• Travel Diary: St. Jude Blog Tour

    There are moments in life, where they stand as “life-changing” moments. My recent trip to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was not only life-changing but meant to be. As a proud St. Jude Blogger Ambassador, I was given the grand opportunity to tour their facility, meet with staff and most of all interact with their patients. Little Giant Life will share future posts and how to give back to this amazing institution. I encourage to share these posts for the sake of curing cancer! Follow me on Instagram for more great photos.

    Here is my photo diary.

    A statue of St. Jude is shown at the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

    St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has treated children from all 50 states and from around the world.

     

    Former cancer patient and current employee, Joel Alsup is standing beside his picture displayed at St. Jude.

    Meet Joel! Our tour guide and former cancer survivor and patient of St. Jude. He now works at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and his smile is contagious!

     

    A brick building is shown as one of the homes for St. Jude cancer patients. Representing hope, a group of elephants made out of grass stand in front of the building.

    The Target House is offered to patients whose treatment is longer than three months.

     

    The entrance to a temporary housing of St. Jude's patients is shown. A statue of a young boy with an umbrella is shown. Words such dance, believe, love, life, courage, joy and smile surround him.

    Inspiration is seen as soon as one walks into the Target House.

     

    Inside the play room of St/ Jude's temporary housing. The ceiling of the Dreamworks is shown. The logo shows a boy fishing while sitting on the moon.

    Patients get to see film release before anyone else does.

     

    Art pieces created by celebrities such as Tom Hanks, Britney Spears and many others.

    Art pieces created by celebrities such as Tom Hanks, Britney Spears and many others.

     

    A hallway is shown with colorful painting and figures.

    Everywhere you turn, there is color to brighten anyone’s day.

     

    Target House features recreation areas for common use, including the Library and Pavilion, the Amy Grant Music Room, the Scott Hamilton Family Fitness Center and arts and crafts room, indoor and outdoor play areas and a garden patio.

    Target House features recreation areas for common use, including the Library and Pavilion, the Amy Grant Music Room, the Scott Hamilton Family Fitness Center and arts and crafts room, indoor and outdoor play areas and a garden patio.

     

    The Target House holds cancer patients and their families. A kitchen is shown.

    St. Jude patients who stay at Target House reflect the full range of the hospital’s population – from babies to teens.

     

    Downtown Memphis with a railway is displayed.

    Memphis was quaint and serene.

     

    A long standing bridge is shown with a clear, blue sky.

    My first time in Memphis gave me more desire to travel!

     

    A card written by a cancer patient reads, "I am thankful for St. Jude and the Target House for giving us hope, rest, fun places. I am thankful.

    Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. To donate, click here.

     

     

  • What does hope look like?

    What does hope look like?

    I’m incredibly proud to announce that I’ll be participating in this week’s #StJudeBlogTour in Memphis, TN. I and 12 other bloggers were lucky to be chosen to be part of the amazing opportunity in touring St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. My eyes filled up with tears when I received the email invitation. I kept reading it over and over again, thinking it was a mistake. Come to find out, that it wasn’t.

    This blog’s intention is to spread overall good health: mind, body, soul and most of all giving back. Supporting children’s causes is the most important topic for me, this invitation is a humbling and most of all purpose-filled driven for this blog.

    What did I do to deserve such an incredible invitation? It’s certainly a sign that I’m willing to discover.

    We all know someone who has been affected by cancer. My hope is to bring more awareness in supporting those affected. During those times of need, it’s important to come together. And St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a great example of this.

    Therefore, please follow me on Instagram and Twitter for updates.

    Join me in the conversation using hashtag #StJudeBlogTour. The children would greatly appreciate it!

  • Valentine’s Gifts That Give Back

    I always look for gifts which contribute to a special cause. Shop this Valentine’s Day and feel extra good about giving back!

    From jewelry, fashion, and home decor, you have the great chance of helping to save a child’s life this Valentine’s Day.  Save the Children, one of many children’s organizations I love to support has an assortment of gifts to choose from.

    Feed created by Lauren Bush Lauren is another favorite. I own their burlap bag and love it. Help their fight against hunger.

    Recently, I wrote a post on Heifer International. From small to large amount of dollars, your purchase can help give a flock of sheep or send a girl to school.

    In addition to supporting children’s causes, I also support animal causes. Make a donation in support of World Wildlife Fund.

    The Shine Project help to provide a better life for inner-city kids. Their jewelry is beautiful and I love their digital vibes!

    Lastly, get the most phenomenal gift to the best person in the world. You!

  • Giving Back with Heifer International

    Do you believe you alone can make a difference in this world? Call me a dreamer, but I say yes!

    I’m lucky to participate in Latina Bloggers Connect latest promotion with Heifer International. Any chance I get to promote a cause via social media, I jump to the chance!

    Nearly 70 years ago, Dan West, a farmer, from the American Midwest and member of the Church of the Brethren went to the front lines of the Spanish Civil War as an aid worker. His mission was to provide relief. Providing a cup of milk to refugees not enough for him. He dreamt of giving more. Perhaps a cow!

    Heifer links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Their animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market.

    Just in time for my trip to Canada, I received a hand-made, beautiful, soft as a feather scarf from Heifer International. It was made with such care from a women’s group in Marcapata, Peru in which they used fiber from alpacas they raised and shear themselves. Heifer preserves the heritage and history of rural farmers while providing them resources and training.

    The second scarf given to me is part of Pass on the Gift®. This concept is each farming family who receives an animal gift is passed on the first female offspring to another in need. By the time this post is live, the lucky one to receive the second scarf is my friend’s 1o-year-old daughter. She’ll love it!

    My view in a yoga class in beautiful Canada.

    My view in a yoga class in beautiful Canada.

    During the holiday season, there are those who are struggling and being cheerful may not be the answer. You might be experiencing loss, heartache, illness, financial trouble, family challenges…Observing others enjoying their holiday may bring bitterness to you.

    Try something new.

    Give. Give to a cause you truly care about. I don’t mean money. You can give your time or your voice through social media. When you give, you give right back to yourself and all of a sudden, you begin to feel good.

    So join me in the conversation. Please click here to learn how you can be part of #GiveHeifer.

    What can you do to #giveback to #GiveHiefer to make a difference?

    With gratitude!