One of my most favorite weekend, family activities in Nashville is hit up the local markets located throughout the city. Most of the time we drive into Nashville proper but this weekend we got to stay close to home and headed to The Factory for The Sunday Market.  Most markets like this have a cause near and dear to their heart and this particular market was benefitting Go. Be. Love. Shopping and eating food trucks while doing good? Im in!

 

So we got there and of course instantly hit up the food trucks. No one likes to shop on an empty stomach. Hubs and kids headed to Yayo’s Omg for tacos and quesadillas.  I hit up Funk Seoul Truck. I ordered the YUZU KOSHO with a Boba Tea but hubs delivered a Chicken Teriyaki so if you are reading this and I stole your food, I apologize. It was delicious though so thank you.

We stopped at the little concert area and listened to some amazing live music. The girls loved it and twirled and showed off their impeccable dance moves they clearly got from their mother.

There were so many cute vendors selling all kinds of goods there. Here is a list of the vendors from their webpage.

~Light of Day HOME ~ Goldfinch  –  Aviate Press Home with Mary ~ FashionABLE ~ Stampily ~Newly ~Aubrey Hyde Home ~ Olive Branch Natural Soap Company ~ East 33rd Design Paper & Plank ~Bubo Handmade ~BRANDED Collective ~ Nash Vinyl  ~ Terri Andersen Ross Art ~ KCdesignZ ~ Barefoot Vintage ~Marshall and Rose ~Rustic River Creations ~ Straw Castle ~ The Faded Farmhouse ~ Tame the Beast ~Sabrosa VintageMaxine 55 – Props Antiques – Whimsical Danger – RV Pottery – Three French Hens – Studio B Printshop – Peggy Vessels – Project 615 – Cedar Comfort – When Heat meets Rust – Electric Buffalo – Franklin Flannels –Ashwood Estates Apothecary Naturals – Brother + Sister Creative – Cindy David Designs – Carpe Diem 212 –

 

If you missed this one, no worries because there is actually another Sunday Market on May 14th and it has different vendors too. This particular market location is great for small kids (and pets). Parking was a breeze. Plenty of space to run around and play plus tables and benches to eat at. Not to mention it’s located under the shed at the factory so you get to be outside but shaded. So next month you know where to find me then! Prob in line at the food trucks.

 

 

Unless you are living under a rock, your social media feeds are probably full of Red X’s on hands today. This is their 5th year of doing this and its growing in popularity due to celebrities and others helping to promote the movement.

The End It Movement is a day of action to shine the light on Human Trafficking. So what exactly is Human Trafficking? In short, a form of modern-day slavery, according to the Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign. Any time a person is exploited for labor — this includes sex trafficking to domestic servitude — through force, fraud, or coercion, that’s considered human trafficking.

According to End it Movement statistics:

  • An estimated 20 million – 45.8 people are trapped*
  • with 55% of those being women and children
  • in 167 countries (87% of the world)

And these are just estimates, since there is no way to accurately pinpoint these numbers. As a mother of 2 small children this is scary as shit. So today, instead of just drawing an x on my hand I’m going to do something more and I beg all of you to join me. Find a local chapter because if you don’t believe this happens in your back yard you are crazy. I live in the 7th Wealthiest County in the United States (not a humblebrag, we barely snuck in) and it’s not uncommon to hear about a bust at a local motel miles from your house.  According to a local chapter End Slavery TN these are some frightening Nashville facts.

NASHVILLE AREA

  • Over 100: Cases of minor sex trafficking reported in Davidson County (2011) The study capped at this number.
  • Over 100: Cases of adult sex trafficking reported in Davidson County (2011)
  • Atlanta to Nashville: Victims regularly moved on a circuit to minimize detection (Atlanta is one of the major child sex trafficking hubs in the U.S.)
  • Magnets for Sex Trafficking: Middle Tennessee traffickers find an attractive business climate among tourists, conventions, truck stops, a military base and among residents of one of the region’s most affluent populations

Let’s all come together for the sake of our children. Keep an eye and an ear out. If you feel like something isn’t right, you are probably right. I’ll be emailing my local chapter tonite to sign up for future volunteer opportunities. Also from here on out for the rest of this month I will donate 15% of all my Rodan + Fields sales to End Slavery Tennessee. So grab your favorite skincare or Lash Boost and help end slavery.