Thistle Farms

Do you use soap, lotion, lip balm, candles, bath salts, oils? Well then, Thistle Farms is your place to switch to support! All products are naturally produced by the women of Magdalene. Women of Magdalene is an organization which teaches women who are getting their life on track the skills needed for gainful employment. The women of Magdalene have survived prostitution, sex-trafficiing, addiction, etc.

I was first exposed to the items at Thistle Farms a while ago by my bestest friend, Sarah. We are both from the Nashville area where Thistle Farms is located. Sarah still lives in Nashville, while I have moved to the biggest city in the south, Atlanta. This past year I was reintroduced to Thistle Farms through my friend Amy who gave us the lip balm and soap from Thistle Farms as our hostess gifts for her baby shower.

I love the products and the purpose behind the company even more! You should try them out for yourself and then give the products as gifts! Check it out here http://www.thistlefarms.org

Banded: the helping headbands and hair ties

Would you like some accessories for your head? You know you already own some. You know, a piece that adds a little bling, color or just keeps your hair in place. Well, I have the headbands and hair ties for you! Banded is the company you should switch to for your hair needs. http://www.banded2gether.com The bestest part is that every headband or hair ties you purchase provide THREE MEALS to a child in Uganda!

I purchased a skinny one in solid black,  a 1′ fight like a girl and a wide headband to try out the size my head prefers, plus some ties to start off with for my hair. I am all about the skinny and 1′. Next I will purchase a flower or luxe (they sparkle) headband; I just can’t decide which I want more. They have felt on the back of them so they don’t slip off your head. These are perfect presents for all my nieces who twirl during dance or need a perfect match for the perfect outfit. They are so cool that they can fit any size head. Seriously. I was wearing my black one and my 10-year-old niece loves headbands and wasn’t feeling so hot, so I gave her the one I was wearing. Fit her perfectly too.  They have some Patton pending things going on in the company. Even better, if you have an occasion you would like one made for, then they can help you out with that too or if you would like to purchase wholesale for you boutique then they are the company you need!!! It is always a plus for me when I can give someone a present or purchase something for myself that gives for the greater good.

So join me and switch where you purchase your hair bands and hair ties to support the children of Uganda.

Of course I heart TOMS!

Seriously, I am a sucker for a company who helps others and TOMS has been doing it since they began with just shoes in 2006. As the company has imploded into popularity, they have adjusted the shoes they give away and create for us to help us expand our shoe collection. Their shoes for purchase vary in styles, color, and fabric. My favorite in my closet (I own over 10 pairs of TOMS) are the pink ballet flats I wore for my wedding day, the purple leather Jutti flats, my wedges, and the new slate Earthwise classics (I am a teacher and love TOMS for their all day wearability)! The shoes they give away are now more durable and relevant for the geography and climate of the shoe drop area. I would LOVE to join a shoe drop on day!!! My bestest friend was digging a well in Guatemala and TOMS just happened to be doing a shoe drop while they were there so she and her daughter had the privilege of handing out some shoes. Could you ever imagine a day without shoes? Well, try it on TOMS day without shoes and you will realize how privileged we are to have shoes.

Basically, TOMS has created a brilliant way for us to get and give. I am not sure why every company doesn’t incorporate a one-for-one business model or at least some form of giving back with every purchase.

TOMS now gives more than just shoes…. they also give sight, when you buy a pair of TOMS glasses, and water, when you purchase their coffee!!! Plus you can shop in their marketplace for artisanal products for everyone on your gift list.

Switch from your normal shopping place to somewhere, like TOMS, in which you can give to and support someone’s dream while you shop. Why not feel better about spending your money?

http://www.toms.com

the Mocha club and fashionABLE

Do you need or want a scarf, jewelry, tote, wallet, blanket, clutch, etc? If so shop at fashionABLE or the Mocha Club store! Purchase items which will add stares, compliments, and color to your wardrobe and house! Switch where you shop to support a cause!!!

The first companies I will promote are the Mocha club http://www.themochaclub.org and fashionABLE https://livefashionable.com. I can’t talk about one without the other since I had the pleasure of learning about and working with fashionABLE when I went to Africa on a humanitarian trip with the Mocha Club.

Mocha Club raises money through small to large donations to fund projects (clean water, education, economic freedom, orphan care and healthcare) in Africa. They suggest a donation of $7 or what you spend on your normal cup of coffee for a day/week/month. Their small suggested donation reminds you that you can help! Even if you are in high school or college, you can still give a small amount away and IT makes a difference!!!

The first time I heard about the Mocha Club I was home in Nashville, TN visiting family and friends. My friend took me to an art action. The artist had created all the painting pieces based on pictures from a trip with Mocha club. My eyes were captured by a painting of a tree. After looking at that painting for years, I went on a trip with Mocha Club. I learned “I need Africa more than Africa needs me” (a theme for the Mocha Club). The Mocha Club and fashionABLE were started by the same person, Barrett Ward, who saw paths he could maneuver to help others.

fashionABLE is making a difference in Africa by using fashion to able people in support themselves and their families. “They find business parterres who have fair wages and hiring practices for women and strengthen the.” When you purchase from fashionABLE you will be supporting women who are trying to make a better future for themselves and their family. Every item you purchase comes with a tag which tells you about the women who made the item and their story.  “Your purchase of fashionABLE product creates sustainable business in Africa”.

Why not shop where your dollar gives you a gift and supports someone too? Purchase something for yourself, a friend or family member at https://livefashionable.com or your support of the Mocha Club can create Clean Water, educate kids, provide economic freedom or orphan care or healthcare http://www.themochaclub.org .

Why switch?

Well, why not? If you could purchase the same quality or higher quality item while supporting a cause, why would you not?
My purpose for creating this page is my deep desire to help humanity. To make the world a better place. To help those who want a better life for themselves and their family achieve that goal. To make more smiles by helping people create the world in which we all live the best life possible. A life where we help and support one another in our goals and dreams.