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Give Back Charity Blog Hop


With all the pressures of what to buy over the Holidays, it’s nice to be able to give back in a way that doesn’t require busy mall parking lots and that actually makes you feel good! This year I’ve partnered with 9 other bloggers to bring you the Give Back Charity Blog Hop, where we’ll each be focusing on a cause that’s near and dear to our hearts.


When Brynne of The Gathered Home (you may now hew from #thriftscorethursday) asked if I’d like to take part in this, I knew my answer was an immediate YES! And I knew right away what my cause would be, given that at the time I was coming up on celebrating Jude & Luca’s first birthday (more on that coming soon to the blog – you can say I was a wee bit emotional about it all). Looking at how little they were and reliving that time in our lives has been amazing. We (THEY) have come so far. Look at how small they were!


So, the organization I’m choosing to talk about today is the Canadian Premature Babies Foundation. As some of you may know, I had Jude & Luca prematurely a year ago. They were born at 35 weeks (almost 36) and spent a week in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit afterwards with breathing and body temperature issues. To say it was a hard week would be an understatement, but I found so much love and encouragement within the walls of that NICU – from nurses, doctors, social workers, and fellow parents who found themselves in much tougher situations than mine, who had to leave their little ones at the end of the day and go home empty handed for weeks on end. I simply could not imagine, and I cried with more than one mom as we swapped NICU stories that week.

But what does the CPBF really do? They offer support for these parents, information and research. They want to raise awareness of premature births and give continued support to kids and families, even after they leave the NICU, because believe me, that support is very much needed.


This isn’t meant to make you sad. It’s not meant to make you feel sorry for anyone. It’s just something that is near and dear to my heart that I needed to share with you, and this is the perfect season for it.

So if this is something close to your heart this season, if you’ve been looking for a way to give back but didn’t know where to start, here it is. You can donate to the CPBF right here, and you can see lots of other ways to give through my fellow blogging friends below. So go check them all out. You’re sure to find a very worthwhile cause!

I hope this week is filled with love and anticipation for the beautiful day we’re about to celebrate!


Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County – The Gathered Home // The Humane Society – Monica Wants It // Dog Rescues – Cassie Bustamante // Global Fund for Women – Jest Cafe // Peaceable Kingdom – Cuckoo4Design // Buyamba Uganda – House Homemade // Compassion International – The Home I Create // Canadian Premature Babies Foundation – The Learner Observer // The Heart Gallery – Pinterest Addict // Three Angels Children’s Relief – Bright Green Door


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  • Reply cassie8978

    what a great cause! i am so glad they were there to help you and others in your situation! and hooray for the upcoming birthday celebration!

    December 19, 2016 at 8:29 am
    • Reply Thalita

      It was a truly remarkable experience, but looking back and now seeing our extra large one-year olds, it’s hard to believe they were ever so small! Thanks so much, Cassie!

      December 19, 2016 at 9:54 am
  • Reply Monica Benavidez

    I’m so happy you’re sweet babies are celebrating their birthday thanks to wonderful organizations like the Canadian Premature Babies Foundation. Happy Birthday, Jude and Luca!

    December 19, 2016 at 9:28 am
    • Reply Thalita

      It really is amazing!!! Thank you so much, Monica!!!

      December 19, 2016 at 9:54 am
  • Reply Pinterest Addict

    Happy Birthday Jude and Luca! I am always so amazed by not just the medical advances that have been made in the care of premature babies, but by the honest-to-goodness love and compassion the nurses and doctors have for the babies and their families!

    December 19, 2016 at 9:35 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Thanks so much!! And you’re so right. It takes special kinds of people to do those jobs and I’m forever grateful to them!!!

      December 19, 2016 at 9:56 am
  • Reply Julia Konya

    It’s amazing to see what can be done now to help premies with the right care. Such an amazing cause! And happy first birthday

    December 19, 2016 at 10:30 am
    • Reply Thalita

      So amazing! The love shown to us by every single person who cares for them was unreal. Thanks so much, Julia!

      December 19, 2016 at 12:37 pm
  • Reply Brynne@The Gathered Home

    Look at how tiny they were! Little miracles! Thank you so much for sharing your story – this sounds like such a wonderful way to help families in truly intimidating, stressful situations. I can’t imagine how difficult the NICU experience must be! Happy birthday to your beautiful little guys!

    December 19, 2016 at 12:34 pm
  • Reply Jessica HouseHomemade

    Those sweet babies! So thankful for such amazing medical care. What a great organization.

    December 19, 2016 at 12:50 pm
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