Morning everyone! WOW! right?!! Is this even Laid Off Mom?!! haha! Welcome home to the new blog setup! We’re still working on a few things, so don’t get too comfortable, hehe! But we are definitely on the up & up.
While we await the grand unveiling, check out the details for the next DIY Date for September….
One extremely great joy I’ve found with blogging, is the wonderful friends from around the globe that I get to meet. I’ve met some wonderful people within the blogsphere…we talk, we giggle, we offer support, we inspire one another. A truly great community.
And one such friend I’ve had the honor of meeting, is Paige.
She is the big hearted voice behind her blog, Approaching Joy, and she approached me about a great idea for the 3rd DIY Date. And rather than take her idea and present it to you, I decided to give her the reins for September’s date and let her tell you herself….
I was super inspired by the generosity of Louise’s thought of making our latest DIY Date project a gift.
One night, in that weird hazy time right before sleep, I thought, “Wouldn’t it be cool to help a great organization like this one?” Which was followed by, “DIY Date! They’re generous creative souls- Let’s do it!!”
but the basic premise is that volunteers (us!!) put together the materials and instructions for a kid friendly craft project, stick it in a Ziploc bag, and send it to St. Jude for the hospital for the children to put together. I thought this was an awesome project for craft bloggers since they are masters of a good “how to”.
Even more importunely, according to the donation coordinator, “Craft projects have a significant impact on both our inpatients and outpatients as they are a most welcome distraction to their daily treatments. I really hope that the potential for this project gets you as excited as it gets me! I loved crafting as a kid and I can only imagine the happiness that this would bring to a child who’s days have suddenly been thrown into an endless parade of doctor’s offices and hospital beds.
For the mommas in the group this may be a little easier since you may be inspired by the craft projects that your kids enjoy the most. For everyone else (i.e. myself) here are a couple of links to get you started. These blogs have great ideas and their Pinterest boards have even more inspiration!
Something to think about: In your eagerness to give please be aware of your own budget and what would make the most sense for your family. My suggestion: Set a dollar amount that you are personally willing to spend and then make as many kits as that amount makes. This isn’t about the number of Happy Cart Craft bags you can send to St. Jude but the wattage of the smile emanating from the child who receives your craft project!! To quote one of the St. Jude moms, “Although I may not recognize our donors by face, I surely know them by their generosity”.
Participate with us!!
If you’d like to join in on this great DIY Date, all you have to do is email me pics of your Happy Cart Craft by the due date above & your blog url/post url so that I can include it in the DIY Date post for that week. Email here: info@laidoffmom.
Remember, you don’t have to have all your craft kits done by then, and you don’t even have to make too many…make as many as you’d like.
When you’re all finished, you send the kits you put together to the following address:
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Hope you all can support this great cause, while at the same time, help some children craft right along with us!