Give Back This Christmas

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Are you ready for Christmas? Just kidding. Or maybe not? Some people are wonderful at organizing, list creating, and shopping throughout the year. Others still haven’t started – and may not start for another few weeks! We love you either way. I promise. So, if you haven’t started shopping, or still have some left to do – I have the perfect place for you to start – or finish.

Goodwill. Yes, you heard me right. Goodwill has a huge selection of gently used items that would be perfectly suited to your new repurposing project, white elephant Christmas gift, books, movies – you name it! All while keeping yourself on a thrifty budget. From furniture, picture frames, fabrics, accessories and even collectibles, they are sure to have something you are looking for! A stroll around your local store might even give you a little bit of that inspiration you need to clean out your own closets and find new fun things for yourself.

No matter where you are in your Christmas shopping, or life in general, one major reality is that there are people with disabilities and disadvantages directly in your community who need assistance. Their struggles may not be that obvious to you or to people in your immediate circle but they are there and they cannot be denied and should be be overlooked. Many of them need career counseling, on-the-job training, résumé preparation, financial planning classes, and other services. And YOU can help them easier than you may realize.

So how do you help?

Goodwill sells donated goods through more than 3,200 stores across the United States and Canada, and channels more than 85 percent of sales revenue to provide those services to people who are unemployed or underemployed. They also provide on the job training and help those who need it find jobs to better their lives.

How many of you do your shopping online? Probably at least 80% of us, right?

When you shop online this holiday season, many major retailers will send your purchase in a Give Back Box, which will enable you to donate items to your local Goodwill at no cost to you! How easy is that, seriously?

It is much easier than you think to make a difference!

Give Back Box® provides vendor services to retailers and charities, allowing each and every cardboard box a second life to help people in need. So it is also a ‘green’ solution! Reuse your online shipping boxes in which you received your purchases, or any other cardboard box you may have, to donate your unwanted household items: such as gently used clothing, shoes etc., to make a major difference in the life of another person.

This program gives every cardboard box a second life to help people in need. Some of the international partners in support of the Give Back Box are Ann Inc, Asics, Ann Taylor Loft, Overstock, Dockers, Levis, Bon Ton and StyleUpGirl.com. These retailers are leading the way towards finding innovative solutions to widespread social and economic issues. You can see all of the participating retailers at givebackbox.com.

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So, get up and get started now! People are counting on your shopping and your donations.

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$50 Hotels.com Giveaway

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Hotels.com Giveaway hosted by Parenting Healthy

Happy Holidays and I hope you get a chance to visit loved ones. Perhaps you are just money short to get to relatives over the Holiday. The host  has partnered with Hotels.com to offer you some help. Could a $50 Hotels.com gift card help connect you with loved ones? A Hotels.com gift card presents the perfect opportunity to give a gift that allows recipients to choose their own present—whether that’s a romantic getaway with a significant other, a family vacation, or a well-deserved escape from everyday life. Lucky recipients of the giveaway will have the chance to treat themselves, a loved one, or both!

You can use this yourself to stay at a hotel that is near where your loved ones live or you can give them to deserving relatives who need a treat this Christmas.

What is your Holiday Hotel story?

Enter below to win a $50 Hotels.com gift card. Open to US and ends on 12/20. I will be emailing a code to the winner to use immediately. Good luck!

 

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How to Cope With An Illness

It can be incredibly stressful to be diagnosed with an illness, especially one that is life-threatening. Still, building up too much stress can put your life in even greater jeopardy. In order to keep your body in the best shape that it can be, it’s important to take your mind off things and alleviate some of that pressure from time to time. With that in mind, here are a few simple tips for anyone interested in relieving some stress to follow. While these tips can apply to virtually anyone, they’re especially worthwhile for those struggling with an illness.

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Find Others Dealing With A Similar Problem

Feeling stressed or depressed can create a ripple effect throughout your personal life. Once you feel like you have no one else to turn to, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy until you really are alone. It doesn’t have to be that way though. If you can find others dealing with a similar problem to your own, then you can build off of this common ground and find that you don’t have to be alone anymore. If you’re not the type of person to regularly seek out others, then it might be worth looking into a large-scale event aimed at others like yourself.

Stay Active

Just because your body is sick doesn’t mean your motivation has to be. Physical activity can have a dramatic effect on your body and make it stronger and more resilient. Although there are plenty of posts on the subject of exercise, it’s worth mentioning that exercise has a very real impact on how the body handles stress and anxiety. Even if you can’t perform many complex movements due to your illness, even some light exercise can give your body the benefits that it craves.

While these tips won’t magically cure you, they can help you overcome any negative thoughts you might be having. Once you’ve replaced those negative thoughts with more positive ones, you might just find that you’re much stronger than you previously thought. Everyone deserves to discover their own inner strength, and you are no exception. Even if you think it’s impossible for your situation to improve, there’s no harm in at least giving these tips a shot. Whether it means you discover a new friendship, or develop a new workout routine, the rewards far outweigh any reservations you might have.

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