Saving Lives One Drop at a Time- Plus a GIVEAWAY #PowerofClean

I don’t know about you, but lately I feel very overwhelmed by all the bad news. I’m totally over the presidential race (before it has started). I am completely devastated by the refugee crisis. My Facebook feed seems to be filled with friends struggling in ways I cannot help. It is just all so much. And I just sit in the middle of it and feel so helpless!

I love it when I learn about simple ways to make a difference. If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know when I find an easy way to partner with a company and do good, I am going to let you know about it. And this one honestly might be the coolest yet.

I take for granted piles of things on a daily basis, but one of the biggest is that with the touch of a faucet I have clean drinking water any time I want. I googled some stats about clean water and found this fact from 2013.

85% of the world population lives in the driest half of the planet. 783 million people do not have access to clean water and almost 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation. 6 to 8 million people die annually from the consequences of disasters and water-related diseases.

You guys. This is heartbreaking. And it is yet another one of those causes that can make you feel helpless. Until you learn that there is a company doing something about it. Something awesome!

P&G is the brand behind a whole bunch of products I use and love. Tide, Crest, Dawn… the list goes on. But I didn’t know until recently that they are also the brand behind the P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program. The same scientists that figure out how to keep my clothes clean have figured out how to provide clean water across the globe. And I got to put that technology to the test in my very own kitchen.

First I had to dirty up my water. You can see the contrast next to the clean water:


Then I added the P&G Purifier of Water packet and stirred it up quickly creating a nice little vortex:

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After about 5 minutes all the dirt separated from the water in the funkiest, coolest way:


I filtered out the dirt with a paper towel strainer and was left with clean drinking water. Amazing:

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The power of clean water can transform the lives of children and their families. It means they no longer get sick from drinking dirty water so their health will dramatically improve. For children who used to miss school because they were sick, having clean water means they can attend school more regularly and get a better education. Parents who used to get sick or who had to stay home caring for their sick children can now earn a regular income and provide stability for their families. A game changer for sure.

So how can you help?

  • Share the Power of Clean Water video to donate a day of clean drinking water to a child in need on your behalf. 

  • Donate to the program at www.csdw.org. A small amount makes a big difference. It costs about 10 cents to share a P&G packet with a family in a developing country, and each one provides enough drinking water for a family of five for an entire day. $7.50 provides enough water for a year for a child. $30 provides enough water for an entire family for a year. Incredible what so little money can do.

P&G wants to encourage you to help share the message of the “Power of Clean Water”. Leave a comment below about something that struck you from the video. One randomly selected reader will receive a P&G product basket AND, the best part, a $30 donation in their honor to provide clean water for a family in need for one year. Giveaway ends Oct. 7th.

No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of US & DC who are 18 years of age or older.  Giveaway starts 9/29/2015 and ends 10/07/2015.  Sponsored by The Motherhood in partnership with Procter and Gamble. For the full list of rules, click here.

Good luck and keep spreading the word!!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Motherhood and P&G. But I think it is a pretty awesome cause and all opinions are mine as always. 

Binge Watching- Mom’s Turn #StreamTeam

Do you have a list of shows you want to binge watch? I keep one in the notes section on my phone. We won’t discuss how long it is. What we can discuss is how every time I read something about a show everyone is buzzing about, I add it to the list. It is how I found Friday Night Lights and Parenthood and How I Met Your Mother and Scandal. I need to catch up on Scandal (got sidetracked by White Collar), but the rest I binge watched beginning to end. Thank you Netflix.

So often my Netflix posts focus on what your kids can watch. But don’t you deserve a little downtime at the end of your days. Maybe with a nice Cabernet? This month, let’s discuss the most binge-worthy shows you are missing on Netflix. Got your notepad ready?



Once Upon A Time

Once Upon a Time

Gotham: Season 1


The Walking Dead

Walking Dead

The Blacklist: Season 1-2


Grey’s Anatomy

Grey s Anatomy

The League: Season 6

The League



Every one of these minus The Walking Dead (can’t do zombies) and Grey’s Anatomy (gave up on that show when Christina left) is on my list. Which one of them should we watch next? Which one is on your list?

Disclosure: I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team. I received a year long membership to Netflix in exchange for these posts. All opinions are mine. 

Fall Fashion Throwback to the 70s

You can tell from the back to school pictures on Facebook (1 1/2 weeks left!!) and the way the calendar refuses to stop speeding through August. I know you can’t tell from the weather (it is like 146 degrees here), but fall is right around the corner. While I am relishing every single second of summer, I must confess fall is my most favorite season. The falling leaves, the crisp air and THE FASHION!! I love fall fashion. There are some great trends around the corner.

One of my favorite fall trends is a throw back to the 70s. Check out these great looks:







Kind of makes you want to grab a big floppy hat and a fringe bag doesn’t it? Don’t throw your skinny jeans away quite yet, but grab a few pieces that feel a bit groovy and embrace the flower child inside.

Many of these pieces are dry clean only, but don’t let that stop you from playing along with the latest fashion trend. Grab your Dryel and save yourself the hassle and the cash. You might remember I’m an ambassador for Dryel this year and I am still loving how easy it is to handle my dry clean only clothing. No longer do I have to live in fear of falling in love with an outfit in the dressing room only to put it right back when I see the care label. It also works perfectly to freshen up any vintage 70s finds you might hunt down that carry that nasty musty smell.

Still nervous to try it out? Grab a coupon for Dryel here and let me know what you think!



What I’m Watching in August #streamteam

We are officially back in the school swing of things and I must say, we were ready. Like REA.DY. We had such an amazing summer, jam-packed with awesomeness, but as it was winding down I was hearing way too much bickering, “I’m bored”-ing and, truth be told, a bit of yelling from someone who will remain nameless.

Also, I’m not even going to try to pretend that screen time got a little out of hand these past few weeks. I’m not proud, but I’m not all that ashamed lately. Thanks to Netflix, we got addicted to some new, awesome original programming.

We’ll start with Silas. Although he is growing up way to fast as evidenced by his starting Kindergarten this week #sunrisesunset, he still loves a good cartoon about superheros, dinosaurs or trucks. Dinotrux pretty much knocked it out of the park with a combo of all three. And it is by Dreamworks so you know it is going to be awesome. The only bummer is Silas quickly blew through all the episodes and is dying for more.

Dinotrux, premiering exclusively on Netflix Aug. 14, is a brand new action-packed original series featuring characters that are half-dinosaur/half-construction vehicle. Ty Rux and Revvit, two unlikely best friends, build a bigger, better world and battle against the biggest creature of all: D-Structs, who threatens to wreck everything they’ve built. Dinotrux mixes action, comedy and adventure while focusing on teamwork and friendship.

The girls have found their own “tween” show to love (and honestly Silas loves it too). I could not be more geeked about this show #punintended. After years of marketing to girls being all about dumbing yourself down to get a boyfriend, it seems Smart is the new Cool. Project Mc² has 4 female leads that my girls can totally look up to. The best part is that while brainy, and even a little nerdy, they are also fashionable and fun. Can I get a hallelujah?!!

Project Mc² is a fresh take on the typical tween girl show you’re probably familiar with. The series has S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) organically woven throughout the storyline, making it fun and breaking the stereotype that being smart, funny, stylish and capable are mutually exclusive. Project Mc² reflects today’s tweens in a relatable way, giving girls four empowered female leads to look up to.

As for me? Ryan and I FINALLY finished White Collar (the ending was perfection) and currently haven’t latched onto anything together. But when he isn’t around I am binge watching Ally McBeal and it is bringing back all the feels. I loved this show in college and grad school and it is so much fun to relive. Dancing babies anyone?

Here are a few more ideas of shows that will keep your kids brains from turning to mush as they head back to school:

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Netflix Original: Ever After High: Way Too Wonderland

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Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

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How the State Got Their Shapes

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Odd Squad

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Reading Rainbow

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Magic School Bus

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The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!

Disclosure: I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team and have been given a complimentary year membership. Using it as an excuse to let my kids watch hours of television as “research” is just a side benefit. 

Change The World, Look Good Doing It #FTFClub

For some light summer reading (#sarcasmfont), I decided to finally tackle 7 by Jen Hatmaker. I can’t tell you how long I have had this book intending to read it, but absolutely terrified to do so. And I discovered that was for good reason. I cannot continue the same as before. Stupid convicting books.

One of the areas that hit home the hardest was fashion. I have never tried to deny that I have loved clothes for as long as I can remember. Honestly I still vividly remember a few of my favorite outfits from Kindergarten (sweater with little whales on it and jeans with rhinestones on the pocket-sigh). I had a jobs in retail in high school and college and I bought more clothes with my paychecks than anyone should ever admit in public. The trend continues to this day.

I justify it up and down, but I rarely stop to think about how much the money could be doing allocated in different ways (because I typically stay within budget, I can justify anything). I also rarely think about the truths behind my cheap fashion. Someone else is paying a very high price so that I can look cute. Sad.

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image courtesy of Fair Trade Friday

Well. What if I could use my love of fashion and do good? You guys!!! I CAN!!!!

Fair Trade Friday is the brilliant idea of one of my sweet blogging friends, Kristen of We Are That Family fame. If you don’t know her full story you should really read her book Rhinestone Jesus or read her blog which will make you laugh and cry on a daily basis or check out her amazing ministry, Mercy House (well her OTHER amazing ministry). Clearly you need to know her. But anyway, she felt God calling her to help empower women all over the world and Fair Trade Friday was born.

Fair Trade Friday is a monthly membership club different than most others. It delivers a box of high quality items to your door by the first Friday of the month. The items in the box are fairly traded and provide employment to women all over the world. 100% of the proceeds from each box goes to the empowerment of impoverished women as an avenue to introduce them to the Gospel. Currently they are working with 19 countries and helping over 1000 woman find employment, dignity and hope. Just one box employs an average of 7 women from around the globe!

I have been a member for several months (even before I was asked to be part of the blogging team) and I have loved knowing that the adorable earrings, bracelets and purses I wear are making a difference in someone’s life. Everything isn’t always my style but I simply pass on things to people I know will love them. And it isn’t always clothes in my subscription box either. I have received coffee, potholders, journals, notecards and more.

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Listen to these amazing words from one of the many women who provide their wares for your boxes:

“Probably one of the most profound moments for me was in a mud home in Kenya talking with a woman we were buying paper bead bracelets from for a Fair Trade Friday box. She grabbed my hands and squeezed them tight. She looked me straight in the eyes and said,‘Tell the women in America that we need them to keep buying what we make. Tell them it is feeding my son and two daughters. Tell them not to forget us.’ I will spend the rest of my life reminding these marginalized women they are not forgotten.” – Kristen Welch, MercyHouse Co-Founder

Old Navy isn’t going to do that for anyone. In fact, it is most likely doing more harm than good (this is not a guilt trip, I am learning right along with you and possibly still buying from Old Navy just this week….. #keepingitreal). My favorite part is that each item in my box comes with a tag that tells me where the artisan lives and often times even her name. And just for a moment, I am part of her story. And part of God’s big old giant redemption story for us all.



image courtesy of Fair Trade Friday

Is it possible my love of fashion can change the world? Fair Trade Friday thinks so. They like to say, “Change the World, Look Good Doing It.” And even if I didn’t get a single item that makes me “look good”, I can think of a million other really stupid ways to blow $30 that doesn’t help a woman across the world put food in her child’s belly.

If you too want to be a part of making a difference, please consider becoming a part of Fair Trade Friday, either by getting on the waiting list for the original box subscription, by ordering a one-time box, or by joining the Earring of the Month Club. Or consider shopping other fair trade items in the Mercy Shop to benefit Mercy House. You really can’t lose.

I received a one-time box as part of the Fair Trade Friday Blogging Team in exchange for telling you about this service. I was a subscriber long before that and love the chance to get to share about such a great organization.