Eden’s Closet exists to bring hope and freedom by partnering with local non-profits who combat sex trafficking in Seattle, WA.

You all know that I love purchasing with a purpose.  When my friend Cassandra emailed me a few weeks ago to tell me she re-opened her Etsy shop, I was smitten at first sight over the necklaces in her shop.  Her heart and goal in opening Eden’s Closet is something that is also so dear to me and an issue we all need to know is happening,  Human trafficking.  A modern day slavery that must stop. Not only am I so honored to wear this necklace, I am standing by her in support and all she is doing to bring awareness to this tragedy.  As a woman and a mother of girls, my heart breaks for the woman and children that are currently enslaved. My heat breaks for the children that have been sold and the children that have been captured that can’t find their way out. My heart breaks and I want to help. We all want to be excepted, feel safe, loved unconditionally for who we are and belong to a family and community. We are believing for hope and restoration after these woman are freed.
We would love for you to stand with us and help support. By purchasing with purpose this holiday season you can change lives. 78% of every purchase goes straight to charity. Be sure to use the discount code: XMAS14 for 10%  off any piece at Eden’s Closet. There is also a giveaway below!

Here is a note from Cassie,

I decided recently to re-open my Etsy shop with the goal of raising money for non-profits fighting human trafficking here in Seattle. Why? Here’s the issue:

“Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and the fastest-growing criminal industry in the world. It is the recruitment of people by means of threat, force, coercion or deception for the purpose of exploitation. Sex trafficking is one of the most profitable forms of trafficking and involves many kinds of sexual exploitation, such as prostitution, pornography and the commercial sexual abuse of children. What you may not know is that sex trafficking is not just something that takes place in 3rd world nations, but also happens to US citizens residing within U.S. borders.

The Department of Justice estimates that more than 250,000 American children are at risk for trafficking into the sex industry annually and the average age of girls who enter into street prostitution is between 12 and 14 years old. Sex traffickers target vulnerable young girls, such as runaway, homeless, and foster care children. Incest and other forms of abuse often drive children to run away from home, making them vulnerable to the cunning tactics of sex traffickers. In fact, 1 in 3 runaways are recruited by a pimp with in 48 hours of leaving home.”

This issue has been close to my heart for many years. I became acquainted with a local non-profit called REST (Real Escape from the Sex Trade) a couple years ago and fully believe in and support their mission, vision, and cause. I honestly can’t think of a more worthy beneficiary!

100% of the net profit from this shop will be donated to REST. That means about 78% of every purchase goes straight to charity. How often do you find that? AND, you get a beautiful piece of jewelry out of it. So, buy some jewelry, wear it like a boss, raise awareness, and be part of something bigger than yourself.

For more information on modern day slavery, check out the following resources:
King County Health services / Human Trafficking

+Eden’s closet is giving away $25.00 Shop credit.

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  • Anna

    Thank you for letting me know about this Etsy shop! I will definitley check her out and purchase from her in the future!!!

    Anna :)ReplyCancel

  • What beautiful jewelry and such inspiring work she’s doing through her jewelry. Thanks for sharing it, Rachel!ReplyCancel

After all the craziness of traveling every weekend and photographing weddings,  we finally had time to go out and take some family pictures.  It seems harder and harder to do this but it is so important to us.  I will be forever grateful for this special time in our life.  By no means is my family perfect, and we definitely have our good days, bad days, ups and downs but having our personalities captured is my favorite.  I hope to send a Christmas card this year, but here are a few of my favorites from the day.

Lyla turned 3 in October and she is my socialite.  She loves people and everyone is her friend. She loves jewelry, singing and all things princess. She is strong and so much fun. Her imagination is full and her detail to beauty is such a delight.  She doesn’t love having her picture taken and would rather be climbing trees or playing with friends.  Lucca,  my little sweet girl, is 19 months.  She stole our hearts from day one.  She is a bit shy and enjoys being in my arms.  Her heart is soft and sensitive to the core.  We love being parents and so blessed by our girls. Not a day goes by that we realize their true blessing. Brent and I are doing great and have had an incredible year. Starting our photography business in 2010 was the best thing. We went after a dream together and it taught us so many things about one another. We never dreamt we would be so blessed and it really is such a joy we get to do what we love.  I love watching him while we work and shine in the midst of people. He truly loves being with others and it is when he becomes so alive.   He has taught me to love deep more than I ever new how.

We are so excited for this new year to come. Launching a new business soon { which you can only find on Instagram @worldsgreatestco  for now}  and dreaming of new adventures with our family.  With the holidays coming so soon, my prayer and hope is to enjoy this season to the fullest… especially with the ones you love. xo

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This is the first year ever that we have a Christmas tree. I know.. crazy right?! Every year, we leave for Christmas week and can’t wrap our minds around getting one. But, last January we came across this (fake) tree and we couldn’t pass up the deal… 90% off at Macy’s.. and although we haven’t made the leap of going out and cutting down a “real” one, we are so happy to have a Christmas tree up and decorated. It has been pouring non stop here since last Saturday,  so we have been inside… working, playing, decorating and staying in our pjs all day.  Both of our parents bought us ornaments each year to keep, so we filled our tree with of those, and looking forward to start the tradition with our girls. Although its a big hodge-podge for ornaments, it brings back lots of memories…which is the best. Lyla already picked out her’s tonight at World Market but hasn’t decided to put it on the tree yet.  And Lucca, she is perfectly content looking and touching all the ones she can reach!
We are staying here most of December and we are thrilled about that. I am mostly looking forward to waking up in our home and celebrating Christmas morning together. I can’t believe its the last month of the year..but Im almost positive it might be one of my favorites. Lots and lots of family time.

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Im back with another awesome gift guide for you! These gifts are great for your friends, your kids, your home and even maybe something for yourself ? And, of course there are some pretty nice discounts!!

Happy Thanksgiving & Happy shopping!!

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Kelly Murray Art // Enjoy 15% off with  code: FIFTEEN // Instagram: @kelli_murray

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River and Bridge  // Enjoy $5.00 off $15.00 with code : Inspired5  valid thru December 31, 2014 //  Instagram: @riverandbridge

Little Hip Squeaks // save up to 70% off select items in the Black Friday section November 28th – December 1st! No code necessary.

SharpToothStudio    //  Enjoy 15% off with  code: Merry15  // Instagram: @Sharptoothstudio

Bluesandbranches  // Enjoy 10% off with  code: THANKFUL  valid thru November 30th

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Brent and I made it back from Maui last night & we had the best time. We were asked to photograph a wedding of one of Brent’s best childhood friends…so we decided to go, him and I, and without our girls. This was the first time I left them for 6 days and it was harder then expected. I knew they were in good hands at grandma’s house, but it took me a little while to get over the “goodbye” after dropping them off.
Brent and I love Hawaii and this trip was way different then our last vacation. Maui is gorgeous and it was so rewarding to spend quality time with each other. We are beyond thankful for this trip, everyone that made it possible and of course even more thankful to be back at home with our girls.

I hope you are all have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day…We are headed to Brent’s mom’s house and I’m looking forward to spending the weekend with family and eating lots of yummy food. xo

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