Gift of Giving…

I wanted to share what Facebook can do for families at Christmas. My friend who is a school counselor here put out a simple request asking to fulfill a little girls request for a Barbie Dreamhouse (this is her 3rd year asking for one). She was just asking for a used one, maybe someone wasn’t using one anymore or looking to get rid of one… here was the response…



Over $500 was donated for complete strangers…so amazing!! Remember, appreciate what you have, give what you can…you never know what a small donation will mean to a family who has little to nothing.

Courtesy of Fiona Childs

Courtesy of Fiona Childs

St. Nikolaus is coming tonight!!

It’s a German tradition that I always loved as a child and am happy to pass it down to my daughter.  Yes, in my home we celebrate St. Nick on December 6th as well as Santa Claus on Christmas.  Am I worried she’ll get confused?  Nah, I just tell her that we celebrate him on December 6th and we can look at what is left in her boot as a kind of a “warning” (will there be sticks or coal?) or “glimpse of hope” (will there be goodies and coins?) as to what is to come for Christmas.

There are many stories of good ole St. Nick.

“…saving his people from famine, sparing the lives of those innocently accused, and much more. He did many kind and generous deeds in secret, expecting nothing in return. Within a century of his death he was celebrated as a saint. Today he is venerated in the East as wonder, or miracle worker and in the West as patron of a great variety of persons-children, mariners, bankers, pawn-brokers, scholars, orphans, laborers, travelers, merchants, judges, paupers, marriageable maidens, students, children, sailors, victims of judicial mistakes, captives, perfumers, even thieves and murderers! He is known as the friend and protector of all in trouble or need” (

And in case you’ve never heard…St. Nickolaus is where Santa came from… J

Here is the timeline of St. Nick.




Tis the season…

This has to be my most favorite time of the year.  No matter what holiday you celebrate, the giving season is universal.  Ava and I donated items to a woman’s shelter on Thanksgiving and we plan on donating toys for Christmas.  This time of year the media even takes a small (ok, really small) break of negativity and squeezes in some heart-warming, tear-jerking stories to remind everyone that not everyone is bad.

I know I just shared some “other news” with you a few days ago, but I couldn’t wait to share these 2 stories with you.

A girl saves her dad and is worried about what she’s going to wear…she’s 5!  :)  It’s a couple of years old, but I just found it today, so I’m sharing anyway!

The second story is more recent and shows a talented programmer sharing his knowledge…

Spreading the positive stories as fast as I can… ;)

Courtesy of Fiona Childs

Courtesy of Fiona Childs

5 things to do for Fourth of July…

Fourth of July


Fourth of July is less than 2 days away…If you aren’t going to a BBQ and want some ideas of what to do, here are some great FREE ideas for around Las Vegas!

  1. Boulder City – the 69th Annual Damboree @ Broadbent Memorial Park 9am-9pm
  2. Henderson – Mission Hills Park celebration 6pm-9pm
  3. The Strip- Caesars Palace will have a fireworks show starting at 9pm
  4. Stations Casinos Fireworks Blast @ Green Valley Ranch & Red Rock Resort @ 9pm
  5. Lake Las Vegas will be having fireworks celebration from 6pm-10pm with live music and BBQ stations set up!  Fireworks show starts @ 9pm

What ever you decide to do for the Fourth of July, please make being responsible and safe #1!

Courtesy of Fiona Childs

Courtesy of Fiona Childs