Sharing #GivingTuesday Love Every Day

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On Tuesday, November 29th, it was #GivingTuesday which I guess was created to help people not feel so bad about over abundantly spending their money on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday (do we rest on Sunday?).  But seriously, it is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving as a call to action in the spirit of giving during the Holiday season.   It is nice to have a special day that brings focus on charity and giving, I'm all for it!  The holiday season especially tugs on the heart strings and it's' hard to turn away.

I don't see anything wrong with telling others who you donate to, how else will others learn about the charity?  I couldn't donate much, but I did send some bucks to Guiding Eyes For The Blind, who I have supported for years, and an organization I recently learned about, National Network Of Abortion Funds.  The Washington Post has a piece about how there has been a significant increase in donations since Trump was elected.  This is inspiring!  I know that the day after, I was motivated to do more.  I set up monthly donations with Planned Parenthood and GLAAD and will be giving to more, especially to those causes as risk of losing funding under the Trump administration.

Even if you can't donate cash, spreading the word is a good way to still support your favorite charities. I spent #GivingTuesday tweeting out a bunch of causes I support 100%. In case you missed it, I wanted to share the love on my blog too: 

I'm especially drawn to causes that fight for women's rights, protection of animals, LGBTQ rights, and promoting positive sex education.  While it's not #GivingTuesday anymore, these charities accept donations all year long.   

What causes are you passionate about? 

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NYC Visit: Thanksgiving Weekend 2016

Hope everyone who celebrates had a great Thanksgiving holiday.  Despite the state of things, there is still much to be thankful for and I had to keep reminding myself this. 

Winter Village Bryant Park NYC

I spent Thanksgiving in the city and we stayed with my parents Wednesday through Saturday. Wednesday night, the only thing I wanted to do was visit the Winter Village in Bryant Park.  Their Christmas tree was already up! It's not as big as the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center but this one is nicer, it has ornaments! Rockefeller's tree is just lights.  I'm pretty sure this one gets lit too.

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Lots of vendors selling really cool items and some yummy looking food (chicken in a cone!) but my favorite doughnut spot in NYC, The Doughnut Project, had a booth and I pushed everyone out of my way, even knocking little children over on their asses, for a "Those Beetz Are Dope" doughnut which you might have seen on Instagram. 

 

So happy to see @thedoughnutproject at @bryantparknyc in the Winter Village. The Beets doughnut is one of my favorites (besides the Everything doughnut).

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Another thing I love about New York City during the holidays are the store windows.  Lord & Taylor was close by so we went to see their windows. The theme this year is "Enchanted Forest."

Lord and Taylor Holiday Windows 2016

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Thursday morning we got up early and walked over to Columbus Circle to check out the Thanksgiving Day parade. We were far from the action but we can still hear the marching bands, see floats, and the balloons - which is most important, besides seeing Santa at the end.

Hello Kitty Balloon Thanksgiving Day Parade

Since we were right there, we got some hot chocolate and sat at Central Park for a little bit, one of our regular spots.  I wish we could watch the parade from the park but I think they close it off until the parade is over.

I spent the rest of the day at my parents just watching football, catching up with family, and eating. I did not take any pics of the food!! I can't believe it! But take my word for it, it was good and it was plenty. 

BLACK FRIDAY! We slept in late, no malls or department stores for me. We eventually went out and headed down to the West Village to do a little bit of shopping. 

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I prefer hanging around the West Village because I feel like it's not as busy and they have all these small side streets that are still cobble stone and lined with old brownstones.  I've always wanted to live in a brownstone.   I hope the city will always have buildings like this, I can care less about the new glass towers. 

Overall, I'm biased but I can't think of a better place to experience the Holidays than in New York City and I think everyone should experience it at least once. 

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