Monday, September 26, 2011

Southern Living Showcase Home

Decorating your home can be big fun but also kinda overwhelming all at the same time.

Sure, I flip through all kinds of magazines, have been known to go on just for ideas and definitely pinned my fair share of decorating ideas on Pintrest. But sometime you need inspiration, up close and personal.

Ladies...brace yourself.

The Southern Living Showcase Home is right in our backyard for the next 3 weeks.

15026 Hidden Valley Waters Dr.
Cypress, TX 77429
Hidden Falls Subdivision

2011 Tour Dates
October 6th-9th
October 13th-16th
October 20th-23td

Thursday: Noon- 8 pm
Friday-Sunday: Noon-6 pm

A $10 cash donation will benefit Home Aid Houston

Monday, September 12, 2011

Just Shop For A Cause


Enjoy a day of shopping and invite your family and friends ... and learn about the issue of Human Trafficking in our community.


The slave trade is alive and well right here in Houston, Texas. Just Cause Houston is the first annual gathering of anti-human trafficking events from September 10-17, 2011 throughout the Houston area...a cooperative initiative of churches, faith-based ministries, and local businesses and organizations that are committed to addressing God's passion for justice for the oppressed in our own community and beyond. For more information about this initiative visit:


The MET – Jones Road Campus
TRUTH Student Building
12903 Jones Road
Houston, TX 77070 Google Map It!

What does shopping have to do with human trafficking? Visit our shopping bazaar with booths for: fair trade vendors*, survivor made products, apparel, jewelry, cosmetics, coffee/tea, chocolate, books, crafts, baby items, and more. Hear various speakers, including a local trafficking survivor, and learn how to get involved!

Proceeds will support various human trafficking and other ministries. Chik-fil-A (!!) and other concessions available.

A ‘fair trade’ product is made under good working conditions, without slave labor, with a fair price paid to the producer. Poverty alleviation and community development are key goals.


While taking a break from shopping, listen to one of these great speakers to discover what is going on right here in Houston! Find out what you can do now to combat this evil right here in our own community.

11:30 Harris County Juvenile Probation Department
Perspectives on local at-risk teens

12:00 Chong Kim,,
U.S. sex trafficking survivor, interviewed by Kara Diehl, local trafficking mentor

12:45 Natalie Shirley, Founder, Night Light International,
Thailand ministry / testimony

1:15 Kim Harper, Chrysalis Mentoring
Seeing God's glory through mentoring at-risk teens

1:45 Chong Kim, encore

2:30 Chris Parrish,Redeemed Ministries
Intervention and aftercare

Did you know that …

*There are more than 30 million humans in slavery today, more than at any other time in history!
*Advocacy groups believe about 300,000 children are bought and sold in the United States annually - selling human beings as a commodity, mostly in sex trafficking.
*Sex trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a Commercial Sex Act.
*These are not prostitutes. These are adults and children that are being prostituted. Victims can be male or female. 50% are children. The average age is twelve.
*Texas is the destination for 25% of all victims brought into the United States. The majority of those find themselves in Houston.

There is help! The National Human Trafficking Hotline 1.888.3737.888

Here are just a few of our product vendors:

Night Light International - survivor made jewelry
Chrysalis Creations - survivor made jewelry
Redeemed Ministries - survivor made coasters
Colores del Pueblo - national fair trade vendor
VOX Culture - Art and advocacy
Ten Thousand Villages - national fair trade vendor
Trade As One - national fair trade vendor
Radiant Cosmetics - fair trade cosmetics
Narimon - fair trade jewelry, bags, scarves
Project Biashara - Kenya - bags, necklaces, kitchen items
His Cherished Ones - Kenya - knitted baby items
Vision Africa - African-made women's wear
Té House of Tea - fair trade tea and tea accessories
Taft Street Coffee - fair trade coffee
Divine Chocolate - fair trade chocolate
Aggie's Arts - African beads
and many more!

For more information email

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Save the Date: Fall Gift Markets

Save the date for these upcoming Gift Markets. Know more? Please leave a comment and I'll add it to the list.

**updated 9/17/11

*September 23-24
St. Mary's Fall Gift Market

*October 1-2
St. Igantius Loyola Catholic Church
Saturday 12-9
Sunday 12-6
7810 Cypresswood Crive

*October 8
Lakewood Holiday Market
Lakewood Methodist Church
11330 Louetta Rd.
9-4 pm

*October 8
Lone Star College -Cy Fair
9191 Barker Cypress
10-2 pm

*October 15
Judy Dierker Holiday Market
The Foundry Church
8350 Jones Road

*October 29
Wee Wuns Fall Festival
13403 Cypress North Houston