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It’s official. I now live in the country.

It’s truly gorgeous here. We’re sitting in-between the 4th & 5th holes on a luscious green and manicured golf course overlooking a tranquil lake. It’s like living in the middle of a resort.

However, as beautiful and peaceful as it is, coming from a busy metropolitan city I wasn’t exactly prepared for the specific shoe demands and foot requirements of these brilliant boondocks. My 300+ pair of high heels have barely been unpacked and strapped on my feet more than once or twice. Hard to believe that’s all that used to adorn my little piggies.

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Uh, uh………What was I saying? Oh yeah, my ill-prepared yet over stuffed shoe closet. I’m talking about rubber boots. Galoshes. Wellies. Gumboots. Rain boots. Oxfords. Overshoes. Waders. Whatever you fancy calling them. I need ’em.

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I adore the LocalHarvest website and the concept behind it….

LocalHarvest was founded in 1988 and they say they are America’s #1 organic and local food website. By maintaining a definitive and reliable “living” public nationwide directory of small farms, farmers markets, and other local food sources they have become the main informational resource for the buy local movement and the top place on the internet where people find information on direct marketing family farms.

LocalHarvest is located in Santa Cruz, California, and was founded by Guillermo Payet, a software engineer and activist dedicated to generating positive social change through the internet.

Check out their revealing US map where you can quickly locate farmers’ markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies.

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How cool would it be to subscribe for a weekly delivery of locally grown fresh organic produce! I mean who wouldn’t love that? Well, that’s precisely what you can do.

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According to their website, Branchhome.com is a place where you can buy products that are wholly appealing—sexy, even—but that are also manufactured and brought to market in such a way that you don’t have to feel guilty about buying—or, eventually, disposing of—them.

At Branch, they’re all about sustainability.

What do they mean by that? In short, they think that products should be made in the most environmentally-responsible way possible. Also — and this is equally important — they think that products shouldn’t have to look eco-friendly to actually be “green”. Everything sold at Branch qualifies as being “sustainable” in some way or another (often in many ways). This could mean, for example, that a product is made from organically-grown fiber, or from recycled- or reclaimed stock, or from sustainably-harvested wood, or from a naturally-occurring, renewable material. It’s their hope that shopping at Branch gets people thinking differently about the things they buy and where those things come from.petme

There are certainly some fresh and intriguing products on their site.

These squeeze and Plant-Me Pets would make a great gift for a young niece or nephew. They’re quirky sculptures made of natural latex rubber. The “eyes” are actual seeds (melon, tomato, and pumpkin seeds), and their “skin” is soft and pliable. You can squeeze their bodies and they’ll squeak.dogbone

For Rover, there’s this RecycleBone – any pup would want to chomp. The RecycleBone is made from rubbery scraps left over from the manufacture of other chew toys. Your dog will will love that it’s super-strong and fun to gnaw.tray

And who doesn’t need these functional 100% organically-grown, non-toxic adhesive, natural food-safe wood oil bamboo serving trays? The company, Bambu who makes these in China, manufactures several other environmentally friendly bamboo items including thick sturdy cutting boards, colorful serving bowls, useful salad utensils, and some cool handy tongs .winerack

Or this hip SixPack Wine Rack made in the good ol’ US of A of 100% wool felt. This clever wine rack is made from naturally renewable and recyclable materials. Also available are felt coasters and a cool wine pocket for wrapping and giving a bottle of wine.blanket

 

 

Wanna splurge? This 100% virgin wool blanket from Italy, is more formally called the “Apart-n-Together” Blanket. The design celebrates the connectedness of people, and serves as a reminder of another when they’re not around. With each blanket that the company Hiroko Kurihara Designs sells, they donate a blanket made of recycled polar fleece to a local organization that serves those who are homeless or in transition. This act of giving requires no additional purchase: it’s simply responsible, ethical consumerism.

snpFor the chef in the family or just someone that might need a little extra flavor in their life, pick up these Tiny Basket Bowels, perfect size for salt and pepper. They have most certainly made it onto my Christmas wish list.stripes

I also adore this AUM Shoulder Tote made from 100% reclaimed sailcloth body. Cut from naturally textured cruising sailcloth that would otherwise be discarded, this tote’s rich history is highlighted and reinforced by perfectly simple, handmade details. The AUM Shoulder Tote is a unique chronicle of voyages past, and a perfect companion for adventures to come. Also available in a circle design.

 

Even my 100% organic mother would approve.

 

 

 

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I heard today is National Philanthropy Day. Now you can shop and make a difference.

7th on Sale

7th on Sale is back with a one-of-a-kind fashion experience that offers shoppers thousands of items direct from the world’s top designers between November 15 and December 6. You can shop online or in person at the New York shopping days. For the second time, a worldwide audience can bid online for celebrity-worn gowns, magazine-worthy home goods, brilliant jewelry and more. Look for new items daily. Once again, 100% of the money raised goes to services and housing for those living with HIV and AIDS.

Shop 7th on Sale now! Click here for more detailed information on 7th on Sale.

Some statistics from their site:

While incredible progress has been made in the fight against the epidemic, HIV/AIDS remains a constant global threat. AIDS is the world’s deadliest infectious disease among adults and is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide.

  • The Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) estimates that there are now close to 40 million people living with HIV or AIDS worldwide.

  • Since the beginning of the epidemic, AIDS has killed more than 30 million people worldwide, including more than 550,000 Americans.

  • In 2002, HIV/AIDS was the leading cause of death among New York City women between the ages of 25 and 34.

  • 61 percent of young people living with HIV/AIDS are girls.

  • Around the world, 95 percent of people living with HIV do not know it.

  • By 2010, India will have between 20 and 25 million AIDS cases, the highest in the world.

*Source: Kaiser Family Foundation, UNAIDS, U.S. Centers for Disease Control

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I’m not too picky in other areas of my life; but I have to admit, I am unbelievably particular about the purses and bags that drape over my shoulder. I do know it’s ridiculous but I can’t seem to stop.

This white leather Louis Vuitton Onatah GM bag is stinking gorgeous.

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For more hip bags check out this site www.bagsnob.com. And although it’s not about bags, their kiddie site is super cute www.totsnob.com.

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