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A Specific Need

UPDATE ON MARCH 15, 2018: Our match has been met and we have sponsored 1 serger and 2 industrial sewing machines!  Thank you to everyone who supported this one time gift, and met this immediate need.  We are now going for a 2nd serger if someone still feels compelled to give.  It will be used for great things! --- When I was 18, I was given a sewing machine. Well, what really happened is I took my mom's sewing machine to college with me, so she replaced it.  Either way, it was a part of my story and it's going to be a part of this story too.   Last year, a sewing center began in the Philippines.  It is an...

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Pamper Free Self-Care

Stress.  She's a fierce opponent.  I try to find ways to avoid her when I can, but she's like this very overwhelming and overbearing coworker; sometimes you just have to deal with her.  We had a nasty get together last spring, and she got the best of me.  After that, I asked myself and a lot of other people what really helps them when they are feeling stressed.  This treat yoself society says to indulge in some chocolate and wine and she'll go away, but the stress is still there (and now my face is breaking out).  I wanted some real, healthy ways to deal with her; and I found some and wrote them down for when she comes around. ...

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4 Ways to Involve Children in Shopping Responsibly

I talk to my kids about the principles behind Fair+Simple.  My oldest can even do a mean elevator pitch for the company.  He told me the other day that he was really glad I was teaching them to be careful with how they shop, and it lit a fire in my heart to write this post.   Here are some ideas for talking to young children about social responsibility. 1. Explore their favorite brand's website When the subject of responsible purchasing was first broached, the poor guy's palms must have started sweating when he considered his favorite toy in the whole world: Legos.  So, we did some research.  It was a great chance to show him where to look for his...

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DIY Simple Shift Dress Pattern for Dressember

I have loved sewing since I was in high school.  In college, I showed up with a sewing machine and no laptop in sight.  Eventually I got a computer to help me with my elementary education studies (the sewing machine didn't do me much good, go figure), but I never put my machine down.  My family of 5 is living in 500 sq ft right now as my husband builds our home, and my sewing machine still found a spot at the side of my bed.  And so is a creepy mannequin that watches me while I sleep.   Sometimes I really want to put it in the kids room to freak them out, but the youngest is only 3 so...

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14 questions for my 92 year old grandmother, one for each child she raised

My 30's lurk around the corner like an unfamiliar room.  I continue to carve out the life I want to lead, yet it still has not taken form in my hands.  What lessons have I learned in my 20's that shape me?  What lessons have I evaded? My grandmother, Rosemary Eleanor, is 92 years old and the mother of 14 children.  She is active in her church, volunteers at a local hospital, and plays boardgames with her great grand children on the floor. Recently finding herself without the garage door opener, she hit the button, ran, and jumped over the alarm so the door didn't go back up.  My dad, the best of storytellers, made the most of this one. Over lunch the other day, I was...

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