Trades of Hope Review and Giveaway!

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I have heard about Trades of Hope over the years, but never really looked at the actual website before. When I was contacted about doing a review for them, I jumped at the chance!

*Disclaimer ~ This is a sponsored post for a consultant with Trades of Hope. All thoughts are strictly my own, and I was not paid to write a positive review. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I liked the products I received, and it was a joy to write these thoughts!

I love companies that are created to help women in need. Trades of Hope is a perfect example! Not sure what they are doing to actually help women? Read what they have to say:

We work with the artisans themselves and organizations that are helping women in difficult circumstances. Some women have been rescued from sex slavery. Others are raising handicapped children alone. Some are in war torn countries and others have AIDS. These women have never had the chances we’ve had, yet they are just like us in so many ways. They love their families and hope and dream of a better life for them.

Trades of Hope necklace

I received this beautiful jeweled necklace that was handcrafted! It was pretty online, but in person it’s even more beautiful! I love thinking about who might have put it together, and feel gratefulness when I know that one woman is receiving a new life as she makes these products.

Trade of Hope necklace. Support women trying to build a good life for themselves through purchasing from Trades of Hope!

Trades of Hope Necklace

The colors go with almost any outfit!

Trades of Hope Necklace

Trades of Hope Earrings

I also received these lovely Crystal Spring earrings. They are dainty and ladylike, and beautifully made!

Trades of Hope sells Jewelry, Scarves, Handbags, Home Decor, and Stationary! I was surprised when I saw so many different categories, I only thought they sold jewelry.

If you want to help support a good cause, consider shopping through Trades of Hope the next time you need a new gift, or just something special for yourself! Amber is a Trades of Hope consultant, and she will be happy to help you!

Amber is giving away a lovely Haiti bracelet made by cereal boxes.  I never would have guessed that this lovely bracelet was created from cereal boxes! You can send empty boxes to be made into jewelry, which creates many jobs for women! Find out more info here.

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Modest Monday and a Link Up!

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We had one of those rare Sunday mornings where everything went great. It was pretty amazing, we found all the shoes for the children, everyone had breakfast, and I even had time to make a yogurt shake to drink before church! We took these pictures before we left for church, and I didn’t realize just how sunny it was already!

Blue Cardigan and black skirt

The cardigan is a favorite of mine from ThredUP.  The lace peeking out is the lace tank top that I finally tried. I won’t admit how many times I’ve ran downstairs to our business room on a Sunday morning and pulled out a cami to wear to church! I love this new tank top, it’s really soft and the lace is lovely.

Pink lace dress from Dolly and Me brand!

I love this little girl so much! Her dress is from the Dolly and Me brand, and she loves having a matching dress with her dolly! This was a Christmas gift that I found on Zulily (yay for some free credit!). I loved the lace on the dress.

Speaking of Zulily, Shabby Apple is supposed to have a sale on there today, so you might want to take a peak! They can have some really feminine, pretty clothes.

Montana Flexi Clip in an X-Large size.

Of course I’m using a flexi clip as usual to keep my hair up. The layers in my hair were being stubborn this morning, but I gave up and just went with it.

Starting March 1st, I’m hosting a fun daily modest clothing challenge over on my Instagram account! I’d love to have you join us. Someone noticed that I forgot day 4, so I’ll be making a new graphic and uploading it very soon!

What I Wore

Skirt – Cato Brand

Cami – Lace Trimmed Tank Top

Cardigan – ThredUP

Shoes – ThredUP

Earrings – Homemade

Flexi Clip – Lilla Rose

Makeup – L’BRI Pure and Natural

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Modesty 101 – 3 Main Areas To Consider

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While I previously have tried to avoid sharing super specific guidelines for modesty on the blog, I feel like it would be good to share the rules I have for myself. Hopefully by now you all know me well enough to understand that this isn’t going to be a legalistic post where I shame everyone who doesn’t follow these rules, right?

Modesty 101 - 3 main areas to consider when looking to dress modestly.

We all have different convictions – styles, body shapes, husbands (or fathers) who have preferences, etc.  Honestly, convictions can change over time. So can body shapes, but that’s a depressing topic to me right now so let’s move on. Hopefully one day I can start working on losing this baby weight. 🙂

Let’s dive right in to modesty 101.

First, “Why modesty?”

You have no idea what a loaded question that can be!

Is it to hide our bodies from men so we can keep them from even looking at us?

Are we ashamed of our bodies, and want to cover them from head to toe?

Or maybe we dress modestly because that’s what our church or our religion expects of us, and we hate to be rule breakers, so we wear modest clothing but it’s not really in our hearts.

I’m here to tell you, I don’t wear modest clothing for any of those reasons.

I don’t feel like I have the weight of a man’s lust upon my shoulders. Even if I wore the most modest clothes in the world, a woman can still have a beautiful face that a man can lust over. I definitely keep my brothers in Christ in mind when I’m getting dressed, but I know that I ultimately can’t control every thought they have just by putting on a dress.

I’m not ashamed of who God created me to be. I am a woman. I do have curves and I don’t feel like I have to wear a robe to be modest. However, that doesn’t mean I wear skin tight clothing to reveal all my curves. I love this quote:


Finally, I’m not part of a religion that dictates what clothing I wear, and I’ve written before on how I don’t feel like the classic scripture in Deuteronomy demands that I wear skirts only.

So what’s the big deal then? What’s the big hoopla about modesty?

Some might say it’s a selfish reason, but I want to be considered a lady. I don’t need the postman to see my cleavage when I go to get my mail, and I don’t need the people in the parking lot to see the edges of my underwear when I load the van full of groceries. I want to earn respect from those around me, and part of that comes from how I dress.

Whether you wear strictly skirts and dresses, or you wear jeans, here are a few guidelines that I feel are essential.

The Top

  • My cleavage needs to be covered. That doesn’t mean I have to wear necklines that choke me, but I also need to make sure I’m covered up. This also includes doing the bend over test in front of a mirror. It’s pretty easy to layer low cut dresses or shirts with a Halftee.

The Middle

  • My stomach needs to be covered. End of story. When I bend over, I want to be sure my backside is covered. If you raise your arms and your shirt comes up all the time, layer with a tank underneath.
  • My back needs to be covered. I’m not going to wear a dress scooped really low, unless I’m layering something under it.
  • My bottom is not going to be covered in words such as “hot,” “cutie,” or my favorite sports team. Actually, my bottom will not have any words at all on what I’m wearing!

The Bottom

  • Hemlines are very controversial, but I always ask myself, can I get on the floor and play with the children in this skirt? If I’m sitting in a chair and a guy is sitting across from me, can he see up my legs? Am I drawing attention by having my legs showing in a short skirt or dress?
  • As for pants, I watched this video recently by Jen Hatmaker called For The love of Fashion, and her thoughts on leggings.  I thought she did a great job of defining what leggings really are for. For me, fleece lined leggings are for under my skirts to keep me warm in the wintertime. That’s it.

There are so many creative ways to wear modest clothing, whether it’s wearing a tunic shirt and jeans together, an adorable dress, or a classic skirt and cardigan combo. You can still express yourself and your personality while wearing something that is considered modest!

You might consider subscribing to the blog so you can join our modesty Facebook group. I love seeing the different outfits posted  there, as it definitely reflects the personalities of the lades represented there!

One way I love to show my personality is through wearing flexi clips that match my outfits. I have my favorites, and even though I have quite the collection by now, I tend to reach for these certain clips over and over again!

Lilla Rose has released several brand new products today, and they released the February monthly clip early so people had plenty of time to order and receive it for Valentine’s Day!

48 hour sale on all the brand new Valentines's Day flexi clips and bobby pins from Lilla Rose!

You can save 10% off these new releases, and every order of $50 or more will receive a free set of Vintage Heart You-Pins! This offer is only available through Wednesday, January 27th. 

Penguin flexi clip from Lilla Rose!

They also released this adorable penguin flexi clip! I think it’s really cute! I love penguins, and have a softness in my heart for them as my nickname when I’m pregnant is penguin. 🙂 We went to the St. Louis zoo when I was 8 months pregnant with our oldest, and literally were trying to run through to see the penguins before the zoo closed. I was waddling around just like a penguin, so my husband lovingly started calling me that, and every pregnancy after that I’ve heard the name!


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Modest Monday and a Link Up!

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Sean and I went on a date Friday night and so enjoyed time away to talk. Our dates always consist of talking about our church (Sean is the pastor there), the children, or our businesses. 🙂 I’m a firm believer that all couples should get away for a date night once a month if possible. We don’t always get away that often but we try. I’m so grateful to have a mother in law that is more than willing to watch our children when we ask!

Denim skirt with blue striped cardigan and brown boots!

Since my sister is married to my husband’s brother we get together quite often! Plus, we live very close to each other, so we go shopping together a lot! The guys got together to watch football (a rare occurrence since we don’t watch sports on Sunday afternoons) and Jennifer and I went shopping at Costco.

A denim skirt with striped cardigan, and brown boots for a grocery shopping trip!

I’ve been trying to eat healthier lately, and was about ready to walk out of Costco without anything unhealthy in my cart when my sister asked if I would split some chocolate with her. Ha! I couldn’t turn that down, so besides the chocolate I checked out with lots of veggies. 🙂

Jamberry Polka Dot nails are so fun to wear and easy to do!

I’ve been having fun wearing Jamberry wraps lately! I’ve watched several videos on YouTube (here is a good one) and I’m learning to perfect the application. I have a bad habit of biting my nails, and wearing these has really helped me work on stopping that!

Lilla Rose Flexi Clip

I’m wearing one of my favorite flexi clips, the Kaleidoscope. The medium works great for ponytails since I have thicker hair, though must people use a small or x-small.

What I Wore

Skirt – Denim Skirt I found on ThredUP this week (Michael Kors brand)

Cardigan – Mika Rose

Boots – Mid Calf Lace Up Boots from Kohls

Flexi Clip – Lilla Rose 

Nail Wraps – Jamberry (when you buy 3 nail sheets you get 1 free!)

Makeup – L’BRI Pure and Natural foundation, Younique lip gloss and Smashbox eyeshadow and blush (yes I love to use different products!).

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