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Gift Guide 2015: Gift Ideas For When You’re Out of Ideas

It’s getting down to the wire and you need a present, ahhh! Aside from the usual last-minute picks like a gift card to a local coffee shop or juice bar (I mean, just stop reading right now – those would be great choices), here are some great ideas for gifts pretty much anyone on your list will appreciate. Again, better to go with a boring … Continue reading Gift Guide 2015: Gift Ideas For When You’re Out of Ideas

Gift Guide 2015: Mom (Mama, Mommy, Mom, Mum…)

Whether you’re looking for a gift for a new mom you know, or maybe your mom, this list is chock full of thoughtful, beautiful ideas. Plus, everything is under $50! ONE: This Logan and Lenora Clutch will get a lot of use – it’s perfect for everyday outings, as a travel makeup and toiletry bag, or for anything wet/gross that you want to contain. Swimsuits, … Continue reading Gift Guide 2015: Mom (Mama, Mommy, Mom, Mum…)

Meredith Tested: Favorite USA-Made Baby Items

*Hi friends, just a heads up that this post contains affiliate links and I might receive a small commission. Affiliate links are indicated with an asterisk. Time flies when you have a newborn to care for (and stare at, and play with, and snuggle!) We tried to stay minimal in terms of baby items but there’s no doubt about it: babies use a lot of … Continue reading Meredith Tested: Favorite USA-Made Baby Items

Travel Essential: Weekender Bags

Tis the season for weekend travel! Weekender bags are designed for, you guessed it, holding as much as you need for a weekend away. I use this style for personal and professional travel, as does my husband. Typically in a travel duffel or large tote style, these bags marry gorgeous form and ideal function. While the traditional weekender style includes one large compartment with perhaps … Continue reading Travel Essential: Weekender Bags

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2014 American Made Awards

Now through August 29, you can nominate yourself or another maker for a Martha Stewart American Made Award. Fancypants judges like Ms. Martha and a bunch of experts from her editorial staff will look at all the submissions and choose finalists in the Crafts, Design, Food and Style categories. “We believe we are in the midst of a shift in our culture where creative entrepreneurs … Continue reading 2014 American Made Awards

Stylish #MadeinUSA Picks from Anthropologie

I love finding Made in America (and fair trade) products at major retailers. While it’s awesome to support small, local businesses, I also like supporting American-made brands sold at larger stores so that the retailers get the message and the “masses” can continue to access these great products/makers. Here are my picks for items currently on Anthro’s website: Glass Milk Bottles, $34 How cute are … Continue reading Stylish #MadeinUSA Picks from Anthropologie

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Interview with the Creator of the Economic Impact Rating

If you’re interested in ethical manufacturing and the Made in America movement (like I am), you may have heard that some organizations are trying to dig a little deeper into the impact that manufacturing can have on communities. I was lucky to be able to interview Anthony Comito, founder of the Economic Information Exchange Company and creator of the Economic Impact Rating to get more … Continue reading Interview with the Creator of the Economic Impact Rating

Made in America Makeup Bags

I am on the hunt for a new cosmetics bag to organize my non-toxic beauty products. Who knew there were so many fun, functional, American-made choices? Help me choose, vote for your favorite below! This lipstick print bag for $24 is just so…happy! Fun on the outside, practical on the inside with a waterproof lining. Made in PA by Etsy seller handmadephilosophy. So gorgeous. $179. Designed … Continue reading Made in America Makeup Bags