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wiww: A Trades of Hope review & giveaway.

Last month, I attended one of those home parties. You know, the kind where a bunch of ladies are invited, good food is served, small talk is had and you end up buying some sort of product at the end?

Well, this kind of home party was a little different than your normal home party. It was one that you not only walked away from with something pretty for your money spent, but you served a greater purpose in making your purchase.

Trades of Hope

Trades of Hope was started by women for women. But not just for any ordinary woman. It was started for women living in poverty, not because they lack abilities, but because they lack opportunity. Their website says,

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 AIDS. 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.

Trades of Hope partners with over 20 artisan groups from around the globe to sell handcrafted jewelry, scarves, bags and home decor. Some countries these ladies come from include India, Uganda, and Haiti. The items made are consider fair trade products, meaning the artisans are paid fair prices for their products and services. With fair trade, Trades of Hope artisans make approximately 6 times more than they would normally make in the context of their own country. I also love this information about who is being helped through Trades of Hope.

And if that’s not enough of a difference on our world, Trades of Hope also does something called, “Gifts of Hope” where they give donations to programs that promote long term business and education. For the party I went to last month, if the party reached a certain amount in sales, a goat would be donated to a family. From this goat, they would then not only have milk for themselves, but a business of their own through selling milk to others in their area. The hostess of this party made sure that we were able to give that goat, and it was really neat to hear when all was said and done that we raised enough money in sales to achieve that goal.

The item I ordered was a gorgeous metallic scarf. I had actually got it just in time for my trip to Boston and wore it on my first day (travel day) there. It was a great way to dress up a simple pair of jeans and long sleeve shirt. I cannot wait for the fall weather to arrive here in Florida (for more than just a day!) so I can wear it more!


Trades of Hope

Trades of Hope scarf

Trades of Hope artisans


Now, want to know what you could win?! In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, my friend Shelby (the Trades of Hope entrepreneur who my other friend, Katie, hosted her party through) is offering up the Triumph Bracelet to one lucky reader! It is handmade in Haiti using cereal box and clay beads (say what!? cereal boxes??? so cool!) and 50% of the net proceeds will be given to three different organizations who support women battling breast cancer. triumph bracelet breast cancer awareness

This is near & dear to me because my own grandmother fought breast cancer (and triumphed!) many many years ago.

So, how can you enter (and hopefully win!?) Just follow the steps below!

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

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wiww: randomness.

I’ve still got a ton that I want to share about #inbound14, because this was just the tip of the iceberg. But first, I’ll have to find time to do write it all down. So, until then, I thought I’d share a little wiww because we all know how easy & fun these posts are. Now that I write for other people’s blogs for a living, I obviously don’t have time to write for my own (sorry ’bout that!). One of these days I’ll get it all figured out.

Look #1. This is my, “I just got back from Boston & wish it were feeling like fall here because it totally felt like fall there” look. You can totally read it on my face. & the fact that I was trying to push a sweater in high 80s weather. My excuse? I was going to the grocery store and we all know how cold the freezer section can be. Top: I think Old Navy, loooong time ago. Sweater: Target. Shorts: Old Navy. Sandals: Target, loooong time ago. Shades: Tucker’s cheap $1 Spot ones because I need new ones. Bag: Target. Do we see a pattern here? Old Navy, Target, Old Navy, Target, Target, Target….


Look #2. I wore this to work on Monday. I’m always in the office Tuesday through Thursday, pop in sometime on Mondays & Fridays between meetings, volunteering at the kids’ school and cleaning house or grocery shopping. This week I spent all day in the office on Monday because there was just too much to do coming back from 4+ days away. Pocketed Romper (say what!? We love pockets in anything, right? And the fact that this is not a dress and really a romper? Even better. Well, until that awkward moment in the bathroom when you pretty much have to get completely undressed to go. Ya. Don’t love them so much then.) anyways, Pocketed Romper: Target. Sweater: Hmmm. Good question? Sandals: Target. Bracelet that you can’t really make out? Evil Eye, Greek tradition, that Lilah wants to buy one of to give her BFF at school after she wore hers to school Monday, too. Oy, this girl.


So there ya have it. Me checking in, sharing what I wear, and procrastinating about everything else. Am I the only one that feels like this constantly?! Please say it ain’t so.

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wiww: French Toast School Uniform Review

This is a little different spin on my usual What I Wore Wednesday post, the kids are taking over and what they are wearing for back to school this year is what we’re serving up. School’s out for summer, but we all know how fast the summer can come to an end. I’ve got school supplies & uniform shopping on the brain because with three kids there is so much to have to do when it comes to the back-to-school to-do list.

French Toast is going to be my go-to this year when it comes to shopping for school uniforms for the kids. I shopped online last year for them, but hadn’t stumbled upon this uniform site. They have a lot to offer including girls’ school uniforms, boys’ school uniforms and even clearance items.

Besides the clearance items, they offer discount codes and special savings on things like shipping from time to time.

Want to know a little more about French Toast? I can’t say it better than they do:

French Toast Official School Wear™ is America’s leading brand of school uniform. Since 1958, our company has provided families with quality children’s wear and boys and girls school uniforms at great prices. Our selection of uniform styles and sizes is second to none, from toddler size uniforms through young adult, French Toast carries over 6,000 individual colors, styles and sizes in stock, all year round!

Tucker and Lilah loved being my models (even though they did ask, “is it time to go back to school already?!” Ha!) to try on the items I picked out. Tucker looks pretty strapping in this crisp white button down and he’s got such a tiny waist that I love the adjustable waist option in these shorts.

French Toast Review

& one can’t forget about my always willing model. I absolutely love this Short Sleeve Peter Pan Blouse with Lace Trim Collar, it is just too sweet. The pleated skirt is pretty darn cute, too. One thing I love about the kids wearing uniforms for school is that I don’t have to think when it comes to dressing them each morning. French Toast makes it even that much easier for uniform shopping for back to school because everything I need is in one quick stop.

French Toast school uniforms

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While I was sent uniform pieces for my kids to try on & keep for next school year as compensation, all opinions are 100% my own.

wiww at the end of the school year.

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wiww: denim shorts two ways

A few weeks ago I bought a new pair of denim shorts from Old Navy. They are cuffed boyfriend style with just the right amount of wear & tear to them already. They are my new favorite go-to on these hot weekends. Here are my denim shorts two ways. Friday night, Mike and I headedContinue Reading

wiww: this week.

It’s funny how I lean on my wiww posts when I’m not tending my blog as well as I should be. I guess because they are fun & easy. This week’s wiww post is themed on what I actually wore this week. Meaning Monday & Tuesday. It was cool on Monday, but I wanted toContinue Reading

wiww: top five reasons I love a maxi skirt

It was just a year ago that I wore my first long maxi skirt. In the 365 days that have passed since then, my love of the maxi skirt has grown tenfold. They only reason I know that it was a year ago yesterday that I wore my first floor-length maxi is because of myContinue Reading

wiww: one top, two ways.

I recently got this top from Target (yes, #targetdoesitagain) and love it. I mostly love how I can pair it with any  pop of color because of it’s simple black & white design. I wore it Saturday for my brother & sister-in-law’s housewarming party (super casual cookout) and then again Monday for work (dressed upContinue Reading

wiww: check out the shoes.

I love all of the shoes in these three outfits. I took a picture last night of what I had worn yesterday and I loved those shoes as well (but was too lazy to load the pics before getting this post ready so they’ll just have to wait for another day). I need to getContinue Reading

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