: Green Chic Life :

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#FreebieFriday with Thunderbird Bar...

Friday, May 24, 2019

Picture this:  I'm at the market trying to find a new snack.  I don't want junk food.  I'm truly on the hunt for something convenient that is also real.  With this thought in mind, I head to the protein/snack bar aisle.  There are about one million options and, while I quickly ruled out about half of them, I was still left with an overwhelming number of choices.  That led me to look beyond the brand names that I was used to seeing and Thunderbird Bars were the ones that jumped out at me.  I did a bit of research and discovered that all of their bars are made from, well... real food: fruits, nuts, seeds, and spices.  

Since the sheer number of options they have within their line was a bit overwhelming, I reached out to them and was thrilled when they offered to send me a sample pack to try out.  They included 10 of their most popular flavors and from there, SunStars and I kind of went to town sampling them.  Our favorite: Texas Maple Pecan!  And if you're on any sort of special diet, they should fit the bill.  All of the bars in the Thunderbird range are vegan, Paleo, gluten free, and non-GMO! 

These bars are kind of perfect for tossing in a lunch bag and having as a snack at work, getting an afternoon pick-up, and while we haven't taken them on a hike yet, I think they would be an ideal snack for a day on the trails.  Oh, and since they are especially cool, my pals at Thunderbird Bars want to hook one lucky winner up with a 10-pack of bars as well!  Scroll past the next photo for giveaway entry rules! 


To be #fuledbythunderbird: 

: like the giveaway post
: follow @thunderbirdbar
: follow @greenchiclife
: tag at least 2 friends in separate comments (You get an entry per tag, so feel free to tag all of your pals!)

This giveaway will run until 23:59 PST on 31-May-2019.  A winner will be chosen at random and contacted via direct message.  The winner will have 24 hours to reply to accept their prize or a new winner will be chosen.  This giveaway is open to US entrants only. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Instagram.  By entering this promotion, you are confirming that you're at least 18 years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use.




Thunderbird Bars sent these as samples, but all opinions are my own! 

Hemp to beat the heat...

Monday, May 20, 2019

Weekends are for being lazy and with the weather heating up (and my dislike of air conditioning), I find myself searching for ways to stay comfy and cool.  I'll level with ya: I'm totally a lightweight cotton PJ pants kind of gal, but there are those days where it is just too hot to have anything around my legs, so basically, undies are kind of the solution to the problem.  

Now, when it comes to products that end up right up against the skin, breathability and cleanliness are key, which is why I kind of love the skivvies from Wama Underwear.  Everything they make is created from a blend of hemp and organic cotton which is sustainable, soft, and anti-microbial.  You may remember my #SustainableSunday review of their hemp hipsters from back in January (they're my favorite undies ever!), so I was thrilled when Wama released their new bikinis and sent a few pairs over for me to try.  

They are the same great quality and texture of the hipsters with just a wee bit less coverage which kind of makes them ideal for lounging around in the crazy hot summer weather!  What do you think? Have you ever tried hemp undies? 


What's sustainable about this look? 

: the tank was thrifted
: the undies are made of sustainable hemp and organic cotton
: the bracelets are handmade







Your new up-cycled tote for summer...

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

It's unofficially summertime and the livin' is easy... 

A wander around town was just what SunStars and I needed as a pick-up to help get through one of our last weeks of school.  Oh, and the locally-made ice cream definitely helped. 

As we transition between seasons, I find myself again re-evaluating the products that I'm using.  As I swap boots for sandals, coats for tank tops, and heavy duty purses for lightweight ways to tote my water bottle, re-usable coffee cup, etc. I've found myself drawn to up-cycled products.  A new seasonal favorite is this tote bag by Junes.  It was made by a women's co-op in Mexico from an old serape.  

The bag is super lightweight, has fun colors, the pattern is perfect for summer, and the interior and exterior pockets make it super simple to keep my phone, lip balm, car keys out of the general jumble of other things that I may choose to take along on my day! 


What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the sunglasses are made of sustainable bamboo
: the top is fair trade
: the jeans were up-cycled
: the shoes are fair trade and handmade
: the bag is fair trade and handmade from an old serape







#FreebieFriday with Arraei Collective...

Friday, May 10, 2019

I don't know about you, but with the change of seasons, I'm working on a change of wardrobe.  However, I don't want to purchase a whole ton of factory-made garments that'll be out of style in a few months and may fall apart before said months have passed.  Last weekend, I partnered with Arraei Collective to showcase their beautiful hemp Dawn dress.  It's a gorgeous colour, the halter straps and drawstring make it adjustable, and well... it's just kind of crazy chic.  The entire Arraei range is all made of the most sustainable fabrics around with amazing quality and they want to give one lucky : Green Chic Life : reader a $50 shop credit to experience the sustainable goodness for themself!  

To enter this giveaway: 

: like the giveaway post
: follow @greenchiclife
: tag at least 2 friends in separate comments (You get an entry per tag, so feel free to tag all of your pals!)

This giveaway will run until 23:59 PST on 17-May-2019.  A winner will be chosen at random and contacted via direct message.  The winner will have 24 hours to reply to accept their prize or a new winner will be chosen.  This giveaway is open to US entrants only. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Instagram.  By entering this promotion, you are confirming that you're at least 18 years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use.


Reduce your use of single-use plastics with Junes...

Monday, May 6, 2019

Do you constantly find yourself wishing you had a good organizational system for all of your odds and ends?  Are you often on the go and need a place to stash things?  Do you purchase a lot of produce and detest single-use plastic bags?  

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, keep reading!  I've found another ethical answer to your organizational needs.  My newest partner, Junes Bags, reached out and sent me several of their ethically-made reusable bags.  I will be honest: when they wanted to send me their carry-all bags, I had a moment where I thought "I'm never going to use these," but as soon as they arrived, I came up with about 10 different ways to incorporate them into my life (i.e. the little one is great for holding lip balm, a hair brush, etc. so they don't get lost in the shuffle in my giant tote bag/the big bag was perfect to hold my book, water bottle, and sunscreen for a quick trip to the pool).  I also think they would be great to hold electronics during a flight or road trip, they can hold snacks, they'd be great for produce... for real... the possibilities are endless. 

Their black square mesh bag was also groovy for my pool trip.  The fabric of this bag was designed based on a found vintage fabric from the 1970s.  The bag is crazy strong (it can hold up to 50 lbs!) and the fabric is ventilated, so if you bring it to the pool and toss a wet towel into it, everything inside will air out nicely and the bag won't get gross or smelly.    So far, I've used the square mesh bag to hold a rather random selection of things, but how perfect would it be for a quick grocery stock-up or for a picnic?  

These re-usable bags are an absolutely awesome way to make the switch away from single-use products.  Everything Junes carries was either made by 18 women who work for a co-op in Ciudad Juárez or locally in LA, so you can use them with the confidence of knowing that you are reducing your global footprint (you can save something like 700 plastic bags during the lifespan of a Junes bag) while increasing the quality of life for other people!  Check out their shop and let me know in the comments below what your favorite products are!  Also, you can snag 20% off any purchase now with code: MamaLove! 








#SustainableSunday with Arraei Collective...

Sunday, May 5, 2019

The last year has been a year of profound change in my life and I have a feeling that there are some big changes coming in the near future.  That being said, I want to ensure that I am welcoming those changes with intentionality and by making decisions with purpose.  As you may know if you've been around here for a while, I put a lot of thought into what goes into my wardrobe and on my body, so it was with this mindset that I openly welcomed a collaboration with Arraei Collective

This slow fashion brand is all about helping Mother Earth thrive through the conscious decisions that we make.  Their entire line revolves around natural fibers like hemp, linen, and organic cotton. These fibers are then turned into garments that are sewn by a small group of sewers who are paid a fair living wage in a fair trade setting.  Even the packaging and shipping materials at Arraei Collective are as eco-friendly as possible.  They only use 100% organic cotton labels, 100% recycled paper and twine, and 100% recycled plastic mailers.  Additionally, knowing that single-use cutlery, plastic straws, and plastic shopping bags make up the biggest percentage of plastic waste on the planet, Arraei Collective tossed in a set of bamboo cutlery, a stainless steel straw, and a hemp shopping tote as a free gift to help the planet! 

They were also kind enough to send me their airy hemp Dawn dress.  It is absolutely perfect for summer.  The fabric is lightweight, but not overly see-through.  The halter neck straps are adjustable and the drawstring under the bust is also adjustable, so the dress can be customized to fit a number of different sizes (and could fit you as you expand and contract during your lifetime).  It was ideal for a walk around town after lunch and I have a super simple time envisioning how perfect this dress would be if SunStars and I popped out to see a local show and grabbed some ice cream as we move into summer. 


What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the dress is made from sustainable hemp in a fair trade setting
: the sandals are second-hand
: the earrings were handmade from ethically-harvested butterfly wings
: the bracelet is handmade







#FreebieFriday with RokCork...

Friday, May 3, 2019

Green Bees, I apologize for being a bit missing lately.  In addition to trying to survive the end of the year as a middle school special education teacher, I've had some health issues that have left me feeling a bit exhausted (more on that later).  However, I'm starting to get some energy back and I am so glad to make my comeback with this epic giveaway.  

Last weekend, I shared with y'all this gorgeous cork tote bag from my new partners: RokCork.  They make an extensive range of men's and women's accessories all out of cork that is sustainably harvested in Portugal, where cork is a rather abundant natural resource.  Cork is kind of wonderful for this sort of product because it is both flexible and durable, but it's also stylish and super easy to clean.  I've been absolutely in love with the Carminda tote from their spring collection.  I opted for a black bag because I figured I would get the most use out of it (prolonging its life) and I totally (hehe... see what I did there?  Tote?  Totally?) love that it is as versatile as it is!  At this point, it's been wonderful for running errands on the weekend, but because of the configuration of the pockets inside, it's also a great work bag... and I'm a teacher... I know something about needing a big/versatile bag for work! 

RokCork has graciously put a $150 shop credit up for grabs for one lucky : Green Chic Life : reader, so if the Carminda tote sounds like something you'd love (or if you see something else on their site that tickles your fancy), you've got to enter! 

To snag this credit: 

: like the giveaway post
: follow @rokcork
: follow @greenchiclife
: tag at least 2 friends in separate comments (You get an entry per tag, so feel free to tag all of your pals!)

This giveaway will run until 23:59 PST on 10-May-2019.  A winner will be chosen at random and contacted via direct message.  The winner will have 24 hours to reply to accept their prize or a new winner will be chosen.  This giveaway is open to US entrants only. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Instagram.  By entering this promotion, you are confirming that you're at least 18 years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use.