I want to share a great cause with you and help motivate you to clean out and organize your lingerie drawers.

This a perfect opportunity for you to donate all of those bras that don’t fit anymore, may be a little worn, or you may never have removed the price tags because once you got it home you realized you got caught up in the “prettiness” of it all and the bra wasn’t meant for you in the first place, it just did not support the girls!  I say this because I have been there, done that – more than once!  Don’t be embarrassed and think you can’t donate your “unmentionables”.  You can and for a great cause!

Bras and other intimate wear are typically the least donated items but yet may be the most needed for a lot of women, especially those who are homeless or victims of domestic violence.  If a woman is worried about where she going to get her next meal or where she is going to live, having the right bra is probably the last thing on her mind.  Chances are however that it would probably help boost her self confidence and her morale.  Something as little as having a properly fitting bra might make her feel just a little bit better about herself.

Now through February 26, 2012, Soma Intimates is accepting your bra donations.  You can find a location near you by clicking here.  Soma Intimates is partnering with the National Network to End Domestic Violence.  The bras collected will stay in your community and benefit your local shelters.  Your bra donations can be mailed if there is not a Soma Intimates near you.

Bras that cannot be donated will be sent to The Bra Recyclers.

So get moving, clear out your cluttered lingerie drawers and support a great cause!

Giving is Beautiful!

There are so many people in need.  You can help someone less fortunate by donating canned food to your local food bank.

There are plenty of places that will gladly accept your non-perishable items.  Your donation will help put a meal on someone’s table, how great is that!

Perhaps you are willing to organize a food drive at your place of worship, your school or at your work.

If you have non-perishable food in your pantry at home that you know you are not going to eat, don’t just let it sit there and eventually expire – why not donate it to someone who will put it to good use?  Plus you are clearing out space in your own home!

Some ideas to get you started:

  • You could make it a competition to see who gathers the most food.
  • You could get your neighbors involved, a quick way to gather a lot of food!
  • If you have recently lost weight you could donate the amount lost in food.  For example, if you lost 20 pounds you could donate 20 pounds of food.
  • You can also donate money or your time.

If you are in the St. Louis, MO area you can find out more at:

www.stlfoodbank.org

For those of you outside of St. Louis just do a search for  “food banks” in your area.  You can also visit www.foodpantries.org to find a pantry as well.

Thank you for your generosity,

Well, not really.

We have had a pretty mild winter here in the St. Louis area.  As I am writing this there is no snow on the ground and the temperature is suppose to be in the 60’s this week.  I have been back in the Midwest for a year now and the one thing that is hard to get use to is the humidity.  Even though it is in the 40’s, the humidity is very high making it a damp cold – cold to the bone.  Now I know my friends and family to the north in Minnesota are thinking I am being a wimp right about now.  Rightfully so, when I spoke to my sister last week it was in the -20’s, yes minus twenties, in the middle of the afternoon – that, my friends, is cold!  We are not out of the woods yet.  We still have a good two months of winter left.

Do you have a winter safety kit for your vehicle?  I have listed some of the basics which will help you organize your items to make your kit.  You should carry this kit in your vehicle during this time of the year.  Remember to have enough on hand for each person traveling with you.

  • non-perishable snacks
  • paper towels
  • toilet paper
  • water – smaller containers are easier to thaw.  Do not consume snow, it will lower your body temperature.
  • tire chains
  •  ice scraper/snow brush
  • jumper cables
  • road flares
  • phone charger
  • first-aid kit
  • blankets or sleeping bags
  • flashlight with spare batteries
  • manual can opener
  • extra socks
  • extra gloves
  • winter boots
  • matches
  • candles
  • first aid kit
  • pocket knife
  • medications
  • If you travel with pets, have their supplies on hand
  • shovel – go for a sturdy one with a decent size –  not the little, dinky, portable, fold-up style
  • sand or litter (not the clumping kind) for traction
  • tow rope or chain

If you are planning on taking any road trips during the winter months please make sure to check over your vehicle before you hit the road.  Check your tires, battery, fluid levels, wipers, heater, lights and brakes.  This is not not a complete list but it’s a start.

If you live in the mountains, remember your chains if needed.  I never thought about this until I lived in northern Nevada for over five years.

I have sandbags weighing 130 pounds in my trunk.  I have rear wheel drive so the extra weight in the back helps out a lot!  Keep your fuel tank full or don’t let it get below half full.  My oldest brother drilled this into my head!  Yes, Darrel,  I was listening to you all those years ago!

Let people know your departure time, expected arrival time and your route.  Stay on that route – if you have to make any changes let people know that as well.  This is all very helpful if you don’t show up when expected.

If you should become stranded don’t leave your vehicle!  Stay put and be patient.  Make sure the snow is cleared and not accumulating near the exhaust pipe.  Do not leave your vehicle idling.  Start it once an hour for about 10 minutes for heat and have a window cracked for fresh air.

I certainly hope you don’t have to use any of this but it is better to be prepared and organized in this type of situation.

Stay warm and snug as a bug in a rug,