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The Sustainable Bay Area Brand & Events Photographer: Meet Praise Santos, Founder of ComePlum

By Emily Merrell  Praise Santos, a magical name for a magical human. Praise is one of those individuals that you meet and fall in love with easily. As a photographer, she has a way of nailing all of your best angles. In addition to photography, she’s passionate about sustainability and helping vendors add a lens …

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Renter’s Insurance That Makes Sense: Meet Chris Lotz, Co-Founder of Goodcover

By Emily Merrell Have you ever googled “What renter’s insurance should I buy?” and felt overwhelmed on where to even begin? If you don’t have renter’s insurance, keep reading and get ready to purchase ASAP. After suffering a terrible apartment fire in 2019, I’ve been a huge advocate for those who don’t yet have coverage …

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Special Moments on Film: Meet Jodee Debes, The Jet-Setting Photographer

By Emily Merrell  The moment I met Jodee, I knew we were kindred spirits. Jodee is filled with boundless energy and curiosity for the world’s stories. It’s no wonder that she’s constantly snapping photos that speak volumes. She has a way of making a photo shoot fun and intimate. She’s also  able to turn someone …

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Oils For Your Face & Body: Meet Alana and Maddie Alper, Founders of Alper Oils

By Emily Merrell The first time someone told me to try oils on my face, I just laughed. As a child with oily skin, putting more oil on seemed pretty counterintuitive. Yet, rather than dismissing the idea entirely, I leaned in and tried it. It started out with chia seed oils, then argan oils and …

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The Sustainability Concierge: Meet Friday Apaliski, The Go Green Concierge

By Emily Merrell On a scale of 1-10, how sustainable are you? If you paused to reflect on what that word means, you need to meet Friday Apaliski. Friday is a Sustainability Concierge. She combs your home to help you  make a more sustainable life plan. Learn more below on how you can take specific …

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Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: Meet Kelsey Smith, Founder of Girlfunds

By Emily Merrell  What if high school taught you about personal finance rather than algebra? It would probably yield a much more prepared adult. Fortunately, there are amazing people like Kelsey Smith who have founded organizations like Girlfunds. Rather than googling how to pay off your debt, Kelsey organizes events to empower and educate women …

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