Hello to Spring’s Pink Moon & Goodbye to Negative Energy

On April 11th, the once-a-year Pink Moon comes out to play in the night sky. Although it sounds like some sort of rose quartz beauty, the Pink Moon was actually named by the Native Americans after moss pink or wild ground phlox – one of the first spring flowers.

This is the perfect time to do some spring cleaning, not only of your home, but of your soul. A Full Moon allows for a restart of our lives and our intentions, so we can get back on track with our goals.

Sometimes a good cleanse of the soul is all we need to jumpstart our journey. Are you ready to recharge? Let’s ‘glow’ !

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Find a space in your home that has enough room for all of your moon friends to gather around on the floor.

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Cleanse the space by lighting Palo Santo sticks to remove any negative energy.

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Set the mood by cutting up crescent-shaped fruit, like cantaloupe and apple slices, and baking chocolate cookies with cream cheese frosting in a moon phase design.

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For each place setting, add iridescent Moon Luster Dinnerware with an amethyst-colored intention card and a moonstone or quartz crystal.

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Have each of your friends write on their intention card any negative thoughts or feelings they need to release into the universe.

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Carefully burn each intention card and feel the weight of the world lift off your shoulders as you create space in your life for new energy to enter.

We hosted our full moon party with some of Earthbound’s nomadic spirits. Here’s what these moon sisters are letting go of this full moon:

Geneva Williams, EB HR/Payroll Associate

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“Negativity in your life makes it challenging to achieve your goals. Once I removed negativity, it allowed me to glow up!”

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Chelsea Gomez, EB Recruiter

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“I am letting go of fear – fear of change, fear of the unknown, fear of cockroaches — everything. I don’t want to miss out on life because I am too scared of what might happen.”

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Katie Mithlo, EB Receptionist

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“I am letting go of anxiety, because I want to be more in control of what happens in my life. I’d like to start worrying less and let whatever happens, happen.”

What negative energy are you hoping to leave behind this Full Moon?

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Elements of Fall : Copper & Cider

‘Tis the season for cozy beanies, daylong hikes, and relaxing nights spinning vinyl with friends!

In between all of the craziness of the holidays, crafting a fun drink while kicking it with those who mean the most to us is what we live for.

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Taste of Turkey: Homemade Kisir

They say a way to a person’s heart is through their stomach and our Turkish friend Hulya chartered a non-stop flight to flavor town. Hulya, a long-time friend of our Director of Online Sales, was born in Adana, Turkey and moved to the U.S. in 2001 after meeting her now-husband who was on assignment in Turkey.

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One Stack, Two Forks

Food is love, and this Valentine’s Day brunch spread is loveliness incarnate. EB’s Alex took to the kitchen to whip up a decadent breakfast of Gluten-Free Nutella Pancakes with Fresh Sliced Strawberries. Look for the how-to behind our pretty Carnation Garland in an upcoming Earthbound Blog post and reemerge a refreshed you.

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Moscow Mule Recipe

The Moscow Mule started as a way to sell vodka, specifically Smirnoff, and ginger beer, specifically Cockn’ Bull. In 1941, John G. Martin worked for a company who recently acquired the Smirnoff brand, which is originally from Moscow, Russia. “Jack” Morgan was the President of Cock ‘n’ Bull Products, who produced ginger beer. These two guys met up in Los Angeles, put their heads together, and came up with the classic Moscow Mule.

Today there are multiple variations but one thing stands true: it always includes vodka and ginger beer.

So why a copper mug? Martin went from bar to bar with his Polaroid taking snapshots of bartenders posing with a bottle of Smirnoff and a copper mug. He would leave one picture with the bartender to display in his bar and would take one with him to put in his traveling photo album to show other bartenders. Today the mug is synonymous with the Moscow Mule.

Although the drink was traditionally made with Smirnoff Vodka, we chose to use Tito’s since it is from Texas and our home office is in Texas.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup (or 2 oz.) of vodka of your choice
  • 1 tbsp (1/2 a lime) of fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup ( 4 to 6 oz.) of chilled ginger beer
  • 1 lime wedge, for garnish
  • mint leaves, for garnish
  • Moscow Mule Mug

1. Squeeze the fresh lime around the inside of the mug and drop it in.

2. Add a few ice cubes and throw in some torn mint leaves.

3. Pour in the vodka and ginger beer. Stir it up.

4. Garnish with a lime wedge.

If you don’t like ice in your drink, you can always use a shaker first. The stainless steel mug keeps it extra cold and insulated.

Get sippn’ here and impress all of your friends with this simple yet classic drink.

Healthy Pumpkin Dog Treats (with DogsButter too!)

‘Tis the season for holiday parties and friendsgiving gatherings with the people – and pups – we love the most. We become googling machines, hunting for the best hostess gift for the next event. If you’re like us, then most of your friends probably have a dog, or two…or three they think the world of. We even tend to treat our dogs better than ourselves and want what’s best for them. Fur children are real chidren, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

So what do you bring along with that bottle of wine and agate coasters when you’re in a rush? Whip up this healthy and easy batch of dog treats for the hostess’ one true love and maybe you’ll get an extra serving or to go box of that mac n cheese you were eyeing all night.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1/2 cup DOGSBUTTER (Unlike real PB, this doesn’t have any added salt, sugar or hydrogenated oils)
  • 1 cup 100% Pure Pumpkin Puree, canned
  • 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour (might need less, depending on consistency)

Supplies:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a large bowl, mix the DOGSBUTTER and pumpkin puree together. Add 1/4 cup of flour at a time and stir together until the dough isn’t sticky. You don’t want the mixture to become too dough-y.

 

3. Grab your rolling pin and roll out the dough between two sheets of parchment paper until it is about 1/4″ thick. Start cutting out the treats with the dog cookie cutters.

4. Add parchment paper to the cookie sheet and place the dog treats on it.

5. Bake at 350 degrees for about 8 – 10 minutes. Remove them once they are completely cooled and store it in an airtight container. Since these are all natural, the shelf life is only 3 – 5 days.


If you try these out, let us know how your dog or friend’s dog likes them! Pumpkin puree is rich in soluble fiber and is great for keeping their digestive tract running smoothly. Plus the DOGSBUTTER provides added nutritional benefits like Vitamin E, protein, and Omega-3’s, which is great for their skin.

Fragrant & Spicy: Indian Chole Palak

Happy World Vegetarian Day! Most of us love our greasy burgers, perfectly seared steaks, and bacon (Yeah..don’t forget the bacon). Even if you don’t want to commit to a life sans-meat, everyone should make an effort to incorporate more veggies and fruits into their diet and less animal prodcuts. Why, you ask?

1. You’ll feel better and live longer

Eating animal products has a negative affect on our overall heart health. A diet full of fat and cholestrol can lead to heart disease, like clogged arteries. Plus you’ll feel less sluggish overall.

2. You’ll save money

Eating vegeterian is cheap. Browse the produce aisle at the grocery store. Now browse the meat section. See a difference? If you’re concerned about protein, tofu is actually pretty affordable in comparison to meat. Protein can also be found in things like beans, chickpeas, soy and nuts.

3. You’ll save lives

Many of us have seen videos online of the horrible conditions farm animals live in. That’s the reality of it.

4. You’ll help the environment

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has reported that the chemical and animal waste runoff from factory farms is responsible for more than 173,000 miles of polluted rivers and streams.

Have you seen cowspirarcy? It’s a pretty eye opening movie when it comes to our consumption of animal products. Check it out on Netflix.

Convinced yet? If these reasons don’t move you to at least try to eat more vegetarian based dishes, then you don’t have a heart. Kidding. Bacon is wonderful. But so is this traditional Indian dish called Chole Palak, made from spinach and garbanzo beans and plenty of fragrant spice, like garam masala. Go on, try it. It’s pretty simple.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 19 oz can of chickpeas a.ka. garbanzo beans
  • 3 cups of chopped spinach
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2″ piece of fresh ginger
  • 1 green chili
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seed
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • basmati rice
  • naan bread
  • lemon wedges

Supplies

  • sautee pan with lid
  • blender or food processor
  • spatula or potato masher
  • measuring spoons
  • knife

1. Drain and rinse the can of chickpeas a.k.a garbanzo beans in a colander.

2. Cut up the tomatoes, green chili and ginger. Add them to a food processor or blender to make a puree.

3. Heat the olive oil in a sauce pan at a medium/low temperature and add the diced onion. Continue to sautee them until their soft and brown, appx. 5 minutes.

4. Once the onion is sauteed, add the cumin seed and let that heat up together for appx. 2 minutes. Then add the puree of tomato goodness + coriander, turmeric, red pepper. Let that simmer for about 3 – 4 minutes on medium heat.

5. Add the chopped spinach, salt, and 1/2 cup of water. Cover it. Let that continue to cook for 5 minutes.

6. Add the chickpeas and mash them up a bit with a spatula or potato masher. Add the garam masala and let it cook on low heat, covered, for 7 – 8 minutes.

Remove the lid and let the aroma of garam masala transport you to India. And you thought only meat tasted this good! 😉 Serve it over warm basmati rice and top it off with a lemon wedge, if you like. Dip the naan bread into the sauce or use it to scoop some of the chickpea and spinach concoction.

See! Eating vegetarian isn’t that bad. If you’ve decided to go vegetarian or have tried to incorporate more plant-based foods into your diet, let us know in the comments! We could use a little inspiration.

Cool, Green & Refreshing

  • Mint soothes aching stomachs and aids with indigestion and inflammation.
  • Cucumbers contain tons of B Vitamins which is great for stress and anxiety relief. They also have lots of soluble and insoluble fiber (on the skin), meaning they help you stay full longer AND aids in digestion.
  • Limes contain Vitamin C, a vitamin with antioxidants that helps the muscles in your eyes as well as signs of aging. Plus the antioxidants are beneficial to your overall heart health!

 

Are you ready to refresh your body? Grab the following ingredients and tools:

  • 3 English Cucumbers a.k.a. Hot House Cucumbers, thinly sliced with the skin left on. Put a few aside for garnish.
  • 1 bunch of Mint
  • 6 limes, juiced to make 1/2 cup
  • 3 quarts of Water
  • Sugar, to taste

Makes 4 servings.


Step 1: Add 1/2 cup of water to the blender and slowly add the sliced cucumber and a hanful of mint leaves. We left the skin on because (a) it adds beautiful green color and (b) that’s where all of the insoluble is to help with digestion! Continue to add the cucumber until all of it is pureed and mixed up.

 

Step 2: Take the blended cucumbers and remove the seeds by using a strainer over a pitcher or other container.

Step 3: Add the lime and remaining water to the pitcher. You can either add the sugar to the pitcher (to taste) OR add it to each individual serving.

And you’re done! Wasn’t that easy? We love the vibrant green and how it contrasts with the gold accents on the stemless wine glasses.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Spice and Flavor

If you’re from the south, more specifically Texas, then you know how excited we get about the Mexican holiday, Cinco de Mayo. Over the years Cinco de Mayo (translation: The Fifth of May) has turned into a celebration of Mexican culture, heritage and of course, FOOD.

Often confused with Mexico’s Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo is a day to remember Mexico’s unlikely victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. This was a huge morale booster for the outnumbered Mexican army and caused unity and patriotism within the country. Today, the holiday is mainly enjoyed by the United States and residents of Puebla.

We decided to try out a simple yet flavorful dish that is chock-full of color and nutrients. The ingredients in guacamole are rich and vibrant, causing temptation to play with your food. It’s fun to create a masterpiece with Mother Earth’s greatest gifts so let’s get started!

Ingredients: 

  • 3 Haas avocados
  • 1 Lime
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp Ground cumin
  • 1 tsp Cayenne
  • 1- 3 Jalapenos, depending on your heat tolerance
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 Medium Onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp Cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Garlic clove, minced
  • Bag of tortilla chips

What you’ll need:

1. Gather all of your ingredients and get to chopping!

Cut the avocado in half with a large knife and use a spoon to scoop out the green goodness and into the bowl. Put the pits aside. Add the kosher salt, cumin, cayenne and garlic as well. Mash up the ingredients with your potato masher to your liking. If you like it chunky, don’t do it too much!

2. Dice up the onion and roma tomatoes, and chop up the cilantro. Add the ingredients to the bowl.

3. Now it’s time to dice up the jalapenos. How you chop up these little peppers will depend on how hot you like your guacamole. Love th heat? Dice up all 2 (or 3) of the jalapenos and include the seeds and ribs. If you need to dial down the temperature, cut the jalapeno lengthwise and use your knife to slice out the ribs and seeds since that is where majority of the heat is located.

4. Lime is an essential part of guacamole. Not ony does it add a bit of citrus flavor, but the acid in the lime slows down the browning of the avocados. Before you squeeze it into your bowl of avocado and spices, roll it along your cutting board to help release the juices from the lime.

5. Fold together all of the ingredients with a large spoon. If you like your guacamole really smooth, this might be a more involved process than if you like it chunky.

6. The part you’ve been waiting for: the first bite. Reach into the bag of tortilla chips and pick out the best looking chip you can find. Grab the corner of that chip and add dive right in. Warning: guacamole may be too full of tasty ingredients and can potentially break your chip. Proceed with caution (and grace).

mmm….nos encanta el guacmole! Let us know if you love this tasty green snack as much as we do.

Buyer Adventures: FOOD!

Food can be quite an adventure for our buyers as they travel the globe. Our buyers hail from the Midwest and the South (plus one fellow from Brazil), so the cuisine they encounter in Asia is quite a stretch from what they were raised on at home. But hey, adventure is half of what the buyers’ job is about! Here’s Shannon, our Jewelry Buyer, with her most memorable food experiences!

Here are some of my favorite buying trip food moments:

Buyer Adventures: Thai Street Soup

Buyer Adventures: Hong Kong Carrot Soup
The best Thai street soup ever! Yum!! /// The tastiest carrot soup in Hong Kong. I was ready for trend shopping after that one!

Buyer Adventures: Indian Food in Agra

Buyer Adventures: Indian Appetizers in Jaipur
Yummy Indian food in Agra. /// Delicious Indian appetizers atop a massive fort in Jaipur!

Buyer Adventures: Thai Salad

Buyer Adventures: A Thailand Feast
The best Thai salad I’ve ever had! /// A huge feast in Thailand.

Buyer Adventures: Bali Street Stew

Buyer Adventures: Chicken Feet!
Street stew in Bali? Not sure what it’s really called… /// Mmm, fried chicken feet!

Buyer Adventures: NYC Deli Food

Buyer Adventures: Bangkok Dried Squid
NYC deli food rules! /// I admit I didn’t eat this, but it’s memorable! I think it’s dried squid; it was in a Bangkok market.

Buyer Adventures: Fried Scorpions in China

Buyer Adventures: Kathmandu Butcher
Fried scorpions in China. Yuck. /// Butcher on the streets of Kathmandu. No thanks!

I’ve had some great food over the years traveling around the globe. I cannot wait to hit up Vietnam for some REAL PHO!

Peace out! -Shannon