The Good Elves

Anticipation is high, waiting for the arrival of Christmas. You can feel it in our house, it is tangible and somewhat overwhelming.My daughters are so excited for Santa, it’s all they talk about. Ava works hard at being good every day. I can really see her efforts. Mia struggles to stay on the nice list. She is impatient by nature, so seeing wrapped gifts under the tree is driving her crazy. She wants to open JUST ONE.Time to change focus. So today, my daughters learned lessons in social responsibility.  ...more

Whats in your Christmas stocking

Let’s have some fun with this ladies. I have changed the lyrics to the 12 Days of Christmas to give our men some hints of what we want for Christmas. Obviously, some may find the gifts extreme, but keep in mind- you are not the only woman in the world. Across the board, some women desire different things. These gifts are perfectly within reason for some. Based on an actual list.On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a box filled with lots of money.On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me a passport and 2 trip overseas....more

CALLING ALL BLOGGERS! YOUR VOICE IS NEEDED FOR HOMELESS PREGNANT MOMS

ARE YOU A BLOGGER? If so, please take 2 minutes to read this post and consider giving your time and voice to this very worthy cause. NO FINANCIAL COMMITMENT IS NEEDED.Everyone knows a wonderfully blessed mother-to-be who is experiencing the joy of impending motherhood during the holiday season. She’s excitedly counting down the days and imagining the love and joy she’ll feel to hold her newborn bundle of heaven in her arms. She’s had or will soon have a baby shower where her friends and family will bless her with everything she needs to welcome her new baby…...more

Philanthropy for Veterans Has a Command Post in Washington

Doing right by America's veterans is one of philanthropy's biggest projects right now, and among the most complicated. Under Vikki Spruill, the Council on Foundations has put itself at the center of that action. http://www.insidephilanthropy.com/home/2014/11/12/philanthropy-for-veter... ...more

Live Below the Line 2014

   Today was shopping day!   I am participating in Live Below the Line, to raise awareness of and money for extreme poverty. From April 28th- May 2nd, I am challenged to eat and drink on $1.50 a day. After much deliberation, I chose UNICEF as my charity of choice from the list of amazing charities to choose from.   List in hand, and $7.50 budget on my mind, I went to the grocery store. After snapping two bananas off my bunch of three, I came in at a whopping total of $7.42.   Here is my haul:...more

No Child Should Go Hungry!

When I was a little girl I never knew that my mother was struggling to put food on the table. I didn't know how painful that must have been for her until I found myself in a similar circumstance several years ago....more

The Giving Game: Surviving Philanthropy's Schemers Dreamers & Volunteer Vixens - Come Hell or High Heels

Excerpted from The Giving Game: Surviving Philanthropy's Schemers Dreamers & Volunteer Vixens - Come Hell or High Heels, by Merri Lee Marks.“In doing good, there’s always a lot of self-involvement.”—Trent Stamp, Charity Navigator...more
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Inspired by Ashton Kutcher: I Didn't Think I'd Be Saying That, Either, But I Am

I never thought I would quote Ashton Kutcher (ever!), but here goes… ...more
I was so happy to hear a current celebrity really be honest about what is really important in ...more

WHEN PHILANTHROPY HITS THE RUNWAY

Fashion Stylist, Jocelyn Pizarro and Jewelry Designer, Dana Shirley of Desi Amor teamed up with G.E.M.S(Girls Education and Mentoring Services), a non – profit organization focused on “serving girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual expl...more