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Arizona Stronghold Winery #Travel
The secret is out. I am a wino! As you may know, I live in "wine country" here in Northern Virginia. It is well known that we have wineries as far as the eyes can see. My husband and I are frequent visitors to "red rock country" in Sedona, AZ and we had no clue just how many wineries were nearby in Old Town Cottonwood. Thank you handy dandy travel brochures! The thing we soon realized about most Arizona wineries is their tasting rooms are completely separated from their actual "grapevine" wineries, which are way out in the boondocks. Old Town Cottonwood reminded me a lot of our hometown in Leesburg, VA. It is cozy, quaint, and full of fun little antique stores! The winery that caught my eye immediately was Arizona Stronghold Winery. Their brand pops into the streets! As you walk inside, everything is modern and artsy. It is a small little spot, but everything fits perfectly.

Arizona Stronghold Winery #Travel
As a wino, my first concern is the wine! It is a first for me, but the white wines are actually the "Stars" here. I love the Dala Chardonnay! Crisp and refreshing with snips of honeydew melon. Absolutely perfect for a warm summer's day. If you are a RED person then try the Mangus, which is a Tuscan-style red that combines Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with their Sangiovese. The ambiance is friendly, eclectic, and quaint. I love that you get to keep your tasting glass after you are finished....nice touch! While I was there, a local wine blogger was doing his "write-up" for Arizona Stronghold(which I found a bit humorous). Besides the wine, I also have to give two thumbs up to their amazing cheese plate!

Arizona Stronghold Winery #Travel
A little birdie told me, that the cheeses are made by the folks right down the road at Old Town Red Rooster Cafe. My husband and I really should have eaten there. That cheese tray was top notch, especially for a winery. Most wineries care about their wines only(for obvious reasons). Wine and cheese are an old tyme pairing that really makes sense! All wineries should take a fresh, Organic, and local approach to their wine pairings. If you are anywhere near Sedona, AZ on your travels this is a must-stop for wine lovers!

Arizona Stronghold Winery #Travel
Even my husband enjoyed the cheeses and the ambiance. The poor fellow is not a wine drinker, but he loves me and gladly tags along. Thank you Arizona Stronghold Winery for the wonderful visit! See you in the good ole Southwest very soon.


Eco-friendly Slingshot for kids
Little boys and weapons go hand in hand. From the moment mine were able to pick up toys, they were using them to assemble some sort of weaponry. This year, I finally gave in and let the boys have their first toy weapons. We are strict about the usage and where the toy weapons can go, but they are overjoyed to have them! AND....I am making Eco-friendly sling shots as party favors for my 4 year old's upcoming Batman Birthday Party. My youngest has been obsessed with batman for several months now. Batman shirts, Batman underwear, Batman figures, Batman Legos, and well you get the point. I thought it would be fun to create Eco-friendly sling shots(with soft ammo) as Batman's weapon of choice.

Eco-friendly Slingshot for kids
Supplies you will need!
-Fresh "medium-thickness" branches with a wide "Y" girth.
-Felt
-Scissors
-Bright hemp cord(optional)
-Elastic
-Large Needle
-Screw
-Screw Driver
-Pliers
-Hot glue gun
-Rose Bush Clippers

First, you must find the perfect "Y" shaped branches for your sling shots. The branches must be fresh. Use your rose bush clippers to trim the ends. Take your "Y" shaped branches and screw parallel holes on each side. Go through the front and back of your holes with the screw until you can see daylight. If you have a power drill use that instead to save time and energy.

Next, take your felt and cut it into a small oval. Cut a tiny vertical slit on each side. Take your large needle and do a simple stitch around the edge of the felt with your bright hemp cord(totally optional).
Take your elastic and lay it across the width of your "Y" branch and leave several inches extra on each side. Cut the elastic ends up several inches so you can thread your needle with the elastic. Push the needle through the first hole and use your pliers to gently pull your elastic through to the other side.

Third, take your oval piece of felt and weave the elastic through the first slit you cut. Be sure the elastic goes behind the piece of felt. Weave the elastic through the second slit. Now, take your large needle and thread the remaining open end of elastic. Push the needle through the second hole and use your pliers to gently pull your elastic through to the other side. Knot off each end of elastic and trim with scissors.

Fourth, get that hot glue gun warming up! Hot glue any cracks in the wood around your screw site. Center your piece of felt and hot glue it to the elastic. Use as much hot glue as possible. Hot glue makes the felt portion harder, which makes it easier for shooting ammo! Let your hot glued sling shot dry overnight. When you wake up in the morning, grab your sling shot and take it for a test drive. My son was all too willing to let me fire my test rounds at him.

Fire away! I hope your little ones enjoy the Eco-friendly sling shot as much as my boys do! And by the way, the party is an outdoor party! Below is a You Tube video that gives you step by step assembly instructions. 


Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Grand Finale #Giveaway
Believe it or not, Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Week is coming to an end. We are not leaving, however, without a magnificent closing giveaway and designer Cindy Bapst of Union of Angels! It all started when Jan the owner of The Jeans Whisperer and I got to talking about Union of Angels. I found out that Cindy Bapst is actually a DC area gal! Pretty cool stuff. It was then that I decided to end Eco Fashion Week with the home town inspirational hero. I love this full length maxi dress so much that I purchased it nearly a month ago when it was still freezing cold.

As you can see, Union of Angels clothing is perfectly suited to the rugged Southwest. Modern bohemian is how I would describe their look and feel. A little country with a modern day kiss! I have been purchasing Union of Angels since last year and I am in love with their soft fabrics and stark simplicity. *Disclaimer: I do not know how "Ecofriendly" Union of Angels clothing actually is. Information on the brand and their process is not readily available via their website.

Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Grand Finale #Giveaway
Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Grand Finale #Giveaway
Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Grand Finale #Giveaway
Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Grand Finale #Giveaway
Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Grand Finale #Giveaway
Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Grand Finale #Giveaway
Special "Incredible" Thank You's go to all of the following: Callirrhoe Jewellery, Pixi Beauty, Rok Cork, Fifth Dimension clothing, Devinto Design, Murva Design, and Sustainably Chic! Click on Fifth Dimension clothing, Devinto Design, and Murva Design to see each and every post from Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Week. What a fun ride and absolute pleasure it has been to work with and explore these Eco fashion brands. Keep scrolling....the grand finale giveaway is below!

Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Grand Finale #Giveaway
Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Grand Finale #Giveaway
Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Grand Finale #Giveaway

Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Week - Murva Design
Murva by Ivana Knezovic is someone you will see again, so pay attention ladies and gents! Your eyes will get drawn to her creative and fascinating asymmetric designs. The Ecofriendly fabric she works with is wool and that is something you certainly do not see everyday! Her designs are strong, earthy, elegant, and classic. My Murva dress got me VIP treatment at Elote Cafe when my husband and I were in Sedona! I know there were whispers that I may be an unknown celebrity of sorts. The chef himself even delivered our plates. I certainly felt like a celebrity!

I am wearing Ivana's asymmetric wool white cape dress with tulip hem bottom. This dress may be made of wool, but it is incredibly comfortable! It fits like a glove and is tailored to perfection. This dress will last for a lifetime if I take good care of it. May I recommend very high nude heels with this dress? I wore classic black heels and it still looked fabulous. If you are in Vancouver next week, be sure to check out Murva at The Eco Fashion Week on April 21st at 8:00 PM. Go on, go buy your tickets! You are going to want to see these glorious designs in the flesh.
Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Week - Murva Design
Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Week - Murva Design
Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Week - Murva Design
Thank you Rok Cork! Rok Cork has sustainable style and fashion oozing from every corner of their online store. You will definitely find something that you cannot live without. The Vegan cork Cheyenne handbag and I are inseparable! You will not see one without the other. This little tote is sleek, modern, light, and incredibly versatile. The straps can easily be removed to transform your purse to a tote! Imported from exotic Portugal. Did I say that I LOVE this handbag?! One of my favorite features is the protective feet on the base. So, that means if you accidentally set your bag on a wet surface it will remain clean and free of debris. They also have the cutest cork sandals your eyes have ever seen. If you love Eco fashion then why are you still here? Go check them out!

Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Week - Murva Design
Amy Jennings at Callirrhoe Jewellery has been gracing the virtual runway this week! Pictured in this post is my turquoise jewelry, because I was in Arizona and I had to. Her jewelry is 100% Vegan jewelry with incredible design and texture. Some of my favorite pieces involve her use of driftwood! Even her ring bands are unique with most pieces utilizing a silver and copper metal fusion. Pictured above, you see a black Shiva Lingam statement ring with sterling silver band. The Shiva Lingam stone is often used for balancing masculine and feminine energies. The ring to the right is the acrylic Rose Cameo ring with the sliver and copper fused band. You can also see some raw quartz drop earrings. I have been wearing these earrings everyday and they are only $10 in her Etsy shopOne lucky winner will win the Rose Cameo ring during our Grand Finale Giveaway on Monday, April 20th. So stay tuned!
Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Week - Murva Design
Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Week - Murva Design
 Seen wearing Pixi Beauty Summer Glow palette bronzette, endless silky eye intensity duo eyeliner for brown eyes, and tinted brilliance balm in Baby Bare.

I am so blessed to have Pixi Beauty as our Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Week sponsor. I recommend running(not walking) to stock up on their facial Glow Mist this summer. I keep my Glow Mist in my purse for moisturizing touch ups for both face and hair! My favorite Pixi Beauty palette is actually the brow game. I have not had a bad brow day since! Also seen, is the Summer Glow palette bronzette. Summer Glow has everything you need for your Spring and Summer beauty needs. Stay tuned, because one lucky winner will receive a Pixi Beauty Ultimate Beauty Kit 2nd edition during our Grand Finale Giveaway on Monday, April 20th.

Be sure to come back on Monday for the final Spring 2015 Eco Fashion post and giveaway! Visit my co-host Sustainably Chic for even more Eco fashion posts! Thanks for joining me and see you Monday!!




Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Week - Devinto Design
WOO! It's about to get hot in here. Aiste Zitnikaite is the featured designer of Devinto. Her designs are modern, fair, sexy, vintage, slightly dark, and tailored impeccably! Aiste ethically sources her fabrics of bamboo, Organic cotton, and silk. Every piece is made to order to minimize waste. Comfort, elegance, beauty, and a perfect balance between masculine and feminine energies. Today, we are featuring the Gabby Crop top and the Jenna skirt. These two were meant to be together. This is an outfit to show off at a Michelin 4-starred restaurant or a posh night on the town! Wherever you go, you will surely be breaking some necks(figuratively).

After having two children, I never thought I would wear a crop top, but the Gaby crop is subtle. I can still be a mom and be sexy too...who would've thunk it? The skirt is form fitted with some textured pleats towards the bottom. Both pieces I adore to the top of these red rock mountains! Enjoy the view.
Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Week - Devinto DesignSpring 2015 Eco Fashion Week - Devinto Design
Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Week - Devinto Design
The Eco jewelry seen this week is from the talented Amy Jennings at Callirrhoe Jewellery! 100% Vegan jewelry with incredible design and texture. Some of my favorite pieces involve her use of driftwood! Even her ring bands are unique with most pieces utilizing a silver and copper metal fusion. Pictured above, you see a black Shiva Lingam statement ring with sterling silver band. The Shiva Lingam stone is often used for balancing masculine and feminine energies. The ring to the right is the acrylic Rose Cameo ring with the sliver and copper fused band. You can also see some raw quartz drop earrings. I have been wearing these earrings everyday! One lucky winner will win the Rose Cameo ring during our Grand Finale Giveaway on Monday, April 20th. So stay tuned!

Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Week - Devinto Design
Are you looking for the perfect sustainable travel bag for Summer?! You have found it! I cannot say enough about the Vegan cork Cheyenne Handbag from Rok Cork. This little tote is sleek, modern, light, and incredibly versatile. The straps can be removed to transform your tote for a night on the town! Imported from exotic Portugal. Did I say that I LOVE this handbag?! One of my favorite features of this handbag is the protective feet on the base. So, that means if you accidentally set your bag on a wet surface it remains clean and free of debris.....genius! They also have the cutest cork sandals your eyes have ever seen. If you love Eco fashion then why are you still here? Go check them out!
Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Week - Devinto Design
Pixi Beauty is this Spring's Eco fashion week make up sponsor! I recommend running(not walking) to stock up on their facial Glow Mist this summer. I keep my Glow Mist in my purse for moisturizing touch ups for both face and hair! My favorite Pixi Beauty palette is actually the brow game. I have not had a bad brow day since! Also seen, is the Summer Glow palette bronzette. Summer Glow has everything you need for your Spring and Summer beauty needs. Stay tuned, because one lucky winner will receive a Pixi Beauty Ultimate Beauty Kit 2nd edition during our Grand Finale Giveaway on Monday, April 20th.

Be sure to come back on Friday for another Spring 2015 Eco Fashion post and visit Sustainably Chic for even more Eco fashion posts! Thanks for joining me and see you Friday!!



Eco Fashion IS the use of sustainable, up-cycled, Organic, Vegan, bamboo, cork, renewing, refreshing, and reusable materials. The overall goal of Eco fashion is to do the least harm to the environment and to help people do and live better. ~ME
The birds are chirping, the tulips are blooming, the bees are buzzing, and more importantly Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Week has finally arrived! I decided to do Eco fashion week here on Spunky Real Deals, because I want everyone to see that hippie dippie Eco fashion is taking a back seat to more refined and luxurious Eco fashion. Modern Eco fashion has arrived! It is my pleasure to introduce Sustainably Chic as my blogger Co-Host and to introduce our first Eco designer: Carla Teran of Fifth Dimension clothing in LA. Fifth Dimension clothing is clearly yogi inspired with relaxed LA vibes! Carla utilizes Organic, bamboo, and up-cycled materials for her designs. The design featured here is the crepe silk scarf cardi composed of up-cycled bamboo fleece(63% hemp and 37% crepe silk). It is incredible that a cardigan so luxurious can also be so cozy, but it is.

Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Week -Fifth Dimension LA
The crepe silk scarf cardi is perfect for breezy Spring days and cool Summer nights. The built in crepe scarf adds an upscale look and feel. This bamboo cardi is built to last! It really feels like a well tailored jacket. My favorite part is the tuxedo-like tail in the back! You can dress it up with white slacks or dress it down with your favorite yogi pants. I, however, would not take this lovely cardigan into the yoga studio. This cardi belongs among an upscale scenery, perhaps a scenic local winery.

Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Week -Fifth Dimension LA
The Eco jewelry seen this week is from the talented Amy Jennings at Callirrhoe Jewellery! 100% Vegan jewelry with incredible design and texture. Some of my favorite pieces involve her use of driftwood! Even her ring bands are unique with most pieces utilizing a silver and copper metal fusion. Pictured above, you see a black Shiva Lingam statement ring with sterling silver band. The Shiva Lingam stone is often used for balancing masculine and feminine energies. The ring to the left is the acrylic Rose Cameo ring with the sliver and copper fused band. One lucky winner will win the Rose Cameo ring during our Grand Finale Giveaway on Monday, April 20th. So stay tuned!

Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Week -Fifth Dimension LA
Are you looking for the perfect sustainable travel bag for Summer?! You have found it! I cannot say enough about the Vegan cork Cheyenne Handbag from Rok Cork. This little tote is sleek, modern, light, and incredibly versatile. The straps can be removed to transform your tote for a night on the town! Imported from exotic Portugal. Did I say that I LOVE this handbag?! One of my favorite features of this handbag is the protective feet on the base. So, that means if you accidentally set your bag on a wet surface it remains clean and free of debris.....genius! They also have the cutest cork sandals your eyes have ever seen. If you love Eco fashion then why are you still here? Go check them out!
Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Week -Fifth Dimension LA
Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Week -Fifth Dimension LA
Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Week -Fifth Dimension LA
Spring 2015 Eco Fashion Week -Fifth Dimension LA
Pixi Beauty is this Spring's Eco fashion week make up sponsor! When you wear Pixi Beauty you feel like you are glowing from the inside out. I recommend running(not walking) to stock up on their facial Glow Mist this summer. I keep my Glow Mist in my purse for moisturizing touch ups for both face and hair! My favorite Pixi Beauty palette is actually the brow game. I have not had a bad brow day since!  Thank you Pixi Beauty for making this mom feel like a super model!

Be sure to come back on Wednesday for another Spring 2015 Eco Fashion post and visit Sustainably Chic for even more Eco fashion posts! Thanks for joining me!! Use code EcoFashion15 to get 15% off your Fifth Dimension Clothing purchase! Code Expires 4/30/2015.

*Sponsored Post. All words are mine.*

Watch out! Folium Medica wants you to know that YOU CAN make amazing and therapeutic skincare products without preservation, because that is what they do! Let's take a moment for a little Eco skincare education. Preservation is not necessary for most products, especially those that do not contain water. The shelf life is still good for up to a year(depending on the product).

Folium Medica has modern-looking skincare products complete with European flair, but made right here in the USA. Their ingredients are Organic and wild harvested. They use natural oils and the highest quality clays. Their products are completely Vegan, Cruelty-free, and Preservative-free. Everything good that you should expect from your skincare products is included by Folium Medica!
Folium Medica Charcoal Mask Giveaway
Folium Medica Charcoal Mask Giveaway
As you can see above, I had tons of fun modeling the Folium Medica Charcoal Brightening & Toning Mask! One look and I bet you think the only ingredient is activated charcoal?! You would be oh so wrong my friend! This Eco beauty is 100% natural and packed full of ingredients that tone, sooth, exfoliate, detoxify, and "RENEW" your skin. Inside you will find Kelp, Green Tea, Mallow, Witch Hazel, Almond, Horsetail, and Kaolin. This is the most complex facial mask I have ever used! A wonderful experience for mask lovers everywhere.

I have a few charcoal mask tips for everyone. First and mostly, read the directions. I kinda made a huge mess the first time around(because I did not read the directions)...and right after I cleaned the bathroom. Find a small bowl, then add 1 tbsp of powder and 5 tsp of very hot water. Mix to form a thick paste. You can leave the mask on for a long while. Up to 30 minutes! Savor this charcoal mask and be wary of white objects(tee-hee).

Who is ready for a renewing Folium Medica charcoal mask giveaway?
Herban Lifestyle Skin Detox Facial Soap Giveaway
 Sponsored Post. All words and thoughts are my own. Floral by Taffy Floral.

There is something to be said for, "Sweet Simplicity". Ingredients in their pure(or raw form) just doing their naturally-powerful thing. Herban Lifestyle is one such small business and is located in my neck of the woods near Falls Church, VA.  Mary Kearns, the owner of Herban Lifestyle, keeps it simple. Gentle and effective skincare ingredients that also adhere to strict environmental standards. Nothing artificial, no preservatives, and she uses Organic ingredients whenever she can. She also uses palm oil in her soaps, but you need not worry about that my Eco-warriors! The palm oil used in Herban Lifestyle soaps is from organic fair trade suppliers who adhere to strict environmental sustainability programs. I got the privilege to try Herban Lifestyle's skin detox facial soap made with rhassoul clay.


As I said before, we are talking beautiful simplicity. The skin detox facial soap combines Organic olive oil, Fair Trade palm oil, and Fair Trade coconut oil. Of course, lye and nectar of the earth rhassoul clay. Rhassoul clay is a wonderful detox for your body and face! It pulls out all the nastiness leaving behind clean and fully refreshed skin. The oils mentioned above gently cleanse and moisturize. This is the perfect facial cleansing bar to slip into your travel bag. You can even slide it into your carry-on bag! You never know when you need to wash your face during or especially after a long day of air travel. I enjoyed my experience with the skin detox facial soap. A small lather and a clean rinse. My skin felt clean and refreshed! Simply luxurious. Who is ready for a Herban Lifestyle Skin Detox Facial Soap Giveaway???!!!
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