Every holiday season, the internet blows up with holiday gift ideas. Last year, I had an idea that was a little different. I wanted to do more with each holiday gift that I gave, and I wanted to find the best holiday gifts that give back.
Honestly, though, I ended up overwhelmed. I had nearly 100 browser tabs open and was scouring each brand’s website to figure out exactly what giving back meant to each company. Some donated a portion of sales, a portion of profits, or products on a 1:1 basis to a specific charity or organization. Others make giving back to the communities in which they work in a part of their company ethos. I quickly realized it was going to take a lot more time and research to figure out exactly which companies aligned with what I was looking for!
Gifts that Give Back
So, since coming up with this idea, I’ve slowly compiled, saved, and communicated with a variety of companies that have a giving back mission. While I haven’t personally tried each and every product on this list, I have tried almost all of them. As you finish your holiday shopping this season and look for gifts at any time of year, I hope this list of charitable brands and gifts that give back is helpful!
Traditions; we all have them. The holidays often bring about time to celebrate family traditions and the opportunity to make new ones. As newer homeowners, we have slowly added new traditions every holiday season, and have also incorporated some of what I grew up with, too.
In many households, holiday traditions revolve around the kitchen. In our family, it’s no different. The kitchen has always been a gathering space where the grandmas, moms, aunts, and cousins share treasured recipes and have a good time while preparing the meal for everyone to enjoy. When it came my time to determine what type of traditions I wanted to carry on, creating and preserving family recipes was at the top of my list!
With the holiday season nearly upon us, I’m excited to partner with Albert Lee Appliance to share some of my treasured family recipes. Additionally, I’ll be highlighting some of the great features from the GE Profile appliances that help make holiday cooking and baking easier than ever!
We were flying home from Boston when I realized I had made a critical mistake: I’d lost my earbuds. Placed into a coat pocket, they probably fell out at some point during our travels. Without a backup pair, it was remedied by a cheap pair in-flight that sufficed, but ended up getting tangled up in the passenger next to me and yanked out a few times when said passenger fell asleep. Oh, the joys of air travel.
Disclosure: Thanks to Best Buy for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own!
But what if that could be different?
After my travel mishap, I started looking into wireless earbud options that could cancel out background noise, hold a charge for a several hour long flight, and wouldn’t take up much space in my bag or require a special charging adapter. That’s when I discovered JLab Audio’s new line up of JBuds, available at Best Buy. Boasting the title of #1 best-selling true wireless earbud for less than $100, they claimed to offer great sound, high-quality fit, and comfort.
But do they deliver? Today, I thought I’d share my thoughts in this JBuds review, and how they have helped improve my everyday work and travel!
Disclosure: Thanks to Freshpet for sponsoring this post. All opinions are our own!
When it comes to Rigby’s health, I refuse to compromise. After a few too many digestive upsets from questionable pet foods, I no longer like to take risks with his health. After all, if I’m focused on my health and working on feeding myself the best ingredients, why wouldn’t I do the same for my pet?! That’s exactly why we feed Rigby a nutritious, tasty, and healthy diet that’s fresh from our fridge. Made with all-natural ingredients, Freshpet is pet food that I can count on and trust.
I first discovered Freshpet at our local Target. I was curious, so I did what any rational person does: I Googled the brand. I already loved that the food was clearly fresh since it has to be refrigerated and at home, and was easily accessible at one of my favorite retailers that I shop at on a regular basis.
Through their website, I learned more about the company and its ingredients. We tried out Freshpet, and have made it a part of Rigby’s regular meal rotation ever since. For some of the other reasons why we love Freshpet so much, read on!
In celebration of National Disability
Month, I’m thrilled to share some of the work I’ve been doing in partnership
with Northwest Center’s Styled for Success program. Since 1967, Northwest
Center and Value Village have been partners in inclusion. This year, they have
teamed up to give job seekers with disabilities confidence through personal
styling for job interviews. It’s been an honor to be a part of Styled for Success by
styling job seekers at local Value Village stores!
Disclosure: This blog post is part of a paid styling project with Northwest Center. You may recall I donated my time to help them kick off the program in February, and they were kind enough to hire me after. All opinions are my own!
One of those job seekers, Jesse, was able to
find the perfect interview clothing during Styled for Success. Jesse found the perfect fit in his
interview outfit AND found a new job at Sky Nursery. Another job seeker, Mahal,
also found the perfect interview clothing and a new job with Northwest Center
Integrated Facility Services.
To find out more about the Styled for Success
program and how you too can get involved, read on!