Inspiring the hearts of Hollywood

Posted on December 01, 2016 by LBOR Team

Celebrity gifts with Little Box of Rocks

 

Last year it was the gift-guides of Cameron Diaz and Gwyneth Paltrow... This year the love continues! Find us in some of the most popular publications including Vogue, Teen Vogue, Chatelaine, People En Español, Boston Herald and Oprah Magazine!

This month Paula Abdul raved about her love for the Wildfire (Success) bouquet she was presented at WE Day Manitoba.

Canadian Gems can watch LBOR creator Kiera Fogg pitch LBOR on CBC's Dragons Den on the show's holiday special, December 7th.

LBOR BUZZ

The internet is buzzing with LBOR. Check out some of the other amazing sites we've been featured in this year.

National Post
Fashionista.com
YourTango
StyleCaster.com
The Good Trade
Bustle.com

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The Good Vibes Movement

Posted on October 12, 2016 by LBOR Team

Make Music Matter

 

All those familiar with LBOR know that we are more than just a product or a company. We are a movement – a community of recipients, senders, and LBOR team members working together toward the common goal of sending positive energy.

It's for this reason that LBOR is very pleased to have teamed up with Make Music Matter, an innovative non-governmental organization that uses music as a form of healing therapy in countries that have been deeply scarred by conflict, HIV/AIDS, and violence against women. Send our Lotus (Mother) bouquet and 10% of sales will be donated to help support and facilitate the emotional, psychological, and spiritual healing of women and children in these war-torn regions.

We spoke to Make Music Matter founder Darcy Ataman to learn more about the concept of "music therapy" and how it works.

Little Box of Rocks: We absolutely love the fact that your organization is using music as a form of therapy. Can you tells us how it works?

Darcy Ataman:  Music has always helped
people around the world to overcome Darcy Ataman, Founder, CEO Make Music Matterhardship by providing comfort and consolation, and by helping them to directly address the most divisive issues facing their communities. Our specialized and own unique brand of music therapy sees our participants (often survivors of extreme sexual violence) working in tandem with a trained psychologist and music producer, writing, recording and professionally producing songs about their emotions and experiences.

The process has a profound effect on both psychological healing and the restoration of a supportive, healing community. Our participants are transformed into artists who in-turn become advocates by publicly disseminating their music through local radio broadcasts, social media, community concerts and CD distribution, reducing stigma about sexual violence and more.

LBOR: This sounds absolutely incredible. What an amazing idea! Do you remember the moment you were inspired to create Make Music Matter?

D: In 2009, I was in Rwanda for 5 weeks in order to film a documentary and record an album that saw Canadian musicians collaborate with Rwandans. I used a studio I constructed in Kigali as a creative space in order to make everyone equal. At that point I had already been working in several African countries for years spearheading various humanitarian and development projects. That being said I began to feel guilty that I was not, for example, a doctor or politician which I thought could do more to help at the time than a music producer. One day during our 5-week stint we decided to take some of the recording equipment to a local school in order to give the local youth a fun day of music, recording and performance.

When we arrived at the little hillside school in rural Rwanda we found that the entire school was full, the building was surrounded and there were literally kids trying to crawl through the windows in order to get in.

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When inside we noticed many of the youth were wearing homemade hip hop outfits and knew the lyrics to the most current rap songs even though they lived without electricity. It confirmed to me that music galvanizes communities. Then they handed me the sheets of paper that contained the lyrics for the songs they had written. All of them were about HIV/AIDS, how it affected their community, their rights not to sell their body to live another day, their rights to go to school, etc. At that moment we quickly realized music was also an effective and efficient manner to talk about taboo subject matter. At that moment Make Music Matter was born.






LBOR: I have chills... Sounds like an incredibly profound experience. Can you tell us a bit about those who benefit from the program and the challenges they face day-to-day?

D: In particular, our innovative music therapy program located at Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in partnership with Panzi Foundations is helping survivors of sexual violence, other vulnerable women and children use the healing power of music to recover from traumatic experiences.

The hospital serves more than 400,000 constituents in the DRC, and is world renown for its best-in-class holistic healing model serving survivors of sexual violence. Our participants/artists can be survivors as young as 7 years old and as old as 75.

LBOR: What happens in the music therapy program?

D: Going a step beyond traditional music therapy techniques, the program centers around a locally-built recording studio on hospital grounds. Women, children, and vulnerable community members gather in this studio and work with a therapeutic team that includes a psychologist trained in music therapy and a professional music producer. They transform from patients into artists.

The beautiful, evocative songs that our artists record and professionally produce, are written about their daily lives and traumatic past experiences. They are then disseminated through radio broadcasts, community concerts, and social media, helping to chip away at the stigma surrounding sexual violence and advocate to address its root causes.

LBOR: Tell us about the progress you’ve seen in introducing this program and what its meant for its benefactors?

D: Our particular music therapy program has demonstrated promising results in improvements across all three mental health dimensions of anxiety, depression and PTSD. In particular, women in our program were 80% more likely to have an improvement in their PTSD scores than women who did not participate in our program. Women in our program were twice as likely to have an improvement in their anxiety scores.

One story has resonated with me over the last few months. It was the first day during my last trip to the DRC where I was observing one of our sessions. At the end of it I asked our psychologist to ask the women how they think I saw them.

One lady stood up and said that she thought I used to see them as worthless, without any value because of what had happened to them, but now they think I see them as artists. To me that is the highest compliment I could have received.

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I will never forget another story from a community concert I attended approximately a year ago with one of our participants/artists. She was a 16-year-old survivor, who, at such a young age already had two children born of rape. One child lives with her grandmother in her home village, while the youngest, approximately one year old, lives with the survivor’s at Panzi’s aftercare facility where our program is housed. This innocent child serves as a constant reminder of the horror and trauma endured by his mother, which resulted in her perpetual rejection, offering her child very little attention and care. After participating in our program and subsequent community concert, her behavior toward her child began to shift.

She was so overjoyed by the response of the crowd that she lovingly picked him up and began kissing her baby. This embrace was the first time that she demonstrated an attachment to her child.

It was a moment where both performer and audience members could forget their pain and participate in pure joy.

LBOR: I can imagine your job isn’t always easy and often quite dangerous for you. What keeps you going on the tough days?

D: As much as it can be quite uncomfortable at times in the field and often times dangerous as I become more well-known in the community, I still hold the ability of being able to go home in theory. I hold a passport to a free and democratic country that welcomes me back every time I return. I strongly feel that the luxury of choice inoculates me from acquiescing to ever giving up. Our local staff still face danger and challenges on a daily basis that deflate my fleeting moments of questioning my path in life. Every near death experience in the end has made me more empathetic to our common humanity and connected to the most vulnerable in the world. That is a gift that has been more than worth the price I paid for it.

LBOR: Thank you for sharing this with us. There is truly no better gift than the gift of connection.

For more on how you can Make Music Matter, visit their website here.

Good vibes,

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Do rocks have magical powers?

Posted on September 13, 2016 by Kiera Fogg

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Having spent many of my summers as a child exploring deep in the wilderness of Northern Ontario, I have always been fascinated by the power of nature and it's ability to uplift and inspire. I truly believe that nature provides us the space we need to dream and connect with a part of ourselves that is all too often silenced.

People ask me all the time what inspired me to create Little Box of Rocks. I tend to refer to a particular moment when the name popped into my head, but I have to say that nature, and my childhood spent surrounded by the vast beauty of the outdoors, had a lot to do with it too. And so, do I believe that rocks have magical powers? Find out my thoughts in this video.

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Top 5 crystals for the home

Posted on September 13, 2016 by Kiera Fogg

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By far the most common question we get here at LBOR is: What should I do with my crystals? We love this question, because not only are there are so many ways to answer it, but it's a question that's not often asked about flowers. People really want to connect, engage, and find meaning in their crystals – and we think that's pretty cool.

How you connect with your crystals is entirely up to you, and often it's completely personal, (watch LBOR creator, Kiera Fogg's take on that here), but since fall is right around the corner, and it's all about getting cozy and ready for the winter, we're sharing our top 5 favorite crystals to use around the home.

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Citrine
The beautiful yellow Citrine is a stone of good fortune and abundance. According to the principles of Feng Shui, when placed in the farthest left corner in the home (in relation to your front door), it is believed to attract wealth and prosperity to the household. Citrine can be found in our Abundantia (Good Luck), Karma (Thank You), Cocoon (Housewarming), and Rainstorm (Serenity) bouquets.


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Rose Quartz

Often called the "stone of unconditional love," this beautiful, pink gem is the stone to keep nearby if you wish to attract more love into your life, whether it be romantic love, self-love, or simply more harmony in your relationships. Place this crystal in a high traffic area of the household – such as the kitchen or living-room – to promote a peaceful, harmonious environment. Rose Quartz can be found in many of our bouquets including our Karma (Thank You),
Moonstruck (Romance), and Lotus (Mother).

Obsidian Arrowhead
Obsidian ArrowheadGenuine Obsidian Arrowheads of ancient warriors can still be found buried beneath the earth in many parts of the world. Obsidian is believed to be a powerful repellent of low energies. This hand-carved, black gem is believed to repel negative energy and keep it from entering the home, when kept at the front door, underneath the doormat. The Obsidian Arrowhead can be found in our Cocoon (Housewarming) and Warrior (Strength) bouquets.

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Pyrite
Pyrite is the stone to have if you are goal-oriented, especially when it comes to business. A stone of action, this gem is believed to promote vitality, persistence, and self-confidence. If you have a home office, be sure to place this sparkly beauty on your desk to infuse your work-space with positive energy. Pyrite can be found in our Wildfire (Success) and Affinity (Friendship) bouquets.


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Himalayan Salt Rock
No bathroom is complete without a little Himalayan Salt Rock. Many of our recipients tell us that they like to toss their crystals into the tub with them to infuse the water with the energy. We like to take it a step further and toss a vial of Himalayan Salt Rock into a hot bath, because it dissolves in water and is believed to ease stress and help with mental and emotional detoxification. Himalayan Salt Rock can be found in our Rainstorm (Serenity) bouquet.

For a truly unique housewarming gift, or to try out these tips in your own home, check out our very popular Cocoon (Housewarming) bouquet to warm the house and home.


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LBOR on CBC's Dragons Den!

Posted on May 09, 2016 by Kiera Fogg

LBOR on the Dragon's Den

A year and a half ago, I was a stay at home mom with a crazy idea to send rocks the same way we typically send flowers. The idea literally popped into my head one day while I was bathing my 6-month-old baby. Like, “Aha… Little Box of Rocks… that’s brilliant!”

If I could somehow magically go back and tell myself in this moment that a year and a half would bring two celebrity endorsements, tons of earned media (nationally and internationally) and an opportunity to pitch on CBC’s hit show the Dragons Den, I wouldn’t have believed it for a second.

But the miracles of life never cease to amaze me, and as I took a deep breath and carefully stepped down the staircase and onto the dimly lit set of the Dragons Den, (one that I’d seen probably hundreds of times from my own living room) and looked into the skeptical faces of the “dragons,” it hit me:

Anything can happen.

My plane had landed in Toronto the evening before. By the time I made it to my hotel room and neurotically quadruple-checked the bouquets I had brought along to give to the dragons, it was late, so I tucked myself under the cold duvet and closed my eyes, hoping that the morning would bring a fresh jolt of courage.

It didn’t.

When I arrived at the studio the next morning at 7:45 (6:45 Winnipeg time), I was greeted by a small group of other entrepreneurs waiting in the lobby of the CBC building, some chatty… some quiet… but all clearly a little (or in my case, a LOT) nervous.

“Am I the only one who’s afraid to do this?” I overheard a lady whisper to a staff member nearby. I raised a hand and waved at her, quietly indicating that she most certainly was not alone.

The group was ushered into the studio where we were to set up our displays and begin practicing our pitches with our assigned producers.

“Oh my goodness, you’re such a glamazon!” said my producer, Adam Avrashi, as he came up to meet me. Clearly I had lucked out in being assigned to Adam, who chatted with me for the next couple of hours in the greenroom over tea and didn’t bat an eyelash when I told him I might pass out! (It was a legit concern of mine… and though we got on well, I wondered how he’d feel about this “glamazon” if I passed out on set.)

Kiera Fogg on set of CBC's Dragons DenKiera Fogg with CBC producer Adam Avrashi 

“You’re up next,” he said finally as they began wheeling large platforms of Christmas trees onto the set, decorations that I was told were brought in that day for my pitch, which is expected to air sometime around the holidays. 

 

 

Then it was time to go in. I stood with a crew-member and camera guy for a few moments, before I was given the cue to enter the set, walking past the iconic shadowed wall and down the staircase. I hit my mark and launched into my 90-second pitch, immediately noticing that I couldn’t see a single camera pointed in my direction, an atmosphere that really does make you forget you’re being taped!

I am not able to say the result of what transpired, but I can say that it will definitely make for a fun and interesting segment. I can also say that I am happy with how it all unfolded. Meet me back here in 6 months or so to hear my thoughts, with full, no-holds-barred disclosure on how the whole thing went down…

I seriously can’t wait!

 

 

 

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Just in time for Mother's Day...

Posted on April 04, 2016 by Kiera Fogg

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New Mother • Mother's Day • Mother's Birthday • Thinking of you
Somewhere in the heart of Asia blooms a deeply sacred plant. A plant with such faithful endurance that, every day without fail, it emerges to hold its head above the muddy water to greet the morning Sun. This bouquet carries with it the energy of the Lotus – the pristine blend of beauty and resilience that defines the spirit of motherhood. Send the Lotus to the special gem who holds the toughest job on Earth... and does it with a smile. Mud or murk, rain or shine – now that’s a mighty superpower.

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New Baby • Congratulations • Keepsake

They say that at the very moment we are born, while our parents are gazing and
giggling and crying tears of joy, so is a very special creature – a perfect little pixie designated just for us. A keepsake like no other, this bouquet carries with it the energy of the pixie – a small and mighty guide offering love, guidance and protection. Intended to be kept for the child until their 18th year, Pixie is to be given to new parents who have welcomed a perfect little pixie of their very own. This bouquet has an added customization feature for boy or girl!

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The LBOR Wedding Guide

Posted on March 09, 2016 by Kiera Fogg

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So your handsome prince has popped the question and now you’ve got the exciting task of asking your most important gal-pals to be a part of your big day. If you’re like most of us ladies, chances are you’ve already picked your bridesmaids (and ran through a fantasy version of your bachelorette party in your head several dozen times.)

But before you go calling all your girlfriends and blurting out a rambling verbal ambush, let’s consider a few simple tips that will help you pop the question in a way that will rock their worlds.

Consider the GEM

We don’t have to tell you that each one of your gal pals are perfectly unique. Of course you already know this by the way your sentimental friend, the “Charlotte” of the group, tears up at the drop of tic-tac, the way your “Fighter Friend” refuses to admit she cries EVER, and of course the way your “wild-child” buddy never fails to get you into trouble. Thus, each one of these bridesmaid requests should be approached a little differently.

Instead of blanketing your social circle with bouquets of Affinity (Friendship), take a moment to consider each personality and select your bouquets accordingly. For instance, your sentimental friend might appreciate the Rainstorm, a bouquet that offers soothing vibes, your tough pal might fit the Warrior in honor of her inner strength, and the wild-child might appreciate the sizzling hot energy of the trailblazing Wildfire. Not only will this tailored approach make for more fun when they compare notes later on, but it also offers each friend a keepsake that applies uniquely to them.

Name your queen

Speaking of special, your maid of honor is the queen. (Aside from you, of course, your majesty...) She’s laughed with you until the point of tears, and cried with you until the point of laughter. Therefore, we suggest honoring this truly special friendship by doing something a little different. Perhaps you include a riddle in your secret message that hints at her honored role, or maybe you simply choose a bouquet that no one else receives. (Hint: our Affinity bouquet is a great one for the maid of honor as it was created for the very best of friendships.)

Simplicity rules

When it comes to writing your secret message, you don’t have to get too fancy. When you send a Little Box of Rocks, we’ve already taken care of all the poetics for you. Each of your bridesmaids will receive a special letter with her name, your name, a brief history of the LBOR tradition, and a riddle that hints at the theme of her bouquet. When she opens her gift-box, she will find a beautiful card explaining the theme of her bouquet and the meaning of the crystals. So, when it comes to the secret message, sticking with a simple “Will you be my bridesmaid” will have quite a bit of impact.

Timing is... well you know

Of course, when it comes to asking a friend to be a part of your wedding, you’ll want to give as much advance notice as possible, without giving so much that schedules and priorities shift and change. The general rule of thumb in terms of when to ask a friend to be your bridesmaid is 6-9 months before your wedding. So even if you’re planning a Christmas wedding this year, it definitely isn’t too early to officially pop the question!

Don't forget the other Gems

And finally, not everyone who is special to you can be included in your big day as a bridesmaid, but let’s not forget that it’s just as important to honor them too! Whether it’s a Wildflower bouquet as a keepsake for your flower girl, or a Karma bouquet to say “thank you” to your mama for her help, we’ve made it just as easy to remember all the other Gems in your life. Check out the official LBOR Wedding Guide (below) to find the perfect bouquet for everyone who will be working to make your big day ROCK.

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