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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!

Giveaway!

Our lovely friend Kayli over at How to Fairtrade Your Summer is having a Lil’Soak+ giveaway with our organic laptop sleeves.

MosesLaptop Sleeve2It will fit a small laptop about 15 inches is the max size. Fairtrade, made from organic cotton. Made by rescued women in Cambodia.  It’s a lovely simple sleeve to protect your laptop. Winners can choose the colour!  Giveaway end July 16th!

Check out her website for my details and use the hashtag #FTSummer in twitter for any more q’s.  Good luck!

 

 

Friday Finds: Shorts!

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:

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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:

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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!

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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

Friday Finds: Feather Earrings

I love the look of feather earrings because it’s delicate and well, light as a feather.

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$23.99 Zia Feather

We have lovely Raven + Lily feather earrings.  The one thing I love about these earrings is that they are made from recycled leather but has the look of metal so it looks really heavy but it’s not.

 

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From In Exchange, a fair trade shop in New Orleans.  I like the dark green jewel and the detailing.  Very pretty.

 

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Handmade in Guatamala.  Love the overly of feathers on this one.

 

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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.

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First posted at Lil’Soak + Friends.

Spotlight on Fair trade Necklaces

My kiddos are under the weather today so I am going to get this quick post out as I seem to be in demand for comfort, nose wiping and cuddles.

We carry an assortment of beautiful jewelry but my season’s favourite is Raven + Lily’s Tigist  necklace.

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 Tigist Necklace $108

It’s lovely, delicate and makes a statement without being completely overwhelming.  I love the designs that R+L comes up with season after season.  Made with recycled materials by Ethiopian women artisans.  So pretty. Can be dressed up or down.

I also have my eye on this:

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I’m into simple jewelry.  I love the statement pieces but I can’t carry it off.  I just don’t have that kind of swagger.  I do love ths triple arrow piece made by women artisans in India.  Designed by 4 all Humanity, an ethical fashion brand.  Pretty cool stuff.

I only have enough time to link a couple of things.  Family duty calls but I’ll be sure to spotlight more necklaces.

 

Contest Giveaway – now closed

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If you have a facebook account, we’re doing a giveaway with these lovely upcycled leather earrings from Raven+Lily.  We love R+L here at Lil’Soak.  We love their simple yet elegant designs and the people that work there. They have such a big heart to empowering empoverished women around the world.

Hop onto our facebook page and “like us” or if you already like us, then like the post with the contest and you’ll be entered.  It’s that easy!  The contest will end Friday at 5pm PST.  Good luck.

Congratulations Queena! Please email us for more details!

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!