Unwind with Pumeli sustainable rituals from around the world

You may not be able to afford a trip abroad every month of the year. But what if the world was delivered to your door? Pumeli is a monthly subscription box filled with teas and
textures designed to help busy women slow down, unplug and give themselves
permission to relax.

Each month, Pumeli delivers a care package of time-slowing rituals that enable women to experience more calm, peace and joy in as little as 5-10 minutes. Every shipment includes artisanal tea to soothe your soul, beautiful paper for your thoughts, and handcrafted goods that evoke mindfulness while empowering artisans around the world.

Pumeli Founder, Traci Pichette
Pumeli Founder, Traci Pichette

Pumeli works with small businesses and craft producers on different levels to bring well-designed and high quality products. They purchase products at a fair market price in order to deliver the highest value to the artisan and support global community initiatives. Each product comes with a story too. A monthly subscription runs at $49.95 or $249.95 for 6 months (with 1 month free). It is a great gift to send to a special lady in your life and remind her each month that you care – moms, sisters, girlfriends, or even your office secretary. See current package with stories behind the box and the products at Pumeli’s website.

The theme for November is “Be Like a Tree.” A tree is a great natural teacher of mindful living. Trees inspire us to stay grounded, adapt gracefully to the present moment, and continuously renew ourselves, and take time to rest. This month’s Pumeli box takes you on a journey through Africa to celebrate the life of trees with the following items.

Pumeli November BoxAduna Baobab Powder – Revitalizing facemark with baobab fruit sustainability harvested in Senegal and Ghana in partnership with several women’s co-ops. The African baobab tree, known as ‘The Tree of Life’, provides 100% organic fruit that dries naturally on its branches. Packed with vitamin C and antioxidants so you can feel good inside and out.

Mud Cloth Notebook – Hand woven in Mali, the mud cloth is treated in baths of leaves and branches, and hand dyed using mud mixture. Traditionally used to share village stories and African proverbs.

Tea Accessories – Hand carved Kenyan teaspoon from olive wood, adorned with colorful beads. JusTea has a direct-trade relationship with Central province village carvers in Kenya.

Jacaranda Wood Ornament – Hand painted giraffe by artisans in Kenya, this exquisite ornament reminds you to be gentle on yourself, just as the giraffe gently chews on the topmost under leaves of trees. Acacia Creations donates 10% of each purchase to animal conservation.

JusTea African Chai – Inside an East African fabric bag, is a 100% natural Masala Chai tea blend with Camellia saneness, cinnamon, allspice, rose petals and more. Each sip directly supports small-scale tea farming families.

Learn more about the artisans at Pumeli.

Atlanta Underground Market

On a crisp Sunday morning, Atlantans wait in line at the Atlantic Station so they can go inside the former Pier 1 showroom and taste creations by local food artisans. It’s $5 fee to get in and then you pay $2-5 per sample. Atlanta Underground Market (AUM) is based upon the same concept of San Francisco’s -there are a lot of home cooks and food artisans who have awesome dishes to share, but who don’t have the platform to do so outside of their circle of friends.

Crowds at AUM

The Underground Market allows home cooks, caterers and wanna be food entrepreneurs to test the market and see if they can go into business. On the other hand, it is great fun for foodies looking for unique authentic flavors, to critique or just to enjoy a meal.

Sweet Potato French Toast Balls with Orange Mimosa Syrup

Nothing is just average at the Atlanta Underground Market. A lot of different cuisines and nationalities are represented. The most popular item today was Venezuelan Arrepas (sandwhich made with flat corn meal, stuffed with fried egg and your choice of black bean patty or pulled skirt steak). There was a 30 minute line to get to the table, which was perhaps the biggest downside of AUM.  The good news is that the overwhelmed with demand, Arepa Mia is going to open a location at Sweet Auburn Market.

Arepa with winter Vegetables, roasted Butternut squash, eggplant, collar greens, caramelized onions, black beans and topped with Nata a Venezuelan cream fresh

There are plenty of vegetarian and gluten free options available at AUM. Catering to a mostly urban locale, the vendors seem to be more experimental with their creations.

Spinach & cheese pie

The Senegalese roasted chicken sliders were delicious when washed down with fresh Hibiscus flower Juice (keep an open mind about it). There was also Senegalese french toast for the breakfast lovers.

Senegalese french toast

My favorite was the vindaloo hot dog, a spicy chicken homemade sausage (tasted almost like a kebab) with chilled sweet coleslaw on a soft warm bun. As unique as it comes!

Chicken vindaloo hot dog

AUM is a private club and the event is in a private venue for members, by invitation only. You HAVE to be signed up on their website in order to attend.