Giving Tuesday

In case you haven’t been on too much social media today, it’s Giving Tuesday (well, technically, #GivingTuesday, cause 2014). The idea is simple: if we make time to give thanks and go shopping during the holidays, we should also make time to give back.

Here’s my late entry for organizations that deserve your support, whether it is hands-on or financial (or both). I’m proud to say  that I’ve volunteered for all three of these organizations, and the chance to see their amazing work firsthand is humbling:

Stand Up For Kids

Stand Up For Kids has chapters across the country dedicated to reaching out to homeless youth and street kids. They offer everything from food, hygiene packs and internet access to a safe space from the realities of the street.

For more information on homeless kids, I recommend this episode of 20/20 as well. You can read more about my experiences volunteering with Stand Up here.

Joan Rose Foundation

The Joan Rose Foundation works with impoverished children and teens in the Dominican Republic, providing free education and food as a means out of poverty.

You can read more about my experiences serving in the Dominican Republic here.

Philadelphia PAWS

I’ve been volunteering for PAWS, a no-kill animal shelter, for a few months and it always makes my day. I haven’t brought home any new pets, but I do get lots of cuddle time and exercise with them.

(Side note: We actually adopted Zamboni, the love of my life, from another amazing no-kill animal shelter: the Delaware Humane Association, for which I will be forever grateful.)

What organizations do you support or volunteer with?

~ Sarah

Ahora Amo

A collection of all the small things that I’m loving right now… ♥

♡ my frist trip to the shore — hello, Ocean City!
♡ water ice (especially bubble gum-flavored)
♡ fireworks on the beach

♡ Spruce Street Harbor Park
♡ summer ciders and cocktails
♡ afternoons spent socializing

♡ car rides with Zamboni
♡ late nights watching crime shows
♡ pizza — plain, peppers, (almost) whatever!

♡ real breakfasts before work
♡ shopping trips
♡ sunsets

Anything you’re loving lately?

~ Sarah

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Let’s Send Megan To London!

Hands down, one of my favorite things about blogging is the awesome blogger community. I love getting to know fab, talented ladies from across the country — it makes the Internet a happier place! I’m even part of two great blogging networks — Philly Blog Love and the Her Campus Blogger Network — and the two now have a chance to collide!

The darling Chaucee from Streets and Stripes recently collaborated with Skype to create a boyfriend jeans styling challenge. The grand prize? A shopping trip to London with Chaucee herself! One of the finalists? The lovely Megan from Lush to Blush! (Seriously, Megan showed me how to manage an editorial calendar and it’s been pretty blog-changing.) Both of these blogger babes are so talented and fun, and Megan (and her boyfriend jeans) definitely deserves some jet-setting (while I jealously follow along on Instagram).

Don’t forget to vote for Megan!

(It seriously takes 2 seconds and you’ll make her a very happy girl! Voting is open until March 31st.)

~ Sarah