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Authentic Turkish Towels and Beachwear Ethically Handloomed for the Conscious Homes & Getaways

LifestyleNatalie Kay
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QuiQuattro

As someone who lives very close to the water, I’ve done my fair share of trying out different towels. Hands down, I’ve found my new favorites! Not only are QuiQuattro’s towels beautiful, but they are absorbent and ethically produced. It doesn’t get much better than this when it comes to soft goods for the home {& outside by the water}!

Three Reasons to Love QuiQuattro

Handmade by local artisans each season. QuiQuattro partners up with Turkish artisans and women who are in need of work, but unable to leave their home. The name QuiQuattro translates to ‘Four Here’ in English, and celebrates the colors and aromas that come with the four seasons. All their products are hand-loomed, hand-poured, hand-knitted and hand-stitched just right for the season! You can meet some of the artisans here

Very absorbent and great for travel. I used to think having a terry towel would be more absorbent, until I started using these Turkish towels over the last month. I find them to work much better than my other conventional towels. Plus, they are incredibly easy to travel with and don’t take up nearly as much room. Besides being able to dry you off well, they make for wonderful little blankets! 

Beautiful & minimalistic designs that give back & empower women. I think a product is so much more beautiful when it does more than just bring value in our life, but adds value to others. With each purchase, 10% of proceeds are donated to women’s education in Turkey. 

What I’m Using

Pebbles Towel in Blue: Definitely one of my favorite towels I’ve ever owned, this striped Peshtemal towel is hand-loomed with 100% natural cotton with hand tied fringe for a nice finish. I love the delicate stripes, and you can find them in multiple colors! 

Yin Yang 2pc. Peshtemal Set: One black, one cream white for the perfect balance. This set of Peshtemal towels are made from 60% bamboo and 40% natural cotton. And like the Pebbeles towel, their soft touch only becomes softer with each wash. 

Navajo White Beach Dress: Feeling so light and airy in this little number! It’s made just right for a day on the beach or sitting by the pool. This one size fits most, natural cotton beach dress is very soft and quite picturesque with the flowy tassels {wouldn’t you say?!}. 

Natural Hand-poured Soap Bars: Wish you could smell them through the computer… These natural & vegan soaps are hand-poured with filled with natural oils and essences. They lather very well, and leave your hands feeling moisturized and full of lovely scent. 

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Where to Purchase

You can find QuiQuattro’s entire collection online - here - & I’m super excited for their bed covers coming soon! If it’s anything like these gorgeous towels and cover up, I know I’ll be a happy sleeper ;) 

Join their newsletter to receive 10% off your order {find the signup page at the footer of the website}. 

Are you passionate about empowering women? Their Brand Ambassador program may be perfect for you! Click - here - to learn more. 

Enjoy soaking up the rays or treating yourself to a bath with your QuiQuattro towel on hand! 

 


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Who Gives A Crap? We do, that’s who! This is the Best Toilet Paper for Conscious Bums…

LifestyleNatalie Kay
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In a world of too much consumption and the use of precious resources, it’s sometimes a difficult mission to change those everyday items we take for granted - like toilet paper . Are most of us thinking about what we use when going to the bathroom? I mean, I certainly wasn’t for most of my life. When I found this amazing product, I knew I had to share it with as many people as possible because it truly matters.
A toilet paper subscription that comes straight to your door - they would like to mention NOT your bathroom door ;) -,  Who Gives A Crap is keeping our bums happy while making sure the earth stays intact. As someone who has minimal space in my bathroom, it’s also nice to have a product that looks good when storing. These rolls have definitely been a sweet pop of color in our space, and knowing they are doing good for those who need it most makes it all the better.

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Three Reasons to Love Who Gives A Crap

1.     Saves Trees. Toilet paper is known to be a big contributor to deforestation {roughly 15%}, and wipes out thousands of trees a day. Who Gives A Crap doesn’t want to contribute to those numbers, and prefers hugging trees to wiping with them. Therefore, all of their toilet paper is made with recycled paper or bamboo! Not to mention, it takes a ton of water and energy to create toilet paper from virgin trees.
2.     Easy on the bum. The 3-ply jumbo rolls are made out of 100% recycled paper without any inks, dyes or scents. Unlike the other recycled toilet paper you find at your neighborhood grocery store, this one is soft. I’m kind of wanting to get my hands on the bamboo to test it out, too! Sounds wonderful :D
3.     Builds Toilets. I always love when a product has a mission beyond being eco-friendly. Who Gives A Crap gives back a lot! For every purchase, 50% of profits go towards building toilets and sanitation for the 2.3 billion {roughly 40% of the global population} who need it. Because of poor water and sanitation, about 289,000 children {almost a child every two minutes} under five die every year from diarrheal diseases. To this day, they have donated over $950,000 to charity. Now, that is something we can all get behind!

{Shocking fact: More people have mobile phones in the world than toilets - yeah, that’s not something we like to hear.}

 Where to Purchase

For delivery straight to your door, find all Who Gives A Crap products online here. You can choose how often you receive the rolls, too! And just in case, they have a 100% money-back guarantee, but I doubt you will be needing that...

*use code CHIC to get $10 off your first purchase*
 


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Stop Searching, We’ve Found The Amazon of Conscious Goods

LifestyleNatalie Kay
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Wonderful Things

If you’re like me, you value your time and know how precious it can be. Many nights I go to bed thinking there needs to be more hours in the day. So who has time to research all the products they buy? It’s my job to research products, and even I find it difficult to do for every single item I purchase. That’s where online store fronts like Wonderful Things come in handy. They truly are a blessing for our busy lives, and for those of you who love Amazon, this is going to be your new favorite store!! 

Three Reasons to Love Wonderful Things

1. Saves you time with a one-stop-shop of purposeful goods. 
    No more wondering if a product checks the important features off your list. Wonderful Things does all the work for you, and they do it for THOUSANDS of products for every facet of your life.
 
2. Certifications and Prime details. 
    Within conscious consumerism, there are a lot of terms and certifications to learn about, but it can be difficult to do this all on your own while shopping. Wonderful Things breaks it down easy for us. Each product will have an associated symbol, such as Sustainably Made, Ethically Made, American Made, and Reduce & Reuse - as well as, telling you whether a product is something 'organic' or 'fair trade'. Click - here - to get the run down on each label {& learn all about the creators, Rachael & Daniel, who brought you this great platform}.  Plus, they let you know if the product offers Prime! Conscious shopping has never been easier & more practical than this. 

3. Amazing product selection. 
    Can you believe they have curated over 16,000 conscious products?! Yeah, I was shocked Amazon had so many. It just goes to show there are a ton of brands putting forth effort into creating good, ethical products. I have had so many viewers ask me over the years if Amazon had sustainably-made items, and I thought ‘well, surely there has to be some’ - now, I can give you thousands :D 

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What You Can Find

Wonderful Things is broken into four categories: Beauty & Wellness, Hers, His and Home - basically comprehensive enough for a complete conscious lifestyle. The Beauty & Wellness category features face, body & hair care, perfume, makeup, nail polish & supplements. Both Hers & His categories feature everything from tees to undies. Since we are in the middle of searching for a house to buy, my favorite category is Home, which features furniture to utensils. I’m making my own little mini wish list for when the time comes! 


What I’m Using 

Wild Olive Wood Mini Heart Dish Set by Connected Fair Trade Products: Have you seen anything so sweet? They have become the perfect little ring holders on my nightstand. Handmade by fair trade artisans in Kenya, these heart dishes can be used in the kitchen for spices or to keep hold of tiny things like rings & earrings. Come holidays, you bet I'll be putting my  bio glitter in there! 

Glass Floral Tray by NOVICA {purple is currently out of stock, so check it out in blue}: This is the exact size tray we’ve been needing for our breakfasts in bed! Yes, we now do breakfast in bed - Elliott has made sure this a new ritual for us {& we aren't complaining}! This is an original NOVICA fair trade product in association with National Geographic by Peruvian artisan Cinthya Ortiz. 

 

Click - here - to start consciously shopping the easy way!

oh & enjoy making that holiday wishlist ;)


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Pure, Safe & Supportive, This Organic Crib Mattress is Fit For An Eco Nursery

Lifestyle, Brand FeaturesNatalie Kay
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The Savvy Baby by Savvy Rest

{find a discount code at the end of the post - good through 7/1}

I’m sure you’ve seen my Esmont Platform Bed and Organic Kapok Pillows on the blog time and time again. Savvy Rest makes such wonderful products so when I heard they had a crib mattress, I knew it was the perfect fit for Elliott. We spend 1/3 of our lives on our mattress and pillows, and I want to make sure my son is sleeping on something good for his health and development. The amount of chemicals used to create the majority of mattresses on the market, today, does not make me feel comfortable. I’m constantly checking labels and making sure I understand exactly what’s in the product. With the Savvy Baby, you can feel confident knowing every material used is safe for your little one. 

Made in a GOTS-certified facility, this organic {also GOTS-certified} mattress is made of a single, solid 5" layer of firm natural Dunlop latex in the Savvy Rest organic casing. The true natural latex {Dunlop} uses rubber from USDA organic tree plantations and is processed under the Global Organic Latex Standard. So what that means for us is no toxic memory or polyurethane foam which you usually find in synthetic latex. Even the wool batting, which acts as a natural flame barrier {no chemical flame retardants used}, is certified organic and helps regulate temperature through airflow. The casing around the mattress is made from unbleached, GOTS-certified organic cotton. Feeling good about all of that, right?! 

When I first took the mattress out of the box, I couldn’t believe how soft and comfortable it felt. If I could take a nap on it, I would. I thought, ‘my baby is going to be sleeping on total luxury’! It fit perfectly in a standard sized crib, and has worked well with every sheet I have purchased. Eventually we will move him into a toddler bed {which takes crib sized mattresses}, and I know this type of quality will be able to withstand the next several years.

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A little more about this company: 
Savvy Rest is a US based {Central Virginia} organic brand specializing in mattresses, bedding, furniture and more. They are B Corp Certified, which means they value community, employees and environment within every aspect of their business. They have partnered with American Forests, a conservation organization protecting our forests, and with every purchase made at Savvy Rest, 5 trees will be planted through their Global ReLeaf program. Also, with their Safe Sleep Pillow program, Savvy Rest reaches out to local domestic violence organizations to donate pillows for women and children who have escaped these situations.


ATTENTION parents {& gift givers!}:

From now until Monday July 1st, save 20% on the Savvy Baby mattress with code CHIC20

- the original price is $549, but $440 with the discount -

Click - here - to shop! 

Sweet dreams to your little ones <3
 

IKEA is Weaving a Way to a Better Future

Brand Features, LifestyleNatalie Kay
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IKEA

I can’t say enough how impressed I am with Ikea’s sustainable initiatives. Like I mentioned in my last post with the ODGER chairs, it is so important for big brands like IKEA to lead the way in creating more eco and ethical products. Sustainability within consumerism needs to be accessible to the masses in order for real change to occur. It also has to be within a price range affordable to the majority. When I first started looking at rugs for our new place, I couldn’t believe the prices. I understand there is a ton of work and tradition behind the textiles, but it was completely out of our budget, as I’m sure it is for most other people, as well. Travis and I went into the process knowing we would like to spend under $500. We found out either we get a product we can’t trace back to the maker or the quality was too dull. 

Jacksonville had recently opened up their first ever IKEA, which many were very excited about. After the initial excitement wore down {I don’t do crowds}, I went to have a look with my family. I was so happy to come across the rug selection, which was full of rugs made from cut offs and then they have several made by women’s cooperatives. I’ve always been an advocate for fair trade, and learning more about how they have incorporated social entrepreneurs and weavers really gets me pumped on the future of ethically-made, affordable products. 

The KATTRUP

How  gorgeous is this rug?! The colors and patterns are so vibrant! Plus, it’s easy to vacuum with its flat surface. I feel like you wouldn’t believe me that it’s $200 so click - here - to check it out for yourself!! We’ve been looking for the perfect rug for our living room for quite some time. Going back to what I said in the beginning, price was a huge deterrent in biting the bullet. We couldn’t find the right rug at the right price. IKEA solved this issue, and I’m sure many of you will be just as thankful! Even though they use natural materials and provide fair wages in good working conditions, the prices are totally reasonable. This is the accessibility I’ve been talking about! More people are going to be able to afford and find this in their own backyard, which will only lead to more responsible products being produced in the future.


another exciting collection available at select IKEAs:

The  INNEHÅLLSRIK Collection

With few work opportunities for village women in India, it’s so important for big companies like IKEA to step in and empower these women in order to create stronger communities and sustainable livelihoods. India is known for their weaving skills and beautifully woven patterns. Unfortunately, most rugs you see today are being done on machines in order to produce quicker and cheaper. Because of this, many weavers are losing their jobs. With the help of IKEA, this traditional craftsmanship can be restored. For this particular collection, IKEA partnered up with two Indian social enterprises, Rangsutra and Industree, to showcase traditional hand weaving and embroidery with natural materials. Rangsutra employs over 3000 artisans with 70% being women. Industree, who uses unique natural materials like banana fibers, supports about 600 artisans. *note: the KATTRUP rug pictured in this post is not from this particular collection & can be found at many IKEAs nationwide*


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I am a Brand Ambassadör for IKEA U.S. This is a sponsored post.