A Good Deal for Everyone:  Aquafarm Fish Tank

A Good Deal for Everyone: Aquafarm Fish Tank

We have a new member in our family, a beta fish named Sea Mose Shark Fang.  And he lives in our brand new Aquafarm.  You guys, this Aquafarm is so cool.  It’s a fish tank with a live herb garden above.  The fish feeds the plants and the plants clean the water with a lovely eco-friendly synergy.  Cool, right? Even cooler:  I got my Aquafarm from Uncommon Goods, a new company that I just found out about.  Uncommon Goods has tons of great gifts (trust me, I’ll be featuring more) but my favorite thing about the company is that they are committed to socially just buying practices.  Yes, that’s right, their entire business model focuses on buying products that don’t cause harm to animals or humans– so anything you buy on their site you can trust was made in a socially just way. Anyway, we love the fish tank!  My kids and I got it all set up and then headed for the pet store to pick out our new pet.  We planted our seeds on the top and are anxiously waiting for them to sprout.  (I had to remind my kids several times that plants don’t grow in a day!).  Anyway, this would make a fantastic gift for a kid who loves science and animals and plants… and a fantastic gift for a mom (like me!) who doesn’t like to clean icky fish tanks but loves to give her kids experiences like owning a pet. Buy it now   P.S.  Check out more Christmas gift ideas and handmade gift ideas on Uncommon...
A Good Deal for Everyone: Patchwork Makeup Bag

A Good Deal for Everyone: Patchwork Makeup Bag

I know I’ve been featuring a lot of women’s stuff– it’s hard to find toys and mens’ gear that’s socially just.  But I’m working on it (and if you have any ideas, send them to me!)  In the meantime, I wanted to share these adorable make-up bags, that are made in India by women trying to escape the bonded labor system.  And they are so cute… I kinda want all three.  (At least no one is going to have a hard time buying ME a gift this year, right?  I’ve pretty much wanted everything I’ve posted.)   Buy it now....
A Good Deal for Everyone:  African Loop Scarf

A Good Deal for Everyone: African Loop Scarf

I love scarves… and I love colorblock stuff.  And so this gorgeous scarf from Africa is kind of an obsession.  It’s made by “marginalized” women who work in a sewing co-op in Africa and I think it’d be a great Christmas gift for any fashionable woman on your list.  I kind of want one myself.  Hint hint. Buy it...
A Good Deal for Everyone:  Gallina Tea Towel

A Good Deal for Everyone: Gallina Tea Towel

Kitchen towels are one of my favorite gifts because I feel like it’s so hard to find really adorable ones.  And one cute towel makes a huge difference in kitchen decor.  So, with that in mind, I thought these tea towels that are made in an Indian Cooperative that works to keep women out of the bonded labor system would make a perfect hostess or teacher gift this fall. I actually couldn’t resist so I bought one of these for myself as well and I smile every time I see it hanging from my oven.  I love the design an the colors.  So adorable! Buy the Tea Towel...
A Good Deal for Everyone:  Recess Monkey CDs

A Good Deal for Everyone: Recess Monkey CDs

I’ve been really wanting to feature some cool kid’s gifts and I’m telling you, it’s HARD to find kid’s gifts that I know are made by people who pay attention to social justice!  It seems like so many toy companies make their toys in countries where there are notorious high rates of child labor and slave labor.  Ick.  I have found some cool toys and I will be featuring them, but I wanted to start with some music. I’ve been working with the kindie rock band Recess Monkey on a work project lately and they are SO awesome.  Not only are the band members GREAT musicians, but they are also really hip and cool and trendy and… they care about kids.  The lead singer is a teacher and the band lead, Jack Forman used to be teacher.  They care about things like education and opportunity for kids and they work hard to bring educational opportunities to kids, especially in their community. Plus, their music is awesome.  My two-year-old requests their song “Fish Sticks” every time we hop in the car and my older two kids keep their CD’s playing on their iPods pretty consistently.  PLUS, the music is totally not-annoying to me… I was getting pretty sick of listening to songs I hate in the car but I totally love Recess Monkey.  I don’t even mind when my kids ask me to turn the volume up. Buy Recess Monkey CDs...
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