{Fair Trade Friday} GlobeIn

Earlier this year I came across GlobeIn, a new company that curates boxes for their customers with the purpose of connecting fair trade and ethically manufactured products with the growing marketplace that is demanding it. And really each box isn’t actually a box…it’s a basket! A basket hand-woven in Oaxaca, Mexico. They are beautiful, and this little bonus was actually what clenched the deal on giving this company a try. (Read more about the mission of GlobeIn here.)

I hope you’ll take the time to read the descriptions of each product. As you’ll see from the retail values, this subscription is worth it from a cost standpoint, but the impact reaches hundreds of people around the world, making this so much more meaningful than anything you can pick up at Target!

You can click here for $10 off a 3-month subscription, and also be on the lookout for all kinds of good promotions that they are always running!

My first box was the practical and beautiful Eco-Clean boxglobeincleanIt came with:
–A beautiful hanging wall organizer made in Peru by artisans who have physical disabilities that otherwise keep them from dignified work
A set of scrubbers that is providing independence for women in India who are considered “untouchable”
A surface cleaner that is made of palm and coconut oil harvested from small-scale farming operations in Ghana and India
–A hand towel that is made by a 30-something woman in a part of Turkey where only men have maintained this craft for hundreds of years
–A handwoven purple basket from Oaxaca, Mexico

The total value of this box was $70, plus it impacted people in 5 countries on 4 continents. 

My favorite box so far has been the Threads box!
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It came with:
–An exclusive t-shirt form Wildlife Works, made ethically in Kenya. It’s super soft and has a really flattering cut, and I know I’ll continue to get a lot of wear out of it.
–An adorable tassel cut, dyed, and assembled in Honduras. The beautiful woman, a single mom, who made it started her own business with a micro-loan a few years back, but was forced to close it due to gang activity demanding a “war tax”. However when GlobeIn placed the order for these tassels from her newest venture, she had to hire 6 more women to help her! I wear this proudly on my tote bag every day.
–A foldover clutch woven in India made by a small company located in Jaipur. The retail value of this piece alone is $50!
–A larger sized round pink basket made in Oaxaca, Mexico

The total value of this box was $104, plus it impacted people in 4 countries on 3 continents. 

This Pamper Box was also amazing:
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It came with:
–A Shibori-dyed scarf from Rajasthan, India that I can’t get enough of. I even was given the option to choose the color I wanted. It’s super light weight and is perfect for transitioning in and out of Spring and Fall.
–A bottle of argan oil that is exactly what I need for the dry winter weather that’s coming up. Last March when Zack and I were in Morocco, I was introduced to argan oil. Argan trees only grow in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco and is meticulously and expertly extracted by the lovely Berber women who live in this region.
–The jewelry roll in this box is also dyed using the Shibori technique, and was crafted in Malaysia. Similar to the Honduran tassel above, this order from GlobeIn allowed the artisan to hire more women, and those women now have dignified employment and the benefits of an income.
–A handwoven purple basket from Oaxaca, Mexico

The total value of this box was $85 dollars, plus it impacted people in 4 countries on 3 continents. 

I also received the Picnic Box, which arrived in the middle of summer and was exactly what I needed for long days at the pool with an perpetually-hungry 3 year old!
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It came with:
–A picnic blanket that is made with upcycled materials and lined with flannel, making it perfect for days by the pool. It’s made in Cambodia by artisans who are deaf, disabled, and underprivileged, and now have meaningful employment.
–A metal cup that was expertly hand-painted by artisans in India who also have access to clean drinking water and health care because of their employment. I swear my iced coffee tastes better in this cup.
–A travel-sized cutting and serving board that I actually use in my home office! It’s made in a tiny village in India by a woman who now has 24 others in her village working with her. Hooray for employment!
–Instead of a traditional Oaxacan basket, I received a bottle basket that is also perfect for carrying around brushes or pencils.

The total value of this box was $70, plus it impacted people in 3 countries on 2 continents. 

Other benefits of this subscription include discounted add-on items and the opportunity to add entire boxes from previous months to either keep or gift, some as low as $35, which is almost half off of the retail value. You can use this link for $10 off a subscription!

Try The World Box: France

My parents got the best birthday gift for me…a subscription to Try The World, a bi-monthly box filled with culinary goodies from allover the world. While the actual box was for Japan, I got the France box as a bonus and it absolutely didn’t disappoint. I was able to take most of the products from the box and incorporate them into the easy three-course meal you see below. Read on for the recipes, and a video of the unboxing at the very end. (Which is kind of silly and something I’ve never done before, but I was having a good hair day.) If you’d like a code for $15 off of your subscription, please email me at malindakay@ymail.com and I’ll get it right to you!
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TryTheWorldappThe first course is kind of complicated so try to keep up! You’ll need a wedge of Brie cheese, a big smear of the Peach-Apricot Jam, and a crusty baguette as the vehicle for getting the French goodness into your face.

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This easy dish preps in 5 minutes and requires almost no clean up.

Chicken Paillards with Whole-Grain Mustard and Sea-Salted Roasted Tomatoes
1/2 cup olive oil, plus more for covered the tomatoes
2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
3 garlic cloves, peeled and diced
A splash of apple cider vinegar
A couple pinches of sea salt, plus more for the tomatoes
2 chicken paillards (a chicken breast cut open like a butterfly)
1/3 cup of bread crumbs (make some from stale bread by whizzing them in the food processor)
3 or 4 tomatoes, quartered
Fresh chives, chopped

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
Combine the first 5 ingredients in a shallow baking dish; gently stir with a spoon until it comes together.
Add the chicken and coat with the mustard mixture.
Allow to marinate for 10-15 minutes.
Sprinkle the bread crumbs evenly across the top.
Add the tomatoes quarters; brush with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt
Bake at 450 degrees for approximately 15-20 minutes, until cooked through.
Garnish with fresh chopped chives.

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If you watch the Unboxing video below, you’ll see that the lavender honey was the product I was most excited about, and it was as great as I thought it would be. To make this, I simply softened some vanilla ice cream and added the honey. Be sure to add the honey in a slow, thin stream or else the ice cream will harden it into a lump. After mixing the two ingredients thoroughly, pop it back in the freezer to firm. If you don’t want to wait, I’m sure it would be just as delicious drizzled on top! Since the Palet shortbread cookies were a little crumbled upon arrival at my front door, I decided to just crumble them a little more and eat them as a topping.

The only items I didn’t use were the tea and butter caramels, but only because they stand on their own! Follow along with me on Instagram for a sneak peek into the Japan box that will be here soon! And don’t forget to email me at malindakay@ymail.com for $15 off!

A Little Bundle: Gifts for Baby + Mom

Have you heard of A Little Bundle? It’s a monthly subscription box tailored for you and “your little love.” Founder Annie Lin is a graduate of Parsons Design School, and curates each bundle to the design- and socially-conscious mother. Of course it changes each month, but here are a few constants:

  • Socially-conscious products that are either hand-made, produced in small quantities, and/or support small business-owners, makers, and creators
  • On-trend products and designs
  • A little something special for the mommy in addition to products for the baby
  • A blank notecard, almost always letter-pressed and/or from independent stationery designers, sent with the intent of being your child’s first pen pal.

Here are a few of my favorite bundles:

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June 2014 Bundle

Our June 2014 bundle featured a Hen & Co. Lover Not a Fighter tank, a handmade French wooden shaker, this amazing full-length bib, and a little canvas bin for me!

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November 2014 Bundle

Our November 2014 bundle was a co-collaboration between ALB and Kid & Coe, which is a great resource if you’re looking for a super kid-friendly place to stay while traveling!

The magnet board is favorite around here, and not just with Evie! I love how all of these little “busy” items fit perfectly right into that little lion backpack for her! The double-decker snack cups made from recycled material is pretty fantastic too!

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January 2014 Bundle

I loved our January 2014 bundle! The Finn + Emma organic cotton romper is so soft and sweet and Evie wore it till she was practically busting out of it! The bracelets are made by a leather-maker Alexis Drake; there was one for me and one for her. And how smart is the tiny diaper bag-sized first aid kit?


A few more of our favorite surprises:

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(All of which were exclusive collaborations with ALB!)

ALB5Left photo is me and my lightweight infinity scarf and Evie in rocking her I ❤ Animals tee from our July bundle.
Right photo is Evie’s nursery. There are 9 A Little Bundle Products just on this one wall of her room, and that’s not including just a cute ALB promo card that I liked so much that I taped it up! The items are, from left to right and top to bottom: 1.) Maileg Peas in a Pod rattle, 2.) colorful number blocks, 3.) wooden wheeled T-Rex, 4.) “I love you babe” art block, 5.) “You are my sun, my moon, and my stars” print, 6.) twig pencil and recycled paper notebook [lying flat on top of the middle shelf, so hard to see!)  7.)Catalina Mouse from Hazel Village, 8.) Alexis Drake Bond Bracelets, and 9.) heart nightlight.


I can’t wait to continue my subscription when we grow our family 🙂

Thank you Annie and the team at A Little Bundle for customer service and a customer-connection that goes beyond anything I’ve ever dealt with, and for providing a sweet little surprise each month for me and Evie! I would literally stalk our mailman on Bundle days like a kid on Christmas Eve! Head over to A Little Bundle for subscription information, and also to shop some of these exclusives and more in A Little Shop!


I also just want to add that this post is in no way connected to our sponsored by A Little Bundle. I just a happy customer!