My doctor told me that something I was putting on my skin was disrupting my endocrine system, in other words my hormones. And we determined it was my lush shampoo and face wash 🙁
So I’m trying a new shampoo, one without endocrine disruptors. So far I’m a fan!
I know many people think it’s overkill and even obsessive to be choosy and pay attention to the ingredients in products we put in and on our bodies and to forgo anything with unnatural ingredients disruptive to our health. I hear and see that perspective all the time. But I don’t even know how to stress the importance of it, the relevance of it. Why would it not be important? How is it not relevant? Culturly we value our entitlement over our health, and convenience over the truth.
Ok rant over.
Babywearing is magical. How else could I go for an hour long walk in the feilds and fresh air while holding him close as he sleeps?
Sleep my little boy, and hold your mama close. For when you awake you will move mountains.
I’m not usually a big jewelry person, but I can’t get over these bracelets together: the turquoise identity bracelet from Guatemala and the pearl bracelet from Thailand, both hand crafted by women empowered out of poverty ♡
If you want to know more about pieces like these and how they are changing the world, find me at facebook.com/lisastradesofhope or mytradesofhope.com/lisakuth
The fall line of new products was released, and thanks to a very successful Mystery Hostess party I was able to order a few of the new pieces to show at parties! And of course, the Fall 2015 catalogs 🙂
The Soho cross-body bag, lovingly hand made in Bangladesh. The Trades of Hope bags are some of my favorites!
The Dazzling necklace, hand crafted by women in India. It’s a statement piece, but so lightweight and fun to wear.
The Traveler’s Leather Wallet, also hand crafted in India. This wallet is so beautiful, sturdy, and has so many pockets!
The Restoration bracelet, made in Haiti with recycled cereal box beads. My one year old Jack was a big fan of holding the cereal box beads on this Haiti bracelet while he nursed. This bracelet represents 24 jobs that are allowing moms in Haiti to provide for their babies so they don’t have to give them up to orphanages just so they can be fed ♡
Find me at facebook.com/lisastradesofhope to read more, ask questions, and watch out for events and specials!
It’s a big moment when your first born turns one. Besides celebrating the fact you’ve kept a baby human alive for a whole year, or that your baby doesn’t feel like a baby anymore and is becoming a toddler, or that you get to throw your baby their first party… with your first child, their first birthday is also the first anniversary of you becoming a parent. I could never have anticipated that in celebrating my child’s birth day and development I’d be such an intimate part of it. It makes me realize how much I am a part of my child’s story and his life as he grows up. It’s such a great honor and responsibility.
Jack, you’re growing up faster than I can anticipate! You delight me with your ever increasing curiosity and motor skills. You wave good bye and it’s heart melting. You point at things and people and you light up when I point back at you. The looks you give me are so full of love and joy they could burst and sprinkle me with golden confetti. Daddy’s teaching you to say “dog” when you play at the park and I heard you say “go” when dad mentioned going to the store! You love exploring and you love your people, you always have. You are a little mechanic and an expert at exhausting your parents, as any one year old boy should be.
You’re such a little man, and I can hardly believe how wonderful you are.
After a year’s maternity leave I’m finally picking up my Trades of Hope business again. This is such a meaningful company to be a part of. The mission is to empower women; changing the world not through charity, but establishing a lasting change through sustainable, fair trade business. That business? Hiring women in poverty as artisans and paying them a fair living wage in safe working conditions for their gorgeous handiwork, giving them an opportunity to help themselves where they had none before, often allowing them to provide for their families and send their children to school helping end the cycle of poverty.
There are now 16 countries Trades of Hope partners with! 16 countries where women are often discriminated against and mistreated, denied education, viewed as sex objects, and left with few options when abandoned, widowed, or outcast. Empowering them to take care of themselves not only helps their situation but also heals their heart, giving them dignity and hope for their future!
And we can be a big part of creating the change to give these women hope, from right where we are at. How we spend our dollars is like voting or investing in what kind of world we live in: buy fair trade chocolate, and vote against child labor; buy fair trade coffee, and invest in the coffee farmers and their families; buy fair trade clothing and accessories and invest in artisans, keeping them out of sweat shops or the sex trade. Vote against poverty. Vote for giving incredibly capable women a fair opportunity.
Would you like to change the world with me? It’s so easy. Find me on facebook at Facebook.com/lisastradesofhope
I just had to share these precious blackberry lips. After a very well enjoyed tasting, this is his sleepy stare. These busy tiring days sure do hold simply wonderful moments.