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Today’s post is going to be a lengthy one so grab a cup of coffee and possibly some tissues (lol).
 
When I started Bless Box in December 2016, I wanted it to be more than an amazing box of monthly goodies on your doorstep. Of course, that was part of the exciting vision, but it wasn’t the entire vision. I had another big dream for Bless – one that could impact and change lives. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my career so far, it’s the fact that big dreams require BIG work. In other words, I knew it would take time, a lot of research, prayer and patience. With less than a year of being in business, the Bless Box has exceeded my expectations in such a short period of time. More than that – it was the green-light signal I needed to jumpstart the next chapter for Bless. It’s truly a pinch-me moment that this chapter is here and I’m able to share it with all of you (my amazing online fam).
 

Big Box. Bigger Impact. This is the story of Bless.

 
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Bless is striving to make a positive impact on real lives – beyond the box. September 2017 is going to be a very exciting month in Bless Box history. I am launching the FIRST (of many!) ‘Bless Gives Back’ boxes. For the month of September we will match all donations made to our spotlight organization: Vista Del Mar Child & Family Services. (Donations are not open yet). I chose this organization because I’ve gotten to know these kids, their stories and oh how I love them so much.
 
The story of how I came into contact with them is really cool. It was through a follower of mine (Love you guys!) who connected this specific group home leader to us. The sweetest woman named Elizabeth reached out to us and simply wanted to know if I had any extra products sitting around that I would want to donate to the kids. They had an exciting Western Dance night coming up. Naturally, I my research and quickly learned what this is an organization providing a safe and nurturing environment, as well as a number of programs in education, autism, adoption, residential care, prevention, and early intervention for these kids. Some of the nightmare stories these kids come from is jaw dropping. It was refreshing to know that in today’s world people still love and care for other people.
 
Stevie, Brittany (my sister in law) and I wanted to love on these kids and personally deliver the goodies to the group home. I can’t even put it into words the look on their faces when we gave them their goodie bags. The biggest highlight was seeing how much they truly appreciated the time we spent hanging out with them, talking, asking about their future dreams and of course making them laugh (Rodrigo made an appearance lol!).
 
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A couple weeks later, we received these sweet handwritten thank you notes from the kids. I was about 7 or 8 weeks pregnant laying on the couch reading through all of them. Who would have thought that the last sentence on this specific one would be a confirmation I needed at that moment in my life – it was a blessing that came full circle.
 
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For this September project, I knew I was going to need some help. I wanted to partner with one of my most passionate digital influencer friends to help me raise awareness for these kids. Enter Lauren Bushnell. For those of you who may or may not know Lauren, she’s more than just “the girl who was on The Bachelor.” She is one of the most genuine, loving, fun human beings I’ve ever met. She has a big personality and an even bigger heart. Lauren came over one afternoon and we sat down and talked about life, Sweetie, Bless Box, and our personal goals as digital influencers. It was an amazing conversation where we both shared our hearts for the future and how passionate we are about making a positive difference in people’s lives. When I told her about these kids, it was like a prayer answered. I knew in that moment what I was doing was right and it was meant to be.
 
There are more exciting surprises for September but I don’t want to give it all away, so keep your eyes open for more. This is just the beginning of a new chapter for Bless Box. Best of all, this is a story that involves all of us – YOU and me. Here’s the biggest thing I’ve learned so far. You don’t have to be an influencer or someone with a following to make a difference in your community. Big or small – helping others (even if it’s a kind gesture) can make all the difference in touching someone’s life. I can’t wait to see how far we will go to Bless the world together – one box at a time. Don’t miss this box- sign up today!
 
Xo, Sazan


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  1. Love this and love that you and Lauren are doing this project together. You two gorgeous ladies are my favorite! 💕

  2. I love this, Sazan!! If I’m contributing in any way by purchasing your boxes, I support you 100%!!!! Plus, your products are amazing and I enjoy giving some items to my girl friends. This is such a touching and lovely story. Thank you for what you do. You have such a big heart. Xoxo -Jing

  3. Sazan, you are amazing!! You are not only beautiful from the outside but even more beautiful from the inside. Thank you for helping wherever you can. If there would be more people thinking like you, we could make the world a better place.

    Lot’s of love from a passionate fan from Germany,
    Barbara

  4. Hi Sazan!
    This blog really tugs at my heart. What an amazing opportunity for such a deserving organization. I don’t know if you will read this, but if you do happen to need help or volunteers for this project I would love to offer my help. I have so much respect for you and the way that you go about living your life and giving to others. I can see that it is so genuine and yet I don’t even really know you. Thank you for being you! Hopefully one of these days our paths will cross.
    XO, Elizabeth

  5. You have such a beautiful heart!!! Thank you for being such a positive influence and role model. You are a blessing to many!!!

  6. I have been with Bless Box since you launched and I love it! I loved reading this blog entry and am definitely with you 100%!! I am a new mom to a little boy as of May 31st, and there is nothing like being a mother! Congrats and you will be an amazing mom!! Your child and these kiddos that you mentioned are so lucky to have you! Love ya girl! xox

    Jennifer

  7. I think this is wonderful. I wonder why you wouldn’t want to bring attention to Kurdish children too. No homeland, and very little support from the world. You have a great platform to help your people- especially the ones that suffer the most: Kurdish children. While this is the beginning of your journey, I hope you find it important to give back to your struggle people as well.

    1. That is definitely a dream of mine and close to my heart. Like you said, this is just the beginning of my journey – I’m going to learn as much as I can now by starting locally with the simple goal to Bless others and hopefully grow this into a successful foundation so that i can take it global. I am very aware that the world needs love and support on the grounds. xo

  8. Love this! Congratulations on the success of bless box!

    Now that your pregnant I’m wondering how your skin care routine has changed. I got a lot of great tips from your previous skin care video and now am pregnant myself, and so lost as to how to continue to take care of my skin during this time (since a lot of ingredients like Retinoids and salycic acid are unsafe dying pregnancy).

    1. Great question! My routine is still the same except I no longer use the SKII treatment essence water or Good Genes serum. I can still use the JUNO oil which I love (from Sunday Riley) and pretty much everything else! xo

  9. You have such a beautiful soul Saz and you honestly motivate me to keep at it in the digital space. Sometimes this “blogging world” can seem daunting when you’re still learning the ropes, but at the end of the day I know what I want and I need to keep at it. Your posts keep me going because it reminds of why I started this in the first place. Hopefully one day I too could touch someone’s heart in the way you did. That last line of that card definitely tugged at my heart <3 Keep it up Saz!!!

    xoxo, Joann // http://www.dashofjofashann.com

  10. Sazan, thank you so much for being an inspiration and a light of God <3
    I was watching your FB live, the one where you were talking about how you will pray over your child, how Stevie's parents did it… I was so deeply touched by it. How you would pray that your baby will be able to handle the challenges instead of "I hope this doesn't happen to her"… I'm putting it in my own words now, but it was SO beautiful.
    Could you write a post about that? About that attitude to challenges and also praying? It would be so inspiring.

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