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

Guidelines and Prep for Living on $1.50 per Day

I am participating in Live Below the Line, a fundraiser for various charities that challenges people to live on $1.50 worth of food and drink per day for five days. I am raising money for UNICEF....more

Old Gits Or New Blood?

As I was leaving the World Conference in Vietnam almost 2 years ago, an expert from a major global organization took me to one side and told me that unless the drowning prevention field started attracting young people to the cause our chance of making real progress was slim. I agreed. I went to a lecture on human trafficking and the UNICEF representative said that they were focusing their efforts on engaging people under 30. I heard Al Gore speak about his new book, “The Future – Six Drivers of Global Change” and he talked about the importance of engaging people under 30....more

Making Each Life Count.

Jaylin Shepherd was just four years old when she drowned. An adorable child, she is mourned by her twin sister, the rest of her large and loving extended family, her friends, and her neighbors. Her life, her spirit, her potential – lost forever in 2 fast minutes. It used to be that Jaylin’s life would be remembered and honored only by those who knew her, but that just changed. Jaylin’s tragic death has been counted by Global Drowning Tracker....more

A Day At The UN Conference Can Make a Difference

This past Monday marked an interesting and inspiring day because I was invited to attend a forum at the UN by the UNA (United Nations Association). The purpose of this event was to discuss future initiatives that will impact UN's Millenium Development Goals (MDG's) when the current ones expire in 2015. I received this invitation to hear panels discuss initiatives regarding education, youth and women's issues after attending the Social Good Summit this past September. While excited to be invited, I was apprehensive about going since this was a monumental step for me as a blogger. ...more

Day for Change-February 8/ Snow Day

Today is Unicef's Day for Change. This year's focus is on food. It's astonishing how many children around the world have only 1 meal a day at school. Whether it is part of a breakfast or lunch program. Weekends, holidays and any off-time, often mean hungry bellies. It's sad and a shame. Whether poverty, neglect, ignorance, too many children are doing without consistent daily sustenance....more

Gift Guide - That Gives Back

Throughout the pages of The Succulent Wife, you will see numerous articles about companies and products that contribute to making this planet a better place to live on....more

Cool + Plus: Solar Sunnan Lamps and UNICEF help children living without electricity

Today is the first in my Cool + Plus series featuring products that not only have amazing design, but also benefit the environment and society....more

The Big Kiss - What are you waiting for?

Pampers\Unicef Big Kiss Campaign...Well what are you waiting for?  Even if you don't have time to read this or don't know what it's all about, please just click this link before you go:Pampers Big Kiss: 1 click = 1 vaccineThat's it. That's all you have to do, and you may just have saved a life....more

Who Wears the Black Hat in Haiti?