Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Fresh Air Fund is in need of loving host families for the summer of 2011

The Fresh Air Fund is in need of loving host families.
We are looking for families in the following areas to host THIS summer:

  • If you or someone you know is able to host, please sign up now. In 2010, The Fresh Air Fund's Volunteer Host Family program, called Friendly Town, gave close to 5,000 New York City boys and girls, ages six to 18, free summer experiences in the country and the suburbs. Volunteer host families shared their friendship and homes up to two weeks or more in 13 Northeastern states from Virginia to Maine and Canada.

    Thanks to host families who open up their homes for a few weeks each summer, children growing up in New York City’s toughest neighborhoods have experienced the joys of Fresh Air experiences.

    More than 65% of all children are reinvited to stay with their host family, year after year.

    Fresh Air Fund Host Families:

    "It is rewarding to see the smile on our Fresh Air child's face as she enjoys the simple things we take for granted..."

    Friendly Town host families are volunteers who live in the suburbs or small town communities. Host families range in size, ethnicity and background, but share the desire to open their hearts and homes to give city children an experience they will never forget. Hosts say the Fresh Air experience is as enriching for their own families, as it is for the inner-city children. There are no financial requirements for hosting a child. Volunteers may request the age-group and gender of the Fresh Air youngster they would like to host. Stories about real Fresh Air host families and their New York City visitors are just a click away!

    Click here to learn more about becoming a host or
    call (800) 367-0003!
    Fresh Air Children

    "We made s'mores and hot dogs over the fire. I've never cooked outside before!"

    Fresh Air children are boys and girls, six to 18 years old, who live in New York City. Children on first-time visits are six to 12 years old and stay for either one or two weeks. Youngsters who are re-invited by the same family may continue with The Fund through age 18, and many enjoy longer summertime visits, year after year. A visit to the home of a warm and loving volunteer host family can make all the difference in the world to an inner-city child. All it takes to create lifelong memories is laughing in the sunshine and making new friends.

    The majority of Fresh Air children are from low-income communities. These are often families without the resources to send their children on summer vacations. Most inner-city youngsters grow up in towering apartment buildings without large, open, outdoor play spaces. Concrete playgrounds cannot replace the freedom of running barefoot through the grass or riding bikes down country lanes.

    Fresh Air children are registered by more than 90 participating social service and community organizations located in disadvantaged neighborhoods in the five boroughs of New York City. These community-based agencies are in close contact with children in need of summer experiences in rural and suburban areas. Each agency is responsible for registering children for the program.

    What do Fresh Air children enjoy?

Playing in the backyard
Laughing in the sunshine
Catching fireflies
Riding bicycles
Learning to swim
Running barefoot through the grass
Gazing at the stars on moonlit nights
Building sandcastles
Making new friends
Simple pleasures of life away from the inner-city

The Fresh Air Fund at the Five Boro Bike Tour:

Join The Fresh Air Fund at the Five Boro Bike Tour on May 1st! The largest recreational cycling event in America, the TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour, leads bikers on a 42-mile fun course through the city and you can be a part of it! The Fund provides guaranteed entry into the event in exchange for a fundraising minimum. What better way to bike through an amazing route while knowing that the money you raise will help children from low-income communities who live throughout the city. Along the way, bikers will enjoy entertainment, rider photos, bike repair, medical support and the company of thousands of well-wishers! Click here for more information about the race! If you have questions or are interested in participating, please call Kate Brinkerhoff at (212) 897-8890 or email kbrinkerhoff@freshair.org.

Learn how two weeks can transform a child's life forever and you can make a huge difference in a child's life. What on earth could be better than that?



Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Secret

As reading the book "The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne a few paragraphs seem to jump off the page at me. So, I thought you may find it meaningful.
"Everything we want, whatever it may be, is motivated by love. It is to experience the feelings of love in having those things-youth, money, the perfect person, job, body, or health. To attract the things we love we must transmit love, and those things will appear immediately.
The Catch is, to transmit the highest frequency of love, you must love yourself, and that can be difficult for many. If you focus on the outside and what you see now, you may trip yourself up, because what you see and feel about you now is the result of what you used to think. If you don't love you, the person you see now is likely to be full of faults that you have found in yourself.
To love yourself fully, you must focus on the presence inside of You. Take a moment and sit still. Focus on feeling the life presence inside you. As you focus on the presence within, it will begin to reveal itself to You. That presence is the perfection of You. That presence is the real You. As you focus on that presence, as you feel, love and praise that presence, you will love yourself fully, quite possibly for the first time in your life.
Any time you look at yourself with critical eyes, switch your focus immediately to the presence within, and its perfection will reveal itself to You. As you do this, all imperfections cannot exist in the light of this presence. Whether you want to regain perfect eyesight, dissolve disease and restore well-being, turn poverty into abundance, reverse aging and degeneration, or eradicate any negativity, focus on and love the presence within you and perfection will manifest."
I truly hope you find some value here.
Do you have any other books
you would recommend?

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Antiques and Uniques has something for everyone in San Clemente, California

I am exicted to share a new Antique store that opened up this week in downtown San Clemente, California. It is right on the main street Avenida Del Mar that leads to the peir. The store is right across the street from the exquisite Stanford Court Antiques store. It is minutes off the 5 freeway off the Presidio or Palizada exits, off of El Camino Real and onto Del Mar. Donna and Steve are the owners and creaters of this fabulous store. They are excited some of our dealers have had some awesome sales in the first few days of business. They have such a great variety of items & dealers. From fine porcelains, to vintage clothing, purses, shoes & jewelry...not to mention the mid century and vintage vinyls. Great selection of collectibles, pottery, toys and more!

Glitz and Glam
Vintage, retro and newer clothing, accessories and such
from my booth called Christina's Closet.
It's been a great and busy week creating this closet
and putting my touches to the space.
The upbeat and fun owners and dealers make being in this store a delight.





Come visit us today!!
103 Avenida Del Mar
San Clemente, CA 92672


If you can't make it to San Clemente,

check out their blog!