Evergreen Grabs

This page is chocked full of items that I love. Most I have owned or used before posting. Several are brands that I just love, and some are simply cool ideas. I don’t know of many ways to voice my opinions, but this is one where I can give props to those props of mine. Remember to try new things and “Stay Green!”

Hopefully, these items will allow your life to become easier, enliven the spirit, lighten your purse, or help you as you begin or continue to help yourself.  This is now my chosen outlet, so maybe by helping myself I can help others.

Switchflops!

First Item that has conquered my desire for flip-flops that match everything.  Meet: The Switchflop!  These are ingenious little shoes (my fave is the Lily Cork heel) that allow you to simply switch the look of the strap of the flop by means of ribbon, buttons, and velcro.  Yes, Velcro!  I know that I at least have 5 pairs of straps now to match my varying wardrobe, and all I have to do when packing for a week or short trip is throw the shoes in a bag with all the straps.  Definitely saves space in the suitcase as well as energy in schlepping a separate bag of shoes.  Now I think I might venture into the black pumps!  Get your own @ www.switchflops.com

Eco-Tools

I love this brand of makeup applicators.  Everthing from tweezers to mirrors, travel bags to kabuki brushes, this brand really keeps your face feeling and looking great!  Every part of this brush is recycled alluminum, synthetic, or made of bamboo which is bacterially resistant.  No animal testing is ever done and the company has joined 1% for the Planet!  I have all sorts of these tools, but the retractable kabuki brush is my absolute favorite!  It neatly slips into my Burt’s Bees cosmetic pouch to use with my PurMinerals natural foundation!  To top it off, you can readily get these items at Ulta or Target.

Moleskine Notebooks & City Guides

Have you ever wanted to journal, sketch, write music, paint, or document your life at a moment’s notice?  If so, keep all of your ideas in a Moleskine Journal.  Ranging in sizes and designs, they are great for everyday use, especially if you are prolific in the method to your madness.  Compact design, elastic strap, and pocket in the back keep everything handy.  Plus, the company has recently created city guides that include tips, maps, and places of interest so that you can journal your entire trip to each city!  This sure beats cutting, gluing, and praying that you remember each day’s activities when you get home.  I cannot wait to get to use one for this purpose!

Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer

This is the best lip gloss that I have ever purchased.  As a matter of fact, last year I bought some for all of the women in my family.  It contains a little bit of a minty tingle and a splash of color with sunscreen that makes the entire $4.99 that I paid for it worth every penny.  I keep one in my purse at all times and love the variety of color that makes it possible for every person to enjoy and find a color that matches their tone and color pallette.  This is a natural product made with natural ingredients.  I enjoy keeping it around just to make me feel a little better on down days.  Please buy one or several for all means and love each one as much as I do!

PurMinerals Face Makeup

This is one of the few foundational makeups that I can wear without looking “washed out” or even without having my skin break out and eyes water.  It contains SPF and shea butter which gives the foundation an added benefit over all the others I have tried.  Besides being a mineral and natural makeup, it goes on smoothly and leaves a flawless appearance.  Combine this with your lip shimmer and use the kabuki brush above and you are ready to hit the town!

Pandora Charm Bracelet

This is the charm bracelet for a new age of women.  However, it is for those with a well-stuffed wallet or access to Ebay.  I have an old bracelet with charms that dangle for my high school and college years.  Then, as I realized that I needed a new bracelet to show my identity for the things I experience, love, or have become as an adult, I sought out a new way to express my personality.  Each bead slips onto this circular bracelet and comes in many charms, colors, types of beads, and even splitters allows every person to have her own custom bracelet to fit her identity.  I constantly look for new beads and am thrilled when I find a cheap enough one on the web to add to my collection.  If only they had a Latin dictionary!

Sprouts!

I have not worn a watch in a long time; however, this is one that I might just have to go and buy.  Made from organic cotton, bamboo, corn derivatives, and mercury free batteries, Sprout watches are 80% eco-friendly.  They come in cute color combinations and can be bought through Amazon or through local retailers nationwide.  To search for a store near you, simply visit their website at http://www.sproutwatches.com.

Who wouldn't want this addition to their collection of evergreen grabs?

Flippees!

I am a die-hard fan of shoes.  I have so many that I haven’t even worn all of them yet.  However, few shoes catch my attention so much that I am willing to forego others just to have them.  In my quest to clean up my life, that includes clutter.  Since I have sized down literally, it is time for a down-sizing in my wardrobe.  Hopefully, I will find a way to stay green and fashionable at the same time.  As far as summer flops go, this might become my new “go-to.”  Flippees are made from recycled PET or eco-friendly nubuck and can be found at http://www.simpleshoes.com.  I am taking a second look at what will suit my needs and meet those of Mother Earth.  Thankfully, all who are looking to do the same can find a vast array of shoes from sneakers to gladiator sandals from the good folks at Simple Shoes.  And for $30, who wouldn’t love a beautiful new pair!

Choose from an array of colors to suit your wardrobe and help the Earth.

Spirit Lifters!

After delving into the world of personal adornment and a penchant for expensive tastes, I would like to take to delve into the spirit of one’s self.  We find many ways to fill our spirit…words, flowers, music, candles… that is the stuff that my friends say clutter my home, but I call them items which make the house feel like a home.  Each of these items are under $15 and can be found at one of my new favorite online stores called Fern’s Garden at http://www.fernsgarden.com.  Not only do these goods bring aid to the spirit, but they are fair-trade, American-made, or globally minded.

These make great stocking stuffers, or if you are looking for a very special treat for a dear friend, I encourage you to make a memory gift box for holidays, birthdays, or anniversaries.  I like to pick up small items whenever I am reminded of my little sister and combine them into one large box for her birthday.  That way, every item is special.  These also work for hostess gifts, presents for someone who is sick, or house warmings.  Be creative in giving gifts by choosing those which give back to their communities.  I encourage you to pick up a few for yourself because we never know when our own rainy day may hit.  These are surefire gifts for soothing the soul.

Matchstick Herb Garden by Noted Co.

These cute little garden matchsticks also come in wildflower and vegetables (which are harder to find).

These adorable little matchstick gardens are great for the soul as well as your tastebuds!  For just under $3.00 each they are a real deal.  Simply place the pointed matchstick stake in a garden box or planter, add water, and enjoy your herbs as they grow into a lovely garden.  Fern’s Garden also sells the wildflower kit for the same price.  Practical, imaginative, and fun!

This dragonfly wall mounted vase is sure to please whether in the bedroom, bath, or kitchen!

This lovely vase is sells for $14.95 and can be mounted wherever you find yourself in need of a quick pick-me-up.  Small enough to hold only a few lovely flowers and water, it is sure to bring a smile to your face.  It can also be used to store freshly cut herbs until they are used.  I used to have vases all over my house, but this one may just find itself into my little sanctuary to all things good.

This charming set of fragrant mini candles adds a touch of elegance to any event!

I am sure that this will soon be added to my own candle collection as well as my “go-to” gift box, and for only $4.95 a set (hearts or circles).  Donning the scents of lemongrass, orchid, lavender, frangipani or orange, they emanate class!  There is a scent sure to lift your mood whether reading a book late a night or taking a long bath.  Candles are essential to the Healthy Spirit Toolbox.

A candle for every mood!

Soy-based wax candles are beautiful and long lasting.  This candle comes in its own tin for travelling and is sure to please even the pickiest of vegans.  Although these candles only come in 8 varieties of well wishes of aromatherapy goodness ($5.95 each), check out http://www.bluewick.com for a large variety of scents and combinations.  I keep one in my travel make-up kit to perk up hotel rooms and places that seem less than welcoming when filling my need for adventure.

Who doesn't love magnetic words of encouragement?!

For the same amount that one would spend on lunch at McD’s, you can spend the money on magnetic words of love and encouragement to brighten someone’s day or their bathroom mirror!  I love magnetic poetry and hope to find some in my own box of love very soon.

Visit-worthy Websites!

http://www.booksshouldbefree.com

There is nothing that calms my soul more than delving into the pages of a good book.  Now, in the digital age, the feeling of a well-worn book spine or the smell of aged paper is replaced by the cold metal of an mp3 player.  But this does not mean that we should compromise on the quality or quantity of books that we read.  Welcome to the makers of LibriVox, an online compendium of audiobooks in mp3 format which can easily be downloaded to a vast array of listening devices.  Right now I have Siddhartha by Herman Hesse, Anthem by Ayn Rand, and The Heroides by Ovid all ready to be enjoyed at a moment’s notice.  This site is neatly divided by category and even carries a children’s section.  Do I hear the phrase “Family Road Trip”?  This certainly decreases the weight of my pocketbook, but doesn’t limit the amount of knowledge in my brain!

http://www.destressatmohonk.com

This site was recently referred to by the makers of Real Simple. Having a busy, stressful day a work?  Simply visit this site to find a picturesque view where you can escape for a mini-vacation and participate in a guided breathing exercise to regain focus and serenity.

http://www.stereomood.com

Do you need music for a rainy day?  Cleaning house?  Breaking up with a lover?  Dancing in jubilation?  This is the ultimate site for mood music.  As an online radio site, Stereo Mood has playlists created for all of the moods that one can experience in a given year.  Simply click on the tags of how you are feeling at the moment or the type of music you need to express your mood and a ready-made list of music appears.  Pandora is great for finding music you love, this is genius at finding the music you need but haven’t even discovered!

http://www.itrain.com

Are you in need of a guided physical workout?  At http://www.itrain.com, you may peruse the database of workouts and purchase them individually or subscribe to have unlimited access to over 200 workouts and accompanying music which can be downloaded into any mp3 device.  Who doesn’t need music for working out?  This will help you stay motivated without having to search through all of your own mp3 files and creating a playlist to accompany your yoga or cardio.  Who has that much time?  You can now have that personal trainer you always wanted without having to look at their perfect body or pay ginormous gym fees.

http://www.relishrelish.com

Do you have trouble figuring out just what to cook for your weekly meals, creating weekly grocery lists, or dividing a recipe by 6 to find the perfect serving size for you and your significant other?  Then your day of delivery has come!  For $7 per month, the folks at relishrelish.com  allows you to do just that.  Choose your weekly recipes and the number of folks to feed, and you automatically get a customized shopping list and scaled down recipes to fit every need and diet.  I am not a very organized person anymore, so when the time comes for me to have a family and cook vegetarian meals on a daily basis, this is certain to be a service that I will enlist.  Now, if only it would be customized to fit my grocery store aisles or come with a personal shopper and chef!

http://www.freerice.com

Have you ever wondered what to do with all of that knowledge inside your head?  Use your free time and your “noodle” to donate grains of rice to the World Food Bank.  For every answer you get correct from vocabulary and grammar to chemistry and art history, 10 grains of rice are donated to those who certainly need the nourishment.

http://www.merriam-webster.com

Tired of using the same word over and over again?  I know of one dear friend who is completely frustrated over my overusage of the term “amazing.”  I have registered to get my daily dosage of vocabulary needs through the word of the day email sent by this notable dictionary company.  Now I will have more words with which to pepper this blog!

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