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Holiday Gift Guide: African Soapstone Box From World Vision {Giveaway}

1StopMom Holiday Gift GuideSample provided for review purposes. Opinions are 100% my own.

When it comes to gift giving it is easy to get overwhelmed. There are so many products to choose from.  I know I like to give gifts that I know my loved ones will enjoy. I put a lot of thought into what they like and might not buy for themselves.

World Vision and the World Vision logo are licensed trademarks of World Vision

World Vision and the World Vision logo are licensed trademarks of World Vision

Recently I was introduced to World Vision.They are a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice. Working in nearly 100 countries around the world, they serve all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

I like the idea of giving a gift that also helps a community that needs help. The 2015 World Vision Gift Catalog contains more than 250 poverty-fighting gifts, ranging in price from $16 to $39,000, that improve the quality of life for struggling children and families in the U.S. and around the world.

The World Vision Gift Catalog has a great variety of hand crafted gifts to choose from.

world vision silk scarfRoyal Silk Scarf
– This gorgeous silk scarf adds color to the holidays and supports the needs of children and families worldwide. The luxurious silk is woven by Vietnam’s Ma Chau villagers, who receive sustainable income through their craft. $95

balinese multi strand necklace

Balinese Multi-Strand Necklace – This beautiful, draped beaded necklace is handmade by Balinese artisans in a project that helps children in Bali receive an education. $85

I was sent the African Soapstone Box to review.

World Vision African Soapstone Box

World Vision African Soapstone Box 1

This box will be perfect to hold my jewelry. I love the turquoise color and think it is beautiful. The African Soapstone Box has some weight to as well. The unique design on the box is etched by talented artisans in Kenya who are using this sustainable resource to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

Since 1996, the World Vision Gift Catalog has grown in popularity as a gift-giving alternative. Last year alone, more than 822,000 people were helped through funds generated by the Catalog. The money raised from your purchase of these hand-crafted gifts goes to the Where Most Needed fund, which supports a variety of World Vision’s programs around the world.

To order from World Vision’s Gift Catalog, call 855-WV-GIFTS855-WV-GIFTS FREE. You can buy the buy the African Soapstone Box for $85.

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The Giveaway 

One 1StopMom reader will win a African Soapstone Box from World Vision

World Vision African Soapstone Box


Holiday Gift Guide: Bright Light Pillow

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bright Light pillow

“Bright Light Pillows are the ultra plush, ultra fun pillows that light up in a rainbow of colors. The soft, magical glow of each design’s multi-colored LED lights make this pillow soothing enough for kids to fall asleep with and visually cool as room decor.”

My daughter Kayla likes to watch infomercials. She definitely takes after her Mom because you can catch me watching a few from time to time. Recently she saw one for the Bright Light Pillow.  A pillow that was soft and lit up quickly caught her attention.

The idea is simple. The Bright Light Pillow is a heart shaped or square pillow that lights up. We were sent a Bright Light Pillow to review and Kayla was very happy to see it. Of course this was something she had to have! It requires 3 AA batteries to work. Luckily we had some at home. It seems likes everything needs batteries these days!

bright light pillow

The pillow is a light pink color and very soft to the touch. The switch to turn the pillow on is inside a zippered side pocket. A LED light makes the pillow glow. It does not get warm or hot. My daughter likes how it breaks up the darkness. I don’t have to worry about the light staying on all night and running down the battery because it cuts off after 15 minutes. You tap the pillow to turn the light back on.

It is a big hit with all my girls. Jazz tried to take the pillow back to her apartment when she saw it!

See the pillow in action below!

You can get a Bright Light Pillow at Amazon for $19.99.