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Holiday Gift Guide

1 / Handmade porcelain cup 2 / Porcelain knot ornament 3 / Clementine clog by Bryr 4 / Ceramic disc chimes 5 / Dried banksia flowers 6 / Bakuchiol retinol alternative serum 7 / Beauty Dust 8 / The Ema dress 9 / Merino eye mask 10 / Mountain Rose Herbs chai tea 11 / Cloud cotton robe 12 / Moon Lists: Questions and Rituals for Self-Reflection 13 / Jenny Pennywood napkins 14 / Handcrafted earrings by Hello Ashto 15 / Stained glass sun catcher by Debbie Bean 16 / Canvas weekender bag 17 / Coffee mugs by Artisan Artifact 18 / The Walter water purifier  19 / Bee's wrap 20 / Match striker  21 / The Day Glove flats  22 /...
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Q&A Interview with Leah Bradley

We were lucky enough to chat with Leah Bradley, mama of two, who lives beachside in sunny California about sustainability, slow fashion, and motherhood. If you've seen her on Instagram, then you likely admire her positive vibes and laid-back, beachy aesthetic as much as we do. Check out the interview below.     You hosted your first 'Keep It Clean' beach clean up earlier this year. How did the event go and do you plan to coordinate more community clean ups in the future? The event was absolutely amazing. It’s so encouraging to see how many people (and brands) want to keep our beaches clean and protect the ocean just like my family does. I will definitely be hosting more...
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Why You Should Switch to All Natural Deodorant + How to Detox Your Armpits

Because you use deodorant every day, leave it on for a long period of time, and apply directly to your lymph nodes, it’s important to try to choose a natural deodorant without toxins. Conventional deodorants contain hormone-disrupting ingredients such as parabens, phthalates, and aluminum which can pose potential harm to the endocrine and reproductive system. Keep in mind that sweating is an important, natural and healthy function of the body — sweating is our bodies natural form of detox. Aluminum is is one of the most common antiperspirants on the market today, and it prevents us from sweating by temporarily plugging the sweat glands. Avoiding antiperspirants and switching to an all natural deodorant free of toxins is an important step to having healthy pits! via Making the switch to...
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Eat More Plants for a Healthy Glow + Healthy Planet

Wellness begins with what you put on your plate. There’s no doubt that reducing your intake of animal products and embracing a diet rich in plants is one of the best things you can do for your health and for the environment. Transitioning away from processed foods and adopting a more plant-based way of life can make dramatic improvements to your health and overall well-being. Feeling more energized and alert is just one selling point to eating more plants. The advantages of embracing a plant-based lifestyle are extensive, not only for your own health but also for the health of the planet. Below are some note-worthy benefits worth mentioning.  Eating plant-based helps your body:   protect against cancer helps with weight loss...
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Clear Your Mind & Get Happy, The Amazing Effects of Nature

When was the last you felt the grass on your feet, peered down a cliff, or bathed in a stream? Spending time in nature can have profound effects on your wellbeing. Research suggests there is a direct correlation between nature-connectedness and happiness. As your connection to nature increases, your mood, health, and overall life satisfaction improves. Breathing in fresh tree-filtered air and experiencing the quiet hum of nature can be extremely effective in ridding your body of stress and clearing your mind — leaving you feeling centered, grounded, and happy.   Nature is a great antidote to many modern day problems as it can bring about a sense of balance. The more high tech our lives become, the more time...
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Nontoxic Spring Cleaning

Spring is nearly here! Raise your hand if you're already feeling the itch to spring clean...Something about the days getting longer and that fresh spring air urges you to open the windows and scrub your house top to bottom. Is there anything better than that elusive 'sparkling clean house' feeling? Something about a freshly cleaned home just makes you feel lighter, like you're walking on air. This spring we're focusing on ditching all the yucky chemicals when it comes to our spring cleaning routine. Nontoxic, natural cleaning methods have become increasingly popular over the years, and for good reason. Not only is it better for the environment but it's also better for your health. After all, cleaning your home with...
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Self Love February

We've all heard the old adage that you must love yourself before you can love others. The reality is loving yourself is essential to giving and receiving love. The presence or lack thereof plays a critical role in living a healthy, happy, and fulfilled life. As corny as this may sound, when was the last time you told yourself, "I love you." Okay, so maybe none of us are staring at the reflection in the mirror declaring our self love. However, it probably couldn’t hurt. At the very least, we can all benefit from quieting that inner critic, focusing less on our perceived flaws and celebrating our greatness and authenticity instead.   image via This month we're challenging ourselves to...
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10 Easy Swaps to Create Less Waste in 2019

With the New Year comes the chance to start fresh, to set new intentions. Personally, I'm not a fan of resolutions, or thinking in absolute terms. I am, however, a big fan of learning, evolving, and progressing. This year I'd like to focus on creating healthier habits for myself and for the planet by striving to create less waste. It's no secret our planet is currently facing a laundry list of environmental issues due to overconsumption — none of which should be minimized.  via There are a growing number of zero-waste superstars out there today such as Bea Johnson and Lauren Singer, trailblazing the path to sustainability by fitting over four years worth of trash into a single mason jar....
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Meet the Baker: Tessa Arias

We had the pleasure of sitting down with Tessa Arias of Handle the Heat at The Elm House to talk about her career path, what led her there, and of course, munched on some cookies together. Learn more about Tessa below, and get the recipe to her delicious and festive gingerbread cookies here, just in time for the holidays.  Tell us a little about yourself: My name is Tessa Arias and I’m the creator of Handle the Heat where I share trusted baking recipes that your friends and family will love. As a culinary school graduate and cookbook author I like to share insights into the science of sweets so you know how and why your favorite recipes work. I’m obsessed with chocolate and live...
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Gift Guide: Shop Small Edition

The Holiday season is in full-effect and we've created a round up of inspiring gift ideas for your friend, sister, Mother or any other lucky lady in your life. From understated everyday objects, to statement pieces, to natural skincare and wellness ideas — we've got you covered.  And we won't blame you for adding a few of these items to your personal wish lists (or even better, forwarding them along to a fellow gift-giver :) 1. French Market Bag $18 2. Slow Down And Grow Something $18 3. Contour Brass Key Ring $18 4. Bee Rosy Exfoliating Clay Mask $28 5. Ceramic Lavender Mug $27 6. Small U Pouch $27 7. Stoneware Planter $36 8. Organic Undies $28  9. Double Arc...
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