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SoapBox Review

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If you all have been readers for long you know I have a major passion for philanthropy, so when Soapbox approached me I was so excited to work with them on their campaign to reach 3 million donations.
Can you believe that just 7 years ago Soapbox started with the CEO making soap in his college apartment?!?!!? What an accomplishment he has made in such a short period of time!
If you haven’t heard of Soapbox they are a one-for-one personal care company that carries shampoo, conditioner, body wash and soaps. Which means for every product sold they donate a bar of soap to someone in need in the US or abroad. Another plus is they are vegan and cruelty free.
I was able to try the following items and here is what I thought:
The smell of this shampoo and conditioner is fresh and clean.  I feel like both men and women can enjoy it.  It soaps up well and leave a clean feel.  The conditioner really moisturizes but doesn’t leave a build up. &
This stuff smells so luxurious! It smells like something at a day spa and I love it!  The hand soap itself works great and isn’t drying on my sensitive skin!
This smells so yummy and sweet almost like bubble gum! It lathers well and doesn’t leave skin feeling dry!
This is my favorite smell of the group so floral and fresh! I love how well it lathers and that the smell is so refreshing!
I hope you can join me in reaching their  campaign goal of 3 million donations! To help I have a special PROMO code for you! gabbinggingerSbS3M. 
This code will allow you 10% off and the double donation credit! The promo code will expire on Friday, 10/13/2017.  
PS. One of the coolest thing is you can enter the unique hope code identifier and see exactly where your donation went!
Make sure to check them out on social media too:
XOXO Gabbing Ginger
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Check-in on New Years Goals

With the half way point of the year upon us, I wanted to revisit the goals I set for myself. I have really tried to hold myself accountable to these.  Smalls steps to big goals is what I have in the back of my mind!

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So where do a stand?

1. Don’t sweat the small stuff. This is a constant reminder.  I still am very hot headed and get worked up easily but I am working on giving myself a few seconds to breath before reacting so brashly.

2. Be a better listener. Another thing I CONSTANTLY have to remind myself.  But I am proud to say I have really noticed it becoming more of a habit.

3. Blog once a week. I am so proud to say I have kept up with this so far! I am really working hard on outlining my blog/social media calendar so I am more organized!

4. Practice yoga once a week. I have really struggled with this one.  I am working out more consistently but yoga has only been happening every other week.  I definitely am going to start doing it more.  I found some really great Tone it up online yoga videos the other day actually!

5. Travel to a new place. I am headed to Nashville, TN for a bachelorette party in July! Any recommendations of what we should see/do?!

6. Learn a new skill. I don’t know if it is a *new* skill but for the first time I am actually actively running and cutting my pace.  I can run on the treadmill at a 7 which I have NEVER been able to do before!

7. Volunteer more. I have stepped up to be event chair for the Jingle Bell Run 2017! Contact me if you want to make your own team, or join mine here! Even if you can’t be there in person you can “Jingle in your Jammies” from home AND you get the awesome event t-shirt or make a donation!

Overall, I am proud of myself for working to reach my goals! Just have a few areas to work on but like the quote above sometimes it isn’t about the final goal it is about the journey to get there!

What are were your 2017 Resolutions/Goals? How are you accomplishing them?

 

XOXOX Gabbing Ginger

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Fantastic Philanthropy: Speedway Children’s Charities

Hey y’all! It has been awhile since I spotlighted a charity that I love.  This specific charity holds a spot near and dear to my heart.  I worked for them several years ago and I can tell you the people (volunteers and employees) are some of the most fantastic people you will EVER meet.

If you remember, one of my new years resolutions is to volunteer more and I am excited to say that I am going to help spearhead a Young Professionals group for the local Texas Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities.

Why do I love SCC? Here is a little about the organization straight from their website.

The mission of Speedway Children’s Charities remains true to the ideals it was founded upon in 1982: To care for children in educational, financial, social and medical need in order to help them lead productive lives.

Since 1997, Speedway Children’s Charities at Texas Motor Speedway has distributed more than $10.2  million in funding to non-profit organizations in North Texas supporting children in need. The funds distributed by Speedway Children’s Charities are raised through special events held throughout the year. Most of Speedway Children’s Charities events are geared around the three major race weeks at Texas Motor Speedway.

Speedway Children’s Charities could fill the grandstands at Texas Motor Speedway 16 times with the number of children we have helped since 1997.  Our reach is far, and the dollars we raise go to directly helping children in our community.

Children’s organizations in Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant counties are eligible to apply for the Speedway Children’s Charities’ annual Founders and Partner Grants. Qualified applicants must directly fulfill needs of children in our area and be a registered 501(c)(3) organization.

 

This group has raised money that TREMENDOUSLY helps the local Texas community and specifically KIDS! I love the cause and I love the people!

Want to get involved? Check out the sign up HERE!

Just a couple fun memories below of times with SCC!

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You might recognize one of my favorite bloggers CASEY on the far right in Victory Lane with me.

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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7 Goals for 2017

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1. Don’t sweat the small stuff

2. Be a better listener

3. Blog once a week

4. Practice yoga once a week

5. Travel to a new place

6. Learn a new skill

7. Volunteer more

What are your 2017 Resolutions/Goals?

XOXO- The Gabbing Ginger

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Fantastic Philanthropy: It’s all about the YMCA

I think it is about time to outline another Fantastic Philanthropy! The YMCA has grown close to my heart over the last year.  My husband sits on the local board for one of the branches and I started working out there about a year ago.  We are involved specifically with the Westside and Benbrook YMCA’s.

The YMCA gives scholarships and youth program opportunities. Persons who wish to utilize the services of the Y, but cannot afford them, are given assistance based on their needs. This allows the YMCA to say “Yes!” to those who otherwise would not be able to participate. The YMCA offers a complete continuum of services for all ages.

Here is a great video of Cheryl who has benefitted from a YMCA scholarship:

Beyond the great things they do for the community the staff is great! I am greeted by my name everyday and asked how I am.  The group fitness instructors recognize you and also are very friendly and knowledgeable sources.

I think that goes to show how great the YMCA is not only for individuals but for the community.  Whether you are there to get fit, have children that play sports or are looking for a great philanthropy the YMCA serves all of those and much, much more!

Below are just a few pictures from my YMCA adventures:IMG_3296

Visit the YMCA for more info on how to volunteer, donate or join the gym!

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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Fantastic Philanthropies: Arthritis Foundation

Hi everyone! One of my goals of this year to is to incorporate more philanthropy into my blog.  So I have decide to spotlight outstanding organizations! This first organization is near and dear to my heart; The Arthritis Foundation.

Arthritis has affected so many family members and friends of mine that I wanted to get involved to help find a cure. So over the last 2 years I have sat on the Jingle Bell Run Committee and the Walk to Cure Arthritis committee as part of the Arthritis Foundation of North Texas.

Did you know that Arthritis is not just a disease of old age. Two-thirds of people with arthritis are under the age of 65, including 300,000 children?! The Foundation not only holds events to help raise awareness and money to find a cure but the website and staff are full of information for those who are affected.  They help give health information health information, information for families of those affected and event camps for children who have JA.

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Here is a great overall description of what Arthritis Foundation does and how to get involved:

The Arthritis Foundation is committed to raising awareness and reducing the unacceptable impact of arthritis, a disease which must be taken as seriously as other chronic diseases because of its devastating consequences.We are leading the way to conquer the nation’s leading cause of disability through increased education, outreach, research, advocacy and other vital programs and services.

Our goal is to reduce by 20 percent the number of people suffering from arthritis-related physical activity limitations by 2030.

Make Arthritis Unacceptable: We build involvement in the cause via advocacy, events, fundraising appeals, media relations and consumer information.Provide access to the information and resources needed to minimize the impact of arthritis: We mobilize funds and capacity to create broader reach and meaningful engagement that helps people adopt and maintain healthy behaviors.

Drive a strategic research agenda: We mobilize public and private funding as well as societal alignment around goals and strategies that offer major benefits for people with arthritis.

Influence policies and strategies to produce better outcomes for people with arthritis: We mobilize support for public and private policies that support arthritis prevention, innovation and access to quality care.

Reduce arthritis-related disparities in health and health care: We create greater capacity to assist underserved populations that have a significant arthritis burden.

What YOU Can Do

PARTICIPATE: Join an Arthritis Foundation program and improve your pain. Our fitness programs are designed to help you live better with arthritis. Moving is the best medicine.

ADVOCATE: Help change policies to improve the lives of people with arthritis and make treatments more effective and affordable.

VOLUNTEER: Find your local Arthritis Foundation office and get involved.

JOIN: Get numerous benefits by becoming a member of the Arthritis Foundation. Also, look for an Arthritis Walk, Jingle Bell Run/Walk or other event near you and raise money to support our work.

DONATE: For every dollar donated to the Arthritis Foundation, more than 75 cents goes directly to fund research and interventions for people with arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation meets the strict qualifications of the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance, ensuring your tax-deductible gift is spent in ways that will best help people with arthritis.

If you have a Nonprofit organization you think I should spotlight please let me know! I am also looking to spotlight up and coming Young Professionals!

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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#100daysofhappiness: Day 11

I have always had a passion for Non-profit work! Before working for my families business I worked in non-profit!  Since, changing jobs I still wanted to give back. One of the first places I became involved with was the Arthritis Foundation.

I have been working with them since I was in college (AOII’s Philanthropy is the Arthritis Foundation)! Check HERE for how AOII helps give back!

Several people in my family suffer from this debilitating disease.  My dad was struggling with its effects until a new drug became available and has worked wonders for him!  Thanks to the efforts of the Arthritis Foundation there is continued research into this disease!

One of the big events for North Texas (and nation) coming up this year is the Walk to Cure Arthritis! You should check it out!

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As you can see Arthritis doesn’t just happen to “old people”! What causes do you like to give back to?