Touch A Life X EB: Empowering Together

It’s Human Trafficking Awareness Month

That’s why on Monday, January 9th, 20% of all online sales at earthboundtrading.com benefit Touch A Life. It doesn’t matter if you buy a bag, a salt lamp, or new canvas art!

20% of your online purchase goes directly back to Touch A Life, so they can continue to improve the lives of formerly trafficked children.

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National Dog Day

We looooove dogs. Can’t get enough of their slobbery kisses and puppy dog eyes. We love them so much we even have Dog Fridays at our home office! When Riley (left) joined our team, he instantly became enamored with Ms. Olive (right). You might remember Riley professing his love for Olive on our blog. We’re so happy Riley took the plunge and let Olive know how he really feels. He is truly ‘head over paws’ for her!

  

   

At Earthbound we’re also huge advocates of adoption. Olive and Riley were adopted and many of our other dogs at the office didn’t come from a breeder. There are SO many beautiful dogs out there just waiting for their fur-ever family to take them home and spoil them. You’re not only saving money, you’re saving A LIFE! Plus you can find an interesting mixed breed that is just as unique as you! We’re not about being “cookie cutter” with our style so why should we expect our dogs to be?


Meet Lucy, Our EB Foster Pup

 

  

So now it is time to meet Lucy, our honorary EB foster pup. She is approximately one year old and was saved from the Dallas Animal Shelter when her time was up. Luckily for Lucy, we have some pretty amazing employees who decided to rescue and foster her until she finds a home. Lucy is an absolute sweetheart, like really. She may look big (and majestic) in some of her photos, but she is soooo cuddly and GREAT with kids. She loves being close to her human friends and likes other dogs too (no cats, please). To top it off, Lucy is potty trained, crate trained, an expert leash-walker AND can sit for a treat.

If you’re interested in adopting Lucy and live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, click HERE. We’d love for a friend of EB to take her home!

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

Do-it-yourself crafts, repurposing old furniture and ‘up-cycling’ projects are as popular as ever right now. These trends are a no brainer since many of us are clamoring to get back to the basics. This movement has all of us inspired by craft products, transfixed with local creations, and heavily considering our own footprints we’re leaving behind.

Getting back to the basics is one thing we’re doing at Earthbound, too. And through the years we’ve found that it’s easy to get caught up in the details when it comes to doing your part and wondering if it even makes a difference. So we’ve stepped back to focus on the bigger picture and reevaluate the simple steps it takes to get there – like recycling.

Everyone knows that recycling is good for the environment. We also know there is a huge difference when it comes to knowing something and actively practicing it – which is why we’ve created ourselves a special reminder.

Our new Earthbound water bottle labels shine a light on recycling in a way that warms your heart while reminding you to be responsible. (And if we may be so bold, we think they’re pretty cute, too!) These fun labels get us to think about that bigger picture by pondering the new lives our plastic can have if recycled properly.

As we share our efforts with you, we also encourage you to share with us all the ways you actively reduce, reuse and recycle! Who knows, someday you might be sitting on a bench made from the very same water bottle you recycled today!

DIY: Holiday Sugar Scrub

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When the cold weather dries out your skin, moisturizing sugar scrubs are a great shower-time pick-me-up for your skin! With delicious fragrances, they make great little DIY Christmas gifts!

(**A word of caution – these scrubs can make your shower/bathtub a little slippery, so be careful stepping out!)

We made holiday Peppermint and Pumpkin Spice scented sugar scrubs this week!
Here are your materials for either flavor:

-Storage jars
-Mixing bowls and spoons
-Festive holiday ribbon

Materials

Pumpkin Spice Ingredients:

-2 cups granulated brown sugar

-1/3 cup Coconut or Almond Oil

-1/2 tablespoon Pumpkin Pie Spice

-1/2 tablespoon Cinnamon

-1/2 tablespoon Nutmeg

Proceedure:

1 – Combine your sugar and spices in a mixing bowl. Don’t use too much of the spices – they’ll get stuck on your skin with you scrub up! (Learned this the hard way!)

2 – Add your oil, mix everything together until you have a damp but not liquidy consistency.

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3 – Spoon the mixture into a jar.

4 – Tie your jar with a festive bow!

 

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Peppermint Ingredients:

-4 cups granulated white sugar (Sugar in the Raw works, but no powdered sugar.)

-Peppermint Essential Oil

-1/2 cup Coconut or Almond Oil

-Red food coloring

-Coffee Tamper or any round, flat-bottomed object to tamp down scrub as you layer it in the jar. It needs to be able to fit into the mouth of the jar. (We used a vitamin bottle.)

Procedure:

1 – Combine your sugar, oil and 5-6 drops of peppermint oil in a mixing bowl.

2 – Mix everything together until you have a damp but not liquidy consistency.

3 – Split your mixture into two bowls, add 5 drops of red food coloring to one bowl and blend. You can add more for a brighter red, less for a softer pink. Leave the 2nd bowl of mixture white.

4 – Spoon a ¼ cup of white sugar/oil blend into your jar, tamp it flat, then spoon in ¼ of the red mixture. Again, tamp flat so you gradually build rings of alternating colors.

Peppermint Proceedure

5 – When your jar is full, tie your jar with a festive bow!

Fin!

Fin!

Thank You for your Heifer Donations!

Through our Peace Pipes donation program, our customers have donated thousands of dollars to Heifer International, a charitable organization working with communities to end world hunger and poverty, and to care for the Earth.

Gulu Women Dairy Farmers Project, courtesy of Heifer International

Next time you’re checking out at Earthbound, drop your spare change in the Peace Pipe by the register. It’s a super easy way to donate and support Heifer’s efforts around the world.

Koh Svay Village; photo by Matt Bradley, courtesy of Heifer International

Coffee Farm Workers' Families, photo courtesy of Heifer International

Mae Come and Klon Mai villages, photo courtesy of Heifer International

Learn more about Heifer International on their website. Explore other ways to help Heifer transform lives.

Diarrere, Senegal — Kady Sarr, photo by Geoff Bugby, courtesy of Heifer International

Photo Credits:
“Gulu Women Dairy Farmers Project”, courtesy of Heifer International ©2011
“Koh Svay Village; 39 families”, by Matt Bradley, courtesy of Heifer International ©2010
“Improving Food Security and Nutrition of Coffee Farm Workers’ Families”, photo courtesy of Heifer International ©2012
“Mae Come and Klon Mai villages umbrella project”, courtesy of Heifer International ©2009
“Diarrere, Senegal — Kady Sarr” by Geoff Bugby, courtesy of Heifer International ©2008