Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Two Heartisans with a Unique Idea and Tons of Heart!

We met Melissa Van Leeuwen and Melanie Larsen at The Backyard Boutique last weekend and were so impressed by what these two ladies are accomplishing! They have started a business called kharisma, an online import store that will be filled with unique, handmade items from the people of Bali. Melissa and Melanie have recently visited Bali Indonesia where they searched for the most unique items they could find to bring back to the US and sell on their website and at boutiques. Their first shipment will be arriving this summer, so if you'd like to join their mailing list for the big event, email! We love what kharisma is doing! Such a unique and fun way to share the Bali culture with us! Not only do they buy these amazing handmade items from the people of Bali, they also give a portion of the money they make back to the Balinese Orphanage. Read this awesome bio written by Melissa and Melanie:


Balinese Orphanage

This beautiful orphanage in Denpasar, Bali-Indonesia, sits on a slope of a mountain side overlooking vast rice patties. At any given time there are roughly 95 children who live in this home, ranging from ages 2-24. Each has an individual set of circumstances, some motherless or fatherless & some have no parents at all. By living at an orphanage, these young children are offered the chance at a better life through education and religion. The home is run by Sister Esther, a “seasoned nun” in her late 60’s. She keeps them on a tight schedule: up at 400am, chores, scripture study, school, more chores, playtime, and before you know it bed time again. The children raise frogs to sell for extra money (as this is a delicacy there).

Upon our arrival, we were greeted with warm smiles and hugs. The children had a special program prepared with songs in both English and their native tongue. It brought tears to our eyes to hear their sweet angelic voices sing praises to God and thanks for all they had. After sharing our gifts with them, (which were donated by our generous clientele), we were given a tour of their home and watched them play with their new toys. It was a sad departure, BUT we know it will forever be a top priority to visit them each time we return to Bali.

We have been given a deep sense of appreciation for our luxuries here in the United States. And as we continue to know the people in Bali, we feel this is a small way to give back to their community.

Thank you for your interest in our plight and for any way you are able to help contribute.

Our website is set to launch this summer, and we will always have a section to update you on these children and the efforts being made.

Terima Kasih

(thank you)

Melanie & Melissa


We are honored to present the Boutique Frenzy Heartisan Award to Melanie and Melissa of kharisma. We are excited for their upcoming launch and can't wait to be involved in this humanitarian effort!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Agi Receives Heartisan Award For Creativity and Style with Raw Foods!

We met Agi, creator of Agi's Raw Foods, at the Wheeler Farm Maydays Festival last month and were literally dumbfounded when we saw and tasted her products. We could not believe that such healthy food could taste so great! Mikey and I are big into flax seed, so we had to try her flax crackers and they were delicious!

Agi is extremely deserving of the Heartisan Award for her creativity and knowledge of raw foods and how to make them taste and look sooooo good!
Just take a look at these scrumptious've never seen or tasted anything like this. So delightful!

Green Sumo Salad with Thai Dressing on side
Agi's Raw Vegan Pizza To Go
Includes: Living Pizza Crust, Tarragon Tomato Sauce
Pine Nut Cream Chesse & fresh vegetables for topping
Sprouted Quinoa Salad, Ginger Lime Dressing on side
Left to Right: Angel Hair Zucchini Pasta, Brazil Nut Veggie Pate on gluten free Essene Bread
Our GLUTEN FREE flaxseed crackers are sprouted then dehydrated to preserve vital nutrients. From left to right:
9 Veggies, Peas & Parsley, Ginger Beet, & Summer Corn flavors.We also have a new flavor, Indian Curry and
5 Flavors Assorted Package.
Living Pizza Crust fresh from our "oven"
(Excalibur Dehydrator)
Hazelnut Brownies
Rainbow Quiche on Garlic Herb Almond Crust
comes with Raw Horsey Sauce on side
Living "Burger"
Raw Soups, from left to right: Creamy Carrot,
Extra Zinc, Summer Corn Chowder, Green Pea Avocado,
Russian Borscht, & Creamy Cauliflower Soups.
Fresh, un-pasteurized juices & drinks, from left to right,
top to bottom: Green Smoothie (this smoothie was a huge success at the farmers markets this past summer, the most important ingredient being WHEATGRASS JUICE), Vanilla Almond Nog, & Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice.
Salad Dressings, from left to right: Orange Tahini,
Raspberry Vinaigrette, Horseradish, Fresh Herb Spirulina
Green Ranch), Rosemary Thyme Dressings. New Flavors:
Thai & Ginger Lime Dressings.
Here, at Agi's Raw Foods we're growing our wheatgrass at
the store. The temperature and the light are perfect, providing the exact conditions the organic wheat needs to grow and mature.
At the peak of the growth we juice the
grass and immediately freeze it in 2 ounces containers.
It is available for our customers to buy a week's worth (or more) of the frozen juice. This is a convenient way ofhaving wheatgrass juice available to put in your green drink, anytime, any day.
Certified Organic Goji Berry

Dancing Berries Cereal, raw, gluten free, no cooking
needed. Soak, rinse, and serve.
Wake-Up-Time Cereal, barley based

Need I say more? You can see why Agi is a Heartisan Award winner! Fantastic job Agi! We will be by soon!

Go visit Agi today at:
Agi's Raw Foods is located on 2255 N. University Pkwy. # 15 Provo, UT 84604
(Next to Sally's Beauty Supply & Albertson's)
phone # is: 801-471-8383


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