Sunday, September 30, 2007

Adoption Fundraising

This is my first post to my blog about our journey in the adoption process. We are currently in the process of adopting internationally from the Philippines. The overall process from time of application to time of travel to meet our child is approximately 28 months. We started our application process at the beginning of May 2007. We have completed our Homestudy and sent off our Dossier paperwork several weeks ago. We are hoping to hear by the end of December that we are officially on the country list of approved applicants. We are okay with this long time frame (well I say this now, but may change my mind) for several reasons. We have two little girls under the age of 3. By the time we receive a referal and child assignment, our girls will be 5 and 3. Our child will most likely be between the age of 1-2. We wanted to have at least a year between the ages of our children. We also needed the extra time to save money for all of adoption fees. So this brings about the topic of my blog post, Adoption Fundraising. Over the last month, I have been on the internet searching for adoption fundraising ideas, adoption grants and loans. I have researched and found many interesting ideas, but now I need to come up with a plan and get busy implementing some of them.

I found a great Squidoo lens about the adoption financing. The author of this lens has organized several lists and included links to Adoption Financing Websites, Grants & Loans, Families with Fundraising Webpages, and other general fundraising links.

I also came across ChipIn is a free online site that allows you to easily collect money from others. ChipIn is used for a variety of fundraising themes. Your purpose of the ChipIn account could be to collect money for a certain adoption fee (homestudy, dossier, or country fee). You set a goal amount that you are trying to raise and a date to be accomplished. The ChipIn widget can be placed on your website or blog and then people are able to log in and donate to your cause. You could share the link with people from church, work or relatives.

I have also recently joined an Adoption Fundraising forum group on The owner of the group, Miki aka Adoptionsong is very inviting. She is active in the group and responds quickly to any posts. She has a fantastic fundraiser going for her upcoming adoption. She has a website called where they sell downloads of her husband's adoption song called "Waiting" for $1.50. I think this is one of the most creative fundraising ideas that I have seen yet. The song will be a neat keepsake for their child. The group is fairly new so there aren't many members yet, but it would be a great place to join if you would like to talk about raising money for your adoption. Please visit the forum group at

As for me, my biggest fundraising effort is my Ebay store, The Sugar Bean's Closet. I primarily sell both new and gently used baby and children's clothing and toys. I have been working very hard to stock my store full of items ready for purchase. This has helped us to fund some of our early fees such as the homestudy and dossier.
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Please feel free to comment! I would love to hear from others about their adoption fundraisers. There are so many children in the world who need a loving home and so many parents who long for a child. The expensive adoption fees sometimes stand in the way of making a family dream come true. Hopefully, some of these ideas will help inspire you to your journey of adoption.

PS - The Making Of A Mom blog is having an Adoption Blog Carnival. A carnival is a great way to meet fellow bloggers. The topic is Adoption. If you have an adoption blog post that you would like to share please enter it at this link Please join in on the fun October 1st to find a list of some great adoption blogs.

Here is the compiled list of all participants in the Adoption Carnival.
There are some fantastic reads. Don't miss out!

Friday, September 28, 2007

Blog Rush - Drive Traffic to Your Blog

I am so excited to have found BLOG RUSH. Blog Rush is a free online service that sends traffic to your blog. It is a new concept, but I think it will take off and become one of the hottest online traffic driving resources available for the blogging community. I just signed up today. Be sure to check out my Blogsphere Widget box on the left side of my blog. This box contains recent posts from other bloggers with the same overall topic (Work at Home) as my blog. You can also check it out by clicking on this link I have already been having fun searching through the links and finding blogs I would probably never have seen otherwise.

This is a letter that I just received from the founder of Blog Rush . It was sent out to members today. I think he is extremely dedicated to making his product succeed.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Make Money Selling On Ebay

Wanting to be able to stay at home while my two girls are young, I needed to find a way to help out financially. Ebay has allowed me to follow my dream of being able to achieve this. The At Home Auction Moms website has been an instrumental tool in allowing me to take my selling to the next level and achieve my Ebay selling goals. To find out more about this fantastic website forum group please click on the link below. If you have any questions about it, please let me know as I have been an active member for over a year.

At Home Auction Moms Website Info

Click here to learn how to make $$ selling on eBay!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Pumpkin Decorating

I was so excited to receive my October edition of Parents magazine in the mail this past week and to have found a whole section on Halloween decor ideas and pictures. I just love the Halloween holiday. I traded in the traditional carving of the pumpkins for an All Dressed Up version. We picked out several different sized pumpkins this past weekend and decided to decorate our front door pumpkins with a variety of craft supplies and dress-up items. My oldest daughter and I spent the evening dressing our pumpkins. We had such a great time. She was so proud of her cute pumpkins and easily posed for a picture beside them.

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So tonight, I have been online browsing Halloween topic blogs. I found a Halloween Costume Giveaway contest on "Twomomsinablog" has teamed up with Halloween Mart for the costume giveaway. Since I absolutely love the Halloween holiday, I just can't pass up this contest. Part of the contest requires me to pick my favorite costume from their site At first I thought this would be an easy task. I can't believe the selection of costumes and accessories they carry from infant/child -adult sizes. Now almost an hour later, I think I have finally narrowed it down to my favorite. Both of my daughters love Curious George and when I first saw this costume I immediately thought of them. My favorite is the MONKEY SEE TODDLER costume. Absolutely Adorable!

If I were to be the lucky contest winner chosen to win the $100 gift certificate I would use it towards purchasing my husband and I's Halloween costumes for our 2nd annual upcoming Halloween party in October. I am thinking we would make a great pirate couple! Ahoy, Mate!

Cool Contest -Win Free Prizes!

"Twomomsinablog" have teamed up with their Birthday Parties sister site and are hosting a fun contest, with a chance to win some great prizes.

Prizes include:

* A fabulous make your own stuffed animal kit from valued at $20.00
*3 month gift subscription to Menu Planning Central $60 valueMenu Planing Central is the premier all inclusive Menu Planning Website Online.They also offer an excellent complimentary Menu Planning Basics Report free at
* A gorgeous leatherette photo book that you make from your digital birthday photos compliments of valued at $50.00
* 10 handmade thank you notes provided by valued at $20.00
That’s over $150 worth of prizes! Eeeeek! Spread the word!
But here’s the best part! Everyone who officially enters the contest will receive a $5 coupon code toward a free animal from

Even if you don't enter the contest, it is a great site to visit. Who doesn't love birthday parties??

Good luck!!!