Today is an extra special day. I am excited and fortunate to be able to participate in a campaign to give back to the community and help empower women. ShopStyle and Dress for Success have partnered with select bloggers to help raise funds for the program that helps struggling women achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help them thrive in work and in life.Read More
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While we made a conscious decision to start our family, nothing fully prepares you for the reality of when your baby is born. You'd think 9+ months of growing a human inside you would do something to help you prepare for the change your world is about to take, but really it doesn't. Every security you had in life now feels uncertain when you have a new, helpless human being you are completely responsible for. Life is full of unknowns, and factors we have no control over. And when its only you, or you and another adult partner, if bad things happen, it sucks, but you'll deal. Once there is a baby in the picture, your decisions and their consequences no longer are just about you.
We are very lucky that we have family (relatively) close, and good friends that would help us out if something dire or tragic ever happened. But not everyone has that support system. And then life happens and families find themselves in circumstances they never dreamed of, and parents are faced with the horrible nightmare of not being able to put a roof over their child's head. Fortunately there are programs out there that try to help.
Huggies, the diaper brand, has launched a "Spread the Love" campaign, using social media and the ever-favorite selfie to encourage people to nominate a community program that could benefit from a $2,000 donation from them. Just upload a selfie of you and your little one to Instagram or Twitter, tag it with #UltraHug, and nominate your project of choice. It can be a fundraiser for a specific event or effort, a non-profit, a school, a community park, playground or rec center, etc.
I'm nominating Family Promise of Orange County. This is a program that is designed to help those families that life has seriously challenged, to get back on their feet. They believe that no child should have to sleep in a car or under a bridge (I couldn't agree more), and that every family deserves a chance to be whole and have a roof over their head. Sometimes it takes a community to provide for a child; Family Promise is the community doing just that. I can't think of a better way to spread the love than helping families in need. If my family found itself in hopeless circumstances, I would be eternally grateful for a program like this one.
I know there are so many worthy projects and causes out there that could benefit from a little extra cash - take a minute to capture a moment with your little one, and nominate a worthy cause. Don't forget the tag: #UltraHug.
TGIF! Hope the week has been a good one for you, and the weekend even better.
Not to get preachy, but I've been thinking a lot lately - or I'm trying to be continuously aware of - how blessed I am in this life. I feel like I'm constantly in the "I want", "I need", "how can I have more" mind set, and while those can be self-motivating, I also don't want to forget all that I do already have. Which is so much more than most of the world. And if you are reading this, you are likely living a blessed life as well (and I don't mean because you read my blog. But if you are, that's another way I am blessed. Thank you. ;) )
My favorites for this Friday are companies that are helping those who have much less than all of us. Our purchases from these companies provide women, both domestic and foreign, with jobs so they can support themselves and their family, and provide food for hungry school children. And we get to add some great accessories to our closets, which hopefully when we wear will remind us how fortunate and blessed we are.