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Fundraising Tips that Work

We all have causes that are important to us.  For a long time mine has been mental health and suicide prevention. I've done quite a bit of fundraising for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention the past four or so years, and using my experiences personally raising over $8,000 for the cause, I've formulated my top 10 tips for nonprofit fundraising that absolutely work. And … [Read more...]

Soul Sessions, A Novel {Review}

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I recently read the novel Soul Sessions by Carson Gage. I picked it up for Amazon Kindle and just dove in.  Reading has become a huge part of my "me time" after the kids go to sleep at night. Oh how I love relaxing in bed with a good book, one that offers an interesting distraction from my every day. So, I was pleased to find Soul Sessions quite intriguing. It's an unusual story … [Read more...]

SoFabU On the Road {Comes to Seattle, other US Cities}

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Growth. Opportunity. Community. When asked yesterday during the #Lucky2beSoFab St. Patty's Day Twitter Party, those were the three words I used to describe Social Fabric, the blogger network by Collective Bias. I've been a member of "SoFab" for about a year and a half, and it's been such a blessing in my blogging career. I pretty quickly saw what a strong community it is and made it my … [Read more...]

Style Report: Colors for Fall. Monroe and Main Boots Review

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Disclosure: This is a Fashionista Event Opportunity, and is hosted by Still Blonde after all these YEARS and Modly Chic. Review and Giveaway courtesy of Monroe and Main. All opinions as always are my own. Fall is my favorite time of year, seriously. It's when I got married and became a mom, and its the season of my birthday and my favorite holiday Halloween. I love the … [Read more...]

Avoid the Media and Reach Out

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There is so much sadness all over the internet today--as well as ignorance about mental illness and suicide--for me and for many who have either lost loved ones or who struggle themselves, it's really hard to read. The loss of a beloved public figure like Robin Williams is heartbreaking. We all feel as though we knew him. He spoke publicly about his own struggles with depression, and I know we all … [Read more...]

Kids of Summer Love Music

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by WestMusic and their Kids of Summer Video Contest. My kids love music and dancing. From bitty babies they loved playing, singing and dancing to their their bongo drums, shakers and other little instruments. Ellie had so much fun in her music class as a baby and to this day she says she wants to be a singer. Ronin just loved his Kindergarten music class this … [Read more...]

Donate a Photo to Help Give a Baby in the NICU a Blanket

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Disclosure: This post was compensated as part of a social media campaign by Acorn Influence.  Throwback Thursday: The Comes Family Circa 2010 A few good friends of mine is a preemie moms, so when I heard about a simple way to help babies in the NICU, I was definitely on board.  Johnson & Johnson Donate a Photo App is a quick and easy way to support babies in the NICU at Children’s … [Read more...]

How to Text the Technophobe Dad: Lowest Price Unlimited Plan

Its not easy to encourage a technophobe Dad to text. But its more than possible with low priced unlimited talk, text and data/web with #FamilyMobile. Here are the steps we took to get my Dad to step into the 21st Century. #shop #cbias

How do you text a thrifty technophobe Dad who doesn't own a phone? Get him one for Father's Day of course...and be sure to make it the lowest price unlimited plan with talk, text and web/data. With Father's Day on its way, the kids, John and I took a little family shopping expedition to Walmart last weekend to pick up a gift for my Dad. Dad has never been one to jump on … [Read more...]

Mobile Apps To Help Reduce Stress and Anxiety

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"I love living in the future." ~ John Comes, the husband Its one of his favorite sayings, he's such a tech guy. I  love living in the future too truly, but its also pretty stressful. Even for those not pre-disposed to an anxiety disorder, life "in the future" can easily become overwhelming. Our bodies didn't actually evolve (yet) to the current type of stressors thrust upon us, so … [Read more...]

Easy Home Management with Homezada

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This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by HomeZada. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic. Opinions as always are my own.   Owning a home is a TON of work, am I right? In 2005, when we moved into our current home it was the first time John or I had ever owned before. In fact, we moved to the Pacific … [Read more...]

SoFabCon: Worth a Cancelled Flight & Lost Luggage

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Sitting at the Dallas airport Friday's with my pal Kerri @_themaven, we toasted our SoFabCon adventure about to begin. I was fortunate enough to win the trip from the conference because of this post and was so excited for the adventure. Fifteen minutes later and the American Airlines mobile site said our flight was cancelled. A large airplane to Northwest Arkansas grounded because of lighting … [Read more...]

New Toy Rush Game FREE in the iOs App Store

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My husband John is a video game developer and he's been living in a land of toys for the past couple of years. Today is the culmination of all of his incredibly hard work and passion. TOY RUSH is now available via the iOs App Store for iPad and iPhone worldwide! If you need a ringing endorsement, here's a tweet from the App Store just minutes ago. I am so proud of him and the Uber Entertainment … [Read more...]

Shop Amazon via Twitter #AmazonCart

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I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias. I just used Twitter to buy super cool wine glasses on Amazon. OK, wait ... Did that sentence even make sense? How could I use Twitter to buy something on Amazon? The answer is, last week Amazon teamed up with Twitter to launch … [Read more...]

Tips to Make the Most of a Conference When You Have Social Anxiety

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I have social anxiety, and too much stress–even good stress–makes me shut down. Have you ever felt that way? Over the last few years as I’ve attended blogging conferences, I’ve learned a few things about how to better manage my mental health and boost my confidence, and honestly to also maximize what I’m getting out of an event personally and professionally. I’m headed tomorrow to the SoFabCon … [Read more...]

This Chic Wallet Charges an iPhone {Pre-order Pricing till May 6}

The Brand New Everpurse Mini, the chic wallet that charges your smartphone is now available for pre-order early bird pricing of $98 until May 6 #wearabletech

So yeah, I'm an admitted Everpurse groupie. Since they're Kickstarter in 2012 (which John backed as a birthday gift to me!) I've been talking about my love of the original Everpurse clutch that charges your smartphone. I respect them as a small family-owned Chicago-based company that cares about bringing fashion and tech together to create products of real value for people like me who uses tech … [Read more...]