Showing posts with label Giving Tree. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Giving Tree. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Philanthroper - A website making a difference!

I want to give a quick shout out of this amazing website Philanthroper.  This site features a different non-profit organization each day and you have the option to donate between $1 and $10 to the featured organization.  Their tag line is "A little helps a lot" and the idea behind this site is that if lots of people give just $1 it adds up!  And its true!  They keep a tally of how much is given to each organization and some days it tips the scales at $1,000!  The cool part about this is you can make a difference in someone's life for just $1.  With the economy in the tank these days, Philanthroper  makes it easy and affordable to still make a difference in people's lives without making a dent in our own.

Here's a little blurb from their website:
"You know those daily deal sites? We're another one of those. But instead of selling something, we're sharing the story of a new 501(c)3 nonprofit every day. And if you'd like, you can give them $1. We're trying to make doing good a habit."

The reason I decided to spread the word here is that there's a non-profit featured today that delivers groceries to  seniors in need.  As a food lover and blogger my life revolves around food, great food, every day.   I have never ever even one day in my life been without access to food.  Every single time I cook I am thankful for the bounty and blessing of food given to me and I try to never take it for granted.  Without question, when a food related non-profit appears, I give.  And sometimes I give again.  And again.  Please consider checking out Philanthroper and seeing how you can make a difference.

**A quick disclosure: I have no affiliation or ties to Philanthroper.  I just happen to think they are an amazing organization making a difference in people's lives every day and wanted to spread their goodness around.**

Our blessed table!

PS Another shout out, to my bestest, silliest, cutest, awesomest half...Happy Birthday to you my darling husband Mace!  I love you with all my heart!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Canines and Leftovers

I hear myself whining a lot these days about how bored I am.  Poor poor me.  I find myself staying home a lot because it requires so much energy to pack it all up and get us moving.  I made a conscious decision to fix that this past weekend.  No boredom will occur in our house this weekend, no sir-ee!  But, then my friend Jen invited Anna and I to join her for a fundraising event for the Human Society on Sunday and my immediate thought was: no, too much work.  Then, the more I thought about it during the course of our conversation, the more I knew I would be going on Sunday.  Anna and I love dogs, we love being outdoors and we really love spending time with Jen.  I suddenly couldn't think of a single reason not to go. And I am so glad I went.

The event was the Canine Classic, which took place at Paws Up Ranch, and it was a rockin' time.  I will be going every year from here on out.  This was a running and hiking event and had distances from a two-mile hike to a half-marathon.  We did the two-mile hike because I wasn't sure how the monkey was going to hang in her new pack...but she did all right.

Anna and her many sleep-in-the-pack poses!

I hadn't been out to Paws Up before Sunday (particularly because this is an upscale "glamping" resort that specializes in $800+/night tent cabins) and was excited to check it out.  The day was gorgeous, the scenery amazing, and the company the best!

After the hike we headed back to the picnic pavillion for a bbq lunch.  Can you believe I didn't even get a picture of the gourmet spread?  Clearly my head was elsewhere.  Like wrangling Miss Thang, who was only interested in hamburgers, canines and eating rocks.

I keep thinking she can't possibly get any cuter, and
then she goes and strikes a pose like this!

The coolest part of the day was seeing how many people came out to support our local Humane Society.  If I remember correctly $15k was raised on Sunday.  Wow.  Missoulians love their animals, so I am not surprised.  But still, pretty awesome.

This was the perfect way to spend our Sunday. We needed a day away from the same old toys, same old living room, same old high chair.  And you know what?  No more excuses not to keep doing stuff like this.  It wasn't dreadful getting out of the house, it just took a little forethought.  

We rounded out our perfect afternoon with a perfect evening.  Leftover pumpkin soup, my friend Jenny and her daughter Chloe and red wine.  Our girls played, we sipped wine and we tried to avoid the fact that Monday was staring us straight in the face.  

I went to bed Sunday night with a full heart, a full belly and with dreams of our next adventures.  No more sitting at home, no more excuses.  Life is so much fuller when you fill it.  And filled it we did this weekend.  To the brim.