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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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Skip The Festival Fare and Bring Your Own Deliciousness

I’m in full prep mode for SASQUATCH this weekend and one thing I heard a lot from veteran festival goers is that the food is expensive and mainly just burgers, hot dogs and pizza. I’m hoping to fuel my body for 4 days of moving and grooving in a much more wholesome way. Here’s the plan:

Food Menu:

Friday: Day 1

Breakfast: Acai Energy Bowl

Lunch: Salami Sandwich

Dinner: Fajitas

Saturday: Day 2

Breakfast: Acai Energy Bowl

Lunch: Tuna Sandwich

Late Night: Sausage

Sunday: Day 3

Breakfast: Savory Muffin

Lunch: Salami Sandwich

Dinner: Polenta, tomatoes and parmesan, served with Kale and Mushrooms

Monday: Day 4

Breakfast: Savory Muffin

Lunch: Salmon Pesto Tortellini

Dinner: Festival Food  (Okay, maybe one meal)


PB&J, Goldfish, Granola, Pita and Hummas

Shopping list: 

  • Sambazon Acai Smoothie packets – found in many frozen food aisles
  • 3 Bananas
  • Green Juice – Either Odwalla or Naked brands
  • Sandwich Bread Buns – I like the ones from our market’s bakery
  • Galio Salami Chub Roll
  • Salad Greens/Spinach
  • Jar of Roasted Red Pepper
  • Can of Tuna
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Sausages
  • Buns
  • Steak (local, grass fed, hormone and antibiotic free if possible)
  • Fajita seasoning packet
  • Garlic
  • Corn Tortillas
  • Can of  black beans
  • Green & red bell pepper
  • Onion
  • Pre-made Polenta Tube
  • Can of crushed tomatoes w/basil
  • Bulk Parmesan (non-refrigerated)
  • Small bunch of fresh kale
  • 5-6 Large Crimini mushrooms
  • 1 Baguette
  • Packet pesto powder – I like the Simply Organic one pictured above
  • Dried tortellini – I find this in our bulk foods section
  • Smoked salmon – I like the vacuumed sealed variety that doesn’t need refrigeration but canned salmon, tuna or chicken works well too.
  • Hummus
  • Pita bread
  • Chia Seeds
  • Coffee
  • Gold Fish crackers

From Home: A few paper towels, garlic press, sea salt, pepper, olive oil, red pepper flakes, homemade granola and savory muffins, a sheet of tin foil.


Acai Bowls

{Acai (Ah-sigh-ee) is a berry from the Amazon region in South America. This super fruit is packed full of antioxidants, omega-3s and amino acids and makes for a delicious high energy and nutritious breakfast!}

1.  Put contents of the frozen smoothie packet into a bowl or jar and break up with a spoon.

2.  Add granola and a splash of green juice (depending on your desired consistency) mix and top with sliced bananas and chia seeds.

{Chia are small seeds that can regulate your blood sugar so that you have sustained energy throughout the day. It has a high level of complete protein to raise your energy levels and the gel like substance that forms around the seed when soaked in liquid helps keep you hydrated.}

Salami Sandwiches:

Spread hummus, layer greens, salami on sandwich bun and a few roasted red peppers.


1.  Put steak in a ziplock bag with olive oil and/or light beer with full packet of fajita seasoning. Marinate and grill to your liking.

2.  Slice peppers and onion (I will do this at home and put in a zip lock to save time) and sauté with garlic in a cast iron skillet over the grill.

3.  Open can of beans, remove paper label and place on grill next to the skillet to heat up.

4.  Serve and assemble with warm tortillas.

Polenta Bites:

1.  Cut polenta tube into ½ thick slices, pat dry with paper towel and brush both sides with olive oil. Place on hot grill and cook on each side for 8-10 minutes until crispy with grill marks.

2.  Chop kale, slice mushrooms and saute with olive oil and garlic (toss in any left over peppers or onion from the fajitas) in the cast iron skillet over the grill. Open can of tomatoes, remove paper label and place on grill to heat up.

3.  Top polenta rounds with a spoon full of tomatoes and parmesan. Serve with veggies.

Salmon Pesto Tortellini:

1.  Bring sauce pan of water to boil on single burner camp stove and cook tortellini.

2.  Prepare pesto as directed on packet.

3.  Add pesto to cooked tortellini, stir in parmesan (I add red pepper flakes too) and crumble smoked salmon on top.

I also made granola (Oats, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, almonds, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries and blue berries) for the first time. It came out well but I will need to tweak the recipe in the future to perfect it. I will also make amazing savory muffins before I leave on Thursday (buttermilk muffin with Canadian bacon, scallions and red bell peppers) I seal these in ziplock bags and take them on backpacking trips for a quick meal in a muffin form.

What do you think? Do you have any great camping/festival recipes or food tips and tricks? Any questions?

Enjoy, eat well and be well!


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