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The Sarah Diaries: Thank YOU!!

As I’m sitting down to write this, I can’t help be automatically feel a little mushy. 2016 has been a rough year, but it’s also been an amazing one too. A roller coaster of emotions, success, and heartbreak. Marriages, babies, promotions, vacations, and checking off parts of your bucket list counters any of the sadness or loss that this year has brought.
When it really comes down to it, each of us can and should take a few minutes to pause and give thanks for even the smallest of things. Things like having an entire community to explore, discover, and call home in Michigan’s Great Southwest.
All 4 seasons, even if they do all happen the same week. ;-) Friends and family who support you, and offer a words of encouragement, a congratulatory hug, or a shoulder to cry on. New faces that were strangers last year, but are now key parts of your life.
Days with NOTHING on the agenda, and the most jam packed, when are we going to sleep, weeks of summer. Bonfires, cookouts, concerts, and the smell of a freshly mowed lawn. The first snowman of the year, and the way the snow glitters like a diamond.
Curling up to watch your favorite movie with your 2 or 4 legged kids. The way the kitchen smells when you’re baking your grandma’s famous pie.  The smell of the grapes right before harvest, and conversations that make you lose track of time.
Having a job that you love (or 2!) that connects you with listeners who’ve become a second family. For that, for all the above, for you, I’m thankful.
-Sarah
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The Sarah Diaries: How Soon Is Too Soon To Meet The Fam?

The Holiday Season can be stressful for multiple reasons. If you’re single, well, do I really need to explain? But being in a new and exciting relationship can bring all kinds of new stress to the party. How soon is too soon to introduce them to your family? What are the odds that you’ll still be together for the next big family holiday outing? (Because nothing says awkward like being asked what happened over and over by extended family – I speak from experience.) How do you determine who’s family you’re meeting first?... [Read Full Story]

The Sarah Diaries: Give Thanks & Pay It Forward

You might call it a random act of kindness, paying it forward, building up Karma points, or just giving thanks – whatever you decide to call it, this time of year brings out the best (at least I like to think so) in many of us. An opportunity to help our neighbors, coworkers, family, and friends.
Think about it, we are just over a week away from Thanksgiving! A day that’s filled with family, food, friends, football, and stretchy pants! Something we can all be thankful for!
What if though, through no fault of your own, you found yourself struggling to feed your children and yourself – not just on during the holiday, but every day? Where would you go? How would you find help?
That’s when we can all be a little more thankful for the Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency, and our sister station 97.5 Y-Country. This week marks the 20th Annual Stuff-A-Truck Foodraiser at Roger’s Foodland to help restock the pantry and the shelves of the SMCAA. They feed THOUSANDS of people, and families in Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren counties. Families that otherwise, might not have a chance to put food on the table. Families that could be your neighbor, friend, family member, coworker, etc… Truthfully, it’s more than just food they need. Take a second and think about ALL the things you use on a daily basis… toothpaste, detergent, deodorant, shampoo & conditioner, toilet paper, napkins, etc… I’ve included a sample list below.
This isn’t the only service the SMCAA provides, it’s also provides emergency assistance for past due utilities, rent and transportation, housing weatherization and energy education, a shelter for women and families, poverty simulation workshops, bridge out of poverty programs, and more!
If you have time, take a few minute and head to Roger’s Foodland this week, say hi to my friends at 97.5 Y-Country and the SMCAA, they’ll be there 6a-7p through Friday, and 8-10a on Saturday. Roger’s Foodland has pre-packaged bags you can purchase if you only have a few minutes, you can buy a few extra things while you’re grocery shopping, bring in in-date non-perishable food items & personal hygiene products, or donate money. It easy, and it goes a long way!
Suggested Items:
Baking products: Flour, salt, sugar, boxed mixes, baking powder/baking soda
Boxed Items: Cereal, oatmeal, mac & cheese, ramen
Canned Items: Soups, stews (with pull tab openers!), veggies, fruit
Personal products: Deodorant, toothpaste, detergent, dish soap, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, feminine products
Paper products: Toilet paper, napkins/paper towel, aluminum foil, plastic wrap
Baby products: DIAPERS!! Wipes, food & formula!! (These are the youngest members of these families – we can’t forget about them!)
To learn more about Stuff-A-Truck: 97.5 Y-Country, SMCAA
Gobble, Gobble!
-Sarah
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Create Your Own Holiday!

Did you know that there is a way that you can create your own Holiday? Whether it is National Stay in Bed and Sleep with No Penalty at Work Day, National Your Beautiful Day or Jonny & Meagan Appreciation Day. Whatever the holiday may be, all you have to do is go to NationalDayCalendar.com and submit a holiday suggestion.... [Read Full Story]