Monthly Archives: June 2011

Delightful Discovery: Beachstreet Candleworks

These delicous soy candles are my new obsession. Not only are they beautiful- my favorite is the Rustico Collection (pictured above) which are made in a “rustic” looking mason jar (get it?) but they smell absolutely divine. Here are some of the benefits from burning soy candles (taken directly from the beachstreet candleworks website) “Soy candles are a great eco-friendly alternative to paraffin candles. Our choice to use soy wax was an easy decision, soy beans are a sustainable source grown in the United States. By choosing soy wax we support American farmers and our local economy. Soy candles burn 30-50% longer and do not contain the toxins that paraffin candles have. Although anytime you have a flame you do have soot, our 100% all-natural soy wax candles produce 95% less soot if burned properly, so that means less black soot on your walls, ceilings and furniture.” Pictured below is the Studio Collection- also beautiful.

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To zoo or not to zoo?

Sure, for most of us when we think of a visit to the zoo, we think of a chance to show our kids how animals live up close and personal. A way to introduce them to something so foreign and magical. An educational experience surely they’ll remember. It beats having them sit around the house, right? Wrong. According to a large mass of eco minded folks, taking your kids to the zoo poses a huge moral and ethical dilemma. For one thing, these animals are captive- It’s just not natural. Secondly, we’re using animals for entertainment. Could you imagine if a bunch of humans were behind a glass wall for others to gawk and point at? It’s plain sad when you think of it that way. The other major issue is animal welfare. We’ve all heard horror stories about zoo’s and zoo keepers mis-treating their animals. It’s heart wrenching and down right horrible to think of the beautiful creatures being mis-treated for our pleasure. Teaching our children to respect and love animals is so important. Could bringing them to the zoo be confusing in this lesson? What do you think?

Talent, beauty and a huge heart.

We absolutely adore Miss Emma Watson. We were overjoyed when we heard she was teaming up with Italian designer Alberta Ferretti to create an organic, fair traded clothing line! The best part is that Emma is already majorly involved with the organic line People Tree- they’re idea philosophy and product are simply beautiful. Emma was inspired by green fashion while on a trip to Bangladesh where she was able to see how fair trade worked first hand. “Not only do these women have jobs, but they’re earning the same amount as men – there is gender equality,” says Watson. We could use some more Emma’s in this world….

Summer Fun Toys!

We are totally loving the LikeAbike balance bikes. They’ve been around for a little while now but we thought they’d make for the perfect summer toy. My favorite thing about these bikes, besides how cool they look is that they teach kids gross motor skills and actually teach them how to ride. Training wheels and pedals are great and all but often times kids concentrate so hard on pedaling that they aren’t able to get the feel of a bike down and because they’re feet aren’t on the ground, falls happen. So with that said, we love the LikeaBike, bikes!

Good product + Good company

We posted yesterday via our Facebook page how excited we were to hear the unveiling of a new TOMS product and are really digging what the masterminds at TOMS have come up with. TOMS eye wear! So cool. TOMS is known for their simple, cute, comfortable canvas shoes, where if you buy one pair, another pair is given to someone in need. The new “one for one” slogan has a bit of a new meaning. You buy a pair of shades, someone in need gets free eye care. Hello, awesome. The shades, if I do say so myself, are super cute too! Companies who make a good product plus do something positive for our world are the best kind in our book. What do you guys think of the new TOMS product?

photo credit: TOMS

Kids are rejoicing!

School is out for the summer! At least around here it is. While some parents love the time spent with their kids, others feel anxious and nervous about “what to do with them all day.” Don’t fret- summer is supposed to be fun. Sign your kids up for camps, classes, take them to the pool, arrange play dates- anything to keep them active and busy. Sitting at your house all summer will only drive you AND your kids nuts. I think it’s also important to remember that while you want your kids to be stimulated physically and academically over the summer, they are on break, so give them a break! A little down time is good for them. Here’s to the start of a truly wonderful summer!

Clothing Exchange

Thrilled at this idea and have wanted to participate in an exchange for some time now. Unfortunately Im not able to make it to the swaps in Australia but absolutely love the fact that this organized, well curated exchange exists. I know there are some in the States and other parts of the world and am planning to make it to one sometime soon :) Check out the Clothing Exchange website > The Clothing Exchange I love the tag: ” Imagine a giant clothing store where everything is free…” Yes, please!