Teddy Bears for Baton Rouge

So my friend, Maureen, lived in New Orleans (her hometown) during Hurricane Katrina.  Maureen is a naturally very giving person, but especially to the state of Louisiana when needed.  As I’m sure many of you know, Baton Rouge has had a tough time lately due to flooding.  21″ of rain fell steadily in less than 24 hours.  You can read about it here: Louisiana – The Skimm

Last night, instead of watching Bachelor In Paradise, I babysat for my some of my favorite 9 & 10 year-olds.  It quickly turned into a sleepover, but instead of playing on their iPads, etc. they opted to do something kind for others.  #Pimpinjoy, if you will.  Teddy Bears made out of towels.

One of Maureen’s friends bought all the towels at Target & TJ Maxx, then promptly gave half to Maureen to assemble.  With my supervision, Abby, Bridget, Ella, & Jadyn made a bajillion teddy bears.  Yes, bajillion is a word.  Maureen’s friend will be delivering the bears this weekend.

Watch the tutorial here: DIY Teddy Bear

Ella was a bear making machine, while it took the rest of us a bit longer to get it.  I blame our perfectionism.  Checkout the girls’ masterpieces: Named Girls

If you are interested in helping, please follow the link.  Help Baton Rouge Flood Victims

Kiss Hug,

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Bachelor Public Service Announcement: Ben’s Blue Bracelet

Okay, so several readers have asked me if I know anything about Ben Higgins’ blue bracelet.  After enough Tweeting about it, I finally got some answers!

The bracelet is from MudLove, which you can visit here: www.mudlove.com

For every item purchased from the above website, it will provide one week of clean water to someone who doesn’t have it.


MudLove was new to me until tonight, & I have to say that it is an amazing organization.  By selling unique bands, bracelets, & pottery, they are providing something (clean water) that should be a basic human right to those in Central African Republic.  I applaud MudLove for educating & inspiring me to do what I can to make a difference.

Mama J would love this mug for her tea & hot chocolate…Valentine’s present, hmmm…


I personally would like to see more philanthropic dates on the Bachelor & to see more people #pimpinjoy.  Treat others how you’d like to be treated, spread joy, pay it forward, be kind, & have a big heart.

I personally like this bracelet.


If you feel so inclined, please make a purchase from MudLove & provide clean water for a week, YES a WEEK, to someone in need.

Kiss Hug,

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