Feel Good Holiday Shopping

Feel Good Shopping Guide: Look and feel good about your shopping choices this holiday season. Features 20 retailers to shop consciously from.

Image via Zady.

This year it seems like the holidays crept up on me. I can’t believe it’s already after Thanksgiving and the Black Friday sales are in full swing. I feel like Halloween was only yesterday. On the plus side, we pick out our tree this weekend! On the down side, the onslaught of retail information is being shoved down your throat 24/7.

Lately I’ve put a lot of thought into my buying habits, and where my money actually goes. I constantly find myself being pulled to products that not only make me feel good, but do good by the companies and people who work for them. There’s a fine line between being modern and stylish and being sustainable, organic, earth-friendly, or socially conscious and these companies are in my thoughts because they straddle that line so well.

I hope this “Feel Good Shopping Guide” finds you well in the midst of all of the other shopping chatter and sales and that you are able to find peace in the thought of quality over quantity. Less is always more.

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Horticulture in Turks and Caicos

Horticulture in Turks and Caicos Islands

During our last trip, I was able to learn more about the horticulture in Turks and Caicos. Flowers and plants are something that have interested me, as the women in my family have always kept beautiful gardens. When Beaches Turks and Caicos invited me to learn more from their landscape manager, it was impossible to say no.

Tropical plants are something I especially love, with greenery beautiful enough to not need blooms. In my living room I keep a fiddle leaf fig, a snake plant, a white bird of paradise, and a few others. My husband might joke that I am not allowed to bring home more plant babies when I visit the home improvement stores (or anywhere with a garden, really).

Many of the plants from the tour were already familiar to me, and we were told that all of the plants on the island are imported. The property also propagates their own, using current plants to grow new ones. I saw a plant with fruit that resembled a sea grape, but was told that it was not a sea grape and was in fact, poisonous.

In the end of the tour we enjoyed some fresh young coconuts. My favorite part is eating the jelly after drinking the juice. I always find that odd because I’m not a huge fan of dried coconut.

The horticulture tour I experienced was provided by Beaches Resort Villages & Spa, Turks & Caicos. As always, all opinions, photos, and words are my own. Thank you for helping to support sponsors that make life here a little sweeter.

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