Thursday, June 19, 2014

Oh hey there blog....

Ummm....So apparently I'm not the most faithful blogger (obviously!). It has been 3 months since my last post! Wow. I could have sworn I wrote one yesterday?? I don't know where the time goes. Oh wait, yes I do. It's called being a mommy to my 2 wild and crazy boys. Some days I feel like I don't even get to sit down unless it is driving the car. Most days I even eat my lunch standing up. I thought summer would be a time to slow down, but as it turns out, we are busier than usual. And I love it!

I don't want anyone to think I have forgotten about my little resolution. Although I do have to admit, the busier I keep myself, the easier it is to forget about not being able to shop. It is on the days when I have an hour or two of downtime that I feel the urge to go online and browse around. Yes, I do still get the urge, but the for the most part it is so much easier now than it was in the beginning. I can't believe I am already half way there! It helps tremendously that one of my best friends (and clothes swapping buddies) is pregnant. She keeps sending me lots of cute summer things that her baby bump prevents her from wearing. We did a clothes swap - I gave her all of my maternity clothes. I definitely got the better end of that deal!

It also helps when I focus on doing things for others, rather than myself. I decided at the beginning of the year that I would try to "pay it forward" by donating my time and money to some local charities. As the year has progressed, I have had so many wonderful people want to help. Many people (some I don't even know) have donated items to be auctioned off for these causes. I am always amazed at how we are all brought together for a single purpose. It is something bigger than each of as individuals can acheive, but as a collective group, we are making a difference!

Each quarter, I choose a different charity. The money raised during the first quarter went to Patrick's Closet (a subsidiary of Billy's Boys) that provides a "closet" in local schools where children in need can find clothing, shoes, and other items. The money raised during the second quarter went to Thornwell Home for Children - an orphanage in Clinton, SC. Now we are entering the 3rd quarter of the year (so hard to believe!). And this time, I am raising money for the Waccamaw Youth Center. The WYC is home to abused and abandoned teenage boys. And it takes a lot to keep these boys clothed and fed! I know how much my 2 little guys eat. I can't imagine the amount of food it takes it satisfy 20 starving teenage boys! If you or anyone you know would like to make a donation to one of my auctions or to WYC directly, please email me at Every little bit helps. No amount is too small. I urge to think about these boys the next time you're in a store and see a shirt or pair of shoes you like. Rather than buying something for yourself, take that money and do something for a child in need. Just once. You won't believe how great it makes you feel!

Take less. Give more. Be blessed and inspired.