s book, Healing Spices, will nourish your skin with turmeric and smooth lines. It is easy to keep on hand and can be customized depending on what beneficial oil is used. The flour and turmeric mixture can be made in advance and stored in a cool, dry place (like your fridge) and then later prepared with oil and water as needed for the mask.”

Ingredients

  • ½ cup garbanzo (chickpea) flour
  • 1 ½ Tbsp ground turmeric (Note from Mommypotamus: Regular turmeric is fine for most people, but some people have reported that it stains. A patch test is recommended. Alternately, you can use kasturi turmeric, which does not stain)
  • 5 drops of your favorite beneficial oil. Such as Avocado Oil, Jojoba Oil, Almond Oil, or (Remember the Oil Cleansing Method? You can customize this mask based on your skin type!)
  • 1-2 tsp filtered water

Directions

  1. Mix the flour and turmeric and save in an airtight container until you are ready to prepare your mask.
  2. To prepare the mask, mix 1 Tbsp of the flour mixture with 5 drops of oil and enough water to make a paste.
  3. Smooth the mixture on your face and neck, avoiding the eyes.
  4. Let the mixture remain on your face until it dries (about 15 minutes) and then wash it off in the shower.
  5. Make sure you remember to take your shirt off before you put this mask on. Avoid getting this mask on your clothes because it might stain!

Sit Back and Relax!

Make sure you try this mask when you can relax and enjoy it…like while you are taking a nice Epsom salt detox bath! After using this mask your skin will feel unbelievably soft, firm, supple and radiant!

As always I would love to hear from you in the Comments below +

shine ON

HONEST PLATES’ RAW + GLUTEN-FREE CHOCOLATE CAKE

WE’RE REDEFINING THE meaning of dessert by indulging in a whole new way with this super healthy, raw gluten-free chocolate cake from Andie of Honest Plates. Made with nutrient-dense whole foods like cashews, coconut oil and raspberries, we’re hard pressed to even call it dessert! No guilt, only pleasure. There are no traces of processed or refined ingredients to be found, which means it’s a perfectly acceptable food no matter what diet you ascribe to, whether paleo, gluten-free or vegetarian. In fact, this chocolate cake is so darn healthy, you may even consider eating a slice for breakfast – is there anything more decadent?! Grab your blender, roll up your sleeves, and get ready to eat your cake and feel good, too…

  • HONEST PLATES’ RAW + GLUTEN-FREE CHOCOLATE CAKE
  • INGREDIENTS:

    For the crust:
    1 cup mixed raw walnuts and hazelnuts
    5 Tbsp coconut flakes
    1⁄4 cup raw honey/date or maple syrup

    For the cream:
    1 cup raw cashew nuts, soaked overnight or for at least two hours
    5 Tbsp water
    3⁄4 cup organic coconut oil
    1⁄2 cup raw honey/ date syrup
    1 1/3 cup raspberries
    4 Tbsp cocoa powder
    1 vanilla bean

    For decorating:
    extra raspberries
    coconut flakes

    Utensils: 7-inch round springform pan, parchment paper, high-powered blender/ food processor

  • DIRECTIONS:

    1. Soak the cashew nuts in water overnight (or for at least two hours). After the soaking period, discard the water and set aside.

    2. In the food processor/blender grind the walnuts and hazelnuts into coarse flour. Add the honey and coconut flakes and pulse two-three times until just incorporated. Turn out the mixture into the springform pan and, using wet hands, level it to form a uniform crust.

    3. Cut the vanilla bean lengthwise and use the tip of a knife to scrape the seeds out. Mix with the rest of the ingredients for the cream in a high-powered blender or food processor.

    Make sure to have all ingredients at room temperature, or the cream might curdle because of the oil.

    4. Pour the cream over the crust and freeze overnight. A few hours before serving take the cake out of the freezer, sprinkle with coconut flakes and raspberries and let thaw in the fridge, then remove the ring and serve.

    5. Store in the fridge for up to three days or in the freezer for up to two months.

THE MIRACLE SMOOTHIE // PROTEIN GOODNESS

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Created with love in our BKLYN kitchen by my wonderful husband Nathaniel.

This delicious smoothie filled with almond milk, creamy almond butter, hemp seeds, strawberries, and sweet cherries provide both carbohydrates and protein, everything you need to start your morning right. Add a touch of maple syrup if you like your smoothies on the sweeter side.

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INGREDIENTS //

1 scoop of Trader Joe’s Super Green Drink Dry Mix (or if you don’t have a green drink dry mix – toss in one hand full of spinach)

1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil

1 Tablespoon Hemp Seeds

1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds

1 ½ Tablespoons Almond Butter

3/4 Cup Almond Milk (Unsweetened)

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1 Teaspoon Vanilla

½ Tablespoon Pure Vermont Maple Syrup

4 Frozen Cherries

4 Frozen Strawberries

1 Frozen Banana (before you freeze your bananas make sure you cut them up into chunks)

Place all ingredients into your blender and turn up to high. Once blended enjoy this high protein drink & as always …

 

 

shine ON

 

BEAUTY WILL SAVE THE WORLD

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I recently stumbled upon a bright and radiant author named Katie Fox. She lives in Austin TX and is the Editor of http://theartofsimpletravel.net/.

Anyways, as I was checking emails and gathering inspiration for the day I found this article that Katie recently wrote and was in awe of it.

Simply put, she perfectly described how I feel about Art, Beauty, and God in one false swoop. Reading her words inspired me greatly and I hope they bring you much needed inspiration in this hectic world too.

Shine ON dear Friends and enjoy on this beautiful Sunday Morning.

Katies Article is posted below!  >>>——–>

Empty hands. Full heart.

I just spent a weekend away, making music, creating beauty, and it was rich and glorious and beyond wonderful. I returned home yesterday afternoon, feeling fulfilled in a way that few other experiences can offer.

But the thing about making music is that I have nothing, no product, to bring home and show my husband and my children.

I have nothing to give them – no evidence I can display and say:

“See this beauty, look at this art I created while I was away for three days, while you cared for our children without me, while I spent our hard-earned money, while you missed me and I missed you. This is what I created; isn’t it beautiful?”

Music is a living organism. Unlike a painting or a novel, which is set down on canvas or paper for the viewer to come and experience over and over, the making of music happens once, and then it is over, and afterward it lives only in our memories. We can record it for posterity, but the experience of the music as a living thing will never happen in the exact same way again.

And because of that one singular life, the music becomes all the more precious, not only for those who listen, but also – and perhaps, especially – for those who make the music.

We have become a family, our little choir. We come together in Dallas twice a year, from all over the world, having learned our music on our own. We rehearse and we share meals and we laugh and cry, and we savor the wonder of not only what it is we are attempting to do, but the fact that we are actually doing it.

We are creating beauty, and people are coming to listen to this beauty – paying money to do so – and we have even spent our own time and money to be there.And every one of us believes it is utterly worthwhile. If we didn’t, it wouldn’t be happening.

At one point in the weekend, our beloved director said, “How I wish we could do this every week.” We all nodded our heads longingly in agreement.

And yet I think there is something about the scarcity of our time together that makes it all the more special. If we did it every week, would we really value the enormity and rarity of this gift that we’ve been given?

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Near my home here in Austin, a friend of a friend painted the words, “Beauty will save the world” on the backside of their fence, quoting from Dostoyevsky’s novel,The Idiot. The words face out onto a busy arterial street, in a part of the city that struggles with gangs, drugs, and prostitution, full of strip malls, pawn shops, and payday loan offices; in other words, it is the opposite of beauty.

I love this fence. It’s a subversive, guerrilla act of love and faith in the midst of something ugly and broken. We were driving past not long after it went up, and I pointed it out to my daughter Molly, age six.

Ever the literalist, as most children are, Molly screwed up her little face in confusion. “Beauty will not save the world. God will save the world!” she exclaimed.

“Yes, but what is God? Who is God?” I asked slowly, pointedly, mentally willing her to connect the dots.

Her frown faded as her eyes widened in delight, her dimples deepening as though she had just discovered a secret. “God IS beauty,” she said happily, and I smiled. Yes. Yes.

I have nothing to show for my time in Dallas – no product I created, nothing you can quantify or measure. I have only empty hands and a full heart.

But during those two days together, my choir created beauty. The people that came to listen to us participated in that beauty. And whether in large or small ways, every one of us was changed afterward for the better. And that is why we do it. That is why it is utterly worthwhile. Beauty will save the world.

To find more about Katie click here, http://www.katiefox.net/beauty-will-save-the-world/

EVERYTHING THEY SAY ABOUT NEW YORK CITY IS TRUE

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I remember the feeling I had when I landed into Grand Central Station.

It was a mix between giddy excitement and pure fear of the unknown.

I had no idea what I was doing here.

Let alone I did not even have a clue as to how vast this great city is or where I would live or how I would make rent every month.

I am pleased to announce that I have lived in NYC for over one-year and have figured out all the answers to all of the aforementioned questions of my one year younger self.

It has been a wild and victorious ride. Pursuing my passions of being a multifaceted musician with The Bergamot and starting to explore the edges of a new botanical line and so much more!

Being here has taught me a great deal about who I am, what I am made of, and how desire and hard work really pair together. I continue to grow and choose love over fear. Below I have given you my top 5 lessons of living in NYC.

TOP 5 LESSONS THAT NEW YORK CITY HAS TAUGHT ME ///

1. Life is about taking steps to choose love over fear at all cost.  

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Love God, Love yourself, Love the World

2. Listen to your inner guide first.

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Often we go around and ask everyone and there mother what we should do. Its Prince Charming syndrome meaning that you want everyone to tell you what you should or should not do and have someone then swoop in and change your situation for you.

Well, let me tell you from first hand it doesn’t work and never will because only you will know what you need.

Get quiet and dig deep. Remember once you have come to a place of clarity between you and God then you can seek professional opinions on how you can attack your idea. Manifest love and give love away and you will find what you are to do.

3. Specialization : Answer the Call

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I have been into hundreds of artisan shops in NYC and the one thing they all have in common is that they specialize in one area of expertise. My favorite example of this Levain Bakery at http://www.levainbakery.com. Levain’s calling is to make the worlds best cookies. 

They sell cookies mouthwatering, hockey-puck-size cookies to be exact and they specialize in making the best cookies in the world and not to many they have only a few varieties. There most well know of there cookies are there Chocolate Chip Walnut and Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip cookie!

Sure they sell a few other items but non are as press worthy as these two cookies and that says a lot. Figure out what you love and specialize in doing two things at first (you can always expand later) then make them the best in the universe. 

4. Forget About Tomorrow If You Want to Live Today

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Just listen here to The Bergamot perform there own song called

>>>——-> FORGET ABOUT TOMORROW

5. I am Worthy and so are you

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shine ON