Giving Back: Modeling Our Values

 Jonnie on the left with his momma (and my son!)

Jonnie on the left with his momma (and my son!)

Last week, here in Denver, a nice afternoon rain shower turned into a hail storm. After the hail stopped, my kids and I headed out into the drizzling rain to run some errands. As we were getting into the car, I saw a man walking without an umbrella. I finished buckling in the kids and was about to start the car, but I couldn't ignore the voice inside telling me to offer him an umbrella. I did just that. I asked him if he would like an umbrella. He politely declined as he was close to home. 

I got into the car and started driving off and Zayda started a conversation with me. "Mom, I want to ask someone if they need my coat or my umbrella." I was reminded that hoping and wishing our kids grow up to be generous, kind and trustworthy (or any positive attribute) isn't enough. We must model it. Raising babies keeps me accountable to my selfishness at times. It helps me to keep my eyes up and my heart tuned in to the people around - friends, family and strangers alike. 

I am thankful for my business and the ways I can use it as a platform to influence, inspire and encourage joy in our own lives and in our communities. The past three months, I set aside a portion of everyone's purchases to make a contribution to Samaritans Purse, Heart Project in honor of a heart warrior, Jonnie. You can read his story here. It's full of heartache and incredible miracles. 

This summer, your purchases donated $220 to orphans with severe heart conditions. I believe in being the hands of feet - and I know you do too. Thank you for shopping give with joy this summer and being part of the good! 

What's next? The next three months, we will focus on vision care in honor of my daughter. You can read a little of her story here. And then, we will donate to an organization providing hearing aids, cochlear implants and care for children with hearing loss. My niece was diagnosed with CHARGE, so we will donate in honor of her mighty, amazing life!! 

Here's a little more about Giving Back with give with joy. 

with joy,

Aneta

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This Week's Five Favorites: Recipes, Products + More

I always appreciate recommendations and references on great books, podcasts, easy recipes. Here's a list of my current 5 favorite things. I'll try to do this weekly. I'll keep them short and sweet and I'd love to hear about your favorites. 

1. This face mask from Franklin and Whitman. I used it a few times and it really does wonders. It's all natural, plant based and cruelty free. Plus, 5% of all sales are donated to dog rescues. For a year now, I switched over my skin care products to chemical free and it's made a drastic difference.

2. A friend shared this video with me today. Rachel Hollis is a business owner and encourager of all. This video is just a GOOD reminder for us moms. It made me so thankful for the friendships I have in other moms. Their honesty, vulnerability and love in this season is magical. 

3. My husband and I had two Ikea dressers in our room. I've been slowly purging my clothes and was able to get all of our clothes into ONE dresser (we have a closet too). I started this reading plan (it's a book too) - The More of Less: A Guide to Less Stuff and More Joy. The road to less stuff is my road right now. 

4. I started doing a load of laundry a night or every two nights. I was drowning in so many loads to do - the folding, the putting away...gah! It was feeling like too much. Baskets of freshly folded clothes would just sit there. So, I started throwing in clothes in the wash and by the second day, I start it. I should say, I have a washer that figures out how much water to use. Follow Emily for more tips on how to simplify your routines! 

5. Chicken Avocado Burritos are my favorite to make. They're a little more time consuming to prep, but I make a few more to stick in the fridge for lunches the next day! Here's my COOK board on Pinterest where I save all the recipes. I have mostly made them all! 

with joy,

Aneta

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