Mandala Glass Jewelry by Featured Fair Trade Vendor – Comparte

About the recently shipped JadeCrate March Box 2018

When selecting our jewelry at JadeCrate, we love finding new groups to work with.  In February, we were introduced to Comparte, specifically their Santiago Jewelry Market line.  This unique jewelry is made of fused glass creating a mandala glass jewelry design ($50 retail value on just the Jewelry last month).  We started with a small order to inspect each piece and found, each one was completely different from the next, reflecting hand-made quality as well as individuality.

Fair-trade, Handmade Mandala Glass Jewelry

 

Comparte Artisan – Santiago, Chile

The true match for us was the branding for the sets labeled “Jewelry as unique as you” which is part of the JadeCrate motto – a box as unique as you are.   We committed to a full purchase at the end of February for our March box and were extremely pleased with the sets, in fact, we included the set in both the JadeCrate boho box as well as the pico boxes, which required a bigger box (literally a bigger box) for our Pico fans.

At JadeCrate, we enjoy sharing the stories about all of the organizations we work with in fair-trade.  Part of the box is the joy of receiving it as much as the education about the positive vibes when buying fair-trade items. Comparte came to the top for our feature this month because they work with a multitude of artisans in their region.  Their focus is on training for both business operations as well as art and craft designs.  We strongly support artisans having both a business sense and hands-on creative assistance to create new artistic forms.

Comparte is a nonprofit Chilean trading organization. In Spanish, “comparte” means “to share.” Comparte works to improve the standard of living of disadvantaged craftspeople. Based in Santiago, Chile’s capital city, Comparte markets products for a variety of artisan groups. In addition to conducting regional workshops, Comparte provides training, organizational assistance and marketing and design services to these groups.

Comparte sees a vital link between artisans, their stories and skills and the individuals who buy and appreciate their work. The organization supports fair trade principles and their power to create a better world.

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Did you say “Jungalow?”

Have you heard of the term “Jungalow?”

Our DIY tip for the month is inspired by Rachel, the founder of #TCMillennial.  She put together a blog post for an inspired boho home office space.  Check out how to create those positive boho vibes in your home office while keeping it functional and uncluttered.  The concepts she uses are simple and if you have a home office or any room, you can derive inspiration from Rachel’s quick read blog.  Read the article here

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Mindfulness Monday – Simply Breathe

The purest form of mindfulness is to breathe simply.

The caveat here with the exercise is to breathe with conscious effort.  All those breaths have a purpose besides keeping your heart and brain going.  We challenge you to start a 5 Mindful Breaths exercise you can do every day, before work, at work, after work, anywhere you like.  Rules of engagement are you will use these five deep breaths of fresh air to think free and preferably concentrate on only the breathing.  This exercise is particularly useful if you are feeling restless, anxious, angry, or stressed.  Use the time to focus on only one thought or image.  If necessary close your eyes and picture something that brings you peace, joy, makes you feel relaxed and hold on to it.  When you complete the exercise, you will notice a difference in your state of mind and a big dose of H2O is healthy for you too. Like what you have read?  Download our newly published, free eBook, A 7-Step Guide to the Bohemian Lifestyle here.


About JadeCrate:  JadeCrate is both a subscription and gift box business with our core principals and foundational beliefs centered in bohemian living both physically and mentally. Our boxes are filled each month with products catering to your inner flower child.  They include a mix of boho chic styled accessories, décor, natural skin care, artisan teas, fair-trade wares, and organic snacks. In addition to great goods, each box includes positive vibes with insider tips on bohemian living, recipes, and exercises to help you get through the month with a smile.  Find out more today at www.jadecrate.com.

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Today is International Day of Friendship

At JadeCrate, we work with several fair-trade partners and international companies.  We say take a moment today celebrate diversity and peace.  This day is also a day to promote friendships, regardless of what country you are from or your friends.  An opportune day to go out for lunch or dinner at an ethnic restaurant and celebrate other cultures.  Peace.

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Final call to order the last of the JadeCrate Summer Series Boxes

Last day to order your JadeCrate Summer Series box is 7/31/2018. Use coupon WELCOME18 for free shipping on your first single subscription box order with us.

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In Season – Watermelon

The JadeCrate newsletter comes with a recipe, usually comprised of in-season vegetables and a protein.  However, it’s July, it’s hot, thirst beats out hunger in this simple recipe.

If you are looking for something refreshing and unique and maybe you are a vegetarian or vegan, you just might love this recipe from allrecipes.com (modified slightly)

Fresh Watermelon Water

  • 4 cups cubed seedless watermelon – deseed if you are using one with seeds, otherwise, the texture is too grainy.
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup white sugar, or to taste (original recipe calls for 1/2 cup – way too sweet)
  • 12-24 fresh mint leaves (this is a to taste option)
  • 2 Tablespoons of fresh lime juice
  • Lime slices for garnish
  • Lots of ice

Puree the watermelon and water in a blender until smooth. Muddle the sugar, lime juice, and 12 to 24 of the fresh mint leaves.  Evenly distribute the muddled mixture into the bottom of 6-8 glasses.  Fill each glass with ice. Pour in the watermelon water, and stir before serving. Garnish with lime slices and a few mint leaves.

If you are looking to create an adult beverage, you can add a jigger of GOOD vodka to the glasses before pouring the watermelon water.  Cheers and Enjoy

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