Group donates 20,000 Pound of Baby Clothes
Lisa Klein, an Oakland mother of two and the founder and executive director of Loved Twice, will be featured on the Today Show at 9 a.m. today, July 8 for collecting more than 20,000 pounds of baby clothing for mothers in need. She was honored by Major League Baseball earlier this week when she tossed out the first pitch at an Oakland A’s game. She will also be honored by People Magazine and MLB at the 2010 MLB All-Star Game in Anaheim at 8 p.m. on July 13. The game will be live on FOX at 2 p.m. In addition, one of the 30 community leaders honored by MLB, will be featured in the July 19 issue of People, which will be on newsstands next week. Allnewsnoblues.com sat down with Klein to find out how she does this amazing work.
ANNB: How did you come up with the idea for Loved Twice?
LK: After receiving more than 5,000 pounds of baby clothes in the first year, I decided to officially turn my clothing drive into a nonprofit. When I did this I was overwhelmed with the generosity of help that people offered. People from many backgrounds: web designers, lawyers, drivers, copywriters helped out and a contact at a naming company came up with the name Loved Twice and made sure it was legally available.
ANNB: Explain the process you go through for collecting clothes?
LK: The baby clothing is donated by members of the community, who leave items in Loved Twice collection bins located throughout the Bay Area. Check www.lovedtwice.org for exact locations. Loved Twice collects, sorts, and distributes free baby clothing to underprivileged mothers and their babies. We partner with case managers at local hospitals, shelters, prenatal clinics, safe homes, and other nonprofit organizations serving at-risk, low-income, and underserved mothers. Each mother receives a box with approximately 75 items, including clothing for sizes 0-12 months, coats, blankets, socks, shoes, a book and a small, safe toy.
ANNB: How many pounds of clothes have you donated and how do you know this number is correct?
LK: Loved Twice has donated more than 20,000 pounds of baby clothes to newborns in need. We know this is an exact number because we weigh each and every box before it was delivered.
ANNB: Who are the mothers you are serving?
LK: I know that most of the women are uninsured, unemployed, have no father figure involved in the babies lives. Some even go straight from the hospital with their baby to a shelter.
ANNB: How many hours a wee do you put into the nonprofit?
LK: I work between 25 and 40 hours per week, depending on the amount of donations that are collected.
ANNB: How did MLB/People magazine find out about you?
LK: I received a grant from the Oakland A’s earlier this year. Shortly after, they asked if they could they could nominate me for the People All-Stars Among Us award. This was a national voting contest with more than 1.7 million votes among the 30 contestants. I was the winner on behalf of the Oakland A’s. One of the 30 will have a chance to be in People Magazine. My fingers are crossed that this will be me.
ANNB: How did you promote the vote drive?
LK: I took the opportunity to tell everyone I knew about the contest. Friends, neighbors, Loved Twice volunteers, national moms’ groups and pregnancy blogs. Facebook was a wonderful social media tool as friends could share the voting link with others.
ANNB: How do you feel about winning?
LK: I am on cloud 9. It is such a wonderful opportunity to showcase our nonprofit.
ANNB: What do you think the future holds for Loved Twice?
LK: I would like to see Loved Twice getting bigger locally. With funding, we would be able to expand to counties surrounding Oakland. Our website gives step by step instructions how others can start their own clothing drive in their own community. I am eager to see how far our concept can expand nationally.
ANNB: How can people help:
LK: Visit our website, www.lovedtwice.org to find out where to donate baby clothes. Monatary donations can be made via our secure website or mailed to: Loved Twice, 4123 Broadway, Suite 815 Oakland, CA 94611. Even a $10 donation can help with the smallest of our current needs: packing tape.---KB
Losing Weight, Finding Jeans That Work
Last week my weight stayed the same and I'm fine with that. I'm holding steady at 45.9 pounds lost. I worried for a moment about the flat week bringing my weekly average down, but I can't beat myself up over it.
A rare occurrence happened last week at the law firm where I work – jeans day! I know jeans are very common in offices these days, but at my firm jeans are forbidden except for the rare occasion, such as the Friday before a long holiday.
I started obsessing about what jeans to wear early in the week even though I knew I didn't have to buy new jeans. I just wasn't sure which of my jeans would fit and look flattering.
I also worried that some of my jeans may be out of style since I haven't fit into them in three years. I woke up extra early last Friday morning to dig out the jeans and try them all on. I tried about 15 different pairs in different sizes, different cuts and different washes.
Of the 15, three pairs still don’t fit. Those pairs were snug around the waist and created a "muffin top," an unsightly circle of bulge hanging over the jeans around my midsection. Another three pairs were in a very light wash, a look that I believe has gone out of style. Three pairs were actually too big and I moved them to the "donate" pile.
The two remaining were:
1) "Boot Cut" jeans from the GAP with a slightly distressed finish
2) Dark, "Straight Cut" from Ann Taylor Loft.
Although my partner, Jeff, voted for the GAP jeans, I chose the Ann Taylor Loft pair instead. They are a little dressier and more appropriate for the office. (See for yourself in the pics above) I chose a high wedge shoe to give me that long lean look.
I love jeans and I'm happy to be able to wear them comfortably.
Meanwhile, as I approach the 50-pound mark, I made a plan to celebrate the milestone as it falls on my mom's birthday in mid-July. I have about two weeks and 4.1 pounds to lose. Do you think I can do it? Tune in to see if I reach my goal. –AV
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This week I lost .5 pounds for a total of 45.9 pounds lost. Although .5 is not a huge amount to lose, I'm satisfied with it because I was on vacation all last week. During my last vacation, I gained some pounds that stayed with me for two months.
Meanwhile, I checked out the WW newsletter we received at this week's meeting. There are always inspirational articles and recipes in the publication so I make sure to read it from cover to cover. I eyed the "Grilled Veggie Pocket with Fresh Herb Pesto" recipe with interest and because of the huge amount of fresh basil that is growing on my back porch. I decided to give it a shot and it was delicious and filling. I tallied points for all the ingredients (despite my using only half the pesto and half the veggies) and this sandwich is only 3 points.
Here's the recipe:
Grilled Veggie Pocket with Fresh Herb Pesto
1 c. thinly sliced red onion
1 small zucchini, cut into thin strips
1/4 c. packed fresh basil leaves
1/2 garlic clove
1 T. reduced-fat grated Parmesan cheese
2 T Weight Watchers Plain Yogurt (can substitute Dannon fat free)
1/4 t. lemon juice
2 t pine nuts
1 Weight Watchers 100% Whole Wheat Pita Pocket, toasted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Arrange red onion and zucchini in a single layer across baking sheet; season with salt and pepper. Roast until vegetables soften, about 25 minutes. Remove from heat promptly and set aside to cool slightly.
Meanwhile, to make the pesto, combine basil leaves, garlic, cheese, and yogurt in a food processor and pulse on medium-high speed until smooth and well blended. Transfer mixture to medium bowl and stir in lemon juice and pine nuts. Add vegetables and toss to coat. Spoon vegetable-pesto mixture into a pita pocket, wrap securely in foil, and take it with you. Yields one sandwich with 1 T pesto. Enjoy. See you next week. -AV
Discover Affordable Maui
Maui has been the top island on Conde Nast Traveler's list of reader favorites 15 out of the last 16 years, and for good reason. Maui is steeped in history, beauty and possesses the best beaches to be found anywhere. Think you can't afford all this? Think again.With new, well priced direct flights from the Bay Area and a little creative planning, you can have it all. So give up the cheesy luaus, the packed tour buses and all the things that break the bank and experience the Maui of your dreams these ten ways:Rent a condoAfter staying in hotels for years all over the island, we rented a condo. Our hosts, Leon and Gail own four units in Wailea and treat you like family. At ours, "Treetop", we were greeted with an Aloha note on the door and were serenaded each morning by tropical birds. It was bliss from there on out. The condo not only supplied a kitchenette where we could enjoy our own breakfast and Kona coffee, but was stocked with beach chairs, umbrellas and a cooler. Every day we packed a lunch with treats from a local farmers market and saved enough money to enjoy great dinners every night.www.waileaescape.comVisit UpcountryA trifecta of Upcountry towns, Makawao, Pukalani and Kula offer ocean breezes, unbelievable views and a feeling like being in Napa or Santa Barbara. The main street in Makawao, once a cowboy town, is home to art galleries, restaurants and a bakery right out of the 1930s. We watched a glass blower at work and strolled with home made lemonade. Situated on the slopes of Haleakala, this area is the Maui of days gone by.Enjoy a cocktail at a Wailea resortWith all the money that could be saved by not having to pay for breakfast and lunch, put on your best Aloha shirt and splurge for a Mai Tai and appetizers at the Four Seasons or Grand Wailea Resort. The service is top notch and for one evening you'll live like the other half lives. There is nothing more romantic than sunset here.Go with Pacific Whale Foundation's Eco AdventuresThis organization's snorkel dives and whale watching are the best on the island. Not your typical outing where you may see more flippers than fish, their environmental guides are knowledgeable and they can take you to locations off limits to other companies. All profits are donated to local environmental groups, so not only do you have fun; you help preserve the underwater beauty for future generations.www.pacificwhale.orgFeel the manaTo Hawaiians, mana describes all manner of the supernatural or divine power. Iao Valley is the place in Maui where this is most apparent. Once a place of political importance and a site to honor the gods with sacrifices, the name means "supreme light" and is named in honor of the god Iao. One of the most beautiful spots on the island, Iao Valley is four miles west of Wailuku. Come very early or very late in the day as the light hitting the pinnacles at these hours give it an ethereal glow.Volunteer on vacationAn idea that's catching on worldwide, this is the most rewarding way to vacation. It doesn't cost you a penny and you'll go home with great memories. Volunteers may work with locals and visit off the beaten track locations. Whether picking up trash on the beach or pulling invasive weeds, you'll see areas off limits to the general public. A typical day consists of a one hour orientation and about three hours of work. Call (808) 249-8811 (ext 1).Go stand up paddlingEasier and less taxing than surfing, stand up paddling has gained a huge following since it was invented about 60 years ago. It's not complicated and in the early mornings when the wind is down, the sea is like glass. Keep an eye out for sea turtles, colorful fish and the occasional monk seal while you enjoy this peaceful sport. Instruction and rentals are available all over the island.Learn about MolokaiMaui is unique of all the Hawaiian Islands in that other islands are very close by and accessible. A day trip to Molokai is an adventure you won't soon forget. There are no stop lights and you can drive for miles without seeing a soul. Take a mule ride to Kalaupapa National Historical Park, separated from the rest of the island by a 2,000 foot wall of green mountains. In the late 1800s Father Damian treated victims of Hansen's disease (leprosy) here and in 2009 was canonized for his work. The park contains over 300 historical buildings and 1000 grave markers.Head for a wineryTodeschi Winery is Maui's only vineyard and one of only two in the whole state. Located 2,000 feet up the slopes of Haleakala, the main cottage dates from 1874. There are wine tastings and you'll have the chance to bring home a very special Maui souvenir.Life's a beachWith over 80 beaches, Maui has one tailor made for you. From sunning to sitting under a palm tree with a book, from snorkeling to body surfing, there is a beach that's just right. Walk along the stretch of sand at Kaanapali or Big Beach, or climb over lava flows to a pristine hidden cove. There are beaches for kids and sandcastles or secret areas that are clothing optional. Just don't forget the sunscreen.For more great ideas on Maui:www.101thingstodo.comwww.visitmaui.comwww.maui-info.com-SEW