Embracing The Moment


Some days frustration and disappoint seem to follow you, but yet a hug can help to turn your day around. We could all use a hug from time to time, and it doesn’t cost a thing, just a little of your time. You can hug another person, yourself, a pillow (maybe a stuffed animal) or a pet. The instructions are simple, lift up your arms; open wide and squeeze. Hugs are both rewarding to the recipient and the giver because it’s good for the heart.

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June 29th is Hug Holiday Day. Really, it is. There’s even an organization that encourages people to give hugs, Hugs for Health Foundation website.   A warm embrace can change someone’s mood in an instance and brighten up their day. Embrace the moment and try it for yourself.

Casually speaking and all the best,
Mercedes

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#Giving Tuesday


As traditions go in the U.S., the fourth Thursday in November we celebrate Thanksgiving, following is Black Friday and then we ease into Cyber Monday, this year a new tradition starts….#GivingTuesday. A special day of giving has been dedicated to unite our efforts in the joy of giving; it’s the one gift that will never go out of style.

” Tuesday, November 27, 2012, charities, families, businesses and individuals are coming together to transform the way people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. It’s a simple idea. Find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to join in acts of giving. Tell everyone you can about what you are doing and why it matters. Join a national celebration of our great tradition of generosity.” #GivingTuesday.org

What matters most this season is not the size of the gift or a bow, it’s the simple fact that we give and the love that we show.

Casually speaking and all the best,
Mercedes

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Offering Gratitude for Service


Brawny Towels (a Georgia Pacific company) launched a partnership with Wounded Warrior Project  (WWP) to support military men and women and their families. When soldiers return to civilian life after their time of service it can take some time for them to transition back and that’s where WWP comes in by offering programs and services. Visit Brawny’s Facebook page, for their Support our Heroes campaign, and “Like” them or leave a note of thanks on their wall and Brawny will donate $1 to WWP. This Veteran’s Day say thanks to the members of the armed forces who have served their country and give them your support.

Fighting Hunger


While watching Better TV show this weekend I saw an interview with  spokesperson actor Chris Noth, love that guy ever since he was on Law & Order…I digress, and heard that he has partnered with Beaulieu Vineyard® (BV) and their Give & Give Back program. I thought it would be fitting since today is World Food Day, to highlight the efforts of one company who has joined the  fight to feed the hungry. In addition to donating a million meals a year, BV has expanded their giving to celebrate local heroes.

Visit the BV’s Facebook page here  to nominate someone you know that is helping to fight hunger in their local community or abroad through their volunteering, donation or advocacy. A donation of $1,000 will be given  in honor of the winning  Hometown Hunger Hero chosen from the list of nominations  each month, to the hunger relief organization of their choosing. This endeavor will run between now and March 2013. One among these Hometown Hunger Heroes will be chosen at the end of March as the National Hometown Hero and BV will donate an extra $10,000 to the hunger relief  organization of the winner’s choice.

Remember to always drink responsibly.

Casually speaking and all the best,
Mercedes

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Inspiring Change for a Struggling City


Joshua Smith, from Detroit, Michigan, initially started with a goal to raise $1,000 for his city, little did this ambitious 9 year-old know how his entrepreneurial spirit would raise more than dollars and cents.

Young Mr. Smith saw the garbage and the overgrown grass in a nearby park in his neighborhood and asked his parents why it was in such bad condition. After hearing the response about the city’s lack of money, Mr. Smith decided he wanted to help and so he took action by setting up a lemonade stand in front of his house; he began to sell organic lemonade, popcorn and juices.

Mr. Smith raised funds well over his original goal (close to $4,000) for the city. The city told him that he could keep the money he raised, but he refused to keep it and preferred the city use the money specifically for sprucing up the park and its surrounding area. His admirable efforts have drawn local and national attention from political officials to members of the University of Michigan basketball team. He’s also been offered a $2,000 college scholarship from the Rosa Parks Scholarship foundation.

At 9 years old when many young boys are riding bikes and out playing ball while this young man was out raising money to be a part of the change to improve his community.

Casually speaking and all the best,
Mercedes

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