charities to give to back during the holidays

As I hit “complete order” on my amazon shopping cart of about 30 items for many loved ones in my family,  I realized how much I got caught in the same holiday mode of only buying things and not finding way to give back.  It’s easy to get so excited about the holidays, I mean who wouldn’t…its the best time of year!  This year Ayven is old enough to understand that the holidays are not just about getting things but also helping and giving where you can.  I sat with him the other night to talk about the different types of ways to give back and actually made him a list of charities with descriptions for him to look at.  I asked him to pick out one charity that he can use some of his money from his piggy bank to give back to.  His response “but mommy all these people need help, why do we have to only choose one?” Melted my heart!

After a long explanation he understood that we can’t help everyone but doing his little part will still make a difference out there.  Go through the list of charities below with your little ones and see if you can find ways to help them give back  :)


Oh yeah and check out the St. Judes program to donate your Holiday cards.

Kids For Peace

  • This goal is to cultivate every child’s innate ability to foster peace through cross-cultural experiences and hands-on arts, service and environmental projects with countries all over the world to local American schools as well. Plus one of our chai mommas, Puja, is a board member, so we know first hand how every cent goes to what you give to.

Habitat for Humanity

  • Habitat affiliates work locally in communities around the world to select and support homeowners, organize volunteers and coordinate house building and repair.

Bachpan Bachao Andolan

  • Founder Kailesh Satyarthi just won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for his work with this organization which strives to rescue children of India and protect them from trafficking, slavery and child labor and in turn provide quality education.

Scholarship America

  • The country’s largest provider of scholarships, providing scholarships and financial aid to students in the US.

Humane Society of the United States

  • Works to care for animals and protect them from cruelty

 Charity Water

  • Ensures that those in developing countries have access to clean, safe drinking water.

Smithsonian Institute

  • Protects and create awareness of the nation’s cultural, historical and scientific heritage and to conduct pioneering research.

Child’s Play

  •  Child’s Play is a charity started by gamers to give toys to children in hospitals. Since your gift goes straight to the hospital, you can feel confident that your charitable giving isn’t going to waste.

National Wheelchair Basketball Association

  • If your kids love sports, here is a great one.  This group organizes a basketball league for kids and adults who otherwise wouldn’t be able to be involved in basketball.

Child Find of America

2 festive holiday brunch recipes

Fruit Tree


Happy holidays everyone! We know that planning parties and recipes can be challenging with the hustle of shopping around this time of the year so we thought we would share these 2 simply delicious and easy recipes for holiday brunch by our friend Christine O’ Connor. Enjoy!

I live far away from my family, so getting together around the holidays is very special to me. This year, we planned a spectacular brunch that included a fruit platter shaped like a Christmas tree and an old family favorite; the puffy pancake. These recipes pair nicely with quiche and mimosas. The kids loved watching the pancake “puff up” in the oven and screamed “Wow” when they saw the fruit displayed in a festive way. 


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tuesday tip: DIY diaper rash hydrating ointment

My son used to have the worst diaper rashes and I found that buying the over the counter ones actually made it burn more.  He would scream when I would put them on, so I decided to make one at home and it did wonders!  This mix not only helps the inflammation but also hydrates your kids skin in a natural way..check it out!  Here are the ingredients but check out the video on amounts and how to make it:

  • Organic coconut oil
  • Shea butter
  • A tree essential oil (can be any oil you want just make sure it is natural)
  • Lavender oil

DIY Diaper Rash Ointment