I have never been a huge fan of Valentine’s Day. It was always a silly day to wait in long lines at a fancy restaurant and get terrible food and service, because the waitstaff was overwhelmed. And oh by the way, today I love you more than any of those other days, because Hallmark says so. I also felt that it was a wasteful holiday. Growing up I always made the connection that teddy bears and lingerie were synonymous with Valentines day. No wonder our human culture is so weird. And what happens to those bears? They get shoved on a shelf, never to be seen or heard of again. The lingerie? Well any smart woman over thirty just shoves that stuff to the back of the dresser and opts for the comfy T-shirt.

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OK,OK, so when it comes to this holiday I am a bit of a pessimist – and rarely do I hold this attitude. But let’s be honest, this is a stupid holiday. So if you must waste money to show your honey that you love them, do it in a way that matters – and be kind to mama earth while you do it.

Here are 8 of my favorite things that I could indulge in all year long and feel good about – and if you like to multi-task like a ninja, you can do all 8 at the same time; might as well be productive, right?


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Organic Wine Company – Blanquetter de Limoux Brut – The finest handcrafted organic and biodynamic, vegan and no-sulfites-added (NSA) wines from small family-owned vineyards

Dagoba –Dagoba Organic Chocolate Bar, Eclipse (Extra Strong Dark Chocolate), 2-Ounce Bars (Pack of 6)

Dagoba is the sanskrit word for temple, and their mission is to craft deeply satisfying chocolate in a socially responsible way.

The ultimate green store –Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Bottle with Loop Cap
– ditch the plastic water bottle made of 100% recyclable, high-quality, food-grade, stainless steel so it doesn’t need a special lining like some other metal bottles. It’s completely BPA-free and won’t leach toxins or funky flavors into your water, juice, smoothie, or drink of choice.

Brilliant earth – Stacking rings They are passionate about cultivating a more ethical, transparent, and sustainable jewelry industry.

Trees of Antiquity – Fruit Trees – Rather than cut flowers, opt to buy and plant a tree together.

Etsy – Vintage handmade Macrame necklace – reuse, repurpose and recycle. Buying vintage is always a good choice.

The ultimate green store –Elemental Herbs All Good Lips Tinted Lip Balm with SPF 18, Copper Canyon, 2.55 Gram

Lilipiache –Lingerie comfy lingerie that looks good and feels great. Made of natural fabrics like organic cotton, silk, silk satin, and linen.

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