Monthly Archives: June 2014

06/20/14

First Day of Summer + Noonday “Sunshine” Giveaway

Today is the official start to summer!

Scientifically speaking, that is… the Summer Solstice takes place meaning that today is the one day of the year with the most hours of sunlight in a day!!! So, in conclusion, it’s a pretty awesome day today, huh?

So, in order to celebrate this bright and sunshiney, summertime sun, I decided to host a little sunny giveaway from one of my favorites, the Noonday Collection.

Noonday_Logo

Noonday was originally started by founder Jessica Honegger as a way to raise funds for her to adopt out of Rwanda. Now, Noonday offers you and women everywhere “the opportunity to use your purchasing power to create change in the world {while looking really good along the way}. Your fashion sense can now restore dignity to abandoned women in Ethiopia, empower communities in Ecuador, and create business opportunities for Ugandans.” Their motto is “Style Yourself. Change the World.”

I love that! And not only do I own several pieces of Noonday collection jewelry, but I have had the privilege to meet many of these Noonday ambassadors and am challenged and inspired by their stories of hope.

noonday scripture

So, I will be giving one lucky reader a pair of one of these bright and sunny earrings from Noonday Collections. They are sure to bring light to your day and to your ensemble!

Will it be?

#1 The Aida Hoops made with handcrafted paper beads and hammered metal from Uganda Aida Hoops #2 Or these lovely Dreamcatcher earrings made of mixed metals and yarn made with love in India

Dreamcatcher Earrings

#3 Maybe the Sahara Hood Silver Earrings made from recycled artillery in Ethiopia

Sahara Hoop Earrings

 

I know that any one of these would brighten my day…

How to enter:

1. Subscribe to A Still Magnolia Blog.

To do so, click on the “Join my Mailing List” icon above the picture of the home page. This link will open a seperate page where you can enter your contact information and be added to my mailing list. It’s easy. It’s fun. It’s free.

You know you want to…

You really, really do. 🙂

{If you already subscribe (sincerely, thank you), simply move forward to Step 2}

2. In the comments section below this post, shout out which of the 3 earrings you would most like to have dangling from your earlobes!!! Will it be #1, #2, or #3?

3. Additional entries can be earned by commenting on the Facebook page or for sharing on any form of social media. Simply tell me about it below in the comments section- “Share on Twitter” or “Posted to my Facebook page” for one additional entry.

I will announce the winners next Monday June 30th!!! Which means 9 whole days to enter!

Style Yourself.

Change the world.

xoxo

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06/16/14

You are Special

“Remember, you are special because I made you. And I don’t make mistakes.”
― Max Lucado from “You are Special”

Did your mom or dad ever read this to you?

You Are Special (Max Lucado's Wemmicks) by Max Lucado, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0053HVPZY/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_FZfOqb16EXS3F

I can still remember the words and illustrations as if it were yesterday.

This simple little parable storybook was one of my favorites growing up. Mom and I must have read it 8 or 9 times together.

Wemmicksville is a fictional land created by Eli, the carpenter and “God figure” in this tale. Eli painstakingly creates each and individual Wemmick with great care and precious design so that all are unique and no 2 Wemmicks are the same. They look different, sound different, have different personalities and traits.

You Are Special by Max Lucado illustration

But, they are all made with love by the same carver.

In the story, we learn about life in Wemmicksville. Each of the wemmicks carry a small box full of 2 types of stickers- gray dots & gold stars. They spend their days handing out the stickers. Gold stars were awarded to those without blemish, ones who could jump high, lift heavy loads, or perform great acts of courage. Gray dots to those with blemishes, knicks in the wood, or chips in their paint job.

One of those who bore gray dots is our central character- Punichello. Punichello had so many gray dots signifying the other Wemmicks disapproval that he began to believe them, to believe their cruel insults and accept it as truth.

One day, Punichello meets a wemmick who has no stickers at all- no dots and no stars! He wished to be more like her. So, he asks her how she does it. She exclaims, “It’s easy! Everyday I go and see Eli!”

“Eli?” Punichello asks. “Why?”

“Well, why don’t you go find out for yourself”, she says as she skips away.

So, Punichello climbs the hill for his visit with Eli and he enters the carver’s workshop. Eli immediately recognizes the little wemmick and calls him out by name asking for him to come so that he may have a look at him.

After a moment, Eli responds “Hmmmmmm. Looks like you have been given some bad marks.” Punichello is quick to apologize for them, but Eli rebukes him and later says, “Who are they to give stars or dots? They are wemmicks! And I don’t care what they think, and neither should you. What they think doesn’t matter. All that matters is what I think… and I think that you are pretty special.”

Punchinello retorts, “Why?”

And calmy Eli responds, “Because you are mine.”

Isn’t that a beautiful picture of a Father’s love for us? I don’t care how old I get, this book is still a tool He uses to love on me and remind me that I am His.

My favorite quote from the book is this…

You are Special - Max Lucado

I have told you before that one of my besties is pregnant. It’s our first baby amongst my tight group of besties and I couldn’t be more thrilled. And I think often of what I want to relay to this child, what I want to share with them.

And I have to say, there may be no greater lesson than this…

God loves you unconditionally. And his favor and merit is lavished upon you. His light should be so evident inside you that it shines out and touches those around you. And because of that, dear one, all the other opinions, thoughts, and words cannot touch you. In fact, they shouldn’t even matter. The more you trust in His love and in His plan, the less you care about men’s favor. That’s how you know you are living in His perfect will and plan for your life.

God loves you.

He thinks you are so very special.

And so do I.

Love,

Your Aunt Jamie

 

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