The quick guide to giving with heart and smarts.
The quick guide to giving with heart and smarts.
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Five simple ways we can make a difference regardless of what's in our bank account.
A simple gift to help new homeowners (or renters), break in a new home, housewarming gifts can range from something as simple as a candle, or as elaborate as an appliance.
More than likely, if you’re preparing a housewarming gift, you’re hoping to put a smile on your friends’ or new neighbors’ faces — and make a meaningful impression as they embark on a new chapter of their life together!
Last year I had my first experience with Airbnb, an online community marketplace that lets you rent accommodations from local hosts in 190 different countries.
While studying abroad, I did some independent traveling and needed an inexpensive place to stay in Barcelona. I met Victoria through her listing on Airbnb, and two weeks later found myself sitting with her in her living room, sipping coffee, and speaking in broken Spanglish. Victoria taught me how to use her espresso machine, welcomed me to use her various bathroom products, and placed clean towels on top of my freshly made bed. I came and went as I pleased, sometimes inviting her along and sometimes just taking her spare key with me.
Here I was, a guest in a complete stranger’s home, with the key to every possession she owned in the pocket of my purse. This was a business transaction rooted in mutual respect, trust, and kindness. More than that, it was a business model that reflected the traditional characteristics of friendship, made possible by the amazing capabilities of the Internet.
We've been making our holiday party rounds and think you mostly likely are, too. While it's a busy yet bright season, in the midst of all the glitz and twinkle we wanted to take a pause and mention one party in particular that Darling had
'Tis the time to spread the love. And while we truly favor those gifts that can't be wrapped -- like time, connection, service & encouragement -- it never hurts to be prepared with a few ideas for the tangible, too. So scroll through our gallery and
Brooke and Becky Jo are the girls behind the Wild Love Tour, an unscripted journey of two women traveling throughout Europe filming a documentary about love. They are best friends and life enthusiasts, passionate about people having seen the power of love shift hearts and empower
I have a picture stuck in my head. It's a picture of a sweet little boy who ran to my son and gave him a piece of candy. Nothing particularly remarkable about that except this little boy lived in the Kibera slum
Fires again. The Santa Ana winds have swept through California and four different wildfires have burned across the city. Californians, of course, are used to seasonal fires and the evacuations and general disruption that accompany them. When I was in high school, my family evacuated our
When was the last time you experienced a random act of kindness? Last week, I received a call from an old friend out of the blue and it was such a pleasant, unexpected surprise. We hadn't caught up in awhile and he just wanted to
We've long been fans of Krochet Kids intl, an organization that seeks to empower and uplift through gifts that give back. Women in northern Uganda and Peru are provided with jobs, education, and mentorship as a result of KKi's offering of select knits, hats and
I grew up in hospitals. My dad worked in the Emergency Room and my grandpa, who we cared for, was a “frequent flier” in the ICU due to all kinds of health complications. Therefore, it was from an early age that I grew comfortable in
Thank you. It doesn’t really matter how they’re delivered – it just matters that they are. In our rush to get to the next thing, don’t forget to express your appreciation. A barista once said he was so moved by the fact that a customer looked
2014 is here and our lists of resolutions are surely in the works (hopefully, not yet broken). It's easy to love making resolutions – it’s so fun to periodically check throughout the year to see what we’ve accomplished and what we still need to do. However,
For my mom, having visitors at the house is no joke. Regardless of the occasion, she sets aside an entire day to vacuum the living room, dust the staircase, clean the bathroom, empty the dishwasher, wax the windows, the whole nine yards. She prepares assorted
When we step into the unfamiliar, our eyes widen. When experiencing a new culture or environment we engage, absorb, learn and discover. For many, this process is satisfying enough, but for a few, it also lights the fuse for change. Anna Owusu is one of
We have all heard that “it is better to give than receive,” and each of us has likely experienced the joy of choosing the perfect gift for a friend, donating to your favorite charity, or volunteering your time at an organization in need. However, if
Have you ever received an anonymous gift? One such surprise, a delightful arrangement of orange lilies, was delivered to my house with a simple note attached: “Just because you are special, from Anonymous.” From Anonymous! The mystery became all too much for the Nancy Drew
I have always wanted to paint my front door red. A bright and beautifully bold red door sounds charming, don’t you think? Sadly, my wish for a literal red door was expunged the moment I moved into a rosy-colored home; however, this desire has developed my
Worldwide, there are over 160 million orphans. Ask most of us to name one of these parentless, homeless or abandoned children, and we can only remember celebrated story book characters such as Oliver Twist or Anne of Green Gables. Famed writings such as Little Orphan Annie offer
Back in August 2009, I received an email from my now-husband saying, “Now…this is random, but just go with it and I’ll give you more details later.” He followed the sentence with an excerpt from the book of Mark in the Bible: "Jesus sat down opposite
She swerves onto the main road and I immediately know she’s trouble. Her dangly earrings swing back and forth until she straightens out her blingy SUV into the lane beside me. She tries to text on her iPhone while balancing her sunglasses on her forehead and
During the Christmas season, we're encouraged to be generous, to think of those less fortunate. Soup kitchens have to turn away volunteers for serving holiday meals and charity is at the forefront of the common rhetoric. Once we shift our thoughts toward the new year,
If you listen to popular ‘wisdom’ you will hear a very subtle refrain, almost too quiet to hear: Take care of yourself first, others next. It seems worthy--I mean, the "others" part is in there, right? I can’t put an oxygen mask on someone else before
Be a servant. This Christmas we will all most likely be around family or friends who have taken us in for the holiday. Make it a point to serve them. Here are some ideas: Offer to vacuum, sweep or clean whatever is needed before the
You may be overwhelmed by the amount of holiday party tips you are receiving in every magazine you pick up, but remember, being a Hostess is an honor. Darling believes in all of you, that you can create an unforgettable night for your guests in
Give a compliment. Many times we think something nice about a friend, or even a stranger, but don't tell them. Instead of letting that thought pass, say it out loud. For example, if a sales associate has great hair, a bright smile, or stylish shoes,
Put others first. There are only a few shopping days until Christmas, and parking lots and malls are a scene of mayhem; people are on edge--honking at one another and fighting for their place in long lines. Until Christmas, be conscientious while driving, even give someone
During the holiday season, it's a challenge to keep things simple and focus on what's important; to resist the commercial propaganda surrounding you, while still being generous and giving to those you love. This year, tradition, or guilt, or (hopefully!) a generous spirit will compel many