Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Locks of Love

When the seasons change it not only changes the colors of the leaves on the trees, it also brings with it many changes in our fashion style. Jackets to sundresses and boots to flip flops.

It also means a change in hairstyle for a lot of folks. The long hair gets really hot during the summer months and some feel it's time for it to GO!, which usually means on the floor of a salon, quickly swept up and into the trash.

But wait, what if all of that unwanted hair could make a HUGE difference in another persons life.

It's called LOCKS OF LOVE. This is a public non-profit organization that provides a new look for financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada.  When a child loses their hair from a long-term medical condition, the gift of a prosthetic hair piece can bring back a child's self-esteem, confidence and smile.

There are many ways you can get involved with LOCKS OF LOVE besides giving your hair.

If you have a salon, please consider registering to participate.

Plan an event benefiting this caring organization.

Monetary donations are welcome also. This helps LOCKS OF LOVE pay for the actual prosthetic that the donated hair is coupled with to make the hairpieces.

 For more information as well as rule and regulations please visit  Locks of Love website

FRAUD ALERT:

According to Locks Of Love dot org, there are many fraudulent parties out there using their name to raise funds etc. in unethical ways. Please make sure to verify that an event or salon is properly affiliated with this organization.

When it's time for a new do, please

Be Prepared To Bless

Johnna

Monday, April 3, 2017

Christmas Shopping In April....and every month in between


Here is the Item of the Month for your shoe box. Have you been following along and collecting your items?  Found any good deals?

Keep watching for more ways to......

Be Prepared To Bless!

Johnna

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Spring Has Officially Sprung

Although here in Texas it never really felt like we had Winter this year, we did manage to somehow act as if we did. We wore our nice warm scarves, our high top boots and carried our dark colored purses. Now, finally,  we can honestly say it is Spring.

For those of us living or visiting here in the Lone Star State, that means Bluebonnets galore!! Oh how we love our state flower. We take road trips to the perfect areas to see them and we plant our babies in the middle of a patch for that oh so perfect photo op.

The word "Spring" is also sometimes followed by the not so pretty word "cleaning".  Nooo!   Yes! It's that time again.  Last year I wrote about a way to use this dreaded task to cheerfully Be Prepared To Bless in the future, so before you tackle your home this year please read my post Spring Has Sprung Part 1 from last year and as always.......

BE PREPARED TO BLESS!

Johnna

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Christmas Shopping in March...and every month in between


If you have been following along since my original post about Operation Christmas Child, you know that each month there are suggested items to purchase for your box.

This month is Quality Crafts. These items could include a beaded necklace, knitted gloves, no-sew scarf,  handmade purse, a hand carved whistle, felt finger puppets and the list goes on.

You don't need to be overly crafty to do this.  Search Pinterest for easy crafts and you will see there are thousands of things to make.

You can also read my suggestion posts for January  and February.

I hope these posts will encourage you to shop all year long for OCC.

I will be back next month for April's suggestion post. In the meantime, follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or subscribe to my blog for many other ideas and as always......

Be Prepared To Bless!

Johnna

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A Women And Her Purse



Women love purses. We love carrying our STUFF around.  Stuff we probably won't need but we are prepared if we do. We have tissues, mirror, lipstick. hairbrush, pictures of our kids and money. Oh and more money when we clean our purses out. And there are those of us who carry around things we will most likely never need.

Now how many purses does one woman need! How many purses do you have that you haven't carried in quite a while and probably never will carry again?  Me?  Well, we'll skip over that. haha! We have purses for each season, however when each season rolls around do we go back to last years purse?  Probably not because there are new styles and we HAVE to have one, SO what happens to all of the last years purses?  Well, mine are hanging on a rack in the closet, packed away in boxes, piled on the bottom of the closet covered by, you got it, more purses.

But since this blog site is about blessing others, what can we do to bless someone with a purse? Someone who needs but doesn't have even a single purse. Well, we could always give them to the homeless filled with the usual "blessing bag" stuff such as bottled water, crackers, toothbrush/toothpaste, socks, deodorant, soap/washcloth etc., although this type of stuff can more easily fit into a backpack or even a 2 gallon ziploc bag.

How about women's/domestic violence shelter's?  How did these women get here and what does their future look like?  In most cases these ladies fled their homes with the clothes on their backs, many times with small children in tow. Once they are deemed safe, which sometimes takes a while,  most will need to pursue employment to once again regain independence and continue raising their families.

Gaining employment can be a daunting task for anyone, but imagine trying to do so without proper clothes and accessories.  Again, women want and need their purses. They need to appear as normal as possible.  No one wants to go in to an interview with "homeless" written on their faces. We want to dress for success and many times a purse will make a woman feel as if she is accomplishing this.

So, instead of letting those unused purses pile up, let's prepare them for someone who could truly benefit from them.  Let's convert these old purses into a functional accessory to be used.  Look in your own purse and see what is in there that you use regularly. I keep some sort of wallet to hold my various forms of identification and any cash I may have.  I also have tissues or wipes in case of allergies or even small spills. Reading glasses if needed.  A notepad and pen is always good to have to jot down addresses, phone numbers, appointment dates/times etc. A brush, mirror, lip color, hand lotion, nail clippers/file and breath mints to freshen up before an interview.

These are things most of us simply take for granted, but for a woman who has nothing they can mean a lot to their self esteem.

If you have unused purses, and most of us do, please give some thought to adding some of these items mentioned above to those purses and drop them off at a women's shelter.  I can promise you they will be a blessing to those who receive.

Now, consider taking time to clean out your closet and BE PREPARED TO BLESS!

Johnna



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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Christmas Shopping In February.....and every month in between



I began posting last year about Operation Christmas Child's shoe box ministry.  If you haven't read that post and don't know about OCC, check out my post here.

To make shopping more manageable and to help lighten the expense load at one time, OCC has created a monthly calendar to give us ideas for items to purchase during that month, thereby when the collection date rolls around in November we will have our purchases made and ready to pack. Visit my post for January to see their suggestions. Those items can be found an a fraction of the cost now.

For February they suggest accessories.  Children everywhere love to dress up in various ways. Of course little girls love jewelry and hair bows and boys love watches.  When you begin shopping these areas of your favorite store, you'll find there are many options to choose from.

I hope that shopping monthly will be an encouragement for you to participate in OCC. Christmas shopping can be costly, but if spread out over the year it is much more doable.

I will be back in March to share that month's suggestions with you but I would love for you to check back often or sign up with your email to see all of my post's about how you can,

BE PREPARED TO BLESS!

Johnna