#BopsLove

  
If you haven’t heard about Bops, it’s okay. You’re just late to the party! Bops is a unique line that kind of has that boho chic feel, but can be placed into anyone’s jewelry box or closet at the same time. As you can see from the above picture, they not only have accessories and tees, they have great little gifts too including these awesome Kraft journals with inspirational quotes and art on the outside. Bops is known for their interchangeable jewelry items including beaded bracelet foundations, brackets with cute reminders to get you through the day, watch faces, tassels adornments, and more. However, the past two seasons they have added several new things into their product mix which makes me even more in love. The quality of their items is awesome too (especially for the price).

I won’t go over all of the products because you can visit their website and see for yourselves. I do want to go over a couple of products that are made by women in their sewing programs in India and most recently Guatemala. Bops started these sewing programs to teach women how to sew and provide them with leadership skills so they can become entrepreneurs and in turn provide for their families without having to rely on anyone else. In many of the impoverished communities, women don’t have the skills or opportunities to work for others, let alone themselves. 

The women that have graduated from the India sewing program have been making reversible cross body sling bags that have beautiful prints. They are roomy, comfortable, and cute. This year they started making little jewelry pouches and coin purses that have a similar look. The coin purses have eight side pockets on the inside to hold your smaller pieces, and the center will carry your chunkier pieces. These are great for traveling and for gift giving!

So far 250 women have graduated from the India Sewing Program. How about those apples! 

India Sling Bags

Dropping Knowledge:  In Guatemala women create their own yarn and use natural dyes for color. All of the bops products from these indigenous artists are made from Huipils (wipil) which is the most common traditional garment worn by women in central Mexico and Central America.  It’s a tunic made of rectangular pieces of fabric that are stitched or tied together. 

This collection includes cross body bags, coin purses, travel bags, wallets, and headbands.  

Guatemala Handmade Crossbody Bag

 
Bops also has products sourced from Nepal, China, and the United States. They are a for profit group that supports several non-profits. This way they are able to continuously fund the projects they are creating to build sustainable lives for women around the world. They always strive to LIVE CREATIVELY & GIVE FREELY. We should all follow their lead

If you want to see my quick little vlog about Bops and get a glance at a few more items click here.

I hope you have a fabulous Friday and a wonderful weekend. Be grateful for it!

Fresh Friday – Fresh Field Farms

So today when I opened up the freezer to pull something out for dinner tonight I realized that it was time for a trip to the grocery. Whenever I need an ingredient for a couple of things I’ll just pop into the store and pick it up. Today I felt like going on a much needed adventure though…and adventure to Fresh Field Farms!

The holiday season got kind of tricky for my regular grocery shopping sessions because my household was very busy. Between me and my boyfriend we have a lot going on because we both have regular work hours and then we have our not so regular work hours when we are still actually working. He is in an outlaw country band and plays the stand up bass and I am an actor. Our schedules are always packed so sometimes it’s hard to find the time to cook healthy meals. Often I’ll buy fresh veggies and they will go bad by the time we are actually able to stay home and cook a nice healthy meal. Now that the holiday’s have been over, it’s easier to get on and stay on track. I just have to figure out how to tackle the holidays when they come up. Advanced meal prep is key…I have yet to do that!

Fresh Feild Farm’s is a great grocery store. It’s more of a farmers market. They bring the farm to you! It’s full of freshly packed, organic, non GMO, antiboitic and hormone free foods. Many people are scared to jump on the health food bandwagon because it may seem more expensive to buy fresh foods (especially of a great quality) than processed foods, but that isn’t the case if you know where to shop! I definitely suggest scoping out your local farmers markets if you don’t have access to a store like this. Although, it seems now that people are becoming more aware of their diets and nutrition, places like this are popping up everywhere, so be on the lookout! If you are in Jacksonville or Orlando Florida check out the below link to learn about Fresh Field Farms and find the location nearest you!

Fresh Field Farms
Watch my vlog to sneak a little peek into Fresh Field Farms and find out what great goodies I got. I also found a recipe via Pinterest that I made with all of my fresh goodies. The link to that recipe is in the video description notes and I can attest that it was yummy!  Click the link and watch below and please subscribe to my YouTube Channel for FRESH updates! Have a great weekend!

Fresh Friday Vlog – Fresh Field Farms

 

Fresh Friday – Studio Pennylane

Studio Pennylane paired with the penny to inspire mindful change in every day life. Practicing gratitude and having daily affirmations bring light and happiness into our worlds. It’s research based! During our last Fresh Friday we talked about goal setting. This should be incorporated into your goals, because the more often we remind ourselves of what our goals are and what it takes to achieve them, the more active we will be in making them come true.

Laws of attraction. Practicing the secret. I know you’ve heard all of this!

Every item within the Studio Pennylane brand is meant to remind you of this. Remember that every day is a gift and it was given to you because you’re as important as the land, the sky, and the sea. Don’t take it for granted. Take a few minutes every day to close your eyes and clear your mind. When you open your eyes, tell the truth about what you’re grateful for. There is a person in another room opening their eyes and saying your name.

Below is the link to my vlog. Thanks for listening! Subscribe if you’d like Fresh Friday updates before ayone else!

Studio Pennylane Vlog