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Erik Engstrom

this article was sponsored by Causegear.
opinions and thoughts are always mine.

I believe in long-lasting, quality goods. I also believe in goods that improve the lives of the individuals of those who create them.

Each one of us has an opportunity to live a life considering the ‘other.’ How often do we think of the people that make the products that we use every day? Browsing the internet and shopping online inhabits everyone’s lives. What if you knew the story behind the man or woman that created the jacket you just purchased? What if your purchase impacted the life of an individual all the way across the world? That is exactly what Causegear offers.

“Handcrafted for freedom.”

Causegear supplies many options of bags, guitar straps, and goodies that provides livable wages for the people that make the products. Causegear is addressing poverty in a real, empowering way. I love how each bag is printed with the woman who created the bag. For the first time as a consumer, you start to build a relationship with the employee. I love that!

Causegear is a stellar brand making a difference in this world. Be sure to check them out. And next time you go to purchase something online, consider the person making those products.


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Urban Pack

“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”
Hebrews 13:16


Erik Engstrom

this article was sponsored by Own & Every Man Jack.
opinions and thoughts are always mine (& Florin, girlfriend).

Most people know I’m a big Every Man Jack fan.

I’ve used their products since high school. Thank you Target for being a faithful supplier of a wonderful brand. The design, the product, and the team at EMJ continue to amaze me; I’m a lover of EMJ.

When you find a good thing, you always need to share it. So I’ve unapologetically promoted them to all the dudes I’ve known, but I could never share the goodness that is EMJ to my female friends.

No longer.

For the past month my girlfriend, Florin, has been using Every Man Jack’s women line: Own. A new brand coming from the EMJ family. Like EMJ, Own provides a more natural product line for the ladies.

“Years ago I learned about the multitude of bad ingredients that are commonly found in hygiene products. Since then, I have done my best to avoid things such as parabens, synthetic colors and artificial fragrances. The tricky thing about finding products without toxins is that they often don’t have the lather or yummy scent we are used to. I was extremely impressed by Own’s body washes and I haven’t used anything else since receiving them! I have been especially enjoying the coconut+mango scent for summer,“ Florin.

She has been using the lavender+vanilla and coconut+mango body wash and deodorant. To her finding a natural product that lathers on and moisturizes is crucial. The body wash is like a revival for dry skin. Own has a wonderful scent that really gets you squeaky clean.

Florin hopes that Own comes out with as many products for the ladies as EMJ has for the men.

“The EMJ product that I find myself stealing from Erik most often are the body wipes! I love using them after a warm walk to work or before a date night with Erik if I don’t have time for a shower. I would love for Own to release body wipes in some of the female scents,” Florin.

Overall, I am personally excited to encourage my female friends about Own!

erik + florin.

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Lavender+Vanilla Body Wash
Coconut+Mango Body Wash
Lavender+Vanilla Deodorant
Coconut+Mango Deodorant

Mellow Roaster.

Erik Engstrom

this article was sponsored by Mellow Rooster.
opinions and thoughts are always mine.

Did you know I used to hate coffee?

My entire family was obsessed with coffee growing up. Our cabinet was full of different brands and my parents and siblings consumed coffee every day. But here was little Erik, hating the taste and never wanting to get a headache from not having it. Nonetheless, later in life I started to drink coffee because I love the flavor. I’m careful on my own consumption. So that I do not get headaches or feel a need for coffee. Caffeine is a major negative to the need and effects of coffee. Thankfully I’ve found a healthier solution. Mellow Roaster.

Mellow Roaster is a phenomenal solution for those who love the taste of coffee but can’t have it or who are looking for a healthier choice than regular coffee. Mellow has successfully created a 100% organic herbal blend. What’s in it? The ingredients of Mellow’s original blend includes: roasted figs, chicory root, dandelion root, lemon peel, orange peel, carob, and ashwagandha.

Now let us get to the authentic opinion - does it actually taste like coffee?

I have grown to love the taste of coffee and I have to be honest - Mellow Rooster tastes like coffee! I was shocked just as much as any other person. Now I wouldn’t say it is the exact same taste as real coffee but a close second. Heck, it’s way better than decaf coffee. Screw decaf. Never been about that life. Now with Mellow I am excited to drink coffee later in the afternoon. I used to stay clear of coffee in the evenings, but with this blend I’m not afraid to do it.

So if you are considering a healthier lifestyle or wanting coffee without the downfalls of caffeine - Mellow Rooster is the option I highly recommend.


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OG Rooster