Picking a Holiday Charity

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I’ve already begun thinking about holiday giving. We give to the same charities every year: St. Jude’s, ASPCA, and Raleigh Rescue Mission. I stumbled across this great article the other day in the November 2014 issue of Health magazine and I started thinking about what other charities are out there that I could give back to. The article talked about how millennials give more during the holidays than older generations, and just how popular crowdfunding has become.

“Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, typically via the internet.”

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Spring Organizing Dilemma

Under the Oaks : Spring Organizing Dilemma

Spring has sprung! We mention spring so often in our posts that you’d think the only thing we did around here was wish for spring [only partially true]. While I’m not particularly in the mood for spring cleaning, I am in the mood for an organization project which is great seeing as it is my #3 item from my 2014 Bucket List: Select a space in my home to [re]organize every month.

However, I have a dilemma [imagine that], I cannot decide which space I would like to tackle for the month of April: the front hall shoe closet or our garage. You may ask, why not do both? Because my friends, I’ve been stripped of my superwoman cape and for the sake of my sanity must only select one project this month. Continue reading

2013 Reflections + Bucket List Recaps

Under the Oaks blog: 2013 Reflections + Bucket List Recaps(photo via)

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Aside from having the most vacations in one year, 2013 was pretty calm for me and Jason. Unfortunately, my family lost its most important person, my grandma, in May so the year has been a bittersweet one. Right now I’m feeling very thankful for all of the blessings in my life, especially having my mom down here with all of us for Christmas. It felt a little more like home with her here. One of the greatest blessings of the year is that I didn’t get laid off! It has been a good year at work so I’m very thankful that I didn’t have to go through that again. This is also the first year that I’m able to say I’ve been at the same job the entire year. It feels so normal but when I think about how much I’ve gone through the past 10 years since being in NC, I realize it’s definitely abnormal. Either way, I’ll take it! And we are celebrating our first full calendar year of marriage! So much to be toasting to tonight.

As for the bucket list…

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