Another Great Gift Idea – World Pulse

My friends over at World Pulse magazine just let me know of a great offer they’re running for the holidays.  Buy a membership to their fabulous organization for yourself, get a free membership to give to a friend!  Membership is $30 and includes a subscription to their paper magazine as well as access to all their great online information and inspiring stories of women worldwide.  World Pulse is giving voice to so many women who would otherwise go unheard by the media. Join the conversation and get a friend involved too!

I’ve given World Pulse as gifts myself and every woman I’ve given it to has been so grateful to know such a publication exists. More information on this holiday offer here.

Four Fabulous Online Eco-Boutiques For Moms, Babies And Kids

As a fairly new mom (Grace just turned 2) I’ve found my desire to live in a sustainable way does not usually conincide with the marketing messages and products pumped out by most corporations targeting my demographic. There are some great online alternatives though, and these four I’m going to recommend all happen to be run out of mom’s homes within a 10-mile radius from my home. I’ve bought from some of them, am keeping my eye on others. I can vouch for all their products and customer service though, because I personally know the owner of each and every one. They are all proud mamas working hard to offer healthy alternatives for their own families and others.

Itsabelly Baby Concierge – Melissa Moog recently published the great guide Going Green With Baby. The book is available on her website as well as a nice selection of natural, organic mom and baby-care products. Melissa’s primary focus is on baby-planning, so she can offer an array of services to new or expecting mamas in getting adjusted to life with baby as well.

Punkin Butt – I recently purchased a stack of cotton training pants plus a cute little potty chair for Grace from Punkin Butt. Owner Audrey was so helpful in her recommendations, having just gone through potty-training with her own little girl. Punkin Butt’s specialty is cloth diapering but they also carry a great array of natural baby products as well as having dozens of helping articles on the website.

Little Jumping Beans – This is a really fun site of eco-friendly baby products run by a Tualatin mom, Jheni. The site is super-easy to navigate and there’s even a baby registry. I was amazed to see the array of products Jheni offers, knowing she runs the business from home.

Clementine NW – This site is primarily focused on eco-friendly baby gifts. It’s a great one if you want to pick out a fun gift basket for a new or expecting mom, and want to make sure the products are good for her, baby and the planet. Owner Brenna has put together a wonderful selection of natural toys, organic cotton blankets and bibs, and a great selection of organic, natural skincare products.

Bambootique’s New Look

Bambootique‘s homepage just got a facelift! Now on the home page you’ll be able to see at a glance what newest fair trade products have just arrived, the latest featured artisan, plus easy ways to get all around the website. Take a peek and tell me what you think, either by leaving a comment here or emailing me directly. Enjoy!

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This fabulous update is thanks to the work of Chijo Takeda of Dogpaw Studio.

Splurge For Your Sweetie – Affordably!

This Valentine’s Day I’ve put together several gift sets of Bambootique’s fair trade goodies, each priced right at just $19.95. Besides these gift sets I’ve pulled together a great list of suggestions of fair trade, eco-friendly Valentine’s Gifts she’ll love. Plus see below for a fabulous discount on all jewelry from our co-op in Honduras, ACTA de Honduras.

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Indulge Me Valentine’s Gift Set

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Pamper Me Valentine’s Gift Set

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Yup, that’s right, through Feb. 14th all jewelry from ACTA de Honduras is 20% off! The cute Flor Maya earrings below are pewter made from recycled soda cans. Eco-fabulous! There’s a matching choker as well, plus a whole lot of other great pewter and ceramic bracelets, necklaces, and earrings from this gifted co-op of women.

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Free Shipping from Bambootique Through December 10th

This holiday season we are all tightening our belts a little. That’s why I’m offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders of $25 or more to blog readers through Wednesday December 10th. Just enter promo code giftguide at checkout to receive this offer.   Now get shopping!

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Lake Oswego Holiday Market This Weekend

This weekend Lake Oswego holds its 4th annual Holiday Market.  The two-day market features holiday crafts, local vendors, entertainment, festive food and drink and an all around great time. Bambootique is proud to participate for the first time this year.  Stop by and check out our fair trade gifts from around the acta-de-honduras-artisan-photoworld.

As I write this blog post I’m in Tegucigalpa, Honduras visiting a co-op of Lencan women who make jewelry for Bambootique. I’ll have some of the best pieces featured for the first time at the Lake Oswego Holiday Market, so be sure to come by and see them for yourself.

Lake Oswego Holiday Market
Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7
9am-5pm
West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way, Lake Oswego

Admission is free!

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Eco-Friendly Candles Saving The Cloud Forest

Antigua, Guatemala is one of my favorite little cities in the world. With cobblestone streets, beautiful cndl_sq_blarchitecture and fantastic handicraft shopping, it’s a traveler’s dream.

A few years ago, before I founded Bambootique, I picked up this gorgeous blue candle at a little corner shop by the city’s famous arch. I was drawn to the candle not only because its color and texture were unlike any other but because it claimed to help preserve the cloud forest. I didn’t really know then what that meant, but I bought it and when I returned home gave it to my dear friend Lisa as a birthday present.

Fast forward a year or so when I established Bambootique. I was on the hunt for great fair trade products and remembered that candle. I called up Lisa and thankfully she still had the candle and its wrapper, which connected me with Proyecto Eco-Quetzal, a Guatemalan non-profit that sells the candles.

Now candles from Proyecto Eco-Quetzal are one of the central product lines for Bambootique. They embody every value central to my company. First of all, they are incredibly beautiful candles. They are produced cndl_set_43primarily by skilled women. They are a traditional craft of the Mayan people. They are produced in a community village setting. They are 100% natural vegetable wax and dyes, with no added scent and lead-free cotton wicks. The best part is, these candles really do save the native cloud forest of Guatemala.

The candles’ wax comes the seeds of a native tree, the arrayan tree. The seed pods are collected and cooked to top_left_logoextract their natural wax. Because of the economic possibilities of these trees, the native people are fighting to keep their forest intact rather than cut it down to make farmland. The arrayan tree also happens to be part of the native habitat of a Guatemalan bird, the quetzal, hence the organization’s name. Both the trees and the bird have been threatened in the past, so the work of Proyecto Eco-Quetzal and its Mayan artisans is essential in preserving both.

Check out the full line of eco-friendly candles from Proyecto Eco-Quetzal here.

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Thanks For Making The Trunk Show A Success!

I’m throwing a big THANK YOU out to all of you who attended Bambootique‘s Holiday Fair Trade Trunk Show this weekend.  Over 70 of you attended and it was a great mix. We had everyone from babies to moms to img_5006grandmas plus husbands, neighbors, and out-of-town guests! An especially big thank you to those of you who brought friends or family and introduced them to Bambootique for the first time. The more people learn about fair trade, the better for all the artisans involved.

If you’d like to attend the next trunk show, contact me and I’ll make sure you’re notified. Trunk shows are held twice a year, once in the spring (April/ May) and again in November.

A big thank you also to Connie, Mary Lee, Kecia, Becky, Karin S., Megan, Karen P. and Katie, who all helped me prep the week before as well as during the event itself. I couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you also to my long-suffering husband Steve and my daughter Grace, who put up with a house-turned-showroom for three days. Finally thank you to these fair trade companies who all donated free samples and/ or literature to the goodie bags, which every attendee took home to enjoy after the show.img_49881

Trunk Show Photo Gallery

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Keeping Your Skin Fresh and Fair

I grew up going to the Nutcracker ballet every Christmas. I loved the magic of the performance and still hangnutcracker_lipbalm on my tree a ballerina Christmas ornament my mom bought me one year following the show.

Just in time for this weekend’s trunk show, I got in these Nutcracker Sweet (not a typo) lipbalms from Anti-Body. They are made from fair trade shea butter and coconut oil, essential oils and nothing artificial. A bit sweeter than their Chocolate Raspberry and Peppermint cousins, this set of three includes Strawberry, Chocolate Hazelnut and Plum. Yum! Each tube represents a different character from the beloved Nutcracker Suite.

Anti-Body also makes luxurious body lotions, bath fizzers, and body soaps, all using organic, fair trade ingredients, no parabens or other harmful chemicals and only essential oils for fragrance. They smell fantastic and it’s all thanks to nature, not to harsh chemicals, plus your skin just drinks it all in.

Anti-Body’s products are available on Bambootique‘s site and will be available to try and buy this weekend, Nov. 15 and 16th, at our Holiday Fair Trade Trunk Show at my home in Tualatin. The public is welcome, just email me for address and directions.

My Trunk Show Is Coming Up Fast

Next weekend (Nov. 15 and 16) will be my third annual holiday fair trade trunk show. Every year it gets bigger and better with more fab products to choose from plus just more all-around fun. This time around I’m adding free swag bags and a kids’ corner with snacks and toys to keep little ones busy while you shop.

I just got in these incredibly soft alpaca wool scarves from Bolivia. Aren’t they gorgeous?  They really pop with their bright colors plus I’m a big fan of the unexpected geometric shapes. This first one show below is my favorite. They’ll all be front and center at the show right when you walk in, and I doubt they’ll last long.

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Trunk Show Details:

When: Open house style, come any time during the dates/ times listed below
Saturday Nov. 15 10am-4pm
Sunday Nov. 16 1-5pm

Location: My home in Tualatin, Oregon (email me at beth at shopbambootique dot com for address/ directions)

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