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This year has been less than ideal. And yet I have been made keenly aware of the fact that when times are tough, the most important thing to do is to give back. I love CARE and their gifts of lasting change (and I seriously cannot wait for my catalogue to come…any day now, fingers crossed). I especially love the CARE empowers young girls and they let me be a part of it.
This year (once I get that catalogue) I really want to sit down with my little sister and pick something to gift. CARE’s gifts directly affect women and children around the world who desperately need help. This year little sis has fallen in love with school. I don’t know if she can imagine a world where little girls don’t get to school but for $130 we could give the gift of making sure a girl somewhere in the world where that is difficult gets to go to school!
I also have to say how much I love CARE’s campaign to #DreamWithHer which is all about empowering young women and girls. Please be sure to check out their website and the gifts for these girls. I also know CARE is doing a lot of Facebook live events to share their mission and the stories behind the #DreamWithHer campaign.
When people talk about the Christmas season, this is what they mean.
We strung the lights and put up the tree…and then decided it was time to celebrate. This year has not been easy in many ways, so we wanted to create a comfy and cozy atmosphere that celebrated the holidays too. We started with fun Christmas Pajamas and good friends who make each other laugh. That’s step one of the perfect holiday season starter kit.
Step Two is finding the perfect food. When I get friends together, especially around this time of year, I want bellies full and warm. I chose Boar’s Head Hummus in the traditional variety and also in the roasted garlic (I’m Italian…it’s what we do). What I love about Boar’s Head Hummus is that it is super healthy and that’s why I paired with veggies (in this case, the perfectly dippable pepper) or pita chips.
This was perfect because we did have people with dietary restrictions and this made everyone feel included (so important always but especially during the holidays). Besides, the taste of Boar’s Head hummus had everyone making mmm noises because it was that good–even the most intense of our hummus connoisseurs (I’m not naming any names).
When I put this tray together, I wanted it to be inviting. It was so easy to jazz it up and make it look fancy with simple cutting boards and putting the Boar’s Head Hummus in bowls with these sweet flags. I mean, check out those holiday cocktail napkins.
When I invite people over or to celebrate the holidays, I want everyone to feel included. The food did that because we all came with different needs. No one will be forgetting this holiday spread anytime soon and the great news is we have time to do it again before the New Year!
What would be in your holiday starter kit? And what’s your favorite flavor of hummus?
For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a writer. Right now I am doing marketing and ghostwriting for clients and I enjoy it. But at the end of the day, when I finish writing the story for my client, someone else’s name goes on that book. And it is okay because I am learning so much. But I am so thrilled to tell you that I have my first byline with my name on it…which brings me to my first article published at HelloGiggles.
I had an idea about a month ago for an article that talked about how dating during an election–specifically this election–was a pain. My friend and fellow writer, MK, insisted that I “pitch” the idea to publications. But I put it off. It was a combination of being afraid of rejection and just not wanting to write anything about this election. But then MK forced my hand. Thank goodness she did because HelloGiggles picked it up.
Listen, I would love it if you read it. If you are on election coverage overboard, don’t worry. That’s not the thrust of the piece. Because in the time I took putting it off, my feelings of dating during an election actually changed. This is not a piece about the election or anyone’s politics. It’s how I learned a great deal about dating and myself through the recent political happenings. It’s meant to be lighthearted.
Here’s the piece:
But will you do me a favor and read it: Why dating during an election will teach you a lot about yourself — and the person you’re seeing?
If you do click and read, thanks so much for your support. Feel free to give me any feedback. I can take it. You just reading it would mean the world…and if you feel like sharing it, that would be amazing.