September 12, 2016
It’s time for a giveaway! And this one is a beauty. It also manages to combine two of my favorite things– jewelry and helping women. I’m going to tell you about my friend Stephanie and her work with Trades of Hope, but if you’re the type that wants to just go ahead and get shopping, here’s what you need to know about the three ways to enter the giveaway to get your own beautiful necklace:
1) Comment on this post with the name of your favorite necklace from Trades of Hope. (The necklace I picked is called Silver Lining and it’s pretty perfect.)
2) Go to the Stephanie Taylor- Trades of Hope Facebook page and “like” it, then post on it that you were sent by A Musing Maralee.
3) Come join Stephanie’s current Trades of Hope Party (which ends Thursday) on Facebook to not only be entered in the giveaway, but to also have access to other prizes and information on the work of Trades of Hope.
Three ways to enter with a possibility of entering the drawing three times! Tuesday (9/13/16) at noon (CST) we’ll close the giveaway and put your names in a hat. I’ll email the winner and get you connected so you can arrange shipping and any other details.
So now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let me tell you why I’m excited to partner with Stephanie and Trades of Hope. This kind of all started with my addiction to documentary films. I love watching them and having my eyes opened to different perspectives on the world. Over the last few months I’ve watched a couple different documentaries that got me asking how I could better use the dollars I spend to have an impact on helping families in poverty and women trapped in sex trafficking. (If you love documentaries the way I do, here’s my list to get you thinking about this stuff: Poverty Inc, Tricked, The True Cost.)
Right after I finished watching “Poverty Inc”, my college friend Stephanie announced that she was starting to work with an organization that helped women support their families by creating beautiful jewelry and accessories. These products were then sold through women in my community to help support their families, too. This seems like such a win/win for everyone involved. I looked through the catalogue and saw such beautiful products (. . . Confession– I regularly look through the catalogue for fun. . . ) and I loved that by purchasing from Stephanie I could both help her pay off some medical expenses and I could help a woman on the other side of the world better her life, too. Especially as a mother through international adoption, those women feel like family to me and if I can help preserve a family and help a mother, that’s something I want to do.
Stephanie and I decided to partner up for a giveaway so I could help introduce you to this great organization, my lovely friend, and these beautiful products. I love my Silver Linings necklace and use it to dress up t-shirts and cardigans and to add that perfect finishing touch to a date night dress. It’s just really versatile! If that one doesn’t seem like your style, Stephanie is happy to give you an equal credit towards whatever necklace catches your eye.
So now let me introduce you to Stephanie and let her tell you about why this business appealed to her! Continue Reading →