Heart of Haiti

“Heart of Haiti”

This Mother’s Day, I’m working with Clever Girls in support of Macy’s Heart of Haiti to shine a light on the “trade, not aid” program, which provides sustainable income to Haitian artisans struggling to rebuild their lives and support their families after the 2010 earthquake.

Motherhood. It’s hard to remember life before it happened. It was one of the best things to ever happen to me. With Mother’s Day coming up, I just wanted to talk a little bit about motherhood.

Nowadays, I think about how it was growing up, the fact that my mother preferred a clean house over a messy one and how it has affected me as a mother today. Let’s just say, I too like a clean house although it’s hard to keep clean now that my child is older.

Let’s be realistic, when you have kids – a clean house is the last thing on their mind.. and yours. Somedays, it’s either cleaning house or getting a good night’s sleep. What would YOU choose?

It’s funny how growing up, cleaning your room was the worst-thing-ever and you just couldn’t stand it when your mom asked you to pick up your toys.. now that I’m a mother, I am very appreciative of those simple chores and I can understand why they were required of me.

Funny how life works that way. I think when you become a mom, you have a new found appreciation for your mother or how you were raised.

What is Macy’s Heart of Haiti?
Heart of Haiti is a “Trade, Not Aid” initiative launched by artist and social entrepreneur, Willa Shalit, The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund and Macy’s. Already, Heart of Haiti has led to employment of 750 artists in Haiti, providing financial benefits for an estimated 8,500 people in the country.

Each item is a one-of-a-kind design and handmade by a Haitian master artisan from raw materials such as recycled oil drums, wrought iron, papier-mâché and stone. The collection features more than 40 home decor items including quilts, metalwork, ceramics, jewelry and paintings and is made almost entirely from recycled and sustainable items such as old cement bags, cardboard, oil drums and local gommier wood.

Heart of Haiti products are available online at Macy’s.com.

Thank you to Macy’s Heart of Haiti for sponsoring my participation in this “Share Your Heart” promotion. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own.



  • Kelly Heisler on May 16, 2012

    Thank you so much for supporting Heart of Haiti and helping us share the message of hope, rebuilding and healing this Mother’s Day! We really appreciate it, and good luck on the house cleaning. There are simply not enough hours in the day…


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