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Cooking with Fair Trade Ingredients

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Cooking with Fair Trade Ingredients

Hello! As promised, I’m switching gears this season and focusing on Fair Trade,Food & Fashion. I want to inspire you to implement small lifestyle changes that make a BIG impact on people and planet!    So follow me fellow foodies and fashionistas---let’s get cooking!         Entry #1    Have you ever heard of the Middle Eastern spice blend Zaa’tar? No--it’s not the magical machine that turned Tom Hanks from kid to “Big” overnight. That would be the Zoltar. What I’m talking about is a potent blend of spices that taste amazingly vibrant and woodsy. The first time I tried...

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The Unvictory of Christmas

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The Unvictory of Christmas

Each year, I bestow a new theme for HandUp Ministry. Last year, the chosen theme for 2019 was “VICTORY.” We were hoping for a banner year with a rebrand and a refocused online marketing approach. I’d find myself daydreaming about what the rebrand would do for our jewelry sales and, in turn, do for our Teen in Transition program. The hope of it all fanned my desire to make it all work. It HAD to work.  However, Haiti did not get my Victory memo as the entire country failed to get in line with my proposed theme. The irony is...

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Thoughts on Rest

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Thoughts on Rest

  I’m thankful for Balance and Rest in my life.    This year, I said “good-bye” to the hustle and dove deeper into finding rest in Jesus even though, as an ambitious DOER, everything in my body tells me to “go, go, go.”    God whispers to me, “Stay a while. Be still and know that I am God.”    I’m thankful for the amazing women He’s brought into my life to teach me the beauty of self-care, exercise and who have shown me how to open up my arms to grace--heaping loads of it.    I’m thankful for the...

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5 Ways to Take Part in National Adoption Month (without Adopting)

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5 Ways to Take Part in National Adoption Month (without Adopting)
A few weeks ago, a friend tagged me on a Facebook comment in response to someone posting about trying to find a home for two young adults who had just aged out of foster care...

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Welcome to the House the HUGG Built

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Welcome to the House the HUGG Built

Did you know that over 100 million dollars are donated to orphanages in Haiti every year? Wowza, right?   While we recognize that many of these institutions are legitamitely trying to meet the basic needs of children, it is going to take so much more than basic needs being met to stop the cycle of orphanhood in Haiti.    It is going to take a HOUSE that provides education, discipleship, life skills and vocational training to young people. That is what we do at the HUGG House and we are working on a bridge program that allows us to implement...

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