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posted in Inspiration
A fun way to learn the alphabet…When my son was young we created an alphabet book for him. For every letter we found items in our home; made special snacks or treats; visited community parks or businesses each starting with that letter. For example, A – we took a picture of my son with apples; baked angel food cupcakes that he frosted with the letter A; sprouted alfalfa sprouts; and visited a neighborhood park named Atlantis.As we went through the alphabet we started getting more creative – visiting bridges, garage sales, stacks of firewood, riding on a train, drinking milk etc. It was a great family activity since each week we had to find a couple of places (parks, restaurants, museums, etc.) that would fit the letter of the week. Now that my son is an adult, he still enjoys turning the pages of his very special Alphabet Book.This Mother’s Day, my kids, now young adults, turned it around and presented me with my own “alphabet book!” It was filled with memories from the past 20+ years arranged alphabetically. Such a beautiful gift!Sign up for our newsletter, Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest for more great ideas, stories and just plain cool stuff!
posted in Fair Trade Gifts
When you purchase Fair Trade products you are voting with your dollars for the issues that matter most to you. You are voting to fight poverty, protect the environment, build sustainable businesses, empower women and support education. And when you share your commitment to Fair Trade with family and friends our movement grows stronger.
LifeHeartHome.com decided long ago to sell fair trade products because we aim to promote higher economic, social, and environmental sustainability and standards abroad. Our hope is that by helping provide fairer wages to local artisans it will in turn spread the wealth and success of communities as a whole. We are very happy to be working with Amano Fair Trade, a fair trade wholesaler, who maintains close connections with the artisans. All of our fair trade products are currently made with care from local artisans abroad in Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Indonesia, India, and Thailand, but we are constantly looking to expand our store, and in turn, expand our positive impact on communities abroad. We hope you enjoy the selection of fair trade items on www.lifehearthome.com.
posted in Inspiration
Though the recession is officially over, many are still finding it difficult to find work in this terrible job market. Many have lost their jobs and are looking for things to do to keep their minds busy. I was laid off (“promoted to a non-paid volunteer position”) from my previous job as an office administrator in a small private school. I had been there over 10 years, watched both my children grow up there and had anticipated working there for many years to come. It was a very difficult and emotional time for me. It had been the first time in years that I was jobless and I did not know how to handle it. Not only did I lose my income but also felt disconnected from my friends and the kids at the school where I had been for so many years. Being a creative person, I soon found that little hobbies were the best way to keep my mind busy and fresh with ideas. In fact, it was this enjoyment of hobbies that led me to create the website www.lifehearthome.com. I wanted to create a place where kindness and happiness were of utmost importance yet I also needed to bring in some extra income into our family. This is how I decided that I would sell products that I felt good about; products I would love to give or receive myself. Since I have always loved to travel and learn about other cultures, selling fair trade products from around the world seemed perfect. I wanted to support local artists and also carry items that were “the bee’s knees” as my mom used to say. This is how our store has come to carry our current line of products.
At this time when the job market is so terribly difficult and competitive, it seems appropriate to think out of the box and see where your talents may take you. If you enjoy cooking, perhaps look into catering or specialty gift boxes; if you are great on the computer, maybe learn new social media or web design techniques so that you will look that much more interesting to an employer. I have also come to realize that making connections and networking is more important than ever before. This has been difficult for me as a shy person but when you find a niche that you care about it makes talking to people about your business or interest that much easier. I hope that you all have found a place, job, career or life path that makes you happy and a partner with whom to share that happiness. Come by and browse our store, email us your stories, send us your pictures – we would love to hear from you.
Within the last few months scientists have been able to track the so-called ‘lost years’ of Loggerhead Turtles using satellites and tracking devices placed on the turtles. The question was originally asked, what happens during the period just after the turtles are born when they leave the United State’s coast and when they head out into the Atlantic Ocean. It was discovered these young turtles actually float and stay in roughly the same area just a little distance from the US coast. It is hypothesized that they feed and grow in patches of seaweed until they are big enough to travel further out into the Atlantic Ocean.If you enjoy turtles or simply need a beautiful wood panel for your home aesthetic, look no further than LifeHeartHome’s hand-carved wooden relief panel with baby turtles. This work of art is hand-carved in Indonesia by Nyoman Karsa, an artisan who honed his abilities from his father, and plans to continue preserving his communities’ long heritage and history of woodcarving.