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About Callie Unruh
I am an passionate wife, mother, wanna be radical, aspiring entrepreneur and recovering evangelical. I am working to create a life of impact in the suburbs of Phoenix and enjoy gardening, hiking and being outside.
Happy Fall everyone! I am so excited for fall. Though, in Arizona it just means getting excited when it is finally in the 80’s and the mornings are cool. Sorry I have been so quiet lately. The end of the summer and early fall have been a bit crazy. Biggest reason being I am pregnant! […]
The quest to live simply and fair can be hard. Preventing exploitation, trafficking and valuing life is a big task. One of the biggest ways we can influence change and create impact is how we spend our money (or don’t spend in some cases). Time is required to research and find items that we can […]
In 2011, we moved to Arizona knowing nothing about the place. We found a house to rent close to Intel for the husband’s new job. We quickly learned that Arizona suburbs can be the most monotonous, Pleasantville like places. Honestly, it was a bit creepy. As we looked at houses most neighborhoods were shaped in […]
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. I have been posting stats on social media this month. But though it would be suiting to close the month with an overview of human trafficking from the latest report—the 2016 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons from the United Nations (just a quick 126 page read). I think […]
Happy New Year all! I am excited and scared for what 2017 will bring. Big things are going to happen this year. The last few weeks have brought great family time, but now the kid is back to school and we slowly crawl back to our schedules. For me that mainly means getting to the […]
I think most people would agree that Christmas has become quite commercialized. Somehow, we decide each year to buy in anyway. We go into debt to create magic and meet expectations and in the end we feel exhausted, broke not sure how we got to the new year. “It just goes so fast” we say, […]
I love Thanksgiving. The older I get, the more I love it… so much so that it may be becoming my favorite holiday. My husband would be proud. It has been his favorite for years. There are many reasons to love Thanksgiving. If you are like me, you grew up with lessons and pictures of […]
The Fair 5 Challenge is coming to a close. I have enjoyed working through the top five simple ways to start living an ethical lifestyle. Obviously there are many more industries and issues (ie clothing and electronics) but the point is to start somewhere. I hope you learned a few things. I know I did. […]
Our jewelry and accessories have stories. Maybe a piece of jewelry represents the story of your engagement, or a memento from a special trip, or a family keepsake. Personally, I’m not super into heels, makeup, dressing up… but I do have an affinity (read:addiction) for scarves and bags. I want all of them. In particular, […]
Over the last two weeks my heart has been heavy. I would like to take a moment to get a few things out and challenge ourselves in a different way. Fair 5 will continue next week, but today I would like to talk about impact and courage in the hard places. There are easy ways […]