stuff I’m not paid to endorse: 7 nice peeps you should know about

Posted on July 29th, 2010

Really, this week it’s just a plug for bits and pieces of goodness I’ve come across in the past week. You know, little inventions and consumerables that make a difference, people sharing good stuff. That kind of thing. I’m in Canberra at Mum and Dad’s place, being treated to an open fire, daphne posies in my bedroom and runs with Dad (we’re training for City2Surf)…while I write my book. So, I’m off to focus. Over and out! x

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1. TOM tampons.

2010-07-27_1700 I love the story behind these little wads of indispensability. Aimee Marks is 23. She’d had jack of tampons being ethically, environmentally and healthily low-grade. Tampons on the market today are either synthetic or cotton (cotton is one of the most heavily pesticide-sprayed crops on the planet). So she created her range of organic TOM tampons (Time of Month) . The pack is also smart…designed so that the little white pluggers don’t fall out in your bag. Did I mention she’s 23??? You can buy them at Pulse Pharmacies.

2. Love Conviction

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PR chick Almira Pizovic has just launched online store Love Conviction featuring stuff for sale (accessories, homewares etc) inspired by  LOVE. The charity sale section of the site features stuff by Almira’s Aussie designer friends – Cassette Society, This is Genevieve and Santos wish- who’ve donated things they love, with proceeds going to charity Inspire, which targets youth dealing with depression (they run Reach Out and the organisation used to be run by my dear friend Kerry).  Nice conviction.

3. The Happy Tweeter

I met Mahei Foliaki and his partner Bridget Davis (the Internet Chef) on the weekend up at Qualia, Hamilton Island. Turns out Mahei is regarded as one of the happiest tweeters hanging on the wire. Huffington Post has written about him. And he has close to 40,000 followers. If you’re new to the sport, and want to see how Twitter is done well, he’s a good one to follow. He’s at Iconic88 (the 88 being an auspicious infinity symbol).

4. Some happy bloggers

Over the course of doing this blog, I encounter some great bloggers who share their thoughts on my site and put lovely links to my work. Like-minded. Doing sweet stuff. And with their own voice. This is crucial to blogging. If you worry about what others think, or if you wobble about trying to be all things to all people, or if you try to copy or mimic what others are doing, people can smell it in your writing.  Blogging is an opportunity to be truly you. It’s the only way to succeed. Celebs who blog don’t necessarily do well. Everyday folk with stuff to say, do.  If you’re new to blogging, these ones below – who have all supported me hugely over the past 7-8 months – are worth checking out…for inspiration.

hh4 Kooky and smart and loving: Gala Darling’s site is potently good, consistent and bold. Her weekly Carousel list is a gorgeous smorgasbord of great reads (countless blogs have copied her technique). She’s as kooky and whimsical as all get-up and has one of the most confident, defined voices. She looks forward, not back. She brings her own thing to the table. People can smell her authenticity. Ergo, her massive international following (several hundred thousand). She’s a kid doing her own thing. I met up with her in New York last month – she makes her living now from her Love & Sequins ebooks that she sells for $12. Smart. The real deal.

Aran-590pixels Pure and pretty, with conviction: Aran’s food blog Cannelle et Vanille is divine. She’s recently turned gluten-free and her recipes have reflected this. So pretty. So good. And intimate, too. The girl has a wonderful heart, too, and connects across Twitter from the US in the most generous of ways. We’ve become inter-webbed friends.

A girl with values: Erica at girl with a satchel also has a wonderful voice. She’s been going for years now – musing about media and magazines. Her voice has got stronger and stronger over the years. I know her from my mag days. She was always a gem.

She boldly meshes her musings with her Christian values. I like this. Good on her. Here’s a rundown of her “Core Values” from her “about me” section. Telling….

GWAS is not perfect, often giving into material temptations (oh, the pretty things) and partaking in the superficial pursuits espoused by the glossies (counting calories, celebrity gossip, coveting Chloé shoes…), but she’s confident that a life lived by glossy standards alone is a miserable one.

To that end, GWAS chooses to live by faith and God’s grace, seeking His approval and embracing the teachings of Jesus Christ, who valued peace, joy, humility, gentleness, sacrifice, kindness, submission, honesty and self control. It’s not easy being green, as Kermie would concede, but a girl (with a satchel) has gotta believe in something.

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Small and new and pretty: Laura at life.beauty.laughter who writes lovely lists of things she likes and wants to do. She has a nice eye for pics, too. Like the one above. For a newby, she does a lovely, authentic job.

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  • Ian

    Lovely tributes Sarah …

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  • http://www.sharnanigans.com Sharni

    Thanks some newbies to check out!

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  • http://natthepagodatreecomau.blogspot.com/ Nat Kringoudis

    This is so awesome and reassuring to us Bloggers! Thank you.

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  • http://natthepagodatreecomau.blogspot.com/ Nat Kringoudis

    Actually… another thing… I just added all these blogs! They are wonderful.

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  • http://lifebeautylaughter.blogspot.com Laura

    Thank you so much for your lovely words Sarah xx

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  • Mia

    Thanks for mentioning Gala Darling – I googled her a while back after you mentioned her in another post, and loved her. She is absolutely delightful and the perfect positive influence to choose. I simply adore her idea of “Being a love letter to the universe.” The world needs more people like these!

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  • http://www.culinaryconcoctionsbypeabody.com/ peabody

    Aran is awesome. I love her site. Her photography is always so lovely to look at.

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  • http://littlebrownpen.blogspot.com/ nichole

    Wonderful words, and some new blogs to check out!

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  • http://aplumbyanyothername.blogspot.com/ A Plum By Any Other Name

    I am a fan of Cannelle et Vanille and came across your blog through her mentioning you, mentioning her. I checked out your site and kept reading … and reading … and reading. Looking forward to a whole lot more!

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  • Laura

    This might come off sounding utterly superficial, but I wonder… all of these women bloggers are on the younger side, thin, conventionally pretty, and light-skinned. Would you be receptive to a challenge to repeat this kind of list, but with a little more diversity?

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    Sarah

    Sarah Reply:

    Hmmmm, not really fussed what people look like. But I agree, the DO happen to be all rather pretty!

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  • http://www.kimiakline.com kimia

    if you’re looking for diversity, some great blogs to check out are:

    *http://aurajoon.blogspot.com/

    *http://alkeemi.blogspot.com/

    *http://naturalselectionblog.com/

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  • http://www.theorganiccook.com.au belinda

    Thanks for sharing the 7 peeps, inspiring women, just like you sarah!

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  • http://mydarlinglemonthyme.wordpress.com/ Emm

    Hey just want to say love your blog, I’m new here and am really glad Aran put up a link on her post. I too agree that Aran has one of the nicest most genuine food blogs out, not to mention the most stunning recipes and photos!

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  • http://www.purplefoodie.com Shaheen {The Purple Foodie}

    Love your round up of people and products.

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  • Laura

    I tried the tom tampons out and they are amazing!

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  • http://www.australianvitamins.com/brands/view/124 Rachael

    Awesome job with TOM tampons! Why would anyone use synthetic when something like this is around. You can also get em at Australian Vitamins.com in 6 packs.

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  • http://youtu.be/nB-4x8vwejc Dorothea Reifel

    I couldn’t concur more. Effectively Delivered!

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  • http://dinamo-altai.ru/phpbb2/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=116550 Adriana Werk

    I’m so sorry i can’t read all posts… but I bet that in the third part of the move the mistery is something from our times. .. no so old ..is not the area 51 because he left the page with that thing in the second part.. when he looked up for that piece of wood …and the page 47 was after that page … what ever… i don’t think is Atlantida…(atlantis.) or Holy Grail ..the first one .. Atlants.. is smt almoust exactly .. the people know were this land was… (probably) and Holy Grail … it supose to be before this 2 stories…. I thins is a Treasure … because the move is based on this … or something about americans presidents….smt with masonery :X …. we will see in 2011:( ..I hope that the producer make the movie before .. in 2010 .. NATIONAL TREASURE RULLZ !!! GOOD MOVIE ..one of the best I ever seen. Sorry for my bad english ..

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