Daily Advent Gift: Day 1

Advent brings many different traditions. Some people hide an Elf around the house, some have daily readings, some practice daily acts of kindness. Last year, the boys and I practiced giving by delivering poinsettias throughout town, donating clothes, buying new toys & clothes for those in need. Truthfully, we’ll probably do many of those same things this year. But the year, we’re going to Give More. In lieu of creating Holiday Gift Guides for Non-Profits, my family and I are donating to a non-profit. Every day of advent.


The more I give, the less I want.

Join me, won’t you? It doesn’t have to be a lot. Keep reading to see what $1 can do…

Day 1? Blood:Water Mission


Blood:Water Mission is a grassroots organization that empowers communities to work together against the HIV/AIDS and water crises in Africa.

Blood:Water Mission

Friends: One Dollar. Less than the cup of Starbucks will give someone in Africa a year of clean water. You can donate any amount ($5 minimum) through the secure Blood:Water Donation Page.

Shop with your Heart Holiday Gift Guide: Nonprofit Edition (Gifts for strangers!)

As you buy gifts for friends and family, often gifts they may not need, considering shopping for a real gift that will greatly impact the life of a stranger.

The gifts below range from $4-$180. You can impact a life with just $4! You would pay more for a coffee at Starbucks. For example, the gift of a pig is a “living savings account” to a struggling family, giving them income, protein and soil nourishment. Such a better gift than a holiday sweater!

Click on the images below to learn more about each gift, and better just, to donate to and impact the life of a someone in need.

Shop with your Heart Holiday Gift Guide Nonprofits

Heifer International: Gift of a Pig, $120 World Vision: Gift of Year of School for Orphan, $70 Compassion: Care for a Child Waiting for Sponsorship, $40 Feeding America: Gift of Peanut Butter, $40 World Vision: A Sheep and A Goat, $180 Compassion: Parasite Prevention for Children, $4 World Vision: Survive to Five Care, $57 World Vision: Clean Water Fund Share, $25 Image Map

There are so many more gifts, in all price ranges! Take a look…

Compassion Gift Catalog

Samaritan’s Purse Gift Catalog

World Vision Gift Catalog

Heifer International Gift Catalog

Feeding America Gift Catalog

Shop with your Heart Holiday Gift Guide: Jewelry

This holiday season, you can purchase gifts from the mall. Or you can support organizations that are working with artisans worldwide and are changing the world with every purchase.

1 – Light Give Heat, 2:Toned Sunset Necklace or purchase from Roozt
Why? Light Gives Heat works to create world-changing opportunities in both Africa and America. In Uganda, they partner with local Artisans to create consistent incomes where there once was none.

2 – Noonday, Ripple Bangles
Why? The passion at Noonday Collection is to connect you with the lives of artisans struggling for a better future while styling you along the way. Their artisans span the world, including Uganda, India, Ecuador, the US, among others. They also help families raise money for their own adoptions by giving 10% of trunk show sales directly to the adoptive family when they host one.

3 – Noonday, Evening Horizon Necklace

4 – Noonday, Cut Lace Earrings

5 – Epic Timepieces, The Catalyst Droplet in Plum
Why? For every Epic timepiece sold, Epic will provide clean drinking water for an individual in a developing country for an entire year through the distribution of ceramic water filters. The water filters that Epic distributes are capable of eliminating 13 diseases, thus making their current water source drinkable.

6 – Noonday, Half Moon Necklace

7 – Rural Revolution, Loyola Necklace or purchase from Roozt
Why? As a company, Rural Revolution believes in the power of employment and self-expression as a means for women to help sustain themselves and their communities culturally, economically, and physically. Each sale from our NOLA collection goes back into the Redeemer Presbyterian Rebuilding Fund of New Orleans.  Over 500 post Katrina homes have benefited from this fund and over 3,000 volunteers have donated their time and skills.

8 –Rural Revolution, Nina: Set of 3 Wood and Gold Bangles
Why? These bracelets are handcrafted from locally sourced woods and leathers by marginalized Muslim women in Northern India and designed by our partners at Raven + Lily. Proceeds from this collection go to fund literacy programs for the women artisans and their children in the community.

*I highly recommend joining Roozt (it’s as simple as putting in your email and making up a password). Joining will not only feed a child, but they sell some of the products above at a discounted member price.


Love Me Some Old Try

Have I mentioned my husband is from the South? In his words, “I had a 3 year plan to move North, win her heart and return home. I’m only 9 years behind schedule…” God bless him.

But his heart lifted when he read about Old Try in Garden & Gun (yes, I’m pretty sure he’s only one of 10 subscribers in Massachusetts): A Southern print shop north of the Mason Dixon line. Seriously, he’s so excited that he wants to pull out his smoker and have them over for ribs.

This print has made it up in our house, with another that will go up next to it, and another on his Christmas list. We’re fans.

And now Old Try has designed hand pressed Christmas cards. The best part? Seventy-five percent of each sale will be donated to Living Water International to dig clean water wells in the developing world. 75%! Why?

We feel we’re called to be the hands and feet of Jesus. In this little way, in this big season, we can be part of the solution. Join us as we try to eradicate thirst this Christmas, won’t you?

Yes please.


. 5 pack of cards & envelopes
. Printed on French Paper
. Blank inside
. Hand pressed in Somerville, MA
. 6.25″ x 4.5″
. $15 from each sale will be donated to Living Water International
  to dig clean water wells in the developing world
. Inspired by Advent Conspiracy

Buy Old Try’s Merry Xmas Card, help dig clean water well.