Giving Back

Are We Giving To Satisfy Ourselves?

posted by Andrea | 12/6/2016 | 40 comments

There are so many times when we (myself included) have our own agendas for giving — we want to give what WE want to give, whether it is useful or needed or appreciated by the recipient.

I hope today’s post reminds all of us to take few minutes to think how our gifts might best be used — not only for family and friends but also donations and other charitable giving!

A Few Things to Consider Before You Donate

posted by Andrea | 11/18/2015 | 51 comments

Although the holiday season is often filled with consumerism and spending money, there is also a HUGE amount of charitable giving that takes place this time of year.

Today, I’m sharing my thoughts after a few recent conversations with donation centers and volunteers… definitely something to consider the next time you’re ready to head to your local donation center or food pantry.

50+ Clutter-Free Gift Ideas for All Ages

posted by Andrea | 10/28/2015 | 3 comments

Over the past 5 years, I’ve shared many different Clutter-Free Gifts posts; so this year, I thought I’d try to compile ALL those posts and ALL those ideas into one place.

It’s a LONG list — but I’m sure I’m missing some good ideas — so I’d love for you to share your favorite clutter-free gifts in the comments!

Holiday Opportunities to Give Back

posted by Andrea | 11/14/2013 | 19 comments

In an effort to jump-start the generous spirit of the holiday season, I thought I’d share some of my thoughts about holiday giving along with a few ideas we can all give back this season.

I’d also love to hear some of your favorite ways to give back — both during the holiday season and all year long.

A Random Acts of Kindness Challenge

posted by Andrea | 05/23/2013 | 24 comments

I’m excited to share today’s post with you — because it’s a guest post I requested from a loyal reader.

Dallas, from Day-by-Day Masterpiece, has taken a one-year challenge to perform random acts of kindness each week. I think this idea is awesome… and today, Dalas is sharing a few really simple (and free) random acts of kindness we can all do in the coming week.

My Christmas Gift to Myself

posted by Andrea | 01/5/2013 | 25 comments

I don’t know about you, but I like to give myself a Christmas and birthday gift 🙂 This year, the gift I gave myself was a super comfy and soft Michigan Home t-shirt from the Home. T Company.

They have many other states available, and a portion of each sale helps support research for Multiple Sclerosis. Wouldn’t these also make a fun graduation gift?

Creative & Cutter-Free Gifts {Day 5}: Charitable Donations

posted by Andrea | 11/30/2012 | 7 comments

Today is day 5 in my week-long Creative & Clutter-Free Gifts series… and we’re talking about a bunch of ways you can give back to different charities!

If you have people on your list who literally have everything, a simple donation to special charities in their name might be the best gift you can give them.

Weekend Giveaway: Better Life Bags Nesting Pouches

posted by Andrea | 11/9/2012 | 526 comments

To say I’m super excited about today’s giveaway would be a HUGE understatement. I’m absolutely thrilled and honored to be able to share today’s featured business — Better Life Bags — with all of you.

Oh yeah, and the giveaway is fabulous too 🙂

eBook Bundle 90% Off + a Chance to Give Back

posted by Andrea | 10/2/2012 | 11 comments

I usually write all my blog posts well in advance, but just yesterday, I learned about a REALLY amazing opportunity to “give back” to a fellow mom in need — and I wanted to do my part to help her out.

Keep reading if you’d like to help someone in need AND snag a huge bundle of fabulous eBooks for only $5.

Are You Guilted into Giving?

posted by Andrea | 05/26/2012 | 19 comments

It seems like almost every week we get asked to give some type of donation to a charitable cause, non-profit organization, school fundraiser, church event, etc. etc. Of course, all of these requests are for wonderful organizations that really DO need donations.

I feel guilty for saying no, but Dave and I just can’t say yes to every request. If you’ve ever felt guilty for saying no to a request for money, or if you’ve ever given out of guilt, I might have a “solution” for you…

Taking the Time to Say Thanks

posted by Andrea | 08/10/2011 | 10 comments

If you or anyone else in your family has recently had a birthday, you probably exchanged a few gifts and heard “thank-you” after each gift was un-wrapped.  {If not, you might want to work on that!} Saying “thanks” is a pretty simple thing to do — however, it does take thought and effort on our part. And even though it just make sense to say “thank-you” after receiving a gift, hearing a nice compliment, or after an act of kindness; […]

The Season for Giving — 64 days and counting

posted by Andrea | 10/22/2010 | 3 comments

I’ve been thinking a lot about clutter free gifts {again!} No, I’m not a scrooge and I don’t hate gifts — but I do hate all the needless clutter and overspending that seems to accompany every holiday season. Last year, Dave and I gave {and received} plenty of great gifts, but one thing we decided to give everyone on our list was a donation {made out in their name} to the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee {CRWRC}. We felt this was a great organization to […]