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3 Ways That Tales of a Peanut Is Giving Back in 2016

Giving back is important to me and always has been. This year, giving is moving from more than just a personal value to a defined business value as well. Tales of a Peanut is starting a giving campaign called Tales of a Peanut Gives Back. It is going to have three facets to allow us to give as much as we can. While we have been doing a number of these things from the beginning of the company, with this program in place it will allow us to track our giving in a more defined way and allow you to share in the giving with us.

Tales of a Peanut Gives Back

Giving 10% Monthly

Each month Tales of a Peanut will donate 10% of its proceeds to a charity or cause that I believe in. Most months, this charity will be Compassion which I have blogged about numerous times over the past few years. I believe that Compassion is doing a tremendous amount of work towards their goal of releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name. We support Compassion as a family and Tales of a Peanut will now join in to support them as well.

Occasionally, Tales of a Peanut will make the monthly donation to a different organization, charity, or cause. These might be organizations that are running a specific campaign or relate to something that I’m blogging about during a month. When an organization other than Compassion is chosen, it will be announced on the blog the first Thursday of the month so that our community can support and pray for them as well. We will focus on organizations that support women and children and will occasionally give this donation to a family adopting a child or struggling with medical or other expenses.

Partnering On Individual Products

In addition to the monthly donation, Tales of a Peanut will also partner with individuals and organizations to donate a portion of proceeds for specific products. We have been doing this since our inception with our Inspire card sets of which a portion of the proceeds is sent to a couple on staff with Cru. When we introduce these products they will typically be available for a limited time and we will promote them via social media and on this blog.

Donating Products

The third way that Tales of a Peanut will be giving back is with product and service donations for causes raising funds. This could encompass donations of products for auctions or donations of time and expertise to benefit an organization. Requests for donations of this type will be evaluated individually and may be sent in via the contact form on this site.

How Can You Help?

You can partner with us to support these missions in multiple ways. You can go to either of our stores (Tales of a Peanut or miniPeanuts) and purchase knowing that a portion of that purchase will be donated. Or you can get in touch with me about an organization that would like to partner with Tales of a Peanut via the contact form. And we ask that you give individually of your prayers and monetarily when you can to these organizations. We believe that one small donation can have a big impact when it is being used to support others.

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11 Gifts That Give Back

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The #TOAPGiftGuide for today is one that will benefit more than just you and your family. All of these gifts give back to others in some way. These gifts are not only beautiful but help make a difference in the lives of people around the world.

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Shine Bright Like the Stars mug – Ally B Designs – $15

Coffee mugs with gorgeous messages are a hot commodity these days and this mug is no exception. With bold text and fun star accents this mug will bring a smile to your face. And the back of the mug will start your day on a positive note, with the text of Daniel 13:3 written. Ally B Designs donates $1 from every sale of this mug to a children’s charity. For the months of November and December these proceeds will be going to the Make A Wish foundation.

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Ingabire print – Tales of a Peanut – $12+

The words Luke uses in his retelling of The Christmas Story paint a beautiful picture that this story is for all people of the world, without exception. That’s why I chose this verse when I wanted to create a print that would reinforce the freedom of this gift for everyone. This gold foil print was created as a free gift to customers in October who purchased and helped send Christmas cards to children without sponsors in Compassion’s program. It was then the front of the Christmas cards that we sent to those children. With the deadline to send cards passed, 5% of the proceeds from this print will go to support unsponsored children throughout the year with the Compassion program.

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Essential Oil Pouch (large) – Kiwi and Hope – $30

Essential oils are everywhere these days and many attribute numerous benefits to using them. We had less sickness last year during the winter when I was diffusing them than we have in years past so while I don’t use them every day I do pull mine out on occasion. For those who like to always keep their oils with them, this large pouch is the perfect gift. It has a padded insert to hold 12 15 ml oil bottles within the large pouch. Not only will this make a beautiful addition to an essential oil collection, but Kiwi and Hope always donates 10% of their proceeds to a charity related to orphan prevention, orphan care, and adoption. For the months of November through January they will be giving their proceeds to Show Hope which cares for orphans.

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The Story Isn’t Over Yet Mug – She Does Justice – $15

With a rich black interior and an extra large size, this mug might become your favorite for hot cocoa this season. And the message will remind you and everyone that sees you that your past doesn’t define your future. She Does Justice is another shop that donates 10% of the proceeds from their entire shop to various charities. What’s special about She Does Justice is that they let you designate the type of charity that you want your proceeds to support at checkout. You can choose from charities that support adoption, empowering young women, healthcare in Africa, orphan prevention, and anti sex-trafficking.

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Strong Roots – BeMoShe – $32

This super soft hoodie triblend tee will quickly become your go to t-shirt in your closet. Especially since you’ll remember every time you wear it that your purchase supported a cause that is working to eradicate SIDS. A portion of the proceeds from this tee will go to the CJ Foundation for SIDS whose priority is the health and survival of all babies through their first year of life.  This t-shirt is part of BeMoShe’s guest designer series which changes every month. This is November’s design and also comes in onesies and kids t-shirts. You can read about their guest designer series on their blog.

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Birthday Tees – TypeBaby – $24

If your children are anything like mine they love talking about how old they are. These t-shirts are the perfect gift for them this year so they can show off their age all year long. Shirts are a super soft American Apparel poly/cotton blend shirt and are Made in the USA. And purchases of these shirts and anything in the TypeBaby shop go to support different charities. TypeBaby is donating 10% of the proceeds from their entire shop sales in November and December to the Little Giraffe Foundation which supports NICU families.

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Sofia Dress and Leggings – Plaid Buttercup – $48

This adorable dress and leggings set will quickly become your little ones favorite winter outfit. The bright blue and greens and the interesting pattern will keep them begging for you to wash it so that they can wear it again. Plus the fabric is moisture wicking, soft, breathable, and wrinkle-free (do you hear that?!?! WRINKLE FREE!) so you’ll love it also. Plaid Buttercup is donating a portion of proceeds from this dress to Ruby’s Rainbow which strives to support the educational needs of adults with Down Syndrome.

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Confidential: Semicolon – Emily and Eden – $85

This beautiful necklace combines precious metals with precious stories to create a necklace that makes much more than a fashion statement. If you don’t know, semicolons have been chosen as a symbol for those struggling with depression, anxiety, mental illness, and suicide (check out ProjectSemicolon for more info). This gorgeous necklace hides the semicolon symbol in the morse code for the character. Making your necklace a statement of your support of those struggling with those issues as well as accessorizing your wardrobe. For each Semicolon necklace purchased Emily and Eden donates $5 to which works as suicide awareness voices of education.

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Striped Azalea Maxi – Ruby Claire Boutique – $48

This maxi dress can transition through all seasons making it a pivotal piece to have in your closet. The dress is at once romantic, modern, boho, and retro which most products couldn’t pull off but works beautifully in this dress. Ruby Claire Boutique has teamed up with the Cache Valley for Hope Cancer Foundation to give back 10% of all of their proceeds on the 10th of every month. This foundation supports cancer patients with their immediate financial needs as they undergo treatment.

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Flamingo Color Block Personalized Journal – Meredith Collie Paper – $22

You can bring back hints of summer this Christmas season with this bright Flamingo Color Block notepad. These 5×7″ notepads are personalized and are available either with a spiral binding or as a perfect bound book. This entire Flamingos for a Cure line gives back 20% of all sales to the Susan G. Komen Northwest North Carolina.

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Bucket Bag – Karama Collection – $195

This bag might be a splurge but it’s going to stand the test of time. Each bag is made of high quality full-grain Ethiopian leather and will patina over time to give it an even richer tone. These bags are made in Ethiopia bringing dignity and purposeful work to those who make them. This bag as well as the entire Karama Collection is a registered non-profit who reinvests their profits in artisans through product purchase. They also give back at least 15% of their total sales revenue each year to YoungLife Africa.

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I don’t know about you but I am now thinking of ways to justify these purchases for myself since they’re really serving such a greater purpose. Grin. But, in all seriousness, these products would make beautiful gifts and also help you give back a little through your Christmas shopping. I know that there are more shops out there that donate to charities. If you’re one of them, leave your information in the comments so that we can shop with you as well!

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#TOAPGivesBack with Compassion

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around our house! This week on instagram I’m sharing sneak peeks of my new holiday collection that will debut on Friday. I want to start the sneak peeks off with something that is near and dear to my  heart.

I have blogged extensively about Compassion over the years on this blog. And while I’ve transitioned to writing more about business avenues, it still holds a special place in my heart. As I’m writing this there are 2,190 children that are unsponsored in their program. These children don’t have anyone to send them a Christmas card like the sponsored children do. So this month, I’m starting Tales of a Peanut Gives back. A program where I will choose a charity or organization that needs money or something tangible and will give a portion of the proceeds from my sales to that organization.

To kick this off, I have designed this print from Luke 2:10-11. It is one of my favorite verses because it specifically mentions that the gospel is for all people. It is especially poignant as I think of the children all over the world who might think that they are excluded from Christ’s love because of their circumstances. But this verse tells them that they are loved and Christ’s love is for them just as much as it is for anyone else.

How will it work?

For every $10 purchased from now through November 1 in my shop or my etsy shop, I will send one 5×7 Christmas card sharing this message to unsponsored children. In addition, I will include a 5×7 gold foil print of this verse in your order for free. I hope that you’ll join me in making the holiday season a little brighter for those children who don’t have a sponsor writing them letters and supporting them right now.

What if I want to order Christmas cards but am not ready to decide?

Later this week I will be adding gift certificates into both stores. If you want your order to be a part of this Compassion project but aren’t ready to decide on what items you would like, just purchase a gift certificate! This would also be a great gift for those on your list that might be harder to choose for. I’ll post on instagram when the gift certificates are available.

What if I don’t want to buy something but want to help?

I totally understand that my style is not everyone’s, but if you’d like to send a card to an unsponsored child yourself you can do so! Please mail cards to the following address:

Compassion International
ATTN: Christmas Cards for Unsponsored Children
Colorado Springs, CO

I personally spoke with a staff member at Compassion and verified this address. Cards must be received by November 2. Cards will not be individually translated so should only include Bible verses that the children can look up and translate in their Bible’s on their own. I assume that general messages such as “I Love You”, “Merry Christmas”, and your name are also acceptable. Each card does not need its own envelope (you can mail them in one package), but if you do put each card in an envelope leave the envelope unsealed.

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I  hope you’ll join me in loving on the Compassion children who don’t currently have sponsors. If you have any questions about this project or want to let me know about a charity or organization that might want to be a beneficiary of Tales of a Peanut Gives Back in the future, please contact me via the Contact button at the top of the page. For more information on Compassion, please visit their website.

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Friday Peanuts – Busy Busy Busy

Friday Peanuts

Well, every weekend I’m determined to catch up on the blog and every weekend I’m swamped and haven’t had time to do it. I’m going to try my hardest to catch up this weekend though! But if I don’t, know that I am still thinking of you!

In lieu of a meaningful post here’s some things I’ve been reading and thinking about this week.

Would Jesus Have Joined a Fraternity? – As a proud sorority girl I enjoyed this article and made me think about missed opportunities during my college years. But kudos for reminding us that stereotypes are not always true and we should be searching for ways to show Jesus’ love to others in all situations.

Siri Reads Kindle – If I was ever in the car by myself for an extended period of time this would be awesome! Those who have the luxury of driving by themselves…take advantage of this!

Center of the City Dress – Think this is too sparkly for our Christmas party?

The Ongoing After School Activity Dilemma – This is going to be a struggle as the kids get older. With three I can only imagined how crazy our lives are going to be with after school activities. This post has some good thoughts about considering what to do and things to consider when we’re signing them up. What’s right for our family might not be right for yours and vice versa but right now we’re trying to figure out what’s right for our family.

I’m Glad I’m Not The Same Guy Who Wrote Blue Like Jazz – I’ve never read the book and know nothing about Donald Miller but I liked this post and all that it says. People change and that should be our goal. To learn and grow into better people. Let’s not stifle others growth but embrace it and encourage it.

Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Parents Who Don’t Allow Sleepovers – Not sure but I think I might be this parent…

Everything Etsy’s Deals of the Week – Tales of a Peanut has a discount code in there!

Best Events for Family Olympics – I want to have an Olympics! Any family or friends want to join us?!?!

Have a good weekend!


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Giveaway – Son of God movie tickets!

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I am excited today to team up with Compassion and offer a giveaway of tickets to the new Son of God movie that is coming out tomorrow!  From the creators of the Bible miniseries, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, comes a movie that spans the entire life of Jesus from his birth to his resurrection.  Told in the format of an action epic, the movie will bring the New Testament alive to you and your family.

I can’t wait to see the movie which is a combination of some scenes shot for the Bible miniseries that aired last spring as well as new shots all reordered and organized with music by Hans Zimmer to tell the most powerful story in history.  Today, Compassion has given me five tickets to give away to my readers.  You can enter through the rafflecopter app below.  I will choose three winners next Thursday, the first two chosen will receive two tickets and the third winner will receive one ticket.

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Giveaway, Gifts, and more!

I wanted to share a few things from around the web today.


There’s a giveaway for a free, personalized, double sided placemat on Mommy’s Block Party that ends in about 6 hours (11 PM CST).  Head over to her blog to enter the  giveaway!

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Second, TOMS is coming to Zulily Wednesday morning with an awesome sale.  I’m not sure if your kids love TOMS as much as mine do, but if they do you’ll want to be up early to take advantage of the best selection.  The sale starts at 6am PT Wednesday (2/19) so be ready! Not only are TOMS comfortable for me and my kids but I love buying them since I know that with their One for One program they donate a pair of shoes to a child in need for each purchase of shoes! (*affiliate links, see Links and Disclosures page)


Beth is hosting a writing contest over at Five Kids is a Lot of Kids with the winner being featured on Mamapedia!

One of my oldest childhood friends opened a new Etsy shop with beautiful original art yesterday.  Check out Red Clay and Cotton for beautiful art!

I’ve got friends hosting a Kelly’s Kids party right now and you can order online throughout the week.  Use code 19871 when you checkout.  They’ve got great looking, classic kids pieces right now including James’ current favorite…button up shirts with a monogram!

Lisa-Jo Baker has a huge project going on right now to raise $150000 between Valentine’s and Mother’s Day for the Maubane Community Center.  Are you able to help?

And, on a personal note, Hadley’s doctor’s appointment last Friday went well and her blood count is still looking good.  Thanks for the prayers and outreach.  I’m headed back in two weeks for another check but as of right now there are no signs that the Fifth’s has passed through to her.