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One in four girls will experience child sexual abuse. These broken, abused children, if not given the opportunity to heal, grow into broken adults who are vulnerable to many of society’s injustices. Joanne Ewald, survivor and founder of Mend on the Move, hopes to help break the silence of abuse and trafficking, empower survivors, and be their voice until they become strong enough to find their own.


Products are created at a recovery home in Detroit called Samaritas Heartline where the women live.  Soon they will have a mobile studio which will house all their equipment and tools and up to six of their makers can actually create inside it!  They will also use it as a retail space for markets and events (look for them at Eastern Market).

Customers can purchase items on their online shop and at various art shows, awareness events and speaking engagements they  do throughout the year, as well as retail locations Made Studio + Market in West Bloomfield and Finding Roots in Howell.


All their jewelry all retails for under $30, most expensive item they sell is the leather cell phone sling for $32. They use car parts which are very inexpensive and the leather is donated so we spend as little on our materials as possible and more for our makers’ hourly wages.

On The Move Key Chain.

On The Move Key Chain.


The most important thing for customers to know about the products is that they are providing an opportunity for women recovering from abuse and addiction to feel good about themselves again.  Working for Mend on the Move builds their confidence, provides skills, promotes accountability and is a stepping stone for future employment.  In addition, they also feel strongly about promoting our makers into leadership roles within Mend on the Move.

Mission and more information from the Founder.

The inspiration behind Mend on the Move came through my own journey of faith and healing from childhood abuse.  But that process took years and the true work did not begin until I was 40 years old.  My heart goes out to women carrying the shame and burdens associated with unhealed abuse.  I am a jewelry artist and I have always been intrigued by social enterprises which provide creative means for people to help themselves.  Mend on the Move became my vehicle to serve others who struggle like I once did.

This is the common story of the women we serve through Mend on the Move.  It is also my story and why I was inspired to start Mend on the Move. I, too, am a survivor of child sexual abuse. But I was one of the fortunate ones. My abuse did not lead to trafficking, addiction, homelessness or domestic abuse.  I have been able to heal. My heart aches for those women who are still trying to find their way.

In conclusion, the majority of our Makers were first abused as children, as was I.  It sets them up for further abuse and addiction later on in life.  The poor choices often lead to incarceration. The irony of abuse is that so often it is the victim’s life, not the abuser’s, that is destroyed by abuse.  It is the victim who lives with shame and unworthiness.  As a part of our mission, we hope to help break the silence surrounding abuse.


We want to make your Holidays a little easier this year… with a giveaway!!! We’ve teamed up with Small Moments, our favorite Michigan apparel & invitation designer & Bundled, a go to Michigan gifting company. To enter to win 75, 5×7 custom designed Holiday cards & a Holiday bundle, read the simple directions below!IGdionna_peter_ellis_holiday_2015

Giveaway info:

Entering is easy. Head to our Instagram account (@chickinthemitt) and follow the simple directions. One winner will be selected at random and given the option to design their custom Holiday card with Kimberly, from Small Moments (sample above) & have a Holiday bundle (pictured below) sent to one address. Continental US only. Giveaway ends Wednesday 11/15 at midnight- winner to be announced Thursday morning.



Good luck & tis the Season!


Calling all pizza lovers! We’ve teamed up with Buddy’s Pizza, the original Detroit-style pizza, to offer one lucky winner a free 4 square cheese pizza voucher & $25 gift card to celebrate the GRAND OPENING of their Ann Arbor location this month as well as National Pizza Month. To get more information on the opening of the Ann Arbor location, be sure to follow them on Facebook. To enter to win FREE pizza, read the simple directions below!IMG_6034Giveaway info:

Entering is easy. Head to our Instagram account (@chickinthemitt) and follow the simple directions. One winner will be selected at random and given the option to have the gift card and voucher shipped to them or a pizza loving pal of their choice. Giveaway ends Monday 10/9 at midnight- winner announced Tuesday morning.

Good luck!


Football season is upon is and Olga’s Kitchen is ready to celebrate by giving away FREE SNACKERS! Yes, we’re talking about the signature, grilled-to-order, secret recipe, little pieces of heaven for free. All you have to do is bring in your winning ticket from any, home or away, U of M or MSU football game. Bring the winning ticket to any of the Olga’s Kitchen’s 26 locations to receive your free basket of snackers. Go Green! Go Blue!

Olga's Snackers

*offer valid only from the winning game day until the next U of M or MSU game is played.



Owners of Kenna Nicole, Nikki & Stefanie, like to call themselves “Kitchen Botanists”. They create products that are completely plant based (with the exception of locally sourced beeswax) using all essential oils, no preservatives, and no synthetic fragrances. Their goal is to enhance the natural beauty of their customers while giving the feeling of relaxation and inspiration. Trust us when we say, these ladies know what they are doing. Each product is soothing and takes you to a place of tranquility and peacefulness. We love to support ladies who promote our great state and genuinely respect our earth!


Kenna Nicole products are currently in 35 stores in Michigan and Illinois, including Whole Foods and Plum Market. Some Detroit boutiques include Detroit Mercantile, City Bird, El Dorado…. Here’s a link to their detailed list or you can shop online by clicking here.


Kenna Nicole Thyme Balm (8).  This Thyme Balm soothes the skin and invigorates the senses. It also contains illipe butter from the Malaysian Illipe Tree to restore skin’s elasticity while pure Michigan-harvest beeswax provides a sweet, earthy scent to transport your skin to a place of peace.balm+copyThe Patchwood Candle (22). This hand-poured candle made of Michigan-harvested beeswax and soy wax was crafted to purify you and your space. The Patchwood candle contains a lead-free wick and a natural, woodsy scent; this one goes out to the nature lovers.Candlev2

TORCH Essential Oil Blend (24). Reminiscent of tranquil summer nights spent gathered around the campfire, this roll-on scent was created to uplift and unwind. A fusion of 12 essential oils, Torch by Kenna Nicole will surely guide you to your warm, happy place.scent

Keep your eyes out as they introduce more products including Hemp Face and Body Oil and a few others.


Combine a love for Detroit with being in a number of weddings and you get the cutest local shop we’ve come across in awhile. Amanda Adamcheck created Kiloh + Co, a simple, classic and chic online boutique and Etsy shop that we know will make you swoon!

The Wedding Shop

Wine Sippy Cups: 12.50 each. These are my personal favorite and the most popular item that she sells. They are perfect for weddings, bachelorette party, or just a day at the lake or on a boat! You can custom and personalize with names or a short phrase. All tumblers have a white/frost lid with the option of white, rose gold, or gold vinyl writing and come with a straw. She also offers stemless wine glasses and champagne flutes.

Wine Sippy Cup

Wine Sippy Cup.

Coffee Sleeves 2.50 each or Custom Canvas Bags 15 each. The custom coffee sleeves and canvas totes are the perfect gift for you bridesmaids, maid of honor, mother of the bride or groom, or your bestie. It’s also a great grab bag for bachelorette party weekends and photo opps on the big wedding day!

Tote Bag.

Tote Bag.

Detroit Love Collection

Detroit Tshirt 25 each or Sweatshirt 40 each.  These adorable shirts are perfect for all those who love Detroit, the city, Detroit sports, and more.

Detroit Shirt.

Detroit Shirt.

Detroit Love Mug: 16 each. Show your love for Detroit and coffee with this adorable mug!

Detroit Love Mug.

Detroit Love Mug.


Olga’s Kitchen in Royal Oak will be celebrating THE OLGA as she turns 91 with a special birthday celebration on Tuesday, May 23rd.



Olga’s Kitchen. 30332 N Woodward Ave. Royal Oak, MI 48073

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.


The party is open to the public so join them from 2-3pm as they share a special video & woo her with a cinnamon sugar Snacker birthday. Guests are encouraged to celebrate in the following ways:

  • Bring a birthday card for Olga and receive FREE cinnamon sugar Snackers!
  • Share an Olga’s Kitchen memory on Facebook or Instagram, via @olgaskitchen, and up to 10 winners will be selected as VIP guests!

In case you aren’t able to make it to the Royal Oak location, guests can visit any of the 26 locations and receive two free classic side items with any purchase, like a small Olga salad, side curly fries, cup of peasant soup, or a cup of broccoli soup. (This offer is valid at any location, for dine-in guests only, and only on 5/23/2017).

Moms are Beautiful GIVEAWAY!

Mother’s Day is one week away so we HAVE to tell you about this week’s GIVEAWAYS sponsored by our gifting company, Bundled. We teamed up with some pretty cool Michigan womenprenuers to create the perfect mommy & baby bundles!

Entering is easy. Head to our Instagram account (@bundledmi) and follow the simple directions. Winners will be selected randomly and given the option to have the bundle shipped to them or a momma of their choice!

Giveaway 1 will run from Sunday 5/7 through Monday 5/8 at 10am & includes:

Giveaway 2 will run from Monday 5/8 through Tuesday 5/9 at 10am & includes:

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