Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Hello, March

Hello birthday month. Hello daylight saving. Hello March Madness. Hello corned beef. Hello spring. Hello Easter. Hello return of the green. Hello shore house reopening. Hello all of you beautiful March babies. Hello finally being able to use the March photo I took of balloons at the March for Babies last freaking April. Hello hello hello.

February feels like a month of waiting and inaction to me. March feels like forward motion and waking up. I like March's energy.

If you know me, you know I am all about the birthday. Mine is March 15. I celebrate my birthday all month and if you hate that people do that, I do not care. I will certainly treat myself. I save up my spare change and my gift cards and always do it up in March. But if you had one, I'd take a coupon code that will work on RayBans at Sunglasses Hut...Anyone? Bueller? I cannot find one to save my life. Some things on my radar: a dress from Old Navy, polarized Jackie Ohhhs, a shirt Kristen shared with me that suits me to a T, and a refill of my daily lip product.
Since I am fortunate enough to have all of my needs and a hell of a lot of my wants, I asked MFD to make his fundraising goal for the Covenant House Sleepout we're doing three days after my birthday in lieu of giving me a gift I don't need or doing a nice dinner out like we usually do. Thanks to many of you, I made my goal a while back so I'm being a pushy boss lady to get him to his because a) I love being a pushy boss lady, and b) helping others who truly need it is a totally awesome birthday gift.

On Friday, March 18, we're sleeping outside on the street with Covenant House on a team run by our friends Catie & Joe. For one night we are giving up the comforts of home knowing that by doing this small act we can help raise awareness and funds for homeless youth. Thousands of kids spend every night on the unforgiving streets of this great nation. So many others hop from house to house constantly worried about who will take them in next. Can you even imagine?

Add to that the stress of having to go to school and fly under the radar of other kids, hiding the fact that you're homeless.

Did you know many shelters will not accept homeless youth without a parent so these kids are turned away? We are choosing to force our kids out onto streets because there aren't enough places for them to go - and teenagers don't choose homelessness unless the alternative is something so ugly we don't dare speak about it in polite company.What kind of life is this for children in America?

Covenant House exists solely to serve this under-served sector of the homeless population. By doing this and raising funds, we are doing a small part to make sure the doors of Covenant House stay open for all who need them for a hot meal, a safe bed, and help in furthering their education, getting jobs, and finding permanent housing.

If you think supporting homeless teens is a worthy cause and would like to donate, you can get to MFD's fundraising page here. He's only $105 from his goal! No amount is too small, every dollar helps give a kid an opportunity most of us have taken for granted our whole lives.

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38 comments:

  1. Happy birthday month! I enjoy the monthlong birthday celebrations. That pug shirt is perfect. Which reminds me. I need to send a post to you because I need you to talk about it. Look for that email. I donated a small amount to MFD's goal.

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  3. Hope you have a good start of the month, it's my birthday too this month, on 19th :) xo

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  4. Birthday month is the best - my birthday is the 10th :) Yay for march babies! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  5. oooh yes you are the queen of treat yoself bday month and now i see why. now that i've done it, i will do it EVERY SINGLE YEAR because yolo.

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  6. You should celebrate all month long! You're pretty awesome!! I shall be on the hunt for a code for you!

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  7. I cannot wait until my birthday month, I'm getting myself something big this year yes I am. I deserve it!

    We have a rather large homeless population here and K has asked several times if there are homeless kids. I always tell her yes and talk to her about it in a way she understands, the school even has an information sign about it hanging right by the front door!

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  8. March is by far the best month to have a birthday :) Cinco de Marzo is my birthday and turning the big 3-5 this Saturday! Woot woot! Turning 3-5 on 3-5 what what?!? I am a bit excited can you tell?

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  9. Cheers to the best birthday month ever! I love your opening . . . you sounds so full of happy and hope . . . it's infectious! Love your support of the Covenant House . . . having 2 teenagers myself, I simply cannot image them home safe with me every night. I cannot wait to hear about your experience.

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  10. I did a hello post today too, wow, it's March. Woohoo birthday month and spring weather. So awesome you are raising awareness for such an incredible cause!!!

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  11. Jmj. I just last week threw sunglasses hut coupons away! Sean gets them. I still
    Can't wrap my head around paying that much money for non- prescription sunglasses. Homeless kids/teens is the worst. I have already donated to Mike Doyle's account and will probably donate more in the next week or so. God and Goddess speed for all of them to have a home. Everyone should have a home was my Instagram # for my post this morning. Happy March coming in like a lamb. Love. Your. Momma.

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  12. Happy birthday month! I was going to send you coffee but I'm going to donate instead, per your request :)

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  13. I feel ya - February is always kind of a down month to me because I feel like it's dreary and wintery and not much going on...but March is a turn for me too. Also Jason's bday month and our engagement month, so extra special for me. Just donated to MFD's team! What a great cause and a great idea for your bday gift <3

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  14. I love that you guys are doing the camp out. I have a friend in Australia who's a homeless advocate and she did one there. It's great to see all the awareness being raised all over the place.

    In other news, happy birthday month! I, too, am grateful for the end of February. That month is a piece of shit.

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  15. ahhh - what a cool idea to do for a birthday. All about helping others.
    Enjoy this Birthday Month!!!

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  16. Happy Birthday month! Love that you guys are camping out for a great cause, and yay for daylight savings time and the beginning of spring :)

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  17. We are almost birthday twins - mine is March 16! I had no idea! Happy birthday month :)

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  18. oh my goodness. i did not know they turned kids away without an adult :( that is horrible. i would think that most of the time there is no parent, that's why the kid is homeless? i would *think*. i could be wrong. but, great cause, absolutely will donate.

    that pug shirt seriously is the bomb.

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  19. YAY for birthday month! That pug shirt is SO you- I love it. I hope you are taking off of work for your birthday. That's always my gift to myself. If it falls on a weekend I just take Friday or Monday. That is an awesome cause and I truly admire that you guys are doing it together. Going to help MFD reach his goal now.

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  20. Nice use of the balloon photo! And what a great cause to support in March (as well as the rest of the year). I'm going to the page.

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  21. Happy Birthday month- love your balloon photo :) That cause is incredible, thanks for spreading awareness! I can't believe homeless teens often won't be accepted without a parent! That seems pretty backwards if you ask me.

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  22. Happy birthday month! You guys have killed it with fundraising and what a good cause. Keep being awesome.

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  23. Hello fellow March Baby, happy birthday month to us ;) and yes, HELLO to all those wonderful things.
    I was pleased to be able to donate to MFD's fundraising goal—my goodness he's so close! Will donate again if that gap isn't closed in time. You guys are good people.

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  24. does that sugar lip stuff work well? i'm desperate right now.Happy birthday month!

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  25. What a wonderful cause you're contributing to. I've heard of these types of fundraisers before and it's such a noble cause! and how self-less of you to use it as a stand in for a present for yourself on your birthday. kudos to you!

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  26. Well you are just awesome, this is amazing. First off, you def. need that pug shirt like nobody's business. And I'm glad to hear that you save all year to go all out for your month! That's awesome. The homeless issue is a large, huge, complex one that no one seems to have a viable solution to as it plagues every city. Good on you for finding a way, I look forward to hearing your thoughts after.

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  27. Sounds like March is going to be a fun month for you andyou deserve to be spoiled all month long. What a great cause you and MFD are supporting. I love getting involved with organizations like this to help out our local communities.

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  28. March IS the best! In addition to all the fun things you mentioned I get to look forward to the Honeymoon at the end of the month too.

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  29. Good for you and blessings to you both for taking time out of your day to raise awareness. It saddens me greatly when I see homeless on the streets, no matter their age. I just couldn't imagine that being me. I try to give meals to those that I think need it and even just lending an ear, can make someone's day.
    You both are very kind and generous people and I respect that. xo
    P.S. LOVE that Tshirt. Heheh

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  30. Happy birthday month to you too! I think that's such a great idea to give back to the community instead of receiving a gift this year, and such a great cause!

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  31. Happy Birthday month to you, you Ides of March birthday gal! (Sorry, Julius Caesar made a big impression on my in high school...) Very admirable what you are doing. I applaud your efforts to bring attention to the homeless teen issue.

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  32. Pretty awesome that you have an Ides of March birthday. March just always seems so longgggg...however, spring break is never a bad thing!

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  33. Happy Birthday month. Let the shenanigans begin!!

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  35. Happy Birthday Month!!!!!!! I love that dress. That's Old Navy?? I have a striped dress from them from about 4 years ago that I absolutely adore and the straps are too stretched out for me to wear anymore and they haven't had any that fit me right since. I am going to have to check that out!

    I still cant believe that they turn kids away at shelters. I love that you are bringing awareness to this.

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  36. I'm with you on being so ready for March (and spring) and yay for it being your birthday month! I keep putting that lip balm in my Sephora cart and then I don't end up ordering it, but you might have convinced me. Covenant House sounds like such a great organization and what a cool fundraising event for such an important cause!

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  37. Happy birthday month! :-) I definitely think you need that pug shirt.

    I also love what you guys are doing for Covenant House! I had no idea that shelters would turn away kids without a parent. That's so sad and seems incredibly unfair considering the circumstances that likely led to a kid living on the streets without a parent or guardian. I'm glad you're raising awareness!

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