This is my version of giving back this week for my 30 Day Challenge.  As a blogger, I am always trying to find ways to get people to read my posts and to get new readers. I have some good friends that have shared my work for me. I thought I would pay it forward and recommend some people that I think are very talented. These are all kinds of different people with different talents and businesses. Please take a minute to read this and see if you are in need of any of these services. Many of them are in the chicago land area, but not all, so even if you’re not local- check it out. Thanks!

Project Chinelas: My friend from high school Archie Reyes started his own non-for-profit that provides sandals to underserved populations in the Philippines. These shoes are not just something to wear. To these people their shoes are a form of transportation, health care (disease prevention) and a vehicle for education. Every $1 = 1 pair of shoes. There is no excuse not to donate. $5 can provide shoes for 5 people! Please go to this site!

Aesthetician extraordinaire: My friend Megan is wonderful and beautiful and friendly. She works at Mario Tricoci in Libertyville. Her work name is EMME and she can handle all of your waxing and facial needs. She is really THAT good (even though she makes fun of me for being wimpy). (847)202-1900 and ask for Emme (said ‘M’)

Klutter King: My friend Justin started a business that will come into your home (or where ever you keep your clutter), he will help you organize and get rid of whatever you don’t want or need (haul or sell, etc.). It’s a really good idea and we all have too much junk.

Alden’s Piano Company: My friend Nate’s family has a business that handles all things –Piano. Tuning, Moving, Renting, etc. The are the best!

Kate Bogot: We got our pictures taken by this talented woman 2 years ago and are over-due to get them done again. She is amazing, just check out her website. She is talented and original and I think everyone should use her.

Jay cakes: There is a lady named Jackie who makes ridiculously good cupcakes called jaycakes. She has all kinds of different flavors. Check out the site and try not to drool on your computer.

Party Lite: Most of you are probably familiar with partylite. They have the best candles and house decorations in the world. My neighbor is a sweet wonderful woman who sells this stuff. The beer bread and pumpkin bread alone are worth going to her site.


I think that is everyone for now. I may do this again in the future, so if I forgot you sorry- I’ll remember next time.