Good Karma Friday: Martha Payne (Veg) and Mary’s Meals

Jamie Oliver (yes, THAT Jamie Oliver!) tweeted out about a wee girl in a primary school in Scotland who started a school lunch blog just this last May. Her goal was to take a picture of her school lunch every day and blog about it and the nutritional values with a simple rating system. Her school has been very supportive of the project.

Last year, Veg (as she calls herself) and her school friends began a project to raise money to support a charity lunch program called Mary’s Meals. She included a link on her blog so visitors could donate. She’s quite a girl!

Last month, Veg was interviewed by the BBC and, as you can expect, the school council took notice. In fact, yesterday, 14 June, the council asked her to stop taking photos of her lunches because of an article in a newspaper.

And then…

The power of social media stepped in and the indignation, amazement, and general uproar of the people was heard around the world! It took less than ONE day. Veg reported the good news today, Friday, that she will be back on Monday with a photo of her lunch!

Read her great blog, NeverSeconds, One primary school pupil’s daily dose of school dinners, and support Mary’s Meals. It’s good for your Karma.

“Kimono” Quick Page Blog Hop!

Welcome to the spring 2011 graduates of Jessica Sprague’s ‘Art of Digital Design‘ class blog hop featuring 20 unique quick pages (QPs) created using our collaboration charity kit, Kimono. Proceeds from this amazing kit of love, available at, will be sent to the Red Cross to aid the victims of the 2011 earthquake in Japan. Click on the preview image below to purchase the kit.

Here’s my contribution…”Peace.” The paper is by Michele Pouliot, the peace symbol is by Yvonne Michelle, and the bamboo frame (I repeated it to form the strip) is by Christina Ming. My example uses a few of my photos from a recent trip to Sitka, Alaska. Instead of adding a larger photo on the right, you could add another patterned paper or your journaling.

Download the QP here.

The next blog on our trip is Zindra Nelson:

If you read this blog hop posting because you’re subscribed or if you found it by accident, here’s the beginning so you can go get get the 19 other QPs.

Kim Hackworth:

Thank you for visiting and come back soon.

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This week is World Kindness Week (Nov. 8-13)

World Kindness GamesThe Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is hosting the FREE World Kindness Games, a week-long international competition where you literally get points by being kind! From Nov. 8-14, 2010, in honor of World Kindness Week, go to to play the World Kindness Games. Form a team or play individually, get ideas, log your actions, shout out kind acts and get inspired!

Send a RAK to a scrapping friend today and tell me what you sent in the comments here and I’ll send YOU a special digital freebie!

Peace One Day – and a freebie!

On September 21st, people from all over the globe, people of all ages, races, sexes and faiths, commemorate Peace Day in many ways. What are you doing today?

Be a part of the peace process. Follow these three steps:

1. Decide what you will do to make peace on 21 September, at school, at home, or in your local community
2. Log your Peace Day commitment at
3. Tell others around the world and ask them what they’re doing on Peace One Day

Here’s a teeny, tiny, peaceful freebie for you. Please send all your friends here to get their own peace rock, too.


Good Karma Friday: Fisher Houses

The US Army has a program similar to Ronald McDonald House called Fisher House. They are comfortable, temporary homes filled with warm, caring people who help families endure the stresses associated with a loved one’s serious medical condition. Family members of an active duty or retired service member who is being treated at the nearby military hospital pay only $10.00* per night to stay in a Fisher House. In some locations, outpatients may also stay in the house. The typical stay is about 10 days but guest can stay as long as necessary…even up to a year if their military loved one needs extensive treatment.

Fisher House™ Foundation and the Fisher House™ program depends on public donations to continue its important work; the Army provides no financial support. The funding for the operations and maintenance of Army Fisher Houses comes primarily from two sources: the small service charge ($10 per family-night) and your charitable contributions.

Here’s your Good Karma Friday opportunities…

Donate Money!

Donated money is used to improve facilities, provide amenities for the guests, celebrate holidays, and enhance the range of services provided.

  • You can make a donation to benefit all the Army Fisher Houses by sending a check to the program’s main office. Click here for the address.
  • You can send a check directly to a specific Fisher House.
    Note: Donations made to a specific Army Fisher House are spent on that house.

Donate Frequent Flier Miles!

The nonprofit Fisher House Foundation administers the “Hero Miles” program for the Department of Defense. Through this program, frequent flyer members of designated airlines can donate their miles to the Fisher House Foundation who provides free airline tickets to military men and women and their families who are undergoing treatment at a military or VA medical center as a result of their service in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Donate Time!

Fisher Houses depend on volunteers like you! All volunteering is done at the local level, and not through the Fisher House Foundation in Rockville, MD. Contact the manager of a Fisher House near you either by telephone or e-mail. The manager will let you know what they need help with.

Good Karma Friday: The Road Home Charity CD

I am a big fan of the Scottish band Runrig. If you haven’t heard their rendition of Loch Lomond…OMG! Click on the video below from their concert at Loch Lomond in 1991. You won’t be disappointed! While cruising their web site the other day I came across a note about a charity CD that they and other Scottish musicians (mostly based in Skye) put together to benefit the Highland Hospice in Inverness. Artists include: Peatbog Faeries, Donnie (Munro), Blair Douglas, Arthur Cormack, and Dochas. Runrig close the album with “And the Accordions Played.” Read the article here:

Why not support a great service and enjoy some unique Scottish music – order yours today. I did!


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