YouWood Necklace Giveaway

I discovered YouWood through some advertisements they did on Instagram before they officially launched as a company. I love anything that is a combination of wood and metal. My house has a lot of those elements in it : earth and industry together. I love it.

Naturally, once I saw this necklace, I loved the look of it. But it was more than that.

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This necklace is a necklace that Sadie Robertson {Duck Dynasty} helped design for YouWood. This necklace is assembled by women saved from the sex trafficking industry and proceeds from the sales go to the cost of saving these women as well as giving them jobs.

The diamond shape is a way to say that these precious women are “diamonds in the rough.”

YouWood sent me a necklace to try out and see how much I liked it. I am telling you, it is such a beautiful and classic piece. I can layer this necklace with many other styles and looks. And the best part is the meaning I am carrying around my neck the entire time.

I am able to look at this necklace and think of these incredibly brave women who have been saved from such an awful place and now have the strength to move on in this world. What courage this takes.

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One of my lucky readers will be getting one of these necklaces shipped straight to them 🙂
Enter by doing these things below and one winner will be chosen for YouWood to send this necklace to.

I have partnered with YouWood to share the message of this necklace and get my readers excited about this cause. If nothing else dear friends, remember these women and pray for them.

To Enter :
1. Like this post and FOLLOW BOTH @krystalribble and @youwoodorg on Instagram.
2. Visit www.krystalribble.com and subscribe to my blogs (Pink Button on the Blog Page) in order to be notified each time I do another giveaway.
3. Tag two friends who would love my mission and @youwoodorg’s mission to uplift the broken people and places of this world and give them the tools to be successful.

**You must do all of these things to be entered to win. We will be checking each entry.**

GIVEAWAY winner will be drawn at random on Friday night November 6,2015, and announced on my (@krystalribble) Instagram. (Giveaway not sponsored by IG, must be 13+ old and US or Canadian resident to enter.)

Please know that I am receiving no compensation for this. I just absolutely LOVE what YouWood is doing and I want you all to join me in their cause!

“When no one else would, YOUWOOD.”

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The Trait Project : #5 {DeaNa MeRae}

Growing up I went through ebbs and flows about getting married. When I was really little, I thought every single girl got married and had kids one day. As I grew up, I realized that wasn’t true, but that I would probably want to be married one day. Then in my early twenty’s, I kind of decided…. Nah…. I don’t need to get married.

Jokes on me…. I got married in 2011 to an absolutely exquisite human being.

In January 2011 when I married my prince, I gained a family I could have never imagined in my wildest of dreams. I adore my in-laws.

Among these people, I have a most unique relationship with my mother-n-law. Usually, when you are the girlfriend/wife, the mother-n-law can be a difficult person to get along with. We all know moms and their boys; the only comparison is dads and their girls.

DeaNa MeRae Foat Ribble. My mother-n-law.

Hawaii Trip {A trip Jared & I took to Hawaii with my Mother and Father-N-Law}

She is a woman who knows what she wants. You can meet her one time and you know she has exactly in mind what she wants in life and all the ideas of how to achieve it. I can see in my father-in-law’s eyes that this was one of her spicy qualities that drew him to her so many years ago.

She has fire in her eyes. The good kind. The kind that makes you want to join any cause she seeks.

She has this uncanny ability to promote and seek fairness at all costs. She sees when it should be exhibited and holds everyone to a moral standard of ultimate proportions. Seems harsh in concept, but I have seen her compass correct many situations with poise. My husband inherited this from her as well as my oldest nephew. To see how each of the boys displays this is quite astounding. Especially my nephew. Being twelve and having such an innate measure of fairness has proven to show him as one incredible friend to have by your side.

DeaNa Being Silly {A throwback from when we were dating. You can see why it was so easy to love this woman to begin with :)}

I had the privilege of living with my in-laws for a little over a year when my father-n-law ran for the US House of Representatives for the first time. Bonding with and seeing my mother-n-law on that campaign forever shaped my relationship with her and my view of her.

As we can all see right now with the Presidential election looming upon us, campaigns can be nasty. Even if there is nothing bad to say about you, people will make up slanderous things and spew them for the world to see. It’s horrific. I had to watch as my family went through this. At the helm of the hurt? My mother-n-law.

My father-n-law had a goal in mind. He allowed the hate and lies to roll off of his back. My mother-n-law took each blow for the family. When it was difficult she winced a little, but she kept pushing. Why? Because she knew the decision to pursue this office was the right decision. She knew how to keep our family compass pointed north and she herself was the needle holding us on course.

Deana & Nephews {DeaNa with my nephews, Benjamin & Joseff, while we were working on the Campaign in 2010}

I was able to be next to her for comfort and companionship during that very lonely and tiring time. I wouldn’t trade those days for anything in the world. It shaped our relationship. I was able to understand my mother-n-law on a level I think most daughter-in-law’s miss out on. I fully believe if we knew our in-laws as intimately as the parents who raised us, we might view them differently. If we knew what makes them who they are and if we knew what it was about them that raised our spouses the way they did; I think we would have different relationships with them.

And more importantly, if we knew their inner struggles–  the things that keep them awake at night and the heartbeats that keep them pursing the health of their family at all costs–  if we knew these things, we would then fall into their arms as their own child with thanksgiving for being bestowed the honor to call them yours.

{I fully understand each person’s experiences are different. These are just how I view families who really have healthy dynamics that they sometimes take for granted.}

This is what I have in DeaNa. I truly have a second mom.

I have never in my life loved a human being like I love her son Jared. And with that gift came a whole family I can now add to the list of “mine.”

DeaNa & Reid {My in-laws : Reid & DeaNa}

DeaNa, thank you for your fire and your fairness. Thank you for instilling that in your son whom I married. I look forward to him teaching our son those qualities and what it means to protect and pursue those you love with passion.

I can never say thank you enough for welcoming me into the Ribble family with arms wide open. I love you.

“Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.” -H. Jackson Brown, Jr. {author}

Teysha Boots Giveaway

I discovered Teysha a little over a year ago. Since coming into the Fair Trade fold (loving all fair trade items), any company I came across with a mission and a cause much bigger than myself, that manifests itself in a cool item to purchase, really makes me excited.

Last year, about this time, I was looking for some unique and very high quality boots to purchase.

I came across some photos on Instagram that looked like this :

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I was in LOVE!

I must have talked about these “Peace Boots” so much because for Christmas of 2014, my husband gave me the gift of ordering my very own pair.

The look on my face when I discovered his gift to me :

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These boots are completely custom. You pick the color of the leather, you pick the fabrics, and they are tailor-made to your feet. I can tell you first hand, they are exquisite. I love every single thing about my boots. In fact, there are two other styles they make that I want to purchase as well.

My boots on one of my recent trips to DC :

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Teysha is a company who believes in allies. They believe in people who want to create change in this world and take the road less traveled.

These boots are made in Guatemala by artisans who make 80% above Fair Trade wages. They are able to feed their families and support their communities in ways they would not have been if Teysha did not help them have a successful marketplace in the Americas.

I am so honored to be a part of that.

Now on to the good news for you. Teysha and I believe in you. We believe in the person you are and the things you are going to do to change this world.

In honor of October being Fair Trade Month, Teysha is giving away a $100 gift card for an order of $250 or more through an exclusive giveaway on my site.

I CANNOT tell you how incredible this is!
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To Enter :
1. Like this post and FOLLOW BOTH @krystalribble and @teysha_is.
2. Visit www.krystalribble.com and subscribe to my blogs (Pink Button on the Blog Page) in order to be notified each time I do another giveaway.
3. Tag two friends who would love my mission and @teysha_is’s mission to uplift the broken people and places of this world and give them the tools to be successful.

**You must do all of these things to be entered to win. We will be checking each entry.**

GIVEAWAY winner will be drawn at random on Monday night October 26,2015, and announced on my (@krystalribble) Instagram.

(Giveaway not sponsored by IG, must be 13+ old and US or Canadian resident to enter.)

Please know that I am receiving no compensation for this. I just absolutely LOVE my Teysha boots and want you all to join me in their cause!

“Our purpose is to connect people through art, community, and culture, and cultivate a more vibrant world.” -Teysha