Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
"Children's Hunger Fund seeks to alleviate the suffering of children by equipping God's Church to communicate the Gospel through effective compassion ministry."
Their mission this time of year is to aid in summertime hunger. You can read all about Benton Harbor, Michigan here, a city where 86.9% of the school-aged children receive free or subsidized lunches, but not during the summer. Without the schools what will the kids eat? In this video, a man (who seems to be working at a local clothing distribution of some sort) says this: "We've given food out to families who haven't eaten in 2 or 3 days. It's unfathomable in this country." It is. We live in America and some of our very own neighbors are hungry. Not only for food, but for hope as well (but really for food, too). "It's in towns like this, like Benton Harbor, MI, where CHF hopes to equip pastors, local pastors, who love the people of that town, to come in and begin to minister with compassion to the people of that city."
This story is not just a Benton Harbor story, it is one that is told all around the world. People in our own neighborhoods are in need, and we are all called to love them. Kids are hungry in our cities, especially now, during summer when they can't receive food services at school. CHF is equipped to fulfill this need and bring the hope of our Savior to these hurting families. We're glad to be able to give and see the work of such a faithful and necessary ministry.
We love the work and the people of CHF so much that we have also decided that we would love to sweat with them... lol. On August 28th in Salt Lake City, Utah, USANA with be sponsoring the 2010 Children's Hunger Run, a 5K! And we will be road tripping all the way! We haven't even announced this officially to our families yet, but we are just so excited to go and run for a great cause! So stay tuned on the details of our trip, it is coming up soon!
Monday, June 28, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Our readers know that we have always been a huge fan of TOMS shoes, especially since we got TOMS giftcards for Christmas! This was so exciting, we had always wanted TOMS and now we each had a pair, but choosing which ones was the hardest part... and of course waiting for them to come in the mail (and if your Taylor, sending them back for a larger size and having to wait even longer). But they are the coolest shoes ever! I've been wearing mine since the day I got them- to work, to shop, to church, to drive. I've worn them so much that I've actually had to stitch up a few holes!
Well this weekend, we were playing host to our great friend Rachel and she, along with her sister Katie, own a giftique in Bracken Village called "Bless Your Heart"! You can always find TOMS at BYH (well girls can), but this week they are doing something awesome with TOMS. Last Saturday they hosted a TOMS "Style Your Sole" party with paint, markers, and a handful of local artists to help you create. Basic TOMS are canvas which makes them perfect to turn into a one-of-a-kind work of art. We wish we could have been there but we were celebrating a wedding here in Houston (Congrats Allison and Josh!), and if you couldn't make it either don't worry! All this week BYH is hosting a silent auction to benefit The Mentoring Project. The items that are up for bid? Custom designed TOMS made just for you by awesome artists! All you have to do is browse through the select artists and bid on the one you like, highest bidder wins!
Now that we have Blessed your Heart we want to Bless Your Feet! That's right, we want to give one of our readers a pair of TOMS! Everyone gets three chances to win- (1) first go to the TOMS website to browse all the awesome styles and leave us a comment telling us which pair you like best! (2) Also, if you are a follower or become a follower you'll get a second chance (must leave a comment as stated in (1) to be entered)! (3) And, if you're truly a TOMS fan and place a bid at Bless Your Heart's Facebook Auction we will enter you for a third time!
BYH's Auction will end at 6PM on Saturday, 26th. TaylorFrankie entries must be in by the end of Saturday (26th) and winners will be anounced in next week's Menu Monday.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Having Brogan and Teddi here was a blast and after I sort through some pics I'll post some of the good ones! (I took over 150 at the Children's Museum alone! Oh my!)
We figured spending $20 of our own and $20 from Mom would be good for while the kids were here and for this week, but I guess we didn't realize how much four people can eat in one week! Lol! We do have a little bit of leftovers (like the delicious foil pack we shared tonight!) and Mom left a couple of goodies behind (SunChips, waffles, cereal, milk, bagels, bread, and some sandwich fixins!) from their weekend here in Houston. We're gonna try and make do since we already spent our bi-weekly budget.
Friday, June 11, 2010
(RED) and Yahoo got together and are offering a sweet deal. All you have to do is play Yahoo! Penalty Shoot Out and make a goal. For every goal that is made today Yahoo will donate a dollar, to up to $100,000, to help eliminate AIDS in Africa.
So have a little fun and do a lot of good!
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
And then we used our $20 and some of Mom's to buy some more goodies for this week and the next.
We had a great dinner of sausage, potatoes, and carrots last night, and homemade pizzas the night before! Yum! We tried using part wheat flour in the crust for the first time and it tasted pretty good! We still have plans for foil packs (since Teddi thinks we are actually going to go "camping" at sister camp), Smores, quesidillas, hot dogs, and Ramen! Teddi loves her noodles! lol!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Summer has thrown us off a bit lately, with me being out of school and back and forth between SA during the weeks, and it continues to be out of the norm... last week I spent Mon-Fri in SA then Frankie came down for the weekend and we came home yesterday. All he had to buy for food was some cheese and he was set with pizza and some anniversary leftovers!
This week we will only be home for three days, leaving for SA again on Friday to meet Fred Martin from CHF! He's been wanting to meet us since our original Food Pak adventure and now's our chance! (More on that later!) So this week we aren't buying groceries, which I always think is fun! We'll work with what we have leftover from whenever which includes: some flour, more never ending instant mashed potatoes supply, a bag of brown rice, a can of vegetarian beans, a little bit of bread, pepperonis, avocados from Frankie's grandma :), 6 eggs, and a few other miscellaneous things. And tonight, we have special reservations at Chik-fil-a to try their new Spicy Chicken Sandwich for free!
I think we'll make it. ;)