Feelgoodz flip-flops reflect a commitment to sustainable comfort that allows both feet and Mother Nature to breathe more easily. The company’s laid-back philosophy shines through in flip-flop designs made for everyday relaxation, but the laissez-faire attitude stops when it comes to a business model that emphasizes eco-friendly practices from extraction to disposal. Simplicity sets the tone for men’s and women’s flops such as the Moonlight and Ash, both emblematic of Feelgoodz’s signature two-color palette. Flops are compressed with high heat to achieve a level of comfort that graduates from cotton candy to kitten fur as they stretch to conform to feet over time. After countless beachside strolls and urban meanderings, flops can be returned to Feelgoodz via the unFlop recycling initiative, which is designed to cut up and repurpose old flops as bedding in compost bins. After brief careers at a record shop and hot-dog stand, Feelgoodz founder Kyle Berner traveled to Thailand in an effort to satiate his existential thirst for meaning and open-toed footwear. Inspired by the local culture and population, Kyle built a business to enact positive social change and promote foot-smacking symphonies across the world. Years later, the Certified B Corporation carries on this vision by donating a portion of all 2011 sales to Pencils of Promise, an organization focused on building education infrastructure in the developing world.
Endorsed by financial author Dave Ramsey and highlighted on Oprah Winfrey's Life Lift blog, eMeals charts out a week's worth of dollar- and health-savvy dinner recipes to relieve the burden of kitchen-related stress. Each week, organized grocery lists based on food style, family size, and even grocery store showcase flavorful culinary creations for discerning palates. Plans developed by working parents capitalize on sale items at stores such as Walmart, Publix, and Kroger, and an "any store" list can be used to navigate the aisles of other favored grocers. Family meal plans serve seven meals for three to six people, whereas plans for two are tailored to singles, couples, or a pair of sock puppets on a date atop a chest of drawers.
Special paleo, gluten-free, clean-eating, low-fat, and portion-controlled meal-plan options aid nongeneric eaters in assembling targets for their teeth and fitness regimens. The classic version of the Walmart family plan supplies culinary sustenance to families of three to six for an average weekly cost of $75?$85 and takes advantage of the store's regularly discounted prices. A duo can fill a Publix cart for $50?$60 a week, including side dishes.
Born of founder Jane DeLaney's desire to feed her family stress-free dinners provisioned from an organized list without coupons, eMeals allows shoppers to spend more time at the table and less time wandering about the grocery store uttering monophonic 10th-century chants in dismay.
Wanting to further the careers of other artists he knew, Jake Nickell set up a competition-based T-shirt-design company in his small apartment to give those artists a chance to make their art and get paid while doing it. Today, the small design startup has expanded into Threadless, a virtual boutique showcasing artsy apparel and accessories from designers all over the globe. Each week, guest artists and illustrators submit designs depicting pop-culture references, animals, folk art, and vibrant abstract works, leaving it up to the online community to vote on which entries will populate the shop’s menagerie of merch ranging from T-shirts and hoodies to bags, laptop cases, and umbrellas.
In addition to printing their work, Threadless honours artists with awards for designers in various categories, as well as a Made By program highlighting artists who've developed a following in the community or discovered the whereabouts of Van Gogh's middle-school diaries. Store staffers also award scholarships to hardworking designers and present Design Challenges to focus submitting artists on a central theme or aesthetic style. At Threadless Atrium, they collaborate with charities and other outside organizations to gather eclectic art submissions that currently benefit the American Cancer Society and Disney Villains.
For years, entrepreneurs Lance and Meredith Looney searched for ways to open up lines of familial communication and share the lessons they learned as parents of two boys with the rest of the world. Bringing together their shared authorial skills, they produced the i like book series, a trio of motivational tome that encourage daily confidence-boosting communication for children, women, and couples. The i like book for couples encourages pairs to share the foundational feelings that helped spark the flames of love to begin with. Endorsed by David's Bridal and designed to bring heart-felt "likes" to couples' lives throughout the 12 months of the year, the story is filled with quotes, fun activities, and spaces to personalize. The i like book for kids invites parents to jot down and share the life-affirming little things that make their children adorable, helping kids know they're loved and parents forge closer bonds with their offspring. The books also help adults reflect inwardly; the i like book for women helps ladies tap into peaceful positivity through daily affirmations, and
SwimSpot brings high fashion poolside by amassing a collection of designer bikini and one-piece swimsuits by brands such as Athena, Guess, and Nautica. Each swimsuit and cover-up incorporates contemporary trends such as asymmetrical cuts or tropical colours to create stylish silhouettes, and a fit-specialist service provides body-shape searches and remote one-on-one discussions with experts to find a flattering suit for any shape. Lauded in the pages of People Style Watch, Lucky, and Seventeen, an online bikini builder enables the beach bound to build their own ensemble by mixing and matching tops and bottoms using a tool that yields more than 1,000 possible combinations. In addition to providing detailed descriptions and material breakdowns, each swimsuit offered in the online store is modeled in a video that offers a 360-degree view, allowing customers to get a better idea of what they’ll look like as they run into the surf or slowly back away from a sleeping bear.
They say that home is where the heart is, and, in 1984, next-door neighbours Vickie and Jo Ann couldn’t have agreed with that statement more. Both moms with young children, the two women dreamed of staying home and caring for their kids, while also doing what they loved—sharing with others their joint passion for cooking. A kitchen-table discussion led to the foundation of Gooseberry Patch, and their first cookbook, released more than 25 years ago, featured many recipes borrowed from family members and friends.
Gooseberry Patch continues in its original tradition of collecting home recipes, but now their recipe ideas come from across North America. An active user base contributes to cookbooks covering topics such as baking, seasonal dishes and desserts, and kid-friendly dishes that children can make for themselves or with the help of a Barbie with arms bendy enough to hold a spoon. The library of cookbooks is complemented by calendars that similarly showcase recipes, help clients organize their holiday or party planning, or provide a foolproof way for anyone to remember what day it isn't.