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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 OneOC.org for local family service project ideas to do with your kids and youth volunteering options.

- Volunteermatch.org

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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Sweat with Me for a Cause!

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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?

Donate

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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you. create. change.

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

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Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to share my favorite finds for unique Mother’s Day gifts. Isn’t it remarkable how after becoming a mother, you instantly appreciate your own mother that much more? Because if anyone deserves something special, it’s definitely mom!

Here are some of my favorite unique Mother’s Day gift ideas…

Mother & Daughter Letter Book

In a world filled with emails, texts and facebook messages, the gift of a hand written letter is more meaningful than ever before. I love this mother daughter letter book because along with the set of 40 cards and envelopes, it also includes hundreds of inspirational ideas that encourage you to share tidbits about your life that you may not have thought to include. It’s a perfect gift for any mom, especially one that you may not get to see everyday. $38

Morse Code Necklaces

How cool are these morse code necklaces by jewelry studio COATT? The dots and dashes make up a word of your choice such as “Love”, “Luck” or, “Mom”. Necklaces are available in three different lengths and six different colors. Also offered as a bracelet. I’m totally hooked! $80

Plan a Picnic Date

I’ve always loved to give (or receive) an experience rather than a material gift. With this Rattan Picnic Basket from Pottery Barn you can do both. Fill this picnic basket with your mom’s favorite goodies and head off on a picnic date. If you need some ideas on what to pack, check out our Tiny Oranges summer picnic board on pinterest. $89

The Gift of Cozy

Do you want to let the special mom in your life know she deserves to kick back and relax? These pajamas from The Marigot Collection are the perfect way to do it. The line offers luxury cotton and cashmere options. I’d happily spend my Sunday mornings lounging around in any of these pretty prints. $120

Something to Make Her Laugh

Last but not least, there’s nothing better than giving your mom a chuckle and I guarantee this funny mug will make her smile! $14

What do you think, would you like to give or receive any of these? Do you have any Mother’s Day plans or traditions you’d like to share? I’d love to hear them.

 

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Macy’s Believe Campaign 2012

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The Macy’s Believe Campaign 2012 is making wishes come true this holiday season with our help. This is one of my favorite holiday traditions for kids.

Every year I bring my girls to mail their Santa letters at Macy’s in their magical oversized red Santa mailbox. For every letter Macy’s receives, it will donate $1 to the  Make-a-Wish Foundation up to $1 million dollars, and if you mail it on National Believe Day 2012, which this year will be on Friday, 12/14, they will double their donation!

Here is how it works:

1. Write a stamped letter to Santa and address it to “Santa at the North Pole.” Click here if you want to create a letter on the Macy’s site (so cute!) You can also write your letter at the store, as they have stationery there. Just remember your stamps!

2. Go to Macy’s and find Santa’s mailbox to drop it in. Click here to locate a Santa’s mailbox at a Macy’s near you.

3. Macy’s will deliver them to the post office to mail to Santa.

And here is a little video of my girls mailing their letters last year at the Macy’s in Fashion Island. Such a fun Christmas outing for kids! I seriously love this Macy’s Believe Campaign.

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