50 Gifts that give back 2020

With Thanksgiving behind us, the holiday shopping season has officially begun, and with it, we have #GivingTuesday. Each year, I publish a list of gifts that give back to those in need.

I always keep the previous year’s list and

add 10 new companies.

This year, we have 50 companies!

I have gone through the list to check links and see if the companies are still active. A few changes were necessary, and I’ve compensated for a few losses. If you have one to add, please do so in the comment section, with a link and description! Thank you!


Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Yule (the pagan celebration of the winter solstice), this is the season for giving. It is my hope to help people get past the hustle and bustle, the decorating, the baking, annual holiday Letter, and get to the heart of the reason for the season: love of others, and giving to others.

What better way to do that than give a gift that gives back to those less fortunate?

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It all began about 7 years ago when I worked for a local Credit Union. Part of my job there was to write their blog. Every year at this time, I would post my annual list of GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK: a list of organizations that sell items with one great bonus, with every purchase, something is donated to those less fortunate. I missed doing this, and decided to get back to it. I post a list of some of my favorite gifts that give back. If you are a regular follower of my blog, you’ll know that one of my favorite things to do is highlight non-profit organizations. So, it seemed natural to include this list each year. (I’ll also post a link to this list on my sidebar, so you can access it quickly, should you need to.)

This year,  I have a list of 40 different organizations. If you have an organization not on the list, PLEASE feel free to post a link in the comments, along with a description, for everyone to see. THANKS

ON TO THIS YEAR’S LIST!

Everybody by Dutton Farm

Everybody employs people with developmental disabilities,

“Over the last several years, Everybody Inc has employed 15 people and provided over 8,000 hours of employment.   These hours of employment that Everybody has created equate to financial freedom and independence, buying power, dignity, and economic stimulation in our local community.  Most of all, the impact of our brand brings equality and respect to individuals with developmental disabilities.”

Autism Speaks

“Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.”

GlobeIn

GlobIn is a monthly subscription box service.

“We started GlobeIn with the vision that there are millions of people working really hard around the world producing great products that are both beautiful and practical.”

“GlobeIn is a purpose-driven company growing in parallel with entrepreneurial artisan partners from around the world with the aim of enriching individuals and their communities. We are devoted to transparent business practices, equitable and sustainable partnerships, and respect for cultural continuity. We strive to connect conscious consumers with delightful products and the talented artisans who make them, thereby strengthening the bonds of our global community.”

Cause Box

Cause Box is a quarterly subscription box service

“We’re committed to supporting small scale makers and artisans as a way to end poverty and protect the planet. We are passionate about women’s empowerment and creating opportunities for marginalized and disadvantaged populations.”

Earth Love

Earth Love is a quarterly subscription box service

“Every box supports a cause voted by the Earthlove community. We partner with environmental non-profits each season who protect our ecosystems.”

Best Friends Animal Society

“The mission of Best Friends Animal Society is to bring about a time when there are No More Homeless Pets.  We believe that by working together we can Save Them All”

The Noonday Collection

Keeping Families Together

“In many places around the world, children are orphaned or abandoned because of poverty. We believe that no parent should have to make the devastating choice to give up a child because they cannot afford to care for them. By partnering with local Artisan Businesses in vulnerable communities, we help families earn stable, dignified incomes that allow them to keep their families together.”

Crave Naturals

A portion of every purchase is donated to WIGS FOR KIDS.

Wigs for Kids is a non-profit organization that provides hair replacement pieces for kids that have lost their hair due to cancer, alopecia, burns, etc. This organization is very dear to our hearts and we are so grateful to connect with you and be part of this movement, together. 

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Illusion Photography

A portion of the proceeds from every purchase are donated to Living Heart Peru.

“Living Heart is a charity that is near and dear to our hearts.  Having traveled out to Peru in 2017, it is our goal to bring color to the lives of children living in some of the most impoverished and remote areas of Peru.  For every sale made on IllusionPhotograph.com, a percentage of each sale will be donated back to Living Heart

Adventurist Backpack Company

For every backpack purchased, 25 meals are provided to families in need across the U.S.

“There is more food produced on the planet than can be eaten. At the end of each harvest, there are farmers around the world that have to throw away their excess produce that isn’t purchased by major supermarket chains or restaurants. Through Feeding America, Adventurist buys this excess food in bulk from farmers across the U.S. and then distributes it to food banks in each state, helping to reduce the food waste in our country, support local farmers, and provide nutrition for families in need.

We work alongside the leading, national hunger non-profit Feeding America, to help provide meals to families across the U.S. This includes donations to over 200 food banks nationwide (such as Food Bank of the Rockies, Utah Food Bank, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, and many more), helping to reduce the number of families affected by malnutrition and starvation.”

One Hope Wine

“ONE HOPE was founded by eight friends with a lofty vision: to create exceptional products that inspire people to indulge while doing good. Our commitment to quality wine is as important as our commitment to the causes we support. To date we have made nearly $5 million in donations, planted 105,172 trees, helped 65,267 pets to find a forever home, helped provide 2,758,428 meals for children, and delivered 190,802 vaccines to end Neglected Tropical Diseases.” ~ One Hope Wine

OneGrid Candles

Every candle purchase delivers a solar light to a person living without electricity in a rural part of the world.” ~ OneGrid Candles

Able

“ABLE is an ethical fashion brand that employs and empowers women as a solution to end poverty. We’re deeply devoted to quality – both in the products we make and the quality of life we aim to provide. We invest in, train, and educate women so they can earn a living, break the cycle of poverty, and thrive.” ~ Able

Taste of Immokalee

“Farm-fresh ingredients are used to create great tasting salsa and sauces. Profits from the sale of our products are used to alleviate the extreme poverty in our hometown of Immokalee, Florida.”

Working with business mentors in both classroom and field settings, our youth entrepreneurship program gives students from Immokalee and Naples real-world business experience.

Students learn to solve problems and make a positive impact in their world. 100% of the profits are returned to Immokalee, changing the lives of our students, their families, and the community.”

“Taste of Immokalee products meet the highest quality standards and align with the growing demand for products that are low calorie, low or no fat, and cholesterol free. When you purchase our specialty items, you’re getting far more than great-tasting, healthy products. You’re also helping to break the cycle of poverty in Immokalee and create a bright future for our students.” ~ Taste of Immokalee


Gifts for Good

“Our gifts support the work of over 40 nonprofits and social enterprises in 19 states and 65 countries around the globe—in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, North America, & Europe.” ~ Gifts for Good

Feed Projects

“FEED is an impact driven lifestyle brand with an enduring principle at the heart of what we do—that people’s choices of what to buy and wear have the power to change the world. We offer meaningful ways for you to make a difference, from the bags you carry, to the places you gather, to the meals you share.

Hunger is a daily reality for approximately 795 million people, and one of the most effective solution to combat this crisis is school feeding. With every product we sell, we provide school meals to the most vulnerable communities across the globe, through on-the-ground partners.” ~ Feed Projects

Krochet Kids

“Our products, our non-profit partners, and our community work in unison to help people break the cycle of poverty.

We provide life-changing job opportunities to women in need. With each purchase you make we introduce you to the woman who made your product and invite you to visit her online profile to learn more about her.” ~ Krochet Kids

Me to We

“ME to WE Artisans was created in 2010, to connect women in Kenya’s Maasai Mara to a wider market and a fair wage for their beautiful, traditional beadwork. Nearly a decade later, we now work with over 1,800 extraordinary makers in Kenya and Ecuador, from artisans to leatherworkers and cacao farmers, who we’re honored to call not just partners, but friends—skilled entrepreneurs who are leading their families and communities to a bright future.

Each ME to WE product gives back to these same families and communities in one of five ways—helping provide education, clean water, health care, food security and financial opportunity. When you give a ME to WE gift, you’re part of something so much bigger than a simple gesture. You’re part of a sustainable cycle of good. And through our Track Your Impact promise, you get to see where and how you changed lives, with stories about the people and places behind every purchase.” ~ Me to We

Detroit Friends Potato Chips

“Once upon a time the Hope District bustled with work that created wealth, dignity, and optimism. Residents and workers were warned that these economic boom times were threatened by global competition and complacency but they did not take heed. Because of that, things began to decline. Consequently, residents and workers lost wealth, dignity, and optimism. Until one day our community came together and created Detroit  Friends Potato Chips food product as a way to add new purpose to vacant lots inside of the Hope District which in turn created opportunities for new employment that has created wealth, work, and helped to regain our dignity.

 Some of the potatoes for these were born on a vacant lot in Detroit’s Hope District. They were nursed is our soup kitchen for mentally and physically challenged. They are made by community activists in an effort  to bring work, hope and dignity to our vulnerable community. Some proceeds go to maintain the soup Kitchen and to create other financially sustainable grassroots projects.” ~ Detroit Friends Potato Chips

Hand in Hand Soap

In 2011, we stumbled upon an article stating 5 million children die each year from water related illnesses. After some research, we learned that 45% of these deaths could be prevented with simple hand washing alone. We decided to create a household product that could also save lives and Hand in Hand Soap was born!

To us, finding the right non-profit to partner was about working with an established organization,  with people we liked and trusted. We found the perfect match with world-wide child advocacy group, My Neighbor’s Children. Through them we focus our donations in Haiti because they have been working there for the past 25 years & understand where the need is greatest. ” Hand in Hand Soap

For every bar purchased, Hand in Hand donates one bar of soap and one month of clean water to children in Haiti.

Yoobi

WHAT WE GIVE:

THE YOOBI CLASSROOM PACK:

“We determined the most fundamental tools to support learning and creativity, and we identified which items teachers are most likely to buy for their classrooms out of their own pocket. We then made special Yoobi school supplies and boxed them up to create a Yoobi classroom pack.”

Dopper water bottle

“For each bottle sold, Dopper gives 5% of the sales to both water and sanitation projects, helping to increase access to clean drinking water”

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Packed with Purpose

From the founder:

A few years ago, I discovered a way to embed the act of doing good into the gifts we give. Packed with Purpose was born out of my desire to create social impact while recognizing the importance of gifting in fostering meaningful relationships.

My experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer and social impact consultant inspired me to create these gifts that give back.

Our gifts create deep societal impact through the everyday act of gift-giving, delighting gift givers and recipients alike. From empowering women in need of a second chance to supporting sustainability efforts, our gifts help transform lives, enrich communities, and preserve the environment.            

Whether you’re looking for gifts for business clients, employees or friends, I hope our gifts leave you feeling more inspired than ever.      

Together, we can create more impact.

With Gratitude,

— Leeatt Rothschild

Good Spread Honey Peanut Butter

” When you buy a jar of Good Spread, you send a treatment of MANA Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food to a malnourished child. We believe that the collective action of socially conscious consumers can put a dent in global malnutrition. “

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Sprout Plantable Pencils

“Plants from pencils? That’s right – once you’ve finished with your Sprout pencil, plant it and watch it grow into fragrant herbs, luscious flowers or even fresh vegetables.”

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Love Your Melon

“…donates 50% of the profits to support pediatric cancer research and families affected by cancer.”

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Lula’s Garden

“…supports organizations that help improve lives around the world by providing access to safe water.”

State.com

“For every STATE bag purchased, STATE hand-delivers a backpack – packed with essential tools for success –

to an American child in need.”

Cuddle + Kind

“…for every doll sold, cuddle+kind gives 10 meals to children in need.”

Thistle Farms

“…HEALS, EMPOWERS, AND EMPLOYS women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction.”

Better World Books

…Will donate one book to someone in need, for every book sold.

To The Market

“…promotes and sells items made by survivors of abuse, conflict or disease from around the world. “

LTSN

” Proceeds from sales of all LSTN products go towards giving hearing aids to people in need worldwide through our charity partner,

Starkey Hearing Foundation.”

Found My Animal

…supports animal adoptions over purchase. Donates profits to animal rescue organizations around the country.”

Every Mother Counts

“…make pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere.  The Orange Rose is a powerful reminder that safer motherhood is possible. It represents a beautiful, vibrant and strong life, like that of a mother who has been supported through pregnancy and childbirth.

Learn more at everymothercounts.org

 

Grounds and Hounds

“20% of all proceeds received by Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. will be donated to our rescue partner located closest to you.”

Bombas Socks

“… is built from the ground up around the idea of sock donations. The more socks we sell, the more we donate. And as we grow, our giving and community efforts will continue to grow right alongside us.

One pair purchased = One pair donated.”

3rd Eye View

” Besides selling glasses and sunglasses, the company collaborates with community partners to provide local vision screenings, eye exams and new eyewear to anyone in need

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Red.org

“….partners with the world’s most iconic brands that contribute up to 50% of profits from (RED)-branded goods and services to the Global Fund [to help fight AIDS.]”

The Starling Project

“…provides solar energy to communities in need around the world.”

Faucet Face

“…donates a portion of their profits to help residents of a rural Indian village have access to clean drinking water.”

Global Goods Partners

“…is dedicated to empowering women to become economically independent by selling handmade goods.”

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Hiptipico

“… is an ethical fashion brand based in Panajachel, Guatemala showcasing Maya artisans and their handmade creations. Every Hiptipico item is thoughtfully handcrafted by indigenous communities, using high-quality sustainable materials….When you shop with Hiptipico, you know the authentic story of the artisan who made your product and the traditional technique and materials used to craft it. Through this dignified job opportunity, Maya artisans partner with Hiptipico to lift themselves out of poverty while doing something they love.”

Out of Print Clothing

“Purchases of Out of Print products help fund literacy programs and book donations for communities in need.”

Toms

 “For every $3 we make, we give $1 away

As the original One for One® company, our community has given almost 100 million shoes to people in need. And while shoes can have a big impact, 13 years of using business to improve lives has taught us that giving shoes and grants can have an even bigger impact. So, moving forward, TOMS will dedicate at least one-third of our net annual profits to a giving fund managed by our very own Giving Team. We’ll then distribute shoes and grants according to an annual investment plan that reflects the needs of the organizations we partner with, as well as the causes you care about most.”

Bloom and Give

“…donates 50% of the profits to help fund programs that send girls [in India] to school”

Love 41

100% of proceeds go to fund Africa New Life Ministries, to help those affected by Rwandan Genocide, as well as the following organizations:

  • Africa New Life Dream Day Care (free daycare for those attending training for sewing or beauty school in Rwanda)
  • Africa New Life Women’s Center Vocational School (sewing and beauty school for widows, single parents and women in severe poverty to gain a skill to make money to support for their families)
  • Child sponsorship for orphans and street kids in Rwanda
  • Leonsito’s Day Care in Mexico (free day care for single parents and low income families)
  • After school program in Leon,Mexico to help school children with their homework and teach English
  • Scholarships for Bible education for orphans, abandoned children and children in great need

Fire Department Coffee

A portion of every sale is donated to Firefighter and military charities.

Sudara

“…is a Certified Benefit Corporation that exists to advocate on behalf of and empower women who have escaped from, or at the highest risk of, human trafficking by providing dignified employment opportunities. “

United By Blue

“For every product sold, United By Blue removes one pound of trash from our world’s oceans and waterways.”

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That’s all for this year.

Remember:

This is just a handful of organizations

who give back to the world.

If you have an organization

not on the list,

PLEASE feel free to post a link

in the comments,

along with a description,

for everyone to see.

THANKS!

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The Wellness Mindset ~ Social Wellness: How you can help Australia…where to donate!

 

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photo source: USATODAY.COM

We have all watched the news stories and seen videos and photos of the wild fires that are devastating Australia right now. We sit back and feel helpless as homes burn, peoples lives are lost or endangered and most of all, millions of innocent animals lives are lost.

Here are some statistics:

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  • 480 million animals have died as a result of the fires
  • 30% of New South Wales koalas killed
  • 28 people are missing in Victoria
  • Over $50 million a day lost.
  • 11.3 million acres destroyed, an area larger than the Netherlands.
  • 2,500 buildings destroyed
  • Air pollution in Sydney makes breathing equivalent to smoking 37 cigarettes.

How you can help

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Unless we’re firefighters, it’s likely we can’t go down and help directly. However, there are ways to help from a distance. Almost all organizations are asking for financial donations, instead of goods, or physical items. This is because of the difficulty and time needed to organize and disperse physical goods. Monetary donations are much easier, because they can be given directly to those in need who decide for themselves what is needed. Here’s some places to keep in mind if you’re thinking of donating.

  • Donate directly to fire departments in Victoria and New South Wales: www.cfa.vic.gov.au These are the states hardest hit by the fires.
  • Victorian Government: They have established a partnership with Bendigo Bank and The Salvation Army, which assists affected families and communities. Visit this site for more details  vic.gov.au/bushfireappeal.
  • Australian Red Cross  18,600 people affected by the fires, have been helped by the Australian Red Cross. For more information and how you can help visit their website at redcross.org.au.
  • Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal: This is an Australian non-profit that raises funds and issues grants to rural and regional communities for disaster relief projects. Visit this site for more information: frrr.org.au
  • Salvation Army Australia: Financial donations are being requested, instead of physical goods. Donate HERE.
  • St. Vincent de Paul: This Catholic organization currently has more than 60,000 members and volunteers in Australia, helping those in need. How is donated money dispersed? $50 (about $35 American dollars) can provide food for a displaced family; $150 can help stave off bills; and $300 can help clothe a fleeing family that had to leave behind their belongings. Follow this link to donate to the bush fire appeal
  • WIRES: This organization, based in New South Wales, is the Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc., and are Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organization.  Donations to this organization will go to help wildlife affected by the fires. . Learn more at wires.org.au.
  • Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital: This hospital is owned and run by the family of famed wildlife conservationist and “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin. They are taking in many animals affected by the fires. Donate at azwh.blackbaud-sites.com.
  • RSPCA Australia: The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Australia, is the nation’s leading animal welfare charity. Donations will help fund the rescue and treatment of animals affected by the fires. For more information, visit their website HERE.
  • World Wildlife Fund Australia: Donations to the Australian chapter of the international wildlife conservation organization will help care for injured wildlife. Also, the organization plans to plant 10,000 native trees in critical koala habitat, once the fires have cleared. Donate at donate.wwf.org.au.

Closing thoughts

Doing good Is Good, it also makes you Feel Good!

Remember, part of social wellness is remembering that what affects one part of society affects all of us. We are all on this planet and in this life together. Helping other people in need, helps all of us.

Until next time…Namaste my friends

Tamara

Sources:

  1. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2020/01/03/australia-fires-map-animals-evacuations/2803057001/
  2. https://cleantechnica.com/2020/01/04/some-stunning-perspective-on-the-australian-fires/
  3. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/01/07/australia-fires-how-to-help-donate-victims-animals/2832145001/
  4. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/06/world/australia/help-australia-fires.html

The Wellness Mindset~ Social Wellness: 40 Gifts that give back 2019

With Thanksgiving behind us, the holiday shopping season has officially begun, and with it, we have #GivingTuesday. Each year, I publish a list of gifts that give back to those in need.

I always keep the previous year’s list and add 10 new companies. This year, we have 40! I have gone through the list to check links and see if the companies are still active. A few changes were necessary, and I’ve compensated for a few losses. If you have one to add, please do so in the comment section, with a link and description! Thank you!


Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Yule (the pagan celebration of the winter solstice), this is the season for giving. It is my hope to help people get past the hustle and bustle, the decorating, the baking, annual holiday Letter, and get to the heart of the reason for the season: love of others, and giving to others.

What better way to do that than give a gift that gives back to those less fortunate?

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It all began about 6 years ago when I worked for a local Credit Union. Part of my job there was to write their blog. Every year at this time, I would post my annual list of GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK: a list of organizations that sell items with one great bonus, with every purchase, something is donated to those less fortunate. I missed doing this, and decided to get back to it. I post a list of some of my favorite gifts that give back. If you are a regular follower of my blog, you’ll know that one of my favorite things to do is highlight non-profit organizations. So, it seemed natural to include this list each year. (I’ll also post a link to this list on my sidebar, so you can access it quickly, should you need to.)

This year,  I have a list of 40 different organizations. If you have an organization not on the list, PLEASE feel free to post a link in the comments, along with a description, for everyone to see. THANKS

ONTO THIS YEAR’S LIST!

One Hope Wine

“ONE HOPE was founded by eight friends with a lofty vision: to create exceptional products that inspire people to indulge while doing good. Our commitment to quality wine is as important as our commitment to the causes we support. To date we have made nearly $5 million in donations, planted 105,172 trees, helped 65,267 pets to find a forever home, helped provide 2,758,428 meals for children, and delivered 190,802 vaccines to end Neglected Tropical Diseases.” ~ One Hope Wine

OneGrid Candles

Every candle purchase delivers a solar light to a person living without electricity in a rural part of the world.” ~ OneGrid Candles

Able

“ABLE is an ethical fashion brand that employs and empowers women as a solution to end poverty. We’re deeply devoted to quality – both in the products we make and the quality of life we aim to provide. We invest in, train, and educate women so they can earn a living, break the cycle of poverty, and thrive.” ~ Able

Taste of Immokalee

“Farm-fresh ingredients are used to create great tasting salsa and sauces. Profits from the sale of our products are used to alleviate the extreme poverty in our hometown of Immokalee, Florida.”

Working with business mentors in both classroom and field settings, our youth entrepreneurship program gives students from Immokalee and Naples real-world business experience.

Students learn to solve problems and make a positive impact in their world. 100% of the profits are returned to Immokalee, changing the lives of our students, their families, and the community.”

“Taste of Immokalee products meet the highest quality standards and align with the growing demand for products that are low calorie, low or no fat, and cholesterol free. When you purchase our specialty items, you’re getting far more than great-tasting, healthy products. You’re also helping to break the cycle of poverty in Immokalee and create a bright future for our students.” ~ Taste of Immokalee


Gifts for Good

“Our gifts support the work of over 40 nonprofits and social enterprises in 19 states and 65 countries around the globe—in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, North America, & Europe.” ~ Gifts for Good

Feed Projects

“FEED is an impact driven lifestyle brand with an enduring principle at the heart of what we do—that people’s choices of what to buy and wear have the power to change the world. We offer meaningful ways for you to make a difference, from the bags you carry, to the places you gather, to the meals you share.

Hunger is a daily reality for approximately 795 million people, and one of the most effective solution to combat this crisis is school feeding. With every product we sell, we provide school meals to the most vulnerable communities across the globe, through on-the-ground partners.” ~ Feed Projects

Krochet Kids

“Our products, our non-profit partners, and our community work in unison to help people break the cycle of poverty.

We provide life-changing job opportunities to women in need. With each purchase you make we introduce you to the woman who made your product and invite you to visit her online profile to learn more about her.” ~ Krochet Kids

Me to We

“ME to WE Artisans was created in 2010, to connect women in Kenya’s Maasai Mara to a wider market and a fair wage for their beautiful, traditional beadwork. Nearly a decade later, we now work with over 1,800 extraordinary makers in Kenya and Ecuador, from artisans to leatherworkers and cacao farmers, who we’re honored to call not just partners, but friends—skilled entrepreneurs who are leading their families and communities to a bright future.

Each ME to WE product gives back to these same families and communities in one of five ways—helping provide education, clean water, health care, food security and financial opportunity. When you give a ME to WE gift, you’re part of something so much bigger than a simple gesture. You’re part of a sustainable cycle of good. And through our Track Your Impact promise, you get to see where and how you changed lives, with stories about the people and places behind every purchase.” ~ Me to We

Detroit Friends Potato Chips

“Once upon a time the Hope District bustled with work that created wealth, dignity, and optimism. Residents and workers were warned that these economic boom times were threatened by global competition and complacency but they did not take heed. Because of that, things began to decline. Consequently, residents and workers lost wealth, dignity, and optimism. Until one day our community came together and created Detroit  Friends Potato Chips food product as a way to add new purpose to vacant lots inside of the Hope District which in turn created opportunities for new employment that has created wealth, work, and helped to regain our dignity.

 Some of the potatoes for these were born on a vacant lot in Detroit’s Hope District. They were nursed is our soup kitchen for mentally and physically challenged. They are made by community activists in an effort  to bring work, hope and dignity to our vulnerable community. Some proceeds go to maintain the soup Kitchen and to create other financially sustainable grassroots projects.” ~ Detroit Friends Potato Chips

Hand in Hand Soap

In 2011, we stumbled upon an article stating 5 million children die each year from water related illnesses. After some research, we learned that 45% of these deaths could be prevented with simple hand washing alone. We decided to create a household product that could also save lives and Hand in Hand Soap was born!

To us, finding the right non-profit to partner was about working with an established organization,  with people we liked and trusted. We found the perfect match with world-wide child advocacy group, My Neighbor’s Children. Through them we focus our donations in Haiti because they have been working there for the past 25 years & understand where the need is greatest. ” Hand in Hand Soap

For every bar purchased, Hand in Hand donates one bar of soap and one month of clean water to children in Haiti.

Yoobi

WHAT WE GIVE:

THE YOOBI CLASSROOM PACK:

“We determined the most fundamental tools to support learning and creativity, and we identified which items teachers are most likely to buy for their classrooms out of their own pocket. We then made special Yoobi school supplies and boxed them up to create a Yoobi classroom pack.”

Dopper water bottle

“For each bottle sold, Dopper gives 5% of the sales to both water and sanitation projects, helping to increase access to clean drinking water”

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Net Effect Traders

“NET Effects is an international team of high energy entrepreneurial women who share a vision to bring fun, fabulously designed, carefully crafted, fashion conscious handbags and totes to savvy shoppers and international markets.

At the same time NET Effects champions sustainable and positive change for the disenfranchised of Cambodia. Through our fair trade socially conscious business we are providing quality training, great work environments, good wages, dignity and economic freedom.

We hope you share in our vision to break the cycle of poverty in a brutal environment by supporting these women and the beautiful and unique bags they have created.”

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Good Spread Honey Peanut Butter

” When you buy a jar of Good Spread, you send a treatment of MANA Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food to a malnourished child. We believe that the collective action of socially conscious consumers can put a dent in global malnutrition. “

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Sprout Plantable Pencils

“Plants from pencils? That’s right – once you’ve finished with your Sprout pencil, plant it and watch it grow into fragrant herbs, luscious flowers or even fresh vegetables.”

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Love Your Melon

“…donates 50% of the profits to support pediatric cancer research and families affected by cancer.”

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Lula’s Garden

“…supports organizations that help improve lives around the world by providing access to safe water.”

State.com

“For every STATE bag purchased, STATE hand-delivers a backpack – packed with essential tools for success –

to an American child in need.”

Cuddle + Kind

“…for every doll sold, cuddle+kind gives 10 meals to children in need.”

Thistle Farms

“…HEALS, EMPOWERS, AND EMPLOYS women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction.”

Better World Books

…Will donate one book to someone in need, for every book sold.

To The Market

“…promotes and sells items made by survivors of abuse, conflict or disease from around the world. “

LTSN

” Proceeds from sales of all LSTN products go towards giving hearing aids to people in need worldwide through our charity partner,

Starkey Hearing Foundation.”

Found My Animal

…supports animal adoptions over purchase. Donates profits to animal rescue organizations around the country.”

Every Mother Counts

“…make pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere.  The Orange Rose is a powerful reminder that safer motherhood is possible. It represents a beautiful, vibrant and strong life, like that of a mother who has been supported through pregnancy and childbirth.

Learn more at everymothercounts.org

 

Grounds and Hounds

“20% of all proceeds received by Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. will be donated to our rescue partner located closest to you.”

Bombas Socks

“… is built from the ground up around the idea of sock donations. The more socks we sell, the more we donate. And as we grow, our giving and community efforts will continue to grow right alongside us.

One pair purchased = One pair donated.”

Cheeky Home

“…creates modern mealtime solutions with a
witty spirit to help end hunger in the U.S. … For every item sold, one meal will be provided in partnership with Feeding America and No Kid Hungry

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Red.org

“….partners with the world’s most iconic brands that contribute up to 50% of profits from (RED)-branded goods and services to the Global Fund [to help fight AIDS.]”

The Starling Project

“…provides solar energy to communities in need around the world.”

Faucet Face

“…donates a portion of their profits to help residents of a rural Indian village have access to clean drinking water.”

Global Goods Partners

“…is dedicated to empowering women to become economically independent by selling handmade goods.”

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Hiptipico

“… is an ethical fashion brand based in Panajachel, Guatemala showcasing Maya artisans and their handmade creations. Every Hiptipico item is thoughtfully handcrafted by indigenous communities, using high-quality sustainable materials….When you shop with Hiptipico, you know the authentic story of the artisan who made your product and the traditional technique and materials used to craft it. Through this dignified job opportunity, Maya artisans partner with Hiptipico to lift themselves out of poverty while doing something they love.”

Out of Print Clothing

“Purchases of Out of Print products help fund literacy programs and book donations for communities in need.”

Toms

 “For every pair of shoes purchased, Toms gives a pair to someone in need. Toms is also committed to giving a third of its annual net profits away in the form of grants.”

Bloom and Give

“…donates 50% of the profits to help fund programs that send girls [in India] to school”

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100% of proceeds go to fund Africa New Life Ministries, to help those affected by Rwandan Genocide, as well as the following organizations:

  • Africa New Life Dream Day Care (free daycare for those attending training for sewing or beauty school in Rwanda)
  • Africa New Life Women’s Center Vocational School (sewing and beauty school for widows, single parents and women in severe poverty to gain a skill to make money to support for their families)
  • Child sponsorship for orphans and street kids in Rwanda
  • Leonsito’s Day Care in Mexico (free day care for single parents and low income families)
  • After school program in Leon,Mexico to help school children with their homework and teach English
  • Scholarships for Bible education for orphans, abandoned children and children in great need

Fire Department Coffee

A portion of every sale is donated to Firefighter and military charities.

Sudara

“…is a Certified Benefit Corporation that exists to advocate on behalf of and empower women who have escaped from, or at the highest risk of, human trafficking by providing dignified employment opportunities. “

United By Blue

“For every product sold, United By Blue removes one pound of trash from our world’s oceans and waterways.”

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That’s all for this year.

Remember:

This is just a handful of organizations

who give back to the world.

If you have an organization

not on the list,

PLEASE feel free to post a link

in the comments,

along with a description,

for everyone to see.

THANKS!

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Just thought you should know- The Incredible Shrinking Fat Cell: What Really Happens When Body Fat is Burned?

I was doing some research this morning on fat, fat cells and what exactly happens to fat cells when we lose weight. I was pondering some questions, some of which I know from school, but wanted more info, such as:

  • What exactly are fat cells?
  • Why do we have fat cells?
  • How many fat cells do we have?
  • Do we have a set amount of fat cells?
  • Do we gain fat cells?
  • Can we get rid of fat cells? (That was the big one for me)

The simplest answers to all of these question? Basically, fat cells store energy for our body when food is scarce. A healthy adult has between 35-30 billion fat cells. An overweight person has approximately 75 billion fat cells. In extreme cases of severe obesity, the numbers can go as high as 250-300 billion fat cells.

As it turns out, we DO NOT have a set amount. Yes, WE CAN GAIN fat cells…however…(and this is the depressing part) we NEVER LOSE fat cells. As it turns out, they shrink, but, once we gain a fat cell, we’re stuck with it…it never goes away. You see, fat cells die at a rate of about 10% per year, however, they are replaced by an equal number of fat cells, so the number remains constant. If we gain weight, and fat cells are too full, the body creates more. When we lose weight, they shrink, and tell the body they’re empty, which creates cravings for food, causing us to eat and fill them back up. which is why it’s so hard to lose weight and keep it off, once we’ve put it on!

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This was a VERY brief explanation. If you’d like a more in depth explanation, and the exact process of fat burning in the body (including the hormones, enzymes and chemicals involved), see the great article by Tom Venuto, a natural bodybuilder, certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) and a certified personal trainer (CPT).

What Really Happens When Body Fat is Burned?

Follow this link for the main article: The Incredible Shrinking Fat Cell: What Really Happens When Body Fat is Burned?

Just thought you should know…10 Creative Ways to Eat Veggies for Breakfast

I’m an intermittent faster, so I don’t eat breakfast. However, I know most people do. So, inspired by my CRON diet article, I decided to repost this article, which highlights ways to eat veggies for breakfast. You really can’t eat too many vegetables. If my research into caloric restriction taught me anything, it’s the importance of eating LOTS of veggies!


HERE’S THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE

If you’re anything like me, you grew up on cold, processed cereal, milk, toast and maybe orange juice as a standard breakfast. On weekends, maybe we had pancakes or eggs, or went out to eat. Fruit and granola with yogurt or oatmeal is also a popular standby for breakfast. Most people don’t think of eating a lettuce salad or heaping bowl of veggies for breakfast.

But, maybe we should. Calorie for calorie, veggies give you the most “bang for your buck.” Generally, you can eat unlimited amounts of non-starchy veggies every day. They are the most nutrient dense foods we can eat. While low in calories, veggies are also low in net carbohydrates,  high in fiber and power packed with vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, making them an AMAZING way to start the day, to increase your energy, and give your brain a boost, especially if you’re not a morning person.

(…Like me- I HATE mornings!)

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So, other than adding them to omelets, what’s the best way to eat veggies for breakfast? In an effort to include more veggies in my diet, I went searching for breakfast salad recipes to include in my daily meal plan. I thought I’d share what I found with all of you.

Below, you’ll find five breakfast salads and five breakfast bowls, all highlighting veggies as one of the main ingredients. Enjoy and namaste my friends.

Brainy Breakfast Salad

Super Healthy Kids

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 apple
  • 1 TBL raisins
  • 1 TBL Walnuts
  • 1/2 TBL honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

For the complete recipe, FOLLOW THIS LINK.

Avocado Citrus Crunch Salad

with Oat Croutons

and Buttermilk Drizzle

How Sweet Eats

INGREDIENTS:

1 to 2 cups of torn butter lettuce
1 avocado, sliced
1 grapefruit, segmented
1 naval orange, segmented
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced

oat croutons
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
1 1/2 tablespoons sliced almonds
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

black pepper buttermilk drizzle
1/3 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon plain greek yogurt
1/2 tablespoon finely grated parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoons pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt

For the complete recipe, FOLLOW THIS LINK.

Pomegranate Breakfast Salad

with Maple Vinaigrette

and Cinnamon Sugar Croutons

Love Grows Wild

INGREDIENTS:

  • Cinnamon Sugar Croutons:
  • 6 cups cubed Italian bread
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
    Maple Vinaigrette
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste
    Pomegranate Breakfast Salad
  • 6 packed cups baby spinach
  • 12 slices bacon, cooked and crumbed
  • 1 cup whole pecans
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 6 eggs, cooked sunny-side up

For the complete recipe, FOLLOW THIS LINK.

Blueberry Breakfast Salad

This Week for Dinner

INGREDIENTS:

  • Mixed, torn salad greens: 2 pounds
  • Blueberry Vinaigrette: Recipe follows
  • Fresh blueberries: 4 cups
  • Fresh orange sections or canned mandarin oranges, drained: 4 cups
  • Granola : 2 cups

BLUEBERRY VINAIGRETTE

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons minced shallot
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika

For the complete recipe, FOLLOW THIS LINK.

Sweet Potato Breakfast Salad

with Almond Butter Protein Dressing

The Full Helping

INGREDIENTS:

Serves 1; dressing makes 1 1/2 cups

1 small sweet potato, baked and cubed
3 cups baby romaine or spinach
1 tbsp dried cranberries

For the almond butter protein dressing:

1 cup almond milk
4 tbsp almond butter
3 pitted dates
1 serving vegan protein powder (or your favorite)

For the complete recipe, FOLLOW THIS LINK.

Warm Green Breakfast Bowl

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INGEDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon almonds, roughly chopped
  • salt
  • handful of kale, leaves removed and torn into bite-sized pieces
  • small handful of baby spinach
  • 3 slices haloumi (AKA: grilling cheese)
  • lemon wedge
  • 1/2 ripe avocado

For the complete recipe, FOLLOW THIS LINK.

Hummus and Veggie Breakfast Bowl

Gimmie Some Oven

INGREDIENTS:

BREAKFAST BOWLS INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1 pound asparagus¹, cut into bite-sized pieces (with ends trimmed and discarded)
  • 3 cups shredded kale leaves
  • 1 batch lemony dressing (see recipe below)
  • 3 cups shredded (uncooked) Brussels sprouts²
  • 1 ½ cups cooked quinoa³
  • ½ cup hummus
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and thinly-sliced
  • 4 eggs, cooked however you’d like
  • garnishes: sunflower seeds (or sliced almonds), toasted sesame seeds, crushed red pepper

LEMONY DRESSING INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil or olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • salt and freshly-cracked black pepper

For the complete recipe, FOLLOW THIS LINK.

Very-Veggie Cauliflower Hash Brown

Breakfast Bowl

Iowa Girl Eats

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 lime or lemon
  • garlic powder, salt, and pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-1/2 cups cauliflower rice
  • 4oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 small handful baby spinach
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • salsa

For the complete recipe, FOLLOW THIS LINK.

Egg and Veggie Breakfast Bowl

Pure Wow

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts
  • 1 pound sweet potatoes
  • 1½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tablespoon harissa
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

For the complete recipe, FOLLOW THIS LINK.

Breakfast Veggie Bowl

The Culinary Compass

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup lentils
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • ½ cup leeks, sliced thinly (about 2 leeks)
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 pint mushroom
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 4 eggs

For the complete recipe, FOLLOW THIS LINK.

Gifts that give back 2018

With Thanksgiving behind us, the holiday shopping season has officially begun, and with it, Cyber-Monday and #GivingTuesday. Each year, I publish a list of gifts that give back to those in need.

This year, I’ve decided to keep last year’s list and add 5 new companies to the list, for a total of 30! If you have one to add, please do so in the comment section, with a link and description! Thank you!


Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Yule (the pagan celebration of the winter solstice), this is the season for giving. It is my hope to help people get past the hustle and bustle, the decorating, the baking, annual holiday Letter, and get to the heart of the reason for the season: love of others, and giving to others.

What better way to do that than give a gift that gives back to those less fortunate?

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About 6 years ago, I worked for a local Credit Union. Part of my job there was to write their blog. Every year at this time, I would post my annual list of GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK: a list of organizations that sell items with one great bonus, with every purchase, something is donated to those less fortunate. I miss doing this, and decided to get back to it. Starting this year, I’ll post a list of some of my favorite gifts that give back. If you are a regular follower of my blog, you’ll know that one of my favorite things to do is highlight non-profit organizations. So, it seemed natural to include this list each year. (I’ll also post a link to this list on my sidebar, so you can access it quickly, should you need to.)

This year,  I have a list of 30 different organizations. If you have an organization not on the list, PLEASE feel free to post a link in the comments, along with a description, for everyone to see. THANKS!

ONTO THIS YEAR’S LIST!

Yoobi

WHAT WE GIVE:

THE YOOBI CLASSROOM PACK:

“We determined the most fundamental tools to support learning and creativity, and we identified which items teachers are most likely to buy for their classrooms out of their own pocket. We then made special Yoobi school supplies and boxed them up to create a Yoobi classroom pack.”

 

Dopper water bottle

“For each bottle sold, Dopper gives 5% of the sales to both water and sanitation projects, helping to increase access to clean drinking water”

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Net Effect Traders

“NET Effects is an international team of high energy entrepreneurial women who share a vision to bring fun, fabulously designed, carefully crafted, fashion conscious handbags and totes to savvy shoppers and international markets.

At the same time NET Effects champions sustainable and positive change for the disenfranchised of Cambodia. Through our fair trade socially conscious business we are providing quality training, great work environments, good wages, dignity and economic freedom.

We hope you share in our vision to break the cycle of poverty in a brutal environment by supporting these women and the beautiful and unique bags they have created.”

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Good Spread Honey Peanut Butter

” When you buy a jar of Good Spread, you send a treatment of MANA Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food to a malnourished child. We believe that the collective action of socially conscious consumers can put a dent in global malnutrition. “

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Sprout Plantable Pencils

“Plants from pencils? That’s right – once you’ve finished with your Sprout pencil, plant it and watch it grow into fragrant herbs, luscious flowers or even fresh vegetables.”

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Love Your Melon

“…donates 50% of the profits to support pediatric cancer research and families affected by cancer.”

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Lula’s Garden

“…supports organizations that help improve lives around the world by providing access to safe water.”

State.com

“For every STATE bag purchased, STATE hand-delivers a backpack – packed with essential tools for success –

to an American child in need.”

Cuddle + Kind

“…for every doll sold, cuddle+kind gives 10 meals to children in need.”

Thistle Farms

“…HEALS, EMPOWERS, AND EMPLOYS women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction.”

Better World Books

…Will donate one book to someone in need, for every book sold.

To The Market

“…promotes and sells items made by survivors of abuse, conflict or disease from around the world. “

LTSN

” Proceeds from sales of all LSTN products go towards giving hearing aids to people in need worldwide through our charity partner,

Starkey Hearing Foundation.”

Found My Animal

…supports animal adoptions over purchase. Donates profits to animal rescue organizations around the country.”

Every Mother Counts

“…make pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere.  The Orange Rose is a powerful reminder that safer motherhood is possible. It represents a beautiful, vibrant and strong life, like that of a mother who has been supported through pregnancy and childbirth.

Learn more at everymothercounts.org

Grounds and Hounds

“20% of all proceeds received by Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. will be donated to our rescue partner located closest to you.”

Bombas Socks

“… is built from the ground up around the idea of sock donations. The more socks we sell, the more we donate. And as we grow, our giving and community efforts will continue to grow right alongside us.

One pair purchased = One pair donated.”

Cheeky Home

“…creates modern mealtime solutions with a
witty spirit to help end hunger in the U.S. … For every item sold, one meal will be provided in partnership with Feeding America and No Kid Hungry

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Red.org

“….partners with the world’s most iconic brands that contribute up to 50% of profits from (RED)-branded goods and services to the Global Fund [to help fight AIDS.]”

The Starling Project

“…provides solar energy to communities in need around the world.”

Faucet Face

“…donates a portion of their profits to help residents of a rural Indian village have access to clean drinking water.”

Global Goods Partners

“…is dedicated to empowering women to become economically independent by selling handmade goods.”

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Hiptipico

“… is an ethical fashion brand based in Panajachel, Guatemala showcasing Maya artisans and their handmade creations. Every Hiptipico item is thoughtfully handcrafted by indigenous communities, using high-quality sustainable materials….When you shop with Hiptipico, you know the authentic story of the artisan who made your product and the traditional technique and materials used to craft it. Through this dignified job opportunity, Maya artisans partner with Hiptipico to lift themselves out of poverty while doing something they love.”

 

Out of Print Clothing

“Purchases of Out of Print products help fund literacy programs and book donations for communities in need.”

 

Shopping for Change

 “…is a non-profit that supports small businesses and works to fund community improvement projects in artisan communities.”

Bloom and Give

“…donates 50% of the profits to help fund programs that send girls [in India] to school”

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100% of proceeds go to fund Africa New Life Ministries, to help those affected by Rwandan Genocide, as well as the following organizations:

  • Africa New Life Dream Day Care (free daycare for those attending training for sewing or beauty school in Rwanda)
  • Africa New Life Women’s Center Vocational School (sewing and beauty school for widows, single parents and women in severe poverty to gain a skill to make money to support for their families)
  • Child sponsorship for orphans and street kids in Rwanda
  • Leonsito’s Day Care in Mexico (free day care for single parents and low income families)
  • After school program in Leon,Mexico to help school children with their homework and teach English
  • Scholarships for Bible education for orphans, abandoned children and children in great need

Fire Department Coffee

A portion of every sale is donated to Firefighter and military charities.

Sudara

“…is a Certified Benefit Corporation that exists to advocate on behalf of and empower women who have escaped from, or at the highest risk of, human trafficking by providing dignified employment opportunities. “

United By Blue

“For every product sold, United By Blue removes one pound of trash from our world’s oceans and waterways.”

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That’s all for this year.

Remember:

This is just a handful of organizations

who give back to the world.

If you have an organization

not on the list,

PLEASE feel free to post a link

in the comments,

along with a description,

for everyone to see.

THANKS!

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Gifting

My beautiful friend, Raili, at the blog Soul Gift, just gave me an early Christmas present by highlighting my blog in an article on her site. Thank you, Raili, for this beautiful gift of friendship. Namaste My friend. Head over and check it out!

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Christmas is just around the corner – again! Finding a suitable gift can be challenging. The commercial hype that pushes for ever more extravagant, expensive ‘stuff’ seems to have become the norm. I don’t like it. Not one bit. As much as possible I avoid the mad rush of December when the shops are full to the brim with screaming kids, stressed parents and overloaded trolleys.

Are you looking for different, more interesting gift options? Tamara from The Purple Almond published a post that provides so many wonderful options for gifting. Here’s her link –  Gifts that give.

As an early December Soul Gifting, I have chosen Tamara. She is a student at the Hawthorn University working towards a Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education. She has this to say –

For me, health isn’t just about food it’s about living a positive, happy, healthy life.

Where food…

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My wish…15 Amazing songs to inspire you right now.

I decided to take one more week of a school/blogging break. I’m a bit down and dealing with a few issues here at home. I decided I needed a bit more time off to recoup, to gather my self and my thoughts. I will be returning one week from today, on October 8, 2018, with my usual schedule. My next Fit by 50 post will be on October 11, 2018.

I went in search of an article to repost today. This one is very fitting. The following list was gathered together as part of a photo dvd for my eldest son’s high school graduation. It is fitting today, because that same son has moved out of my house over the weekend, into an apartment of his own. As proud as I am that he is moving out and venturing into the world, in search of his own life, it is a sad, and somewhat bittersweet time for me. As I reflect on our lives together, I pray for the next step in our family’s journey, as our relationship moves to another level. These are MY WISH for my son, and for all of you.

SO…HERE IS THE ORIGINAL POST FROM JANUARY, 2018! ENJOY!


Hello everyone! Happy Monday! However, as I write this, it is late Sunday night, and I’m a bit down. You see, my Minnesota Vikings lost tonight to the Philadelphia Eagles (who played a TREMENDOUS game, by the way…congrats to the Eagles!) I mean the Vikes didn’t just lose, they got there butts kicked…38-7!

Anyway, Sunday’s are “blogging” night for me. It’s when I sit down and try to get as much done as I can, prior to the upcoming week, so I can study and get things done around the house during the week. I came into tonight, not knowing what to write about for Motivation Monday. Well, when I’m down, I enjoy listening to inspiring music, which is what I was doing tonight as I was figuring out a topic for my blog. Then it hit me…why not share a list of my favorite inspiring songs, as a post for motivation Monday.

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My music preferences have changed VASTLY over the years. I’m a child of the 1980’s and grew up listening to hard rock and hair bands. You know the type…Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Kiss, ETC…(Throw in some Elton John and Billie Joel!) While I still enjoy that type of music, my tastes have evolved.

I often call myself a hippie misplaced in time…I LOVE the Beatles, as well as many other groups  from that era, such as Creedance Clearwater Revival, Bob Dylan, John Denver, and Simon & Garfunkel to name a few.

I’m not a huge music lover, opting for talk radio most of the time. But the music I do enjoy is a wide variety of inspiring songs. Many of the songs are country,  however, I don’t necessarily adhere to one genre of music. It’s more about the lyrics for me, than the tune. I LOVE to listen to the lyrics, which, for me, must be uplifting and inspiring in some form or fashion.

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Many of the songs below were gathered for a very special purpose…a memory DVD for my eldest son’s high school graduation in 2013. As a parent, it’s bitter sweet seeing your child graduate from high school. As proud as you are to see them achieve this milestone, it’s a sad time, because your baby is leaving home. You’re happy and sad, at the same time. For the DVD, I mixed songs I found inspiring with songs I knew he liked onto a DVD of photos of him from birth to graduation. I wanted something special to mark that important occasion.

So, I share these with you now, in hopes that they will inspire you, as they do me. Don’t just listen to the music, hear the words and figure out what they mean for you. Whether you listen to just one or two of the songs, or all of them, may they encourage you,  inspire you, guide you, and motivate you to follow your dreams.

SO…Here are

15 of my favorite

inspirational songs…

ENJOY, GOD BLESS AND NAMASTE!

 Mark Harris…FIND YOUR WINGS

Avril Lavigne…KEEP HOLDING ON

Lee Ann Womack…I HOPE YOU DANCE

Rascal Flatts…STAND

Josh Groban…YOU RAISE ME UP

Russell Watson…WHERE MY HEART WILL TAKE ME

Martina McBride…ANYWAY

Miley Cyrus…THE CLIMB

Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey…WHEN YOU BELIEVE

The Beatles…LET IT BE

Elton John…I’M STILL STANDING

Chesney Hawkes…The One and Only

Joe Esposito…YOU’RE THE BEST AROUND

ABBA, John Denver, Donna Summer, Robin Gibb Maurice Gibb Barry Gibb, Olivia Newton-John, Andy Gibb, Rod Steward Rita Colidge Earth Wind & Fire and many others perform as the final performance “PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART” at the Unicef 1979 charity concert show “Unicef – A Gift Of Songs”.

I end with one of my favorite songs. It epitomizes my hope for my family, for my friends, for all who read my blog, for everyone I meet and all people around the world…If you are reading this right now…THIS is MY WISH for you…(Rascal Flatts)

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Top 5 Online Resources for Free Vintage Cookbooks

I’m celebrating my interest in pioneer cooking and recipes this week. In addition to the 18th century recipe I’m posting each morning this week, I wanted to share some online resources I’ve discovered in my search for vintage cookbooks.

A few months ago, I began collecting vintage cookbooks, but very quickly found a slight problem, they are VERY EXPENSIVE. I turned to the internet to find online, ebook versions of these cookbooks. Many national libraries, and online search engines, such as Google Books, Archive.org and Project Gutenberg have gone to great lengths to scan these treasures into an ebook format for the masses to enjoy.

Below is a list of the five best free online libraries of vintage cookbooks. These  resources typically have a range of cookbooks, from pre-1700’s, sometimes earlier to 20th century vintage or antique books. I hope you enjoy! I’ll be choosing one of the early books to cook from in the near future!

 

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Vintage Cookbooks

This site contains a library of cookbooks from

pre-1800’s up through 1939.

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Feeding America

This site is The Historic American Cookbook Project from Michigan State University. They have cookbooks from 1798 through 1922. An absolutely amazing site.

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 Library of Congress Rare Books

& Special Collections

The Library of Congress has digitized versions of dozens of antique cookbooks dating back to the 1500’s up through the 1900’s. Definitely worth a look!

 

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Archive.org

This site is phenomenal.

The earliest book they have is from 1529 and also have books through the 1960’s.

 

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Google Books

This is probably the best resource, if you’re looking for vintage books, or any free online books. This is a link to Google Books advanced search. As long as you put in the correct search parameters, you should be able to find what you want.

Closing thoughts

There you have it. These are the sites I turn to when searching for vintage recipes and cookbooks. If you have one you’d like to add, let me know. I hope you enjoy looking through these as much as I do.

Until next time…Namaste my friends

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Why is stress management so important? U.S. Suicide Rate Surges to a 30-Year High – The New York Times

 

Recently,  I re-posted an article on the Suicide Prevention Collaborative. A bit later, I received a comment wondering about the relevance of Suicide to my blog. I have a couple reasons for this.

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First, I firmly believe that positive emotions and outlook on life is essential to good health. You could eat the healthiest diet on the planet, but if you’re consistently negative, and under constant stress, you won’t be healthy. Stress management is ESSENTIAL to good health. The fact that the suicide rate has surged to a 30 year high, only underscores the importance of proper stress relief techniques. This is why my blog puts such a strong focus on positive posts and stress relief techniques. Yoga and meditation are 2 of the best ways to relieve stress. Reading inspiring, motivational stories is another. Laughing, through my laughter therapy posts, is another. AND, helping others…is another, which leads us to the second reason…

Second, this blog is a form of stress management for me. When I post things like inspiring quotes, laughter therapy, or stories about non-profits who help others, I am uplifted. I hope, through posting stories about non-profits, I am sending some positive energy into a very negative world, and am uplifting you as well.

This positive, uplifting energy, as stated by Brian Tracy in the quote above, is the key to health, happiness and wellness.

THAT, my friends, is what this blog is all about.

For the article from the NY Times, follow the link below.

Until next time…Namaste my friends.

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