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Our New Name

A completely new name might seem like a big change for a business to go through, and it is, but it’s also true that change is constant. In fact it’s the only constant truth. There have been many big and small transitions in my life and business over the years. I’ve managed to stay aligned and flow through them fairly well at times and at other times it’s been a less enjoyable challenge. This name change (from Hemp Tent to TREE CHIC) is definitely a big moment for me and to be very honest I’ve been feeling rather sentimental about it. Yesterday, also, another major moment occurred which was my daughter’s 5th birthday and my reaction to it was similarly sentimental. I’ll expand on sentimental by saying that these past few weeks I’ve been very focused on being present and watching the unfolding of time. This is the year I was finally able to make this big change happen and it’s been very exciting and energizing.

We have been so fortunately to work with a local artist who has such talent and initiative that along with organizing a Studio Tour, working full time, selling DoTerra and going to arts festivals on weekends to promote her wonderful paintings she has made this vibrant new sign for our storefront! The logo design, which always warrants a mention, is by Mirabai <3

The principles of environmental and social responsibility that I founded this company on will stay the same. Design, including web design, is something I’ve been finding a lot of beauty and joy in with the awesome support of three incredible yoga instructor friends who I’ve been fortunate enough to work with this fall. My hope for the next chapter in this business is to find more fun ways to collaborate with other passionate and imaginative people, to give more back to social and environmental organizations and to make more connections at the local level.

If you want to express your unique style and creativity with sustainable, ethical fashion or get help with a web project from knowledgeable and sincere designers who have been building websites for over 20 years, come talk to us at Tree Chic!

What big changes have happened in your life this year and where do you hope they will take you? Leave us a comment below.

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3 Steps to Baby Soft Skin Immediately

Baby Soft Skin

I have a confession, I’ve been thinking about those lines on my face again… I recently tried a free sample of a cleanser/toner/serum/eye cream/night cream combo and felt disappointed that it didn’t live up to the promise of results in less than 24 hours. If you’re like me and get tempted by promises of immediate results and dramatically younger skin I have good news: there is one easy way to enjoy baby soft skin today. I mean, right now.

The simple, guaranteed results steps go like this: have or borrow a baby, touch baby’s skin, be reminded that you are not a baby and that’s a good thing! Borrowing a baby is easy by the way. As someone who is lucky enough to have my own I can assure you there is a foolproof way to earn access to those chubby soft cheeks today. You can probably think of someone like a niece, brother-in-law, friend, cousin etc. with a young family who would be ever so grateful if you offer to read to, tickle or play in the yard with their kids while they load the dishwasher, have a shower, grocery shop (alone, hallelujah!), write a blog post… you get the point.

So why is it so good that you yourself are no longer as young as you once were? Well, can you imagine being an actual
baby? Having so little control and such poor motor skills? Also, I distinctly remember not enjoying my ‘youth’ as much as I now suppose I should have. It’s so easy to get caught up in striving and focus on the negative but as we grow, face challenges and learn new skills it generally gets easier to live with awareness in the moment. Personally, in spite of my episodes of self-conscious uncertainty, I’ve been leaning into my creativity, intuition and joy (helped exponentially by my adorable, little balls of sunshine). The best thing is remembering that those fine lines come from the smiles and laughter of all the silly years and the deliriously happy times that have befallen us.

Disclaimer: promotional/product links follow. Hemp Tent is my own company, so if you buy anything here my family will eat more organic vegetables.

Just in case anyone actually thought this post would contain skin care tips: use natural soap or cleanser morning and night, make your own toner or try witch hazel, and moisturize.

Toner Recipes to try

Toner for oily or acne prone skin:

  • 3/4 cup steeped green tea
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (store in refrigerator upto 10 days)


  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup filtered water
  • 5-10 drops of lavender or frankincense essential oil

Toner for Sensitive Skin

  • 1/2 cup dried rose buds
  • hot filtered water (steep 1-2 hours, store in refrigerator 1 week)

Toner for dry skin

  • add a few drops of geranium essential oil to the rose water, shake before spritzing.


Do you use any homemade natural skin care? Share your recipes below! Thanks for reading.

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SPRING BREAK! store hours and other news

Just a quick announcement that we will be on holiday from March 13 – March 20… all online orders placed during this time will be processed when we return.. sorry for any inconvenience…

The store will also be closed from Sunday-Tuesday and Friday, but the lovely Mirabai will be in to open up on Wednesday and Thursday from 12-5pm and a new helper, Maureen, is coming in Saturday from 12-5pm as well… please stop in and say hello! We hope you will also be enjoying nice weather and visiting family and friends. Consider a trip to the hemp tent to show off our unique little shop to your visitors.

We are also offering a FREE GIFT with every purchase all week! This offer is available in store and online. Just add any item ($10+) and go to your cart to see your free gift choices.

In other news we have some stunning new eco-friendly and fair trade items that have just arrived from Nepal! Everything is unpacked and I am going to be photographing as much as possible on Friday (assuming the sun cooperates)… so so so excited to share the new designs with you 🙂

Thanks for your support, have an amazing week!