Let the holiday countdown begin! We spent the weekend at the cabin enjoying a hike and the first snow of fall/winter! I needed a snow storm and the town Christmas tree lighting to kickstart the holiday-feels. December is just days away and the gift-giving season is here! This is a little “Gift Guide for Her” your mom, sister, friend etc. Last week I posted a “Gift Guide for Him” to give you a few ideas to run with! Happy Holidays!
I can’t wait to get our Christmas tree next week! The holiday season is upon us and with that comes gift giving! It can be hard to find the perfect gift for your guy… so I’ll be posting gift ideas for both men and women this week. The Hub helped me curate this one, so here are some fantastic gift ideas approved by an actual guy! Great gifts for the men in your life (husband, brother, father etc). Links are listed below.
And Enter Here for a chance to win $75 towards a wooden watch by Jord. There is still one week left to enter the contest! Ends Dec 3rd! Just enter you email — super easy! Good luck!
The mountains were calling this weekend. We thought some fresh air and a hike would be good for our souls. That view of the rainstorm rolling in was fantastic… it even matched my Sandalwood & Smoke Frankie Watch. I’m partnering with Wood Watches by Jord this month for a fun GIVEAWAY. One lucky winner will receive a $75 e-gift card and the rest of you will get $20 off your purchase just for entering. Win win! Christmas is around the corner and these natural wood watches are a stunning gift for your loved ones (or yourself)!
What I love about my Jord Frankie series watch:
This particular watch is listed in both men’s and women’s watches on Jord’s website, so Daniel and I can share it! Although, I caught him adding an extra link to fit his wrist, so it looks like he’s planning on stealing it. Someone was very eager to claim it as his own! I’ll just have to get one for myself. More about the watch… I love the simplistic style, smoky grey face and rich sandalwood strap. You can tell that Jord takes pride in manufacturing their one- of –a-kind wooden watches. The watch arrived in the beautiful branded wooden box – wrapped around a mini burlap pillow. There is even a tiny magnetic drawer to safely keep a cleaning cloth, extra links and pins for resizing. If you’re wracking your brain to find a gift this holiday season (or anytime), look no further, this is it. The presentation is thoughtful and the watch is gorgeous.
GIVEAWAY CONTEST will end on DEC 4th!
Good luck friends!
When Krit, the creator of Soothi Jewelry approached me for a collaboration, I couldn’t pass it up. I love learning about companies that empower women and give back to their community. Soothi is all about natural yoga inspired jewelry made from coconut shells, sandalwood and such. 5% of earnings are donated to Help Animals India to save puppies as well as providing flexible and safe work opportunities to disenfranchised women.
“Women who come from poor families, often don’t have access to education and means to gain financial independence. They are often also from conservative families that don’t allow for women to work. It’s a patriarchy. Since Soothi partners with a non-for-profit they are able to position themselves as a community center where women can come to learn. Within this center they offer work opportunities, along with education opportunities. They also offer total flexibility for these women, so they can come and go as their family situation allows.”-Krit Creator & Curator
All the wealth in the world can’t help people, if people are not taught to help themselves. With Soothi, we try to educate people, so that they may learn to be self-sufficient. By providing an approachable and encouraging work environment, we empower women and underprivileged artists. Offering opportunities to achieve financial stability and self-reliance can help individuals feel secure and content. It all leads to a sense of stability, which eventually helps move society forward.
I traveled to India a few months back — witnessing this country first hand makes me thankful for companies like Soothi who provide healthy work environments for women and artisans in India. Way to go Soothi!
I’ve been working with the wonderful people at Ecohabitude for the past month as a guest pinner for their eco-friendly weddings board on Pinterest. Anna and Tatyana interviewed me for a little meet and greet for their website and blog. Head over to their website to find green, eco-friendly and socially responsible brands and products. They’re pretty awesome! Here is a copy of our fun interview and some links to my curating project highlighting a few of their fabulous products.
How did you get into blogging and how do you pick your topics?
I first started blogging as a way to share bits and pieces of my life, travel, projects and recipes – basically a journal of sorts where I could savor and celebrate all the good stuff that makes me smile.
When it comes to picking topics, I usually write about things that we (my husband Daniel and I) are up to, where we recently traveled or a recipe that I wanted to share. Every once in a while I will post DIY projects for our home or a topic relevant to the time of year. I just let the topics come naturally…
What tips do you have for someone who is trying to make lifestyle changes so that they are more socially conscious and eco-friendly?
A few ideas you can start with are conserving water, driving less and walking more, turning off the lights when you leave the room, buying recycled products, eating locally grown produce, creating less waste, planting more trees, using less toxic chemicals etc. Live with a greater awareness of the resources that you use in your daily life. Shop for socially conscious products (here on Ecohabitude) and brands that are eco-friendly. Ultimately, when you are mindful about the way you live, everything will benefit from it.
Just like “Everybody Wang Chung tonight!” what action would your name be if it were a verb?
Ha-ha. I love that song by the way…
Hmmmm, it’s a bit difficult to describe myself as a verb, but I’ll take a crack at it. The verb “Create” is pretty accurate to who I am and what I love doing. Whether it’s creating memories, relationships, recipes or projects, I like to make things. The process of creating is beautiful to me. It’s my chance to leave a mark on this world when I create something.
What’s currently at the top of your lust list and why?
Ooooh a lust list! I have so many! Can I share a few?
–Beech Backpack A British Association for Fair Trade shop, handmade, recycled leather (factory offcut) backpack that supplies 60 Indian families with jobs. All tailors are paid a fair commission and work from home. Compensation for their machinery, tools and electricity is provided. This company does not use any child, elderly or forced labor. ← I love knowing that the items I buy come from a company that treats their employees fairly and supports a community of craftsmen. This looks like the perfect backpack for more adventuring! Love those pockets!
–Solid Shea Butter bars are so silky and moisturizing. I have dry skin so it’s important to keep moisturized. I like natural lotions and butters. “Whatever sits on your skin, gets in” so natural products are best.
–Eno Hammock I’ve been drooling over this hammock for quite awhile. Light and compact enough for backpacking, it’s the ultimate access-pass to relaxation and has plenty of room for 2 and a tree-friendly hammock suspension system. I’d love to take this with me on our next camping trip.
–Black Pepper Essential Oil spicy, warm and soothing! Black pepper essential oil also has a high concentration of minerals and vitamins (fabulous for cooking too).
–Kai Perfume Oil an intoxicating scent of gardenia wrapped in white exotics made with essential oils in a convenient and easy to use roll-on vial. It’s paraben, sulfate, phthalate, phosphate, gluten and cruelty free! My go-to scent that I currently ran out of! It’s delicious! I get a compliment every time I wear it. Smells like a tropical rain forest in bloom!
If money were no object, what would you be doing with your life?
Traveling the world, as a photo journalist/chef sort of less-foul-mouthed Anthony Bourdain or Globe Trekker. I love learning about the world we live in, people, different cultures, relationships, food, ways of life etc. It all fascinates me! I think we have a lot to learn from each other.
What’s your favorite line from any movie?
OK it’s a bit long, but stay with me…this one is so good.
“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same; there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.” – Benjamin Button 2008