Lending A Helping Hand!

Hi sweet friends :)
Did you have a wonderful weekend?! I hope you did!

LAST WEEK! Reality is totally sinking in and I have a lot
to share with you guys as far as my plans for after graduation.
So you'll have to check back in tomorrow to hear all about that!

If you're new here and don't know what Smell the Roses is,
no worries! You can find out all that you need to know right here.

Last week's task was to meet a need.
I was thinking about what I was going to do & I prayed that God would
give me an opportunity to meet a specific need.
I planned on buying a few items and putting together a little survival kit for 
a homeless person BUT something else was thrown my way.

My best friend's mom (Mrs. Kelly) sent me an event invitation on Facebook
and normally I don't even check those...I get so many from when I used to be
in a sorority (don't judge ha!), but I checked hers and I'm glad that I did.

Mrs. Kelly has one of the biggest hearts ever & I know that since this
cause is very close to heart that I want to help support it!

Here's what she said about The Mystic Foundation:

"This foundation was created in honor of a BRAVE LITTLE GUY, Super Sal. Sal was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma Cancer at just 4 years of age. On March 19, 2011, after a very long and torturous 3 1/2 years, Sal lost his battle to Neuroblastoma. This horrific form of Childhood Cancer took his precious life at the age of 7. NO child should have to endure the pain and suffering that he experienced! That is why I am asking you to open up your generous hearts and contribute in his memory, so we can continue on with his fight."

Mrs. Kelly participated in a walkathon on Sunday to help raise
support/awareness for this cause. She sent me a few pictures from
it and I loved how this one turned out.

So I donated to this cause last week!
It didn't take much time at all, but it did make me slow down 
and think about how blessed I am and how I need to make 
the effort to reach out and help those who are in need.

If you want to help fund this cause, shoot me an email
and I'll get you hooked up with Kelly! Sal's mom has already
said thank you :) She appreciates anyone taking the time to learn about his story.

Did you take a little bit of time to meet a need last week?
It could be anything! If you did, I'd love to come read about it :)
Grab a button and link up with me!


Make a mix CD for someone.

Please tell me that I'm not the only one who used to get crazy excited when someone
made me a mix CD?! I used to think it was the most thoughtful thing ever. Because let's be
honest...a lot of thought goes into choosing the perfect songs that represent the
relationship you have with whoever you're making the CD for. Not to mention having to
put the songs in the perfect order so that it flows the right way. In high school, my girlfriends
& I had to make a mix CD before we did anything: a beach trip, a school dance, 
a road trip to the outlet malls...we made mix CDs for any & every occasion. 
So I think it would be fun for us to make a mix CD for someone this week!

I can't leave you guys hanging without any pictures so here is one of 
the outfits that I wore this weekend :)

My new white jeans, a mint v-neck & purple toes!
Perfect casual outfit.

Shirt: Target
Jeans: LOFT 
Sandals: LOFT
Necklace & Bangle : Forever 21

AND because I just adore you guys so much...
(and because Hollie is awesome)
here's a little giveaway!

One person will win a small ad on my blog for the month of May
and another person will win a large ad on Hollie takes Notes for the month of May.
Hollie has the Rafflecopter up on her blog, too!

We'll announce the winners on Friday!
Good luck :)

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  1. You are so cute - so sweet of you to donate, what an awesome cause! Happy last week of school! And oh my goodness - I haven't made or received a mix CD in YEARS - what a fun idea. Have a great day Jess :)

    The Other Side of Gray

  2. I love your blog and your ideas. I dont know how to make CDs but I hope to participate soon!

  3. Aw, so sweet! Love your shoes!

  4. So funny you said this because I was going to make a mix cd this week to send to my secret blog buddy. I also need to make one for the boyfriend because out anniversary is coming up. We used to make mix Cd's for everything to. Is it just me or was a mix CD that someone else made always so much better than one you made yourself lol.

  5. Love your casual outfit, so cute!

    I LOVE me some mix cd's! My friends and I used to do the same. Also, if we were some where and heard some songs, we'd have to go home immediately and make a cd and learn every word to the song! Haha! Miss those days.

    Great post today :)

  6. What great timing to find that cause at this time! Very cool!

    So in love with the mint and purple. And I have that shirt in lilac! Twins? Lol I'm so excited to meet you! I was thinking thurs? I get in late tues night (may1) wed I have an allergy appointment and hair cut :-) thurs is free, fri is my party and yours, and sat I'm gonna just stay home with my folks lol

    P.s. I can help you study if you need me to! Lol have a good Monday!

  7. My plan to help meet someone's need fell through this week, but I really enjoyed reading about other people's successes! I totally plan to make a mix CD for next week :)

    PS - I adore those jeans from LOFT! Super cute!
    Happy Monday!

  8. Congratulations on being soooo close to graduation! Best feeling in the world :-)

  9. I have no idea how to make a CD! I think i'll have to google it lol xx

  10. you're amazing.. to find a cause (which you always do!), and spread the love! that's why you're superb!!

    love the white and mint... they're paired great together and on you of course :) Come on SUMMER!!!

  11. Super cute outfit! And the charity is precious! Happy Monday to you! And CONGRATS on your last week! :)

  12. Love that you donated! And can I have your tan please and thank you? :)

  13. This is such a great foundation <3

    &your outfit is simply amazing!

  14. 1. So excited for you! Graduating is the best feeling in the world! :) 2. Sounds like a great founation! 3. I love your casual outfit! Loft is one of the best stores in the world! :)

  15. Congrats on your last week of school! Can't wait to hear your big plans! And girl I will always get excited about a mixed cd...always!

  16. what a sad story - i can't imagine but so neat what they are doing. and super cute outfit - love the mint tee!

  17. What a great cause! Thank god there are people like you and Mrs Kelly out there so causes like this can have a voice. you rock!


    Queen of mix cd's. Be prepared for the best STR eveahhhh.



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