Unique Gift Finds from Conscious Retailer AhaLife

Unique Gift Finds from Conscious Retailer AhaLife

Give a gift that's more than just another thing under the tree. If you've put off getting a holiday present until now because you just haven't found anything special enough, Aha Life probably has what you didn't know you've been looking for. I've browsed through some of the thousands of hand crafted items on their website and selected a handful of really lovely ones that I think would make great gifts. It's not too late to order and still receive your items in time for the Christmas holiday, so check out my Aha Life gift guide now!

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Stuff With Heart: October 2017

It's been a minute, but here they are - my favorite things from October.

MaquiBerryDrops

The Maqui drops from Skin Owl are a reiteration of their flagship product, the Mangosteen drops. They are a lovely skin serum that is soothing and incredibly moisturizing - perfect for when the weather starts to shift into cooler dry months. What I love most about the product is the decision that brand creator Annie Tevelin made to develop it. When she learned that the mangosteen were being overharvested, she realized that to continue using the ingredient would be unsustainable and unethical, so she made the risky but responsible decision to reformulated her brand's #1 selling product. In making that choice, she put the planet over profit. I only wish more brands would make similar choices! I discovered the Maqui Drops via the September box from Beauty Heroes, the only monthly subscription box service I use. In addition to monthly boxes, Beauty Heroes also has an online store, where subscribers get 15% off every order, including Swin Owl products. 

 

Synergy Organic Clothing Tee

 This is the Moon Phases Boyfriend Tee from Synergy Organic Clothing.

This is the Moon Phases Boyfriend Tee from Synergy Organic Clothing.

I've had my eye on this clothing brand for a while. When it was finally time to move some of my older t-shirts to the "pajama drawer," I decided to replace them with a few from Synergy, and am so glad I did. The shirts themselves are soooo soft. The fits are true to size and incredibly comfortable, and I really love the designs. Synergy uses GOTS certified organic cotton. They're a Green America certified business, and a member of the Organic Trade Association. (Pro tip: their sale section is wonderful.) Click Here to get 15% off your first order from Synergy Organic Clothing

Willow & Thatch

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My greatest guilty pleasure is my unwavering love for costume dramas. If it takes place a century ago, I am all in. The sweeping romance, the stunning period costumes, I swoon over all of it. I came across a kindred spirit in the writer of Willow & Thatch, a website devoted entirely to the historical / costume / period movie and TV genre.  I can't get enough. If you love a sweeping costume drama, do indulge with me.

Homestead Brooklyn / Summer Rayne Oakes

Speaking of kindred spirits, Summer Rayne Oakes is a blogger and Youtuber who creates an abundance of really informative content all about caring for houseplants. She has over 670 (!!!) plants in her apartment in Brooklyn. Wow. Her breadth of knowledge is beyond impressive, and I've gotten some great tips and ideas to care for my own growing jungle of around 70 houseplants. Her blog is Homestead Brooklyn. Check out her YouTube channel, and her Instagram account too!

Herbal Revolution Teas

I'm a big lover of mushrooms, so when this trend of adding mushrooms to everything hit, I was all over it. Maitake? Chaga? Reishi? I realize that super food trends come and go, and that maybe these ingredients are being a little overhyped at the moment, but for now I'm into it. I'd seen this brand and thought it looked interesting, but kind of forgot about it until I came across the products on a recent trip to Maine (where they're located). Since I think edible souvenirs are the only ones worth getting, I picked up a few Herbal Revolution products at the Portland Food Co-op. I got the Chaga Chai tea, the Roasted Root with reishi tea, and the Elderberry Plus Mushroom and Roots Elixir. Both teas have been perfect and warming for cool fall days, and I've been taking the elixir to try and stave off a cold I can feel coming on. It's great with a glass of unflavored seltzer water. I'm so glad I came across this product line on my travels, and will absolutely be ordering more

The Act of Readying My Garden for Winter

During the month of October, I harvest the last of the season's produce from my garden. I may not love winter - in fact I dread the cold, and snow, and ice. But in taking the time to prepare my garden and my home for a long season of rest, I feel that I have prepared my spirit for the same. I am quite certain that I'll change my tune as the winter months drag on and the stir craziness sets in. For now, though, I am content with my cupboard full of tea and my shelf full of unread books, and a garden that will thaw in the spring. After all, nothing blooms year-round.

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Is Your Vegan Handbag Bad for Animals?

Is Your Vegan Handbag Bad for Animals?

I thought I was doing good by purchasing a vegan handbag. Turns out I was supporting a brand that uses toxic materials and unethical manufacturing processes. My lovely "vegan" purse was hurting animals, people, and the environment. Here's how you can avoid making the same mistakes I did, and still find beautiful, ethical, and vegan handbags and other faux leather products.

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Stuff With Heart: Best of 2016

Stuff With Heart: Best of 2016

Rather than joining in the chorus of voices saying good riddance to 2016, I am instead choosing to look back and remember all of the good things that happened this year! Here are some of my favorite products and experiences from 2016.

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