A good place to reach the way too many kids who live in poverty in this country is in school. The fine folks at Communities in Schools are helping kids in need to stay in school and succeed in life.

About Communities in Schools:

“Across the country, approximately 1 in 5 children under 18 live in poverty. These are disproportionately children of color who already struggle with issues of access and equity. Without community support, they are more at risk for missing school, dropping out and failing to earn a high school diploma. By helping our most vulnerable students stay in school and succeed in life, we are building stronger, healthier and more economically stable communities where every person is capable of reaching his or her greatest potential.”

Learn more about Communities in Schools and how you can help here.

FF: The Mint Crocodile Leather File Folder from Graphic Image

If you are like me, you have a few shabby manila folders with very important documents in them. Like seriously, I have had some of these folders for years. What I really need is a fancy folder, like the Mint Crocodile Embossed Leather Carlo File Folder I found from the fine folks at Graphic Image.

About the Mint Crocodile Embossed Leather Carlo File Folder from Graphic Image:

“Anything but manila! Organize your workspace and give important documents the attention they deserve. Handcrafted in crocodile embossed leather. Personalize it and make it your own with your specific saying or initials on the tab.”

Find the Mint Crocodile Embossed Leather Carlo File Folder from Graphic Image here.

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FF: The Alligator Sport Money Clips from B.D. Jeffries

Meanwhile, the fine folks at B.D. Jeffries have a nice line of Alligator Sport Money Clips.

About the Alligator Sport Money Clips from B.D. Jeffries:

“Genuine alligator sport money clip features a clip for bills on the outside and room for credit cards on the inside. It’s compact enough to fit in a front pocket. The alligators used to produce our belts, wallets, and handbags are indigenous to the southern United States. Alligator skins vary in tile shapes and sizes. However, the majority of them have more square tiles taken from the belly and tail of the alligator. We are able to use the entire alligator skin when producing belts and wallets accounting for a larger variation in tiles.”

Find the Alligator Sport Money Clips from B.D. Jeffries here.

See all the fine products from B.D. Jeffries here.

I am still looking for the perfect charcuterie board, and I am glad I have kept looking, as I think I have found the perfect one – the No. 2 Serving Board from the fine folks at De Jong & Co.

About the Serving Boards from De Jong & Co.:

“Our serving boards are elegantly shaped with a soft feel. Handles are ideally sized for the palm and include a leather bootlace hanging loop. Half-moon cutouts serve as a second handle or to direct chopped fare. Each board is shaped, seasoned, and finished by hand in our Los Angeles studio.”

Find the No. 2 Serving Board from De Jong & Co. here.

Learn more about De Jong & Co. here.

I have mentioned before that I have had many ideas for great books featuring photos of dogs, but I lack both the talent and the ambition to make one of them happen. Thankfully there are many others out there who produce excellent books like Upside-Down Dogs by Serena Hodson.

About Upside-Down Dogs by Serena Hodson:

“Celebrated pet photographer Serena Hodson’s silly, drooly, whimsical, and fun Upside-Down Dogs is sure to bring a smile to every dog lover’s face. Her unique perspective brings these sweet, full color photos to life on the page. Hodson takes beautiful color photographs of man’s best friend…but her furry subjects are always upside down. The results are stunning, charming, and laugh out loud adorable. No matter the breed, no matter the background, Hodson is able to capture the sweet personality of each dog she works with. There’s no better book to help someone turn their frown upside down.”

Ms. Hodson’s photographs are entertaining and provide a nice diversion for any dog lover.

Upside-Down Dogs by Serena Hodson is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.

There is no excuse to eat chips anymore now that the fine folks at GAEA have provided us with their Marinated Cauliflower Snack Packs, with yummy cauliflower marinated in Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Lemon.

About the Marinated Cauliflower Snack Packs from GAEA:

“As the demand for healthy snacking continues to grow, we’re delivering! The first shelf-stable veggie snack with no preservatives and all natural ingredients. Cauliflower pickled and marinated in Gaea extra virgin olive oil, lemon essential oil, and sea salt. Certified Gluten-Free, Vegan, and MyClimate Project Neutral. Great source of dietary fiber, polyphenols, and healthy fats. Healthy, low-calorie snacks that fit your busy lifestyle.”

Find the Marinated Cauliflower Snack Packs from GAEA here.

See all the great products from GAEA here.

Life is way too short for dollar store liquid soaps. Your hands deserve much better, like the Mint Tisane liquid soap I found from the fine folks at LAFCO New York.

About the Mint Tisane from LAFCO New York:

“Clippings of basil, eucalyptus, bay leaf, sage and mint are laid out to dry undisturbed on a sun-filled windowsill. Fresh ginger shavings and a few thorns of clove suggest this could be the makings for homemade mint tea. Spearmint and peppermint receive a healthy squeeze of lime, basil and star anise. Artfully made in Italy using only natural ingredients, our Mint Tisane liquid soap re-generates, protects and moisturizes while gently cleansing, leaving your skin luxuriously fragranced.”

Find the Mint Tisane from LAFCO New York here.

Find all the soaps, candles, diffusers, and other scent-related items from from LAFCO New York here.

The Discover the Forest campaign is designed to get young kids excited about getting outside to enjoy the natural wonders of the world around them. It sounds strange that we need to have such a campaign, but we do, as kids are increasingly spending time indoors, online and not out discovering things.

About Discover the Forest:

“This PSA campaign aims to inspire tweens (aged 8-12) and their parents to re-connect with nature, experiencing it first-hand. The campaign brings to life the joy and excitement kids have when they discover the wonders of nature, helping create interest in their environment and a lifelong relationship with it. Nature gives teens the ability to explore, use their imagination, discover new animals and plants, and engage in adventurous play. Being in nature frees them from their crazy, scheduled days and offers the ability to get lost in something totally unmanaged, unexpected and utterly surprising. Nature instills a peace and calmness they can’t experience in their daily lives, and the more they discover the natural world around them, the more they will feel connected to the world and better understand their relationship to it.”

You can help by getting involved with public lands near you.

Learn more about Discover the Forest here.

FF: The Apollo Paper Drink Coasters by Octaevo

I was reminded the other day that I really need to use coasters to save my furniture from damage. I have a ton of coasters (I just need to find which box I packed them in) but I am always on the lookout for unique new ones – like the Apollo Paper Drink Coasters by Octaevo I found from the fine folks at Cameo Nouveau.

About the Apollo Paper Drink Coasters by Octaevo:

“Born as a tribute to ancient gods and mythology, the Janus & Apollo line includes timeless, versatile objects with a strong yet warm character. This set of 16 original coasters features our signature print of Janus, Greek god of the music and poetry. Made of durable and water resistant paper, each side of the coasters hosts a different face print. Adorned with gold foil accents and packaged in a luxurious gift box, they are perfect for keeping surfaces dry in a stylish way – and will definitely make you shine at your next social event.”

The Apollo Paper Drink Coasters by Octaevo are available from Cameo Nouveau here.

See all the quality items from Cameo Nouveau here.

FF: The Ceramic Planters from Norden

The fine folks at Norden have a nice line of ceramic planters all of which will look great out on my new patio.

I particularly like Norden’s Black Speckle Glazed 5” Planter:

“Black Speckle Glaze; Approximate 5″ outside diameter x 4″ tall; No Drainage Hole; Suitable for Indoor/Outdoor use; Wheel thrown stoneware; Made in California.”

See the full line of Ceramic Planters from Norden here.

See all the fine products from Norden here.

I have a collection of plates featuring cities and historic sites I have visited. Most of these are decorative vintage items sold as souvenirs that I have amassed over the years. Now the fine folks at Not Neutral have a great collection of City Plates featuring cities from around the world that make collecting plates cool.

I like the Boston plate from Not Neutral’s City Plates collection:

“Part of our sixth series of City Plates. The theme of this sixth collection is ‘American Dreams.’ Each of the cities in the series (Boston, San Francisco, Hollywood, and Palm Springs) has inspired the spirit of the American dream. Whether it was freedom from religious persecution, the promise of fortune and fame, or the desire for a golden age of leisure that spurred the growth of these four cities, they are all landmarks—historically and architecturally— that represent the persistence of a national ethos full of ambition and optimism.”

See all the City Plates from Not Neutral here.

See all the cool finds from Not Neutral here.

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