She's One of Our Great Team Members!
Written by Gayle
Megan is our Regional Lifestyles and Gift Buyer. She especially watches out for unique and exciting gift items. She is also the model for our Beads of Hope
Megan grew up in Northern California and got a degree in Geography with an emphasis in City Planning. She even speaks Polish! She spent 18 months in Poland during her college years.
Megan really loves to eat healthy and she is also a runner. She has run the Ragnar Relay and some half-marathons, too. She loves to work in her garden and is devoted to clean and green living.
Three quick fun facts about Megan:
1. Because she was raised in Northern California, she is very partial to Redwood trees and foggy beaches.
2. Not only does she run for exercise, but for stress relief and meditation.
3. If she had to listen to the same musician over and over again for the rest of her life it would be Cat Stevens.
Megan's favorite part of her job is learning about the different products that Lassens carries and meeting with companies that are passionate about their products, as well as passionate about improving our world.
Megan says, "Many of the products found in Lassens represent companies that give back to their communities in a big way. These contributions range anywhere from Alzheimer's research to providing clean drinking water in developing countries. The contributions go beyond donations, because a lot of these companies choose responsibility in every aspect of production--such as fair labor practices, sustainable sourcing, waste reduction, etc. It's exciting to me and also further convinces me of the power of the consumer in supporting such responsible companies."
Megan's heros are her grandparents-- on both sides. "They were such hard workers--both in their professions and also in their volunteer work. They took great pride in their communities and volunteered much of their time and energy to improve them."
When I asked Megan about some of her favorite products she mentioned these adorable Flipside hats. Flipside
is a family owned and operated business, the hats are made in the USA (California and Oregon), and they are made with repurposed and/or recycled materials.
They use all of the organic materials that they can. These great hats are just in our Ventura and Los Feliz stores right now. So cute!
I totally agreed with her next recommendation--a "Winning Combination." You should try this! Get some Leslie Stowe Raincoast Crisps
. They are small, thick, tasty, crispy breads in amazing flavors (Cranberry and Hazelnut, Rosemary, Salty Date and Almond, Gluten-free Oat, to name a few!) I love that they are fancy and so delicious. They make me feel like a gourmet when I eat them!
Take a crisp and then spread on some Drake Family Farms
fresh Chèvre cheese. The Drake family farm is a six-generation operation! The original farm is in Utah, but they also have a farm in Ontario, California where we get our fresh Chèvre.
The cheese comes in a convenient plastic tub so you can have some now and save some for later!
This is Megan's favorite combination! Yum!
Megan also recommended the Evanhealy
facial care line. Her favorites are the Rose Geranium Facial Tonic HydroSoul, and the Rose Vetiver Day Moisturizer.
The rose line is for combination/oily skin, but they have other lines for different skin types. Megan likes that the line is really clean (no chemical, preservatives, non GMO, etc) and extremely gentle. She quoted Evan Healy herself: "The less you interfere with the skin's own ability to achieve balance, the better."
When I asked Megan what she would like to change about the world, she said changing primary school curriculum to include gardening education. "So many people are disconnected from the food they eat and I love that gardening helps reconnect people to basic food. Working with the soil, watching how food grows cultivates a deep respect for the earth, energy, and other resources that go into making a tasty meal."
Thank you Megan for sharing your favorites with us! Love those "Buyer's Picks!"