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Light It Up Blue – Autism Speaks

Light It Up BlueEvery April 2nd, Autism Speaks celebrates Light It Up Blue!  (See last year’s post here.)  In honor of those living with autism, families, friends, historic landmarks, and many organizations around the world Light It Up Blue.  You too can take part by changing out your porch lights with a blue one.  If you aren’t able to Light It Up Blue, you can still help support Autism Speaks by creating awareness on your blog, Facebook, and Twitter, just check out their Tools & Resources page.  You can also make a donation to Autism Speaks here or purchase a really awesome Sevenly shirt here!

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Do you have a Greenheart?

It never fails to amaze me how awesome it is to connect to customers that come in to shop where I work.  I come in to contact with amazing people every day hearing stories, passing on advice, or just connecting on a personal level with women shopping in our store.  Today, I saw the coolest clutch ever.  Little did I know, the coolest clutch ever had an even cooler back story.

Enter Greenheart.  Greenheart is a Fair Trade organization based out of Chicago and is a nonprofit, eco friendly store.  For those who are not familiar with the definition of Fair Trade, it is a way to promote stability and support producers and artisans in developing countries.  While, there is no exact definition, this is the main idea.

Moving on… Greenheart carries products that are made by artisans from all over the world, sells them to you, and sends 15 – 30% back to the producers.  Learn more about one of their 52 Artisans here.  With products for your home and kitchen, as well as jewelry, journals, purses, wallets and more, there is something for everyone.  They have some great gift ideas for that special person or special event you have coming up.

Get shopping… and save the world while you’re at it! 😉  Don’t be shy!  They’re on Twitter, Facebook and have their own blog!  It’s definitely worth taking a look!  Have a Greenheart.

OPI & City of Hope

I know that I always feel a little bit better when proceeds from items I purchase go towards a good cause.  Companies like Sevenly and TOMS are already capitalizing on society’s social mindedness and now, OPI is donating a portion of their proceeds to a great cause – City of Hope.

George W. Schaeffer, President and CEO of OPI Products, Inc., is being honored with City of Hope‘s Spirit of Life award for his philanthropic contributions.  City of Hope is a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.  George established the George W. Schaeffer Endowment for Innovation in Diabetes research and along with OPI is raising funds to aid in the fight against diabetes.

What does buying your favorite OPI polish have to do with it?  If you buy Cajun Shrimp, You Don’t Know Jacques, Bubble Bath or Strawberry Margarita, 50 cents of your purchase will be donated to the City of Hope.

To learn more, please check out City of Hope on Facebook and Twitter!  Don’t forget to follow OPI as well for updates on their latest collections.  You can donate today by texting “GiveHope” ($10) or “GiveLove” ($5) to 27722 and join George and OPI fund research for new treatments and along with City of Hope, finding a CURE for diabetes!

Don’t forget to pick up one (or all) of these best-selling polishes at your favorite Ulta location!

Against the Wind Virtual 5k

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Have you ever heard of a virtual 5k before?  Tomorrow marks the Against the Wind Virtual Race for the Dick Beardsley Foundation sponsored by New Balance.  This is a great idea!  You get to run whenever and wherever you want on March 31!

All you have to do is register and pay your $25 tax deductible entry fee.  Run 3.1 miles.  Record your time.  All proceeds for the race go to the Dick Beardsley Foundation, which helps create awareness for chemical dependency and aids in support for those who are unable to pay for a 12 step program.

But wait… what do I get if I run really fast!?  Well friend, not only do you get to support a great cause, but you also have the chance to win monetary prizes (5,000th place gets $250!) or one of many marathon entrance fees, autographed books, memorabilia and more!

I heard about this on Z102.9, one of my favorite local radio stations, and wanted to pass on this great event!  Since I am in training for my first half marathon in May, this is a great opportunity to race against the clock and see how my training has stacked up to others.  

If you are in the Cedar Rapids area and want to run with someone, email Scott@kzia.com for more details!  Good Luck!

To find out more information, or to register for the race check out their website.  Be sure to “Like” them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter!