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Mom Organization Skills 101

There is no greater reward than being a mother, but believe me, for all those expecting moms out there, you sure do have your work cut out for you in order to earn that reward. It was only when I had my second child that I realized, being prepared for any scenario was better…

How Do I Choose the Best Professional Cleaning Service

Keeping your home clean can be an exhausting task, especially if you have to squeeze it in between the chaos and work and keeping your family in line. And if your life feels like it’s nothing but cleaning and tedious chores, perhaps it’s…

How to Keep Your Pool Clean Without Using Chemicals

The weather is getting hotter and hotter, and if you haven’t done it already, you are probably getting ready to open your pool and start the swimming season. Having a pool in your backyard is wonderful, but it requires quite some effort before you…

Holiday Giving

Burned out from Black Friday? Sick of Cyber Monday? Hard to believe but just in the last few days consumers spent nearly $11 billion on electronics, clothing and other items in preparation for the holidays. Now, I love shopping just as much as the next girl but wouldn't it be great to funnel some of your hard earned cash towards a gift that will keep on giving? A few years back, my family and I started a tradition of making charitable donations to our favorite causes in lieu of gifts. We are not alone. Many families are now looking for ways to celebrate the true meaning and spirit of Christmas by doing for others.

Over the next few weeks leading up to Christmas,  I am going to highlight a few causes that are near and dear to my heart. I am particularly passionate about anti-poverty,  fair housing and global maternal/child health initiatives so many of my donations support these causes.

First up on my list is the fabulous charity Heifer International. Heifer's mission is a simple one: to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth. They do this by creating sustainable strategies to help impoverished families develop an income stream while caring for the environment. Here's what's cool. As a donor, you can "purchase" a cow, a flock of geese, a goat, chicks, or a bee keeping starter kit among other gifts which which will be given to a family who will receive training and support to improve their livelihood.  Heifer even produces a nifty gift catalogue which you can browse and then select your gift to honor a loved one. And lest you think your donation needs to be large to make a difference, think again. A gift of a flock of chicks is just $20.00 and will not only provide one family with nutritious egg protein but a steady income stream. According to Heifer, a good hen can lay up to 200 eggs per year - great for feeding a family and provide plenty to sell.

Heifer International operates around the world from Eastern Europe to the Carribbean and in countries such as Haiti, Uganda, and Tanzania.  What I love about this organization is that their philosophy is focused on sustainability -- creating enduring sources of income to lift families out of poverty all while caring for our fragile eco-system in a socially responsible manner.  This is truly a gift that will make a difference.

 

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