Archive for December, 2013

As you gave the gift of AVEDA this holiday season you gave so much more! See how AVEDA is helping to improve lives in Nepal.

Monday, December 30th, 2013 by Lou Ann Shade

Co-written by Vanessa Parrette

ANSAB_NRM_REDD_Measuring-DBH-in-a-CFUG-of-chitwan Aveda returned to Nepal for the 6th year, continuing to build our long-term partnership with the paper making communities.

The tradition of paper making is a sustainable practice where lokta bark, from the lokta shrub,  is collected with a machete, always leaving enough to regenerate new growth. The bark is then beaten into a pulp, dried into sheets of paper and died with nontoxic die.

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When you touch the beautiful paper on Aveda gift sets you’re feeling much more than the natural, handmade texture. You’re feeling the joy of lives changed for the better. Income from paper making in Nepal helps more than 4,900 people support their families and communities. Many of the workers are women who use the income to send their children to school and buy medicine for the elderly.

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People of Nepal enjoying their new water availability

People of Nepal enjoying their new water availability

In the Mountains, women have to walk 1-1/2 hours daily to collect water from polluted sources. In the last decade, Aveda has partnered with Global Green-grants to fund new water projects. Local communities now have new water tanks, pipes and taps. As a result, 450 families now have clean, safe drinking water, and 34,000 acres of forest is protected.

So, we thank you for purchasing one of the beautiful Aveda gift sets this holiday season, and remember that you didn’t just give any gift. You’re gave the Gift Of Love!  And, as we enter the New Year, remember that we have custom gift sets available for birthdays, as well as upcoming holidays like Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day.  Come back and see us soon!

Click here to watch the Nepal sourcing video

5 Tips On How To Reduce Stress During The Holidays

Thursday, December 26th, 2013 by Marqui Linden

The holidays are most everyone’s favorite time of the year. Feeling thankful, festive, and sitting by a warm fire surrounded by your loved ones. But let’s be real, that’s not always the case. As enjoyable as this time of year is, it can also be very stressful! Trying to make it to everyone’s parties, seeing all sides of the family, to make everyone happy. It’s basically impossible! Being the child of divorced parents, I know exactly how difficult it can be to make things fair during this busy season. Although in the end, be thankful. Not everyone is lucky enough to be so in demand for the holidays. 🙂

Here is a few essential tips on how to juggle stress of the holidays!

1. Don’t stress about being fair… everyone has a different relationship with certain family members. Make each situation as equal as possible. But when it all comes down to it, you have the power to choose who you want to spend that special time with.

2. Consider bringing everyone together… we all know this may not always work or be the best idea. Although if it is at all possible to have everyone in one place at the same time, this will definitely cut back on some unwanted stress. That way you don’t feel like you have to cut your time short with someone to rush over to the next gift opening session.

3. Be real about your finances… money is another prominent source of stress at this time of the year. Do with what you can and what is realistic for you and your pocket book. Just be honest with loved ones if money is an issue. It truly is the thought that counts.

4. Avoid disputes… even if you have that weird uncle or a annoying cousin, just take a deep breath and remember that you want to celebrate the holidays in good spirits. Don’t let even one negative comment ruin that!

5. Try to relax and count your blessings… stop worrying and make the most of it! Embrace the times and welcome all connections with your loved ones. Remember the ones that are no longer with us and enjoy this amazing time of the year with the people you love.

Happy Holidays!