5 Companies for Conscious Shoppers

The consumerism of the holiday season really bothers me. I mean Really bothers me. Too much importance is put on buying stuff that people don’t want or need and for those that can’t afford to buy for their children, much less their friends or co-workers the stress is unbearable and unnecessary. Although I make as many gifts as I can (stay tuned for my free e-book with lots of fun holiday recipes), I also like to support businesses that really care about people and the planet.

Here’s the list of my top 5 companies to support this season:

Carry The Future stands in solidarity with refugee families worldwide by personally providing humanitarian aid to ease their journey while creating meaningful opportunities for global volunteers to be a collective force of action and hope. They donate baby carriers to refugees that are forced to carry their children for countless miles.

United Plant Savers mission is to protect native medicinal plants of the United States and Canada and their native habitat while ensuring an abundant renewable supply of medicinal plants for generations to come. Become a member and receive at-risk plants to propagate in your area.

The Holistic Cannabis Academy is a cannabis education, training, and business-building platform for holistic-minded practitioners about medical marijuana and its integration with other healing modalities. Give the gift of education and empowerment.

 Together California blends an insatiable lust for color, fun, and forward thinking, Lily and Benedict want to encourage fashion lovers and the fashion industry itself to be their best while still looking and feeling gorgeous. Out of their mutual respect for humanity and planet earth, Together is committed to provide clothing that is equally high-fashion and high-­tech. All products are created with the safest and most sustainable manufacturing techniques available without sacrificing style; these methods are reflective of the thoughtfulness and positive change that our current cultural and physical climate demands. Their designs and styles are unmatched, as is their commitment to sustainable fashion.

Samadhi Yoga is my favorite yoga studio in Denver. For those that live elsewhere, choose a locally owned studio in your town. Your friends will love you for it!

Photo credit: Website of Carry The Future

Recipe: Keep on Movin’ Spray — for When You’re On the Road

Road trips, herb classes, and camping are three of my favorite things. As I pack for my trip this weekend, I am reminded of how blessed I am. I can freely travel wherever and whenever I choose. I do not take this life for granted.

Currently, my energy is high as I pack up my car. That’s the beauty of car camping — I bring all my cozy things.

On the road, I love to roll down the windows, crank the tunes and belt out my favorite songs. To keep me alert and focused, I also love this spritzer.

Recipe: Keep On Movin’ Spray

1-ounce lemon verbena hydrosol
1-ounce spring water
8 drops peppermint essential oil (spearmint is yummy too)
6 drops Mandarin essential oil
3 drops lemongrass

Mix ingredients in a 2-ounce glass spritzer bottle.

Keep it in your cooler for extra relief on a hot day!