5.13.2022

FRIDAY FAVORITES

Hey there! It's been a minute. We moved into our new home in January and life has been an absolute whirlwind to say the least! We are so much more busy here day to day than we were back in Pennsylvania, which is both nice and hectic. We spend a lot of time outdoors, at the beach, at the skatepark, the pool, and we are absolutely loving our new home and our new life here! I'm so incredibly grateful to be able to live here so close to the ocean (we're about a 12 minute drive to the nearest beach) and raise our kiddos here. And it's obviously been a hot second since I shared some favorites with you guys, I'm stoked to share some new favorites with you that we've been trying out recently and grown to love, here they are below, let me know if any of them are your favorites too!




One thing I've always loved are zipper bags, because they're so useful; but one thing I also truly dislike are zipper bags, because they're so wasteful. Use them once and throw them away, if you're careful you might be lucky to get a few uses out of them if you carefully hand wash and dry them, but usually they end up getting a hole in them pretty quickly or the zipper or slide closure gets jammed or breaks. So as much as I love them, I stopped buying them regularly years ago, I think I only bought maybe 2 boxes in 6 years. One of my biggest issues with zipper bags (one of the main reasons I quite buying them) is because if I have them, I'll use them. I mean, they're so convenient, perfect for throwing snacks into for kiddos (crackers and cookies and apple slices and everything fit perfectly) and also great for temporarily storing small seashells and shark teeth when you're at the beach. So when we were staying with family at the end of last year while we were waiting for our new house to be ready, and I found myself reaching for them quite often, I knew something had to change. Especially since we live so close to the ocean and it's easier for plastic to find it's way into the sea here. So in came Stasher reusable silicone bags to the rescue! I first heard of them a few years ago when they were on Shark Tank and a few months ago purchased our first small Stasher snack bag at World Market and let me tell you, the Stasher love is real. Stasher was kind enough to send some our way not too long ago to add to our collection (because once you have one Stasher bag you'll realize how much you love them and need more) and we are so stoked about them! I love that they are made from platinum silicone which means they are heavy duty and can be used for years and years (instead of a day or less), they have about a million uses, and at the end of it's life (which will most likely be a looong time from now) you can actually send it back to Stasher to upcycle it so it stays out of the landfill and ocean (they'll even send you a prepaid shipping label)! What exactly is platinum silicone? It's a type of silicone made from sand (silica) & oxygen (it also contains no added fillers, polymers, or by-products). Stasher bags are completely non-toxic (they pass FDA and EU food grade standards), and can be safely subjected to heat without the worry of toxic chemicals. One small change can make a huge impact and Stasher definitely does. Find your own reusable Stasher bags HERE!




My favorite scent on earth is without a doubt coconut, it gives me all the summertime, beach, surf and island vibes... and one of my favorite brands that gives me that coconuty goodness is Ulu Lagoon! You can find their products at most local surf shops, as well as online on their website and amazon! Their signature Coconut Surf Wax scent is undoubtedly one of my favorites favorites, you can find one of their Scented Mini Waves Air Fresheners (which are ONLY $2.99) hanging in our car at all times and I may or may not have a couple stashed around the house (closets and bathrooms are one of the greatest places to put them). All of their products are made in the United States, and if you couldn't get enough of the coconut surf wax scent with their hanging mini waves, they also sell candles like this one and this super aesthetic one (um, yes please) and reed diffusers (this one lasts for up to one year)! If you're like me, and the hanging mini waves, candles and reed diffusers don't even cut it because you're so obsessed... then their Beach Please! Roll On Perfume is gonna be perfect for you (when I say I'm obsessed with this stuff). It's formulated using natural ingredients, so it's as friendly to your skin as it is to your (and everyone else) nose, the formula is phthalate free as well as prop 65 compliant. If your love of Ulu Lagoon spills over into other areas of your life, their keychains (I mean, how cute is this one), stickers and trucker hats might be right up your alley. Head HERE or stop by your local surf shop to grab some coconuty goodness and be transported to an island paradise!




I've shared about Open Spaces in the past (you can check that out here), and here I am doing it again... because when you find something good, it's hard to keep quiet about it, ya know? Their products are some of the best around for aesthetic organization, the colors are so pretty, but best of all, their quality is absolutely amazing! Since we moved into our new home earlier this month, I've found the need for A LOT more baskets and bins for organization and storage, and the ones from Open Spaces are perfect for all our needs. From books storage in the kids rooms to household cleaners storage to... well, pretty much everything you can think of, these Large Wire Baskets and these Medium Storage Bins work wonderfully. We got them both in powder blue last year and love that color, but I chose the cream color this time and love it even more! We actually decided to forgo buying a dresser for our bedroom in our new home (both the kids have dressers though) because we don't love having extra unneeded furniture taking up space, so since we have a big walk in closet attached to our bedroom/bathroom, we decided to just hang everything we could and then use baskets on the shelf for storage of things like socks, underclothes and pajamas! I'm honestly loving that we done that because it utilizes our space so well, space in our walk in closet doesn't go to waste, we aren't using space in our bedroom that could be better off for extra room AND we didn't have to spend several hundred dollars buying a dresser for our room. All around win-win. I also love them for putting an extra beach towel and sunscreen in for guests when we have friends or family visit us! Find all the best organization products HERE!




Did you know that The average American uses and throws away 110 pounds of single-use plastic every year? And did you know that only about 9% of that plastic waste is actually recycled? The stats blew my mind a little bit honestly. I've tried over the past few years to be more live more sustainably, but now that we live near the ocean, I'm trying to be even more conscious of how much plastic we use and bring in and out of our home. I can't tell you how much plastic and trash I pick up on the beach every single time we go, and I want to make sure my family doesn't contribute to that trash we find on the beach. Thankfully our community has a huge bin to put recyclables in and we also have a recycling facility down the road from us, but I also want to make sure we aren't using single use plastic needlessly. Which is why I was really stoked to find the brand Better Basics! Better Basics is a brand that makes going green so much easier, they believe that doing better and caring for the environment (and the world we are living in and leaving for the next generation) should be easier, so they created a line of products to help do just that. Cleaning and soap refills, reusable containers, and biodegradable products designs to help us eliminate plastic from our lives, or at least seriously lower our plastic usage, and every little bottle saved from a landfill or not purchased, adds up and creates an impact over time. Better Basics was so kind to send over their Simple Suds Starter Kit (I chose the Mandarin, Cedar, Basil scent). Each kit comes with one extra-large refill jug filled with enough soap to fill and refill your soap dispenser 4 times, a stainless steel reusable soap pump (I chose the white "cloud" color, but they also have other colors like natural and charcoal). The soap is great because it's so gentle and versatile, it can be used as hand soap, body wash, or even washing dishes! They also have this awesome "Better Grocery Kit", that has reusable (and super cute) grocery bags perfect for your next shopping trip (it's also made from 100% organic cotton and fair trade created). Find everything you need HERE to make your life a more plastic free!

12.20.2021

CURRENTLY LOVING...

Hey friends! Can you believe that Christmas is only 5 days away? Don't even get me started on the fact that an entire new year is only 12 days away! This year has flown by! Are you ready for the holidays? I made some chocolate chip cookies yesterday and will probably be baking sugar cookies tomorrow, I bought everything for our Christmas dinner (only thing I still have left to buy is raspberries for the cheesecake... because I already ate all the ones I bought haha), all of our Christmas shopping is done and I definitely need to finish up the wrapping. We went a little smaller this year gift wise, and honestly it felt a little bit refreshing. I kind of took it as a challenge to find nice gifts for the kids within the budget I had that were things I knew they'd really love. Like we bought each of them a book, some useful things (like an ocean cleanup bag for Bodhi, and a backpack for Bella) and a couple toys each for them. For Frank and I, I mostly (with the exception of a bag of Laird Superfood coffee for Frank) shopped small and local for ourselves (everything of mine came from surf shops, and are we really surprised? haha). The weather has been nice here and we've been going to the beach when we can, it's so strange (and wonderful) to be on the beach during December, definitely makes it not feel like Christmas is THIS week since we are used to snow this time of year, but hey, I'm not gonna complain about it at all! Anyways, I'm sharing some new favorites that we are currently loving below, hope you love them too (maybe you'll even find ideas for a last minute gift or two)! Merry Christmas!



I've been hearing about CBD forever and finally took the plunge this year and tried it. I am officially a CBD fan for life now. It's helped so much with my anxiety, for sleep, and even skin issues! One brand I've been trying and loving recently is KAMU CBD. KAMU Labs is a brand who creates plant based wellness products designed to help improve sleep, immunity, mood and overall daily life. They formulate and craft their product in small batches, partnering with farms based in Oregon and Minnesota to create their products, using only sustainable, responsible, organic and pesticide-free practices, to ensure the CBD in their products is clean, top quality and free of any impurities. KAMU sent over a few of their best selling products for me to try out: their KAMU Dream, KAMU Vitality, and KAMU Recover. They are all great products with different functions, I'm loving the Dream drops for sleep support (definitely notice a difference in my sleep quality when I use this), the Vitality drops are great for supporting your immune system (which is more important now than ever, especially as we are going into the colder seasons of the year), and this Recover topical balm is a literal dream product. Recover balm is so great for any and all aches and pains, formulated to gently ease tension, soothe sore muscles, relieve discomfort and aid in recovery, all while supporting the body's natural ability to fight soreness and discomfort, and simultaneously providing instant relief through a cooling sensation. Find out more about their products HERE!



I've mentioned recently how much Bodhi loves comfortable clothes, I recently got some new sets from Goumi for him and they've become some of his favorites for when the weather is chilly. Their loungewear is perfect for lazy days, adventuring, wearing out and about for errands, and yep, even sleeping! I have a thing for matching sets and I love the little front pocket (Bodhi loves putting little toys in the pocket) as well as the details of the thumb holes and peekaboo heels! They are so soft and the colors are absolute perfection, you know I'm all about neutrals and earth tones, the Sea Glass set is probably my favorite, that color is just so good, and I also really love the Sun Stripe color, a little brighter than I typically choose but I thought it was such a fun look and it's super cute on him. Goumi loungewear is created with a bamboo and organic cotton fabric mix which is what gives their clothing that extra soft feel and I am here for it. Goumi also carries knitwear, and you already know I'm obsessed. I picked this Storm Gray Knit Hoodie for Bodhi as well and I am just a little bit obsessed, it's so soft and perfect for autumn with plenty of room to grow into next year as well! I don't just love this brand for all of their amazing products though, another huge reason we love hem is because they give back! Since the beginning of their brand, Goumi has donated 10% of their profits to some of the world's most vulnerable, by helping rescued human trafficking victims stay rescued and giving preemie mitts to families in need in the NICU! how amazing is that? Find their adorable lounge sets and knitwear on their website HERE and make sure to use my code JOYFULTRIBE at checkout for 15% off your order!



If you are an ocean soul and anything like us, then The Happy Sea is gonna become one of your absolute favorite shops reaaaal quick. You know I love a good small shop, and The Happy Sea is one of my new top favorites; they have so many cute items, each one of which has hand designed graphics fit for any mermaid (or merman) and are designs you'll want to wear again and again... or just stick on your vehicle so they're always on display... or both. Owyn, the owner and creative behind The Happy Sea, is a graphic designer with a background in marine biology and a lifelong love of the ocean, and her love of the sea definitely shows through her beautiful art work. Christmas is coming up fast (not sure how it's already November, but here we are and Christmas is already less than 2 months away) and if you need a good gift for the ocean lover in your life, The Happy Sea is the perfect place to find it. They have items for everyone! A few of my favorites are this Retro Surfboard Tee (my husband loves this one), the Protect What You Love Beach Tank (literally so comfortable and I am loving it), this To The Tropics Notepad (perfect for gift lists, grocery lists or to-do lists), and of course all of the stickers!! This 3.5" Protect What You Love Turtle Sticker and this 4" Tropics Surfboards Sticker are two of my total favorites (planning on adding them to our car soon). Stickers make perfect stocking stuffers and I'll probably end up grabbing a couple more for Bella and Bodhi's stocking from one of our local surf shops that carries The Happy Sea (like this Jellyfish Sticker and this Whale Shark). The Happy Sea is a brand created by the sea, for the sea, and with each purchase they give back to the ocean through ocean conservation nonprofits such as the Orca Conservancy, Ocean Alliance, and Sea to Shore. You literally cannot find a more rad shop to shop for all your gifting (and home decor, clothing, and more) wants and needs, shop all of  The Happy Sea designs HERE!



Have you ever needed a gift for someone and didn't know what to give them? I mean, we've all been there. That someone who has everything, or doesn't have a lot of room for "stuff" and "extra "things" in their home, maybe that person is a minimalist who like useful or consumable gifts, but maybe that same person who likes consumable or gifts also isn't a huge fan of your typically cured meats and cheeses gift baskets. Give that person the gift of hydration this Christmas with Nuun! Nuun is a company with a mission to keeping you as hydrated as humanly possible. Pop a Nuun tablet into your water and you get a delicious and fizzy drink that's loaded with electrolytes, vitamins and sometimes caffeine (in their energy tablets) to keep you healthy, hydrated and full of energy for all the things life throws your way on a daily basis. Nuun is no sugar added, clean ingredient, and the perfect way to ensure your body is getting all of he hydration it needs (with electrolytes, but also I think most of us can agree that flavored water is pretty enjoyable to drink). A few of my Nuun favorites: this Watermelon Nuun Sport, this Orange Citrus Nuun Immunity, and this Berry Blast Nuun Energy! Find all of their products HERE!

11.28.2021

2021 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FOR HER

Hi friends, happy Sunday! Can you believe Christmas is only 27 days away? I'm so excited to share the final installment in my 2021 Holiday Gift Guide series, my Holiday Gift Guide for HER! It's filled with gift ideas that are perfect for every woman in your life, your mom, sister, best friend, cousin, aunt, grandma, wife... or YOU! I mean, if you're anything like me (and like to pick out your own gifts) this post post is perfect for you, or you can at least use this gift guide to drop some serious hints haha. Filled with thoughtful and conscious gifts, you're sure to find that perfect something in this gift guide, find all the pretty things below! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!



I've been using essential oils all of my life (before they were even "cool" haha) and I'm a huge fan. One brand I've had my eye on for awhile but just recently got the chance to finally try out, is Vitruvi! Vitruvi offers beautiful diffusers that will fit into the aesthetic of any home, like this beautiful "Honey" Stone diffuser that I can't wait to put in our new home (I haven't decided just where yet, possibly the kitchen or our primary bedroom). It's crafted from matte ceramic porcelain and bpa-free plastic, and the limited edition "honey" color signified happiness and clear thinking (perfect for our new home if you ask me), I love that it's so pretty is can double as decor! They also sell some super awesome moveable cordless diffusers (like this one) that can be charged and carried around your home wherever you'd like! Their 100% pure essential oils are great and they offer so many amazing blends that are perfect for setting the mood in your home. Whether you want relaxing (I suggest this Retreat oil blend) or bright and cheery to start your morning (this Boost oil blend is lovely) or just want a nice scent for when you host friends for dinner on a warm summer evening (I love this Sweet Water blend), Vitruvi has a scent for every nose. High on the top of my wishlist is their limited edition Holiday Oils Kit (featuring grove, golden, afterglow and fireside oil blends). Shop all of Vitruvi's diffusers and essential oils HERE and click HERE to get $15 off your first order (which also gives me $15 off my next order, so win-win for both of us)!



You guys know my love of the ocean and all things surf runs deep, and Her Waves is honestly at the very top of my list of favorite places to shop for all things surf (and skate) related. I found Her Waves last year after I started skateboarding and have ordered a few things from them since, everything is always such great quality and their shipping speed is always super fast. Her Waves is on a mission to help women live their passions, and support women both in water and out of water. Her Waves brings together a group of some of the most talented women artists, surfers, and skaters to create the products they offer and I truly love how they keep the environment at the heart of their brand as they strive for sustainability. All of their products are made within 90 miles of Los Angeles, California and are created using GOTS certified organic cotton, and all of their printing and embroidery is done by shops local (within a few miles) of the Her Waves headquarters using water-based, non toxic inks! They even ship with biodegradable and 100% recycled/recyclable shipping materials, and have a goal to be completely plastic free by the end of this year! Her Waves lives and breaths surfing and artist expression, they find and help promote both new artists as well as established artists from all over the world, and each artist is paid and supported through their network. When you purchase from Her Waves you'll not only be supporting a real person and not some big corporation, but you'll also be getting a limited edition item you can proudly wear, hang on your wall or stick on your car or water bottle! I'm so stoked that Bella and I will both be finding a couple items from Her Waves under the tree this year... like this awesome Wave Dancer tee for me from artist Madeline O'Donoghue (which was also featured in Outer Banks, one of my favorite Netflix series), and this beautiful Sunset Flowers surfer print (for Bella, that I can't wait to hang up in Bella's new room) from artist Michi Pichel. You honestly can't go wrong with any item from Her Waves, find all of their awesome and perfectly giftable products HERE, and make sure to use THEJOYFULTRIBE10 for a discount when purchasing!



Ever try on a pair of shoes that felt like slipping your feet into clouds? I hadn't either, until trying on these Nohea Slippers in "Ray" from Olukai! I mean, Cinderella's slippers have got nothing on these slippers, these are without a doubt THE MOST comfortable shoes I have ever worn. The Nohea Slipper was designed to deliver the ultimate level of warmth and comfort and are made with soft shearling and premium nubuck leather, the patented drop-in heel design makes the shoe work as both a shoe or slide style... I already can't wait to find these under the tree on Christmas morning! Another pair of shoes from Olukai that I'm really stoked about are these Pehuea Lī ‘Ili Women’s Leather Sneakers in "White", I've been needing a new pair of "throw on and go anywhere" kind of shoes and these are it. They are so pretty and feminine, and go so well with anything, jeans and a tee, shorts and a tee, a dress, the possibilities are endless with these simple sneakers. The Pehuea Lī ‘Ili sneakers are made with premium full-grain leather, Recycled polyester lining, feature flat waxed laces, have a removable and washable footbed with the coolest art inspired by surfing Waipio Valley on Hawai'i island at sunset, and come with a non-marking rubber outsole with Polynesian inspired artwork design for better traction, and did I mention Olukai's shoes all come with a one year warranty? Just when you thought it couldn't et any better, for each pair of shoes purchased Olukai gives back. A portion of all proceeds directly supports the Ama OluKai Foundation, honoring those who preserve and celebrate the cultural heritage and Aloha spirit of Hawai‘i! Literally the coolest brand ever! Shop all of their awesome shoes HERE!



One thing I never skimp on is a good pair of underwear, I mean, maybe I don't replace and update my undies as often as I need to (haha), buuuut the undies I do own are great quality and no synthetic fabrics ever grace the drawers of my dresser. One thing I've learned years ago is how important it is to only wear fabrics that are breathable and natural, organic cotton is the only fabric I'll use, and Knickey is my absolute favorite brand. Organic cotton isn't just softer though, it's also better for your body! Why and what is the difference between regular old cotton and organic cotton you're probably wondering? Organic cotton is grown without pesticides and toxic substances (which are things you definitely don't want touching your body all day, especially the most sensitive parts of your body), organic cotton is usually grown in better, healthier soil too, which in turn generally makes it better quality. It's also better for the environment, since organic cotton creates 46% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than conventional cotton simply because toxic fertilizers and and pesticides, and using fewer mechanical farming practices. Okay, so now we know why organic cotton is so much better, let me tell you why you need some Knickey undies... here's a little secret... they are THE MOST comfortable undies I've ever worn. I've been wearing their brand for almost a year now and I still to this day am impressed not only at the softness (I'm pretty sure they've actually gotten softer) and the quality, they have held up so well and are 100% worth the $14 per pair price (another secret is that if you buy more, you save more money per pair)! They have so many beautiful colors to choose from (currently 7 core colors and 5 limited edition colors), and so many styles for every single body shape (they actually just released a new style, the High Rise Thong, last week). I'm really excited to add a couple new pairs of their undies (like this Mid-Rise Brief in Bumble and these High-Rise Briefs in Midnight Moon) to my dresser, and also stoked to finally try out one of their bras too, this Triangle Bralette in Midnight Moon is so pretty! Shop all of their styles HERE!



I like to keep my skincare routine pretty simple, and Lola Jane Naturals is one of my favorites for natural skincare and body products. She keeps her products natural and safe, using only minimal, intentional ingredients like the highest quality organic and natural and oils, clays, butters, waxes, botanicals, herbs, minerals, and pure therapeutic grade essential oils. With Lola Jane Naturals, simple doesn't mean boring, simple means better, and as a natural and minimalist minded woman, I find it so refreshing to have found a brand that shares the same values of simplicity and quality over quantity. The Rosewater Facial Toner is one of my absolute favorite products (that I've actually been using for a couple of years), it's so light, makes my skin look and feel amazing, and it has only 9 ingredients (that are also vegan)! Some new things I'm excited to try soon is this Sea Salt + Lavender Body Polish that smells absolutely heavenly (and consistency is amazing as well). This Antioxidant Clay Facial Mask (that has only 5 ingredients, including sea clay, spirulina and colloidal oatmeal) is another one I'm really stoked about, and also comes with a porcelain bowl (I chose the granite color because I loved the simple neutral look), my skin is exposed to the elements a lot and this one is formulated for skin that sees a lot of the outdoors so that's why I chose this one, can't wait to try this clay mask out on my face that sees the sun and wind and sea air so often. I'm also really looking forward to trying this new Heel Balm from Lola Jane Naturals, it's the perfect way to nourish and hydrate dry cracked heels and feet, and goodness knows I need it with how often I'm barefoot and walking on the beach (and in parking lots to get to the beach haha). Lola Jane Naturals is the best place for all things natural skincare so make sure to head HERE to grab what you need to upgrade your skincare routine!



If you haven't been following Devon from over at @MermaidSightings on Instagram, you've been missing out, and you need to go follow her as soon as possible. She writes the most soul etching words, all the things you feel but don't know how to articulate from feelings into words, she does with her poetry, and it's magical. She is a mother, writer and surfer living in Southern California (where she is native to) with her husband and 3 kids, and also runs a local skateboarding collective for women in addition to writing her beautiful poetry whenever she has a spare second between momming, surfing and every day life. Her words always speak to me so deeply, her love of being a mother while also not sugarcoating the difficult days; her love of the ocean and water; so simply yet so eloquently she puts to paper and brings to life the thoughts and feelings of her thoughts and moments and days of being a human, woman, wife, mother and surfer; her words are so relatable and make this life thing not feel quite so alone. One of my absolute favorite poems she has ever written is this "Prescription" Handsewn Poem, it so perfectly says of anxiety and of water the way I have always felt, nothing melts anxious thoughts and feelings like stepping into the sea. I absolutely cannot wait to frame and hang this up in our new home once we are finally moved in. I'll probably be picking up another one of two of her other poems eventually (like this "Out of Water" Handsewn Poem and this "Buoyant" Handsewn Poem) to hang in our new home. Her poems are printed on handmade recycled cotton rag paper (hand made by Devon) with hand sewn or painted details, so each and every poem is a labor of love from beginning to end. Find all of her poems and artwork for purchase HERE!



P. F. Candle Co. is a brand I've been wanting to try forever, but only recently gotten the chance, and it was worth the wait. Their products smell amazing, the scents are lovely, but even better than that, is the fact that they are better for the environment than most brands. They are committed to sustainability, and great home fragrance goods that are phthalate free, cruelty free, and responsibly sourced. All of their candles are made with 100% domestically grown soy wax, and all of their products are developed, produced, tested, packed and shipped by the P. F. Candle Co. team at their warehouse in Los Angeles, California! They are also teamed up with Climate Neutral, an organization that helps them offset and neutralize their carbon footprint, I love finding brands that truly care about the planet and the earth that we will be leaving for future generations. They also donate to local organizations to give back to their community, such as the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, The Natural Resources Defense Council and the Downtown Women's Center. We haven't been able to really use candles that much over the past few years because we rented and lived in an apartment, and now that we will be moving into our new home soon, I can't wait to start using all natural candles again, this Sweet Grapefruit Soy Candle from P. F. Candle Co. is one I'm really excited about (can't wait to put it on our kitchen island after I've made dinner and cleaned the kitchen all up). Another couple of things I'm stoked to start using are their Room Sprays! This Sweet Grapefruit Room Spray smells amazing (grapefruit is one of my favorite scents) and this Golden Coast Room Spray smells divine! Find all of their all natural home fragrance HERE!



I'm all about baskets, storage baskets and tote carrying baskets, I don't care what kind of baskets they are, I just love a good basket, so you can imagine how excited I got when I discovered a new basket brand, Leah California! All of their baskets are beautiful, the loveliest addition to any home or to your accessories collection, perfect for storing blankets or toys, or carrying your things to the beach or bringing to the farmer's market to carry all of your locally grown vegetables and fruit, baked goods, organic honey, and kombucha! Not much can make a good basket even better, unless it's the fact that Leah California's baskets are sustainably made and ethically sourced! THAT definitely makes them better! Each piece is hand crafted by artisans in Mexico, where the artisans have been weaving palm leaves into baskets, bags and hats for generations! They have passed on the knowledge and skill for so long to preserve the art of bringing natural materials into life. They carry on their traditions and ancestral technique of boiling, dying, hand braiding and sewing the palm leaves into the works of art that Leah California offers in her shop. While it can take years to fully master the technique, once learned, each artisan can hand weave 1 to 2 baskets per day! So much love and work goes into each and every piece at Leah California. This Sunset Straw Basket is one of my absolute favorites, I can't wait to fill it with goodies for a picnic on the beach (which sounds like the perfect date night idea for my husband and I, kinda thinking charcuterie board picnic on the beach at sunset). This Mercado Straw Market Basket is at the top of my wish list, it's so beautiful, and would be perfect for farmer's market days and family beach days. I also really love these Baja Storage Baskets and these Sonora Storage Baskets, definitely need to grab a few of these for organization once we are in our new house. Shop all of the beautiful hand woven baskets (and hats) over at Leah California HERE!