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Bringing “R” Home

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Introducing the cutest family ever, the Trenda’s.   

Annie is the mama part of this operation and she is amazing!  I know her personally, and not just through Facebook.  She has a heart of gold!  

She has spent so much of her time over the years helping other families who are on their own adoption journey- running auctions, making crafts to sell, she’s also a talented photographer  who has donated photo shoots to families that have recently grown.  

 Perhaps the most special gift Annie has given to each family she comes along side is her taking time out of her busy #momlife, to photograph a family’s homecoming at the airport.  These are very special moments because most times, it’s when grandparents, siblings and other close folks get to meet this/these very special new kiddo(s).  Not only that, the “gotcha” trips can be long and many times a parent will have been away for some time. It’s these moments- the sweet reunion with their other child(ren) who’ve missed mom/dad moments…  The tears and excitement, all the emotions- she captures them.  Beautiful.  Such a priceless gift the family gets to cherish forever.  

Needless to say, Annie and her family are kind of “Big Deal”.  They have played a big role in so many lives.  You just can’t put a price tag on that. 

So, why the heck am I talking about Annie?  

From Annie Trenda – Telling their story: 

 “We met R in December 2013 through a hosting program called Guglielmo’s Hope. Kids come from Ukraine to spend the holiday with a family, to receive dental and vision care, and to learn about America. Our family instantly fell in love with his big smile, his funny personality, and his tender heart. He is an amazing boy who lights up the room when he walks in. We decided then that we would love for him to be a permanent part of our family only to find out that was not an option. We were heartbroken but determined to make sure this sweet boy knew he was loved, even if from half a world away. We have continued to host him over the last several years and we have watched him go from a tiny 9 year old to a preteen with so much confidence! We received the news several months ago that we may begin the process to adopt him and we couldn’t be more thrilled. We are working hard to raise the funds to finally bring our boy home to where he has always belonged ❤️”

So there you have it- they are adopting!  

Please,  Let’s support this family who has so graciously supported so many others.   Visit my page and browse the auction I’ve got going for her at: Heart of the Young 

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Daisy is with her mama!!
I Just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone of you who shared, shopped, and bought from the amazing Kelly and Staci and their fabulous Lularoe fundraiser event they hosted for me!


I also have to sneak in a thank you to Tori of Noonday for her tandem fundraiser which, btw has drop dead gorgeous stuff! Seriously, if you haven’t checked out Noonday, they have a heart for helping and really gorgeous merch, so do it!  Here’s some photos from our event!

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Because of all your support, and both companies graciously matching the money from items sold, a total of $625 was raised from both events!   And BECAUSE OF YOU, My friend Starr is now holding her precious new daughter Daisy!



I have to let you know, that this mama and daughter are a match made in heaven! Starr says little Daisy is absolutely amazing and she couldn’t be happier!  Here is a direct quote from Starr: “Something about Daisy…
What can I say? This child is magic. She is calm, sweet and peaceful. She is gorging herself with hugs and kisses, she can’t get enough! She is loving and nurturing as she loves on her stuffed ladybug. She LOVES music and dancing. She loves reading books and loves to read them to me as she turns the book so I can see the pictures pointing to them like a teacher would. I showed her 3 signs…please, eat and drink. She immediately repeated them. She is so incredibly smart. She LOVES to be tickled silly!
She also chucks food when she’s done and bites her sister. Haha!
She is an escape artist and can scale the crib with bars on it. I still don’t know how she does it! She loves to run away while she laughs.
Some things to work on🙂.”

I just love that Starr is being real here!  Daisy sounds like an incredible cute little stinker and I can’t wait to meet her!

P.s. These fabulous ladies from Lularoe and Noonday can run fundraisers so if you’re interested contact either myself or see below for links to their pages.   OR just had head over to their pages to shop!


I mean LOOK!  Such good stuff AND they are socially minded!

Also don’t forget…

Lularoe Kelly and Staci’s VIP’s- Their shop is open 24/7 online! New inventory regularly, no tax and low shipping!:

One more thank you to Mike and Cathy Novak for helping orchestrate this with Kelly and Staci!  It would not have happened without you!  Who are Mike and a Cathy?  They have an amazing little Lularoe shop as well… No tax, free shipping, new inventory all the time, and they are a dream to work with!  Their shop is also open 24/7!   Go check them out at :

I love my Lularoe!  You will too! No, really you will… I realize that sounded like an advertisement, haha!

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Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!  Oh, and Monday too! 

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If you read my post Wish Upon A Starr, you know about the amazing opportunity to support the Pelc family in their adoption journey AND score some super cute duds and a bit of bling too!    There are three ways to join in the fun.

Help bring this cutie home!

#1.Check out Tori Rask and her Noonday shop to see our fundraiser going on now,  featuring unique and beautiful jewelery and accessories! At:
Are these not gorgeous?

#2.  Join us for a fun and unique Lularoe shopping experince at the in-home fundraiser event this Sunday!  See the clothes, try on and take home!  So fun!   You MUST MUST MUST request to join their group first in order to see the even invites!

Link to join group:
*Link to the In-Home event (local Portland area) We’d love to see you on Sunday, July 17th at 2pm. Tori Rask will be here with Noonday (amazing jewelry and accessories), there will be a raffle or two… come join us! Don’t miss out on the fun!

Portland area Fundraiser Event! 

*Can’t make it to the In-Home event?  Join us for a fun online shopping experience.  Again, all for the Pelc family!

Online Shopping Event!

Still not sure?  Check out my Lularoe below!  Then decide. Don’t hesitate to ask me questions about fit, fabrics, and I’ll do my best to help!  No, I dont sell it, I just love it.

The Nicole dress

Above:  Buttery soft leggings dressed up!

Below:  Crazy print, super soft leggings, dressed down!

Below:  The Julia dress- so comfy.

Wish upon a Starr

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Like these?  (Don’t you dare click away just yet… Give it a chance.)PhotoGrid_1467768092651

Why am I asking?  Well…

She is three and a half years old.  She sits everyday with all the other children.   She has nothing of her own. Her clothes aren’t hers, her toys aren’t hers, her shoes aren’t hers.   Abandoned at just 6 months old, little Daisy spends each day in an orphanage.   No mom to comfort her when she’s scared.  No hugs for her tears.  She’s a beautiful little girl.


Across the globe, a mama sits, waiting.  She waits and longs to hold this precious little daughter she’s never met.  She aches to kiss her bruised knees, dry her tiny tears, and tell her she is loved.  This mama works hard everyday trying to raise the randsom.  But it’s seemingly insurmountable.   She only has a couple weeks left to raise an incredible amount.  So she continues to work her fingers to the bone, fundraising, selling anything she can, praying for a miracle.

This mama’s name is Starr.  She was born to be a mom!  For 16 years she’s been loving on her children, providing for them, nurturing them, all on her own.   She’s been a mom a whole lot longer than 16 years, but you see 16 years ago she lost her husband and since then devotes her life to giving love to children who otherwise have had none.   received_1214842788539891

Now, back to the cute jewelry and such.  There’s a wonderful lady, Tori who has an online shop.  Soooo many cute things.  From now until July 19th, 15% of anything you purchase will be donated to help Starr bring home Daisy!   If you’d like to check out this shop go here:

There’s more!

Ever heard of Lularoe?   The fun prints, the incredibly buttery soft leggings, the clothes that make sizing simple, easily working with all body types making it a snap to shop online without stressing.  They are THE MOST ADDICTIVE clothing line ever!   How do I feel in my Lularoe?  Uh… 2016-06-25 19.12.29

Sooo, I also have a Lularoe event hosted by two lovely gals both in home for my local gals, where you can come try on and take home, AND an online event as well!  THAT event will be July 17th for the in home, and 18th for online.  They will also donate part of the proceeds to help this family!  Eeeek!

Please join THIS PAGE, no it isn’t a cult, but it might get ADDICTIVE!   On this page our hostesses will post about the upcoming event, and you can learn a bit about Lularoe too.  Trust me, this is not just another “party”,you don’t want to miss this!

I would like to thank Cathy and Mike, Kelly, Staci and Tori!  You guys all worked and are still working so hard to make this happen for this family.  I seriously am floored at how you all pulled this together for me at such short notice. Much love!  I know Starr feels the same.

To read more about Starr and her journey or to donate directly go here:






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Super short, super important! 
Usually, they raise around $4,000 to split between five families.  This month, only $1,000 has come in which will be split FIVE ways!  That’s not a lot, and it’s certainly not enough.  $5 is all it takes to make a huge difference for these adopting families.  Only two weeks left before the cutoff!  

Who would you be helping with this $5 dollars (or more)Meet the families! 

Oh, and I should tell you it’s tax deductible! 

Go here to learn more:


It Starts with You

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If there ever was a reason to click a link, this is it.  This issue demands our attention! With upwards of 2,000,000 KIDS worldwide being held as sex slaves, how can we sit back and do nothing?  Toddlers… Yes TODDLERS folks   elementary age, pre-teens and teens all held against their will. They are hurting, afraid, and abused in the most grizzly and dehumanizing way.

Child sex trafficking is a real global issue that believe it or not also takes place in your own backyard.  It’s fueld by those who watch child pornography.  Its fueled by your neighbor, your uncle, your co-worker… It’s fueled by your “family man” (or woman I suppose) friend who’s married, has kids, goes on mission trips and goes to church each Sunday.  Totally normal looking, seemingly great people participate in this sickening depravity.  Sorry to put it so bluntly, but it is the dead truth.

This is not a, “not my problem” situation.  Stopping this, starts with you.

Check out the video below and visit OurRescue to learn more, and consider how you can contribute to ending child sex trafficking.

Please watch this, it’s less than 3 minutes:
The Abolitionists

3 Sisters

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Somewhere in the world there are three beautiful little girls- sisters.   These sisters have no mom or dad, and long for a family of their own.  They want to be adopted together, but in many cases there is just nobody willing to adopt a sibling group.

Elsewhere in the world there is a family- a mom, a dad, and children.  This family already loves these girls from afar and wants nothing more than to give them the home, love and stability they have never had.

Generally, when you follow your heart there is no roadmap.  There is not usually time to make plans or “wait till it’s more convenient timing”.   The fact is, when you know you need to move forward, you just have to start walking, putting one foot infront of the other.  You might not even know exactly how to get to your destination.  Nevertheless you walk forward.  Trusting.  Hoping it’ll all come together.

This family, is doing just that.  They are walking forward, trusting, and doing everything they can to prepare along the way.

If you would like to support this family, I have a super fun online auction open right now through April 19th.  Come bid on some neat stuff and help this family along their  way.


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