My family is blessed with health, food, shelter, and plenty to fulfill our needs. My Mother’s Day was a great reminder of how lucky I am with daughters who love me and enjoy spending time with me. They even bought me a Cheesecake Factory gift card — with their own money. That’s a new concept in our home!

“Giving” is a character trait I’ve worked hard to share with my daughters. Thinking of yourself less — and of others more. We enjoy volunteering together at Habitat for Humanity and sponsoring a boy from Uganda named Amos through Food for the Hungry. It certainly helps put life in perspective to be gently reminded of those in need while we lack nothing that we truly need — not to be confused with the “wants!”









Heart of Haiti is just one simple way to help others in need — and give them a second chance. The Heart of Haiti “Trade, Not Aid” initiative provides sustainable income to Haitian artisans struggling to rebuild their lives and support their families after the 2010 earthquake. Macy’s sells more than 40 of these one-of-a-kind handmade products online such as quilts, jewelry, metalwork, ceramics, and wooden home decor. The items are beautiful and unique, ranging from $10-$70.

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Despite the devastating earthquake, the people there are filled with hope and a desire to improve their lives through employment. Already, Heart of Haiti has helped employ 750 artists in Haiti, providing financial benefits for an estimated 8,500 people in the country. Follow Heart of Haiti on Facebook for more info.

Heart of Haiti provided me a complimentary product in exchange for me to share about the Heart of Haiti mission. All opinions are my own.