Father’s Day

Every year for Father’s Day and other gifting holidays, I always answer the “what do you want?” question with “I don’t know” or “nothing”. I think many of you experience this. Is it because we have everything we need? Is it because whenever we see something we want, we simply put it in the basket or “cart” without thinking twice about it? The answer for me is “yes”. But the problem is that Erica and the rest of our family still wants to get something without defaulting to that Best Buy or Home Depot gift card. So instead, I enjoy a gift that I know benefits others, in a meaningful way. Maybe your husband or dad is giving you that dreaded answer of “I don’t know” or “nothing”.

The Falling Whistles campaign launched with a simple response – make their weapon your voice and be a whistleblower for peace in Congo.

Funds from these whistles help children escaping the war-region and children forced to the frontlines of war.


I don’t need glasses but Warby Parker makes me wish I did. They exposed the problem with the glasses industry (why should glasses be as expensive as an iPhone?) and they follow the One for One model made popular by TOMS so that others will get fashionable glasses, as opposed to donated glasses that aren’t the right prescription or came from your grandma’s closet. All this for $95 with prescription lenses (and free shipping!).

Any Rushmore fans out there? Krochet Kids‘ bread and butter are their hats (got one for Christmas) but I love this t-shirt. The world’s hardest geometry problem…

Love these 100% biodegradable flops from Feelgoodz. Plus each sale benefits Pencils of Promise. Green and Good.

Once you learn the injustice that goes on with coffee farming, you can’t help but to purchase fair trade. Just Love Coffee sales benefit our adoption and building schools in Ethiopia, all at the same time. Shameless plug, I know.

– Calvin

About the author

Erica

Erica is an advocate for simplicity, family time, making a cozy home and loving others well. She is the community coordinator for One Orphan, the orphan care ministry of America World Adoption Association. Erica and Calvin have four young children; Elliott, Charlotte, Lola and Liam. They currently reside in Nashville, TN.

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