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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Featured Artisan: Moni’s Natural Skin Care

JadeCrate Artisan Highlight – Moni’s Natural Skin Care

At JadeCrate, we love working with our US artisans who specialize in skin care.  In June, we featured Monika Kupnik of Moni’s Coconut Scrubs and her wonderful rosehip facial mist (perfect for summer).  Being fellow Pacific NW folks, we loved the fact she hails from home.  Thank you Monika for your wonderful product for our subscribers in our recent June Box.  #moniscoconutscrubs @monisnaturalskincare

Moni’s is a small organic company that Monika Kupnik started herself in 2016 due to her own experience of struggling with various skin issues.After thorough research on different natural ingredients and eliminating toxic products in her daily life, she was able to clear up her skin and help others do the same. She devised a 100% natural coconut face and body scrub line followed by other personal care products. Everything is created from scratch in Gig Harbor, WA using only 100% therapeutic and food-grade ingredients.

Monika personally hand makes or supervises the making of all her products each and every time. Moni’s is proud to be completely free of preservatives and chemicals while using no dyes or coloring agents. In fact, everything in her line is actually edible!  We freshly hand make each order before shipping.

“Feed your skin, help feed a family” Monika is committed to pure, high-quality ingredients that are proven to add nourishment to the skin. She donates a portion of every sale to Feeding America, as giving back to the community is a high priority of hers. Each new item that she makes is tested and retested and retested again to ensure every product is of the highest quality and works the way it’s supposed to. It’s really important to her that the end user receives all of the benefits of each ingredient that is included in the products.

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JadeCrate – Recipe of the Month is Caramelized Spicy Green Beans

JadeCrate likes to share recipes with its subscribers because part of bohemian living includes cooking, yes cooking.  Each month we focus on in-season vegetables and simple dishes for busy boho-chic gals who need to cook up a fast and delicious meal. This months veggie is green beans.

In Season – Green Beans

It’s green bean season.  What we like about them is they are more versatile than people think with a ton of health benefits, not to mention, a delicious one-course item if you are looking to snack on a low-calorie dinner and are sick of salads. Besides being high in fiber, bonus properties include vitamin A, C, K, B6, and folic acid. They also help reduce heart disease, possess anti-inflammatory properties, and are packed with antioxidants. If you have a chance to pick up a fresh bushel this month, you can find many recipes online for stand-alone meals or ways to spruce them up to complement main courses.

For our vegetarian fans – this one’s for you!

Caramelized Spicy Green Beans, Recipe by Southern Living (slightly modified)

Ingredients

1-pound fresh haricots verts (green beans)

2 tablespoons light brown sugar

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper

1 – 2 cloves of minced garlic (optional)

1 medium-size red bell pepper sliced long ways in small strips

1/2 medium-size sweet onion halved and sliced thin

1 teaspoon peanut, olive, or sesame oil

3/4 teaspoon seasoned salt (any seasoned salt of preference will work)

Set up an ice bath in a large bowl. Start cooking the beans by adding a tsp of salt to a pot of water and bring to a boil. Add green beans, cover, and cook 1 minute (2 if you like them a little more tender); drain. Plunge green beans into ice water to stop the cooking process; drain well, pressing between paper towels. Stir together brown sugar, soy sauce, and dried crushed red pepper. Sauté bell pepper, onion, garlic, and green beans in hot peanut oil in a large skillet over high heat 3 to 5 minutes or until beans look blistered and start to brown. Sprinkle with seasoned salt. Remove from heat; add soy sauce mixture to green bean mixture and stir to coat. Serve

We served them with a side of brown rice and it was a very satisfying weeknight meal, but we did need to add extra soy sauce. They would also work with ramen noodles to create a spicy noodle salad, just add a little soy sauce to the noodles.

Alternate cooking method:  You can swap the skillet in the final cooking step and grill in a veggie basket if preferred, be sure to spray the veggies with oil or toss them in a bag with some oil.

Enjoy!


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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Mindfulness Monday: Take a vacation any day

How to take a vacation without taking time off work

“Vacation is all I ever wanted, vacation, how do I get away?” Remember the Go-Go’s.  One of their known hits from the 80’s, “Vacation,” striking home with overworked people everywhere.

Most of us work in some shape or form, in an office, at home, and yes stay at home moms work their butts off too.  Many of us are planning or dreaming of taking the perfect vacation to lull us into a utopia of happiness.  The term vacation can imprison our thinking and inhibit everyday joy. We believe to “vacation” we must embark on preparing first. All of these steps must take place before we allow ourselves to be on vacation.  Preparation includes saving money and taking time off, physically checking out of work, and traveling far distances to give ourselves a break. We set up the preconceived notions of what we see as a vacation and the need to have a massive plan in place to allow ourselves a break. So we hope this little segment sets you free.  Mind over matter is essential here because some of us are unable to go away on a big excursion.  Stop over thinking and start your holiday, any day.

With a little creativity and mindfulness, you can call anytime and space you create for yourself a vacation.  Try making a date with a friend, go out to the country, a walk to the park, or spend the afternoon curled up with a good book and tell your inner flower child, this is your mental or physical vacation, your holiday. These outings or short getaways are a time you have appointed to enjoy yourself in nature, in the company of friends, or wherever your vacation takes you. 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. 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 and enter BOHOCHIC15 at checkout for 15% off your first single box order with us.

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Today Is National Splurge Day

Do something to make your heart, mind, body, or tummy happy!

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Be Happy and Grow Where You Are Planted

JadeCrate Book Find of the Month: The New Bohemians Handbook

At JadeCrate, we read, a lot.  Last year we ordered the 1st Edition of The New Bohemians Handbook by Justina Blakeney and fell in love with her room-by-room makeover to bring balance and positive vibes into your home.  If you are looking for an excellent read this summer, it is hardback, but worth it, we recommend it.

Ideally, if you are feeling like your space is bogging you down, it probably is.  Much of what is in the book are essentials for every bohemian you may know, but her approach to creating great spaces is fantastic.  Filled with DIY projects as well, again, the images in this book are fantastic.  You will want to start on your first project right away.  We call this our “happy place” book at home.  Recommend buying the actual book if you don’t have an iPad or another device to see the pictures.

Enjoy your journey!

Amanda


About Us:  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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