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8 Awesome Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day + Giveaway!

GIVEAWAYCan you believe Mother’s Day is just around the corner again?! Last year was my first mother’s day, and it was such a precious time.

Wilder “gave” me a very special locket, and a hand written note with his hand prints on them. I know, he was quite advanced for 4 months ūüėČ

Today I wanted to share with you some shops that might have the perfect present for your mom or yourself (wink wink, share this post with the hubby!?)

I personally know all of these amazing shop owners and appreciate how they take pains for ethical production and sustainability. Many of them have their proceeds give back to the community and support good causes, which I will also share below!

AND – we have all teamed up for an amazing instagram GIVEAWAY for you!! (Scroll to the bottom for details)

1. Flax and Wool Kids
Paige has just launched her new shop and I couldn’t be more excited!! Well known for her cute and affordable moccasins, she has now added the cutest rompers, dresses, and playsuits that are perfect for your little one for summer! Check out her shop here!
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2. Ellery Mae Candle Co
Oh my goodness these handcrafted 100% soy candles are to die for! I especially need to get my hands on the new Citrus & Champagne one – who doesn’t want a new fresh smelling candle for summer?! Check out Janelle’s shop here!
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3. Andrea Lorene & Co
Andrea has a passion for not only making gorgeous hand crafted jewelry, but for inspiring women with messages of encouragement, love, and faith. I adore some of her newer pieces that incorporate a lava stone, which is a natural diffuser bead! So all you do is put a drop of your favorite essential oil on it to feel uplifted all day! Check out her shop here!
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4. Wild and Free Supply
Some of you may not know this, but while my husband Lukas and I were in Honduras this past year, our hearts were breaking at the amount of poverty we encountered due to lack of jobs. So we decided to open up shop and give some good people good jobs so that they can help put food on the table for their families! Check out our shop here!

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5. Grace & Salt
Justin & Keary Cheney recently got back from Uganda with their two beautiful children and their shop helps support their adoption! They have a variety of beautiful pieces you definitely want to check out here!

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6. Cynthia Jaquez/ Young Living Essential Oils
Almost everyone has heard of essential oils, but Mother’s Day just might be the perfect time to get some oils into your life and check out what the fuss is all about!¬†I just love Cynthia’s enthusiasm for health, and heart to help others. ¬†She uses her business to partner with a missionary or cause driven organization every other month and gifts them 50% of her earning to support their mission- how amazing is that?! ¬†Check her out here!
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7. Jjajjababy
I just found this shop and got to meet the amazing owner, and not only do I adore her products, but I love her heart! 25% of all her sales go to help her grandkid’s adoption from Uganda. Check out her shop here!

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Aren’t these the cutest wooden teething rings?!
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8. Mama Sew Happy
Amber creates modern, functional, high quality and stylish apparel and I personally adore her bibdanas! They were such a lifesaver while Wilder was in the drooly baby stage. Everything is handmade with love right here in California. Check out her shop here!
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To enter the instagram giveaway, simply follow the steps on my instagram account, @suzyvandyke

Giveaway includes: Mustard playsuit from Flax and Wool Kids, Citrus & Champagne soy candle from Ellery Mae Candle Co, Lava Bead diffuser necklace from Andrea Lorene & Co, Rustic Wallet from Wild & Free Supply, Blush Ombre Paper Bead Necklace from Grace & Salt, Lavender Oil from Cynthia Jaquez, and a Mint and Coral Arrows Jersey Swaddle Blanket from Jjajja Baby Co.

 

 

Thred Up {Review} what I bought, what I paid, why I love it

A few weeks ago, my friend told me about a company named Thred UP, where you can order gently used clothing online.

I did a short little review video below where you can see what I bought, what I paid and my overall impression of Thred Up.

Also, they have a really cool referral system for everyone who buys from them!

For $10 off your first order, just sign up using my referral code -and I get $10 to use too, yay, thank you!>>> http://www.thredup.com/r/AFGY60

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Wilder wearing some of the clothes I got – I think he likes them!

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Ever since I watched the¬†The True Cost¬†documentary, and started researching where most clothing comes from, I’ve tried to make different choices and shop more according to my conscience¬†by supporting ethical shops, local shops, or buying used clothing so I’m not directly contributing to the clothing crisis.

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For the most part, I don’t like shopping! So when I found a company where I could buy gently used clothing online without leaving my house, I was excited to give it a try!

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I really like this company and plan to use them again! Have any of you used them? What did you think?

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Persimmon Prints: Shop with a Message, Shop with a Cause

When I come across a small business who is doing amazing and BIG things in the world, it gets me so excited.

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I posted one of these photos on social media last week and had tons of people asking me where I got this shirt.

So today I wanted to share the shirt, as well as this awesome shop, Persimmon Prints with you!

I met Kacie Feeny at the Pursuit Conference last Fall, and when I heard her story, and learned about her shop, I became an instant fan.

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Kacie has clothing not only designed to encourage and point people to the Lord, but she also gives back to other organizations making a difference in the world.

She also is dedicated to ethical sourcing and business practices which makes me love her company even more.

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This shirt has a special place in my heart because of this encouraging story of how I got it.

And when people ask me about the words on the front, “Love God, Love Others”, I love being able to share the amazing story of how God loves me and saved me.

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I’m also working on an exciting new project with Kacie, so stay tuned!!

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