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Shop Conscious Goods Easily Through Green Roost's Instagram

LifestyleNatalie Kay
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Green Roost

You may remember seeing this shop on my blog last year! It’s definitely special to me since their brick-and-mortar is located in the same town my mom owned a sewing machine store for over a decade. I did much of my growing up in Culpeper, VA, and wish we had the Green Roost around when I was kid :D 

Reasons to Love Green Roost

Conscious Products for the Entire Family: I love it when a store can incorporate baby to papa! It’s a great space to go to when shopping for gifts since you can easily check everyone off your list in one go. Green Roost definitely shows you can make conscious choices when purchasing gifts for others and not have to sacrifice quality or style in the process.

Easy to Shop via Social Media: I think for most of us, Instagram is our main source of information regarding ethical and eco-friendly products. Well, why not shop directly from there? With Green Roost’s Instagram, products are uploaded daily in their stories, and all you have to do is send a DM to start the purchase. They receive lots of new products throughout the week, and not everything makes it to their website. Instagram gives you that first chance to snag it!

Brick-and-Mortar for Virginia: Being able to actual visit an eco-conscious store is a refreshing experience. For anyone who lives in the VA area, I highly suggest you taking a trip to Culpeper and visiting their little downtown.

What We’re Using

Leather Phone Wallet: I know I may be living life on the edge, but I actually prefer to use my phone without a case. This wallet is perfect because it can protect my phone while in my handbag, but I can still use the phone case free. This leather is also dyed using a more eco-friendly technique and avoids the usual harsh chemicals found with most leather goods.

Cotton & Wax Soy Candle: When will the internet let you smell things?! This eucalyptus candle smells absolutely amazing. Plus, 10% of profits are donated to support animal rescue.

Artisan Soap Bar: Whenever I have guests over, I love opening a new bar of soap and lighting a candle in the bathroom. I got to do this last night when a lot of my family came over for dinner! I think everyone appreciates a brand new bar of soap - and hey, no plastic!! :D 

Bamboo Onesie: Milkbarn makes the SOFTEST onesies I’ve ever felt, and their mission makes their product even better. Through Exile International, Milkbarn is able to bring restoration to rescued child soldiers and children orphaned by war in DR Congo and Uganda. This program empowers them through art therapy and holistic, rehabilitative care in order to become leaders of peace.

p.s. remember this blanket?

Where to Shop

Like I mentioned before, the best place to shop all things Green Roost is through their Instagram - here - they also have their website, as well as their brick-and-mortar located in Culpeper, VA.

Organizing Baby Toys with Sustainably-Handcrafted, Washable Sacs

LifestyleNatalie Kay
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Urbana Sacs

{keep reading for a discount code below}

If I’m going grocery shopping for more than a day’s worth of food, I ALWAYS bring my Carry-all Sac from Urbana Sacs {remember from last Spring?}. And pretty much each time, someone asks me where it’s from and what’s it made out of - people LOVE it. When I say ‘it’s washable, too’, they don’t believe me :P 

I’m always happy to add more to my Urbana Sacs collection because their products are seriously great!!

Reasons to Love Urbana Sacs

Sustainably-Made: Urbana Sacs products are made from a variety of virgin pulp fiber blends and recycled felt, and manufactured through cultivation rather deforestation. You are able to shape them like clay, and use them time and time again. Plus, they are all made in LA!

Personalization: This is something new to Urbana Sacs, and I’m lovin’ it. Elliott is learning both French and English so I try to mix it up in our home. Our sacs say ‘Les Jouets d’Elliott’ which is ‘Elliott’s Toys’ in English :D Cute, right?!

Washable: I think most parents are going to love this feature! Elliott is a mess with his sticky hands and mouth over anything he can grab, so having products I can easily clean are extremely important to me.

What We’re Using

Carry-All Organizers: Like most kids, Elliott has A LOT of toys {many which are 2nd-hand, so I’m not too upset about it}. He needs organization, and these personalized bins are helping us out a lot! You can find them in all different sizes and colors in order to best suit your home.

Where to Purchase

See the entire Urbana Sacs collection online - here - and don’t forget to follow them on Instagram to stay up-to-date with all new products. 

PLUS+ through Monday, use code SCHIC25 for 25% off your purchase!

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Setting the Table in Ethical Style with Made Trade

LifestyleNatalie Kay
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Do you remember that beautiful new rug I put in my room in the beginning of the year? Well, Made Trade is gracing my home once again, and I’m finally feeling like an adult with my new table setting. I’ve been eating without placemats since living at my parent’s house 13 years ago. My table has always been a hodgepodge of items {nothing Insta worthy, hah}, but now all I want to do is host a dinner party to show how complete it is. The only thing missing in these photos is food - and dinner guests :P

psst… don’t miss the GIVEAWAY details at the end of the post!

Reasons to Love Made Trade

An Amazing Home Goods Curation: From cast iron pans to little planters, Made Trade’s collection of ethical home goods is unlike any other online. Not only can you choose from a wide variety of products, but the aesthetic is always on point. They truly have a great eye for style!! Click here to see entire range of home goods.

Check out January’s post for more reasons to love Made Trade.

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What I’m Using

MINNA Sunrise Stripe Napkins: Comes in a set of 4, these cotton napkins are woven by a man named Manuel in the village of Nahuala. Ethical brand MINNA works with master weavers and artisan collectives in Mexico, Guatemala & Uruguay. They support craft preservation and job creation, and allow their partners to set their own wages. 

MINNA  Panalito Placemat in Indigo: I love how these two pair together so seamlessly - a beautiful mix & match! These cotton placemats are handwoven by a family-run cooperative of weavers in Comalapa, Guatemala. They are the perfect weight, too, so no moving around on the table. 

Shop the entire Made Trade store - here -  & don’t forget to follow them on Instagram to stay up-to-date with new products throughout the year! 

PLUS: We are giving away a $200 Gift Certificate on my Instagram this week. Enter here! 

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Inspire Your Yoga Journey with These 8 Limbs of Yoga Practice Cards

LifestyleNatalie Kay
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OM Matters

Two summers ago, I posted about OM Matter’s mission and their yoga practice cards. Since then, the deck of 8 has expanded to 30! I highly suggest anyone who has a lot on their mind or a very busy schedule {I’m sure most of you!}, have one of these on their coffee tables so when you are enjoying that cup of joe in the morning, you take the time to read at least one card and think on it. It can seriously save my hectic mind sometimes :D 

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Reasons to Love The 8 Limbs of Yoga Practice Cards 

Great for Self-Care: From physical postures to breathing exercises, meditation to philosophical practices, this is the perfect excuse to give yourself a few minutes of the day to work on you.  

Improve Your Yoga Skills: I’ve taken several yoga classes in the past, and have done a little reading, but I am no expert. I really love how these cards are made for just about anyone, no matter where you are in your journey of yoga.

Gives Back: We all love a product that goes beyond the purchase. OM Matters contributes 10% of the sales of these cards to support yoga for at-risk youth. There are so many benefits to practicing yoga, such as building confidence and lessening anxiety, making it a great outlet for vulnerable kids.

Plus, the cards are practicing the teaching of ahimsā {non-harming} so they are made on recycled paper. How fitting is that?! 

Where to Purchase

You can buy the complete pack - here - and make sure you enter the Giveaway we are running through Instagram this week - 3 lucky winners will receive their own deck! 

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Become Ethically Elevated with Made Trade, A Sustainable Online Store With Some of the Best Conscious Brands in the World for Men, Women & Home

LifestyleNatalie Kay
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Made Trade

The world of ethical shopping is expanding every day. I have a lot of new viewers tell me they are just starting their journey to a more sustainable lifestyle, but one setback most of them seem to have in common is finding the right place to shop. It’s quite overwhelming trying to figure out what products align with your own principles and which are transparent enough for you to support. Made Trade is on the top of my list of places for you to check out first. The website is inviting, wonderfully organized and lovely to look through. It’s inclusive of many different price points, sizes, styles and values so no matter where you are in your sustainable journey, you’ll be sure to fall in love with something. 

Three Reasons to Love Made Trade

Beautifully Curated: The creators, Cayley Pater and Andy Ives, have an eye for style. They met back in 2005 in their Fair Trade Club at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill so they’ve been a part of the conscious movement for a long long time. They have done such an incredible job at picking the best brands and products for us to shop. I love a one-stop shop, and with Made Trade you are able to buy for your living room to your man’s closet under one roof. 

Easy to Shop Your Values: Made Trade makes sure each product covers one {or more} of these values - Sustainable, Fair Trade, Heritage, USA Made & Vegan. Each value has a little symbol that is placed right next to the product so you know exactly what category it falls under. Read more about Made Trade values here.
Great Way to Learn About New Brands: Even being in the industry for almost 5 years and working with hundreds of brands, I’ve found some new ones through Made Trade! I even introduced one of those new brands to my own living space. 

What’s In My Home

Kiliim Rosetta Rug: Fairly designed and handmade in Egypt, this sustainable rug comes with a lot of tradition. Kiliim is an Egyptian social enterprise and lifestyle brand reviving and sustaining local craft of handmade Kilim. They are combining modern designs with ancient technique to create some eye catching and vibrant rugs like the Rosetta shown here. They are all made with quality wool yarn and dyes in Fowwa, a small village near the Nile Delta. The craftspeople are paid a fair wage while being able to continue their craft and share their heritage with people like you and me! I know I will treasure this piece for many years to come.. and maybe get a couple more ;) 

You can also find my slippers, jacket and shoes at Made Trade, too!


Shop the entire Made Trade store & don’t forget to follow them on Instagram to stay up-to-date with new products throughout the year! 


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