Tuesday, February 28, 2012

My plead to you


Good evening!

I'm currently at I guess what I would call a crossroad an impasse (maybe that's a better word for it?) with Shop Good - Do Good. 

I enjoy having all of my friends here, but at the same time I am running into a bit of a problem. 

While I love being able to tell you all about great companies and products, I feel like I'm not doing a great job of it right now. 

Unfortunately, I have a thing called "the day job". 

And it is taking a lot of my time. 

And Shop Good - Do Good is taking up a lot of my time. 

I might add that it is much more enjoyable time spent here with all of you! 

I wish I could do this most of the time to be honest....with a part time job. 

To be able to help people all day would be great! 

Another thing that I am struggling with is how much to tell you about my life - my thoughts and dreams and everything in between. 

And I want to be as P.C. as possible since I am telling you about these wonderful companies and products and I don't want to offend anyone. 

I know that I'm a nice person, but I have that sense of humor where I crack up when someone falls, and I tend to crack people up the most whenever I'm ranting about something random. I'm the kind of person that gets more sarcastic the more upset that I get.

But I think for the time being, I am going to cut back to 3 main posts a week - 3 features - and then I will use the other days to research companies, post reviews, and other general posts. 

The silence from my readers is kind of deafening to tell you the truth! 

I know you are out there. 

I want to hear from you.

I want to know what you like and what you don't. 

Do you like the reviews? 

Do you like the stories? 

Are there certain types of products/companies that you want to see more of? 

I would love to hear from you and get your thoughts about all of this...using a famous line "Help me, help you!"... to help someone else! :)

Please, please tell me what you are thinking - leave some comments. I can't wait to hear your feedback!

Oh and please know that I am working on something great for all of you - so be sure to check out tomorrow's feature post. (I'm hoping to be able to share the details with you then!)

Free Pancake Day!

Hi friends!


Who likes pancakes?


I do!!!


Who likes free pancakes?


Oh me!!


Who loves free pancakes for a cause??


Oh oh...me, me, me!!!!

I know it is very late to be telling you this, but in case you are getting a case of the late night hungers or are just one to eat dinner late - today is free pancake day at your local IHOP! 
http://www.ihop.com/




The proceeds from your donations go to the Children's Miracle Network!


"IHOP will be offering a free short stack of its famous buttermilk pancakes to each guest all day Tuesday, February 28th, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and in return, diners will be asked to make a voluntary donation to support the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia."
*http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46558025#.T01pb_Egeuw

ENJOY YOUR PANCAKES!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Alternative Apparel


Monday Madness!

That is the best description for the day.

Seriously…where did the weekend go?

It was a great weekend.

We started with the ginormous fish sandwiches Friday.

Had a wonderful Saturday spent with friends and their baby girl.

There was the Saturday night movie to see “This Means War” – we really liked it.

Lauren: Okay, let me think, flaws. FDR has these tiny, like girl hands, like little T-Rex hands.
[Tuck laughs when he hears this]
Trish: Ew!
Lauren: And Tuck is British.
[as Tuck hears this whilst watching them on the TV monitor]
Tuck: What is that supposed to mean?
[FDR laughs]


I love Reese –she plays Lauren – (some of you may recall the “I want Reese’s bangs” rambling) and it is pretty easy to be mesmerized by Chris Pine’s eyes. Go ahead – deny it and I’m calling you a liar!

And then of course there are the shopping Sundays.

Which is then followed by me spending most of the remainder of the day cooking meals for the week. This week I made Chicken Meatball Soup and Beer Risotto with Mushroom Garlic Chicken (minus the mushroom).
mini chicken meatball soup
*mini chicken meatball soup
www.howsweeteats.com*
beer risotto with mushroom garlic chicken
*beer risotto with mushroom garlic chicken
www.howsweeteats.com*

When I woke up this morning – I really asked “Where did the weekend go!??!” It was a horrible feeling – especially knowing that I will be working late on Thursday and Friday.

Where did February go?!?

And I am the only one feeling like spring is here already?

I decided to take a walk after lunch today…it was SOOOOO nice out!

But then I quickly remembered why I tend to stay inside during the work day.

a)      There are scary people out there!

b)      I went for a walk to get some fresh air and ended up bringing back a new pair of shoes. How does that happen?!?!

But that doesn’t surprise me. I mean it is part of the reason why I am writing Shop Good – Do Good. I love to shop!

And I love to help people.

And I love to discover new companies and products that love to help people, or the environment, or animals, or even better all of it!

When my friend told me about Alternative Apparel and I looked into them some more – I was pretty excited! http://www.alternativeapparel.com/store/
Alternative Apparel - "As a global company looking inward, outward and all around, we at Alternative take our responsibilyt to the community seriously. We are dedicated to providing premium merchandise and services to our clients."

They have a ton of super cute things for women and men. I think I would be happy with almost one of everything they have!   
These are just a few items that I really liked and think you should have:
Alternative Apparel - Guaze Baseball Tee - "As a global company looking inward, outward and all around, we at Alternative take our responsibilyt to the community seriously. We are dedicated to providing premium merchandise and services to our clients."  Alternative Apparel - Cara Dress - "As a global company looking inward, outward and all around, we at Alternative take our responsibilyt to the community seriously. We are dedicated to providing premium merchandise and services to our clients."  Alternative Apparel - Eco-Speckle Rocky Zip Hoodie - "As a global company looking inward, outward and all around, we at Alternative take our responsibilyt to the community seriously. We are dedicated to providing premium merchandise and services to our clients."
Alternative Apparel - Lancaster Vintage Button-Down - "As a global company looking inward, outward and all around, we at Alternative take our responsibilyt to the community seriously. We are dedicated to providing premium merchandise and services to our clients."  Alternative Apparel - Monterey Tee - "As a global company looking inward, outward and all around, we at Alternative take our responsibilyt to the community seriously. We are dedicated to providing premium merchandise and services to our clients."  Alternative Apparel - Eco-Streaky Bahia Henley - "As a global company looking inward, outward and all around, we at Alternative take our responsibilyt to the community seriously. We are dedicated to providing premium merchandise and services to our clients."

Oh – and don’t forget about their accessories – there are a lot of great bags, hats, and scarves too!
Alternative Apparel - Short Brim HatAlternative Apparel - Herringbone Structured Cap

And you can't forget their adorable baby clothes:
Alternative Apparel - "As a global company looking inward, outward and all around, we at Alternative take our responsibilyt to the community seriously. We are dedicated to providing premium merchandise and services to our clients."
Alternative Apparel - Whipper Snapper Crawler - "As a global company looking inward, outward and all around, we at Alternative take our responsibilyt to the community seriously. We are dedicated to providing premium merchandise and services to our clients."Alternative Apparel - Burnout Crew - "As a global company looking inward, outward and all around, we at Alternative take our responsibilyt to the community seriously. We are dedicated to providing premium merchandise and services to our clients."


And of course to make them even better – they are a very socially responsible company.

Here are the main points of their guidelines:
·         No Forced Labor
·         No Child Labor
·         No Harassment or Abuse
·         No Discrimination
·         Health and Safety
·         Wages and Benefits
·         Hours of Work and Compensation
·         Environmental Protection
This is where you can find more information about what they are doing to make a difference in the world: http://www.alternativeapparel.com/store/About-Alternative/Social-Consciousness.htm

“In 2007, Alternative introduced its sustainable Alternative Earth line, featuring a collection of eco-friendly products manufactured with organic cotton, recycled polyester and man-made fibers derived from sustainable raw materials such as rayon.”

Take a minute during your lunch break or on your commute home (as long as you aren’t the one driving!) and see what you would add to your must-have list!

P.S. Be sure to look at the Sale portion of their site – there are some great deals!
http://www.alternativeapparel.com/store/Sale/

Friday, February 24, 2012

Guayaki


Happy Friday!!!

Ready for another rendition of the weekly wrap-up and to see what I’m loving this week?

Well, here it goes!

1) Revenge
Not that kind! The TV show silly!
I’m absolutely loving it and can’t get enough but they keep showing it almost every other week.
I’m finding that very frustrating!

2) Our fish sandwich dinners from tonight!
Yes there is fish under that stuff – that would be the Pittsburgh-style fish sandwich – complete with coleslaw, fries, and cheese.  
That was the hubby’s first attempt at a fish sandwich…I guess that’s one way to ease your way into it!
Love you sweetie! J
(And Pittsburgh wonders why we have such great health systems here. There are lots of people for the doctors to practice on after eating things like that!)








3) Work-from-home days
Unfortunately my boss doesn’t see the value in it so we don’t get that opportunity very often.
Oh well, I guess we will take what we can get.

4) Better than work-from-home-days – HOLIDAYS!
Thank goodness for dead Presidents! J

5) This shirt –
So much so it made its second appearance in less than one week.
It is super comfy - I can't help it! 










6) Getting to see friends tomorrow and their baby girl. I’m pretty excited!


7) Guayaki Yerba Mate drinks - http://guayaki.com/
I just tried the Pure Heart this week and it is pretty good!

Pinned Image 
I had no idea what to expect – it is pretty mild and a bottle has the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee.

As for Guayaki as a company – they really are doing everything that Shop Good – Do Good stands for and probably even then some.
I personally, had a hard time imagining everything that one company can do and companies like this continue to impress me.

“Our mission is to steward and restore 200,000 acres of South American Atlantic rainforest and create over 1,000 living wage jobs by 2020 by leveraging our Market-Drive-Restoration business model.”
http://guayaki.com/about/131/Market-Driven-Restoration.html - This link explains what their business model is and how they are working to re-forest the South American Atlantic rainforests.
Guayaki has an impressive line of various products:

They have the Yerba Mate Tea Bags
Guayaki Yerba Mate - Yerba Mate Tea Bags - Organic, Fair Trade, Kosher, Gluten Free, GMO-Free, and SustainableGuayaki Yerba Mate - Mate Chocolatte Tea Bags - Organic, Fair Trade, Kosher, Gluten Free, GMO-Free, and SustainableGuayaki Yerba Mate - Chai Spice Mate Tea Bags - Organic, Fair Trade, Kosher, Gluten Free, GMO-Free, and Sustainable

There is the Loose-Leaf Mate
Guayaki Yerba Mate - Loose Mate 5 Pound Sampler Kit - Organic, Fair Trade, Kosher, Gluten Free, GMO-Free, and Sustainable 

There are Gourds & Bombillas – you use the gourds to drive the mate – and over time they absorb some of the flavors which helps to make your mate have a fuller flavor.
Guayaki Yerba Mate - Mate Gourd - Organic, Fair Trade, Kosher, Gluten Free, GMO-Free, and Sustainable

There are various flavors of Bottled and Cans of Yerba Mate
Guayaki Yerba Mate - Bottle Sampler Pack - Organic, Fair Trade, Kosher, Gluten Free, GMO-Free, and Sustainable

If you are interested they also have Organic Energy Shots in various flavors
Guayaki Yerba Mate - Potent Rainforest Experience (Organic Energy Shots) - Organic, Fair Trade, Kosher, Gluten Free, GMO-Free, and Sustainable

And last but not least there is a selection of Accessories  where you can find shirts, mugs, hats, French presses, and gift certificates.

I would say that they have you pretty well covered for anything you might be looking for in a beverage!

Here are some of the highlights of their sustainability model:

·         “Guayakí is the only mate company in the world that is both certified organic and certified Fair Trade.”
·         Certified Organic
·         Certified Fair Trade
·         “Our packaging materials and paper supplies
Our packaging material is a minimum of 100% recycled corrugated cardboard with 30% post consumer, although most are 100% post-consumer waste.”
·         Biodegradable Packing
·         Chemical Free Facility
·         Recycling Programs
·         Company Cargo Vehicles Powered by Bio-diesel
·         Energy Usage
“Guayakí is proud to have converted its entire operation to 100% renewable energy by transferring all of its conventional electrical power usage to renewable solar energy.”

Please see http://guayaki.com/about/2231/Sustainability.html to get more information about this – the information really is very impressive!


In case you aren’t already sold on Guayaki there is also a page about the health benefits of yerba mate. http://guayaki.com/mate/2931/Health-Benefits.html
It contains vitamins, minerals, caffeine, and other nutrients; and it is better for you than green tea.
Just something to think about!

And on that note – I’m going to let you go so you can check out more about Guayaki and order some from online or to let you get to your local grocery store to pick some up. If you need your daily caffeine fix, this might just be something that you would want to add to your beverage choices!

Have a great weekend! 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Kayu


I read somewhere the other day that flowers are already starting to bloom because the weather has been so crazy this year.  

Don’t get me wrong, I am enjoying our mild winter and will take it any year!

And I do enjoy flowers and plants.

But as with everything there are exceptions to this rule.

1) Office jungles with fake plants.
This is the view from my cube - the one on the left is fake.
And rest assured there are MANY more! 
If I were making this up, I would be considered a very creative person, but I’m not.
True story. 
The ladies in the cubes next to mine have created a jungle complete with fake flowers.
There are so many plants that people walking past really do double-takes.
 It is pretty hilarious!



2) Bamboo.
Not the cute bamboo in a pretty little vase with stones.
*Pic from shutterstock.com
I’m okay with that kind.
I’m talking about the bamboo that was in my old yard at my previous house.
The prior owners to the house behind mine decided to have a garden with an Asian theme complete with it.
I don’t know what your experience with bamboo is, but I can assure you that it spreads.
EVERYWHERE!!!!
It moved to my yard.
It moved to my other neighbor’s yard.
And the other one as well.
I’m just glad that I moved when I did! 
But bamboo can be very useful when in the right conditions.
Bamboo clothing, bamboo floors, bamboo dishware and cutting boards, and bamboo handbags and sunglasses.

Like this company – Kayu. http://www.kayudesign.com/
Kayu - "For every pair of sunglasses purchased, a donation is made towards funding sight-restoring surgeries in India. For every handbag purchased, a donation is made towards buying backpacks and school supplies for children in Cambodia."
 Kayu makes handbags and sunglasses out of “natural, renewable materials that are produced in a sustainable manner. Our products are made from bamboo, a fast-growing grass that replenishes itself in just three years. We also use buntal an abundant type of straw that comes from a palm and shell that is sustainably sourced. For our Resort 2012 collection we incorporated wood from the acacia tree, an invasive and fast-growing plant.”
Kayu - Maggie Straw Tote - "For every pair of sunglasses purchased, a donation is made towards funding sight-restoring surgeries in India. For every handbag purchased, a donation is made towards buying backpacks and school supplies for children in Cambodia." Kayu - Betty Shell - "For every pair of sunglasses purchased, a donation is made towards funding sight-restoring surgeries in India. For every handbag purchased, a donation is made towards buying backpacks and school supplies for children in Cambodia." Kayu - Julie Foldever - "For every pair of sunglasses purchased, a donation is made towards funding sight-restoring surgeries in India. For every handbag purchased, a donation is made towards buying backpacks and school supplies for children in Cambodia."  
A little more information about Kayu - http://www.kayudesign.com/our-philosophy.html:

“OUR ARTISANS

A bamboo artisan in China, a shell-crafter in Cebu, a T'boli weaver in the Southern Philippines - our products are handcrafted by artisans using techniques that have been passed down through the generations, and seek to preserve and promote indigenous craft and culture.

OUR CONTRIBUTIONS

For every pair of sunglasses purchased, a donation is made towards funding sight-restoring surgeries in India. We make our donations through the non-profit Unite For Sight. To find out more about Unite For Sight, go to www.uniteforsight.org
Kayu - Gaya bamboo sunglasses - "For every pair of sunglasses purchased, a donation is made towards funding sight-restoring surgeries in India. For every handbag purchased, a donation is made towards buying backpacks and school supplies for children in Cambodia."Kayu - Rawa bamboo sunglasses  Kayu - Cebu Wood Sunglasses
For every handbag purchased, a donation is made towards buying backpacks and school supplies for children in Cambodia. We make our donations through the non-profit Awareness Cambodia. To find out more about Awareness Cambodia, go to www.awarecam.org

Jamie Lim is the creator of Kayu and she strives “to keep our core principles of craftsmanship, ecology and ethics in mind. All of our products are handmade and feature natural materials. In addition, we remain committed to bettering our community by donating 2% of each sale towards health care and education in the developing world.”


The handbags and sunglasses are very cute and would make great gifts for your sister or best friend or hey even yourself for a new summer bag! 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Teas' Tea


Yay for Work from Home Wednesday!

How is it that I was super crazy busy all day – and yes, only with work stuff? It was good though – I got a bunch done so that was nice.

Miley hung out with me today too which was an added bonus. She sat next to me when I was working at the breakfast bar and then decided to take a nap when she thought she worked too hard. J

Chloe and Libby watched me work for a while too and then they decided that they were ready to go back to sleep.

 And then there was my Daisy dog…she felt the need to be outside as many times as possible because I was home. Yeah, I wasn’t giving in to that game today though. Sorry Dais.

I did go out this morning for a doctor’s appointment and I was really debating on stopping for a coffee but I managed to stay focused and get back home to do the work that I needed to do.

I have to ask though – why are drivers SOOOOOO bad anymore?

Someone – please – anyone? Any answers?

I can’t tell you how many people I saw today not use their turn signals. I don’t know about your car, but I know that they weren’t an option in mine when I bought it so I assume that all cars come with them, right?

Then to make the day even more entertaining, or should I just say – to solidify my point about bad drivers – I heard on the news that a woman took out 7 or 8 cars at a dealership near my house today too.
(And that isn’t the first time I have seen something like that happen – see picture.)
*Note the cars to the right side of the pic
Now don’t get me wrong, there could have been a serious issue there – a medical condition or something - and to that I feel really bad, but to total a few cars and then wrap your car around a pole after doing so my guess is that someone wasn’t doing the 40 MPH speed limit in that area (BUT I will say that I can definitely be wrong - it wouldn’t be a first!). My thoughts go out to the person involved and hope that she is okay.

I mentioned before that the hubby and I were in an accident a few months ago – well the accident today was in just about the same spot. And I have heard of too many instances where friends of mine had their children in their car and were almost hit by someone texting while driving.

It is scary and people don’t think about the fact that they are driving a vehicle that could potentially kill another person.  Please just think about it before you do something stupid behind the wheel – before you text your friend or drive after drinking. 

And please just USE YOUR TURN SIGNALS. I promise – it won’t hurt you! And in the spirit of helping other people – it will help others know what you intend to do!

Sorry and that’s my soapbox for the day!

Whew – it got too serious in here for my liking tonight! If you are a new reader –please, read a few of my other posts…I don’t typically get on rants such as this. I like to keep the posts fun and light – I swear!

Enough of that! Let’s get back to my caffeine fix!

I really like tea. As in, have a drawer full of different types of teas in our kitchen. I like hot tea and cold tea, white teas, green teas, black teas, chai teas, and so many other different flavors.

Don’t get me wrong, I like coffee too, but I have to be in the mood for coffee.

Tea and me…we could hang out together every day.

So it is very fitting that I have found this company that I want to talk about tonight – Teas’ Tea. http://www.teastea.com/

I came across this company while perusing the grocery store shelves one day and saw that they have a Crispy Apple Black Tea. I had to have it!

There are 3 main lines – Classic, Low Calorie, and Unsweetened.  Go to http://www.teastea.com/#lineup to see all of the flavors.
Teas’ Tea is a part of the company ITO EN which “was founded in May 2001 with the mission of introducing ITO EN's line of green tea products and establishing a culture and interest in authentic green tea in the United States and beyond.”

They have a strong belief in corporate social responsibility and focus on the environment, their communities, the workplace, and even in research and development.

On the environment side of things ITO EN “Follows 5 Environmental Action Guidelines” which include working to prevent global warming and air pollution as well as “increasing employee awareness of the global environment. “

They also use packaging that is recyclable and they recycle the tea leaves that they use to make their drinks with. I thought it was pretty interesting so I wanted to share the link in case you wanted to take a better look: http://www.itoen.com/corporate-social-responsibility-environment-recycled-tea-leaves

All I’m going to say is that they can make benches from used tea leaves! I’m impressed!

They also have a research and development side of things and they have 2 main focus points here: Cancer Research and Research on Health Benefits of Green Tea. There are a lot of interesting details here too: http://www.itoen.com/corporate-social-responsibility-research

Overall the company is pretty impressive and so are their teas – so drink up! J Here’s to Teas’ Tea!!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sseko Designs

Happy Fat Tuesday!

Did you celebrate at all?

I didn’t. Well, unless you count the piece of *peanut-butter chocolate pie that I’m about to eat. J (In case you haven’t noticed I have a wicked sweet tooth. Again – not very conducive to the diet!)

Random thought of the day: Do you know how bad I need a manicure and pedicure? This bad (and sorry if you hate feet)! But here’s my story – I love wearing sparkly nail polish…but I HATE taking it off. Sparkles EVERYWHERE! EVERYWHERE!!!!

So I have been putting the whole – taking-my-toe-nail-polish-off thing off for some time now. And part of it was because my finger nails looked pretty for about a week + and I was pretty proud of that accomplishment.

I’m just lucky that it isn’t sandal season. How embarrassing is that!? Sorry – I’m weird about my toe nails looking pretty. I think it’s to make up for my mom telling me that I have ugly feet. And that I run like a girl….oh wait – that’s irrelevant. HA!
*The color isn't that great - but there are tons of sparkles in the polish.
I need more sunshine in my life! 
Want an amusing story tonight?

Well, the boyfriend and I (now hubby) were in Universal Studios not long after we started dating. And like all good episodes of the Bachelor (right!) it started to pour on us.  It could have been a long and uncomfortable day, but like any good girlfriend would do – I decided to jump in the puddles.

And then we were both jumping in puddles.

And we were getting a lot of funny looks – but who cares? It’s Florida, it’s warm, and most importantly – it’s fun!!!

And then he decided to put on my sandals. I think that was prompted by me complaining that my flip flops were uncomfortable and that I wanted to wear his instead.

So he kindly switched with me – not a good look though! J

I found this to be hysterical apparently!

Is anyone else just about ready for summer and sandals? I am – well, after that pedicure!

And I will be after I get a pair of the Sseko sandals. http://www.ssekodesigns.com/


Sseko Designs is a not-just-for-profit enterprise that recognizes the power of business and responsible consumerism to support sustainable economic development, which in turn affects a country's educational, justice, and health care systems. The goal of Sseko Designs is two-fold: provide university tuition for these promising young women through a sustainable monthly income, while also contributing to the overall economic development of Uganda.”

Sseko Designs makes fantastic sandals that have inter-changeable straps in multiple colors that you can tie in so many different ways. http://shop.ssekodesigns.com/home.php?cat=249
Sseko Designs - Silver Precious Metal Sandal - "The goal of Sseko Designs is two-fold: provide university tuition for these promising young women through a sustainable monthly income, while also contributing to the overall economic development of Uganda."  Sseko Designs - Black Sandal - "The goal of Sseko Designs is two-fold: provide university tuition for these promising young women through a sustainable monthly income, while also contributing to the overall economic development of Uganda."
Sseko Designs - The Be Mine Strap Collection - "The goal of Sseko Designs is two-fold: provide university tuition for these promising young women through a sustainable monthly income, while also contributing to the overall economic development of Uganda."
Sseko Designs - Green Sandal - "The goal of Sseko Designs is two-fold: provide university tuition for these promising young women through a sustainable monthly income, while also contributing to the overall economic development of Uganda."  Sseko Designs - Marigold Sandal - "The goal of Sseko Designs is two-fold: provide university tuition for these promising young women through a sustainable monthly income, while also contributing to the overall economic development of Uganda."

There is also a wedding line for the brides-to-be and her wedding party! 
Sseko Designs - Ivory Champagne Wedding Sandals - "The goal of Sseko Designs is two-fold: provide university tuition for these promising young women through a sustainable monthly income, while also contributing to the overall economic development of Uganda."  Sseko Designs - Gold Champagne Sandals - "The goal of Sseko Designs is two-fold: provide university tuition for these promising young women through a sustainable monthly income, while also contributing to the overall economic development of Uganda."  

By now you know that there is a story behind the companies that I choose to feature. This one is by far no exception. I love what they do!

Sseko \say-ko\ Designs was created to help Ugandan women continue their education. The Ugandan school system is designed with a nine month gap between secondary school and university. These nine months are intended to allow time for students to earn money for tuition before continuing on to university. However, in an impoverished and male dominated society, many of these young women struggle to find fair work during this time.

Sseko Designs hires recent secondary school graduates for this nine month period to live and work together, while earning money that will go directly towards their university education. These women will not make sandals forever. They will go on to be doctors, lawyers, politicians, writers and teachers that will bring change and unification to a country divided and ravished by a 22 year-long war.”

I could take up a ton of your time to tell you about this wonderful story and company, but I ask that you take a look at Liz’s story about how Sseko Designs started and where her amazing vision came from. http://www.ssekodesigns.com/love-liz/

Here is just a snippet of her story:
“I went to Uganda on somewhat of a whim when I graduated from college in 2008. Over the past several years, my passion towards global issues, specifically poverty and womens' rights, had been growing. Yet, I had never experienced the effects of extreme poverty first-hand….”

“I went to learn. To understand. To be changed. To break. And to grow.

So I went. And while I was there…

I changed. I broke. And I grew. And I began to understand….”

“I had entered into a community in a world of brokenness and despair, where there was so much hope and success. I was just a small part of a simple solution.”

When you are planning your summer purchases, please add these amazing sandals to your list! “Every sandal has a story.” 
Sseko Designs - "The goal of Sseko Designs is two-fold: provide university tuition for these promising young women through a sustainable monthly income, while also contributing to the overall economic development of Uganda."

*The pie looked a lot better than it really was - a bit disappointing. :(