Turn Your Living Space Into A Giving Space

7 08 2009

Everyday, we stumble into the world to work, play, eat, and everything in between. But, no matter how much fun we have in the streets, there’s really is no place like home (Thank you, Dorothy). On most days, there is no place that I’d rather be than my house. Yesterday, I was sitting around trying to think of little habits that I could introduce in order to make my household a giving household. And, to my great surprise, I created a list of 9 small yet effective ways that you (and I) can “turn our living space into a giving space.”

1. Place a piggy bank in your front hall or on your bedroom dresser and empty your loose change on a daily basis. At the end of the month, donate the funds to your favorite charity. This bank (right) even has a slot for your “charity change.”

Money Savvy Pig, $16.99

Money Savvy Pig, $16.99

2. Give back to the environment. Throw those water/wine bottles and pop cans in a bag, and recycle when it’s full.

3. Whenever you purchase a new item of clothing, automatically select something in your closet to give away. Put the items to the side and donate on a monthly basis or at the start of a new season.

4. Decorate your home with items that benefit a great cause, like the beautiful pillow below found on BuildANest.com. NEST provides micro-loans to female artists in developing countries, sells their crafts in the US, and recycles the money back.

Lotus Blossom EcoArt Pillow, $68

Lotus Blossom EcoArt Pillow, $68

5. The lotion that you never opened? The makeup samples still in the package? Gather those things and give to a local women’s shelter. You’d be surprised how new perfume or lipstick can help lift spirits of women going through difficult times.

6. Next time that you host a get-together, ask your guests to bring a canned good. Then, take the items to a food bank in your area.

7. Give back to yourself by placing motivational quotes around your house. One of my favorites:  “Everything you can imagine is real.” – Kimora Lee Simmons

8. Incorporate awards, Thank You letters, and other “gifts” from charities into the decor of your home. Last year, a 5-year old sweetheart made me a card complete with a heart, glitter, and my name. That beautiful piece proudly hangs on my fridge. It always makes me smile and reminds me of our fun time together!

9. Like fresh flowers, fruits, and veggies? Purchase your goods from a community garden or co-op. Your patronage will not only help to support the garden, but also any other programs/services provided.

If you have any ideas to add, drop them in the comments box! I’d love to know what you guys are doing!

-kb

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VIDEO: Giving Back To Yourself

17 07 2009

In today’s “Fab Gab,” I’m talking to you guys about the importance of giving back to yourselves! It’s honestly just as important as givng to others. You need to make sure that you’re taking the time to enrich and enhance your life. We only have one life…Make the best of it! The idea of today’s topic came to me while reading “Fabulousity” by Kimora Lee Simmons.

Check out my thoughts by watching the video below! Oh, and I think I coined the term “circle of giving.” Unless someone is already using it…

Have a great weekend, everyone! Talk to you all on Monday 🙂

-kb





Piperlime Makes It Easy To Donate Your Shoes

25 02 2009

In talking to many of you, it’s very clear that you’re more than ready for spring to arrive. You’ve picked out new shoes or are planning to purchase some new pairs to usher in the warm temperatures and green grass. Well, as you buy new shoes, at some point you may have to think about what to do with your old ones. If you have a local shelter or thrift store, then by all means you can donate them there.

If you buy your shoes on Piperlime.com, they have a program where you can send them your old shoes within the same box. 

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Piperlime’s charitable partner is Soles 4 Souls, a nonprofit organization committed to providing shoes domestically and globally to those in need. Soles 4 Souls has helped individuals everywhere from Appalachia to Southeast Asia. 

So, there you have it. Three simple steps to help you clean your closet and aid the world. And, who says that shoes don’t make the world a better place? 🙂

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Is Your Favorite Charity In Good Financial Health?

25 02 2009

As we give our money to nonprofits and various charitable groups, it’s very important that you know how your money is being used. That is, unless you have an unlimited amount of money to give. As for me, I want my dollars (or at least the majority) to go towards programs and services, and not administrative/operating costs.

I posted an article on Examiner.com discussing how CharityNavigator.org can provide you with a picture of a charity’s financial health, and give you other great tips on giving.

Read the story here.





28 Days, 28 Ways to be Kind

1 02 2009

Hey, all…I’ve decided to do one small act of kindness every day this month. I figure that there are only 28 days, so this is a completely feasible task! You can read about my decision in my Examiner post.

I also plan to post 28 acts of kindness that I plan to execute daily. In my Examiner article, I’m challenging everyone to join me. You can do it…I believe in you 🙂

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Cheeky Does Charity

14 01 2009

Jennifer from Cheeky Chicago shares her thoughts on giving back on the Cheeky Chicago website…Link below!!!

Cheeky Does Charity

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Link of the Day

7 01 2009

www.dailychallenge.org

This is the perfect site for those of you who like to combine social networking with social change! DailyChallenge.org suggests acts or ‘challenges’ that members can take into the real world to positively impact themselves and their communities.

The concept behind Daily Challenge is very simple: Do one good, daily. And, most of the daily challenges (which you select), are slight things you can do to make a difference. One of today’s challenges? Take three articles of clothing from your closet and drop them off at your nearest donation box. Easy enough, right?

-kb