paper and love all rolled into one!


paper and love all rolled into one!

My new jewellery is my direct connection with a fellow mother.  I bought this hand-made wrap bracelet, or long necklace if you will, through an amazing organization called Shanti Uganda. This bracelet and other paper jewellery like it are hand rolled by Ugandan women.  The ladies also sew a variety of bags including yoga mat bags.  The money generated from the bags and jewellery sales goes straight back to the ladies who make it!!  Cool right!?  Shanti Uganda believes in empowerment and support of the Ugandan women to create these heartfelt pieces as a means to support their livelihood and that of their children.  The ladies receive training in skills and business parctices as well as access to an onsite community garden.  Many of these ladies face a bundle of challenges including but not limited to poverty, single parenthood and a weak immune system (HIV/AIDS).  You can see why a support network is so important to their success when some many cards can be stacked against them.  The mission of the organization is to improve infant and maternal health of Ugandan women living with HIV/AIDS. Local Ugandan midwives with traditional knowledge paired with modern-day best practices help provide safe deliveries in the local birthing house.

Looking for a way to support mammas and their new bundles of joy?  Visit Shanti Uganda for inspiration 🙂

Best, Julie

one of my first loves

Esty, an unexpected find for me that quickly grew into a serious, year round love years ago! This banner I used at my wedding, was one of my first purchase on Etsy from the talented Kara Melwood based out of Alberta, Canada.  Etsy is a artisans wonderland full of hand crafted goods and antique delights from around the world.  The options are nearly endless for what you can find.  Like many wonderful finds on the web, Etsy can whisk you away in imagination, amazement and creativity that many guys and gals can easily fall in love with:)  I love for Etsy for it’s ability to house the grass roots mentality within the tech advanced world.  Etsy magnifies and gives a new definition to the words “craft fair”.  The goods for purchase are the tangible hearts and souls of the crafters behind them.  The site includes the option of creating a favourites (Canadian spelling folks) list of specific items or favourite shops.  If you’re a creative bug your self and you’re looking for a great way to share what you do Etsy could be for you.  If the parameters of parent hood occupy your “free time” so purchasing others creative talent is more your style swing by Etsy and enjoy creating your fav’s list.  Now I just need a grand room with high ceilings to hang my beautiful wedding banner!Image

” We all do better, when we all do better” – Paul Wellstone.


” We all do better, when we all do better” – Paul Wellstone.

I came across this phrase in a magazine while on my honeymoon in 2011.  It has stuck with me and I think it speaks volumes.  I’m a self proclaimed lover of our planet and all living things on it.  I do believe every little bit counts, good or bad, it all goes into the pot and has an effect or a result.  Collective responsibility for the common good of everyone and everything helps everyone and everything.   A shared resource is just that, SHARED and is vulnerable to misuse or over use and thus depletion leading to a tragedy of the commons.  So, we all do better, when we all do better so LET’S DO BETTER 🙂

Love it! Simple words make the biggest impact for me:) Thanks for posting this The Better Man Project.

The Better Man Project ™

774b0b9324cb8d9a1f6d60ff23ed00f0Les Brown in his speech “Step Into Your Greatness” describes an event in his life where he got down on himself, and didn’t slow down the “car of his life,” he just decided to get off the road and park. He stayed off the road, he went back to his comfort zone, and didn’t even give himself the opportunity to be helped by those who were around him. I’ve listened to this speech, all 48 minutes of it, 10 times in the past week and a half. Why?

I parked.

I have an interesting life in one particular way. At time it can be incredibly frustrating, and at times it is very fruitful. But because I play a big game in life, the problems that come with this mentality are monumental. They stack up on me, I get stressed out…I still perform…but things can get pretty sporty sometimes. The result…

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