Eyeglasses Matter + DIFF Eyewear Giveaway

My son, Aiden, has always had terrible eyesight.

The first time we were with him in Grenada (where he was born), he didn’t have glasses on and we realized he could not see anything.

We would hand him a book and he would bury his face in it to see even one thing on the page.

We were walking down the beach one night trying to point out some crabs scurrying on the sand to him and he nearly fell over trying to bend down close enough to see them.

Aiden wearing my DIFF sunglasses over his regular glasses. 🙂

My Mommy heart broke when I saw this, yet I understand it so much as I suffer from terrible eyesight as well – but not near as bad as my son does.

He has a couple of issues fighting against his vision that we have been working on over the course of his two years home with us.

If you get me to talking at all about his eyes, you will know right away how important it is to me that we take care of his vision and have him in the perfect glasses.

This summer, after a year and a half of researching on my part and doctor visit after doctor visit after doctor visit, Aiden is having surgery on his eyes. The story of how I came to this and what is being done is too long for this post, however, as nervous as I am about this, I am so excited for him to have better sight.

You say smile and he sticks his tongue out. Go figure.

Even after his surgery, he will need glasses. I will always be an advocate for his eyes and remember how helpless I felt when he needed them in the orphanage and I could do nothing about it.

When I came across DIFF Eyewear, there was something within this mama’s heart that fluttered a bit. Not only do I love their sunglasses, but they give eye glasses to people in need with every purchase of sunglasses. 

Among the eye care they are able to help fund are eye exams, vision assistance, and eye care treatment to those who would otherwise not receive it.

Go to their website to read more about the wonderful work they are doing : www.diffeyewear.com

I have the Bella Motley Frame sunglasses with blue mirrored & polarized lenses. I LOVE them! They are so clear when you look through them, they do not fatigue my eyes at all, and the frames are super comfortable. I am certain to be purchasing another pair in the near future.

I spend a lot of my time these days gazing at two little boys who have my whole heart 🙂

Now for the good part – DIFF and I have partnered together to do a great giveaway today and offer an amazing discount to my readers.

I am giving away ONE PAIR of sunglasses to one of my readers. Follow the instructions below to enter and win. 

However, ALL of my readers get a special 25% discount on your own pair of DIFFS from now until the end of the month when you use the code KRYSTAL25 at checkout. SWEET!

To Enter:

1. Like this post and FOLLOW BOTH @krystalribble and @diffeyewear on Instagram

2. Tag two friends in a comment on my Instagram contest photo who would love my mission and @diffeyewear’s mission to uplift the broken people and places of this world

3.{optional for a second entry} Visit www.krystalribble.com and subscribe to my blogs (Pink Button on the Blog Page OR pop up on home page) in order to be notified each time I do another giveaway

4. {optional for a second/third entry} repost this photo with #krgiveaway and tag both @krystalribble and @diffeyewear

GIVEAWAY winner will be drawn at random on Wednesday night June 21, 2017 and announced on my (@krystalribble) Instagram (Giveaway not sponsored by IG. Please know that I am receiving no compensation for this. I just absolutely LOVE what DIFF Eyewear is doing with their sunglasses and I want you all to join me in supporting their cause!)

Moriya Clutch Giveaway

Every May I attend an orphan/adoption conference we call CAFO. CAFO stands for Christian Alliance for Orphans. The conference is massive. People attend for a multitude of reasons that range from global orphan care to local social workers working in small cities.
One of the greatest things, in my option, is the booth section where organizations and companies can set up to sell and promote their goods/services. Most conferences of any theme have this option and often it is annoying, however at CAFO, I always get to meet and learn about new organizations doing amazing things that I had no clue about.

If you remember last year, right before we went to get our son, I posted about getting Aiden a shirt that said “grafted-in.” This conference is where I saw that company for the first time. I also purchased a tank top from them that says “Speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves” and if you are out and about and you see me, I am probably wearing it. I wear it too often. I honestly should get rid of all of my clothes and keep this one shirt.
Maybe I should buy a second one so it doesn’t seem I only wear this shirt. But I do. Maybe I should purge my closet of everything but this shirt. (I am wearing it right now. Oh my. I just looked down and saw this. I have an issue.) I digress…..

Anyway, my point is, I found Hope Grafted In at CAFO in 2015 and purchased from them and now in 2016, I found Moriya Ethiopian Accessories and now you will thank me later.

I walked past their booth maybe four times while I was on a phone call just waiting to end the call so I could swoop in and gather all the goodies. They only had a sampling of their products, but that was more than enough for me.  My eye was immediately caught by this vibrant blue clutch. I don’t need another clutch. I hardly carry the ones I already own, but when I saw this clutch I knew I wanted it to be my next giveaway from my Instagram. I immediately imagined one of my readers carrying this gorgeous clutch and posting pictures to make me and everyone else jealous of it’s beauty.

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Moriya is an organization that is providing jobs for mothers in Ethiopia who have had trouble feeding their children. By giving these women a job and a marketplace to sell their goods, their babies now have full bellies. I just LOVE that! Every purchase you make is feeding a child in Ethiopia and strengthening the family they have. How could you not want to be a part of such a beautiful story?

I also purchased a make-up bag from them in army green that has chevrons on it. I have been using it for my makeup and I often think it is too small, not because the design is too small, but because I pack too much into it. However, the greatest thing about this, because I travel so much, it forces me to pack my makeup in a more economical way for my suitcase. WIN WIN!

Moriya Makeup Bag

I highly recommend both of these products and if you are anything like me, you will immediately stalk their Etsy and Facebook for more eye candy.

As I mentioned, you are welcome.

Enter my giveaway for this sweet clutch from Moriya (distributed by Loving Shepherd Ministries).

To Enter:

1. Like this post and FOLLOW BOTH @krystalribble and @lovingshepherd on Instagram

2. Tag two friends in a comment on my Instagram contest photo who would love my mission and @lovingshepherd’s mission to uplift the broken people and places of this world

3.{optional for a second entry} 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

4. {optional for a second/third entry} repost this photo with #krgiveaway and tag both @krystalribble and @lovingshepherd

GIVEAWAY winner will be drawn at random on Friday night July 1, 2016 and announced on my (@krystalribble) Instagram (Giveaway not sponsored by IG. Please know that I am receiving no compensation for this. I just absolutely LOVE what Loving Shepherd is doing with their Moriya Accessories and I want you all to join me in supporting their cause!)

 

Greenola Style Giveaway

I came across this company on Instagram when I was scrolling through a bunch of other ethical companies.

Because it was winter when I first discovered them, I fell in love with their hats and headbands. My first item from Greenola was one of their Maria hats {made in Bolivia} that is so cute and comfy.

Greenola Style is known for its accessories and jewelry. As a Noonday Collection Ambassador, I normally do not purchase jewelry from other ethical jewelry companies simply because I wear a lot of Noonday, however, Greenola has a lot of other styles and unique designs that I love. They also partner with some countries that Noonday does not yet and that is intriguing to me. For instance, I did not own anything from Bolivia and thus this hat was a great addition to my collection.

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Since it has warmed up in a few places across the US since I first discovered Greenola, I decided to add a couple more pieces to my collection before I offered this giveaway.

I bought some of their Acai seed bracelets made in Bolivia and Baga Horn Stud earrings made in Kenya.

I have fallen IN LOVE with the Acai seed bracelets. At a minimum I wear three of them at a time. Yesterday I wore 7 of them. Ha!

The Baga Horn Studs are so classic and they go with everything. I mean everything. If I don’t know what earrings to wear, they are my go to.

One of my amazing readers is going to win a $50 gift card to Greenola Style to purchase your own amazing pieces. I am so excited for this giveaway!

To Enter :

1. Like this post and FOLLOW BOTH @krystalribble and @greenolastyle on Instagram

2. Tag two friends in a comment on my Instagram contest photo who would love my mission and @greenolastyle‘s mission to uplift the broken people and places of this world

3.{optional for a second entry} 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

4. {optional for a second/third entry} repost this photo with #krgiveaway and tag both @krystalribble and @greenolastyle

GIVEAWAY winner will be drawn at random on Friday night April 22, 2016 and announced on my (@krystalribble) Instagram (Giveaway not sponsored by IG. Please know that I am receiving no compensation for this. I just absolutely LOVE what Greenola Style is doing and I want you all to join me in supporting their cause!)

Noonday Collection Blog : Ethical Home Goods Companies To Decorate Your Abode

I have the extreme pleasure of being a freelance writer for many different publications and sites. I will do my best to post links here to those articles.

Noonday Collection is one company that I do some work with not only as an Ambassador for their brand, but as a blogger for their site.

Today I published a story with them featuring Ethical Home Goods Companies To Decorate Your Abode.

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I wanted to share all the amazing products that make my home more rich.

AND….. if you follow me on Instagram, you just might have a chance to win some of these goodies throughout the next couple weeks. Just sayin’…….

Go read my blog HERE.

-KR

Local + Lejos Bowl Giveaway

I think I stumbled upon this company on Instagram, but to be honest, I am not certain the exact moment I discovered them. No matter; I immediately fell in love with the exquisite design of their products and I became a customer because of their impact on artisans around the world.

I had the wonderful privilege of speaking with Sheeva, the amazing founder of this company, on the phone and talking through her business as well as opportunities to spread the word about Local + Lejos. I knew that I should do a giveaway with her and this one has been in the works for a while.

Local + Lejos is a company birthed out of Sheeva’s desire to “connect discerning consumers with world class goods, while creating lasting social impact.” I LOVE that. These artisans around the world who make these incredible items are not only people who can do a lot with our “little,” but their handmade goods are IMPECCABLE.

Local + Lejos carries many items, including pillows, baskets, bowls, rugs, linens, etc. I ordered some bowls and while I knew they would be amazing, I had no idea HOW amazing.

I opened the box and when I picked up the bowls I realized the hefty quality of them. I thought they would be lighter and maybe flimsier, but NO, they were solid and so beautiful. I could not wait to find a place to put them in my home. Truthfully, they will probably travel all around my home at different times because I love them so much.

The Akazi Bowl (shown on my kitchen table here) allows the purchaser to fund one year of health insurance for one member of the artisan’s family. What?!?! Every single day that I see this bowl, I realize that someone in Rwanda has healthcare this year because of my purchase. That fact makes this the best bowl decision I ever made. 🙂

Akazi Bowl
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The Muhanga Nesting Bowl set (shown here on my mantle) is created in Rwanda over three and half days of work. Most of the women who make these bowls do so as a side job to their daily farming and home tending. In between feeding their animals and families, they weave these bowls. By purchasing this set of bowls, the artisan who makes them is able to add one chicken and one rabbit to their farm. How amazing.

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I love that Local + Lejos tells you right up front what this purchase allows their artisans to achieve in their personal lives.

Because I love Sheeva so much and I love the vision she has given to Local + Lejos, I am giving away one of the Akazi Bowls to one of my amazing readers. I want your giveaway win to afford someone else healthcare for a year.

To Enter:

1. Like this post and FOLLOW BOTH @krystalribble and @localandlejos on Instagram.

2. Tag two friends in a comment below who would love my mission and @localandlejos’ mission to uplift the broken people and places of this world.

3.{optional for a second entry} 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.

4. {optional for a second/third entry} repost this photo with #krgiveaway and tag both @krystalribble and @localandlejos

GIVEAWAY winner will be drawn at random on Tuesday night February 2, 2016 and announced on my (@krystalribble) Instagram.

(Giveaway not sponsored by IG. Please know that I am receiving no compensation for this. I just absolutely LOVE what Local + Lejos is doing and I want you all to join me in their cause!)

Much Love My Lovelies,

-KR

 

Mitscoots Sock Giveaway

A New Year –  A New Giveaway –  A New Company You Will LOVE!

Last Father’s Day, Noonday gifted the “Men of Noonday” (AKA our spouses) socks from Mitscoots as a way to say “Thank You” for supporting each of us in our Noonday business. My husband received a pair and immediately fell in love with them. He says they feel great and the quality is amazing.

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{My husband & son with their Mitscoots socks}

I began to do some more research on the company and, as with all these companies I do giveaways for, I 100% believe in their mission.
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Mitscoots started in 2012 out of a volunteering mission with the homeless in Austin, Texas over several years. The founders of the company realized early on that among the main requests for food and water from those less fortunate, they also wanted a great pair of socks. Mitscoots was born.

Not only do they give one pair of socks to the less fortunate for every pair you purchase, they employ the transitioning homeless to help package these beauties that will arrive on your doorstep.

Mitscoots Family Socks

{My Little Family In Our Mitscoots Socks)}

I love them! I want you to have some socks! My family loves ours and plans to purchase more of them in the future.

Join me in wearing an incredible story!

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I am giving away one pair for every person in your immediate family when you enter my giveaway. So one person will win socks for their whole immediate family. {Yay yay! Party Dance!}

To Enter :

1. Like this post and FOLLOW BOTH @krystalribble and @mitscoots 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 @mitscoots’ mission to lift up the broken people and places of this world.

**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 January 11, 2016, 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 Mitscoots is doing and I want you all to join me in their cause!

Ornaments4Orphans Giveaway

If there is ever a time I feel the weight of the greatness of bringing my son home at its fullest, it is at Christmastime. The air is full of cheer and a giving spirit. I see in his little eyes the overwhelming joy of the season and this year, I see the light of family. For him, family is the ultimate gift.

Just tonight while I sat on the floor helping him change his clothes, he climbed in my lap, wrapped himself tightly around me, and called for his daddy to come hug us. Sandwiched between us, he went limp for the joy of the warmth of parents. He loves having a family.

Ornamnets4Orphans has tapped into this same need in Uganda.

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In Uganda there are many families that take their children to the orphanage because they are too poor to feed them and too poor to put them in school. The children who fill those orphanage walls have parents outside the gates who love them, but have no resources to keep them.

This is where Ornaments4Orphans came in and filled a need. They employ these moms to make all kinds of amazing ornaments. They are exquisite and SO beautiful. By employing these women they now have a chance to keep their children and love them well.

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{This sweet lady is head of the widows co-op that makes all the stuffed animal ornaments}

With it being almost Christmas time, I wanted to give one of my sweet readers an opportunity to adorn their trees with some of these masterpieces from Uganda.

Enter my giveaway by doing these things below and one winner will be chosen for Ornamnets4Orphans to send a trio of animal ornaments to {my FAV}.

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To Enter : 1. Like this post and FOLLOW BOTH @krystalribble and @ornaments4orphans 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 @ornaments4orphans’ mission to uplift the broken people and places of this world. **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 Sunday night December 13, 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 Ornaments4Orphans is doing and I want you all to join me in their cause!

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Sackcloth & Ashes Giveaway

My son, Aiden, and I were in the car the other day and we saw a homeless man on the side of the road shivering. My little man asked me, “Mommy, why doesn’t he have a blanket?” I then had to explain because he probably couldn’t afford to have one and that it would be nice to get him one to keep him warm during the winter. Aiden agreed.

Since Aiden has come home from growing up on a Caribbean island, he has taken to liking many blankets to keep himself warm as the weather changes on him for the first time in his life. He gets that blanket love from me. We both wish to be all bundled up for the entire winter.

Mommy & Aiden's Blanket

{Aiden and I have let a bunch of other blankets go because of our love for this new one} 

I came across the company Sackcloth & Ashes a few months back. Naturally, my love of blankets drew me in, but their mission is what caused me to stay. Sackcloth & Ashes came to understand that the greatest need of homeless shelters is blankets and so they put together a company that sells high quality blankets. For every one you purchase, they give a blanket to your LOCAL homeless shelter. Not only are you helping people with your purchase, you are helping people in YOUR city. How amazing is that?

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I can not think of a better gift to give as we approach Christmas than the gift of warmth.

I believe so much in this company that I am giving away one of their blankets to one of my sweet readers. And not only that, a blanket will be sent to the homeless shelter in your city as a result. I am so excited about this giveaway!

Enter by doing these things below and one winner will be chosen for Sackcloth & Ashes to send a blanket to.

To Enter : 1. Like this post and FOLLOW BOTH @krystalribble and @sackclothxashes 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 @sackclothxashes’ mission to uplift the broken people and places of this world. **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 December 7, 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 Sackcloth & Ashes is doing and I want you all to join me in their cause!

 

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.

You Wood Necklace
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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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