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Why the #fashionfuelschange Movement Matters

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Why the #fashionfuelschange Movement Matters

    One week ago, I got to do the BIG REVEAL and shared with volunteers and newcomers about our upcoming Capsule Collections.    These collections will come quarterly in coordinating pieces so that you can effortlessly accessorize.But here is the best part…..    This isn’t just another subscription box that crams us with stuff…..   These subscription boxes tackle the orphan crisis in Haiti head-on by providing jobs for people who want to keep their children out of orphanages.   Some facts that will blow your mind: - 80% of the world's orphans have one or two living parent's ...

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Do Good Companies

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Do Good Companies

Read about Athleta here.    There is a scene in Mr. Deeds (a 2002 Adam Sandler comedy) where Mr. Deeds has to try to convince a room full of angry shareholders to sell back their shares so that His uncle’s company and legacy doesn’t get broken up and scattered to the wind. One of the naysaying shareholders stands up and says—“So are you trying to convince us to hate money?”   Everyone in the room laughs at Mr. Deeds but in the end—he manages to remind these investors that there is more to life than making money. Sweet. Happy. The...

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Why Fair Trade Gives Hopes to Mothers

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Why Fair Trade Gives Hopes to Mothers

Julienne Frantz started a micro-finance ministry to empower women to keep their families together.  I wrote this entry 4 years ago but have updated it to share with you about the impact we are making in Haiti! Thank you! As I rock my Stella girl to sleep I am mystified by the love that I possess for this pudgy ball of flesh that snuggles into my chest. I think about this instinctive knowledge buried inside every mother—that this little baby belongs to me and her life is precious. I am connected to her forever. A child’s life is precious.  In...

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Are You Crazy Enough to Say Yes?

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Are You Crazy Enough to Say Yes?

A little over 4 years ago, I gathered a few of my friends at Black Walnut Cafe and shared with them about this crazy idea to start a hybrid business/ministry that employed street boys by making jewelry. WHAT!?  Here is how the convo went down: "So here is the plan....we are going to rely on orphaned boys who don't speak English and don't know how to make jewelry to make beautiful jewelry in Haiti and we are going to sell it in the U.S. All the profits will go back to support more boys who age out of orphanages.... and...

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3 Home Decor Trends That You Can't Live Without

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3 Home Decor Trends That You Can't Live Without

Black Diamond Shopper   Remember the days of wine-colored accent walls and crackle painted furniture? As a daughter of the 90s, I remember beaming with pride as I mastered the multilayering process of trying to make old ugly furniture look….well…like a prettier version of old furniture.   Since then, I’ve seen my share of trends like sage walls, pergo floors and dried flowers. Was anyone else a flower drying fanatic?   I have embraced all these trends but none have captivated me quite like the eclectic features of a modern farmhouse.    I’m not an interior designer by any stretch of the imagination...

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