Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Significance of the Sweet Potato

This month, as Little Pickle Press has explored ways to be sweet, we’ve come to understand that life’s sweetness comes in many forms. Whether it is with music or reading or simply making a sweet treat for our loved ones, we can do things every day to celebrate people. Sure, Valentine’s Day is just one day, but loving people is something that occurs the other 364 days of the year as well.

Looking back on our month we kicked it off with advice from Nancy Stampahar who showed us ways to make our lives sweeter. Then, we featured Fearless Chocolate, a fantastic B Corporation that we hope you’ll check out. Anna Broyles reviewed our latest book, Elizabeth Dulemba’s A Bird on Water Street for those who would like to check that out. In fact, we also pushed out a PubSlush campaign that comes with a new way to purchase our books in addition to the traditional avenues. We took a look at the Daniel Boone Regional Library, shared 5 fantastic Pinterest boards, and shared 10 tunes to sweeten your day.

Do you have a cavity yet? Because there was a lot of sweet content this month.

Our friends over at the ONE campaign shared some great information with us and it’s pretty sweet: did you know that sweet potatoes are a highly-nutritious crop that can be used as a potent force in the fight against the vitamin A deficiency that happens in many developing countries? Sweet potatoes, as it turns out, are an ideal crop because they don’t require fertilizer nor are they adversely affected by changing rainfall patterns. What makes them so sweet is that they’re easy to plant and grow and they serve as as source of nutrition.

The World Food Programme uses sweet potatoes as their “go-to” crop because of their heartiness and the diversity used in recipes. Agriculturally speaking, many countries use the crop to supplement the other foods related to the region. Places like sub-Saharan Africa and Indonesia are using the vegetable in local schools for their lunch programs. Most of these initiatives help to revitalize the local economy, promote nutrition education, and increase opportunities for the most poverty-stricken people who can use the sweet potato as a means to make money and feed communities.

As we look back on the sweetness of February, we’re encouraged by programs and initiatives like this that are helping the world’s poorest get healthy and find ways to boost local economies. That’s just about the sweetest deal of all.

Be sure to check out the ONE Campaign’s Best Sweet Potato Recipes on Pinterest!

Photo credit: Stephanie Savariaud/ WFP

Tunes to Sweeten Your Day

10 Tunes to Sweeten Your Day

It’s no secret that music makes life sweeter; the right tune can snap us out of a funk and restore the spring to our step. With that in mind, here are my top ten tunes to sweeten your day.

10. Sugar, Sugar—The Archies. Okay, so it’s a bit obvious. But who can deny the goofy charm of this definitive bubblegum classic? If you’ve got toddlers, this is the perfect song to get them bopping around the living room with you.

9. Till There Was You—Meredith Wilson. Whether your favorite version comes from The Music Man or The Beatles, the sweetness of this tune is irresistible. Birds, bells, and a host of loving imagery; all ignored until that certain someone comes along.

8. You Are My Sunshine—Davis/Mitchell. Raise your hand if you haven’t sung the chorus of this to your little ones. Even the somewhat mournful verses have a certain sweet charm, and the song has been covered by everyone from Bing Crosby to Ike and Tina Turner.

7. You Are the Woman—Firefall. How can you not love a song that acknowledges your outer awesomeness while insisting that what’s inside is what counts? ‘Nuff said.

6. Forever and Ever, Amen—Randy Travis. This song always puts a smile on my face, especially when it gets to the part about old women talking about old men.

5. If I Had a Million Dollars—Barenaked Ladies. This song makes me think of the sweetly awkward ramblings of my husband while we were still dating. Too shy to come right out and state his feelings, he would come up with various lyrical ways to express himself. And yes, I have always wanted a monkey!

4. It’s Been a Long, Long Time—Styne/Cahn. Anyone who has felt the sting of separation can relate to this lovely piece from the end of World War II. Sharing the joy of a reunion, the line “words can wait until some other day” sums up sweetness in a universal way.

3. At Last—Gordon/Warren. Although a few singers have tried this one, it’s the one and only Etta James who pours warm honey over the deceptively simple lyrics of this sweet classic, written in 1941.

2. Side by Side—Woods/Kahn. Despite being written in 1923, this song has plenty of relevance in today’s crummy economy. Though broke, ragged, and lacking in all-weather gear, the singer knows that being together makes everything worthwhile.

1. In My Life—The Beatles. This is the closest I get to having a favorite song. I sang it to my son when he was a few hours old; I sang it to my husband while he lay unconscious in a hospital bed. The lyrics state that sure, I may have had a life before you came along, but none of it compares to the miracle of you. What could be sweeter than that?

Well, there’s my list; now it’s your turn. What would you suggest as the top ten tunes to sweeten your day?

Inspirational Videos from a Sweet Source:

A Pep Talk from Kid President to You

Inspirational videos are everywhere, but it takes someone special to create a video that really resonates.

“What if there really were two paths? I want to be on the one that leads to awesome.”

These are the wise words of Robby Novak, the TED speaker and Internet sensation better known as Kid President. Convinced that life should be less boring and more beautiful, he offers pint-sized portions of inspiration that make a big impact.

You don’t need to be a grownup to make a difference. Watch, learn, and share the love!

Inspirational videos that truly inspire!

Photo courtesy of kidpresident.com.

 

 

Featured Customer of the Month:

Diane's Books of Greenwich: A Guardian Angel in Disguise

Diane Garrett, owner of Diane’s Books of Greenwich, once said in an interview, “We’re a family bookstore, like a neighborhood candy store when I was a kid.” Her bookstore has become an integral part of her community of Greenwich, Connecticut, providing not only thousands of carefully chosen print books, but ebooks and apps as well, putting it on the cutting edge of bookselling trends. Read on to learn more about our Featured Customer of the Month!

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Diane’s commitment to community is best seen in the store’s Angel Tree program. Every holiday season she puts a tree up in the store covered with paper angels. Each angel has the name of a poor or disadvantaged child- in Garrett’s neighborhood alone there are 375 Title 1 children living at poverty level or below. Donors take an angel and replace it with a star, promising to buy a hardcover book for the child whose name is on the angel. Monetary donations are also welcome, so that Diane can purchase books for the program herself. Donors can also choose to be “prison angels” and give to Diane’s program to provide books to children whose mothers are inmates at a local prison. Another way they can give is to her Ready Set Read program, which provides Title 1 kids with an anthology of that name to get them started firmly on the road to reading.

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If you are looking for a special gift, it is worth checking out Diane’s gift wagons. They come in two sizes, and are sweet little red wagons you can fill with books for the little reader in your life. Diane’s also offers gift certificates, and promises the same special, one-on-one care when you order through their website as you can expect when you enter their store.

Diane’s Books offers their customers the best of both worlds- they can stop by and get something special for themselves, while being able, at the same time, to give back by giving to a child in need.

We think that Diane Garrett has certainly earned the title of guardian angel!

by Khadijah Lacina

Introducing Children to the Joy of Music

An Interview With Shirley Star

As a singer married to a musician, I know firsthand the value of sharing the joy of music. I’ve brought another of my really neat friends here today to share the concept. She taught my son in a Suzuki Early Childhood Education program from the time he was six weeks old, until he was three. Please welcome Shirley Star!

1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got involved with the Suzuki program.

I grew up in a traditional violin program in Houston, Texas. During my senior year at Houston Baptist University, I student-taught violin and viola with a former private violin teacher of mine. She took me to a Suzuki workshop in Monroe, Louisiana, where Dr. Shinichi Suzuki (1898-1998), of Matsumoto, Japan, founder of the approach known as “The Mother-Tongue Method,” was teaching students and parents. After meeting and working with him, I began to follow him to workshops, institutes, and conferences in the U.S. and other countries; eventually I studied with him in Japan, twice.

In August 2004, I relocated to Ottawa, KS, to work full-time with the Ottawa Suzuki Strings, Inc. (OSSI), an internationally-known program. I have served as an Ottawa University adjunct faculty member, and I currently play Principal 2nd Violin in the Ottawa University Orchestra. I frequently can be heard performing both as a fiddler and as a violinist in the Ottawa area.  In addition to teaching private lessons, I also teach fiddling classes and direct the Suzuki Early Childhood Education programs for children from birth to age five, and I serve as Assistant to the Director for the Absolutely Ottawa! Summer Programs. I was the Assistant Suzuki Early Childhood Education (Suzuki ECE) Coordinator for the 2008 Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) International Conference, the Suzuki ECE Coordinator for the 2010 SAA International Conference, and a presenter at the 2012 and 2014 SAA International Conferences, as well.

2. How does the program adapt to very young children, and how does the program change as children grow?

In 1985, Dr. Shinichi Suzuki asked Dorothy Jones, of London, Ontario, Canada to begin a Suzuki Association of the Americas Suzuki Early Childhood Education Program. As developed, the ECE program is for parent and child, ages birth to three, and is designed to be a three year program. After that, the child is ready for instrumental lessons and/or to go into the four-to-five year old program, which also includes origami and a weekly science experiment, as well as the music component at a more advanced level.

Since it is a Suzuki program, it is based on his principles, and the ones used specifically in the Suzuki ECE program are:

  • Every child can learn
  • Ability develops early
  • Environment nurtures growth
  • Children learn from one another
  • Success breeds success
  • Parent involvement is critical
  • Encouragement is essential

The program is planned to be a family grouping of mixed ages, which creates a certain environment that encourages calmness and sensitivity. Because the child can start the class at birth or soon after, layers are added to activities as the child or children master earlier layers. The program is not a franchise, and it is not curriculum-driven, in that we do not do certain activities for a period of time and then drop them, completely learned or not, and progress to new and different activities. Mastery is the objective, and many layers are added as the children master earlier layers.  Suzuki is “The Mother-Tongue Method,” and mastery is what we do in language learning, as well. We add to our vocabularies as young children, and we do not drop previously learned words. We still say “Mama,” “Dada,” etc.

Parent education and parent observation of their child and the other children in the class is also a focus of the Suzuki ECE Program, and positive observations of their child are noted by the parent on a card at the end of each class session. We use a CD recording, Lullabies, Action Songs and Rhymes, both in the class and at home, which reinforces the activities done in class. The children love the songs on the recording, and often can be calmed just by the first few notes of the recording.

3. What changes have you seen in children who are involved in music?

Children who are involved in music, especially Suzuki programs, have many other advantages that are not music-specific. They have social skills, self-confidence, self-expression, listening skills, coordination, memory skills, higher test scores, better grades, advanced vocabularies, concentration, and ability to focus; our Suzuki Early Childhood Education children can focus for an hour straight, and the babies struggle to stay awake to not miss anything.

Children who have been in the Suzuki Early Childhood Education Program have lots of extra neural connections made from a very young age, and they seem to learn in a different manner than some other children, and they seem to learn more quickly, as well.

4. What are some ways to introduce the joy of music in a child’s everyday life?

Certainly participation in a Suzuki Early Childhood Education Program, such as the one we have in Ottawa, is a great way to begin including music! If your child is past the ages of the Suzuki Early Childhood Education Programs (birth-five), then consider Suzuki music instruction. In Ottawa, we offer violin, viola, and cello. There also is Suzuki piano, flute, harp, recorder, guitar, double bass, voice, and even trumpet.

At home, play CDs. You can check out recordings from many libraries. In the car, listen to music. Go to concerts. Many are free, and many are designed for families with young children. Sing at home and in the car.

Music makes life sweeter!

How To Avoid a “Blue Monday” by Chris Cook of Capiche

Nationwide, our country has taken a weather beating these last few weeks. Is anyone else feeling a little weary of not seeing the sun or having all these strange weather-related occurrences happen? Worse still, it’s Monday morning. Today we welcome Chris Cook to help us avoid Blue Monday and who tells us what to focus on instead.

Feeling a little down? Unmotivated? Think you need to do something about it? You’re not alone. Every January, we’re subjected to a pseudoscientific study in the national news known as “Blue Monday.” It started in 2005 when Cardiff University psychologist Cliff Arnall devised a formula he claimed would reveal the most depressing day of the year.

Arnall created a mash-up of timely topics such as bleak weather conditions (he’s from the UK), personal debt, time since Christmas and time since failing in our New Year’s resolutions. And since it also was his premise that we all hate Mondays (because of work), Arnall decided the most depressing day should crop up on the third Monday of January or thereabouts. That was January 20 this year.

I challenge you to beat Blue Monday.

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Start by stepping back and looking at those promises you made—those New Year’s resolutions. Do they sound a lot like, “I will lose weight,” “I will go to the gym more,” “I will drink less” or “I will spend less?”

What if you reframed these resolutions and created intentions? It’s a well-proven fact that you get more of what you focus on, so why not focus on what you want instead of what you don’t want? Oh, and don’t try to do everything at once. Give yourself the opportunity to focus on one change at a time. Small wins add up.

For example, “I wiIl create more personal health starting with a more nutritious diet,” or “I will learn new ways to enjoy increasing my fitness, starting with a Zumba class two times a week.” This strategy sets you up with a powerful offense and relieves the need to rely on willpower. Set your intentions. Strengthen your offense. Create the space for what you want more of and celebrate the small wins.

By the way, in 2008, Arnall flipped the equation and deemed June 20 the happiest day of the year. He measured time outdoors and outdoor activity, connection with nature, socialization with neighbors and friends, positive childhood memories, warm temperatures and eminent holidays.

I’m more inclined to get behind the logic of this day and live it fully—after having realized some of my New Year’s intentions.

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Chris Cook is a Certified Professional Co-active Coach who specializes in Organizational Development and Marketing. She is the force behind Capiche, a coaching organization who helps clients understand and develop the capital within.

Reprinted with permission from Chris Cook.

A Bird to sing about!

Featured Young Writers of the Month: Maryam & Nusaybah

Today we are happy to share not one, but two, featured young writers. Both are daughters of our very own Khadijah who works at Little Pickle Press as the Inside Sales Professional. Welcome these budding writers who wrote to tell us about learning when their big brother was safe. 

How Sweet it Was to Learn that My Big Brother is Safe

By Maryam Bint Khalil, 8 years old

I am so happy that my  brother is safe! I was so worried about him. For over a hundred days his village in Yemen was being attacked by people who wanted to take it over. He and his wife and children (who are my nephew and niece, isn’t that funny, because I am a kid?) could not get any food at all, or go to the doctor or anything. Mujaahid, my brother, was shot while he was praying in the masjid one day. Lots of his friends got killed. They were getting shot at and they could not get anything in, and they could not get out, not even the people who were sick or shot.

I have not seen him for a long time. The last time I saw him was when I was five. He didn’t even have Yasmeen yet, just Suhayb, who was one, and my little sister was newborn. That was three years ago. He is blonde and has blue eyes and is very, very kind and gentle.

I am so happy that he and his family are out of that village! As soon as I heard the news I could not stop bouncing. It was a beautiful moment. Just hearing the words that he was safe made me so happy! It was like a star lighting up in my heart. That feeling is never going to disappear, even though he is still in Yemen and we are here. When he visits it is like a million flower scents filling the air. In fact, it still makes me bounce just thinking about it!

I hope that he and his family come here to live on the farm with us. They could ride our horse, and milk our goats, and we could have a tea party with real tea and fancy cookies in Dani’s teapot and cups.

You simply can’t imagine how sweet the good news about Mujaahid made my life, and seeing him again would make it even sweeter!!

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The Sweetness of Having My Big Brother Safe

By Nusaybah Bint Khalil, 13 years old

My heart sings every time I think of my big brother Mujaahid and that we may see him again.

The last time I saw my brother was about three years ago in Sana’a, Yemen. Whenever I think of him it brings back lots of memories.

The first one I remember was when I was about five years old. Mujaahid came one day with a surprise that delighted me! He was going to make brownies! I stood in the hallway and watched as he mixed and poured, talking all the while.

In the second one I was about six. Mujaahid appeared at the door and called me. I ran to him. He brought in my favorite black and white cat, Chip. I took him with joy and thanked him.

The last one I remember was the last time he stayed with us. He arrived with his wife and little boy. It was in Ramadhaan. We did a lot of fun things like shopping together and buying ice cream on the way home. I also remember once when the power went out. It was supper time. Mujaahid and my mother lit candles and we finished in peace.

I have immensely enjoyed and loved all of those times with him, and one of the sweetest things in the world would be to have him come live with us and make more memories.

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Be sure to check out our new Pubslush campaign for Elizabeth O. Dulemba’s new book, A Bird on Water Street. For $7 you get the book with free shipping as well as an autographed bookplate from the author!

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Make Life Sweeter:

5 Fantastic Pinterest Boards

Sometimes life hands you lemons. If you look closely, you’ll find that life often sneaks in a little sugar on the side. We’ve scoured Pinterest for inspiration to help you make life sweeter. Believe it or not, four of these five boards are calorie-free!

Handmade Cards – Jen Shults: In this electronic age, getting mail is a special treat. When that mail includes a hand-crafted card, it makes your day sweet, indeed. This board offers inspiration for handmade cards for all occasions, letting you be the bearer of beautiful tidings.

Ideas to Make Life Sweet – Stephanie Rasile: Nothing puts me in a sour mood faster than reaching for something that was right there ten minutes ago, only to find that it has sprouted legs and run away. This board will help make life sweeter by offering tons of simple ideas for easy organization.

Just Little Things – Aude Vincent: From making someone laugh, to the smell of freshly-cut grass, the little things can be what matter the most. This board provides dozens of pause-and-reflect moments to sweeten your everyday life.

The Sweet Things in Life – Sharon Marie Ellis: What’s sweeter than a baby panda? Two sisters giggling together, perhaps? A boy and his dog, playing together? Nobody can deny that animals and children are some of the sweetest little beings on the planet, and this board is full of charming pictures that are bound to leave you smiling.

Life is Sweet: Fabulous Desserts: We can’t talk about how to make life sweeter without mentioning Alice Currah, the mind behind Savory Sweet Life. Alice is a contributor to the Fabulous Desserts board, which takes sweet to a whole new level. Strawberry rhubarb tart, Black Tie cheesecake, and chocolate buttercream are just a few of the amazing treats you’ll find.

These are just a few of the many ideas to be found, and you don’t have to wait for Valentine’s Day to start looking. What will you do to make life sweeter?

Featured Library of the Month:

Daniel Boone Regional Library

For fifty-five years, staff members of Missouri’s Daniel Boone Regional Library have worked hard to create more than just a collection of books. Read for yourself to discover why it’s our Featured Library of the Month.

Established in 1959, the Daniel Boone Regional Library (DBRL) provides services to three library districts in Missouri: Boone County Library District, Callaway County Library District, and the Columbia Library District. The Columbia Public Library is the largest facility and serves as the headquarters. In addition, the DBRL provides these three districts with bookmobile service through the Outreach Department. Bookmobile, Jr., their smaller bookmobile, also serves several Columbia locations.

The DBRL is a hub for its community in many different ways, offering classes in such diverse topics as navigating the health insurance marketplace in Missouri and helping teens to find summer jobs. They also feature author events, as well as bringing in other artists, like children’s musician Jim Gill. The DBRL hosts children’s story times and book discussions for adults, as well as One Read, a community-wide reading program that features books nominated by library patrons.

This year the Daniel Boone Regional Library hosted a community-wide seed exchange, gardening education, and vendor event. Not only were people able to make personal connections and meet others interested in gardening and growing, but they also gained insight and information on growing in Missouri and were able to reach out to each other to share seeds and friendship.

The DBRL is another shining example of the position a great library can have in a community. If you are ever in the area, drop in and see for yourself how the Daniel Boone Regional Library is blazing a trail for all community libraries!

A Bird On Water Street eBook

First Friday Book Review: A Bird on Water Street

Jack loves his home. Why would anyone want to live anywhere other than Coppertown, a safe, warm place where he is surrounded by family and friends? Sure, there’s illness that some people blame on the mine’s dumping of chemicals, fear of mining accidents, and no one has seen a bird for years, but it’s home. A Bird on Water Street explores the changes Jack and Coppertown undergo when the miners strike after an accident and big layoff.

Although the bigger picture of this book includes the downside of mining and how the countryside around Coppertown has been brutalized over the years, Jack’s story stays front and center. His family, his crush on a friend’s sister, the loss of his baseball team when so many teammates’ families must move away to find work, Jack’s fears that his own family might have to leave Coppertown … and beautifully, Jack’s budding awareness of the ecosystem that is his home town and its surrounding hills.

Dulemba expertly weaves the strands of Coppertown’s environmental, economic, and personal relationships and gives a life-affirming portrait of a Southern Appalachian town needing and ready for new life. Jack’s story is set in the late 1980s, but could replicate the experience of countless miners’ children in this country and the world, in the past century and the present.

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth O. Dulemba

And how wonderful to have a title that is not instantly “given away,” but comes to mean more when the reader turns the book’s last page.

Note for teachers: the author’s web page features links and additional features to expand learning possibilities.

Little Pickle Press is proud to share this important story with you. The Kindle and Apple for iOS versions of A Bird on Water Street are now available, and a very special pre-order offer will be presented soon via Pubslush. 

Guest Post by Nancy Stampahar: It’s No Big Dill

“It’s No Big Dill: How to Simplify Your Life with Homemade Pickles” was written by Nancy Stampahar and is reprinted here with permission. Help us welcome her, Little Pickle Press fans!

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Some things in life and at work are just no BIG Dill!  Letting go of having to be right or perfect and learning to pick and choose your battles, will reduce your stress level. Realizing what is in your control and not in your control will help you let go of things you cannot change.  When you prioritize your tasks and set boundaries more effectively, you will feel empowered and have greater control of your life. Whenever you find yourself in a pickle, you need to pause, think things through and make wise choices that will ensure you achieve positive results.

An action plan will keep you organized and moving forward in positive directions. If you want to sustain your performance, achieve your goals and maintain your self-respect, setting priorities and boundaries are critical.

How to Set Priorities

The most critical first step is to not accept requests as the status quo; you must question situations and seek alternative approaches.

Ask probing questions like:

“What is the purpose of this activity?”

“What are the desired outcomes?”

“What is the timeline?”

“Who needs to be involved in this activity?”

“What activity has the highest priority?”

 How to Set Boundaries 

The most critical first step is to let go of your self-induced people-pleasing and perfectionist tendencies.

Say statements like:

“I see why this is important to you.  I am unable to help this time.  Let’s try to figure out some other possible solutions that could work.”

“This is what is on my plate right now.  Which one of these priorities would you prefer I remove to accommodate your request?”

“I’d love to join you but my schedule is already full that week.  Please keep me in mind the next time. Have fun.”

Life and work are so hectic and hurried these days.  Always remember that you have choices on how you respond to your circumstances.  You need to let some things go before you can move forward.  It’s never too late to take care of you!

To you simplifying your life,

Nancy

This article originally appeared on Nancy’s site, Life in Nancy’s Kitchen. It is reprinted here with permission.

About Nancy

Nancy Stampahar’s engaging enthusiasm, professional background and triumphant life experiences give her the ability to be one of the best women motivational speakers and workshop facilitators to engage and inspire any audience seeking an authentic, dynamic event. Nancy has over 15 years’ experience in public speaking, training and organizational development, as well as triumphant lemons to lemonade personal stories to share with audiences in need of some inspiration and a good ole kick in the pants. She is the award-winning author of the personal growth book, peace, love and lemonade: a recipe to make your life sweeter and the creator of the first empowerment-cooking show concept and educational program, Life in Nancy’s Kitchen – Dishin’ It with Zest! that grabbed the attention of The Rachael Ray Show, which aired Nancy’s viewer tip video, The Perfect Gift for a Coffee Lover. Nancy’s later-in-life passion for the camera came from Oprah’s OWN channel airing the What Do You Think of OWN video she created in her kitchen. She’s on a roll and having a blast.

Featured B Corp of the Month: Fearless Chocolate

Any company with the name “Fearless Chocolate” has my attention right away. My first thought is, “I’m not afraid of you, chocolate! I will eat you up no matter what!” From someone who yells at her food you can expect such things. Since February is such a short and sweet month, we are featuring Fearless Chocolate as our B Corp of the Month. Sweet, right?

Fearless Organic and SuperChocolate (I wasn’t aware that chocolate could be improved upon, but since they make super chocolate, who am I to complain?) As a company, they select cacao from Bahia, Brazil on a family-owned farm located in the Rainforest. In their own words:

“We call FEARLESS SuperChocolate because we delicately craft our cacao in a low-temperature environment to preserve maximum nutrition and the broadest spectrum of flavor. Our methodology is originally inspired by our enthusiasm for preserving both the flavor and nutrition of the mighty cacao and the nutritional virtues of the raw foods philosophies.”

Since they make their chocolates in small batches, it’s easier for them to create multiple flavors. They are not only 100% Certified Organic, vegan, GMO-free, Kosher, dairy-free, soy-free and gluten-free, but also 100% fearless. They’re our B Corp of the month because of these practices and because they honor the community from which they get their chocolate. They care about a sustainable environment, sourcing only when it doesn’t hurt the planet and, as a company, they don’t shy away from high standards. In fact, they encourage them.

A really cool part of this product is that there is a BITE taken from the chocolate. Don’t get the wrong idea. It’s a part of their BITE BACK program (and they tell us that there isn’t a person at the factory actually taking a bite out of the chocolate, but if that were a real job I would be applying for it right now). The BITE BACK program is where they give a bite-sized portion of their proceeds to the change makers nominated by the customers who buy Fearless Chocolate. They include a “bite-like” indentation in each bar to express how they give back and share.

I sincerely hope you give Fearless Chocolate a try. If you’re interested in their Bite Back program you can apply for grants directly from their website. Thanks to Certified B Corporations like Fearless Chocolate, you can purchase delicious sweets while helping to “B” the change that you seek.

Just in time for that sweet Valentine of yours this month, right?