Kimberly Muller: Author, Last Night I Swam With A Mermaid

Kimberly Muller: Author, Last Night I Swam With A Mermaid

Eco-Author Inspires Kids To Think Green...and Ocean Blue

ELAINE SAYS: Talented friends driven by passion change the world by inspiring children to do beautiful things....I mean, come on....does it get better than that? After you see Kimberly and Michael Muller's ethereal book, LAST NIGHT I SWAM WITH A MERMAID, you'll understand why I say, "No...it doesn't get any better". Mom of 3 girls [extra points for a set of twins] and the newest eco-voice in the pack, Kimberly lures little imaginations to the ocean, where a mystical Mermaid teaches them to care for their big, blue ocean and all the creatures in it. Speaking as a mom myself, I love her strategy. The ocean is an environment that little people love, understand, relate to...a place they feel at home. And the absolutely stunning photography of famed photog and husband, Michael Muller is sure to captivate mini minds while keeping parents awe-inspired as well. In this endeavor, the subject of his artful images is an "actual" and quite celestial mermaid. Tame stuff compared to swimming with sharks [and photographing them], which is how he spends most of his days off. Two words: Bad Ass. Today, Kimberly reveals her list of things we should all know about....some eco-fabulous and others just plain old fabulous. Enjoy and have a happy and conscious Earth Day!

SHOP KIMBERLY'S LIST FROM EVERYWHERE
  1. Give By Getting: Raven + Lily raven and lilyVISIT WEBSITE | LOCATION: Raven and Lily 1566 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles [Echo Park]Raven + Lily is a non-profit studio created by a group of women with a passion for design and a desire to empower others.  Their handmade jewelry, baby clothes, home goods, frames, etc., support women's empowerment programs that comply with fair trade standards.
  2. Non-Toxic Paint: Sheswai Nail Polish sheswai nail polishVISIT WEBSITESheswai Nail Polish believes in all the things I believe in...living eco-chic, magic, liberty, glamour and LOVE for all.  Get "Stoked," my favorite new color.  For those times you may want to conserve your carbon footprint and stay at home and multitask, the ultimate luxury is a Mani/Pedi at home.  Call Debbie: 323.841.3730
  3. A Bauble with Bite: Maya Brenner Shark Tooth Necklace maya brenner shark toothVISIT WEBSITEI do not leave home without my Maya Brenner Designs Shark Tooth Necklace. I sometimes can be seen sporting 2 or 3… It is a MUST HAVE… Beyond Chic and when you buy it proceeds are donated to EARTHECHO International.
  4. Pretty Little Things: Jenni Kayne jenni kayneVISIT WEBSITE | LOCATION: Jenni Kayne 614 North Almont Drive, West Hollywood [WeHo]...Visit New Location In Brentwood Too.My favorite shop in LA for one stop shopping and retail therapy is the Jenni Kayne Boutique. Not only does Jenni stock her own amazing designs but she carries Makie for kids, Claire Vivier Bags and the most amazing angora teddy bears that I want on my own bed.  Plus, Jenni is always giving back with shopping days that benefit charities like Baby2Baby.
LIST FOR LOCALS
  1. Nice Ice Cream: Kind Kreme kind kremeVISIT WEBSITE | LOCATION: Kind Kreme 3701 Cahuenga Boulevard, Los Studio City [also in Pasadena and Echo Park]Kind Kreme is a gourmet, raw, vegan, organic dessert shop that is “Kind to you. Kind to the planet.” Divine frozen non-dairy treats that are hand crafted daily in a local kitchen. They also have shakes, fresh juices, cold-pressed coffees, daily soups and sandwiches, and much more! Kind Kreme is commited to the environment in all that they do.
  2. Grow Your Own: Edible Gardens LA lauri Kranz of Edible Gardens LAVISIT WEBSITEFarm to table in your very own backyard…Growing veggies, planting seeds and teaching our kids what all of that means, has been one of the greatest strides we have made toward going green. After all, you eat what you sow. My friend Lauri helped us build and plant our amazing garden…her company Edible Gardens LA builds, plants and sustains organic vegetable gardens.
  3. The World On A String: Bob Baker Marionettes Bob Baker MarionettesVISIT WEBSITE | LOCATION: Bob Baker Marionettes 1345 West First Street, Los Angeles.There is a lot to be said about, “ seeing the world thru the eyes of a child…” One of my all time favorite things to do in LA is the Bob Baker Marionette Theater.  I love this place… my kids love this place and it indirectly is helping our planet as it is a constant reminder that imagination will get you everywhere…
  4. Neighborhood Nectar: Studio City Farmers Market studio city farmers marketLOCATION: Studio City Farmers Market Ventura Place, Studio City.  SundaysI Love Studio City Farmers Market for the veggies and fruit we do not get from our own garden and a myriad of other delicious treats including: Pop Shop popsicles, Ice Ice Shavie shaved ice, loose teas and spices, Daves Korean Food and much much more. It is so important to support our local farmers and businesses. This market is great for kids they have a petting zoo, train, face painting, swings, slide and tie dying.
  5. Make A Splash: The Annenberg Beach House annenberg beach houseVISIT WEBSITE | LOCATION: Annenberg Beach House 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa MonicaIf it's the ocean you crave, head to The Annenberg Beach House, conveniently located right off the 10 on PCH.  Parking, Cafe, Playground, Pool and beach..right there!   Bring buckets and while collecting shells, collect some trash too. It empowers children to know they are making a difference and it's amazing what you'll find!  My girls and I made pom poms out of plastic bags and shoelaces!
  6. A Special Spot: Tree People Park treepeople parkVISIT WEBSITE | LOCATION: TreePeople Park 12601 Mulholland Drive, Beverly HillsI am always looking for things to do with my kids that help others while doing something they enjoy [what I refer to as a "two-fer"].  Bring the family and friends the Tree People and volunteer to plant trees.  Your can even organize your own neighborhood tree planting.  This is an amazing way to heal our urban environment.
  7. Give To Yourself: Natura Spa natura spaVISIT WEBSITE | LOCATION: Natura Spa 3240 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles [Koreatown]After a long day of helping the planet, it is important to give back to oneself.  I love a scrub and massage and a visit to the jade stone room at Natura Spa.

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