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Every year, during my holiday gift buying, I try to make sure I find some treasures from small businesses. This year I’m so proud to partner up with Indiedogood.com — which provides 3 ways to give well this holiday season: To the recipient of the gift, as well as the maker and the charity. I was recently sent a box of fabulous gifts and I am so excited to tell you all about it. One of the many noteworthy aspects of IndieDoGood.com is that every purchase on the site includes a “do-good” … a 5% donation of the total purchase price to your favorite charity. Shop IndieDoGood.com: Give Back While You Support The Maker Movement
Indiedogood.com founders Ron and Sue Otten are big fans of the Maker Movement (which you’ve heard me talk about before). The Maker Movement is a social movement driven by the entrepreneurial and inventive spirit. I’m impressed that Ron and Sue Otten have both a passion for giving back to charities and local communities and a desire to give an environment to entrepreneurs can tell their story, quickly go to market, and bring high-quality, artisanal products to shoppers around the world.
The videos on Indiedogood.com’s YouTube channel do a great job of telling their story, as well as the stories of their Makers, including who they are, what they offer, and why you should consider supporting them.
As you know, my oldest child has Type 1 Diabetes. Since he was diagnosed a year ago last August, since October of 2017 we’ve been using medical tape to keep his Dexcom Continous Glucose Monitor on. Since we rely on medical tape to secure his sensor onto his body, I look for a medical tape that will stick and also have a fun design to lift his spirits. If I don’t use a medical tape on his Dexcom Continous Glucose Monitor, it will come off in the shower or in regular daily use — so it’s vital to us. The sensors, which I shoot into his lower back are very expensive (even with insurance coverage) and I want to get a full 10 days use out of it.
In our IndieDoGood Shipment was two fun tape designs from ExpressionMed that will work with my son’s Dexcom monitor. I nearly cried in joy. ExpressionMed offers Diabetes care tapes, patches, patches and stickers that are waterproof, fray proof, skin safe, tested to work and extend the life the devices used.
We’ve always had trouble with the device coming off – from normal use (including showers and swimming) so a tape is a must-have. I am loving ExpressionMed’s tape – it helps my son’s device to stick, but don’t ruin or hurt his skin when we remove the device.
ExpressionMed began in the Summer of 2015 with the mission to create adhesives for wearable devices that were as fun as they were functional. After two years of research, founder Meghan Sharkus found the perfect tape for longevity and comfort. She gets what we go through for our son — we need his glucose monitor to stick to his body so we can take care of his health and manage his Type 1 Diabetes. Also helpful — it gives video and written instructions on how to apply and remove the tape.
Are You Kidding Socks will be gifted to my youngest child, who loves fun socks. These socks give back and are from two young brothers named Brandon and Sebastian who design and sell their own sock line that helps to give back to kids’ charities. How AMAZING is that?? Their love for socks has allowed them to create a small business where they can share their fun designs with others as well as also using their socks to help raise funds and awareness for local and national charities. They have partnered with charities such as Autism Speaks, American Cancer Society, Special Olympics Florida, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami, and The Live Like Bella Foundation to name a few.
Nowadays we take our phones everywhere. But for my oldest son, his phone is truly a lifeline. It’s how he sees his blood sugar for his Dexcom Continous Glucose Monitor. He always needs to have access to it, no matter where we are .In my Indie Go Good package was ugo, which is an waterproof, airtight lifejacket for your phone that can float. It comes with a wrist strap as well as crossbody strap. It completely protects your phone and small valuables. Developed by two entrepreneurs, ugo retails between $79.99 to $99.99. This will come in handy when we go out on boats or on trips (we’re going to Israel in February). Its made with TPU fabric, which has a longer and more durable life than standard PVC dry bags, and a textured-leather look outside.
RefreshinQ is a line of nutrient-enriching patches and convenient supplement packs to give your body what it needs, when it needs it. The one I was sent was the Energy Support Patch — and this pill free supplement alternative offers Guarana, Green Tea Extract, CoQ10, B12 and a few other supplements to give natural energy (there is natural caffeine from botanical sources). Their products focus on energy and fitness, overall health and weight support.
Fair Anita offers beautiful and reasonably priced fair trade jewelry and accessories made by over 8,000 talented women in 16 countries, providing dignified jobs, in countries of extreme poverty and domestic violence.
The company’s talented artisan partners carefully design and create all products by hand—gorgeous accessories you can be proud to wear.When you purchase a product from one of Indie Do Good’s Makers you are supporting the independent thinking that continues to inspire growth and change in our communities and the world. I was sent very delicate earrings and a bracelet, which will be gifted to my daughter.
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Lauretta Wright says
It’s always great to support companies that make the world a better place – and I’m a big believer in supporting local businesses too. I particularly like the earrings you’ve picked out – they’re lovely! Popping over from #SnappedUp
I love these ideas! My husband has type 2 diabetes (which almost always progresses to type 1).
The Mama Maven says
I’m sorry, it’s not great to have either version. My father has Type 2 and has some eye complications. He’s avoided being on insulin.