I will admit it, I have always enjoyed shopping. I am not, however, a shop 'till you drop shopper like my Mother has been known to be (Hi Mom!). She does know how to find the bargains though. But I am learning to buy less, asking myself if I really need it, if it will replace something else I am willing to part with or will it just add to our "stuff".
I have also learned that shopping can make a difference. And that is really the best kind of shopping isn't it? I have purchased beautiful gifts from various places that make a difference either by providing financial help to people in need, bringing young women out of the sex trade and training them for a new life and sites that give a portion of their profits to a cause as well.
If you are an Amazon shopper (is anyone NOT an Amazon shopper...) and you haven't already checked out Amazon Smile, please do so. You can choose from several charities (we have a family friend who works at Charity: Water so that is my choice) and each time you purchase an eligible item they give 0.5%. That adds up over time. (https://smile.amazon.com/ for more information).
My daughter (Hi Bethany!) is an expert internet shopper as well as really good supporter of good causes. Her and her husband gifted me with a favorite wood plaque for Christmas a couple years ago burned with "It is well" on it. It is simple and beautiful and I loved/love it. Then she told me the story of the creators and their Etsy shop Grace and Salt and I loved it more.
They are a beautiful couple who traveled to Uganda to adopt a son, ended up staying 15 months (during which time the adoptive mom had a scary medical event, was diagnosed with type I diabetes) and came home with a son AND a daughter (also with Type I diabetes). There is SO much to their story and I would suggest maybe starting with this post here on their blog for more: http://graceandsalt.net/it-is-finished/.
They began fundraising to help pay for these adoptions and then it morphed into them featuring others adopting and fund raising for them as well. The site currently has a sale on necklaces for just $10. "All the necklaces in the shop are made by a local Ugandan women who is so dear to us and helped care for our sweet June Bug when she was first diagnosed. We have hired her to make necklaces to support her family and 8 children. They do this as a way to pay for her kids to attend school. Every evening the family makes beads together and is such a beautiful sight to see as they sit and laugh together as they roll the paper. This is a small but sweet way you can help support our adoption costs."
You can read so much more on the blog, follow them on Facebook, or @graceandsalt on Instagram. Be sure to check them out on Etsy as well.
For today's give-away I am happy to be gifting a beautiful copper and metal cuff from Grace and Salt. It is no longer available in the shop so you will feel special getting the last one! For an opportunity to win please leave a comment here on the blog or on the blog Facebook page.
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Please come back tomorrow for the final day of give-away's. It has been a fun week!
NOTE: This giveaway is now closed.
(Today's post is approved but not sponsored by Grace and Salt.)