Aster Market September Box… Getting Ready for Fall!

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 aster_market_september_box_2015_review The September Aster Market Box is here! Aster Market prides itself on small batch made products that inspire a positive outlook on life. The finds are so contagious, you’ll have a hard time not sharing them with friends!Aster Market loves to give back too! Twenty-five percent of the net proceeds are sent to a non-profit of your choice from their selected charities.Our September box included a beautifully bold Frankie & Coco PDX (frankieandcocopdx.com) canvas bag. The size is perfect to house your makeup or art supplies. The bag is handmade from start to finish in Portland, fully lined with solid cotton and styled with a hint of vintage.

Next in the box is a lovely catch-all dish by Be Free Designs (etsy.com/shop/beFREEdesigns). This little white dish packs a punch. Hand stamped with the word “LOVED” in shiny gold, it is the perfect addition to your nightstand or entryway as a daily inspirational reminder.

Stephanie Martin Co. (etsy.com/shop/StephanieMartinCo) included a bracelet trio that will become a staple for your jewelry collection. Beautifully handmade with stretchy cord, it fits a variety of wrist sizes and creates an effortless fashion statement.

Last but not least is a fun notepad by Quill & Fox (quillandfox.com). Run by a very creative husband and wife team, they use vintage art, fashion and old children’s books to inspire their stationery designs.

Aster Market is a monthly subscription box with prices starting at $39.95. Use code FIRSTBOX10 for 10% off your order.

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Wish List Wednesdays: Feed Your Chocolate Craving with Cocoa Cravings

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Cocoa Cravings is a Chicago based, family business that brings rich chocolate powders, bars, morsels and more that are sourced from gourmet, global ingredients. Cocoa Cravings is USDA Organic and their chocolate ingredients are sourced from organic farmers and local co-ops. Their top-quality products (nothing artificial!) are manufactured in small professional batches in Chicago, USA, by T.C. Bauer Co.

We recently sampled the 71% dark chocolate and loved the taste! The rich chocolate is very smooth and has very complex flavors. The bar we received has 16 bite sized squares, great for sharing with friends or as an after dinner treat.

Cocoa Cravings can be purchased online at CocoaCravings.com or at popular health food stores like Vitacost.com.

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Mindful Mondays: Give a Memorable Personalized Gift with SpeakSake

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If you are looking for the perfect gift for someone who has everything, look no further! SpeakSake is a unique service that creates an amazing memorable gift that is easy and affordable! Simply e-mail invites to all of the family and friends of your recipients you can come up with. The invite provides details on how to leave an audio message for your recipent’s birthday, get well messages, etc. SpeakSake takes the messages and combines them on an audio cd so the recipient can replay them as many times as they want! At under $40, this is a great gift for kids, grandparents, teachers and more!

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Eco-Friendly Favors by Favor Creative, Perfect for Spring and Summer Parties!

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With so many gatherings this Spring and Summer, it’s a great time to introduce your family and friends to Favor Creative. Favor Creative is an online eco-friendly party favor service that is passionate about sustainability and creativity.

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

We recently received a sneak peek of two of their popular favors, Fun Crayons with Plantable Seeded Paper (mixed colors) and Herb Favor Kit (parsley).

The Fun Crayons with Plantable Seeded Paper comes with four crayons in your choice of shape (flower, butterfly/ladybug, building blocks and dog bones) and solid or mixed colors. It also comes with wildflower plantable paper. The paper has a good thickness and slight texture. This is great for kids as they can color a picture on the paper and then plant the paper to see their artwork come to life! Super easy to plant and toss the crayons into your handbag for coloring on the go! Great for weddings, baby showers, kids parties and more!

The Herb Favor Kit is 100% biodegradable and housed in a recycled kraft favor box. The kit includes a 3″ pot, soil pellet, herbs of your choice (14 to choose from!) and directions for growing your selected herb. Great for weddings, baby showers, tea parties, summer gatherings and more!

All of Favor Creative’s unique gifts are customized to your likes and colors. They even carry organic soaps and eco-friendly stationery. If you are looking for conscious favors for your next party, check out Favor Creative!

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Wish List Wednesdays: Send a Sweet Surprise with Sugarwish!

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A gift card works in a pinch but lacks a certain effort and surprise. Sugarwish allows you to pick from three size candy boxes, Petite ($25), Classic ($40) and Ultimate ($70), choose your occasion gift card and e-mail your lucky recipient (all shipping charges are included!. Sugarwish allows the recipient to choose their favorite four candies from a large selection of tempting choices to complete their sweet gift! Great gift for teens, nieces/nephews, long distance friends/family, co-workers, teachers, graduations, Father’s Day and more!

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Mindful Mondays: Wedding Favors with a Cause

fields_of_hope_charity_wedding_favorThere are hundreds ideas for wedding party favors but few that give back. Fields of Hope has a mission to prevent females from falling victim to sex trafficking, offer assistance to those still trapped, and restore those who have survived by offering hope, empowerment, and a brighter future. They feature handmade soaps, cosmetics and home decor.

We especially love their affordable Shea Butter Heart Soap Favors that are only $1.25 each! You can also pick the color and scent to match your event!

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