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Help Build-A-Bear Workshop Spread Holiday Cheer With Toys For Tots

December 2, 2013 at 8:30 am , by

If you’ve checked out our Virtual Toy Drive and want to do more to help, our friends at Build-A-Bear Workshop have more ways to help the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation!

We love the annual Build-A-Bear Workshop Toys for Tots Toy Drive, which will take place December 6 – 8. You can donate new, unwrapped toys at stores across the United States or make and purchase a stuffed animal to donate. Throughout the weekend, volunteer members of the U.S. Marine Corp will be on hand at select stores to collect the toys, which will then be distributed to local kids in need.

You can also make a monetary donation to support Toys for Tots at checkout registers and online at buildabear.com throughout the holiday season. The donations will be used to provide toys for children who might not otherwise receive a gift on Christmas morning.


Can’t Grow a Stache? You Can Still Support Movember!

November 15, 2013 at 1:11 pm , by

Are the men in your town noticeably fuzzier these days? Has your guy’s razor been abandoned for weeks? That’s because it’s Movember, darlings! This time of year men all over the country band together in mustache mayhem to grow their whiskers in support of prostate cancer research,education, and awareness.

More than 3 million men (Mo Bros) and women (Mo Sistas as we’re lovingly called) participate in this worthy fundraising effort. According to the official Movember website, the funds raised in November “support world-class men’s health programs that combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges.” All of these programs are directed by the Movember Foundation and “are focused on awareness and education, living with and beyond cancer, staying mentally healthy, living with and beyond mental illness and research to achieve our vision of an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health.”

If you want to help in the effort to stop cancer and promote education, you can donate directly through the Movember site or purchase some of these amazing products. Proceeds from each benefit the Movember Foundation.

Method Soap for Hope
Not only do Method’s male employees grow mustaches and raise money for Movember each year, but also, the company is making a donation to the Movember Foundation. To raise awareness they’ve created two new hand washes available at grocery stores across the country that feature the “Soap for Hope” tag.

TOMS Movember Grey Suede Men’s Classics
One of our favorite do-good retailers, Toms Shoes, is also getting in on the Movember mania with mustache-adorned shoes to benefit the cause.
Buy them here

The Movember Collection Mo Army Girls’ Tee
If you want to show your support in style, check out this tee from the Movember site. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to cancer research and education.
Buy it here


Help These Women Give Thousands of Dollars to Charity

November 4, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

Here at LHJ we’re always in search of women inspiring women. It’s our goal (and sheer delight) to help tell stories of women who are giving back and impacting the world in a positive way. When one of our favorite beauty companies, L’Oreal Paris, reached out to share their Women of Worth program with us we just knew we had to tell you about it. L’Oreal shares our admiration of strong, proactive, intelligent women and every year they celebrate women “who have made a difference through volunteer work in their communities.”

This year’s honorees were all nominated for their incredible work and each woman will receive a $10,000 donation to the charitable cause she holds most dear. But (and here’s where you come in) L’Oreal needs your help to choose one National Woman Of Worth from amongst this year’s honorees to receive an extra $25,000 donation to her cause. Get to know the ladies and their causes below, then go vote in one of three ways:

·       Visit  WomenofWorth.com to cast your vote.

·       Head to the  L’Oréal Paris’ Facebook and “Like” the post and photo about your favorite Woman of Worth.

·       Check out their Twitter feed and re-tweet the tweet about the Woman of Worth you support.

2013 Women of Worth Honorees

Tricia Baker

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Tricia has dedicated her life to educating society about mental health issues and suicide prevention through Attitudes in Reverse (A.I.R.) after losing her own son to suicide.

 

 


Snapshots from Hurricane Sandy

November 7, 2012 at 1:54 pm , by

As the Northeast hunkers down for another difficult storm today, we wanted to share some pictures we snapped this past week during Hurricane Sandy. LHJ staffers were pretty lucky. We’re all safe, back at work and most of us have power (keyword: most). New York City is crawling back toward normal, but we’re not there yet. So many of our neighbors are without electricity and heat. We’re still cleaning up and assessing the damage. Worst of all, lots of people lost their homes and some even lost their lives.

If you’d like to help, check out these great organizations working to restore New York, New Jersey and other places along the East Coast that are still suffering and make a donation if you can. Share your own experiences or ways to help in the comments.

American Red Cross The Red Cross has 5,400 workers and 250 shelters spread from Virginia to Rhode Island. Donate online or text REDCROSS to 90999.
Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund Tireless New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and his wife Mary Pat established a relief fund of their own to restore the hardest-hit areas in New Jersey.
United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund United Way has set up its own fund to help disaster areas with teams of volunteers and lots of supplies all along the Eastern Seaboard.
The Mayor’s Fund for NYC Hurricane Relief You can donate directly to New York City’s recovery with an online donation or find in-person volunteer opportunities if you’re in the New York-area and want to help out.

Preparing for Hurricane Sandy

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LHJ's health editor Julie Bain believes in being well prepared! Here she tests the batteries on her headlamp before the storm. She lost power at her place in Manhattan on Monday, October 29, and the lights came back on Friday night, November 1. The headlamp was great for walking up and down pitch-black stairwells, leaving her hands free. Read Julie's other lessons for storm preparedness here.


Get-Fit Clicks: Weight-Loss Resolutions Edition

January 3, 2012 at 3:33 pm , by

* “I’ll get over my carbophobia.” You need carbs, we swear. Add these 6 healthy ones to your diet—they can help you feel full and melt body fat. (Eating Well)

“I’ll stop using lack of time as an excuse for not exercising.” You don’t have to spend hours at a gym or run marathons to get fit. Here’s 10 (realistic!) ways to work exercise into your schedule. (SparkPeople)

“I’ll make the most of the time I do have to workout.” Leisurely cardio sessions and too-wimpy strength-training routines are just two ways you may be sabotaging your weight-loss efforts. (FitSugar)

“I won’t get fooled by misleading food labels.” How natural is “natural”? Does “no trans fat” really mean there isn’t even a drop in there? Learn the truth behind these and 8 other tricky food labels. (HuffPo)

 


Do Good, Look Good: Second Annual Beauty Bloggers Online Auction

November 28, 2011 at 11:35 am , by

Is it just us or do the holidays seem to begin earlier and earlier every year? We’re not complaining, we’ll take any excuse to squeeze in a little shopping–and the ladies behind BeautyBloggers.org have given us even more incentive to open our wallets.

For the next two weeks, as you’re mulling over your gift list,  Karla Sugar and a roster of over 60 other beauty bloggers will be hosting their second annual online beauty auction. Proceeds are going to Doctors Without Borders, an organization that provides medical care to people in crisis, regardless of race, religion, or political affiliation.
These beauty mavens have collectively rounded up a pretty impressive collection of products to auction off: a complete set of Peau Vierge skincare from Le Métier de Beauté (retail: $1,100), a mascara wardrobe from Lancôme, a set of “matched luggage” makeup travel bags from Stephanie Johnson, Armani’s mother-of-pearl holiday eyeshadow palette, and tons of other goodies.
So put your clicking finger to good use, someone on your list will appreciate it. Plus, you’ll feel good knowing that your bucks are going to a good cause. Hey, it is the season of giving after all, right? The auction starts today and ends on December 12th.


Do Good For Free: Give A $25 Kiva Loan

November 18, 2011 at 9:18 am , by

I’ve always been intrigued by Kiva, the microfinance site that connects you with women entrepreneurs around the world to help them provide for themselves and their families by lending them money. It’s such a great way to make a big impact with at a fairly small cost to you—and your loan will eventually be repaid so you can reinvest in another worthy woman. Win-win! But I never actually took the plunge (I know, shame on me). That’s why I was so excited when our friends at Kiva offered an amazing opportunity: The first 3000 LHJ readers to go to Kiva.org/LHJ and sign up can give a FREE $25 loan. It’s the perfect way to try Kiva at no cost to you.

So I was excited to finally give it a try and let me tell you — it was hard to choose. I wanted to help every woman that I clicked on! When their loans are funded, Ana Cecilia in El Salvador will buy tires for her auto repair shop, Naimajon in Tajikistan will purchase fabrics and gold embroidery thread for her sewing business, and Sama in Togo will buy groceries for her small market. I eventually decided to give my free $25 loan to Flaviana (picture above) to buy supplies for her beauty salon in the Philippines. She has four school-aged children and her goal is to use her income to pay for their education.

It was so rewarding to know who I was helping (and why) that I am definitely going to give another loan — this time on my own dime. What can I say, I’m hooked. So what are you waiting for? It’s free, people! Go to Kiva.org/LHJ now to give your free $25 loan. It only takes a few minutes (unless you just can’t decide like me) and I promise you it’s worth it.