Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Helping Others by Donating Your Hair

  
 There are lots of ways that we can help others, one is by donating a part of ourselves. 

Ive had the privilege of helping several friends donate their hair. Today was one of those days!

Its really simple to donate your hair. 
You just need to meet these guidelines:

  • Hair that is colored or permed is acceptable.
  • Hair cut years ago is usable if it has been stored in a ponytail or braid.
  • Hair that has been bleached (usually this refers to highlighted hair) is not usable. If unsure, ask your stylist. We are not able to accept bleached hair due to a chemical reaction that occurs during the manufacturing process. **If the hair was bleached years ago and has completely grown out it is fine to donate.
  • Hair that is swept off of the floor is not usable because it is not bundled in a ponytail or braid.
  • Hair that is shaved off and not in a ponytail or braid is not usable. If shaving your head, first divide hair into multiple ponytails to cut off.
  • We cannot accept dreadlocks. Our manufacturer is not able to use them in our children’s hairpieces. We also cannot accept wigs, falls, hair extensions or synthetic hair.
  • Layered hair is acceptable if the longest layer is 10 inches.
  • Layered hair may be divided into multiple ponytails.
  • Curly hair may be pulled straight to measure the minimum 10 inches.
  • 10 inches measured tip to tip is the minimum length needed for a hairpiece.
You can visit Locks of Love for all of the details as well as the address to mail your donation. 



Saturday, June 3, 2017

Helping Others: Justins Story

As I thought of how I can help someone today, I thought of my cousin.
One of the ways you can help someone is to share their story. Today I'm sharing my cousins story. 

This is my cousin Justin and I. He was born just two months before I was. As a little girl I remember my family telling me that Justin was allergic to the sun. 
 As Justin has gotten older his disease is so much more than being allergic to the sun. You can read his full story below.
https://www.youcaring.com/justinhamilton-823774

The Story

Justin was born with an extremely rare skin condition called Congenital Erythropoietic Porphyria (CEP) that makes him highly sensitive to the sun. This skin photosensitivity to the sun leads to severe blistering and scarring, as well as loss of facial features, much like deterioration. The main areas affected and most exposed to the sun are his face, ears, and hands. Other health and physical drawbacks Justin has faced include small hands with stiff joints and the lack of gripping due to the high degree of scarring. Because of this, Justin hasn't been able to proceed with his college degree in the HVAC field. Simple things like holding a wrench, buttoning a shirt, or opening a lid to name a few are daily struggles for Justin. He's a true inspiration as he's always figuring out his own ways to manage, physically and emotionally. Like for instance Justin has always enjoyed swing dancing, but because of the lack of gripping he would arch his wrist and that's how his dancing partner would hold onto him. Most recently, Justin had surgery on his thumb due to a severe blister getting infected. It was so bad, they had to take a part of the thumb bone so this has made his mobility in that hand even worse. Justin and his family has visited various specialists from his youth to present. With technology and knowledge of CEP improving, so far the only form of a "cure" is through a bone marrow transplant. This should allow Justin to be in the sun without the horrific aftermath his faces now. There is no known match through Justin's family yet, however faith is guiding him to a solution. Over the last few years, his eyes have been affected by the sun too. One of his eyes has a small crater in the inner white of his eye that with all the struggles has currently lead to surgery. They successfully​ preformed an eye graft and cornea transplant last week. Over the next month he has to make the 4 hour trip to see the doctor once a week to ensure it's not trying to reject the transplant. Eventually Justin will have surgery again to have tissue put on the thin parts and cover his eye with a permanent lens to protect it. This fundraiser is to assist Justin and his family in paying for home bills as his wife hasn't been able to work all last week due to his doctor visits and surgery plus future days off for checkups, medical expenses and prescriptions his insurance won't cover since the doctor is out of state, as well as gas to and from the doctors. Your generosity and prayers are greatly appreciated to help Justin get through this roadblock. 
Follow Justin's journey on Facebook or support him through YouCaring.
https://www.facebook.com/CEPAwarenessSupportingJustinHamilton/

Friday, June 2, 2017

Helping Others through Soles4Souls

I have found my kids have a large amount of shoes! 
As I was cleaning their closets out of shoes that no longer fit I started searching for ways to help others with these unneeded items. 

Thats when I found the organization Soles4Souls, 
you can learn more about them HERE.
Since Soles4Souls began in 2006, they have distributed over 30 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries and all 50 US states.
They are looking for gently used shoes of all sizes and styles. Our family donated 13 pairs and it was fun for my kids to understand that the shoes they no longer wear are going to help other kids who don't have any. The art of giving!
 Are you looking for more ways you can join the #HelpingOthers challenge?
1. Come back tomorrow.
2. Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date by clicking HERE.
3. Learn more about our team and mission to Help Others in all aspects of their lives by clicking HERE.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Helping Others by donating a Bra

We live in a society with so much stuff! Stuff that sits on shelves or in drawers. Stuff that collects dust and gets shuffled from one place to the next. 

What if instead of letting our things take up more room, we turned it into ways to help others?!

Our Mission for the next 30 days is to challenge each of you to use what you have to benefit those around you with our #HelpingOthers challenges. 

So glad your here to join us!
Its reported that the average woman in the U.S. has 16 bras and adds 4 purchases each year to her stash. Often those unused/outdated bras get tossed in the trash.
Today I challenge you to donate your bras to a cause that will help Girls who have been rescued from sex trafficking. The organization is called Free The Girls, you can learn more about them by visiting http://www.freethegirls.org/
They truly have an incredible mission!
To donate its very simple, go to their site, download the printing label to ship bras directly to the organization. You can also search for those in your area who are hosting a drop off location. Our MOPS group did this a few years ago and it was a huge success. 

If your looking to stay up to date with our challenge you can:
1. Check back here. 
2. Follow us on Facebook by clicking HERE
3. Learn more about our team and mission to help others by visiting HERE.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Helping Others


 I want you to think back to a time when you or your family has been in need. 

We have all had that helpless moment at some point in our lives.

During the month of June our focus is going to be on HELPING OTHERS. 

This is a project that can impact everyone in your family, young and old.

The blessing to be able to help those around us who are struggling with things like a meal to eat, food for their tables, their health, their finances, shoes for their feet are just a few examples why we are #HelpingOthers to have a better future.

Are you open to Helping Others? 

If so there are a few ways you can participate:
1. Come back here on June 1st for all of the details and daily challenges. 

2. Follow the challenge on Facebook to get instant updates, encouragement and share your own success in helping others. 

3. Learn more about Our Team and our mission to help others, you might be a perfect fit!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Save Time & Money on Your Household Shopping

I'm Blessed to be a Mom of 4 kids! They make my days happy and my heart full but can drain the shopping budget in a hurry along with making my head spin as we stand in checkout lines.

Several years ago I realized that I needed to be smarter with my energy, time and money. 

I joined an online shopping club that focuses on helping families to get the highest quality, Eco-friendly products into our homes and doing so on a budget. 

Biggest Benefits for Us:
  • Delivered to my front door. 
  • 30-50% savings vs. our local stores.
  • Monthly coupons and specials to save even more.
  • 100% Satisfaction guarantee on ALL of the things I buy.
 Are you interested in learning about an Online Shopping Club that offers Wholesome products at Wholesale prices? 


You can also checkout honest reviews. 

Here's to having more energy, time and money!










Thursday, May 11, 2017

5 Easy to Care for Flowers


Mothers Day is this weekend! 
And a favorite gift for me to give to the Moms on my list is flowers! Flowers are fun no matter what the occasion, but I love giving living plants that they can enjoy not only for the week but for the season and possibly even years to come. 
5 Easy to Care for Flowers
1. Iris: iris are among the most elegant -- and easy to grow -- flowers of spring. They come in a large variety of colors and sizes.
2. Peony: You can enjoy the bright-colored lush fullness of the peony flower in your outdoor landscape. These are a personal favorite and will come back year after year.
3. Salvia: Salvia plants, commonly known as Sage, are long-blooming, deer resistant and easy to care for.
4. Snowball Bush: An amazingly 'SHOWY' addition to any landscape; the Viburnum Macrocephalum, more commonly known as the 'Chinese Snowball Bush', is beautiful and easy-to-grow. The flowers emerge a striking lime-green in late spring and gradually turn to snowy-white in mid-May; they retain their green color for several weeks before turning to cream and then to white.
5. Pansy: The garden pansy is a type of large-flowered hybrid plant cultivated as a garden flower. These are annuals and work well in hanging baskets or pots.
Each of these flowers is easy to care for, has beautiful blooms and make for great gifts. 
 As Mothers Day comes, be sure to show your love to the women who mean so much to us. With a call, hug, handmade card or flower. 
If your looking for more gardening advice follow the link below: 
http://www.abetterfutureforyou.info/article/advice-from-a-garden?sabrina

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Creating A Peaceful Home

1 Corinthians 14:33 
 For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. 

There are moments in life when we feel chaos! Chaos in our minds, souls, families and homes.  
I try to create a home of peace for my family. With 4 kids its often an illusion in my mind Im sure but there are certain things I do that help me to create a peaceful home for our family. 

Natural Light
Nature is a direct reflection of peacefulness to me. I leave our windows open to let the natural light in giving that airy feeling.
Entrance 
As soon as you walk in our front door you are welcomed by photos of our family. I think this helps to give our kids a sense of belonging. They know they are supposed to be here, are a part of our family and are loved.
Smells
Our sense of smell is one of the best senses we have. Its been documented that our sense of smell is one of the biggest triggers to memories. I like to have Essential Oils in our diffuser that are calming and peaceful or reflect the season. My favorite oils for the season can be found HERE.
Simplicity
I find my own mind is clearer and at peace when I have simplicity in what my eyes can see. Less clutter and toys. Things in their places. Baskets are often found in our home to help keep things in their places and create uniformity. {Looking for ways to use baskets? Check out this blog post.}

My wish for you is that you find your home is a place of comfort and peace. I recently have found areas in our home are a bit chaotic. Join me in the weeks to come as I share how Ive brought peace back to our home and created a balanced environment. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

That time of Year

It's that beautiful  time of year!! 
Flower planting is happening. Peas are popping  through the soil in my garden.

Lots of babies around our place....

Including  these super cute chick's my kids adore!
And my yard is in bloom! I love this time of year when beauty surrounds us and you can feel the Temps getting warmer.

May your week be full of blessings! 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Spring White Barn Treasures 2017


We had another incredible  visit  at the White Barn!
so blessed  to  have  the  opportunity  to  take some of my creations, spend time with friends, enjoy  the beauty of the day and just be.
 My big girls came with  me and we're the best help! 

Here are some of my  creations that I brought  with us:










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