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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.

10 Things You Need For The Best Snow Day Ever

We have the first snow of the year in the forecast and it’s much anticipated because two of my children have never seen snow. I remember two years ago when my oldest two children were newly home, we celebrated the first snow day off from school with ice cream. That was a crazy idea, but it sure was memorable! I wanted to come up with everything you need for the ultimate snow day that your kids will remember.

10 Things To Make The Best Snow Day Ever
Sponsored by Jack’s Pizza

10 Things You Need For The Best Snow Day Ever!

  1. Hot Chocolate – You can’t have a snow day without hot chocolate (extra marshmallows)! I remember always requesting hot chocolate after a snow day spent outside in the snow.
  2. Warm cookies – You have to have a treat with all of that fun, don’t you? Warm cookies straight out of the oven are the best. You can pre-make cookie dough and freeze in balls to prepare for a snow day.
  3. Pizza! – I always have pizza on hand for days like this. You can focus on the fun and have lunch on the table in just 12 minutes. Jack’s pizza is made with 100 percent real Wisconsin cheese and a preservative-free crust!
  4. Favorite movies – I vote for the classics! Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid are my faves.
  5. Cozy slippers – Pajamas and slippers are a must!
  6. Snowball launchers – Why didn’t we have snowball launchers when I was a kid? That would have made neighborhood snowball fights much more fun.
  7. Snow Paint – You can make your own snow paint! This would be fun to decorate the snow fort you build.
  8. Snow Ice Cream – When I was younger I would make slushies with snow and soda, but you can make actual snow ice cream!
  9. Blanket and pillow fort – My kids love making forts in our living room. Fill the fort with warm blankets and stuffed animals and watch your favorite movies!
  10. Adult coloring books  Adult coloring books have become really popular, but kids love them too! These meticulous drawing pages will give your kids some creative fun for the day.

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#RealCheeseRealLifeTwitter Party Information

What: There’s football practice, homework, piano lessons and more! For a mom, sometimes simply getting dinner on the table equals success!

We’re teaming up with Jack’s Pizza for this Twitter party to share an easy way moms can win the day. Made with Midwestern pride – and 100% real Wisconsin cheese – Jack’s Pizza is a quick and easy dinnertime solution that the whole family loves.

When: Wednesday, November 11 at 1 p.m. CT

Where: We’ll be on Twitter – follow the #RealCheeseRealLife hashtag to track the conversation. You can see the details and RSVP via this Vite: http://vite.io/themotherhoodchats

Hashtag: #RealCheeseRealLife

Prizes: We will be giving away four prizes to randomly selected participants who answer the trivia questions correctly. Each prize includes a $50 Visa gift card. Prizes limited to U.S. participants only. See official rules.

Hosts: @TheMotherhood, @TMChatHost, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann

Wendy’s Cups For A Very Special Cause

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Wendy’s for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

My family and I drove through Wendy’s the other day and everyone ordered a meal (The 4 for $4 meals are awesome for large families FYI!) When we got home and sat down, the kids were reading their cups, because how often are kids drawings featured on cups?! They thought this was pretty cool. I explained to them that these are illustrations created by adopted kids that show special “family first” moments, and they thought that was even cooler.


See, my kids can relate. These are the moments they have experienced themselves. Our two oldest kids came home almost two years ago and our youngest two came home only a few months ago. It’s so neat to watch the special “firsts” they get to experience. We went on our annual family vacation to Minnesota in August, only one month after our boys joined the family. If they were to draw a “family first” photo it might look a lot like Olivia’s drawing, which was on our cups!

This year, Olivia went on a beach vacation with her family for the first time. She was 10.

The four separate drawings, featured this November for National Adoption Month, bring to life the power of foster care adoption through a child’s eyes, highlighting everyday family moments that most of us take for granted, such as a day at the beach, an amusement park, a trip to the zoo or even a birthday party. You can even watch these children’s stories come to life by visiting www.wendys.com/adoption In adoption, it’s so important to listen to the voices of adopted children. Their thoughts, feelings and opinions are what matters most.

As an adopted child, Wendy’s founder, Dave Thomas, knew first-hand the importance of having a family. He founded the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption in 1992 and Wendy’s has passionately supported the foundation, which works to find permanent, loving homes for more than 130,000 children waiting in North America’s foster care system. To date, the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program has served more than 11,500 children and has helped more than 4,500 children be adopted.

The artwork on Wendy’s cups was drawn by four children who have been adopted through the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Program. The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption worked with Wendy’s to establish the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Program to focus on children who have been waiting the longest in the foster care system, many times these are older kids. My children are still young, but I have experienced older child adoption as well. My brother was adopted at age 12. Although there have been challenges, I know our family is blessed to have him in our lives.

Children referred to the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program are up to three times more likely to get adopted. Through the program, more than 5000 children in foster care have been adopted into permanent, loving homes!

Dave Thomas believed that children in foster care “aren’t someone else’s responsibility, they are our responsibility.” Wendy’s continues to support that belief through fundraising and collaboration with the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Visit Wendy’s adoption page to learn how you can support children waiting in foster care.

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