Do you ever think about the life products have lived before they make it into your cart?
Years ago, my mother started to sell a few fair-trade products at her tea stand; wood-free stationary from India that was created by displaced females. The company she worked with helped teach a skill set to women that had nowhere else to turn. In return, their new found education brought about the hope of higher self esteem, and a promising future.
Mom's tea stand and the sales of wood-free products ended, but my new found interest in where products came from was just beginning. In high school, I would wonder...just how far did these bananas travel before they landed in my bowl of oatmeal? And where are these oats I eat every morning from anyways? Then college came, and fair trade products started popping up in stores and online. better world shopper was brought to my attention, and I did the best I could to research and educate myself on companies environmental and social actions.
Post college I can honestly say I have been slacking.
I used to see life as coming in a series of waves. Sometimes it took all of me to stay afloat...but in all reality, I am floating along mighty fine. Unfortunately, there are others out there that are not... time for me to remember this once again...
If buying from farmers, artisans and companies that live by respectable social and environmental morals, can really make a difference in whole communities livelihoods, then let my dollar show as my support once again! Lets use our money as a way to promote our vote, voice, and support!
It's as easy as buying clothing made from organic cotton, using newspaper to wrap gifts or shopping from the World-Stock Fair Trade section on Overstock. If you are a coffee drinker, try to buy and sip on beans that were fair-trade certified. Look for products that have been reduced, reused and recycled... I promise your small efforts will add up to a WORLD of an difference.
Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? I will be celebrating my quarter century birthday with my lovely puppy and some friends in Chicago... do not know if any other birthday will trump last years (i.e. I fell in L.O.V.E, was in Nashville honky tonken with my best friend...) but I do believe each new year is an adventure, and one to be excited about.
As my path turns a new direction, I hope you will come along for the ride! Every time I read your comments, I think about the human spirit and how easy it is to spread love...if we only reach out a hand and do so. Thank you so very much for following my humble blog, sharing your thoughts, and helping to spread the good vibrations.
CHEERS, to another healthy, happy, heart-warming 25!
Thanks Tasya for the wonderful photo... great reminder to always eat your 3 to 4 servings of fruit each day!
Lately, I have been on a little baking kick, but the summer heat has not been the easiest to work in. Dah-ta-Dah...Martha to the rescue! Here is a yummy treat I found from her (rather large) list of no-bake desserts:
Tangy Raspberry Fool
1 bag (10 ounces) frozen raspberries, thawed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 1/2 cups cold heavy cream
1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
In a blender, combine raspberries, granulated sugar, and pinch of salt and puree until sugar dissolves, about 1 minute. Pour mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a medium bowl, pressing on solids (discard seeds).
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat cream and confectioners' sugar on high until stiff peaks form, about 3 minutes. Beat in lemon juice. In six small glasses, alternate layers of raspberry puree and whipped cream. With a skewer or thin-bladed knife, gently swirl whipped cream and puree together. Smooth tops and serve immediately.
Another reason to get together with friends this Summer!
Time Magazine had an article about tipping that made me think. Why do I always tip 20% every time I pay my bill, even when the service is horrible? There are some wonderful waiters and waitresses out there that deserve a great tip...and then there are some that make your dinning experience more stressful than needed. Why is it that the majority of us stay quiet? Take some time to read this article, and tell me what you think!
When I was younger, I would cry if my friends picked fresh leaves or broke the branches off of tree's. Through my tears, I would explain to them that the trees could feel the lose of their lush leaves and strong branches.
This gives you a little idea of how my heart works.
In this World, there are some people that just get you...and most people really don't... at least in my case... so, when you find the ones that do... (I mean really do)... please take my advice and hold onto them with all you've got.
Well, don't actually hold on that hard because you might scare them off... just hold on enough and as the years go by, nurture the heart of that relationship.
Not to toot my own horn, but nurturing a relationship is something I am really good at and tends to be a life focus. Some may say I am an "over lover", but I honestly cannot help it... it's the way my heart is made...the way it beats.
For those of you that get me... thanks so much for keeping up with the rhythm of my heart. You are reason for it to beat.
From time to time, I brows around a fun little site called Poketo. They always have super cool wallets, scarves, notebooks, and other knick knacks.... and now they have a notefolio! Notebook plus a folder that fits in a purse or small bag. Gotta get me one of these!
When I was in college, one of my roommates gave me a little candle holder as a gift. She told me that it came from her home town of Seattle, and it was called a glassybaby. The soft, spring-green holder became a mini piece of art once a votive candle was sparked inside. It remains today one of my all time favorite gifts, and one that is used on a daily basis.
If you ever need something small and special, a glassybaby might just be the perfect gift.
Aren't these Tree Mugs awesome? I love bringing nature into the home, and what a peaceful way to enjoy your morning tea, juice, or coffee! Too bad my cabinets are filled to the brim with mugs, or I would buy these in a minute.
When I drink out of my favorite mugs, I swear my drinks taste better...Do you have a special mug or cup?
What will you be doing this weekend? Hopefully it involves a little R and R with your loved ones. What am I doing you ask? Well, a few of my friends will be in town, and (as is tradition) we will be breaking bread (cheese and crackers really) over some yummy wine.
If you have not tried Charles Smith's wines yet, I highly recommend you do. It tends to be my wine of choice lately, and I just picked up a bottle for my weekend get-together as well. Smith is a very cool entrepreneur who breaks the traditional beliefs about where wine should be made. His thought is that the money should be in the wine and not in the packaging... and I would have to agree with him! All I can say is that they do it right in Walla Walla Washington!
Check out K Vineyard and have a stupendous weekend!
1/4 cup of canned crushed pinneapple, drained well
3/4 cup shredded carrots
1/4 cup toasted chopped pecans
What to do:
In a large bowl, whisk pancake mix and cinnamon together. Add in milk, 1 tablespoon oil and whisk together until all ingredients are combined. Next, stir in the pineapple, carrots, pecans and raisins.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat, brushing lightly with oil. Drop 1/4 cup of batter into skillet per pancake. Each one will need to cook for about 3 or 4 minutes on the first side...flip...and 2 to 3 minutes on the other side. You will end up with 8 or 9 pancakes in total (serving about 4).
What a handsome mini-fridge Pottery Barn has come up with! I am loving the color, size, and retro vibes...
Yeah, maybe college is over with, but I still believe there are so many wonderful uses for these little chillers. My choice of use? a Mini-Bar for the dinning room, which could double for a side table in a small space (such as my little city apartment). What would you use it for?