Shining Service Worldwide

Linda Franklin’s heart is full of love as she welcomes returning US female warriors from war torn areas. These gals need our help, too! We can proudly show our honor and participation in their homecoming by wearing Linda’s “You Gotta Have Heart” bracelet. The proceeds will be used for the for The Shining Beacon House project. Like Linda says, “Women supporting women is a heart-to-heart connection.” Visit her site today!A Shining Service Update and a BIG THANK YOU!...more

National Doodle Day for Neurofibromatosis

My wonderful, sweet friend, Carol Edmonston, the “Doodle Lady”, has two of her doodles for sale on eBay to raise money for Neurofibromatosis. Let’s support her endeavor and see who ends up with those doodles.The USA National Doodle Day auction went live this afternoon.Here are the direct links to your 2 beautiful doodles:Doodle #1 - #2 -

An Interesting Week

If you've followed the trend of my blog posts this week (and of course, I know you have!), you've noticed that they all seem to have to do with saving money.I guess that is due to the season.  Striving for the perfect Christmas on a non-existent budget has my brain focused on what I can save and where. my brain overloads, it spills out on to my blog!!  The upside?  I get to share the tips and tricks I've learned with all of you!!...more

Thanksgiving Day

This morning, I am participating in Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot in Austin.  It's the 21st year for the Turkey Trot and my third year running.The Turkey Trot benefits Caritas of Austin.  Caritas is an agency that provides rent, food, and utility assistance for low income people in Austin. ...more

More Shoes with a Cause

We love to support companies that do great work here and abroad. By now, we are all now quite familiar with (and wearing) Toms Shoes and we love the great work the company does around the world (Did you know that Toms does eyewear now, under the same One-for-One principle).  In fact, we wrote about them three years ago already....more

As walls go up, walls come down. It takes a Village.

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ~Anne Frank...more

Michael Jackson's Legacy

Michael Jackson's children were able to keep it on the low when they volunteered at a center for the homeless in Los Angeles - because people had no idea who they are. "They just blend in there and they just want to give as much as they can to that center and other charities as well."...more

Here's the link of the video Interview of the Children and Katherine ...more

From Rags to Riches to Rehab: Lessons From the Ted Williams Story

The story of Ted Williams captivated the hearts and imaginations of millions this month. This is a rags to riches story of a homeless veteran with a golden voice that took him off the street corner begging for change to the sets of the Today Show, The Tonight Show, The Early Show, Inside Edition, Entertainment Tonight, and Dr. Phil. He had a tearful on-air reunion with his mother, and a public talk show inspired meeting with his children....more

By serendipity I had coffee this weekend at a church fashioned into a tearoom and met many ...more

The meaning of philanthropy

One of my goals for 2011 is to live more philanthropically (and figure out what this means in the process). I even made it part of my new motto / slogan....more

I read an article last week in my local newspaper about a dire need for English -speaking foster ...more