February 2, 2012

February- A Time For Giving

Did you know that February is National Self Esteem Month? It's true.  Did you also know that a young girl's self esteem PEAKS at age 9*? 9!  That means that from there it's all downhill because only 2% of women describe themselves as beautiful**.  Sad, right?  I mean maybe it's because I am a mother of a daughter that I find these statistics completely unacceptable. 
I don't want Kendall growing up in a world where this is ok and most importantly I don't want her falling into these statistics.  I want that 2% to get reversed.  Could you imagine if that said 98% of women described themselves as beautiful?  What that would mean?  Pretty amazing to think about, right?
So not only is February National Self Esteem Month but it's my birthday month {yay Me!}.  I always love this month too because of Valentine's day and while I'm not a big Hallmark holiday girl I still love the feeling of love in the air. 
In honor of my favorite month of the year, and National Self Esteem Month, I want to do a little something.  As some of you may know, I used to be in an abusive relationship.  It wasn't physical but it was definitely mental and emotional.  It left me feeling crazy, out of control and downright bad about myself.  It was a dark time in my life and I wouldn't wish that feeling on my worst enemy.  I imagine that's how those in that 98% feel.  That is not a good feeling and one that I hope to never experience again.
So I am hosting a Thirty-One party courtesy of friend/coworker/blogger Kodi.  Thirty-One is commited to changing the lives of women and girls accross the world.  Recently Thirty-One started Thirty-One Gives, a foundation dedicated to giving back some of the blessings that they have received as a company.  The foundation is set up to ONLY give to organizations that improve the quality of life for women and girls.  How great is that? 
So from now until the 15th you can shop my party and it's just in time because the new spring product just launched TODAY!  So you will be one of the first to carry some of the fun new prints for spring!  I can honestly say that this time around there is something for everyone! 
For the casual cool girl {this collection is my FAVORITE}
A more sophisticated look.  Very uptown chic.
And I think this is perfect for a young girl, so sweet.

And, if that's not exciting enough, I'm offering one lucky shopper the chance to win the new URU Thermal Tote.  Look how cute!
So cute, right?  And even better?  $1 from every bag sold Thirty-One Gives will give to an organization that helps improve the quality of life for women and girls!  Hopefully we can get that 2% up to 100%, how great would that be?  It's all about changing lives. 
AND?!  {I feel like Oprah} For every $31 you spend you get 31% off any new spring item!  I mean, I'm the queen of getting a deal and that's one heck of a deal!
So what are you waiting for?  Go get your shop on!

*SOURCE: NYU Child Study Center
**SOURCE: Girl Inc (2006)


  1. Well, I'd like to be that one lucky reader to get that tote!! That is just too cute! And I might have to check out the new collections today! I can't wait!

  2. I will shop as soon as I get paid tomorrow. Trust.

  3. I was eyeing the thermal totes last night! Seems like a must if you take your toddler anywhere outdoors this spring :)

  4. OOH I want to be the lucky reader to get the tote too! I have been to only one 31 party but it was awesome! I purchased I think 1/2 the catalogue and use the bags on a daily basis. seriously!

  5. Ooooh! I love that tote on the top! Do you think the Organizing utility tote would work well as a diaper bag? Or would the large utility tote be better? Because I like the fact that the organizing one has outside pockets so I would rather get that one. Will it hold enough? Thanks!!

  6. That statistic is SO sad. :( Love all the products!

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  8. how awesome! i've never even heard of this company :( going to go check out everything now though!! their items look so fun!! p.s. i'd love to be that lucky reader to win the tote! ;)

  9. Ooo I love 31 bags! So cute!
    AND?? My bday is in February too! Go us!

  10. OOH! Love that pink tote! Let me know what I need to do to be in the running for it, please :) I am in love with 31's concept and agree with you whole heartedly that something needs to change with regard to girls' self esteem. I grew up with a mom who was fit and thin but always thought of herself as big. I think that plays a big factor on how girls grow up to see themselves.

  11. I love that grey and yellow collection. I've been thinking of ordering a bag to use as a diaper bag so maybe now's the time? What bag is the big one in the photo of the grey/yellow collection?

  12. I would love to win that ADORABLE tote! :)

  13. You are amazing Shannon!! In the short time I have had the pleasure of getting to know you, I admire you more and more!!! I am sooo sorry that you were in that type of relationship- I had the same thing with my dad and had very little self esteem and still do, so this is something near and dear to my heart!! I will definitely be helping somehow!! :)

  14. Hey Shannon! I want to place an order, but don't see your event on Kodi's page... how do we order? Thanks a bunch!

    Oh! I have started my own blog/super small business would love to do cupcakes for your b-day if you'd like!

  15. So cute, going to have to check it out! :)