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GlobeIn Fair Trade Artisan Subscription Box

You guys, I’m so excited about the GlobeIn Artisan box. First, I love subscription boxes, so much that I searched high and low and found 12 social good subscription boxes! It’s so fun getting surprises in the mail. Second, I love fair trade and artisan-made products. The products in the GlobeIn Artisan box are highly curated with products that are both beautiful and useful.

GlobeIn Artisan Cozy Subscription Box

I received the Cozy Box, partly because that awesome mug was calling my name. I now have my morning coffee in this mug daily. Le Souk Ceramique provide their artisans with healthcare, social security, fair wages, and safe working conditions. The group is even evolving to function as an artisan cooperative, completely owned and controlled by the artisans themselves.

The Marquet Fair Trade Scarf is handmade in Thailand from 100% locally grown cotton. Marquet’s goal is to empower artisans and entrepreneurs in developing countries by expanding their potential to reach a larger audience.

Divine Chocolate Cocoa Powder is made in Ghana by a group of 85,000 farmers who share in the profits, have a say in the company, and a voice in the global marketplace.

GlobeIn Palm Leaf basket is made in Mexico and comes with all artisan boxes! This is the perfect basket to use as gift baskets this year for Christmas.

Breakfast with Fair Trade Mug made in Tunisia

The Artisan Box. Beautiful, distinct products from around the world that support remote artisans and farmers, delivered to you each month. You can choose a month-to-month subscription, 3 months or 6 months. Subscription boxes are the Christmas gift that keeps on giving long after Christmas both for the recipient and the fair trade artisans!

Use the code BLACKFRIDAY to save $15 off an Artisan Box subscription of 3-month+ (new customers only). This expires 11/30.
For Giving Tuesday, use the code GIVINGTUESDAY and get a Free November Benefit Basket with a purchase of 3-month+ longer Artisan Box subscription (new customers only). This code will be active from 11/30- 12/2.

Sweet & Spicy Meatloaf

Meatloaf is one of my favorite meals to both cook and eat. I enjoy coming up with different flavors and ingredients and I’ve been known to throw a ton of veggies in there because the kids never know. You can never have too many “hidden” veggies! Meatloaf is always a quick meal to make on a week night or for company because everything gets mixed in one bowl and then cooked in one pan. It makes for easy clean up too! It’s also convenient that you can use basically any ground meat you have on hand. Beef, pork and turkey are my favorites to use in meatloaf.

Sweet and Spicy Meatloaf

I like to use cracker crumbs rather then bread crumbs because I think it adds more flavor. Ritz crackers are the best and they even have whole wheat. I shred the carrots, rather then buying pre-shredded because you want the carrot to be hidden! The carrots and the hot chili sauce will both give the meatloaf an orange-pinkish color, so be sure to use a meat thermometer to check when it’s done.

The easiest (and most delicious) sauce for the meatloaf is just three ingredients: KC Masterpiece Sweet Honey & Molasses, honey and hot chili sauce. This is the perfect amount of sweet and spicy. KC Masterpiece is one of those classic brands that you never need to stray from. They also offer the most delicious flavors. I’ve been keeping an eye out for the Fiery Honey Habanero Barbecue Sauce.

The perfect sauce for meatloaf

Sweet & Spicy Meatloaf
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  • For the meatloaf:
  • 2-3 lbs ground beef
  • 1.5 cups crushed cracker crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 3 Tbls hot chili sauce
  • 2 Tbls honey
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • For the Sauce:
  • ½ cup KC Masterpiece Honey and Molasses Barbecue Sauce
  • 2 Tbls hot chili sauce
  • 2 Tbls honey
  1. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. Mix all of the meatloaf ingredients in a bowl. Transfer to a baking dish and form into a loaf.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the sauce ingredients together. Brush on top of the meatloaf.
  4. Bake for 45-60 minutes.

What are your favorite ingredients to add to meatloaf?

Sweet and Spicy Meatloaf with a hot honey BBQ glaze. (I add shredded carrots in their for extra veggies!)

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of KC Masterpiece. The opinions and text are all mine.

What Do Boy Scouts Do?

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Boy Scouts of America.

I haven’t had much experience with Boy Scouts. Have you? I was a part of Girl Scouts for several years when I was younger, but none of my four brothers were involved with scouts growing up. I now have four boys of my own and this was our first experience with The Boy Scouts of America. To tell you the truth, I didn’t know much about what Boy Scouts even did! I thought it was just a group for the boys to do fun activities together and earn badges, but I’ve learned that is not even half of it. If you are like me and don’t have much experience with scouts, here is exactly what The Boy Scouts organization is and their mission:

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.
For over a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through over a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.

Last month, my youngest son and I had the opportunity to attend the 2015 Cub Scout Fun Day at Camp Mitigwa, which is about thirty minutes from our home here in Iowa. Cub Scouts are for ages 7-10 years old or grades 1-5.

James and I arrived at Camp Mitigwa, a scenic 450 acre land full of lush trees and rolling hills and plenty of space to canoe, fish, camp and explore. The scout reservation is open year round, but in the summers they offer week-long summer camp experiences.

The 2015 Cub Scout Fun Day was an opportunity for Cub Scouts and their families to start the Cub Scout year off with a day of fun outdoor activities. For us, it was a glimpse into what Cub Scout life is like!

First, we went to a craft station where James was able to work with leather and string to build a canoe. Scouts don’t just camp, build fires and go fishing, if that’s the picture you’ve had in your mind! Scouts learn new skills through different activities to advance through the ranks. Each activity gets more challenging to ultimately help the scouts learn new, important life skills. Team work, problem solving, safety awareness and creativity are just a few skills that a certain activity might involve.

Building a Canoe

Next, we moved on to the crosscut saw station where James was able to work with an older scout to safely saw a branch. This was one of his favorite activities and he was able to have his portion of the branch branded with BSA for a souvenir.


Fishing is one of our boys’ favorite activities, so James was eager to get down to the water. Scouts can achieve the Fishing, Fly-Fishing, and Fish and Wildlife Management merit badges. This is a big draw for my boys who enjoy long days of fishing with their dad. I love how Boy Scouts offers such a wide range of activities. Some of the activities I already know my boys love, but others are totally new to them and that is so important in building new skills.


The rest of the day included archery, bb guns and slingshots and even rocket launching! We built model rockets and watched them launch high into the sky.

Rocket Into Scouting

I was worn out by the end of the day! There were so many activities, but that was just a glimpse into what Scout life is like! Scout life isn’t just fun and active, it also helps to teach boys courage, compassion, citizenship, a positive attitude, cooperation, resourcefulness, honesty and so much more. In one sentence, I would describe Cub Scouts as a time of exploration, building friendships and learning important skills.

When you are signing up for activities, I encourage you to check out your local Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts. You can search here for scouting units in your area. You won’t regret it!

Boy Scouts of America