Happy Mother's Day weekend! I have an awesome Mom and I'm so happy to celebrate her this Sunday. She goes above and beyond for me and my two sisters, so it's nice there is a special day where we get to tell her how much she is appreciated!
And while I could write an entire post about how lucky I am to have such a great mom, I've been thinking about ways we can show love to mothers everywhere this Mother's Day. I came up with three ideas for how we can all support and appreciate mothers from down the street, across town, and around the world on Mother's Day and every day.
- Show love to a mom you know. Do you have a friend who recently gave birth? A single mom who works a lot? A stay-at-home mom who could use a night out? This Mother's Day, lend a helping hand to a mom who could use it. Offer to make dinner for a new mom. Offer to babysit for a busy mom. Offer to take a stay-at-home mom out for a girl's night. Do something to make things just a bit easier for the moms in your life.
- Show love to a mom in your community. Does your city have resources to support moms who are struggling with employment, finances, or finishing school? Volunteer your time, talents, and resources to help create a loving support network in your community for moms who really need it. There are many organizations that help women find jobs, teen moms graduate from school, and give aid to moms on the brink of homelessness. Find an organization that is dedicated to pouring into the lives of moms in your community and make a difference is a mom's life.
- Show love to a mom around the world. We can make choices in our daily lives that make a positive impact on moms across the globe. Where we decide to spend our money can make a big difference in the life of a mom in another country. Being a conscious consumer means understanding where our dollars go when we make a purchase. A simple decision on where to shop can truly help lift women and their families out of poverty. Look into making more Fair Trade purchases and supporting organizations that value worker's rights.
Macy’s Heart of Haiti upholds the belief that “trade not aid” is a powerful way to create sustainable work and much needed financial opportunities.The initiative allows opportunities for the artists to work with US designers, helping strengthen international artisan relationships and making their products viable in the US market. The Heart of Haiti campaign pays in excess of fair wage to the talented artisans who create the product, giving them the dignity of work and economic self-determination.To date the program has employed 780 artisans, which has improved the lives of over 6,200 individuals. The Heart of Haiti initiative
provides artists with an opportunity to make a living, feed their families and pay their children’s school fees.
I've been searching for unique and beautiful pieces to decorate our new home with, and I absolutely love this Heart of Haiti frame. The frame is made from recycled steel and handcrafted by an artisan in Haiti. The frame is so gorgeously detailed and looks great on my mantle. Now I'm searching for just the right picture to display inside this special piece.
The Heart of Haiti collection features over 40 home decor items including quilts, metalwork, jewelry and paintings. It seriously is taking all of my willpower not to buy every single piece of the collection! Everything is stunning and each handcrafted item would make a great addition to any home.
Beyond the beauty of the collection itself, the true beauty comes from the people behind it. The Heart of Haiti line allows families to use their skills and talents to support themselves. Every time I look at this frame, I like to think of a mother who is able to nurture and provide for her children through the wages she receives from Heart of Haiti.
Mother's Day can be a chance for us to not only shower our own mothers with love, but to reach out and and show love to mothers we may not even know personally. Cherish the mother and mother-figures in your life. But let's also cherish mothers from all places and walks of life. Because Mother's Day isn't just for our mother; it's for mothers everywhere.
Are you doing anything special for Mother's Day? What do you think of my ideas to show love to mothers around the world? And what pieces do you absolutely love from the Heart of Haiti collection? Let me know in the comments!
I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with Macy's Heart of Haiti product to review. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.