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So this is Christmas…

So this is Christmas…

The John Lennon song was playing in my head as I’m writing in this post and it reminds me to be thankful and to be patient and wait for good things to come. 2013 has been a roller coastery tough year with many challenges but it’s making our wee family stronger.  The hustle and bustle or retail shopping was felt since Black Friday but it’s starting to quiet down. Christmas will be a chill one with family our family unit.

We want wish your family and friends a wonderful and happy Christmas. Don’t stress yourselves out with the gifts, food and so forth — people remember the moments and all that other stuff become fuzzy.  Enjoy a good cup of hot cider, nog, toddy, whatever suits your fancy and enjoy a good laugh with your loved ones.

We look forward to 2014 with you all!

 

Pop-up market at Starbucks HQ

We’re at Starbucks HQ tomorrow from 11-1pm.  It’s a really fun outdoor event that happens rain or shine.  We have loved doing this event at Starbucks because the fellow vendors are fun, have lovely products and there is always yummy food and music to boot. Now all the great Starbucks fall drinks are in season and I’m loving the Evolution juice drinks they have partnered up with.

People either love their Starbucks or just avoid it all together.  I think Starbucks has done a great job of brining fair trade coffee to North American public to light.  The other cool thing is that a lot of Pax’s favourite parks/playgrounds has been made possible by the Starbucks foundation so we are really thankful for that.

If you are in the Seattle SODO (south of downtown) area, come by Starbucks headquarters and do a little early Christmas shopping, eat some really yummy quinoa salad and grab yourself that famous pumpkin spice latte. I’m going to have special discounts just for the event!

 

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!

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.

 

New organic cotton bags

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Summer’s here and it’s been hard to keep my regular work schedule now that school’s out. The 4 hours that Pax is in preschool really helped me get a lot of my blogging but you’ll see that in the summer, I’ll be posting at odd times of the day but I will keep you up to date on all things green and fair trade here at Lil’Soak.  I managed to post up a couple of new products  The small tote is perfect for an outing.  I use it all the time to bring an extra change of clothes for the kids, diapers, snacks etc.  Or else I bring it with me when we hit the library or a quick errand to the grocery store.  It’s handy to have and very sturdy. Made from organic cotton, GOTS certified in India.

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$19.99

This large messenger bag carries a lot of stuff.  There is a zipper pocket in the back and inside there is a small zipper pocket. It’s a great catch all carrying bag.  You can tuck your tablets/ipad into the back zippered pocket no problem. Sizing and dimensions are all available on the products link.  They are available now for sale through on ebay and soon we will send it off to amazon as well. We’ll keep you posted.

Right now I’m trying to pack and ship some cute soft dolls for both girls and boys for Amazon as well.  Pax likes to call them Mama and Papa because they kinda do look like us oddly enough but they are really lovely handmade dolls that were made by deaf/near deaf women in China.  Social benefits are not abundant in China so people with disabilities have a hard time finding solid work and this organization is doing a wonderful job of empowering these women.

I have a feeling it’s going to be a busy busy summer.  Time for my coffee break and a slice of the banana bread my kiddo helped me make. By helped I mean mash the bananas to smithereens.

 

“New organic cotton bags”  was first posted at Lil’Soak + Friends

Give a gift twice, host a party!

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Would you like to join in fighting poverty around the world?  If you have mad party planning skills or would just love to help, we are looking for ambassadors to hosts parties with our fair trade goodies.  Invite your girlfriends, co-workers, aunts, moms etc. and have a party and share the wonderful redemptive stories of the women that have personally handmade your products.

We would also love to come and share stories and beautiful handmade products at your church or community in the greater Vancouver, Seattle, and Toronto area.   Please contact me at sonya at lilsoak dot com if you are interested in learning more!