Monday, January 31, 2011
With unusually warm Winter days over the weekend, the kids were playing with their friends in the back yard. Left to their own devices, they let their imaginations soar and before I knew it, they had created some amazing little Winter Fairy Houses.
They cut down 2 sunflowers that were left in the garden and completely on their own, with no adult interference, spent an hour or 2 making the perfect little homes for the Garden Winter Fairies.
Once they were done, they came inside and asked me if they could sew some clothes for the fairies. I gave them some fabric which they cut up, then I helped them sew little skirts. Then they made little blankets and pillows.
I am truly amazed with what kids will come up with when left on their own in a natural setting. It goes to show that the best toys on Earth are Earth itself!
Friday, January 28, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
The other day I took a call from an older lady who wanted to place an order over the phone. Our conversation was only a few minutes but she told me that she was placing an order for our insulated sandwich bags because her husband was in a nursing home and she goes there every day to spend time with him. She needed a way to keep her lunch and snack cool all day while she was visiting her husband.
We tend to think our customers are all a certain type of person. People have called us a 'Hippie' store or think we serve a small niche of tree huggers. In reality we are shipping products to all 50 states, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. Our customers are mothers, grandmothers, single women, college aged women, and even men.
The thing we all have in common is a desire to use the best beautiful, natural, handmade, fair trade, and reusable products while supporting small business. Hip Mountain Mama really is all about a natural attitude for any altitude.
So what is your story?
We'd love to hear from more of our customers. If you'd like to share your story about being a Hip Mountain Mama send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also putting together a video about what a Hip Mountain Mama is. We'd love to have you send us a 5 second video of you saying "I'm a Hip Mountain Mama" or "I'm a Hip Mountain Mama because...". We would like videos to feature you in a city, on the beach, at a park, in an office, in the mountains, or wherever but be creative. If you have any questions contact me at email@example.com.
We are looking forward to hearing your story.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
So...one of the things on my '35 Things I Want to Learn or Do' list is to take up the guitar. I played around with it in my early 20's, but I haven't picked up a guitar in at least 10 years. My oldest daughter came to me a few weeks ago telling me she wanted to learn an instrument. After some talk she settled on the guitar. I was thrilled with this decision as I knew in my heart that this would be something we could learn together.
This weekend we headed to our local music store and picked out a couple of guitars. (Mine is a birthday present and my daughter did chores to earn the money to pay for hers). We sat down immediately and both learned a few chords...together. We were both just gitty to be learning something new and to be doing it together!
Whether my daughter stays interested in the guitar for 20 years or 20 days, this will be something we have done together and will cherish it forever. It is hard to realize when you are in the middle of great moments that they will become moments you will never forget...however, I have a feeling we are in the middle of great moments around here that will be talked about for many years to come!
Friday, January 14, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
This is our first Winter season to carry coats in our shop and we have just fallen in love with our small, but cute selection. We are very much in the heart of winter here in Colorado and I have enjoyed wearing our Fleece Shawl around the house and our Long Fleece Coat on Winter walks.
All of our coats are fair trade and very high quality. By supporting fair trade we are helping families in other countries to improve on their quality of life.
For 1 week only we have marked down our entire selection of coats. There is no need for a coupon code, just head on over to our shop and take advantage of the deals!
Thursday, January 6, 2011
I chose this Spontaneity-themed aromatherapy candle for my latest Hip Mountain Mama review because sometimes I suffer from the want-to-stay-in-my-fuzzy-slippers syndrome. I am a homebody at heart, so some healthy motivators are always welcome.
Grapefruit and petitgrain scented, and made with essential oils, this candle has a really crisp fresh smell that did indeed creative a dynamic mood in the room. It burns well and comes in minimal packaging, which I appreciate.
That's my kitchen window, glowing with spontaneity! I lit this candle while I prepared for a spur of the moment roadtrip over Christmas, and I quite enjoyed the citrusy, bright smell.
I'd also like to try the others scents: Serenity and Insight!
**Leslie is a part of our Hip Mountain Sisterhood review team. She blogs at Pixiepine about vegan eats, books, green living, hula hooping, bicycle stuff, thrifting, and family adventures.
FYI...we are discontinuing these candles and they are on sale right now if you would like to grab one or two!http://www.hipmountainmama.com/vecoarca.html or http://www.hipmountainmama.com/arnavecoarca.html
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
First I opened this lovely Meditation Pillow. Meditation has become a large part of our lives lately so this was a very welcomed and treasured gift.
Next I opened this awesome long fleece coat that I had been coveting for a while. I have never owned a long coat and I don't think I will ever settle for anything shorter! It keeps me so cozy warm, it is super soft, and I love the cute elf hood!
Lastly I opened a lotus tank top. This top is really beautiful and Andy just knew it would quickly become one of my favorites. I have been wearing it this winter a lot so far over a long sleeve white shirt and jeans. This is definitely my new favorite top!
All of these items are hand made, fair trade, and quality made. It feels so good to support these things that we so deeply believe in. Cute clothes + fair trade = win win all around!
Did you get some fun goodies for Christmas or other holidays you celebrate this time of year?
Monday, January 3, 2011
The course involves a lot of self discovery through journalling, guided meditations and so much more. In this course you will:
*discover more about your true self
*set powerful intentions for your life
*define the work you love
*learn relaxation techniques
*gain clarity and feel more creative
*play with paint, doodle, and collage
*embrace the artist in you
(we all have one!)
*turn a blank journal into your vibrant life guidebook
So, have I convinced you yet? It is a 4 week course that can be taken at your own pace! Take a week off, do it all on the weekend, or follow along each day if you like. There is a facebook group created for each class, so if you wish you can get to know the other participants and chat!
This is all I can tell you for now, but I really hope that some of you will join me! This will be my third time to take the course and each time it has gotten me closer to living the life that truly makes me happy!
Shannon is offering a special deal for all of you! If you register between now and Wednesday at midnight central, you will receive $10.00 off the registration fee! Just follow this special link to receive your discount