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Macy's Heart of Haiti (Sponsored Post)

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What is Macy’s Heart of Haiti? Heart of Haiti is a “Trade, Not Aid” initiative launched by artist and social entrepreneur, Willa Shalit, The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund and Macy’s. Already, Heart of Haiti has led to employment of 750 artists in Haiti, providing financial benefits for an estimated 8,500 people in the country.

Each item is a one-of-a-kind design and handmade by a Haitian master artisan from raw materials such as recycled oil drums, wrought iron, papier-mâché and stone. The collection features more than 40 home decor items including quilts, metalwork, ceramics, jewelry and paintings and is made almost entirely from recycled and sustainable items such as old cement bags, cardboard, oil drums and local gommier wood.

Heart of Haiti products are available online at Macy’

Sometimes we find that we are shaped in motherhood by the people we least expected. If someone had told me  I would meet a neurotic woman from New Mexico who would teach me more about motherhood than anyone else I'd have laughed. Sadie is not only my best friend but my "mommy muse". Sadie has helped me to grow, to learn to forgive myself, and to laugh at myself. We have grown up, into motherhood, together. That is why when I got the chance to work with Clever Girl Collective and Macy's Heart of Haiti, I knew she would be the person to give this beautiful necklace to.

I could not think of another woman in my life who has been more solid for me. Sadie is a gift in my life. Sadie was in my life and held up my arms during some of the darkest moments of motherhood. When I struggle with marriage issues, self esteem issues, and postpartum depression Sadie stood by me- never doing things for me, but always reminded me that I could take my life into my own hands and change the directions things were going for me. She reminded me that I was not alone, while helping me believe that I had the power in me to do what was best for myself. "Trade, Not Aid" holds this same tone. "Trade, Not Aid" helps people embrace their own power through their crafts and talents. Sustainable income is a cornerstone of what "Trade, Not Aid" does. Helping people understand that THEY have the power to change their situations is one of the most valuable gifts we can give to each other. This Mother's Day, I'm working with Clever Girls in support of Macy's Heart of Haiti to shine a light on the "trade, not aid" program, which provides sustainable income to Haitian artisans struggling to rebuild their lives and support their families after the 2010 earthquake.


*Thank you to Macy's Heart of Haiti for sponsoring my participation in this “Share Your Heart" promotion. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Shinto Clinical by Kimora Lee Simmons {Sponsored Post}

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I remember as a kid loving the smell of Noxzema® Original Deep Cleansing Cream. I'd slather that white creamy stuff on over and over again.

That was junior high

Then in high school hormones, pimples, and lots of cool commercials led me to believe that Clean & Clear® was where it was at.

None of it really worked on my face, or else my pimples and blemishes were just the super human kind. I could never find the right product to balance out my oily chin, dry flaking nose, and blemish ridden forehead. Truth be told with the hormones of pregnancy and well... just being a woman, I still get some unsightly blemishes. It is what it is.

When I landed in college I started doing research on skin care and I learned a lot. I learned you need a good gentle cleanser, something to help remove build up (a toner, astringent, or scrub) , a daily moisturizer with SPF, and an evening deep moisturizer. These days I pretty much feel that you get what you pay for. My skin is important to me so it isn't out of the ordinary for me to pay 50 dollars for some moisturizer. *GASP* I knooooow  that is some coin, y'all. Seriously. I do... but I want high quality ingredient without all the nasty additives and I want it to work! SO I pay for quality.

I have to live in this skin for the rest of my life and I am trying hard to avoid looking like this guy. Even HE doesn't want to look like him.

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So when Collective Bias pitched the idea to participate in a shopper insight with Shinto Clinical by Kimora Lee Simmons, I jumped on board!  I love trying new products and I have a lady crush on  Kimora Lee Simmons.

I was immediately impressed with the fresh looking women who were a variety of colors on her site! Also all the herbs, flowers, and food ingredients drew me and made me think this line was going to have quality ingredients.

I currently use a mish mash of products depending on the season and how my skin is cooperating.

I have a particular fondness for Dr. Perricone's Cosmecueticals even though his face kind of freaks me out...


His products are gentle and effective and I ADORE his awesome bottles!

I documented my  Shinto Clinical path to purchase HERE on my Google+ album

Overall I really liked Shinto Clinical by Kimora Lee Simmons.  All of the products have wonderful RECOGNIZABLE ingredients with names that have personality. I tried out  "Micro Manage" as I considered it befitting of my anal retentive personality.

The product had an abrasive ingredient that was a bit uncomfortable, but once I washed it off it revealed great results.

Shinto Clinical is what I would call "grown up skin care". Put down  those Clearasil® pads ladies and gents! Our skin evolves and so should our skincare!


This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias