web analytics

Sevenly #CAUSEBOX03

#CauseBox03

I hope you checked out Sevenly CAUSEBOX when I posted last quarter’s Spring Box! (If you missed it, check it out here!) This summer’s CAUSEBOX is amazing. There are so many social good products, some that I’ve known about and some that are new to me. That’s part of the reason I love getting these boxes every quarter. I love finding new socially conscious companies to support and learning about their amazing stories that are making change in the world.

This box has a retail value of $223. Every box has at least $150 of retail value, and sells for $49.95/quarter.

Want a free CAUSEBOX? CAUSEBOX will be giving a free Spring CAUSEBOX to anyone that signs up now for an annual subscription! To take advantage of this freebie, all you need to do is enter the coupon code “BUSYMOMMY03″

All of the social good products in the #CauseBox03 A $223 retail value

Every box contains products that: give back generously to underprivileged communities, help provide jobs and sustainable income in underdeveloped areas of the world, raise awareness for different charitable initiatives, and empower people, help people, or otherwise make the world a better place.

Not only is your purchase of the CAUSEBOX and support for the socially conscious businesses making change, 7% of every box sold is given back to charity, each and every quarter.

Let’s take a look what’s in this quarters box!

  1. Musana Bumba Necklace – ($36 ARV) Musana is a nonprofit social enterprise that aims to break the cycle of poverty in Lugazi, Uganda by providing stable employment and educational opportunities for women. This beautiful necklace is simple, but beautiful, allowing you to wear it with almost anything!
  2. Parker Clay Upcycled Wrap Bracelet ($48 ARV) This wrap bracelet was handmade out of Ethiopian leather and melted down bullets found in the Ethiopian countryside. For every bracelet sold, Parker Clay sends one Ethiopian woman through a prostitution prevention training program through their partner, Women at Risk.
  3. Parker Clay headband ($16 ARV) I am in love with this headband! It is handcrafted by a team of artisans in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This is the perfect summer accessory with beachy waves.
  4. Living on One Special Edition DVD – ($24 ARV) Living on One is a documentary following four university students who spent a summer living on $1 per day in rural Guatemala. I loved this documentary and was so inspired by these four young guys.
  5. Sevenly Lemonade Print ($24 ARV) Make this attitude of optimism your summer motto! I love how it looks in my dining room. (Here’s another Sevenly print in my bedroom!)
  6. Keepcup 60z to-go cup ($17 ARV) Keepcup is the world’s first barista standard reusable coffee cup. It’s made from non-toxic BPA and BPS-free polypropylene. Taking this cup to your local coffee shop saves the planet from all kind of paper and plastic waste!
  7. Love for Humanity Face Cream ($58 ARV) Love for Humanity’s miracle formula is organic, vegan, cruelty free, paraben free, toxic-everything free, and Made in the USA! For every product Love for Humanity sells, they provide a meal for the malnourished through Feed the Children.
  8. Everly Hydrating Drink Mixes. I’ve posted about my love for Everly before. Everly is the first company to make drink mixes without additives, preservatives and fake coloring. For every box sold, Everly provides a packet of life-saving oral rehydration salt mix to treat children with waterborne diseases.

Make Lemonade Sevenly Print

#StyleItYourself Side French Braid

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Suave Professionals®

I’m always looking for quick and easy hairstyles I can do in under ten minutes. My daily routine, especially when the kids are home for the summer, is limited. I don’t want to fall in a rut of doing the same hairstyle over and over, so I like to try new things once in awhile. The catch is, it’s got to be a easy hairstyle (and beginner).

First, I use the Suave Professionals® Sea Mineral Infusion Texturizing Sea Salt Spray. This is my daily go-to product and style when I don’t straighten my hair.

IMG_2824

The Suave Professionals® Sea Mineral Infusion Texturizing Sea Salt Spray helps create a loose, textured look with full bodied waves.

Once that dries, I can add a quick side french braid. This hairstyle is easy for beginners. Those of you that do different hairstyles on yourself probably have french braiding down pat, but there are many like me who need a little instruction.

IMG_3689small

Figure out how big you want your braid and separate the hair from your part line down to your ear. I just wanted a small side braid to frame my face. In actuality, I chose this type of braid because it is the easiest to do on myself. If I can do it, you can do it!

From there, you take a small section by your part line and separate that into three equal parts, just like a regular braid.

IMG_3726small

Start a normal braid for about three sections. Keep going with this traditional braid, but start to add in small sections of hair before crossing the section over to the center. I found that if I go a little faster and not worry too much about having the perfect amount of hair in each section, it is easier.

IMG_3748small

I use a bobby pin to pin the braid by my ear and voila! My usual hairstyle with a little flair, but it literally takes no time at all.

IMG_3756small

Be sure to use the Suave Professionals® Sea Mineral Infusion Moisturizing Buoyant Body Shampoo and Conditioner system which provides hair with 24-hour body and moisture that is easy to style.

IMG_2891
Discover the Beauty of the Sea with NEW Suave Professionals® Sea Mineral Infusion products. 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Suave Professionals® . The opinions and text are all mine.

Tropical Fruit Pizzas

“I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’Gosh. I received an OshKosh B’Gosh gift card to facilitate my post and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

It has been raining a lot here in Iowa and we’ve had many baseball games and events cancelled because of it. My kids absolutely do not like rainy days spent inside but I try to find fun things for us to do indoors. Every week I have each child pick a snack or dessert to help me make for the family. This gives us something to do on those rainy days and gives them responsibility and some fun one-on-one time.

This week Priscilla chose dessert pizza. We made these semi-homemade pizzas with store-bought sugar cookies, but you could make your own as well. We made these extra tasty with a pineapple glaze and shredded coconut. We like to call them Tropical fruit pizzas! These are definitely a summer treat.

Tropical Fruit Pizzas

Luckily, the rain doesn’t last for long here and most of the summer days end up sunny so the kids can at least get outside for a little bit. As you can tell from the photos Priscilla was excited to get outside!

I love the versatility of OshKosh clothing and how it’s comfortable enough for a rainy day spent inside, a play date at the park or even dressy enough to go somewhere special, especially the tunics and leggings.

Tunic and leggings from OshKosh B'Gosh

I remember those cute baby OshKosh B’Gosh overalls I had for my son many years ago. I didn’t realize OshKosh had some fashionable looks beyond the traditional style I remember and they go up to both boys and girls up to size 12!

Tunic and Leggings from OshKosh B'Gosh #HelloSummerFun

Tropical Fruit Pizzas
Author: 
Prep time: 
Total time: 
 
Ingredients
  • 1 dozen sugar cookies (homemade or store bought)
  • 2 cups assorted fruit
  • shredded coconut to taste
  • Frosting:
  • (1) 8 oz. package of cream cheese
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Glaze:
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¾ cup pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
Instructions
  1. Beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla together in a mixer until combined.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the sugar and cornstarch into a bowl.
  3. Heat a small saucepan over medium high heat and add the water and fruit juices. Whisk in the sugar and cornstarch and bring to a boil. Boil for about one minute until thickened. Let the pineapple glaze cool for a few minutes in the fridge.
  4. Spread the frosting on each of the cookies, top with the sliced fruit and drizzle a little glaze on each cookie.

 

Tropical Fruit Pizzas. Topped with a yummy pineapple glaze and shredded coconut

Don’t know if there is an OshKosh B’Gosh store near you? Check out this store locater and be sure to print this 25% off coupon below before you head out to buy some fashionable summer outfits.

OshKosh B'Gosh Summer 2015 printable coupon