Brands with a Cause, Food, Recipes

Meatless Monday Recipe – Spicy Thai Broccoli Salad

I have partnered with Goya Foods for feature


What is your Meatless Monday go to dish? Goya challenged me with a creative Meatless Monday recipe and I had to use Goya Coconut Milk and/or Cream of Coconut. This recipe is a hybrid. I make a peanut sauce we all love and then took the contents of a standard broccoli salad and instead of the vinegar and mayo, I used my peanut dressing. Hence, the Spicy Thai Broccoli Salad. It was a hit!

My peanut sauce has a bit of a twist from a standard peanut sauce recipe. I use coconut milk and instead of red pepper flakes I use chili powder. It has a kick! The key thing to note is my peanut sauce recipe makes more than you need for the broccoli salad, so keep the rest in a jar to use for another meal that week!

If you like this recipe, try my other recent Goya recipe HERE!

Spicy Thai Broccoli Salad
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Spicy Thai Broccoli Salad


  • Salad
  • 2 Heads Broccoli (just the florets, cut into bite-size pieces)
  • 1/4 cup of Craisins or raisins
  • 1/8 cup sunflower seed kernels (sliced almonds are good too instead)
  • Peanut sauce
  • 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup Goya Coconut Milk
  • 3 tbsp rice vingear
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp of Wok or sesame oil
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp finely chopped ginger
  • 1/8 tsp chili powder


  1. Mix all together for the sauce and pour over salad ingredients. You can serve right away or chill and omit the sunflower kernels for right before serving.

Goya has partnered with the Meatless Monday campaign to promote Goya;s “Can Do” initiative. For every can of Goya Coconut Milk purchased in November and December, Goya will donate products to Feeding America. The food will then be distributed to families in need at local food banks across the country. The ‘Can Do’ campaign is part of Goya Gives, a national initiative committed to supporting local communities through social and environmental causes.  By the end of the year, Goya will donate at least 600,000 pounds of food.

Brands with a Cause, Education

Backpacks for Kids in Need from Office Depot Foundation

I have partnered with Office Depot Foundation for this feature


First, I want to congratulate Office Depot on it’s 17th year of donating more than 4 million sackpacks to children around the world as part of its National Backpack Program. They have 7 different designs and come with supplies inside to get children sent off to school with the basic needs.


Back to school is so fun for kids-most get new clothes, shoes and backpacks. Many families, however, cannot afford brand new. So when they seek assistance and get something NEW for the kids, that is so exciting for them. Look at these designs! Lego, arcade, camo, nature and other fun themes that the kids will be proud to wear on their backs.


Office Depot has done amazing things with this program. Here are some 2017 news bits about the program:

  • 100,000 colorful new sackpacks to nonprofit organizations, schools and agencies across the United States and internationally
  • Their Foundation is hosting Back-to-School celebrations in select cities across the U.S. in July and August
  • Their Foundation has partnered with Captain Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour (America’s first African American female combat pilot) who will make special guest appearances at the Foundation’s Back-To-School celebrations in Los Angeles and Chicago in support of STEM and STEAM in schools

How can you get involved? You can donate and see ways to help at Office Depot Foundation/WhatWeDo page. Follow along on social media Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and show your support on news feeds. You can also join as a business and you will find that information on their page as well.

Fashion, Gift Guides, Healthy Living

The Tee Shirts that Inspire with the Better Together Collection

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Life Good Tee

Life Is Good brand has been spreading optimism in tee shirts for men, women, children and pets and now they bring a message of togetherness.


The Better Together Collection features tees for men and women that celebrate inclusivity. The 3 designs come is bright and neutral colors.

  1. Life Is Good In All Shades: available in men and women sizes
  2. We’re All Mutts also comes in men and women sizes
  3. Keep It Colorful comes in women sizes

The tees are 70% cotton and 30% polyester. They are soft and include a message tag sewed on. Everything about their tees promote positivity as well as comfort.

tee mutts

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Your Tee Shirts Help Others

Life is Good gives back too. The Life is Good Kids Foundation partners with leading childcare organizations to provide a continuum of personal and professional development resources that help childcare professionals tap into the power of optimism and build healing, life-changing relationships with children in their care.

Tee shirts that inspire

You will love the Better Together as well as their other collection of tee shirts that spread optimism and good simply sewn into a little tag and displayed on the front of what you wear all day around others. See all of the collections at Life is Good.

Beauty, Brands with a Cause, Earth Friendly, Gift Guides, Natural Beauty, Natural Products

Natural Soaps that Save Lives with Health 2 Humanity

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Natural Soaps H2H

Buying products that save lives matters. Maybe we lack time or finances to really do things to make a difference, but sometimes helping others is as simple as purchasing from a brand that gives back for you. Health 2 Humanity takes your purchase and gives back. You get clean and natural soaps and that purchase helps fund international vocational programs that create jobs, grant scholarships, develop skills and improve lives around the world.


These natural soaps only consist of about 8 real ingredients. Have you read the ingredient list on the back of most store soaps? That’s a lot of science vocabulary written there. Health 2 Humanity soaps have ingredients such as olive oil, palm oil, coconut oil, essential oils.

H2H Soaps

The natural soaps come in 4 scents-unscented, lavender, lemon and peppermint. They are non-GMO, vegan, cruelty free and hypoallergenic. Buy individually or as a subscription so you never run out and you keep on giving back. They are made in Concord, Ca (where I was born). Buy soap, donate (they are a 501c3) and share this great cause today. The soaps are packaged well enough to make great gifts. Visit H2HGlobal to learn more.

natural soaps lives

Brands with a Cause, Gift Guides, Infant Toddler Products

Support Preemies with Baby Bubbles Onesies

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Preemie Babies

Baby Bubbles founder, Teresa Skrepenski is all too familiar with the struggles of getting through the first months of life when you have a preemie. Her niece was a preemie and she watched the challenges her own family had raising a preemie and was inspired to raise proceeds to support preemies. She decided to do this by creating and selling unique onesies.


Baby Bubbles onesies come with removable and interchangeable patches. These are a lot of fun for photo opps or just wearing around friends and family. There are boy and girl patches, holidays, 1-12 month celebration patches and other fun designs.


A portion of proceeds are donated to help families of preemies so you can feel good about your purchase and support some families who will love the support.

preemie 1 month

Visit to see all of the designs and choose a standard or organic onesie to start then find patches or packages that fit your family or a gift for another expecting family you know.

Apps, Brands with a Cause

Use your shipping boxes to send back donations to Goodwill for free

Christmas is right around the corner! Many of us are still scrambling to complete our shopping lists, running store to store or finalizing our shopping online. Often, with the hustling and bustling this time of year we can lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas or start to feel a bit of the bah humbug creeping in. When this happens, it’s time to stop, and reflect on the true magic of the season, giving back. This doesn’t mean you have to drain your wallet on gifts for other people. Giving back this year can be as simple as decluttering your house and shipping those items to Goodwill. The best part, you can do this for free.

This year Goodwill stores have teamed up with Give Back Box to enable you to reuse your online shipping boxes to donate your unwanted household items (such as gently used clothing, handbags, shoes, etc) to Goodwill at no cost to you.
Here’s how it works:

Give Back Box gives every cardboard box a second life to help people in need. Some of the international partners in support of the Give Back Box are Ann Inc, Asics, Ann Taylor Loft, Overstock, Dockers, Levis, Bon Ton and These retailers are leading the way towards finding innovative solutions to widespread social and economic issues. You can see all of the participating retailers at


By gathering your unwanted items that are stuffed in the back of your closet, under your bed, in your attic or garage or wherever it is hiding, you can pack it up and ship it to Goodwill to help create jobs.

Thanks to the job training programs made possible by donations of clothes and household items, Goodwill helped place more than 312,000 in jobs in the United States and Canada in 2015 — that’s one person finding a job every 23 seconds of every business day. So you’re literally donating your stuff AND helping to create jobs.

Did you know, you can even calculate how much your donation helps your local community by using Goodwill’s donation impact calculator, a feature available within the Goodwill Locator App and at (click “Explore Our Map” on the homepage to access the calculator). Simply input the items you’re donating to calculate the number of hours of career counseling, on-the-job training, résumé preparation, financial planning classes, and other services you’ve helped provide people facing challenges finding employment.