Invisible Children

When countries go to war, oftentimes it is those that cannot or have no desire to fight that are hurt the most. Such is the case in Uganda. Uganda can bemoan the fact that it is home to the longest running war in the world: a horrifying twenty three years of bloodshed. Nearly two million innocents have been caught between the two factions, the Government of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army, and left with nothing. Most have been forced out of the only place they’ve ever called home, and have no education or specialized skills to improve their lot in life.

However, Invisible Children intends to change that. Refugees are taught how to create culturally unique bracelets and the finished product is sent to U.S. Once a bracelet is sold, the money is returned to the refugees. Every bracelet-maker is required to attend a course in money management, investing, and how to cultivate small business. Because of these skills, many are able to return home and start anew. To find out how you can help just visit Invisible Children online.

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Supermarket Style: Baggu Bags

The eco-friendly alternative to paper and plastic grocery store shopping bags can now be a bright accessory to your wardrobe! Baggu Bags can be found in a variety of colors, designs, and styles at baggubags.com. If it’s a stylish purse you’re looking for, try one of the standard Baggu bags. They are fifteen inches wide, six inches deep, and cost eight dollars for one. The basic style is also provided in big Baggu or baby Baggu categories. The big bags are messenger-bags that are eighteen inches wide, nine inches deep, and cost twelve dollars. The baby Baggu Bags are also the ideal lunch sack or gym bag, measuring ten inches wide, four inches deep, and costing six dollars apiece-the cheapest of the regular priced Baggu Bags. The most expensive Baggu Bags would be the leather ones.

The duckbags or the backpacks are something to consider if you need a new book bag. The duckbags are furbished with both a handle and an adjustable shoulder strap, a snap to close your bag, and interior/exterior pocket. They’re ten inches wide and five and a half inches deep. The backpacks are also designed with an interior pocket, adjustable straps, the same dimensions, and can be securely closed by pulling a drawstring, then snapping and buckling the outer flap.

Zipper pouches can also be purchased to organize the interior of your Baggu Bags. Each zipper bag order comes with three different sized bags, costing eight to twelve dollars. The small zipper bags are ideal for undersized items like jewelry, make-up, or hand-held electronics. The medium bags can hold toiletries and writing utensils, and the large bags can carry lighter clothing like socks, underwear, and swimsuits.

Baggu Bags are the best deal you can find on the internet! For a great price you can own a very resourceful bag or two. Baggu Bags can carry your groceries, your school supplies, your clothes, your cosmetics-just about anything that needs a bag!

*Blogger’s note: All mentioned prices are before shipping and handling

Nanoblock

Sometimes the older crowd misses the days when they were able to play with building blocks and get away with it. One company recognized that and decided to do something about it! We all used to love building crazy creations with blocks and wasting countless hours making intricate structures out of blocks to then just take it apart. Nanoblock is all about the building of smaller block creations only not to be taken apart afterwards but instead collected and displayed! Nanoblocks are the building blocks designed for those more skilled than the average child and more patient. These little blocks are really quite small and measure smaller than a coin. Patients and time is no doubt a factor required when building with Nanoblocks, but one that pays off in the end with an individual piece of collectable art!

It makes sense really, why spend time building something only to take it apart? You don’t have to with these tiny building blocks, in fact they come packaged to where you have enough blocks to build the specific design that you buy. It’s not hard to build with them, but it does take some time compared to throwing a few big toy blocks together. So if you fall into the category of those “too old” to play with blocks, then Nanoblock are most certainly for you! With plenty of designs to choose from and a continuously growing catalogue you are sure to be entertained with these little blocks for a big amount of time!

SMMile Photography

Stephanie Michelle Muncy, started her own photography business “SMMile Photography” just earlier this year, and all ready is having success. Muncy runs and operates SMMile Photography by herself, without assistance for the most part. She does at times have an assistant at photo shoots however.

Muncy stated that she offers her clients multiple options, “Packages vary. I usually make a flash drive of all images and give a release form for a set price but other packages vary. My prints range from 1$-10$.”

It was Muncy’s love of photography that led to her starting SMMile Photography,“It started out just being a stamp I put on my photos so people couldn’t steal them and slowly grew into more. People started asking me to take pictures for them. So then it became my name. Then as I got more and more jobs, I turned it into my logo.”

When asked about who some of her clients have been thus far, Muncy replied, “War Torn Angel, a local band, will always be one of my favorite clients, they are some very talented musicians and i love traveling with them to shows. They were one of the first to ever hire me. I love them to death and thank them for supporting me and helping me get to where I am now. Also I’ve had many seniors in high school, along with couples and children from the area. It started out with friends and family then progressed much further.”

Within the next five years, Muncy hopes that SMMile Photography will grow, and that she will possibly have a studio. She takes great pride in the quality and affordability of her photography. She feels as though everyone should be able to capture a special moment in time, and she loves being the person responsible for helping them preserve that moment. Muncy said, “I am very blessed to be doing what I love. If you need pictures just look me up on Facebook.” You can do so by checking out the SMMile Photography Facebook page!