Love is in the air..
It's almost Valentine's Day and love is in the air! Since Jesus is the ultimate example of love, it seems like now is the perfect time to share and show His love through our purchases and activities. This week I have a few products and ideas on how we can share the love..
Chocolate:Nothing says Happy Valentines Day like chocolate, but you all already know that chocolate industry isn't as sweet as it should be. So, when it comes to chocolate make sure know where your chocolate comes from.
TCHO ~ Chocolate Barsslavery free, fair trade certified, and they are working cocoa farmers and other key players to improve the cocoa industry.
EQUAL EXCHANGE ~ Chocolate Hearts
Equal Exchange has one of the best business models around. You can buy these hearts here.
SJAAK'S ~ Chocolate
Sjaak's has a variety of Fair Trade and Organic Chocolate that are perfect for Valentines Day!
Flowers:The quintessential Valentines Day Gift but don't settle for any old flowers. Show you care by buying fair trade flowers which helps create a more sustainable business model and protect workers from exploitation.
ONE WORLD FLOWERS ~ Helping Haiti Roses
If you are going to buy roses you might as well buy roses that make a difference! 10% of the price of these flowers will be donated to Samaritan's Purse for their work in Haiti.
For the Ladies (go on treat yourself):
NOONDAY COLLECTION ~ Advocating for OrphansI love Noonday for a variety of reasons, one of them being that they advocate for orphans. I recently became a Noonday Ambassador ( I will write more about this in a different post) but basically a portion of any sale made through my site will go towards our adoption!!! Soooooo, if you want to buy Noonday and you want to support us - you can right here! **Just make sure you click my name in the ambassador drop down menu, that way we get credit for your purchase. :)
PRANA ~ Fair Trade Collection
Whoop, Whoop! Prana has a new Fair Trade Collection! Check it out here.
For the kids:
WORN ~ Knit hat
For the foodie:
ALTER ECO ~ quinoaThis black quinoa is described as "wild and intense". YUMM! However, the best part about this purchase is that you know you are supporting a company that cares about the planet and the people they work with AND you can read about the specific impacts that purchasing their quinoa makes right here.
What are some of your favorite ways to share the love during Valentine's Day?
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