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FEBRUARY 04, 2015

15 RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS

February 04, 2015

15 RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS

Here in Seattle, coffee is a big deal. On my way to work a couple mornings ago, I was in need of a chai tea. So I swung by a local coffee stand for a quick fix. I ordered my usual and handed over cash to pay, but the barista sweetly refused. “It’s on the car in front of you,” she said. I looked around to find the little red car that just pulled away. As they waited to merge into traffic, I smiled and waved to the mother and child who had treated me.  “Have a nice day,” the...

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FEBRUARY 01, 2015

FEBRUARY LITTLE THING: KINDNESS

February 01, 2015

FEBRUARY LITTLE THING: KINDNESS

February begins tomorrow; one month in to 2015 and one month into our Dozen Little Things New Year Commitments. For those of you who may have missed it we are embracing the New Year with 12 little incremental changes and actions (one per month) that are easy to achieve rather than one big New Year’s resolution that’s hard to stick with. February’s commitment is kindness.  It’s as simple as that. I encourage you to make kindness a standard. Be kind – to yourself, your neighbors, and your world. Sounds easy but it is going to take some mindfulness. On my...

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JANUARY 31, 2015

MOTIVATION: DAILY FACE WASHING TIPS

January 31, 2015

MOTIVATION: DAILY FACE WASHING TIPS

For those of you following and playing along with our Dozen Little Things series, you know this January we’re committing to washing our face every single day, with the goal to make this an instinctual habit in the months to come. How’s it going for you? We’re keeping pace over here, though admittedly some nights is still tough to muster up the energy. So for some extra motivation, we’ve been brainstorming a few tips and tricks to make sure we stick to our washcloths on the daily. Find a good time. Stick to a routine that works for you and...

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JANUARY 30, 2015

ONE SIMPLE HABIT LEADS TO BETTER SLEEP

January 30, 2015

ONE SIMPLE HABIT LEADS TO BETTER SLEEP

Last fall we attended the Organic Spa media event. It was one of those soirees where companies tout their product to the press in a hotel ballroom. While we were there I couldn’t help but notice the two natural sleep aid companies and the fuss they were making about sleep. It was like they had discovered the new kale. Sleep, my old trusted friend, had transformed herself into the new fountain of youth, designed to prevent wrinkles and bags under the eyes while refreshing a person’s happiness levels in one single night. Who knew? So, what is the lowdown on...

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JANUARY 14, 2015

DIY GREEN BEAUTY TREATMENTS

January 14, 2015

DIY GREEN BEAUTY TREATMENTS

I’ve tried my fair share of beauty products throughout my life, but I often find myself coming back to the simplest forms of things. I truly believe less is more, and I embrace at-home beauty concoctions that reflect that belief.Whether you’re looking for a quick moisturizer or a weekly mask, there are tons of do-it-yourself recipes to try. Here are a few favorites I personally use: Body Moisturizer: Organic coconut oil. One ingredient, endless possibilities. I like to leave a little jar of the oil in my bathroom for a quick and easy post-bath moisturizer. Just a little scoop works...

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DECEMBER 30, 2014

HOMAGE TO THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS

December 30, 2014

HOMAGE TO THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS

Oh, the little black dress – classic, timeless, versatile; a closet staple. This iconic piece of fashion has more than color in common with our all natural skin care line, which is why we have embraced the tagline “the little black dress of eco-skin care.” First, a few parallels: The LBD was born to be customized; so too was Kari Gran.  The Hydrating Tonic and Essential Serum are used together with a flexible ratio allowing you to customize how much hydration you give your skin every day. Skin feeling parched? Add an extra pump of serum – that’s the beauty...

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DECEMBER 24, 2014

A WINTER WONDERLAND: OUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY MEMORIES

December 24, 2014

A WINTER WONDERLAND: OUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY MEMORIES

We frequently think about our family and friends and how grateful we are to have them in our lives, but it seems like when the holidays roll around we’re a bit more sentimental than usual. As we’re just days away from Christmas, we thought we’d take a quick stroll down memory lane: First up, Kari:My favorite memory was making lefse – a Norwegian flatbread (read: flour tortilla) made with potatoes and cream – with my mom every year. With some laborious steps like peeling and mashing potatoes, rolling out dough and frying, it’s kind of a pain to make. My...

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DECEMBER 17, 2014

GIFT WRAPPING: ECO-FRIENDLY STYLE

December 17, 2014

GIFT WRAPPING: ECO-FRIENDLY STYLE

Picture this (and we’re sure you’ve seen it with your own eyes too!): Christmas morning. All the presents unwrapped. A huge garbage bag stuffed with shiny red and green wrapping paper and sparkly bows. And unfortunately, most of that wrapping paper is never recycled. So, when wrapping presents this year, keep Mother Earth in your thoughts – there are lots of gorgeous wrapping options that will impress your gift recipient and Al Gore alike. From your friendly eco-chic loving Kari Gran team, here’s a few ideas to try if you’re feeling a little Martha, and if you have little ones...

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DECEMBER 15, 2014

HOLIDAY RECIPES: LIGHTEN UP AND FEED YOUR FACE

December 15, 2014

HOLIDAY RECIPES: LIGHTEN UP AND FEED YOUR FACE

This holiday, lighten up and feed your face. December is here, which means many things, but top of mind for many – how will I escape the month without punishing my belt, when the opportunities for bites and imbibing are endless? Well, at Kari Gran, we are all about moderation. I for one am not about to deny myself holiday chocolates, but I do try and keep things in check by finding lighter recipe alternatives for celebratory meals when I’m the one holding down the kitchen. Opting for fresh, seasonal and relatively healthful recipes gives my waistline a break and also...

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DECEMBER 09, 2014

FOUR WINTER SKIN CARE TIPS TO LIVE BY

December 09, 2014

FOUR WINTER SKIN CARE TIPS TO LIVE BY

In with the winter weather, in with dry skin. What to do? Fortunately, with a few adjustments to your routine it’s easy to combat harsh weather and leave you fresh faced. Here are four winter skin care tips: Hydrate from the inside out by drinking plenty of H20. Shake up the plain old water routine by trying it at room temp with slices of cucumber, or jump on board the coconut water bandwagon. If cold beverages aren’t calling your name, go for some warm lemon water or a cup of steamy Herbal Tea, which does not include dehydration-inducing caffeine. Adjust...

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