Be Kind & Do Good with The Giving Bag

Be Kind & Do Good with The Giving Bag

Picture it…Sicily 1937…(just a little fun for those GG fans out there, and if you don’t know what tv show this is from, you are missing out!) 

No, but really, picture it…

…you’re driving home from soccer practice with your kids in the car, the light turns yellow and you slow to a stop at the intersection and there’s a man or woman standing there, with a sign saying that they are homeless and in need of help.

What do you do?

There are a few likely responses to this question and we’re going to talk about them- even the ones that make us feel uncomfortable.  Yep, come on, it’s time.

Misty Castaneda
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One "For Purpose Mom" Tells It Like It Is

One "For Purpose Mom" Tells It Like It Is

On this week’s blog, we're so excited to feature our first “Guest Blogger”, a For-Purpose Mom in Pennsylvania, who ordered our Annual Subscription and started to incorporate ways of doing good in the world with her family and community.  Jolene is a perfect example of how families can begin to make a difference in the world, one kind activity at a time.

Jolene Leisure, in her own words:

Growing up, I always thought I would do big things.

Head to Africa and adopt a child? I'll get my passport.  Donate a kidney to a friend in need? Sign me up! 

But as time goes on and I realize how much I want to focus on my family, and I realize those huge aspirations are not right for this season of life. There are weeks that even volunteering in my local community is challenging.

One way that I've been really grateful to impact my local community and my family at the same time is to serve as a leader in many of my children's activities.

Misty Castaneda
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Another For-Purpose Kid is born!  Why we should be raising kids like Prince William & Princess Kate

Another For-Purpose Kid is born! Why we should be raising kids like Prince William & Princess Kate

Hear ye, hear ye- another For-Purpose Kid is born! 

YES!  Princess Kate gave birth on Monday to Royal Baby #3, a bouncing baby boy whose name is still TBD, although the “experts” are saying that Arthur, Albert & James are the most likely (at least that’s what people are betting on in the UK).

I’ve always been fascinated by everything “Royal Family”

…and even have the commemorative spoons and mugs to prove it. 

Perhaps it stems from the year I lived in London after college, or perhaps it’s because I grew up like most girls in the US, where the idea of being a princess sounded magical and wonderful. 

However, most of us have grown up now and have realized, along with the many stories written about fallen princesses, that being a princess is probably a great deal harder than it looks.

With that being said, there is something so relatable and “down to earth” about Prince William and Princess Kate and like most of the world, I’ve become captivated by them, and the royal family, once again. 

Misty Castaneda
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The Minimalist Approach to Gift Giving for Kids…with a DO GOOD Twist

The Minimalist Approach to Gift Giving for Kids…with a DO GOOD Twist

STW, STN, STW, STR & STGTTIN…WTH?

Yep…it’s all the rage this year.  Have you figured it out yet?  No, well let me help you out.

It’s the cool way of referring to the 4 Gift Challenge you may have heard about, the…

“Something They Want, Something They Need, Something To Wear, Something To Read” approach to gift giving. 

But wait, there are still a few more letters there that we didn’t explain.  Oh yes, that’s because we added a 5th “Gift” to the 4 Gift Challenge.

Can you guess what that might be?  Yes, of course! It’s the…

“Something to Give to Those in Need.”

 An idea that fits in so nicely with everything we do here at For-Purpose Kids.

(And the WTH…if you don’t know what that means, you’ll have to figure it out for yourself!)

I came upon this idea within the last year or two, but this will be the first year that I actually try and do it.  And I’m lucky, as this will only be my son’s second holiday season, so it will be easy for me to set the precedent this year without yells and screams of, “Where are all of the presents?”

Misty Castaneda
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Baby Hero Lucky Cat Onesie

For-Purpose Kids Partners with Baby Hero…Tell Me More, Tell Me More!

TELL ME MORE, TELL ME MORE! (Admit it, you’re singing this song from Grease in your head right now)

OK- here’s the scoop on our new partnership…

When I started brainstorming ideas for For-Purpose Kids, one of the things I realized I wanted to do was to highlight and support companies that offered products for kids AND were focused on doing good in the world.  So when I met Samar Shaheryar, Co-Founder of Baby Hero, last year at a Holiday Market in Hong Kong, I knew that this was the type of company that I wanted to partner with.

Misty Castaneda
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Grandparents ROCK...and Can Inspire our Kids to ROCK too!

Grandparents ROCK...and Can Inspire our Kids to ROCK too!

When I first found out I was pregnant almost two years ago to the day, I not only realized that my life was going to be forever changed, but that the dynamic in my family was also going to shift.  As one of four girls, my son was going to be the first grandchild on my side.  And while I knew this was going to be significant, I had NO idea what that was actually going to mean. 

My parents had never pressured us to have kids or whined continuously that they were not yet grandparents, so even though they were excited, I never thought they’d be the type to be constantly showing their friends (or the cashier at the grocery store!) the latest pictures from Facebook.

 But I was wrong. 

And to say this shocked my Mom most of all, is most definitely a true statement.  She became “obsessed” with this little man in a way none of us expected. 

Misty Castaneda
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For-Purpose Kids raising money for Hurricane Harvey Relief

How Some For-Purpose Kids in Florida Are Helping the Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort

When I started working on this blog post, I began writing from the perspective of someone who lived in Houston in 2005 and witnessed the devastation and long- term effects of those displaced by Hurricane Katrina.  I was then going to compare that experience with what just happened in Texas and suggest ways that kids could get involved in supporting Hurricane Harvey Relief, from raising money to collecting donations to send to those in need. 

But over the past week, we’ve all been inundated with articles and social media posts about how to provide support after Harvey…

…and as helpful and informative as some of them like this one are (and they are!), I decided to go in a bit of a different direction.

Today, I want to tell a story about Savannah, an awesome For-Purpose Kid in Florida, who came up with her own way to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

And I want to talk about Savannah’s journey of becoming a For-Purpose Kid, over the course of the past year.

Misty Castaneda
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Charlottesville- The Ugly, The Bad...and The Good?

Charlottesville- The Ugly, The Bad...and The Good?

This past weekend, in Charlottesville, Virginia, a group of people gathered to protest the removal of a statue that the city felt had come to represent values that no longer reflected the sentiments of its’ people.  The protesters proudly carried symbols and signs of hate, chanting words that honestly, most of us never thought would be spoken again. 

THAT…is The Ugly…the thing we don’t want to acknowledge is still happening and don’t want to look at.

A city that I used to associate with The Dave Matthews Band and that some of my friends used to refer to as the home of THE University (although, as a JMU Grad, I would beg to differ)…has now become another example of a country some would say has gone mad.

And a young woman, named Heather Heyer, died- and several others were injured.

THAT is The Bad…the TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD, BAD.

Misty Castaneda
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It's Summertime...and the Giving is Easy/ Meaningful Summer Activities for Kids that Support the Community

It's Summertime...and the Giving is Easy/ Meaningful Summer Activities for Kids that Support the Community

Do we have you singing our blog title in your head right now?  GOOD!  That means we got your attention.

For some of us…the summer is half over.

We are well into the month of July, have eaten at least 5 S’mores (if you don’t know what those are, you are MISSING OUT!), have given up screaming at the kids to pick up their wet bathing suits off the floor and have probably glanced at the calendar wondering why school can’t start TOMORROW so we can get a break. OR…if you are like my Mom, you are trying to drag out each day just a liiiiittle bit longer so the time doesn’t come when the grandkids have to pack up and head back home.  Either way, the time is drifting by…

…and what do our kids have to show for it (and high scores on video games don’t count!)?

Misty Castaneda
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What just happened with the United States & the Paris Agreement?  Why it’s more important than EVER to get our kids involved with protecting the environment through giving and volunteering.

What just happened with the United States & the Paris Agreement? Why it’s more important than EVER to get our kids involved with protecting the environment through giving and volunteering.

June 1, 2017 (or doomsday, as I like to refer to it) will go down in history as a day to remember…but probably not in a good way.  It will signify the day that the United States announced that it was withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, and as you can see- one of the For-Purpose Kids is pretty upset about it.

Wait…what just happened? 

Misty Castaneda
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Does Your Child Really Need More Presents?  Using Birthdays as Opportunities to Teach Kids about Giving Back

Does Your Child Really Need More Presents? Using Birthdays as Opportunities to Teach Kids about Giving Back

It’s been an eventful week- and no, I’m not referring to the “events” (or tweets, or tapes) in Washington that are currently consuming all news and social media channels.  I’m talking about something else that occurred over the past five days.

My son had his first birthday.

Misty Castaneda
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Start Small...5 Things You Can Do to Get Your Kids Excited About Giving and Volunteering Opportunities- Without Leaving the Couch!

Start Small...5 Things You Can Do to Get Your Kids Excited About Giving and Volunteering Opportunities- Without Leaving the Couch!

In our very first blog post last week we told you all about For-Purpose Kids and why it’s so important to get kids involved in giving and volunteering at a young age.  Most of us agree that our world is headed in a bit of a scary direction and that we need to do more to teach our kids about empathy and compassion to shape the kind of future we want for them. 

So now you’re ready.

Misty Castaneda
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