What I've been chewing on lately...

November 27, 2016
2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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Each year I offer up a few suggestions for gift giving. This year I was tempted to suggest we skip gifts all together and just donate money to organizations on the front lines of the threats to the environment, native people and sacred land, LGBTQ community, reproductive rights, quality journalism, public school, Jewish people, Muslims, civil liberties, Black lives, electing women to political office, and so much more. Yet here is what I ultimately believe:

We need to do both. We need to fund the front lines and support small businesses and artists. We need to fund the front lines and, if gift giving is a special tradition, honor that.

So please, fund the front lines first.

Pick one, two or more causes you care about and sign up to donate monthly. Then, if you want, consider a few of the following as worthy of brown paper packaging and string.


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1. Edo Blocks. Because maybe like me, you have a LEGO lover in your life who is ready to step it up.
2. Vagenda Notepad. Because we have a lot to do in the coming year.

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3. The Woman Cards. Because the only thing better than playing cards with friends is having Hillary Clinton, Shirley Chisholm, and Sacagawea on those face of those cards.
4. Leaves And Flowers for Quitokeeto Tumeric Wellness Tea. Because pleasure and calm.

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5. Fidget Cube. Because these are tense times.
6. Everyday Bravery Pins. Because we’re all doing the best we can.

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7. Let’s Talk About Race. Because it’s never too early and the time is now.
8. Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West. Because I just flew for 10 hours and couldn’t put it down.

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9. Penzey’s Double Strength Pure Vanilla Extract. Because Penzey’s stands for love and baking cookies is saving my sanity.
10. Parabo Press 14-month Calendar. Because I’ve been ordering family photo calendars for years and this is above and beyond the best: perforated pages so that you can tear off and save the photos when the month has passed, easy ordering from your phone or tablet, and two bonus months to bridge any gaps.

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11. CA Makes Hair Pins. Because when we’re fighting the patriarchy we can’t have our hair getting in the way.
12. Fiat Luxe FU Studs. Because.
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13. One Year of Unlimited Tarot Card Readings. Because we all need some help finding our way through 2017.
14. Intersectional Feminist Lapel Pin. Because a more perfect stocking stuffer never did exist. (To learn more about intersectional feminism head over here).

xo, Rachel

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Hi, I'm Rachel

I am a life coach and fierce advocate for women feeding their truest hungers. I'm also a curator of inspiration and this is where I share the wisdom I've gained, words that trigger deep reflection, and resources to help you live your most well-fed life. Feast onward.

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