Earlier this month I gave the first list of 5 Ways to Give the Magic of the Season. Here are five other ways to make a difference in someone’s life this holiday season.
1. Support the Troops: There are so many different ways to bring the holiday cheer to our troops and their families. You could adopt a family, send holiday cards, donate Christmas trees, create care packages or volunteer at a local military base. A website I found helpful is www.soildersangels.org .
2. Tip well: Does someone provide you with a service that is above and beyond? The girls at the Starbucks I go to are so cheerful every time I see them, I would love to give them a nice tip for making my mornings so awesome!
3. Be Jolly: Our FedEx delivery guy comes in day in and day out with such a jolly attitude he makes me want to be a better person. For the season and into the new year make a commitment to be that person to those around you.
4. Pay it forward: Last year the person in front of me at the coffee shop paid for my drink. I in turn paid for the person behind me and so on and so forth. That day I happened to be in a rush and the simple act of kindness made my day! I have even heard of people offering to pay for others meals at restaurants, whatever it may be try to pay it forward.
5. Guess who’s coming to dinner: Invite a co-worker or neighbor to dinner or to a holiday event who may not have family or friends locally. Everyone enjoys being with someone during the holidays even if they don’t admit it.
No matter what you do this holiday season, I hope we can all make it a mission to bring joy to those around us. I know that my Camden team & I make it a goal everyday while interacting with our residents.
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Only 10 more days until the day! Black Friday is one of the craziest shopping days of the year and this has become a tradition for my mom and I to go out and try to get the best deals we can for the holidays. On Thanksgiving we will get the newspaper with all the ads in it and then we will all look through them to see who is having the best deal and at what time. My girls circle items that they have been dreaming about and I even force my husband to look so I can get some ideas for him as well. We then will make a list of the most coveted products and make a game plan of what time we need to wake up at to make sure that we get the best deals. Last year we got thrown off our game a little as stores opened earlier than they ever have. So my warning is to make sure that you look on the ads to see what time they are going to start the sale on the items that you are you are looking for. Target will even put out a map for you to know where the items you are looking for can be found.
The night before we go to bed we make sure that we have cut all our coupons out that help to save us more money. Then we pack a black Friday essential’s bag. This includes the ads, coupons; I usually pack a double shot iced coffee from Starbucks, a few power bars or snacks and my debit card. I know if sounds crazy but I get super excited about the deals that I might get. I always try to go to bed early like 8 pm so I can wake up in the middle of the night. Sometimes I have a really hard time falling asleep as my mind will race about how to make sure that I score the best deals. Continue Reading »
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Make-a-Wish is pulling out all the stops to make a 5 year old leukemia patient’s wish come true. On the morning of Nov. 15, a breaking news story will appear on TV in San Francisco. The police chief will be asking if anyone knows where Batkid is because he needs his help to solve a crime and “bringing the bad guys to justice,” Make-a-Wish said in a statement.
“Miles is a good spirited little boy and finds his inspiration in super heroes,” Make-a-Wish said of the boy, Miles. “When we interviewed Miles for a wish, he surprised even his parents: He wishes to be Bat Kid!” Make-a-Wish has reached out to the public in San Francisco asking them to participate. Please post pictures or information here as it happens this Friday in San Francisco. I wish I was there to watch. Its amazing how many people are pulling together to make this memory for Miles. Continue Reading »
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I love crisp fall days!
I’m a Texas girl born and raised, but I absolutely hate summers. In fact, although I can hear a collective “NERD” reverberate around the nation, I dislike summer so much that I actually know the official name for the opposite of hibernation – aestivation. Yep! I tend to go dormant from June-August.
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Ace and I have some exciting news… we will be kicking off our first video contest! Three of our Houston Midtown Communites- Camden Travis Street, Camden Midtown & Camden City Centre will participating in this exciting contest. However, anyone can enter not only Camden residents!
The contest started November 1st and will end November 30th. This is a great oppurtunity to show your love for your neighborhood. So every contest has a prize of course and our prize is, 10 winners will receive $200! Yeah, that’s right… 10 winners, $200. Don’t forget to #camdenmidtownvideo & also to submit video to http://woobox.com/rv3pfc , YouTube, Vine & Instagram.
We would love to see why you love living in Midtown, what makes your Camden community special, meeting up with your friends at your favorite spots in Midtown and the list goes own. If you have any questions please contact any of the three communities.
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By now you have seen or known someone or possibly are that someone, that is not shaving throughout the entire month November. This month and every November is the month that certain men will celebrate what it means to be a man and grow their manliest beard. There are a couple different takes on this month and a couple different reasons as well as regulations besides just growing a beautifully manscaped dome of facial hair. Most importantly, it is to raise awareness for men’s health and all the ailments that plague men every day. So call it what you will, “No shave November” or “Movember” or make up your own clever name, however just raise awareness for an important cause!
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I was recently asked what I wanted for Christmas? Being almost 27 and able to buy most things I want I always find this to be a tough question to answer. Thanksgiving and Christmas are one of my favorite times of the year. However, having gotten older and not having children of my own yet the holidays sometimes lose their magic. I have my gift ideas for those close to me but I was thinking how can I make the magic of the season happen for someone else besides my family? Someone who maybe has no one to care for them or who really needs something that I may have to give. I would rather give than receive, So I thought what are 5 Ways to Give the Magic of the Season?
- Donate your closet clutter: I have plenty of clothes that are in good condition that I don’t wear often enough for the space it takes up in my closet. I plan to take those items to UMOM New Day Centers a local charity that Camden supports that help families and individuals in need of temporary housing. On a tour of the UMOM community I was shown their clothes room where they are in need of different items. Many of the children and adults need simple things like undergarments and shoes. For more information on how you can support UMOM New Day Centers visit www.umom.org .
- Spend the holiday with someone else’s family: I plan on spending the holidays with my family. For those who are not able to fly home to see family and friends or may want a break from their traditional family get together, this year skip the dinner and volunteer to work at a shelter. Many people may have no one to spend the day with. The Salvation Army has a list of volunteer opportunities in the Phoenix area at http://phoenixsa.volunteerfirst.org/volunteer/volunteer_info/programs.asp .
- Craft some cheer: If you have artistic skills you could make cards or pictures for hospitalized children. You could gather family and friends for a craft event where everyone makes cards. Visit http://www.cardsforhospitalizedkids.com/ to learn more about this unique program.
- Get Elfed: We have all heard of paying it forward, this one is pretty cute! Start a tradition in your community by leaving a basket of goodies at your neighbors door with a poem or rules of how to play. You anonymously leave the basket after ringing the doorbell, your neighbor then has 72 hours to pay it forward and elf another neighbor, the person who has been elfed leaves a sign so that others know that they have already received their treat. Soon enough there will be elf’s all over the neighborhood. It’s a fun way to bring simple cheer to those around you. For the printable elf sign visit http://christmas.organizedhome.com/celebrate/youve-been-elfed-poem-signs .
- Shop for children in need: Many retail stores will team up with an organization and give you a child’s wish list. One year my Mom and I did this and it was so much fun! The simplicity of the little girls requests were heartbreaking but I was excited that I would be able to bring her some joy by giving her clothes and shoes. Visit www.orphanchristmas.org for more information.
Now if someone asks me what I want for Christmas this will be my wish list. I hope that all my fellow Camden peers and readers will be able to bring some magic to those around them this year.
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