Pictured above (L-R) Lyndia Downie, President & Executive Director, Pine Street Inn Maria Suarez, Tenant John Robertson, Director of Marketing, Scotties Facial Tissues Pamela Ricci, Brand Manager, Scotties

With so much negative news floating around I thought I would share a heartwarming story sure to put a smile on your face. Enjoy!

January was a great month for 100 homeless people in Boston who are now living in permanent supportive housing thanks to the generosity of The Pine Street Inn. The Pine Street Inn is the largest resource for the homeless in the state of Massachusetts. They provide emergency shelters for the homeless, have street teams, they offer job placement programs as well as many other resources.

 

In a partnership with Scotties Facial Tissues, the new residents were welcomed into their new homes with comfort care packs. In an effort to kick off 2017 with a worthy cause, Scotties provided each of the 100 residents with a queen-sized fleece blanket, warm slipper socks, a mug with hot cocoa and marshmallows, and of course boxes of  soft Scotties tissues! These small gifts of comfort can be just what may be needed to turn a house into a home. For so many homeless people, who have not had a room of their own for a long time, this acted as one small step in their journey to a better life for themselves.

Maria, who has lived in her beautiful home for the last three months was previously homeless.  She has made her home her own by beautifully decorating it in the style of her native home, Columbia.  She is eager to put the Scotties blanket to use this winter!

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Making Your House Cozy This Winter

by Katie on January 19, 2017

It is cold and dreary and just plain yucky out most days this time of year. My boys have both been fighting colds and we have all been craving the coziness of home just a little more than usual.

Here are some of the ways I like to cozy up my home:

  • Have warm blankets easily available. I like to throw them on the furniture so they add some texture and warmth!
  • Start a fire! This is our very favorite way to warm up on a cold winter night!
  • Spend the evening doing a jigsaw puzzle together as a family.
  • Make popcorn on the stove and top with warm butter.
  • When the cold bug hits use Scotties tissues   for added comfort.

 

  • Simmer a big pot of chili on the stove all day.
  • Family game night!

As much as I’m ready for the warmth of spring, I love the cozy nights spent at home with my family, so I’m embracing these cold winter nights and all the sweet memories that go along with them!

Disclosure: This post is supported by Scotties.

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Gratitude

by Katie on November 21, 2016

Some seasons of life are hard and overwhelming  and marked with the reoccurring feeling of just trying to keep your head above water.  2016 has been that for me.  We put our house on the market. We sold our house. We moved into temporary housing while our new house was being built. Our sale of our old house hit many snags and almost feel through before finally closing over a month late. Those things are stressful and at the time were all consuming, but as I came to find out really did not matter that much.

On June 22 my dad was involved in a serious car accident.  This accident rocked our family like it has never been rocked before and tested our strength in unimaginable ways.  We are forever grateful for his miraculous recovery and perseverance. It is safe to say that an event like that shakes you and makes you reevaluate your priorities in your life.  I promised myself that I would no longer sweat the everyday annoyances of life  and I would look at the bigger picture and really appreciate all the small, but important moments that make life so sweet.  I will admit,  there are still unimportant things that really get under my skin, but overall those things just don’t matter anymore.  It turns out gratitude is such an amazing gift that has the power to really change so many aspects of your life.

Here are some of the little things that have been making me smile and bringing me joy.

  • Driving to work on rural roads while the sun is coming up.
  • Sitting on my front porch with a cup of coffee and a magazine while my kids play.
  • Watching my husband take pride and excitement in our new home and listening to his plans for the future.
  • My mornings spent at home with my littlest. He starts Kindergarten in the Fall and I know I will miss his constant chatter and movement.
  • Watching my Dad play catch with Drake.
  • The smell of pumpkin bread cooking in my oven.
  • Friends who show up. There is not a better feeling in the world than knowing your friends, every single one of them, just show up when you need them the most.
  • Facetime. Sometimes we just need to see EE’s face.
  • Sports talk with my oldest. He goes on and on and on. But it is important to him so it is absolutely important to me.
  • Knowing if I don’t know the answer to something, that my mom will. Like how much mashed potatoes I should make for Thanksgiving or where I should hang that picture.
  • Big soft blankets, a fire and a glass of wine.
  • Opening up and filling our house with the people we love.
  • The many pieces of art work I find scattered all across my kitchen island done by my tiny artist.
  • Free Target shipping.
  • The most loyal and lovable dog who holds a special place in our family’s heart.
  • Grandparents that know all my kid’s favorite foods and will make it every time they come over.
  • Twinkling lights on my fireplace.
  • A new -to- me big camera that is on it’s way to my house right now so I can keep capturing the little moments.
  • Planning an ice skating date with my big boy and knowing that he will still be proud to hold my hand around the rink.
  • Finding a new Grinch sweater for my Grinch loving Charlie.
  • My husband’s chili.
  • 90’s on 9 XM radio.
  • Waking up to a quiet, dark ,chilly house and filling it with the smell of coffee and the sunrise.
  • A night around our firepit roasting marshmallows with friends.
  • The anticipation of the holidays with little kids and how the traditions I worked so hard to make are now written on their heart.

14264830_840854733940_7968804206350418260_nUnfortuntly, this year, we found out the hard way that bad things happen to good people…bad things that you have absolutely no control over. But we also learned that we are all stronger than we ever knew we could be and are surround, near and far, by people who love us.

My heart is full and grateful, not just as I enter this season of joy and thanksgiving, but every single day.  The little moments in life really are the big moments that I never want to forget.

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