Lovely Links for Valentine’s Day

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Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m off attending kindergarten parties and helping my kids organize their notes to classmates, so here are a few favorite links to help you celebrate.:

Leotie Lovely shares a yummy vegan poptart recipe to treat yourself or your loved ones.

 


FASHIONABLE is celebrating women and friendships with their Galentines collection this year.

 


She Reads Truth is bravely working through Song of Songs with their current study. You can follow along for free on their website or mailing list. Be sure to check out their gorgeous study books and kids’ matching cards for the upcoming Lent study, starting February 27.

 


Use this holiday as an opportunity to show love by donating to Preemptive Love and helping families fleeing ISIS.

 

Take care of yourselves today, friends. Much love to you.

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Choose Love: Refugee-Made Gifts

A friend once told me that her immigrant father loves Valentine’s Day. He thinks the idea of a holiday that encourages us to love one another is beautiful. I usually dismiss Valentine’s as a commercial holiday designed to sell chocolates, but my friend’s story reminds me I can choose to find a deeper meaning.

With all the strife in the world right now, how beautiful to remember that we can show love through our choices and actions. Today we’re taking a quick break from our vegan series to share a few ideas for Valentine’s gifts that are made by refugees from around the world.

Valentine's Gift Ideas That Support Refugees
1. Chapati Box Candle from Prosperity Candle: Featuring a beautiful, hand-embossed box from India, this soy-blend candle is available with custom scents and fragrance strengths. Prosperity Candle is a certified B Corp working with refugee women in the United States and female artisans around the world to make hand-poured creations. $36.

2. Chari Necklace from MeltGoods: This delicate, minimalist necklace is crafted from raw brass with a gold-filled chain. MeltGoods employs women refugees resettled in the Dallas, Texas, area. $40.

3. Hammered Brass Bangle from FORAI: A beautiful cloisonne bead makes this bangle a stand-out accessory. Founded on fair trade principles, non-profit FORAI employs refugee and immigrant women in the St. Louis area to make high-quality jewelry through home-based business. $10.

4. Sisterhood Soap from Preemptive Love: Made by refugees in Iraq, Sisterhood Soap and Kinsman Soap are crafted from olive oil and other natural ingredients. Each bar of soap empowers men and women who have fled ISIS to support their families with the work of their own hands. $10.

5. Fatima Scarf by Liz Alig: These scarves are created in partnership with Sew for Hope, a Nashville organization providing low-cost sewing classes to refugees seeking marketable job skills. Each scarf is made from recycled t-shirts gathered from a local thrift store. $36.

Can’t decide on a gift? Consider Anchor of Hope, a monthly subscription service featuring curated collections of goods made by refugees, trafficking survivors, and others in vulnerable situations. $34 a month.

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A New Year!

Hey, friends! We’ve got some exciting posts in the works for 2017, including vegan fashion options for my leather-free friends and more posts about finding fair trade at stores near you. If you have any topics or products you’re hoping I’ll cover, let me know!

While we’re planning and organizing for the weeks ahead, check out these posts from other writers:

Unfancy Sweater 101

Learn Sweater 101 from Un-Fancy — Taking care of the clothes we have and using them wisely is an important part of sustainable fashion. I love Caroline’s tips for making sweaters last!

 

stylewise-oldnavy

4 Ethical Fashion Brands That Are Better Than Old Navy — Leah from StyleWise explores ethical alternatives to that casual Old Navy style many of us love.

 

peppermintlatte

I keep the peppermint flavor going all winter long, so I love this recipe for a Peppermint Latte with Numi Tea from Life+Style+Justice.

 

rugbytennessee

For the travelers among you, check out Suburban Turmoil’s guide to the town of Rugby, Tennessee’s Best-Kept Secret.

I hope your year is off to a lovely, gentle start. See you soon, friends!

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