Doing Good: Love with Food

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We all know now that I’m a big fan of subscription boxes. I’ve tried my Julep for the last 6 months now, I’ve gone for Umba, and now I can add a new one to my list: Love with Food.

I found Love with Food because they were running a special with Umba. My first box this July only cost me $5 shipping, so the coupon email won me over pretty fast. The box is only $10 a month so I figured if it was something I love, it really wouldn’t break the bank anyway.

Besides a great price, I can’t help but love a company that’s doing great things. For every box that Love with Food sells, they donate a meal to a child in need. I know, I know. It sounds impossible right? You’re sitting at your computer thinking “Are you telling me my $10 gets me a box of gourmet goodies to try + feeds someone else?” Yep. All for less than your lunch cost you today.

Let’s see what I got this month, shall we?

 

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This is what the back of that little card reads:

Fun on the Boardwalk– Surrounded by ferris wheels, food stands, and shouts of job, the boardwalk brings you classic sights, smells, and sounds of summer. Whether the beach is near or far, these seaside snacks will help ya beat the heat. You also donated TWO meals to Oklahoma foodbanks this month. ( Buy more of what you love at lovewithfood.com/shop)

Hawaiian Salted Caramel Popcorn from Kukuruza
BBQ Beef Stick from Vermont Smoke and Cure
Rebel Mary Peanuts from Lord Nut Lewington
All Natural Orange Salt Water Taffy from Angel Mint
Snack Topping from Twagerz
Handmade Sourdough Pretzels from Uncle Henry’s
Strawberry Fig Bar from Nature’s Bakery
Classic Candy Wafers from NECCO

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Hands down the peanuts were Deans favorite (Spicy Bloody Mary flavor) and mine where the Twangerz salts. I haven’t been able to try all of them yet, so I don’t know the best one, but the lime and lemon lime were both excellent in my guacamole!

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This made me feel pretty good plus I loved trying out some new food. Will I continue this every month? Who knows! But I can definitely see myself ordering another month or two sometime. Want to order a box for yourself? Use the code JENNVIP to get $5 off your first box!

 

Have you ever tried Love with Food or any of these yummy snacks from this month?
Do you get any cool monthly subscriptions?

Want to hear about other companies doing good?
Falling Whistles
Warby Parker
FashionABLE
Punjammies
147 Million Orphans
Better Life Bags
Freewaters

 

Crispaz

I’ve been thinking a lot about how I want to document my trip on this blog. Like I said, I feel like my experience this year wasn’t typical of mission trips because I didn’t physically “do” anything to share with you guys. I had the rare opportunity to meet so many beautiful people and hear from a lot of wonderful organizations during my time there and I’d like to share my newfound knowledge. To keep my posts from getting to 800 words, I decided that for the next few Mondays I’m going to highlight a group or organization that I learned from in El Salvador. First up- Crispaz.

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Crispaz is a faith based organization dedicated to solidarity and peace. They host encounters like the one I was able to be a part of. “The focus of the El Salvador Encounter program is not only to develop a greater knowledge of El Salvador as a whole, but also to develop an understanding of the people and to build relationships.” (via)

Now I’m not a very religious person so you won’t be hearing about that in these posts. But I am a believer of peace and justice and the importance of solidarity. I can passionately say that I believe in the Crispaz mission of service in solidarity over charity. I’ve heard a lot of horror stories about rich Americans heading into underprivileged areas for a week or so, building something the american way and then heading back home to tell their friends about what a good thing they just did. The problem here isn’t that people want to help, the problem is that many want to help in a way that fits them, not those they are helping. Different cultures live in different ways. They put importance on different things, they build using different materials, they use their money in different ways. The best way to help others is to get to know them, to truly live in solidarity with them. If you’d like to learn more about why I feel that way, please read this article by  Jo Ann Van Engen. It’s not that physically doing something for others is bad, it’s just that in doing so we often forget about the importance of sustainable living. Crispaz works to educate us so that we can build relationships with poor and marginalized communities of El Salvador.

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Have you ever participated in an experience like this?
How do you feel about this view of service?

El Salvador

Okay everyone, the day has arrived! A while ago I mentioned that I’ll be heading on a mission trip to El Salvador this summer, and that trip starts tomorrow. What?! I know. I haven’t even packed yet. (If you are going on my trip, pretend I didn’t say that. I’m 100% prepared.)

El Salvador

What will I be doing on said trip, you ask? Well. I don’t exactly know. This trip is run through the university I work for and technically I’m a chaperone (hilarious. I’m a 25 year old baby! But completely reliable, parents!) I don’t “run” or “plan” the trips. A coordinator does all of the leg work and I get trained to go along for the ride. I handle money and emergencies but other than that I am part of the group, participating in all of the same activities as the students I’m with.

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Some trips concentrate on physical service (like my mornings in Honduras last year) while others concentrate on the service of being present (similar to my afternoons in Honduras). This year, my trip is more of learning and being present with others. It’s a full immersion trip and I don’t know exactly what that means yet. I know I will be meeting people, hearing stories, and visiting important sights. I will be going to mass in the church where Oscar Romero was killed. I will be visiting a school that members of my college fund each year. All in all I will be learning and experiencing something unlike anything else and I am ready with all of my heart and soul. (Really. It’s only my suitcase that is currently empty.)

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I’ll be gone for two weeks- but With Luck Blog will be running strong in my absence! I have a handful of amazing blog friends who have already written guest posts for me. I also got a little ahead of myself and wrote up some posts with some fun little things and a few inspirational quotes. I am amazingly excited for my journey, but I aim to please so I hope you enjoy the scheduled posts in my absence.
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In the meantime, feel free to send me lots of positive vibes and think of me while you use real restrooms and drink from a faucet. Have an awesome two weeks!

With Luck

 

(All unmarked photos are from my Honduras trip last year)

 

What’s your passion?

Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.

Last June I traveled to Honduras for a service trip through my job.  This June I will be serving in El Salvador and I am unbelievably excited to learn and grow through yet another experience working for and with others.

This quote by Pedro Arrupe was a high topic of conversation last night when I met my El Sal group. Work and life has been a little busy recently so I thought today was a good day to take a step back and collect my thoughts. This quote really made me take some time to think about my passions, my relationships, and how the two fit with my plans and goals. I thought it might bring some focus to your day as well.

So tell me, what do you love? Where do your passions lie?With Luck
Want to see more of my favorite quotes? Check out my Pinterest board!