A Few of My Favorite Things

We’ve been through most the rush of the post Thanksgiving buying spree, but we still have Cyber Monday, and then in all honesty…almost another month until Christmas. While I don’t think Christmas should be so focused on the gift-buying and rather the celebration of Jesus’s birth, I do enjoy picking out a few special things for loved ones. It is especially meaningful when I can give them something that I know they are going to love, and the gift contributes in another way. Whether it is buying from a small business, a business that gives back, or a business that is environmentally friendly and uses all natural products, these are a few of the things I look for most when shopping.

So far I have done 100% of my shopping online. At almost 8 months pregnant with two small children, I’d say this is totally acceptable! But even if you’re not pregnant and wrangling small children, shopping online, from the comfort of your own home, in your pjs, on the couch, warm beverage in hand, is definitely the way to go!

Here are a few of my favorite places to shop and many still have deals running through tomorrow!

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Organic 100% Lash Mascara

Root is my favorite place to buy all things makeup! Natural and organic beauty products that work! I especially love this mascara!

New Eve Jewelry 

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I love the message behind each piece of New Eve Jewelry. Each piece is made with re-purposed materials and serves as a reminder that new life can always be found in Jesus. I’m crushing on this Mustard Seed necklace…*hint, hint* to anyone that still needs to buy me a Christmas gift!

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Dipped Coffee Mug with Raw Clay Bottom

Natalie always makes the cutest and top quality products. We went to high school together and it’s always to fun to see what new products she is offering and support her beautiful work!

Oh Tiny Gifts

PREORDER WOMEN'S Be The Light T-shirt -White with Copper Shimmer Print

Of course I’m adding my own little shop! I have deal running through tomorrow for when you purchase any necklace you can get $2 off with code GIVEANDGET! Remember that $10 of each purchase will go back to the women of Smile Africa! Sale items are still up for grabs too!

Young Living Essential Oils

I have loved using Young Living essential oils and products, and they’ll be making their way into a few of my Christmas gifts! I love using and sharing a product that I can stand behind and feel good about using on my own family. If you are interested in a kit you can click here to become a part of my team and help support my family while supporting your own! If you just want to chat oils and see what they’re all about, feel free to e-mail me at moriahsteiner10@gmail.com.

So there you have it! A few of my favorite places to shop and places I have bought gifts for others (and myself!) or have on my wish list! What are some of your favorite places to buy gifts? I’ve seen many people share their favorite small businesses or link their own over posts on Facebook. Feel free to do the same here and share with others!

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Accessorize with Meaning

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I don’t always wear jewelry because of the stage of life I’m in…aka grabby, chubby, adorable hands stage!  The pieces that I do own and wear have special meaning. Most of the pieces I wear have also empowered women in their purchase. When the time is right to pull out a cute necklace, I LOVE what I am wearing. It feels good to accessorize with meaning! Here is a little peak of my favorites, and most of my current necklace collection!

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Oh Tiny Gifts & Smile Africa

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New Eve Jewelry

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The Best for Last // Weekend Links

Sometimes you just want to get all the good stuff right in one place. So to finish off this week, I’m saving the best for last. I’m leaving you with encouragement and inspiration found right on the internet. The internet can be a big scary place, drain your tie, or even lead you down a path of destruction. But the internet can also be a vibrant community, an encouraging story, or an inspiring find. So here’s the good stuff. The best for last stuff. Weekend links.

Encouragement for today

4 steps to take when you’re not ready for the change that is coming

Inspiration for Simple Living

For the health conscious and dessert lovers.

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Spreading Love and Giving Back

Donate to the Woods family as they welcome home their daughters! If you’d like this free print, let me know that you donated!

 

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Wear {10} // Spring Neutrals + Pixie Cut

Spring is in the air…well technically rainy, still hot like summer season is here for me! Whether you’re in the U.S. or in Africa, this Spring neutrals look will work for either!

It’s always fun when someone comes and visits us and graciously brings a suitcase full of goodies! It’s like Christmas! A few of the items that were packed for us this time included this Everlane tank and a floppy hat. For me it’s all about keeping it comfy, yet still looking put together. Having lots of neutrals I can pair together helps this, and then accessories allow me to dress it up and add a little excitement to an outfit.

I recently got a pixie cut, so I’m having fun still figuring out how to style it. Apparently not washing your hair for three days helps your style stick! Don’t worry, day four brought a hair washing, but definitely a good hairstyle for Africa living! You can find inspiration for my pixie cut here!

Enjoy the pictures and let me know some of your favorite Spring neutrals capsule wardrobe pieces or accessories!

Spring Neutrals

Hat:Gift// Tank:Everlane// Pants:Kohls// Earrings:Smile Africa// Necklace:New Eve Jewelry

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Ethical Spring Fashion // Wish List

Today I’m excited to share pretty pictures of pretty awesome ethically made items! I have items from some of these brands, am soon to be an owner of, or am kind of drooling over the rest! Curl up on the couch and do a little drooling with me…scratch that, let’s just swoon, it’s a lot less messy! Just click on the pictures to take you to the source! Not only are each of these items awesome on their own, but I’ve been imagining them all paired together…cue the heart eyes!

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Everlane Ryan Tank Dress

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New Eve Jewelry Fiercely Loved Tassel Necklace

Mint and Gold Paper Bead Necklace-Short

Oh Tiny Gifts & Smile Africa Mint and Gold Paper Bead Necklace

 

Zemen Tote | FASHIONABLE

FashionAble Zemen Auburn Leather Tote

Shegaw Scarf | FASHIONABLE

FashionAble Shegaw Scarf

 

Caramel Leather Stitched Ribbon Sandals | Sseko Designs

Sseko Designs Caramel Leather Stitched Ribbon Sandals

 

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Wear {9} // Fruit of the Spirit Tee & Pearls

Soon I won’t be the only one wearing short sleeves over here in Uganda! Spring is coming back to the U.S. and it will be time for cute skirts, tees, and maybe even a string of pearls!

This week I paired my Sunday best skirt with my Oh Tiny Gifts shirt and pearls. There are still some pink Fruit of the Spirit Pineapple shirts available in pink for women and kids! And if you sign up for the newsletter now, you get an extra special discount for March!

Think Spring thoughts and enjoy this very Springy wear post!

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Shirt:Oh Tiny Gifts // Skirt:Mr. Price // Shoes: Keen // Pearls : Grandma H.

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And this is my pose when I run out of poses and want to pose like a thirteen year old…nailed it!

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Planted with Hope Giveaway!

If there is one type of book I’m always in the mood to read, it is most definitely Amish fiction. Growing up in Ohio, in the heart of Amish country, only one county over from the largest Amish population in the world may have something to do with that! On the way to school there was always about a 99% chance that you were going to have to pass a buggy…or maybe two. My Hospice nursing job took me into many Amish homes and developed a deeper respect and appreciation of Amish culture. We are good friends with a few Amish families, and it was so good to see them when we were back in Ohio over the Christmas season.

Amish culture is simpler. It revolves around God, hard work, and community, things I think we can all agree are pretty important, though often overlooked in this day and age. Reading Amish fiction transports me back to beautiful Ohio and reminds me of the many Amish homes I have been warmly welcomed into. It reminds me to treasure the little things, and that being unplugged and away from technology for a bit, can be a very good thing!

I’m a few chapters in to reading Tricia Goyer’s new Planted with Hope book and I’m hooked already! She paints beautiful pictures with her words and tells a story that draws you in from the beginning. This is why I am so excited to be teaming up with Tricia to not only give away one of her books, but two of them! By entering the giveaway below you will be eligible to win Tricia’s books Planted with Hope AND Made with Love. Giveaway ends on 3/16 at 12 am EST. Good luck! Now I’ve got to back to my reading!

(Giveaway open to US residents only)

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Wear {8} // Little Black Tank

While back in the U.S. I received an awesome Many Waters necklace from sweet Megan at New Eve Jewelry. I was so excited about it, because I have been wanting to start adding meaningful accessories to my capsule wardrobe and this necklace is so versatile! You can check out some more styling I did with it here.

So of course I brought this necklace back with me to Uganda, and of course I have been wearing it…when I’m not visiting the Smile Africa babies home where it will very quickly get ripped off my neck and chewed on!

I also picked up a four dollar, black tank at WalMart. I know…it’s not going to be a piece that lasts forever, but for now, it is doing the job! Add with a maxi skirt that I made from authentic African fabric, and I have a few new outfits to put together!

This first outfit was one I put together for a casual Valentine’s date. Black and white with some pops of red…red lips and nails that is!

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Shirt: WalMart//Pants: Kohls//Necklace:New Eve Jewelry//Shoes: Keen

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My awesome, handmade  Valentine’s day card for my favorite husband!

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This next outfit pairs the black tank with my handmade African skirt. The skirt fabric is African wax fabric. It was an easy maxi dress to make and even has pockets…my favorite! Make your own maxi skirt following these easy instructions!

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And since it’s always Summer in Uganda, this black tank is going to get A LOT of wear!

 

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Wear {7} // Capsule Wardrobe Accessorizing

While being back in Ohio for the holidays I’ve gotten away from my usual capsule wardrobe.  I’ve dug out packed away winter clothes and borrowed from what my sister has. One things I’ve been realizing though, is how much accessorizing can do for a capsule wardrobe!

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Recently, Megan, from New Eve Jewelry sent me a beautiful Many Waters Necklace  in black. Guys, I am in LOVE with this necklace! It is such a versatile statement piece and I have literally been wearing it with everything! You can dress it up or down and it makes any outfit look great. Date night? Check! Lounging around the house? Check! Running errands? Check!

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I’m learning that through choosing some great accessories that you love, that mean something too you, that are simple and beautiful, you can add versatility to your capsule wardrobe. I’m working to build a great base in clothing and then build my accessories. In the past I would normally focus more on the clothing. Now I want to be able to invest more in the accessories and support small businesses and women, and organizations that I love.  And besides, aren’t accessories fun?

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Megan has such a beautiful message behind her jewelry. She uses reclaimed items to make something beautiful and remind us that God makes all things new! 10% of your purchase goes to Feeding the Orphans and helps family in Ghana. Megan makes beautiful jewelry and has a beautiful heart! Go check out her Etsy shop and get a eye catching statement piece of your own!

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A Few of My Favorite Things

Post Christmas. I can remember carefully hording my stash of Christmas present on the landing of the steps. I needed to keep my presents separate and safe from my siblings. My small mound would grow larger as I got rather spoiled between presents from my grandparents and parents and other relatives.

This Christmas the mound was much smaller, and that’s the way I like it! A few meaningful gifts that will be used and treasured is what I’m all about these days. The fact of the matter is that stuff is just STUFF! You can’t take it with you, so what the point in filling up a home with things that aren’t meaningful or useful? Can I get an Amen!?

So this year I asked for a few things that I really love and will really use. They are gifts that support shops and women that I admire. They are gifts that help draw me closer to God. They are gifts that are meaningful and appreciated.  So today I’m sharing a few of my favorite things!

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Emily Ley Simplified Planner

Last Christmas was the first year I asked for a Simplified Planner. I think it’s safe to say I’ve fallen in love! The colors, the layout, the inspirational quotes and room for everything I need has me sold!

EVY’s Tree Hoodie

It’s my first Evy’s Tree Hoodie and I may or may not have worn it for a week (perhaps two?) straight! They also have an awesome sale going on right, so hurry up and snag one for yourself!

Journaling Bible

I love seeing my Instagram feed full of beautifully colored and inspired Bible pages. Though I wouldn’t call myself an artist, I am excited to start decorating the pages of my new journaling Bible.

Adult Coloring Book

Adult coloring books are all the rage, and now I know why! I may not be the most artistic person, but I CAN color inside the lines…most of the time.

How about you? What are a few of your favorite things? Are they lovely? Are they useful? Are they personal? I want to hear!

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