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ShoesThatFit.org – I Donated 2 Pairs!

ShoesThatFit.org

Dear Readers – I hope I brought some joy to 2 kiddos in need this Christmas! I spent $10 each for a couple of kids to get new shoes so they can wear them with pride, and comfort.

If you’ve read any of my past posts, you know how difficult it is to find shoes to fit my extra-wide feet, so how wonderful it was to find a charity that takes the time to measure and fit them!! YASSSSSS!!

Here’s how they work:

Simply put, Shoes That Fit helps kids improve their self-esteem. How do we do this? By providing them with much-needed new shoes so that they can go to school in comfort and with dignity and focus on their studies rather than their circumstances.

First, we match sponsoring groups with nearby schools that have children in need. A sponsor can be any group of people; a business, school, church, civic organization or simply a group of caring friends. Next, a sponsoring group decides how many children they can help. Their chosen school identifies the children most in need of new shoes and then measures these students for proper size and fit with materials we provide.

Finally, the sponsoring group uses this information to buy exactly what each child needs and makes the much-appreciated delivery to the school. By using this model with every sponsoring group across America, volunteers are making a direct impact on the children in their own communities.

Specifically, I did the Nordy thing – was buying a gift card at the customer service counter and saw a Christmas tree with some different gift cards on it…they had children’s names on them, and OMG, you know I had to help! Seriously, I’m very moved by kids who would otherwise “do without” and I can’t bear the thought, so I asked the lovely man at the counter about the program. A $10 gift card buys a child in need a brand new pair of New Balance sneakers…so I bought two!

Wishing so much happiness to those children and their families this holiday season, and, for the rest of their lives…

Feelin’ the love and joy,

❤ Belle

Bulletproof blankets designed to shield kids during school shootings, tornadoes  – NY Daily News

Bulletproof blankets designed to shield kids during school shootings, tornadoes  – NY Daily News.

Pee Wee’s Playhouse Opening Theme (Sung By Cyndi Lauper)

Pardon the FLASHBACK – and yes, it’s pretty much a flashback, like drugs 😀

I let my son watch this show back in the day, but I’m well aware that certain parents thought it was a horrible show, addled with drug-induced references and colorful, wacky characters…but this is EXACTLY why I let my son watch it! We still reference it today – I’m not ashamed. I wish more kids and parents would watch it. I’m not sure what it inspires, but it teaches, and I’ll accept that any day.

BTW, Cyndi Lauper does a great character voice similar to Betty Boop (remember her?) for this opening theme. She used the same type for her “She’s So Unusual” album, and while kitschy, it’s brilliant. Her “normal” speaking voice is very sultry, and I’d love to hear her do more voiceover work…

▶ Adorable 3 year old is very happy to dance! – YouTube

▶ Adorable 3 year old is very happy to dance! – YouTube

VIRAL because he’s so articulate and cute, ZOMG!! He’s Chinese and his name is Zhang Junghao.

Shelling / Beach-combing – A Year Round Hobby

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Shelling is a favorite pastime of mine, and the best part is, it can be done year-round.

Storms churn the sea, bringing up many long-hidden ocean treasures up on shore. Yes, the windy Winter months are harsher for shellers, but with several layers to keep warm (a rain poncho helps), you can gather those hard-to-find shells you’ve been waiting for.

Where I live, the Gulf Stream is ever-faithful to bring up surprises from all over. My latest goals are finding dark purple quahog and conch shells. I’m going to make some wampum jewelry with my trusty Dremel tool, and I need some conch shell to experiment making other jewelry beads, or whatever I come up with. Will post pictures when I can get further South…

Shelling Tees
$23.95