Tag Archives: Charity

Today I Love….A Movember Giveaway!

7 Nov

Movember is something we do here in Australia to support men’s charities – if you are from overseas, this may seem a little strange to you!

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in Australia and around the world. The aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and depression in men.

On Movember 1st, guys register at Movember.com with a clean-shaven face and then for the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo growing efforts.

Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November and through their actions and words raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.

At the end of the month, Mo Bros and their female supporters (known as Mo Sistas) celebrate their gallantry and valor by either throwing their own Movember party or attending one of the infamous Gala Partés held around the world by Movember, for Movember.

So, to celebrate and promote this wonderful cause, we will have a twitter based giveaway for this lovely little double finger Moustache Ring from my shop, Just For You Jewels.

If you miss out on the giveaway, you can purchase one of these rings by contacting me through the shop on facebook for only $12 plus postage here.

To enter the giveaway:

  1. Follow @jstforumelb on twitter.
  2. Simply tweet “I just entered to win a funky little Movember Moustache Ring!  Just follow @jstforumelb and retweet.  http://wp.me/pU9S6-MR”
  3. Each tweet counts as one entry
  4. You can get extra entries by leaving a comment on this post (with your email address) or by subscribing to my blog (on the right hand side)

Competition starts when this post is published and is open to Australian residents only.

Competition ends at 9pm AEST Tuesday 22nd November, 2011.

Winner will be announced via twitter/email/direct message and published Wednesday 23rd on this blog home page.

You can donate to the Movember cause here.

In the meantime, check these out!!

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Happy Movember!!!

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Today I love….following me

15 Dec

I got something new today……

I can’t tell you what it is!!!

I am super excited about it!!!

Some of you have most definitely already seen them…they come from Peurto Rico 🙂

The reason I cannot tell you about it is because I am one of those people who buys things for themselves every time they do their Christmas shopping!!! Yep, One for you = two for me!!! This is a present for me and a very special friend…

I love Christmas…I spoil myself and everyone else I possibly can….and this year I will be donating to my favourite charities and a few more as well!!

Merry Christmas my lovely little readers!!!

Love and hugs from me!!

All images courtesy weheartit.com

Today I love….Pura Vida

27 Aug

A new take on ‘friendship’ bracelets!!

Let’s all get real friendly now…..

“The phrase “Pura Vida” (pu·ra vi·da) means pure life in Spanish. Enjoying life slowly, celebrating good fortune and not taking anything for granted embody the Pura Vida Lifestyle. The hard work that went into each bracelet represents the dedication and respect for the beautiful land that we all live in. Each original bracelet is handmade in Costa Rica with a unique combination of colors. Selecting your “Pura Vida” bracelet isn’t always a quick task. Local jewlers spend days, even weeks creating specific bracelets to express their lifestyle. From vibrant colors to earth tones, Pura Vida Bracelets has any combination for you.

While traveling through Central America, the team at Pura Vida Bracelets realized they needed to help clean up the beautiful beaches around the world. With the success of the bracelets, the company decides to donate a percentage of company profits to the Surfider Foundation. The Surfrider Foundation is a grass roots organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the oceans and beaches worldwide. It has over 50,000 members and over 140,000 volunteer hours. Pura Vida Bracelets strives to go above and beyond your average new fashion trend and truly give back to an important cause.

Whether it be at the beach, going to work, or even a night on the town, Pura Vida Bracelets has proven to be worn at all times. It will be interesting to see this promising company continue to grow over the rest of summer. Hello fashion world, Pura Vida Bracelets has arrived and is here to stay!

For more info, pictures and updates visit http://www.puravidabracelets.com

From here:

Pura Vida Bracelets Sparks Latest Fashion Trend in Southern California

Today I love….Everyday Hero: 30 Days Has September

25 Aug

Registration is open now for 30 Days Has September 2010…..

Tell your friends , family and co-workers what you’re doing, and get them involved. 30dhs is your own challenge where each new experience is a success, and where cost and time, age, gender and location should act as no barrier to taking on new activities.

Taste, smell, feel and act out fresh and exciting new experiences.

Get your friends, family and colleagues to participate and sponsor each other per experience or as a one off donation. Set yourself a goal of how many new things you would like to do. It’s totally up to you! Aim to try something new each day throughout September to get the most out of the 30 days.

The goal this year is to raise $100,000 supporting programs and services for Aussie kids who have been effected by substance abuse, mental illness and/or homelessness. Through the charitable trust the Ted Noffs Foundation’s Street University the difference you make will go a long way to helping these kids make the most of their days ahead.

Everyday Hero: 30 Days Has September

Today I love….Cupcake Wars

16 Aug

Today is the RSPCA Cupcake Day!!!

So I hope that you are all munching away on pretty, lovely, yummy little cupcakes and of course, donating lots of $$$$ to a good cause!!!

If you missed my post about the RPSCA Cupcake Day, you can find it here….

In the meantime….

There is a war going on in our kitchens…..

A war over CUPCAKES!!!!

Love, love, love the idea…….

“Cupcake Wars pits Cupcake vs. Cupcake in Food Network’s tastiest competition yet.

In the latest episode, 4 cupcake makers vie to have their treats presented at the Alma Awards.

Judged on taste and presentation, only one will win the gig.

We are about to put on our helmet, pick up our frosting gun and go to battle.

The war is on!”

Cupcake Wars : Cupcake Wars : Food Network

Look at this amazing photo I found while searching for the above pics:

All images courtesy We Heart It

Today I love….Ice Cream for Breakfast

11 Aug

Ice Cream for Breakfast?

There is only one word to say about that… Yummmm!

Every day Give Kids The World’s Wish families enjoy delicious ice cream from early in the morning until late in the evening. In fact, we have been serving ice cream for breakfast at the Village for over 20 years and now we think its time to share the concept with the rest of the world!

Give Kids The World Village invites everyone to support this delicious idea during the month of July by giving a “Scoop of Hope” for the families who stay at the Village every day of the year. Your “Scoop of Hope” will help ensure that we can continue to serve ice cream, every day of the year, to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Having all the ice cream they can eat is just one part of the magical vacation Give Kids The World provides to these special children.

Here’s how you can Get Involved today!

Donate and Share a Scoop of Hope

By donating just $5.00 and picking your favorite Scoop of Hope, you’ll be helping us continue to serve ice cream for breakfast year round.

Get Involved :: Ice Cream for Breakfast

Today I love….Soles 4 Souls

7 Aug

This may be old news for some of you, but here we go anyhoo!!!

We all love a free pair of shoes….but these people in need will love them a lot more than you and I do when it is the only pair they own!!!

“Soles 4 Souls has a simple concept: we get shoes and give them away.

In the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami that hit Southeast Asia, Wayne Elsey, the Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls® Inc., felt compelled to do something. Like many of us, he did not know what to do. He was at home one night, watching TV and he saw a picture of a single shoe washing up on the beach. That triggered a few calls to some other executives in the footwear industry and the subsequent donation of a quarter of a million shoes to victims in the devastated countries.

A year later when Katrina hit, Wayne called the same group of friends, and they sent over a million pairs of shoes down to the gulf coast communities affected by the hurricane. In all honesty, he admits that he did not expect such an immediate and successful turnout. This left him wondering, why not start a non-profit and do this all the time? One year later, Soles4Souls was formally created.

It has been that simple: changing the world one pair at a time.

Soles4Souls receives large donations from footwear companies, retailers, churches, nonprofit ministries, civic groups, schools, and individuals and saw that this could become a full time organization. That’s why Soles4Souls was created – to facilitate the donations from these groups to the people who desperately need footwear.”

Yes, you can donate from any part of the world….and you can send the shoes duty free

Soles4Souls | A Shoe Charity Giving To Those In Need

Today I love….Free Rice

13 Jul

Well, well, well…..we finally seem to have a worthy “click” charity here….most of the ones I’ve found seem to be run by the dodgy brothers…..anyhoo…..

Some of you may or may not believe this – but my Mother found this one!

Yay Mum! What a legend she is….on the same bandwagon as her daughter….finding super cool stuff on the interweb…..

So…..how do we get the Free Rice!!??? No, it’s not free for you ya big douche! All you will get is (hopefully) a bigger brain….I bet you are sitting there in front of a computer in a nice warm place, at an actual D.E.S.K with fresh running tap water nearby I am sure…. this is for the United Nations World Food Program

* Click on the right answer in the middle of this page.

* If you get it right, you get a harder question. If you get it wrong, you get an easier question.

* For each answer you get right, we donate 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program.

WARNING: This game may make you smarter. It may improve your speaking, writing, thinking, grades, job performance… (more)

via FreeRice

Today I love….Betty White’s 2011 Calendar

9 Jul

Oh, what a lovely old dear…..

Isn’t she just gorgeous??!!!

Yeah, and the men too…..

She is 88 years old and still kicking it with the hunks for a photo shoot….

Go Betty, Go Betty Go!!

Proceeds to benefit the Morris Animal Foundation, which supports research on animal health and welfare so get this one on your wishlists now folks!!!

Betty White’s 2011 Calendar – The Golden Girl Poses With Shirtless Hunks – StyleList

Today I love….Living Below the Line

9 Jul

I love, love, love being frugal (read: tight-ass)….

Living below the line…Hmmmm….

Is is really that hard? We can all do that can’t we?

Especially in these tough times….

I am sure we can all use an extra dollar or two and then help out others by putting this money to a good cause….

The Global Poverty Project’s vision is a world without extreme poverty within a generation.Imagine if you only had $2 to get by on each day…

This is the challenge faced daily by 1.4 billion people living under the extreme poverty line. Today it is the challenge we are asking you to undertake.

From the 2nd – 6th August, we invite you to Live Below the Line – to live on less than AU$2 of food per day.

For five days in August you will experience one of the basic challenges faced daily by those living in extreme poverty – struggling to obtain the basic food reqiurements each day. You will sacrifice the things you take for granted… Your resourcefulness will be put to the test… But it will become one of the most rewarding weeks of your life.

Your involvement will not only be enlightening to yourself. It will engage your friends and family to be challenged by some of the realities of extreme poverty.

It will also enable you to fundraise towards your choice of two causes that are working towards a world without poverty: the resourcing of new schools for remote communities in cambodia, or the Global Poverty Project’s Poverty Education Program.

Find out more about these projects

Sign up to take part now

The eat on only $2 a day theory is workable and proven here by one participant with a shopping list and meal plan….

08 Jul 2010 by Sarah

When I first signed up to Live Below the Line, I planned on doing it as an individual, not as a team. I didn’t really feel comfortable asking my friends to put themselves out of their comfort zones. I was pleasantly surprised to find though, that just by chatting with a few people about what I was going to do, I had volunteers waving their hands to join! I’m actually heading overseas at the beginning of August, so I will be Living Below the Line next week. Thanks to my wonderful friends, I’ll be doing it in a team of three. This is a rough shopping list I’ve put together for us to work from:

5 day Shopping List for a Team of 3

900 grams Coles Smart buy Oats – $1.30

2 Litres Coles milk (full cream)  – $2.10

1 kg Coles smart buy raw sugar – $0.97

Bread x2 – $2.20

Eggs (a dozen) – $1.99

Stock cubes (6) – $.0.75

1 kg Lentils (red) – $4.63

1 kg Coles long grain white rice – $2.45

Fresh fruit and veg from market (I’ll be looking for things like potatoes, onion, garlic, pumpkin, leek, broccoli, carrots, bananas and oranges, plus any oil/butter, spices etc) – $13.61

TOTAL: $30

Meal plan:

Day 1:

Breakfast: 1 serve of oats – 100grams (maybe a little bit more for my two male counterparts), cooked with water and 50mls of milk, tablespoon of raw sugar. Also plan on finding some nice ripe bananas at the Vic market this weekend for mushing into the porridge. Yum!

Lunch: Rice and Dahl

Dinner: Soup and toast

Day 2:

Breakfast: Egg on toast (if this isn’t filling enough, a small serve of porridge as well)

Lunch: Mashed potato (potatoes + small amount of butter and milk) and steamed veg + Snack of fruit

Dinner: Soup

Day 3:

Breakfast: Porridge

Lunch: Rice and Dahl

Dinner: Potato Omelette

Day 4:

Breakfast: Egg on toast (+ porridge)

Lunch: Mashed potatoes and steamed veg + fruit snack

Dinner: Soup

Day 5:

Breakfast: Porridge with banana

Lunch: Rice and Dahl

Dinner: Soup

I’ve also included a mock shopping list and meal plan for individuals just to illustrate the difference.

5 day shopping list for Individuals

Fruit and Vegies from market – $5.00

Loaf of bread (20 slices) – $1.00

Peanut butter – $1.50

Dozen cage eggs – $2.00

Meal Plan:

Day 1 – 5:

Breakfast: 2 eggs on toast

Lunch/snack: Fruit and Peanut butter sandwiches

Dinner: Vegetable Soup

Honestly, I was shocked at how hard it was to write a five day shopping list for just $10. The end result seems quite limited and monotonous. This really brought the ‘lack of choice’ aspect of poverty into perspective for me – imagine having to eat the same thing EVERY DAY. I find it hard to deal with left overs from the night before! With only $10 to spend though, there really is no other option.

This shopping list is a good example of the limitations of Living Below the Line as an individual. Working as a team allows you to pool your budgets and buy products in bulk, allowing for greater variation during your week. Overall, writing these lists has really shown me how spoilt we are when it comes to the decisions we make about food, and how much more appreciation we need to develop for what we have.

Sarah is a participant in the Live Below the Line campaign – click here to sponsor her

You can share your stories too…

Live Below the Line

Today I love….Vicks – Road to Relief

7 Jul

Get on board this one folks!!!

We all need to buy our cough lollies in Winter and I just love snuggling in front of a nice warm heater when it’s freezing outside with the smell of Vicks Vaporub wafting around me….and no sore throats!!!

How Can I Help?

Purchase Vicks

Take action now! Every specially marked Vicks product you purchase will be paying for one child to be immunised against measles, to help in the fight against pneumonia.

HELP SPREAD THE WORD

Word of mouth is one of the most powerful
advertising tools available! Help be our voice and start a conversation:

  • Join our Facebook fan page and post to your Facebook profile (don’t forget to invite your friends too!)
  • Tweet with #vicksroadtorelief

Vicks – Road to Relief

Today I love…How to Simplify When You Love Your Stuff

6 Jul

I believe this article may just have been written for me!

I am actually currently in the process of downsizing and kid-proofing my house of junk (pleasure)….anyone who knows me will tell you that I have a lot of stuff (crap)….but this is all a good thing – ie. good for me; good for my sanity (the emotional benefits of de-cluttering are massive as we shall see below), good for my house, good for my finances and good for my health.

My aim is to fit the kids and Mr. Big and all their stuff in comfortably but also make myself a little teeny weeny craft corner in the kitchen so that I can set up the sewing machine and shoe making materials there….and of course all of this will also make Mr. Big feel more at home when he moves in….

This is an excerpt from a great post I found on a fave blog of mine, Zen Habits.

It is a guest post from Barrie Davenport of Live Bold and Bloom

How to Simplify When You Love Your Stuff

Simplifying is liberating and beautiful.

“It all depends on whether you have things, or they have you.” ~Robert A. Cook

Simplicity. It is a lovely ancient spiritual tradition that has seen a recent resurgence in popularity.  As we try to make sense of our erratic economy and the accompanying financial anxiety, it is natural to leap to a less risky lifestyle extreme — stop spending, scale back, live lean.

In spite of embracing the concept of simplicity, most people really love their stuff, and they love acquiring more stuff. Like our attitudes about a healthy diet, our feelings about material things are complicated. We know what’s good for us, but we just don’t want to give up what we like. Our stuff makes us feel good.

Is it possible to live a simple life and still love stuff?

How much letting go of stuff really counts toward simplifying anyway?

Living simply and detaching from material things will make you happier. There is real research and lots of anecdotal evidence to support the truth of this. But is it possible that some material things can add to our happiness, sense of contentment and joy in life? If so, how do you go about deciding what’s good stuff and what’s bad?

Here are some thoughts that might be useful.

1. Look around your house now.

Walk from room to room. Do you see things that you never use and don’t really care about? Why not give them away or sell them? Clear physical and psychic space by removing the “dead wood” in your environment. Someone else might really need these things.

2. Examine why you are hanging on to something.

3. Look at how you spend your time.

Do you have things you own for hobbies that you never pursue? Do you have a kitchen full of gadgets but you rarely cook?

4. Are you in a career that is thing-focused?

5. Consider experiences rather than things.

6. When you think about your things or want to purchase something new, consider these parameters:

  • It brings beauty into your life and stirs your soul.
  • It supports a passion or hobby.
  • It helps bring family and friends together in a creative, meaningful way.
  • It educates and enlightens.
  • It makes life profoundly simpler so that you can pursue more meaningful things.
  • It helps someone who is sick or incapacitated.
  • It is useful and necessary for day-to-day life.
  • It’s part of a meaningful tradition or a reminder of a special event.

7. You will know you are buying mindlessly if you:

  • Buy on a whim.
  • Buy to impress others.
  • Buy because you feel you deserve it.
  • Buy when you can’t afford it.
  • Buy just to update something that still works or looks fine.
  • Buy because someone else has it and you want it too.
  • Buy because the advertisement seduced you.
  • Buy because you are bored.
  • It’s purchased because buying soothes you.

Apply mindful purging to your current lifestyle and belongings, as well as thoughtful consideration to your future purchases. Carefully examine your motivations for keeping possessions or buying new things. Once you allow things to serve your soul, rather than you being a slave to your things, your life will evolve into an artful harmony between what you have and who you are.

Read more from Barrie at her blog, Live Bold and Bloom

and download her free e-book, How to Live a Meaningful Life.

Source: How to Simplify When You Love Your Stuff | zen habits

Today I love….Cupcake Day for the RSPCA 2010

6 Jul

It’s Cupcake Day!!

Everyone say YAY!!!

This is one of my favourite cupcakes of all time….

Kims Creative Cakes

So to get involved in the cupcake day….

On Monday 16 August, registered RSPCA Cupcake Cooks across Australia will descend on their schools, workplaces and social groups with batches of scrumptious homemade cupcakes to be exchanged for donations to the RSPCA.

To get involved…

  1. Register in your State/Territory. It’s FREE! We will automatically setup a fundraising page on your behalf
  2. Send your fundraising page to all your friends and family
  3. Download resources
  4. Plan your Cupcake Party and bake up a storm
  5. Add donations through your fundraising page
  6. Upload a photo to win fantastic prizes

Last year, you helped us raise $1.1 million to assist in the care and protection of Australia’s animals. This year we want to top that total with hundreds and thousands, and reach our target of
$2.5 million! The cherry on top of the cupcake is that for every $100 raised online, you’ll receive one additional entry into the draw to win 2 Kymco scooters – perfect for those last minute bakery deliveries!

Whether you register as a Cupcake Cook or go into training as a Cupcake Eater – you’ll be supporting the 155,000 animals that the RSPCA cares for every year.

Cupcake Day for the RSPCA 2010

Here is some cupcake inspiration for you thanks to all my friends at We Heart It

Today I love….The High Tea Party

5 Jul

Oooh, I just love a high tea….and what a great excuse for one here…

$5 from each ticket sold will be donated to the McGrath Foundation….

THE HIGH TEA PARTY
is a gorgeous excuse to catch up with the girls!

An all day event that includes a decadent high tea sitting, complimentary pamper stations, tastings, workshops, parades, and boutique market stall shopping plus a gorgeous gift bag for each guest.

Click here to purchase tickets and choose which time you would like to take high tea during the day.

High Tea Sittings: 10.30am, 12:30pm, 2.30pm and 4.30pm

Click here to see some of the exciting brands that will be on hand to indulge you!

The High Tea Party – Melbourne 17th – 18th July 2010

Today I love….Saving our Native Forests

29 Jun

This is a once in a generation opportunity to protect our native forests.

But to do that we have to let the forestry industry and Australian governments at all levels know we are serious about reform.

That begins with a massive sign up to these two core Forestry Principles:

  1. A swift transition of industrial logging out of our native forests and to our plantations.
  2. Establishing ‘protected areas’ for all of our high conservation value native forests.

Add your name to the call for protection, by signing up below.

GetUp! Campaign Actions

Today I love….Cookbook for Marysville

23 Jun

The Marysville Cookbook

Saturday 7th February 2009, now known as Black Saturday, saw the state of Victoria devastated by uncontrollable bushfires. Many towns were wiped from the map, thousands of buildings were lost and 173 people perished.

The devastation of Marysville was almost total.

The township needed something that was theirs and theirs alone. So they created the “Cookbook for Marysville”. Almost 300 copies were printed and given to the residents of Marysville with a message of hope and of thanks to emergency personnel.

Many people wanted to buy the book. They commissioned a second print run and the book is now for sale at $30.00.

$10 from each and every book, will be returned back to the town through various community ventures. I shall publish updates on sales and where the money is going, along with recipes from the book, at the Marysville Cookbook blog.

This book is 165 pages, including 28 pages of photos of the old Marysville taken by residents both past and present.

Read more about the book and my thank you to the people of Marysville.

Buy the book now!

Marysville Cookbook

* Title: Cookbook for Marysville

* ISBN: 978-0-646-52760-4

* RRP: $30.00

* Postage $5.00 (Australia only)

via Cookbook for Marysville – Marysville Cookbook.

Today I love….Doing the Right Thing….

21 Jun

National Australia Bank is donating $5 to charity for each story the public share on their Doing the Right thing page – so share away peeps!!! Let’s get some of those huge bank profits back to our communities!

Tell your story about a time when you have experienced someone doing the right thing…

Add your story and NAB will donate $5 to charity.NAB Doing the right thing

For every story, NAB will donate $5 in total to The Alannah and Madeline Foundation and The Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.

NAB Doing the Right Thing.

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