How to Assemble Blessing Bags for Homeless People as a Group

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Great group service project idea - Blessing Bags - Homeless Gift - Giving to Homeless - Charity

This post is sponsored by Mormon.org. All opinions expressed are my own. This year as part of our homeschool, we participate in a local Christian Exploring Co-Op. We take turns planning field trips for our kids. In addition to the field trips we schedule a Moms Night Out, a Teen Night, and a Service Project each quarter too.  Our last service project was a few weeks ago and we collaborated as a homeschool group to make blessing bags for homeless people. I know many of us (myself included) are never quite sure what to do when confronted with a homeless person. Should we ignore them, look the other way, gesture that we don't have ...

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Family Service Ideas to Give Back and Pay It Forward

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Last week I was doing my regular weekly grocery shopping trip, which meant it was during the day and with all four of my children, as we are homeschooling the oldest two for kindergarten. It was a pretty uneventful trip if I remember correctly. The kids were even fairly well behaved.  But, when I got up to the register, I received a very nice surprise: the cashier informed me that the lady ahead of me had left a $25 gift card for me to use on my groceries! I easily remembered what this lady looked like - she was young, had short blond hair, and was sporting workout apparel that left her forearms bare allowing me to admire her ...

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8 Ways You Can Help a New Mom

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Hello awesome What's Up Fagans? readers! My name is Chelsea and I blog at Life With My Littles. Talking about pregnancy and babies is one of my favorite things to do, and I am excited to share these ways to help a new mom today to celebrate Katelyn having her baby! Speaking as a mom who has had two babies, it can take a bit to adjust to having a newborn around the house. Not just getting back into a routine, but taking care of a new person, taking care of yourself, and trying to stay on top of chores at home. After both of my babies were born, I had a few people come over and help me more than I think they knew. Even just ...

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Keep it Real – The Need for Honesty and Openness Online

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There such a need for honesty, openness, and transparency online (and off!). Love this post. I won't unfriend you either for sharing the hard times, and I really hope you will.

How many times do we answer the questions "How are you today?" or "Do you like this?" or "What do you need?" with vague, empty, or untrue answers? How often do we not take people up on their "If there is anything I can do to help, let me know" offers? Chances are if you like a lot of people, myself sometimes included, it's too often. For various reasons, many of us put up walls, give complacent, non-descriptive answers, rather than open up a can of worms or share more than was really wanted by the asker. Instead we keep some pain, heartache, and disappointment inside, just to ourselves.  Even among close family and friends we ...

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How to Gift Proper Prenatal Care and a Safe Birth

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Help a woman receive the prenatal care they need by donating to Kangu!

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central and Kangu. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Getting proper prenatal medical care when you are pregnant is pretty important. A lot of things can go wrong during a pregnancy that can threaten the life of the baby or the mother, many of which can be prevented with proper monitoring and care throughout your pregnancy. However, in some places in the world, mothers cannot afford, or do not have the means, to get the proper prenatal and postnatal care they need in order to have a safe birth. We need to be aware of those who can't, and ...

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Money Can Buy You Happiness When You Give Forward

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 This post is sponsored by GiveForward and Find Your Influence. All opinions are mine. There have been a lot of times in my life where I have been on the receiving end of another's generosity, and I'm not just talking about holidays and birthdays. My family wasn't very well off while growing up, and bags of (hand-me down) clothes would often show up on our doorstep, among other gifts of kindness. After getting married, my husband and I faced several financial hardships, from paying for the wedding itself, to paying for college and expenses, to becoming parents to twins, moving, going through a major car accident, and not making a ...

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Cultivating a Thanksgiving Heart – Book Review

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What an awesome ebook! It is so important to cultivate a Thanksgiving heart in ourselves and our children!

We are entering the crazy rush of the holiday season soon. Next week marks Thanksgiving and then immediately following is Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and countless sales from now until forever. With so much spending, with so much buying, with so much emphasis on things, it's hard to remember what we should truly be grateful for in life. Never before has there been a need to cultivate a Thanksgiving heart in yourself and in that of your children and home, and not just for the month of November, or on Thanksgiving day, or perhaps just on Christmas Day when we get a bunch of awesome new stuff, but year round. That's why I'm excited to ...

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When you feel like an Island

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Being a mother changes things, including sometimes how alone you feel.

I recently read a post from Motherhood and More (one of my favorite blogs) called It Takes a Village to Raise a Mother and this post resonated with me so much. I cried. And I am not one to cry easily. But, it brought up so many emotions from my past, and made my heart full in gratitude to the women who reached out to me during my initiation period to motherhood. I wrote about my high dive into motherhood and its trials originally on August 1, 2012 (more than 2 years ago) and am sharing it for the first time with everyone today.Growing up I loved being with people and definitely considered myself a “people-person.”  I wasn’t happy ...

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Hunger in America – The Monkey Do Project

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Today Jacqueline Wilson, the founder of The Monkey Do Project, and fellow Indianapolis blogger, is guest posting about something very important - Hunger in America. This is especially a problem as many children no longer have school lunches and meals. Find out how you can help end child hunger right here in the United States of America. Shocking Facts about Hunger  in America A family of six lives in a shed without a door, sharing two cans of pasta for dinner. A child falls asleep in class on Monday because she hasn't had any food to eat since last Friday's school lunch at school three days before. People have to walk ...

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Instilling the Value of Service in Our Kids

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Instilling the Value of Service in Kids - How one family is working together to serve. whatsupfagans.com

Charity, service, helping others. Whatever name you give it, service is a value that every parents wants instilled within their child. We want to raise children who believe in assisting, in lending a hand, and in putting in the time and/or the hard work in order to do so, because if we do not have charity, we are nothing (or so says Paul in 1 Corinthians 13:2).  I certainty don't want to raise nothing kids who have faith and hope, but don't give a darn about anybody or anything else. I want kids who understand the value of service. Our family believes in doing just about everything together, from the simplest of shopping trips ...

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Hallmark Get Carded Campaign

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Get Carded by Hallmark - Touch someone today by sending them a card!

This post was sponsored by Hallmark. I received free cards and stamps in order to give this review. All opinions are 100% my own. And all cards were sent with love though furnished by Hallmark. Enjoy! Since I was a little girl, I have loved receiving mail. And, specifically, I loved getting mail from my father. He would send me postcards from different parts of the country as he drove through them in his semi-truck. In fact, he regularly sent postcards to my first grade classroom, taking a stuffed bear with him as his mascot and traveling buddy, and shared all about their grand adventures. I also remember receiving mail from pen ...

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Instilling Values in Our Kids: Making Good Choices

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It is so important that we teach our children how to make good choices. Kids aren't evil, they just make bad decisions sometimes... don't we all? Part of a "instilling values in our kids" series | whatsupfagans.com

Once upon a time I was sitting in the waiting area of a WIC office with my young twins.  My children were toddling around, playing with the cheap plastic table and chairs in the room, doing their normal thing.  Another child was running around and being a little crazy.  He was probably about two years old.  While he was acting up a bit, it was his mother's words that still haunt me... She told her son that he was pure evil and mean. I was horrified.  I do not understand how a (loving) mother could call her two year old son evil.  While I know firsthand that children don't act like perfect angels as they age and they can be mean ...

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