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How Bizarre, How Bazaar

Quick, funny story about the title of this post.  Ever since we decided to go to the “Keep Austin Bizarre” Bazaar, I couldn’t get the song, “How Bizarre” out of my head.  Of course, I thought it would be the perfect title!  Well this morning, Dustin was sitting in our office with the door shut, and I was out sitting on the couch with my laptop.  We were chatting on Facebook while 20 feet away from each other (Seriously? Other people do this, right?), and I asked him if he liked the idea of using “How Bizarre, How Bazaar” as the title.  Within five seconds, before he even responded to me, I could hear the song playing from behind the closed doors!  I took that as a YES!

We went to the bazaar last night with our friends, Lauren and Jason, whom I am sure you will see many times on our blog.  Before we headed out, they met us at our place and Jason cooked us some delicious whole wheat rotini with vegetable primavera sauce and ground turkey (sans turkey for Lauren 😉 ) .  We also whipped together a quick salad, LOADED with chia seeds, as you can see.

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We ate, chatted, and quickly realized it was already 8:30 before we actually left!  We planned to leave by 7:30.  Oops.  We recently started working on planning and time management though.  Thanks, NERD KERF and Google Calendar!

We really had no idea what to expect at the event.  None of us had ever gone, but we heard the word “FREE” and it was a done deal!

Here’s the entrance.  Even the banner was homemade!  Keepin’ it classy, Austin. 😉

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Our very first stop, which also happened to be where we spent a good chunk of the evening, was at the Scented Sea Crystals table:

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We couldn’t resist.  The scents were amazing coming from it!  We got to chat for a while with the owner and genius behind the patent, Jerry Edelman.

Here’s some information about the sea crystals.  This won’t be the last time you hear about them.   Let’s just say this wonderful company wanted to share some samples.  😉 So stay tuned for more information and ideas on how to use them!

Scented sea crystals:

  • Come from the Caribbean Islands
  • Are infused with high quality essential oils
  • Release ions into the air to eliminate odor (and absorb odor)
  • Are non-toxic and pet-safe
  • No smoke, water, or flame involved
  • Last a VERY long time and are renewable
  • Come in 60 different scents!

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The few samples we brought home freshened up the pockets we held them in, the car, and now the room in our apartment where they are sitting.  And that is with them being in plastic bags!  All night, Lauren couldn’t stop commenting on how amazing her gloves smelled.  Seriously, we couldn’t stop raving about these babies!

Eventually, we continued on.  We hadn’t even made it to the heated tent yet!

The picture below was originally where “Pictures with Santa” took place, but he was long gone and in bed before we arrived.  We decided to take our own!

Best friend picture with unplanned coordinating Christmas pea coats:

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Couple pictures ❤ :

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Aren’t Lauren and Jason adorable?  They recently started their own blogs, as well!  Lauren’s blog is Somethin’ Outta Nothin’, where she documents tips and tricks for starting over completely from scratch in a new city.  Jay’s blog is A Brand New Path, where he writes about his journey of self-exploration and growth as he ventures into new territories, having lived in one small town for the majority of his life.  Both share great information and reflections on how to live a happy and satisfying life.  Truly inspiring for anyone considering taking a big risk or making a big move!

Back to the BAZAAR.

The boys took many of the pictures throughout the night.  They both had quite the fascination with these light decorations. Doesn’t it look like a cartoon? Pretty cool!

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Next up was the Aldea table, where there were adorable hand-woven scarves and coin purses.  Aldea is such a wonderful company!  Their mission is:

To connect artisans from developing countries to YOU, sharing their authentic stories through the beautiful goods they make.

They work directly with the local artisans, providing them with microcredit loans to buy the necessary materials to make their products and giving them access to larger markets outside of their local areas.  I encourage you to check out their website to learn more about the awesome efforts they are making!

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There is so much support for entrepreneurs, organic living, and environmental causes all throughout Austin.  This city is just bursting with positive vibes.  Honestly, if it were not for Austin, I sometimes wonder if we would be on this amazing path towards happier and healthier living.

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Next up were some 100% natural and organic hygiene and beauty products.  Lauren and I each got a nice mini arm massage with shea butter from the kind gentleman selling the products.  He had us compare the arm with shea butter to the one without, and we all agreed it made it a huge difference!  I think Dustin wished he got some.

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Shea butter works excellent as:

  • A moisturizer
  • Hair conditioner
  • Body soap
  • Cooking lard
  • Medicinal ointment (for dry skin/rashes)
  • Soap and candle-making
  • And many many more things!

Here’s Lauren getting her mini-massage!

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Some of the other products: soap, shampoo, deodorant, etc.

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Unfortunately, we didn’t get to snap a photo of every artisan booth, but there were plenty more local businesses promoting great products.  Everything from jewelry to paintings to DIY crafts.

We ended the night by enjoying some music by one of the local bands (on a decked-out stage…SO Austin!):DSCN2415

I also managed to get a fun clip of some people dancing!  They really represent what life is all about: having fun and being unapologetically yourself!

Overall, we had a great night!  We got to hang out with close friends, meet unique and inspiring entrepreneurs, and create a totally new holiday tradition!

Later tonight we’ll be watching some Christmas movies and eating yummy food over Lauren and Jason’s, so hold tight for that.

Also, don’t forget to check back for some fun stuff involving the Scented Sea Crystals!

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Question of the day: What is the most unique/interesting holiday tradition you have ever been to or been a part of?

The “Keep Austin Bizarre” Bazaar will definitely go down as a First for us!

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3 Responses

  1. the bizarre looks very fun! is it cold enough in texas to have peacoats on ladies?
    my family eats lobster for xmas eve…and we also have the feast of 7 fishes-very italiano!

  2. That is so awesome! I wish we had something like that here. 🙂

    I think this year my husband and I are starting a new tradition and I’m excited. We have no plans on Christmas day. Everyone is doing Christmas eve this year and since on Christmas Eve we’ll be running around like mad people with our dog dressed up like Santa Claus we are going to be lazy Christmas Day, cook a thanksgiving style dinner just to have for us (scaled back of course) and go see a movie. So this will be interesting and different, if it goes well I’m hoping this will be one we continue! 🙂

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