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Saturday Morning Soak

Saturday Morning SoakAfter a long work week, nothing is more soothing and restorative to me than a relaxing bath with LOTS of bubbles. I first like to soak for a while in calmness and serenity in the warm water filled with Purifying Sea Soak from Arbonne, a unique blend of sea salts, marine botanicals, essentials oils and dried sea water. Then I pour in some body wash, turn on the Jacuzzi jets and watch how high the bubbles will rise. Reminds me of the foaminess of the waves when they crash on shore. It’s my way of bringing the ocean home. Now off to yoga…

Discover the Healing & Nourishing Products from Skinny & Co.

Skinny & Co logoI was super excited when I opened the box of raw coconut oil samples from Skinny & Co because I’m a fan of anything coconut and a true believer in it’s health and therapeutic benefits. Before I even tried the products I was pleased by the eco-friendly packaging. All of the products are in recyclable glass containers with metal lids, so no plastic pollution there! Plus the packing peanuts were water-soluble and biodegradable. I was also impressed by the Skinny & Co. story and mission. Founded by two brothers who are committed to living and healthy and holistic lifestyle their raw coconut oil (that’s right, never heated) is wild harvested from the jungles of Vietnam. Read More…

Skinny & Co Raw Coconut Oil

Super excited to try these 100% raw, extra virgin coconut oil products from Skinny & Co. Let’s see what’s in the box. Stay tuned for my review.

Rinse Off the Surf and Take a Shower Outside

IMG_4273The California coastal  equivalent of the mudroom is the outdoor shower (besides a hot tub, of course). It’s part of the Santa Cruz surf culture. Rinsing the sea salt and sand off our bodies and wetsuits is a welcome relief after an active day in the brisk Santa Cruz surf.  My husband Bill, an avid surfer and beach volley ball player, considers an outdoor shower so necessary that he has installed two at our house.  Even when I haven’t been to the beach I still enjoy the liberating freedom of taking a shower outdoors. If I use my imagination I can pretend I’m standing under a waterfall in Hawaii.

Ocean lover that I am, it’s only natural that my favorite bath and body products have marine botanical ingredients . I’m especially fond of Arbonne’s  Seasource Detox Spa line. The rescue wash does double duty as body wash and shampoo.The sea algae extracts remove surface impurities and and environmental toxins. The exfoliating properties of the foaming sea salt scrub smoothes my skin and the fortifying hair mask detangles my tresses and protects from sun damage. Once I towel off, I lather my body with renewing body gelee and the 5 in 1 essential massage oil. They soothe my skin and muscles from a long day spent soaking up the sun.

You can purchase these fabulous products here. Sign up to become a preferred client and get 20% off. For more information contact Beth(at)SeaweedArt(dot)com.



Skinny and Co. Coconut Oil Products

I’m a huge fan and lover of anything coconut. It is not only one of my favorite food flavors to taste (I use coconut milk in my tea and smoothies every morning), I also appreciate it’s many healthful benefits, both nutritionally as a food source, and topically in beauty and self care products. In fact, I’m in the process of developing my own recipes for body butters made with coconut oil products. It’s no surprise that I’m super excited that I have been asked by Skinny and Co. to review their line of raw, alkaline, extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil products. The samples are on their way and I should be expecting them soon. In the meantime, watch this for more information.


Sea-Inspired iOS Photography of Jim Perdue


My sister Julie, a fabulous amateur photographer, introduced me to the work of Jim Perdue, a software developer at App Lab. App Lab iOS photography is all about photography and art created using mobile devices. Jim lives in Monterey, CA near the Monterey Bay Aquarium, so many of his subjects are of ocean related themes. Here are some of my favorites. To see more of his work visit Jim Perdue Flikr page


Chez Shady Santa Cruz Vacation Rental

Now that our five children are all grown up and living all over the country (and world), my husband Bill and I decided to turn our sprawling Santa Cruz family home into a summer vacation rental. If you are looking for a killer pad to relax and chill, we invite you to visit our Airbnb listing Chez Shady. 

Our traditional custom craftman’s bungalow style home was built in 1927. It has since undergone several remodels and expansions without sacrificing any of the home’s original character or charm. Relax and enjoy our luxurious, comfortable and spacious (3000 square foot) home that has everything you want and need to enjoy the Santa Cruz beach and mountain experience. Designed and built for our large family, our home has 4 bed rooms, 3 full baths and outdoor living area. Ideal for retreats and reunions. It’s spacious, cozy and comfortable with lots of amenities: indoor clinker brick fireplace, gourmet kitchen (with granite counters and Viking stove), master bath Jacuzzi, outdoor fireplace/fountain and kitchen, study/library, formal dining room with Mission Style table and ginormous great room with wet bar and 60 inch flat screen TV.

Bamboo Planters Zen Decorating Idea



When I moved to Santa Cruz 24 years ago I remember the first time I saw aloe vera, cactus and other succulents growing on the side of the road. It was November, 1992 and I had just left the barren trees and slushy snow of New Jersey when I found myself  tranplanted into a year round tropical oasis– a completely alternative landscape from the coniferous and disiduous vegetation I was used to. It didn’t take me long to embrace the California surf culture and  Zen-like vibe, which typically involved hot tubs, bamboo and succulents. We have all three in our yard and my husband Bill, handy, creative guy that he is, made these lovely DIY bamboo planters for me and filled them with luscious succulents.

Beach Babe Hairspray

image of spray bottleA popular item found in beauty supply stores these days is hair spray formulated to give you the tousled just-come-from-the-beach wavy hair look. Here’s a homemade version I discovered in 100 Organic Skincare Recipes by Jessica Ress. Nothing beats the look, smell and feel of ocean misted hair, but spritz a little bit of this on your hair to capture a similar effect.


  • 1 cup distilled water (optional add in, steep camomile tea in the water)
  • 1 1/2 T. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. extra-virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. aloe vera juice
  • 1 T. 80 proof vodka

To Make: Heat the water to almost boiling and remove from heat. Add tea bag is using. Steep for five minutes and then discard tea bag. Add sea salt and coconut oil. Use a funnel to transfer to spray bottle. Shake well to dissolve ingredients and then let cool completely. Add aloe vera juice and vodka. Shake well before each use. Will store in refrigerator for 4 months. Makes 10 ounces.

To Use: Spray generously on damp or dry hair. Scrunch and twist into beachy fabulous waves. Works best if you air dry.



Functional Glass Art Adorned with Wild Flowers

Flowers, flowers, everywhere. I’m lucky to live in the beautiful seaside town of Santa Cruz, CA. Our temperate climate lends itself to year round gardens and as a nature artist, I’m always finding ways to bring that beauty indoors. I started pressing flowers long before I discovered the magnificent beauty of pressed seaweed and marine botanicals. On walks along the beach and in the meadows and forests near my home, wild flowers are in abundance. They grow in the sand dunes along the jagged cliffs leading down to my favorite beach, Greyhound Rock. Here are some of my favorites– Indian Paintbrush, lupine and dill pressed and sealed onto glass soap and lotion dispensers. This functional art is available for sale on EtsySoap and lotion dispensers decorated with pressed wild flowers.

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