This Care Box themed RESTORE is for moms, by moms and curated to restore oneself through sustenance, care and art.
Offerings featured in the box were selected by Brianna Allen and Amy Komar, both practicing artists and mothers of small children, living in Homer, Alaska. Each item was selected for it’s intention to RESTORE the mind, body and spirit and guided by our own rituals of care as mothers. We hope this care box offers warmth and exhale for the caretakers we aim to celebrate every day.
Items are all local to Homer, Alaska and support women-run businesses.
Wild Alaska Salmon - Smoked Coho by Salmon Sisters
Chugach Chocolate Bar - Alaskan Birch Syrup Toffee
Custom Tea Blend - RESTORE by Woda Botanicals
Organic Face Cream and Cottonwood Balm - by Alpenglow Care Products
Custom Bath Salt Blend RENEW - by Switch Witch Soaks
Custom Blend Essential Oil Roller RESTORE - by Brianna Allen
Cup/Bud Vase - Handmade Porcelain Vessel by MJ Earthenware
Salmon Leather Earrings - Tinted Salmon Leather Studs by Beyond Ocean
Blank Journal - Take Flight Journal and Poem by Mercedes O’Leary
Tote Bag - Reusable tote, metallic block print by Brianna Allen
Art Print Set of 8 - 4 x 6” Printed on premium linen
Book “The Momologue Collective: An Anthology by Self-Identifying Mothers”
Care Box | RESTORE
Wild Alaska Smoked Salmon: Six ounces of thick, wild coho salmon harvested in Southeast Alaska, gently smoked with natural alder wood to preserve its firm texture and rich wild salmon flavor, hand packed into cans and cooked to perfection. Ready to eat straight from the can, mixed into a savory cream cheese spread, or flaked into your favorite rice, pasta or salad dish. Harvested, smoked and packed in Alaska, by Homer’s own Salmon Sisters-- fishermen and sisters Emma Teal Laukitis and Claire Neaton www.aksalmonsisters.com
Chugach Chocolate Bar: Chugach (pronounced CHEW-gatch) Chocolates hand makes chocolates at the base of the Chugach mountain range in southcentral Alaska. The light, rich taste of birch syrup matches beautifully with our 62% cacao. We make the toffee in-house using Bridge Creek Birch Syrup from Homer, Alaska and Kahiltna Birchworks in Talkeetna, Alaska.
Custom RESTORE Tea Blend: A caffeine-free, organic herbal tea blend to restore and comfort within. Carolyn, owner of Woda Botanicals in Homer, offers a blend of calendula flower, raspberry leaf, oat straw, stinging nettle and red clover blossom. This is a tea that fills the empty places you didn’t know you had- it’s wonderful! This pack will steep 4-5 cups of tea and comes with four disposable tea bags.
Alpenglow Face Cream: This face cream contains 100% natural ingredients, and every ingredient is beneficial to your skin. They will not irritate even the most sensitive complexions. Organic jojoba is a grease-less oil that completely absorbs into skin, it does not clog pores and it provides unmatched elasticity. Organic unrefined shea butter has a very rich nutritional profile nourishing and softening our facial skin like nothing else. Willow bark extract promotes cell exfoliation resulting in an improvement of the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and it’s excellent for problem skin conditions.
Alpenglow Cottonwood Balm: A staple therapeutic organic balm for soothing boo-boos and owies. It promotes healthy skin with powerful chemical constituents found in Cottonwood buds and Calendula flowers. Use on any irritated skin like cracks on fingers and heels, bug bites, baby bottoms, blisters, hangnails, chapped lips, gardener’s and mechanic’s hands, chaffing, overworked feet… the uses are endless and the benefits substantial. Excellent for problem skin, sensitive skin and babies.
We harvest wild Alaskan botanicals and organically grow herbs and flowers to extract beneficial properties to create pure, healthy products. www.alpenglowskincare.com
Custom Blend Bath Salt: RENEW bath salt blend by Switch Witch Soaks. This blend includes a restorative essential oil blend of basil (oil of renewal), bergamont (oil of self-acceptance), and coriander (oil of loyalty). It’s made in small batches in Homer Alaska by artist and box co-curator, Amy Komar.
Custom RESTORE Essential Oil Roller Blend: Apply this restorative essential oil blend to your temples, elbows or wrists when looking to center and calm. This is a blend of clary sage, lavender and peppermint in a mild coconut carrier, made by Brianna Allen.
Ceramic Tumbler: A ceramic vessel for your custom tea blend, favorite wine, or use it as a bud vase to hold flowers picked by your littles. This versatile cup is handbuilt by Homer mother and potter, Meghan Lotscher of MJ Earthenware. www.mjearthworks.com
Salmon Skin Earring Studs: This unique salmon skin jewelry is coated with an epoxy gloss and comes in blue, green, sunset yellow and red. These earrings are one design of many featured in Morgan Edminster’s salmon jewelry company, Beyond Ocean. Morgan is born and raised in Homer, Alaska, is a second generation fisherman and fishes Bristol Bay, Alaska. www.beyondoceanak.com
Take Flight Journal: Blank journal for mothers to fill with ideas, sketches, poems, and stories. A gentle invitation to let your creativity "take flight" in the midst of everyday parenting. Includes an inspirational poem by Mercedes O'Leary, originally published in the online magazine Literary Mama.
Reusable Poly Tote: 100% high-density nylon tote with metallic, custom block print design. This bag is foldable, washable and reusable. These bags hold up to 50lbs, and have longer, wider handles for comfort and with a squared bottom.
Art Print Set (8): Eight 4x6” art prints on premium linen paper of wonderful artists who are mothers. Artists featured in the 2023 set are Amy Komar, Amy Meissner, Somer Hahm, Carla Klinker Cope, Myesha Callahan Freet, Erin Paradis, Brianna Lee and Brianna Allen.
Book: “The Momologue Collective: An Anthology by Self-Identifying Mothers” gathered by Brianna Allen and edited by Mercedes O’Leary. Why are the best stories about motherhood told in whispers? Frustrated by the Stepford veneer she felt pressured to slap on as a new