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  • Throwback Thursday -- Show Hope & Family Fest

    Hey guys! I'm so excited to be introducing a new series today, Live It Everyday's very own Throwback Thursday! Each Thursday, we're going to have a post here that is in some way a throwback for our company! We love the idea of looking back and meditating and just generally laughing at ourselves and how we used to think that we could print our own shirts in our garage. Ya live and ya learn.

    Today, I'm so excited (I know, lots of excitement) to also introduce you to our brand spanking new YouTube channel! We were thrilled to be able to shoot this video at Show Hope's Family Fest this summer and we're more than ecstatic to share that video and some sweet photos with you today!

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    What, John? You want me to what? What, John? You want me to what?

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    Our new friend Scott, the Executive Director for Show Hope

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    I just did that! You guys, I just interviewed them and didn't die!

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    The music was obviously great. Though we didn't get to meet Steven, it was such an experience getting to see him perform and interact with the crowd! And yes, that man on the far right does have his head painted. These people are cool.

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    The Red Bus Project is an awesome part of what Show Hope does. It's a rolling consignment store and travels to different events, but mainly college campuses. They've visited my University in Murray, Kentucky! It was so exciting. LiveIE-ShowHope-74

    You know, drumsticks.

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    Listen, this umbrella was being difficult.

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    Watching myself on this video is KIND OF terrifying. It was my first time doing anything like it and there was DEFINITELY a huge learning curve. The good news is, is that we had an incredible videographer, John, who really walked me through how to not blink a zillion times...it didn't work out as well as we'd hoped (whoops!)! Hope you guys love it!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SrXO5nm97M

    Don't forget -- 11% of your purchase when you buy our faithful or peacemakers apparel goes to Show Hope, an organization dedicated to caring for orphans. Click here to visit Show Hope's website and check out some shirts here and here!

    Happy #throwbackthursday!

    Photos // Kyser Lough, Video // HD Perfect Video
  • Mary Beth Chapman's Choosing to SEE

    When I'm not elbow deep in Live It Everyday shenanigans, I'm going to school full time pursuing my Master of Arts in English degree. The point of that is that I love a lot of things, but I love to read. When we made a connection with Show Hope's publicist, Stacie Vining, we got to talking and she was telling us about Mary Beth's book, Choosing to SEE, that details the tragic loss of the Chapman's daughter, Maria Sue. When she shipped it to us, it took me exactly one evening and a half of a day to finish it. It's amazing.

    I'm an emotional person. It's relatively new for me, I admit. For a while, I prided myself on being the girl who never cried. But then, something just broke inside of me and I'm pretty much a blubbering mess at all times. Which I'm okay with. This book is heart wrenching. I mean, broke my heart. Stitched it back together, laughed a while, and shattered it again. But, it also instilled in me a distinct and very alive sense of hope. One minute, I was giggling at Mary Beth's jokes, remembering my sweet time meeting her, and the next I was sobbing at her and the Chapman's anguish. The thing I loved about the book most is what it's underlying message truly is -- to see. To see beauty, to see hope, to see what God is doing in our lives. It was amazing to be a part of, and I was just reading!

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    Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book. Here's the link for you to buy it! You don't want to miss Choosing to SEE! Promise.

    "...it will help to shatter the illusion that Christians are supposed to be perfect."

    "And in spite of being slightly crazy, David knew that the Lord God Himself knew him before he was born."

    "I also knew quite clearly that I couldn't rest my hope or security in how I looked or how productive I was, or anything else that had to do with my hardworking, churning, and anxious personality. If my outlook was dependent on me and how together I was, I would have no peace."

    "I can choose to SEE his story, or I could miss it."

     

    A truly amazing woman, Mary Beth Chapman. If you want to invest in a great organization and cause, visit Show Hope, or check out our World Peace and Christian lines.

    Don't forget, we still have surprises and updates for our event with Show Hope a few weeks ago. You guys are going to love it!

    Choose to see, you guys.

    Haley

    PS - this is how I feel when I meet Mary Beth Chapman

    Mary Beth Chapman - Choosing to SEE Photos // Kyser Lough, Apparel // men, women
  • A Weekend Recap -- Show Hope's Family Fest

    Happy Monday! It seems like we hardly got a break this weekend! We had a ton going on, but all of it was so exciting! On Saturday, Adriane (Owner & CFO) and I got to travel to Nashville, TN to visit Show Hope, a charity that we work with! It was such a great event and we loved every second of it! Especially the ice cream when we were so hot, we thought we'd melt.

    Here are some sneak peak photos from the event; we'll have more up this week and a couple of other surprises from the day. Hope you guys have a great Monday! SHFF 1 We loved getting to meet Mary Beth Chapman, President and Co-Founder of Show Hope! Also Steven Curtis Chapman's wife. She's literally the coolest person.

    SHFF 2Don't mind us; we're just trying to find any way possible to cool off.

    SHFF 3 This is a hint for our surprise later this week... (Do I look cross eyed in this picture? Maybe...)SHFF 5What good is a family fest without a proper photo booth? I was laughing so hard, I could hardly smile!

    What were you guys up to this weekend? Leave us a comment!

    Photos // Kyser Lough, Apparel // menwomen
  • Family Events Are The Best Events

    You guys! So much exciting news!

    We've talked a little before about the charities that we work with. By now, you probably know that 11% of each sale goes to a charity that is in the same category of the design that was purchased. Homes For Our Troops was featured earlier this week (here and here) as we enter into the season of celebrating our great nation on the Fourth.

    Today, though, I have some exciting news. News that makes me want to jump up and down. Seriously, people. Get. Excited.

    Every year, Show Hope, an organization that benefits from our world peace designs (you can click at the bottom of the post!) host a Family Fest in honor of Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman's (the president and vice president of the organization) daughter, Maria Sue, who passed a way a six years ago. And guess what? We're going! We're going and we encourage you all to head out to the day of fun planned in Nashville, Tennessee! Click here for all of the details and plans for fun!

    Here are the designs that support Show Hope!

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    Tweet us and let us know if you're there! We'd love to hear from you!

    Patiently awaiting Saturday, Haley

    Charity // Show Hope, Event // click here, Photos // David Wallace
  • Throwback Thursday: Live It Everyday's Birthday

    July 4th means a lot to us. One reason (of course) is the celebration of our nation. Another? Well, July 4, 2008 is when Mike, my dad and the Chief Cook and Bottle Washer (also the writer of the weekly playlist posts) came up with Live It Everyday. Just a teeny tiny idea.

    We were celebrating the Fourth with my uncle, my dad's brother, in Fort Knox where he was stationed. He'd just gotten home from a deployment and we were pumped out of our brains to hang with him and his family (after all, they bought the real sweet tea ... dad insists on diet). We're based out of Lexington, Kentucky, so Fort Knox is about an hour and a half, two hours away. We had a long (ish) trip in front of us and an impatient dad hanging out in the living room, waiting. He does that a lot. Our bad?

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    Brian, my uncle, is in the back behind his wife, Ashley and her daughter Emma, on the left. They're both active in the Army. Beside Brian is Liv and in front of her is Josh, Brian's son. Beside Liv is Adriane, my mom, Financial Guru for Live It Everyday, next to her, my dad (Chief Cook & Bottle Washer), then Summer, and me. This picture was taken in Savannah, where they're now at Fort Stewart, about two years ago.

    The night went gloriously. We ate, we laughed, we played. Our fireworks...well, we've had better years (we refuse to allow neighbors to upstage us anymore). But, it was an awesome day. On our way back, though, dad said a few things to us that really seemed to make a lot of sense: when we do something, he said, we need to do it everyday -- you know? Well, yeah. The girls and I played basketball growing up. My mom cheered through college and my dad, well, dad played about three sports at any given time and still has a flawless fadeaway jumper that is downright impossible to defend (I'm not bitter about that at all or anything). We were no strangers to playing everyday, whether we wanted to or not. Of course, we said. Doing it everyday is commitment. That's how you get good. (Unfortunately, no amount of commitment would make me enjoy playing post...but that's another story.)

    Soon after, we were drawing logos on the patio that we affectionally call the "Tiki Village" (for the standing candles, porch swing and good vibes it produces, of course). We had big dreams, dreams that are still very real to us today.

    Today, in honor of Throwback Thursday (sorry, Cara...I know you hate hashtags), I'm introducing you to my favorite design, one of the very first we ever came up with. We worked and reworked this one. You've seen me wear it when I went to Nashville last month, and no doubt you'll see me wear it again. I live for this shirt. Well, that might be a little much. But...anyway.

    Here's the first version, round one. We threw this in the "heck no" pile. Our focus groups, though, kept pulling it out. We were like, ummm, that's the trash pile. Little did I know they were pulling out one of my favorites.

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    Here's the second version. I seriously cannot get enough of this design. The best part for me, too, is that 11% of the sale goes to Show Hope, one of the organizations with whom we work. I love them. They're an agency who works with orphans, addressing both their primary needs (food, clothing, etc.) and their need for a family. We have some unbelievably awesome things planned with Show Hope later (ten days to be exact.....). Seriously. You're gonna want to stay tuned for this one.

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    Throwback Thursday is fun! I love looking back at how Live It Everyday has progressed, grown and changed. What about you guys? Do you have a favorite design?

    Happy Thursday!

    Apparel // womenmen

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