12 Days of 4-Star Giveaway & More...

12 Days of 4-Star Giveaway & More...
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Free Stuff. Because no one believes for a second that the age old equation giving is indeed equal to receiving. F- that! Because we all know in the math world that baby alligator sign (>) would be eating the shit out of "giving." All that to say sometimes it's nice to get stuff. Sometimes it's nice to get stuff from strangers. Well, 4-Star Explorer has a few special gifts for you and we promise you won't have to buy ointment in the morning for it.

Starting December 1st, we will be embarking on our most ambitious excursion ever with 12 straight days of blog posts varying from holiday helpful tips to spot and events from around the city as well as just random fuckery that I feel so inclined to share.

In our first blog giveaway ever, we decided to feature some of our very own tried and true products that we love and swear by. The featured prizes are (1) Adjustable snapback cap with store logo from King Lizzy Apparel started right here in Chicago; (1) E.l.f. Cosmetics "Get the Look" Prize Pack full with eyelash curlers, liquid eyeliner, mascara, eye makeup brush, and eye shadow duo; (1) Axe for Men-Phoenix scent gift set with shower gel and other deodorant products and (1) a pair of earrings from local stylist and jewelry designer Vanessa Betance of So Ness Boutique as well as other holiday stocking stuffers.......

Just email us at fourstar.explorer@yahoo.com with all 12 "Jingle Words" that can be found at the end of each post along with your name and we'll email you back to let you know if you've won! Who says you can't get something for nothing.

Now don't hurry off and create a playlist of all the songs you'll sing in the shower with your Axe Phoenix products and ladies hold off from fantasizing of matching outfits that would compliment those new So Ness earrings. Despite the earlier humor this is the season of gifting and we want to give you some options that you'll feel good about.

After speaking with a rep for some of the most dependable and community assisting businesses and products, I was enamored by one program in particular.

Open Books Ltd. is an award-winning nonprofit social venture that operates an extraordinary bookstore, provides community programs, and mobilizes passionate volunteers to promote literacy in Chicago and beyond. The organization operates a bookstore and organizes a group of spectacular volunteers that promote literacy for students of the Chicago Public School system. Which is close to a few of us around Chicago Now such as Curtis Shaw Flagg of As I See It who volunteers regularly. They collect gently used books, sell them in their stores, and use the funds to fuel literacy programs around the city. Add to that the events and volunteers that aid in the expansion of the program, Open Books is proof that some things can be "not so tough" all over. (I thought an allusion from a great S.E. Hinton work would be appropriate in this instance.) So skip the caroling and "tis the season" jargon and do something that'll really fill you with the holiday spirit. Support this and other LOCAL (that means something that directly affects your immediate surroundings) businesses this Christmas season.

Open Books (www.open-books.org)

Sweet Beginnings (www.sweetbeginningsllc.com) -Offers a line of honey-based personal care products which are handmade by individuals facing barriers to employment, particularly those with histories of criminal conviction.

Bright Endeavors (www.brightendeavors.org)-Offers candles and bath products made by at-risk young women.

Urban Meadows (www.urbanmeadows.org/aboutus.asp)-Florist providing jobs for people with mental illness.

Inspiration Kitchens (www.inspirationkitchens.org)-Restaurants and catering services (for holiday parties!) benefiting homeless/poor populations.

Working Bikes Cooperative (workingbikes.org)-Sells refurbished donated bicycles to fund distribution of bikes to charities both here and overseas.

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