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Today: Must do in Boothbay Harbor and {a giveaway}.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]Remember that 90’s jam, “Back to life, back to reality?”  I feel like the singer with the serious shoulder pads has been whispering the lyrics into my ear all week long.  I’m back in the city, and back to the grind, but certainly feeling more relaxed and rested (and freckled) after our Maine vacation.  Boothbay Harbor is only half a tank of gas from Boston, but feels like it could be on another planet.  Mostly because my office and laundry pile aren’t there.

Mini ship in a mini bottle.

If you’re looking for a quick getaway from your own pile of laundry, I highly recommend a trip to the Boothbay area.  The drive from Boston takes about 3.5 hours (though I make it under 3 once last year…), and is really scenic.  Towards the end of the trip, you pass through adorable towns like Wiscasset, where everything is cute and old and you sort of want to take pictures of random people walking their dogs.  Or maybe you didn’t get enough sleep because the night before you go on vacation feels like Christmas Eve.

Regardless, a few tips if you’re thinking about heading north.  Or south.  Or however you get there from where you are.

Where to stay

My fish eye lens is one of my favorite little gadgets-- it was super inexpensive and really fun to use.

Last year, Nick’s mother found the most adorable cottage, located right on Linekin Bay, on Home Away.  The house was built in the 1920’s and is the perfect place to spend a week on the water.  I was so excited when she rented the same house again this year.  If I wasn’t floating in the bay, I was curled up on the glider on the porch with a book.  Nick and his brother fished from the dock, while we chatted with the family staying next door.  It really feels like a home away from home.  If you’d prefer to stay in a hotel or inn, there are a number of great options right downtown, as well as the Linekin Bay Resort, located right on the water with numerous amenities.

What and where to eat

Time to get crackin'. (And yes, that is a vacation beard.)

If you’re into seafood (specifically, lobsters), Boothbay Harbor is where it’s at.  If you’re a vegetarian, and you like when your boyfriend is happy (after consuming 9 lobsters over the course of a single week), Boothbay Harbor is most definitely where it’s at.  There are several places downtown that sell lobsters wholesale (~$6/lb.) for cooking and eating at home.  We had two lobster dinners at the cottage, out on the deck overlooking the water.  I wore yoga pants.  And no shoes.  Those were probably my favorite meals of the week.  While everyone else went to town on their lobsters and clams, I enjoyed corn on the cob, salad, tomatoes, potatoes, pasta and ice cream sundaes the size of my Ford Focus.

We also enjoyed some great meals in town.  I would recommend a visit to any of these restaurants and cafes.

I bet this guy catches some pretty big fish.

Breakfast

  • Mama D’s: Lots to look at, including a fairy village built inside one of the bay windows.  Breakfast was consistently good there.
  • Ebb Tide: Skip the bowl of berries (too sweet, possibly frozen) and go straight for the cinnamon roll.  Trust me on this.

Lunch

  • Lobster Dock: Grab a picnic table right next to the water for incredible views of ships coming in and out of the harbor.  And be sure to take a peek in the tank for “Lucky,” the rare yellow lobster.

Dinner

  • McSeagulls: Gigantic menu (including several vegetarian and gluten free options), and really great service.
  • Boothbay Lobster Wharf: Beware the seagulls at this casual restaurant.  Though there is indoor seating, you won’t want to miss the view.  Grab a seat at one of the picnic tables on the dock.

Snacks and Sweets

I'm a get-get-get it popping.

  • Ice Cream Factory: This video pretty much sums it up.  Also, I ate so much ice cream this weekend, it’s a miracle I didn’t sink my pretzel float.
  • Coastal Maine Popcorn Company: We stopped into this cute storefront twice last week.  First round: 1 small bag of garlic parmesan, and 1 small bag of white cheddar.  And then we went back for round 2: dill pickle (amazing) and something chocolatey for Nick.  I was too busy inhaling my bag to take note of the actual flavor.  Check out the website for their popcorn of the month club, and a full list of varieties.

What to do

Maine in the rain.

The weather is incredible (even when it’s raining, which only happened once), the views are breathtaking, and your phone likely won’t get reception (which is both awesome and terrifying… hello, how do you call 911?).  Boothbay Harbor is the perfect place to do nothing.  Once you’re done doing nothing, I recommend renting kayaks.  And searching for pufflings.

If the sticker's facing you, you're holding the paddle correctly.

  • Cruise: There are a number of companies located right in the harbor that will take you on half- or full-day excursions.  From puffin tours (amazing!) and whale watching, to mackerel fishing and an adventure to Monhegan Island, there’s likely something for everyone.  Except the people that hate boats.  Obvi.
  • Rent a kayak or two: Nick’s parents rented two kayaks for us to play with for the week.  Someone from Tidal Transit dropped up the boats, did a safety demonstration (which I ignored) and gave us some tips on which coves to explore.  Nick and I went on a few explorations– it was really fun to “see Maine from sea level.”  Until I almost got capsized by a lobster boat.

What is this? A center for ants?!

  • Make a fairy house: Fairy houses are a coastal Maine tradition.  The house I built last year using an acorn cap, some moss and a few twigs, didn’t survive the winter but our next door neighbors made sure no fairies were left out in the cold.  They were on to something with those shells.

What a bad photo of something really good. Whoops.

  • Do a bit of shopping: Boothbay Harbor has lots of great little shops and galleries.  We browsed at a few antique shops, where I fell in love with a set of small pilgrim dishes and pair of clip-on “Ike” earrings from President Eisenhower’s campaign (don’t worry, I didn’t buy either).  I picked up a two of Dana Heacock‘s gorgeous prints of beach stones and a little surprise for my parents at Abacus Gallery.  We also picked up a toy for Clark at a really great place called The Creative Turtle and a few goodies from Sherman’s Books and Stationary.  Oh, actually… I got a few things there for you!
Because it wouldn’t be a vacation if I didn’t bring home a souvenir or three, I’d love to give* one of you a braided sailor’s bracelet, your very own “No Puffin'” sticker, and a sail-inspired journal.

Fun fact: We have painted concrete floors. And sadly, no puffins.

To enter, all you have to do is:
  • Leave a comment below
  • Not mind that I have a matching bracelet, journal and sticker and will probably claim that a. we planned it and b. we’re BFFLs
  • For an extra entry, feel free to tweet (please include this link: http://wp.me/pySBS-182 and @ElizabethEv, so that I catch it)

I will choose a random winner on Sunday.  *No need for disclaimer, I paid straight cash, homey.

Congratulations, Michelle!  Please send me an email (ontapfortoday@gmail[dot]com), and I will send your goodies out right away!

Also On Tap for Today:

Where do you go to getaway?  And what’s your favorite thing to do when you get there?


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Today: When in Maine.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]Today is Day 3 of my vacation, and Day 1 of me wearing something other than a small bikini and a very large hat.  We ventured into town this morning for a few necessities: Coastal Maine popcorn, rope to tie my pretzel float to the dock, details for Wednesday’s puffin cruise and blueberry pancakes.

This is the life.

Also On Tap for Today:

  • Happy birthday to my not-so-little little brother!  I love you, buddy!
  • Kayaking near Cabbage Island
  • Floating, floating, and more floating
What are you reading this summer?


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Today: Stingrays and lucha libre.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false] We’ve come to the end of the road, girls and Boyz II Men.  This marks the final vacation post from our awesome week at sea, in Haiti, and in Mexico. When I left you last, we were exploring Mayan ruins and my unparalleled nerdiness.  In comparison (and in reality), this post’s a day at the beach.

This beach.

Don't adjust your monitors, people. That color is the real deal.

The rainstorms at the ruins passed and the sun broke through just in time for a Mexican buffet on the beach.  I said, “si, por favor” to guacamole, rice, beans and hot sauce.  The food was amazing, but I was anxious to change into my bathing suit and begin an afternoon of Cool Stuff Explorations. Nick and I walked down to the waves when our first cool thing nearly stabbed us in the leg (that might be a slight exaggeration).

Ray, that’s what I named him, looked a lot like a stealth fighter jet.  Prior to seeing him, I had every intention of going swimming.  After seeing him?  No way did I want to be Steve Irwined.  Besides, there was so much to see along the shoreline.

We collected a lot of shells and coral.  I tried not to collect fleas from the pack of wild dogs, but they were just so cute (and clearly, as you can tell from the photo above, we were missing Clark).  Earlier in the day, however, I collected the coolest thing of all: an authentic luchador mask.  It’s perfect for napping.

Scary, aren’t I?  This is what I look like when you disturb my slumber (be thankful I am wearing a mask).  Please be aware that my hair is soaking wet.  I have not, in fact, taken to bathing in canola oil.  Just figured I’d clarify.  After a blissful day combing the beach and exploring the Mayan ruins, we watched the sun set and toasted to a beautiful, relaxing, exhilarating vacation.

It’s hard work, but as they say… somebody’s got to do it.  Cue the 90’s hit Back to life, back to reality

Also On Tap for Today:

  • Our built-ins are going in today!
  • Wrapping and other Christmas elf things
  • I have a crush on this chandelier

If you were a professional wrestler, what would your stage (ring?) name be?


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Today: I (mexi)can’t believe my eyes!

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false] Let’s begin by acknowledging what a gigantic nerdball I am.  Good.  And I will continue by promising I am almost done rambling about my vacation.  We just have to talk about Tulum and another day of Cool Stuff Explorations and then you can stop wanting to poke me in the eye.  Let’s roll.

 

The day we spent amongst the Mayan ruins at Tulum nearly blew my tiny mind.  I was like,

“Whoa!  Look at that!  Whoooaaaa!  Look at that!  How did they doooo that?  Whoa!  Look at that!”

And our tour guide was like,

“Whoa!  Pipe down, ya freak!  You’re single-handedly ruining my tour of the ruins.  By the way, we offered you all umbrellas for a reason.  You look like a drown poodle.  Take this poncho as a sign of my annoyance with you.”

I saw someone run up those stairs, Rocky-style. I simultaneously wanted to join him and citizens arrest him.

Looks like someone had the brains to take a complimentary umbrella. More importantly, how beautiful is this place?!

Talk about a view. (Please ignore the water blob/paranormal activity thing... it really could be either.)

I literally walked around the park with my mouth wide open, taking photographs in the pouring rain (with Nick protecting my camera), looking like the most nerd-mazing tourist on the planet, trying to soak it all in.  I wish it hadn’t been pouring, but we were in the jungle, so I suppose that’s to be expected.  Plus, the rain made everything seem even more mysterious.   Here are a few of the things I learned:

  • Tulum is Mayan for “wall.”  In other words (i.e., in my imagination), someone probably pointed in the general vicinity of the ruins of the walled city and was like, “What is this?”  And someone answered, “A wall… obviously.”  And then the first person was like, “I just discovered Tulum.  Please.  Shower me with praise.”  Tulum may have actually been named Zama, meaning city of dawn.
  • The city is pre-Columbian (and therefore pre-Pinta, pre-Nina, and pre-Santa Maria) and reached its height between the 1000 and 1600 A.D.  The city was inhabited by the Mayas for approximately 80 years after the arrival of European colonists.  It is speculated that because the Mayas worshiped a god who looked like a white man, they did not immediately feel threatened by the Spanish.  Who knows? (Probably someone, obvi.)
  • Only 500 people lived within the walls of the city.  The city was a noble city, and only the ruling and priest classes were allowed to live within the walls.  Everyone else lived outside the walls.  The only time all people were welcomed into the city (for reasons other than work) were on feast days– on these days, our tour guide told us, everyone wore white robes.  I bet that would be incredible to see.  At feasts there would be dancing, competitions, performances and sacrifices (some human, some not human).
  • The pyramids and other structures were rebuilt every 52 years.  Unbelievable, right?  Meanwhile it’s taking me 52 years to pick a shade of gray paint for our walls.
  • Speaking of paint, the buildings were painted a vibrant red and blue, using paprika and indigo which were acquired on trade routes.  Tulum was a major trade port for the Mayan empire and could be easily accessed by land or water.  The Mayas traded cacao, salt, jade and obsidian at Tulum.
  • We learned a lot about the Mayan calendar, mathematical system and religion, too.  Because the Mayas understood that the universe was logical and predictable, they were obsessed with time.  By predicting cycles, they were able to set their own cycles for farming and so on.  Their calendar system was used to dictate everything from behavior to when religious ceremonies would be held.  I am sort of not at all equipped to explain this stuff.  But trust me– it’s incredible. The Mayas also developed an extremely sophisticated writing system.

We  ordered a personalized Mayan calendar while we were there (and I scored my very own luchador mask, but I am saving that gem for later).  We needed to provide a significant date, and all I could think of was Clark’s birthday (weird, I know).  It turns out Clark‘s animal spirit is a dog.  The accuracy is chilling.

Nick and I met the Saturday Friday (please see the comments section hahahaha) after St. Patrick’s Day a hundred years ago, but truth be told, I can’t remember the actual date.  We could have just used one of our birthdays for the calendar, but I wanted both of our names to be on it (you know, in case we ever need to prove our whereabouts… these are the things I worry about), if only so I could see how Nick’s last name would be misspelled (this seems to happen all the time).  Somehow, only Nick’s first name was spelled wrong.  Touche, souvenir seller, touche.  I don’t know why I am telling you this.

Okay.  More pictures.

This temple, overlooking the Caribbean, had small portals in the upper levels. The sun would shine through specific portals during the Solstice and other important days.

 

5 points if you can spot the bird.

I may be a professional nerd, but clearly I am an amateur historian– so, please forgive me if a. none of this makes sense or b. some of this turns out to not be true.  And do let me know if you’ve got some facts to share.  I paid as much attention as I could, while still yelling “Whooaaaa!” and pointing at things.  I am sure you understand.  It’s a lot to fathom.

Also On Tap for Today:

  • Testing out paint samples (this could go one of two ways– one of them is horribly wrong)
  • Picking out some fun artwork
  • I like this post on bewilderment 🙂

What’s your nerdiest habit?  Come on, let your nerd flag fly!


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Today: I hated to leave Haiti.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false] Really.  I have never seen a place so extraordinary.  I hated to leave.  But if I stayed, who would take care of Clark?  Besides, I only had one pair of underoos with me.  But if we could have stayed a while longer, we would have.  You might be wondering… isn’t it a bit not okay to go cut loose and have fun somewhere where so many people are suffering?  To run away from everyday life in a place where there is so much work to be done?  It’s okay to wonder that.  The answer? I’m not sure.

But like Oprah, there are a few things I know for sure.  Unfortunately, unlike Oprah, I can’t give you a bunch of awesome free things.  And I don’t have a bestie named Gail.  And I don’t have a magazine or television show. But I totally should.  Um.  Back to the important stuff.

This is what I know for sure.

I know that if someone welcomes you to their island, then that is exactly where you’re supposed to be.

I know that my heart soared when I caught my first glimpse of Haiti’s lush hills, turquoise waters, rambling paths, and beautiful-beautiful-beautiful faces.

I know that I was happy to see that our ship– like others docking each week in Haiti– was carrying relief supplies.

And I know, sadly, that the conditions in Haiti continue to worsen. And I know that something needs to be done. And I know that  we can help.  And I know my words cannot do the situation justice, but I hope my pictures will help you to fall as in love with Haiti as I did.  And I hope that love will compel you to find some way, big or small, to help.

Normally I’d make a joke about knotty trees… but I’m not really in the mood.  You see, I am a bit of a wreck.

Someone, please.  Stop me.

I know that sometimes you need a break.  And that taking a break– no matter where it is– can help you to be a more effective helper.  I’ve returned with a clearer mind, a rested body, a grateful spirit, and an open heart.

Also On Tap for Today:

What are you most grateful for right now?


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Today: I am on a very large boat.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false] The world’s largest, in fact.

Remember when people were, like, super excited to board the Titanic, because (at the time) it was the world’s largest passenger ship and Leonardo DiCaprio was on board?  I totally know how those people felt.  Except that I survived, and I didn’t lose my favorite necklace, and fortunately (the even more handsome than Leonardo) Nick D’Not Caprio on board.  Last week, I enjoyed an incredible week aboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas with Nick and two of his friends.  I had never been on a cruise before, so I really didn’t know what to expect (even though I had spent approximately 89 hours creeping through other people’s flickr photos and spent each evening for the past 4 months playing multiple rounds of 20 questions with Nick).

What are the odds I fall overboard?  What if I get seasick?  Has anyone ever been murdered on a cruise ship?  Would I be able to eat any of the food?  What if I get off the boat, but then get distracted and it leaves without me?  Where is my passport?  What should I pack?  Where can I find SPF 55 sunblock in November in Boston?  Should I bring this dress?  Ok, what about this one?  Can Clark come?  Why not?  Do they have Diet Coke on board?  Who is driving the boat?  Will you paaaaaaalease stop asking ridiculous questions?  (That last one was Nick’s.)

We flew to Fort Lauderdale via Memphis last Saturday, which was basically a high point in my life, because I could finally sing Marc Cohn’s “Walking in Memphis” with some real conviction.  We actually touched down in the land of the Delta blues in the middle of the pouring rain.  Once we got to Florida, I was sweating in my yoga pants.  I had forgotten what 40+ temperatures felt like.  The boarding process was quick and painless– we were on the boat in no time.   I was sort of overwhelmed, there was so much to see.  So I did what any freshly-on-vacation-vacationer-person might, and ordered the drink of the day.  Yowza.  And then I learned my lesson and ordered a Diet Coke (yes, they do have them).

We checked out our stateroom and balcony– it was far bigger than I had imagined.  I guess I didn’t need to practice sleeping, eating and changing in our front hall closet, after all.  Live and learn, my friends.  We enjoyed the view as Floridians gathered on the jetty to wave the boat out to sea.

We enjoyed Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday on the Oasis of the Seas.  Monday was spent in Haiti, while Thursday and Friday were spent in Mexico.  During our days at sea, I think we did a pretty good job taking advantage of all the ship had to offer.  Stacey and I took two yoga classes in the Vitality at Sea fitness center, and later in the week Nick and I hit up the spa for a massage and manicure/pedicure, respectively.  We also made use of the running track and treadmills (apparently marathon training does not go on vacation)– nothing will ever compare to turning the track corner to catch my first view of Haiti.  It felt like my heart was opening up and I forgot for a minute that I was running.  I just felt a pang of wanting to be back in that moment.  Please excuse me.  I am a cheeseball.  But you knew that.

For entertainment, we drank more drinks of the day.  Oh, and we went to a few shows.  We saw Hairspray, Come Fly With Me, and the Royal Players’ Throw Me a Line improv show.  Tim entered the International Bellyflop Contest… and lost… but he did it with style.  We explored the ship’s sprawling gardens at Central Park, enjoyed a beer at the Rising Tide– a bar that travels between floors not unlike a giant bartender-equipped elevator, soaked up the sun on the upper decks, and soaked in a hot tub overlooking the Caribbean.  I took a nap nearly every afternoon.  I read a whole book.  I beat Nick at Suduko twelve times.  I gained 5 pounds (they’re gone already– perhaps it was all the sea water I swallowed?).

The food (which is where I presume the lbs actually came from) was pretty great.  There weren’t a ton of options for picky vegetarians, but I always found something to enjoy.  Dinners were particularly good.  Our service was impeccable.  I looked forward to seeing Etem and Raj each night, and not just because they had rolls and hot tea waiting for me.  I missed dinner one night due to feeling like I might be dying (was it the rum punch, or the looming ear infection?… we may never know), so the lovely waiters sent Nick back to our stateroom with a piping hot bowl of linguine for me.  In addition to the dining room (isn’t it fun dressing for dinner?), we enjoyed a spectacular dinner at Izumi and several lunches at Johnny Rocket’s.  I invented a new, improved way to enjoy my grilled cheeses with tomatoes:  add pickles.  You’re welcome.

I wasn’t planning on touring the medical facilities (really, who does?), but I found myself way down on Deck 2 mid-week when I could no longer stand the pain in my right ear.  I think it got filled with sand, salt water, a small anchor, three sea urchins, and several flip flops while I was body surfing in the waves off the coast of Labadee.  I was promptly seen by the doctor who examined both ears, admonished me for trying to cure myself using excessive force and Q-Tips, hugged me (normally this would freak me out to no end, but it was surprisingly welcomed and comforting) and told me I was very nice.  And then she gave me ear drops and Advil and sent me back to the sun deck.

It would seem life on the high seas is much more than all-you-can-eat buffets, bingo and towel animals.  The amenities (and anemones) were fabulous, but it was the people– both those that I arrived with and those who were waiting aboard– who made last week the amazing time that it was.  And as incredible as our time on the ship was, our time in Haiti, Tulum, and Costa Maya was absolutely surreal.  I can’t wait to tell you about that.  But I will.  Because I presume you’re sick of me… and there is no medical facility at On Tap for Today.

Also On Tap for Today:

Have you cruised before?  What did you like best?


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Today: Vacation in several bottles.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false] Six adorable bottles.

With the holidays fast approaching, the temperature dropping in this part of the Universe, and the sun playing hard to get, we could all use a little vacation.  With all my talk of getting away, the least I could do is share some of the vacation ahhhhh with one of you.  The lovely people at Weleda are coming to the rescue of one lucky reader who will receive their Body Oil Essentials Kit, which promises to replenish, regenerate, balance and protect.

I just relaxed a bit more typing those words.

The Body Oil Essentials Kit includes six mini versions of Weleda’s 100% certified organic, natural body oils and poses quite well with all the coral I snuck home from the Caribbean.  This set would make the perfect holiday gift.  Or you could keep them for yourself.  You could also split up the kit and drop a bottle in each stocking you pass.  Or you could keep them for yourself (see where I’m going with this?).  Here they are, in alphabetical order, because I am a freak of nature and can somehow find a way to systematize even the relaxation process.

  • Arnica Massage Oil boasts the special restorative properties of hand-picked, organic arnica flowers and will warm your skin during usage.
  • Birch Cellulite Oil will help purify and detoxify your skin.  It will visibly improve your skin’s texture and smoothness after a month of regular use.
  • Lavender Relaxing Body Oil is the perfect antidote to a long, stressful day.  The aroma will help you unwind before bed.
  • Pomegranate Regenerating Body Oil is an indulgent, antioxidant-rich oil that will visibly reduce the signs of aging, promote skin renewal, add moisture, and will leave you looking smooth and firm (sort of like my handshake).
  • Sea Buckthorn Body Oil features Biodynamic(R) sea buckthorn, which is rich in antioxidants and has long been used by Weleda for replenishing the skin.
  • Wild Rose Body Oil smells heavenly.  I am sure there’s more to it, but I could sit around sniffing this little pink bottle all day.  If that’s wrong, I don’t want to be right.  Beyond the amazing aroma, rosehip seed oil boasts a powerful combination of vitamins and fatty acids which help to improve the skin’s suppleness and elasticity.

A bit more about the brand behind the beautifying botanicals: At Weleda, we cultivate beauty and 100-percent, certified-natural baby and skin care products. We believe beauty should be grown right from the earth-not from a lab. Carefully. Lovingly. And certainly without pesticides or chemicals. Look through our ingredients and you will find flowers and herbs, crafted organically and biodynamically. We are the pioneers of Biodynamic® and organic farming, and since our inception in 1921, we have put as much love and care into the earth as we have into our bottles. We create meaningful products that work with your body’s own natural vitality and ability to nurture and heal. The end result is radiant skin and a sense of well-being that can only come from nature and from us—Weleda.

Weleda products are available online at http://www.usa.weleda.com. Select products are sold at Target, Whole Foods Market, select independent health food stores and other specialty retailers nationwide and around the world.

I love that Weleda has been around since 1921 and their products are rooted in organic farming, and are not dictated by trends and passing fads.  They are a brand I trust and respect and see every morning in my shower and makeup bag.  It’s just that good.  My favorite picks are their Skin Food, Pomegranate Creamy Body Wash, and their incredible Foot Balm.  I am looking forward to experimenting further with each of these oils and can’t wait to pass along a set to one of you.  So let’s get down to business, shall we?

To enter, please leave a comment sharing your best tip for staying balanced and relaxed during the holiday season.  For an extra entry, please feel free to tweet (“RT @ElizabethEv: Relaxation is On Tap for Today! @Weleda giveaway at http://wp.me/pySBS-IC”) or blog about this giveaway.  Many thanks to Weleda for generously presenting this giveaway, and to each of you for being so lovely and loyal.  You are simply the best. 🙂

I will randomly select one winner on Sunday evening, November 28th. You’ve got practically a whole week to imagine what you’d do with six bottles of body oil… and I will leave you with that.

Also On Tap for Today:

  • There’s quite the deal on Groupon today: half off at Nordstrom Rack!
  • Pick up Clark from Camp +dog… he’s been away for over a week 😦
  • Peruse recipes– what should I bring home for Thanksgiving?

So let’s hear it: How do you stay balanced and relaxed during the holiday season?