Honoring Loved Ones Lost

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Next month I'll be walking in the Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk in Seattle. And I'd like to honor your loved ones lost to suicide. Last year in DC I walked wearing this shirt. I'll be honoring these beautiful very-loved people again this year but have been given a few more names and plan to … [Read more...]

2014 Seattle Mom Prom, The Ultimate Ladies Night to Benefit Postpartum Support International

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. Who's going to Seattle Mom Prom!? I've gone the past 3 years and it is a BLAST and for a great cause! The Seattle Mom Prom  is a benefit to celebrate and honor moms.  It is a super-fun evening of drinks, desserts and dancing--the ultimate ladies night out!  While this is a ladies only event, it … [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 … [Read more...]

Nominate a Mama Bear! {Helzberg #BearHug}

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Do you have a fierce Mama Bear in your life?   It could be your own mother or grandmother, a friend, a colleague; a mom you admire because its clear she goes above and beyond to support, comfort and love the "kids" in her life. My friends at Helzberg Diamonds (they are the awesome folks … [Read more...]

Goodbye Winter…Hello Spring Style

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It has been one hellish winter in many parts of North America...in fact I just saw some surprise Spring snow in parts of the US this week. Ugh. Thankfully here in the typically grey and rainy Pacific Northwest, we have actually started to have real spring weather. Like. REAL. SPRING! It was in the … [Read more...]

My story is not over; and neither is yours.

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A semicolon represents a sentence the author could have ended; but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life. Today is April 16th, which is the day of the Semi Colon Project. A day when those who have struggled with grief, or been suicidal, or self harmed, or lived with a broken … [Read more...]

Top 10 Charity Fundraising Tips

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The last few years I've done a lot of charity fundraising, particularly for suicide prevention. Its not something I have ever done before..ever. And I HATE sales, which is kind of what fundraising is when you really get down to it. You're selling a cause...your cause...something you are passionate … [Read more...]

Our Stories Are Not Over #SemicolonProject416

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I recently read about the Semicolon Project on Healthy Place. It really spoke to me, and when I shared the information in my mental health blogs group on Facebook, many of my fellow advocates responded to the campaign; especially as writers living with mental illness. I just love the imagery and … [Read more...]

Mobile Device Hijack! Help from Norton by Symantec

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. Disclosure: This sponsored Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by Coupons.com. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic. All opinions are my own. Last year while on vacation in Florida, I forgot my iPhone in the mall bathroom. When I … [Read more...]

Disney’s The Pirate Fairy Kids Activities

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. I just love the worlds of Peter Pan and Tinker Bell. The characters are certainly a part of my childhood and its really cool that the tradition continues with Ellie and Ronin. We've watched the current Tinker Belle movies a ton and Disney's The Pirate Fairy (which came out on BlueRay Combo Pack … [Read more...]

Origami Owl Online Fundraiser

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. A couple of months ago, Origami Owl Independant Designer Jamie Bertucci found me via Twitter. She contacted me about my fundraising for the Overnight Walk for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention because she is passionate about the cause. Nine years ago Jamie lost her Dad to … [Read more...]

The Life Saver

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. Last Thursday I stayed up past 3am drawing something... I was so inspired and moved to be creating it that I just couldn't stop. I know some of you (but definitely not all of you) know I've been struggling in a manic phase. I saw my doctor just under 2 weeks ago and she completely revised my … [Read more...]

MinaDream Crochet on Etsy

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. Spring is such a beautiful time of rebirth and renewal. I just love the season, particulary when the sun starts shining here in the Pacific Northwest and we can get out more for some Vitamin D. As for Easter, we're honestly not religious around here, but we love the family traditions that … [Read more...]

Share Without Shame

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. On Saturday a few friends and I went to the Overnight Walk Kick-Off Event in Seattle. We were there as representatives for our Washington Chapter, but mainly the goal was to introduce first timers to the National 17-mile Overnight Walk, and encourage those still thinking about it to take the … [Read more...]

Social Media Butterflies: Suicide Prevention Fundraiser

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. Right now I'm in the middle of a very important project. I'm raising funds for suicide prevention. For the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to be more specific. I'm sure you've heard me talking about it, but if you haven't, a couple months ago I created some original art that I … [Read more...]