Monthly Archives: December 2016

Conscientious Find! Pura Vida Bracelets

It has been great to observe the shifting landscape in consumer products.  Whether driven by millennials or further awareness from a general audience perspective, I have observed more options representing concepts such as Fair Trade, Eco-Responsibility, or Advocacy.

Last week I stumbled across Pura Vida Bracelets.  With full disclosure, I was looking for eco-friendly and conscientious products to affiliate with. While doing so, I was pleased to find this conscientious product line. At first, I wasn’t really sure it was the type of product for me or any of my friends and family.  However, then I realized all the advocacy options they offer and a greater connection was made.

It is absolutely worth it to share within my circle!  Starting at only $5/item, the company offers hand-, artisan-made bracelets from Costa Rica.  The “charity” options, Pura Vida’s Charity Collection, represent a wide range of advocacy from health causes to environmental conservation.

There is a club option with “surprise packs” each month.  You can also enter your e-mail address for 10% off your first purchase, refer a friend for a $10 merchandise credit, or take advantage of seasonal promotions.
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While gift giving is still top of mind, consider Pura Vida Bracelets for your loved ones.

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Homemade Gift Option for the Holidays

If you are like me, shopping is more of a chore than anything and it can be especially cumbersome around winter holidays.

I am, however, 100% in advocacy of artisans, especially those with conscientious product offerings.

You may have read (or selectively skimmed) my holiday guides for 2016 & 2015.  The truth is, I build these over the course of the year through findings from travels, festivals, personal introductions, or other various outings.  Otherwise, I would have several solid hours of blog time in one sitting!

This year, I have been extremely fortunate to have a holiday pop up shop for Chicago Fair Trade open right down the block from me.  I am also seeing a trend of festivals, such as the Renegade Craft Fair series.

For those of you who may not have this sort of thing in your areas, I was also recently introduced to Homemade Gifts on Amazon (note, as an affiliate).  This is the first I had seen that Amazon was even doing this sort of thing.  I assume this is a bit of market competition with Etsy and I plan to research into the back end of things to see if I can learn a little more about which one actually is better for artisan sellers.

However, in the meantime, I thought it was worth a suggestion and certainly better than a lot of the “muck” out there in holiday retail world.  It is also great that they organize into “her” and “him” and/or filter by state.

As the days of this year’s holiday season count down, I hope this helps in some way!

Shop Handmade – Gifts for Her

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Ashley L Arnold, MBA, MPH is a lifestyle health educator and coach who supports clients to channel authority over their health, well-being, and overall vitality.  Offering health education approaches and 1-on-1 coaching modules, she gets them out of excess weeds of information and inconsistent practices that don’t get desired results.  Through helping people focus on the right applications paired with appropriate consideration for bio-individual facets, they become stronger, more confident self-advocates for their health.  Bottom line, they will surpass challenges, embrace healthful living with ease, and, best of all, feel a greater sense of empowerment and more energy!