Read and Make an Impact with Simplicity and Savings #ImpactEzine

At the end of May, I shared with you a guest post from fellow Global Team of 200 members, Lisa Van Engan and Amy Sullivan, for a Philanthropy Friday. They talked about how they joined their shared passion for making a difference by launching an Ezine called Impact.

I’m happy to share with you the hot off the press summer issue of Impact today. This issue is all about living simply and saving while also leaving space for giving back.

I was honored to be asked to contribute to this issue as well. You can find me talking about monthly giving on pages 12 and 13. As a contributor, I had the opportunity to read through the Ezine over the weekend. I can tell you that there are some great tips in there!

Read the summer 2014 issue of Impact with Simplicity and Savings

Cover photography by Mickie DeVries

Cover photography by Mickie DeVries

If you missed the guest post from Lisa and Amy, you can read it here.

Do you have any tips for simplicity and savings to add?

Philanthropy Friday: Making an Impact Through Collaboration

Each Friday, the another jennifer blog shares stories of those who incorporate philanthropy into their everyday lives – personally and professionally – in a creative and unique way. If you have a story you’d like to share, please contact Jennifer. You can view past posts from the series here.

This following article is a guest post submitted by fellow Global Team of 200 members Lisa Van Engen and Amy Sullivan.

Amy Sullivan

Amy Sullivan. Word lover. Book devourer. Music addict. Amy drinks sweet tea, turns her nose up at okra, and attempts to tell her daughters “yella” isn’t a color. Amy’s first book on generous living will release this fall.

Lisa Van Engan

Lisa Van Engen is a writer who has found the deepest moments in her life rooted in times of service. She lives on near Lake Michigan with her family and loves the beach and books.

Amy and Lisa met a few years ago through The Global Team of 200. Last fall they joined their shared passion for making a difference by launching an Ezine called Impact.


Their first Ezine Impact with Crafts featured twelve ideas for making an impact with crafting. Twelve bloggers shared their creations from welcome to the neighborhood cards and writing love letters to superhero capes for children with life-threatening illness.

Amy and Lisa love to gather like-minded writers, bloggers and photographers to collaborate. Shared ideas and collaboration make service a viable option even in the midst of demanding schedules. They especially try to feature ideas that would be possible to complete as a family.

There are so many ways to make an impact and by bringing ideas together in a free, easy to access form, they hope to inspire readers to serve, as well as deepen their community of those who care about making a difference. Combined efforts multiply the reach of service even further. We can benefit from the expertise, gifts and passions of others. Impact provides another platform for those make a difference voices they love so much.

Amy and Lisa believe you can touch the world in a way no one else can, in small and big ways. They hope Impact encourages you to serve and give generously.

This summer they will share the second ezine Impact with Saving and Simple Living.

Are you interested in being part of a future Impact? Send them a note. They would love to hear from you!

Amy L. Sullivan blogs at Amy L. Sullivan.  You can contact her at

Lisa Van Engen blogs at About Proximity. You can contact her at

Join Me to #FightToxins

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Seventh Generation, but the text, thoughts and worries are my own. 

I do my best to shop consciously. I often consider the impact my purchases will make on the environment and my own health.

Since becoming a mom, I’ve become far more aware of the dangers that lurk in the simple things we use every day, such as the chemicals in household cleaners. There are certain brands that make me feel sick after I’ve used them. I don’t use those brands anymore, but it makes me wonder what the heck was in those bottles.

Being in charge of my two boys’ lives is something I don’t take lightly. While I can’t keep them in a bubble (darn it), I can pay attention to what they are exposed to.

Did you know?


We’ve all heard of the dangers of Bisphenol A (BPA), but what about the chemicals we don’t hear about? I was surprised to find out that more than 80,000 chemicals available in the United States have never been fully tested for their toxic effects on our health and environment. 80,000!

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was passed in 1976, and unlike other major environmental laws, has never been updated.  I was born in 1976. That’s a long time to leave such an important law dormant. Because of the lack of action, tens of thousands of potentially harmful chemicals continue to be used in the marketplace without proper testing and without disclosure by the companies that produce them.

What’s the risk?


Exposure to toxic chemicals can cause a whole host of health problems. Scientists have linked exposure to toxic chemicals to Cancer, Alzheimer’s, learning disabilities, asthma, birth defects, and various reproductive problems.

What you can do: Demand that Congress reevaluate the Toxic Substances Control Act for the first time since 1976 

I signed the petition for safer chemicals and asked Congress to hold companies responsible for the safety of the ingredients they use. I hope you will join me.

With your help, Seventh Generation will spread awareness about the 37 year-old TSCA and start conversations about how it fails to protect the health of the general public. The goal is for the “Toxin Freedom Fighters” to deliver 100,000 signatures to Congress on April 30, 2014. I hear we are getting close!

In addition to signing the petition, you can also help spread the word about the #FightToxins campaign through your social media network. Seventh Generation has some great images you can share on their website.

Will you join me to #FightToxins and help spread the word? 

For additional background on the TSCA, visit this website.

I wrote this post as part of the Global Team of 200, a highly specialized group of Mom Bloggers for Social Good members who focus on maternal health, children, hunger, and women and girls. It is part of a 24-hour blog carnival. You can read more newborn health posts on the Global Team of 200 site.

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