Fair Trade Tote and Baby Goods ~INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY! Ends 9/29

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I am always looking for unique and interesting bags. That’s why I am totally obsessed with this Fair Trade Tote, hand crafted by local artisans in Nepal. I loved it so much that I bought two, and decided to feature one in my giveaway today. I’ve never liked carrying a diaper bag and a handbag (keeping track of two bags and my kids is more than I can deal with), so I try to find one bag that can fit everything. This bag is so sturdy and well made, and its the perfect size for carrying all my extra baby stuff. Plus, I love that it has a history; I am such a sucker for anything with a good story.

Also included in today’s giveaway is a Fierce Hugs Bodysuit size 0-3 Months. This is another Fair Trade, sustainable product made with organic cotton, a super cute, hand made, reversible Bandana Bib (which is green and black plaid on one side, and gray on the other), and an Ever Earth wooden baby toy. If you remember my post from a couple weeks ago talking about my love for wooden toys you’ll know I had to include one in today’s giveaway.

To enter:

  1. Go to my Instagram @aubriofsorts and like this post.
  2. Follow @aubriofsorts and @coffeeislandtradingco
  3.  Tag two friends in the comment section who might want to join in on the fun.

The drawing will be Thursday, 9/29/2016. Good luck!

The Cactus Print and the Baby

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There is something so sweet and totally ironic about a baby dressed in a cactus print. I always love a bit of irony. Babies are so cuddly, all you want to do is hug them up, and a cactus is anything but. A few weeks ago I talked about tribal prints and how popular they are. The cactus phenomenon is a natural progression of that southwestern trend, so it’s easy to see why it has spread to all areas of design. The cactus is the new pineapple. The minimal, low-maintenance, resilient cactus is so cute and fun in baby apparel because it is unexpected and full or irony. Here is a list of 5 of my favorite Cactus prints for baby:

  1. Organic Animal and Cactus Print Leggings and Cap from Lovely Lyra Organics

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2. Triangle and Cactus Baby Romper from LillyBrooke Baby

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3. Cactus Print Baby Pajamas from Quinn and Jade

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4. Organic Cactus Print Baby Girl Leggings from Creepy and Cute (I adore that name)

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5. Cactus Print Baby Onesie with Matching Toy Bear from Rocky Racoon Apparel

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Fashion Finds Friday: 1950’s Jacket Edition

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I always try to plan ahead when I go shopping, otherwise I end up buying 10 slightly different variations of the same gray sweater. So this week I was on the search for a unique jacket to dress up jeans for Fall.

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You can imagine my glee when I happened upon this little gem: A 1950’s, 100% wool, The Eagle’s Eye jacket made in the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong, in absolutely perfect condition.

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I love the moss green color and the unique style of this jacket! It will be perfect for those busy Fall days when I want to dress up a little, but still want to comfort of jeans.

Plus, I love the idea of giving new life to such an old piece, bringing the 1950’s into 2016, and allowing this beautiful vintage garment to live another day. And now I can check unique jacket off my “To Buy” list for this season.

5 Wooden Toy Craftsman that are Amazing!

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In a world filled with wires and screens, I am feeling an increasing love (as I think many are) for all things raw, natural, and wholesome. I am always looking for toys that inspire creativity in my kids, because I want them to learn to think outside the box. That’s why I have put together a list of 5 wooden toys that lack battery packs and on/off switches because they run entirely on imagination.

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These adorable little creatures are from Myriad Natural Toys & Crafts, a family run business specializing in hand-crafted toys. The idea behind the simplicity of the toys they offer is to awaken the “creative impulse” within children at play.

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My first thought when I saw these wooden swords was of Peter Pan and Captain Hook, dueling it out. I haven’t met a little boy yet who didn’t love to play sword fighting, and these little wooden ones from Friendly Fairies are about the cutest swords I’ve ever seen.

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If woodworking is your jam and you are interested in making your own wooden toys, here is a great site that offers plans for making trucks like these. I can definitely see this being something that my husband and kids will be into when they are a little older.

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I remember being a kid and looking for the perfect stick to make a slingshot with. Of course, when I found the perfect stick I would wrap a rubber band around it and use an actual ROCK to lob at my siblings. That’s why I love these tiny slingshots with pom poms from Tweet Toys. They are way cuter and way less painful!

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There is something so inspired about the simplicity of these futuristic toys hand crafted out of wood. Japanese craftsman Nakagawa Takeji or “Take-G” is a true artist that portrays the whimsy of childhood with a sophisticated attention to detail in each piece.

I love that there is a growing demand for toys more closely resembling nature.  I want to make sure my kids stay in touch with their imagination and nature as our world becomes more and more tech focused.

Fashion Finds Friday: Lord and Taylor Over-sized Jacket

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I’m always inspired by over-sized jackets, but finding a way to pull them off can take a bit of planning. If paired with anything else that’s baggy, I could easily come off looking like a big sack. Paired with other professional looking attire would be a bit too business-like for my taste. That’s why I’m wearing this over-sized, vintage Lord and Taylor jacket with a basic gray tee and cut-off denim blue jeans.

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The contrast of the heavy jacket with a summer time classic like denim cut-off’s is a fun and versatile look for transitioning into Fall.

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I was so excited to find this vintage jacket with the tags still on it second hand at a thrift store. The Italian made navy fabric is a combination of Wool and Cashmere.

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5 Adorable Baby Products that Make a Difference

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There are plenty of adorable baby things out there in the marketplace, but when you come across a marriage of cuteness and philanthropy it’s like hitting the jackpot. Not only does your head turn into the heart eyes emoji when you see it, but your insides become all warm and swooshy at the thought of helping others with your purchase as well.

That’s exactly what happened to me when I saw these 5 items in my list today. The darling giraffe above is from Humble Hilo, a philanthropic company that allows you to choose how a portion of the proceed from your purchase can be used to help needy women and children in Guatemala. Not only do they offer cute animals like this giraffe, but they also sell adorable shoes and clothes on their website as well. You can check out more here.

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This Star print out from Mini Learners is so sweet and supports such a great cause: “Every penny from this artwork will be donated to Adas, a 3 year old boy diagnosed with brain stem tumour. Adas had 60% of the tumour removed but to finish the treatment he needs to undergo an expensive proton radiotherapy.” To learn more about Adas and his story you can click here.

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A portion of the proceeds from this baby teresa organic cotton bunny ears hat goes towards providing formula for babies in need.

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I love this little positive message bodysuit. 5% of all purchases from Milliedot goes to Pencils of Promise, an organization that brings education to children living in poverty around the world.

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If I had found this precious little clothes set from BEBE by lmd when my baby girl was born I would definitely have used it for her take home outfit! It is so sweet and girly and I love that a percentage of all proceeds goes to March of Dimes & CHOC Childrens.

My Fashion Find Friday: 90’s Edition

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Last weeks thrifting expedition was a bust, but this week I hit the jackpot with a vintage 1990’s Ann Taylor spaghetti strap maxi slip dress.

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As soon as I saw it I instantly conjured up images of Rachel Green from Friends, looking so effortlessly chic while sipping coffee at Central Perk.

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The fabric flows like moving water, and makes me want to dance just because I like the feel of the fabric against my skin.

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I am clearly having way too much fun channeling my inner 90’s obsession with this $5 thrift store find! But hey, it’s a pretty cheap thrill so why not?