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Chill in Chilote

Chilote House Shoes

Made fair in Patagonia.These positive impact, sheep wool slippers are created to empower women. How awesome is that? Gosh I love a product with a good cause. This company gives women in Patagonia an opportunity to do what they know how to do (and love to do) to make a living.

So they’re made out of sheeps wool and get this-the bottoms are made of salmon leather. Salmon. Leather. How neat is that?Chilote sent me some House Shoes to try out and I have to say-they live up to the hype! They are soft, cozy, and warm. I love them! They’re also super cute and go with everything so I feel extra cool rockin’ around the house to Billy Joel.Each and every pair of slippers is made by artisan women that live in remote, rural areas of Patagonia. So, when you receive your slippers in the mail just know they were carefully handmade. I love that my slippers have such a story behind them.To add to the coolness. Each pair has a QR code on the tag that links to the specific artisan group that made them. It’s so interesting how personable this company is. You can even see photos of some of the women on their website based on the location in Patagonia they come from.Overall, a product that is made with pride, empowers women to be independent while doing what they love, and is super comfy, high quality, and cute scores an A+ in my book.

Check out Chilote House Slippers and their story at www.chiloteshoes.com

These would make an excellent gift for the holidays!

Waste Not, Want Not, Stuff Bought

“There’s trash on the ground! The earth’s going to get sick!”

My daughter even knows better.
I remember when I was little I used to tell my mom she couldn’t buy individual bottles of anything because it was a waste of plastic and filling our landfills. Yeah, I was that kid.
Now, I admit I don’t recycle like I should or go to great lengths to save the planet but, I’m taking small steps towards doing my part.
The first step was cloth diapering my babies. I really loved it so it wasn’t a big deal to me.
A few months ago I switched to stainless steel straws. I felt really good about this decision since my girls use straws everyday. They’re easy to wash and I don’t have to keep re-buying them. Then I thought hmm, I’m saving money, helping the planet, and still have the product I want and it works the same-what else could I switch? 

So I got the Google search intro to the “zero waste” movement.

Soon after, Jessica, the owner of KyMia, reached out to me and I was like BOOM! Meant to be.

KyMia Reusables is a local, eCommerce business. This husband/wife team sells sustainable, no-waste, environmentally conscious products and I totally dig them. 

Not only are the products super cute (fun fabrics and designs) but they’re also high quality and work extremely well! I don’t know why I didn’t switch over sooner.

The first products Jessica gave me to try were:
  • Unpaper Towels
  • Unsponges, and
  • Bamboo utensils

Jessica is amazing by the way. She is one of those people you feel like you’ve known forever right off the bat, super relatable, and a mama of 2 so she gets it! 

So here are my thoughts: 
Unpaper towels ROCK. First off, they’ve covered in avocados so, they were winning in my book before I even used them. Seriously though,  you pull a towel off the roll, use it until you feel like its dirty and then throw it in the laundry. No more buying paper towels, no more creating a ton of waste. I love it!
The Unsponges really got my attention. I was curious how these would do because I am for sure a person who throws away sponges as soon as they seem the slightest bit dingy. I have to say, I’m seriously impressed. They have an anti-microbial hypoallergenic foam core. So, you use the sponge and then throw it in the washing machine and it comes out like new! Jessica even showed me examples of how she cut one in half and how clean it was after being used. So now I don’t have to buy paper towels or sponges anymore?Okay…this is cool. 
The bamboo utensils are pretty epic too. Instead of using plastic utensils when you’re out and about at restaurants you can carry these beauties in your purse, use them, and wash them to reuse again and again. You get to eliminate plastic utensil waste and look adorable when you break these out in public! #winning
So I was hooked…and then I ran into her booth at the Dogwood Festival…
Beeswax food wrap though. Okay guys so literally I’ve been in a bind for months now because I moved and don’t have alot of Tupperware (and don’t want to keep buying it) but I’m also not a fan of aluminum foil. I cook alot so I really need food storage options. Beeswax food wrap is this epic pliable cotton covered in beeswax and jojoba oil. She let me play with it and cover a mason jar. It seals right over the opening and the best part is, you can take it off, rinse it, throw it in a drawer, and keep reusing it! I much prefer this to annoying cling wrap, aluminum foil, or Tupperware. Now I can use my natural, eco-friendly beeswax covered cloth to cover my casserole dishes and mason jars and I feel great about it. Plus it’s cute.
The icing on the cake is that I’m supporting a small business and a lovely family! 
Oh, and I love this bag: I truly recommend checking out what they have to offer. They have more products than just the ones I spoke of and I intend to slowly build my no-waste stash of products over the next few months.  I love that I don’t have to keep buying these items, I’m eliminating toxins in my home, and I’m making environmentally friendly decisions. Plus, I made a new friend!

Over the Edge

“I wish you would step back from that ledge my friend…la dee daaa”

That song is stuck in my head for the remainder of this day.So who wants to rappel off the Executive building for a great cause?You can rappel to celebrate a milestone.

Rappel to check it off your bucket list.

Rappel cause all the cool kids are doin’ it.

Whatever your reason, it’s going to be one of the grooviest things to hit downtown!

Register Here!

You will have your own page within the campaign to tell your story of why you’re going over and to fund-raise! You can invite friends, family, followers, your dog’s groomer, hair stylist, the lady at the grocery store you almost ran into with your cart,  whoever! Supporters can donate $2, $5, $48.65…whatever they want to put towards seeing you scale down a building like a boss.Your goal is to raise $1,000 in order to rappel. All proceeds go to poverty prevention programs at CEED. You are putting money back into the city we live in by doing something epic. How cool is this?

You even have the option to form a team to raise the money and pick one person on your team to rappel. This is a good option if you want to get involved and see someone specific go Over the Edge. This is also a great option because having multiple people raise the funds will be much easier to do!

Or

You can “Toss Your Boss” over the edge-employees can raise funds and if you meet the goal your fearless leader has to go over the edge…unless of course, they match what you raised in which case they can turn around a pick an employee!Overall, this fundraiser is meant to be celebratory. We want you to have fun, collaborate with others, and bring the community together.

The event is October 27th…Halloween weekend. (I’m thinking costumes!) (Okay I’m not just thinking it, I already bought mine)

If you want to support a great cause but don’t really want to do another 5k, shake things up and join in on the fun! This is a unique opportunity and no experience is needed!The event will take place on the Executive Tower in downtown Fayetteville. It is simple, just register, meet your fundraising goal, and rappel on October 27th!CEED is able to lead the way in economic development and poverty prevention in our area because of our community. For 10 years we have brought you an out of the ordinary fundraising event to support our poverty prevention programs and now we have the opportunity to celebrate the successes of all of our programs through our Over the Edge event.

For more information call: (910)-323-3377
E-mail: edgers@ncceed.org
Visit: http://www.ncceed.org/OTE