Archive | February, 2014

Tap Project –

Do you want to spend more quality time with your loved ones this weekend?

Do you want to make a difference in someone’s life this weekend?

Are you feeling tired of always being connected?

Then we have a solution for you!  Join me this weekend and take the Tap Challenge! UNICEF is challenging all smart phone users to unplug for 10 minutes (or more) to make a difference.

Tap ProjectFor every 10 minutes that you don’t touch your phone Giorgio Armani will donate to help provide one day’s worth of clean water for a child in need.

 

Congo Coffee

You all know how much I like challenges and this one seems like it couldn’t get any better BUT… IT CAN!  We are going to up the ante and make it a double dog Bought Beautifully type of challenge by giving away a bag of Equal Exchange Congo Coffee to the reader who spends the most not using their phone this weekend.

To take the challenge :

  1. Visit http://tap.unicefusa.org on your PHONE

  2. Hit begin to see how long you can go without using your smart phone.

  3. Take a screen shot of your phone when you finish

  4. Like our our Facebook page and on Monday post on it, saying how many minutes you did not use your phone.  The contest will close Monday night. We will send the winner this amazing bag of coffee!

This weekend, let’s unplug and write memories instead of texts and make a difference instead of phone calls!

 

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2013 Year in review

Since so many of our friends and family that live far away, we wanted to do a quick recap of our year (a few months late!). The obvious highlight of this past year was the birth of our little lady, Storie~

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For H, the best parts of 2013 included: catching his first fish, learning to ski, all things fireman, and his furry/feathery friends:

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Colin still enjoys his job working for the Sheridan Community Land Trust. They completed some great projects this year that will having lasting impact for our community. Here is a shot from one of their projects, the Soldier Ridge Trail ~

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I spend my days playing with the little ones or working on the non-profit we are starting, Consumers in Christ.  This process has given me ample opportunities to learn and grow…Despite a few hick-ups and setbacks, we hope to be launching the marketplace in the next few months!!!  If we haven’t been able to talk to you in person about Consumers in Christ, you can watch our video here to get a better idea our hearts and hopes for it. ;)

The deepness and beauty of our relationships is truly what made this year special. Thank you so much for walking along side us, supporting us, and loving us!

 

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Share the love

Good morning! Sorry, I am lacking in the posting department these days, but I just can’t seem to drag myself away from this:

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As much as I love writing and sharing, I am loving these little snuggles and moments even more.  Lately, as I have been smothering this little lady in kisses, I can’t help but think about all the kids and infants who aren’t as lucky, who don’t have a single parent or person oooohing and aaaahing over them, tending to their every need, dreaming about their future and all their possibilities.  I hate thinking about the sad and harsh truth that this doesn’t happen for so many kids.  Even for the children who do have loving parents who dream of a different future for their children, the reality of the conditions (social, governmental, economic, etc.) that they live in often makes these dreams near impossible.

I received the awesome inforgraphic below the other day called “The Kids Aren’t Right”, created by Healthcare Administration Degree.  It is a great visual reminder of the inequalities that exist in the world and just how lucky we are to have been born in the United States.  It is interactive so click around on the map to see important factors in a child’s life, including mortality, fun & culture, safety, freedom, GDP, and vaccinations and how each country ranks.


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There are some rough places to live, especially if you are a girl.  Looking at this map really makes me want to know what I can do to make a difference??? I know there are so many options but my favorite is child sponsorship for two reasons:

1) It is proven to be effecitve

Research done at the University of San Francisco shows that sponsored children “are more likely to graduate both secondary school and college, have salaried employment, and be leaders in their communities.”

2) It is personal-

You get a visual reminder – the face of a beautiful child – of the difference you are making.  For me child sponsorship is so beautiful because it takes these statistics and makes them real by giving them a face and giving us a personal relationship with them.

So if you are looking for a different way to share the love this Valentine’s Day check out sponsoring a child!

If you don’t already have a sponsor child check you can work with any of these three companies to get one – Compasssion, World Vision, Feed the Children

 

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Love is in the air..

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and love is in the air! Since Jesus is the ultimate example of love, it seems like now is the perfect time to share and show His love through our purchases and activities. This week I have a few products and ideas on how we can share the love..

Chocolate:

Nothing says Happy Valentines Day  like chocolate, but you all already know that chocolate industry isn’t  as sweet as it should be.  So, when it comes to chocolate make sure know where your chocolate comes from.

TCHO ~ Chocolate Bars

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I just discovered, TCHO, and I am pretty excited about them! Their chocolate is slavery free, fair trade certified, and they are working cocoa farmers and other key players to improve the cocoa industry.

EQUAL EXCHANGE ~ Chocolate Hearts

Screen Shot 2014-02-02 at 9Equal Exchange has one of the best business models around.  You can buy these hearts here.

SJAAK’S ~ Chocolate

Dark_Chocolate_with_Raspberry_Bar-largeSjaak’s has a variety of Fair Trade and Organic Chocolate that are perfect for Valentines Day!

Flowers:

The quintessential Valentines Day Gift but don’t settle for any old flowers. Show you care by buying fair trade flowers which helps create a more sustainable business model and protect workers from exploitation.

ONE WORLD FLOWERS ~ Helping Haiti Roses

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If you are going to buy roses you might as well buy roses that make a difference! 10% of the price of these flowers will be donated to Samaritan’s Purse for their work in Haiti.

For the Ladies (go on treat yourself):

NOONDAY COLLECTION ~ Advocating for Orphans

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I love Noonday for a variety of reasons, one of them being that they advocate for orphans.  I recently became a Noonday Ambassador ( I will write more about this in a different post) but basically a portion of any sale made through my site will go towards our adoption!!!  Soooooo, if you want to buy Noonday and you want to support us – you can right here!  **Just make sure you click my name in the ambassador drop down menu, that way we get credit for your purchase. :)

PRANA ~ Fair Trade Collection

Prana Fair TradeWhoop, Whoop! Prana has a new Fair Trade Collection! Check it out here.

For the kids:

WORN ~ Knit hat

Worn for Peace HatAll their products are hand made in the USA by resettled refugee women!

For the foodie:

ALTER ECO ~ quinoa

Black-Quinoa-Alter-Eco-C1-119x190This black quinoa is described as “wild and intense”. YUMM! However, the best part about this purchase is that you know you are supporting a company that cares about the planet and the people they work with AND you can read about the specific impacts that purchasing their quinoa makes right here.

What are some of your favorite ways to share the love during Valentine’s Day?

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