Monday, April 13, 2015

10 Mother's Day Gifts that Can Help Change the World


“Not all of us can do great things. But we can all do small things with great love.”
― Mother Teresa
It was a life long dream, this whole Mama thing, but my story started a little bit differently than I'd pictured. I was engaged. Not married. I was 24 and my test showed positive in a Target bathroom on my lunch break.

There were tears in our Pastor's office, letters sent to family I was afraid to tell in person. There was sickness, lots of eating and then a bigger wedding dress ordered. It was hard, awesome and healing all at the same time.

I knew I'd love being Mama to a little person. I knew I'd experience a love for my children that was incomparable to anything I'd ever experienced before. What I didn't know is how valuable it would be to surround myself with other Moms.....inspiring, strong, incredible women. Moms that would set the bar high, so when I was having a bad day, I'd think of them and I'd want to pull myself up and do life a little better.

See, the people who really influence others are usually the ones who aren't even trying. These women who are loving, fun and brave, aren't this way because they want to be an "influencer". They're shining in who God created them to be and that kind of bright light just rubs off on those around.

Some of my dearest friends are walking through BIG, ROUGH stuff right now and yet, they're just rocking this Motherhood thing. The funny thing is...... I don't think they even know it. They're too busy Mothering well and taking care of their families to even know how amazing they are.

With Mother's Day around the corner, I've been thinking........

What if we did Mother's Day a bit different this year? What if right now, in April, we start hand-writing notes to our girlfriends, telling them what we love about them. What if we started calling out their best qualities and building up the ones who might not get an encouraging word often?

What if we gave meaningful gifts.....Gifts that one by one can make a difference in the world?
What if we celebrated each other, instead of focusing on the ideal way we think WE should be celebrated?


Here are a few gift ideas for your favorite Moms, that one by one, can help change the world:

"Wanting to add a charitable dimension to the business model, it wasn't long before Caitlin’s vision became clear. She found the missing link on a rainy day when she saw Rob and Cera on Hollywood Blvd, sitting under an umbrella, and holding a sign that read Ugly, Broke, & Hungry. They went to dinner and Caitlin discovered that Cera made jewelry – this was the a-ha moment. Rob and Cera joined the team and started making Giving Keys the next day."
 
"Each purchase of Sevenly merchandise, whether a campaign-specific shirt or print or an item from our curated collection, results in a $7 donation to the featured charity.
With nearly $4 million raised and counting, Sevenly is helping to inspire a generation of generosity."

“In 2000, we founded Camano Island Coffee Roasters with the simple philosophy that a business can change the world for good. Our vision was to combine our passion for ethical coffee with generational change in coffee growing regions. We believe that our company’s value is not solely in the quality of the ethical coffee that we roast, or in the people who grow it, but in the coffee lover (YOU) who drinks the best coffee for home.”
Jeff Ericson – Founder
"Proud to be the first Organic and Fair Trade fair for Life Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Factory in North America.
We’re passionate about chocolate. And changing the world.
We’re committed to creating amazing flavors. And a lasting legacy.
We’re here to make people happy. And make a difference."

Better Life Bags
"We hire women, who otherwise cannot get jobs, to work for BLB. We rent them a sewing machine and tools while teaching them a skill set that allows them to become a primary or secondary provider in their families. Most of these women are first generation immigrants from countries such as Yemen and Bangladesh, so we are also able to provide them with much needed fellowship and friendship as we visit their homes to deliver fabric and pick up orders."

"Our passionate commitment to human rights has always shaped how we trade with our suppliers around the world. We build close relationships with those suppliers and work together to ensure ethical trading is at the heart of our, and their, business. We believe this is the way business should be done."

"Yoobi, pronounced “you-be,” means “one for you, one for me.” For every Yoobi item you purchase, a Yoobi item will be donated to a classroom in need, right here in the U.S. It’s that simple!"

"We travel the world to find artisan entrepreneurs who are passionate about creating opportunity in their communities. Artisan businesses in the developing world struggle to gain access to a global market where they can sell their handmade jewelry and accessories. When you shop our collection, host a Trunk Show, or become an Ambassador, you join us in creating a growing marketplace for artisan businesses, enabling them to make a difference in their communities."

"To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and invest directly into treatment and recovery."
Farmers Markets for Fresh Flowers
For fresh flowers, there's nothing better than supporting our local farmers. Instead of hitting up the grocery store, try supporting your local farmers by purchasing your flowers and produce at Farmer's Markets or roadside stands. 
Here is a great tool for finding a Farmer's Market in your area: Local Harvest Search

5 comments:

  1. I love all of this! I especially love the bit where you shared your story. It's a good one and one that will encourage other mamas too. Thanks for sharing your heart, Angela!

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  2. Thanks so much for featuring Sevenly in this article! We appreciate your support :)

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  3. thanks for being real...what an encouraging message!

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  4. Thanks Hannah. It's a bit scary to be real!

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