Monday, August 29, 2016

Trades of Hope...Changing the world! #review

I'm so excited to let you know about a company I had never heard of.  I am so excited to learn about Trades of Hope and see all the beautiful items they have.  When I received my package from Trades of Hope, I was blown away by what was inside!!  I opened the box to find a beautiful bracelet and journal.  When I say I was blown away, I'm serious.  These items are gorgeous!  I love the handmade Restoration bracelet and can't wait to wear it this fall and winter.  It will go with so many different outfits.  It is a beautiful color of blue! It is from Haiti and is made with paper and clay beads in varying shapes.  And the journal, I don't think I can write in it! This Paisley journal comes from India and gives the artisans that make them the opportunity to work from home and spend more time with their family instead of having to work in sweatshops where they work very long hours for very little pay.   It is absolutely beautiful and has the most delicate, hand-stitched cover with ancient script writing.  The inside pages are also delicate and have pressed marigold petals on them.  You definitely have to hold this in your hands and feel it's beauty!  The best thing about Trades of Hope is that they are helping women in poverty overcome that and change their life.  Please read more below about how Trades of Hope are changing the world.  

The beautiful package I received.

A catalog full of beautiful stories.

Paisley Journal

Very delicate with pressed marigold on the pages

Beautiful stitching

Restoration Bracelet

Gorgeous bracelet

So many women live in poverty, not because they lack abilities, but because they lack opportunity. We started Trades of Hope to give women that opportunity for a better life. Each woman has a story, and with Trades of Hope's help, their story has changed from pain and struggle to a story of hope! 

We work with the artisans themselves and organizations that are helping women in difficult circumstances. Some women have been rescued from sex slavery. Others are raising handicapped children alone. Some are in war torn countries and others have HIV/AIDS and leprosy. These women have never had the chances we've had, yet they are just like us in so many ways. They love their families and hope and dream of a better life for them. 

We are helping by marketing their products through the home party model, so they can put food on their table, a roof over their head, get medical care and an education for their children. We want to tell their stories to the world! We have a heart for ministry and business, and through this we have started separate successful non-profit organizations and businesses. Together, we have a combined 30 years of experience. This has given us the tools and drive we need to help women and make an impact on the world! As moms, we also wanted to partner with our daughters, Chelsie and Elisabeth, and teach them that women at any age can make a difference and be world changers!

Here is just a sampling of some of the beauties that Trades of Hope has available:

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You will love Trades of Hope.  Take some time to learn about them on their website and see all the beautiful things they have to offer. Check out the Restoration Bracelet and Paisley Journal that I have fallen in love with.  You can also learn more about Trades of Hope on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.  

Special thanks to my friends at Trades of Hope for allowing me to share about the wonderful things they offer with all of our readers!  They are changing the world!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Slammers... an A+ snack for school with one full serving of fruits & veggies #Review

After a long day at school, kids need to refuel with the right nutrition to power through their homework and after-school sports, and I have a little known A+ After school snack to share, a snack is so good it should be considered cheating. It’s creamy.  It’s fruity.  And it’s packed with superfoods. 
Perfect for after-school lunches and sports, Slammers Super Food Snacks by Kids Gourmet are created to be delicious, easily digestible, and instant fuel for active kids.

My son LOVES these type of pouches... and I knew he would be super excited to open this package!

We got "AWESOME"

Moms give beets and acai a thumbs-up, but kids enjoy it because, it
tastes like a super berry shake

organic banana, organic apple, water, organic blueberries, organic strawberries, organic beet, organic acai, organic amaranth, organic lemon juice concentrate, citric acid, ascorbic acid

and he LOVES it!!! He took them straight out of the box and ate 3 of them!!!! The next day he took 2 to school, one in his lunch and one as a snack. Awesome was AWESOME!!!

We also got the Pomegrante Grape Crush

Moms like the added protein and purple carrots, but kids crush on Taste of sweet coconutty grape.       

Organic Apple, Organic Banana, Water, Whey Protein Isolate, Coconut Cream, Grape Juice Concentrate, Organic Pomegranate Juice Concentrate, Purple Carrot Juice Concentrate, Organic Lemon Juice Concentrate, Ascorbic Acid

He really enjoyed both of the flavors. If I would have let him eat them for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.... He would have! He thinks they are DELICIOUS! I didn't dare tell him they were super healthy for him!!

These are super healthy, super tasty, quick and easy snacks! I will keep some on hand at all times for my 3 kiddos! My hubby and I both even fessed up to eating a few when Master B noticed his supply running low! They were DELISH!

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Project Beauty takes you on a Backyard Picnic with their Pardon My Pretty fragrance line #review #giveaway

These have quickly become my new favorite body products!  I received these Pardon My Pretty products in the Backyard Picnic scent.  I opened the body lotion as soon as these arrived and was blown away by the fragrance of it.  It was like I was slicing into a fresh, juicy apple, with a little hint of pear.  It's a wonderful summertime fragrance.  I received the body lotion, scrub and spray and am using all 3 every day.  I love throughout the day that I can catch a hint of the refreshing scent.  The body lotion goes on so smooth and creamy.  I have really dry skin during the summer and it just soaks this lotion up as soon as I rub it on.  It's wonderful.  I have been using the body scrub in the shower and definitely feel how much smoother my skin has been.  And last but not least, the body spray.  I spritz just a little on before getting dressed in the morning.  I love the scent so much I even spritzed it across my comforter on my bed. I love these products to pamper myself with and can't wait to check out some of the other fragrances and products that Project Beauty has to offer.  I hope you will find something to pamper yourself or someone you love with.  

The 3 Pardon My Pretty products I received

Love to spritz this on

Body scrub

Creamy lotion

I love the body scrub and how my skin feels after using it

Pardon My Pretty prides itself on making you “smell good, look good, feel good.” Made in the USA, all products are free of sulfate, parabens, harsh salt systems, harmful colors and harmful fragrances.

At The Candy Shop
Think uptown cotton candy with a twist! 

Backyard Picnic
An uplifting delight of crisp green apple and succulent pear. 

Date Night
A romantic floral fantasy to entice all the senses.

Out of the Shower
Take that squeaky clean, super fresh feeling wherever you go. 

Products retail at: 
$10.00 for Body Spray (4 oz.)
$12.00 for Body Scrub (8 oz.)
$16.00 for Body Lotion (12 oz.)

The artisanal products are specifically formulated with unique, nature-made ingredients such as Artic Vitamins, which contain a high level of Vitamin C and Vitamin A/Retinol. Their extract is obtained from the water stored in the fresh Nordic Meshberry. 

The Super Fruit Blend consists of: 
Blueberry: High in essential Omega 3 fatty acids and natural antioxidants to help boost skin hydration
Cranberry: A natural balance of Omega 3, 6 & 9 fatty acids and a great source of Vitamin E to help boost skin hydration
Goji Berry and Açaí Berry: Powerful antioxidants to help reduce the visible signs of aging

Through the Arctic Vitamins and Super Fruit Blend, Pardon My Pretty’s products boost hydration and improve skin texture and tone.
Pardon My Pretty can be found exclusively online at, where consumers can also become a part of the Project Beauty Tribe to receive special offers and promotions, and find beauty-related advice.

Want it?  Buy it!
Head on over to the Project Beauty website to check out all the Pardon My Pretty scents.  You can purchase these products exclusively right from their online store.  You can also connect with Project Beauty on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Instagram or Vimeo.

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One lucky reader will win a wonderful smelling prize package from Project Beauty! This giveaway is open to US residents, 18+. No PO Boxes. Just use the handy form below to enter for your chance to win.

Special thanks to  my friends at Project Beauty for allowing me to share these wonderful Pardon My Pretty products with you.  It was a pleasure to work with you!

Acts of Kindness Inspiration: Little Free Pantry

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Happy Sunday! I have been on the hunt for a special service project that my moms LifeGroup can work on this fall. There are tons of wonderful ideas for serving others out there, but a couple of weeks ago, I saw a video about a woman who decided to put Little Free Pantries in and around her city. If you've seen the Little Free Libraries, they're similar to those. 

A Little Free Pantry is a little house shaped wooden box on a post, with a glass door to protect the goods stored inside. Anyone can drop off non-perishable items to donate to the pantry, and anyone in need can take items from the pantry- day or night. There is no expectation, other than that of the community expectation to restock the pantry with items as it runs low.

I thought that this would be a wonderful project for my group to work on. I would love to see one of these in my own neighborhood. I live in the inner city, where poverty is much higher that other areas of my county. My own neighborhood is very mixed and in transition, with many friends and neighbors doing their part to turn the neighborhood around. Within the past 6 years we have lived here, I can say that it's improved so much.

Here a look at a featured news story about 
the Little Free Pantry idea:

I love that folks can just drop off whatever they want to. I, for instance, have several packs of unopened diapers that I would love to donate. During August and September, it would be great to be able to add school supplies. The items can change seasonally, and there can be some staples items and toiletries left, as well. I would think of it as a huge blessing to the community, and would love to see them pop up all over town, as our local food pantry is always low on food.

Have you seen any Little Free Pantries in your community? Is this something you'd like to see in your own neighborhood? You can make it happen! I'll keep you updated on my group's progress & let you know how our project turned out. 

Have any other Acts of Kindness stories or ideas? 
We'd love to hear them! Please share in the comment section!

Be kind & have a wonderful week!

Counting down to Disney.... Disney Challenge day 20... What is your favorite sequel?

My kiddos and I are counting down the days until we leave for our trip to Walt Disney World and along the way we are having so much fun with you guys doing this Disney Challenge! Today we are on day 20.... Favorite Sequel.

There are actually a lot of Disney sequels... most however (and for good reason! lol) were straight to DVD features. I am not usually a big fan of sequels or prequels... however, this one for me actually tops the original for me!

I LOVE Toy Story 2!!!! I love the development of the characters... I love Jessie and Mrs. Potato Head! I love the personality of Rex... I even love the stinky old Prospector! hehehe! For Me... Toy Story 2 is by far my favorite sequel Disney has done =)

What about you? Do you have a favorite? The kids and I are loving hearing from you! Take a second and comment below!