Add heart to your summer party with Heart of Haiti

Summer is here, and it’s time to move the fun outside! Welcome your guests with a beautiful handcrafted lantern to light the way. The Jonas Sunflower Metal Lantern, handmade in Haiti, is perfect for this. It’s large, beautiful, and really makes an impact.

Imagine one on every step leading in and out of your home. Imagine them as a centerpiece on your table! Or even hanging from hooks along your garden path.

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Macy’s Heart of Haiti home decor and gift line helps support an artisan and their extended family. The Heart of Haiti items are made in Croix des Bouquets by acclaimed metal artisans. Artisans forge these lanterns out of recycled oil barrels, pounding our intricate designs. See them at work below:

And oh they are so pretty! They really come alive at night when you add your favorite candle (citronella would be a great choice for outdoor parties to keep mosquitoes away). This photo doesn’t do it justice, the light creates such pretty shadows, and the metal sparkles along the edges of the design. It’s such a lovely lantern.

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You can find Macy’s Heart of Haiti line online, and in person at a few select locations listed here: Herald Square, Brooklyn Downtown, Metro Center, State Street, Northland Center, Seattle Downtown, Portland Downtown, San Francisco Union Square, Biltmore Fashion Park, South Coast Plaza Home, Mission Valley Home, Dallas Galleria, Lenox Square Mall, Dadeland.

It always makes me happy to know that my purchases can do more than just make my home pretty, but that they can actually benefit people. Macy’s Heart of Haiti provides employment to 550 artisans, providing economic support to their 4500 extended family members and others. Next time you are looking for something new for your home, or a unique gift for a loved one, be sure to remember Macy’s Heart of Haiti line. You are sure to find something lovely while doing good in the process!

Follow them on social media and help spread the word! You can find Heart of Haiti on Facebook, here and Twitter here.

Disclosure: I received a lantern in exchange for writing and sharing about the Heart of Haiti program. As always, my opinions are my own.

Garden tools from Troy-Bilt

Having the right tools can make gardening so much easier! Last week we got a fun package full of the new garden tools from Troy-Bilt. They came just in time for our weekend gardening chores, and boy were they all handy!

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We got several neat tools (keep reading, there’s a giveaway for this same set at the end of this post)! The tools included: a pruner, anvil lopper, flower trowel, planting trowel and rake.

We had a few tree branches, and actual trees, to cut down. The anvil lopper worked perfectly! It did an amazing job getting into tight spots and cutting through branches (and small tree trunks) with ease. Thanks to this one tool alone we were able to take care of our number one to do list item.

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And the rake? Well, it’s my new favorite tool! If you have flowerbeds that always get grass in them, you know how frustrating it can be to keep on top of. In fact, you can pull and pull, and the grass always seems to come back. Well this hand rake is perfect for getting down deep and pulling out the roots!

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I had already cleared the grass by pulling, but I knew that there were still roots hiding under the dirt. The rake exposed them and made it so simple to pull out! This tool would come in handy if you need to till in a small area before planting seeds or plants too!

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Another great thing about all of the tools is that they are comfortable to use. Everything is well made and durable. We really put some of them to the test this past weekend, and they didn’t bend or break at all! Our soil is very rocky, but the trowels handled it and made planting much quicker.

Are you ready for a chance to win your own set of garden tools from Troy-Bilt? Enter via the form below. USA only.

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Thanks to Troy-Bilt for providing the tools for my review and for the giveaway. As always, my opinion is my own.

Express yourself with Wordologies

Do you love journals? What about mugs? Or maybe you love candles? What about all of the above? I love them all too, so I was excited to get to know more about Wordologies.

IMG_9244They sent some of their fun notepads and the trio of journals (which I am excited to put to great use during an upcoming blog conference). I love that they are not just great places to write a note, but that they have lovely sayings on them as well.

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In addition to fun journals and notebooks, they also have adorable coffee mugs and lovely candles.

I love that the products share uplifting messages, and that the company also gives back! Wordologies gives 5% of proceeds to Women for Women International, a group that offers business and job skills training to women in conflict-ridden nations.

So, if you need a fun gift for yourself, or for your favorite friend, be sure to check out all the goodies on the Wordologies site.

Disclaimer: I received product in exchange for my review.

A resolution to start a movement to do 100 good deeds! #DeedADay

What if, instead of making many resolutions, we make just one? That one resolution? To do a good deed every day. Just a conscious choice to look for simple acts of kindness and do at least one daily. It’s a movement that is being spread across the internet, and I am happy to be a part of. Will you join the fun?

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I’m excited to share this mission, and the lovely bracelet that goes with it, with you dear readers. The 100 Good Deeds Bracelet was created by Mary Fisher – artist, author, advocate – who spent a decade partnering with at-risk women in Africa and around the world, designing jewelry made by the women to earn a dignified livelihood. The 100 Good Deeds Bracelet symbolizes a commitment to perform good deeds and bring about positive change in the world.

“The motivation behind The 100 Good Deeds Bracelet collection is to inspire simple acts of kindness around the world,” said Mary Fisher. “Each bracelet is a reminder to spread positive change through action and fulfill our mission to Do Good, One Deed, One Bead, One Act of Kindness at a Time.”

The bracelet, which is stylish and well made, is meant to remind you to do something kind each day. There is a small ring that you can move along the bracelet for each good deed done.

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Interested in joining the movement? The #DeedADay movement is being shared across all kinds of social networks like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. You can use these fun pre-made graphics to help spread the word about doing good deeds!

deed a day bracelet

Be sure to use the #DeedADay tag if you share. And don’t forget to have a look at all the lovely bracelets too! 100% of proceeds from sales are reinvested in the 100 Good Deeds Program.

Disclosure: I was gifted a bracelet in return for sharing this information with you. All opinions are my own.

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