WAF’s Five for Friday – Fair trade chocolate, living large on the cheap, green gold…

Five fabulous finds we think you’ll like…

aromatherapy candles

1. Fair Trade finds – Sometimes the products we enjoy aren’t made in the best environment. And while income and location are important factors in our buying decisions, we can start making small changes that send the message that we’re against conditions that harm workers, communities and the environment, here and abroad. One way to do that is by purchasing fair trade products.

Fair Trade means an equitable and fair partnership between global marketers and producers in Asia, Africa, Latin America and other parts of the world. The Global Exchange Store can help you get started with a purchase of something as small as a chocolate bar. A case of 12, Equal Exchange Fair Trade Organic chocolate bars is just $15 and supports small farmer families who own and operate organic cocoa and sugar co-operatives in the Dominican Republic and Paraguay. The $26 Aromatherapy Candle gift pack (pictured) is a hand poured blend of essential oils and beeswax that’s made right here in the U.S.

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WAF’s Five for Friday – a full life at half the price, ecofabulous fashions, healthy hounds…

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half off depot1. Why live life at full price? With Half Off Depot, you don’t have to. Half Off Depot is similar to Groupon, in that you can sign up to receive daily email alerts for deals within your city. But unlike Groupon, Half Off’s deals don’t expire at the the end of the day. One of this week’s Atlanta Deals is a $45 McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant certificate for $20. Sign up and start saving today!

2. Who says you can’t be fabulous and environmentally conscious? Ecofabulous’ tag line is Sexy.Sustainable.Style. Spend a few minutes on their site and you’ll see why. Ecofabulous works with expert editors and designers to educate readers about eco-friendly, fashion forward products. It’s your online portal for environmentally conscious beauty, fashion and lifestyle products.

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WAF’s Five for Friday – BOA’s best kept secret, hidden travel credits, writing on luxury…

Five fabulous finds we think you’ll like…

luxe Bank of America’s best kept secret, Museums on Us – As quiet as it’s kept, Bank of America customers get free general admission to participating museums, zoos, botanical centers and more, on the first full weekend of every month. That’s this weekend ladies! Visit BOA’s museum’s link for details.

Buy, Sell, and Live Handmade – That’s Etsy’s motto, and if you design your own handmade jewelry, clothing or other items, but don’t want the hassle of creating your own webstore, Etsy might be the perfect site for you. On the buying end, if you’re a fan of one-of-a- kind, handmade items, then you just might find them on Etsy.

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WAF’s Five for Friday – touch, tap and slide with ease, free ebook downloads, magazines for a steal…

Five fabulous finds we think you’ll like…

etre-touchy 1. It’s freezing cold! You’re all bundled up, but you’ve got to make that phone call or get to that app on your iphone. Enter Etre Touchy gloves. The gloves are designed without thumb and index fingertips, allowing you to “touch, tap, stroke, slide and pinch your devices’ controls in any way you desire.” Sounds clever (and a bit suggestive.) The gloves, sold by a company out of the UK, are about $30 and come in four designs. It’s great for photographers too!

2. Fashionistas, there’s a search engine just for you! Glimpse.com (Now a part of TheFind.com) lets you browse for high-fashion apparel and accessories by look, category, store or brand. You can request sales alerts via email and even grab that great necklace or those perfect jeans you saw your favorite celeb wearing.

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WAF’s Five for Friday – reservations made easy, a surprising online auction, French for the masses…

Five fabulous finds we think you’ll like…

j0443800 1. Eat out a lot, or just want to make 40th birthday reservations in advance? OpenTable.com allows you to make restaurant reservations online with a few simple clicks. Sign up, select your city and Open Table asks you what type of food you’re looking for, how much you’d like to spend and when you want to be seated, and voilà (see fab find #4b) you’ve got reservations. And since OpenTable has live Internet connections into the restaurants themselves, availability information is up-to-date, and your reservations are confirmed. And of course the best part is it’s free!

2. Thought getting real deals on online auctions was a thing of the past? Everyone knows about Ebay and Amazon, but Goodwill, yes that Goodwill, has it’s own online auction. Shopgoodwill.com is the country’s first Internet auction site created, owned and operated by a nonprofit organization. Participating Goodwills from across the country offer art, antiques and collectibles as well as the usual new and nearly new (and sometimes crappy) items that have been donated. The best part? Proceeds go towards continuing Goodwill’s efforts to help people overcome barriers to employment and become independent members of their communities. Go Goodwill! Continue reading WAF’s Five for Friday – reservations made easy, a surprising online auction, French for the masses…