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June Links I love: Do Good Edition

Friends, our hearts are so heavy over here. Everyone is posting their take on how we should/shouldn't respond, and honestly many of them are SO SO helpful. But honestly, I just can't add anything more to the conversation other than I'm so devastated for the people of Orlando. I think our response as a family has been to just grieve. To listen and read the stories from the dear souls taken cruelly from this earth. To focus on LOVE, rather than fear or hate. To examine our own hearts to see if there are people groups that we intentionally OR unintentionally are prejudice against. To love each other bigger and hold each other tighter in honor of those families who have lost so much. 

I hope you won't find this post insincere, but there is little left to say other than I'm weeping with you all. Not every person needs to have a diatribe. So today instead of writing what's already been said, I'm posting things I love with the hope of spreading some joy on these dark days. So this edition of Links I Love is going to focus on people/organizations who are doing GOOD in our world. Because let's be real, on weeks like this one I need to be reminded that there are people out there fighting for good!

So without further adieu, here are some organizations/people I'm a big fan of these days!

More Clothing Co.

Instagram: @MoreClothing.Co

During my college years, I gave a speech on the power of purchasing for good. The whole premise was using our dollars wisely and choosing to shop at brands that were making a difference in the world. I featured a few brands that not a lot of folks had heard of yet (ahem, anyone heard of this tiny start-up called TOMS?).  What a difference a decade (or so) makes!

That concept has stuck with me over the years. Although I don't purchase EVERYTHING from a "do-good" company, I like to purchase from those types of companies whenever I can! So today, I have another small business that I believe in and want to support. 

More Clothing Co. focuses on ethically made men and women's clothing. They partner with amazing organizations to deliver fashionable and timeless clothing that is perfect for all you capsule wardrobe fans. 

Here's what Jeremiah Rizzo, one of the founders, had to say about their company:

"We believe that life is more than clothing, and you are more than a consumer. We believe we were made fore more than materialism, and self-focused living. Our clothing is more than a purchase, it's an act of love that says that the people who make are clothes are just as valuable as we are. We believe that there's more joy when we get outside of ourselves, love others, and live for something greater than ourselves. So we've partnered with amazing companies to offer you ethically-sourced, sustainable, quality-made, timeless clothing to help you simplify your wardrobe and get back to focusing on what matters.  

We know ethically made clothing costs more, and we're working to make it more accessible for people. We're also working to fight back against an industry that releases new items on a weekly basis and tells us that we can't wear the same outfit twice in one week. 

To that end we're working to help educate people on the harms of cheap clothes and fast fashion by allowing you to host a movie night and earn free clothing. We're also helping teach people how to create "capsule wardrobes"- small, but versatile wardrobes made up only of items you love, so you can spend more on ethical clothing, but buy less items, and de-clutter your heart and your wardrobe."

You can follow them on Facebook or check out their website HERE. And I don't ever do these things... because this blog IS NOT FOR ADVERTISING ITEMS, but when I talked with Jeremiah and told him I was featuring their company on the blog he offered a discount to The Sassy Salmon readers & first time purchasers. WHAT!? So cool!!!

So, if you see something on their site and want to purchase it, you can get 10% off by using the code "sassysalmon" So hop on over to More Clothing Co. and check them out!

More Clothing Co. 10% Discount Code: sassysalmon

The Adopt Shoppe

Instagram: @theadoptshoppe

I love love love following Kate on instagram. She is the owner and creator of The Adopt Shoppe on Etsy, but a lot of her items FLY OUT OF STOCK so quickly, so she uses Instagram to let all of us know when she's getting a shipment and having sales. Kate and her husband have both biological and adoptive children, and I love that she frequently supports other families who are in the adoption process via her shoppe. 

Her slogan is that she makes "billboards for your heart" based off of Prov. 6:21-22 "Bind them always on your heart; fasten them around your neck. When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awaken, they will speak to you."

And her necklaces do just that and man... they are TO DIE FOR. I love the verses that she picks and how each design is unique. These make great gifts and I love knowing that my purchase is going towards a pro-adoption family AND sometimes even directly goes to funding other families' adoptions!

Brave Love

Instagram: @joinbravelove

Y'all. If you follow me on instagram, you know how much I love this organization. But y'all, this is definitely someone you want to follow if you're remotely interested in adoption. Brave Love is a pro-adoption movement dedicated to changing the perception by acknowledging birth moms and their brave decision. You can learn more about the organization at their website or you can follow them on Facebook or Instagram.

Alright! That's it for me! Hope you fall in love with these links as much as I have! As always, I am not being paid or compensated for any of the links I share and I keep it that way because I only promote links that I truly love and believe in! So y'all can trust me when I say... this junk is legit. ;)

It's been a rough week in our country, but today, let's fight for good and link arms with people who are doing great things in our world. Because doing good doesn't have to necessarily be a grand gesture, rather it can be something as simple as a being more intentional with our smiles and words, the money we spend, and the brands we support and follow. 

Much love to you all, and extra thoughts and prayers sent to our friends and family suffering in Orlando!

 

 

 

Posted on June 14, 2016 and filed under Links I Love.

Links I Love - May Edition

The internet can be a cruel place sometimes. I've chatted with multiple friends this week about how mean people can be when hiding behind the screen! There are SO many blogs that are 100% devoted to critiquing other blogs, ideas, people, etc. And I get it, every where we look we see broken pieces because we're living in a world that isn't whole. But at some point we have to realize that we're in that before/not yet place where we see glimpses of what's to come, but we're still stuck with our own and each others' imperfections. And there has got to be MORE grace, more cheering each other on. And when we disagree, let's do it with LOVE.

This idea got me thinking about my blog. About the space I want it to be. And this community that we've built together. 

Although this blog is 100% dedicated to truth telling, it is just as dedicated to cheering on others. Because the truth is, we could all use a few more cheerleaders in our corner. We all know what it's like when you're doing something hard and a friend comes alongside you and says, "I see you, I see what you're doing. And because of your hard work/creativity/perseverance, the world is a better place." It adds fuel to our dwindling fires and helps us light up this dark world.

I want this blog to do that for many of you. As a result, I'm starting a monthly tradition of Links I Love. It's going to be a short post connecting you to ANY link that I'm loving that month. It might be funny, deep, creative, ANYTHING. It's a way I can cheer others on in this crazy internet world and hopefully introduce you to some amazing new content and resources! 

So without further adieu, here are the links I'm loving this month:

Here are two blogs that I've really enjoyed about WOMEN. Yes, I'm sure your social media pages were inundated with Mother's Day posts, but these two were my favs. The first is I am woman Hear Me Roar  by Renee Fisher and it's about women's place in the church. I loved Renee's point of view and writing style and hope you will too! The second blog is 14 ways to Bless a Single Mom on Mother's Day. I really LOVED this post. So often we leave the celebrating of mothers to the husband and kiddos, but this was a helpful blog that pushed me to look for the single moms in my life and send them some love not just on Mothers Day, but any day! 

This VIDEO I watch at least once a month. Really, I'm not exaggerating. For anyone who is in a dark season, this video is for you. It gives me such perspective when I get down and focused on my own afflictions. Yes, it's long, but YOU HAVE TO PROMISE ME you'll at least watch it at least once in its entirety. Deal? Ok. 

Journaling Bibles have CHANGED the way I study the Bible. I've been reading through the Bible this year and it's been so encouraging to go back and reread passages and see what the Lord was teaching me, write down quotes from sermons, or make connections to different passages. I get asked all the time about my Bible and I have to say, these Bibles are my jam. If you're looking for a journaling bible check out Kristin Schmucker's shop

And last but not least, this post about a pregnant twin mom had me laughing OUT LOUD for hours. LITERALLY HOURS. If you don't appreciate bathroom humor... this probably isn't for you. It's title alone will give it away: The Day I Pooped My Closet. Enjoy!

And just like that, our first round of sharing links I love is DONE! Hopefully you'll love them as much as I do! And if you see something you'd love to share, feel free to do so in the comments or shoot it to me here!

Much love and Happy Clicking,

Posted on May 10, 2016 and filed under Links I Love, Things I love---.