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pie, local, black business, support local

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Companies who give back are my jam.  But the entire reason I started featuring companies who give back was to shed light on others who inspire me, and who I hope will inspire you!   I could not imagine doing anything OTHER than this “pivot” for August and September.  Featuring black-owned businesses.  Because THEY inspire […]

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I recently finished the book, “I am in here,” written by Elizabeth Bonker and Virginia Breen.  It was incredible!  Autism presents itself in many forms, and each human with autism is incredibly unique.  The bond between Elizabeth and her mother (also, tireless advocate) is evident in every story and every chapter of the book.  However, […]

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coffee, coffee lover, sustainable, eco-friendly, organic

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I have to start this blog on this incredible local company with a confession!  I’m more of a tea gal 🙂  My Spanish “madre” when I lived abroad tried to get me to like coffee by making a delicious concoction for me every morning, and I was hooked!  Until…I realized my waistline was, well, expanding […]

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I won’t say it…OKAY I will, but just once!  I love dogs and candles. Okay now that that’s off my chest, we can get on to the point.  Featuring this company was a no-brainer. It is a company that gives back to shelter dogs with the purchases of amazing-smelling candles.  Before I ever saw the […]

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The story of Elegantees blew me away.  Not because of massive success, or because of exponential growth in a short period of time, or anything of the sorts.  But rather, of Katie’s story of persistence.     Katie was an Iowan who pursued fashion in the elusive industry in New York City.  After reaching a peak […]

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‘inspo&grace’ BEGAN with me looking for the good.  For the things that inspired me (see:  name of my company) and helped me remember how much good there is in humans and in this world.  I started seeing nonprofits, acts of kindness, or special moments that I would have otherwise been too distracted to notice.  But […]

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yoobi, giving back, classroom, teachers, students, low income, school, school supplies

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Children are the future!  Everything going on in their lives and in their classrooms now has the opportunity to shape who they become.  I can say that entering the age of my generation having kids themselves, I am constantly thinking about the example I am setting in my own life, in hopes that it may […]

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sustainable, beauty, green, fair-trade, eco-friendly, save the planet, save the earth, new zealand

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I started inspo&grace research by googling “companies who give back.”  It was incredible to see how much companies care about giving back, but this month’s featured company, Ethique, blew me away.  It is a beauty product company based in New Zealand, but they are truly changing the entire world.     Here are some of the […]

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Big dreams, small beginnings.  These are my favorite kind of stories, and MudLove is exactly that.  I sometimes sit on my couch, clicking away on my refurbished laptop and wonder, could I really make a difference?  Even a dent?  The beautiful thing about inspo&grace, is that what I DO is seek out what inspires me. […]

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little market, lauren conrad, fair trade, artisans, women empowerment

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I never watched “The Hills,” and my fashion style includes the following two criteria:  is it comfortable, or, is it really pretty? But I do have one fashion/beauty icon: Lauren Conrad.  She has blonde hair and green eyes, just like me, and her taste in clothes is so feminine and so beautiful.  My sister and […]