Friday, November 30, 2018

Great Ways to Give Back to the Community

I thought it would be nice this holiday to scour the internet and find way to give back to the community in case you want to make a small difference in a big way.  Not everybody has the means to do big gestures and in no way should you do anything that could put your family in harm's way.   Of course even now in days people can get killed just for smiling at someone, but here are some ways to check out.

 Volunteer at your local school or homeschool group by taking time in some way that will help others for example reading to the kids or if your religious, bible study time would not cost you anything.

 Fix and Serve Meals if you can afford this and you have the time, it could be real blessing to families poor and rich because everyone can need help.

Throw a yard sale and donate the profits to a charity or if you do not have time you can always get up a few boxes together and gift them to a Goodwill or Salvation army.  You do not have to gift things you need, but I am sure there are so many extra things in your life that someone else could really use.

Write a note of gratitude to your favorite people or take the time to tell someone you appreciate them in an email because that feels just as good as sending a smile.  It takes nothing to be a kind person unless your doing it for the wrong reasons.

I love handing out holiday cards to strangers because you do not have to mark your private information just writing a simple well wishes from someone who cares or whatever greeting will be more than enough.
Kofi Danso
If you have access to a recycling center, it may be a huge choice to try to start recycling anything you can in the time you have.  I know some states even have it included in weekly trash pickup which is even more perfect and there is no reason why you can not teach your family to place certain things in a separate container.  You can even get money from recycling certain things and use it to give back by donating to a church, or perhaps to people like Prophet Kofi Danso or wherever your heart takes you.

The idea I am going to present to you now sounds selfish but its not really because giving to yourself in terms of a restful night or longer shower can help you to be a better person for the community as well as your family and that is a great way to give back.   Keeping yourself mentally and physically healthy will always pay off when you want to give to back.

I would also like to mention that if you are choosing to provide a hand up not a hand out to the community make sure your doing it for the right reasons and do not expect a parade in your honor or to even be thanked.  Sometimes the best gifts do not require anything in return.   Also remember to show your kids safe ways to help and involve them too without forcing them to do anything and without guilting them because that is not really showing them the point.

This is a sponsored post.

The Ministry of Ordinary Places By Shannan Martin Review

The Ministry of Ordinary Places
Waking Up to God's Goodness Around You
By Shannan Martin
Popular blogger Shannan Martin offers Christians who are longing for a more meaningful life a simple starting point: learn what it is to love and be loved right where God has placed you.

For Christ-followers living in an increasingly complicated world, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and unsure of how to live a life of intention and meaning. Where do we even begin?

Shannan Martin offers a surprisingly simple answer: uncover the hidden corners of our cities and neighborhoods and invest deeply in the lives of people around us. She walks us through her own discoveries about the vital importance of paying attention, as well as the hard but rewarding truth about showing up and committing for the long haul, despite the inevitable encounters with brokenness and uncertainty. With transparency, humor, heart-tugging storytelling, and more than a little personal confession, Martin shows us that no matter where we live or how much we have, as we learn what it is to be with people as Jesus was, we'll find our very lives. The details will look quiet and ordinary, and the call will both exhaust and exhilarate us. But it will be the most worth-it adventure we will ever take.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  At first I wrote a huge three paragraphs for this review and had all kinds of mixed feelings.  My main thing is that with so many ways that your family could get harmed by your neighbors, just outright going to spread cheer might not be the way to go.   If practiced in a safe way and possibly with closer friends and family members, this book can be a good experience.  It does bring humility and enough guilt to make you rethink closing doors on some people and I would recommend this for the people in life that need more from others for themselves.  

I Declare War By Levi Lusko Review

I Declare War
Four Keys to Winning the Battle with Yourself
By Levi Lusko
Get out of your own way.

Whether you recognize it or not, you're at war with yourself. There's anxiety. Selfishness. Self-sabotaging tendencies. Narcissism. The black dog of depression. The inability to do the great things you long to do because you spend so many hours mindlessly drifting through the internet.

It is war, but all is not lost. You can win—if you choose to engage.

In I Declare War, Levi Lusko candidly shares about his struggles with moodiness, bullying, suicidal thoughts, night terrors, and difficulty managing himself. He identifies four weapons you have at your disposal—thoughts, words, behaviors, and power—and illustrates how to use them to achieve ongoing victory. These practical tools from God’s Word will help you learn to

retaliate against your anxiety by filling your heart with truth and making it inhospitable to terror
stop being victimized by your bad behaviors and become the victor you were born to be
overcome self-imposed isolation by learning to think right so you can live rightspare your family unnecessary heartache by confronting your dysfunction so they don’t have to. It’s time to stop being your own worst enemy. Declare war and become the person, the spouse, the parent, and the leader God intended you to be.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  The book is written with truth and raw feelings included in a way that will connect to your lowest points while adding a spiritual need for God. It is laced as a faith based book that will help you to connect and not shy away from the war.  

Slammers Snacks for the Holidays .@slammerssnacks

With the holidays around the corner, keeping kids fueled through long shopping trips and traffic jams to grandma and grandpa’s house can be seemingly impossible. Convenience stores are stocked with super-sized Snickers and Skittles, and with diabetes and obesity on rise among kids, why not offer them a healthier, but fun option?

Slammers Snacks are tasty, superfood snacks designed to fuel kids with organic fruits and vegetables such as mangos, acai, sweet potato, and yumberries.  Not only are they a healthy alternative to sugar-laden candies and convenience store snacks, Slammers are, crumb-free, easily digestible, and serve as a great source of essential vitamins.

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review- The slammers really do taste good and I enjoy them myself, of course they are perfect for the kids and just the right size for smaller hands.  You will need to help opening them because the tops are a little tricky.  I like that they do not have to be refrigerated until after opening so I can easily take on the go. 

Hip-Hop Lollipop By SUSAN MONTANARI Review

Hip-Hop Lollipop by Susan Montanari
Hip-Hop Lollipop
Illustrated by BRIAN PINKNEY

In this lyrical read-aloud filled with rhythm and rhyme and illustrated by Caldecott Honor winner Brian Pinkney, follow a little girl as she dances her way to bedtime.

Mama says, “Lollipop, stop! Stop!
Jumping snapping nonstop.”
Arms and shoulders pop ‘n’ lock.
Lollie’s dancing hip-hop.

Watch as Lollipop grooves her way through her bedtime routine, brushing her teeth to the beat and shimmying into pjs. She sways along with her sister, her parents, and even some enthusiastic pets until, finally, Lollie closes her eyes and dances through her dreams. Susan Montanari and Caldecott Honor winner Brian Pinkney offer a playful bedtime read-aloud that perfectly captures the joy of music, movement, and family.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-   A sweet quick story that if read out loud in a groovy way can get your kids really excited.  I really enjoy when a book can entertain any age and is clean, fun and easy for kids to read themselves if wanted.