Camp Project Hope

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Camp Project Hope

Project Hope Alliance, a local non-profit whose mission is to move homeless families out of motels and shelters into affordable homes of their own to give children a brighter future, would like to invite you and your family to Camp Project Hope at SOCO on Sunday, February 9th from 5pm – 9pm to discover and celebrate how this community is working to end childhood homelessness in Orange County.

It is an opportunity to bring your family to experience an evening of family fun including interactive art and live music. You can also look forward to visiting their slider and s’more station.

Most importantly, there will be a 214 sf. motel display to help your learn how many families live in Orange County and find out about the ways that you can make a difference in the lives of homeless children in our local community.

Project Hope Alliance provides homeless children with the unique tools and opportunities they need including housing, educational support and family stability, to end the cycle of homelessness. They serve over 400 children attending 39 schools in 21 cities throughout Orange County.

Project Hope Alliance is resolved to end homelessness for 500 children in Orange County in 2014.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Where to Donate Halloween Candy in OC

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Where to Donate Halloween Candy in OC

Happy Halloween! I am sure many of us will be experiencing a candy hangover tomorrow morning with our kiddos, so if you are anxious to get the junk out of your house, here are some ideas on where to donate Halloween candy in OC…

Cash for Candy at Little Smiles 

Little Smiles Cash for Candy OC For the 2nd year, Drs. Harvey Lee and Laura McCormack of Little Smiles of Orange County, an Irvine-based pediatric dental practice will pay $1 per pound for kids’ candy (up to $20 per family) on Friday, November 1st  from the hours of 9am – 5pm.

Every child will also be entered into a raffle to win a membership to Pretend City Children’s Museum and will receive a healthy goodie bag to take home.

The collected candy will be shipped to the troops overseas in partnership with Operation Gratitude.

4980 Barranca Pkwy, Suite 101
Irvine, CA

Wahoo! for Wahoo’s Crummy Candy Program!

Wahoo's Crummy Candy Program 2013

We love Wahoo’s. One of my favorite places to take my girls to eat. From November 1st – 3rd, 2013 you can bring in a bag of your crummy Halloween candy and kids 12 years and under can get one free kid’s meal per child with parent. Print the coupon above and head on it to your favorite Wahoo’s location.

Halloween Candy Buy Back

Halloween Candy BuyBack

If Irvine is not in your neck of the woods, visit and you can search by zip code to find a participating dentist near you who is accepting Halloween candy donations to send to the troops.

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6 Easy Service Projects To Do With Your Kids

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Service Project Ideas to Do With Your Kids

I am a firm believer in teaching my kids the importance of serving others…giving back and thinking about something bigger than themselves.  So here are 6 easy  service project ideas to do with your kids!

1. Decorate Cards for a Local Nursing Home

Spread some cheer to a local nursing home, hospital, or assisted living care home…have your kiddos make cards or pictures with stickers, glitter, crayons…wherever your kid’s creativity takes them.  It can be “just because,” or  themed toward the next holiday on the calendar.

Then, have your kids come with you to deliver them.  And watch the smiles spread…

2. Send Letters to Our Troops

While you are decorating cards, how about making some for our troops?  There is a service called, “A Million Thanks,” that is designed to show our appreciation for our U.S. military men and women

Have your kids create pictures, color cards, write notes of thanks…whatever you want…as a thank you to our troops.  Make them generic…”A Million Thanks”  actually delivers your cards and letters to our military for you – active, reserve, and veterans!

This is a great way to continue to teach your kids about the importance of freedom, and respecting and appreciating the men and women who protect it everyday.

Click here to learn more…and find the nearest letter drop-off site for your cards.

3. Set up a Hot Chocolate and Cookie Stand 

Summer may be over, but it’s not too late to set up a hot chocolate stand.  Make a batch of hot chocolate or warm apple cider (yum!), bake something delicious (I love cookies because they’re simple and easy to bake in bulk), and collect your tips.  

Once the goodies are gone…or your kids poop out…count out the money together and let your kids decide who to give it to. It can be a charity, a cause you believe in, your school, your church…whatever is important to you and your family.  

4. Donate Old Clothes, Toys and Shoes

This is one of my favorites.  As moms, we are constantly on the lookout for too small clothing, toys that aren’t played with, and honestly, how to get rid of so much kid clutter, right?  Instead of being stealthy and waiting until your kids go to school, or go to sleep to bag up items, ask your kids to pick five things each they would like to give to another little boy or girl who needs it.

The key here is to let them pick.  I explain to my kids that we are choosing clothes and toys to share with other children that need them.  My son can fill his bag in three seconds, easily parting with five toys or trinkets.  My daughter goes to her room and quietly assesses everything she owns, and it may take her up to an hour to pick her five things.

But they both take ownership in the process. I have them help me bag everything up to go to whatever toy/clothing drive or donation drop-off location we are giving to. So they can see where it’s actually going and how they are helping others.

5. Collect Canned Foods for a Local Food Bank

This is a simple way to give back…by collecting canned foods at the grocery store or in your own pantry.  You can make this as elaborate (organizing a larger canned food drive among your school class, activity group, club, neighborhood street, etc.), or simply keeping it to you and your kids.  

Once you decide your canned drive is complete, pick a charity or food pantry to give your cans to.  Have the kids come with you for drop off.  Simple and effective.   Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County is a great organization helping to feed those that are hungry, right in our own backyard.

6. Gather Old, Worn Out Blankets and Towels

Animal shelters and vets are constantly looking for old towel and blanket donations for their furry friends.  This is a super easy project to do with your kids.  Gather up your blanket/towel donations, bag them, and take your kids with you to deliver them.  Explain that they are helping keep animals warm and cozy!

More Ideas…

– Check out for local family service project ideas to do with your kids and youth volunteering options.

Do you have a favorite service project or idea that you like to do with your kids?  If so, please share below!

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beach bootcamp benefiting LLS

My friend Angela, owner of the popular fitbook by fitlosophy, lost her mom recently to a vicious form of leukemia just 18 days after she was diagnosed. 18 days. I truly can’t imagine the depth of devastation.

To honor her momma’s memory and raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), she has joined their team in training (TNT) to run the Nike Women’s Half Marathon with a goal to raise $50,000.

And I know she can do it.

How can you help?


Make a donation to her fitbook team HERE. Any amount helps, but if it is a donation of $56+ (the age her mom was when she lost her life), she will send you a free fitbook TNT as a thank you.

Attend Her Beach Bootcamp!

Angela is hosting a special Beach Bootcamp benefiting LLS coming up on Saturday, September 7th, 2013 in Corona del Mar at 8am. I have done one of Angela’s bootcamps before and they ROCK. It is so much fun to be on the beach early in the morning getting a great workout in for a great cause.

My husband and I are going to do it – can you join us?!

To sign up, click HERE, then make a tax deductible donation of $50 to her TNT page. In the notes write “Bootcamp.” Your donation will get you an awesome workout, free fitbook TNT ($24.95 value) and free ritual cleanse samples to recover.

Support fitbook TNT

Support LLS and track your progress with her new fitbook TNT. Track your fitness progress and goals and feel good knowing 20% of the proceeds are donated to LLS in memory of Angela’s momma.

fitbook TNT

Join the fitbook team!

Want to run with the fitbook team? You can run any race from anywhere in the country. Just sign-up with team in training and select corporate team “fitbook” when you sign up.

I hope you will help me in supporting LLS and follow Angela’s #run4momma. It is inspiriting to watch how such a devastating event can be used to raise awareness and money to fight blood cancers.

You are an inspiration, Angela, I will be rooting you on every step of the way!

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I am so in love with this new company I can’t even stand it.

VeryMeri is a website inspiring children to express themselves through art while helping kids who are less fortunate at the same time.

Through the website, kids’ ideas, designs and artwork are shared with their online community, voted on, with winners made into one-of-a-kind lifestyle products and apparel for children and adults.

The Junior Designers will receive a portion of the net sales and have the opportunity to select a children’s charity of their choice to support.

There are several reasons why I am obsessed with VeryMeri:

I love a company that inspires young entrepreneurs, I love creative opportunities for kids, I love kids helping kids, and I love this t-shirt.

Don’t you already feel inspired just looking at it?

Click here to buy for your world changers. Yes, we can sisters!

Visit for more information on their design challenges, how to submit your children’s work and to shop. LOVE. Please share.

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