Brace yourselves, darlings, but we have some major news to share:
However, before you faint over the image of Ian toting around a blue-eyed infant in a BabyBjorn, please note we’re not referring to the kind that requires pacifiers and ample diaper changes — nor the kind that has four paws and soft tufts of fur, for that matter. “Baby” — as Ian affectionately dubbed it — in this case refers to the recently engaged pair’s latest passion project: Thrive Market.
The benevolent couple announced the exciting news on Monday, February 23 via an Instagram post. Eager to encourage healthy eating and provide affordable options to people everywhere, Ian and Nikki teamed up with the online organic retailer. They then shared a photo of themselves grabbing delicious snacks from the company’s well-stocked warehouse to help spread word of this incredible venture, and to also let their fans know that Thrive Market offers a free membership to a family in need each time a new customer signs up. (Here’s a link to their site: http://thrv.me/health4all_i.)
actor’s touching personal message, below, for more details:
Hello everyone! I have to tell you about something really important to me ; my newest adventure, something I am not only extremely excited about but something I take great pride in that will drastically change all of our lives. My “baby” if you will: Thrive Market aka @thrivemkt . Go to the link, go to our website, do it you’ll love this. http://thrv.me/health4all_i and @thrivemkt
AND please know when you sign up, Thrive Market will donate a free membership to a family-in-need. Did you know that 29 million Americans lack access to healthy, affordable foods? 23.5 million of those Americans don’t have access to a supermarket within a mile of their home. These statistics are just a few of the many that reflect the disproportionate effects of low-income and/or rural living on people’s ability to control what they eat. It’s a common misconception, and wildly ignorant, to say that lower-income families don’t desire to consume clean, healthy foods. The biggest reason: cost. Cost is cited as the primary barrier to eating healthy food. So we have a ton of people without access to supermarkets and a ton more who can’t afford the food that’s in these markets. What do we do about this? How do we combat rising prices and the growing number of families who are “food insecure”? This feels like an uphill climb with no shoes on. But it’s not. We start by making healthy, clean, unprocessed, organic, non-GMO products available to ALL people. We educate them. We help them create shopping lists and strategies for meal-planning. We, the consumer, have a right to buy food that won’t hurt us. We have a right to thrive. Each and every one of us. That’s why I’m beyond excited to tell you about Thrive Market; an online marketplace that I’m throwing my weight behind because I believe so strongly in it’s message, it’s concept and it’s ability to empower us to live better lives through food.
Wow! Every time we think, ‘We can’t possibly adore this man any more than we already do,’ he goes ahead and does something even
amazing. Thanks for being a constant source of inspiration, Ian, and for supporting important causes such as this one!
Can’t get enough of this adorable duo and their good deeds? Check out pics of them spending quality time with their adopted “kids!” And be sure to visit the Ian Somerhalder Foundation HERE for more info on ways you can get involved with more volunteer projects.
"Chilly early mornings with my girls... It absolutely BLOWS my mind that we hurt and kill millions of these animals per year. We put them in cold kennels waiting to die while dogs other dogs sit in puppy mills or in pet stores and dog-fighting rings to be torn up-and all the while, their level of intelligence, love and compassion are some of the most magnificent things about being human and on this planet.Let\'s stop abandoning, fighting and killing these incredible creatures-adopt, spay, neuter, donate, volunteer whatever you can do to help-PLEASE! I promise you\'ll feel SO GOOD! WE HAVE an incredible project happening RIGHT NOW CD where you can enter to win and COME SHOOT A SCENE WITH ME on The Vampire Diaries at OMAZE.COM/IAN will help ISF aka Isfoundation.org do so much! Check it out and help me save SO MANY of these kids as well as educate our two-legged kids! It\'s an amazing cause- please help us! If you are not in the United States please go to isfoundation.org and help us there;) LETS DO THIS! Have an amazing day! Love, Ian"
"A day with 3 of the most beautiful ladies in the universe... Wow smiling is such a beautiful part of the human experience-I highly recommend it. Congrats to our little Neitczhe here-1 year ago today, to the minute, you brought 5 beautiful puppies into this world-thank you for your amazing contribution to all of our lives. However, welcome to the wonderful world of being spayed-The world does not need any more puppies, we kill millions and millions per year. These two beautiful creatures right here in this photo or highly intelligent, highly emotional and capable of more love than you can you can ever imagine. The ones that are in shelters are the same-let\'s adopt them. @iamnikkireed your recent work with Gilt benefiting the @aspca is truly truky extraordinary. Thank you for giving so much of your life and for being a strong voice for those whom can speak. My hat is off to you. You amaze me. Love, Ian"
"A beautiful perfect Georgia afternoon decompressing from work with our big boy Eagle (who opted out of this photo), our little girl Millie (who you all haven\'t seen yet but here she is) & the one and only @iamnikkireed photographed by my lovely sista Kat Graham aka @katgrahampics The simple beauty of the quiet countryside loving on my kids with these amazing women...Wow, love this. Needed this. So many amazing things happening with all of the projects in my life-thank you for so much love and support. Thank you"
"Went to the animal shelter today to give some love to the babies living in cages who don\'t have homes and ended up adopting this little girl! What should we name her?"
"Proud new dad... What amazing creatures they are. Wow. His name is Eagle. Thank you @iamnikkireed for snapping this special moment, with our big baby boy."
"The newest addition to the family. Her name is Sohalia. Thank you @iamnikkireed for finding us this amazing kid in Conyers Georgia. Unfortunately this little kid was wildly mislabeled as "feral/not friendly", and had Nikki not gone in and opened her cage regardless, we would have never found out that she is the most loving kitty on the planet and she may have been put down. The point is this; because shelters are so understaffed, this happens more often than not. Let\'s encourage the people who work at shelters and people whom make policies for shelter workers to take more time to get to know the animals that are brought in, so they can properly inform potential adopters. Also, if you are thinking about adding a new member to your family, know that there might be more to the animal than what\'s written on their cage!!! Go have fun and adopt! Send me pictures please! Thank you- Love, Ian"
"Beautiful weekend...incredible weather...inspiring conversations...surrounded by my favorite people (and animal babies). Thanks dad for capturing this moment. @fireballerr"
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