A Lunchbox Note: Full of Awesome

*posted from Trish Christie on our Facebook page*

 

What kind of messages and notes to you leave in your little one’s lunch?

(See our Lunchbox Note Cards 20 for $6.50 here.)

Full of Awesome Necklaces are here!

 One of the things I love most about my job is supporting other small businesses owned by women. Sisterhood in entrepreneurship, I like to say. When jeweler Jaclyn of Jac and Elsie, an Etsy shop, contacted me about how much she loved my “Waking Up Full of Awesome” blog post and wanted to create a beautiful necklace inspire by my words, I thought it was a fabulous idea.

Jaclyn came up with these little beauties, featuring a brass star and steel tag, customizable with a choice of Czech glass beads that come in 12 different colors. One necklace is $17, a pair is $32, and a trio is $42.

When Jaclyn and I discussed the project, we wanted this to have bigger impact, so we agreed that $2 from every necklace sold would go to the Geena Davis Institute for Gender in the Media.

In her own blog post, Jaclyn describes a photo of she and her best friend at age 12, being silly and goofy and full of awesome. Jaclyn and I want all women to feel this confident and happy and awesome every day. I love the necklaces, they are so simple and beautiful.

You can purchase the necklaces HERE. I hope you find them as beautiful and inspiring as I do. I actually sent mine to someone who needed it more than I do right now, so I better go order a new one before you all buy Jaclyn out!

Another New Tee, Some Charity Donations, and a Favorite Photo

A NEW TEE:

When my daughter was in preschool, she fell in love with the ocean and everything blue. My son loves anything pink. We started to say, “Colors are for everyone” quite a bit at our house.

Then a mama from the Pigtail Pals Parent Community introduced me to her little Bella , and Bella’s double scoop awesome shoes. Blue shoes. Because colors are for everyone. I have had several parents tell me stories like Bella’s, where their child was teased or even bullied because of a color. Because of the simpleness of a color, and the ignorant notion that some colors don’t belong to some people because of their gender. Let’s take one more piece of childhood back for our kids, and allow them to teach grown ups what we seem to have forgotten: Colors Are For Everyone.

The very latest design out of Pigtail Pals: Colors Are For Everyone.

Available in long or short sleeve in a variety of colors for little boys and girl.

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CHARITY DONATIONS:
 
Pigtail Pals has always had the belief that with success comes the ability and responsibility to give back. September was a banner month for us, so we wanted to show girls what Social Responsibility looks like, and chose four examples of ways to affect the local, national, and global education of girls.
 

National Geographic for Amelia's entire classroom!

First up: Our local gift. I asked my daughter’s kindergarten teacher what she needed for her classroom, something she wasn’t able to afford for the kids she wished she had. She sighed, and said she really wished the classroom could have a subscription to National Geographic. The family I grew up in has always gotten Nat Geo. Even now my husband and I receive the adult issue, and each of my children has a subscription to the version for kids. I thought this was a wonderful idea. Then I wondered how a class of 24 five year olds would share one magazine. Since Pigtail Pals is all about teaching girls they are smart, daring, and adventurous, I purchased the entire class – each student – a subscription to the National Geographic Young Explorers magazine.  This also gives our teacher lessons plans, whiteboard activities, and educational posters for the classroom. Now the little girls in Amelia’s class will see just how big our world is, and the amount of space for them in it.

 

New Moon Girls magazine and online community.

Next: Our national gifts. We purchased 2 sponsorship  subscriptions to our fave girl media, New Moon Girls. Maybe you have seen the card we include with our orders that shines a light on the great work they do with empowering girls through responsible, intelligent, ad-free content. Both of our sponsorships will go to a library or school or girls group who is in need.

 
The night before Pigtail Pals went viral, I got an email from a customer and fellow blogger, asking for my help. Communities in Vermont and New York had their library destroyed by Hurricane Irene, and none of the children’s book had survived. When I clicked through to the link, the pile of muddy, wet, trashed children’s books made me cry. My family visits our amazing public library several times a month, with my kids checking out dozens of books with each visit. Not only was the library destroyed, most of the town was destroyed. The library staff is working to put back together their personal lives, and the town’s treasured library. I knew I wanted to help, but then Pigtail Pals exploded with back-to-back viral events and six weeks of my life went by in a second. Yesterday I called the Norwich Bookstore and talked to Liza, who told me how dire things were with the library and how the town was really coming together to rebuild. I sent in donations to the West Hartford Library in West Hartford,Vermont and the Wells Memorial Library in Upper Jay, NY.
 

Library in Upper Jay, NY destroyed by Hurricane Irene.

You can donate as well, or encourage your child to donate their allowance for the month. $5 buys a new book for a child who needs it right now. Here’s the info you need…

Make a check payable to the Wells Memorial Library and send to:

Wells Memorial Library  PO Box 57    Upper Jay, NY 12987

Or you can call the independent book shop The Bookstore Plus at (518) 523-2950 and they’ll help you purchase a gift card for the library over the phone.

 

Make a check payable to the Friends of the West Hartford Library and send to:

Friends of the West Hartford Library   PO Box 3   West Hartford VT 05084

Or you can call the independent book shop The Norwich Bookstore at (802) 649 -1114 and they’ll help you purchase a gift card for the library over the phone.

 

Students helped by Edge of Seven in Nepal.

Our final donation was made at an international level, to one of our favorite orgs, Edge of Seven. What you will learn in the first thirty seconds of the video with my friend Erin is that 600 million girls live in developing countries, and a quarter of them are not in schools. Nepal is one of these countries. $100 allows one girl to attend school by covering her room & board for an entire year. This girl will go on to return to her community, and invest in her people by becoming a nurse, a teacher, a social worker. Girls will go on to invest 90% of their income back into their community. “Girls are the foundation of every community.” Will you join us in sending a girl from Nepal to school?

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Finally, I wanted to share with you a photo of my favorite teenager Hayley. She wore her new Full of Awesome tee to her follow-up MRI after surviving a rare brain tumor this spring. The scan was clear, Hayley is cancer free, and she is most definitely full of awesome. Through this entire ordeal, Hayley has been strong, courageous, gracious, and every day I have watched her make the choice to live full of awesome.

Hayley finds out she is Cancer FREE! Take that, Cancer! Hayley just kicked your butt!

Wear Your Awesome On Your Sleeve

New Full of Awesome tee, twisty design.

So…I wrote this little blog post a few weeks back, just something simple one morning after my muse, my daughter, gave me a little inspiration. I just thought that girl was full of awesome. To date it has well over 400,00 views. That amazes me, but not as much as the powerful comments (500+) that have been left.

Awesome is something you choose. Our kids do it naturally, they can’t help themselves. It is the choice to hold your face up to the world, knowing you are beautiful inside and out, and feel the light that shines out of you. Somewhere along the way, some people stop looking, stop choosing to be awesome. It doesn’t matter what your story is, if it is happy or painful…the time to be awesome is now.

Make that choice for yourself. Tell your demons to shut it. If you can’t remember feeling awesome, then make new memories. Start today. Start now.

I read a lot of comments of scaring stories from people describing their awesome being taken. Put your trust in me when I say from my own story, I understand that. Put your trust in me further when I say, by God, take it back. Choose awesome. Choose the power of you over the power of your story. Your history does not define you, your choices do. Go on and get your awesome.

For those who have their awesome, for those building it up, for those who need to start from scratch, and for those with amazing little people in their life who know nothing but awesome, Pigtail Pals created three new tshirts for you.

Choose your design, choose from ten colors, choose from sizes infants through adult. Just please, please choose to be full of awesome.

You can buy a tee HERE. Each tee will come with a special gift, one for you, and one to share the awesome with someone else.

Three new Full of Awesome tees from Pigtail Pals.