Archives for December 2017

Give Back – 25 Non-Traditional Ways To Heart Your Christmas This Year

I thought I would do something against the norm, and did some research on giving for this Christmas season. <3

First and foremost, any of the links found in this post are not affiliate links

I’ve come up with 25 ways to give this Christmas season…(25 non-traditional ways). There are definitely many, many more things to do for Christmas that will make a big difference in someone’s life. However, I’ve disclosed enough here to give you a good start.

Spend Christmas beyond the usual this year! Use some of the resources I’ve included below and see how different you feel. <3 =)

1) My First One is Special! Give your grandchildren a gift of money. Make them understand that this gift of money is to give to a charity of their choice. Another idea would be to give to homeless shelters and animal shelters. Your grandchild’s parents are the ones to help pick and choose; and also, help designate a time and place.

2) Give To Food Banks <3 There are many more than what I've included here. http://www.feedingamerica.org/take-action/

https://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/take-action

3) Spend Christmas day cooking and deliver meals to homeless shelters and/or neighbors and family that are homebound. Make this a family project.

4) Make use of old clothing, coats; and deliver them to homeless shelters.

5) Stuff stockings for homeless shelters.

6) Donate to the Salvation Army.
(as expressed on the site)…To donate by phone with a live operator call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769)

Volunteer
http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/volunteer/
Ways To Give
http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/ways-to-give/

7) Sign up and use Amazon Smile when you shop for your (traditional) Christmas gifts.
The Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

8) Donate 10 Books to Firstbook.org And help young children learn.

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9) Shop at Yoobi. Every Yoobi item you purchase helps provide essential school supplies to classrooms in need across the U.S.
https://yoobi.com/

10) Give/Donate To Toys For Tots.
https://www.toysfortots.org/donate/Default.aspx

11) Give To Breast Cancer Research.
https://www.bcrf.org/

12) Race For a Cure! (breast cancer).
https://ww5.komen.org/raceforthecure/

13) Donate To The Pregnancy Center (and other centers like it). You can give (baby items) to your local pregnancy centers.

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14) Donate Old Cell Phones To Soldiers So They Can Stay In Touch With Family.

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15) Volunteer At Churches Around Your Neighborhood.

16) Spend your Christmas Visiting Various Nursing Homes. You could deliver baked goods, gift baskets, boxes of candy. Better yet; give the gift of time. There are so many things you can do. You could read to the residents, you could deliver (small trees, with the permission of the nursing home), and decorate them. You could also sing Christmas songs. Be creative with this one and think of something you’d like to do. The residents will greatly appreciate your gift of time and your companionship.

17) Make up food baskets to deliver to your local fire department. This is an excellent way to thank the fire fighters for their service. You will need to call ahead and get a head count for each fire fighter. You can be creative with this one too. It doesn’t have to be food baskets. Perhaps a stuffed stocking.

The next two are dear to my heart! <3

18) Spend your Christmas day with broken and lonely animals in shelters.

19) Donate blankets, toys, and food, to your local animal hospitals and shelters.
https://hopeforpaws.nationbuilder.com/onetimedonation

20) Give To Foster Care.
https://www.togetherwerise.org/donate.php

Donate Online

Give to Serenity


https://www.adoptuskids.org/adoption-and-foster-care/overview/ways-to-help

21) Support The Hunger Site. Shop The Store – They give a portion of every purchase to charity partners.
https://thehungersite.greatergood.com/store/ths/site

Feed Hungry Americans
Donate $1.00 For Shoes While Youre There!
http://thehungersite.greatergood.com/clickToGive/ths/thank-you

22) Donate your hair to Wigs For Kids.

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23) Donate to Stand Up To Cancer.
http://www.standuptocancer.org/

24) Send care packages to Support Our Troops.
https://www.supportourtroops.org/care-packages

25) Support The Arbor Day Foundation.

Taken directly from the site: – Trees make a world of difference—this is your opportunity to make a difference for them. Together, we can green up our communities, replant forests across the country, save the rain forest and make an impact on our planet.

https://www.arborday.org/takeaction/
https://shop.arborday.org/donate-general.aspx

I certainly hope this post helps inspire you in some way for Christmas 2017!

May The Lord sincerely bless you and keep you safe! <3

Have a Blessed and Merry Christmas and Many Wishes for the Best and Safe 2018!!

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: Coping with Unexpected Baldness

For women and Grandma’s in particular, sudden hair loss can be a source of considerable anxiety. It’s common in men, but just isn’t expected by a lady who’s gone through most of her life with a fine head of hair. But it happens to women as they age in all ethnicities and every walk of life. Instead of fixating on the problem or feeling like a victim, modern women have a number of solutions to for coping with the problem. <3

Causes and Compassion

Unexpected female hair loss can be caused by any combination of factors. This can include genetics, high stress levels, dietary changes, medications, illnesses like lupus or cancer, menopause, and hypothyroid problems. One way to cope with the distress is to talk it through with friends or loved ones. You could even find support groups and sympathetic ears through social media by enquiring at your local hair pharmacy, or a salon like Detour Salon & Detour The Store. The important thing is that you find a channel for venting your emotions and gaining support and acceptance.


Natural Stress Relief

There are natural ways to cope with the anxiety and encourage new hair growth. If you’re suffering from an illness or even high stress, you should see a professional to treat the underlying problem first. Some forms of hair loss are reversible and some are not. You should at the least embark on a program of stress-relief. Take some time during the day to meditate, enjoy a cup of chamomile or green tea, or just cuddle with a pet. A little exercise is also a great help. You might also consider a range of dietary supplements, thought to support a healthy scalp. 😉

Alternative Treatments

Consider products such as Propecia or Rogaine. Minoxidil, for example, is specifically made for women. There are also products called anti-sebolytic scalp treatments to clean and revitalize hair follicles. Scalp massagers and both over-the-counter and prescription shampoos created to treat thinning hair are available. Other alternatives include hair plugs, hair transplants, and similar remedies that work for women as well as men. Consult a dermatologist to see what other options might be helpful for your personal circumstances.

Hair Styling Salons

Check with your hairstyling salon and ask for suggestions. The right hair style, even if it’s a little peculiar, can cover or distract from bald patches. They may also be able to apply new solutions like shake-in fibers or powders that seem to thicken hair or re-color patches of exposed scalp. You could ask about weaves, wigs, or even consider wearing a trendy hat when out in public. Most reputable hair salons will have experience with hair loss solutions.

There are both long and short-term solutions to coping with hair loss, both emotionally and physically, but it’s a common problem. Help is available.