we have Olivia Lin as our Guest Hunter. She’s co-owner and designer of The Little Hummingbird (check out the other half here), is a vegan blogger and also USA Director of Food4Africa. She loves all animals, but especially her 3 furry family members Lucciano, Valentine + Bernard. Olivia enjoys music, a good dance party and So You Think You Can Dance! She has a fondness for gifts + things that keep on giving, products created by independent artists + designers, and like a true California girl.. flip-flops. The Yummy Year Project, which happens to be one of our daily reads, is Olivia’s blog where she cooks, bakes and tries out different recipes all for a great cause. Even with a lot going on, this kind soul finds time to give back. So you’ll definitely want to keep reading to see more of Olivia’s creativity and philanthropy, which is something to be admired.
an upcycled pallet bed frame! Every time I see a pallet, I think of this bed. I am completely obsessed with it and I decided that my soul mate will be the man who will help me build this.
The Yummy Year Project‘s hand made block prints. The first collection features designs inspired by the going ons in a kitchen printed on fabric, grocery bags, and aprons for children and adults. Proceeds from each purchase will help provide meals for a preschool in South Africa. Find them on Etsy.
a Klai Brown ceramic cup. The slightly wobbly rim, thick loop handle, and the delicate artwork all adds to the charm of these lovely perfect-for-sipping-some-hot-tea mugs. Find out where to get one of your own here.
your home with music! Whether I am working, cooking and even showering, music fuels my mind heart and soul. I currently have on repeat:
Crimson Muse Talikha Bag. I am a bohemian at heart, but I don’t normally dress in bright colors so this bag definitely brightens up my outfit and day! It is from my very talented friend Jodi Been’s bag line. Each tote is one of a kind and made from vintage sari fabrics. If big bags aren’t for you, here’s a smaller version with the same amount of pop and uniqueness. Get yours at antoniabee.com.
lovely necklace by Lisa Hopkins. I love all the details and her delicate, nature inspired pieces. Here are some of my favorites:
tees from Remnant Uganda, whose mission is rooted in empowering the abused and neglected women of northern Uganda through the trades of screen printing and sewing. Each sale equips the women with education, vocational training, and financial security– it solidifies them with hope for tomorrow. One of my favorites is their crane t-shirt that comes in a crew or v-neck and looks great on both men and women!
Rock a pair of..
Caravagio shades. Love that these come in a matte black with the right amount of bling across the top. Based in Los Angeles, Caravagio believes there are no labels on life; no categories, no genres, no constraints. I definitely agree!
the Clementine Art gift set! Encourage creativity and the love of art with this kit that comes with markers, crayons, and play dough. I would have LOVED this as a kid– actually, I would love it now! All items are made with natural ingredients and are safe and natural with no chemical dyes or additives, which is an added plus. Available at Parasol’s Boutique. PS: Proceeds from each sale at Parasol’s is donated to Room To Read and orders over $150 gets you free shipping.
For the girl..
the little hummingbird’s Elina dress is the perfect summer dress! It is made of organic cotton and comes in a bright and fun floral print with pockets at the sides. View more of the spring collection and find purchasing info here and don’t forget to sign up for the mailing list to get an email for when the online shop launches!
For the boy..
this comfy and stylish Edward H top looks so light and perfect for the summer! Available at Parasol’s Boutique.
Mabuhay Boutique if you are in the Bay area! Owner Camille stocks the adorable shop with organic clothing, toys, and accessories for children. She is passionate about finding unique gifts from local designers and handmade treasures from around the world. The shop is located on 1195-A Church Street, near 24th in Noe Valley, San Francisco and you can also find them at www.MabuhayKids.com.
your child’s art at The Square Inches of Love project while helping a great cause! Square Inches of Love is a collective effort to fill a 1000×1000 online grid that will be transformed into a 3D traveling exhibit! Each square is only $1 and 50% of proceeds will be going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. To learn more, visit SquareInchesofLove.com.
Fast, easy, and healthy..
I found out about this recipe at one of our trunk shows at a yoga studio! The owner brought this in for a potluck and it was delicious! It was a combo of the ready to eat lentils from Trader Joe’s and a jar of their bruschetta. I used the lentils but made fresh bruschetta and served with thick slices of artisan bread. It’s fresh, colorful, and great source of protein. This dish is also perfect for the summers when you don’t want to slave away in the kitchen! Give it a try and find the recipe here.
Need I say more? Nicobella vegan organic chocolates are not only delicious, they are a company based on great ethics and beliefs. They are committed to using fair trade chocolates, using sustainable practices and packaging, animal friendly, organic, and natural. I think those are pretty awesome reasons to treat yourself to a box!
Be a part of..
The Color Run! This was seriously one, if not the, best day of my life– it’s been weeks since it happened and I am STILL thinking about it! It was SO much fun and such a different experience with a great group of friends! Where and when else will you be able to be covered in color from head to toe? It’s a great event for families and the little ones as well with proceeds go towards charity and our run benefited Big Brothers and Sisters. They will be coming to San Diego in November and across the nation so check their site to see when they are coming to your city– and sign up! PS- If I have not convinced you, watch this video.
The Voluntourist– I could not put this book down and got through 3/4 of it in one sitting. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it inspired me, it made me think. For awhile now I had been jotting down the different places and countries I wanted to eventually volunteer in, and when I saw this book I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I loved the honesty from the author, you hear of the pros and cons of volunteering abroad and in a variety of settings– from a rain forest in Costa Rica to a special needs school in China. I highly recommend curling up with this book.
whether you are traveling, planning a weekend getaway, have a free afternoon, or sitting at your computer, it is very easy to give back by donating time or funds or a little bit of both. Here are some causes whose love, passion, and beliefs I have fallen in love with:
Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand. This is such an inspiring story of how this sanctuary came to be and Katherine, the founder, is one amazing lady. I read her blog posts and it makes me cry every time! The genuine thought and sincerity in her words whether it be describing the elephants or the highs and lows of rescuing them or running a sanctuary always touches my heart. You can visit the visit the sanctuary and have a hands-on experience yourself! Visit their website for more details. You can also help out by visiting their online shop: their elephant paper weights are adorable!
the Woodstock Sanctuary Bed and Breakfast, The Guesthouse. For those of you who are in NY or traveling there soon, a lovely way to enjoy it is to stay here! (It’s also much closer than Thailand.) Woodstock Sanctuary saves the lives of so many beautiful farm animals that were once destined for the slaughter-house. Enjoy the beautiful view, a bubble bath a claw foot tub, and a delicious vegan breakfast!
a furry friend! The Lange Foundation is a no-kill shelter in Los Angeles. This is the perfect solution for those of you who can’t have a furry companion but would love one. Volunteers help walk the dogs and provide human interaction for the dogs and cats that currently call the Lange Foundation home. If you want to go the extra mile, you can also provide a home setting for some of the residents there by becoming a foster parent or adopting. The more space they have at their kennel, the more dogs and cats they can save!
a child living in poverty by donating to Food4Africa. I met the F4A team back in 2007 and have been a huge supporter of the work they do. 100% of donations from individuals goes to provide food for the many children and orphans living in poverty-stricken areas of South Africa. Literally pocket change can provide a meal– it only takes $0.05 to feed a child a nutritious vitamin and mineral enriched porridge that will help them fight disease, promote concentration in school and brain development, and give them a sense of well being. Convert the dollar amount you want to donate into South African rands, then donate safely and quickly via their website. You can also connect with F4A on facebook.