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Greater Goods: Holiday Gifts That Give Twice

This holiday season why not give the gift the gives again?

Cheese Board.

Arthur Court Grape Cheese Knife and Granite Board Set

$35.00 ($7.00 goes to a cause of your choice)

lunch set


The Green Lunch Set with Recycled Tote


Microwave and dishwasher safe, BPA free and made from a mix of recycled plastics. On average in contains 95% recycled material and up to 25% post-consumer content. I’ve owned this set for a bit short of a year and I absolutely love it!



Fresh Paper


One small biodegradable sheet of FreshPaper keeps an entire bag, carton, or fridge drawer of produce fresh for up to 2-4 times longer, organically! I discovered these from this TED Talk – an amazing story and fantastic product. Imagine the possibilities!

common threadz


Common Threadz apparel


With Each Awesome T-Shirt Or Other Item You Buy, They Will Give:
A School Uniform To An Orphan In Africa So They Can Go To School, Or Meals For 1 Month! I’ve purchased a dress and two t-shirts from them and they have been staples in the wardrobe since.

Sky Bracelet


Same Sky Bracelet


“SAME SKY is a jewelry company that provides employment to HIV-positive women in Africa struggling to lift themselves out of poverty. Empowered as artisans, they’re proudly rebuilding their lives. Each stunning bracelet represents one woman’s fight for survival and prosperity.” – samesky.com

Star Bracelet

Super Star Charm Leather Bracelet

50% of proceeds go to Make a Wish Foundation, helping to give hope, strength, and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions. – gorjana-griffin.com

maasi necklace


Leakey Necklaces


Gorgeous hand made by the Maasai women and men of Kenya from environmentally sustainable materials





With every pair you purchase TOMS will give a pair to a child in need. Shoes for men, women and children. I’ve worn out my pair that I loved to ruins and I’m excited to buy another!

Not For Sale


Not For Sale ring


“The Not for Sale store generates enterprise & employment to prevent human trafficking and create new futures for survivors. Every purchase you make is an action to end slavery — because no one should be for sale.” – notforsalecampaign.org

not for sale key

The Giving Keys 

Their “…mission is to provide jobs to the homeless of Hollywood. Each purchase furthers their transition out of homelessness and helps spread the word that No One Should Be For Sale.” – notforsalecampaign.org

Herb Planter

Herb Planters

“Made from recycled snack wrappers these  planters are sold by Ten Thousand Villages, the fair trade retailer that sells everything from items for the kitchen to clothing both online and in their retail stores across the country. Ten Thousand Villages was one of the founding members of the World Fair Trade Organization and seeks to help disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries.” – tenthousandvillages.com


Clothing, Accessories and Home Goods from Red Earth Trading Company

“Red Earth Trading Co. aims to provide goods that are as life-changing as they are fashionable. All of its profits go toward the development work of local non-profits in East Africa, and purchasing items on the site directly benefits African artisans.” – redearthtradingco.com



Buy One, Give One Blanket


“Blanket America sells quality blankets, comforters, sheet sets and other types of bedding, and in turn, the company makes a donation to Americans in need.” – blanketamerica.com



Stylish Ties from FIGS


“FIGS partners with local weavers and tailors around the world to make uniforms for school communities. Every purchase you make from FIGS gives a uniform to a child who needs an education.” – wearfigs.com

baby clothes


Organic Baby Clothes from Baby Teresa


“Baby Teresa sells 100% organic cotton baby clothes and accessories. For every outfit Baby Teresa sells, the company gives an outfit to a child in need. Portions of accessory sales go toward purchasing formula for babies in orphanages.” – baby-teresa.com

silver bowl


SPIRAL Foundation Recycled Silver Bowl


“Handcrafted in Nepal by artisans in the remote mountain villages of Lapa, Tipling and Shertung. Amazingly, the bowl is actually made from discarded plastic wrappers that have been brought in from the streets of surrounding cities. Proceeds from the purchase of this bowl will be used to help fund primary healthcare and community education through Himalayan HealthCare.” – cleanspirited.com


A FEED Bear or other great gifts from FEED


feed bear

“FEED Projects has partnered with Teddy Share, a charitable teddy bear company, to create both the FEED 5; each bear will provide 5 treatments of Plumpy’Nut, a high nutrient paste, to 5  malnourished children.” – feedprojects.com

roma boots


Roma Rain Boots


For every pair of Roma Boots sold, a new pair is also donated to a child in need.

NP Pass

Annual National Parks Pass 

Your purchase will help maintain the parks so everyone can get outside and experience the country’s natural areas.

Looking for more? For an excellent and more complete list, visit the Rage Against The Minivan Blog for their Gifts That Give Back: Occupy Christmas Link-Up

Believe in the choices you have with your spending power. Believe in the TRUE spirit of the Holidays.


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The Craft Fair Expirience

“Believing is doing and doing is getting it done.”

Last week I sold my jewelry at a craft show for the very first time!

It was a valuable experience that awarded me with great practice, some lessons learned and positive feedback. Plus I was thrilled to donate 15% of my sales to the Children’s Miracle Network!

Here, in short, was the series of events that lead up to my big day:

  • I signed up for the Craft Fair (5 weeks away) YAY!
  • I find out the next week that it has been bumped up two weeks – YIKES!
  • Weekend before the fair – Sickness ensues, I’m bed ridden and I give up on being able to get everything together for the fair.
  • Tuesday evening after work I’m feeling better but am overwhelmed by all that needs to be done. I call my amazing man and he gives me the most encouraging and motivating pep talk. I get off the phone with a huge smile on my face and dive into planning and prepping.
  • Wednesday –  after work my supply order arrives and I hunker down at my desk with a pot of Chai, a 6 hour playlist of TED talks and get to work until the wee hours of the morning.
  • Thursday – I work ALL NIGHT long beading, assembling, designing, brainstorming for the display and hand stamping the gift boxes. I did take a 4:30am coffee break 🙂
  • Friday – Show time! I thought up and rounded up the items for my display around 6:00am, got another cup of coffee, checked in at work and was set up at the fair by 7:45am

By the time my shop was set up, I had made my rounds greeting the other vendors and sat down at my table, I was beyond tired. I was in such a state of excitement and pride in my accomplishment that I just reveled in the moment.

The day pasted by quickly as I savored each conversation, each interaction with customer or passersby and appreciated how happy it made me to share my art, my craft.

The most pivotal take way from the event is focusing on believing is doing and doing is getting it done. It may sound silly and oversimplified but I needed to believe in myself. Believe that I could get it done no matter what it took. Once I got it in my head and I hit the ground running – there was no stopping me. My Dad taught me at a young age to never give up and I know how hard it would have been to let myself down by throwing in the towel.  I am so thankful for my guy for believing in me and picking my spirits up. He is such an inspiration to me as he runs his own business and always works as long and as hard as he needs to to get his work done without complaint. He’s amazing and I’m a lucky girl.

All of the pieces that were not sold and more will be up on my Etsy shop by the end of the week! 

Some late night/early morning delirious designs


Trying to keep my desk from looking like a bead explosion


Finishing touches


Beaded and Leather ID/Security Badge/Name Tag Lanyards


More leather lanyards and a few necklaces

me desk

Late night


A happy (and exhausted) Crafter!

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The Chop Off

I cut off 16 inches of five years worth of hair on March 11. A full foot and a half of weight off my head.I feel so liberated and humbled.

I donate my hair to Locks of Love every 4 or 5 years. This was my 3rd donation. Locks of Love is a wonderful organization that uses donated hair to provide hair prosthetics to children in need suffering from hair loss due to medical conditions. To gift your hair is to give the kids a sense of normalcy and self confidence back. I highly recommend supporting this cause. For more information about the organization and how to donate visit their website:


Cutting my hair off also gives me a sense of rediscovery. It is as if I derive a lot of my femininity from my hair. I was rather attached to my long curly locks. To take away that security and imagine myself in the situation of a condition that causes hair loss – to put myself in their shoes is to find new ways to cut off traces of vanity and restore inner essence.


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