Jesscbnyc Recommends: Causebox

I kept seeing this on Pinterest and tucked it away in my memory as something that would be cool to do. I love the idea of buying products that benefit people’s lives and while I know some organizations, I wanted to learn more. So, I finally signed up!

Why I recommend it:

  • Socially conscious brands
  • Learning about new charities/businesses
  • Beautiful packaging
  • Variety of products

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First of all how BEAUTIFUL is the shipping box it comes in? I love it! Packaging is a huge plus when buying online and it was such a joy to get it. I’m thinking about recycling it for storage in my room.

 

Here are some of the products I received in the Spring Box:

 

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Altru: Hand sewn “Stay true” Canvas Pennant created by female artisans in India.

Lili Arnold: Be You Print by local CA artist.

 

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THX: Each candle is hand-poured by a young adult with special needs. And the facility helps them learn life-skills and training.

This Bar Saves Lives: Each bar provides a food packet to a hungry child.

 

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Braid: Each purchase helps provide for homeless children.

Sasa Designs: Each purchase provides long term employment and empowerment


 

First Impressions:

Altru: This was the first thing I saw as I opened the box. I love it. I can’t wait to hang it up.

Lili Arnold: I plan to hang this up in my office at work.

THX: I love candles. This one smells great and I kid you not, when I read the lid my heart leapt. My brother is Schizophrenic, and I love that this company provides a service for young adults with special needs.

This Bar Saves Lives: I love this. I like eating Kashi Bars or KIND Bars and I think this serves a better purpose.

Braid: I don’t often spray my linens, but if I wanted to buy Febreeze or something, I would rather purchase this product.

Sasa Designs: I’ve discovered in recent years that my pierced ears do not like metal, so I plan to give these to my mom. I love the idea of supporting a company like this for jewelry if you don’t have allergy issues.

Which product did you like best? Would you use any of these?

To check it out go here.

Jesscbnyc Recommends: Unshattered

Last Saturday I attended the NJ Human Trafficking Summit. I attended various breakout sessions and gathered information about efforts being made in the NJ area and the US at large to fight Human Trafficking as well as to hear a few survivor’s speak about their experience.

 

One organization works directly with survivors to help assist in their healing and also gives them the ability to learn a skill, making handbags.

 

If you would like to learn more visit their website: Unshattered

 

If you would like to purchase an item from their shop: Etsy

 

If you would like more information about Human Trafficking efforts in NJ: NJ Coalition

Jesscbnyc Recommends: Ghana Bamboo Bikes

I saw this video on AJ+ and really enjoyed it. So often I think about all the items we use but waste by throwing them away. I like that this bike is made out of items that can be recycled and is also impacting school children who no longer have to walk miles to attend classes.

 

I’m currently waiting for more information on cost and shipping for you guys but for now you can look at the products here:

 

http://ghanabamboobikes.org/en/shop

Jesscbnyc Announcement

Hey guys,

I’ve been keeping a secret since November and now it’s official! I will be contributing content for Horacio Printing !!!

For those of you who might now know, Horacio Printing makes awesome planners that help you organize your life. Sometimes life can deteriorate your plans and dreams and this planner is crucial to make sure that you are cultivating the calling and dreams in your life.

The good news is I will be blogging here and there so nothing is changing. Feel free to subscribe or keep an eye on on the Horacio Blog here.

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Also the planner has been such a huge success that the 2016 version has already sold out!!! But I have some news. There will be a limited re-release of planners for those who missed out on the first run.

Simply go to this link and enter the promo code “preorder” for a 20% off savings!

xoxo,

Jess

Jesscbnyc Recommends: The Drop Box

View Trailer Here

On October 10th I was delighted to see that this movie which I heard about online was finally available on Netflix. Previously it was a limited theatrical release and I found out about it about a year after that happened. Ha!

The entire movie is subtitled, but it is a great documentary about the work that is being done abroad when mothers abandon their unwanted babies. Because there is a lot of shame , unwed mothers often feel desperate to rid themselves of their infant children, and can do so in unsafe ways. This can be leaving them on a stranger’s porch. Placing them near a dumpster. The list goes on. However, a local church constructed a drop box where women could ring a bell and place their child inside a box built into the side of the church. Inside, volunteers would hear the bell and retrieve the baby from the box.

It’s crazy at times to think this would happen and you can see later on in the film that there are people who are against it, thinking everyone will want to give up their child, and people who are trying to avoid many infant deaths by giving women an opportunity to safely turn over their child anonymously.

I would highly recommend this movie if you have access to Netflix.

I’d love to hear your reviews below once you see it!

Jesscbnyc Recommends: Square Hue

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I read about Square Hue online about a month ago and knew I wanted to sign up once I got my paycheck. Last year I used to treat myself in the midst of a season of unbelievable anxiety to monthly manicures. I liked a cheap, simple, splurge and the fact that they know how to file my nails into a square.

It’s the little things.

After a while though I started feeling like 1. It’s somewhat of a pointless expense every month, 2. I don’t like that most nail polishes are not really safe to use, and 3. I like supporting small businesses.

Enter Square Hue.

“SquareHue is an online, nail polish subscription service on a mission. Every month members are surprised with either two or three luxurious, limited edition colors. The brand has set its standards high and delivers a 7-free clean formula (free from formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, and xylene), one of the cleanest in the industry, cruelty-free, vegan and proudly made in the USA.

What makes SquareHue truly unique is that it was intentionally created with the purpose of funding organizations that are changing the world. Currently a portion of all monthly subscription proceeds are donated for prevention awareness, protection of trafficked victims and prosecution of human traffickers, through The A21 Campaign.”

So getting cute nail polish in the mail and helping some of my favorite organizations??

Yes please.

I can’t find anything solid online, but I’m pretty sure they are a Christian company. It’s not every day you see a company that knows who A21 or Compassion are.

I’m really excited to try out the nail polishes I got and to share the results.

Be Free

I found this organization after reading a Buzzfeed article. I think it’s a wonderful idea. So often when it comes to New Year’s, we become consumed with what we can do personally to improve our own lives. However, I want to continue to find creative ways to help people. This could be as simple as deciding to buy jewelry or a handbag from this company, sponsoring a child, or donating to a local cause. Mirriam-Webster defines a “resolution” as:

res·o·lu·tion

noun \ˌre-zə-ˈlü-shən\

: the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict, problem, etc. : the act of resolving something

: an answer or solution to something

Since when did a New Year’s resolution become something as shallow as working out more, traveling, treat yourself more, or any of these somewhat trivial things? I encourage us all to become people who challenge ourselves with each new year. What are we doing to improve as Christ-followers? What are we doing to make an impact? What are we doing to improve the lives of others? What are we doing that has lasting success and not just temporary satisfaction?

I think these are worthy challenges and worthy New Year’s resolutions. Challenge yourself to do something more this year…I plan to.

Happy New Year.