I am passionate about three things. Food. Children. Adventures. This is a list of my favorite charities that represent those three things. - My City Adventures

Charities that Represent the Things I Am Most Passionate About

I am passionate about three things. Food. Children. Adventures. Here is a list of my favorite charities that represent those three things. This post also has sponsored links. I hope you enjoy reading and will take the time to explore these charities further.

When I say I’m passionate about food, I don’t just mean eating it. Although, that’s where it started! I constantly advocate for people to learn just how easy and inexpensive it is to eat healthy foods. Whenever someone tells me how hard it is to afford quality foods I always recommend two places. The first is their local farmers market. The second is Thrive Market.

I am passionate about three things. Food. Children. Adventures. This is a list of my favorite charities that represent those three things. - My City Adventures

Thrive Market is a membership community that uses the power of direct buying to deliver the world’s best healthy food and natural products to members at wholesale prices. At 25-50% off retail, most Thrive members make back their $60 membership fee in savings within their first two orders. Their mission is to make healthy living easy and affordable for everyone. That’s why, in addition to already affordable health foods and products, Thrive Market’s Spread the Health program donates a membership to low-income families, teachers, veterans, and students for every purchased membership. More than 23 million Americans today still live in “food deserts”—low-income neighborhoods without healthy food. This leads to low-income families resorting to buying food they know isn’t healthy just to make ends meet. The lack of access contributes to a number of illnesses, including diabetes and heart disease. By donating, you help food-insecure families stock up on wholesome pantry essentials and kick-start their journey to good health. Use my Thrive Market link to enjoy a 30 day free membership trial.

It wasn’t until my daughter was born that I realized just how awesome and amazing a privilege it is to raise a child. Children are capable of being the most intelligent, compassionate human beings. If we as their parents, teachers, and role models don’t hinder them from fulfilling their potential. Unbound and Show Me Shoes Foundation, both based in Kansas City, MO, are two charities that are on a mission to help children and the families that raise them.

I am passionate about three things. Food. Children. Adventures. This is a list of my favorite charities that represent those three things. - My City Adventures

Unbound is an international nonprofit bringing people together to challenge poverty in new and innovative ways. They deliver financial assistance to people in 19 countries. Each sponsorship directly benefits an individual and helps pay for education, skills training and livelihood programs. They believe families and communities can overcome the challenges that face them when we all work together. Unbound also creates opportunities right in my hometown of Kansas City, MO. Every week, Operation Breakthrough cares for more than 400 children. More than 20 percent of the children are homeless or at risk for becoming homeless — living in battered women’s or homeless shelters or transitional living programs in Kansas City. Unbound provides funding for mental health care for those kids and family services to help their parents give a better life. Unbound staff members also volunteer weekly by tutoring children at Chalet Manor public housing in the Argentine neighborhood of Kansas City, KS. The Learning Club of KCK serves more than 100 children, focusing on homework help and enrichment activities. Unbound and the Learning Club of KCK share the goal of helping children who live in poverty meet their highest potential through one-on-one relationships.

I am passionate about three things. Food. Children. Adventures. This is a list of my favorite charities that represent those three things. - My City Adventures

Show Me Shoes Foundation launched when friends Anneka Maquay and Shiv’on Bullock shared a vision to inspire young girls to follow their dreams and to help build confidence from the “Sole”. Show Me Shoes Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a goal to create a movement of confidence through self-love, mentors and sisterhood. Show Me Shoes has served young girls and women in chapters in Atlanta, GA, Los Angeles, CA and Kansas City, MO. With the support of volunteers and donations, they are able to make a difference by restoring strength and self-love through the “sole”.

When it comes to adventures the more unique they are the more I like them! I don’t just mean bungee jumping of a cliff or flying off top a getaway on the beach in Bali. Sometimes the most treasured explorations are to be had right where you call home. Social Heart provides a myriad of my kind of adventures all year-long.

I am passionate about three things. Food. Children. Adventures. This is a list of my favorite charities that represent those three things. - My City Adventures

Social Heart is a non-profit organization that is 100% volunteer managed. Their purpose is to create a better community by supporting all local charities in the Greater Kansas City area in uniquely impactful ways. Social Heart is helping to improve the city through creatively fun events, promotions, marketing, donations, and volunteer support. A few of their biggest events are the annual Mardi Gras celebration, Laugh Your Ass Off comedy show, and National Volunteer Appreciation Month. They also host monthly happy hours at a variety of local places. The best thing about Social Heart is that all funds raised go directly to the charities.

Thank you so much for reading! What are you most passionate about? What are some of your favorite charities? Leave a comment below.

Don't Await It Create It is a leadership retreat which focuses on providing tools for women to invest in themselves for a more authentic work life.

Don’t Await It, Create It Women’s Retreat for Successful Life and Leadership Skills

Don’t Await It Create It is a leadership retreat which focuses on providing tools for women to invest in themselves for a more authentic work life. The retreat takes place March 24-26, 2017 at the Hotel Sorella on the Country Club Plaza. During the three-day event attendees will receive intimate training, coaching, learning, and reflection to plan personal, effective leadership strategies for their careers and lives.

Don't Await It Create It is a leadership retreat which focuses on providing tools for women to invest in themselves for a more authentic work life.

The Don’t Await, Create It retreat is for women who are ready to take the next step in their personal or professional leadership journeys. Now is the time to stop looking to others for permission to shine! The world needs strong, bold, beautiful women to share their authentic leadership from the inside out. This is for you if you want success AND a life you love but you often feel overwhelmed and undervalued. This is for you if you feel stressed and isolated with too much to do and too many people to please with no clear path forward.

What Can You Expect from Don’t Await It Create It?

The structure of Don’t Await It Create It is around the Planning for Results process to craft a plan for you to have the most productive year of your life. By day three, you’ll be able to clearly express what you will be accomplishing within 30 days of this retreat. You’ll have chances to build relationships with other creative successful women. You’ll learn new skills in resilient leadership, presence, and persuasion.

Goals of Don’t Await It, Create It:

Don't Await It Create It is a leadership retreat which focuses on providing tools for women to invest in themselves for a more authentic work life.

  • A clear vision for your work and your life
  • A concrete actionable plan for achieving your most important goals
  • A list of resources that you can carry out immediately
  • New communication skills to become a team builder and leader
  • Knowledge about your leadership strengths and how to put them to use
  • Specific strategies to battle fatigue and burn out
  • A new network of colleagues, and a mediated group follow-up process for the year following Don’t Await It Create It.
  • The Create It Construct, and an exclusive planner valued at $75

What Makes Don’t Await It Create It Different?

You may have attended leadership events that were bombastic OR lacking content for tangible results. Don’t Await It Create It is different. Their mission is to help you define, measure, and celebrate success YOUR way. You will come away from this retreat knowing what to do next.

Don’t Await It Create It pieces together eight training and coaching modules in two-hour sessions along with plenty of time for reflection and review. Registration is $397 with My City Adventures promo code: KC365. In addition to the transformational Don’t Await It, Create It content, registration includes two breakfasts, a lunch, and two receptions. This event is an investment in yourself that will pay dividends for years to come. Visit DontAwaitCreate.com to register.

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. However, while this holiday is traditionally for lovers I've found some ways that anyone could celebrate it. If you're happily in love, looking for a fun night out, wanting to show someone a little kindness, or seeking a sweet treat for yourself, keep reading. I'm sure you'll find some inspiration here.

All the Ways I Would Love to Celebrate Valentine’s Day 2017

This post about Valentine’s Day 2017 contains sponsored links to gifts I love and I think you will too.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. The scent of love has already been faintly drifting through the air for quite some time now. However, while this holiday is traditionally for lovers I’ve found some ways that anyone could celebrate it. If you’re happily in love, looking for a fun night out, wanting to show someone a little kindness, or seeking a sweet treat for yourself, keep reading. I’m sure you’ll find some inspiration here.

All the Ways I Would Love to Celebrate Valentine’s Day 2017

A Nice Dinner and a Show

La Bodega is a celebration of delicious Spanish food, lifestyle and the traditions of Northern Spain. This traditional way of eating in Spain brings food and socializing with friends together. Such tradition also occurs with each meal at La Bodega, located in Kansas City, MO. My favorite time to dine there is during their amazing daily happy hour from 2-6 pm. In fact, it should be called the happiest hour! What I have been craving, in particular, is their Zarzuelo de Mariscos. It’s a Spanish version of cioppino with saffron rice, PEI mussels, clams, shrimp and chorizo with sofrito, in a spicy fish stock.

One of my bucket list items is a show at The Murder Mystery Co. Murder-mystery dinners begin innocently enough. Guests arrive and mingle amid drinks and quiet conversation. As diners munch away, a sudden death interrupts the feasting. A detective comes on the scene to determine who the killer is, inevitably laying blame on one of the audience members. Table mates work together to prove their innocence and find the real killer through an interactive performance full of hilarious suspects and eye-catching costumes. All the while dining on the included three-course meal and taking advantage of drink specials.

Check out Groupon for hundreds of delicious deals on restaurants and fun local events near you!

A Good Glass of Wine

 

Winc connects you to a world of exclusive wines tailored to your tastes and delivered to your door. Their story began in 2012 when they founded Club W: the world’s first personalized wine club. They made the process of discovering and buying wine easier than ever. Rather than constantly searching for great deals and tastes like other wine clubs, Winc sources wines from exceptional vineyards and works with great winemakers from around the world. Because their focus is on smaller lots, they can work to tease out the highest quality and most distinct character from each lot. These wines are only sold through the club, not anywhere else.

Membership to Winc is free! Getting started takes 4 easy steps. Step 1. A palate profile of six questions helps determine which wines you are likely to prefer. Step 2. You’ll select your wines based on a list of recommendations. (Get $20 off your first order!) Step 3. Sit back and wait for your wines to arrive. Step 4. Review wines you’ve enjoyed or not enjoyed to refine your recommendations. Winc is also offering 4 bottles for $30 + free shipping until 2/12/17.

A Charcuterie and Cheese Board to Go with the Wine

Five Key Components to the Ultimate Cheese and Charcuterie Board from Thrive Market. - My City Adventures

I’ve been a member of Thrive Market for several months. I love the foods they offer and what they stand for. Thrive Market is a membership community that uses the power of direct buying to deliver healthy food and natural products at wholesale prices. Plus every membership allows Thrive Market to sponsor free memberships for low-income families in America. Memberships are $59.95 annually. However, Thrive Market offers a 30 day free trial with 15% off your first purchase.

If you decide to become a member of Thrive Market or you already are one, you should take some time to read through their food blog. They have amazing stories on the benefits of healthy foods, delicious recipes, and inspiring posts about how to get cooking in your own kitchen. I found this gem on charcuterie boards and I can’t wait to try it at home! Here’s a link to the article: 5 Key Components to the Ultimate Cheese and Charcuterie Board.

A Weekend Getaway

The San Francisco CityPASS includes tickets to California Academy of Sciences, Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruises, Adventure Exploratorium or de Young Museum, Aquarium of the Bay or Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Unlimited Rides on Muni Buses and Cable Cars. - My City Adventures

My top choice for a long Valentine’s Day weekend would be exploring San Francisco. And the best way to make sure I get the most out of my vacation would be with a CityPASS.

CityPASS bundles prepaid admission to the most popular attractions in top cities across North America, at hugely discounted prices. (Depending on the city, savings is up to 54% off what it would cost to buy each admission separately.) Plus each CityPASS booklet is good for nine days from use of first ticket, so there’s no need to feel you have to rush. Here is what the San Francisco CityPASS includes:

  • California Academy of Sciences
  • Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise Adventure
  • Exploratorium or de Young Museum
  • Aquarium of the Bay or Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Unlimited Rides on Muni Buses and Cable Cars

As if that wasn’t enough, most booklets also contain great discounts for shopping, restaurants, and more.  CityPASS is available in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California, Tampa Bay, and Toronto. If you’re planning a trip to any of these cities, using CityPASS would definitely be a smart way to go! But don’t wait too long to grab one or two! CityPASS prices are scheduled to increase on March 1, 2017.

Now, where would I stay?
The Hotel Triton is a one-of-a-kind, eco-friendly, 140-room wonderland in San Francisco, California. - My City Adventures
Living Social always has fabulous deals on getaways, worldwide. Through 2/10/17, you can use code CUPID for an extra 20% off already huge discounts. Harper’s Bazaar awarded the title of best hotel in San Francisco to the Hotel Triton. No big surprise there. The Hotel Triton is a one-of-a-kind, eco-friendly, 140-room wonderland. The design of this boutique style hotel was inspired by the work of innovative local artists. Plus its location is ideal. It’s across the street from the Chinatown gates, two blocks from Union Square, five blocks from Moscone Center, and just a short walk to Little Italy. If San Francisco doesn’t catch your interest, Living Social has plenty of awesome escapes.
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Society Plus is about empowering plus size women to love the way they look. Take a love leap into confident style and save up to $100 on your next purchase.

Save up to $100 with the Society Plus Love Leap Style Event for Plus Size Fashionistas

This post is sponsored by Society+ and features links to their Love Leap fashion savings event. I will receive a commission for any purchases made through these links. Thank you for supporting My City Adventures.

What is Society+?

Launched in 2015, Society+ is a plus size e-commerce retailer and lifestyle brand. They are focused on body positivity through plus size female fashion and style. Society+ fills a void in the plus size clothing market by providing on trend, reasonably priced dresses, tops, bottoms, outer wear. Society+ designer, Jessica Kane, has created a full lineup of contemporary, stylish, and fun clothing for fashionable plus size women. They carry classic designs and the latest fashions all the way to plus size 32. If you are looking for plus size fashion, Society+ is your gateway to community and confidence.

Society+ Love Leap Event

Society+ is about empowering plus size women to love the way they look. Take a love leap into confident style and save up to $100 on your next purchase.

Society+ is offering savings up to $100 off for their Love Leap Event. Through 2/15/17 you can use the promo codes below to get a discount on your purchases.

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7 Days of Kate Midington

The Kate Midington Skirt is the most versatile creation from Society Plus designer Jessica Kane to date. The skirt comes in several colors and patterns which make it ideal for work, romantic dates, a girls night, birthday parties, and anywhere else you want to look your best.

In addition to the Love Leap Event, Society+ has put together a collection perfect for any time where you need a stylish look. The Kate Midington Skirt is the most versatile creation from designer Jessica Kane to date. The skirt comes in several colors and patterns which make it ideal for work, romantic dates, a girls night, birthday parties, and anywhere else you want to look your best. Society+ is currently offering $10 off any Kate Midington Skirt until 2/12/17.

Society+ is all about empowering women of all sizes to love the way they look. Go ahead! Take your own love leap into confident style! Thank you for reading.

Christine Walker, owner of Just Bee Soapy in Kansas City, sells homemade soaps, lotions, and other bath and body products at the City Market.

Just Bee Soapy in Kansas City

What does an Olathe school teacher have in common with the City Market? Soap. Christine Walker, owner of Just Bee Soapy, has sold her homemade bath time delights since 2013.

Christine Walker is the owner of Just Bee Soapy in Kansas City. She sells her homemade honey and beeswax bath products at the City Market.

Walker makes her fanciful designed soaps from honey and beeswax. She also makes lotions, body butters, lip balms, and more. You’ll find her at the City Market on weekends throughout the summer. Just look for the Busy Bee Acres booth.

Christine Walker is the owner of Just Bee Soapy in Kansas City. She sells her homemade honey and beeswax bath products at the City Market.

In keeping it all in the family, Walker gets the key ingredients for her Just Bee Soapy products from her father, Bob Harrison, of Busy Bee Acres. Busy Bee Acres specializes in, you probably guessed it, honey.

Christine Walker is the owner of Just Bee Soapy in Kansas City. She sells her homemade honey and beeswax bath products at the City Market.

In earlier years Busy Bee Acres had a partnership with local Kansas City makers who made soaps from their honey. When that ended Walker took over with Just Bee Soapy creations.

Christine Walker is the owner of Just Bee Soapy in Kansas City. She sells her homemade honey and beeswax bath products at the City Market.

With a new school year beginning, Walker will close shop for 2016 after the second weekend of August. (Hurry to the City Market to check out her beautiful and wonderfully scented bath and body products!) She occasionally sets up at local craft fairs. In addition, she has plans to create an online site for Just Bee Soapy. Christine Walker can be reached at justbeesoapy@gmail.com.

Christine Walker is the owner of Just Bee Soapy in Kansas City. She sells her homemade honey and beeswax bath products at the City Market.

To celebrate summer in Kansas City, I’m hosting a giveaway featuring my favorite hotspot, the City Market. Currently valued at over $150, this giveaway will introduce you to products sold in the market and the people behind them. (Including a fabulous bath and body gift set from Just Bee Soapy!) To enter subscribe to Kiara Loves KC then follow the link below.

The Ultimate Kansas City Hotspot Giveaway

Thank you for reading and I hope you’re having a wonderful summer!