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Reader Appreciation Giveaway: NoonDay Collection

AND THE WINNER IS... Comment 10 - Donna. Donna has already been contacted. Thanks for playing, everyone! And thanks for supporting NoonDay Collection and The Girl Who!

You've likely noticed I've redesigned the site. You may not like it. It isn't exactly a top-notch redesign. But listen, I do it all myself and I'm not really a pro. But I kind of like that about the redesign. It's not a slick site, nor should it be. I mean, you've read it. I can't really stomach paying someone a buttload of money when I can figure out how to do most of it myself.

But enough about that. I wanted to direct your attention to the new Reader Appreciation Giveaway tab up there. The goal there is to highlight companies and products I like in exchange for them giving you guys free stuff. It's a way for me to say thank you for reading and clicking my Babble links. I won't accept payment for these posts and I won't accept freebies. Anything the company wants to offer up will go to y'all. This is different than the sponsored posts I do occasionally which I do get payment for. It will always be clear that the sponsored posts are ones I get payment for and the Reader Appreciation Giveaways will always be designated as such.

That said, if you have an Etsy Shop or know of an entrepreneur or anyone else who could use a little publicity, send them on over! They get publicity for a bargain, you get free stuff and I get to show you guys my appreciation for sticking around.

The first giveaway is by I can't think of a better way to kick off the Reader Appreciation Giveaway. This company is awesome. The founders are a couple, Joe and Jessica Honegger, who visited Uganda in 2010 and decided to internationally adopt. As a way to raise money for the adoption and help create sustainable income opportunities for the people of Uganda, the Honeggers partnered with some friends who live in the country and began selling stuff (bags, scarts, belts, sandals, hats) hand-made by Ugandans to people here in America. (You can read more about Jessica Honegger here).

The Honeggers raised money for their adoption but Jessica's quest to help the woman and children of Uganda and all over the world continues. By selling these beautiful pieces hand-crafted by women across the globe, she is creating jobs which enable these women to keep their children instead of being forced to put them up for adoption. The money also goes to help raise money for families hoping to adopt children who don't have parents. Noonday Collection also uses proceeds to care for orphans.

Anyone can sell Noonday Collection products to earn extra income and, in doing so, provide a way for women around the world to use their talent and skills to earn a living. Which is where Grace Miller comes in. She's become an ambassador for Noonday Collection (you can too!) but as Grace tells me, it's not about the money she makes. "I already have a full-time job...I'm just trying to love people in the world the way that God intended. And opening up the western market to these women in impoverished areas is a great way to show God's love...I think it's amazing how having a job and being paid a fair wage can restore a person's dignity, sense of purpose and welfare."

The NoonDay Collection piece Grace wants to give away to draw your attention to the cause is this unbelievably cool necklace which normally retails for $62:

This piece is handmade in Ethiopia using recycled nickel, copper, and bronze melted down from previous war weapons. Most of the artisans who created the pieces are HIV positive and receive healthcare and literacy training in addition to job training.

So listen. Grace hasn't sold anything yet. If you're so inclined, go buy something from her. Go look at the faces of the women who made it for you and read their stories. It will blow your mind.

You'll get the satisfaction of purchasing a beautiful piece while also providing a way for a woman to use her talent to earn income and take care of her children.

To enter yourself in the necklace giveaway please click over and take a peek at all the Noonday Collection items for sale (links below) and tell me what your favorite one is in the comment section (one comment per person and please leave your email so I can contact you if you win.) Yes, the goal is to get you clicking around. Super tricky, aren't I? I'll leave comments open and randomly pick a number/winner Monday morning.

Necklaces, Earrings, Bracelets, Scarves, Belts, Bags, Sandals, Hats, Home & Gift.

Reader Comments (55)

THIS is a wonderful idea! I was reading up on this company Noonday. What an inspiration. I would never had heard about them otherwise. Wow...count me in. Bookmarked Noonday. Thank you!

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergina

Sseko sandels! Ordering them today!

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNatasha

Everything is beautiful so it's a hard choice! It's between the Sterling Circles & Dainty Everyday.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelody

I love the Grey Whispers cowl! So chic!

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGretchen H

I love Sterling Circles! So simple but elegant!

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

I think the Zeway earringa go nicely with floating triangles. The cow horn earrings were okay but you know, we all feel bad for the cow who had to part with them. Maybe those horns just fall off naturally but strange to have em dangling as a conversation piece on one's ear lobes. My fave item is the Bouquet necklace because it has a nice flash of color, would go with anything and kind of just hangs there looking artsy, freestyle, flowing, and pretty, but not screaming " Yo, Look at me yo!" Subtle Shabui styling which is classy but not ostentatious. I also like those strappy wrappy sandles but I had a pair once and they were like walking around on a piece of flat card board and my feet were not impressed and carried on the whole day. I signed up for a Trunk show... just for fun.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergina

Monica, thanks for sharing the mission of Noonday! What a blessing you are!

Gina, every piece that has either cow horn or bone was taken from a cow that was already dead. I was concerned about that as well, so I found out from the founder Jessica. No animals were harmed in the making of these products, I was assured. Also, everything follows fair-trade standards.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrace Miller

This is great - I am totally buying some stuff for my wife. Valentines Day shopping complete.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterE$

I love the bouquet necklace and Anusaya's story.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJaime

I just love handmade items. Everything looks awesome.
Thanks for the giveaways.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

LOVE the stamped circle earrings and the necklace you are giving away! thanks for doing this!

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDeb

I love the embira seed bracelet!

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterccool

I love the Knotted Nobility necklace!

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnn from St. Peter, MN

crocheted bracelet. It is gorgeous!
be blessed
ashleelinnea at gmail dot com

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterashlee

The crocheted bracelet!

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJb

I love Noonday and Grace Miller for her dedication to God and his love for all peoples. My favorite noonday item is the "It's Cozy" java cup cover... What I love about it is that I would never justify getting such an unnecessary accessory, until I really think deeply into what went into making it, who it helps, and how I can use it even on my to go cups in place of that cardboard, saving trees as I go.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

The arm warmers are my favorite! I have arthritis and my wrists and hands do so much better when I keep them as warm as possible!

I love all their products!

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah

I love the tea towels! The Galina is especially beautiful. This is such a wonderful idea and I love that you're helping to feature this. I've read your blog and Serge's for a long time and love your honesty and humor.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJane

Monica, I think you should incorporate some of your photos in your site design. You've taken some really great ones.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteredith

The "Reflection" earrings are breathtaking.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I'm so happy you featured this company! I've really been trying to be more conscious about my gift giving, and I will definitely be shopping here in the future. The journals are so cool (I'm journal obsessed) and could see myself wearing the Inca Steps Necklace (coral) ALL the time. Oooh, and that Rewind clutch...LOVE.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrittC

I'm in love with all the scarves, but I think the Grey Whispers cowl and Angelica Infinity are my faves. Perhaps I will send my partner a link with a thinly veiled hint that these might be a good present next time he feels the urge to "surprise" me :)

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCaitlyn

i love and purchased the fiesta journal!

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterelina

My favorite is the mixed metals of the Bethe Rope necklace. Beautiful piece, beautiful story

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarti

Gorgeous stuff indded. Love the Umucyo Weekender bag but it is SOLD OUT! Hope they get more.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterstella

I really love the half moon necklace! so beautiful

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey

Love, love, love the circles forever bracelet and the Sseko sandals. This is a wonderful idea and hope that because you are featuring it, it really takes off and helps all the women and children.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVicki

I love the triple hoop necklace. I'm pregnant and that just makes me think of our baby in the middle with the two of us (my husband and I) on each side.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercharity

I love love the patchwork clutch!! Super cute! Love homemade items!

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSunny

Love, love, love the reflection earrings and the patchwork clutches!

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAbbe

I love Noonday! I've been checking them out through a friend that's working with them, and I think it's all beautiful stuff! Cheers for bringing attention to them!

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatey W

So hard to choose! I love the bouquet necklace as well as the bone carved leaf earrings. The dainty everyday necklace is beautiful too - I see lots of special occasion gifts on this website!

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSher

My favorite is the stacked arrows necklace!

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Cute Stuff my favorite is the Pom Pom Arm Warmer

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJosey

I love the Inca Steps necklace in teal! And I would love to win this for my youngest daughter!
Jan C

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJan

I really like the Inca steps necklace! Beautiful color, and the fact that they are seeds, and handmade by such beautiful people is just wonderful! I am so thankful for Grace getting involved with such a great work for the sake of the Lord!

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine Howanstine

Everything is so beautiful. I love the circle necklace and yellow jade chimes necklace!

February 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCathy

The chevron earrings are very cool...I will return to this site next time I need a special gift!

February 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteredith

oh man, it's hard to pick just one favorite! but i luuurrrrrve that half moon necklace. what a cool company!

February 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterashley

I love the minted necklace! Can't wait to see the new collection!

February 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

Great looking necklace. Such a worthy cause! This is a fabulous christian based company! I love it!!

February 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

I really like it all! The Light Layers necklace is one of my favorites.

February 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShawna

I really like the Stars Arm Warmers. They look like they be toasty!

February 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

The Winking Ikat Scarf- the colors are so brilliant and who doesn't just adore a great scarf?!

February 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

I love it all!

But I'm definitely dying over the minted necklace and inca stepping stone necklace in coral. I've already given my husband a list for gift ideas :)

February 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Ooh, pretty! I'll take the 'petit or earrings,' thanks! :)

February 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersherewin

Wow! Great stuff there, thanks for passing it along. I love the Taj Cuff or the Circles Forever bracelet. Have a good week!

February 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSuz

The green Dulce necklace is awesome. I think it would look great on one of my daughters, as would the giveaway necklace!

I love all the scarves and almost all the beaded necklaces -- I couldn't pick just one! Those are my two weaknesses, and they are all gorgeous.

February 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKrystan

How do you pick a favorite?!
These pieces are amazing as is the whole concept.
The floating triangles necklace is seriously beautiful. The story behind the pieces make them even more beautiful, for sure.

February 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermr

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