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BRANDS WITH A CAUSE: CORA

Monday, June 19th, 2017

cora

I am inspired by companies and brands who support a cause as part of their mission.  It is lovely to know that a purchase has a greater good.  In a continuing series, I will highlight these companies and the amazing causes they support.  Like always, if you know a brand that I should feature – please leave a comment or message me directly.

Cora is a company that actually has two missions!  First, they are revolutionizing feminine care products so that you, your girlfriends and your daughters are safer during that time of the month.  Made of organic cotton, free of chemicals and 100% biodegradable.


 

“The average woman uses 10,000 tampons on a lifetime-but who’s keeping track?

Not the FDA—feminine hygiene product manufacturers are not required to disclose ingredients or conduct testing to determine their products’ long-term effects on women’s bodies.

That means the majority of tampons today contain synthetic materials like Rayon and Polyester, as well as pesticide residues commonly used to grow non-organic cotton, and we have no idea how it it’s impacting our health.”


 

I like that this company is tackling a problem that many of us don’t even think about.  They are shipped directly to your house, starting with a free trial and then shipping every 3 months.  Kind of genius.

Secondly, for every 1 month supply you receive-Cora gives a month’s supply of sustainable pads to a girl in a developing country so she can do anything during her period.  Through the Kiran Anjali Project, I have learned that providing feminine hygiene products to girls in India allows them to stay in school.  Without access to sanitary napkins, many girls simply drop out of school when they start their period. Cora partners with local organizations to distribute napkins to girls in need.  (Even better, the pads are produced in India which provides local women a living wage!)  I love this so, SO much!

This mission is fantastic.  I just signed up for my free trial.  I am happy to report back once I receive my first shipment.

 

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THE BUSINESS OF INSTAGRAM

Thursday, June 15th, 2017
instagram

{recently shared on @seattlejune}

Yesterday I spent about 30+ minutes cleansing my Instagram of those I follow. I have been feeling a need to simplify my Instagram for one main reason.  My sanity.  You see I followed many social influencers who, as a career, share clothing, home goods, beauty products, vacations, and experiences on their IG accounts.  Many of the items and trips they share are gifted to them or sponsored.  While I don’t fault them for making a living- it wasn’t really a good thing for me to be inundated all of the time. Of course they disclose their sponsored posts, they are legally required to do so.  For other posts they tag items and they simply receive kick backs through affiliate links if you make purchase.  {Again, I don’t fault them for this practice.}  I know, this is a lot of blog biz talk, but I think it is important to understand the business of social media, how companies are using their marketing dollars, and how we are being persuaded in purchasing decisions- possibly without even knowing.

Why am I sharing this information?  1.  It is just that.  Information.  2. While I try to be more conscious as a consumer, it was a battle not to click through to see the price of an item I found beautiful or interesting.  3. As most of us know, it isn’t the whole picture.  IG lives are not REAL lives.  They are curated, edited, filtered, and constructed.  But does our subconscious know it?  In many cases, probably not.  4.  Comparing is exhausting.  As an almost 43 year old woman, I don’t have time for it anymore.  And when you are comparing your reality to a manufactured image- you are never gonna win!

I love Instagram.  Visually it is so interesting to me.  I have found wonderful small businesses and creative humans sharing their talents.  I follow friends who I don’t get to see regularly.  I enjoy capturing moments in my day and sharing them with you.  I promote my blog posts using IG.  I’m note deleting it, just using it more wisely.

What do you think? How do you feel about influencers using social media to make a living?

 

 

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LOCAL GEMS: 100 POUND CLAM AND MOSS BAY

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

100 pound clam | Where is June?

Suffering through a Seattle winter is payed in spades come summer!  Last week {when if felt like summer} a friend and I had the most enjoyable afternoon!  I thought I would share it- so you could add it to your summer TO-DO-List and maybe discover Local Gems.  Great for couples, girlfriends or your whole family.

We started by renting a kayak from Moss Bay. They also rent paddle boards and sailboats, but we chose a double kayak so we could paddle and chat!  The day was perfect and it was so nice to be on the water.  You paddle by floating homes, Gasworks Park, and enormous yachts.  With Seattle’s skyline as the backdrop it doesn’t get much better!

moss bay

After our paddle, we treated ourselves to lunch at 100 Pound Clam.  {It is literally 3 steps away from Moss Bay!}  With the best spot on Lake Union and float planes landing in the back ground, it’s THE place for a summer lunch.  I highly recommend the dill fries, the fried corn, and the Fishwich BLT- but honestly it’s all delicious!  On a warm NW day, the picnic tables and a crisp Rose will be waiting for you.

food |Where is June?

 

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IN THE DETAILS- NO. 32

Monday, June 12th, 2017

in the details no. 32 | WHERE IS JUNE?

It’s somehow Monday again.  Between a class party, a doctor’s appointment, a track meet and time trials for swim team-Friday was an absolute blur.  By the time I had a moment to breathe it was time to go to bed.  Do the last weeks of school feel like a gut punch to anyone else?  Absolutely crushing.  My kids have one more week and then it is Camp Mommy!

Inspiring and interesting things this week:

1.  Just got this amazing pottery cradle to hold an air plant!  I am obsessed.

2.  SJP and Michelle interview each other!

3.  Chris Martin and the crowd sings at One Love Manchester.  Goose bumps.

4.  Dads and Daughters workshop.  Local dads can learn all about blow drys, braids, ponytails, and buns.  {HEART EYES!}

5.  Preach! {via bl.ack.magic.wo.man IG}

6.  Outfit inspo.

7.  The cutest woven drum bag EVER!!

 

 

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FEWER,BETTER : KAMM PANTS

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

kamm pants

In the spirit of buying fewer but better things, I had to post about these pants.  I swear these #kammpants pop up on my Instagram feed multiple times a day.  Every girl looks effortlessly cool and relaxed while wearing them.  After a little poking around, I found they are the Sailor Pant by Jesse Kamm.  At $395 they are certainly not inexpensive, but I could seeing wearing them for years and years.  The come in many colors, but the chambray is pretty amazing.  I love they are made in Los Angeles by an independent designer.  I’m totally into them and will add them to my fall wish list.

Want to try them on and live in the Pacific Northwest?

Seattle- Baby & Company

Portland- Frances May

 

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IN THE DETAILS- NO. 31

Monday, June 5th, 2017

in the details | NO. 31

I couldn’t finish this post in time to hit publish on Friday. But since I’m in charge, I can post it on Monday instead.  I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  Our weekend centered around Little League playoff games.  Sadly Little Man’s team suffered a crushing loss yesterday, so he is done for the season.  We also saw Wonder Woman.  You really MUST see this movie.  I pretty sure I have seen every superhero/comic inspired movie produced in the last 8+ years.  Wonder Woman is by far the best.  Hands down.  I loved the action, the spirit, and the story line.  Plus, the kick-ass women were entirely inspiring! Hope you all have a great week.

A few things that inspired and interested me last week:

1.  A sneaker problem continues. Into these Pumas.

2.  Who hasn’t watched Love Actually multiple times?  The Love Actually sequel is a dream come true.  {Only 15 minutes.  Watch it!}

3.  Covfefe inspired many! And made me laugh.  xo

4.  I found the socks that Kendall Jenner was wearing in last week’s post.

5.  Ellen Pompeo’s home in Sag Harbor is gorgeous.

6.  Ceramic tile transitions to wood floors in a striking entry.  SO. GOOD.

7.  We heard Leroy Bell play live on Friday night.  Been on replay ever since.

 

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BRANDS WITH A CAUSE: FEED

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

about FEED | Where is June?

I am inspired by companies and brands who support a cause as part of their mission.  It is lovely to know that a purchase has a greater good.  In a continuing series, I will highlight these companies and the amazing causes they support.  Like always, if you know a brand that I should feature – please leave a comment or message me directly.

FEED is a company that helps feed children in need around the world.  It was started by Lauren Bush Lauren in 2007 in response to her travels and seeing hunger firsthand.  Every FEED product is stamped with a number that signifies the amount of meals or micronutrient provided with its purchase.  You know exactly what the impact your purchase will have in the world. Many of the meals provided are a school lunch, which for some children will be the only meal of the day.  With a school lunch provided, attendance increases and kids are in school more often.  The ripple effects are endless.

A few of my favorite products from the FEED site, but it was quite hard to choose:

Scarf/Saddle Bag/FEED 1 Bag/Tee

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FEED recently opened the FEED Shop and Cafe in Brooklyn.  Such a fun way to sip coffee, buy a gift and do good for the world!

 

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STAY HERE: A GORGEOUS NASHVILLE HOME

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

The Wendell Home | Where is June?

While there are no specifics finalized, we have purchased airline tickets to Nashville ….so this trip is finally happening.  As I began my search for lodging I stumbled upon The Wendell Home.  This Airbnb home is a minimalist’s dream come true.  I seriously cannot stop looking at the pictures.  {I’ve included a few here, but you must look at all of them in the listing!}.  The home gets a 5-star review, which isn’t surprising!  A couple of my travel mates are not sold on staying in a house instead of a hotel {including my husband}.  I love the idea of staying in a neighborhood and exploring shops and restaurants off the main tourist strip! All the other stuff is just a Lyft ride away.  I may just book it and surprise them.  I mean, how could we go wrong with this house?

Wendell Home | Living

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Hoping to catch some live music at The Bluebird Cafe and see the Grand Ole Opry.  Any other Nashville suggestions?

photos via The Wendell Home on Airbnb

 

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IN THE DETAILS- NO. 30

Friday, May 26th, 2017

in the details | NO. 30

It’s a three day weekend. The weather is going to be amazing in Seattle and are planning to bum around in our own city! We are hoping to go for a hike, grab some pizza, ride the Seattle Great Wheel and explore the Public Market. Spread out over three days, with a little pool time thrown in for good measure, it sounds like heaven to me.  Have a fun weekend!

A few things that caught my attention this week:

1. Socks with heels.  These sheer stockings give me all the heart eyes!

2. Have you see this IMomSoHard video?  They are all of us looking for a swimsuit.

3.  The trailers for I Love Dick on AmazonPrime are pretty funny.  I mean…Kevin Bacon.

4.  I love simple earrings.

5.  An interview with Aziz Ansari on the podcast Fresh Air is worth a listen.  Do you watch Master of None?  Season 2 is out.

6.  Just ordered this new book.

7.  An amazing low, leather sofa.  That’s all.

 

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FEED MY SENSES: DANCE CHURCH

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

DANCE CHURCH | WHERE IS JUNE?

What feeds you?  We consistently give: as wives, as caregivers, as employees, as bosses, as daughters, as sisters, as friends.  But what feeds you – so that you can continue to give?  The adage of “carving out time for yourself”, is a tired track being played on repeat.  But dammit, it’s so true! I’m hoping by sharing some of the ways I feed my senses, it might spark something for you.  Maybe it’s revisiting an old passion or trying something you have never done before.

What feeds me?  Dance Church.  It is my everything.  What the heck is Dance Church?  It is a dance party, just like at the best clubs, but in athleisure instead of your hottest get-up.  Bare feet instead of stilettos.  Coffee after instead of shots before.  Workout instead of hung over.  Oh my gosh, it’s a my dream come true.  Founded by Kate Wallich, Dance Church happens every Sunday morning and Tuesday night.  It is a 90 minute dance workout, however it’s not choreographed.  Kate leads the class and cues movements, but so general in nature that you can move however you please.  There is every type of person represented and that is what makes it so awesome!  The room at Velocity Dance is dimly lit and packed, so you have to like being in close proximity to others while sweating.  The playlists are out of this world {Think RiRi, Bey, Drake, Bieber,}.  I walk out of there on a high every time.  In my 20’s, there was nothing better than dancing into the wee hours of the morning. Dance Church gives me everything I loved: music, movement, and infectious energy.

Would you give Dance Church a try??  Read the personal account of a first timer.

PS:  The mirrors are covered, there is no front, and no one is watching you!  And church has nothing to do with it.

 

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