What to do about 35…..


So I just celebrated a birthday….but I wasn’t really in the mood to celebrate 35. It just seems so old and I don’t feel 35. But the more I thought about it the more I realized I should celebrate it. Maybe not in the traditional sense with a big party but in acts of kindness. And because it’s me I thought it would be fun to do it in increments of 35. Through Facebook, magazines and blogs I have come across the following organizations that are doing great things and I am happy to support. So here is how I am taking 35 to a new level and you can take part if you want to as well (and might just help with your spring cleaning).

The first is Medals 4 Medals http://www.medals4mettle.org/ Medals4Mettle (M4M) is a non-profit organization that facilitates the gifting of marathon, half marathon, and triathlon finishers’ medals. Runners from around the world give their hard earned medals to Medals4Mettle. Their worldwide network of physicians and volunteers then awards these medals attached to a Medals4Mettle ribbon to children and adults fighting debilitating illnesses who might not be able to run a race, but are in a race of their own just to continue to live their life. It is in honor of this mettle and courage in bravely facing these challenges that they are awarded a medal.

My goal is to collect at least 35 medals to donate. If you any medals you want to donate let me know! 

The second is Heart Strides http://heartstrides.org/our-mission/. This group provides running shoes and gear to moms caring for children with a critical/chronic illness or a special need. They are looking for the following gear donations

  • Running shoes
  • Athletic pants/running pants/yoga pants
  • Athletic tops – sleeveless/short sleeved/long sleeve
  • Socks (new only)
  • Miscellaneous gear – headlamps, visors, etc.
  • Exercise DVDs (yoga, pilates, core/strength, etc)

Aside from monetary donations, they also accept gently used running gear, as well as gift cards to stores that sell athletic gear (they’ll scope the sales and buy new gear to send to Moms!). They also send gift cards for chain restaurants/coffee shops to families in the hospital with critically ill children, encouraging them to take a break for a few minutes without the guilt (of their time or their money). Gift cards are in high demand on the wish list!

I am hoping to collect 35 items and plan to send a few gift cards that total 35.00 dollars. If you would like to make a monetary donation I will use it to buy gift cards. 

The last is Girls Helping Girls. Period http://www.girlshelpinggirlsperiod.org/. Over the summer I collected feminine hygiene products for this group. I will take further feminine hygiene products but they are on a mission to collect 1000 bras for women in need.  

I am hoping to collect 35 bras to send. Below are full details and a mailing address in case you aren’t near me and want to donate.


I am happy to come get items from you!  I will collecting through the end of March. Also, feel free to stray from my selected organizations and do your own act of “35” kindness. The most important thing is that we spread kindness!

Thank you for your support!!



I need your help and it will be fun!!

I am a member of the young professionals board for Ranken Jordan Pediatric Hospital. As the Events co-chair I am charge of our big fundraiser. A 1920’s themed event at the Thaxton Speakeasy downtown. If you are looking for a fun night out that will raise funds for a create cause please join us!! The ticket link is below.

Not sure what you would wear or need some new makeup for the event? Come join me at Saks Fifth Avenue on March 2. Saks will be donating 10% of their profits that day to Ranken Jordan. Plus, there is a free happy hour from 5-7 in the store.

Two great ways to help out a worthy cause, hang out with me and have fun! It’s win, win, win.

Let me know if you have any questions about either event or need information on how to donate to the event.

This is my first big event as a board member and I am hoping to make it a success. Please spread the word as well! All the details are below.

Shop at Saks Fifth Avenue
The Ranken Jordan Young Professionals Board invites you to shop at Saks Fifth Avenue (1701 S Lindbergh Blvd #1) on March 2, 2017.  Saks will donate10% of proceeds throughout the day to Ranken Jordan. If you shop in the evening, be sure to come by the Happy Hour with the Young Professionals Board in the Contemporary department from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.


Fringe and Fedoras
The Ranken Jordan Young Professionals invite you to attend a 1920s Themed Event on April 29, 2017 at 8:00 pm at the Thaxton Speakeasy (1009 Olive St). This exciting event will include music, dancing, and a silent auction at our city’s premier underground lounge, all in support of Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital.
Sponsor The Event
If you are interested in sponsoring this inaugural event of the Ranken Jordan Young Professionals, submit this sponsorship form by April 14, 2017. If you have any questions regarding sponsorship, contact Erin Risk at erinrisk@hotmail.com.


2017 in objects so far

I started the “my week objects” posts last year and found it both fun and challenging. Sometimes my weeks were just not that interesting. So I think I will keep up the theme of the blog post but more on a bi -monthly basis. Here a few objects that have made an impact in my life this first month and a half of 2017:

The post it note.  I love office supplies. In past jobs I was in charge of ordering office supplies and it was a dream to peruse the giant catalog of office supplies. Since I am in the process of planning a large scale fundraiser for a board I serve on I decided to break out the post-it notes to get organized. I spread out on the floor of our guest room and went to work.


Library card. It’s no secret that I love to read.  My library allows me to read that way I want to….meaning often and a lot. Books are expensive and I am not a re-reader, I read it and I am done. Although I do love the look of bookshelves packed with a variety of books. My library card allows me to always have a book to read and gives me the freedom to try out new genres without having to spend any money! Plus my library card provides me access to DVDs, CD’s, audiobooks and ebooks (which I borrow for traveling purposes, give me a real book over a tablet any day). And it’s cute too! This little piece of plastic supplied me with plenty of beach reads for our recent trip. I even brought along as a way to thank it, I kid! The St. Louis county library has a social media campaign that encourages patrons to show where they have taken their library card, so I look mine to the beach!


This banner from our recent trip. It makes me smile and gives me some hope for this world.


This towel. Which irritates me to no end. St. Patrick’s day or St. Paddy’s day is a holiday near and dear to my heart.  Please remember shamrocks have 3 leaves and clovers have 4 –yes there is a difference between a shamrock and a clover.  St. Patrick was male so if you shorten the name it’s Paddy.  Make your St. Patrick’s Day purchases wisely and know that yes I do judge you when you don’t.


Thanks for reading!