The Health Benefits of Surfing

originated in Hawaii but today, anyone can surf whenever there’s wave!  It has become a popular water sport for all ages, men and women alike.  And why not, it allows you to become one with the nature while enjoying the thrill of riding a wave.

There are also health benefits of surfing.  It is also a great way to promote health and well being – keeping you healthy mentally and physically.  Surfing encourages social interaction with other surfers, build relationship with peers and develop respect with nature. It’s not surprising to find surfers who are passionate advocates of environmental awareness especially when it comes to protecting our ocean.

Health Benefits of Surfing: Strong cardiovascular system

Surfing will strengthen your cardiovascular system, and just like any other water sports in general, it’s a great full body exercise.  The very act of swimming will increase your heart rate.  Paddling will keep your heart beat in pace and will keep pumping blood to the other parts of your body.  Surfing is a great way to keep your heart healthy and keep the chances of heart attack at bay.

Health Benefits of Surfing: Strong physique

Surfing will definitely give you a strong physique.  Shoulder and back muscles are strengthen by paddling while legs and core strength are improved as you balance yourself on the surfing board. 

It’s a great way to lose weight as well, for an average person; surfing can burn about 400 calories per hour.  So, really you don’t have to starve yourself to death to keep in shape.  You can simply surf and loose the extra calories while having fun!

Surfing will also increase your flexibility and improve your balance.  It’s of vital importance that you’re flexible enough to maneuver your body to go with the waves and balance yourself to stay on your feet as you ride the wave.

Health Benefits of Surfing: Overall Well-being

Surfing also affects you psychologically, giving you a more positive attitude, upbeat feelings, and a better mood.  It has something to do basically with the fact that you’re one with nature when you’re surfing. 


It’s our primal instinct to yearn for the outdoors; it gives us a sense of being free which promotes relaxation.  Keeping an eye on the waves while waiting for the perfect one you would want to ride is also a form of meditation for most people.

The very sport of surfing, which is a form of an extended physical exercise, triggers the secretion of endorphins in our brain which is responsible for that natural euphoria and good mood. 

Suffice to say, the health benefits of surfing – that affects our mood and emotions is back up by science.

Try surfing today and experience that liberating feeling of being with the ocean.  Plus reap the health benefits of surfing as well!  Enjoy time with your family or friends and appreciate the beauty of our nature. 

Too busy to surf?  Well, it’s probably time for you to start reconsidering having your own home business.  This will allow you to have the freedom to manage your own time and spend it anyway you want to. 

You can allot time especially dedicated for your family, for your passions and of course making yourself financially free.  Simply click on the image below and find out how I was able to do it – balance my time and become an entrepreneur mom at the same time.

Lisa Burnham is an artist-ecoactivist-entrepreneur mom to two wonderful kids and wife to a surfer!  She teaches for 25 years to children of all ages, has an art education and speaks Spanish, pretty well, too!  This mom loves traveling, gardening and anything green!  She lives in San Francisco, California just a block away from the ocean.  And she has a pitbull named Irie.

Lisa is living the life – enjoying freedom and embracing a more meaningful life while creating a sustainable business that keeps her mobile and free!  Connect with her and start your own journey towards the realization of your dream life!

Related post: Living the Life: Snorkeling in Costa Rica, History of Surfing: From Hawaii to California, Surfing Tips: Surf Etiquette, Do’s and Don’t

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As Seen on Modern Living with kathy ireland®

The Green Seahorse owner and founder, Lisa Burnham is thrilled to announce her recent guest appearance on Modern Living with kathy ireland® .

Catch the first in the series here.



According to the JL Haber, Vice President of Programming of Modern Living with kathy ireland®, “In recent years, people have become increasingly concerned about where the goods they buy come from and the impact of these goods on the local economy and the environment. When we heard about the work of The Green Seahorse to bring high quality goods from local artists around the world to local customers to encourage fair trade and sustainable practices, we knew immediately we wanted them on the show.”

Our mission at The Green Seahorse is to support the fair trade  efforts and do our part to insure the sustainability of the global artisan community. We are proud to be a part of a movement where customers have the benefit of purchasing items that support families at the same time demonstrating the innovative creativity and beauty of crafts-people from a wide variety of cultures in numerous countries. Fairly-Traded products are made using local, sustainably harvested materials, minimizing the environmental impact of these purchases.

Lisa has noticed a trend in the global craft marketplace,  “Being green has influenced a huge uprising in all manner of makers making. That has inspired our artisan marketplace, where we showcase a variety of innovations in eco-art and culture.”

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 Modern Living with kathy ireland®  is a weekly business television program featuring real-world insights from corporate executives from all over the globe.

The show airs Thursday mornings throughout North America on E! Entertainment Network as part of their sponsored programming lineup and to over 50 countries throughout the world on Sundays on Bloomberg International as part of their sponsored programming lineup.

Lisa was originally contacted by Modern Living with kathy ireland® by way of a press release that was  put out about the company launch at the Green Festival, November of 2014. The Producers had a very appealing interest in the brand and the mission behind it, as well as the entrepreneurial story of Lisa herself. The Green Seahorse immediately  felt privileged that Kathy Ireland and her studio saw value and creativity in our young business.

The studio experience in LA was unforgettable and all our needs were taken care of. It was a true pleasure meeting Kathy, she is very genuine and seems to really care about the people she meets. The crew helped make my 11, year old daughter and I feel very comfortable on the set, and me during the taping of the show. We were provided with opportunities to re-edit our segment and utilize the resources that were available to us during the process, such as gathering leads from the show and compiling them for us..

We were pleased about the positive results from the recording sessions both in San Francisco, at the Green Festival and LA. The final production video exceeded our expectations with how well it was put together. Overall, the MMP (USA), Inc.  provided us with an incredible project that i am sure will help grow our brand. We are grateful for being offered the opportunity.

Check the channel finder for listings E! Network here, and on Bloomberg International channel finder here,


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The Green Seahorse Brings Eco-friendly and E-commerce Together

lisa Kathy w productsArtists have always been on the forefront of change and this little eco-company is no different. Lisa Burnham is taking action towards the betterment of the Global Artisan Community. She is taking it on one step at a time, planning and strategizing how to get the word out, how to make people THINK, about what is so easy to change. Looking for ways to help micro-businesses in non-developed countries find more exposure so their message is heard.

The Green Seahorse encourages Change !

Think About how every single thing you purchase, no matter how small, has an impact on this planet. And what we choose to do or not do also has an effect.

The Green Seahorse’s primary goal is to provide a platform, a marketplace,

for Fairly-Traded,

Eco-friendly Artisan Goods to be sold at a fair price.

Its just that Simple.


Simply Sustainable

In fact that is Our Tag line.

We are using Social media, blogging and online e-commerce to spread our message.

That not only can artisans get fairly paid for their crafts, but

their stories can and will be heard.

Lisa is in fact an artist and a teacher in this online space as she is in her offline space. A purveyor of ideas, creator of inspirations, guiding and sharing innovations.

Lisa is below sharing some information about the Green Seahorse.

Most people don’t realize that you can decorate your home beautifully using materials that are made with the environment in mind. And with that in mind The Green Seahorse can help bridge the gap and provide smart choices for gifts and crafts of all kinds. The array of materials ranges from Tagua Nuts in Ecuador to Batiked Fabric in Africa. Items from all over the globe inspired this Artist to share these treasures.




How Sell Ethical Products in a Global Marketplace

HMDDRAG1_1_515001-2TAn Opportunity for an Eco-Activist-Art Teacher Turned Entrepreneur Mom

Did you know that a key principle of the World Fair Trade Organization states the protection and conservation of our natural resources?  With that, there are guidelines as well as Environmental Standards that needed to be met by farmers who would like to participate in fair trade.  The standards aim to protect the environment so that we can preserve and conserve it for more generations to come.  There are guidelines are set from the treatment of the soil and water to non use of GMOs and agrochemicals.  The farmers are given financial incentives and resources for adhering to standards – that is for organic conversion, reforestation, water conservation as well as environmental education.

My green business, The Green Seahorse, advocates for a greener environment and greener lifestyle – by shopping ethically and by opting for fair trade products.  We want to put the word out there that there are options formexican wrapper us to be gentler to the environment – especially on the way we shop and consume.  The public needs to know where or how to find these creative, beautiful, ethical products and more importantly, why we need to support these fair trade products.

Being an artsy mom, I immediately saw the beauty and creativity in these products and because I have always been an eco-activist I was immediately drawn to the fact that these are eco-friendly as well.  Since then, I have always been passionate about promoting ethical shopping through The Green Seahorse.  We believe that one can be stylish and hip and eco-friendly all at the same.

Save Environment by Supporting Fair Trade


It’s safe to say that buying fair trade goods also save environment.  Farmers are starting to treat our natural resources more wisely, respectfully and economically because of the education and additional knowledge brought upon by fair trade cooperatives.  They are now enlightened to the fact that these natural resources will provide for their livelihood, their children’s education and even their family’s health care.  As a sign of gratitude it’s only proper that we care and save environment in return.


Artsy Green Goodness!


As consumers, we can demand for creative, beautiful, ethical products in the market world.  One can be stylish and hip without hurting the environment.  Keep in mind that everything is correlated, if we support fair trade products, we’re not only supporting the conservation and protection of the environment but the very people behind these products.  These artsy and creative fair trade products are the life line for developing communities for a more sustainable future.  So, let’s shop ethically. Be creative and see the beauty in everything that is made eco-friendly.


Celebrate World Fair Trade Day with Conscious Efforts


The Green Seahorse celebrates World Fair Trade Day by being an Agent for Change; in efforts to support Fair Trade artisan across the Globe. The Fair Trade label lets you now products are Fair Trade certified and that products have been produced by farmers and workers who follow rigorous standards known as The 10 Principles of Fair Trade of protection of worker’s rights and the environment. The artists themselves are benefiting from your purchases on our website Rest Assured that when you purchase Fair Trade products, these producers can earn a fair price and additional Fair Trade Premium to invest in projects to educate their children, improve healthcare, protect environment and improve their economic well-being.

Find out more about the impact your purchases are making on the Fair Trade Federation Blog.



The World Fair Trade Day Organization. explains  :

“We is an initiative of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) that takes place on the second Saturday of May of each year. It is an inclusive worldwide festival of events celebrating Fair Trade as a tangible contribution to the fight against poverty and exploitation, climate change and the economic crisis that has the greatest impact on the world’s most vulnerable populations. The global crisis confirms the need for a fair and sustainable economy locally and globally.

Trade must benefit the most vulnerable and deliver sustainable livelihoods by developing opportunities for small and disadvantaged producers. Millions of producers and traders, businesses and policy makers, supporting organizations and volunteers have contributed to the substantial growth of Fair Trade globally.”

They go on to Explain The People behind the Product

fairtrade-logo“Fair Trade is a transparent trading system that  supports economically marginalized people, fair prices, good working conditions, and long-term partnership through trade. Behind every Fair Trade product on the market there are real people. We tell their story through the WFTO Product Label, which was launched last year when the WFTO Membership approved the new WFTO Guarantee System.”

The People promoting Fair Trade 

Consumers and Fair Trade promoters are central to building the Fair Trade movement. By buying Fair Trade products, consumers have helped strengthen Fair Trade groups and supply chains, built a network of over 1,000 Fair Trade towns, cities and universities globally; and put pressure on governments and big businesses to improve their business practices.

Supporting the change
Fair Trade has produced change, and we will continue to do so. Fair Trade has improved the lives of several million small producers worldwide and their communities. Show your support. Use our web app and show to the world that Fair Trade People are everywhere, by sharing it on social media channels with hashtags #FairTrade and #WFTDay.

“Fair Trade was established to enable producers, especially the smaller ones, to improve their livelihoods in a sustainable fashion. With the support of conscientious consumers, Fair Trade has grown to become a sustainable solution to fight poverty and economic crisis. Today, Fair Trade impacts not only producers but all of us. Fair Trade is a movement of the people, by the people and for the people.”
Natália Leal, WFTO Chief Executive

 Every Purchase Matters !



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Kathy Ireland Spports Green Living Solutions

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Kathy Ireland’s Life, Health & Style Show

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Online Eco Marketplace, The Green Seahorse will be represented by founder Lisa Burnham on Kathy Ireland’s Life, Health & Style Show.   It’s going to be a great opportunity for this eco-activist, art teacher-turned-entrepreneur-mom – quite a mouthful, but that is what this working, stay-at-home- mom is all about.  “I’m passionate about protecting the environment, arts and of course creating a sustainable business. I feel privileged to be able to create an online brand that inspires others and supports artisans where they live, all over this planet.” Says Lisa about realizing her passions to promote Fair Trade Artisans.

From one mompreneur to another, it’s easy to see the connection to Miss Kathy Ireland.  She is such an inspiration to women, especially to mothers who would like to take on their dreams and make it happen for themselves. Lisa and Kathy have even more in common; Kathy’s entrepreneurial instincts emerged early on while growing up in Santa Barbara, California. Ireland sold hand-painted rocks around her neighborhood before landing her first paper route at the age of 11. In 1993, Ireland started developing what would become her business empire. Over time, she grew this business to become Kathy Ireland Worldwide, which brings in more than $1 billion in sales annually.

Lisa did exactly the same thing, selling painted rocks from door-to-door in her own neighborhood, growing up outside Boston, MA. From that same early age of 11, she was already an entrepreneur. Lisa made a life for herself as an artist, art teacher, a mom of two children, and wife as well as receiving 2 major art degrees from top universities. You would think that was enough. But after over 20 years of scheduling art projects and then trying to fit my kids into a career, she decided to stay at home and be with the kids. But, as the years went by and she became progressively more un-fulfilled, just going through the motions of being a mom and not really following her true path as an artist/entrepreneur. One day all that changed when she decided to teach herself how to build an eco-friendly business online.

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An Advocate of Ethical Shopping and All Things Fair Trade

The very premise of The Green Seahorse’ existence is to advocate for a greener environment and greener lifestyle by shopping ethically and by opting for fair trade products.  So landing a spot on Kathy Irelands’ Life, Health & Style show is indeed a great and perfect opportunity to bring even more awareness to the public about our cause.  Not to mention of course the fact that the mere invitation to the TV show earns quite a seal of approval for The Green Seahorse.

Spreading the word about ethical shopping and fair trade products on a bigger platform is definitely a dream come true for The Green Seahorse.  We really want to put the word out there that there are options for all of us to be gentler to the environment – even on the way we shop.  The public needs to know where or how to find these fair trade products and more importantly, why it’s important that we choose fair trade products.

All Set to Bring the Green Good News with My Daughter is by my side.

“We have to teach our children to understand the impact that everyone has on our planet.”

Lisa Kathy Eloise

A sustainable development is possible, it’s doable – and we can start by ethical shopping.  We can make use of the power that we have as consumers to dictate and demand for ethical products in the market world.  Everything is connected, if we support fair trade products, we’re not only supporting the conservation and protection of the environment but the very people behind these products.  We have to keep in mind that these fair trade products are the life-line for developing communities for a more sustainable future.

It sure seems that the Green Seahorse truly embodies what the show is all about – life, health and style.

Stay Tuned for the announcement and the replay if you missed it.

We can’t wait to share the experience with you guys, so keep in touch and we’ll keep all of you updated!

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Welcoming 2015:  A Greener Mindset and Healthier Lifestyle

Looking Forward to a Greener 2015

2014 was indeed a meaningful year for The Green Seahorse.  We believe that through our little green ways, we’re able to affect the lives of the people that we fortunately crossed path with.  It’s now 2015, and we’re all about the green good vibes and positively thinking that more and more people are well on their way towards a greener mindset and that the process of being green is now starting.

Greener 2015

A Greener Mindset

We really believe that green involves action, it invokes changes.  We totally agree that green is a process and a verb. Each and everyone can do their part to affect positive changes in the environment, you can start small or perhaps start big.  The more important thing is that we simply have to start at something and that we have to start now.  Big changes does not always have to involve big moves, sometimes it simply need persistence and consistency.  If one is willing, one will and can find a way.

Green is a Process

Bringing back the green in the environment is not confined to planting trees or cleaning up polluted body of waters – sometimes changing what appears to be a mundane habit can very well start affecting changes as well.  For instance, by simply changing our consuming habits we are basically helping in the conservation and preservation of the environment and the promotion of a truly sustainable development.  Now, that is something to be excited about!  This is why The Green Seahorse is constantly seeking for new ways to raise more awareness about being a conscious consumer.

A greener mindset can bring changes in the way we spend our money –conscious consumerism by ethical shopping.  Being smart and considerate in the way we shop will ultimately boil down to sparing natural resources, pollution and even poverty.  Keep in mind that as consumers, we have the power to dictate positive changes towards a greener and more peaceful community.

A New Year’s Resolution

Happy new year everyone!  We’re hoping that you can add green shopping or ethical shopping in your New Year’s resolution this year.  We can guarantee you that it’s going to be the best and most fun resolution you’ll ever make!

Cheers to a Green 2015!!!

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Season’s Greetings from The Green Seahorse

How to Enjoy the Day without Stressing Out

You’ve probably spent the last month preparing, decorating and shopping for the big day.  And in as much as it’s a festive season, we can’t simply help but feel that little sprinkle of stress upon us (for some, probably a spoonful!).

Well, here’s how you can enjoy the day without stressing out.

see the good

Expect the unexpected!  Sure, you want everything to be perfect, especially when you’ve been planning about it all month.  But hey, some of the best memorable moments happen when you least expect it.  Accept that you don’t have control over what’s going to happen – it’s not a movie reel where you directed every single scene.  And besides, even in movies, isn’t the bloopers always fun to watch?

It’s not going to be perfect. Expecting that it’s not going to be perfect (at least the kind you have all planned in your head) pretty much condition you into handling the not so perfect moments on the day itself.  It somehow relieves you of the tension – you feel more relax, you look more relax.

Always remember that it’s the unexpected, unplanned moments that leave you with lasting memories in mind. Always see the good, lean on the bright side and embrace it with open arms.

Sending our Warm Wishes and Cheers!

From The Green Seahorse family, we’re extending our warm wishes and cheers to each and everyone, may you and your loved ones be filled with lasting happiness and peace.  Enjoy a laughter-filled stress-free day!


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50 Shades of Green for the Holidays

Green Shopping for a Greener Holiday

We can make this Holiday a little greener by shopping ethically, we can choose our gifts wisely to make sure that our purchases doesn’t hurt the environment.  Go for products that are made from recyclable materials or easily recyclable.  Be a conscious consumer and know the cost behind every product.  Go for ethical fashion, look and feel good inside and out.

Choose fair trade products for your Holiday shopping.  These products are made under the guiding principles of World Fair Trade Organization – which basically protects the environment and the artisans and farmers behind every product.  Many small and developing communities all over the world benefits from the fair trade – it’s more than just  a livelihood for them, it’s their opportunity of a lifetime to provide a better future for their family.  Now, that’s more than just being green!

50 Shades of Green

We believe that green is not just a color, it’s an attitude.  But hey, green is really a cool color – it simply breaths life, it’s calming, it’s fresh, it’s clean, it’s vibrant! How can you not love green, right?  So for your Holiday shopping, we bring you our 50 Shades of Green series. Enjoy!

What’s Your Shade of Green?

Found your shade of green yet? Join us in making a pledge to make this Holiday greener this year.  Remember, that green is more than just a color.  It’s not a status. It’s an attitude and it’s a process.  Start a greener and more eco friendly lifestyle by shopping ethically.

Keep in mind that the power is in our hands as consumers, we’re the ones creating the demand.  Let’s demand for nothing short of ethical – only things gentle to the environment and men. You’ll be surprised at how we can spark global changes by simply buying consciously.

Think green for your next purchase!

The Green Seahorse at the Green Festival event

The Green Seahorse Has Officially Launched!

 The Green Seahorse’s First Plunge

Just a few days ago, The Green Seahorse has officially launched and took its first plunge in the eco marketplace thru San Francisco’s Green Festival event!  And, oh boy, it was nothing short of amazing – truly a green event.  Surrounded by equally eco friendly businesses, The Green Seahorse fits perfectly right and settled comfortably in a very familiar green territory.

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Spreading the Word, Green Seahorse Style!

The Green Festival allows us to connect with conscious consumers and share information about fair trade products, fair trade artisans and everything eco friendly.  The Green Seahorse team delights in every opportunity to bring awareness about ethical shopping, green living and sustainable development.  We strive to take every avenue available to reach out to as much people as possible to spread the word.

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A Heartfelt ‘Thank You’ from The Green Seahorse

In behalf of The Green Seahorse’ team, we would like to thank those who have supported us along the way.  A heartfelt ‘thank you’ for taking the time to see us in the event or for checking our company online – thank you guys for giving green a chance.

Thank You from The Green Seahorse