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As you all know, Hurricane Sandy has affected millions of people all along the East Coast. There are many ways to help all who were affected by this storm whether it’s by donating time, money, clothes, or just helping clean up. As a fellow East Coaster, I know how important it is to help others rebuild and move on past this horrific natural disaster. I know and have seen first hand how much this storm has taken from New York alone. It has destroyed homes, businesses, cars, and other property that could take months, even years to fix, if they can be fixed at all.
ALotOnYourPlate.com’s newest post has a list ways to help those affected by Sandy. Contact information for each effort is located on the websites linked below.
As I always say, if you are not in the position to donate anything at this time, word of mouth is another way to help spread awareness for any cause.
Please spread the word and help the East Coast rebuild and get past this horrific event.
Tips, Tricks, & How To’s: Dealing With Stress is up now at ALotOnYourPlate.com.
It is okay to admit that from time to time things could get a little stressful. Stress does not mean there is something wrong with you or the world around you is in chaos. It simply means you could have a lot on your plate and just need to take a step back. Whether at the workplace or home, tips for dealing with stress pretty much the same idea in mind, keep calm & carry on.
Check out A Lot On Your Plate’s tips and tricks for dealing with stress and powering through situations even when you have a lot on your plate.
As always thank you so much for reading!
Uniting Girls to Change the World.
When I heard about this cause, I was so moved. Girl Up (with the help of the United Nations Foundation) is a foundation dedicated to giving American girls the opportunity to become global leaders and help underprivileged, adolescent girls around the world.
The goal and vision of Girl Up is to help girls from countries like Liberia, Ethiopia, Somalia, Malawi, and Guatemala, live happy, healthy, safe, educated lives.
There are more than 500 million bright, talented girls living in developing countries who each have a dream, but are often unable to reach their full potential due to the circumstances around them.
Can you imagine not being able to get an education, be seen by a doctor when you needed to, or just wanted to be included in your community, but can’t? Many girls struggle with this on a daily basis. With the help of Girl Up, American girls can now get involved and take part in finding a solution to help other girls around the world overcome these obstacles and help them better their lives.
GirlUp.org offers tips on how girls can get involved in their own community and help raise money and awareness for this foundation in the hope of helping other girls achieve their dreams, just as they are doing themselves.
From car washes to bake and garage sales, girls all over America can chip in and do their part to pay it forward and help girls of all ages in developing countries.
Check out the video below from the Girl Up YouTube page to find out a little bit more on what Girl Up is all about:
There are other ways to help spread the word about Girl Up. You can take action by spreading the “Girlafesto”. The “Girlafesto” is where you tell five of your friends and/or family members to get involved with Girl Up, then they would pass the message on to their five friends and/or family members. You can also purchase Girl Up gear like bumper stickers and totes. You can become a BFF in which you are a Girl Up supporter who has gone above and beyond to help support Girl Up. From hosting Girl Up events to word of mouth on Facebook and petitions, a Girl Up BFF helps spread the word and awareness of this foundation.
Did you know that there are over 67 million children that are currently not enrolled in school, most of which are young girls? For girls, being in school can mean avoiding long work hours, staying healthy, and getting a job when the time comes and they are ready to.
In developing countries, young girls are also not receiving the proper health care. Girls are also more likely to be subjected to violence and discrimination.
I strive for a better world and I know that you wish the same. Even if you are not a young American girl, you can still do your part to help others in this world and make a difference.
For more information on Girl Up, check out GirlUp.org. You can even donate to the cause by clicking here. Even the littlest amount helps. If you are unable to donate financially at this time, word of mouth is always encouraged as well.
To learn more about how you or your daughter can start a Girl Up Club, follow the link to the PDF file and download the Girl Up Starter Guide. There, you will find out everything you need to know on how to get started and involved in your community. Get Involved.
“I am a girl. bright, able, outspoken, soft-spoken, serious, spirited, adventurous, curious, and strong. I am me. I follow. I lead. I learn. I teach. I change my hair, my clothes, my music, and my mind. I have a voice that speaks, ideas to stand on, a world to step up to. I matter. and so does she. She may look different and talk different. But she is like me. She is a girl. And together we will rise up. Because while I am strong, together we are stronger. And together, our voices will change the world. You see a girl. We see a future.” – Girlafesto
Together, we can all make this world a better place for our children, our grandchildren, our families, and ourselves. Thanks for reading.
I just wanted to use today’s post to thank all the wonderful fathers, grandfathers, & father figures for all they do to support their family’s! Your hard work and dedication to your family is truly appreciated.
Just like the mothers, without you, this blog wouldn’t be possible.
Please be sure to use today as a day to honor and express appreciation for the fathers, grandfathers, & father figures in your life, who inspire and push you to be the best they know you can be. Always be grateful for them, as they are for you.
Have a healthy & happy Father’s Day!
“A cupcake can’t change someone’s life … But people who care can! - Birthday Fairies
(update: The Birthday Fairies have now thrown 18 parties)
I was so moved when I heard about Birthday Fairies and wanted to share such this amazing cause. This Good Cause comes to us from 12-year-old Anna. Anna had a dream and created Birthday Fairies, a charity that throws birthdays for children in need.
With the help of her teacher Debbie and The Community Action Club, Anna formed her Birthday Fairies Club in her school and began to fulfill her dream of throwing birthday parties for underprivileged children in shelters.
Anna and The Birthday Fairies have already thrown 15 parties! Their goal is to throw as many parties as they can.
BirthdayFairies.org has pictures of past birthday parties thrown, tips on how you and your family can get involved, and a checklist with what you would need to start your own Birthday Fairie Club. Donations are also accepted through the site as well.
For more information on the amazing Birthday Fairies, check out BirthdayFairies.org.
Dinner Made Simple:
Kraft Fresh Takes & Sizzling Salad Products
I’m always looking for great recipes that aren’t to time-consuming during the week. Kraft’s new line of dinner kits helps make dinner a little easier.
Kraft Foods came out with 2 new products guaranteed to provide a quick and easy dinner that tastes great.
Kraft Fresh Takes ($3.99)
The Italian Parmesan Breadcrumb Mix is a hit in my household. This “set it and forget it” recipe is perfect for dinner after a long day at work or school. Kraft Fresh Takes comes in a bunch of flavors like Rosemary and Roasted Garlic, Southwest Three Cheese, and Cheddar Jack and Bacon. (Recipes available for chop meat as well).
Take one of the Fresh Take breadcrumb mixes and rip the bag the crumbs come in accordingly. Mix the breadcrumbs with the cheese, shake until all the ingredients ae mixed well. Take 4 pieces of chicken, one by one placing in the breadcrumb and shaking until the chicken (or fish) is coated. The cooking time varies on what you are using the breadcrumb mix with. Bake as directed.
Kraft Sizzling Salads are the perfect way of infusing flavor into a healthy dinner. Simply cook 4 chicken breasts on each side for 4-5 mins. Make sure they are cooked through. Turn heat down low and add 2 tablespoons of the sauce, heat on low for 1 min.
separately, take salad and mix with the salad dressing.
Perfect with italian or wheat bread.
Below are the nutritional value for the Fresh Takes (Italian Parmesan Recipe) and the Sizzling Salad (Tuscan Chicken)
Have you ever or plan on trying any of these Kraft products? All comments welcome below!
For more info on these and other Kraft products, head to Kraft.com.