Thursday, October 13, 2016

To See Beautiful

Sometimes feel like you're not quite sure how to create more beautiful in the world? Here are a few ideas from nine & ten-year-olds in one of our See Beautiful Clubs. Turns out, creating beautiful can be as simple as smiling. We really love that reminder.
Smiles for days..all the days.

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Forever We (&) See Beautiful

Forever We (select FOREVER WE) from the dropdown box
United States of America
Forever We is 501(c)(3) organization delivering dolls and books to kids with cancer. They partner with families, schools, corporations, and foundations to create an experience to foster "purposeful play." They believe children use toys to tell stories. Their once upon a time is now. Every year, nearly 16,000 children are diagnosed with cancer. Another 45,000 are in treatment annually, not to mention millions of siblings, neighbors, classmates, and friends who are also affected and want to help. Federal funding contributes less than 4% of their overall cancer budget to childhood cancer research and treatment. If our kids are going to live happily ever after we have to find a way to work together to bring awareness and funding to their experience.

Our huggable Forever We friend creates a conversation about a difficult subject. It provides comfort to a child in need and gives people who want to help a unique and meaningful way to get involved. Child Life at Cincinnati Children's Hospital has requested Forever We dolls for the families they serve. The world of childhood cancer is complex, scary, and often tragic. But in the midst of all that, it can also be beautiful. Stories of strength and hope continue to point toward a bright future that is only possible with your help. We invite the See Beautiful community to engage with families enduring an unfathomable diagnosis by communicating the message, "We are with you."

How does your purchase help? Your purchase allows Forever We to partner with Child Life at Cincinnati Children's Hospital to deliver our Forever We friends to the kids being treated there.

Love the cause, but don't need the See Beautiful swag, that's okay. You can donate directly to Forever We HERE and celebrate their beautiful work alongside them on FacebookInstagramTwitter Pinterest!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Love for the Elderly

SO EXCITED to unveil our newest See Beautiful Giving Initiative to support Love For The Elderly

This amazing organization was started by SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD, Jacob Cramer, and the love he's bringing to Seniors is just beautiful! How could we not partner with them?! So many elders in our nation are neglected, isolated, and forgotten. Love for the Elderly is working to change this. Love for the Elderly is dedicated to enriching the lives of seniors in their final and most precious stage of life with loads of happiness! 

The core philosophy at Love for the Elderly is to make the world more beautiful by spreading kindness every day whenever possible! With your help, we'll be able to donate portions of every sale toward bringing love to seniors in nursing homes through inspiring "sunshine boxes!" Each SunshineBox costs somewhere close to $5, so for every sale, they'll be able to brighten one Senior's day with happiness by gifting them a box of sunshine (Goal: $1500)!
How your purchase helps: Your purchase will provide one "Sunshine Box" full of inspiring and uplifting items for a Senior in care. Or, you can donate directly to Love for the Elderly here.  Follow their story and become part of there community on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and YouTube.
You can get to shopping and helping them meet their goal here:

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Bringing the Silenced A Voice

Are you?" ~ Nathan Johnson, Mavuno

See Beautiful is listening. We stand with our friends at Mavuno as we mourn the loss of innocent lives in Beni, DRC. These are people who are so important to See Beautiful. Human rights are for everyone. Every. Single. Person. Everyone has great worth. Let's show that with love.
If you haven't heard about Beni and the repeated tragic loss of life you're not alone. In fact, if you google "Beni" the majority of hits on the first page are about a town in Bolivia, a Japanese cuisine, or a church in California. The fact that you can't read about a terrorist attack claiming the lives of at least 64 (and the number is still rising) with the use of a machete is evidence of the blanket the media has placed on the Eastern Congo. We must start talking. We must be a voice for those who are silenced - for those who devastatingly lost their lives. We must act from a place of love and we must honor the fact that every person has great worth. 
This article, The Difference between Beni and Brussels, written by Nathan Johnson, Mavuno's VP of Communications, does an excellent job providing historical and current insight into the injustice suffered by thousands. Please read it. Please share it. Please talk about it. Please keep googling. Please pray, love, and hope. Please don't feel helpless. We can all do something - and billions of little somethings aren't insignificant. They can bring about change. And change is necessary. 
Thank you, Mavuno, for leading with love.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Most Important Thing

Love; it's the most important thing. 

When we keep it the most important thing life gets really beautiful...and inspiring...and full of so much awesome.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Dare to See People

"Let's be people who dare to see people. We have the power to create more beautiful in the world by being ourselves and continually choosing to love." ~ Kim Biddle, Saving Innocence

What if we all chose love? All the time?

Plywood People, thank you for Plywood Presents. Thank you for Plywood Retreat. Thank you for your sound advice & mission to support organizations doing good. This Plywood Presents Conference did not disappoint, and it makes me think back to my first interaction with Plywood People. That meeting brought so many incredible Giving Initiatives to See Beautiful. That retreat opened the door to so many amazing friends who continue to inspire the See Beautiful Community, & myself, to grow stronger. How grateful I am to have connected with the most amazing people leading Kula ProjectForever We, Inc.Refuge Coffee Co., Glorious Orphanage, & Rachel Moye Iliadis Photography. Plywood People, thanks for choosing love - because you did, I got to love the amazing farmers & kids of Kula Project. A gift I'm forever grateful for.
Photo by Bobby Neptune.

Monday, August 1, 2016

"...But Most of All, I See Beautiful"

We have new soft-as-bunnies tees in our See Beautiful store, but that's not the big news. The big news, the beautiful news, is a story of beauty and vulnerability and strength by Sarah Naomi who's modeling this shirt. Sarah is a teacher (as are all our models). Sarah is full of grace and bravery and a love of lifting others up. It's fun to unveil new products for See Beautiful, but it's infinitely more beautiful to see how Sarah has seen beautiful:
"Like many young girls, I struggled with self esteem, self worth and self love throughout my adolescence. I've looked back at old journals from high school and see pages upon pages filled with things I hated about myself.
...A few weeks ago I was invited to model new merchandise for See Beautiful. I nervously joined, put on a brave face and tried my best. Tonight she sent me the photos and I don't see the little girl who hates everything about herself. Instead I see happiness. I see joy. But most of all, I‪ #‎SeeBeautiful‬."
~ Sarah
You can get your shirt here, but you can leave your love and join Sarah in this See Beautiful Community when you follow in her footsteps. That's way more important than the tshirt.