Ethically Made & Fair Trade Furniture

I wanted to take the time to research ethically made & fair trade furniture, so that we could invest in quality pieces that would last us and feel confident in making these large purchases knowing our furniture way ethically made. Shopping for fair trade furniture can be a big investment we took our time, took advantage of seasonal sales, and learned that some furniture brands have payment plans which allowed us pay through monthly payments. Here's what I discovered and some of the ethical furniture brands we purchased from.

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5 Transitional Pieces for Spring

Happy second day of spring! The transition into spring can mean some unpredictable weather….Chilly in the mornings, yet hot and sunny in the afternoon. During this time of year I think it’s important to focus on the transitional pieces we have in our closet. What are good clothing items that can be worn in the transitional period to spring? Clothes that can function between multiple seasons are GREAT and practical. Here are five transitional spring pieces I have in my closet and have been wearing the past week.

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A Conscious Bride's Bridesmaid Ask

We’re a little less than a year away from our wedding day and I wanted to do something special for my bridesmaids & ask them to be part of my special day. Since my bridal party is spread out between six different states, I put together some fun, socially responsible bridesmaid ask boxes that I mailed out to some of my favorite ladies. Check out the goodies I included.

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7 Products I Actually Use for a Good Night Sleep

It’s no secret that the mental health, self care, and sleep industries have been monetized with an obscene amount of products…some brands unethically looking to take advantage of consumers in desperate need of some z’s. So what works & what doesn’t? As someone who struggles with anxiety getting a goodnight sleep can be extra tricky. Over the years I’ve tried a lot of products because I’m will to do just about anything for a goodnight sleep. Sleep impacts my mood, productivity, mental health, so needless to say as a small business owner, I value sleep. I’ve tried a lot of different sleep aid type goods, but here are seven I actually consistently use….a few of them are even FREE!

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10:49 am: An Anxious Mind

Does anyone else ever have those days where the world just throws too much at you and you want to curl up in bed and cry? I’ve had a few of them recently. Days where the anxiety takes over me and I enter shutdown mode. I can’t think. I can’t be present. I can’t be productive. But I can physically feel the anxiety weighing down on me. Our little puppy dog has been sick for about a month and with multiple vet visits, waking up in the night with him, and having to take days off work to sit at the vet only to receive no answers….I’ve been struggling. I’ve fallen behind on work. I’m a sleep deprived mess. AND I haven’t been practicing adequate self care.

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12 Ethical Brands Empowering Women Around the World

Happy International Women’s Day! While a lot of progress has been made and there is a lot to celebrate, it’s also important to remember there is a lot of work to be done! Women all over the world are still being mistreated, and struggling to survive. Here are a few brands working to empower women in different parts of the world and create communities & safe spaces for women living in poverty, healing, and growth.

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It's Time to Stop Bragging About How Little You Paid for Your Clothing

We all know the common style compliment response…..“ Thanks, I got it for $10” or whatever great deal the consumer feels they received. But quite frankly this is not something to be bragging about……low price isn’t always a good thing. It’s usually a sign of fast fashion which involves slavery, disrespect, and suffering. It indicates how we, as consumers, want immediate satisfaction in buying a lot for a little and view garments as disposable. And it probably indicates a low quality product that won’t last very long. I’m not saying this is always the case in a cheap find, but a lot of times it is. It’s time to rethink how we respond and focus less on bragging about the price because as Lucy Siegle says “Fast fashion isn’t free. Someone somewhere is paying.”

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4 Fair Trade Coffee Brands Worth Trying

Fair trade coffee is an easy kitchen swap that encourages consumers to begin purchasing food products that invest in the farmers. Unfortunately there is quite a bit of slavery in the coffee industry, but by purchasing fair trade or direct trade coffee consumers are taking a stand and demanding farmers get paid fairly. Think of how much coffee you drink a month? A lot probably. If you invest this into purchasing fair trade that can make a huge difference for farmers abroad. I’ve tried all of the fair trade coffee brands listed below and think these are a good starting point.

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Packing for Travel: A Form of Mindfulness & Minimalism

Packing for a trip can be a form of mindfulness and minimalism leading us to be more aware of our belongings. Only being able to select a certain amount of garments, shoes, and goods encourages us to prioritize our belongings. And so often we tend to overpack. What will the weather be like? What events will I be going to? Questions like these cause travelers to pack way more than they need. And these were definitely questions running through my mind as we packed for Dublin a few weeks ago.

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10 Brands Empowering Haiti Through Sustainable Employment

If you’ve been following along for a while you probably remember that I did a study abroad trip to Haiti a couple years ago. It was a great opportunity because we didn’t go to build houses for anyone, save anyone, or teach anyone…we went to learn as students. We visited social enterprises, learned about Haitian culture, the economy, the health care system, and all. It was truly a life changing experience. These people have the kindest souls and are incredibly hard workers. Unfortunately this past month in Haiti there has been a lot of suffering and rioting. One of the ways we can help from America is by supporting businesses that empower Haitians and work towards positive impact by valuing these beautiful people. These businesses don’t just provide employment opportunities in Haiti, they invest in the people and the community which is key.

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Everlane: Essentials for The Minimalist's Wardrobe

One of the many things I love about Everlane is the sleek, modern style represented in their ethical clothing. Most of their pieces are very versatile and can be dressed up, dressed down, and styled in a variety of ways which is a key aspect of building a conscious closet. Everlane partners with ethical factories around the world to ensure their clothes are crafted to last. Through their ethical practices and emphasis on quality materials Everlane fights for radical transparency in the apparel industry. Recently I tried out two of Everlane’s pieces that have been great additions to my wardrobe. I even took them on our recent trip to Dublin because they were great travel pieces.

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A Few Days in Dublin

If you’ve been following along you know that Jake & I got to spend some time in Dublin! Here’s a little recap of how we spent our time. Yes, I was bad about documenting as we went along, but hey…better late than never! And if you’re planning a trip to Dublin feel free to use this as a guide.

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Ethical Clothing Brand Alternatives to Your Mall Favorites

Jumping into ethical fashion can be intimidating….where do you start? Here is an ethical fashion guide to help consumers transition their shopping habits based on the clothing brands they already know and love. I’ve provided some ethical clothing brands as alternatives that have similar styles to these well known brands.

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The Ultimate Relationship Test: Owning a Small Business

If you really want to know if someone is “the one” launch a business. ;) Owning a small business can turn into something that is financially and mentally consumes you and having a supportive partner is incredibly important. Whether you’re launching the business together, on your own, growing a small business can make or break a relationship. If you don’t have the moral and financial support of your partner this can cause strain on your relationship, mental health, and impact the success of your business.

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Love Where You Are in Life & The People in Your Life

Jake & I were one of the few who found each other in high school. We’ve been together ever since. And I know we’re really lucky in that aspect. I honestly don’t know how people date. The stories I’ve heard from my friends….I can’t imagine trying to master the dating apps, meet people at work, and all the other dating tricks. But I know that tonight, on Valentine’s day, a few of my friends will be on awkward Tinder dates, a few will be drinking alone, and a few will be celebrating with their significant others….or their dogs. All are okay. Love life where you are. Easy for me to say since I’ve found my person, I know. But really, I’m queen of not living in the now, daydreaming of the future, and regretting it later. So take my word when I say love where you are in life and love the people who are currently in your life…even if you haven’t found your “one.” . Valentine’s Day focuses on couples, but love reaches so far beyond couples. Love your friends. Love your family. And LOVE yourself. Don’t spend time dwelling on the love you don’t have. Love the ones you do.

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