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Friday Finds

Check out what I’ve been checkin’ out this week…

Friday Finds 10.16.15

1. A heartwarming story about a rooster. 

2. Are these the water bottles of the future?

3. Shoes that grow. It’s such a simple concept, yet has such a huge impact.

4. The direct effect laughter has on our health. (Watch this if you need a good laugh)


Friday Finds

Friday Finds 2.6.15

Check out what I’ve been checkin’ out this week…

1. Inspired by the Joan Didion’s Celine ad, which hit the web this January, Fusion writer Elisa Rodríguez-Vila does some of her own model casting for other high fashion lines.The results are pretty fabulous and I really hope this sparks some diversity in the fashion world.

2. If you couldn’t tell by now, I love a good animal rescue story. I’ve featured dogs, cats, koalas, manatees and now… a flying squirrel. Let the cuteness ensue!

3. The American Edit is a website that celebrates brands that manufacture in the USA. And while we know it’s good to buy “made in America” products, it’s sometimes hard to articulate exactly why. That’s exactly what this article does.

4. Check out this article about the World Bicycle Relief organization, which brings wheels to those who need them most. As the article explains, “Mobility is as literal as it is metaphorical, and providing the means to move provides a tangible hope”.

5. We all cope in different ways. Check out this girl who created a bucket list for her dying dog in order to help cope with the parting of her companion. Yes, the story is sad, but it is also very inspiring.

Now here is a funny cat picture to cheer you back up. Happy Friday!

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Friday Finds

Friday Finds 1.30.15

1. A lot of Super Bowl ads are coming out before the Super Bowl this year… which to me defeats the purpose. But anyway, if you haven’t see it yet, check out the domestic violence PSA that will air during Sunday’s game. The call in the video actually happened. It will leave you speechless.

2. Ellen’s birthday was this week. The 26th of January to be exact. I love Ellen and her mission “be kind to one another”. I think she is a wonderful human being. So here are some classic Ellen quotes that prove she’s the best.

3. Oh just your typical man-rescues-sick-lion-cub-nurses-her-back-to-health-then-teaches-her-to-hunt story. 

4. Like beer? Drink Stella! Responsibly of course. Stella Artois has partnered with to bring awareness to the global water crisis with their ‘Buy a Lady a Drink’ campaign. Bonus points for the clever name.

5. Check out these cute rescued lab animals photographed in Alice in Wonderland scenes. How can you do your part to stop animal testing? Make sure you buy cruelty free cosmetics. Every little bit of effort helps.


Friday Finds

Check out what I’ve been checkin’ out this week…

Friday Finds 1.23.15

1. Like I said last week with the cat cafe, I love a cleaver solution to tough problems. Could tiny homes be part of the solution to homelessness?

2. Manatees are cute. This story is cute. If you don’t think so then I’m sorry to inform you, but you have no soul.

3. This video isn’t new, but it popped up randomly on my news feed this week and I think it was a sign that I needed to share it because its worth watching multiple times.

4. You have until January 31st to bring your old jeans to J. Crew to get $20 off on your next denim purchase. The donated jeans go to Blue Jean Go Green which uses the recycled denim to make building insulation, which is so cool.

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Friday Finds

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1. Need a some last minute gift ideas? Check out these DIY face mists. Since you make it yourself, you know there are no harsh chemicals in it. They even provide you with cute printable labels.

2.Here’s a your guide to buying natural fibers. Not only does it let you know which materials are better for the environment, but it also shows you where you can buy clothes made by these materials.

3. Any Gossip Girl fans out there? Check out these “All about that Bass” shirts. You so clever, Ed Westwick. Portions of the sales go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Also a great gift!

4. Staying grounded and relaxed during the holidays can be a little tricky. Check out this blog post about holiday “baggage”. I promise it puts everything in perspective.

5. And on a lighter note, here are some of this years unsung heroes of cute. WARNING: super cute!

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What’s cuter than a penguin in a sweater?

If I were to pick a spirit animal for myself, I would probably pick a penguin. Ideally, I would like to be something majestic and graceful like a wolf or tiger, but realistically I waddle more like a penguin.

As you can see, these animals really encompass a “fall down seven times, get up eight” mentality. They are very resilient. But sometimes these little critters need a little help and that is where the Penguin Foundation comes into play.  The Penguin Foundation on Phillip Island in Victoria (Australia) works to protect and preserve Little Penguins. The Little Penguin or Fairy Penguin, as they are sometimes called, is the smallest species of penguins.

One way the foundation helps the penguins is after man-made disasters such as oil spills. The foundation rescues penguins by providing them with a sweater. Yes, that’s right; they put sweaters on the penguins. Not only do the sweaters look adorable, they actually serve a purpose. What happens is the penguins’ feathers get matted from the oil, which makes it hard for them to stay warm. And what is the most obvious thing to do when you get cold? Put on a sweater!

Not only do the sweaters keep these little cuties warm, it also keeps them from swallowing oil in their attempts to clean their feathers.  After the penguins are cleaned, they are released back into the wild (sans adorable sweater) and go back to doing whatever it is penguins do.

Little Penguins

So now that you’ve read about the most adorable use for a sweater, I am sure you’re wondering how can I be a part of this? Well, it’s easy. One way to help is to knit a penguin sweater. You can go to this website to download a pattern and then get creative! This website also provides the address to send your finished sweaters. You have to send it all the way to Australia, so expect a decent shipping cost.

Can’t knit? No problem! You can also donate to the Penguin Foundation or adopt a penguin of your own. You can even name your little fella! To learn more about the Little Penguin and this cause, check out the Penguin Foundation Homepage.

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