I admit, I was reeeally excited about this news when I was first notified about it, and I'm even more excited to share it. MorningStar Farms has just debuted it's first ever docu-series, The Veg Effect. It includes five episodes featuring five personal, inspiring stories of people changing their eating habits by including or supporting a more greener, vegetarian diet. It's was also interesting to learn that 80% of MorningStar Farms' consumers are NOT vegetarian but understand the importance of making simple swaps for meat products.
The docu-series is beautiful, motivational and inspiring. And for me, emotional. Watch the trailer and docu-series (out now!) Scroll below for links to where to watch and let me know what you think!
Stick (Atlanta, GA)
A vegan, hip-hop artist and co-founder of Dead Prez. He is the first to admit he wasn't always so healthy, but talks about the healing properties of a veggie-heavy diet.
Danielle Burgio (Los Angeles, CA)
A stuntwoman who proves that meat and potatoes aren’t the only things that make a body kick butt.
Baredu Ahmed (Washington, DC)
Driven by love, Baredu’s journey to a vegetarian life balances her ambitions, her relationship and her family’s deep-rooted traditions.
Trey Nichols & James Hotslag (San Diego, CA)
Two butchers who believe in the power of plants and care as much about the quality of meat they serve as they do the land it takes to raise it. They even close shop on Mondays to encourage "Meatless Mondays".
Dave Thibodeau (Durango, CO)
Hailing from Colorado, Dave mixes his love for Ska music, beer and comic books into an unlikely life as a vegetarian and conservationist.
I've been a pescatarian (although mostly vegetarian) for a little over ten years now, and this series resonated with me so much. I've always respected other people's eating habits but have also always encouraged and advocated for healthier, meat-free options. It's never been about losing or cutting out the meat - the health, compassion and the environment are the most important factors.
Here are just a few benefits of moving towards a greener, more vegetarian diet (and remember, it doesn't mean you have to go full-vegetarian to make a big difference, too!):
- Reduce global warming
Raising animals for food generates more greenhouse gases than all the cars and trucks in the world combined!
- Avoid pollution of streams/rivers/oceans
Animal waste, antibiotics and hormones, chemicals from tanneries, fertilizers, and the pesticides used to spray feed crops all enter the water supply - affecting everyone, every animal, and every thing on this planet.
- Reduce destruction of tropical rainforest, wildlife habitats, and endangered species
70% of all agricultural land is used for rearing livestock. Livestock production is responsible for deforestation and soil erosion. A third of the land suitable for growing crops (in the whole world) is used to produce feed for livestock animals (that would otherwise be used for humans)!
- Reduce the use of antibiotics, growth hormones, and chemicals
The amount of toxins and chemicals in our food is enough to keep me searching for more organic options. This reason alone should make anyone stop and analyze what they are putting in their bodies. Educate yourself on the chemicals and hormones being added to your food.
- Help ensure environmental sustainability for the future
There are almost 7.5 BILLION people living on this planet. It's no secret that livestock and meat production use a TON of resources (water, crops, fuel, energy, forests...to name a few) while also causing water, air, and land pollution.
Who knew that one simple question: "What am I going to eat today?", makes such a big impact? I love love love that more and more people are waking up to the health and planet problems we face and actively making a difference for themselves and everything around them. Your health is your life, it is your life source and your connection to the planet.
Adopting a more vegetarian diet not only reduces your ecological footprint by supporting a more sustainable environment, but keep in mind that it shows compassion towards all things - humans, animals, the planet and our future!
Watch the docu-series, out NOW! Available for free on:
The Veg Effect is a co-production with MorningStar Farms' agency, Red Tettemer O'Connel + Partners and Washington Square Films with director Alison Klayman, an independent award-winning filmmaker and journalist. MorningStar Farms partnered with FilmBuff for the docu-series release and distribution. More information can be found at www.morningstarfarms.com/way-to-veg.
I'm teaming up with Lamy pens today For Your Phone!
Made in Germany since 1966, Lamy pens have been based on the Bauhaus principle of "form follows function" which makes them both timeless and functional. I used both the Lamy JOY fountain pen and Special Edition Lamy Safari dark lilac fountain pen to create today's phone wallpaper calligraphy.
I love the smoothness of these pens and flow of beautiful royal blue ink (other ink cartridge colors are available as well!). They're easy to use as a beginner or advanced calligrapher. The 1.5 mm point nib of the Joy pen is perfect for that classic calligraphy "thick to thin" look, while the Safari pen has more of an even, "ball point" type flow. I love the matte texture of the Safari pen and flexible brass wire clips. And most of all, you cannot beat the easy-to-handle ergonomic grip design of all their products, which allows the pen to sit comfortably in your hand!
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Lighthearted and full of joy.
I love having this on my phone for daily reminder. It's something that I'm constantly reminding myself to do, be, have. Look at the world around you with child-like heart, joy and wonder - and you'll always be amazed. I love how even the smallest thing such as having the Lamy JOY pen fall into my hands - is a beautiful synchronicity to keep me on the path of joy.
Continue below to download your free lock screen wallpaper for your phone!
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Phone wallpaper ©Jessica Keala of Coco & Mingo. For personal and non-commercial use only. Not for sale or distribution. You are not allowed to sell this download in digital or print form, nor to distribute it in its original or in an altered form. Please link back to original post if shared – do not link directly to the file. Thank you!
It's wedding season (but isn't it always wedding season?!), and I thought I'd give all you future "I do-ers" a quick and super helpful resource when planning for your wedding! I've seen the trend grow more and more towards DIY weddings which I love, including most of my friends' weddings! And because more and more couples are paying for their own weddings, organization is KEY - wedding planning takes a lot of time, effort, love and money!
MarryMapp just launched their beta wedding planning app to the public, and I know you'll find it useful and helpful in planning your own wedding! (delete your complicated Excel spreadsheet NOW) ...Plus, it's FREE! It's everything you need in a wedding app: a personalized planning guide which allows you to plan your budget for every little detail, track your progress, gives you recommendations, reminders and alerts, and then allows you to share your progress on social media for all your friends and family (only if you want them to celebrate with you on your planning journey!)
Kristie and Timothy are the creators of MarryMapp - they're both developers, focused on the technology, with a passion for bringing great software to the world.
"We really believe in challenging the status quo in the wedding industry - we want to encourage couples to be smart about how they spend their money, planning for their forever, not just their tomorrow."
So, if you're planning your wedding soon, or plan on one day getting married (or heck, if you've already gotten married and need/want to lay out all your spent wedding expenses in a quick and easy way) then go sign up for MarryMapp!
Sign up for free on their website.
Note: MarryMapp for mobile/phone should be ready in July 2016, but check out their website, where you have access to all the app features, and provide feedback, if needed!
Photos by me for MarryMapp.
App screen capture and infographics by MarryMapp.
May has arrived! May is always full of flowers and sunshine back home in Hawaii. Once it's the first of May, I can't help but go around with the "May day is lei day in Hawaii nei...." song stuck in my head and nobody here on the Mainland has a clue of what I'm talking about. Leis, of course, being flower necklaces!
So obviously, I'm missing the Hawaiian sun and flowers - especially on these cold, rainy, overcast first few days of May on the East coast (and me starting off the month with a bad head cold that I can't seem to shake grrrrrr). But spirits are high and anticipating warmer, sunnier weather soon!
Alright - reflection time. April was literally a blink for me, and then it was gone. But a lot happened in that short time! In terms of my personal and meditative life, I can sum up April with slight openness. Not yet full openness, but the intention is definitely there. Openness in the sense of opening my heart and senses. Opening myself up to new things and opportunities. Opening my head space and heart space to allow for energy to flow within and without me.
What are some of your self reflections upon the past month of April?
We hope you enjoy May's free wallpaper downloads! They are one of my favorites, and make all my techs super happy and cheerful!
You can also still download the free printable full 2016 calendar, if you haven't already!
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Wallpapers created and copyrighted by Audrey of This Little Street (artwork) and Jessica of Coco & Mingo (calligraphy/layout). For personal and non-commercial use only. You are not allowed to sell these wallpapers in digital or print form, nor to distribute it in its original or in an altered form. Please link back to original post if you want to share – do not link directly to the file. Thank you!
Welcome to my new series, Crystallography! When I was a kid, my dad would go on business trips a couple of times a year. Every time he would come back, he'd bring each of us kids a small gift - and he would always bring me back crystals (usually from the hotel gift shop). Ok, it's because I would ask him to, but still. This started my love of crystals, minerals, and stones. I was always into 'em. I connected with their energy and natural beauty and colors. And soon enough, collecting crystals became a hobby as a young kid.
Did you know that crystals are high vibrating? They are known to transmit, reflect, store light and receive energy. Ancient civilizations were known to utilize the healing power of crystals to release mental, physical and spiritual blockages, thus facilitating the free flow of energy throughout the body. There are so many different types of crystals, minerals, and stones and I love exploring them and their properties and meanings. I can literally fall into the deep, black hole that is Crystallography.
Moonstone, specifically Rainbow Moonstone, is all about the feminine energy. It draws energy from the moon, calms and encourages, teaching us the natural rhythms of life. It helps attune to the rhythmic energies of the moon, promoting inspiration and enhancing intuition. It is a stone of inner growth and strength. It provides protection, clearing the mind and senses, and aids in calming sleep. Because of it's feminine energy, it is also said to be a stone of fertility. It is associated with the Crown Chakra.
I thought it appropriate to kick off the series with Moonstone because of the Full Moon tonight! The moon represents the feminine, emotional, creative and nurturing aspects of our lives. In terms of cycles, the New Moon represents the beginning of a cycle, and the Full Moon represents the release. A Full Moon's energy is powerful and intense. It is the "high tide" of power, and amplifies your creativity. So release what does not serve you, and use this time to focus on taking action towards your goals - opening yourself up to opportunities!
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Photo of raw Rainbow Moonstone from Catching Wildflowers Etsy.
Top banner images:
Pressed flowers from The Mountain Rose Blog
Rose/Celestite/Quartz illustration and print from Lara May Meyerratken
All lettering by me.
I've got wedding vibes on my mind lately, as I prep for my best friend's wedding in June! Yeah, yeah, it's wedding season, but I'm really not big into attending weddings. However, this one I can handle. It's a very low key, small, and casual wedding. Big plus: it's on a beach in Hawaii. Bigger plus: the bride is my bestie, so exception granted.
I've been shopping around online lately to gather an outfit to wear to the wedding...and ah! I can't decide. I found the perfect jumpsuit AND dress (both found on House of Fraser) - and both suitable for a beachy Hawaii wedding. I created these looks for inspiration, but now...What to do? What to do?!
P.S. Speaking of wedding season, if you have any to attend this summer and need a dress asap, check out House of Fraser - they've got a ton of beautiful dresses for every occasion!
Which look are you leaning towards - jumpsuit or dress?
Do you have any weddings to attend this summer?