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Howdy folks! This post is kicking off a new feature where I share some of my favorite tidbits and discoveries with you. Every now and then I'll share a quick list with links to recipes and tutorials I've found on other blogs, special tips and deals on shopping for green living products, health foods, and other goodies, and local happenings here in Austin, Texas. I realized recently that my ties with the natural living and food communities, both here in Austin, and online could be a great resource for you too.
Have some news you'd like me to include in next month's feature? Drop me a line at [email protected] with the details.
Vinaigrette – Last week the Austin Food Blogger Alliance had their monthly happy hour at the new hot spot for salads in South Austin, Vinaigrette. The restaurant has a beautiful design, filled with lots of light, clean lines, and bright color. We were treated to a sampling of appetizers including yam fries, kale nachos, and of course, salad! Vinaigrette specializes in salads and while it is decidedly veggie-focused it is not exclusively vegan or even vegetarian. You'll find selections for both herbivores and omnivores throughout the menu. The cocktail menu was especially interesting, featuring unexpected ingredients like turmeric, kale, and carrots.
Craft-Austin – I attended a media event for Schoola that doubled as a preview of Craft-Austin's new Eastside venue. This DIY craft studio is packed to the brim with all kinds of tools, supplies, and crafty goodies. Patrons can come in and use the supplies for a flat hourly rate or sign up for a class to learn more about a specific subject. We had so much fun making papercraft's during Schoola's event. I could easily lose myself in a room full of crafts! Craft-Austin re-opens this month, so keep an eye out for news and make some time to head over and get crafty.
The 2016 Austin City Guide – My fellow food bloggers have rounded up their best recommendations for our lovely city and served them to you on a virtual silver platter. The city guide gives you the scoop on the best eats in town from some of the city's most food-obsessed bloggers. Make sure and bookmark the guide to share with all of yourself and all of your out-of-town guests all year long!
Stuff I Love
Cute Tiny Bowls – If I had my way I would own hundreds and hundreds of tiny little bowls. I just can't get enough of them. Mod Cloth is killing it on the tiny bowl front. Just look at these ones with whales! Or these little patterned bowls. These ones have tops for storage! Ugh. I can't take it.
Schoola – Schoola is an online thrift store that donates 40% of it's proceeds to the Malala Fund and to local schools. You can support education for kids by shopping for new and gently used clothing or by sending in donations of your own second-hand clothes.
BeautyOils.co Mommy Belly Stretch Oil – I just discovered BeautyOils.co, which offers a whole line of body care oils using simple, basic ingredients. They shared a sample of their Mommy Belly Stretch Oil with me to check out. Since I'm working on a book about prenatal and baby care I was very happy to see an affordable all-natural belly oil on the market. Blending your own belly oil is easy enough, but this oil from BeautyOils.co is a great option too. It's made with Apricot Oil and Rosehip Oil, two ingredients which I love for skin care products because of their light and absorbent texture.
Discounts and Deals
- Schoola – 40% OFF plus free shipping with code SAVEGREEN at Schoola.com. Limited time only. Restrictions apply.
- Discount School Supply offers a huge selection of school-quality educational toys, art supplies, and equipment for babies and kids. Save 20% Off All STEM & Get Free Shipping On Stock Orders Over $99 Using Code: STEM20
- Mountain Rose Herbs – Monthly specials include a few natural beauty basics including natural deodorant, rose facial oil, and tea tree essential oil.