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How to Make Confetti Eggs

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Confetti eggs have become one of our favorite Easter family traditions! If you're not able to find some at your local grocery store or just have more of a DIY spirit (hello!), they are super easy to make. Items you will need: Eggs, emptied and dried*small funnel, spoon, or fingersConfetti - this is available at craft or party stores, or make your own from scrap paperTissue paper, cut into about 2" squaresGlue or mod podgeEgg container (not crucial, but makes things easier)Craft paint (optional, but fun!) *To prep your eggs, crack them horizontally, towards the top of the pointy end. Be...

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September Donation - The Retreat Home for Children

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I am just really amazed by the organization we've chosen for our September donation recipient, and I am so honored to tell you about them. I just finished reading a book called Half the Sky which focuses on many issues that women around the globe face. I'll share more about that later but one of those issues is trafficking - when people are taken and forced to do something (often sexual) against their will. We tend to think of trafficking as something that happens in far off places, but we're slowly learning that it is an issue right here at home. The organization we're donating to...

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August donation - South Sudan Education Mission

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"The thrill of giving lasts a lifetime." -Joan Marques If you've been around here for a while, you know that giving back is one of the foundational aspects of this shop. Our goal to help others and then help some more! The most obvious way we help is by sourcing products made by artisans in the developing world. This provides them with an honorable, sustainable income, which they are able to use to support their families and communities. We love this! The second, less-obvious way we try to give back is by donating a percentage of our sales each month to a different organization. I'm...

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Book Talk: The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan

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Oh, y'all. This book was really good!  The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan is on our Fair Trade reading list, and I started with this one because it was readily available at my public library and it’s my favorite genre (young adult!).  15-year-old Amadou and 8-year-old Seydou left their home in Mali to look for work in the Ivory Coast, but what they found is work that doesn't pay except in punishing beatings and barely any food. After being trapped there for two years, a girl suddenly shows up - they've never had a girl on the farm before...

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June donation: Kleb Manman Ayiti

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Ain't no 'hood like motherhood! Am I right?! If you've ever raised or helped to raise kids, then you know - motherhood is HARD!! My motherhood journey has been so greatly helped along by the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) organization where I found my best mom friends, and even though our kids aren't preschoolers anymore we are still great friends. My friend Claire is someone that I met in MOPS and whose MOPS experience opened up so many opportunities for our group. At present, she and her husband are living and working at a Christian non-profit organization in Haiti called Mission of Hope. Claire is also a big...

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