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  1. Friday, November 1

    Friday Show and Tell

    Happy Friday! Hope you are all recovering from any sugar-induced Halloween comas!

    I think it’s safe to say we have officially entered the holiday season. Before things get too crazy and the giving season is in full swing, I wanted to share two meaningful ways you could give back and help out some folks in need.

    anna with mandy | thisweekfordinner.com

    First, a story close to home. This past spring Anna’s wonderful preschool teacher Mandy gave birth to her first baby. She and her young husband were so blessed to be given this miracle baby ā€“ at just 23, Mandy was a cancer survivor and they thought they may never have children. Everyone was ecstatic for this beautiful young family with their baby’s safe arrival! Then, just weeks after the baby was born, they discovered that Mandy’s husband Ryan had a rare and aggressive form of cancer. They are both in their 20s and it breaks my heart whenever I think about what they are going through. Their faith and positivity have been truly inspiring as I’ve read their Facebook updates, but they are definitely going through some difficult times right now. I wanted to share a link to a fundraising page for their family, in case you have even $5 to share with them. I rarely write about or share these types of links because, well, I could share them all day every day, there are so many wonderful people out there who need support. But this story, well, it’s been on my mind a lot.

    one and heifer international partnership | thisweekfordinner.com

    Moving on, I love partnering up with ONE, Bono’s non-profit campaigning and advocacy organization that aims to end extreme poverty and preventable disease. ONE is not a fundraising organization but instead achieves change through advocacy. I think they’re awesome and love the people I’ve worked with on their team. They just announced a new partnership with Heifer International which is really exciting. To find out more about the partnership and what Heifer does, click here! Plus, you can buy a goat. I know you’ve always wanted to buy a goat and that day has arrived, my friends.

    Looking forward to seeing what you all have to share this week! Have a great weekend!


  2. Monday, October 21

    ‘Minimalist Parenting’ Fundraiser to #HelpWomenAtRisk

    Today’s post doesn’t have anything to do with food, but it does have to do with helping people and supporting friends, which is even important to me than eating. That’s saying something. šŸ˜‰Ā One of my dearest blogging friends is Christine Koh from Boston Mamas. She’s amazing and I promise if you met her you would instantly fall in love.

    minimalist parenting women at risk fundraiser | thisweekfordinner.com

    She recently wrote a book with Asha Dornfest of Parent Hacks called Minimalist Parenting. The book is as wonderful as the two women who wrote it.

    minimalist parenting women at risk fundraiser | thisweekfordinner.com

    Last year Christine traveled to Ethiopia with ONE Moms (another of my favorites). She and Asha have decided to put together a fundraiser for Women at Risk, an organization that helps Ethiopian women lift themselves out of prostitution by providing them with practical support, job training, and viable employment. Christine witnessed firsthand the impact this organization has on women’s lives and wants to continue to support them in their work. For the month of October, Christine and Asha are donatingĀ 100% of royalties on all copies ofĀ Minimalist ParentingĀ sold through theĀ tracking link http://bit.ly/helpwomenatrisk to Women At Risk.

    minimalist parenting women at risk fundraiser | thisweekfordinner.com

    If you’ve been thinking about buying the book, have just discovered Minimalist Parenting and think it sounds wonderful, or want to purchase the book as a holiday gift, buy it before the end of the month to help make a difference! Click here or on any of the links for Minimalist Parenting in this post.

    Image credits: graphics by Christine Koh; photos by Karen Walrond