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Loving your Neighbor…Continuation…

23 companies that actually give back


Loving your Neighbor Series # 3

Today’s super neat find is actually a website for an organization that helps people with a heart to volunteer, but no clue what to do beyond that.  At Volunteer Match,  you can pick from lists or do a more specific search to find opportunities to volunteer in areas that you care about.  I feel it is a really great tool for everyone.  There are even virtual opportunities for people who aren’t comfortable with working in the field.  You can find out more about them here.

Here’s a view of what their page looks like.

Hope you’ll check them out!

Loving your Neighbor Series # 2

     Okay, hear me out on this one.  This week I want to talk about a product and its company, rather than about a specific charity or mission.  Although this company is not a non-profit company, they are doing great things to give back to the community.  I happen-chanced upon this company by searching for their products, after having seen a couple of people using them at the gym.  I’m talking about Polar Bottle.  

     Their mission statement includes the desire to improve the health of their customers, improve the health of our planet, and improve /strengthen American economy. Here’s a list of some of the programs they donate to, taken directly from their Giving Back page.  Most are local to their state of Colorado, but they are doing good things!

  • I Have a Dream Foundation
  • Cancer League of Colorado
  • The Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado
  • Realities for Children
  • Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics
  • The Access Fund

     If you are an athlete, like to exercise, are a frequently active person, or just a person who likes to stay hydrated, I hope you will check them out.  They offer many attractive bottles for men, women, and children in a variety of sizes.  Their bottles are also dishwasher safe, making them easy to clean and care for, which is important to many of us.   If you’re concerned about the safety of the product, you can get answers on their FAQ page.


Loving your Neighbor Series

     Although it has been quite awhile since I have written, I continue to have a heart to write and a hope within me to make some lasting, beneficial contribution to this world while I am in it.  The idea has come to me to attempt a series of posts about things we can do to show love and kindness to others in this mad, marvelous world in which we live.  I hope to find unique charities, support groups, etc to which contributions can be made.  As a Christian, I feel called to show Gods love through service and support to those in need.  However, we all know that the showing of love and kindness to others is not limited to those who are Christian.  All it takes is an inner desire to do good unto others, a desire for a better life for all, a desire for a better world for all who live in it.  I hope that this will be a fruitful effort and will inspire others with a heart for the humanitarian effort.

     Without further adieu, I present an organization that I recently came across and was so moved that this whole idea was born to me.  NICU Helping Hands is an organization that was formed from the recognition of the vast emotional, physical, and financial needs of families with premature, sick, or otherwise special-need babies.  They provide many support services to these families and have multiple ways to contribute.  As a nurse and a mother, I feel this organization is providing a beautiful, loving service.  I hope that everyone will check them out and maybe even find a desire to contribute to their good works. 




I have decided to revamp my life a little in the search of a little more happiness. I mean, what makes us happy anyway? I believe that answer could be drastically different from person to person, however there must be a basic root for us all. I know there are a multitude of books, websites, blogs, etc on this subject already. Let’s just say I’m a hands on learner.

To be continued…..

Obsession with Pinterest

Just wanted to say that Pinterest has become an obsession for me. If you haven’t tried it yet, you must do so as soon as possible. Or, maybe you shouldn’t because it will suck you in and become a time consumer. It is very entertaining though. There are photos covering anything and everything from food, beauty, home, crafting, art, photography, recreation, and life in general. Most of the photos have links to recipes, instructions, etc. I love it! Hope you will too!

Reason to Celebrate


Crazy Holidays In February
February 1 is Serpent Day.
February 1 is Give Kids a Smile Day.
February 1 is Robinson Crusoe Day.
February 1 is Spunky Old Broads Day.
February 2 is Crepe Day.
February 2 is National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
February 2 is Sled Dog Day.
February 3 is The Day the Music Died.
February 4 is Quacker Day.
February 4 is Wear Red Day.
February 4 is USO Day.
February 4 is Create a Vacuum Day.
February 5 is Weatherman’s Day.
February 5 is Disaster Day.
February 6 is Lame Duck Day.
February 7 is Wave Your Fingers at a Friend Day.
February 7 is Send a Card to a Friend Day.
February 7 is Charles Dickens Day.
February 8 is Laugh and Get Rich Day.
February 8 is Kite Flying Day.
February 8 is Birthday of Boy Scouting.
February 8 is Extraterrestrial Culture Day.
February 9 is National Stop Bullying Day.
February 9 is Read in the Bathtub Day.
February 10 is Plimsoll Day.
February 10 is Umbrella Day.
February 11 is National Shut-In Visitation Day.
February 11 is White Shirt Day.
February 11 is Don’t Cry Over Spilt Milk Day.
February 11 is Make a Friend Day.
February 12 is National Plum Pudding Day.
February 12 is President Lincoln’s Birthday.
February 12 is NAACP Day.
February 12 is Paul Bunyan Day.
February 13 is Get a Different Name Day.
February 13 is Dream Your Sweet Day.
February 14 is Ferris Wheel Day.
February 14 is National Heart to Heart Day.
February 15 is Susan B. Anthony Day.
February 15 is National Gum Drop Day.
February 16 is Do a Grouch a Favor Day.
February 17 is World Human Spirit Day.
February 17 is Champion Crab Races Day.
February 17 is Random Acts of Kindness Day.
February 18 is Pluto is a Planet Day.
February 19 is National Chocolate Mint Day.
February 20 is Northern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day.
February 20 is Love Your Pet Day.
February 20 is Cherry Pie Day.
February 21 is International Mother Language Day.
February 21 is Card Reading Day.
February 22 is Single Tasking Day.
February 22 is Be Humble Day.
February 22 is Girl Scout Thinking Day.
February 23 is Curling is Cool Day.
February 23 is Inconvenience Yourself Day.
February 23 is Tennis Day.
February 23 is International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day.
February 24 is Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.
February 24 is National Chili Day.
February 24 is Personal Chef Day.
February 24 is Tortilla Chip Day.
February 25 is Pistol Patent Day.
February 26 is Tell a Fairy Tale Day.
February 26 is Carnival Day.
February 26 is National Pistachio Day.
February 27 is Polar Bear Day.
February 27 is No Brainer Day.
February 28 is Floral Design Day.
February 28 is Public Sleeping Day.
February 28 is National Tooth Fairy Day.
February 29 is Leap Day.
February 29 is Surf and Turf Day.

One Day We All Shall Perish 2


Anne Frank passed away nearly 67 years ago in early March of 1945. Her story and the stories of others like Elie Wiesel opened a window for everyone to see and feel the horror of the Holocaust. I post this in memory of and thanks to Anne. I also thank Elie and the many others who have told their stories for opening their hearts, bearing their souls, and sharing them with the world.




One Day We all Will Perish


Whitney Houston has passed away. She had so much talent and yet such a tragic life as portrayed by the media. I send out prayers for her family and friends.

Need a Reason to Celebrate?


January Holidays that give you a reason to celebrate!

January 1 is The Mummer’s Parade.
January 1 is New Year’s Dishonor List Day.
January 1 is Get a Life Day.
January 1 is Z Day.
January 2 is Happy Mew Year for Cats.
January 2 is Motivation and Inspiration Day.
January 2 is National Science Fiction Day.
January 3 is Drinking Straw Day.
January 3 is JRR Tolkien Day.
January 4 is Trivia Day.
January 5 is Bird Day.
January 5 is Cuddle Up Day.
January 6 is Bean Day
January 6 is International Respect for Living Day.
January 7 is Old Rock Day.
January 8 is Bubble Bath Day.
January 8 is Fruitcake Toss Day.
January 8 is Learn to Ski Day.
January 9 is Balloon Ascension Day.
January 9 is Positively Penguins Day.
January 9 is National Static Electricity Day.
January 10 is Peculiar People Day.
January 10 is National Clean Off Your Desk Day.
January 10 is Volunteer Fireman’s Day.
January 10 is United Nations Day.
January 10 is National Cut Your Energy Costs Day.
January 11 is National Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day.
January 12 is National Pharmacists’ Day.
January 12 is National Marzipan Day.
January 13 is Public Radio Broadcasting Day.
January 13 is Make Your Dream Come True Day.
January 13 is Rubber Duckie Day.
January 14 is Dress Up Your Pet Day.
January 14 is Organize Your Home Day.
January 15 is Hat Day.
January 15 is Bald Eagle Appreciation Day.
January 16 is Appreciate a Dragon Day.
January 16 is National Nothing Day.
January 16 is Religious Freedom Day.
January 17 is Kid Inventors’ Day.
January 17 is Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day.
January 18 is Do Dah Parade Day.
January 18 is Winnie the Pooh Day.
January 18 is Thesaurus Day.
January 19 is Tin Can Day.
January 19 is National Popcorn Day.
January 19 is International Sing-Out Day.
January 19 is Archery Day.
January 20 is National Disc Jockey Day.
January 20 is National Buttercrunch Day.
January 20 is Basketball Day.
January 21 is National Hugging Day.
January 21 is Squirrel Appreciation Day.
January 22 is Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day.
January 22 is National Blonde Brownie Day.
January 23 is National Pie Day.
January 23 is National Handwriting Day.
January 23 is Measure Your Feet Day.
January 24 is Belly Laugh Day.
January 24 is Compliment Day.
January 24 is Eskimo Pie Day.
January 25 is Opposite Day.
January 25 is Speak Up and Succeed Day.
January 26 is National Peanut Brittle Day.
January 26 is Spouse’s Day.
January 26 is Australia Day.
January 27 is Chocolate Cake Day.
January 27 is Punch the Clock Day.
January 27 is Thomas Crapper Day.
January 28 is Fun at Work Day.
January 28 is National Kazoo Day.
January 28 is Clash Day.
January 28 is Rattle Snake Round Up Day.
January 29 is Freethinkers Day.
January 29 is Thomas Paine Day.
January 29 is National Puzzle Day.
January 29 is Seeing Eye Dog Day.
January 29 is Curmudgeons Day.
January 30 is Inane Answering Machine Message Day.
January 30 is Escape Day.
January 30 is National Croissant Day.
January 31 is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day.
January 31 is National Popcorn Day.
January 31 is Child Labor Day.
January 31 is Inspire Your Heart with Art Day.

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