If you find yourself asking, “why use sunscreen”, let me start by saying it is one of the leading causes of premature aging, causing things like:
This article is the first in an on-going series of articles featuring Made in the USA Crowdfunding projects.
Looking for an easy way to help start-up companies get off the ground so that they can make their products in the USA?
If you’ve read my style tips before you know that I’m a fan of dressing for your body type and selecting classic styles that are “on-trend”, but not overly trendy. There are a lot of style trends for Spring 2013 that will still be classic years from now. A few of my favorites are black and white, bold stripes, and sheers.
We are in the midst of wedding season. When friends and relatives get married, we’re thrilled for them, but it usually means giving a substantial gift. Remember when ABC News reported that if every American spent $64 on American-made goods, it would create 200,000 jobs? One wedding gift would do it.
On the hunt for THE perfect Eco-friendly bridal shower or wedding gift? Looking for a gift with meaning that will be used AND remembered? I’ve got you covered.
Spring shopping is my absolute favorite because I love dressing for warmer weather. If you’re like me, you aren’t a huge fan of bulky sweaters, blazers, and turtlenecks. Although I like shopping in Spring, I’m a size 12, so it’s not always easy to find clothing that fits well. Here’s what I look for when I shop:
Giveaway: Vance Family Soy Candles – Enter to win one of every candle in their collection, a luxurious $380 value
Scent is a powerful trigger of memory. Amy Vance, owner of Vance Family Soy Candles knows this and has developed a line of candles around her love for each one of the United States. The American Scent Trip candles celebrate the uniqueness and beauty of each state through fragrance, based on Amy’s memories of time spent there. I have had the pleasure of discovering countless American made products, all lovingly made, and this one stands out as one of the most special.
Smell is a wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived. -Helen Keller
This quote graces each candle, poured into heavy glass then cleverly packaged in a cardboard cylinder resembling a native American drum. The package art features the shape of the state and its’ major interstate highway. On the backside is a passage written by Amy of her fragrance inspirations.
Pennsylvania is mellow and sweet with honeysuckle, Hershey’s chocolate, and the spicy cinnamon molasses of Shoo Fly Pie.
Oregon is crisp and intoxicating with coffee, hazelnuts, sage, marionberries, and Douglas fir.
California is light and verdant, full of bright fruit and citrus notes balanced with earthy Redwood and eucalyptus.
Appreciating each scent is as satisfying as tasting fine wines. As a bonus, each one includes a local recipe or fun facts about the state. Reasonably priced at just $16, I can’t think of a more delightful American made item to have on hand for gifts or simply for personal enjoyment.
There are currently five states in the American Scent trips line: Washington, Oregon, California, Texas, Pennsylvania, & South Dakota. Eventually all 50 states will be depicted and you are invited to share your state along with your favorite scent memories in the comments below. Vance Family Soy Candles also makes a wide variety of other candles including ones inspired by holiday drinks and cocktails, travel candles poured in tins, long-lasting spa candles, massage candles, and specific flower scents such as gardenia or rose.
All of Vance Family Soy Candles’ products are made in Washington from renewable, non-GMO, biodegradable soy and organic essential oils and flavors. This means no dyes, no petroleum products, and no phthalates. They burn with low smoke, from cotton or paper wicks, packaged in heavy recycled glass. All of the packaging and products used in these candles are American-made and they donate at least 10% of profits to charity.
Vance Family Soy Candles wants a USA Love List reader to win one of every candle in their collection. This includes all of the states currently available in their American Scent Trips line: Washington, Oregon, California, Texas, Pennsylvania, & South Dakota plus 18 more candles, with a value over $380.
Click the +1 button for further instructions on each entry. This giveaway will close at midnight on Thursday May 30. The winner will be randomly selected, verified for correct entry participation, and notified by email.
Disclosure: USA Love List received some products in this post unconditionally for review purposes. Our opinions are always our own, and we aim to write fair and balanced reviews to promote only the very best of American-made products.
If you’ve already entered one contest on USA Love List, entering another will be even easier. Visit our Giveaways Page to find out about other active offers to join.
If you follow my Made in USA fashion advice, you know that I’m not a fan of trends. I am a fan of being on trend though – you want your style to be current and modern. One of the spring trends for 2013 is floral.
The look of summer is all about glowing skin. We have been sharing beauty tips to get this look since spring started so let’s recap and fine tune our look for glowing skin this summer.
We’re pretty excited to be the ones to introduce you to FIFTY 13 blog. It’s an American made buyer’s guide featuring gear and apparel made in California. You might wonder how a blog can be dedicated to featuring goods only made in one state, but California produces an array of products, from wine, spirits, and beer to shoes, jeans, and tees. There is a lot of production taking place in the Golden state.