Friday, August 1, 2014

4 Reasons To Use Cloth Dinner Napkins

According to the EPA, American's produce 4.5 pounds of waste-- daily. This is astounding.

The smallest lifestyle changes can really help to cut down on the waste we produce. We've been using cloth napkins for about a year now and I couldn't be happier that we made the switch. It was an easy change to make and the cloth napkins not only look better, but they are so much more effective.

Consider these four reasons to purchase cloth napkins, it really is worth it!

1. Class it up: Cloth napkins add class to any dinner table.

2. Reduce waste: On average, an American uses approximately 2,200 napkins per year. If each person used one less napkin a day, it would save a billion pounds of waste from landfills each year. 

3. Reduce pollution: Pollution causing machinery is used to produce paper napkins. This includes diesel machinery, trucks, boats, paper mills, planes, trains and automobiles. 

4. Save money: Purchasing paper napkins can cost any where between $300 to $2,600 a year for a family of four. Cloth napkins will cost somewhere around $20 to $100 a year for a family of four + $8 in washing costs.

We already have about 20 cloth napkins on hand for just the two of us-- but after finding these little beauties, I've seriously considered purchasing some more.

Oxford Black, Blue Stripe and Red Cloth Napkins by Suzuya

Organic cotton, Striped Dinner Napkin Set by Shilpa Rathi 

Sky Map Linen Napkins from Anthropologie

Grey Chevron Linen Napkins found at Pottery Barn

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Affirmation Greeting Cards

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.” ~Buddha

A strong believer in the power of thought, I was recently inspired to create these pretty little affirmation greeting cards. Made from watercolor paintings of mine, I wanted to be able to create a card that will serve its recipient as:
  • encouragement from a friend
  • an affirmation to be repeated daily 
  • a piece of art that can be framed and hung on a wall or placed on a desk

I started with five affirmations, let me know if you have a good one that you think I should add!

I Am Lucky
I Am Glowing

You can purchase a box set of all five cards or just one individually at my Etsy shop

Monday, July 28, 2014

Sorrento, Italy

After spending four wonderful days in Rome, we headed off to Sorrento, a beautiful little town located on the Amalfi coast, overlooking the Bay of Naples.

How to get from Rome to Sorrento: At Rome's Termini Station we took the EuroRail to Naples Centrale Station, it took about an hour and 10 minutes. From there, you take the Circumvesuviana Line from the Piazza Garibaldi station which is very conveniently located downstairs in the Naples Centrale Station. Basically, it's all in the same building, just go downstairs. You can purchase your EuroRail tickets in advance, but you'll have to purchase your ticket for the Circumvesuviana line upon arrival. The train from Napes to Sorrento is a quick 55 minutes and departs once every half hour.

Take a cab to your hotel if you can: According to Google Maps, the walk from the train station to the hotel was only 10 minutes. So we decided to walk to our hotel. Bad idea. I suggest always taking a cab if you can. We got lost, it was almost 80 degrees and the sound of luggage loudly bumping along the cobblestone streets is the worst. It was definitely a buzzkill. Once we arrived at our beautiful hotel, all was right again.

// Breezy track pants and comfy flats make for a great travel outfit // 

 // Mount Vesuvius //

 // Mount Vesuvius //

Trip Advisor is a great resource for hotels and restaurants in Europe: We stayed at the beautiful Grand Hotel La Favorita. I would go back in a heartbeat. The service at the front desk was just ok, but the bar staff and waitstaff were great. The property was immaculate and has a lovely garden that is perfectly manicured. We found Trip Advisor to be very helpful when planning our trip and choosing hotels and restaurants.

// The pool at Grand Hotel La Favorita //

// The view from the pool at Grand Hotel La Favorita //

// The lounge at Grand Hotel La Favorita //

// From the garden at Grand Hotel La Favorita //

After we relaxed a bit, we enjoyed a nice lunch in the heart of the town at Fauno Bar. Sorrento is the birthplace of Limencello, a sweet lemon digestif. At each restaurant in Sorrento and Capri, we were given a small glass of Limoncello after each meal. At Fauno Bar our waiter was the best and knowing it was our six month anniversary, he gave us a couple of extra.

All photos by yours truly and my talented husband, Nic Camp.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Natural and Organic Baby Gifts

There is a brand new baby in the family (!) and wanting to gift her with something special, I poured over the internet looking for natural, organic, eco-friendly options (yes, I live in Los Angeles and do consider myself a granola-eating hippie on occasion). Hoping you find something you like amongst these wonderful, natural finds!

These natural wood, toy storybook blocks are so amazing I want a set for myself! There are many options: Curious George, Peter Rabbit, Disney themed, Periodic Table themed...the list goes on.  
These blocks are handmade by BlockPaperScizzors

Personalized baby gifts are so special and unique. 
How about this set of Four Personalized Natural Bamboo, Wood Engraved Baby Spoons by Teal's Prairie & Co.

This little Baby Bamboo Beach Robe is sooo adorable. As a beach robe or bath robe, this cruelty-free, dye & color additive free, GMO free robe makes for a lovely gift.

No sulfates, no tears, non-comedogenic and non-irritating, this 
Calendula Horsey Tote by California Baby is an all-natural mama's dream.

Baby shoes have to be one of the cutest things. These organic Guava Boots by Goumi Kids are "the industry’s first two-part closure for a baby bootie - making it easy for single-handed on and off.  Smart stay-put design allows baby’s feet to retain the heat they so easily lose in their newborn days." 

Made with the finest Egyptian cotton, this Bunny Blanket found on Our Green House,  
triples in efficiency to cover teething, security and snuggling.
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