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Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Help Me Get Rid of My Husband SALE!

Just a few more weeks left to order and help me send my husband AWAY (to Swaziland to work with widows, orphans, and their communities!)

Last week's sale on bag tags is now closed (you can still order them, but the price is back to $6).

This week?


STRAW TUMBLERS $15 $13
These make awesome teacher gifts! 
100% customized. Price includes up to 3 colors, a symbol and a name.
Just let me know what you'd like on there and I'll figure out how make it happen.



For a military wife whose husband flies helicopters!

Northwest High School Volleyball Team!

Patriots (or Greensboro Academy!)

Caldwell Academy!
I'll stop taking orders at this price on Saturday, November 30th. And then I think I'll just have time for one more sale week before orders close up for good (till next year!)  Order by emailing me at yklj AT triad DOT rr DOT com. :)

Or check out the rest of "The Store"  There's a new listing... super-cute coffee mugs!
And thank you for helping me send my husband away!!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Help me Send my Husband AWAY!

Every year, I do a big fundraiser right around the holidays.  I think this is year #4 for me.  I love to be crafty and usually I prefer to make things as gifts for folks. But when I have a good reason, I'm happy to sell my creations. This year's reason: Getting rid of my husband.

Not permanently.

He's headed back to Swaziland this summer and all proceeds from my fundraiser this year go towards his trip.

And this year, I've decided to put one item "on sale" each week.  Now through Saturday, my bag tag/keychains are on sale for $5.  Stay tuned on Sunday for the next sale! Check out "the store" for more stuff: http://casselljourneytoafrica.blogspot.com/p/the-store.html

The Bag Tags are clear acrylic circles.  But I can put a color behind it if you'd like! Customized with an image and a name. Shoot me an email at yklj AT triad DOT rr DOT com to order. I charge actual shipping if you aren't local.


I made this one for my mama!

These can be used as Gift Tags. This year, my kids are going to leave them out for Santa to use
and he can use them for their gifts every year.




Monday, November 11, 2013

Random Acts of Kindness!

Every year I try to get away with having a birthday and not having anyone find out about it. I'm not averse to birthdays, but I REALLY don't handle attention very well, so I just try to get through the day under the radar.

Unfortunately for me, I have the sweetest friends and someone usually rats me out on Facebook and then my secret's out and I end up with a lovely FB page full of sweet birthday wishes. Which is really nice. I'm not complaining.

But this year, in honor of my birthday, my daughter, my dad, and I went out to commit 35 Random Acts of Kindness (ahem... for my 29th birthday). It was SO much fun! Here are a few of my favorites:

$1 left in the dollar section of Target.
My daughter thought it was really cool to place them on things SHE would have bought.

This was my most favorite one. A sign on the dressing room mirror that says "You look amazing!"

Money at the redbox. Even better since that particular redbox was out of order today; at least the person would have an extra dollar even if they couldn't rent a movie at that redbox!

I didn't get pictures of everything we did, but we also went to the photo lab at a drug store and paid for someone's photo order (anonymously, of course). The guy behind the counter was really nice and gave me the idea to hit the pharmacy too! So we bought a gift card and attached it to my "Random Act of Kindness" card and we left it with the pharmacist to use on the next customer! We also dropped donuts off at the fire station to thank the firefighters for working on Veterans Day.  I still have a few more on my list to do before I get to the full 35. (update: done!)

I struggled with whether I wanted to share this idea - I didn't want to cheapen my Random Acts of Kindness Day by blasting out to the internet that we did them. But honestly, we had SO much fun with this that I felt like I had to pass the idea along. I couldn't stop smiling and the store employees that I let in on the secret were smiling too.  It was all-around great! I stole the idea from a dear friend who did it when she turned 35 (thank you for being an inspiration, Leah!). Even if not for a birthday, I really recommend a "Random Acts of Kindness Day." We will be doing another one sometime soon. I'm thinking we might do just a few on everyone's birthdays every year!

AND... if you want to do your own - here is a printable version of the cute cards I made to leave with each of my "acts of kindness!"  Maybe I'll consider that act #36 ;)

I uploaded it as a pdf and you should be able to download it here!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Advent Conspiracy and where to shop for Christmas!

Here we go! Halloween has come and gone and though I know Thanksgiving is next, most of us have set our sights firmly on Christmas.

Actually, I love Thanksgiving - we spend it with my husband's side of the family. My in-laws have 7 grandchildren (ages 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 4, and 3! My sister-in-law and I have graciously taken turns each year adding kiddos to the fam) and we have a blast!

So I'm not trying to make Christmas come too early. I'm just really excited about what our church is doing for Christmas this year and I know y'all have already started shopping. Or at least thinking about it.

Missio dei:gso will be taking part in the Advent Conspiracy this year. We have known about this for many years and have done our own version just with our family.  We are beyond excited to be part of a church community that wants to focus on this together!  Want to know what it is? Watch this (it's quick and worth it, I promise)

 

So... in the spirit of not-spending as much and giving meaningful gifts, I thought I'd highlight some of my current favs!  And (shameless self-promotion), I will be doing a Christmas fundraiser to help send Rob to Africa this year too!  More on that in a few weeks.  For now, check out some WONDERFUL ideas for a more meaningful gift-giving:

Connected in Hope
If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you know about the Women of Mt Entoto (if not, click here!). It's the worst of jobs: barefoot women (and young girls) carrying back-breaking loads of firewood down the mountain. For about $2 a day. Having to leave their children unprotected at the top of the mountain, being abused by police, shunned by society.  Connected in Hope empowers women in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to weave scarves for a good wage, so that they can feed their families, pay for medication, educate their children. Give the gift of a beautiful scarf that helped a woman regain her life.


Elegantees
Read about Anna Malika's story - it is beautiful.
Women and children all over the world are being trafficked for the sex trade. It's not a pleasant subject, but it is happening.  Elegantees works to rescue women in Nepal who have been trafficked, teaches them to sew and sells the clothing so that the women can earn a sustainable wage.  The founding director has never taken a salary and their prices are very very reasonable!
http://elegantees.com/collections/tee


Noonday Collection
Noonday has beautiful jewelry and accessories, made by artisans all around the world for fair-wages AND they give a percentage of their proceeds to adopting families as grants to help them cover their adoption costs. Need I say more? Love them.

Heart for Swaziland
A friend of mine is heading to Swaziland to volunteer with Heart for Africa next summer and she is selling the CUTEST necklaces to help her fund her trip! Check these out:
She has so many different styles. This one's my favorite.


Basslets
Want to buy local AND recycled? Check out Greensboro's own Basslets!  My friend Dunia grew up with the sounds of guitar around her for her whole life and was certain there was a better option than tossing those old guitar strings in the trash. I love her solution: Jewelry made from recycled guitar strings! I have a set of the bracelets and I really love them! I think I've been wearing them almost every day for the past week.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/Basslettes


Happy Shopping!