Friday, November 17, 2017

Friday Favorites

Another week down and it's Friday again! And, guess what.... Not only will the hubby and I be going on our weekly chips and salsa date today, but WE ARE PUTTING UP THE CHRISTMAS TREE! I know, I know, most folks wait till AFTER Thanksgiving, but since we will be leaving at the beginning of next week I wanted to get it up before we left. Twinkle lights are my FAVORITE (and not just this week or on Fridays, but EVERY day)! But now to share new favorites with you... So, let's get this party started (and make sure to crank up the Christmas jams while you read today's post ;)).


Can you believe Black Friday is next week?! The holidays are sprinting at us in full speed, so I figured now was as good a time as any to share one of my FAVE campaigns. Two years ago REI decided to #OptOutside on Black Friday. They closed their stores, paid all 12,000 of their employees to head outdoors and started a new tradition. Seven million people joined in, and what started as a moment became a movement. If you know the hubby and I, then you know this is RIGHT up our alley! Last year we were camping in Yosemite for Thanksgiving, and this year we will be in Zion! Whatever you love, wherever you are, REI will help you find a great way to #OptOutside with your family and friends.

Virtual Sock Out 50 Challenge

I was contacted by Kelly (@moremilesmorefun) a couple weeks ago about this AWESOME virtual challenge and I knew I had to tell you all about it! After their Run For Texas virtual race which raised over $50,000 for those affected by Hurricane Harvey, they wanted a fun way where runners can still give back and be active through the holidays.

From November 20 - December 31, they are hosting the "Sock Out 50 Challenge". The challenge is to run a minimum of 50 miles over that timeframe. There is a $5 entry fee to join. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be used to purchase socks from Bombas which are specifically designed to be donated to homeless shelters across the United States. For every pair of socks purchased and donated through the challenge, Bombas will donate another pair. Everyone who successfully completes this challenge will automatically be entered to win a $100 Visa Gift Card!


To go alongside of this, they are setting up a social media campaign, where you can use the hashtag #runkindchallenge to post your Acts of Kindness. This can be picking up trash on your run, paying for someone's coffee after your run, or running to the local fire station to say thank you - they want runners to get creative, be kind and give back!

Unlock Hope Tees

I was lucky enough to win a $25 gift certificate from Unlock Hope a couple weeks back. I already have about 10 of their tees, but I can always add a few more to my closet. This go-around I grabbed the Love Is Why We Are Here and Make Light Out Of The Darkness t-shirts (I also wanted the Focus On The Good tee but it doesn't come in my size).

And in case you don't know about Unlock Hope, let me give you some info. In Uganda, girls aren't given the same chances as boys. Without access to education they often marry young, have large families that they are unable to care for, and are forced to work difficult jobs for very little pay. Since 2008, Unlock Hope has partnered with Think Humanity, an organization that runs a hostel in Hoima, Uganda for young refugee girls from all across Africa, many of whom are orphaned. Solely through the sale of their products they are able to fully fund the hostel and provide everything necessary for these girls to receive an education. Health care, food, tuition, utilities, transportation, support staff, school fees, clothing, uniforms, toiletries, school supplies, books and more are completely paid for - all thanks to their sales!

I saw an ad about this program on my Instagram (normally I hate ads on IG, but you know I have a heart for giving back and LOVE puppies) and had to find out more. This year, when you buy any bag of dog or cat food from PetSmart, they give a meal to a pet in need. They are hoping to donate more than 60 million meals! That's 320 trucks and over 6,380 tons of dog and cat food to 122+ donation locations serving pet shelters and food banks across the US and Canada. Seeing as you have to buy pet food anyway, you might as well help out some shelter animals at the same time, right?!

New Parks Project Vintage Posters

Parks Project released 23 new products last week and a few of them are their new Parks Posters. Let me just say that I think these are going on my Christmas list! I normally don't like "things", but these would be an AWESOME way to commemorate going to National Parks! They come in three sizes and are here in time for the holidays - SCORE! 

These are the four I see us needing almost immediately ;) 

What are you loving lately?

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