Big City Hippies

Big City Living, Hippie Ideals

Nourish {nur-ish}: to sustain with food or nutriment; supply what is necessary for life, health & growth. Feeding your Mind, Body & Soul are not separate. We need nurturing & nourishing to survive & thrive. We know the value of eating well & caring for ourselves. Let us help you embrace your soul & sustain your body.

You are making choices every day that support & nourish or harm & neglect yourself. There are hundreds of small decisions daily.  Let us help you learn simple, improved ways of doing the same old.  We offer inspiration to make small, healthful changes to support yourself, your loved ones, and your community; from hum-drum to heavenly.

We believe there is a creator inside each one of us. Creativity comes in many forms, and expressing ourselves through different mediums sets our souls free. There is such talent & beauty to feast upon, with much to consider as we navigate this world. Open your eyes, open your heart, open your mind, and create.


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     Český Krumlov, in the Czech Republic /Kingdom of Bohemia, is a little UNESCO World Heritage Site in the South. It’s full of cobblestone streets (even in flat shoes, your ankles will get a work out), little cafes and shops, the winding Vltava River, bridges to cross the river, colourful houses, a pastel bell tower, a castle, and more ✨ It is picturesque to say the least, and in the summer, hiking, biking, horse back riding, and river rides in canoes are added on top of the history here.  It’s a bit quiet in November (and even more so on a Monday, when most activities are closed), but will get fired up again for Advent / Christmas  . . . #meettheworld #passionpassport #travel #travelgram #ceskykrumlov #czechrepublic #czechia #bohemia #boho #goexplore #europe #wanderlust #globalcitizen #vlatava #unescoworldheritagesite #medieval #beautifuldestinations #čezkýkrumlov #czech #belltower #view #traveller #traveling #instagood #picoftheday  Dogs Rule in Czech Republic #🇨🇿 #GunnarThePooch is finally able to spend a full day with us as we explored #Czechia. We started our morning with #breakfast & #coffee at a sweet spot in Praha and Gunnzy accompanied us no problem - jealous of our egg salad on caraway sourdough! #☕️ It’s amazing having your #dog be a full part of your life, instead of only being allowed in “dog parks”. We have met so many dogs and each owner seems to have a well behaved companion, causing little trouble. Of course, barks here, nips there (at other dogs) occur, but that is simply normal dog behaviour - humans want to control and organize everything, but just like a 2 year old, a dog cannot understand every behaviour/action you want it to perform (unless it is specifically trained to do such amazing things). Health Code violations don’t seem to be an issue here, and everyone seems perfectly healthy and happy to have dogs around. Everyone is very friendly to Gunnar, and wishes to give him a little pat on the head. We think it’s lovely, and we wish other countries examined the true “health” risks of having dogs inside shops & food places. Having dogs around increases our exposure to bacteria that strengthen our #immunesystem - this creates a healthier population. General sterility is a curse in my opinion, and we actually need to be “dirtier” to be healthy. North Americas obsession with Clean & Sanitized has an effect on our #mindbodysoul that is mostly negative  Kids around dogs also have less allergies! Dogs are also amazing friends that counter #stress, loneliness and #depression, get you outside exercising and walking every day, and elevate your #serotonin, #dopamine, and #oxytocin levels (feel good hormones). Dog hugs over cake & coffee - what could be better? Transit is also accessible to dogs - simply put on a muzzle to ensure no trouble an away you go!  We are still here for over a week, so time will tell how Gunnar gets on as a #PraugeDog # . . . . . #Prague #Praha #CzezhRepublic #holistichealth #designedforlife #dogstagram #doglife #lifestyle #health #travel #travelgram #butfirstcoffee #coffeedog #dogfriendly
     #GunnarThePooch is officially a global traveller – taking in the sights of Česky Krumlov in #CzechRepublic #🇨🇿. #CeskyKrumlov is a #unescoworldheritagesite in southern #Czechia, and of course, is walkable and dog friendly!  . . . . #travelgram #dogsofinstagram #traveldog #globalgunnar #wanderlust #goexplore #history #culture #europe #medieval  Wow. #Quedlinburg #Germany #🇩🇪 was a teensy fairytale 🧚‍♂️! This small town is a #UNESCO World Heritage Site, full of timber framed homes that look like gingerbread houses  This ancient #medieval town used to be a political and cultural hub, in the cradle of Germany. We had a lovely time exploring the cobblestone streets and eating schnitzel. Take the chance to visit if you can! Happy travels! . . . . . #travelgram #travel #wonderlust #traveltheworld #goexplore #getoutside #deutschland #deutch #statue #medievaltimes #medievaltown
     Had a lovely, local dinner at The Farm @farmletna in #Letna, #Prague last night. I enjoyed an #AperolSpritz, the bikes on the wall, being able to bring our dog, the local food selection, the food books & magazines lining the walls, the treats for our dog, and my date of course. I had the fresh pasta of the day, with roasted veggies and goat cheese    #🇩🇪 When on a #roadtrip (or a #flight), take a #mindful #stretch & #movement break as often as possible. Every hour is ideal. Pull over and spend 5 minutes #jumping, #dancing, wiggling, jiggling, shaking, #bouncing, #yoga posing, doing #squats, #stretching, taking deep breaths of fresh air, looking as far away as you can (eyeball #workout) and of course, if you are travelling with a #dog, let them do the same! Chase your #pooch around for a tiny #cardio pump. If you can spare 5-7 minutes and have some space, do #hiit training - high intensity intervals will boost your energy to keep driving and stay energized!  ‍♀️   . . . . . #stretchitout #yogapose #dogsofinstagram #dogstagram #stretchbreak #mindfulmovement #roadtrippin #travel #traveldog #germany #canada #europe #eu
     #🇨🇿 I think these are the most beautiful doors I have ever seen! This is the #Basilica of St Peter and St Paul in #Prague #⛪️ . . . . . #travelgram #travel #praha #basilicaofstpeterandstpaul #doorgram #travel #wanderlust #goexplore #czechrepublic #czech #czechia  #grapes in November? Yup! From my Danish mammas backyard! They made for a tasty, healthful snack on our drive from #copenhagen to #odense - with a pastry of course 🥐  . . . . . . . #growyourown #garden #sustainabilityiswellness #sustainableliving #sustainability #greenliving #gogreen #organic #økologisk #eatclean #everythinginmoderation
     ⚙️PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT⚙️ A simple reminder that it’s pretty much always up to you to choose your #mood, and how you respond in this world. It’s a never ending practice, but know that with #conscious attention turned into #intention, you can start switching up your operating program (hi, #brain), and create a response system that is #resilient, positive, calm, and strong. Work those brainy #muscles into #magic #✨ # #🧠 Try it out for a week and see how you do. Can you “catch your mood”, and switch it up in a positive way? Graphic: Unknown . . . . . . . #mindfulness #mindbodysoul #resilience #innerstrength #brainmuscle #consciousness #awake #woke #wokeuplikethis #moodbooster #vibes #mentalhealth #brainhealth #nervoussystem #healthgoals #happiness #holistichealth #healthythoughts #lifestyle  #thirfted a cozy, textured light #pink #sweater at @theorganicclub // @theorganicclub_odense in #Odense, #Denmark  They sell gently used #clothes, #organic // #økologisk products, and have #wine #popupshop nights too! I also picked up a #sustainability magazine - this will force me to read in Danish if I want to learn more about what’s happening here!
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10 Daily Guiding Principles 

10 Daily Guiding Principles 

Oct 13, 2017 | No Comments

MindBodySoul health means everything is connected. You cannot be in optimal homeostasis if you are only considering one aspect of “health” at a time. For example, if you focus on diet, but ignore mental wellness, or if you focus on exercise, but forget about emotional resiliency. Samantha Dobo & Jennifer Kennedy share 10 daily principles […]

Juicy Butterflies – GCUC 2017

Juicy Butterflies – GCUC 2017

Oct 12, 2017 | No Comments

The Global Coworking Unconference Conference hit Vancouver October 4-6, 2017, and Big City Hippie Maddy got to take it all in! Here is my recap on a whirlwind of 3 juicy days full of hope, inspiration, tears, hugs, learning, community, and all things coworking…   DAY ONE Day One started off with registration, coffee, and […]

Miso Squash Soup

Miso Squash Soup

Sep 15, 2017 | No Comments

August turned to September, and boom! Just like that, there was a big ol’ squash in our weekly box of CSA veggies from Inner City Farms. Normally when I buy a squash, it ends up sitting on my counter for months till I finally remember to use it. They are excellent, edible fall decor, so […]

Simple Kitchen Pantry Face Mask 

Simple Kitchen Pantry Face Mask 

Sep 12, 2017 | No Comments

Self Care face mask morning! This is a Turmeric Honey mask, made with ingredients found in your own kitchen! Mix up 2 tablespoons of the highest quality honey you can get (manuka honey is the gold of golden honeys), mix in some Turmeric powder, some cinnamon, and maybe a drop of lavender essential oil for […]

Mango Ginger Salmonberry Smoothie

Mango Ginger Salmonberry Smoothie

Aug 16, 2017 | No Comments

Power Up your smoothie with wild berries! Foraged Salmonberries were a great addition to this mango ginger smoothie! Ingredients mango (we used organic, frozen) salmonberries (foraged – not available in stores) banana (one medium-ish sized) kale (a few leaves) tahini (a tablespoon-ish) ginger (a small knob) yogurt (plain, grass-fed, a few tablespoons water (a splash […]