Coffee Date


Hello and Happy weekend! How about a little catch-up session “coffee date” today? (Decaf for me and my 8 months pregnant belly!)

Isn’t that a beautiful quote above? I’ve heard it before, but something about it struck me in a new way recently. As many of us are struggling through a long, cold Winter, just waiting for Spring, I try to remind myself that seasons don’t have to be looked on as something to endure. Seasons—in weather or in life—-are inevitable, and resenting the inevitable is as pointless and frustrating as tapping on a brick wall and expecting it to give way. Maybe the way to view seasons is that they hold a treasure of their own, lessons to be learned, if we’re just willing to be students for a little while.

I’ve been (semi!) patiently waiting for my little girl to arrive in March, and already I find myself worrying about how fast she’ll grow, how her birth will be, how our family will cope with a brand new little person in our world. But every time I allow myself to dwell on these thoughts, I know I’m missing out on the excitement of rubbing my belly here and now, and appreciating who she already is right at this moment. I don’t want to miss the fun of reading stories to her as she’s snug in my belly while I’m busy worrying about how safe she’ll be in her crib later.

I often find myself getting restless to move to a bigger house—new baby! We need more room!, to a different city—surely somewhere Winter doesn’t exist!, to somehow vaguely try to control all of my surroundings and circumstances so they will match my version of what the American Dream should look like. But then I remember that every moment we’re given is a gift, and none of us are “owed” anything—especially not the perfect house, the perfect city, or the perfect possessions. And that “perfect” is a man-made concept that doesn’t exist.

When I find myself in these type of “wanting” moods, the best way I know how to fix it is to remind myself of how blessed I really am, then go out and bless someone else! Just picking out a gift to brighten a friend’s home instead of my own just feels right sometimes.

What about you? Are you going through a “season” of your own and just waiting for Spring? The good thing is, even though it’s often not as soon as we’d like, it always comes!



January 50% Off Sale!

UntitledHappy New Year to you!

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season spent with loved ones! I opened a few fair trade goodies from under the Christmas tree this year and they were truly my favorite gifts. The ethical movement and fair trade industry saw fantastic growth in 2014—I’m excited to watch that trend continue in 2015!

So how about a fun sale to kick off the new year? If you have some holiday cash burning a hole in your pocket, I know a great place to spend it. :) Some of our most popular items are 50% off right now and would be wonderful for freshening up your home for the new year! Check out some of my faves below:

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1. Aqua Fish Placemats
2. Jaali Table Runner
3. Small Sea Stripe Capiz Bowls
4. Cocoki Yoga Bags
5. Brown Dots Oven Mitt
6. Cocoki Market Tote Bags

For the rest of our sale items, click here!

Happy New Year and Happy Shopping!




Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts that Give Back!

A happy December Friday to you!

Chances are, you’ve been seeing quite a few holiday gift guides pop up on your favorite Web sites and blogs recently. How about one more? I’m sure I’m not the only one who doesn’t have my Christmas shopping done (right? Help me out here!)

This gift guide is a little bit different—it highlights some of our favorite ethical, fair trade, and charitable organizations. What’s better than giving a gift that gives twice, especially at Christmastime?


For Him:

1. Apolis. Apolis means “global citizen.” This socially motivated lifestyle brand empowers communities worldwide. With everything from ties to hats to beautiful Alpaca travel kits and chambray swim trunks, this brand  guarantees a great high-quality gift for your guy!

2. LSTN headphones. Not only are these headphones stunning, but for every pair sold, LSTN helps restore hearing to a person in need through the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Starkey helps kids and adults in countries around the world, from India to Rwanda to the U.S. Bonus: you can buy these at Nordstrom!

For Her:

1. Rose & Fitzgerald. Based in Kampala, Uganda, Rose & Fitzgerald collaborates with local artisans to create a line of high-quality accessories. Beautiful handmade products with a contemporary design provide local local economic development in Kampala, Uganda. Stunning serving trays, jewelry and more make up the collection.

2. Della. If she loves fashion and accessories, this one’s for her! Their products are hand-crafted in Ghana, West Africa, and sold in Los Angeles. Through jobs, education and job training, the women who make these lovely pieces are given an opportunity for a better life. Check out this gorgeous iPad case!

For Littles:

1. Help Ink. This company describes their product as “inspirational art that gives to those in need” and their beautiful prints are perfect for a nursery or child’s room. They donate proceeds to a variety of worthy charities, including The Children’s Hunger Fund and Thirst Relief International.

For Families:

I think this is a fun category! If you know a family that you’d like to buy a “together” present for, for example, a family with several small children, how about something the whole group can love instead of individual gifts?

1. Love With Food. This unique company is a monthly subscription box for organic, all-natural snacks. For every box sent, they donate a meal to a food bank in America. What a great concept! And it’s a gift that keeps on giving—you can choose the number of boxes you want sent to the recipient, and they can always renew when their subscription runs out.

Stocking Stuffers:

1. Bombas Socks. These soft, comfortable socks come in fun, bright patterns and are high quality through and through. The company follows the one for one model—for each pair purchased, one pair is donated to a person in need.

2. Greenola Style. This company’s empowerment model is implemented holistically, providing the artisans with access to quality healthcare, design education, business training, and community building. They offer jewelry, gloves, hats and headbands, and more—at very affordable prices!

Have you heard of any of these companies before? If you have any others you’d like to share, I’d love for you to link them up in the comments! And don’t forget—free shipping on our site through Dec 19! Just enter the code FREESHIP14 at checkout!



3 Days to Save on Fair Trade!

Happy Black Friday!

I hope you had a very happy Thanksgiving and if you’re fighting the crowds at 5am today, I’ll say a little prayer for you. :) And how about a fun incentive for the online portion of your Christmas shopping today (and Monday and Tuesday too!)?

Black Friday is followed by Cyber Monday, and then Fair Tuesday! And we want our customers to be able to enjoy 20% off your entire purchase on all three days at Seven Hopes United. Just use this code at checkout all three days: SHOPFAIR2014.

We wish you nothing but joy and love this holiday season. Be sure to spread the word to your besties who shop online about Fair Tuesday—a fun day to cross some fair trade items off of your shopping list for your loved ones!



Shop Customer Favorites for the Holidays!

Is it too early to say Happy Holidays?

I say no—after all, Thanksgiving is next week! And around here we like starting our shopping early. :) What better time, after all, than when free shipping is available? If you order from our site anytime from now through Dec 19, you’ll receive free standard shipping! Especially convenient if you’re just not one of those seasoned “Black Friday” shoppers. If it’s shopping from your couch, you can still call it Black Friday shopping, right?


This season, I’m making an effort to “purchase with purpose”—care to join me? I already have a list going of all the fair trade gifts I want to order for my family! While we’re making the season merry for our loved ones, let’s try to make them equally merry for other families across the globe by doing our part to ensure fair wages and safe working conditions for all!