Santa’s got a new sleigh: Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
I love the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. It is a sporty SUV with lots of flare. This was the week of Christmas so we got to use the car for something extra special. Delivering Christmas presents to needy children.
Each year at Christmas I organize for a group I am in to select between 5-10 needy families and we gather gently used and new clothing and toys for them for Christmas. We have been doing this for 11 years now and as it has grown, it has changed too. In the beginning we got things for the whole family. As time went on it changed to children only. This year I had an epiphany that there were needy senior citizens out there that might not have any family and and might not get any presents for Christmas. So, with a little bit of searching and some help from a friend, we adopted a senior this year. This year’s total was 13 children, from 5 families, and one senior.
We Collect The Donations In My Garage Until Christmas
Toys, books, clothing, etc. all donated to us each year. It is such a blessing to help so many families every year.
The month or two before Christmas we pick applications, find out information about them (clothing size, favorite books, interests) and through our friends, family and random strangers we collect for all of them. All of this is on Facebook and by word of mouth. About a week before Christmas people that want to help volunteer come over and we sort everything and then wrap everything. This takes a few hours but we want to make sure every person has enough.
We sort by child, wrap then get everything sorted by family for delivering. One girl asked for an alarm clock and a friend saw the list of items we needed and dropped one off at my house. The senior asked for lotions and shower gels and some slippers. We try to get things that will be used and appreciated for each person.
It All Fit In The Car!
A few days before Christmas we load everything up for delivery. This year I was super fortunate to get a 2016 Outlander Sport by Mitsubishi for the week and I used it to deliver all the presents. This car is amazing! It is a 4 door SUV with speed, great control, even in the rain, 4WD and decent gas mileage. The back seat doesn’t have a ton of legroom for tall people but it was comfortable.
Delivery To Three Families
We delivered over a few days, depending on when everyone could be home. This car load was to three families. The front fit four of us (car holds five passengers) and we had all the presents wrapped and ready in the back. I like how all the presents fit so nicely!
So, with help of old and new friends and this Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, we made a few families a little happier this holiday season. I felt safe driving around my city and we even took the car to Los Angeles, in the rain, to The Broad Museum. It handled nicely weaving in and out of traffic and was easy to park in the crowded streets and parking garages. The Rally Red color made it super easy to spot too.
I loved doing out ‘Adopt-A-Family’ program and am so thankful Mitsubishi was there to help.
As for the families we delivered to: They were blessed in many ways and hopefully will pay it forward next year.
The even got to see a 6″ elf!
Don’t We All Know… Shit Happens
Shit Happens to the best of us. Not all of us have bad luck all the time, but there are still bad moments and bad days. Things we call or text our best friends about, for support or them to laugh with us. We all have the moments where it rains on our parade, right? Well, this game is a way to put these random moments into order of bad to worst. But, it is really all subject to how we interpret the cards, right?
What is worse: Having your basement flood or Having a shard of glass in your salad? Imagine the WORST! If the basement floods it is BAD. Totally flooded. If there is glass in your salad you didn’t spot it ahead of time. You bite into it and it cut you. For me… the glass would be worse. But according to the cards the flooded basement is worse. Who decides these numbers? A collective panel of marriage counselors, therapists, career counselor and social workers. They evaluated each event and considered these factors: anxiety level. Emotional trauma. Long-term psychological damage. The players, on the other hand, might think in a whole different way.
- Each player gets three cards and places them in order of ‘woes’ bad to worst.
- Then someone draws a card, hides the number at the bottom, and reads the card aloud.
- The other players guess where the card would be placed.
- The player who guesses the closets in the Misery Rating wins the card.
- First player to have 10 shitty event cards wins.
Just a few of the Shit Happens Cards
Warning: This game is TOTALLY for ages 18-years-old and older. Definitely a mature audience. There are some demented, wacky and crazy cards in this deck. Some too much to post here. But trust me. Get a sitter, grab some friends and grab Shit Happens card game. Be shocked. Fall over cracking up. You might even have a few ‘That happened to me too’ stories as the game goes along. Each game comes with 200 cards and instructions.
Perfect Desserts For Lunches Everywhere: Otis Spunkmeyer
If you don’t know the brand name Otis Spunkmeyer you aren’t paying attention. These sweet treats have been in stores since 1979. Not only are they something many of us grew up with, they are also made with quality ingredients. No artificial colors, no artificial flavoring, no high fructose corn syrup and no artificial oils/over-processed oils.. Otis Spunkmeyer calls this their ‘No Funky Stuff.’ All of their snack-sized desserts come individually wrapped. Great to throw in a lunch or when on the go. I love the huge variety of snacks too.
All Sorts of Cakes, Muffins & Cookies
Here are three of their cakes available. Mini Loaf Cakes, Hot Chocolate Frosted Creme Cakes and Golden Mini Cupcakes. The mini cupcakes have a sweet cream filling.
Mini Muffins in Banana and Chocolate Chip. The Banana are my favorite! Each package comes with three bike-sized muffins. Cookies! Yum, right?! Chocolate Chunk Cookies and Double Chocolate Cookies. Great on their own and to-die-for dipped in a glass of milk. each box has 6 individually wrapped cookies. The cookies are packed full of chocolate and are delicious and moist.
Right now Otis Spunkmeyer has 17 different desserts to choose from. You can find them in your local store and order on Amazon.
Check out their crazy-cool recipes, like Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Cake and Mini Muffin Kabobs.
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5 Ways To Relieve A Sore Throat Naturally
Having a sore throat does not mean racing to the medicine cabinet and taking medicine that helps with a dozen ailments. All of those drugs in your body might not be necessary. Instead, you can try to fight the sore throat, if it is a cold or flu coming on, and ease the ache naturally.
- Drink some hot tea. You can find some tea specifically for sore throats, or just have a mild tea. Make sure you add some honey and lemon. Caffeine-Free means you can give it to kids too or have it before bedtime.
2. Chew on some Pine Bros Softish Throat Relief. These are chews, but not squishy like gummies. They come in Vitamin C Orange flavor and Sugar-Free Wild Cherry. I like that while they are great for a sore throat, they also taste good. They have four flavors in all. They are great for coating the throat to help with minor irritations. I love that they’ve been around since the 1800’s too.
3. Gargle warm salt water. Simply get some warm water (not too hot but warm enough to dissolve the salt). Add some table salt, let it dissolve and then gargle and spit the water. This helps sooth the mouth and throat and also clean it.
4. If you have a post-nasal drip that is making you cough try a Neti Pot. It is a sinus rinse to help clear your sinus cavity. It is a little weird to use the first time but works great. I had a doctor recommend one for my daughter’s sinus infection and it helped clear it up a lot faster.
5. Make a drink of apple cider vinegar and honey in some water and drink warm (if you don’t want to drink it you can gargle it).
Make sure you are getting plenty of rest and drinking lots of water! These are easy to forget if we don’t feel too sick.