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M&M’s Building Homes For Habitat For Humanity

M&M’S® Brand & Habitat For Humanity® are teaming up to challenge the nation to pledge 1.5 million minutes and building homes for those in need.  M&Ms created a very cool Facebook app to get a breakdown of your Facebook activity and teaches you how to use that time to help build homes in partnership with low-income families. It’s easy, fun and a great way to give back to your community.

Even sexy Green M&M is building homes for people in need!

Even sexy Green M&M is building homes for people in need!!

CONNECT

Click HERE to learn how your Facebook activity can help others

PLEDGE

Convert FB time into volunteering minutes to help Habitat for Humanity®.

DONATE

Pledge your time to a local Habitat for Humanity® affiliate.

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Contest: Who Cares About Change? Amway’s Youth Leadership Challenge

Amway Who Cares Challenge

Volunteer to change your community!

Who’s ready for change?   Who’s willing to take action?   Who Cares?

Whether you volunteer with a local organization or created your own program, Amway wants to hear what you’ve done to help improve your community and give back.

You or someone you know could be one of 10 winners to receive $10,000 to give to the nonprofit of your choice.

Five grand prize winners also will win a trip to Free the Children’s We Day Minnesota youth empowerment event on October 8, 2013.

Amway’s Who Cares Challenge is open to youth ages 13-22 in the United States and Canada.

How it works:

TO ENTER

If you are between the ages of 13 and 22 and have a compelling story of giving back, click on ‘Submit An Entry’ and answer the questions to enter the contest.

TO VOTE

Find your favorite story and give them your support. Login through Facebook or Twitter and ‘Like’ any entry by clicking on the Thumbs Up button. Vote for as many entries as you want, but remember, you can only vote for each individual entry once per day.

A LITTLE MORE ABOUT AMWAY

Amway is one of the world’s largest direct selling companies, with 3 million distributors in more than 100 countries around the world! I’ve been consuming their NUTRILITE products for a few months now and love it and can’t wait to try their Body Key products as well! They also have dietary supplements, ARTISTRY® skincare, colour cosmetics which are not available in stores, they are sold exclusively by distributors called Amway Independent Business Owners (IBOs) in the United States.

Since 2003, Amway has provided hope and opportunity to 10 million children, and in 2012, IBOs in the United States donated even more time and effort toward Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, including more than $400,000 in cleaning supplies and other products. Overall, Amway employees and IBOs have spent more than 2 million hours volunteering to make life better for children around the world! Isn’t that AMAZING!

Amway’s vision is to “help people live better lives,” and it accomplishes this by providing quality products to its customers, a world-class business opportunity to its IBOs, and of course, through the community involvement of its IBOs and employees.

Girls Scouts Making The World A Better Place

Greater Los Angeles Girl Scouts & The Orphaned Earring

Greater Los Angeles Girl Scouts & The Orphaned Earring

One of the many reasons I created The Orphaned Earring was to inspire others to make the world a better place and show them how easy it is to do good. And it’s actually really easy, even something as simple as an orphaned earring can change a child’s life and with all the negative news we hear on the news, it’s about time we dedicate time to investing in our kids.

It seems that toddlers are often told to share, to give, to get along but once they grasp that concept they move on to the next life lesson and parents stop enforcing those basic lessons. That’s where the mistake is made; we need to be reminded about it throughout our lives.

Luckily we have organizations such as the Girls Scouts of America who have a work force of men and women that dedicate their not-so-free-time to shape girl’s lives and make them pillars of our society, influencers of next generations. Such is the case with troop leaders of the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles who invited The Orphaned Earring to their Troop Meeting in April to teach their girls the importance of recycling and demonstrate firsthand how recycling/up-cycling  can have in impact on the earth and others.

Before the meeting, the troop leaders asked the girls to bring unwanted fashion jewelry and donated it to us. During the meeting we had the chance to show the girls pictures of our kids at the orphanages and even helped them make their own Orphaned Earring bracelets! We had a great time at the meeting and extremely pleased to find out that the girls earned the “Making the World a Better Place” badge.

Making The World A Better Place

Making The World A Better Place

After the meeting, the girls took the bracelets with the promise that they would either buy it back or donate it back to be sold. Not ONE bracelet came back to us! Each parent was kind enough to buy the bracelet and in most cases they did not only buy it back for $7 but gave an additional monetary donation. Thanks to the troop leaders, the girls and their parents, we raised two months’ worth of monthly payments to the orphanages.

We hope to come back to see these girls still caring for earth, for others and making a difference. We especially want to thank Kathy M. and the other troop leaders and the girl’s parents for insisting their little girls train to be women of good.

Go Green! Do Good!Shirley Fernandez Go Green! Do Good!

 

 

14 Things Successful People Do On Weekends (According to Forbes.com)

According to Forbes.com these are the 14 things successful people do (or should be doing) on weekends:

spin class1. Make time for family and friends. This is especially important for those who don’t spend much time with their loved ones during the week.

2. Exercise. Everyone needs to do it, and if you can’t work out 4 to 5 days during the workweek, you need to be active on weekends to make up for some of that time because it’s the perfect opportunity to clear you mind and create fresh ideas.

Spin classes and outdoor cycling in the warmer months are energizing and can be shared with other people that share the same interest.

If interested, The Orphaned Earring will be participating in The Color Run on May 11th in Orange County, CA. Join a team of fun loving people and get moving those legs!

3. Pursue a passion. No matter what that may be, do it! Make time for what is important or fun to you, this adds balance and happiness to your life.

4. Vacation. Getting away for the weekend provides a great respite from the grind of an intense week at work.

5.  Disconnect. The most successful people avoid e-mail for a period of time. Maybe disconnecting the whole weekend is not possible for some, but even just a walk without the phone may feel liberating. If you don’t currently disconnect start by taking Saturday night to mid-day Sunday off, this may work as a first step for many people.

Freedom6. Volunteer. Volunteer work provides a balance to the heavy analytical work some may endure and fulfill the need to be creative. A lot of successful people participate in fundraising events because it’s also a great way to network and to meet others with similar interests. The visibility also helps in branding a successful person as philanthropic.

7. Avoid chores. Every weekend has a few have-to-dos, but you want these to take the minimum amount of time possible. Create a small window for chores and errands, and then banish them from your mind the rest of the time.

8. Plan. Planning makes people more effective, and doing it before the week starts means you can hit Monday ready to go, and means you’ll give clear directions to the people who work for you, so they will be ready to go, too.

Successful people plan their month and year because if you get stuck on short-term lists you don’t get anything big accomplished.

9. Socialize. Humans are social creatures, and studies of people’s experienced happiness through the day finds that socializing ranks right up there, not too far down below sex. Go out with friends and family, or get involved in the local community.

10. Gardening/crafts/games/sports/cooking/cultural activities. This is especially important for those cooped up in an office all week. Theatre, opera and sporting events can also enrich one’s spirit.

11. Network. Networking isn’t an event for a successful person, it’s a lifestyle. Wherever they go and whatever they do, they manage to connect with new people.socializing-women

12. Reflect. Truly successful people make time on weekends to appreciate what they have and reflect on their happiness and accomplishments. Weekends are a great chance to reflect and be more introspective about bigger issues.

13. Meditate. Classes and private instruction offer a bespoke approach to insight and peace of mind. How better to equip yourself for success in this very tough world?

14. Recharge. We live in a competitive world; peak performance requires managing downtime, too–with the goal of really recharging your batteries. That’s how the most successful people get so much done.

Successful people know that time is too precious to be totally leisurely about leisure, the Forbes.com article concludes, “You’re not going to waste that time by failing to think about what you’d like to do with it, and thus losing the weekend to TV, puttering, inefficient e-mail checking, and chores. If you don’t have a busy workweek, your weekend doesn’t matter so much. But if you’re going from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day, it certainly does.”

Announcement: The First Orphaned Earring Party is July 22nd!

Serving only the best beads :)

I’m happy to share that I’m starting a series of Orphaned Earring Parties starting is Sunday, July 22nd till the end of the year!  They will be held at my small and humble apartment but we will make the best of it – we will hang out, eat and make bracelets. Once the bracelets are done, you can buy them back or simply donate them to be sold and together we will raise funds to continue helping the kids at a Nicaragua and Rosarito, MX orphanage.

  • Bring your own orphaned earring if possible
  • Make a bracelet with it or select from any of the orphans I already have
  • Buy your bracelet back or donate it to be sold

We cannot save the world (at the moment) but we can try to bead little hearts back together with LOVE, ARTS and FUN!

Each party has a different group of people. July 22st is only opened to teenagers where I will be sharing stories about the kids in the orphanages and encouraging them to continue helping others. I’ll be posting dates and who the PARTY is open to and when on FB so stay tuned!

Snipping & Trimming Hope

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A room filled of people with the desire to serve other are scattered around the room. On one side youthful girls and guys that probably never been in a situation like this before impacted by the conditions these people live in and horrified by the stories that accompany the smell and sites but yet holding back their own emotions to instead offer hope through a sincere smile to all.

Skid Row, they call this place.

A special group of people is at this place providing a service that many of us take for granted: haircuts and manicures. With all their tools lined-up on the counter top of what probably is also used for serving meals. They’ve transformed this room into a barbershop and beauty salon. With every snip and every trim they give back hope and sense of humanity, give them some dignity to the homeless.

I like to volunteer because I’m grateful for my own blessings and get to pick and choose where to go, but I learned that groomers faithfully come once a month to provide this service.

These kinds of volunteers really touch my heart. The dedication their show is the same dedication they would show with paying customers. It’s obvious! They lean in, check from all angles to make sure that each haircut is perfect.

Innocently a girl comes over to one of the barber-volunteers and asks if a case of water behind her were for the inmates. Immediately everyone turns to look at her, smile and you hear a voice say, “You mean if the water is for our clients?”

I don’t blame the girl for the mistake, most people are under the impression that people living at Skid Row are evil and probably deserve to be in jail but each case is so different, we don’t know all the individual reasons as to why those people live there.  But one thing is clear, they are clients NOT inmates.

I visited the Jonah Project with a group of volunteers, a non-profit, non-denominational Christian organization dedicated to helping the homeless community on the streets of Skid Row in Los Angeles. I was so surprised to learn that 85% of the women living in skid row are rapped at least 3 times a week and nothing is being done about it. The city allows them to pitch a tent from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am, time when skid row turns into an even darker place.

What can I do for them? I feel so useless, I don’t have money, I don’t have shelter to provide and I don’t have professional skills to help. Where do the children of Skid Row live? Where are their children? Are they perhaps now orphans and on the path that will bring right back to the same fate as their parents?

I’m so limited, there’s not much I can do but show love, compassion and friendship while I visit.  Although this was a tough visit, I feel with renewed energy to keep working for the causes I love and hopefully change the course of a child’s life that was destined to his own Skid Row.  

An extremely talented young lady, victim of a broken system that has led to her live in Skid Row. She taught my friend Eva how to play a few tunes on the piano.