Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Countdown to Christmas: September Wishlist Edition.



Ahhh! Its 50 degrees in our Montana town today and I am feeling all the best Fall feelings! I LOVE this time of year! The time where you pull out all of the hoodies and booties and start dusting off Fall decorations, it makes me happy and puts a pep in my step.

So in honor of the cool weather and my childlike sense of wonder when it comes to ALL things holiday, I am going to make a monthly wishlist each month through December! Some of the stuff is for me, some is for Kanaan, some is for my nieces...well, you get the idea. This Christmas, I want all things Noonday Collection! Not only are their jewelry and accessories beautiful, but I LOVE what they stand for. They empower artisans from across the world, and well, what better way to celebrate Christmas than that?! So without further ado...

Mama's List
From Left to Right:

Now of course I can't leave my baby out. Shopping for my little man brings me great joy, even if I know he is going to lose interest in it within 5 minutes...those 5 minutes he loves it are AWESOME! Ha! So here is what I have on his wishlist...


Kanaan's List
 From Left to Right:

Kanaan's list isn't near as pretty as mine, but it sure does look fun! His grandad would LOVE for him to have that tractor so hopefully that will be a present from Gigi & him. I think I am most excited for him to have the  kitchen, of course I will buy him some play food and cooking utensils to go with it! *sigh* he is so spoiled and it is all our fault. 

Now don't leave me hangin', I know you have been plotting your wishlist, too. What have you been drooling over? I can't wait to hear!

Xoxo,

Monday, September 8, 2014

Blogging Community & Giveaway!!

Hey pretty friends! Recently I have gotten involved with a pretty awesome blogging community! It started when I joined the Peony Project that is headed up by my bloggy friend, Betsy! It is a group of Jesus-loving, women bloggers and let me tell ya, they are pretty neat! Well anyway,Betsy turned 25 yesterday and to celebrate, she is giving YOU some pretty incredible prizes...see below!



Yep, that's right!! Pretty awesome, huh?! So to enter, just head on over to her blog and follow the instructions!! Eeek, I can't wait to see who gets their hands on all these yummy prizes!

Have fun, ladies and gents!

Xoxo,

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Whistleblower. Installment 4. {Falling Whistles}.

 

 Hey friends! It is that time again! Okay okay, it's actually 2 days past "that time". Oops! Anyway, today I am bringing you another INCREDIBLE organization that are LITERALLY blowing the whistle on injustice. Falling Whistles is one of the very first organizations I knew and really felt passionate about! They are working toward peace in the Congo, where there has been a war going on for YEARS that uses children as soldiers. STOP!!! Y'all, if that doesn't get your blood boiling, ya need to go get checked out!

Here is an excerpt from their website:

We are breaking the spiral of silence.

Congo is home to our world’s deadliest war, and yet it goes largely ignored.  So we wear the news around our necks, and educate the world one by one.  Falling Whistles is building a global coalition of those willing to speak up against the great injustices of our time. Our coalition is built upon a rich and colorful fabric of activists, artists, entrepreneurs, creators, students, actors, mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters. From Congo to Seoul, Stockholm to Ohio, Bahrain to Toronto, we are a global and growing group of passionate individuals who believe peace is possible.

Not only is the organization doing an amazing work, but it is also a pretty neat fashion statement and conversation starter! I can't tell you how many people have asked about the whistle I am wearing around my neck...what an awesome way to be an advocate and educate people on this crisis happening!

So what are you waiting on?! Go buy a whistle and send me a picture of you wearing it!!






+++Be sure to let me know what organization you would like me to highlight on the Whistleblower series!!+++

Xoxo,

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Labor Day Weekend.

My parents came up this past week/weekend and it fed my soul! My mom comes up pretty often, but this is the first time my dad has been back in 2 years, so it was an extra special treat! We went to Whitefish and Glacier National Park and it was so beautiful! The biggest negative was all the car time for little man, he was very glad to be home! ;)

Now I'm going to overload you with some pictures! Enjoy! :)

 

Me & my babe at Flathead Lake // Gigi & Grandad with little man // me & my mama being twinsies // Kanaan had to strike a pose
Kanaan & Grandad // someone is a HAM! // so much love between these 3 // Kanaan and my dad had some great bonding time
Gigi loves her Kanaan boy // the Backseaters // I was super groggy from taking Dramamine on the drive up // love my baby goose

Do I even need to explain these?! He's too much.

I am so glad we got to make these memories with my parents! Seeing Kanaan with them just warms my heart! PLUS + I gotto mark a couple of things off my bucket list! That's always a bonus ;)

Did you do anything fun or make any special memories over Labor Day weekend? Fill me in!

 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Whistleblower. Installment 3. {Love146}.



Hey y'all! Sorry I am a couple of days late on my Whistleblower post! My parents are in from Oklahoma and we have been at Glacier National Park all weekend.

So let's get to it. If you are just now finding my blog, the whistleblower series is something I have started doing on Fridays to bring awareness to different organizations that are blowing the whistle on injustice!

Love146 is one of the very first organization I ever heard about that was fighting sex-trafficking. It is an incredible organization doing amazing work, and just like the A21 campaign, the need OUR help! The following is an excerpt from their website that kind of tells the story behind the organizations name:

“We found ourselves standing shoulder to shoulder with predators in a small room, looking at little girls through a pane of glass. All of the girls wore red dresses with a number pinned to their dress for identification.
They sat, blankly watching cartoons on TV. They were vacant, shells of what a child should be. There was no light in their eyes, no life left. Their light had been taken from them. These children…raped each night… seven, ten, fifteen times every night. They were so young. Thirteen, eleven… it was hard to tell. Sorrow covered their faces with nothingness.

Except one girl. One girl who wouldn’t watch the cartoons. Her number was 146. She was looking beyond the glass. She was staring out at us with a piercing gaze. There was still fight left in her eyes. There was still life left in this girl…

…All of these emotions begin to wreck you. Break you. It is agony. It is aching. It is grief. It is sorrow. The reaction is intuitive, instinctive. It is visceral. It releases a wailing cry inside of you. It elicits gut-level indignation. It is unbearable. I remember wanting to break through the glass. To take her away from that place. To scoop up as many of them as I could into my arms. To take all of them away. I wanted to break through the glass to tell her to keep fighting. To not give up. To tell her that we were coming for her…”
Because we went in as part of an ongoing, undercover investigation on this particular brothel, we were unable to immediately respond. Evidence had to be collected in order to bring about a raid and eventually justice on those running the brothel. It is an immensely difficult problem when an immediate response cannot address an emergency. Some time later, there was a raid on this brothel and children were rescued. But the girl who wore #146 was no longer there. We do not know what happened to her, but we will never forget her. She changed the course of all of our lives.”
-Rob Morris
President and Co-founder

If that doesn't give you chills, I don't know what will! Friends, sex slavery can victimize anyone, and it isn't just in other countries, it is happening in America, too! Could you imagine if it was your son or daughter, or niece or nephew?! I can't, and I won't stand by while it happens to anyone else, either! If you are AT ALL interested in learning more about sex slavery and what you can do to help, PLEASE visit their website and get informed! And as always, I am here to answer any questions you may have! I hope you are enjoying being a whistleblower and learning about different organizations that are fighting for justice on behalf of those without a voice!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Whistleblower. Installment 2. {A21 Campaign}.


With the Super Bowl right around the corner, I figured it is the perfect time to introduce one of my favorite organizations. The A21 Campaign is an organization that exists to abolish injustice in the 21st century. They have office in 9 different countries working to rescue sex-trafficking victims and prevent it from happening in the first place!

Below is from their mission statement page on their website! www.thea21campaign.org 


PREVENTION

We prevent trafficking through awareness and education. In schools, orphanages, and universities, we have created presentations and curriculum to educate potential victims of trafficking. Young people are equipped with strategies to avoid becoming a victim.
We also believe prevention occurs by educating those not necessarily as victims, but as suppliers in the human slave trade. Whether it's through our street teams or university awareness, churches or community groups, our prevention presentations in nine different countries aim to prevent trafficking through awareness before it begins.

ProtectionPROTECTION

We protect those who have been trafficked by building shelters and transition homes. Our restoration facilities are safe places for survivors to feel empowered to live in freedom. We want to move trafficking survivors past crisis to stabilization, equip them with skills they can use in the future, and assist them with making the next step after leaving our care. 

ProsecutionPROSECUTION

We prosecute traffickers and strengthen the legal response to human trafficking. We provide legal counsel to every victim in our care, and represent them in criminal proceedings.

PartnershipsPARTNERSHIPS

We partner with local law enforcement, service providers, and community members to meet a comprehensive set of needs for those rescued from bondage. We aim to strengthen every aspect of anti-trafficking efforts so together we can see injustice abolished.




As you can see, they are doing some incredible work! In fact, my dream job would be to work for this organization as a social worker to the victims rescued out of sex slavery! I STRONGLY encourage you all to check out their website, read the facts, and GET INVOLVED!! It will take all of us to abolish slavery, so let's get to it! Please let me know if you have ANY questions! I would be more than happy to help, as I am SO passionate about this!

Xoxo,

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Liebster Award.






So, some fun little news, I was nominated for the Liebster Award by the super sweet Sarah! We met through The Peony Project and she is just a doll! The Liebster Award is given from blogger to blogger to learn more about each other and discover more blogs, which I love to do!

Here are the rules:

1.) Link back to the person that nominated you for the award.
2.) You must write 11 facts about yourself so people can learn more about you.
3.) You also have to answer 11 questions given by the nominator.
4.) After completing, you should nominate 11 other bloggers, but you cannot nominate your nominator.
5.) You have to let your nominees know that they've been tagged and give them access to the link to find out more about the award.


11 Facts About Me

1. I am a military wife.
2. I have a 19 month old little boy.
3. I have attended 5 different colleges. (not proud of that!)
4. I want to visit all 7 continents.
5. My dream job would be to work as a social worker for victims of sex-trafficking.
6. I want to adopt a daughter from China.
7. I love coffee with my creamer. But seriously. :)
8. I am 24 hours away from completing my Bachelor's Degree.
9. I would love to own a boutique/bakery/coffee shop with my mom & sister.
10. I sell Rodan+Fields and I LOVE it.
11. My favorite hobby is reading.

Sarah's Questions for Me

What is your favorite scent?
It depends on the season! In Fall I love Baked Apple Pie!

If you won the lottery, what would you do first?
Buy a house and pay off all of my debt!

Do you prefer the beach or the mountains?
Hmm...I love both, but I would probably choose the mountains!

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough...no doubt!

What is your favorite form of travel?
Plane...only because it is so much quicker!

Coffee with or without creamer?
WITH!!!!

What is your middle name?
Hannah :)

Where is your favorite place to shop?
Antique Stores! I love finding hidden treasures!

Would you rather be too cold or too hot?
Definitely too cold! I HATE being hot!!

What is your favorite month out of the year?
October! The peak of Fall, my FAVE!!

What is your favorite TV couple?
Meredith & Derek...duh!


My Nominees:

Brianna // Endlessly Beloved

Sarah // Project On Purpose

Erin // A Dash of Time

Hayley // A Beautiful Exchange

11 Questions for Y'all to Answer!!

Where is your dream vacation destination?
Married or single?
What is your dream job?
What is one thing you are passionate about?
What is your favorite season and why?
What is your favorite hobby?
What is your favorite food?
Where are you from?
If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
What is your favorite charity?
Who is your favorite blogger?

Anddd even if I didn't tag you, feel free to answer some of these questions in the comments section! I would love to get to know YOU!!

Xoxo,