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Greater Goods: Holiday Gifts That Give Twice

This holiday season why not give the gift the gives again?

Cheese Board.

Arthur Court Grape Cheese Knife and Granite Board Set

$35.00 ($7.00 goes to a cause of your choice)

lunch set


The Green Lunch Set with Recycled Tote


Microwave and dishwasher safe, BPA free and made from a mix of recycled plastics. On average in contains 95% recycled material and up to 25% post-consumer content. I’ve owned this set for a bit short of a year and I absolutely love it!



Fresh Paper


One small biodegradable sheet of FreshPaper keeps an entire bag, carton, or fridge drawer of produce fresh for up to 2-4 times longer, organically! I discovered these from this TED Talk – an amazing story and fantastic product. Imagine the possibilities!

common threadz


Common Threadz apparel


With Each Awesome T-Shirt Or Other Item You Buy, They Will Give:
A School Uniform To An Orphan In Africa So They Can Go To School, Or Meals For 1 Month! I’ve purchased a dress and two t-shirts from them and they have been staples in the wardrobe since.

Sky Bracelet


Same Sky Bracelet


“SAME SKY is a jewelry company that provides employment to HIV-positive women in Africa struggling to lift themselves out of poverty. Empowered as artisans, they’re proudly rebuilding their lives. Each stunning bracelet represents one woman’s fight for survival and prosperity.” – samesky.com

Star Bracelet

Super Star Charm Leather Bracelet

50% of proceeds go to Make a Wish Foundation, helping to give hope, strength, and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions. – gorjana-griffin.com

maasi necklace


Leakey Necklaces


Gorgeous hand made by the Maasai women and men of Kenya from environmentally sustainable materials





With every pair you purchase TOMS will give a pair to a child in need. Shoes for men, women and children. I’ve worn out my pair that I loved to ruins and I’m excited to buy another!

Not For Sale


Not For Sale ring


“The Not for Sale store generates enterprise & employment to prevent human trafficking and create new futures for survivors. Every purchase you make is an action to end slavery — because no one should be for sale.” – notforsalecampaign.org

not for sale key

The Giving Keys 

Their “…mission is to provide jobs to the homeless of Hollywood. Each purchase furthers their transition out of homelessness and helps spread the word that No One Should Be For Sale.” – notforsalecampaign.org

Herb Planter

Herb Planters

“Made from recycled snack wrappers these  planters are sold by Ten Thousand Villages, the fair trade retailer that sells everything from items for the kitchen to clothing both online and in their retail stores across the country. Ten Thousand Villages was one of the founding members of the World Fair Trade Organization and seeks to help disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries.” – tenthousandvillages.com


Clothing, Accessories and Home Goods from Red Earth Trading Company

“Red Earth Trading Co. aims to provide goods that are as life-changing as they are fashionable. All of its profits go toward the development work of local non-profits in East Africa, and purchasing items on the site directly benefits African artisans.” – redearthtradingco.com



Buy One, Give One Blanket


“Blanket America sells quality blankets, comforters, sheet sets and other types of bedding, and in turn, the company makes a donation to Americans in need.” – blanketamerica.com



Stylish Ties from FIGS


“FIGS partners with local weavers and tailors around the world to make uniforms for school communities. Every purchase you make from FIGS gives a uniform to a child who needs an education.” – wearfigs.com

baby clothes


Organic Baby Clothes from Baby Teresa


“Baby Teresa sells 100% organic cotton baby clothes and accessories. For every outfit Baby Teresa sells, the company gives an outfit to a child in need. Portions of accessory sales go toward purchasing formula for babies in orphanages.” – baby-teresa.com

silver bowl


SPIRAL Foundation Recycled Silver Bowl


“Handcrafted in Nepal by artisans in the remote mountain villages of Lapa, Tipling and Shertung. Amazingly, the bowl is actually made from discarded plastic wrappers that have been brought in from the streets of surrounding cities. Proceeds from the purchase of this bowl will be used to help fund primary healthcare and community education through Himalayan HealthCare.” – cleanspirited.com


A FEED Bear or other great gifts from FEED


feed bear

“FEED Projects has partnered with Teddy Share, a charitable teddy bear company, to create both the FEED 5; each bear will provide 5 treatments of Plumpy’Nut, a high nutrient paste, to 5  malnourished children.” – feedprojects.com

roma boots


Roma Rain Boots


For every pair of Roma Boots sold, a new pair is also donated to a child in need.

NP Pass

Annual National Parks Pass 

Your purchase will help maintain the parks so everyone can get outside and experience the country’s natural areas.

Looking for more? For an excellent and more complete list, visit the Rage Against The Minivan Blog for their Gifts That Give Back: Occupy Christmas Link-Up

Believe in the choices you have with your spending power. Believe in the TRUE spirit of the Holidays.


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Fall Etsy Picks and Thrifty Tips

The Autumn wave has breached as the landscape transforms, tumbling into a metamorphosis  of renewal.

Fall is such a special and cozy time of year. Full of gorgeous colors, fresh after rain air, tea, apple cider, pumpkin everything, comfy clothes, soups, boots and time for rainy day projects. I always feel like I’m hunkering down after a wild summer to revisit progressive endeavors.

It’s also time to recover your cold weather clothes and prepare for the months ahead. I love dressing for fall weather because you can incorporate summer pieces with winter pieces and get creative with layering.  Here are some of my tips, tricks and picks for Autumn wear.

Photos I took in New Hampshire last fall

Tip #1: Clutter Cleansing

I was elated when I finally purged my closet of clothes that hadn’t been worn in a year or more. I took two large and over-stuffed boxes to our local Buffalo Exchange to sell. When sorting through my closet I made two piles: One to go straight to Goodwill (clothes that are out of season or not of current trend standards but still clean and in good wearable condition) and another pile to try to sell to Buffalo. The pieces I picked out for Buffalo had to meet certain standards of the store. These standards, as I understand them, are: current trends, in-season, unique vintage, classic staples and costume wear.  If you live in a climate that has inclement fall and winter months, you have an opportunity to create more space in your closet for bulky coats and warm clothes by packing away your warm weather clothes. This is something that I began doing as soon as I moved to Oregon from Southern California where 80 degree days are not uncommon in December.  The clearing and re-organizing of your closet is good practice with the change of seasons and change of times as it makes picking out your clothes each day less time consuming because all your seasonal wear is front and center. It is liberating to down-size, organize and simplify. I have found that my taste and style has changed considerably over the past two years. It was great to finally get my wardrobe up to speed with my evolving life.

Tip #2: Hit The Thrift Stores for Next Season’s Staples

Early to mid fall is a great time to visit your local thrift stores for winter essentials before they get picked over. Thrift stores can be absolute gold mines for gently used, sometimes high-end and fantastic quality finds. Now’s the time to look for boots, sweaters, coats, wool skirts, dresses and belts.

Some of my favorite boots are vintage from stores like Goodwill and St. Vincent De Paul. I usually look for genuine leather that has aged well and have a great broken in look but still have some miles left in them. I’m a fan of knee high boots and have had good luck in the past finding nice heeled dress boots that are great for work, especially when you can hide knee socks underneath for those chilly days in the office.

When I’m sifting through the sweater racks, I first scan for quality and condition of the fabric. This season I’m looking for classic cream cable knits, chunky over-sized sweaters and silk, cashmere blends. Next, I inspect the cut and fit. Sweaters can sometime feel unflattering and boxy, especially when the fabric is stretched or shrunken which can be typical when buying 2nd-hand. It’s always a good idea to try on the garment and check for any stains or smells.

Over at the coat rack is where you may find a real diamond in the rough. There’s nothing quite like finding a unique and quality vintage coat that fits you just right and that will keep you warm but still chic. Look for brand names and condition of the exterior, interior and closures. Keep in mind that a cute old wool coat could easily be revamped with a new set of buttons.

My go-to staples to wear in the fall and winter are wool skirts and dresses. I am most comfortable and feel best prepared for rain and snow on my way to and from work when I’m wearing a wool skirt or dress, thick tights, knee high waterproof boots and a coat. Wool naturally repels water and moisture and feels like your wearing a blanket as you sit on the job or at school. The tights and boots combo is always in-style but you also don’t have to worry about the cuffs of your pant legs getting soaked or the look and the wrinkly aftermath of stuffing your pants into your boots. My favorite wool skirts are from Ann Taylor Loft and Banana Republic and were all found at thrift stores.

Belts are always a cohesive accessory to tie an outfit together during any season but I’m always on the hunt for good quality leather belts during the fall and winter. They can look great at waist level over a sweater, a dress or a coat for more of a figure flattering look and you can also up-cycle them into boot accents, adding them as straps to a favorite found bag, cuff bracelets, headbands and more.

Tip #3: Search Etsy for that must have fall trend piece

Here are just three great fall trends that you can find on Etsy and second hand stores. I will post more of my Etsy picks in the weeks to come. Click the image to see larger and click the numbers below for links to the listing on Etsy. All items are below $35.00.

One ~ Two ~ Three ~ Four ~ Five ~ Six ~ Seven ~ Eight ~ NineTen ~ Eleven ~ Twelve ~ Thirteen 

One ~ Two ~ Three ~ Four ~ Five ~ Six ~ Seven ~ Eight

One ~ Two ~ Three ~ Four ~ Five ~ Six ~ Seven

What are your favorite Fall styles and trends? Would love to hear from you!



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