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Blu Kicks Spring 2013

Blue Kicks Spring 2013 Mens

Who doesn’t love to play a little hookie now and then (just kidding boss man 🙂 ). Now you can feel like you are playing hookie every day. Little Bird loves is now carrying Blu Kicks!!! I have posted images and could go on forever!! These shoes look great- feel great– great quality and wear. They are unique and of course they GIVE BACK! Once again, you can make a difference by simply purchasing these shoes. They give back to ocean conservation and we ALWAYS give back 10% of every purchase! If you would like YOUR purchase to go to a particular charitable organization let us know!! Little Bird is always open to suggestions!

Blu Kicks gets it’s inspriation from the sea life they protect. The bottom of the shoe has an image of the sea dweller is represents- the back a splash of color reflecting that image. Think — Van’s –meets Tom’s meets RED.org. Reviews have been outstanding and we have had a lot of excitment and anticipation around this line! Slip a pair on! These shoes make me excited just looking at them!!

Let us know what you think! littlebirdloves.com or littlebirdlovesmail@gmail.com
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Websites for the Greater Good: Non-Profits on WordPress.com

A Shout out to our fellow Word press blogger –sharing our passion for giving back and covering non profit Invisible Children dear to our heart!

The WordPress.com Blog

All kinds of organizations make their home on WordPress.com: small businesses, municipalities, religious organizations, schools, community groups. We also provide an online HQ for quite a few non-profits, from the global to the hyperlocal. They turn to WordPress.com for an easy-to-use, low cost solution that gets them an effective web presence without diverting thousands of dollars from their missions: helping others.

Here are just a few of the organizations that call WordPress.com home, and some of the ways they’ve used WordPress.com to create compelling sites that tell their stories and engage their supporters — nearly all for little or no cost:

Girls’ Globe

Girls’ Globe is a Sweden-based non-profit that connects individuals and organizations dedicated to the rights, health, and empowerment of women and girls.

Girls' Globe

The site creates a space for bloggers and non-profits to share stories of their challenges and successes. Each of those stories becomes a learning experience for…

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Day 7– is straight from Heaven 100% of your purchase!!

Day 7  Today I am featuring joanhorning.com.  This one of my very best finds so far in this journey.  A favorite with A List celebrities, this jewelry will have you looking red carpet ready.  They also have a wide range of prices to meet every budget.  It will be hard to beat a site with beautiful jewelry and 100% of your of the purchase price goes to the charity of your choice!!!  I think I had to read it twice to let it soak in!  As I am starting my company and with it in it’s infancy…… this blows my mind!  As a business person selling for 17 years, I am dumbfounded!  How does this company do it!!!????  Can LittleBird loves… do that?!!  What does that business model look like?  These are quality items and all you do it pick a piece, select ANY ANY ANYYYY non-profit, and they will add the non-profit to their list. I love this concept.  This jewelry is sold online and in retail locations across the US.  It was first found 10 years ago at Bergdorf Goodman in New York.  This is not low end mass produced goods.  These collections feature either one of a kind pieces or “more affordable Silver Lining collection” with fun youthful selections that are sure to be conversation starters.  Yet another great way to spread the word and start the movement to purchase with purpose.  SO check out Joan Horning!!  You will love what you see.  You will be giving back, purchasing with purpose and making a difference!!!  Little Bird Loves…. Joan Horning jewelry.

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Credit where Credit is Due:  JoanHorning.com as well as images from the Joan Horning Facebook page

Day 6 – Starbucks–Thats right Starbucks has a shining “Star”

Day 6 – I know… I know YOU love your Starbucks! For you die hard Starbucks fans we have the 2 blends for you!!

Fair Trade Certified ™ Cafè Estima Blend®
and

Fair Trade Certified ™ Italian Roast

Price found at the Starbucks.com website states:

$13.95 for Estima
1 lb

$11.95 for the Italian Roast option

Starbucks pulled this from our local stores but it is available and in stock online at starbucks.com

Get it while it’s hot!!! Better yet– everyone demand it–request it and let’s bring it back as a drive through option. THIS is how you create a MOVEMENT for change. This is business 101 Supply in DEMAND. If you ask for it–if demand is there…. so will the products. AND that is a movement that this Little Bird Loves….

Day 5 – One Mango Tree- One for Purchase with Purpose!

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Today is Day 5! I found a sale item at onemangotree.com this light tunic is perfect for a beach cover up and if you have a summer like ours a great top for warm weather. It is very versatile and I know I will get a lot of use of it this year. I did have a bit of a hiccup getting it to me but it was the post office not them. It was hand-loomed in Kampala.

A little about One Mango Tree from their site:

“We find talented artisans who are living in some of the most difficult environments in the world – we formed our first group in Northern Uganda, where we saw that the local market had more tailors than food vendors. Our handbag collection gave direction and value to their skills. We started with one woman, Auma Lucy, and began to grow:

# of women trained in our tailoring programs in Northern Uganda. From tailors in Gulu market to women in displacement camps to former combatants and victims, we identified women who most needed employment.

# of women and men we hired when they lost their jobs due to a local factory closing. More than 3,000 women came to Kampala in 2002 to join the apparel industry. When the biggest factory closed, we brought together a small group to continue working – in much better conditions.

We work closely with artisans to hone their skills and create products we know you’ll love. Whether it’s simple sewing, intricate weaving, new dye techniques or state-of-the-art apparel construction, we ensure that our artisans have the skills they need to create beautiful products.

Cut-n-sew training. We provide on-the-job training for our tailors and machine operators for each new product introduced to our line. They are continuously improving their sewing skills, gaining understanding of more complex construction, and improving quality.

Weaving & Dyeing. The art of weaving is almost gone in East Africa. We work closely with our weavers and guide their work – with color selection, design and quality. Tie & dye is indigenous to Uganda – we work with artisans to develop new dyeing skills.

We ensure that our artisans have access to export markets – to sustain not only their livelihoods, but the very survival of their craft work. We do this in three ways – direct sale to customers through our online store, wholesale distribution through our retail partners, and private label work for other brands who are seeking ethical artisan production.

Every dollar we spend shapes our world. We can choose to support ethical manufacturing by refusing to settle for cheap, fast fashion and by seeking a deeper connection to the people who make the things we buy. We work to educate consumers on the importance of this choice and the impact of conscious consumerism”

Greatness– I am inspired by like-minded companies like this.

Day 4 It’s a Noonday!

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Noonday is nothing short of inspiring. It’s founder Jessica started by selling jewelry to help fund her own international adoption. Now these hand crafted items are creating sustainable income for artisans around the globe. Not forgetting where the company started any qualifying trunk show that is fund raising for adoption, Noonday will give 10% cash.

Fun, stylish and so perfect to purchase with purpose and look fabulous!!

Day 3– Chia it’s not just for pets… and pssst this one gives back!

Day 3 and I have discovered Mama Chia! I came upon this purchase for purpose quite by accident. I found this bottle on the shelf at the store and it was filled with little seeds. I picked up the Coconut Mango and it was delicious! The next time I see it I pick up both the Coconut Mango and a Cherry Lime. As I am drinking I start sleepily read the back label on the bottle out of boredom as much as anything. I learn how good chia is for your body and all that it offers. Then I read that they give back 1% to help the planet! They are a founding member of Slow Money, USDA Organic, 1% for the planet members, Certified B Corporation, Gluten Free and Vegan!! Applaud here 🙂

Mammachia.com for more info on this find. btl-coconut-lg