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Monday, December 22, 2008

Making a Difference in Our World

Today is the first day of my new blog organization. I have decided that I will still be posting my recipes and workouts each day too.

Mondays I will be posting about making a difference in our world:

This time of year there are so many organizations out there to support and most people are in the giving spirit. We as a nation are so consumed with wants and MUST haves for Christmas. We even try to make Christmas into such a commercialized and shopping overloaded HOLIDAY( me included) ! I have been encouraged this Christmas to stop taking and wanting and be OTHERS centered, and this is HARD!!! So I researched it a bit and found some great ways you can make a difference this year, it’s NOT too late!!!

  • Donate new toys to needy children in your local community through the Toys for Tots program. You can make a drop-off at Toys ‘R Us and Babies ‘R Us stores all around the country, or make a financial contribution to the cause online.
  • Purchase your presents through the GoodShop. This online shopping portal allows you to select your favorite charity, and donate a portion of your purchase price to the cause you select. Make sure to bookmark the site—it’s the perfect way to make a contribution whenever you make a purchase through your favorite online shops.
  • Check out a charity auction. This time of year, plenty of local nonprofit groups hold charity auctions, where you can purchase collectible art, vacation packages, and all sorts of other goodies, with all proceeds going to charity. If there’s not one happening near you, check out an online charity auction site like BiddingForGood.com, or bid on the drool-worthy prizes available through the food bloggers' annual auction, Menu for Hope, which benefits Friends of the World Food Program.
  • Volunteer to serve Christmas dinner to the residents of a local homeless shelter or senior care facility. To find holiday volunteer options close to home, run a search on VolunteerMatch

    Sponsor a child in a developing country through an organization like Plan USA or World Vision. Your ongoing contribution will help you establish a meaningful connection with a child, helping to pull him or her out of extreme poverty. It’s what the giving spirit’s all about.

    Learn more about ways to help the world, and donate to any US-based nonprofit, at Razoo.com.



I am up early this morning, had a bit of a sore throat and couldn’t sleep. So I am planning out the day.

Monday Check List:

  • Coffee and take Bosco for a walk
  • Breakfast
  • Clean bathroom
  • Bake
  • Make Menu for Christmas Dinner
  • Pick up one more thing for Hubbys stocking
  • Wrap presents
  • Prep Dinner
  • Write up review and contest
  • Teach AKB tonight

I hope this SORE THROAT goes away so I can get much accomplished. I will have the contest and review up soon no worries :)

Have a HAPPY MONDAY!!!!!



Lacey Nicole said...

ooooooooh i love when you make menus :)

thanks for the great help-others ideas!!!!!

have a wonderful day :)

Denise said...

Feel better and take it easy. You don't want to be sick for the holiday!

MizFit said...

love the new organization and the new monday theme!

Andrea (Off Her Cork) said...

Woo! I'm worn out just reading about all this stuff! Your dinner last night looked so yummy!

Some emergen-C and peppermint tea STAT! Those will knock that sore throat down. :D

Got your card! How cute is Bosco?!

Anonymous said...

I am all over this theme! :) It's gross how commercialized Christmas is. Thanks for doing that research and finding options for us! You're the best!

Tammy said...

Global Giving is a great place to get gifts that donate to MANY different organizations. http://www.globalgiving.com

My son asked for "Non-Pollution" for the world from Santa so we got him a gift card from this site and he can decide which organization he wants to help.

You can still get gifts, print the receipt and give that until the gift card comes. :0

Fell better and rest! :)

Anonymous said...

Thank so much for mentioning Plan USA on you blog.
Plan USA is a great way to establish a relationship with a child in a foreign country and help the entire community at the same time. It can be very rewarding not only for you but for the child.
Anne @ Plan USA