This month a lot of gift giving will take place, which means a lot of purchasing done. I’m going to highlight a few different companies today and next Friday. Today I’ve partnered with three companies that ‘give back’. They are also three companies started by women with a vision and passion for making positive change in the lives of others. It is often hard to know the story of the things we buy – how the workers were treated, the ethics of the business, or even where the product came from originally. These are three companies that we get to get a little more of a glimpse into those things and use our buying power with more of the story. Each company provided the items I used for the photos in this post.
The first company is Noonday Collection. I am sure many of you are already familiar with Noonday. “Noonday Collection uses fashion and design to create economic opportunity for the vulnerable.” They provide dignified jobs at living wages, no-interest loans, scholarship programs, emergency assistance and long term trade. Supporting adoption is also a core value of the company. Noonday Collection has everything from jewelry to home goods – all so beautiful. Below is the Darjeeling Necklace (which can also be converted to a bracelet!).
NoondayCollection.com || www.facebook.com/noondaycollection || www.pinterest.com/noondaystyle || instagram.com/noondaycollection
The next two companies are Sseko Designs (booties) and Swell Forever (blanket). “Sseko Designs partners with artisans in Ethiopia to create beautiful products crafted from leather and cotton sourced locally from Ethiopian family farmers. In addition to generating revenue that allows Sseko Designs to grow their social impact programs for women and girls, their partnerships are creating dignified jobs and building sustainable economies across East Africa.” Sseko Designs products include footwear, accessories and leather bags. Below are the Caramel Nomad Bootie (size 5! It is so hard to find size 5 shoes!!)
www.SsekoDesigns.com || www.facebook.com/ssekodesigns || www.pinterest.com/ssekodesigns || instagram.com/ssekodesigns
Swell Forever’s founder hopes that the 100,000 children in the US foster care system would find a forever home. Swell Forever products include heirloom blankets and baby/toddler clothing. For each product sold, a contribution is made (in various ways) to financially assist adoptions. Below is the Carolyn Forever Blanket.
www.swellforever.com || www.facebook.com/swellforever || www.pinterest.com/swellforever || @swell.forever.founder on IG
My oldest daughter is always up for having her picture taken, so it was easy to get her to snuggle with me in our blanket. It was just an impromptu moment, but Chris captured some of my favorite images of us. The boys were playing soccer next to us and my youngest daughter was napping…next time I’m going to have to try to get them all in some snuggle shots with me.
I’ve received several inquiries recently about a Best of My Days 2015. Yes, I will make one and have it ready next week for you to download and gift! I love that so many of you faithfully use those! Happy Friday and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!