Multi-themed Summer Baby Shower


Planning a baby shower can be a challenge, when you’re looking to do something unique and creative. Many themes have been done (and over done). And it’s especially difficult to come up with a novel idea, when the “mom-to-be” has planned many baby showers herself. So for this super baby-shower extravaganza, we decided against having one theme. And instead decided to have a Multi-themed June Baby Shower!
RhythmixTheatre, located in Almeda California. was the perfect setting for this baby shower. With an open space, a stage, and great sound system, we had the foundation for a great party.

We created a layout of (4) four event tables of stations. Each with a different theme, and each with a game to be played. Every element on the table was for baby. Whether a toy, a book or nursery decor, we made sure mom-to-be had plenty of great things to help get started with her new baby!

1st stop: Cars & Trains
-Thomas the train tracks + motorized trains
-Hot Wheels galore!!!



2nd stop : The enchanted world of books
{We asked each guest to bring a book, to help build baby KEW’s library}




3rd stop: Safari
-Stuffed animals
-Complete safari figurine set



4th stop : Wide world of sports
Mom-t0-be was an athlete and is an avid sports fan!

Overall space decor

Kendrick Edward Willis !


Tool boxes with chalkboard fronts will come in handy in babies nursery. For now, they are holding well wishes for the mom-to-be!


We created well wishes cards, using the custom graphic of mom-to-be and her chic chihuahua “Coco” {as in coco-chanel}.


Ofcourse there were games…

1. Guest the objects inside of the bag by using only your hands to feel out the items (no peeking).



2. Designer Onesie!

And here was the winner:


Lots of great food…


Congratulations to the new mom!



posted by Sojourner on 05/14/16  /  Tags: , , , , ,  /  Leave a Comment

Erganic Travels: Afro-Latino Community in Colombia


“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”

Ibn Battuta

 And that’s what we intend to do! We love to travel and experience the glories of God’s work. A good trip will leave you changed for the better. Erganic Living wants to give you a glimpse into our travels and the takeaways we learned from each trip…

My sister and I had a flight voucher to use and needed to decide where we would travel. We wanted to go somewhere that would provide us with a cultural experience. After doing some research, we stumbled upon Cartagena, Colombia. We saw pictures of the beautiful landscapes but that wasn’t what peaked our interest…

Our random Google image searches showed us pictures of people who looked like us. This is what we wanted to see. Other products of the African diaspora.

The Palenqueras selling the freshest fruit ever! They saw us and called out to us… “Sisters!”

We experienced the sandy beaches, and the romantic buildings, the beauties of the old city (see below). But we wanted to see something more real.

Old City Colombia

The highlight of the entire experience was our encounter with Alex Rocha, the founder of The Alex Rocha Youth Centre. We found a tour, The Real Cartagena, that promised to show us the “other” side of Cartagena. The side that tourists rarely visit.

The tour started off with a trip to Getsemaní. Walking distance from our hotel. The old walls of the community were painted with portraits of black women, people were sitting outside on their porches, the plazas were filled with Afro-Latino music. It was exactly where we wanted to be.

Before heading to the barrio where Alex’s youth center was located, we went to a market where we ate with native Colombians and they asked Alex if we were from an Island off of Colombia where people looked like us. Took a mangrove swamp tour where little brown children ran out to the edge of the water to wave and dance (in their birthday suits while Alex playfully sang “No tiene ropas!”). And ate a delicious fried fish and plantain meal by the beach.

Seeing the children at The Alex Youth Center was inspiring. They practiced their English with us, shared with us their favorites activities and foods, and even allowed us to practice our Spanish with them.

Alex is dedicated to giving back to the barrios where he grew up. This was apparent by the passion he exhibited when he talked about the conditions that his people (our people) were living in and how he plans to make a difference.

The goal of The Alex Rocha Youth Center is to keep the youth of the community off and the streets by teaching them social skills, music, arts, and English. The English component is very important. This helps set the youth up for finding jobs in the tourism industry, which is big business in Colombia.

My sister and I went for a getaway and left enlightened about the Afro-Latino experience in Colombia.

posted by Vanessa on 04/11/16  /  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,  /  Leave a Comment

Signs of Being Burnt Out and How To Fix It


Are you feeling overwhelmed in your daily life? You’re not the only one. With all of the pressures and stresses of life (work, social, family, finances) – it’s easy to find yourself burnt out. If you think this might be you, check out the signs of burn out below and learn how to recharge.


You Keep Drawing Blanks

When you’re under stress, your adrenal gland pumps out cortisol, and research has shown that this hormone can hinder your recollection skills, making it tougher to access stored facts (including so-and-so’s name and where you left your keys).

Adding lack of sleep into the equation and your memory can diminish even further. “During sleep, your brain replays whatever you learned that day and moves it into long-term storage,” explains Sandra Ackermann, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher in biopsychology at the University of Zurich. When you don’t get sufficient rest, the process your brain goes through is interrupted.

Body Takes Longer To Heal

Whether you give yourself a paper cut or get a small cut from pruning roses, you can except the healing process to take longer than usual if you are burnt out. ”When you get an injury, your immune system engages right away, sending signals to produce collagen, form a blood clot and recruit cells to protect against germs,” explains William Huang, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C. “But when you’re stressed, your body has higher levels of chemicals called glucocorticoids, which suppress your immune system and make healing slower.”

Strange Dreams Are Made [from] This

If your dreams are a mixtures of The Walking Dead – meets – Golden Girls (two of our personal favorites), this may be a sign that you are in need of more sleep. Sleep deprivation seems to have a correlation to more intense dreams.

One explanation is that when you aren’t getting sufficient sleep, your brain tries to make REM sleep the top priority. REM is the most restorative stage where dreams occur. ”Typically, REM sleep doesn’t begin until about 90 minutes after you fall asleep,” says Joyce Walsleben, PhD, associate professor at the Sleep Disorders Center at NYU School of Medicine. “But if you’re exhausted, the brain can get there in as few as 10 minutes.” The brain will cycle through the other sleep cycles (stages 1 -3) at a more rapid speed in order to make up for the deficit in REM. This allows more time for creative “nocturnal imaginings” to occur.



These simple solutions can help relax your mind and prepare your body for a good night’s sleep.

1. Yoga Poses

  • Easy Seated Pose With Alternate Nostril Breathing
  1. Sit on the floor with your legs crossed.
  2. Use your right thumb to close your right nostril.
  3. Inhale through your left nostril.
  4. At the top of the inhale, close your left nostril with your right ring finger and release right nostril.
  5. Exhale and inhale through your right nostril.
  6. Close right nostril again and exhale through left nostril.
  7. Repeat the sequence 16 times.


  • Reclining Pigeon Pose
  1. Lie on your back, knees bent and soles of feet on the floor.
  2. Cross right ankle over left knee.
  3. Clasp your hands behind left hamstring and draw thigh toward your torso.
  4. Hold for up to two minutes, breathing deeply.
  5. Switch sides.


  • Legs-Up-The-Wall Pose
  1. Sit by a wall with right hip and shoulder touching it, knees bent.
  2. Roll onto your back and extend legs up the wall. Stay here for 5 to 10 minutes.

2. Diaphragmatic Breathing

Diaphragmatic breathing is one of the most important foundation practices for meditation. You should set aside a few minutes in morning and evening to sit quietly and consciously breath using your diaphragm. Here are a few helpful tips from yoga meditation teacher Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati:

  1.  Allow ribs to slightly flare out to the sides while the shoulders, upper chest, and abdomen remain motionless.
  2. Do not allow jerkiness or irregularities to disturb the steady flow.
  3. Breathe within a comfortable depth
  4. Allow breath to flow continuously, with no pause allowed between breaths
  5. Breathe evenly so that exhalation and inhalation are of the same duration

3. Foods With Good Sources of Vitamin C

According to a wellness study from UCLA, consuming foods high in vitamin C can reduce stress and boost the immune system. Berries, red bell peppers, and kale are good sources of vitamin C. Vitamin C helps lower the levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, and blood pressure during high-anxiety situations.

4. Night Time Routine

“For the best sleep, you have to find a way to separate the day from the night. That might mean taking a quick shower before bed or starting a new bedtime routine, like writing in a journal or doing some yoga.”—Joyce Walsleben, PhD professor at the NYU Sleep Disorders Center.

posted by Vanessa on 11/30/15  /  Tags: , , , ,  /  Leave a Comment

{Portfolio} – Store Design Days


{Portfolio} – Store Design Days part 1

Vancouver, COACH

This design was part of the roll-out initiative for what *was* the current store design aesthetic. This is street location is within a prominent shopping area of Vancouver.






{extra long store front : double signage was a bonus}

posted by Sojourner on 08/01/15  /  Tags: , ,  /  1 Comment

The Benefits of Oil Pulling



Have you heard oil pulling mentioned in passing but never took the time to research it? Confused about what it really means or how to do it correctly? We have all the information you need here!


What is oil pulling?

Oil pulling is a healthier, natural form of mouth wash using a vegetable oil to clean your teeth and gums.

The practice started in India hundreds of years ago and was brought to America in the early 1990s by Dr. F. Karach. Although there haven’t been case studies about the benefits of oil pulling, this practice has gained popularity in the last several years with many positive results.

Holistic communities are trying to spread the word about oil pulling and thus we are bringing the information to you!


Coconut Oil vs Other Vegetable Oils

The most popular vegetable oils used for oil pulling are coconut, sunflower and sesame oil. Everyone has their preference, however we believe coconut oil works the best, especially due to the natural antibiotic and antiviral properties coconut oil holds.


How do I “oil pull”?

  1. Put 1-2 teaspoons of coconut oil into the mouth. (It’s most beneficial on an empty stomach, so first thing in the morning.)
  2. Swish around your mouth for 20 minutes making sure to “pull” through your teeth. The oil will get thicker as it mixes with your saliva.
  3. Spit oil into trash can. The oil should be creamy-white. Note that oil is thick and can clog septic systems, so it’s best to spit into a trash can.
  4. Do not swallow any oil!
  5. Rinse with warm water.


Benefits of Oil Pulling

There are many benefits to oil pulling which we’ve listed below. In our experience, we’ve noticed the biggest differences in our sleep cycles (sleeping more deeply and for longer periods of time) and increased gum health.

  1. Whiter Smile
  2. Clearer Skin
  3. Deeper and less encumbered sleep
  4. Suppressed appetite for carbs
  5. Better oral hygiene: Reduces receding gum lines and bleeding gums.
  6. Increases Energy: Coconut oil has a natural antibiotic and antiviral properties that remove toxins before they have a chance to take hold in our system. Since your body doesn’t have to fight these toxins, it can use energy for more productive and fun activities.
  7. Reduces headaches: Headaches and migraines occur when the body is under toxic stress. Again, since oil pulling removes toxins, headaches can be avoided.
  8. Aids hormonal changes: Without having to compete with foreign substances, hormones can act as they should.

Please share your personal experience with oil pulling and help spread the word!



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posted by Erganic Design on 04/25/15  /  Tags: , ,  /  Leave a Comment

Weekly Recipes: Wild Mushroom and Thyme Soup


Looking for healthy recipes to ward off these dark and cold nights? Our go-to is a delicious and hearty soup, like this Wild Mushroom and Thyme Soup from The Holistic Ingredient.

We have to admit, the fact it includes mushrooms had us sold from the beginning!

Enjoy this delicious soup and let us know what you make on these cold nights.



  • 600 g mixed mushrooms, stems removed, sliced
  • 600 ml stock of choice (vegetable or meat based)
  • 1 large handful dried porcini mushrooms
  • 1 brown onion, sliced
  • 1 large handful of fresh thyme, leaves picked
  • 1 handful fresh Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • Sea salt and ground pepper

For garnish:

  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 small handful Italian parsley, chopped 
  • Extra virgin olive oil



  1. Place the dried porcini in a small bowl and add enough boiling water to cover. Set aside to soak.
  2. Place a casserole dish on the stove on medium-high heat. Add the olive oil.
  3. Saute the onion and garlic until soft, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add chopped mushrooms, thyme and a pinch of sea salt and pepper and saute for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the porcini mushrooms with the water they are soaking in and saute for another 5 minutes.
  6. Add the stock, bring to a boil and simmer covered for 20 minutes.
  7. While soup is simmering prepare the garnish. First, heat a small frying pan on the stove on medium heat, add the walnuts and toast until browning.
  8. Add a drizzle of olive oil and the mushrooms. Saute for 2-3 minutes or until cooked. Stir through the parsley and walnuts. Set aside.
  9. Pour the soup into a high powered blender with the lemon juice and blend until smooth. Season further if required.
  10. Pour into bowls and top with the mushroom and walnut garnish and a dollop of sour cream or mascarpone



posted by Erganic Design on 12/29/14  /  Tags: , , ,  /  Leave a Comment

Moving Tips – What I Learned from My Military Family


My dad was in the Army, he retired after 29 years of serving our country. (Thank you, Dad!)

In that time, I moved with my family to 8 different homes within 4 different states. Before I came along, my family had moved an additional 5 times.

To say my parents are experts on packing and unpacking homes may be an understatement. Here, I’m sharing a few tips and tricks I picked up along the way. Hopefully these assist you in your next move!


1) Measure all doors

When I say all, I mean all. Front doors, side doors, garage doors into the house, archways into rooms, bedroom doors, etc. Then measure your stairwells and finally measure your current furniture. You’ll need these measurements to plan ahead with how to bring your furniture in.

If a furniture piece measures too large, you should chuck it now.

It will be upsetting to part with a couch you know has a few good years left, but believe me when I say it’s ten times worse to bring the couch to your new home and end up leaving it on the curb, while it’s raining. (Yes, learn from my mistake! or Ross from Friends and the “Pivot!” that didn’t work.)


2) Create a Packing List

This may seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be amazed at how many people don’t label their boxes with numbers or names of the rooms the items came from.

My parents used pad and pen to make their lists, but luckily with tablets and smart phones, there are plenty of apps to create worksheets and lists for easy referencing.

Make sure to add sizes and detailed descriptions for each item. For example, instead of “frame” write, “4×6″ silver frame with picture of kids”. With a description like this, you’ll know where to put the items before opening the box.

The worst part about unpacking is when half empty boxes sit in your home for days. If you know exactly what is in each box, you can empty it quicker!


2) Pack Each Room Separately

Packing your entire home can become overwhelming when you find the boxes stacking higher and higher. The lessen the load, you may search for the perfectly sized item to place in that empty space of the box, but don’t!

When items are randomly in boxes the unpacking process is much more difficult. Having to move from room to room in order to empty a box will cost you more (in time and effort) than just adding a new box.


3) Packing Boxes

Here are a few tips for the best packed boxes:

  • Pack large items at the bottom and small items on top
  • Use free padding (your towels, sheets, clothing, etc.)
  • Pack tightly – Try to fill boxes as much as possible without making them unbearably heavy or disobeying tip #2 above. This makes for strong boxes and less possibility of items breaking.
4) Essentials First
Make sure to pack your essentials last, and unpack them first. It’s helpful to have these items in (1-2) boxes or (1) box per room (bathroom, kitchen, etc.).
These essentials may include the following:
  • scissors
  • tape
  • toilet paper
  • paper towels
  • set of linens for each bed
  • bath towels (for the first morning in your new home)
This also relates to unpacking. Make sure to layout your furniture first, especially your beds. Believe me, after a long day of unpacking boxes, you won’t want to make your bed.
If all your furniture is in the correct location, it will be easier to unpack boxes and put items away.

) Appreciate the Art of Stenciling

Although not directly related to packing and unpacking, our family found stenciling as a blessing during all of our moves. If you aren’t sure how long you will spend at your new home, stenciling allows you to personalize rooms without making a large clean-up job for when you eventually leave.

Stenciling a small area of a wall still adds a design while providing a small section to repaint when you move out.

Invest in an Art Piece

Another sound piece of advice is to invest in an art piece you love. When moving, layouts for rooms change and wall space may not always be prominent.

With a significant art piece, you can reuse the same old items while still making the room look different.


We hope this helps on your next move or if you choose to redecorate.

posted by Erganic Design on 12/23/14  /  Tags: , , ,  /  Leave a Comment

The Health Benefits of Coconut Oil



Since many consider coconuts as just an ice cream topping or ingredient in candy bars, they’ll be pleasantly surprised by the number of health benefits of coconut oil.


Good Saturated Fats

Although you may have heard about the high source of saturated fats in coconut oil, what you don’t hear is that these saturated fats are actually good for you.

Coconut oil has medium-chain fatty acids instead of the long-chain fatty acids in cheeses or Oreos. Your body metabolizes these medium-chain fatty acids differently. For example:

  • They can be used as an energy source which allows you to burn more fat.
  • They make coconut oil more filling and can reduce your hunger. This also increases your body’s metabolic rate, burning more energy and losing weight.
  • They can also turn into ketone bodies which have therapeutic effects on brain disorders like epilepsy or Alzheimer’s.


Lauric Acids and Preventing Infections

Coconut oil holds lauric acids which can kill harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi. Thus, coconut oil can potentially prevent infections.



Coconut oil is one of the best natural nutrients for your body. Here are just a few ways it can be used for beauty:

  • It protects against hair damage, keeps you free of dandruff and leaves your hair shiny.
  • It’s a great moisturizer for healing flaky, dry skin. It can even help heal skin after an injury or infection.
  • Lightens age spots when applied directly to the skin.
  • Prevents premature aging and is similar to a sunscreen, blocking 20% of sun’s UV rays.
  • Prevents stretch marks during pregnancy.


There are several other benefits of coconut oil outlined here on Wellness Mama.


Share the ways you use coconut oil!

posted by Erganic Design on 12/17/14  /  Tags: , , ,  /  Leave a Comment

Weekly Recipes: Bread Stuffing with Bacon and Apples


With fall in full force and the holidays just around the corner, we went on the hunt for stuffing recipes and found this gem from Applegate Farms.

Who can say no to a stuffing that includes bacon and apples?

Bread Stuffing with Bacon and Apples



  • 1 lb French bread, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 (8-oz) package of Applegate bacon, chopped
  • 2 leeks, trimmed and chopped
  • 3 large apples, cored and chopped
  • 1 tbsp thyme leaves
  • 3 cups turkey or chicken stock
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • salt and black pepper
  • 2 tbsps finely chopped parsley, for garnish



1. Spread the bread cubes on a baking sheet and keep out overnight to dry. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside.

2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and butter a large gratin dish.

3. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped bacon and leeks and cook, stirring occasionally until leeks are softened and bacon is crisp, 10 to 15 minutes.

4. Add the apples and thyme leaves, cover and cook until the apples soften, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

5. Add the bacon mixture to the bread and toss together. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

6. In a bowl, whisk together the stock and eggs, then pour evenly over the bread mixture. Toss together until evenly moistened. Transfer the stuffing to the buttered gratin dish and cover tightly with a piece of buttered aluminum foil.

7. Bake the stuffing for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to bake until the top is crisp and golden brown, about 15 additional minutes.

8. Garnish with parsley and serve.


We hope you enjoy this recipe but be sure to share your favorite stuffing recipes with us!

posted by Erganic Design on 11/10/14  /  Tags: , , ,  /  Leave a Comment

The Art of Juicing: Kid Friendly Recipes



For this post of our juicing series, we bring you Kid-Friendly juicing recipes. These recipes will give your children a tasty way to drink those fruits and veggies. We all know how quick those juice boxes can go at a summer barbecue, so add this to the menu and watch your children drink healthy!

A few tips when juicing for children:

  • Consult with your doctor when the best time is to introduce juice to your child’s diet. Most mothers start introducing juice between 1-2 years of age.
  • You may want to dilute the juice with water so it is less strong.
  • Try to keep your child’s juice intake between 5 – 8 fl. oz in one day and only a few of the stronger juices (i.e with kale, spinach, beets) to 2-3 times a week.
  • We do not recommended juice fasts for children.


“Ready, Steady, Go!” from The Juice Master 

2 apples (Golden Delicious or Royal Gala)

1 small raw beetroot

1 small broccoli stem

1/2 celery stick

1 inch slice cucumber

1/2 inch slice pineapple

1 lime peeled


Directions: Put one apple in your juicer’s chute followed by beetroot, broccoli, celery, cucumber, pineapple, lime and second apple. Juice everything and pour over ice to cool.


The Red (yields 8oz)

1 cup spinach

2 carrots

1 tomato

1 apple

Directions: Wash spinach and cut carrot, tomato and apple into manageable juicing pieces. Juice ingredients together and serve.


Apple-Grape Juice (yields 1 cup)

2 apples

small bunch of grapes


Cucumber Pear

small handful of watercress or arugula

1 cucumber (with skin)

2 pears

Directions: Wash watercress or arugula and cut cucumber and pears into manageable juicing pieces. Juice ingredients together and serve.


Green Citrus

1 small handful of spinach

2 sticks of celery

2 oranges

Directions: Peel oranges, wash spinach and cut celery into manageable juicing pieces. Juice ingredients together and serve. If you think this is too green tasting for your kids, add more orange or dilute it with sparkling water to make it bubbly like soda.


Another tip for those green juices, tell your children it’s like the Nickelodeon green slime, or “monster juice”. A creative name can go a long way to get them even more excited to drink these healthy recipes!

posted by Erganic Design on 10/27/14  /  Tags: , ,  /  Leave a Comment

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