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Pop-up shop tonight in West Seattle!

We have been having a blast doing the Starbucks outdoor summer events and meeting other friendly handcrafted neighbours like Wooden Clothespin. They are a handmade business using recycled fabrics and fun modern prints for coffee/tea cozies, quilts, bags and more. I have gotten a few mason jar drink containers with glass straws, cozies etc and I love it. I use it all the time.  I’m big time in using glass for our entire family.  Stuff just tastes better in it.

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Like this beauty.

If you are in the West Seattle area, you need to visit the pop up, grab a cup of good java from Bird on Wire Expresso!  They will have beer, wine, food and crafts!  How awesome is that? Here are the deets:

Every third Wednesday (and tonight)

Time: 6 – 9pm

Where: Bird on a Wire Expresso

Address: 3059 SW Henderson St., Seattle, WA

We are so thankful for your support and this is a way to shop and eat local and empower women in empoverished conditions.  You are AWESOME!

 

I’m surrounded by boxes!

Consumed. That’s the word. I have. so. much. stuff. T loves to remind of me of that too. It’s all good. I know I have a lot of stuff. Being all fair trade, local and eco-friendly has made me really live a simple life a la Simple Mom. I love reading their blog entries to just sometimes, breathe and pause.

I’m unpacking — we found a place to stay and it’s stressful with a baby and preschooler in tow.  We are still in the midst of unpacking, purging, organizing and also cleaning up the old place so I haven’t found the time to say hello to you all in the last couple of weeks.  Hello! I’m still here <<echo, echo>>.

I have been loving instagram and I found a lot of fair trade minded folks and the lovely Sally Medwin from @shopfairtrade (instagram name and the title of her blog) did an interview with another super sweet fair trade gal Kayli who is sharing about how to fair trade your summer through her blog. I think changing consumers habits of thinking of buying more ethically made products starts one product, one person at a time and I love her passion with her journey of shopping fair trade.

Enjoy this while I go back to unpacking and making sure my two wee ones are not getting themselves in too much trouble. I hope to be back on a more regular blog schedule in September.

Also, we still have a super summer sale going on strong until the end of August. Shop for Christmas early — these deals are unreal!

What are we up to?

Friday Finds will have to take a wee break for the next couple of weeks as we are busy packing and moving.  Wow.  Packing with two little ones is a challenge as well as doing this at the same time. Your orders will be filled in the meantime but please allow us 2 days to pack and ship your order.  We had a fun event at Starbucks HQ the other day and check out our instagram and facebook pages for pictures.

Happy Friday!  Looks like this weekend will be a beautiful one here in the Pacific Northwest.  We will be indoors packing packing packing!

Friday Finds: Toy Edition

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Duplo

Our family digs Duplo.  We haven’t graduated to Lego yet because M likes to put everything in her mouth and Pax is not quite tidy enough to clean up all the little pieces. I love this rather sweet Winnie the Pooh set. If you check out Amazon Warehouse deals then sometimes you can score some good deals with Duplo.  Just search “Amazon Warehouse” and look to see what kind of savings you could score.  Lego has a good fair toy standards which is why we love lego because it’s also so versatile. Pax just loves to use the blocks to build houses, boats, dogs — you name it. It’s a great learning toy for children.

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Recycled green toy rocket made in the USA.  Love these toys.  Pax saw this at the toy store the other day and was playing with it the whole time. We have the boat which we use for the bath.  Great durable toy.

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Dsenyo works with women in Malawi to empower them with jobs and I’m inspired by the founder of this company and what she is doing.  It’s great.  I saw these plushies in person at a fair trade market place back in Austin and I have always loved the bunny one.  Love the mix of African fabrics here.  Great price!

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Yay!  Finally posted up our lovely plush toys handmade by near deaf/deaf women in China. I love these so much. Meira is now hugging both of them to sleep.  The detail on these are amazing.

Happy Friday!

 

Summer Fruits

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This is the time where all the great U-Pick fruit and veg farms are open.  Here in Seattle, we raspberries, blackberries, tay berries are ready for you to pick.   The great thing about these more delicate berries is that because you are picking it, the price per lb is cheaper because you are doing the labour yourself.  It’s also a great thing to take your kids. I know Pax loves going out in the wagon and picking fruit.  It also gets him to like fruit more.  The great thing about it is you are supporting your local area farms, bringing in a healthy economy for farmers and your community.

So after you end up picking 20 dollars worth of berries (that’s a lot of berry shortcakes), what do you do with it?  I mean, there is only so many preserves you can make and in our family we don’t use it all that quickly.  I think what’s more versatile is to freeze them. It’s pretty simple too, Just watch them, let it dry and then line it on a parchment cover cookie pan  and freeze it, once it’s frozen you can transfer it to a baggie or container.  Then you have fruit all year round. We use it for baking, making smoothies, sauces etc so it’s a great way.

Another way if you want to preserve a fruit in it’s purest form is to can it.  I found a link here.  It has methods for using juice or a light syrup or raw or cooked fruit.  I think this would be great for stone fruits like nectarines and peaches.  I haven’t tried this myself yet but I think if we go picking for plums, nectarines, I would  try this method.

Go out there and pick your own fruit! If you have kids, it’s a great way to pass the time, educate them about plants, fruits and the sort.

 

Friday Finds: Super Savings Edition

It’s back! Wanted to highlight a couple of things we have on our super summer sale and as well as some deals I have found on the interwebs.

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travel soap  $22 $6

Only 1 left! Handmade by women in Northern India.  Lovely scents like Chai and Lavender.

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striped tote $19.99  $10

Carries a lot of stuff.  A LOT!  At $10 you can’t go wrong. It has a real bohemian feel to this everyday tote.

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t-shirts $28 $10

We have a variety of styles and limited sizes left. This is probably my favourite from our friends over at Good & Fair.  It’s seriously a great great deal at $10 for a fair trade organic t-shirt.  Super super soft and a lighter weight cotton for those hot summer days.

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Goody Bags pic c/o People Tree

Y’all know I love People Tree in the UK.  They have a great summer sale as well and I always love their goody bags.  I’m super tempted to get their kids goody bags because it looks like once it’s gone, it’s gone!  Goody bags will have like over £100 worth of clothing but for a fraction of the price.  I have gotten one in the past and scored!  You choose your size and then the put together a few lovelies for you.  A great great deal.  Also for US and Canada — they are offering £5 shipping for shipments over £50!

Happy Friday! Happy Shopping! We’re offering free shipping for a limited time on all our products so great time to take advantage.  Follow us on facebook, G+ or twitter to get the latest and greatest from us.  We also instagram as well so you can find us where we are!

 

 

Empowering Women at the Burke Museum

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Photo courtesy of the Burke Museum website

The Seattle Public Library has this awesome summer reading program for kids so we have been reading a ton of books to Pax and Meira.  One of the prizes you get after reading 10 books is that you get a free pass to the Burke Museum at University of Washington. I took the kiddos there and Pax of course loved the dinosaur bones and all but I saw an “Empowering Women” exhibit and I was intrigued.

It showcased a number of women artisans cooperatives in developing countries and a sample of the beautiful products they made.  I loved seeing all the pictures of this happy women and how it improve the economy in their little community as well as their own family life.  It was kind of the encouragement I needed to know that what we’re trying to achieve here at Lil’Soak is a good thing. I get really frustrated at times at trying to share the story of the women behind the products we design or curate and seeing this was just the quiet encouragement I needed.  I was bummed because they had an artisan market sale last weekend and I believe they flew some of the artisans to the show! So cool.

If you are in the Seattle area, you have to see this exhibit.  ON until October.  It’s free if you are participating in the summer reading program! The UW campus is beautiful this time of year.

They also have a cool empowering women pinterest board if you want to see what they have pinned related to the exhibit.  Great idea. We are also on pinterest as well and we often post a lot of fair trade or usa made goodies, shops and so forth.  I’m trying to update and pin whenever I can!  Follow us if you find us PINTERESTING! I couldn’t resist.

Super Summer Sale

Sorry for the silence at our end.  I was on a mini-break and the week to catch up on every day things has been hectic.  We also had a event at Starbucks headquarters in SODO, Seattle.  I will hopefully be back to a regular blogging schedule but not before I let you all know that I will be putting new product in the shop and marking them down for the year end summer sale.  We have a bunch of items that we offer that are not available online like these cuties:

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Bloomers! from $12 to $6!

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Bib from $12 to $6 (cute kiddo not included)

or how about this for the ladies:

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It’s $37 and we will be marking it down by 25%!  We have just one left!

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The travel soap is the best deal of all from $22 to $6.  One left!

We want to clear out our storage room so we can start designing new products with the women artisans we are partnered with.  We want to continue to provide solid fair work for these wonderful women.

That’s just a few of the deals we have in store. I will try my best to post it all up and let you know via facebook and G+.  I’m the jack of all trades here. I photograph, I upload, I fix, and entertain my kiddos so i’m up for the challenge!

Fight poverty, buy fair trade.

 

Astoria, Oregon

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I’m officially in love with Astoria, Oregon. We took a mini-break to Portland and took the long way back to Seattle.  I haven’t been here since I ventured here with my friend A when we were young and fancy free (ie. no children). It was beautiful then and still is now. It’s much more developed now with lovely new builds that reflects the seaside architecture and a Safeway.  It has retained its charm with a thriving downtown area with lovely antique shops, cafes and artist shops. It’s a charming city at the upper west corner of Oregon at the mouth of the Columbia river.

It was a very very short break and I apologize for the lack of posts but I have been really busy tagging new items for the fulfillment centre and also organizing to head to the market this week. We are going to start out summer clearout of our items.  We have sales so we can move our goods and be able to work on new designs/products with the people we are partnered with.  We want to continue to empower them out of poverty and provide them with real meaningful work so that they are able to provide for their families and send their children to school. The summer prices will first start at the Starbucks home office outdoor market.  We have bags, tees, and even underwear marked down for super sweet deals. Follow us on Google+ or Facebook for more details if you are in the Seattle area.  It’s the best way to get the most up to date info on all our happenings.

 

Friday Finds: Sole Rebels Footwear

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Summertime means, no socks and I love me a good ballet flat or sandals.  I like these shoes from Sole Rebels, a fair trade shoe line:

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picture courtesy of SoleRebels website

$60 dollars each. The founder is a local from Ethiopia and she wanted to empower her community with jobs and hope.  It’s such a great story. They make both ladies and men’s shoes but since I’m the one looking at the shoe candy — I thought I would post some favourites.  They are decently priced and look super comfy and breathable.

A very short but sweet find today.

 

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