The quick guide to giving with heart and smarts.
The quick guide to giving with heart and smarts.
My advice? Give to what breaks your heart.
Five simple ways we can make a difference regardless of what's in our bank account.
The beginning of another work week — we get it. But before you succumb to the stress and the busyness that this week may hold for you, we invite you to take a minute (well, 48 seconds) to pause and notice the sheer joy on one teen’s face. When her health prevented her from attending a Florence and the Machine concert with her best friend, the concert came to her at Hospice Austin’s Christopher House instead.
We were tearing up eight seconds in. This is what it’s all about, yeah?
It’s here! The season where we pause, celebrate, reflect and cherish the ones we hold dear. While this can, most certainly, happen without any tangible things, just in case you wanted to wrap something pretty and share a token of love with a friend, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite things to make your shopping a cinch.
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
The holiday season is here; lights flicker on trees and in windows, friends and family feast together, and the sense of excitement — even of joy — rests on these days. What is it that makes these weeks so special, so transcendent? The parties? The food?
Never underestimate the power of small things. Even something as simple as a cup of coffee could change a life. Christin and Johnny Eastman are the founders of Sweet Aroma Coffee, a coffee subscription service with a passionate mission at its core. Taking a beverage
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
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,
We all know what season it is, but how much greater would it also be to know that when gifting loved ones during the holidays you're doing more than just checking off a list -- you're actually supporting people, places and causes that matter? We agree, it'd be
When devastation of such monstrous portions is witnessed in our world, it can be hard to know the appropriate response. Do we mourn? Blame? Ignore? Retreat? Or do we embrace? Educate? Seek perspective and redirect focus? In the aftermath of the torrential typhoon that hit
A Note From The Editor: This is part of our A Lovely Arrangement series, which features inspiration and advice on creating beautiful floral arrangements using inexpensive supermarket flowers. Catch up on previous posts here. As the leaves change colors and the evenings get chillier, this new season is
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
1. Alphabet Animals Flashcards ($14.95) Illustrated flashcards will equally enhance the creativity and intellect of the little ones you read these to. 2. TOMS Red Youth Glitters ($42) To give a gift twice over, buy a pair of these shoes and know that another child will be
This is part of our 2012 Darling Gift Guide series. To view previous gift ideas, including For Her gifts by persona, please click here. 1. Timex Weekender Watch ($36.22) Classic and definitely a value buy—these watches have changeable bands so it can be continually updated and maintained
1. Wild Harvested Incense Sticks ($12) These sticks pleasantly surprise as they add a fragrance to the home that creates an atmosphere through scent not smoky haze that you want to escape. 2. Brass Bottle Opener ($40) Holiday parties provide opportunities to to have a sleek bottle opener
Today we're thrilled to share with you part one of our first-ever gift guide. We've picked our favorite gift items for each persona to help you find a gift that's just right for every different kind of friend (or sister or mother) in your life.
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
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,
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
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
Send a Christmas card to your kindergarten or first grade teacher. Yes it was ages ago, but with the amount of social networking sites we now have, you might be able to find him/her easier. If you can't send a physical card, Darling recommends Paperless Post for cute
Give away a book that has changed your life. You know that book that you absolutely loved
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
Go to the dollar store and buy items for “care packages” for homeless people. Keep them in your car so you can hand them out to those you encounter on the street or freeway exits. Instead of handing out money, this is a way to
Write a handwritten card or note to a friend or loved one. If this person lives in your home, leave it as a surprise on their pillow, in their closet, or perhaps in the bathroom cabinet. From the series: 25 Days of Darling Photo Credit: juliaspoppies.com
Offer to buy or cook a friend breakfast. Try and pick a friend who is short on cash, or perhaps unemployed. One-on-one time is so meaningful, especially when you really need the support of a friend. From the series: 25 Days of Darling Photo Credit: Copyright 2009