Day 1 – valentines chocolate bar – Fair Trade Love

First day_ Valentines Day and we think about all those we love and all the sweetness in our lives. Here are a few facts I learned about this holiday that first started in a romantic nature in the High middle ages. In the 15th century it formed the tradition as we know it to include love letters, confections and Flowers. I love this holiday …. I love anything that changes our focus on showing our appreciation and adoration to those we love. “St. Valentine’s Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. The most popular martyrology associated with Saint Valentine was that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire; during his imprisonment, he is said to have healed the daughter of his jailer Asterius. Legend states that before his execution he wrote her a letter “from your Valentine” as a farewell” ** This makes me think of many of our artisans that marriage ceremonies seem like unreachable dreams due to the costs associated. There are so many I hope we reach still suffering in religious or other forms of persecution and suffering. Valentines, as you know, is also day one of the 365 day challenge to purchase with purpose! So we are starting in honor of Valentines Day with Chocolate!!!!!! This holiday seems to celebrate chocolate second only to love! ūüėČ

Product 1 is Sweetriot’s Pure 70% Dark Chocolate bar. I do not normally purchase dark chocolate so I was very pleased to report I LOVED it! It was so good! Our 8 year old son and his friend both loved it to so its officially Mom tested and Kid approved as well! I purchased it at Central Market by HEB grocery store so very easy to pick it up! It was a little costly almost 3 dollars but you are getting a great tasting bar and the assurance that you are purchasing this sweetness for a purpose. I read the back of the chocolate bar and found the company to be a kindred spirit – sharing my heart for creating a company that gives back. I have posted their story in the picture below. So 3 hearts for our first product and cuspids arrow has certainly hit us finding a like minded company in sweetriot!

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Credit where Credit is due…
** Wikipedia

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365 Days of Fair Trade and Purchasing with Purpose

Tomorrow is Valentines Day—- and the perfect day to launch a campaign to focus on things we love!! ¬†My family of course but also the causes we are passionate about. ¬†So starting tomorrow I am starting 365 days of purchasing with purpose! ¬†I hope you will join me for the journey!!

Did the purchases you made today help or hurt? ¬†Did they help feed the hungry, save the planet, to educate? ¬†Does what you purchase today change lives for the better? ¬†If not, WHY? ¬†Am I saying everything you purchase HAS to be fair trade? ¬†No…….but what if and why NOT?!!!

Do we not realize that what we purchase makes an impact one way or the other? ¬†Do we not care? ¬†Do we just not know where to start or think it would be too difficult? ¬†I heard someone say recently that what Americans fear most is inconvenience…. so perhaps people think they will have to go way out of their way. ¬†First, I would say we were looking at the mother who is hungry and considering giving up their child most of us would do anything to help. Having said that, I get that we are busy people in a microwave society. ¬†We have kids, I understand how precious¬†our time is.

As we start this journey, I yearn to do more, to make choices everyday that help others. ¬†TO BE THE CHANGE we want to see in the world. ¬†I love that companies like RED, ONE.org ¬†and Tom’s have raised the bar and brought much-needed awareness. ¬†They have helped light the way. ¬†Do I know if I can do it? NO– I hope I can but I also like that I don’t know. ¬†I am like many others out there that want it but just don’t know where to start first. ¬†Like most of you– I tend to purchase the items and brands my family purchased with out even thinking about it. ¬†I challenge you to just start¬†to retrain out brains. ¬†The next time you shop look for fair trade items or other items that GIVE back. ¬†You will be surprised at how accessible they are with very little effort. ¬†Once you start consciously looking for these products you will be surprised how easy it is!

I won’t ask the flock to purchase something I haven’t used or tried myself. So I won’t ask you to do something I haven’t done myself. ¬†Starting on Valentines day I start the challenge– to purchase and review a product for you all every day for a year. 365 days to go. ¬†If I can do it — you can do it! ¬†I hope you will join me along the way. ¬†As always, if you find some MUST HAVE items let me know!

Purpose:

1) Goal:  Start a Movement Рto purchase with purpose!!!

2) Demonstrate to others and myself that anyone can do this!  That what we do today has a tangible effect on others.  Open my eyes and yours to the possibility.  To purchase and review at least one product a day for a full year that is fair trade or gives back.

Good night all— Tomorrow we begin again. ¬†I can’t wait to see what the next year will bring and all we will discover along the way.

BE THE CHANGE!!

UNICEF reported 143 to 210 million orphans worldwide in 2012. 
210 million precious children who want nothing more than to be loved and to belong to a family.  Those staggering numbers do not include those abandoned(millions), sold or used in human trafficking.  Every day 5,760 more children become orphans. 

1,372 million in a dollar a day poverty!
These numbers are staggering and heartbreaking.¬† A billion souls miles away and in our own back yard.¬† It can be hard to hear and for many we just don’t know what we can do.¬† I have personally done mission work all over the world in places like Ecuador, Egypt and here in Texas.¬† My heart longed to stay¬† and to do more.¬† I was often giving to groups that gave funds but did not create¬†a sustainable income for the people long term.¬†
 
I found Noonday Collection like many of you through a trunk show.¬† I loved the amazing jewelry and accessories all with their own story to tell and the fingerprints of the artisan that hand made them.¬†¬† I often find myself touching the piece I am wearing and thinking of the person who made it.¬† The artisan¬†that’s life is forever changed by Noonday.
More than that— I had found the answer.¬† I am blessed and so thankful to be a noonday Ambassador.¬†¬† It is truly a labor of love and I am thrilled to share it with you.¬† Noonday collection is literally using fashion as as the vehicle for lasting change.¬† Noonday collection provides a pathway out of poverty and was birthed out of the blessing of adoption.¬† You can truly make a difference with the purchase you make today.¬† Your purchase dramatically changes the lives of those in need.¬† Thank you for being a part of this movement and I encourage you to “purchase with purpose”.
Thank you for allowing me to introduce this special collection to you.¬† We are grateful to you.¬† Get to know the artisans by clicking on the artisan link, help spread the word,¬† tell our story, share my link.¬† Host a trunk show or include us in an event—love the products–change the world.

“Be the change you hope to see in the world”

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Welcome to Little Bird loves…

Thank you for visiting!¬† Little Bird Loves is committed to sharing all the things we love with you. ¬†From the products we love to the charities and causes we are passionalte about, you will find it all right here. ¬†Like all you unique little birds out there we have a wide variety of interests and passions and here is there landing place. ¬†A safe place to nest and share and chirp and sing about all the amazing things we find along the way.¬†¬†Little Bird is committed to bringing products to you that make a difference and change lives.¬† We are committed to driving a movement to “purchase with purpose”.¬† What you buy today can truly change the lives of others and return dignity and hope to the artisans.¬†
It is truly a labor of love and I am thrilled to share it with you. 

“Be the change you hope to see in the world”
God Bless,

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