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Cute Animals Boost Productivity!

October 15, 2012
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We knew it! Time spent oohing and aahhing over sleeping kittens or kitty on the prowl is time well spent! According to a study on work performance out of Japan  Looking at cute animals, say researchers at Hiroshima University, whether they’re actual kittens or cartoon characters like Pikachu, creates positive feelings that translate to increased friendliness and productivity.

Kawaii (cute things) things not only make us happier, but also affect our behavior,” wrote research team head and cognitive psychologist Hiroshi Nittono. “This study shows that viewing cute things improves subsequent performance in tasks that require behavioral carefulness, possibly by narrowing the breadth of attentional focus.”

Start your week off with a boost of productivity -and share this with your friends!

 

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Delegate! It Will Make You Happy ;)

March 26, 2012
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Need a kick start to your day, week, month? First we’d like to you have you start off with smile …(hint, click the word smile). Why? well, there are are proven healthy benefits for those who can start the day with a giggle.

To continue the good feeling – we wanted to share a study Real Simple Magazine did on women and work life balance.  Editor Kristin van Ogtrop wrote about in her blog. Basically, the magazine commissioned a national study with the nonprofit Families and Work Institute, and surveyed 3,230 women ages 25 to 54 nationwide to better understand the relationship women have with time.

The result:  55 percent of the women were happier when they delegated tasks (like cleaning, pet or kid duties) to their spouses or partners.

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Recycle (and replace) Your Bra!

March 22, 2012
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We’re guessing that most of our readers wear bras and probably have a few they would like to “give to the universe.” As we know the ‘feng shui way’ dictates when we get rid of something in our lives – something new and improved will take it’s place (well, that’s our version)!

Last year – our most popular post (reposted, shared on Facebook and tweeted, etc.) was on a non profit group called “Bra Recyclers”  hence on our first week back we wanted share the fun news on the group’s 4th Quarter Highlights.

Why recycle bras? The Women’s Advocates of St. Paul, Minnesota put it best: “Because of the volatile nature of domestic violence, packing is often not an option for the women. We don’t typically receive donated bras and since they tend to be expensive to purchase, women often make due with the one or two they brought. Receiving donated/recycled bras (in the correct sizes!) is a wonderful resource for our residents. Because the families receive clothing and personal care basics, free of charge, they are then able to focus their time and money on priorities like safe housing, transportation, education, healthcare and childcare,”

What are you waiting for? Clean out your drawers! Click here for the group’s Bra Recycling form.

Just follow 4 easy steps:

  1. Wash It. All bras should be washed.
  2. Tag It. Fill out Bra Recycling Form.
  3. Box It. Place your bras in a box or large envelope.
  4. Drop It Off or Mail It to:

3317 S. Higley Rd, Ste 114-441
Gilbert, AZ 85297

As you can see we’ve added a few options on where to get a new one; Barenecessities, Fresh Pair and  Victoria’s Secret are all offering great deals and free shipping.

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Keep recycling those bras!

January 10, 2012
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Great News from the Bra Recyclers – we’re not sure who Cathy is – nonetheless our post on Bra Recycling we did in 2011 was one of our most popular ever, so we wanted to share a great letter they just sent us!

Dear Cathy,

Happy New Year!!
2011 was such a great year for The Bra Recyclers because of your support. We were so excited to end the year with 54 organizations that we provide bras to. This exceeded our goal of 35. We know exceeding our goals would not be possible without the encouragement and support of our recyclers and ambassadors around the world. Take a look at our highlights for the 4th Quarter of 2011 by clicking on the link, 4th Qtr Highlights. Be sure to send us your photos for upcoming videos.

We are planning on 2012 to be just as exciting as 2011! As the word continues to spread about bra recycling we will continue to reach out into communities to ensure that women and girls who are in transition get the needed ‘support’ on their journey back to self-sufficiency. We want to say thank you in advance for your continued support during 2012.

Upcoming Events:
Make sure to check out our website calendar and facebook for upcoming events. We will continue to post bra drives that take place around the country sponsored by our Ambassadors.

March 1-18 – The Bra Recyclers will kick off their first nationwide bra drive of 2012 and we want you to GET FITTED! With Spring fast approaching, we encourage you to clean out your drawers and recycle your bras and ‘GET FITTED!’ for the correct-sized bra. We hope you will visit your local lingerie boutique or favorite retail store and be professionally fitted for a bra. We look hearing some great stories about your ‘Get Fitted!’ experiences.

Stay tuned via Facebook (www.facebook.com/brarecycling) for more details in February!

The Impact of Bra Recycling
We are so grateful for all of the recyclers that continue to support our mission of providing a simple lingerie staple to women and girls around the world. Every quarter we want to share stories of the impact that the bra recycling has in our communities.

‘Because of the volatile nature of domestic violence, packing is often not an option for the women. We don’t typically receive donated bras and since they tend to be expensive to purchase, women often make due with the one or two they brought. Receiving donated/recycled bras (in the correct sizes!) is a wonderful resource for our residents. Because the families receive clothing and personal care basics, free of charge, they are then able to focus their time and money on priorities like safe housing, transportation, education, healthcare and childcare.’ Women’s Advocates, St. Paul, MN


Help Us Spread The Word!
Ever want an easy way to tell someone about The Bra Recyclers? We are excited to provide the Bra Recycler ‘Support Cards.’ Print out the attached card, cut them apart and give them out to retailers and lingerie boutiques, women’s healthcare providers and friends and family. This is the easiest way for your to be a part of The Bra Recyclers outreach team!

Help us spread the word and make 2012 even more successful than 2011!

Make sure to follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/brarecycling