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Organize Your Office Space: Feng Shui (and Fun Stuff!)

September 13, 2012

Need an office lift?  Post-it, Scotch (the fabulous high heel tape dispenser) and stylish websites like are all ready to help you spruce up your space.

Once you’ve collected some motivating new goods the next step is creating order! We loved this break down of how to maximize the efficiency of your office using Feng Shui principles written by  for  We’ve done some editing… so click here for entire article.
Wind Chimes
The melodious sounds of a wind chime placed at the right corner cannot only improve your mood, but your career too. Wind Chimes promote the flow of positive energy, called ‘Chi’ in Feng Shui. Try to look for a beautiful metallic wind chime with 6 rods. Hang the wind chime with a 9 cm or inch long red ribbon.
Positioning Your Furniture
Since we are talking about Feng Shui for career success, it inevitably relates to the position of furniture in your office. It is strictly advised against having your back to the entrance of your office or cabin. According to Feng Shui, it creates vibes such that your colleagues will inconspicuously work behind you for career development and you may miss out on many career opportunities as you may be oblivious to it. If it is absolutely unavoidable due to office arrangements, place a mirror in front of you such that the view behind is clearly visibly to you. Also, if your desk is directly in front of a window such that your back is towards it, it will create a vibe of insecurity and instability in your cabin for you. Hence, try to keep that window closed and block it by placing a huge rack or stand in front of it. Other forbidden places to position your desk as per Feng Shui are: next to the entrance, directly opposite a colleague or in a corner. These places create much distraction and prevent you from concentrating on your work and performing well. It is alright to sit facing a wall though. However, the best position would be to sit diagonally opposite to the door with a wall behind your back. This position keeps you informed and in control of events around you.
Maintain Your Place Clutter Free
Feng Shui always propagates keeping your area clean and clutter free. Never keep your table cluttered up with many little things. It is also very mentally distracting and blocks the flow of Chi and creates bad Feng Shui. More open space will help you realize more opportunities with the flow of vitality in to your space. Do not block space with piles of documents and files. When there is a need to keep them, attend to them as soon as you can and then dispose them off to the right cabinets outside your cabin or cubicle.
Office Interiors
If you want to hang a painting in your office, choose one that has a flock of birds or a wide lake. They have positive psychological effects on your mind. You can also keep a miniature replica of an airplane on your desk that will always motivate you to strive more and achieve higher career goals. Use blinds to reduce the intensity of natural sunlight filtering through your office. But, avoid using tube-lights or bulbs all the time. It is good to have some natural element in your office. Since Feng Shui is about wind and water, having an aquarium or fish tank can also help influence wealth accumulation positively. You must keep 8 dragon fish or gold-fish to encourage wealth to come in and 1 black fish to fight against all evil vibes, in your tank. Always clean it regularly. You can also have an odd number of gold-fish if you cannot find a black one. Decorate your aquarium with plants, gravel and white-gray rocks. It will create the perfect balance in the atmosphere. Place the fish tank near the entrance of your office to activate the chi. Eliminate any sick fish because it stimulates bad Chi. English ivy, ferns and bamboo plants are also good choices to keep in your office.
Feng Shui Ornaments
Citrine crystals at your home and the office will help attract wealth and also improves your self-esteem. Other Feng Shui for office are the three-legged toad to earn extra incentives, the rooster to save yourself from the office politics, the three I-Ching coins in your wallet to attract money to it and the Chi Lin unicorn for promotions.No mud!
When you place anything made of mud and earth, or are placing plants in your office, do not put a water source too. Together, water and mud can create a very bad combination harmful for your career. Also avoid earthy tones like yellow, brown and orange. Instead, use black and blue color tones in your office that are the colors of water in Feng Shui. Generally, the career area is in the north direction of your house or office. Use patchouli or cinnamon scented room fresheners or candles for your office. Offices are high-stress zones and you need to balance it out with Feng Shui that promotes a good vibe overall and creates an energetic environment. Also, you will keep bad energy at bay and become more productive.

OK ladies.. let us know if any of these work for you … we’re off to look for a three-legged toad!

Product Fave: Solar Powered Iphone Recharger and Case

July 12, 2012

Don’t want to miss this shot! Credit: D Sharon Pruitt

Heading into nature (as in no plugs) soon? Because we hate losing power right before we’re about to tweet a brilliant thought, take a photo or place an emergency call … we checked out the Mobius Rechargeable Battery Case with Solar Panel. While it’s not very practical for every day use because it can take hours to charge and it’s a bit bulky – if you are away from plugs and you need a charge – it’s a lifesaver! Retail value, $80.

Product Name: Mobius Solar Cell Phone Charger Case

Likes: LOVE that we can power up anytime (if the sun is not out, they included a wall charger). It looks slick, and is easy to use, right out of the box.

According to Digital Trends  At full charge, the Mobius effectively doubles your battery life with an additional five hours of talk time, or eight hours of 3G or video playback. For those who might not have time to for a longer charging session, one hour in the sun will net you 25 minutes of talk time. The battery back/iPhone protector case can also be detached and charged separately.

Gripes: Wish it came in different colors, black is so…. yawn. There seems to be a white option available too-but we couldn’t track it down. Also wish there was a screen protector to guard against sticky fingers on the screen etc. etc. Because of the solar charger it is a little thicker than regular phone cases.

Where to Buy: Online or retail stores like Best Buy.

Best Buy has written a round up of the best solar charger brands, we’d love to hear about your favorites too!

Disclosure: While we get approximately 50 percent of products sent to us as samples we only write about the ones we like 100 percent of the time.

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100% Mineral Sunscreens that Work

July 10, 2012

img_30261-1Before you grab that bottle of last decade’s chemical bomb – be grateful it’s 2013 – and the love children of science and tree huggers, a.k.a. non-toxic, planet friendly, effective sunscreens are widely available.

Here is a list of products that use physical sun filters, either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which act like little mirrors, reflecting damaging rays. And for the most part are created using sustainable practices and recyclable packaging. We will update this list with specials and updates as we see them.  Also click here for EWG’s worst offenders – you may be surprised, we were. The biggest surprise for us were the powdered sunscreens like Go!screen, since the powder is inhaled, they are “possibly carcinogenic to humans”  … that’s all we need to know to reach for another product.

True Natural Cosmetics: Ranging from $15 – $20, this product lines appears on the EWG (environmental working group) Skin Deep Sunscreen list as a “Best Beach & Sport Sunscreen (SFP 40) and “Best Moisturizers with SPF (all natural daily moisturizer, SPF 20)

2. Kinesys- We love the planet-friendly spray on sunscreens from this Marin-based company and were not surprised by how much we really like the new-ish ointment with made with 100% mineral block which contains 25% pure Zinc Oxide, starts at $29.

Haute Protection – It is paraben and fragrance-free with skin-nourishing vitamin E (for potent antioxidant protection), $29.


Buy Sunglasses and Help Those in Need

May 28, 2012

Worldwide nearly 1 billion people don’t have access to eye care or corrective lenses but thanks to a group of recent college grads buying new sunglasses can help!

SOLO Eyewear was founded to spread good vision around the world. For every pair of sunglasses sold SOLO donates a pair of prescription sunglasses or funds surgeries for those in need.

The idea is called one-for-one and the SOLO model isn’t alone, the popular shoe company Tom’s also employs a similar model of giving back and has supplied more than 1 million shoes to kids in need. The process is a win-win for consumers who get to buy a product and support a good cause.

“So many people do not have access to eye care, do not have prescription eye glasses,” says co-founder Jenny Amaraneni, “and how do you go to school if you can’t see? How do you provide for your family if you are unable to see?”

Since founding the company in 2011 the SOLO team has restored vision for nearly 1,000 people.

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