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Best Halloween Drink 2013

Best Halloween Drink 2013

Mmmmmmmm….What says Halloween better than a fizzy green drink?

If you are a kombucha fan, then you’re gonna love Invisible Alchemy’s Veritae, an effervescent blend of nettle, lemon, and rosemary.

This herbal treasure does a great job concoting a delightfully flavored beverage from :

Nettles
– contain protein, calcium, iron, vitamins A, C, D, B complex and other minerals
– Helps relieve allergy symptoms
– Libido boosting
– considered by herbalists to be a ‘Longevity Tonic”

Lemon
-Natural Detoxifier
– Sore throat soother
– Liver health

Rosemary
-Natural antidepressant
-Heart health
-Can relieve headaches caused by nervous tension

Even those naysayers who have relegated kombucha to the realms of “it’s good for me, and it tastes like it” will love this mix.

Share the love at Invisible Alchemy’s website and facebook page

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Christmas in July

Seems like everywhere you look someone is running a “Sizzling Super Summer Special Spectacular!” I guess this is smart marketing to beat the doldrums that tend to settle in with the hazy, lazy dog days of summer. If it’s too hot to get your adventure on outside, cool your heels and gear up for future exploits and enterprises. Here are some companies I’ve been perusing as of late.

Roozt

This clothing and kitsch company is a recent discovery a la Facebook. They have compiled an assorted bunch of socially and ecologically conscious companies all in one place. You can search for products by trend (think eco-friendly, ethical, made in USA) as well as traditional categories (men’s, women’s, children, etc).  And each product page includes an “impact” tab describing that company and particular product’s sustainable super powers. So now saving the earth and giving others a helping hand just got a little easier.

We’Moon

One of my favorite collaborations. Ideal for that finicky feminist on your list. Tune in to Mother Earth with this lunar calendar featuring the artistic expressions of women around the world. 2014 edition available now.

HopeForWomen.com

Vermont based company vending jewelry, recycled tire bags, cards, and knick knacks. A Member of the Fair Trade Federation. They help women take control of their lives by paying them a fair, livable wage and provide safe working conditions.

Studio Penny Lane

I discovered these clever bracelets and accessories at Rio Boutique (another featured retailer below). Each of these handcrafted pieces help raise funds for founder Laurie Libman-Wilson’s global educational movement fostering Mindful Awareness for children. Their goal is to “positively reset the direction of how we teach our children by eliminating patterns of negativity, fear and even helplessness, and replace them with the tools to love without condition, dream courageously, and recognize and nurture each child’s true gifts… One penny, one child, one thought at a time.” You can also follow their blog for updates on local events and happenings at
StudioPennyLane.tumbler.com

Nappy Shoppe

This local cloth diaper shop is owned and operated by a great group of moms in Plano. They offer classes and talks on a wide variety of natural parenting subjects, along with stocking some great baby essentials and hosting regular cloth diaper exchanges. (We took a Baby Sign Language class with them. So far our son just laughs at us when we sign to him, but I feel like that could be a viable beginning to communication.) They’re up for a Red Tricycle Award this year, so vote for them and other local favorites at Zulily.

Rio Boutique

I happened upon this store on my way to brunch the other day in Deep Ellum. This was the inspiration for this weeks post. They are full of fabulous heart-crafted, unique items. I wanted to buy one of everything, and a few in a multitude of colors. They retail bracelets from Studio Penny Lane along with handcrafted purses, jewelry and clothing that look and feel bohemian vacation fresh. And the mother/business owner is super sweet and helpful.

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Reinventing the Wheel

The Wellness Wheel by Heidi Nielson

As I have mentioned a few times previously, I tend to try and make my challenges more difficult than they need be. One skill that would greatly reduce this bad habit is the power of delegation. As a first time mom, I have plenty on my plate to deal with daily. Attempting to completely makeover my career from scratch in a way that provides me ample time to nurture my family…has begun to feel like an exercise in futility.
In my dreams I have a beautiful, resource rich website that connects families to valuable information and supportive community. And with our combined financial voting platform, backing ecologically and sociologically sound companies, we could impact real, sustainable changes!
Lofty goals when I’m currently only able to carve out a handful of hours a week to commit to this project. Luckily there are some awesome groups who’ve already gotten the ball rolling. The following are a few industrious folk I find fascinating.

WellnessMama.com
I have to admit I was actually a little bit discouraged when I first discovered Katie’s blog, because her web presence is so similar to the original AlcheMysticMama concept. And she’s leaps and bounds ahead of me on organizing what is currently a chaotic heap of information I would like to share. So here’s to finding inspiration in her awesomeness with a link to her fabulous sea salt spray recipe:

DIY Sea Spray for Healthy Skin Sea Spray for Skin

The Honest Company
I found this company while searching keywords “groovy baby” for party ideas, thought they sounded great and promptly forgot about them. Then, a couple weeks later, my mom got some free samples in the mail after a friend’s recommendation. We LOVE the products! I’ve been super diligent when it comes to cloth diapering for both the ecological and economical reasons, but muggy summer weather has brought on a recurring diaper rash that is exhausting my patience. Now I can relax freely while the cloth diapers are getting deep cleaned, with these bio-degradable, chemical free, plant-based disposable diapers as our back ups. I will definitely be following their blog (and not just because of my girl crush on co-founder Jessica Alba 😉 )

OffbeatFamilies.com
One of my friends introduced me to this site while I was pregnant. This is THE site to get trendy, indie parenting ideas and swag. My favorite feature is their maternity portrait submissions.

Photo by Vida La Vida Photography.

Mamapedia.com
Warning: this site can be habit forming!
This site is similar to Groupon or Living Social, with a focus on items and services that they feel would most benefit today’s busy mamas. Plus a vibrant community forum. My favorite conversation right now is The Pros and Cons of Homeschooling.

CafeMom.com
I just found out about this online community this week. An acquaintance of mine said she found support and excellent resources concerning the vaccination debate here. I can already tell that I’ll be logging some serious discussion hours here, since finding like-minded parents has proven to be a task akin to the proverbial “needle in a haystack”.

SurThrival.com
And now, a more masculine feeling resource for the holistic men in our community. This supplement supply shop is Daniel Vitalis’ baby. His name first popped up on my radar when i was experimenting with raw foods at The Tree Of Life. In my ongoing search to maintain a balanced lifestyle, this man’s knowledge has continued to stay current. For such a young man, he has accessed a vast wealth of health information, most of which he shares freely in his many YouTube videos and podcasts.

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