an adoption blog: give 1 save 1

As we wrapped up Adoption Week, so many of you were moved and asked how you could help. Give1Save1 contacted us and we wanted to share their story for those of you looking to give aid, or get aid in your adoption journey. Meet Wynne from Give1Save1:
Hi, yall! My name is Wynne + it’s an honor and joy to get to introduce you to Give1Save1!

While I’m tempted to say I’m just a contributor for this blog, the amazing truth is my family (along with 110+ others!) have been personally affected by the generosity of this community. My good friend Beth started this site when her and her family were in the process of adopting their sweet Jude from Ethiopia.

I just happen to be in Addis Abbaba, Ethiopia when they picked him up, and I had the honor witnessing their genuine and complete love for this little boy who once was an orphan and now is a son. So back to Beth. She started this site because she thought, “not everyone can give $30,000 but what if 30,000 gave $1?” As you might could guess, international adoption is expensive and not only is it expensive but it’s also a long process. The thing I love most about Give1Save1 is not just the financial burden it helps to bear for families, but the community that it initiates. I personally have gotten to know & befriend numerous gals that represent families who were featured on this site.

The goal is to have a new family featured every week. What started as simply an “Africa” based site has now turned global – the landing page of the website gives you an interactive world map that allows you to click on the various campaigns. Included are Domestic adoption, African adoption, European adoption, Asia adoption, and Caribbean adoption. Each site as a new family each week! The family is encouraged to make a short video and then let the magic happen! Let me just show you what I mean:

Elder Adoption Video from Dustin Bryson on Vimeo.

My family was featured on the give1save1 Africa site in January 0f 2012. The timing for our give1save1 week could not have been more perfect, without the money we raised we would not have been able to accept the referral of our son THAT WEEK, which we were totally not expecting. But God knew, He knew all along and He knew that the give1save1 was the avenue He could use!

We raised $5,278 that week!!

what we didn’t know at the time, was God was soon to bless us with not ONE but TWO babies from Ethiopia.

Camp Abel + Asher Asanti

So these donations, and the love and support behind the donations made all the difference in the world. 9 months later, we were able to bring our babies home!

We have been so blessed by the Give1Save1 community and challenge you to get involved! Subscribe to the emails, follow us on facebook, help spread the word about our fundraising families and donate your dollars each week! I promise you, you will be blessed and be a blessing. Also, if you are a fundraising family, visit your country/continents respective site and you will find contact information on how to be a featured family!

[all photos by Fotolanthropy]

from head to toe: Skylar Luna

Happy Weekend! We’ve got an awesome pajama line to share with you today, just in time for your lazy Saturday morning. Skylar Luna makes 100% organic, chemical free pajama wear in darling designs and fabrics.
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A couple of features we love about Skylar Luna is their flat seamed design, meaning that if you flip the pajamas inside out you won’t feel any protruding seams or itchy tags. If you have picky kids when it comes to texture, you know this is an awesome bonus! skylarluna2

Their close fitting soft as can be pajamas are sweet as can be, and even better, just about everything is on sale right now! Hurry over and scoop up some of these awesome PJs!

We have loved following them on Facebook, and seeing all the celebrities that love Skylar Luna too! January Jones and Rachel Zoe? Pretty major!

land of nod giveaway! [closed]

Congratulations to Kate Brighthill for winning this giveaway!

We are so excited to be partnering with The Land of Nod on a few projects over the next few months! Every time we “research” their site we all say the same thing: flawless! There is no better place to find beautiful decor for your child’s nursery, expertly curated books for their collection, quirky and darling toys and gifts for every occasion and about one thousand other things that make us swoon.

To celebrate, The Land of Nod is generously offering a $200 gift card to one lucky reader, and even better our friend Jill is giving one away as well right here!

So, can we enter this one ourselves? If so, here’s what we’re picking!
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1. Any little girl would love to add this mixer to her pretend play, and we’re certain most boys would love to get their hands on it, too!

2. Land of Nod’s modern doll house is an absolute show-stopper. This outdoor furniture set could not be cuter.

3. Playing house never looked better with this spin cycle washer.

4. This magnetic fuzzy face is getting us all sorts of nostalgic. The perfect gift for those times you just need them to be quiet!

5. Land of Nod carries the most amazing puzzles, all of sweetly illustrated wildlife. This fox is fantastic.

6. Gifting this canopy would make you a shoe-in for best parent, aunt, uncle, cousin, or neighbor.

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1. Land of Nod has certainly the best variety of ride-on toys. We love the rocking crocodile, and old school speedster and of course this darling excavator.

2. This rocket block stacker is such an inventive spin on the classic stacking toy.
3. Drums are a risky purchase, but with the proper insulation and ear plugging systems, your boy will be sure to have a ball with these bongos!
4. One thing we were surprised to see as moms of boys, is how much they like to pretend too! Playing house isn’t just for the ladies! This grocery cart is sleek and doesn’t scream “girl toy!”
5. We talk about Land of Nod tents more than we care to admit. We really just want one for ourselves. This striped tent has our hearts.
6. As owners of this living room bowling alley set, we can attest, it is hours of fun and entertainment for the whole family! Great to develop hand eye coordination, and of course a little contained destruction is good for the soul.
So now that you’ve been adequately educated in the amazingness The Land of Nod has to offer, are you ready to win $200 to buy whatever your heart desires?
Here’s how to enter:
1. Leave a comment listing your favorite Land of Nod item.
2. Follow The Land of Nod via Facebook and Twitter.
 For extra entries follow Small Fry or Jillee on any of the following sites & leave comments for each of the following entry opportunities: Facebook (Small Fry / Jillee) Instagram (@smallfryblog / @jillsgoodthings) Pinterest (Small Fry / Jillee) Twitter (Small Fry / Jillee)
You have until May 2nd at 11:59 MST to enter. The winner will be notified by email on May 3rd, 2013. Good luck!

artifact uprising + capsoul

If you’ve ever taken small children to the grocery store you’ve probably been reminded by the eldery woman behind you in line that the time you have with small kids flies by in the blink of an eye.  We all have this sense of urgency to make sure our history and memories are documented. With Instagram and blogs, it’s easier than ever to keep track of memories and important dates, and take quick snapshots of our days.  After doing some serious research we found two amazing companies that help us do just that.

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First up, Artifact Uprising! Emily recently looked into printing books from her Instagram feed  and had lots of different recommendations. After taking one long night of trying them all out, Artifact Uprising was her favorite. Easy to use, beautifully simple design, and after exchanging a few emails, befriended a family business that you can’t help but feel loyal to. She ordered her books and they emailed her back double checking about a typo. That kind of Quality Control doesn’t seem to exist anymore, but it was much appreciated!

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You can order as inexpensively as a paperback flip book for $12 or create a beautiful bulky hard-bound coffee table book. It is easy to use, easy to format, add text and upload from Instagram or other social networking sites.

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Second on our list of favorites is CapSoul! We met the CapSoul team at Alt Summit and were instantly moved by the concept.

CapSoul does many things, but our favorite are the personal films. Using your computer’s webcam (the mobile app is launching in a few months and will make that process even easier!) you can record a message to your loved one. Once you have it recorded, you can have CapSoul deliver that message at any date in the future.

Again, we put Emily on the case. She has written individual letters to each of her boys each month of the first year and a half of their lives. A love letter of sorts, and a way to document  thoughts and milestones. While those letters are safely saved to the computer, she thought it would be even better to film herself reading those letters. She filmed them and scheduled them to be delivered on birthdays in five, ten, fifteen years for her boys. Imagining them all grown up watching her in her mid-twenties telling them all the wonderful things about their childhood is such a wonderful thought!

 

482870_170120676470492_1281478743_nEmily vividly remembers when she was maybe ten years old when she was digging in storage and accidentally dumped out a box of her mom’s mementos from high school. A box of love letters, pictures of friends and trips to the beach fluttered out. It was a pivotal moment for her to realize that her mom had a life before “mom.” Interests, talents, heartbreak, and secrets. All of these elements make CapSoul such a brilliant concept. A way to share a piece of ourselves from a certain moment in time. A way to offer words of encouragement and love to be sent on important dates. The perfect marriage of now and then.

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These aren’t collaborative posts, we really just love both of these companies and know you will, too!