Women Need Women

I received products from Coca-Cola's 5by20 program; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

I'm incredibly passionate about empowering women to accomplish whatever they set their minds to. Unfortunately, there are women throughout the world who, no matter how big their dreams, are limited by their circumstances. Whether they lack resources, skills, or opportunities, they are unable to provide for themselves or their families. This is where Coca-Cola's 5by20 initiative comes in.

Coca-Cola saw the need for female entrepreneurs in developing nations to receive the tools and training they need to lift themselves out of poverty. With the 5by20 initiative, women are turning Coca-Cola packaging into decor and accessories sold at the 5by20 shop.

The PCF Narrow Ring-Pull Bracelet was created in the Philippines from locally sourced recycled aluminum ring-pulls and elasticized thread. It hard of the metal coordinates well with the delicate of the Coletivo Piraquet Handbag. Created in Brazil, its inspired by the scales of the ancient Pirarucu fish found in the rivers and lakes of the Amazon. Recycled PET "scales" are hand-sewn onto mesh for this delicate purse.

This Classic Flower was made by an entrepreneurial woman in Mexico.

The cop(m)adam Bottle Cap Purse from Turkey makes a statement.

This may be my favorite item I received. It's an Acacia Creations Soda Can Giraffe from Kenya. It's made with recycled aluminum cans and bound with recycled telephone wire.

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The materials used to make these items would typically be considered garbage. Thankfully, there are women in developing nations that are creative enough to see its potential. Just as they see more in the materials, Coca-Cola saw the potential in women throughout the world to grow their businesses, families, and communities. Watch the "Chain of Inspiration" here.

The program has the goal to empower 5 million women entrepreneurs by 2020. Thus, the 5by20 Initiative. Why women? Well, we're more likely to reinvest our income to our children and families through food, education and healthcare. When women rise, our communities rise.

So ladies, let's support each other, not just in business, but in day-to-day life. We'll reap the benefits and so will society.

Personalized Chalk Art Takeout Boxes

Well, Target did it again! Their Dollar Spot had some adorable chalkboard party products. I picked up a wall hanging, easel, and cute-as-a-button takeout boxes.

I pulled out my chalk art kit and stencils to go with my Target finds.

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Pull out your first initial and center it on the box.

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Trace around the stencil with the chalk marker from the chalk art kit.

TIP: If the marker doesn't work right off the bat, press the tip down onto a piece of scratch paper until the ink starts flowing.

You're left with an outline of your letter.

You can leave it as is, cleaning up the edges a bit, fill it in, or have some fun with pattern.

Depending on how brave you are and how many boxes you're making, you can make every letter with a different pattern.

I had so much fun, I went to town on the hanging board and the easel too! It's a Chalk Art Party!

Do you decorate with chalk? Do you freehand or stencil?

Watercolor Young Women Value Prints

My memory isn't what it used to be. Half the time I can't remember what I had for breakfast, but one thing I do remember is the motto I recited each Sunday as a young woman in my church. Back then there were seven values, each represented by a color, that reminded us of what we should be working on. Faith, divine nature, individual worth, knowledge, choice & accountability, good works, and integrity. They've since added virtue to the list.

I haven't been considered young for some time, but now I recite the same motto each week as I work with the teenage girls in my own congregation. Even though I'm now a wife and mother, it's a good reminder for me that no matter how old I am, I still need to improve myself on these eight values.

I created downloadable watercolor prints of each value in its respective color. They're designed to print as 5x7s. I hope you use them for a girl you care about to remind them of their own "value" to you and to their Heavenly Father. These prints are for your own personal use or for that of your own Young Women's program.

To download, just click on any image above. It will open in a Dropbox file for you to save and print.