Jun

05

The Best 15 Father’s Day Gifts

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We’ve invited a good friend, Bart Munro (who is a father himself!) to share some of his favorites that he put on his Father’s Day wish list! Bart is not only a dad to one of our incredible Ellie Fun Day models but he is also an entrepreneur! He has worked at companies such as Ebay and Microsoft and companies that focus on holistic wellness coaching, tracking, and accountability! He is now working on a new way to travel responsibly for one of the largest cruise ship brands! We just want to send out a huge thank you to Bart for sending us an incredible list of options to choose from!

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Gin Making Kit

1. Gin-Making Kit – $54

While everyone else is busy with their beer-making kits, take your game up a notch with this innovative gin-making kit from Williams Sonoma.  To go all in, you can also pair it with their tonic making-kit as well!

 Harry's Shave

2. Harry’s Shave – $15

From the co-founder of Warby Parker, finally a solution to having stylish shaving implements with refillable high-quality blades at reasonable prices.  A super-easy subscription service lets you select how often to receive replacement blades, and razor handles are available in beautiful, inspiring colors.

 Bear Grylls – Adventure without Limits

3. Bear Grylls – Adventure without Limits – $85

Ever since seeing Bear Grylls’ first season of Man vs Wild (on Discovery), I have respected his powerful combination of adventurous spirit, authenticity, and deliberate Dad. Now Bear has a full line of adventure and survival gear, capturing the spirit of his lifestyle for adventure and preparation.

 BocceBallSet

4. Bocce in a Box – $82

Beautiful Italian bocce ball set in a wooden box.  Perfect for picnics, family weekends, or work gatherings.

 OiOi Satchel Diaper Bag

5. OiOi Satchel Diaper Bag – $169

Finally, a diaper bag that lets you keep your mojo!

Breville Espresso

6. Breville Espresso – $499

Our favorite counter-top espresso machine!  Breville is an amazing Australian-based appliance company, with an attention to design and functional detail that excels above all the rest.  We love this particular model, as it still tucks easily underneath a cabinet in a small kitchen, and can also be easily transported for weekend-get-aways.  (Yes, we even have a special plastic bin that we use to pack in the car for AirBnb or camping weekends!)

 Lightsaber Flashlight

7. Lightsaber Flashlight – Buy 2 – $14

It’s hard to beat, for practicality, adventure, and just plain fun.  I bought the first one for my 3-year-old son, because it has a switch that automatically turns off after a few hours of use (avoiding the every-day recharging routine of all our other flashlights, that get left on overnight.)  But as soon as he realized how cool the lightsaber function was, I ordered another for myself so we could have lightsaber duels!

Wooden Goat

8. Wooden Goat – $15

Well, these things are just hard to beat.  With many barn and safari animals available, the goat is still my favorite.

 Bamboo Race Car

9. Bamboo Race Car - $26

Even before our son was born, I made a plan to have only wooden toys in our living room, so we could continue to enjoy it as a playroom for adults and kids alike.  While some of the best wooden toys are still only available in Europe, fortunately, Hape has been importing some amazing options.  This one I play with as much as my son.

 Tegu Daredevil

10. Tegu Daredevil – $35

Our good friends Will and Chris over at Tegu have cooked up an amazing new set of blocks that combine to make superhero vehicles!

Giant Brown Paper Roll

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11. Giant Brown Paper Roll - $30

200 inches of creative canvas!  We bought this paper to put on top of our dining room table, and encourage kids and adults alike to express their stories and creativity!  Every 1-2 weeks, we take photos of the current paper, and replace with a fresh sheet!

Stainless Steel Cups

12. Stainless Steel Cups – $37

We use these stainless, eco-friendly steel cups all the time for camping, picnics, and outings to wine country!

BatteryBox

13. BatteryBox – $219

For all you road warriors out there, who love your Mac but don’t like dimming your screen to level 2 in order to make it across the country – this one’s for you.

Hot Sauce Making Kit

14. Hot Sauce Making Kit – $35

Why not spice up this year and get creative by making some authentic homemade hot sauce!Weber Portable Grill

15. Weber Portable Grill – $170

Have no fear because regardless of the size of your backyard this portable grill helps makes family barbeques a reality!

 

What’s your favorite Father’s Day gift?

 

 

 

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Dec

08

The Ethically Made Christmas Shopping Guide

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We’ve invited guest blogger Davina Wong from Douceur Vivre to share her list of ethically made gifts. To give you all a little background, last year she committed to not buying ANY clothing for 1 year. Being a fashionista, this was a huge challenge, but she survived and lived to tell it on her blog. She is also momma to little “J” and you’ll be seeing more of her on our blog soon!

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The holidays can be stressful when it comes to Christmas shopping, but it doesn’t have to be that way! If the thought of stepping foot into a mall makes you cringe, there are a plethora of options online, many which happen to be reputable companies that produce products as ethically as possible. ‘Tis the giving season, so why not give a gift that also gives back?

I have created a simple cheat sheet below to help take the load off and give you some ideas for the amazing loved ones in your life!

The Trendster:

Flamingo Top

 

 

The Flamingo Sweatshirt, Indego Africa- $125

Who wouldn’t love a pink flamingo to brighten their day? This cozy sweatshirt is perfect for the fashionista who has everything. All profits from Indego Africa fund educational training programs for the women who handcraft these products. Now, how cool is that?

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Sole Sister Bangle Set, Sseko Designs – $49.99

This trio of beautiful brass bangles includes one of which displays the name of a Sseko woman. By wearing the name of one these women, the wearer is reminded of their life and story. These bangles represent the global community of strong, loving women that we are all a part of–women who continually inspire one another with courage and with grace.

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Navy Stripe Cosmetic Clutch, Connected Artisans – $36

This chic little cosmetic bag doubles as a mini clutch to hold the basic essentials for a girl’s night out on the town. All of the artisans who meticulously create these goods receive a fair wage for their work. This company also focuses on creating long-lasting relationships with these talented men and women for long-term sustainability.

The Hostess

Candle

Mango + Grapefruit Candle, Raven and Lily- $22

This gold-dipped and hand-poured soy candle has been infused with lush and fresh fruit aromas and is a stunning addition to any decor display. Raven and Lily seeks to empower formerly homeless women in Los Angeles, California.

 

PinkPomBasket

Pink Pom Basket, Indego Africa- $40

A colorful little basket to hide and store the delicate treasures near and dear to her heart. One of a kind and hand-crafted using needles and fine plant threads, the technique requires much skill and patience. All funds go to provide educational training programs for the women who handcraft these products.

 

Terrarium

Earth Glass Terrarium Kit, Connected Goods – $55

Made proudly in the US of A, this terrarium comes with everything (minus soil) you need to create your own little micro-environment. This glass cube sits on a flattened point, creating an interesting illusion. Terrariums are made with concern for the environment, using eco-friendly techniques, non-toxic flux, and lead-free silver alloy solder.

EPA MadeBag

 

Let Hope Rise Tote, EPA Made – $20.00

This is a great tote for a quick trip to the grocery store! We love the metallic-gold screen printed calligraphy as well! EPAMade is a social enterprise centered on creating jobs, building a loving community, and changing the lives of marginalized families in East Palo Alto, California.

 

The Boho Goddess:

Hoop Earrings

Screw Hoops, Winifred Grace – $88

A twist on the classic hoop, these earrings resemble the tops of screws for a tough yet chic look. Designed in Chicago and made in Cuernavaca, Mexico, where Winifred partners with a workshop that employs poor local women to provide them with income and an opportunity to learn jewelry as a trade.

Turban

Green Turband, Cult Gaia for Indego Africa – $48

Cover up any bad hair day with this stylish Cult Gaia turband that is decked out with fresh, vibrant prints. The wiring inside provides for the perfect fit and hold for any boho goddess (or boho goddess for the day).

Weleda

Weleda Skin Food cream, Weleda – $19

Keep rough, dry skin at bay with this ultra-moisturizing hand cream that has been formulated with natural calendula flower and other essential oils. Weleda creates products that nurture and heal. They use biodynamic farming techniques by developing fair-trade trade partnerships for a greater impact on the world.

 

The Savvy Sister

GoudanceBangle

Goudance Bangle, Indego Africa – $70.00

Made from recycled tin, this sleek and simple bangle will become a staple to any wardrobe. Stack a few bracelets for added drama.

EverlanePencilholder

Royal Blue pencil holder, Everlane - $35

Leather always adds a touch of luxury to any gift, and this lovely pencil holder also brings organization into her life. Can also be used to store make-up brushes or feminine products. The best part is that it comes with an inexpensive price tag!

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Uzma Recycled Cotton Travel Journal, Raven + Lily – $9

A mesmerizing black broken braided print adorns this eco-friendly travel journal, perfect for the lady on the go. This collection seeks to empower marginalized women in Northern India.

For the Mini’s 

Goosegrease

Goose Grease Custom Dolls, $30+

Give a gift that is personal, literally. These customizable wooden dolls are painted by Fair-Trade artisan women in Colombia. Each doll is carefully hand-chiseled on an electric lathe in a small carpentry shop in Bogotá, Colombia, using sustainably forested wood. All paints are non-toxic and suitable for kids and adults of all ages. The dolls also come premade with different characters and personalities.

Oeuf_ToothPillow

White Tooth Fairy Pillow,Oeuf  $36.

This little tooth pillow has a back pocket to hide a little one’s tooth ready for the fairy to take it away! All of Oeuf’s knits are made in Bolivia by a self-managed community of indigenous women. In line with fair trade principles, our artisans are paid a living wage, which enables them to afford healthcare and education for their children.

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Organic Cotton Chubby Robin Rattle, Green Heart Shop – $19.95

Put a mom’s mind at ease with this organic cotton rattle by Hazel Village toys. It doesn’t contain any hard buttons or features and is washable.

Patch

Giraffe & Banana Patch Set, P.S. I Made This x Indego Africa – $45

A result of a collaboration with the innovative lifestyle brand P.S.- I made this…, these adorable iron-on patches make perfect additions to your little one’s backpacks, clothing and more. Hand-embroidered with love by the ladies of IBABA, the package includes DIY ideas from P.S.- I made this…

Firetruck

Wooden Fire Truck Toy, Green Heart Shop – $24.95

Better than plastic, this fire truck is lead-free and made of sustainably harvested shesham wood and crafted by artisans in India. HSSS is a non-profit organization that works for the uplifting and development of underprivileged artisans. It is composed primarily of male artisans, both Hindu and Muslim, who suffer educational, training and health related issues.

 

PandaHat

The Panda , Krochet Kids- $19.50

We (SF Giants) just lost the Panda to another team…but that doesn’t meant your little one can’t keep on sporting this adorable hat! Each hat is made in Uganda and signed by the actual artisan. The company, Krochet Kids intl. helps provide employment, training and mentoring for the women of Uganda.

Hand-Embroidered Star Ornament, Ellie Fun Day – $28

How could I leave out this limited edition ornament from Ellie Fun Day? Personalize it for a new baby, significant other or anyone special in your life! The best part is that 100% of the proceeds helps with the development of their sewing unit in India.

 

For the Dudes: 

MenScarf

Elmfridsson Heavy-Knitted Scarf, Nudie Jeans – $159

This heavy-knitted scarf will keep any man in your life warm and cozy. It is made of a wool and cotton blend. Also check out their denim for men, which is made of 100% recycled organic cotton.

DenimTie

Denim Necktie, Forage – $78

“Add a little formal to your casual.” Suitable for all occasions: dress up casual or dress down formal. This denim necktie is one of a limited number made. Forage assembles each piece by hand in the USA while being environmentally conscious.

Hightops

Clemente Hi-Top, Fortress of Inca – $179

Treat your Man to something better than a foot massage. These sleek sneakers are made from three types of luxurious premium high-grade leathers – crust, nubuck and suede – giving these shoes both luxury and high comfort. This brand produces handmade shoes in Peru while providing workers with fair wages.

Stone&ClothBackpack

The Lucas Backpack, Stone & Cloth - $51.80

We love camo especially if it hides dirt when your man takes this for a hike into the mountains. Your purchase of each Stone & Cloth backpack helps provide scholarships for students in need.

Where do you shop for gifts made/sourced ethically?

 

 

 

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May

06

Mother’s Day is Everyday : Freshly Picked Moccasins & EllieFunDay Baby Blanket Giveaway with NaomiPQ!

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We had the honor of meeting amazing mother and Instagramer NaomiPQ  last month through our intern Jenn! She’s a fabulous mother of three charming little boys and has been such an inspiration to so many. We asked her to write a few words about motherhood, balance and life! We are so honored to have her! Please see the giveaway at the end of the post!

EllieFunDay Organic Baby Blanket Mothers Day

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EllieFunDay Organic Baby Blanket Mothers Day

EllieFunDay Organic Baby Blanket Mothers Day

EllieFunDay Organic Baby Blanket Mothers Day

EllieFunDay Organic Baby Blanket Mothers Day

EllieFunDay Organic Baby Blanket Mothers Day

EllieFunDay Organic Baby Blanket Mothers Day

EllieFunDay Organic Baby Blanket Mothers Day

EllieFunDay Organic Baby Blanket Mothers Day

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I fumble for my iPhone and check the time. It’s 8:57 am, it’s an hour and a half later than I had planned to wake up. There goes my plan to get up before the kids and make us an elegant breakfast. The baby is stirring, but I might have enough time to check my Instagram. And Facebook. And maybe my Pinterest too while I’m at it. My feet haven’t even touched the floor and I am already head first into social media. I scroll through and find photos of immaculate, clutter free interiors. Already, I am unhappy with the state of my own. Note to self: Purchase that issue of Real Simple I saw at the grocery line, because, gosh darn it, I have to find clever and affordable decluttering solutions if it kills me!

By now, I hear the rumbling of little feet against our creaky wooden floors. I decide I’ll brush my teeth and find proper attire later. I go see what the commotion is all about. My five-year-old is completely naked and has already downloaded a new app on the iPad. I guess finding proper attire wasn’t a priority for him either. My two-year-old, surprisingly fully clothed, looks to have found and consumed half a bag of potato chips. The other half is emptied onto the white couch and adjacent high pile rug. Cross off “clutter-free” from my to do list.

The rest of our day consists of nothing more than laundry and spilled milk. Come to think of it, most days do. I used to take the boys on these spontaneous hikes and felt really good about myself (maybe because being spontaneous and outdoorsy makes me a good mom). That’s what I told myself at least. On one occasion, I even brought an elaborate picnic lunch. It was a picture perfect moment… up until we ditched the picnic and ran back to the car. We heard a wild animal approaching, but it ended up being a warble of harmless geese. I laugh about it now.

Sometimes my expectations of being a good mother can be quite comical, not to mention unrealistic. I begin to realize how accustomed I’ve become to approaching life like a Pinterest board – curating only the lovely, the inspiring, the ideal. Everything else – the mess, the mundane, and the unlovely – therefore became indications of less than adequate parenting, sending me into a downward spiral of frustration and self-doubt.

As I am about to retire for the evening, I hear a faint whimpering coming from the boys’ room. It’s my two-year-old son, Luke, roused by a bad dream. Instinctually, I stroke his warm, rotund cheeks and give them soft kisses. Already his eyebrows begin to unfurl and his disposition softens. I whisper, “It’s okay, baby boy. Mommy’s here”. His fears are quickly abated, and he returns to blissful slumber. I sneak away and close the door to a small victory. In this simple moment, my child felt safe. Not in a high-end toddler bed, but in the crook of my arm.

Maybe one day I’ll have that clutter free home or travel the world and find the cure for an obscure disease. Today? Well, my house is still a mess and nothing particularly captivating is on our agenda. But I get to be a mommy to three of the most amazing little humans. And that’s pretty freakin’ cool.

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We are giving away in celebration of Mother’s Day one EllieFunDay Fox & Forest Blanket and One Freshly Picked Moccasins (6 months : Copper Metallic) Freshly Picked moccs are perfect for our little Abel. Since he started learning to walk, it’s been important for him to wear soft, flexible shoes. It doesn’t hurt. too, that they are beautifully made. I seriously want a pair in my size! There is so much to love about our EllieFunDay blanket. I am always on the lookout for well-crafted, design-friendly kid products. I appreciate the attention to detail and the choice of materials. It’s so velvety! No wonder the boys like to cuddle under it naked! Not to mention, the story behind it is what makes it truly special. It’s thrilling to know that the purchase of each blanket gives dignity to the woman that made it.
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Giveaway ends on MONDAY, May 12, at 8pm, PST

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