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Made for Freedom | #FashionforGood Friday

A few weeks ago, I briefly introduced y’all to an amazing company and brand called Made for Freedom. I knew that they would be a PERFECT fit for my #FashionForGood series! Made for Freedom is a company with a mission to produce products that are made with dignity by those at risk of and survivors of sex trafficking.

They partner with restoration and employment centers around the world that provide dignified employment for women coming out of desperate situations. Through making their products, women are provided with a safe place to work, a good wage and the dignity that comes with supporting themselves.

LulaRoe Floral Amelia Dress, The Root Collective Millie Smoking Shoe, Made for Freedom Lily Necklace and Bracelet, Sseko Designs Leather Clutch, Nickel and Suede earrings | Mom Style | North Carolina Fashion & Style Blogger (4)

If you know me, you know that human trafficking is an issue I am extremely passionate about. I have served on the board of directors for a local anti-human trafficking organization here in the Durham area called Transforming Hope Ministries (THM) for a few years, and working with THM is one of those things that just fires me up.

So, when I learn about an organization that is doing amazing things and making a difference – especially when it comes to fighting the good fight against human trafficking, I am ALL on board.

LulaRoe Floral Amelia Dress, The Root Collective Millie Smoking Shoe, Made for Freedom Lily Necklace and Bracelet, Sseko Designs Leather Clutch, Nickel and Suede earrings | Mom Style | North Carolina Fashion & Style Blogger (3)

Made for Freedom has five core values that make up who they are:

(sharing this from their site…)

Hope

Though the issues are big, we know that it can get better, and we believe that every person can make a difference.

Dignity

We want every person to be able to hold their heads high and to be respected: heart, mind, body, soul, and style. We partner with centers that provide employment that is safe, pays above a fair wage, encourages and allows for personal growth and love, and bolsters self-respect as a reflection of this value.

Freedom

We partner with centers that provide employment that encourages professional development and balances interdependence and autonomy. We do not in any way endorse force, fraud, or coercion in employment.

Beauty

Through the centers we partner with, women and girls around the world are offered a space to be individuals and to grow in their sense of self.

Sustainability

We strive to build a company that will grow and provide increasing and consistent opportunities for dignified employment. We also consider our impact on the natural environment to ensure we do not exploit resources but enhance healthy production processes that will allow future generations to enjoy all that we can now.

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I can’t say enough good things about Made for Freedom and the work their doing, their mission, the quality of their products, and just the heart and soul of their brand.

Check out this awesome video that shows a little behind the scenes look into how Made for Freedom got started!

And here are a few of my favorite products from Made for Freedom! Be sure to check them out and give them some love!

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What about you? Have you heard of Made for Freedom? What other organizations are doing amazing things that I should know about?

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You may remember back in the fall I introduced you guys to Relay Foods. Well, since then, our family has become LOYAL customers of Relay.

Quick opportunity to catch you up… Relay Foods is a healthy, online grocery store. In short, you go online, pick your groceries, check out, and then you either drive to a pick-up location or they deliver your groceries to your home with their AMAZING doorstep service! Right now, Relay Foods is focused on parts of Maryland, parts of Virginia, Washington D.C., and parts of North Carolina for their service areas. But, they COULD be expanding soon to a location near you!

Like I said, we have been getting groceries from Relay since October and we have fallen in love with it! Combined with the quality of the food (espeeeeecially the meat!) that is just second to none, the convenience, and the customer service just makes Relay seriously a life saver when it comes to groceries.

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Before Amos was born, we were using the weekly pickup location that is right by my house.  So convenient… just get in my car, drive over to the pickup location, pull up, they load the groceries in my car, and boom! Done.

However, since Amos was born, they lowered the price of the Relay Foods monthly doorstep home delivery service to $19 a month for unlimited deliveries and boom! Groceries delivered. right. to. my. front. door.  Continue Reading →

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The "YES!!! This is my STYLE!" Fix | May Stitch Fix Review

I realize it’s going to seem like I JUST shared a Stitch Fix review… and that’s sort of because I did. I didn’t actually receive these as close together as I have blogged them… I just am off in blogging them more spaced out… if that makes any sense.

In any event, this fix was ah-maze-ing. Seriously! Kimberly J., my stylist, knocked it out of the park. She just KNOWS my style and what I like! Even after over two years of receiving Stitch Fix fixes, I STILL get excited about what she’s going to pick out for me and I love rushing to the front door to grab my fix box when it arrives!

The surprise of each fix is so much fun. Plus, it’s basically like you get to play dress up right from the comfort of your own home. AMIRIGHT? Right.

Well, keep reading to see what I got and what I kept! 🙂

The “YES!!! This is my STYLE!” Fix | May Stitch Fix Review

Le Lis “Jessamine Scoop Neck Blouse” – Size XL – $44

*Made in the USA!

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12 Summertime Diffuser Combos for Every Occasion

I love my essential oil diffuser. I mean, I REALLY love my diffuser. I love diffusing essential oils in our house so much, that I have a diffuser in pretty much every room. I have one in the kitchen (for the downstairs), I have a diffuser in Lilly’s room, one in Amos’s room, and one in our master bedroom.

And, pretty much, at least one or all of the diffusers are going at some point or another during the day and night. People always comment on how good our house smells when they come over!

Essential oil diffusers are atomizers, air purifiers, cool-mist humidifiers, some are ionizers, and they all provide aromatherapy benefits… all in one device! Artificially scented stuff gives me a massive headache now because I’m so used to using our oils in a diffuser around our home! Seriously… Febreeze and Glade Plugins and all that stuff just has so many synthetic chemicals in them that are just… yuck! (That’s the formal term for it… :))

I love experimenting with different essential oil combinations in our diffuser and finding what scents I, John or the kids like! I feel like a chemist or something. Haha!

As we head into the hot summer months, I thought it would be fun to share some diffuser combinations for those of you who are like me and are always looking for new ideas on what to diffuse!

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12 Summertime Diffuser Combinations for Every Occasion

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Elegantees Rebecca Top, The Flourish Market, Kut from the Kloth Kate Distressed Boyfriend Jean, The Root Collective Gaby Ballet Flat, Nickel and Suede earrings, Michael Kors tote | Mom Style | North Carolina Fashion & Style Blogger (8) (1)

Top: Elegantees via The Flourish Market (Use code STILLBEINGMOLLY for Free Shipping)Jeans: Stitch Fix | Earrings: Nickel and SuedeNecklaces: Tiffany and Co (gift from hubby), oNecklace c/o (Use code MOLLY10 for 10% off), and The Giving KeysBracelets: Endless Jewelry c/o | Watch: Wristology Watches c/o (Use code 45 for 20% off)Bag: Michael Kors c/o Shopbop | Shoes: The Root Collective (Use this link for 10% off)

Photography by Em Grey

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately.

Why do we live in a culture that makes us feel like admitting we were wrong or admitting we messed up or asking for help somehow means we’re weak?

I just feel like I see so many people ashamed or afraid to say the simple phrase, “I don’t know” because they feel that if they say they don’t know, that somehow they’re inferior, or immature, or <insert another negative adjective here>.

Therefore, we will just “fake it ’till we make it” and pretend like we know what we’re talking about or attempt something we’re not totally sure of because we just don’t want people to think we aren’t capable. We don’t want to appear weak.

But I beg to differ.

To me, the ability to say, “I don’t know” or “I was wrong” or “I made a mistake” shows maturity, strength, and confidence.

Elegantees Rebecca Top, The Flourish Market, Kut from the Kloth Kate Distressed Boyfriend Jean, The Root Collective Gaby Ballet Flat, Nickel and Suede earrings, Michael Kors tote | Mom Style | North Carolina Fashion & Style Blogger (8) (2) Continue Reading →

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Fashion for Good: The Root Collective (Fair Trade, Ethical Fashion, Ethically Made Shoes)

Fitting in with our #FashionForGoodFriday posts, I absolutely HAD to share with you guys an amazing e-book my friend Bethany Tran (founder and CEO of The Root Collective) launched this week!

Bethany’s e-book is called, “7 Steps to Changing Lives” – your ethical journey. She worked SO hard on it and it launched this week and it. is. awesome.

It’s a quick read, but it is powerful, informative, and really, really gives some great insight into why it’s important to be mindful and purposeful with our purchases! It also gives great action steps that you can take to get started!

The thing is… you don’t have to suddenly, overnight change every spending habit you’ve ever had. That’s unrealistic.

Fashion for Good: The Root Collective (Fair Trade, Ethical Fashion, Ethically Made Shoes)

BUT, the more we can take steps here and there and little by little change the way we buy things, the bigger impact we, collectively, will have!

We really, seriously, do have the power to change the world. Want to know how?

Anyway, truth be told, I’m rambling and clearly not doing Bethany’s e-book justice. It’s free, so you don’t really have an excuse to not read it. 🙂 🙂 🙂

*This is not sponsored. Bethany is a dear friend and I love her, I love The Root Collective, and her e-book is awesome. I wanted to tell y’all about it so you could see how awesome it was, too! 🙂

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