Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Awesome Product Share! Posh Pouches- Fun, Reusable Snack and Sandwich Bags

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This deal is for one snack size Posh Pouch (8X6) or one sandwich size Posh Pouch (8X8).

A Posh Pouch is a reusable bag that can replace hundreds of plastic bags over its lifetime. The exterior is made of 100% cotton designer fabric and the interior is lined with a water resistant Polyurethane Laminated Fabric (independently tested free of BPA, Lead and Phthalates for food safety)... so you can even hold wet fruit and messy sandwiches without worries. Dirty diapers, wet swimsuits, make-up spills, coupons, messy cords, golf tees….no problem!

To clean, simply turn the pouch inside out, shake out the crumbs and if needed, wipe with a damp cloth or run it under the faucet. They can also be machine-washed gentle cycle and line dried (just close the Velcro tight first!).

A Family of 4 uses approx. 1400 plastic baggies a year just for lunches. Over 1 million plastic bags are used every minute worldwide. Plastic Baggies don’t go away, they sit in our dumps and pollute our planet.


Thursday, January 2, 2014

Operation Secret Santa NJ 2013

This year our holiday family day of service was Dec 21st. It was an easy decision what we were going to do! I received a message from My Jersey Girl requesting help for a Christmas on the Island party for families who lost everything during Hurricane Sandy. We were planning a Santa's Workshop. My family decided a free hot chocolate bar would be perfect! We started collecting donations and ended up receiving about 1500 servings of hot chocolate, cups and marshmallows! Again, this does not surprise me because I have the most loving, caring, giving friends, family and coworkers ever!

This is for all of you who helped us get there! Either by donating, sharing or well wishing! Thank you all so much. This is what the holidays are about.
(be sure to read all the way to the bottom where I share photos and the story of the three displaced families that were able to have a Christmas because of my friends, family and coworkers!)
The day was amazing! In more ways than one! Courtney from The Hurricane Resource Center had many elves that helped her put the event together. Tons of volunteers and organizations came together to give this community a fun holiday celebration! A parade...Santa came in by helicopter thanks to the Seaside Heights Fire Department...free toys for every child...snacks....cupcakes...hot chocolate....dancing with radio Disney....pet adoptions....candy canes and crafts!

My Jersey Girl! Courtney! Love you!
What can I say....I love my dad!

 So proud of my nephew and super happy he asked to come with us!
We did have fun....but we worked hard too! You will see!

 Santa Claus is coming to town...that's right! In a helicopter!!!
 See...working hard now!

 Thanks for coming with us Mom and Dad!

Taking a break!
About 2 weeks before the celebration I learned about 3 families still displaced from Hurricane Sandy (there are thousands more)....a family of 5 still living in a hotel room...and 2 families of 4, single mom's struggling and unable to give their families a Christmas at all, not even decorations. Well, we just could not let that happen, not after everything these families had to deal with.  
A quick post to facebook and hours later donations began pouring in! I mean it! In the 2 weeks to follow I received so much that we needed a trailer to haul it all to NJ! (thanks to Pam and her husband for the awesome (pretty) trailer!) So many new toys and gifts for all of the parents and children!
So along with our hot chocolate supplies, we loaded up the SUV, my parents' SUV and the large trailer of gifts and headed to NJ! Not only did we get to serve hot chocolate, but we were Secret Santas too! On Christmas Eve, my friend Courtney was able to head over to these families and surprise them with tons of gifts, gift cards and food!

 My son....so sweet!

By the end of the week, we could not walk through our dining room!

LOOK AT THAT....Each person had a huge black trash bag full of gifts and gift cards! Each person also had a super stuffed overflowing stocking! Thanks to my mom and dad for the bike! What an awesome surprise for these families!

I know these families had the most wonderful Christmas ever. Thanks to my amazing friends, family, neighbors and co-workers!
Now a few words about the love of my life. I don't say it enough (i am going to work on that this year babe!) but I love this man so much. He is always right there for me...always comes through...always my rock. Always encouraging me even though
I know he truly wants to ask me "why" or
scream at me some days! He would never admit that though! He really loves it when I volunteer him for stuff!! lol! Thank you for always being there.
You mean the world to me and I thank you for our adventures! Thank you for raising 2 amazing children with me....together we can do a whole lot!
I Love You 

 (even though you are a Brown's fan!)
May God Bless You All
Happy New Year
Go be a Gift to Others
Love and Hugs...Stacey

Random Acts of Kindness....Mother's Day Weekend 2013

I cannot believe the year went by so fast and I am just now blogging about our Mother's Day weekend 2013....I have a lot to catch up on! Here goes!
Mother's Day 2013 is one that I will never forget. My Daughter, my Mom, her friend Jean and I planned a day of random flower planting in Ortley NJ. We knew a lot of homeowners would be returning soon and thought "wouldn't that be awesome to plant flowers so they would have something pretty to come home to?". We sent out requests for flowers, supplies and gift cards to home depot so we could buy flowers. It didn't surprise me we received a ton of flowers and had to take 2 cars! We met up my girl Courtney who gave us a list of homeowners whose homes were completed and ready to move into. It was a secret! The day started out rainy and chilly, but with each house we stopped at the day became brighter....
 Look at the cutest flip flop wreath that my mom created for The Peoples Pantry!

We had to be very careful. There was shattered glass when we dug too deep.
At this point, we didn't need to water because it started to pour!

What a treat to come home to!

This home was fun! The owner was there and it was being worked on by We Are Team Jersey at the time. She made sure we had water and coffee and called us her "GARDEN FAIRIES". So nice!

 You know me....REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE! We planted in anything we could find! There were cinder blocks everywhere. See, its getting brighter...and warm!

 After an amazing lunch at Surf Taco we decided to head to the beach for a look before going home.

 Never know what you will find.....
What an amazing day!
The best way to spend Mother's Day
is doing random
acts of kindness together.