Disclosure: I am proud to collaborate with the Arbor Day Foundation on this sponsored post. And as ALWAYS, all opinions are mine.
Lots of friends and family call me Ms. Bah Humbug. When it comes to the holidays, I’m not a big fan. The reality is that I think people have lost sight of what the spirit of the season is about and I hate the over-commercialization. I don’t want to see Christmas stuff in the stores in August! We live in a society that is all about accumulating stuff for the sake of stuff and I want a return to giving, gratitude, and grace.
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What I am passionate about is the state of our natural world. Spending 18 months on the road visiting countless parks and forests really drove it home how important it is to focus a bit of attention on our trees. Our fragile trees. It’s not just the damage from man but also natural disasters that make re-planting trees essential. Every living thing that breathes oxygen needs trees to survive.
I was lucky enough to grow up in places like Kentucky, Virginia, Washington state where we lived by or were surrounded by trees. I have many fond memories of walking through and playing in the trees. But I didn’t grow up wanting to be a forest ranger, in fact, I wanted to be the first female president! My appreciation for trees is something that Mr. Misadventures imparted on me when we started dating.
We spent a lot of time in Monterey and Big Sur when we were first together and trees were always in the background. For our first year anniversary, I created a book of photos of trees that I had taken throughout the year with quotes. Wherever we travel we are attracted by trees, may it be the redwoods of California, the tree-lined Tuscan roads, or beautiful French allées.
The Arbor Day Foundation was founded in 1972, on the 100th anniversary of the first Arbor Day, celebrated every year on the last Friday in April. They are the largest nonprofit dedicated to planting trees and they provide opportunities all year round to donate via cards and certificates. However, there is no better time than the holiday season to remind people that our trees need our help. Who needs a 3rd pair of black boots when you can #LoveTrees instead.
The process is EASY.
For Holiday Give-A-Tree Cards:
- Select a Holiday card
- Select Custom Imprinting to customize the card and add your own message/image
- Choose Quantity
- Enter text in up to 4 lines
- Choose customized Image (optional)
- Choose whether to buy Return Address Envelopes
- Save and Preview
- Click “Preview Poof as pdf” to download a draft
- Check box to proof draft
- Add to Cart o Select Quantity
- Click “Check Out”
- Follow the Checkout Process
Your cards are shipped (for FREE in November and December) within 5 business days.
And when they arrive? It is a pleasure to address each card knowing that you have contributed to a healthier planet while making someone's holiday season brighter.
For Trees in Celebration Certificates:
- Choose the forest in which you’d like these trees to be planted.
Currently, there are 2 forests that really need your help: Chippewa National Forest and Klamath National Forest. I spent 5 weeks on the Oregon coast and 5 months in Portland. During both those trips Mr. Misadventures and I enjoyed beautiful hikes, sunrises, and sunsets in the national forest and I am devastated by the damage that it sustained in their latest wildfire. So for that reason, I am choosing the Klamath National Forest.
- Select the number of trees you want to have planted
- Enter “In Honor of”, “This gift is in celebration of”, “And was made possible by”
- Save and preview
- Click “Preview Proof as pdf” to download the preview
- Click the checkbox to approve
- Add to Shopping Cart
- Click “Check Out”
- Follow the Checkout Process
The certificate ships (for FREE in November and December) to your address within 5 days.
You can sign them and then hand them over to your friends or family. I'm holding onto the one I created for my grandmother and I will put it on her grave when I visit.
Since this is a physical good, a tangible representation of your donation, please don’t wait until the last minute. Get ahead of your holiday shopping and card giving by placing your order for the Holiday Give-A-Tree cards or the Trees in Celebration Certificates today. Giving to charity is so important and gratifying, consider this a new holiday habit that you can maintain throughout the year starting now!
Get outside. Plant trees. Hug trees. Love trees. Save trees.
How about you? Have you transitioned from gift giving to charitable giving? Do share! I'd love to hear about causes that are important to you!
But wait! There is a giveaway! Follow these instructions for a chance to win a Give-A-Tree Card Holiday 10-Pack worth $39.95.
(1) Head over to my Instagram feed and check out THIS post.
(2) Follow the giveaway information in my Instagram post. All the giveaway rules are listed there as well.
(3) Come back and mark the Rafflecopter below complete!
The giveaway takes place between Nov. 12 – Dec.3, 2018. Open to US residents ONLY.
The winner will be chosen within 48-hours after December 3 and will be contacted via email by Fourstarzz Media.
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