Doing Good: Small Can Be Big

doing good

It’s been a while since we’ve seen a doing good post around here, but I promise you that plenty of people have been doing good! Want to join in? Check out the site Small Can Be Big!


My friend, Joe Casabona, showed me this site recently, and it’s doing such cool things! Non-profits are able to identify local families in “urgent need of specific, one-time financial help” and they are able to turn to to help the families find financial assistance.The situation of each family is different. Sometimes you may be helping a family pay a bill, take a stand against domestic violence, or help with medical costs, and the best news is that 100% of what you donate will go to the family. Not a percentage. The full amount raised. Whether you can donate $5 or $500, you know that you’re making a difference every time. Here’s how the site got started: was founded by Boathouse Group, Inc. to address a developing homeless crisis in Massachusetts. In the summer of 2008—a time of year when homelessness is usually in decline—the number of homeless across the state reached an all-time high.

When confronting systemic issues like homelessness, philanthropic organizations often fail to consider critical, limited resources such as time and talent. Boathouse—already experts at launching campaigns, creating content, and developing strategy and technology for clients—decided to tackle this local surge in homelessness by using the skills and talents already in their own backyard.

Together, the team at Boathouse developed as a “simple solution to a complex problem.” As a model for giving, it provides a better way for people to do what they always do best in a crisis: help one another. By harnessing the power of small, direct donations, and donors like you can make a big difference for families living on the edge.

I try my best to donate what I can every holiday season. This year I’m exited to give directly to someone instead of a larger company or agency. It’s empowering for all involved! Want to learn more? Read about how Small Can Be Big works right on their website. Want to help a family? No problem. Give it a look and let me know what you think.



Other companies doing good:

DamFine Designs (knitted scarves & pillow covers), Roma Boots (rainboots),   Falling Whistles (whistle necklaces), Love with Food – (a yummy subscription box- use the clode JENNVIP to get $5 off your first box!), Warby Parker (eyeglasses & sunglasses),  FashionABLE (scarves),  Punjammies  (PJs and tshirts),  147 Million Orphans (jewelry), Better Life Bags  (bags and purses of all kinds!) Freewaters (sandals and flipflops), Unicef Tap Project (clean water for time off of your phone) Figs (one-for-one scrubs),  One Million Lights (Donations for light)

2014 Gift Guide: Home Goods

gift guide 2014- home goods
So apparently it’s time for some gift guides. Well game on! I always have my eyes peeled for fun little gifts and gadgets, and places that carry home-goods are always my first stop. Books, throw pillows, stationary, they are all so great for anyone on your list! (Plus I selfishly love going through these things for myself.) In my mind, I can buy specialized home-goods for friends, but I can also hold onto some cute mugs and cards for neighbors or teachers, too! They’re the gifts I can’t get enough of, so I thought this might be a good place to start this year. What kind of gifts do you enjoy buying most?

Looking for something else? How about a free scaf?


Between New York and Pennsylvania, I lived in the northeast for a total of 26 uninterrupted years. I’ve hated the cold for as long as I can remember. Layering up just to take Allegra for a walk, scraping ice from my windshield, walking into work with frozen feet, are all examples of things I don’t miss at all. Like, not even a little bit.

Here in Florida, I’m sitting outside to read a book, tanning at the beach  and having a drink near the pool in November! Jackets and coats are unnecessary and it’s hilarious to watch everyone go nuts when they hear about temps in the 60’s. It’s really a dream and I don’t want to complain, but that doesn’t mean things aren’t a little weird. I mean, It’s almost Thanksgiving and I haven’t asked for a Christmas tree once yet. Not even once! This time of year usually brings a deep struggle for me, as I’m usually dying to deck every hall I see by now. I brought this up to Dean recently and he confessed that he hadn’t even noticed. “It’s mid-November?”

Overall I’m really enjoying the weather, but every so often I find myself lusting after a dark and cozy outfit. Something I would have been wearing on the weekend back in PA. Maybe a winter visit wouldn’t be so bad?

winter in the northeast


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