Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Come to Thailand! 

With the largest group yet to go this summer, it is your time to come on the trip of a life time with really great people. This trip will be co-ed (even amounts of men and women) and will be special because we will be celebrating at least one special girl's birthday.  Check out the flyer and contact me with any questions. Can't wait to tour Thailand with you!

Join me in amazing Thailand!
Provided by Margethai Tours

Ride elephants!  Lounge with tigers!  Scuba or lay on a beach!

Tentative dates:               July 11-23, 2016

Cost (special price):          $1000 (food, hotel, in country transportation)  
                                          +airfare (from your nearest airport)

Bangkok: Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Wat Po, Reclining Buddha, foot massage and lots of massages 
 Fly to Chiang Mai: Ride elephants or elephant sanctuary, tigers, cooking classes, bamboo rafting, ox cart riding, hiking, Doi Suthep, gem factory, silk factory, Thaicooking class, walking market, bungy jumping, zipline with monkeys, cultural show, possible day trip to Burma and much more! Fly to the beach:  scuba dive, snorkeling, lay out, ATV, kayaking, swimming, whatever you want to do at the beach

Contact Margo Smith 801.455.6870 or margethai@yahoo.com for more details

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Thank you!

Thank you so much for your support while I was in Africa.  My experience was amazing and I hope you will take a minute to look at my pictures on Facebook.  Here are a few pictures of the kids...they were the most darling kids ever!  I have plans to go back to Africa hopefully soon and will also have a way you can help the kids there.

Hanging out with the boys at the orphanage

One of the boys and me

At Victoria Falls with Heather and Thelma

The kids after they gave me temporary dread locks

My little Precious


A water balloon fight
Thank you again for all of your support and happy fall!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Still Need Some More Love'n for Africa

Dear Friends:

I only have about one suitcase full of things to take to Africa, so if you are interested in helping out, here are a few more things that the school/ orphanage needs:

- Hoodies boys and girls, size 6 to adult medium
- Boys pants, jeans, blue dockers, khakis, size 6 to 14 gently used are fine
- Women's  and men's athletic shoes, new or like new size 5-11
- Sports bras, small, medium, large
- Long rope suitable for group jump rope activities
- A Book to read to a child
- Small games, puzzles or cards (for your backpack)
- Fitted and flat sheets, pillowcases (Walmart has for $4.00 or used is fine)
- COSTCO box of sheet protectors 8 1/2 x 11 for the teachers at school
- Bars of soap (take out of the box, shrink wrap or baggie about 10 together)
- Dish towels (dark colors)
- Small durable toys, no bigger than your hand for school kids  ie. match box cars, McDonald's toys, girls like costume jewelry, small dolls etc. Used is fine!
- Baby items: blankets, sleepers & pjs (used, but good condition is fine)
Yarn and/or crochet hooks sizes g-k
- Non oral medical supplies:  ace bandages, medical tape, gauze bandages, antibiotic creams and ointments, anti fungal cream

I am happy to come and pick up any items...just let me know!  


Monday, June 4, 2012

Thank You!

Thank you to ALL of you who have donated to Africa so far.  Please see the previous blog post if you to find items that you can donate to Africa...and watch my blog to see pictures of your contributions making it to Zambia!

Also, if anyone has an old suitcase they would be willing to donate for me to transport items and then leave in Africa, I would be happy to take it off your hands!

Thanks in advance for your support!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Giving to Africa

Off to Zambia...I love to travel!  I especially love to travel when I get to meet, get to know, and spend time with people and languages.  Africa has been on my list of places to visit for quite sometime and I would not want to go with anyone else, but my friend Heather.  We are going to Zambia.   She lived there for four years and I am really going to get an insiders perspective on this trip...just what I love to do.  She originally went to Africa on assignment through Mothers Without Borders.     http://www.motherswithoutborders.org

As mentioned before, I am allowed to take TWO suitcases to Africa that weigh 50 pounds each.  It is my goal to fill the suitcases with stuff for the kids.   Here are some pictures of some of the kids and the orphanage/ school where they live.   There are 40 kids at the orphanage school and 150 in the village (including the 40 orphan kids). 

If you would like to help me fill the suit cases, I will be taking donations until the bags are filled.  I will also be doing a pick up in Salt Lake City on Friday, July 13 and in Portland, OR Wed. July 25th.  Locations TBA

Items for collection are:

1) Socks and underwear for boys and girls from ages newborn to 15 years

2) Stickers, die cuts, vinyl cuts or other fun, light educational supplies

3) Cash donations:  Heather and I would like to take the orphans on a day long adventure outside of their village.  100% of all cash donations will go directly to the school (delivered by me).   $500 would give all the orphan kids (40 kids) a day to leave the orphanage on an adventure.  It would cover transportation, food and all accommodations for them to experience a local zoo, park or water park.  If we do not get enough money to go on an adventure, all cash donations will go towards buying new shoes and clothes for the kids.  Donations will be excepted via PayPal at margosmith.09@gmail.com.  You are also welcome to donate right to Mothers Without Borders website but I cannot guarantee that the money will go to the kids I will be visiting.  

4)  Gift bags:  There are 150 kids in the local village, including the kids at the orphanage.  We would love to be able to take something to all the kids in the village. For example, last year a group of people put together little ziplock bags that had a mini bag of skittles, a plastic bracelet, a deflated balloon, and a bouncy ball in it.  Just a little something all the village children could get, including the kids at the orphanage.  Remember, we can only take two suitcases that weigh 50 pounds each.  But if you wanted to get 150 of something...we could give it to the village kids.  

This is my friend Heather with some of the kids.  

If you are looking for a great way to serve this summer, this is it!  I am going to take pictures and try to show you as much as possible how you affected the lives of children in Zambia!    If you would like to see more pictures of the kids, please visit Heather Radditz on Facebook.  Thanks in advance for all of your love and support.  :)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Going to AFRICA

It's official! I am going to Africa this summer!  My dear friend, Heather, lived in Zambia for four years and is going back this summer to visit with me at her side.

CAN'T WAIT!   Africa has always been on my list of places to visit and I can't wait to meet all of Heather's friends.  We will be going to Victoria Falls to recreate the SI swimsuit addition (part of the shoot was a Victoria Falls)...just kidding. But we will go there.  I will post some pictures of Heather there so you can get an idea of what I'm in for.

Additionally, I will be able to take TWO suitcases FULL of stuff for the kids there so if you would like to help...stay tuned!!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Blooming Business

Business is a blooming all around us.  This weekend I had the opportunity to help my sister, Emily, with her practical and stylish CAMERA COATS .  She makes these great coats for SLR cameras.  I have one, of course, and LOVE IT!   http://cameracoats.bigcartel.com/

In fact, I just got this cute rain slicky one.

It was so fun to be with her and hear lots of blogger people know her and recognize her from her blog http://ashbyfamilyblog.blogspot.com/.

I also have decided to start a business, officially.  For several years now I have been taking groups of people to Thailand and be apart of their first experiences there. Experiencing Buddhist temples for the first time, yummy Thai street food, riding elephants, rafting rivers on bamboo rafts, and fresh sticky rice and mango.  These experiences are priceless for me and all of the people I have taken to Thailand. So,  I have decided to make an official business out of it.

I am now taking reservations for trips to Thailand.  I will post information about up coming trips through this blog until I have a website up and running.  When I do, I'll let you know!  Happy Traveling and happy blooming business!  :)