It may be a haunted halloween but we just laughed fear in the face…

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Not that it had much to do with fall or halloween but a shopping trip to the mall & lunch at Hot Dog on a Stick with one of my best friends sure hit the spot! I'm in love with their lemonade!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Baby Bently & his Roman Goddess mother (Brittany)

 

 

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 Heather the Pirate, Brittany the Roman Goddess & Tiffany the Sexy nurse

My friends & I were excited to take a trip to the newest haunted attraction Fear Factory located on 666 W at an old cement factory in downtown Salt Lake City. To read the history go here

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Nathan, Dani, Tiffany  Greg. The paintings and murals @ the Fear Factory were amazing!IMG_0753Alex & Sheldon
Unfortunately they weren’t able to open until October 25th so we were there opening night and long story short they were not prepared! Something I love and value about my friends is that no matter the situation they make the very best of it and we always end up enjoying ourselves! 

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There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls. 

                                        ~George Carlin

 

While there we got stuck waiting inside the factory and I was able to snap this photo, turned out pretty terrifying! Love my iphone camera!

 

 

 

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Brittany & I outside the Fear Factory, creepy face in the background!

Next was a series or parties including my very first party at Heathers Haunted Hollow, in an unfortunate turn of events I do not have a single photo of my Haunted Hollow but suffice it to say it looks spectacular if I do say so myself!

We ended up grabbing my camera and taking a lot of pretty random photos. There are more on my facebook but these will give you an idea.

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 Heather the Pirate, Alex the Gangster Gal, Josh the LDS missionary, Ben aka Peter Pan, Stephanie the Indian & Brittany the Roman Goddess.

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Where is the creeper?? there SHE is!!!

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My good friends & one of my favorite couples (since I claim to be their matchmaker) came as a cute giraffe & Guy Fox before his debut on November 5th.

 "Remember, remember, the 5th of November
The Gunpowder Treason and plot;
I see of no reason why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot."

 

Brittany & I were lucky to have found the perfect costumes at the very first shop we stopped at.

 

snapshot saturday: Chicago

In a previous life I worked in the scrapbooking industry and spent a year as an events coordinator for the craft magazine Creating Keepsakes. While there my coworkers and I decided we needed to go see Wicked while it was playing there. I also lucked out because my mom came along and we were able to spend some quality time together exploring the city.

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I loved the shopping on Michigan Avenue, you really don’t get shopping like that in Utah although I am so happy that since 2008 Utah has a Cheesecake Factory, IKEA, Sephora, and this fall there is an H&M and Crate & Barrel! Two of my very favorite stores!

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I instantly fell in love with this chair, if it weren’t totally unrealistic, I would have bought it right then!

 

 


My favorite purchase in the Windy City was a silver necklace from Tiffany & Co. it was my first time inside the iconic store and wanted something to remember my visit, my trip and as a reminder of that time in my life. You can see a photo here in the International Travel Challenge.

The International Travel Challenge: Day 9

Day 9 – A favorite foreign movie?

I have been racking my brain trying to think of a foreign movie that I would say is my favorite and I am sorry to say that I drew a complete blank!

I looked up Movieline Magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Foreign Films & I don't know a one of them.

Then… I looked up Blockbuster's list of Top Foreign Movies  & I didn't find a foreign movie I've seen but I did find the title The Shock Doctrine made it on their list which is a book by Naomi Klein that I really enjoyed listening to and now that it is made into a movie I will definitely be renting it soon and then I can write a real post on a foreign movie. To watch the trailer. 

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What foreign film would you recommend?

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editors note: I have since watched this documentary and would highly recommend watching it. Not to support any political views, I think it is good to expose yourself to different ideas, it helps me question, strengthen & discover my own beliefs.

FairTrade

What Fair Trade is and why it’s Important

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One of my very favorite places to purchase fair trade products is from the GreaterGood Network website,

Our websites bring together communities that care, giving you the power to make a difference in the world with simple, every day actions. You can benefit leading nonprofit organizations by choosing from a range of activities including clicking on the free contribution button daily, and shopping for gifts, apparel, jewelry, and home décor in our do-good stores to give even more funding.

Since 1999, the GreaterGood Network has raised and given more than $20 million dollars to charities across the United States and around the world. Grants are currently distributed through GreaterGood.org, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Click here to see a small sample of the kinds of grants GreaterGood Network and its customers and contributors made possible. 

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There is also a great local Fair Trade store here in Salt Lake City called Ten Thousand Villages that I love. They are always getting in new products and even have samples of their fair trade coffees and teas.

On green LA girl there is a link to fair trade coffee shops in the US, even some McDonalds serve fair trade cafe products.

I recently read a great article by Alex Zorach titled Fair Trade Tea- What it is and Why it is Important? I didn’t even want to try and compete with how well Alex describes what Free Trade is as I couldn’t have said it any better myself.  

What is Fair Trade?

"Fair trade is a complex and diverse social movement, and is hard to pin down and define concisely. This movement aims to ensure that workers are paid a fair living wage, have good working conditions, and work within democratic and transparent organizations. The movement achieves these goals by issuing certification to groups of producers meeting certain standards. The standards encompass working conditions, price, pay, and organization of businesses, and are chosen so as to promote the values and goals of fair trade: community development, environmental conservation, and economic justice.

Different organizations offer such certification and there are various labels associated with these organizations. By far the best-known certifying organization and label in the U.S. is TransFair. Some companies, such as Equal Exchange, are TransFair certified, but go above and beyond the requirements for certification, undertaking additional efforts and setting stricter standards for supporting small farmers and democratically-run cooperatives. Supporting small farmers and small cooperatives is an issue of key importance in tea production, as most tea is currently produced on large plantations, and the large plantation structure lends itself to poor environmental and human rights practices.

Other companies may not yet have achieved certification for all their products, but may still undertake some efforts to promote similar values and effects even for products that are not certified. Beyond certification, some companies also donate a portion of their profits to causes promoting human rights and environmental protection."

 If you interested I would recommend reading his article here it's very reader friendly and doesn't use too much political or economical jargon that tends to go over my head and lose me.

If your unsure whether a product is fair trade or not look for either of these symbols on the packaging.

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The Free Trade Federation (FTF) is the trade association that strengthens and promotes North American organizations fully committed to Fair Trade. They also lists nine principles their members fully commit to in their transactions:

1) Create Opportunities for Economically and Socially Marginalized Producers- Fair Trade is a strategy for poverty alleviation and sustainable development.

2) Develop Transparent and Accountable Relationships- Fair Trade involves relationships that are open, fair, consistent, and respectful.

3) Build Capacity- Fair Trade is a means to develop producers' independence. 

5) Promote Fair Trade- Fair Trade encourages an understanding by all participants of their role in world trade.

6) Pay Promptly and Fairly- Fair Trade empowers producers to set prices within the framework of the true costs of labor time, materials, sustainable growth, and related factors.

7) Support Safe and Empowering Working Conditions – Fair Trade means a safe and healthy working environment free of forced labor.

8) Ensure the Rights of Children – Fair Trade means that all children have the right to security, education, and play.

9) Respect Cultural Identity – Fair Trade celebrates the cultural diversity of communities, while seeking to create positive and equitable change.

For more information about fair trade read here and if you'd like to learn more about the above nine principles go here 

Are there any fair trade stores you frequent? have an opinion on fair trade, I'd love to hear your comments!

whats in my bag?

I bought this purse in Israel and it has lived its life and is ready to be retired. I thought it might be fun to write a post about what you’ll find in my purse on any given day.

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- my handy dandy day planner

- lip glosses, pens, mascara, red nail polish and my keys

-   Mio drink flavoring. If you haven’t tried these I highly recommend them! They don’t have the nasty aftertaste of crystal light and are liquid drops rather than powder so its easy to adjust the flavoring and works perfect for me since I freeze my water bottles and can add drops as it melts throughout the day.

- my favorite mustard yellow wallet

- a South Korean travel guide. Such a thoughtful birthday gift from a sweet friend.

- my ipod shuffle , in case of a musical emergency and my iphone dies (I used it more often when I had an ipod cause I tend to avoid letting my iphone die more)

- a rock-it. Ever heard of that? Its one of the coolest inventions yet! It plugs into anything that has a headset hook up then you attach it to a hollow surface. It plays your music using the vibrations of the object its stuck to, so the more hollow the more vibrations the louder your music. Yes. It is actually that easy and even cooler!!

- P&S camera

- photo booth photos from my last trip to our local theme park

What's in your purse thats not in mine?