GIFT GUIDE: 7 Small Business Shops (with A Cause) Your Girlfriend Will Love

Shopping with the intent to give back to those who need it most IS the reason for the season:

love God by loving others.

Below is exactly what these small business are doing - giving back to the community and causes that are making an impact globally.

Personally, I raise awareness against human trafficking as often as possible. I cannot say enough about these AMAZING businesses to BIG things!

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There are so many wonderful products from jewelry to totes to candles…that your special someone will just love!

I’ve also included several discount codes with the photos!

Be sure to click on the photos for more details!

“Sunday Brunch” 8 oz candle

-Eleventh Candle Co.-

(portion of proceeds go towards ending human trafficking)

DISCOUNT CODE: GILDEDWIFE

2019 Dream Planner - White Marble

-Horacio Printing-

(10% of each purchase goes to A21 - organization fighting human trafficking)

Mitten Crate Box (4-5 items from Michigan small businesses)

-Mitten Crate Co.-

(provides meals for 3 people at Gleaners Food Bank)

DISCOUNT CODE: BIGSHOES

“Love One” Yeti 20 oz Rambler

-Love One Store-

(100% profits - Feed the Children of Uganda)

Various Print Pouches (set of 3) - SALE

-Better Life Bags-

(providing employment for women with barriers in Detroit)

Amber Studs (brass or silver)

-Purpose Jewelry-

(100% profit goes to International Sanctuary - survivors of human trafficking)

“Free to Grow” Tote

-Tote Project-

(10% proceeds go to Two Wings, a non-profit that mentors human trafficking survivors)

-BONUS GIFT-

“Home + Holiday” Glass Tumbler Candle - 11 oz.

-Caylan Wax Co.-

(portion of proceeds will fund strategic anti-human trafficking operations in America)

DISCOUNT CODE: THEGILDEDWIFE

LET ME KNOW WHICH ITEM YOU HAVE YOUR EYE ON OR IF THERE’S ANOTHER SMALL SHOP GIVING BACK TO THEIR COMMUNITY…

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20 Unique Gifts Under $40 that are Michigan Inspired

It’s finally here!! Tis the season to give and receive, and what better gift to give than the gift of home.

And for me that is Michigan.

Like many others, I am proud to be a Michigander and the more I learn about the great MITTEN STATE, I cannot keep my findings a secret!

GEMS. GEMS. and MORE gems.

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Out of the hundreds of these adorable small, unique, home-grown business, I’ve narrowed it down to 20 that give me ALL the feels - that you just can’t find anywhere else….

TELL ME WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE BELOW!

Be sure to click on the pictures for more details!

Michigan Mittens (Go Blue!)

-City Bird Shop-

Michigan State Sticker

-Shiloh Collect Co.-

“Take Me Home” Hand Painted Sign

-Brush & Timber Shop-

Michigan State Outline (stitched in leather)

-Better Life Bags-

Mitten Crate (one-time gift or subscription options available)

DISCOUNT CODE: BIGSHOES

Detroit Cookie Co. Gift Basket (Set of 4 packaged cookies)

-Detroit Cookie Company-

Michigan Polka Map Crew Socks

-The Great Lakes State-

You Are Mi Sunshine - Women’s V-Neck T-Shirt (Maroon)

-The Great Lakes State-

“Go Jump in a Lake” towel

-The Great Lakes State-

“Go Take a Hike” 15 oz coffee mug

-The Great Lakes State-

Detroit Bold Coffee - Variety Pack

Benjamin Twiggs Sweet Tooth Package

Brown Bag Popcorn - Caramel & Cheese flavored

-The Detroit Water Ice Company-

Michigan Winter Hat - Forest Green Beanie

-Mitten Crate Co.

“I’ll Be Home For Christmas” Glass Ornament.

-Bronner’s Christmas Shop-

Illustrated Michigan Map Silkscreened Art Print

-City Bird Shop-

Michigan Wrap Bracelet - Gold

-City Bird Shop-

Small Michigan Lower and Upper Peninsula State-Shaped Cutting Board Set

-City Bird Shop-

Detroit’s Future is Female Classic Mug

- The Crimson Fox Studio-

Great Lakes Coffee Roast - Motor City Blend (12 oz)

-The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company-

Be sure to let me know WHICH ONE (or TWO) YOU HAVE YOUR EYE ON BELOW!

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30 Stocking Stuffers Under $25 For the Christian Woman

This post contains affiliates links. When you complete purchase here, I will receive a small commission towards blog maintenance at no extra cost to you.

TIS the season to spread cheer, make memories and remember that it is better to give than receive….

I know how difficult it can be to find THEE perfect gift for a friend, family member, co-worker, etc. so I wanted to help you save both money and time!

The following gift guide was carefully curated with the christian woman in mind and what I’m currently picturing inside stockings (or under the tree) for your special someone.

ENJOY!

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LET ME KNOW BELOW WHICH PRODUCT YOU LOVE OR IF YOU HAVE ANOTHER FAVORITE :)

BE SURE TO CLICK THE PHOTO FOR MORE DETAILS!

FOR THE FAITHFUL TECH

“FAITHFUL YOU HAVE BEEN…” BIBLE VERSE IPHONE COVERS

-Prone To Wander LA-

“Clothed in Strength & Dignity…” PopSockets Grip and Stand

-Proverbs 31-

Custom Key Chain- metal keyring (hand stamped)

-We Are Tumble Shop-

“I can do all things…” Phil. 4:13 bible verse

FOR THE FAITHFUL ORGANIZER

Wildcard Page Pack

-Cultivate What Matters Shop-

Val Marie Paper - Daily Sheets

-Val Marie Paper Shop-

2019 Cultivate Wall Calendar

-Cultivate What Matters Shop-

Daily Notepad - Wildflower print

-The Daily Grace Co.-

FOR THE FAITHFUL HOMEMAKER

“I Can Do All Things…” mini 12x6 sign

-WahltoWallWordLove Shop-

“Make Life Happen” 4x6 gold foil print

-Cultivate What Matters Shop-

New Mercies Tea Towel

-The Daily Grace Co-

Count Your Blessings Canvas Banner (Sale)

-ProneTo Wander LA-

FOR THE FAITHFUL COFFEE/TEA DRINKER

Salted Caramel Christmas Blend - coffee ground 12 oz bag

Kingdom Growers Coffee

Gold Foil “Give Me Jesus” Mug

-The Daily Grace Co.-

“Our God Is Real” travel Mug

-The Daily Grace Co.-

Earl Grey Tea - 2 oz loose leaf tea

-Kingdom Growers Coffee-

He Sings Over Me Mug

-139Made Shop-

“New Morning New Mercies” 12 oz matte mug

-The Daily Grace Co.-

FOR THE FAITHFUL WRITER/READER

“The Circle Maker” by Mark Batterson

(powerful read taking prayer to the next level)

Abide Prayer Journal

-The Daily Grace Co.-

Write The Word Journal (Cultivate Faith)

-Cultivate What Matters Shop-

Highlighter Set

-The Daily Grace Co.-

“Women of the Word” Studying the Bible by Jen Wilkin

“Walk in Grace” Ephesians Study Journal

-Well Watered Women-

FOR THE FAITHFUL STYLIST

HIS Jewel Bar Necklace

-ProneToWanderLA-

Temporary Tattoos (set of 10)

-Shiloh Collect-

“Rooted” t-shirt (olive color)

-Jennifer Edewaard: Rooted Shop-

Psalm 91 feather necklace 4x6 gold-foil scripture card

-One and Daughter Shop-

“Growing Good Things” (berry color or teal)

-Cultivate What Matters Shop-

Proverbs 31 Woman Bible Verse

-Divinity Boutique-

Why I Choose to Love my Husband Above our Children

My husband and I celebrated SIX years of our crazy love.

I was already planning an evening with Netflix and a cup of hot tea - yes, tea. (Green or black tea with a splash of honey is my jam.

While attempting to fold laundry and organize the basement, ( all while toys were being launched across the room) I heard a familiar song over the speakers. My husband had synced his phone to the basement radio to play the song I had walked down the aisle to. He even had a single rose in hand. 

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I couldn't believe it.

He arranged for my sister-in-law to watch the boys; so off we went to celebrate, just him and I. 

  

That evening, it occurred to me that we had been abusing "our time." The time that is meant to strengthen us. Our marriage had been placed on the back burner for whenever convenient. That time couples require to mature as a spouse and a parent.

Becoming a wife also comes much responsibility.

Ephesians 5:22-23 states to "submit yourselves onto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of his wife, even as Christ is the head of the church..." 

And husbands are to mirror a love for their wives just as Christ has for the church. When Jesus calls wives to be submissive, that is not to be considered a weakness but rather meekness. Defined as being humble or righteous: King David, Paul the Apostle, Moses and Jesus Christ himself were all described as being "meek." Although, it is a rare virtue among those in an aggressive and over-bearing world, the Lord says, "blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." Matthew 5:5 

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As I strive to become better at my wifely duties: to be meek, obedient, tender-hearted, loyal, respectful, kind, and careful not to let my funny bone deteriorate, I am simply doing my best. Over the years, I can see where my husband may feel devalued while having battled for my attention and/or affection. I truly believe that a marriage sets the tone in the household. When we disagree, our children can sense the tension and unfortunately, converts into hostile parenting. 

 

Ultimately, our children perceive us as primary role models. How I speak, my mannerisms and the respect I show towards my husband (and vice versa) is how they will ultimately treat others, possibly their future spouse. I hope that they will turn to prayer to help sustain both their marriage and families.

This is why I choose to love my husband above my children; so that they may respect, trust and see our love as mighty and intimate as Christ's love for the church.

As a mother, continue to extend a hand of guidance, love and prepare them for the challenging road ahead. And as a wife, lend your obedient ear, faithful hands and steadfast heart to the one He created for you. After all, you are on the same team.

 

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BIOGRAPHY

Amy is a devoted wife and mother with a passion for connecting with women in all walks of life. Her blog, The Gilded Wife encourages and empowers women to live a full, free, and fierce life according to God's word. Her joy is found in the Lord and gives all the glory to Him. She enjoys traveling, is a lover of dark chocolate, and hopes to become a foster parent one day. 

 

How To Cultivate A Healthier Lifestyle Today

I received a complimentary membership to Dashing Dish in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

 

I personally have never been the type to meal plan. As a new mom, my focus is getting through one day at a time with whats in my refrigerator.

I have an okay diet, and my exercise consists on chasing my boys around the yard.

This is my reality.

This year I'm choosing to make a CHANGE in my overall lifestyle with the help of Katie Farrell from Dashing Dish. 

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For years I've followed Katie's journey through Dashing Dish, her heart for Jesus and healthy living. Through her three books, Katie continues to share her testimony and over 2,000 mouth-watering recipes - (minus the guilt!) 

 

 

My boys enjoy the Cranberry Turkey Salad - sandwich form (we did omit the pecans.) It's a quick savory meal with a sweet crunch AND kid-friendly! BONUS!

There's more where that came from...

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The Dashing Dish Membership has you covered with more kid-friendly, gluten-free options, 30-minute meals, a variety of delectable dishes and SO much more!

And coming from an amateur (me) in the kitchen, these meals are effortless to whip up AND bursting with flavor! 

Not sure about an ingredient? Katie also includes substitutions for your personal preferences. (I did swap out a few ingredients and the meals were just as delicious!)

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The Skinny Mexican Lasagna was my family's personal favorite. This meal took a little over a hour between prep and cook time but was certainly worth the wait. My husband has a particular palette and was coming back for seconds!

I do enjoy the gluten-free options, especially a dish with a little bit of heat: cumin, chili powder and enchilada sauce gave this meal a kick but wasn't overwhelming. 

 

MMMMM ENCHILADA SOUP....

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AND it doesn't "taste healthy" because the thought behind healthy dishes is... 

healthy = lack of flavor.

Katie does a phenomenal job introducing various spices and herbs throughout her dishes to keep flavor VERY present and removes all the processed junk - This is paramount for exceptional dishes! 

CAN'T FORGET THE CLEAN EATING GYROS

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SO, what is the Dashing Dish Membership?

     The membership provides the tools for cultivating a healthy lifestyle which includes:

  • A Meal Plan Builder

  • Grocery List Builder (THEE best!)

  • Members only - Exclusive recipes AND workouts

     All for only $7 monthly or $70 annually! Head over to Dashing Dish and sign up TODAY!

 

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My top three favorite Dashing Dish Member features are:

  • The Grocery List Builder: a time-saver and so efficient! There's no going back and forth between recipes. I simply click what meal I want and the ingredients are added to my grocery list (sizes and amounts included - also includes what recipe the ingredient is from.) Easy Peasy!

  • The Meal Calendar: EVERY mom's dream! With a click of a finger, meals can be added to your weekly (or monthly) meal schedule AND you can print it out for the fridge. So there's no asking mom all day, "What's for dinner??"

  • The Dashing Dish Community (via Facebook:) a wonderful addition where other members share tips, ask questions, give suggestions and chat directly with Katie (she's actively posting updates, videos and talking with other DD members.) It's a great way to bounce ideas off other women aiming to live the best life with healthy goals too.

  • **BONUS** Dashing Dish has an iPhone app so you can take these yummy recipes wherever you go! AND its free!

A few improvements would be:

  • An email option to have a weekly pre-made meal plan. I received a DD newsletter email that included a link to download a pre-made week plan curated by Katie and LOVED that this task was already done for me!

  • More copycat recipes. I noticed there was an In-N-Out clean eating recipe and would love to see more like that.

  • I do consider myself an amateur cook/baker and would love to see a "beginner's recipe" or easy recipe category.

 

 

Overall, I really enjoyed navigating through the Dashing Dish website. As I mentioned, I have read all three of her books and can attest to Katie's passion behind Dashing Dish. The savory and sweet recipes are crafted specifically to help those flourish in the kitchen, care for our bodies and live health(ier) lifestyles. 

Through discipline (diet, physical activity, etc.) and accountability (DD membership, community, etc.), we are able to cultivate and maintain an ideal healthy lifestyle.

Dashing Dish is the resource for exactly this...

 

How are you cultivating a healthy lifestyle?

 

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