How to Give Meaningful Gifts This Holiday Season

I think part of consumerism that is often overlooked around the holidays is the act of giving meaningful gifts. Often times we see people buying to buy, such as black Friday where we see consumers buying just for the sales, not for items they need. Buying a crazy amount of gifts just because, not items people actually want or will use. This mass impulse buying prevents consumers from stopping to think stop and reflect on what they are buying. Here are a few ways to focus on giving meaningful gifts this year.

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EarthHero: A One-Stop Shop for All Things Eco-friendly

If you’re looking for a sustainable marketplace to get some holiday shopping done, you’re in luck! EarthHero is a one-stop shop for all things eco-friendly! This mindful marketplace carries a wide range of responsible brands and makes sustainable shopping easy with their variety of products. Oh and lucky for you, they’re having a sale! Use HOLIDAYLOVE for 15% off through December 14th.

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Let Go & Let Life: A Full Circle Journey

Sometimes the universe knows your path better than you do and puts you in the right place at the right time, surrounds you with the right people, and presents you with opportunities you didn’t even know you needed. That’s how it’s been for me. It’s funny to see the pieces come together for me. And I feel very fortunate and blessed. I’m at that uncomfortable age where half my friends are still trying to figure it out which is 100% OKAY! People think you have to have it all figured out and that’s NOT it! Embrace the journey and let the universe take control…you never know where it will take you. As an anxious control freak I know that’s easier said than done , but if this little story I’m about to tell isn’t full circle…I don’t know what is.

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Singing Rooster: Fair Trade Coffee from Haiti

Have you tried Singing Rooster coffee yet? Because it’s one of my favorites! And it’s a brand I first tried while studying abroad in Haiti! They’re doing wonderful work and I highly encourage you to try it! Seriously we use their recyclable k-cups in our kitchen just about every morning!

Singing Rooster works with small producers in Haiti to ensure farmers are fairly paid, treated respectfully, and to provide resources for Haitian suppliers to grow their businesses. Through their partnerships Singing Rooster is able to supply U.S. markets with gourmet Haitian coffee and provide Haitian farmers with the opportunity to expand and reach new markets. 

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10 Ethical Online Boutiques to Shop Black Friday Weekend

Let’s be honest black Friday is a crazy mess. BUT we can’t deny that Black Friday, Cyber Monday, & Giving Tuesday are ingrained in our society as a time for good deals and to start gift shopping for the holidays. So if we’re going to shop, please shop responsibly and Vote with Your Wallet! Every purchase you make matters! SO to make it easy, here is a list of some online boutiques that I have worked with and feel that their brand selections and business ethics are exceptional. I encourage you to consider supporting them instead of rushing out to the mall! Shopping in your pajamas on the couch is more fun anyway, haha!

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Slow Living & The Pressure of Society on Relationships

There’s quite a pressure from society that you have to be engaged or “find the one” by the time you’re in your early/mid-20s and that’s just wrong. I’m at that uncomfortable age of 22 where half my friends are engaged (including myself) and the other half are convinced they’re going to die alone. You might be sitting at your computer screen chuckling, but I’m not kidding. Some of my closest friends literally think they’re going to die alone and it breaks my heart that these strong, independent women are beat down because of this pressure society creates that we need to have our “other half.” That you, yourself, are not enough.

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