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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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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:
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.
Friday finds, on a Saturday. I’m in vacation mode and I don’t have my computer with me so it’s bloggins on the fly — and I’m also taking care of 3 kiddos too. We are still having some great warm weather here in Seattle (actually I’m in Vancouver but it’s relatively the same!) and I found some cute shorts from One Mango Tree:
Cute eh? They are on sale from 36 to 21.60. Act now! They’re a cool fair trade fashion line and have great colour and patterns to their dresses and tops.
I also came across some usa made men’s shorts which are great for the outdoor dude:
From a Colorado based company called Topo Designs. Nice clean simple lines. This one is a cotton/nylon blend so it probably dries quickly. Good length for men. All their stuff is made in the USA. That’s vey cool indeed. This kind of wear and look should be made in Colorado, right? I love all their backpacks and bags. It had me thinking about a backpack that I used to carry in my elementary and high school years. It was the same brand over the years because it was such high quality and at the time made in Japan. When I saw their stuff, it reminded me of my school back pack I carried.
For the kiddos, I would check out Winter Water Factory for short pants. I love their stuff. Meira has a couple of dresses from them. Fun colours and clothes that are hip but they still look like a kid, you know? I love clothes that are comfortable for play for a kid, stylish but not overly grown up. They are having a Fourth of July sale so hurry, it ends tomorrow!
It’s hot here in Seattle. When I mean hot, I mean about high 80’s. Okay, it’s not Austin TX where it reaches 105 by 8am but for my weak Pacific Northwest body, it’s hot enough. The kiddos and I were at the beach and I saw this really class looking mum wearing a beautiful tunic style dress and it got me thinking of the perfect summer dress that is stylish and can handle the wear and tear of being around kids.
Always a favourite in my bookmarks is People Tree based in the UK. This Orla Kiely heart dress is super sweet and if you add thick black plastic frames, then you’ll definitely be the hippest lady in town. I was wearing my People Tree stripey shirt until someone had an explosive diaper. Oops! Well, a good washing will fix that right up.
It’s on sale! I like this dress because you can put a tie on and it looks like a completely different dress but you could also leave unbelted and it makes a lovely swishy kind of light summer breezy dress. I like the circle detail. I would get it in the mauve colour. This dress is from Fair Indigo.
I love me some stripes. This is also the perfect 4th of July kind of dress or maybe France perhaps? I love the colour blocking, the colour combo and it’s made in the USA. I found this dress on Mod Cloth. Looks like it’s a nice travel dress, doesn’t wrinkle up and has some give to the fabric. Lots of good reviews on Modcloth.
I still have a pouch from my two babies but I’m determined to get slim and fit into one of my green retro looking Peopletree dress that I got eons ago. It’s still a little tight but it’s getting closer! I’ll have to show you all the results when I can just lose that last 10 lbs!
Natural coque feather earrings. Handmade in Denmark. I love the just the touch of mustard yellow in these earrings.
Happy Friday! Enjoy your weekend. It’s my son’s last day of preschool so there will be some busy times for me this summer as I need to set him a schedule to enjoy summer and not waste away watching the tele.
I have a hard time finding trainers or runners that use the barefoot method for our family. I keep looking at VivoBarefoot shoes and I love all their styles for men, women and kids. Right now our family wears Merrell barefoot shoes but I’m not sure how “ethical” they are. They are made in China with the Vibram sole. I have had such a hard time finding runners for my family that are barefoot and not made in China.
1. Ladies $115 2. Men’s $115 3. Kids $40
These VivoBarefoot shoes are made in China as well — but they make their shoes vegan which means they use as little glue as possible and using recycled materials. They have an ethical policy section and it states that their main tannery partner is rated ISO 14001 which is the highest environmental standard accreditation for shoes. It’s tough — I mean, unless you know these factories personally in China — it’s hard to say. I know there are ethical factories in China — in fact we carry bags and toys made in China by near deaf or deaf women but that’s only because we know these factories through personal referrals.
Does anyone out there have more info about VivoBarefoot? I love that they use recycled materials but would love to know if their shoe makers are paid a fair wage and have decent working hours as I would love to get these shoes for my whole family. They are freakin’ cool!