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

Photo Credit : Toovia

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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Nov

11

EllieFunDay Organic Baby Blanket Giveaway with Freshly Picked Moccasins

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We are excited to start our 8 Weeks of Handcrafted for Life Giveaway. Handcrafted for Life™ means that our baby blankets are made with the utmost respect for the PLANET and the PEOPLE. All of EllieFunDay’s organic baby blankets are handcrafted by marginalized women in India. Each baby blanket purchased provides a fair wage and a dignified living for a disenfranchised woman.  We do our best to source responsibly and to be mindful of our planet. That is why our mantra is to buy less, buy better.

Each of our organic baby blankets feature 4 layers of organic cotton muslin that is super soft upon the touch and is perfect for baby’s delicate skin. Breathability, washability and durability are of utmost importance to us. Our blankets have been road tested by the best of the best…that means moms and kiddos alike!

We’ve partnered with our favorite makers in the industry to bring you 8 Weeks of Handcrafted for Life Giveaway! Every Monday, for 8 weeks we are giving away a goodie from one of our favorite makers alongside of one of our blankets.

Today we are giving away one of our FOX & FOREST Organic Baby Blanket with a pair of Freshly Picked Moccasins!

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Giveaway ends on FRIDAY, November 15th  at 8pm, PST

Please check back on Sunday to see if you are the lucky winner!

 

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Jun

10

Moving Forward

It’s been a few months since we’ve updated and certainly a lot has happened. When we last updated we were in the midst of training the first class of women that Stitching Sparrow would hire. The women were extraordinary. They were excited about the opportunity to work; it wasn’t just about the income but the sense of identity and dignity in being able to contribute something beautiful to the world.

However during that month, we realized that there are some very critical missing pieces in the operations. When we began all our planning, we had one solid premise – the sewing center needs to be a for-profit business. It’s not so much about making tons of money – it never has. It’s about running the sewing center with the heart and hustle to produce on-time, on-budget and at a remarkable level of quality. 

This is critical for two reasons. First, quality, cost and reliability are of utmost importance when producing a product for the western market. The second reason, being just as important, is that when we value the product, we value the women who make it. Pursuing excellence in production means we believe they are capable and recognize the work they put into it. This is why we were very adamant about running the sewing center as a business.

However as the training came to an end, we realized our partners would not (at the present time) be able to run the sewing center the way we heartily believed it needed to be run. It was a mixture of not being able to commit the kind of time/resources we expected and the conflicting mentality of wanting to run a business like a non-profit. I want to say here that our partners, who we love as family, are people of utmost integrity. We are always encouraged by their sacrificial and servant’s heart and have learned an enormous amount from them. 

Unfortunately in the end, we needed to pull out of working with Stitching Sparrow. It’s heartbreaking for both for us. There is a lot of potential. But it’s critical that we be on the same page as to how the sewing center would be run. We may consider working together again and will likely revisit the idea in the future. For now however it is better we part ways. 

Fortunately, the old motto as one door closes another opens is very true. We were extremely fortunate to connect with other established sewing centers in other parts of India and we are presently seeing whether we can have them make our blankies. They’ve already produced export quality product and are committed to working with poor and marginalized communities. We’re excited about the opportunities to partner and shooting to have a new product line in the fall. We’re in heavy design mode right now and look forward to having something out to you as soon as possible!

As we reflect on the past few months, we’ve grieved not seeing our plans with Stitching Sparrow come to fruition. But we’ve also learned a ton and will be better people for it. Without waver, we’re still committed to two things: making beautiful products and empowering under-resourced people. We’re excited about the future of Ellie Fun Day and look out for new and exciting things in the coming year! 

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