on being thankful

It's been a busy week; lots of running around, last minute holiday errands, a feverish pressure to get things done in my professional life before the holiday. I know I'm not alone in my pre-holiday fervor. The rest of the world is right there with me. They are packing shopping carts full of the makings of holiday meals, snatching up holiday decor (ALREADY?!!), searching the aisles of the liquor store for a lovely wine to accompany a turkey feast, buttoning up hard you wish you never met this woman cases! It's hard to keep our minds and hearts on the important part of this week; the being thankful part. If nothing else, my professional life reminds me daily that the most important things are family and health. If I have my family and we all have our health, the rest of it is gravy (har!).

Sadly, not all families are as fortunate. Some are coping with an incomprehensible illness I have trouble even imagining. I can't think of many things more devastating than a sick child, except not being able to afford the care your child needs. I see those the ads for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ® , they make me tear up, and though I haven't needed them myself, I'm grateful they are there. I'm supporting St. Jude Thanks and Giving® Campaign this holiday season. The amazing Ruckus Media Group has partnered to support this campaign and you can make a difference for families coping with immeasurable challenges this holiday season.

If your kids are like my kids, they are already big Ruckus Media Group fans. Spot the Dot, huge hit in the McCashew household. The Velveteen Rabbit, beloved by all. I could listen to Meryl Streep read that book all day. I might like it even more than Caroline.



During the St. Jude Thanks and Giving® Campaign, all Ruckus Media Group apps are being offered at the incredible sale price of just 1.99. All proceeds from the sales of any Rabbit Ears classic interactive storybook app will be donated to the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign from now until December 31st. There are some great titles, all read by names you know. Caroline is into memorizing the plots of books and "reading" the books herself. This format is perfect for that and she enjoys the stunning illustrations. Here's some Black Friday shopping I can get behind. It's a deal and it makes a difference.


I'm downloading 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. It's a perfect holiday addition to our iPad and destined to be a favorite all year round. I can't wait to record myself reading it aloud for the kids and maybe later this season a certain pre-reader will record a bit herself!  I'll be donating the difference in the sale price to St. Jude's and then some. If you want to do the same, you can make a donation directly to the St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign or by calling 1-800-4STJUDE.

I don't do sponsored posts. I was not given any compensation, nor anything free for this message. It is simply the right thing to do. Buy an app for the kids in your life. Comment below and let me know which app you downloaded and I will match your donation to St. Jude Thanks and Giving® Campaign. (Steve's blood pressure just skyrocketed reading that.) It's a season of hustle and bustle and overwhleming stress at times. It's a season to be thankful for the important things and to make a difference however we can.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Kerry,
    I don't have anything onto which I can download an app (hopefully getting an IPad for Christmas though!). But I did make my own donation directly to St. Jude's (only $15). So, if you want to match, feel free to match that! This was a great post!

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