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Get to Know More about Veritas Farms

Get to Know More about Veritas Farms

There is much talk about CBD and hemp out there. With a long list of benefits and easier accessibility, hemp and CBD has become much sough-after products. But can you know what’s good and how one brand is different from the next. We have been 

Nourish the Skin From Within with ODNOVA

Nourish the Skin From Within with ODNOVA

The worlds of health and beauty go hand-in-hand when you are on the journey to wellness. We recently had the chance to test out ODNOVA, a brand that focuses on that products that focus on harmony, balance, and feeling centered. Using a blend of nutrient-dense botanicals, 

Online Therapy: Does it Work?

Online Therapy: Does it Work?

We live in a fast-paced go, go, go world. We want more time but can never seem to find it, which, in the long-term can affect our health. The online world, however, opens up a plethora of ways to squeeze out more time in our already crunched day to shop, exercise and even have a therapy session. One such company that is paving the way for online therapy is ThriveTalk. Through this online platform they are connecting people in need of mental health support with highly skilled and vetted therapists who provide impactful therapy through  their secure online system. They are also passionate about whole-person wellness, which we were very intrigued to learn more about. Read on to discover more about their online therapy platform and how it could work for you:

Wellness Patterns: How did the idea for Thrivetalk come about?

ThriveTalk: Online therapy (and telehealth in general) is the new frontier of receiving mental health services. Online therapy enables clients all over the world to increase their access to services and provides a more comprehensive care experience. ThriveTalk initially came about as a solution to serve clients in our other brands, primarily veterans and individuals who are disabled. We have since created a comprehensive and easy-to-use online platform that enables clients to connect globally with highly skilled therapists for ongoing therapy.

On a personal level, I’ve been passionate about online therapy for the last 5 years after seeing how much more impactful ongoing communication can be with clients. When a client has a video or phone session from the comfort of their own home, they are often much more willing to open up and thus, they can make gains faster towards reaching their therapeutic goals. From the perspective of a therapist, building an online private practice is a terrific way to be of service and build a business, while also offering a freedom-based lifestyle.

Wellness Patterns: How does it work?

ThriveTalk: Clients can visit ThriveTalk.com and click “get started” to take our intake survey and they will be automatically connected with a therapist who will schedule them for their first session. We offer package plans which include both text-based and video or phone sessions, or they can schedule individual appointments with their therapist.

Wellness Patterns: How does it differ from a traditional therapist?

ThriveTalk: The biggest difference is how the services are received (from the comfort of wherever you may be!), but the impact is the same as in-person session in terms of making long-lasting changes in your life. In fact, because online therapists are often in touch with clients between sessions, which is unusual for a traditional therapist, many clients find that they feel more supported than they had in previous traditional experiences.

Wellness Patterns: How do you find the therapists to work with?

ThriveTalk: Visit our website and let us do the work for you. We will connect you with a therapist who is licensed in your state so that you can get started right away.

Wellness Patterns: Anything else to add?

ThriveTalk: ThriveTalk.com is a completely secure and HIPAA compliant way to receive mental health services. If you feel you may benefit from seeing a therapist, I encourage you to give it a try. If you use the coupon code READYTOTHRIVE you can get 35% off your first session.

Haley Neidich, LCSW is the Senior Director of Clinical Development for ThriveTalk.com and a practicing licensed psychotherapist with over 10 years of experience. Haley has her masters degree from Columbia University and specializes in treating anxiety in young adult women with a focus on spirituality and future-focused coaching.

Be sure to check out their Complete Guide To Yoga Therapy to add some zen into your life.

Interview with Dr. Robin Miller, Author of HEALED: Health & Wellness for the 21st Century

Interview with Dr. Robin Miller, Author of HEALED: Health & Wellness for the 21st Century

Is it possible to that the keys to happiness are within our minds and bodies? Or that the hey to happiness is ditching faad diets? All of these questions and more incredible health insights can be found in Dr. Robin Miller, an Integrative medicine physician medical 

How to Reduce Your Trash by Living a Zero Waste Lifestyle, Plus an Interview!

How to Reduce Your Trash by Living a Zero Waste Lifestyle, Plus an Interview!

Could you fit all of your trash into a mason jar? While that’s definitely not the case for us right now, we’ve been starting to understand the zero waste lifestyle thanks to some guidance and tips that we’ve learned while reading the new book, Zero 

Interview with EarthHero: A New Online Marketplace That Makes it Easy to Find Sustainable Products

Interview with EarthHero: A New Online Marketplace That Makes it Easy to Find Sustainable Products

Finding natural products can sometimes be challenging. While there are finally more options, it can be hard to find one website to locate pretty much everything you need. Enter EarthHero, a new online marketplace where you can find carefully-selected products from trusted companies with a focus on sustainability. Founded by entrepreneur and nature enthusiast Ryan Lewis, a serial entrepreneur and innovator, who, along with his team, researched brands from across a huge variety of categories, from innovative household goods to clothing to audio electronics to beauty products. Their sustainable practices and brand partnerships don’t stop with the product line either. They are also doing their part to offset all emissions caused from transporting their products as well as from day-to-day operations, by supporting reforestation projects in the United States through their partnership with Carbonfund.org.  In 2017 alone, EarthHero offset the equivalent of roughly 34 acres of forest, making EarthHero a carbon-neutral company that helps local ecosystems across the US.

Bee’s Wrap on earthero

bee's wrap sandwich on earthhero

Currently, this includes over 1,000 products across 60 brands, such as some of the products we recently had the opportunity to test out like Bee’s Wrap, eco-eggs for Easter, and the kids bamboo utensils forks and spoons kit. We loved how easy it was find everyday products, which are organized in a variety of categories, such as household goods, baby products, clothing, beauty products, and more. One of our favorites was the Bee’s Wrap, a reusable beeswax paper line that allows you to use the warmth of your hands to mold and then wrap anything from fruit to sandwiches to cheese and more. When you’re done, you simply wash it, let it dry and use it all over again. How cool is that?!

earthier product breakdown

On the site, you’ll find a breakdown of the product, plus its sustainability features, materials used, packaging, certifications and more. We love how EarthHero breaks this down in a clear and understandable way to empower the consumer as they make their decision.

Additionally, EarthHero is a member of 1% For The Planet where they donate 1% of their sales annually towards sustainability initiatives that give back to the planet, and they are currently in the application process of becoming a B-certified corporation. EarthHero also rewards their community for their sustainable shopping via a EarthHero Rewards system where each person receives points for every purchase, as well as for product reviews and social media shares. Twice a year, each person’s points are collected, where the consumer will receive discounts and coupon rewards based on how many points they’ve accumulated.

To learn more about EarthHero, we had the opportunity to chat with Ryan about how the idea came about, the research process and how their making it easier to shop for the best sustainable products online.

Ryan Lewis of EarthHero

Interview with Ryan Lewis of EarthHero

Wellness Patterns: How did the idea of EarthHero come about?

Ryan Lewis: My ah-ha moment came on a trail run. That’s my happy space and what I do most days of the week when not with my family or at the office. However, it really was a culmination of a deep desire to wanting be part of the solution. I couldn’t keep hearing study after study tell us we need to change the way we consume, and then not be a part of helping to solve it. And so I began. I began to research all sorts of product categories for myself and my family to see what assortment of healthy and sustainable products were out there from apparel to home supplies, personal care, etc. Just about everywhere I looked had incredible people making products that were good for people AND with respect to Mother Nature. The problem was how difficult it was to find them, trust them, and understand the impact they had. So EarthHero was born, to make all of these challenges much easier.

Wellness Patterns: How do you find the brands that you feature on the website?

Ryan Lewis: We try to find everything out there that meets our guidelines. It’s our goal to have a great option available every time people want or need something. We are achieving this by utilizing several tactics. Every time we onboard a new brand, we ask them who they’d recommend. Because they just went through the process, their suggestions tend to be a great fit and there is a great community of suppliers committed to making products the right way. They are such a supportive and collaborative group of people. We also get great feedback from our customers. We love to reach out to suppliers on our customers recommendations! In addition we attend many trade shows annually and are constantly online looking for the next pioneering company!

We attend many trade shows annually and are constantly online looking for the next pioneering company! Every time we onboard a new brand, we ask them who they’d recommend. Because they just went through the process, their suggestions tend to be a great fit and there is a great community of suppliers committed to making products the right way. We also get great feedback from our customers.

Ryan Lewis of EarthHero and research team

Wellness Patterns: Tell us about the research that’s involved.

Ryan Lewis: At the product and brand level we look primarily at 4 areas.
– Material make up – The product has to be as close to 100% sustainable in its material make up as possible.
– Labor practices – We look for fair labor certifications and processes.
– Packaging – Packaging needs to be as close to 100% compostable, recyclable or made from recycled content.
– Give back programs – We always look for any programs, non-profits, or charitable commitments from our brand partners.
– There are inevitably many other reasons as well which we communicate on the product and brand pages as well.

Wellness Patterns: What are some of your criteria for featuring a brand?

Ryan Lewis: In addition to the information above, we look for a shared ethos of genuine care. A lot of times they belong to organizations like B-Corp, 1 percent for the planet, and have a give back program. Some are zero-waste or carbon free companies. Some are actually regenerative, meaning the more they grow, the more healing they provide to the planet. How cool is that!?

Wellness Patterns: What can a consumer expect to find on the site?

Ryan Lewis: Community – People that care about what’s going on just as much as they do. Also, we offer a lot of education, but in fun, bite sized portions. And yes, a lot of great every day household goods to beauty products, apparel to outdoor products, gifts and more.

Wellness Patterns: What are some of your favorite/go-to products?

Ryan Lewis: Bees Wrap, I’m a sucker for packing a sandwich for the office. Using these wraps made from all natural ingredients, and reusable for one year help reduce waste. And then when they have expired they are compostable! I also love my Klean Kanteen reusable bottle and my favorite hoodie is from tentree. It’s made of recycled poly and organic cotton. Every time you buy a tentree product, they plant 10 traceable trees.

Wellness Patterns: Anything else to add?

Ryan Lewis: We’re young and just getting started. Our mission to is make sustainable shopping so easy, everyone does it. To get there we need to offer a zero compromise experience. We aim to make it just as easy or easier, convenient and affordable to shop this way, as the way most people shop today.

Check out more about EarthHero at https://earthhero.com

We were provided with a credit and a sample for the purposes of this review. All opinions, as always, are our own.

 

 

 

 

The Organic Heart Cookbook and an Interview

The Organic Heart Cookbook and an Interview

Our health is everything, and while we can all do the best by eating right and exercising, sometimes the unexplainable happens and people get sick. Breeana Pooler, creator of the popular Instagram account @the_organic_heart and the food blog, www.the-organic-heart.com, experienced this in her life, when 

Interview with virtue + vice: Women’s Sustainable and Ethical Clothing Brand

Interview with virtue + vice: Women’s Sustainable and Ethical Clothing Brand

There are so many factors that go into how our clothing is made. From where it is sourced to what materials that are used, the production of fashion has changed over the years to offer consumers cheaper items that are made a faster rate. This 

Interview with Portraits for Good: Online Art Gallery that Gives Back

Interview with Portraits for Good: Online Art Gallery that Gives Back

It’s so important to have something to believe in. No matter what our work may be, giving back is a way to support those in need. One such company that is doing their part a quite an impactful way for both consumers and artists is PORTRAITS FOR GOOD, an online gallery that sells artwork and prints while simultaneously donating to the charity of your choice.

PORTRAITS FOR GOOD, an online gallery that sells artwork and prints

Created by Alix Greenberg who realized that while artists have long stood for important causes, they lacked a way to directly impact the causes that mattered to them most. She created PORTRAITS FOR GOOD, a unique business that donates proceeds from every purchase to a non-profit of the customer’s choice. Since launching the site, PORTRAITS FOR GOOD has helped support organizations like JDRF, Doctors Without Borders, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and ASPCA.

PORTRAITS FOR GOOD art that gives back

PORTRAITS FOR GOOD pictures that give back

Not only an incredible way to give back, you can expect to receive a beautiful print or painting that arrives wrapped, framed, and ready to hang. To get started, customers choose a limited-edition print or commission a custom piece from one of their artists, then choosing a charity of their choice from which a portion of the proceeds will go towards. To learn more about this company and how it works, we spoke with Alix Greenberg who shared more about how the idea started and her goals for the future of PORTRAITS FOR GOOD.

Interview with Portraits for Good Founder, Alix Greenberg

Wellness Patterns: How did the idea of Portraits for Good come about?

Alix Greenberg: A few years ago I realized that, while artists have long stood for important causes, they’ve lacked a way to directly impact the causes that mattered to them most. I created PORTRAITS FOR GOOD; in 2015 a unique business that donates 10% of proceeds from every purchase to a non-profit of the customer’s choice. Since launching the site, PORTRAITS FOR GOOD® has helped support organizations like CodePurple Now, JDRF, Doctors Without Borders, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and ASPCA.

Wellness Patterns: Why was it important for you to tie in a charitable component to your company? How do you pick the charities you want to work with?

Alix Greenberg: The first part of this question is answered above! It started with me picking my favorite charities, and as I brought artists on, and more customers purchased, they also had ideas of charities to add. I am happy to add non-profits locally and abroad as long as they are benefiting us for good.

white girl rose portraits for good

Wellness Patterns: How do you select the artists to work with?

Alix Greenberg: PORTRAITS FOR GOOD partners with several artists who create original art or limited edition prints that showcase their unique artistic style. Since this is a fine art venture, I carefully acquire artists who have a strong aesthetic style and based on their social media presence. The site is curated and as I grow the business, I plan on bringing on 1-2 artists a day, then more! I want to make sure the site is showcasing the best.

 Portraits for Good, an online gallery that sells artwork and prints while simultaneously donating to the charity of your choice.

Wellness Patterns: How does the process work to purchase a piece of art?

Alix Greenberg: It’s easy!

1. Customers pick an artist from the “Artists For Good” dropdown menu and view the selection of limited-edition prints or upload an image and commission the artist to create a customized piece.

2. At checkout, consumers can choose their cause from a dropdown menu of numerous charities we partner with and have donated to in the past. Consumers who want to give to an organization not currently offered on the site, can contact us and we’ll happily add it as long as it is a 501(c)3!

3. Once purchased, the art will be delivered framed and display ready!

Wellness Patterns: What are some of your goals for the future of Portraits for Good?

Alix Greenberg: I am currently scaling the business and will be relaunching a brand new website in a few months optimized to bring on more artists and more charities – I want to bring 1-2 artists a day to start! I see this as a platform that aggregates both professional and dabblers alike and sells their work to charitably minded individuals. It will remain that PORTRAITS FOR GOOD is the seller and is the operational, shipping hub!

For more information, please visit:PORTRAITS FOR GOOD

Find the Perfect Meal in the New FoodFaves App (and an Interview!)

Find the Perfect Meal in the New FoodFaves App (and an Interview!)

We all have our food cravings, that on a given day, can be heightened when we scroll through social. Most food apps work to get food quickly and conveniently to you, but for the most part, that’s it. Most apps don’t know what your food