The Honest Truth About Holiday Gift Guides

If you haven’t already checked out the 2018 Ethical Holiday Gift Guide and the 12 Days of Shopping Socially Responsible, PLEASE do so! I worked really hard to create these resources for our conscious community. The truth about gift guides is they are actually pretty tricky to make. I love doing the research and creating these resources for you all! Hopefully you find them useful! Here are a few confessions about the tedious process of making gift guides!

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Reminders & Reflections from the 2018 Fair Trade Fashion Show

Back in November I had the honor of attending the Fair Trade Fashion Show in Los Angeles. It took me about a month, but I’m finally sitting down and reflecting. The Fair Trade Fashion Show was a magical event. It was wonderful to see so many fashion activists, change-makers, and creatives in one place. f

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Everyday is a Day to Celebrate Small Businesses

Happy Small Business Saturday! What a day to celebrate creatives, entrepreneurs, innovators, change-makers, and risk takers!

Running a small business is quite the journey. The day to day tasks present joys, challenges, and struggles. You never know what the day will throw at you. Small business owners wear a lot of different hats…typically more than they’d like to. They play the role of manager, content creator, accountant, graphic designer, web management, social media management, and so much more...all in a days work. Spoiler…most days I have no idea what I’m doing or how to play 90% of the roles I have to play, but overtime I’ve learned to go with the flow with a “fake it til you make it” mentality.

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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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Instagram Rant & What Entrepreneurs Can Learn

Don’t get me wrong I love Instagram. It’s really helped me grow The Honest Consumer community and for that I’m thankful, but lately I’ve been chatting with some other small business owners and the latest algorithm changes have really got us beat down. Our likes and interactions don’t match up with the amount of followers because we’re not paying to play. I think it’s really sad. Instagram was, at one point in time, a tool for small businesses to grow, but now it’s another pay-to-play social media.

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Why Actual Conversation is So Important for Social Entrepreneurs

Yes, I’m a blogger. And yes, a lot of my work can be, and is, done through e-mail. But I think it’s so important to take some extra time to build genuine relationships with the brands I’m working with. E-mail can be so impersonal and makes my work feel distant. For the majority of the brands I work with I make the extra time to have an actual conversation. If the brand is local to where I’m living (or have lived) I meet with the founder in person. If the brand is not local, I chat with the founder or a team member over the phone.

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Small Business Owner Struggles: Anxiety Taking Over

When my anxiety sets in and effects my business it can be a crazy spiral. Organization goes out the window, I fall behind on e-mails, and the worst is that I beat myself up about little things. My anxiety tells me that I’m not doing things right and that I’m going to fail. My anxiety tells me that people are not going to be happy with my content.

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SURPRISE: Next Week I'm Launching an Online Shop-Give a Damn Goods

SURPRISE! Big announcement! One week from today I'll be launching an online shop carrying a variety social impact products! I'm SO excited for you all to see what we have in store! :) I think you will LOVE the brands I'm partnering with. The online shop is going to be called Give a Damn Goods. Give a Damn Goods is proud to carry products for people who care.

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3 Mistakes to Avoid When Launching a Blog

When I launched my blog as a sophomore in college I had no clue what I was doing. I never thought that my silly blog would be something thousands of people read....or something I could turn into a business. I started my blog with no knowledge. Here are a few mistakes I made as a beginner blogger that could save you some time and money AND grow your community quicker. 

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