Have you seen Poverty, Inc.?
The whole documentary is an eye-opening look at the “business” of giving to poor countries. It is an important film to watch.
There’s an interesting segment on orphans, and how many of them end up in orphanages. Most aren’t orphans at all- many of them have at least one living parent who loves them and even visits them in the orphanage. They are there because the parents can’t provide basic needs for their beloved children, such as food and clothing, mostly because they don’t have jobs. It is a whole cycle of system of poverty and it is heartbreaking.
This is the main reason why I am a Noonday Ambassador and why Noonday is relevant on Integrative Mom. Noonday provides jobs for artisans in developing countries so they are able to earn a living and keep the children they so love.
If you don’t know about Noonday, please watch this video for an introduction to what we are all about. (Watch for me- I’m wearing a tight fitting black dress that gloriously showcases my last baby bump!)
The new fall collection is out now, so check it out. And if you’re in the market for a new bag or any gifts as we head into fall please consider shopping from Noonday!
I also have quite a few items left in my sample sale which you can see here.
My labor and delivery went fast.
Like I was still dressed in street clothes, SHOES and giant earrings fast.
So my sister was laughing thinking about all the care I took packing my hospital bag, assuming I had no time to use any of it before the baby came. But two things I used immediately.
The first thing my husband did when they put me in the room was hook up his phone to our Jawbone Mini Jambox Wireless Bluetooth Speaker. I love music and he knows how much that helps me during labor.
And he also put up a string of white Christmas lights for ambient lighting and as a focal point for me. It cast a soft glow in the room and made such a difference. Everything else- the lollipops, lip balm, hair ties, essential oils, everything, went out the window.
Then as I was moved into my recovery room, we set up the lights on the unused IV stand next to the hospital bed, and turned off all the other lights.
Every nurse and doctor who came in commented on what a great idea those lights were, as flipping on the harsh lights to check on me or the baby was comopletely unnecessary.
The first few hours and days are so amazing and sweet, and those lights added to the magic.