It’s a new year and Five Favorite Things is back! Our regular round-up of recommendations from our team. This month we’re sharing what we’re watching, buying, making, looking at and a little good news! Read on for more…
We’re kicking off Five Favorite Things with some GOOD NEWS! Last spring we shared about some of the threats pollinators were facing and a few ways we could help their populations survive and thrive on an individual level. A couple of weeks ago the Xerces Society reported that the Western monarch butterfly population has recovered!
“For decades, the Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count has been cataloging the rapid decline of one of North America’s most enigmatic butterflies. In a surprising and remarkable outcome, this winter brought a final tally of 247,237 monarch butterflies observed across the West, an over 100-fold increase from the previous year’s total of less than 2,000 monarchs and the highest total since 2016.”
Learn more about this exciting news from Xerces Society here.
Our Content and Brand Manager Alija recently shared the @polly_pick_pocket Instagram feed with us and it was just the mid-winter pick-me-up we all needed! Scroll through Polly Pickpocket’s collection of old Polly Pockets and feel all the 1980’s and early 90’s childhood joy!
Looking to mix up your skincare routine this season? May we suggest Hanahana beauty? Their shea body butter is AMAZING, the texture feels like whip cream and is available in five natural scents. Jess, our Customer Care Specialist, loves the Amber Vanilla. Best of all Hanahana has created a benefits circle that supports the communities they source from, giving them access to healthcare and sustainable resources. Learn more about their mission here.
The Art of Paying Attention by illustrator Wendy MacNaughton. In her TED talk from last August MacNaughton draws a line from a blind contour drawing experiment to her career as an illustrator to tell us about human connection and art.
While winter may get a bad wrap for weather and darkness, it is the greatest season of all… for citrus! After you’ve enjoyed the most delicious oranges, lemons and limes, keep your peel and use it as a natural bird feeder. We’re so inspired by this DIY from Treehugger, what a beautiful and bright way to add color to your surroundings and support the birds!