a shout out for a couple special friends

hello my friends. i realize today is indeed saturday. it feels like we’ve been in 21 day stretch of saturdays around here. which is good right? it’s also been a pretty long stretch of frequent dreary days. i told dan this morning, i could easily suffer from depression if our weather was like it is today all the time. i kid you not. i love a rainy day probably more than most folks but dreary, cold days where the sun sets at like 4:30 get rough pretty quick.

well now that i have you all encouraged, i wanted to rise up from my lack of energy and overall gloomy mood and share two of my favorite small businesses with you.

ruth & i actually met at the pearl event in nashville a couple years ago. she has a solid gold heart for the oppressed. she is a generous kind woman & i am grateful that i am able to photograph some of the products she carries in her store, carol & company. she recently opened an actual brick & mortar store and being a former gift shop owner myself, i’m thrilled to watch what lies ahead for her in the future! i know she can touch peoples hearts whether through her stellar customer service online or actually greeting someone that enters her shop in chicago.

she’s currently running an extra 25% off her SALE items, enter code wintersale good through wednesday january 8th. several items shown below on madison are included in her sale.

this was her recent facebook status & it totally fires me up with excitement! ruth YOU are a world changer my friend & making a difference in the world around you! i totally champion you on!

“Thank you to all our customers for a fantastic 2013! Because of your support, we were able to make a large donation to Wellspring Living which helps women that have been trafficked and abused. Throughout the year we also contributed to International Justice Mission and a local cause that is dear to our heart www.RollingforJames.com. We want you to know when you shop at Carol & Company, you can trust a portion of your purchase will be given back to help those in need as this is one of our highest values”

again, 25% off any item in our Sale Categories. Code: WINTERSALE good through january 8th.

ruth recently began carrying sugarboo items which i’ve been a freaky ginormous fan of since they began back in the late 90’s. hallelujah!¬† my desk has a rather growing stack of their paper goods. and now my new love is their fabulous pillows. heaven help me as i want them all. how’s that for contentment.

since i spend a large amount of time looking through the window over my kitchen sink, i felt a great place for the “life is beauty full” reminder¬† was right on my back porch. and the elephant is always a beloved image for me as well.


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the other small business that i’ve truly enjoyed watching her flourish is tiffini’s House of Belonging.¬† talk about an overcomer, tiffini has such a love for others & a transparent heart always ready to encourage. tiffini just released her new line, deeper still. i think you’re going to love her new signs!

when i first saw the glinda quote, i knew i needed to purchase it for my madison. i’ve watched her come along way after a pretty crummy last year & feel she’s overcome much! i knew it’d be perfect for her! ( complete with gold crown!)

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here are a few of her other new signs!


so encouraged by both of these women!

January 4, 2014 - 4:24 pm

Andrea - I love Carol and Company….I’m heading there now…have some Christmas money and this is the perfect place to spend it! Do tell…..those pretty wreath’s hanging in your window…..real or preserved boxwoods?

Thanks sweet Paige. Hope the sun shines on you soon!!!!

January 4, 2014 - 7:16 pm

Christy Ennis - hi paige! I am a long time follower of your blog. I was so excited to see the link to Wellspring. My husband is the President/CEO of Wellspring and you have the wrong web address. it is Wellspring.org not com. Thanks you so much and I adore carol and company jewelry!

January 4, 2014 - 7:30 pm

Donna - I love everything! I am crazy about monograms and the necklace and cuff your daughter has on is beautiful. I like the pillows and signs too.What a treat to see it all. I will have to check it all out.By the way, I love the picture you took on your porch with the pink cotton candy sky and the little Christmas tree.

January 4, 2014 - 8:53 pm

Susan W - Happy New Year!
Some people find it hard to believe even if you live in Florida we get those gloomy days too, so I understand what you mean about the weather!
I’m really happy with the bracelets I received from the Noonday Collection and as a gift they are perfect to give and encourage others to check out this site/organization that you are a part of!
Thank you much for the links to your friends new places- have loved some of the items I’ve gotten from Carol & Co., so nice to know people helping others without motives of anything but genuine goodness and love in their hearts!
Loved both your models in some of the shots (Madison & Brinkley)! They know how to pose just right for their Momma!

January 4, 2014 - 9:55 pm

tiffini - i am going to have to buy a pillow! i just saw one on pinterest last night when i couldn’t sleep. i clicked over and CANNOT decide which one to buy!
they seem to be really BIG! i saw the are 24″ x 24″ .. that is the size of our signs
i feel so much the same about you….you have a heroine’s heart
don’t forget it…xoxo

January 4, 2014 - 11:17 pm

Ruth Grigson - Paige, you are too kind! I feel so blessed to be able to do what I do. It is so exciting for me to be able to give in ways I would never have imagined without this business.

Oh, and I LOVE those pillows!! They are big, but perfectly big!

January 6, 2014 - 3:16 pm

Lemonade Makin' Mama - What a bunch of sweet peeps to share with us. Love supporting one another this way!

January 7, 2014 - 12:16 am

Barbara - Where do you find your picture frames like the ones on your white bookshelf of the girls?