Give Back This Christmas


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 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


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

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Essential Guitar Accessories

After the exciting but somewhat overwhelming experience of choosing your first guitar, your next concern would have to be buying guitar accessories. These guitar accessories are important to every guitar player and you must have them with you every time you play your guitar.

Among the essential guitar accessories are:

• Guitar picks – They are the most commonly used guitar accessory that every guitar player should invest in. They come in different sizes, colors and thickness. There are stores that offer a wide variety of them such as the excellent dimarzio area prewired pickguards at musicians friend. It is advisable that you buy a few of them. The very thin ones are best in helping you learn how to strum well while those with medium thickness are ideal when learning how to play notes individually.

• Strings – Having spare strings can save you from a lot of stress especially when you need to play your guitar for a performance. It is important that you know how to replace your guitar strings on your own.

• Tuner – Tuning aids such as electronic tuners and tuning fork provide a quick and precise way of keeping your guitar in tune. Choose those that are suitable for the type of guitar that you have.

• Straps and guitar case – Guitar straps help prevent your shoulders from getting sore especially if you’re using a slightly heavy guitar while a sturdy case does not only protect your guitar from unnecessary damage but it also allows you to conveniently carry your guitar with you when you travel.

Other important guitar accessories include music stand, slide, display folder and the capo. Knowing how to choose the right ones does not only make you enjoy your guitar more but more importantly, help you enhance your guitar playing skills.


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Importance of Buying Quality Woodworking Tools and Components

In the manufacturing industry, fixing problems caused by using low quality parts can be very expensive. It is a situation that companies would like to avoid whenever possible. The same goes for hobbyists who are into woodworking. Those who have their own woodworking studios at home know the importance of using high quality replacement parts such as tooling components, rest pads, woodworking tools, cable ties and accessories.

Finding a source of quality replacement parts and tools is important if they want to be able to do their tasks faster and more efficiently. They also get to secure discounts and special deals if they make all their purchases from a single retailer. These can result to huge discount for companies which will later translate to bigger profit.

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