Calico and Twine | Goods for the Simple Life

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

As many of you may know, I spent most of last year running an Etsy shop called Tumbleweed and Twine where I made wooden home decor such as signs, shelves, etc. I loved painting and creating and it was really a blessing because it showed me that having an online business like I always dreamed of is possible. But Tumbleweed and Twine just wasn't it. As I was diving deeper into this journey of simplicity and sustainability, what I was creating eventually stopped being fun and started feeling less and less like me.

At the beginning of this year I began to get the nagging thought of closing Tumbleweed and Twine. So I eventually phased out the sign making and started praying about what I should do next.

It has been a long time coming but finally, Calico and Twine is here and open for business!

I have combined my love for styling, decorating, sustainability, simplicity and vintage, and created Calico and Twine. Calico and Twine is a thoughtfully curated shop for those striving to live simply and intentionally. At Calico and Twine you will find vintage, handmade, and directly sourced items. Sustainability and simplicity are the intentions of this shop. Our vintage items are sustainably sourced and purchased free of plastic when possible, our fabrics and materials for handmade items are from sustainable and ethical manufacturers with low-impact practices. And most of all we are a completely plastic free company. We will never sell any plastic items or package orders in plastic. For packaging and shipping orders we will be using recycled and up-cycled materials that are completely biodegradable and recyclable (yes, even the tape!)

In today's culture of convenience and consumerism, it's hard to trust where our products are coming from, whether they are harmful to the environment or our health, and whether the company we are purchasing from is ethical and worth supporting. I wanted to do the hard work of figuring all that out for you and source high quality vintage pieces that were made back when things were built to last, make handmade pieces myself that were sewn with love and care, and find other ethical and sustainably made products to sell and support.

Living simply and sustainably doesn't mean things have to be boring. William Morris once said, "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." Beautiful, stylish clothes, pops of color, and home decor all very much have their place in an intentional lifestyle. The key is choosing craft over convenience, and intention over impulse.

The pieces you find at Calico and Twine are not only great alternatives to the plastic-laden, chemical filled products of today's culture, but  are also timeless, simple and look great in the home.

What you can shop now:
  • Vintage summer clothes
  • Home goods such as wooden bowls, simple baskets, etc
  • Handmade linen apron
  • Sustainable living tools such as a hemp linen tote bag and organic cotton bulk bags
What's to come:
  • More vintage clothes- a few more summer pieces and then the fall collection!
  • More home goods like baskets, bowls, wooden alternatives to plastic, etc
  • Sustainable living goods such as tote bags, market baskets, bulk bags, etc.
  • Items that are beautiful, useful, high quality, and sustainably made and sourced
It would mean so much to me if you took the time to look around the site! Get your shop on here!

Thank you for all your support!

With gratitude,

Vegan Resources

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Hi friends! I wanted to put together a list of vegan resources for you guys so they are all in one place. This is definitely not a complete list and I will be adding to it as time goes on! Feel free to comment below your favorite vegan resources, brands, recipes, and foods as well. If you are interested in veganism but have yet to take the plunge I urge you to checkout the vegan sections of your grocery store. The options are endless and there is an alternative for every single thing that you could think of!

Just a disclaimer- I only ever recommend meat alternatives/cheese alternatives/egg alternatives to those beginning their transition or are having a hard time not eating animal products. Meat alternatives, cheese alternatives, and egg alternatives are heavily processed and really not all that healthy but are great for a treat or as a transitioning tool only. Also, make sure you read ingredients and only buy organic or at the very least non-GMO alternatives because they can have some pretty nasty stuff in them! Plant-based whole foods is the goal, but alternatives can be used as a stepping stone to get there :)

Dairy Alternatives
Almond milk
Oat milk
Hemp milk
Cashew milk
Coconut milk
Macadamia nut milk
Bolthouse Plant Milk
Ripple Plant Milk
So Delicious Coffee Creamer
Silk Coffee Creamer
So Delicious Cheese Shreds
Kite Hill Cream Cheese
Miyokos Cream Cheese
Kite Hill Artisan Cheese
Daiya Cheese
So Delicious Ice Cream
Nada-Moo Ice Cream
Kite Hill Yogurt
So Delicious Yogurt
Silk Yogurt
Earth Balance Vegan Butter
Miyokos Vegan Butter
Coconut Infusions Vegan Butter
Nutivia Buttery Coconut Oil

Meat Alternatives
Beyond Meat

Egg Alternatives
Bob's Red Mill Egg Replacer
Follow Your Heart Vegan Egg
24 Ways to Replace an Egg

Vegan Youtubers
Hot For Food
Tess Begg
Bonny Rebecca
Liv B
Vegan Encounters
Caitlin Shoemaker
Sweet Potato Soul
Kate Flowers
Earthy Andy
Raw Alignment
Mina Rome

Vegan Food Blogs
Oh She Glows
Minimalist Baker
Hot For Food
Healthy Happy Life
It Doesn't Taste Like Chicken
This Rawsome Vegan Life
Forks Over Knives Recipes

Food Inc
What The Health
The Best Speech You Will Ever Hear

Beyond Beliefs 
Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows
For Love Of Animals Christian Ethics, Consistent Action by Charles Camosy
Dominion The Power of Man, The Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy by Matthew Scully
The Vegan Way

Helpful Vegan Websites
Vegan Easy
Nutrition Facts
Mercy for Animals
Raw Alignment Vegan Lifestyle Resources
Raw Alignment Veganism Resources

Where do I get my nutrients?
Printable PDF of Plant Based Nutrient Sources
The Ultimate Guide to Plant Based Nutrition

Is Veganism Biblical?
Is Veganism Biblical?
For Love of Animals: Christian Ethics, Consistent Action
Dominion: The Power of Man, The Suffering of Animals and the Call to Mercy
The Good Stewards
Vegan Christian
Why I'm A Christian Vegan- Today's Christian Woman

Other Posts I've Written On Veganism:
Is Veganism Biblical?
Tips on Transitioning to Veganism
3 Things I've Learned Since Becoming Vegan
But Where Do You Get Your Protein? Q&A
Why I've Chosen Veganism as a Christian

Sustainable Hygiene with Brush with Bamboo

Monday, July 2, 2018

Hi friends! Today I wanted to take the time to share with you guys a bit about an amazing company called Brush With Bamboo!

A toothbrush is a basic item that we use so much that we probably never even think twice about it. But did you know that around the world over 4.7 billion plastic toothbrushes are thrown away each year? These toothbrushes will never biodegrade and they end up polluting our oceans and our land. It's no doubt that plastic pollution is a crisis and we need to take action in order to help our earth heal. It seems intimidating at first, but taking the first step to creating less waste can be as simple as swapping your plastic toothbrushes for bamboo options.

When I first made the switch to bamboo toothbrushes a little less than a year ago, I had trouble finding the chemical and treatment-free vegan toothbrush that I wanted. Not to mention that the first company I bought from packaged their toothbrushes individually in plastic bags! I was so confused and really upset about how counterproductive that is. I knew I had to search for a brand that not only created the product I wanted, but did so in a caring, sustainable way. When I found Brush with Bamboo I knew I had found a company that I wanted to support 100%. 

Brush with Bamboo's toothbrushes are the world's first fully plant-based toothbrush. The bristles are made of castor bean oil that is made in the USA and the handles are 100% certified organic bamboo. The toothbrushes are also a certified biobased product, certified vegan (some bamboo toothbrushes use pig hair as thanks!) and they are a Green America certified business. A lot of bamboo is treated, but Brush with Bamboo uses wild-harvested bamboo and no chemicals or treatments are ever used in growing, harvesting, processing, etc. And they just recently received their official organic certification! Woot woot! You can read more about their bamboo and process here.

The best part is that their packaging is entirely compostable and biodegradable! The toothbrushes come packaged in a cardboard box and a wrapper that looks like plastic but is actually made from a non-GMO wood cellulose that is completely compostable! This just makes my heart so happy to be able to throw the packaging into my backyard compost bin instead of the trash or even recycling bin. 

The amazing creatives behind Brush with Bamboo is the Kumar family. Not only have they created a world changing company, but they also have an organic permaculture garden in their suburban home that produces 5000 pounds of food annually. Many of you guys know that it is my dream to have a farm someday but I currently live in a suburb so this is extremely inspiring to me and proof that no matter where you live, you can take steps to grow your own and live in a more sustainable environment! Imagine if we all used our yards to grow food instead of grass...

The Kumar family also manages an organic farm near their home that provides healthy food for families. You can read more about their story here. 

Take a look at this inspiring video about the background of Brush With Bamboo:

Brush with Bamboo makes both adult sized and kid sized toothbrushes as well as other sustainable oral care items such as tongue scrapers, travel toothbrush cases, toothbrush holders, etc. You can shop all of Brush with Bamboo's products here!

We must begin to be conscious consumers. It is so important for the health of our planet and our bodies to choose well and from sustainable companies like Brush with Bamboo. The power is in our hands to make a difference and every dollar we spend is a vote for the kind of world we want to live in. If you're struggling with how to begin living a more sustainable life, switching to bamboo toothbrushes is a great place to start. Head to Brush with Bamboo's site to take your step towards making the world a better place. 

With care and gratitude,

This is a sponsored post but as always, all opinions are my own. You can always trust that I only ever share brands and products that I stand behind 100%. Thank you for your support and thank you to Brush with Bamboo for sponsoring this post! 

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