happy friday {AL +LA}


as i began packing this morning for my trip across the country to head back home, i thought about how easy it is to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of holiday parties, festive cocktails, and shopping.  things i admittedly love and look forward to as Christmas approaches each year.  but in the wee hours of morning with the lights on the tree twinkling, i was reminded of the true meaning of Christmas, the importance of spending time with loved ones, and helping those who are less fortunate than ourselves. my father always asks that instead of gifts, we donate to a charitable cause or to someone in need.  it is now a tradition in our household ever year.  a very small sampling of charities:

Action Against Hunger

American Heart Association


Children’s Cancer Fund of America

Disabled National Veterans Fund

The Hunger Project

Make a Wish

WaterAid America

you can find thousands of other reputable charities {here}