Life, Love, and Dirty Diapers

Have a CAN-DO Attitude

Sorry it’s been a few days since I blogged. It’s been busy and I’ve been trying to finish unpacking and my parents are coming later this day and my to-do list is too long and it just needs to be a to done list already.

Oh and I was working on making a new button for my blog. You can check it out in my sidebar and let me know what you think. Oh and as you can see, I have some other buttons in my sidebar and I am definitely willing to put more up, just contact me and let me know and if I think you’re a good fit, I’ll pop it on up there.

Anyways, what I want to talk about today is a really neat organization. The organization’s name is CAN-DO, which stands for Compassion into Action Network – Direct Outcome Organization. What this means basically is that CAN-DO really wants to make sure that your aid actually helps people and that they are totally transparent. How they accomplish this is by doing written updates, pictures, videos, and they even livestream some of their relief efforts. It’s really incredible because with CAN-DO you can actually follow your dollars from beginning to end.

They frequently work overseas and also with disaster relief efforts. In fact, they are currently preparing to mobilize for Hurricane Isaac. So if you’ve been wondering how you can help out with that, CAN-DO would be a great organization to check out. I think having that accountability and the checks to make sure that your aid money is actually helping people is so important. Nothing is more frustrating than donating to a cause and realizing that most of your donation went just to keep the organization running and very little to actually helping people.

You can check out CAN-DO here.

Disclaimer: I received no compensation for this post. I posted it because I believe in the mission of CAN-DO and I wanted to spread the word.

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Make a Beeline to These Sweet Treats

One of the things I decided I wanted to do when I revamped this blog was that I wanted to promote ways for people to do good and help other people. There are so many neat organizations, causes, products, etc that all do good but often they’re not connected to the people who want to do good because there are just so many out there. I’m a fan of things like this so one thing I want to do on a semi-regular basis is to connect people I know with them. Because chances are if you read this blog, you might be a bit like me. I mean, I used to be a Sevenly ambassador (www.sevenly.com) before I parted over different goals for my life and I did that because I wanted to let people know about a great product that gave back too.

So today I want to introduce you to Sweet Beginnings and beeline. Beeline, like you might guess, sells honey and honey related skin care products. The beeline products support the North Lawndale Employment Network. North Lawndale Employment Network works to employ people who struggle with finding employment due to special circumstances. One of those circumstances would be people who have been formerly incarcerated. I find this to be SO important because I feel that people who have been incarcerated can often be looked down upon in society and it can be very hard for them to find jobs. If you can’t find a job, I think it can be hard to keep yourself out of trouble because it’s easier to revert back to your old habits when you have nothing to live for. And it’s really working. Listen to this: “The recidivism rate for former Sweet Beginnings employees is below 4%, compared to the national average of 65% and the Illinois average of 55%.” (Source) I think that’s amazing success! So it’s good to know that it’s really doing something.

Here are some of the awesome things that you could get (all images taken from beeline’s website and all under $20 because I know what it’s like to be broke). Please know, I am not trying to sell you something, but rather trying to showcase products that I think you might like. And I think they would make great gifts, don’t you?

beeline chicagoland raw natural honey dipper -$9.10

beeline 6 oz. chicagoland raw natural honey- $9.00

beeline pure necessities collection – $15.60

beeline nourishing balms collection – $15.60

beeline restore & protect ultimate body balm – $14.30

I could show you products all day because there are so many more awesome, high quality products that you can find there at beeline.

Hope you have a great Tuesday!

Disclaimer: I received no compensation or anything from beeline. I was doing this all out of the goodness of my heart because I believe in their mission. I have not had contact with them or anything like that.

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