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Orange Harp 2015 Gift Guide (For Her)

Every year I make myself wait until after Thanksgiving to start thinking about Christmas. No Christmas decorations, no holiday music, no gift shopping until I have properly stuffed my face with turkey. And every year I find myself in a mad rush to find last minute gifts. This year I’ve decided to take a new approach. In respect for Thanksgiving, I will still keep the holiday tunes and décor to a minimum, but I am going to start thinking about gifts a little earlier to spare myself any last minute stress.

I thought I would help my readers out too by creating my first gift guide of the year. Last year my first seasonal gift guide revolved around a company called Orange Harp. For those of you who have never heard of Orange Harp, Orange Harp is a mobile app that serves as a marketplace for high-quality, ethically crafted, socially conscious products. They partner with brands that make things the right way. The thing I love most about Orange Harp is that they believe you don’t have to sacrifice quality or style to lead a conscious life.

Since my original gift guideOrange Harp has grown in many ways. They currently have partnered with 45 brands and sell over 4,000 products. Orange Harp has also updated their app with filter options for easier navigation. In my opinion, the coolest new addition is their Orange Harp Heroes program. They encourage users to send in their socially conscious tips and stories so Orange Harp can share them with the world. You can email you tips to life@orangeharp.com for a chance to win a $10 gift card.

All the products below are available on the Orange Harp app which you can download from the app store. You can click the links to learn more about each product and why they’re considered socially conscious. This is your lucky day because you can also save some money by using the code GREATERGOODS at checkout to get 15% off your entire purchase (valid through November 30, 2015). Happy shopping!

Orange Harp For Her Gift Guide 2015

1. Aasha Glass Cuff

2. All Natural Hand Cream Smoother

3. Arapahoe Red Button Down

4. Ring Holder

5. Presidio Tote

6. White Sage & Wild Mint Tea

7. Kiss Ring

8. View Sera Cosmetic Bag


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How to Make Halloween Spooky AND Sustainable

Like many holidays, Halloween is not the best for the environment. Many of the things we buy prior to Halloween end up as waste once they serve their purpose for a night. Below I have curated some ways you can incorporate sustainability into your Halloween celebration.

Candy

Candy is the star of the Halloween show (or at least in my eyes it is). This year be conscious of your candy choice. But whatever you do, don’t give out raisins. No one wants raisins. Here are a few lists to help you pick out the perfect treat for your tick or treaters:

Sustainable Palm Oil

Organic Candy

Not into candy? Not a problem. Give out little treasures like festive pencils and erasers.

Trick or Treat Bag

Unfortunately at my age it isn’t socially acceptable to go trick or treating, but back in the day I was all about using a pillowcase for my trick or treating bag. While I didn’t do it for the sake of sustainability (I used it because it held a stupid amount of candy), without realizing it I was doing the environment a small favor by not using a plastic bag. But rather than using your mom’s nice, floral cases without her permission, make it into a fun DIY project. Get a blank, white pillow case and some decorations at your local craft store or use some supplies you already have at your house and go wild to create a fun, unique bag that you can use for years to come.

Costume

Remember that awesome costume your friend wore last year? Ask to borrow it! It will save money and the environment. Don’t like that awesome costume your friend wore last year? Make your own! Making your own costume is so fun and rewarding. Try using things you already have or going to a vintage store to find unique pieces. But the most important thing is to have fun with it. And when all else fails, just slap a pair of animal ears on.

Mean Girls Mouse

If you have a bunch of old costumes in need of a new home, you can donate them to WEEN DREAM which is a nonprofit that gives free Halloween costumes to children in need. I hope these tips will help you have a happy Halloween. Leave your Halloween tips and tricks in the comments below!


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Friday Finds

Friday Finds 3.6.15

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

1. Love is love.

2. Northern California may be known for its wine, but it is also home to some awesome, natural beauty brands. 

3. After watching this I not only want to eat a massive amount of jelly beans, but I also want to make the most of my day. 

4. Fast fashion is out and slow fashion is in.

5. So what are you up to on Sunday around 1 o’clock (EST)? The correct answer is watching Emma Watson’s #HeforShe and Gender Equality discussion live on Facebook. I’ll bring the popcorn!


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Tea Time

I’m switching things up today. You might remember back in September I had Karrie from Karrie Oasis write a guest post for my blog and I wrote one for her. Well we’re at it again!

Every Tuesday Karrie writes a Tea Time Talk post where she reviews all sorts of teas. If you’re a tea lover, you have to check them out. I wanted to get in on the fun and thought she’d write a great tea post for my blog. Karrie discovered a really cool brand called Numi and here is her complete review. You can also head over to her blog to see my post about a photographer who’s made it her mission to spread awareness and inspiration through art.

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I was so excited when Annie asked me to do another guest blog post, and even more excited when she wanted me to write about tea! She asked me if I knew of any conscious-type tea brands. To be honest I hadn’t really thought too much about it before she asked, and I was surprised I hadn’t. When I was in Target one day, I decided to check out the tea isle to see what they offered. I was not expecting much, but to my great, and wonderful, surprise, I did find something–Numi. It is exactly what I was looking for–a brand that was conscious about their packaging, their tea, as well as the people that are apart of every step of the process.Numi 1

Numi’s vision is found on their front page: Numi inspires well-being of mind, body and spirit through the simple art of tea. Our company is rooted in the principle of creating a healthful product that nurtures people and honors the planet. In all of our company initiatives, we strive to foster a healthy, thriving global community while bringing you the purest, best-tasting organic tea.

Packaging:

The packaging of Numi’s tea is eco-friendly. They use recyclable cardboard, which is printed with soy-based inks, and natural biodegradable filter tea bags. Most items can be recycled or composted. They have even won a bunch of eco awards because of these actions.

Tea and People:

Their tea is organic, and what that means is that they don’t use chemicals. They use 100% real ingredients, and no artificial flavors. From the very beginning, in the gardens that these teas are grown in, they are nurtured and are made with love. Since there are no harmful chemicals, it means that not only is it good for the consumer and the environment, but it is also good for the workers. Numi values the people who work for them. They do this by having Fair Trade Certified and Fair Labor Practices. All the teas have different certifications and stamps on their boxes because many come from different gardens around the world, including in India, China, and Egypt. Every worker in each garden community can vote democratically on how they use their Fair Trade funds, usually for things like education, health programs and sanitation. Even if a garden may not be certified, Numi makes sure they get Fair Labor by direct sourcing, which ensures quality of the products and the fair treatment of the workers. Numi even allows their own employees to have 4 paid hours a month to volunteer-how awesome is that?Numi 2

One cool initiative that Numi is also a part of is called H2OPE. This is a charity in which they are trying to help people who are in need of safe and clean drinking water. They explain how important water is to people all over the world especially in 3rd world countries and what they go through to obtain water, which is usually not safe to drink. I think this is such a great idea, especially for this brand. Because what does it take to make a cup of tea? That’s right…water. You can donate money on their website, and you can even host tea parties to raise money as well. If you want to learn more, watch this video.

Now, on to the teas. I bought the Rooibos tea and the Chocolate Pu-erh tea. Both are delicious. The Rooibos comes from South Africa and is a type of herb that calms and has a vanilla-y type flavor, but, of course, no artificial flavors here-it’s all natural. Rooibos is also caffeine free which is great when you want a nice cup of tea before bedtime. The Chocolate Pu-erh is really good as well. Very velvety and yummy. It has a combination of pu-erh tea, organic cocoa, vanilla beans, orange peel, nutmeg and cinnamon. It’s a great combination of flavors. And hey, skip that bowl of ice cream and drink a cup of this for dessert instead-you won’t have any regrets!Numi 3

I love that you can find this brand at Target. It is easily accessible to most, which is really great. Although they don’t sell all their products here, including they’re flowering teas (they look so cool), and loose leaf teas, they do have a generous selection and I definitely want to try more. Can’t find them at your Target? Use their store locator to see if they sell it somewhere in your area. You can also order other products from their website, and the prices are truly reasonable.

I am so glad Annie asked me to do this post. I will now be more conscious about learning where my tea comes from and it truly is exciting to see what companies like Numi are doing to help the people and the planet we call home!


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Lotioning, Oiling

Winter came early this year. Up in Maine we got snow on Thanksgiving when usually the white stuff holds out until the end of December.

This was not good for my dry and sensitive (aka angry and high maintenance in the winter) skin. Everyone experiences some degree of skin dryness unless you’re lucky enough to live in the rain forest.

But for those of you that are stuck else where like me, Ive got you covered from head to toe. You no longer have to waste your whole winter lotioning and oiling because everyone gets to a point where you can’t take it any more…

So you don’t get to that point, I have come up with four products for your body, hands, face, and lips that will keep your skin satisfied all winter long with minimal applications. All of these products are natural, cruelty free, and really do work!

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For your body: Coconut Oil

Remember how in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Windex was considered a cure all? Coconut oil is kind of the same idea, but less chemically. There are soooooo many health benefits of coconut oil and ways to use it. Coconut oil can kill bacteria, it’s great nutritionally, you can use it in your hair, or what I like to do, use it on your skin. The fatty acid in coconut oil makes it easy for your skin to absorb. And there are obviously no artificial scents, which can irritate skin, yet the oil smells amazing. It’s like a tropical getaway.

You can find coconut oil at most grocery stores. When you’re buying the oil I would recommend getting unrefined because some refining processes use chemical distillation that use harsh solvents. I also like to make sure it is USDA Organic Certified. And as a personal preference, I like the pressed oil, which is come is a more solid form. I find its easier to put on, but again, personal preference. Bonus tip: don’t try to put spandex on right after you apply it. It will feel gross. Coconut oil usually need a minute or two to dry on your skin.

For your hands: Fig & Honey Bambino Lotion

Even though I have been searching for the ultimate hand lotion since November, I’ve only recently come across Fig & Honey. I was looking for something natural and with few ingredients and let me tell you, it wasn’t easy. So after searching and trying lotions for a month or so, I finally stumbled upon Fig & Honey’s website and ordered this lotion out of what was most likely desperation. When I got it in the mail, I was beyond exited to find out it worked.

This lotion is made from olive oil, aloe, and neem oil with essences of yarrow, rose, chamomile, and vanilla. Because it has an olive oil base, it does take a second to dry and soak in, but after that you don’t have to worry about greasy residue. I love that it keeps my hands moist for a long period of time so I don’t have to worry about constantly reapplying. The smell is definitely on the earthy side, but I like it. I also like the fact that the smell isn’t overwhelming. I can apply a heaping amount and don’t have to worry about killing my coworkers with the overpowering perfumes most hand lotions have.

For your face: Josie Maran Argan Oil

Ingredients are very important to Josie Maran. With her cosmetic line she hopes to prove that make up doesn’t need to be bad for you and that luxury and conscience can come together in the cosmetic industry. What I love most about this moisturizer it that it is made out of one ingredient. It was easy to assure myself that I wasn’t slathering on something full of chemicals that weren’t safe. The oil is sustainably harvested, uses fair trade practices, and uses eco-friendly packaging. And on top of that it serves as a primer for your foundation.

For your lips: Burt’s Bees Lip Balm

I have tried tons of lip balm and chap sticks and in all my years and I don’t believe any come close to Burt’s Bees. I love the peppermint scent and how it tingles and soothes chapped lips. You can find it at most pharmacies and grocery stores, which is super convenient.

Ingredients are very important to the people at Burt’s Bee’s. They are committed to using ingredients that work with your body naturally. It is probably no surprise that this chap stick is made mostly of beeswax. I also love Burt’s Bees commitment to sustainability. In order to reduce their carbon footprint, Burt’s Bees use energy-efficient lighting, resource management software, and efficient production equipment.


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Orange Harp Conscious Gift Guide (For Him)

Last week, after discovering the Orange Harp app, I created a gift guide/wish list for the ladies, but I couldn’t leave the fellas out of the fun. So here is a conscious gift guide for all the lucky gents in your life. All of these products can be bought on the Orange Harp app. Enjoy!

Orange Harp Gift Guide for Him

 

In the links below you can learn more about how each of these products gives back.

1. Mako Shark Crew Neck Tee by Purakai

2. The Thursday Pocket Square by Love Quixotic

3. Whistler Reversable Jacket by Ecoalf

4. Cable Beanie by Pirakai

5. The Margret Socks by Miscoots

6. Leather Belt by Sword & Plough

7. iPad Sleeve by Rickshaw Bagworks

8. Alabama Home Tee by The Home. T (there’s a tee for every state)


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Orange Harp Conscious Gift Guide (For Her)

I will start off by saying I am a Christmas fiend. I love everything about it. I’ll even tolerate snow for a day. And although I usually wait until I pay my Thanksgiving respects before indulging in Christmas thoughts, I just couldn’t help myself this year. It also doesn’t help that I discovered Orange Harp, which is a great place for some conscious holiday shopping.

Orange Harp is a mobile app that sells high-quality, socially conscious products. The app is all about using your purchasing power for good, whether that’s buying products that are made of organic cotton or donate to charity or are made out of recycled materials.

The thing I love most about Orange Harp is that they believe you don’t have to sacrifice quality or style to lead a conscious lifestyle. I totally agree!

And on top of all that, Orange Harp donates 1% of their revenue to Not For Sale, which is a cause aimed at ending slavery.

So after downloading the Orange Harp app (available in the App Store) and going though every single product, I have a put together a gift guide for the lucky ladies in your life. Enjoy!

Orange Harp Gift Guide

  1. Small Purple Druzy Ring from Love & Piece
  1. Lacy Circle Necklace by Love & Piece
  1. Turquoise Stone Cord Bracelet by Love & Piece
  1. Hand Stitched Vista Ridge Hat by Zelma Rose
  1. honeyfox LoveBag by Sheswai
  1. The Linda Socks by Mitscoots
  1. Organic Cotton Split Tee by Purakai
  1. Long Lasting Lip Crayon by Ecco Bella
  1. Organic Cotton Yoga Pants by Purakai
  1. Hound’s-tooth Metro Tote by Rickshaw Bagworks
  1. Courchevel Down Jacket by Ecoalf

 

Like whatcha see??? All of these items and sooooo much more can be purchased easily through the Orange Harp app.