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Friday, November 30, 2012


eco-fashion friday finds – precious little things

upcycled wool sunflower hat

Winter winds create the opportunity to rock a new chapeau. Why not make a statement! This bright starflower beanie is hand-crocheted and custom designed from upcycled 100 percent lambswool Italian yarn. Big French knots in avocado green alpaca-acrylic yarn anchor the eye-catching flower. A real head-turner; $45 from Hats by Elvee

reclaimed wood ring

Lightweight and striking, this handmade ‘poppy’ cocktail ring is made from the reclaimed wood from fallen tree branches. $24.75 @ the starlightwoods shop

upcycled zipper earrings

Funky, OOAK, upcyled zipper earrings; only $7 from AnnyMay


Fall in love with this natural beauty from Summer Bowen’s BTC Elements California-based online shop where all items are socially and eco-consciously made right here in the USA. Find this eco fabulously soft and naturally dyed organic cotton scarf at BTC Elements’ page of stylish and sensibly made accessories.

And that’s a wrap for today:) Have a beautiful weekend!


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Friday, November 30, 2012

green gift idea: grow your own mushroom kit

DIY Roots Mushroom Growing Kit

Here’s a green gift idea that will work for the chefs, indoor gardeners and DIY aficionados on your holiday shopping list — their very own countertop mushroom garden. The Back to the Roots Mushroom Kit will produce up to 1.5 lbs of gourmet, delicious oyster mushrooms per box – and the first crop can be harvested in as little as 10 days.


  • You can store the kit (unopened) indefinitely – no shelf-life
  • Grow up to 1 1/2 lbs of tasty pearl oyster mushrooms per box – year round
  • Multiple crops (at least 2, though some folks get up to 4)
  • Grow your first crop in as little as 10 days
  • Easy to grow – open, mist, and harvest (spray mister included).
  • All indoors – just set on a kitchen window sill and mist twice a day
  • The soil inside is 100% recycled coffee grounds – safe & sustainable

Will produce 2 crops… sometimes more. $19.95 @ GreenStreamline

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

handcrafted recycled coin rings

recycled US coin ring

These handcrafted rings are made from vintage, antique coins. The handmade rings are hand-polished and sealed with metal sealer. Source coins include both U.S. and international coins in a variety of vintages. Prices range from $29.50 to $44.50 @ The Ring Tree.

recycled coin ring

recycled us coin ring

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upcycled steamer trunk console table

vintage steamer trunk table

Here’s an innovative way to honor the past and create something useful and cool: take a vintage steamer trunk, loaded with hard-earned character and memories, place it atop a set of steel legs… and voilà – a tall, dark, handsome console table is born.

Designer and welder Pamela Hodnefield makes these tables from a variety of old trunks (you can provide your own) which she mounts on welded steel bases that she creates. Makes a fantastic console that can double as a storage piece.

Made-to-order. $385 @ the PHweld shop

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

How to Raise Vegetarian Kids


Some parents are staunch vegetarians or vegans, and they expect to raise their children the same way. Contrary to popular belief, a vegetarian diet can prove to be healthy, given that you’ve done your planning.

In the following article we talk about a five important tips that you need to remember in order to raise healthy, vegetarian children.

1. Establish Healthy Eating Habits
Your kids should grow up learning the importance of a good, varied diet. They should cultivate the habit of eating healthy and fresh. However, if you wait too long to help your child establish a healthy habit, it might become difficult to get things going. So don’t waste much time and start early. Let your child know that you care enough to teach him how to care for himself when it comes to the right vegetarian diet.

2. Understand Different Types of Vegetarian Diets
There are many types of veggie diets, and in order to choose one that’s appropriate for your children, you should know the difference between them. For examples, the semi-vegetarians like to avoid any kind of red meat. And then there are vegans who completely stay away from foods containing animal products.

3. Be Careful with Diet Restrictions
Keep in mind that no matter what type of diet you go for, each nutrient restricted has to be supplemented. The reason being simple – when your child’s diet gets restricted, there could be health issues. So it’s really important that you are careful when creating your child’s diet plant. One good way to take care of the “diet restriction” problem is to buy health supplements and vitamins from a reputed online store such as This will help you keep the diet balanced while you stay true to your “raise a vegetarian” child goal.

4. Focus on the Caloric Needs
A lot of times parents get so lost in their vegetarian or vegan diet plan that they forget the importance of having their kids meet their daily caloric needs. When compared to non-vegetarian foods, vegetarian foods tend to contribute fewer total calories to the meal. And since children need to sustain their growth, they are required to consume the right amount of calories regularly. If you’re unclear about it or it’s confusing, make sure you have talk with your healthcare provider for better guidance.

5. Use Lots of Healthy Oils
Every child can benefit from healthy fats. By including healthy oils in your kid’s daily meals, you will contribute positively to his diet. You don’t have to make the whole process complicated, even simple foods can do wonders. For example, you can bake some delicious choco-chip cookies using coconut oil, your children will love it. Remember, essential fatty acids form an important part of a healthy diet that promotes physical and mental growth.

Every parent needs to realize that a healthy, mindful nutrition is a gift to their child. It’s a journey in itself. And that applies to all children, including vegetarian ones.

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