Thanksgiving is a time of feasting for many. A time to gather around, enjoy great food, and pause to give thanks. However, for many it’s a blaring reminder that they don’t have enough to eat. People in our own communities, in our everyday lives, face the pains of hunger each day (hence the food drives and fundraisers this time of year). But there are ways we can each personally help and it’s pretty simple — share a meal.
This month I have been partnering with Unilever to spread awareness about their #ShareAMeal campaign. There are many simple ways you can help someone in need, especially this time of year. My family often gives food gifts this time of year to friends and family but instead of our typical cookies and desert boxes, we decided to make up meal boxes to gift families we know can use a little extra help this time of year.
Looking for an easy fall project? Make this rustic chalkboard sign for a fun fall greeting. Chalkboard paint can reinvent almost any surface and create a fun, writable space for adults and children alike. Here, I’ve turned a piece of round wood into a fun fall sign that is now displayed in my kitchen.
We talk a lot about food here on the blog. And my family is always looking for ways to gather around and share a good meal. We’re pretty darn lucky to have more than we can eat on most days. But did you know that right here in America, there are 16 million children struggling with hunger? All walks of life, all cities….you just never know who is struggling. The fact that 1 in 5 children are unaware where their next meal is coming from breaks my heart. It could be our neighbor, or yours.
This fall I’m excited to be teaming up with Unilever Project Sunlight to help rally people across the country to join in their #ShareAMeal initiative. I’ll be sharing ways we’re tackling this issue in our own neighborhood soon.
Have you ever really wanted to redecorate but just can’t get inspired because your space (bedroom, living room, office) requires a lot of TLC and decision making? That’s sort of where I’ve been the past year — in a mid-redecorating-limbo. I desperately wanted to redo my home office space because I spend about 75% of my time here and it isn’t a very exciting environment. I did get started last year (yes I am currently in a year long limbo) but the project stalled because I got overwhelmed with options.
Above :: Ikea Chair, Ikea desk, World Market Rug, West Elm desk lamp
Well, it’s time to pick things back up. I have some major decisions to make; like paint (my walls are stark white) and more functional furniture (I’m so over the old stuff I’ve had forever). But that’s a little much for me right now — so I’ve decided to start small. I’m rethinking a small gallery wall and adding a few more decorative touches to the space.
Last week I shared the my youngest daughter and I had been inspired to come up with a unique idea to help create a better world, and select a Summer Sunlight Activity we’d like to do together to make our household more sustainable. Pairing the challenge with her love for the kitchen, we decided to make our challenge One Ingredient, Five Ways which will help eliminate food waste in our home.
My youngest daughter is seven now, but ever since she could stand up she’s been helping me in the kitchen. Prepping, cooking, baking, eating — she absolutely loves it all. I love how she gets excited about the entire experience; from gathering ingredients, to putting in the hard work in the kitchen, to sitting down and savoring the meal.
The kitchen seems to be a place where she problem solves often. Whether it’s substituting an ingredient or brainstorming ways to use items grown in our backyard garden, she’s always thinking. So when I learned about Unilever Project Sunlight’s latest film, The Way Kids SeeIt I knew this would be something her and we’d both enjoy. The video shines a light on the unique ideas and the magic that children all over the world apply to tackle all sorts of environmental and social issues. It’s pretty inspiring! Check it out: