Batik Diaper Bags {Product Spotlight}

Are you a mom of a new little one (or a few little ones)? If so, I think you’re going to enjoy this post!

When my daughter Grace was born back in March, I knew I needed a diaper bag to cart her and my various essentials around, but I didn’t want it to scream “diaper bag.” Maybe you can relate. Luckily, Seven Hopes has the perfect carry-all that was designed with moms in mind but is still super stylish and can double as a small overnight bag!

My little one and I own the Soho Green print:

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Isn’t it beautiful? The bag also comes in a vibrant Moon Cake purple shade and a bright Soho Coral. These bags are quilted, with two outside side pockets for bottles or sippy cups and three outside front pockets for keys or other small items. Everything you need is easily accessible. Inside the bag are two additional pockets perfect for diapers or wipes as well as a coordinating changing pad!

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The social enterprise in Malaysia where the bags are made empowers women and impacts the community through hand-dyed textiles. In addition to providing training and fair wages for women, an additional 20% of the profits from these goods go to charities in Malaysia. With your support, Seven Hopes has helped facilitate a financial literacy program in the government-subsidized housing, has provided healthcare for refugees, and supported an English learning center. Now, we are opening a sewing center to teach new women sewing and business skills!

If you know a mom who could use a new, fun diaper bag, Mother’s Day is right around the corner! And we have lots of other great fair trade Mother’s Day ideas that give back—take a peek at our favorites here!

XO,

Casey

Hope Fregerio Pottery {Product Spotlight}

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Hi all, and happy April!

I hope your week is off to a great start. Around here, we’re excited about all things Spring, and that includes our gorgeous new pottery collection! These beautiful soap and ring dishes are made to order in Charlotte, North Carolina. The artist, Hope Fregerio, draws inspiration from the colors and shapes of the natural world. She often relates the glaze colors on her pieces to the organic inspirations around her: the mountains and beaches of the Carolinas. Her background in ceramic art and passion for pottery allow her to add beauty and fulfillment to her life and the lives of others through her pieces. Here are a few of my favorites:

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Aren’t they lovely?

I think any of these pieces would make a wonderful and unique Mother’s Day or bridesmaid gift. From the custom color-block initial ring dish and personalized wedding ring bowl to the personalized initial soap dish, each would be a welcome addition to a loved one’s home. Check out the rest of the collection!

You can read more about Hope and the inspiration behind her pottery here. And feel free to browse our other Mother’s Day gift ideas!

XO!

Casey

Handcrafted Wall Clocks {Product Spotlight}

Hopefully the sun is shining where you are, but if not, I’ve got a fun new collection to share with you today that brings the bright!

Our whimsical new wall clocks are here just in time for Spring cleaning. Handcrafted from recycled metals in Bogota, Columbia, these little beauties are totally unique. It’s fun to be able to purchase an affordable home update that can’t be found at Target!

Check them out below:

Oxidos Sailboat Clock in Blue

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This sailboat clock pays homage to afternoons spent on the water. Beautifully hand painted, this ornamental timepiece is the perfect addition to any room.

Oxidos Sailboat Wall Clock in Teal

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Same fun piece in a bright teal! I think this would be great in a child’s playroom or a screened-in patio.

Oxidos Crab Wall Clock in Orange

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I think this one is my favorite of the bunch. It reminds me of being on the beach, which is always a good thing!

And finally:

Oxidos Lighthouse Clock in Blue

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This one is perfect for a home on the coast, or for that someone in your life who loves lighthouses!

I love finding little home updates that can change the look and feel of a room without breaking the bank. Which clock is your favorite?

XO,

Casey

TOMS Launches Bag Collection!

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Happy Monday!

I’ve always been a big fan of TOMS shoes, as I’m sure many of you are. That’s why I was so excited when I heard they just launched a brand-new bag collection! From bright purses to striped travel bags to free-spirited backpacks, there’s something for everyone in the bunch.

The travel bug always hits me hard in the Spring, so it’s not easy to resist shopping online for new fun ways to cart my stuff around airports (and hopefully on to sandy beaches!)

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The best part about the collection is, of course, the lives it changes. This is why I love TOMS and it’s great to see them getting even more creative with their giving! When you purchase a bag from the new collection, you’re helping to support a safe birth and delivery for mothers and babies across the world. From the TOMS Website:

Safe Births

Infection is a leading cause of death for mothers and newborns worldwide. By providing clean birth conditions and skilled attendants, nearly half a million of lives can be saved. TOMS Bags purchases support our Giving Partners in delivering the vital materials and training needed to help provide a safer birth, regardless of the facility.

(Source: UNFPA & Every Newborn Action Plan, 2014)

What your purchase supports:

  1. Delivery of safe birth kits
  2. Training for skilled birth attendants
  3. Healthy delivery for new born baby and mom

With the training and proper materials to provide a safe delivery, mothers are up to 80% less likely to develop an infection and almost half of newborn deaths can be prevented. (Source: UNFPA, 2015)

It’s wonderful to see a huge company like TOMS highlighting the simple fixes that can be made to make birthing conditions safer around the world. So often, I know I personally take healthcare for granted and wish everyone could say the same.

Let’s get a glimpse of the gorgeous designs!

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TOMS4Chili Chevron Canvas Reef Drawstring

TOMS5Natural Chevron Straw Islander Tote

Are you excited about the new TOMS collection? You can check out the rest of the bags here!

XO,

Casey

Batik Boutique {Product Spotlight}

Searching for some fresh new Spring products to brighten up your closet? Look no further than our new Batik Boutique!

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This gorgeous new line is hand crafted in Malaysia and features items ranging from passport holders to nursing covers to diaper bags! The vibrant prints and bold colors make each item perfect for sunny days ahead.

Here’s a little bit about our Malaysian partners:

About the Project:

This social enterprise empowers women and impacts the community through hand-dyed textiles. In addition to providing training and fair wages for women, an additional 20% of the profits from these goods go to charities in Malaysia. With your support, we have helped facilitate a financial literacy program in the government-subsidized housing, have provided healthcare for refugees, and supported an English learning center. Now, we are opening a sewing center to teach new women sewing and business skills.

Check out some of my faves from the line below:

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1. Batik Nursing Covers
2. Batik Diaper Bag
3. Batik Passport Holders
4. Batik iPhone 5 Cases
5. Batik By the Sea Infinity Scarf

Check out the whole line here.

And don’t forget! Our Pin It to Win It contest is still going on, featuring a way to win a clothing item of your choice from our new line of Passion Lilie tops, scarves, and bottoms! Check out the details here. You can enter through the end of February, which is approaching quickly!  (We’re ready for you, Spring!)

XO!

Casey