Vote for Your Favorite State Farm Neighborhood Assist Programs

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I’m so happy to have been asked to help spread the word about a fantastic initiative, the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Program. Each year, State Farm generously donates to nonprofits across the United States and Canada. State Farm Neighborhood Assist lets you help decide where the money should go.

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How It works:

First, Facebook users submit causes that they think deserve a $25,000 grant. Next, the State Farm Youth Advisory Board narrows down the submissions to the top 200 and pairs them with nonprofit organizations that can help make them happen. Finally, Facebook users vote to select the top 40. Each winning cause will receive a $25,000 grant, for a total of $1 million!

I grew up in Detroit and have experienced first hand how much of a need there is for community assistance programs like this one and how they can make a difference in the lives of neighborhoods, kids and families. Now, being a pet blogger and mom to rescue pup Daisy, I’ve also come to be more aware of all the causes supporting animal rights and protection. No matter what type of cause is most important to you, I think it’s so cool that State Farm has started this program and that they are asking all of us to get involved and help choose the grant winners who will receive these much needed funds!

How You Can Help:

Find and vote for your favorite State Farm Neighborhood Assist programs and encourage your friends to do the same. You can vote 10 times per day for any combination of worthy causes and you’ll find categories including Animals, Youth Job Training, Literacy, Community Beautification and lots more.

Here’s a PAW-tastic example of one of the winners from last year’s program. Paws Place Dog Rescue received a $25,000 grant from State Farm and used it to help purchase a much needed new van to transport their shelter dogs that needed to find new homes! Check out the video:

Visit the State Farm Neighborhood Assist website to learn more about the program. You’ve got til April 22nd to help support causes near you and/or that are near and dear to your heart. I’m headed over to vote for my personal favorites today and hope you’ll take a moment to do the same!

I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of State Farm and I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Celebrate Neighborhood Toy Store Day and Save 20% On Unique Toys Today Only!

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Neighborhood Toy Store Day

Today is Neighborhood Toy Store Day! It’s a great time to explore some great local shops and a support small business near you! Neighborhood Toy Stores are usually independently owned and carry unique items that you won’t find in the big chain stores. You’ll also find long-time favorites, like my pal Curious George!
Curious George plush toy

Since you probably have lots of little ones on your holiday shopping list, I thought you might like this deal from Magic Bean, a great neighborhood toy in the Boston area and their Online Toy Store for those who aren’t lucky enough to live near one of their locations:

Magic Bean is offering 20% OFF ALL TOYS on and in store on Saturday, November 10! Just make sure to use the Magic Beans coupon code TOYSTORE20 during checkout. When you buy toys from small companies like Magic Beans, you’re purchasing toys that are brimming with personality and play value!

elephant rock n ride toy

They’ve also got a great selection of Puzzles, Family Board Games, Strollers and more cool stuff for kiddos and families. Visit for Neighborhood Toy Store Day!
kids toys magic bean