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A New Site that is Helping Simplify Sustainable Lifestyle Choices & Encouraging Action

LifestyleNatalie Kay
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Bon + Vie

It’s always nice to learn about a new online store that isn’t only selling sustainable products, but is educating consumers on ways they can create more change within the movement. Our voices can be heard in so many different ways than just through a purchase, and Bon + Vie is showing us how.

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Reasons to Love Bon + Vie

Breaks down the complicated concept ‘sustainability’: This is a word you see A LOT, today. Five years ago, it wasn’t nearly as visible on social media, and now, with more voices joining in, the message has gotten a little chaotic. Bon + Vie has a section where they define sustainability and speak about their own standards and values when consuming. They have a very balanced approach, which is so important!!

Education on taking action: I love how Bon + Vie breaks down the many different ways you can become involved in this movement. They help you find your cause and how to show your support, and even ways on how you can become an activist. You have a great list of podcasts and influencers to follow, as well as, books and movies to watch to learn more about different topics within sustainability.

Products you can easily adopt in your life: Bon + Vie’s selection of sustainable goods are very practical, and they have a few brands I use all the time. For example - Plaine Products is a zero-waste bath and body brand who is taking plastic away from the bathrooms (my hair loves this brand, and a lot of people in my family now use it, too!), and Swedish Stockings is using recycled nylon to create some of the best socks and stockings on the market. I have several pair and can’t get through a winter without them!

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What to Check Out

Click to shop Bon + Vie and their group of sustainable brands - and learn how you can take action here.

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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

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. 

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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

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! 

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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 -

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