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Would you put that in your mouth?

Would you put that in your mouth?

Your hair and skin products should be good enough to eat.

Liquid soap and woman's hands

I am so excited to feature our first-ever guest writer!! The following post was written by Sharlyn Peterson, an amazing woman, talented writer and dear friend of mine.  This will be the first post in a series about choosing cosmetic products wisely. 

So, you’re getting pretty savvy about finding socially responsible sources for some of your most important purchases, like coffee and chocolate. You buy produce at the local farmer’s market when you can, and through local cooperatives, or the organic section of the produce department in the off seasons. Your eggs come in hand-dated cartons fresh from local ranches, your beef grazes in grassy pastures, and your ice cream is untainted with hormones or pesticides. It’s natural that we begin making personal and global changes with food and drink, the most basic purchases we make. Now, it’s time to widen the circle.

What we put on our bodies may be just as important as what we put in them…

Take a good deep sniff of your hair gel. Better yet, take a mouthful. Not sure you want to drink your hairspray or eat your conditioner? Did you know that hair follicles act like straws, siphoning chemicals down into your body? In fact, common hair products are loaded with damaging, even carcinogenic chemicals.  Check out these articles for more facts: Healthy Hair?,  Chemicals and Brain Development.

Your hair and skin need the same care and protection you give your diet. The next step in leading a life that is free from toxic chemicals is to find beauty products that live up to the same standards you expect from your food. Shopping for responsible beauty products is an extension of the shopping standards you have learned to use for food, clothes, and many other products:

  • Support local enterprises whenever possible.

  • Support environmental protection always.

  • Support fair working conditions for everyone.

For those of us lucky enough to call Sheridan home, we have a local source of “Bought.Beautifully” products at The Chair Salon. The Chair offers a stylishly healthful place to find professional hair services and organic personal care products. Stepping into the cool aqua décor of The Chair compels visitors to take a deep, cleansing breath of pure air scented with traces of essential oils and pure organics. Tara Cruz opened her new salon because she believes in providing people with products they can feel good about putting on their skin and hair.

Sharlyn at the Chair Salon

“I wanted to make a point of difference, to offer something good for the environment and something I feel good about using when I work with people. Now, when I go home, my 4-year-old daughter says I smell good!” says Tara.

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Tara began her career in cosmetology seven years ago working in an Aveda salon in Colorado. When she and husband Aaron Cruz moved their growing family back to their home town, Sheridan, she missed working with healthful beauty products, especially since she was carrying her second child and absorbing all the chemicals she worked with. She looked for the most pure products available and found Aveda founder, Horst Rechelbacher’s, new line of organic, socially responsible products called Intelligent Nutrients. The name says it all: these beauty products all act as nutrition for the body, applied from the outside in.

“If it’s good enough to go on your body, it should be good enough to go into your mouth” is the motto and guiding philosophy of the company.

In fact, the products are based on a proprietary blend of antioxidants called “Intellimune” which provides nutrition for the body whether taken internally or applied through the skin and hair.

I enjoyed sampling Intelligent Nutrients products, knowing that everything I inhaled or rubbed into my skin was nourishing my whole body while supporting an environmentally responsible industry. Like most organic choices, the prices are higher for these products than for the cheap mass-market products lining the shelves at big box stores. But they are not higher than prices for comparable salon beauty products, and the company is committed to keeping prices lower by using simple, low-cost packaging and giving many products multiple uses.

Sampling

Tara welcomes beautiful shoppers to come in and sample these products. Visitors are free to taste, dab, and spritz any of the Intelligent Nutrient products she carries.

**If you live in Sheridan, I totally recommend doing this.  I was really  fun to try all her products and chat with Tara, she is a wealth of information! You will leave smarter and smelling better :)  – emily

Stay tuned for the next post in this series, where we will discuss a few simple changes you can make regarding your beauty products and some of the major ingredients to avoid when buying these products.

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Britta’s Bridal Shower – Fair Trade Recipes

Britta’s Bridal Shower is only 10 days away!!!  Wow, time sure does fly!  Doesn’t it seem to go especially fast during the last few weeks of summer?  We have been on vacation in Minnesota and the weather is too glorious and my newest nephew too precious to spend too much time on the computer.  I had planned on posting shower tidbits everyday, but have not been able to pull myself away.

Minnesota Sweet Boy

Today, I just wanted to share a little bit about the shower menu and few of the key things we are doing to make it a “Bought.Beautifully” menu :).  Here is the menu:

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As we were deciding on the menu, we knew we wanted delicious food but we also wanted it to be quick and easy to pull together  (all of the host will be arriving the day before the shower!) Of course, we also wanted to take the bride’s culinary tastes into consideration and finally we used the following guide lines when creating the menu:

1. Use Fair Trade ingredients whenever possible

We strive to buy Fair Trade whenever there is a fair trade alternative and always choose Fair Trade on: coffee, sugar and chocolate. Watch this quick video as to why Fair Trade matters.

2. Use Organic fruits & vegetables whenever possible

There are many reasons to buy organic, but our main reason is that organic farming is healthier and safer (less exposure to poisons and toxics) for the workers planting and harvesting the fruits and vegetables.

3. Local ingredients when possible

We want to support local economies, reduce green house emissions from transporting products long distances, and we love knowing where our food comes from!

I have been testing recipes to find the best options.  We live in a small town in Wyoming, finding rare/different/Fair Trade ingredients is often impossible or prohibitively expensive.  I typically have to buy most Fair Trade ingredients online.  However, last week we made a trip to Montana and stopped at Costco.  I couldn’t believe the Fair Trade and organic options they had and at awesome prices!!!!!! I found Fair Trade sugar, chocolate chips, other random bars/treats, and many great organic dairy options, cheeses, fruits and veggies.

Fair trade Sugar

10 lb. bag of organic FairTrade Sugar for under $14.

Organic Strawberries

Dole is certified through the FairTradeUSA program for their pineapples and bananas, since there is no certification for strawberries and since these were organically grown in the USA, they seemed like the perfect option (They are also from Costco)

The entrée for the evening will be a Strawberry Spinach Goat Cheese Salad.

Fair Trade Salad

I made the salad last week to test it out.  It is delicious! Although I am still looking for the perfect vinaigrette, one that is not too strong but compliments creamy goat cheese and sweet strawberries? Any one have any suggestions? Please share with me in the comment section.

Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad:

It is so easy, just adjust quantities to how many people you will be serving.

     ~ Spinach or mixed greens – from your garden or farmers market or the store

     ~ Strawberries

     ~ Goat Cheese

     ~ Grilled Chicken – cooled and shredded

     ~ Candied Almonds – I used this recipe, it is not too sweet and super easy to make.

      ~ The perfect Vinaigrette…Any suggestions? I think I will try this one next.

Mix everything together and enjoy!

Stay tuned for the next recipe – Cindy’s Homemade Fair Trade Caramel Sauce….YUMMMMM!

Also, if you are interested here are a few more links about Fair Trade:

FairTrade Resource Network – A slew of information

10 Products to buy Fair Trade

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America the Beautiful – Made in the U.S.A

I have been feeling a bit patriotic lately, with the 4th of July around the corner and the recent tragedy in my home town, where 19 firemen/HEROS bravely gave their lives for the sake of others.  My heart is heavy and grieving for the families who are hurting right now. I am so sorry for your losses.   The loss of your sons, husbands and friends is a loss for everyone as they ARE what makes our country so special.

As Jesus said in John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Your men did this, they gave it all for others.  I know I speak for many by saying THANK YOU.

Thank you to the heroes who have given their lives for others and our country and to the men and women who serve  us everyday, these sacrifices are what makes this a truly special place to live .   America the Beautiful, indeed! So in honor of our great country and the wonderful men and women who make it great, we are going to have a serious of posts on products that are made in the good ol’ U.S.A!!  To kick of the series, I’ll start by answering the basic question –

WHY BUY “MADE in AMERICA’?

woodleywonderworks / Love Photos / CC BY

The answer could be quite long and detailed, but I am going to answer as succinctly as possible. So, here we go, Bought.Beautifully’s top 4 reasons to buy made in the U.S.A.

Why MADE IN AMERICA

1. Support Local Economies – When we buy local we put money directly back into our economy.  Estimates show that for every $1 billion in goods exported, the economy creates 5,000 jobs. This statistic goes both ways, data from the Economic Policy Institute shows that for every $1 billion in goods imported, the economy loses 9,000 jobs.

2. Support Environmental Protection –  Many of the countries that produce the products we import have little or no environmental regulations.  Although there is still room for the United States to improve when it comes to Environmental policies, we are far ahead of many countries and the companies that are manufacturing products here are subject to EPA regulations.

3. Support Fair Working Conditions – The United States has done a great job of setting and enforcing labor standards.  The U.S. Department of Labor enforces over 180 laws that help make the U.S. a safe and more fair place to work.  They enforce laws that regulate health and safety standards, minimum wages and overtime compensation, worker exploitation and child protection, and provide additional benefits like workmen’s comp, disability, and some retirement.  Again, the system isn’t perfect but does offer many protections that are lacking in other countries.

4. Support Local Artisans and Creativity – This is my personal favorite because I love unique products, products that are created not manufactured, products that are made with a little heart and a little soul.  I would much rather have 1 hand crafted item, than 3 mass produced ones (which is often the choice I have  to make as they tend to be more expensive but it always seems worth it).

The sum of these reasons is really why I want to buy made in the U.S.A whenever possible. I love to imagine and support a world where more work can be a creative process, producing less but producing quality, and doing so in safe, positive, enjoyable working conditions, while keeping the health of the environment in mind.   I may be being a little utopistic here but that is ok – it is almost the 4th of July – I can’t think of a better time to talk about and work toward the type of world that we want to live in.

For your  Made in America shopping inspiration and 4th of July festivities, here are a few of my favorite Made in America outdoor finds:

Also, for those readers who are the more Political Science types here are four more reasons to consider buying made in the U.S.A-

1. In 2000, there were more than 17 million Americans working in manufacturing, but now there are less than 12 million.

2. The United States has the largest trade imbalance than any other nation.

3. The U.S.trade deficit with China was $295.5 billion in 2011.

4. Between 2001 and 2007, the value of products that Wal-mart imported from China grew from $9 billion to $27 billion.

 

 Photo credit woodleywonderworks / Foter.com / CC BY

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What She Wore Wednesday – A Sak Saum duo

Hello and Happy Wednesday! Wednesday is quickly moving up to my favorite day of the week, as doing these post is allowing me to connect with some of my favorite people and is continually reminding me of what  a difference we can make by directing where we spend our money and who/what we support with it.

The best part about the Bought Beautifully idea is that it doesn’t have to be overwhelming.  You don’t have to change every spending habit all at once. But by slowly becoming aware and changing one thing at a time, supporting one organization at a time WE ARE MAKING POSITIVE IMPACTS ON THE WORLD!!!!

I think that ROCKS!

And I think these two love ladies rock!  Today we are featuring a special mother-daughter  duo, my dear friend Angie and her daughter Maddie.  A lovely pair, don’t you think? They will be showing off several different Sak Saum accessories. Sak Saum is a truly beautiful ministry who is dedicated to the rescue, restoration, transformation and rehabilitation of vulnerable and exploited women and men.

Buy a product from Sak Saum and help change the impact of human trafficking on someone’s life. Does it get any better than that?

Maddie & Angie in Sak Saum

Angie has been an advocate for Sak Saum for over 2 years and was the first person to introduce me to this amazing organization. I owe a lot of my favorite finds to her.  Let’s take a look at some of her favorite finds!

Sak Saum Apron

Sak Saum Apron

Angie makes the some of the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever eaten (she swears she uses the Toll House recipe but mine never turn out as good as hers).  I was not surprised to find out that not only is she a great baker but she looks adorable while doing it, wearing this apron from Sak Saum.  One of Angie’s other favorite accessories is her Sak Saum purse.

Sak Saum has one of the best selections of purses and bags at amazing prices – especially when you consider how much you are supporting when you buy a Sak Saum purse.

Sak Saum Purse 2

Sak Saum Purse

The other really exciting part about our duo is sweet little Maddie in her Sak Saum dress!  I have had the hardest time trying to find kids clothing and products that align with our Bought Beautifully shopping beliefs.  So, I pretty much jumped out of excitement when Angie told me that Sak Saum is now carrying children’s products! YESSSSS!

Blue Sak Saum dress for kids

Blue Sak Saum dress for kids

Maddie wearing Sak Saum dress

Maddie’s little purse is also from Sak Saum!

If you love Sak Saum’s mission and products and want read more click here for past posts or if you want to get involved – click here to find out what might fit best for you.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a happy Wednesday.

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Garage Sale CHALLENGE!

It summer time which means it is also camping season, watermelon season, flower season, ice cream season,  and one of my personal favorites –   GARAGE SALE season.

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Watermelon
Icecreamseason Flower season

So in honor of the season Bought Beautifully would like to introduce our first

GARAGE SALE CHALLENGE!!!

I hope you are as excited as I am.  So what exactly is the garage sale challenge? Well let me explain…

It is an opportunity for us to break out of our normal spending habits in order to spend a little more time, effort, and money on L♥VE.

The challenge goes like this –

First, take a look at your summer Walmart/Target/Kmart etc. shopping list. My list looks like this:

beach/sand toys, summer shorts and shirts for H, garbage basket for the laundry room, art for laundry room, picture frames, storage containers and baskets, outdoor dining wear, sunscreen.

With the exception of sunscreen (which I don’t recommend buying at a garage sale) these things aren’t necessities but more the “nice to have” items.  So the challenge is to take your list of items that would be nice to have, choose a weekend or two and hit up garage sales to see what you can find instead of buying something new.

What? You have never been to a garage sale before? Don’t know where to start?  A couple of options: just hop in your car and drive around looking garage sales; or, I recommend checking out the classified section of your news paper to find a listing of the sales, and usually a map too!
Eastlake Garage Sales
Grab your child or Hubby and make it a family outing or grab a friend and a coffee and start hitting the sales to see what items on your list you can find.  You might have to lose your preconceived notions of what your outdoor dining wear was going to look like, but this can be fun because you never know what will catch your eye.  It’s a great opportunity to find things that you really like and not just because they are the trend for summer of 2013.

Sounds easy?  Well, the Garage Sale CHALLENGE isn’t over yet…next is where you can really make a difference.

Use the money you saved by shopping at a garage sale to directly impact someones’s life.

The ultimate goal of the CHALLENGE is to directly show Christ’s love to a person.   You could just make a donation with the money you saved but we want to get  personal and relational.  So try to think of something that would have a direct impact on a person in your community. Here are a few ideas that I cam up with:

Buy flowers and plant a flower pot for a neighbor.  Stay a little longer when you drop it off and really talk to them.

Bring flowers, hand made art, or healthy snacks to a nursing home.  Spend a few minutes with talking with the residents…bring some kids and you’ll really see some smiles!

Call the local food shelter and see if there are any specific items that they need or special items that people love receiving.  Go shopping and deliver the food as a family.

Make thank you cards for veterans and deliver them to your local VA or nursing home.  Thank the people in person.

Take a youth or an elderly person out for coffee or ice cream and engage with them.

If you got really lucky at the garage sales and saved a lot of money, you could throw a neighborhood party.

There are a million fun ideas on how you can impact someone’s life and I know you all will come up more creative and inspiring ideas then I ever could.

So, will you join me in putting Hebrews 10:24 into action?

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,

Share your stories and pictures with us on our facebook page www.facebook.com/BoughtBeautifully!  Upload a shot of you in action and tell us a little bit about your Garage Sale Challenge experience. We can’t wait to hear!!  Or if you blog you can use the linky tool below and write about your garage sale challenge experience and challenge others to do the same .

We are going to keep the GARAGE SALE CHALLENGE going all month long so there is plenty of time to share and spur one another on.

Happy shopping!!



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Sock it to me – Fair Trade Socks

I have few confessions to make:

First, my son has cankles. Well, he really doesn’t have cankles but when I take his socks off at night, it sure looks like he does.

Sock marks from too tight of socks.

Second confession, It’s not his fault or even his gene’s fault.  It is his mama’s fault :/  She has been cramming his feet into 12 month socks when he is, in fact, 31 months old. :/  Why you may ask, would a mother who sincerely loves her son do this? Well, to be honest it is because I am lazy and a little forgetful.

We live in a small town so our only real options for necessities like these are Walmart, Kmart or JC Penny and since we are really trying to put our money where our hearts are, these two stores  don’t make the cut on who to support with our purchases.  So that means I have to remember to research and find a place where I can buy socks that align with our purchasing beliefs…and sometimes I forget to do that.  I get excited really excited about doing this when looking for Birthday and Christmas gifts and other fun purchases but somehow socks keep slipping my mind. Until today, when I actually put it on the top of my to do list.  I am so glad it did.

Because I re-discovered Maggie’s Organics!

They are a truly fabulous business doing good work. Their mission is:

 to produce and provide comfortable, durable, affordable and beautiful articles of apparel and accessories made from materials that restore, sustain and enhance the resources, including human, from which they are made.

Isn’t that beautiful? And they are following through on their mission in big ways. In fact, they have the highest ranking on the Free2Work website:

Maggie's Organics Free2Work Ratin

Maggie’s Organics Free2Work Rating

Which is really impressive as I think Free2Work is by far the best resource to find information and ratings on how companies are really doing business, including information on their policies, their supply chains, and how they monitor and support (or don’t) workers rights and conditions.  In fact Maggie’s was even highlighted for their traceability and transparency. Read below to see what Free2work has to say about them –

Maggie's Free2Work highlight

So I will proudly be buying not just my son’s socks here but my entire families!  I know that most of us would buy fair trade all the time if it was more convenient and cost effective.  The really great news is that these socks are not outrageously expensive.  Yes, they cost more than the 6 pack that you would get at Walmart but not that much more. The two sets of socks I bought were $7 for a set of two and $12 for a set of three (see picture below). And just think about how much more you are getting (quality product that you know about) and more importantly giving (opportunity, fair wages, justice).   I know for me, that if I slow down long enough to really think about the price differential, there is no question in my mind that Maggie’s socks are worth it and that they are the type of socks I want to choose every time, even if it means changing something in my life to make that happen.  Because feels right on some many levels, including a spiritual level.  It is probably safe to assume that Jesus didn’t wear socks but if he did, I have to wonder what socks he would buy? And if should consider that when purchasing socks or anything else for that matter.

Maggie's Organic Socks

If  everything I am going on and on about and the information that Free2Work provides, still isn’t enough to convince you.  Maggie’s pulls out one more stop that puts them ahead of the rest, they visually tell the story of their socks.  You can actually see and learn a little more about the process of production, and some of the faces and names behind the creation of your socks!

Click here to read the story of the socks and see some of the faces behind the creation of these socks.

Honestly, it feels so special and personal to feel fully informed about my purchase! Thanks Maggie’s for not just making great socks but supporting a beautiful economy!!

Next up on my son’s shopping list – UNDERWEAR!!!

Anyone have any suggestions as to where to find socially responsible under-ware? Hummmm, that could be interpreted in a few different ways :)   I’m thinking free trade and and organic.  Share with me in the comment section if you have any suggestions. Thanks!

Happy Thursday!

 

 

 

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Crushed

Woman Sewing

By Her Sewing Machine (Ellie Van Houtte) / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

I can’t stop thinking about the recent garment factory collapse in Bangledesh.  Simply devastating.  It is crushing on so many levels and for so many reasons.  Devastating on a physical level with the crumbling of a building in a community that doesn’t have the proper resources to effectively deal with this kind of destruction, devastating for the workers who were forced to work in unsafe working conditions and now devastating for the community and family members that are left to clean up the rubble, the broken lives, and missing pieces.  It has been crushing for me spiritually, because it has caused me to question, Am I at fault or can I be held partly responsible for the garment factory collapse?

2013 savar building collapsePhoto by Sharat Chowdhury

This has been a difficult revelation for me over the past few days because, I believe the answer is yes, even thought I wasn’t directly involved in any aspect of the building collapsing, nor had I ever even seen the building, nor I have never even been to Bangladesh.

bangladeshphoto by joiseyshowaa

And as soon as the list of the companies who were purchasing products from this factory came out (JC Penney; Cato Fashions; The Children’s Place; The Dress Barn; Benetton; Primark) I read through them and thought ok, I don’t regularly buy clothes from any of these places, so I am in the clear, right?  But my conscious kept telling me, no you aren’t in the clear. And the truth is I am not. Neither are you…we all play a role in the economy that produces and perpetuates these types of factories, unsafe working conditions, and unfair wages, simply by consuming the products it produces.  True, the stores I typically buy from weren’t listed as culprits in this case, but it’s a safe bet that just down the block, there’s a similar factory, with similar working conditions, similarly atrocious wages and all in the name of cheap buys for westerners.  The CNN News headline captured the problem in only a few words, “Cheap clothes lead to danger and tragedy“.  The rich people of the world’s desire and economic pull to have cheap clothes as conveniently as possible creates these kinds of conditions, AND, our disinterest in caring or wanting to know what the real price of these clothes allows these types of structures to thrive. We don’t want to know that the average worker in the garment industry in Bangladesh makes between 10 and 30 cents an hour, in buildings without windows, fire escapes, or emergency exits (CNN). And we don’t want to see these pictures, or read these stories, which put real faces and real hands behind the clothing we wear.  We just want to look really cute in our sweet new $22 t-shirt, that we will be replacing in the next 6 months for the latest new style.

It is easy to ignore the realities and justify our choices by looking around  and saying, “but everyone is doing it”.  It is true, everyone is.  But that doesn’t make it right, and it certainly doesn’t mean we should do it too.

Is it possible that as people of God, He might be calling us to something different?  After all He says in Isaiah 1:17, “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.”

I recently read an article on Relevant, called The Socially Acceptable Sin, by Jason Todd .  Jason claims that, “At its simplest, gluttony is the soul’s addiction to excess. It occurs when taste overrules hunger, when want outweighs need.”  When we look at American consumerism, it is gluttonous, our wants really out weigh our needs, especially when it comes to clothes.  Not to mention most of us under the age of 60 don’t have an understanding of real “need”.  We tend to have more clothes than we can wear in a week, maybe even a month.

Is the garment factory collapse a metaphor for our life?

And why we need to slow down, look at the cracks in our lives, take the time to think about them, why they are there and what needs to be done about them. And then start fixing them.  Do we as Christ followers need to stop bowing to the cultural norms of our 1st world lives and observe the demands of our God, who calls us much more:

To share and perpetuate His love to the world with everything we have, including our purchases.

So, let’s not wait for the next headline grabbing story to change how we follow our awesome God.  Let’s take a few more minutes and think through what we are buying, why we are buying it, and what our purchases show the world.  Realize that buying something because its cute and cheap might even be sinful, when we consider the ramifications behind its production.  We need to consistently make different choices. We can choose a product because it is fair trade and hand made by a person who is receiving a fair wage for their work.  We can choose to use our financial positions to support products that connect with ministries with the goal of giving life, not taking it.  And that is something beautiful. Something that may take a little more time and purpose on our end, which is a hard change to make in this age of convenience, but a choice that is so worth making when we consider that this age of convenience will soon end and eternity will be knocking at our doorstep.

I will be the first to admit, that this type of change is not easy but it is possible!  It doesn’t have to happen over night either, it can start slow, make the goal of researching and know the story behind one thing you purchase each week. I think you will find that you like knowing more about the products you buy and the stories behind them and that you love feeling like you are making a positive impact with your money.  So my challenge for you this week is to try to buy one thing in a different and beautiful way. Here are some resources to get you started:

SeekJusticeNotecard

Above is a free little notecard I made that you can down load, print, and keep in your wallet or by your computer (if you are an on-line shopper like me) for a little encouragement when you are about to make your purchases. Click here to download and save the PDF file.

Consumers in Christ, Shopping Directory – This is a long list of smaller organizations that are making beautiful products that provide livelihoods for the producers and support awesome Christian ministries (ok this is a little plug for ourselves, as this is the non-profit we are working on starting :) it is still very much a work in progress, please excuse the typo’s as many things were lost in uploading and we are still trying to fix them).

Free 2 Work, The Story Behind the BarCode – This site is amazing and the work are doing to provide consumers with information on how products relate to modern-day slavery is truly awesome. If you really want to learn block off an hour to read through this website and become informed about the policies and practices of many large corporations.  If you have less time, download their app and start scanning bar codes to see what you can instantly know about where and how the products you are about to buy are produced.

Pure Charity – This one is sort of a catch22. In a perfect world we wouldn’t have to shop at big chain stores and could purchase products directly form the producers and know all the details about where they came from and how the profits are used.  But we don’t live in that world yet, and I get that sometimes your kiddos just need underwear.  So, the next best thing we can do is sign up for Pure Charity to help direct where some of those profits go.

 

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What is Bought.Beautifully??

What is Bought.Beautifully? That’s a great question.  Bought.Beauifully is a blog that exists to help people find beautiful products that give glory to God.  The story behind it is rather long, years in the making actually!  But, ultimately, it is a part of our response to following God and His call to us in Micah 6:8, to:

 act justly, seek mercy and walk humbly with our God.

There are thousands of different ways that this verse can be lived out everyday in everyone’s life.  However, several years ago God starting revealing to us that one way we can live this out is through our purchases and how and where we spend our money. We started to realize that the economic choices we make matter.  And that choosing which purse to buy, can and should be decided based on a lot more than what color or pattern I liked best. Because behind each purse or purchase there is a story and these stories have social, environmental and even spiritual implications.  We realized that every time we put our money behind a product that is mass produced in China with no regard to the environment or a product that was made Asia by child labor we were supporting these economic and societal structures.  So we realized we had to change.  But change is slow.  Really slow if you are someone like me and you really love cute funky products and fashion and convenience and you have a busy full life and making purposeful changes takes time and energy  and that sometimes is just hard to come by.

However, we continued to slowly change our spending habits, thinking before purchasing, seeking to know the story and impact behind the products that we bought, and striving to see that our money and our purchases had a positive impact.  But it was hard!  There were a lot of companies out there doing good work and creating beautiful products but they were hard to find or hard to order from.  The ease and convenience of traditional shopping was always luring me back.  It was clear to me that there was a need to make this type of shopping more convenient and easy.  But It wasn’t as clear that maybe we could do something about it.  Believing that we could  “why don’t we be part of the change we want to see in the world? “(Thanks for the inspiration Ganhdi, what a brilliant idea!) And now here we are. Dreaming big. Trusting God. And trying something new. Wanting to love and support our brothers and sisters who are doing good, beautifully work by sharing their products with the world or at least our friends and family :0

So welcome to Bought.Beautifully!  We are so glad you are here. And we cannot wait to share all the truly beautiful that we find with you.

 

 

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