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Passion + Purpose – NOONDAY!

I am so thrilled to share with you all that I have partnered with Noonday to become an Ambassador! I’d love for you to watch the video below and hear my heart for this company and why I decided to do this. I have a ton on my plate and even new ventures that I haven’t been able to share here yet, but for me, this is a passion + people thing. I will also be doing a giveaway at the end of this post! ๐Ÿ™‚

The NEW spring line launched today! You can shop the trunk show through this link! I have tons of pieces from this collection and will be sharing with you guys some styling tips and fun ideas for ways to rock your new pieces! Here are a few of my favorite pieces from the new collection!

Marfa Necklace– Made in Guatemala and SO CUTE with Graphic tees!

Mumbai Hoops – over 300+ ways to wear them!!! Simple hoops and total statement spring piece!

Refined Bangles: made in India and maybe my favorite thing to wear right now ๐Ÿ™‚

Mercado Earrings– made in Guatemala and giving me all kinds of spring fever!!!

Atitlan Tote:

Those are just a few of the amazing pieces being launched in this collection! Check out the full line HERE.

Now, this new line…. it’s called the Storyline Collection. Y’all this is NEAR AND DEAR to my heart. These are made by women in Eastern Asia who are being rescued out of sex trafficking and given dignified work! They are being rescued from brothels, more specifically. Every single piece sold from this collection, is quite literally rescuing a fellow woman. Most of us will never know a life like that, but damn, if I can buy a piece of Jewelry that will literally change someones life…I’m there.

Belonging Necklace

Courage Necklace

Together Necklace

Freedom Bracelet

Each piece comes in these beautiful boxes and the artisan who lovingly assembled your pieces writes her name in the box. I have all four pieces and I can tell you I hit my knees in prayer for these women, all the artisans of course, but having a specific name to pray for means so much.

Okay, there is so much I want to share with you, but here are some helpful links if you want to know more about Noonday, ethical sourcing, fair trade, how they support adoption and more! I will be hoping on Instagram live today to show some more pieces in person and hopefully answer some questions, if I can. I can’t give you a specific time because #7kids, but it will be this afternoon at some point!

What is Noonday

The current Impact of Noonday

What is Fair Trade

FAQ

How Noonday Supports Adoption

Okay, that giveaway I mentioned! If you make a purchase from my Trunk Show I will be choosing one lucky lady to win the Drifter Makeup Bag (totally could use this to hold your bible journeling stuff, or a catch all for little stuff in your diaper bag!)

And another will win the Tangier Tassel (so cute on any purse for spring!)

If you have questions about Noonday… want to host a trunk show-maybe even virtually, an adoption benefit trunk show, or maybe reading this lit a passion within you and you have been nodding along with me because this is your passion too, and we are your people. Then email me and we can chat if you have interest in partnering with Noonday and becoming an ambassador too.

Reach me: thisgatherednest@gmail.com

Okay guys, I love you, I appreciate you and I thank you. You are the best community I could ever hope for and we are going to keep changing the world together…one act at a time.

With Love,

Angela

Beauty Lifestyle Mom Style Outfit Ideas

Holiday Outfit Idea!

When I came downstairs dressed and ready for family pictures, I was told by my kids that I looked like a “Banker lady” and my husband said I looked like a “sexy Circus ringleader”

So, if that’s the look you’re going for too, then I’m here to share all my outfit details with you ๐Ÿ™‚

I wish I had more than one photo to show you, but these pictures were super last minute and we really just needed one good family photo for a very exciting article coming out soon! (more on that later)

One of the things I’ve linked is a SPANX tank, y’all it is a MUST HAVE!!!! Sucks you in and smooths you out in all right places! (I’ll take 3 please!)

My necklace is another must have, it’s so pretty in person and it’s really versatile! You can wear it with a more dressed up look, like I’ve done here. Or, you can rock it with some boyfriend jeans and a loose fitting white t-shirt.

EARRINGS | NECKLACE | BLAZER | JEANS | SPANX TANK |

These jeans from Old Navy have an elastic waist band (all the praise hands) and are really comfy and soft! I have them in black and the cut hem jean ones, they are just SO GOOD!!!

You might be asking yourself if this post is sponsored by Old Navy, and I promise, it’s not! But ALL The kids clothes are from there! It just worked out so perfectly and was kind on the wallet ๐Ÿ™‚

(how flippin’ cute is Noah’s toothless little grin?!?!?)

I hear babies crying so it’s time to run! Stay tuned this weeks, as I’ll be sharing my Postpartum must have items and also a tour of my Vanity / current makeup collection!

Merry Christmas y’all!

Angela

 

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What’s in my TWELVElittle Diaper Bag & A Cute Top for Fall!

| TOP| LEGGINGS | LEGGINGS (cheaper)ย  CHOKER | BAG | CUFF BRACELET |

It’s officially fall y’all! That time of year where we bust out all the leggings, sweaters and cute scarves. Unless you live in the south of course. It’s still hitting 90 degrees here some days. UGH!!! I have been on the hunt for cute clothes that look fall-ish, but won’t make me sweat to death either. This outfit totally fits the bill!

I also have the added layer of trying to dress this postpartum body. The struggle is REAL. I’m 6 weeks post babies, and nowhere close to my pre-pregnancy size. This top is great because it’s flattering to the areas I want to hide and long enough to cover the bum, so I can wear it with my leggings. They happen to be basically the only pants I can wear right now (cough, cough)

The top comes in 24 colors and I am wearing a medium. ( I’m 5’8″ for size reference)

Wanna know the crazy part? It’s from AMAZON!!! I’ve just started dipping my toe into the waters of Amazon clothes shopping, and if this top is any indication, the water is just fine…come on in ๐Ÿ™‚

Alright, now we can jump into this killer diaper bag I found! It’s the Carry Love tote bag by TWELVElittle. You can see my full video review of the bag below, but here are some up close shots of inside and a peek at what I like to carry in my bag.

You may need less or more items than me, mine is packed for my twin 2 month old daughters. My other kids are all old enough that I really don’t need to pack much of anything for them.

| SUNGLASSES (similar) | NURSING COVER | BURP RAGS | HEADBANDS | GERBER SOOTHE DROPS |

And here is a look at what I carry in my little “mommy” bag as well… some days I wish I could fit a bottle of wine in there ๐Ÿ˜‰ Just sayin’….

| LIP BALM | DRY SHAMPOO | HYGIENE WIPES |

It’s all pretty basic stuff; over the almost 11 years I’ve been a mom, I think I’ve figured out what I really need to carry and what is just weighing down my bag. Hoepfully you found this helpful, especially you new mama’s who may be trying to fit your whole nursery into your bag ๐Ÿ™‚ But like I always say, you do YOU! If you want to pack everything but the dog in your bag, do it. Unless you ask me to carry it for you ๐Ÿ˜‰

You can shop everything in this post via the links above! I hope y’all enjoyed this peek into my diaper bag, and you can totally thank me later about this top. It’s the bees knees.

-Angela

Give Back Lifestyle Motherhood

Lift Them Up!

We have a goal this year to bless the socks off an organization that is doing some really amazing work, but they need help! Like so many small ministries, they rely on donors to keep their work going. Ekubo ministries is the organization we have chosen this year and with your help, we are hoping to bless them financially at a time where they really need it.about

This is something we hope we can continue to do year after year, each time picking a new ministry to support!

You can read more about Ekubo here

There are a few ways you can support them!

  1. Go directly to their site and make a donation
  2. Purchase a product from their Etsy Shop
  3. Purchase one of the T-shirts we designed below

We knew we wanted a unique and fun shirt to sell for this fundraiser, as many of you know if you watch our YouTube channel, Rosie’s favorite thing to say is “Bob, Shui?”

Which is her way of asking us for water. It’s really funny because she has shortened Baba (which means Dad in Mandarin) to Bob. People ask us all the time if CR’s name is Bob… or why she calls him Bob. We know in time she will don’t that anymore, and it’s pretty hilarious! The back of the shirt just says #thisgatherednest

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The shirt areย  amazing quality American Apparel shirts, SUPER soft! There are multiple color options as well as a Hoody sweatshirt too!

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Thank you so much to those of you who have purchased one already! They are available until Dec 15th.

Once you receive yours we’d love for you to tag us in a photo of you wearing the shirt or use #bobshui

Your kindness and generosity has blown us away this year with all the children you have sponsored through ICC and we are hoping to bless Ekubo just the same!

Thank you again, for loving and supporting us, and this new “Lift Them Up” campaign as well.

Blessing,

Angela

Lifestyle Uncategorized

Lily Jade Love!

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Guys.

This bag.

It’s SO perfect!

As you may or may not know, bags are kind of my thing. I have always been a collector of bags and becoming a mom made it even worse! Now I can collect diaper bags too, LOL!

I have been seeing all kinds of buzz about Lily Jade on social media for months now! I was so excited to get a chance to try out one of their bags! Before I go any farther, I need to tell you the number one reason I love this company… they have a heart for adoption. Once a month they give away a bag to an adoptive mama and it melts my heart every time!

Okay, moving on to the bag! I chose the Madeline in Black, and boy is she a real beauty! The quality surpassed my expectations! I love how worn it already feels.

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As a mom of five, with two in diapers, I still carry a fair amount of “kid stuff”, however the compartment insert also allows me to carry my DSLR! Which is HUGE for me! I LOVE not having to carry two bags (a purse and a camera bag) when I want to bring my “big camera”. Such a game changer for me. I’m starting to bring my camera with me more on regular outings, which is my favorite time to get candid shots of my kids!

I also love the various ways you can carry this bag, my two favorite are on my shoulder, and as a backpack! Yes, you heard me right, this bag has a strap to make it a backpack! (all the heart eyes)

It’s not uncommon for me to need BOTH of my hands when I’m out and about with the kids and this option to wear it is my favorite of all!

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ย Be sure to check out Lily Jade…they have so many stylish and functional bags to choose from!

xoxo,

Angela

Adoption Beauty Homeschool Lifestyle Motherhood Yummy Food

Hey y’all, let’s chat!

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Here we go again! In an effort to revamp my blog and make it more user friendly/easy to navigate, I deleted everything. Apparently you should not just reinstall a new version of wordpress on your cpanel if you don’t know what you are doing ๐Ÿ™‚

Ummm.. oops?

So, we are starting from scratch! Maybe that’s a good thing. It’s like a fresh spiral notebook! No old posts to cling to, just fresh, new ideas! That’s what I am telling myself so I don’t just sit in the corner and cry.

Okay? Okay.

So, what are we going to be talking about here? Motherhood, Adoption, Homeschool, Family, Beauty, Food (Glorious Food!) and SO MUCH MORE!!!!

This space is still very much a work in progress, but I really like it so far! Hope you do to! Grab a cup of coffee or some sweet tea and stick around, read, comment and share!

Can’t wait to get to know y’all better, and let’s cross our fingers I don’t accidentally delete this new blog too!

Muah!

Angela