St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt Contest

Find the leprechaun

Find the leprechaun

The Etsy Twitter Team is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt Contest. For more details, please visit the Etsy Twitter Team Blog.

Ten leprechauns pictures (like the one above) are hidden in the item listings in the shops below. Click through the shops to find the leprechauns. When you find one, send an email to with the URL of the item displaying a leprechaun in the pictures. You may enter more than once as long as you have a different URL for each entry.

No purchase necessary to enter or win. Entries must be received by midnight EST on March 16th. Five winners will be chosen by random on March 17th!

The Fine Print: Etsy Twitter Team members and their immediate family members are not allowed to enter. is in no way affiliated with this blog or contest. Must be at least 18 years old to enter.

Here is a list of the participating shops:

Art by Betty Refour
In My Head Studios
Sandi’s Ts
Liv’nGood Jewelry
Firebird House
Rhodes Annals Designs
Emily Claire Creations
Fat Daddy Sweets
Joslin Jewels
Herban Lifestyle
Peanut and Tommy
Nikky Lee Designs
Linda B’s Creations
Sox and Patches
Angel Kisses Jewelry
Imogen’s Garden
Ambient Lights
Soap Rehab
Huayruro Peru
Bugs ‘n Bees
Pretty Cheap
Aquarian Bath
Scrap With Style
Bella Tu Jewelry


Green Power

gpp_logo180Last week, I received news that Herban Lifestyle has been approved as an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Parter. The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that supports companies’ procurement of green power by offering expert advice, technical support, tools and resources. Green power is electricity produced from renewable resources, such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, and low-impact hydro. 

Herban Lifestyle offsets 100% of its carbon footprint by purchasing Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from Clean Currents, a locally based company. RECs are certificates issued by clean power producers and certified by independent auditing bodies. Each REC equals the environmental benefits of producing 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity from a clean energy generation source rather than a fossil fuel source or other non-renewable energy source.  By purchasing RECs you are paying the difference between market rate and the production rate for clean energy, thus subsidizing clean power producers and allowing them to compete against the big guys.

If you’re interested in learning more, The University of Maryland has a very thorough description of what RECs are and how they work. And Montgomery County has a good fact page on the benefits of purchasing RECs.

If you are interested in purchasing RECs, Clean Currents has a carbon calculator that lets you estimate what your carbon emissions are per year or month based on how much you drive, what type of car you drive, your electric and gas usage, etc. and can tell you how much it will cost to offset some or all of your footprint. The EPA has an enhanced household emissions calculator that lets you not only calculate your carbon usage, but also allows you to play with ways that you can reduce your carbon footprint.

A Flickr of Green

mosaic3948781The inspiration for this mosaic came from Erica Burns, a fellow member of the DC Craft Mafia familia. Here’s how it works: Type your answer to each of the following questions into Flickr Search. Using only the first page, choose an image.  Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into Big Huge Labs mosaic maker.

It’s very cool to see what types of images pop up. Have fun with it!

The Questions:

1. What is your favorite shade of green? Sour apple

2. What is your favorite green food? Avocado

3. What steps have you taken to go green? Compact fluorescent light bulbs

4. What is your favorite item of green clothing? Green dress

5. Who do you think does the most for the “green” movement (famous person)? Al Gore

6. Favorite drink that comes in a green bottle? San Benedetto Iced Green Tea

7. Favorite thing about St. Patrick’s Day? Wearing of the Green

8. What do you usually do on St. Patrick’s Day? Eat Irish Soda Bread

9. What is your favorite lucky charm? Lucky penny

10. What is the best thing you have ever done to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Seven Nations concert

11. What shade of green is your least favorite? Olive green

12. Your flickr name? herbanlifestyle

If you make your own mosaic, please leave a link to your version of this little game in my comments section!

1. Sour Apple, 2. On the beach, 3. Google Yabusame, 4. just chillin’, 5. Al Gore is my hero, 6. drinks, 7. A Monk’s Life, 8. Irish Soda Bread, 9. lucky penny brain surgery, 10. Hadrians Wall, Cumbria, England – May 2007, 11. Green, Green, Green…, 12. Dolce de Limone Lip Balm

Green In the House

starting seeds in my greenhouse

starting seeds in my greenhouse

One of the best things about my home is that it came with a greenhouse in the backyard. It’s been dormant all winter, but this weekend I put it to good use by starting some seeds.

This is my second year of using the greenhouse. Last year, I had a success in starting basil, tomatoes, peppers and thyme, most of which successfully transferred.

In staying true to the “green” in greenhouse, I use only organic seeds in organic potting soil. And, I’ve been saving bowls from Annie Chun’s noodle bowls (my husband apparently had quite a few this winter), which are made from corn-based compostable “plastic”. (Yes, that’s plastic wrap on the pots, not terribly green, but it’s a less toxic type I bought from Whole Foods).

For pest control, I’ve been using a soy oil based spray that I bought at Whole Foods and a mixture of rosemary and lavendar essential oils in water that I made. This year, I’m adding neem oil to my arsenal.

We plan to plant several vegetables and herbs later in the season, but it’s nice to get a head start with some species that are easy to grow from seed.

I’ve Been Made

dccm_banner1Recently, I was recruited to the DC Craft Mafia, along with two other local crafters. We officially became members at the end of February. The DC Craft Mafia a chapter of the Craft Mafia, an organization of independent business owners who represent multiple creative disciplines in fashion, jewelry, handmade goods, fine art, writing and craft design. 

There’s a lot of energy in the DC Craft Mafia, and I’m looking forward to being part of this dynamic group of talented artisans. Plans are underway for craft shows and community events. Stay tuned!

Green Is Calling You

greencommunicationsThe following is a guest post by Julia Guarino

I try to be as green a I can in all aspects of my life, but is it possible to think green when you are making decisions about everyday products like cell phones and credit card companies?

It is! I recently became an individual member of Green America, which publishes the National Green Pages – a listing of environmentally and socially responsible businesses. (Incidentally, Herban Lifestyle recently applied to be a member of their Green Business Network). They list businesses in almost any category you can think of, and (speaking from experience) their screening process is extensive, so you can feel good about working with any of the businesses they include.

One of my favorite Green companies – one that I have had a credit card with and that my family purchased long distance phone services through for years, and which I discovered has recently started a mobile phone service called CREDO Mobile on the Sprint Network – is Working Assets. They donate a portion of the revenue from their reliable, high-quality services to nonprofits “Supporting peace, equality, human rights and the environment.” This has amounted to over $60 million since 1985. You can read about the nonprofits they support, and even vote on who they should support next year, here.

So, the next time you’re looking for any new service, or thinking of switching from any of your old providers, take a look at the Green Pages! And when you’re there, keep an eye out for Herban Lifestyle!

Sundance Film Festival Gift Bags

Spike Lee at Sundance Film Festival Holding An Eco-Friendly Gift Bag   




Spike Lee during Sundance Film Festival Holding An Eco-Friendly Gift Bag

In mid-January in Park City, Utah played host to the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. And during the 10 days of film festival festivities, Park City Television played host to 76 different filmmakers (plus cast members and documentary subjects) and 21 musical acts in their studio.

Each of the over 200 guests left with an organic cotton tote bag from Fierce Hugs containing a nice selection of eco-friendly goodies provided by local companies. A few non-local companies provided items for the gift bags, and Herban Lifestyle was one of them. Ori Hoffer, who spearheaded the quest for earth-friendly items lived in the DC area for 9 years before moving to Utah, so said he considered me to be local in some sense 🙂

Some of my favorite actors and directors walked away with a tin of my Tangerine Dreamsicle lip balm, including John Krasinski, Kyle MacLachlan, Spike Lee, and Kevin Spacey.

You can see the full list of directors, stars and contributing companies on Park City TV’s blog.