We recently discovered the inspired experiences company IfOnly. They offer unique and engaging experiences that connect you with interesting people and places that you wouldn't normally have access to. We love it because of all the cool outdoor experiences they offer: personalized yoga on a city rooftop, wilderness survival training with a bonafide expert, sunset seaplane tours...outdoor adventures galore! And in today's modern world full of too many things and stuff that clutter our lives, we find it refreshing to indulge in an experience rather than a shopping trip. In fact, studies show that people are more gratified in life when they collect experiences, not things!
A few weeks ago we checked out the IfOnly site and found we were really drawn to all the fascinating artisan behind-the-scenes tours and lessons they offer. Because of their commitment to giving back (a portion of every IfOnly purchase is donated to charity!) and our recent obsession with setting the perfect outdoor table, we jumped at the chance to meet the makers of glassybaby candle holders.
Located in Berkeley, glassybaby's studio is a second location (headquarters are in Seattle) added just recently to handle increased demand for their products. Thanks to IfOnly, we got a private tour of their 13,000 square foot facility during production hours to see the glass candle holders in various stages of production. Each glassybaby is heated in a 2,300 degree oven, handblown, and requires the attention of four individual makers. Seeing this entire process of glassblowing up close was such a thrill. It makes you appreciate the glass votives that much more. We snapped some pictures all along the tour to show you the process glass goes through to become a glassybaby!
IfOnly offers not only local but huge, extravagant experiences as well (meet Rolling Stones, hang out with Rachel Zoe and get styled, etc.). Check them out when you need a gift for a hard-to-please or has-everything-already friend. Or find a fun experience to share with your girlfriends as an alternative to the standard wine night get-together. There are so many unique experiences to have in your own backyard!
Find your own adventure on IfOnly and receive $50 off with coupon code: urbandeer.
CLICK HERE to find your experience and enter code urbandeer at checkout to receive $50 off. (Promo code is good for first experience purchase, one-time use per person, does not include shipping and taxes, and is valid through June 30th, 2016)
Do you know someone in San Francisco, Napa/Sonoma, New York City, or Los Angeles who runs an interesting business worth sharing? Tell them about IfOnly's Luminary program
Today’s post is sponsored by IfOnly, by my love for their incredible experiences is all my own!
More about IfOnly: IfOnly is a marketplace for incredible experiences. From unique everyday offerings with local experts to once-in-a-lifetime connections with lauded luminaries, IfOnly provides access to a curated selection of extraordinary experiences that benefit worthy causes around the world. Members enjoy amazing experiences that help them do something incredible every weekend: engage with athletes, epicureans, artists, musicians, designers, and others who inspire shared interests, foster lasting memories. AND each experience or item purchased benefits a charitable cause!
More about glassybaby: glassybaby was founded by Lee Rhodes, a three-time cancer survivor with a vision of launching a business devoted to the mission of giving. Her line of vibrantly colored glass votives is a favorite among interior designers, editors, Martha Stewart, and elegant hosts everywhere. Creating each glassybaby involves eight hands, 2000 degrees of focused heat, and a multi-layered glassblowing process. As a result, no two hues glow quite alike. Over the last 20 years, the company has donated over $4 million to charitable causes and in 2015, Lee established the White Light Fund, a 501c organization to assist glassybaby in its goal to promote hope and healing.