Brands with a Cause, Giveaways

Do you shop GOODWILL for a good cause? 2020 Bring Good Home Award Wa. Giveaway

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Do you shop GOODWILL for a good cause? We want to hear about it!

Pam Nelson, a Librarian at Pacific Christian Academy in Federal Way, Wa does! Here is her story:

Pam turned an old closet and just 1,900 books into a full library with over 8,000 books. When the school had to let go their Librarian years back due to budget cuts, the kids lost their reading space. Pam took to scouring Goodwill on weekends to find new books that would revive the space and give the kids a library space again.

Goodwill’s Olympics & Rainier Region annual “Bring Good Home” donation of $500 for her good will will allow Nelson to purchase up to 1,000 more books for her library.

Pam Nelson Goodwill award

I have partnered with Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Region
to offer ONE OF YOU a $50 Goodwill Gift Card if you have a do-good story of why you head to Goodwill. Maybe someone you know shops Goodwill for good deeds? You can nominate them here.


Goodwill giveaway


Not only does the winning story receive the $50 Goodwill Gift Card so you can further your good deeds, but you also are recognized by Goodwill and are a semi-finalist for the yearly Bring Good Home 2020 award! So share your story by entering via the giveaway widget below. Open to ages 18+ and Western Wa. State residents!

In exchange for the $50  gift card, Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Region Thrift Store Gift Card prize, winner agrees to let Goodwill share their story to encourage others and agrees to be a semi-finalist in the major annual award to be awarded (as we did with librarian Pam Nelson) at the end of 2020.  Award will fit the winner’s story such as what we did with giving the librarian an additional $1,000 books.”

Brands with a Cause, Home, Mother's Day, Reviews

Back to Roots DIY Herb Grow Kits

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With Mother’s Day (and spring) approaching, we all want a little time in our yards and gardens. I don’t mean the daunting tasks like lawn mowing and weeding, but the space in our front yards that all who pass by see and as Mom’s most of us want that clean and pretty appearance. But, what if Mom likes to garden and doesn’t have a garden space?

Not all properties or apartment life offers a space to do some garden and growing DIY. This is why Back to the Roots is a brilliant gift idea for Mom or a cook who likes an easy way to grow fresh herbs.

Right now I am growing mint and basil from the DIY Herb grow kits from Back to the Roots. From herbs and mushrooms to the new lavender and soon-to-arrive hemp grow kits you can feel satisfied when you successfully grow foods in the provided jars. You will grow them successfully because it is so easy!

I cannot wait for my Lavender Grow Kit to arrive and actually grow my own! I have a planter out back where I put lemongrass and lavender because mosquitos don’t like the sweet scented plants I keep them around the deck. It worked out well last year. They are available for pre-order!

Plus, each kit sold is part of the Grow One, Give One program supporting schools all across the country.

2018 Holiday Gifts, Brands with a Cause, Earth Friendly, Food, Natural Foods

Three Holiday Gift Boxes from Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese

Three Holiday Gift Boxes from Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese

2018 Holiday Gift Guide Feature: Holiday Gift Boxes from Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese

Do I need to start by telling you that these cheese gift boxes from Crave Brothers Farmstead are straight out of Wisconsin or would that almost be a given? Where else would quality cheese come from and this brand does not disappoint.

Our youngest, Anthony, is 10 and he had a friend stay the night recently and we took the boys to dinner. His friend ordered a hamburger and my son asks him why he wouldn’t order a cheeseburger. His friend says “I hate cheese!” Anthony stands up (in his humor) and points to the lobby and says “Get out! You cannot hang with the Slukas'”. Hate cheese? Not only do we love cheese, we are a bit of cheese snobs. Simple, processed cheeses don’t make it into our home if we can hep it.

Crave Brothers Farmstead Classic Cheeses are made with milk from the Crave family’s own dairy herd of Holstein cows. Their farmstead cheese-making facility uses 100 percent green power, and practices water conservation and recycling. Best yet, they pamper their cows with plenty of exercise, fresh air and individualized care.

You will find fresh Mascarpone, Mozzarella and rope cheese available to order to your door. Combinations of these are found within their gift boxes too. The Ciliegine Fresh Mozzarella balls marinated in an olive oil, canola oil blend with special blend of herbs and spices is out of this world! I eat them alone as a snack!

I also cannot wait until I host my first Thanksgiving dinner this year because that fresh Mascarpone will be a part of my dessert recipe I choose for sure! We first enjoyed the mozzarella when my son and I made my husband a special dinner last week because it was his 20 year Anniversary of being with his company so we made all of his favorites.

Shopping for Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese Boxes

Available at Crave Cheese and there are 3 Holiday gift boxes to choose from and more!

Need more gift ideas? Visit the 2018 Holiday Gift Guide!