Saturday, December 20, 2014

3 years.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Three years ago today we were sealed for time and all eternity.
It was hands down the happiest day of my life.
Not a single worry was felt.
The entire day was more perfect than I could have ever imagined.
Oh what I would give to relive that day again.

Happy 3 years Daryl♥

Friday, December 19, 2014

1000 Shillings and Giveaway

Friday, December 19, 2014

Akiiki Scarf c/o 1000 Shillings
BP White Long Sleeve Shirt
Lulu*s White Zip up Dress
Loopsway Fleece Lined Leggings $4.99
Chelsea Crew Booties 50% off!

See this beautiful blue and white scarf I'm wearing in the photos above? It was handmade by Handijjah, a mother of four who lives in Namatala and is able to own her own small business through the wonderful people who started 1000 Shillings.

What is 1000 Shillings?
1000 Shillings gives each woman a microgrant in exchange for a product they make that is sold on our website. Each woman then takes that grant and starts their own business that is sustainable in their home country  with the help of dedicated business mentors. The goal of 1000 Shillings is to give these ambitious women the opportunity they need to become self sufficient and independent and support themselves and their families. 

There's just something so special and meaningful about shopping small and actually getting to KNOW the person who has made something for you whether it be an article of clothing, food locally grown, a piece of art. Most of these women in Uganda don't need much money to survive (Handijjah only needs $2.70 a day to feed her family of six). I know I can get a pretty scarf elsewhere for a fraction of the cost but I also know that buying one scarf elsewhere wouldn't help someone near as much as buying a scarf through 1,000 Shillings. 

You can read more about Hadijjah and the other amazing women here and learn more about why I have chosen to return a few of my previously purchased Christmas gifts this year and exchange them for handmade gifts from small shops.

1,000 Shillings is giving one lucky Dearest Lou reader a chance to win an Akiiki scarf!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

#WBW: Hobbits of The Shire

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

#WayBackWednesday to Halloween 2012 when I was a 36 week pregnant Hobbit (;

I know the movie came out yesterday but we are seeing it TONIGHT.

So excited.


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