September 28, 2009

Finger Lickin' Good

Finger-lickin', hunger-endin' good. That's the story from the Colonel from September 28 to October 25. At KFC for the next month or so you can grab a bucket of secret recipe extra crispy chicken and take advantage of their partnership with the World Food Programme by donating a buck or two. Get the skinny (hmm ...) at www.hungertohope.com.

September 23, 2009

Save the Ta-tas

Yep, you read right. The awesome ladies (and a few good men) at Charity Chicks Houston are hosting a fancy-schmancy cocktail soiree in October featuring BRA ART (That's "unique, themed bras decorated with love, hope and courage by groups or individuals raising money and awareness for breast cancer and The Save the Ta-tas Foundation," for anyone who's been, like, living in a cave or something).

And who, may I ask, doesn't want to save the ta-tas? It all happens on Friday, October 16 --otherwise known as BRAtober 16 (hmm ...) -- from 7:30 - 11:30 p.m. at the Bering & James Art Gallery. In Houston. Rumors of a menu featuring filet mignon and ta-ta sauce, ratataouille and spinach fritatas are greatly exaggerated.

If you're not lucky enough to live in the Houston area, you can still do a bit of good from your Godforsaken little corner of La Jolla, Miami Beach, Manhatten or wherever. Just follow the instructions below.

Step 1. Go here: http://www.charitychickshouston.com/bra-art.html. Click on the "donate" button. Be quick about it, because you've only got until September 27. Your $50 donation gets you an entry packet that includes one Maidenform bra, information on how to submit your bra when it's decorated, and the rules (just be creative and keep the X-rated stuff to yourself, thank you very much).

Step 2. Complete your masterpiece by October 3. The packet includes instructions on when and where to submit your completed bra. The top 50 BRA ART entries will be displayed and voted on at the BRAtober 16 (I know, but that's what they call it) event.

The winner - hopefully you, dear reader - is promised lots of media attention. To repeat: cost of entering a bra competition? Fifty dollars. The publicity that goes with winning? Priceless.

Ta-ta for now.

September 22, 2009

On the Move

Moving is never fun. In fact -- and I could be wrong about this, but I don't think so -- it surpasses divorce, job loss and a root canal as the most stressful event that life can chuck at you. Having just suffered through the gauntlet of relocation, however, I learned that shifting your stuff from here to there can actually present some opportunities for a bit of do-gooding.

For example:

- Craisgslist is King: Not only can you get free moving boxes on the online classified ad site, you can pass the favor along when you're happily ensconsed in your new home, thus saving a couple of large trees and someone else two dollars per box.

- Take of all those pesky wire hangers -- the most infuriating inanimate objects this side of packing tape -- back to your local dry cleaners. They'll gladly recycle them for you.

- Got printer cartridges? If you find a stash of empties while cleaning out your desk drawers, take them to your local
Staples or Office Depot. They'll be more than happy to take them off your hands in return for store credit. All you have to do is sign up for their rewards program.

- Fashion Emergency: Moving gives you the perfect excuse to clean out those closets. It's really a win/win situation. You won't have to pack up and lug all that extra stuff that you never ever wear and someone will greatly benefit from your generosity. Most major cities have a Salvation Army, Goodwill, Out of the Closet or other similar thrift store. They accept everything from shoes and shirts to coats and linens -- even underwear and socks (strange but true, though exercise some common sense here: no one wants the "lucky" boxers you've been trying get your partner to part with for the best part of a decade). You can also donate furniture that won't quite fit into your new pad . Hello, 7-foot glass dining room table, your time is up! Better yet, most will come and pick it up for you if you have enough stuff to donate, which makes moving week a little less hectic.

- You might also consider donating your clothing (mostly skirts or pant suits) to "Dress for Success," an organization that provides suits to disadvantaged women returning to or entering the workforce.

- If you've got sheets, towels, pillows, blankets and comforters, contact your local animal shelter or rescue. They're always in need of these items, especially in this economy.

- Last but not least, if you've got non-perishable food that you don't want to pack up, think about donating it to your local food bank. To locate one near you, just type "food bank" and your city into Google or other search engine.

The golden glow that comes with doing any of the above will make absolutely no difference to the severity of the anguish that will inevitably accompany your move. It will, however, make someone else's life a little easier, and that's something you can feel good about while you're replacing the digits you sliced off with a utility knife and are waiting for the cable guy to turn up four hours after he said he would.

September 3, 2009

Feel the Teal

Blue-loving fashionistas among you will be interested to learn that the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance is encouraging us all to wear teal on Friday (September 4th) in recognition of National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. You know you’ve got something in that bottom drawer or tucked away at the back of your over-crowded closet. If not, beg, borrow or steal something. It’s for a great cause.

If you absolutely cannot find anything teal (every girl should have something teal, but I digress), have no fear: you can also participate in any number of events taking place across the country including health fairs, fun run/walks and various fundraisers. For more information visit OvarianCancer.org or OvarianCancerAwareness.org. And if you want to help a friend, download the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance's brochure entitled September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

September 2, 2009

I Do!

If you’re a fan of Ben & Jerry’s, and you're all for giving people the freedom to marry, then you’ll love this little news nugget. In celebration of Vermont's officially granting equal marriage rights on September 1st, the fun-loving, socially responsible ice-cream icon will rename its “Chubby Hubby” flavor, “Hubby Hubby.”

Ben & Jerry's is partnering with the organization Freedom to Marry to educate people as to why marriage equality matters, and to encourage national support for this important cause. So if you live in Vermont or are heading there for vacation, look out for a tasty, enlightened blend of peanut butter cookie dough ice cream, fudge and pretzels. Go on, spread the love!