Objects With Purpose

Objects With PurposeMost everyone can appreciate the smell of a candle or the ambiance that they create, especially during the Fall of the year! However, what most people do not know is that most candles are toxic, that’s right, they are harmful to use. How then are you supposed to enjoy the benefits of a candle or give one as a gift and enjoy it with a clear conscience? The answer is simple, you need an alternative. Luckily, one business by the name of Objects With Purpose is working to make candles that you can enjoy in more ways than one and candles that are not harmful in the least!

How exactly is a candle from OWP different than a normal mass produced candle? For starters you can use them for more than just burning. You can use it as a candle (obviously), a body butter when they are warm, and a solid perfume when they are cool. Talk about a versatile product! Now onto what they are made of. Essential oils along with organic renewable coconut shea and apricot butters are what make up these candles that serve more than one purpose.

One very important for any candle though is how it smells. Don’t worry about the smell lacking because it doesn’t. In fact the scents are comparable to that of high end boutique candles and to be honest they smell even better than those. You can tell that thought was really put into these candles, from the scents to the uses of them. These aren’t just candles you burn once and throw away, these are the kind of thing that you want to give as a gift and perhaps get one or two for yourself while you’re at it. This holiday season don’t settle for a boring and harmful store bought candle, light something that will make memories and fill the air with cozy scents, then enjoy the other benefits that these candles offer. Do it all with a clear conscience knowing that you and your loved ones won’t be harmed by these candles.

For more information or to place an order be sure to check out ObjectsWithPurpose.com or their Etsy Shop!

Urban Cheesecraft

Urban Cheesecraft KitOne of the most uncommon things anymore is to make your own food from scratch at home. Chances are, you love the quality and freshness of homemade foods, but the tricky directions and lengthy procedures frighten you away. If I were to ask you if you have ever contemplated making your own cheese, you would probably say no because the idea of making cheese at home is unheard of to the average person! Urban Cheesecraft is changing all of that and making homemade cheese accessible to everyone!

You don’t have to be a cook or know how to make complicated dishes to be able to make cheese, literally anyone can do it with the Cheese Kits from Urban Cheesecraft. The Cheese Kits include everything that you need to make cheese except a gallon of milk. The only thing you will need other than the kit itself is a gallon of milk. One other important thing to note is these kits make multiple batches of cheese, so there is plenty of room to test out new flavors and methods of making cheese.

The instructions on the Mozarella and Ricotta DIY Cheese Kit say that it takes around an hour to make the cheese, in fact we think it might have even taken less time when we made cheese with the kit! Who would’ve thought that you could make fresh homemade cheese in about an hours time?

Urban Cheesecraft Kit CheeseThe instructions that come in the kits are super easy to follow, no complicated wording or tricky steps! They are written so that anyone can understand the directions and there are even helpful hints and tips that make making cheese at home even easier and more fun. Oh, and don’t fret if your cheese doesn’t turn out exactly like it’s supposed to the first time, there are even instructions for what to do if a step doesn’t turn out the way it should, you will still have something delicious and edible to enjoy for your efforts.

This is one of those companies and products that is literally as good as they sound. We wouldn’t call ourselves chefs, yet on the first attempt with the easy to follow instructions we made some fantastic Mozzarella cheese infused with cheese salt and parsly. Making tasty homemade cheese accessable was their goal, and to that we say “Mission Accomplished!”

For more information on Urban Cheesecraft or to buy a Cheese Kit, please visit them online at UrbanCheesecraft.com.

Donna’s Bounty Herbs and Spices

Donna's Bounty Herbs and SpicesIf you love tea as much as we do then you are sure to love Donna’s Bounty Herbs and Spices. They have everything from bagged tea to loose leaf tea in either decaffeinated or regular as far as their tea selection goes. Aside from their suburb teas, they also offer herbs, spices and extracts. One of the great things about this shop is that everything is super fresh because they only make small batches at a time, this means your not ordering something that has been sitting on a shelf for weeks at a time, it’s all fresh!

The natural ingredients in their teas really makes all the difference in the smells and flavors. There really is no comparison in a store bought bag of tea that has been mass manufactured to a hand packaged fresh bag of tea from Donna’s Bounty. The flavors in a single cup of their Donna's Bounty Herbs and Spicestea are robust and bursting with taste. One really cool thing about Donna’s Bounty is that they are a New York State Department of Agriculture inspected and licensed facility and they guarantee that their products will taste fresh, not many independent tea companies can brag about that!

Perhaps a fantastic cup of tea doesn’t interest you. If that is the case then you will be pleased to know that their mulling spices are also superb. Mulling spices are great for adding to juices and ciders, especially for the Fall season! They also offer a very large selection of herbs and spices that you can use to cook with. There really isn’t much that you can’t find at Donna’s Bounty Herbs and Spices. If you like fresh teas and ingredients and high quality products then you should visit them at their Etsy shop online or their online eBay store! For more information on the wide variety of products offered or to place an order outside of Etsy or eBay send them an e-mail at Dhonsing@nycap.rr.com!

Tea and Sensibility

Tea and SensibilityNothing says that fall has arrived quite like a nice hot cup of tea. One company, Tea and Sensibility, sells organic and aromatic teas that are sure to make any tea lover feel like they’ve found their dream cup of tea. With a variety of flavors and the option of either whole leaf or bagged tea there’s something for just about anyone.

When you get your order in the mail you truly feel like something special has arrived, and that’s because something special has. The packaging is tremendous and really shows that the people at Tea and Sensibility really care about their product and want you to have the best cup of tea possible. Another great thing about the teas coming in such cool packaging is that they are ready for gift giving and this holiday season is the perfect time to spread the joys of tea.

The main thing that you will notice upon opening your new teas is that they smell just as amazing as they taste. The blends of natural herbs in the teas from Tea and Sensibility are very aromatic and make the experience of drinking a cup of one of their Tea and Sensibilityblends of teas even more special. If you are like us and love the smell of a great blend of tea just as much as the taste, then this is just one more reason for you to order a special blend of tea from Tea and Sensibility.

It’s rare that you find a company that cares so much about their products and their customers, and on top of that has a product that is truly worth bragging about. Tea and Sensibility is one of those great places to buy tea from that makes you feel special in every way from the packaging to the last sip you take of your perfectly blended cup of tea! Be sure to check out their blends of teas this fall season and enjoy one of the best cups of tea you’ve had in a long time!

You can visit their shop online at Etsy or their Facebook page for more information.

Terrific Terrariums

A common dilemma that many people redecorating their space face is what to do with an empty tabletop or shelf. I could tell you to put some framed pictures there, but only do so if you like taking a safe and unoriginal approach. One hidden gem in the world of decor are terrariums. Terrariums are basically little ecosystems inside of jars, bottles, etc. You can really put them in almost anything, just keep is simple for the best results.

How do you know what to make your terrarium out of? Believe it or not, there are many varieties of terrariums out there! They range from mossy filled jars to sand and water engulfed candy jars. The possibilities are almost endless, but one very important thing to keep in mind is how will you be able to take care of your terrarium. Some only require a small amount of attention and care, while more advanced ecosystems will require a good bit of attention.

Curious about getting one of these creative, nature connected, pieces of home decor? You should be! Since we want to help you choose the best one, we have a few options for you, and get this, we make it as simple as clicking the type of terrarium you would be interested in. See those images? Just click the one that looks the best to you, and it will take you straight to what we think are the best shops in the market for affordable and professional terrariums.

      

KO Couture

You may or may not have heard about the new craze in pet fashion, KO Couture. This doggy clothing line was started in 2009 by a dog owner named Kelly Owens who was going through some hard times and desperately needed some creative outlet. She never imagined that just two years later her little hobby would take off earning her the title “pet fashion expert.”

The clothes and items carried by KO Couture are beautiful and great quality items ranging in price from $4 to $700 depending on the size of the item and the amount of detail. The clothes are both elegant and functional, and are guaranteed to make any pet feel like a superstar. The clothes are mainly created for dogs but judging by some of the pictures of the items, some can also be worn by cats or young children (mainly the hats).

KO Couture is definitely worth checking out, especially if you have a special canine in your life. The items can be bought on esty at www.kocouture.com/etsy. If you have any questions check out the f.a.q. at www.kocouture.com/faq.

Cloth and Patina

If you are looking for unique, vintage decor, Cloth and Patina in the place for you. Cloth and Patina Vintage, Rustic Home & Wedding Decor has a variety of home decor that is very cool and almost whimsical. Shop owner Tammy Serrano says that she likes adding a “little sparkle” to old and warn pieces. She collects antiques, vintage and salvaged items and restyles them. She is very happy to answer questions and concerns.

Cloth and Patina is “adding elegance and charm to the unexpected”. The unique items include everything from antique glasses and plates to homemade knickknacks that would add a unique touch to any home. There are burlap wall hangings that have rusty frames and simple buttons and subtle jewels, spelling out sweet and inspirational words. Neat vintage metal and wood magnets. She also has wedding items, and is willing to work with people to create custom wedding decor. She has a few holiday items. For fall, there is a French-inspired paper mache pumpkin. For the coming Christmas season, there are unique Italian made gold candle ornaments.

All of the items on Cloth and Patina are unique and handmade. Tammy Serrano resides in Florida, but it willing to ship world-wide. She is not willing to provide quantity over quality! All her items are special. There are easy ways to pay, and she ships as ECO-friendly as possible. Her neat and exclusive items make for a beautiful or vintage way to style your home!