We’re Giving Back!

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When we give together, we win together.

Bridge Builder’s Community Foundations has started their Week of Giving campaign.  Their iniative brings over 75 nonprofits together with thousands of donors, like you, who want to make a difference. This initiative is all about responding to the needs of rural communities in Clarion, Forest, Jefferson and Venango Counties through collective philanthropy.

 

When you shop with us this week, we’ll provide you with the option of adding a donation to your purchase.  Every day this week you’ll have the ability to round your purchase up to the nearest dollar, and we’ll forward your donation on to BBCF for their campaign.
“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”
― Maya Angelou

Melissa and Doug Toys

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It has become increasingly clear over the years that it’s not enough to simply make engaging toys. The Melissa and Doug toy company feel it’s their obligation to change the world’s way of thinking about childhood and play. Those precious moments of free time when kids have the freedom to create something from nothing and to follow their curiosity is in short supply in today’s world.

Overscheduled, overstimulated, and facing undue pressures, kids today are missing out on the kind of unstructured, child-led time that helps them grow up to be confident, independent, and fulfilled. Real learning and growth happen when kids are given the time and space to be without structure, without rules.

To turn the tide, they’re starting a movement to fight for free time and all the countless ways to enjoy it! It’s time to . . . Take Back Childhood!

Lizzy James wrap bracelets

 

Lizzy Wraps are designed and handmade in the USA using leather and organic cotton cord.  The finishes include silverplate, 24k goldplate, sterling silver, and stainless steel.  Wrap one, two or three bracelets on your wrist for a layered, fashion forward look.  As you rotate through your bracelets on a daily basis, you can also choose to wear one as a necklace.  Just leave it unwrapped and clasp it around your neck!  Great to give as a gift to your trendy friend or to keep for yourself!

Choosing the Right Necklace…

1Do you have a jewelry box full of items you have worn once or twice? Most of us do! Why is that? Of course, we all have those pieces that were gifted to us, so they just sit there. What about the others?

Pieces of jewelry, for the most part, are bought on an impulse. We see it, we like it, we buy it! More often than not, a piece of jewelry is not worn
for one of two reasons; either, it doesn’t match your wardrobe or it doesn’2t flatter you.

Length is a huge factor when choosing a necklace. Women have many options as far as the length is concerned. A choker is a great choice if you have a long thin neck, but it may not work for a woman that has a thicker neck or one that has a lot of wrinkles. A woman with a thick neck and/or with wrinkles should stay away from a close fitting necklace and go with a longer chain with a larger p4endant, possibly, to draw the eyes away from the neck area.

Statement pieces are something else to consider. Statement pieces are designed for you to have fun with, but can make all the wrong statements if they are not worn correctly. Only wear one statement piece at a time! You do not want to overwhelm your look. Consider all of the factors of your outfit: clothing, shoes, purse, glasses and all other jewelry.

Creating your own look is fun and easy, with a little thought!

What is Fair Trade? What does it really mean?

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Fair trade is an approach to business and to development based on dialogue, transparency, and respect that seeks to create greater equity in the international trading system. Fair trade supports farmers and craftspeople in developing countries who are socially and economically marginalized.

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Fair Trade criteria include:

  • Create Opportunities for Economically and Socially Marginalized Producers

  • Develop Transparent and Accountable Relationships

  • Build Capacity

  • Promote Fair Trade

  • Pay Promptly and Fairly

  • Support Safe and Empowering Working Conditions

  • Ensure the Rights of Children

  • Cultivate Environmental Stewardship

  • Respect Cultural Identity

Mandy’s Gift Boutique proudly offers wonderful products from Natural Life, Peace Love Bling and Costello International! All three companies support the Free Trade Initiative!

Father’s Day – History and More

It took awhile for the notion of “Father’s Day” to catch on! Most men did not seem to want to be honored by the gift giving sentiments that Mother’s receive on Mother’s Day. They felt the holiday’s sentimental attempts to domesticate manliness was unnecessary.

In 1908, a West Virginia church sponsored the nation’s first event explicitly in honor of fathers. In 1916, President Wilson honored the day by using telegraph signals to unfurl a flag in Spokane when he pressed a button in Washington, D.C.In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge urged state governments to observe Father’s Day. However, many men continued to disdain the day.

It wasn’t until 1972 that Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making Father’s Day a federal holiday at last. Today, Fathers are recognized and honored worldwide. In the U.S we celebrate on the third Sunday in June.

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Mandy’s Gift Boutique has a great collection of Father’s Day celebratory ideas for you on Pinterest!

Say Thank You to the Teachers!

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It’s that time of the year! The end of the school year has come and we all want to show our appreciation for those exceptional teachers in our children’s lives. Choosing the right token to show that appreciation can be difficult.

Apples for your teacher are nice, but Mandy’s great gift ideas help you make the grade with your favorite teachers. Show your appreciation for all they do to inspire, educate and teach.

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“Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.” ~Aristotle