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Anna Kristina
Interests: music, dancing, reading, writing, photography, god, ian, especially with ian
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I discovered Follain in the South End in Boston, and Tara, the owner, is amazing. They carry only super-green (and often local) products. When I shop there, I don't worry about if the product is safe. Thanks to Follain, I discovered Soapwalla deodorant, which is amazing, and the Shamanuti skin care line (charcoal cleanser, seaweed toner, and face oil). Depending on what you're used to, it isn't cheap, but lasts a really long time. I also use goodguide.com (and the app) when I'm shopping. They rate several different things (health = ingredients, environment = company policies, society = company policies), so sometimes I look at the specific rating (ex: health) instead of the average. They also have details behind the ratings, which is super helpful.
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I second the Soapwalla deodorant cream. I tried several natural deodorants and smelled worse (!) than when I used nothing. I found Soapwalla and will never go back. In the winter, I've been applying jojoba oil before deodorant cream, so my skin doesn't get too try. (Probably won't do that in the summer though.)
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I missed it as well (by just two hours). After adjusting to my initial disappointment, I got really excited that make29 is going so well for you. That said, if you ever decide to do another run of the ampersands, I'd be happy to be a part of that run selling out. :)
Toggle Commented Mar 24, 2014 on weekend links / 11. at enJOY it by Elise Blaha Cripe
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I love the caryall duo, and the power trip set!
That is such a bummer. Why do people so often assume that if something is digital, it doesn't belong to anyone? Go get 'em and good luck! (And thank you, because fighting it helps all artists!)
Toggle Commented Feb 11, 2014 on Stolen images... {UPDATED} at [i] LoveLife
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Optic triad in ivory/clay and/or the optic diamond in indigo/forest. The light would look awesome on our sofa, and the bright would be great in our white chairs. I love snuggling under the blankets, watching a movie or reading a book, and drinking a nice warm beverage, while periodically looking out the windows at the snow.
I'd send a note to my favorite high school teacher. He made such an impact. I ran across a couple notes from him the other day, which I have saved since high school, because they still make me feel so encouraged when I read them.
Toggle Commented Nov 26, 2013 on a happy note {giveaway}...NOW CLOSED at Oh Joy!
I love the wooden calendar, but would also love the Instagram book!
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I'd go all white for the desk in the bedroom!
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Thanks anyway! I figured it was at least worth asking!
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2013 on The Bar Cart at Chez Larsson
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We actually just got this exact same cart at IKEA, and noticed it was off balance once we put it together (the bottom isn't quite level). Did you have that problem? Any tips?
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2013 on The Bar Cart at Chez Larsson
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At the moment, I'd have to pick the duck bag in cactus!
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Super cute! I'd go with the weekender bag in stripe, and/or the passport holder, because my hubby and I are going to Paris in May!
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I've been working on making yoga a daily habit this year (with WiiFit because home on my time works best for me too!). I'm looking into upgrading my mat (which currently is a really old thin foam one not specifically for yoga) because it doesn't feel great on a hardwood floor. Are you happy with your new mat so far?
Toggle Commented Jan 16, 2013 on on daily yoga. at enJOY it by Elise Blaha Cripe
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I'll second (or third... whatever it's up to now) the High Line. I'm married to a landscape architect and according to him it's one of the best.
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I was thinking about Paul's deployment when I read the announcement - glad to hear there's a good chance he'll be there for the birth! And this might be too personal of a question, but I thought I remember you mentioning a while ago that you were waiting until after this deployment to start trying (oh, how blogs make you sound like a stalker!), and I was just wondering what changed? With more of my friends (and bloggers I follow!) expecting or recent moms, figuring out the right time has been on my mind as of late (and I don't mean perfect time, because they always say, it never is, you just do it!).
Toggle Commented Dec 5, 2012 on oh, baby. at enJOY it by Elise Blaha Cripe
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Congratulations! I'm so happy for you both, and I'm looking forward to all your updates!
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It seems to work pretty well now at least! I checked on a random sunscreen and it listed Oxybenzone as an ingredient that is an issue (and got a 2 for health, but the overall score was higher thanks to above average environment/society ratings). I make sure that I look at the reasons behind the rating, since a product with a bad ingredient(s) get a boost if the company is very committed to fair labor and environmentally friendly practices (also important to me). It generally lists out all ingredients and notes any that are questioned even a little bit. Sometimes it's hard to pick (do I get the thing with fair labor but one mildly concerning ingredient, or no concerning ingredients but a track record of labor violations), but at least I'm choosing because I know those things.
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Thanks for putting this in one spot! I agree that it's tough to change everything at once, but little by little improvements really end up making a big difference. I've also been trying out the Neutrogena Naturals line. It's decent (and I think the night cream will be great when the weather makes it drier out) even though it also has "fragrance." I use a combo of Mineral Fusion and Bare Minerals when I wear makeup (not often because I'm a wash-and-go girl). I have some dandruff issues so I use a combination of Jason anti-dandruff shampoo and Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat shampoo and conditioner, but I'm planning to try baking soda/vinegar when it runs out. I use Dr Bronner's liquid soap in the shower and love it. I gave Toms of Maine aluminum free deodorant a shot, but smelled absolutely awful at the end of each and every day, so I'm back on Dove and a little nervous to spend $25 on something I don't know will work well. Something super handy I've discovered is the Good Guide app and web site (goodguide.com). It gives a rundown and rating for a lot of products, and also factors in the company's environmental and social policies!
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I'm currently reading Coming of Age on Zoloft by Katherine Sharpe. It's interesting so far - a look at our culture's changing perceptions of depression and how to treat it (without being too clinical). Next on my list is Divergent - I've heard so many people gush about this as a good next series to follow the Hunger Games. I'm excited to start it!
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These shoe posts are awesome! My hubby spent a summer as an intern in the OC after his sophomore year and became a devoted Rainbows customer. We just bought a new pair when we were in the Bay area (from Boston) for a wedding. It did feel like the passing of an era. This also makes me think about how much my TOMS have experienced! It's fun to reflect and also look forward to the new.
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SO glad you extended this. I saw the photo on your Instagram while we were on vacation and got excited, but didn't have a chance to buy until we got back today. It's a beautiful bracelet and The Girl Effect is a cause I can totally support!
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Great giveaway! I do love that hand drawn feel on fabrics. annakristina28 (at) gmail (dot) com
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I concur on the Pebeo porcelain paint. I used the chalkboard paint (chalkboard black is the only one with the chalkboard property) on mugs and they turned out great! I followed the tutorial on Wit & Whistle (she has two: http://witandwhistle.com/2011/12/14/diy-chalkboard-mug/ and http://witandwhistle.com/2011/10/17/diy-hand-painted-mug/ )
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I love Moo's postcards and I've been meaning to try out their business cards for a while. I love the look and simplicity of yours! And I can't wait to see what you have planned for the 14th. :)
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