Two Gifts that Give Back

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Wow, it’s been a busy few weeks on the Soulicious Life for gifts! In addition to my 2012 Gift Guide featuring affordable fair trade, handmade and eco-friendly items, I’ve talked about ideas for thinking outside the proverbial gift box and gift giving etiquette tips.

You see, I was actually on top of shopping this year! (For the record, I also got holiday cards out this year. NOT that there is anything wrong with my Happy New Year cards of the past few years, but I am total relishing in the fact that I have my act together.)

I’m sure this is because K-Bear is getting older. But I digress.

With Christmas just a week-and-a-half away, this is my last post on holiday gift-giving. Two of my favorite national non-profit organizations have fabulous opportunities to donate to their cause in your loved ones name. Whether the guy or gal on your list is a foodie, environmentalist, animal lover, or child advocate there is a donation ready to melt their heart while helping to make the world a better place. Continue reading

Toxic Couches Sit Not-so-Pretty

Today, as I scramble to put the finishing touches on the Soulicious Gift Guide – featuring unique and affordable, eco-friendly, fair trade or handmade items (Hooray!) – I am happy to welcome my friend, Lindsay Dahl with this guest post. Lindsay is the Executive Director of Safer Chemical Healthy Families, and she’s here to explain the results of a new study that show toxic chemicals in 85% of couches. Yikes! Makes you think twice the next time you sit to watch that Parenthood marathon! Welcome, Lindsay.

For most people, the only dangerous thing about your couch is the risk of spending money on a nice piece of furniture, only to have your cat shred it to pieces. But today a startling new peer-reviewed study came out in Environmental Science and Technology, showing that couches across America contain high levels of toxic chemicals. Great coverage of the study can be read on the front page of the Chicago Tribune. Continue reading

What is Fair Trade?

With family coming into town next week, Thanksgiving to prepare for, and a trip to the Windy City today that takes me through today, I’ve got a few things going on at the moment! So it is with gratefulness that I welcome Suzy, a.k.a. Hip Mountain Mama, with this guest post on fair trade.

Suzy is a Colorado gal like myself and a fellow Free Spirit. She also has a super cool online store with lots of funky (and fair trade!) items.

I can’t think of a better time to talk about fair trade then now, as we enter into this once-a-year gift-giving frenzy. As Suzy will explain to us, fair trade gifts are a wonderful, feel good option this holiday season.  Welcome, Suzy! Continue reading

Malala Day: Education for All

Thanks to the awesome Hiking Mama over at Hike. Blog. Love. for bringing this to our attention. I for one don’t take my education for granted. Today, November 10th, is a global day of action for Malala and the 32 million girls around the globe who are denied an education because of their gender.

As you may recall, Malala is the 14-year old girl in Pakistan who was shot by the Taliban for promoting the education of girls in her nation.   She is now recovering and the UN Special Envoy for Global Education wants to make sure her message is heard loud and clear throughout the world.  On this day, we stand with Malala and fight for the right of every child to receive an education. Continue reading

Top 25 Healthy Living Blogs

Happy Thursday friends! It’s my Friday and as if that wasn’t enough, I’ve also been nominated for Circle of Mom’s Top 25 Health and Wellness Moms 2012. I’m so honored!

But I’m also desperately in need of votes to make this happen. I’d really appreciate it if you could take a moment to head over and hit the “vote” button next to The Soulicious Life.

In fact, I’d be down right thrilled!  🙂  You can vote once per day up until November 1.

Thanks in advance for your vote, but most importantly for the support you provide every day by reading and commenting. This little ol’ space of mine in the blog world has grown slow and steady over the past year, and it’s truly awesome. It’s such a happy place for me, and I couldn’t have done it without you!

Help Stop Development at Wolf Creek Ski Area

Wolf Creek Lodge is the largest building at Wolf Creek. For now. Photo by Josh CooleyThank you Primal Outdoors for bring attention to this important matter for Coloradoans, especially those of us who love to ski and ride!

The Wolf Creek Ski Area is one of Colorado’s last authentic ski areas where it’s still just about the skiing and snowboarding. The base area and surrounding forest is free of hotels, condos and restaurants; there is no Village at Wolf Creek – yet.

Read the full post here.

Yoga Retreat to Benefit Sanctuary for Research Animals

Swirl the dog, one of many lives saved by Kindness Ranch.

Practicing yoga and helping animals in need are very near and dear to my heart, so I’m thrilled to have this guest post today from Elena Mikhaylova. A yoga instructor in the Denver area, she is planning a weekend yoga retreat at Kindness Ranch, an animal sanctuary for research animals, in Heartville – I know, cute right! – Wyoming.

The September 7-9 stress relief focused weekend will include workshops on meditation, reiki and nutrition led by Sophia S. Paul as well as Bhakti flow and Doga (yoga for visitors and a dog from the ranch) led by Stephanie Uvalle. Visitors will also have the chance to take a tour of the ranch, work with the volunteers and animals, and hike in nearby Guernsey State ParkBeautiful Wyoming vistas? Yoga? Animals? Fabulous yurt accommodations? I’m in!  

Welcome, Elena! Continue reading

Play it Safe with Smart911

This post is a bit off topic for me, but really what kind of life would we have if we weren’t safe? Certainly not a Soulicious Life!

Like you, I sure hope I never have to call 9-1-1, but there’s a good chance I will someday. If it’s because of a situation affecting myself or my family, I want to be prepared. My guess is that you do too.

That’s why I’m sharing this with you. I have not been contacted by Smart911 or asked to endorse anything. This is just me sharing a service I found that I think can benefit all of us. It’s a great example of the benefits of technology! Continue reading

Supporting the Safe Chemicals Act

Imagine if you didn’t have to worry about BPA in your canned food or phthalates in your plastics. Imagine having the peace of mind that the pan you are cooking dinner in won’t release a toxic chemical linked to cancer, or that the fragrance you’re breathing in isn’t linked to birth defects.

I am so thankful to my sister-in-law Lisa – another strong woman advocating for healthy change – for telling me about the Safe Chemicals Act! It has the power to protect us and our families from toxic chemicals linked to cancer, reproductive harm like infertility and birth defects, hormone disruption, asthma, and other serious illnesses by requiring chemicals to be proven safe before they are allowed for use in products. Continue reading