Ecocentric Mom

Ecocentric Mom BoxLet’s face it, life doesn’t stop just because you’re in college or busy with life. It would be great if it did, but you have to keep up with the shopping, homework, and maybe even squeeze in a social life somewhere in there. It can be a full time job just being you! One monthly subscription box by the name of Ecocentric Mom understands this and has the perfect solution. For $17 and free shipping you will get a box filled with al sorts of amazing products that are healthy, natural, and organic.

You will get the opportunity to try new products that are good for you and your child. You will get more than your $17 value in products and samples. From our experience there are even full size products included that not only allow you to try new and healthy things, but that also add to the overall value of this box. Think about it, you don’t even have to leave your house or dorm room, this is delivered right to you by the mail!

Perhaps you think that you know someone who would like one of these boxes, well your in luck. Ecocentric Mom offers the option for these boxes to be gifted. That’s right, if you’re a parent and you want to gift one of these nifty boxes to a college student in your life that could benefit from one then that option is there. These boxes are not just for Mommies, but the benefits for getting one of these boxes as a Mom are superb. The verdict, this box is great and well worth the money every month. The value of the items included is great, it’s packaged nicely, and shipping is free.

For more information or to subscribe or gift an Ecocentric Mom box visit them online at EcocentricMom.com.

Green Grab Bag

Green Grab BagOne of my favorite things when I was younger was getting grab bags and discovering what surprise was in them. As an adult this fun continues with a fantastic product called Green Grab Bag. Each month an assortment of health and beauty products that are of course natural will be sent directly to you.

When you first open your Green Grab Bag you will notice the super thoughtful packaging that it comes in. Before you even get to what’s inside it you feel like you’ve gotten something really important. You get at least six samples each month for only $15 a month or you can purchase a years subscription and save 20%!

You can cancel at any time, though I would bet that you won’t want to once you start getting these near little bags in the mail. The products are all high quality and you get more than your $15 value. The only way to discover what products you like is through samples, and these samples are very generous in size, you will be able to determine if you like what you’ve gotten. If you do then you have the option to buy full sizes of the things that you liked on their website at really great prices. There really isn’t much reason that you shouldn’t go and subscribe right now.

For more information or to subscribe or gift a Green Grab Bag visit them online at www.GreenGrabBag.com.

Toast Pop Guy’s Favorites: Modern Black

Modern is a great look for anyone, and of course we all have our favorite things. It just so happens that I love modern things quite a bit. I like minimal and simplistic looks as well as items that contribute to the overall style of the modern look.

(1.) Sony Piiq Earbuds – Sony has developed a new line of earbuds by the name of Piiq that not only look great, have great sound, and offer neat functions not accompanied by most other earbuds, but they also have a wide variety of choices at a very affordable price. ($13 directly from Sony)

(2.) Blackberry Bold 9650 – I’m not necessarily suggesting that you go to your cell phone provider and switch your phone over for a Blackberry, you still have to have a phone that works for you and what you like (ex. keyboard, touch screen, camera, etc.), but do keep in mind that a good looking phone is half the battle most of the time. ($550 w/o contract)

(3.) Capsule Case Wallet – Capsule Case has been making a great alternative to the traditional wallet for quite some time now! Though I have trouble fitting cash in mine sometimes, it is perfect for credit and business cards. Keep looking classy and modern while saving the functions you need in a wallet. They offer many different colors in their line of modern wallets, but I like to keep it simple and so I went with a traditional black color. This wallet not only looks fantastic, but feels sleek and appropriately sized in your hands and pocket. ($15 varies by store)

(4.) Moleskine Sketchbook – If you’re like me, you love to sketch, but you hate carrying around a huge sketchbook with pages that smudge your wonderful works of art. Well, that’s where this little guy comes in handy. Moleskine makes my favorite line of books on the market, their paper is top of the line and does not smudge your work, especially when you use a sharpie pen (I love those!). They offer notebooks, planners, and many other types of books, as well as sizes, but you can’t go wrong with the medium sized Moleskine Sketchbook. ($15 varies by store) 

 

Paperwallet

If you’re like me, you have a hard time finding a wallet that works for you. I myself am environmentally conscious but hate to sacrifice great style. Surprisingly, not many companies are looking into ways to make accessories and functional items, environmentally friendly, with the exception of one very cool company called Paperwallet. This company is true to its name, they make wallets made out of Tyvek, a material that is 100% recyclable!  How cool is that!? We think it’s probably the best idea we’ve herd in a very long time. Now, Paperwallet is all about keeping the green going, so that’s why they offer a really cool program where you can send in your old wallet and get a 15% coupon from them to use towards a Paperwallet!

Sounds pretty good right? It is, but we aren’t just saying they are awesome, we are using their products. The best part for me is the room and space in the wallet for all of my cards and cash. The quality of these wallets is another big point of discussion for new buyers. They look fantastic, but do they stand the test of feeling and using as high quality? Yes, they sure do. Upon first touching one of these artistic wallets you get the gist that it is a very durable and thick paper stock. A great company that is moving forward for our environment always deserves support, and that’s why we fully support Paperwallet 100%!

 

Check out the pictures of our Paperwallets!

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9 Space

Home decor is something that is hard to determine feelings about since it is always an ever-changing market full of new products, but one company, 9 Space, seriously knows what they are doing. With a team of very talented designers there is not any surprise that they offer a vast catalogue of specialty home decor items. The items that they offer are not only full of design elements, but they also are very useful household items! Everything from textiles to bath robes is offered by 9 Space!

Their style appears to be very modern and minimal and they seem to derive design principles and aspects of their products from elements of nature or manmade likeness. For example you can see in their catalogue that they have taken specific images to compliment their products. Their catalogue is very professional and beautifully designed! It’s pretty easy to see whey 9 Space should be your next choice in decorating and filling your home with good looking and useful items! Check out their online catalogue!

Primula

You hear lots about coffee anymore, but what about tea? There is a large number of people who love tea, just as much as coffee drinkers love their coffee. Primula is one company that takes those people into mind, in fact they take it a step further. Their shop offers a wide variety of teas and tea products, while they do offer a few coffee related items such as a coffee press, their main focus is on teas.

This family owned business has been around since 1946, creating unique and memorable items that make any cup of tea or coffee special. For so many people teas and coffees are more than just a drink, they are something much more special. The cool thing about Primula is that they feel that teas and coffees are very special drinks as well, therefore you can only imagine how wonderful an experience they make it to fix a cup of your favorite hot beverage.

They offer many different and unique takes on the process of making and drinking hot drinks. A lot of their individual drink making and preparation items are clear, glass, and see-thru. One specific reason for this is that they offer some very special blooming teas that you can see better when they are in a clear container. That is just one more way that Primula is making hot drinks something worth talking about and they have been doing a fantastic job at it since 1946, and no doubt will continue to do so for many years to come.

MiiBottle

A major problem in most modern-day households is the identification of whose drink is whose. I can speak from past experience that this is something that has went on throughout time and didn’t seem to ever have an end in sight. The United States in particular is the largest purchaser of bottled water in the entire world, that should say something for itself. Around 70 million bottles of water are purchased daily in the U.S. and nearly 60 million of them end up in the trash. A contributing factor are those bottles thrown away because you simply don’t want to drink out of someone else’s bottle.

One rising company is changing the way we identify our bottles and making it easy and fun to keep track of which drink is yours! MiiBottle is a simple and easy to use system of identifying your bottle. You simply take one of their variously colored snap-on bottle identifiers and clip it onto the bottle with no hassle or instructions other than that needed. They also boast a neat dolphin design making it that much more entertaining just to regard a bottle as yours. But you may be wondering, what makes MiiBottle such a great company?

Well, for starters their products are made of 100% recycled material! It’s great to know that you have a product that you will actually use, but it makes it that much better to know that the product that you are using is made of recycled material! Another cool thing about this company is, they have solved an issue that is simple yet bothersome, and they have done so in a very innovative way!

We have had the opportunity to try these ourselves and they are as simple and easy to use as they look. You will notice that they have a firm snap around your bottles lid, so there are no worries about them falling off of your bottle. The colors are also very vibrant and look great, especially when there are multiple bottles using them! The packaging is simple and conveys the same overall idea of simplicity and problem solving and lets you know the true purpose of this life changing product, to simply make your everyday life easier, save you money on bottles you may’ve thrown away and provide a fun solution to an age old question, “Is that my bottle?” Now you will know, “Yes, it’s MiiBottle!”

To learn more check out their oficial website at MiiBottle.com or like the MiiBottle Facebook page to keep up to date on news and info regarding this creative new product! If you are interested in helping them Kickstart this product and get it sold in more places while getting yourself a pack or two of these cool little things, check out the MiiBottle Kickstarter page to make a donation!

NOOKA Mindstyle

Looking for something different to accessorize with? Nooka has the answer! They have created an entire company based on the idea of being different and looking great while doing so. The products that they sell boast a modern and simplistic look, while also pertaining to the functionality of everyday use. They create fun and creative ways to make everyday task, such as checking the time on a watch, more exciting. Their lines range from watches, to eye-ware, all the way to other types of apparel. Their product lines have grown over time, and new and innovative products are definitely in the future of Nooka.

While some may say their products are a little too ahead of our time, meaning they look too futuristic, Nooka thinks otherwise and is proving that with their continuing success in the world of modernism. Most of their products are a little more expensive than their competitors, but that is simply because the quality and design is superior at Nooka. It may cost a little more to get a Nooka product, but you seriously get the look that you pay for. While I must admit some of their products will more than likely make you stand out everywhere you go, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, Nooka makes products specifically for those who want to stand out.

Celebrities are more than willing to wear Nooka products and show off the brand, in fact Miley Cyrus has been seen wearing their sunglasses with everyday clothes, making them the focal point. It’s not hard to see how Nooka is taking this generation by storm, and it’s not too hard to see how they will only continue to succede in a world where being different and looking ahead of your time is not only acceptable, but celebrated. With the mindset of “mindstyle”, Nooka is making a lasting impression.

Moleskine

There are very few things that we get in life for free, and one of the most valuable is the opportunity to have good taste. I truly believe and live by that sentence spoken in my own words. I believe that design and a taste for it can be acquired but is best if you are born with it. There are very few people who understand how fundamental it is for something to look good, but the people at Moleskine really understand!

Moleskine is a brand of book that can be used for writing, sketching, watercolor, planning, etc. They have many different lines that suit the users needs. These books have a professional and high quality feel and an obvious perfection when it comes to the overall look of these books. I myself have multiple Moleskine books that I use for sketching, writing, and other various things. They not only look good, but are some of the most functional products of it’s kind on the market.

Very few companies pride themselves in achieving such quality, but the ones that do deserve recognition, and Moleskine is one of the most prominent. It even shows in their offices. Simplicity is not overrated and too many companies and products feel that it is. When you go back to the beauty in minimal efforts you truly achieve a good taste in design.

It’s All About The Packaging

How many times have you been out shopping and found yourself drawn to an item just because it has a cool design to it? Even if you do not realize it, the majority of things sold in our global market are sold based on design, not so much for productivity or purpose. I am not saying that something can’t look good and still be useful, take a Macintosh computer for example, it’s elegant and extremely useful! You may not even realize that you are buying something based on it’s looks.

In many aspects of our shopping endeavors the product with the coolest box or the most snappy phrases written on it win our money. I honestly believe that you can have a good product that will not be successful in its sales if the packaging is not worth looking at. Personally, I would choose a drink contained in a modern or newly designed bottle rather than a coke that is in the same old can we see it in on a daily basis. This is not always the case, in fact many people will choose a brand that they know because they are so used to it, but think about it, even coke had branded packaging back when it first came on the market with it’s beautifully crafted glass bottles. It’s all in the packaging, don’t believe me? Take a look at our gallery of amazingly packaged products and see if you can honestly say you wouldn’t want to buy it for the packaging!