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November is National Family Caregivers Month

November is National Family Caregivers Month

  Did you know November is National Family Caregivers Month? It’s a great time to celebrate the more than 42 million people in the U.S. that are caring for an older relative or friend. If you are a caregiver yourself or if you know one, you know that sometimes this means you need extra support. That’s why I’m excited to be posting on behalf of AARP and the Ad Council who have just launched new public service … Read entire article »

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Sahara Sam’s to Host 23rd Special Evening at Sam’s on Nov. 14th

Sahara Sam’s to Host 23rd Special Evening at Sam’s on Nov. 14th

  If you’re local to the Philadelphia area and have kids, you know all about Sahara Sam’s Oasis, the awesome indoor-outdoor water park in West Berlin, NJ.  But did you know that they hold a very special event once a quarter just for special needs children? The event, Special Evenings at Sam’s, or SEAS, is a great time for families and it … Read entire article »

Support Our Vets this Veterans Day with OUR VETERAN HEROES™ BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages

Support Our Vets this Veterans Day with OUR VETERAN HEROES™ BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for BAND-AID® Brand. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.” National holidays that honor our veterans and military will always be special to me because two men in my life that I love so dearly, my husband and … Read entire article »

The 5th Annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day is Coming to a Neighborhood Near You!

The 5th Annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day is Coming to a Neighborhood Near You!

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, and I received samples of many of the toys featured. I was a part of the team that helped ASTRA create Neighborhood Toy Store Day in 2010, and I have worked with them as a consultant since 2009. However, my opinions are not influenced by my work with ASTRA. I’ve donated numerous hours to … Read entire article »

#GetReady: Two Year Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy

#GetReady: Two Year Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy

Wednesday, Oct. 29 is the 2-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy’s U.S. landfall. Sandy affected 24 states, killed 162 people, caused more than $50 million in damage and damaged or destroyed 650,000 homes and hundreds of child care centers and schools. It was the day that life turned upside down for thousands of children who suddenly lost everything – including their … Read entire article »

Will You Show Some #ShelterPetLove for Adopt-A-Dog Month?

Will You Show Some #ShelterPetLove for Adopt-A-Dog Month?

Of all the dogs in American homes, only 29% were adopted from a shelter or rescue. Each year approximately 3-4 million pets are adopted, but 2.7 million still lose their lives each year for lack of a home. Seventeen million people will acquire a pet within the next year. The Shelter Pet Project, a collaborative effort between The Humane Society of … Read entire article »

The #SwifferEffect and the #ASPCA are Saving Lives

The #SwifferEffect and the #ASPCA are Saving Lives

Matt Bershadker, President and CEO of the ASPCA, and Sarah Hyland, actress, vegetarian, and animal rights activist spoke this week about the importance of matching pets with families. The real stars of the day, though, were Barkley Bixby, Hyland’s adorable maltipoo, and his canine pals. As part of their campaign to help the ASPCA find homes for over 5000 pets during … Read entire article »

Taking Time to Reconnect at Beaches Resorts

My husband and I “celebrated” our 14th wedding anniversary with leftovers and some Netflix, but we weren’t always this boring. Before our first child arrived in 2008, we’d traveled to Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey, France, Canada, Hawaii, Alaska, Disney World, and numerous Caribbean islands. We had romantic meals in fine restaurants. We made time for each other. Everything changed with the … Read entire article »

Swiffer it Forward with the #ASPCA — the #SwifferEffect

Swiffer it Forward with the  #ASPCA — the #SwifferEffect

My husband and I married right out of graduate school for me and law school for him so our first few years definitely had that feeling of “playing house.” Once we had managed to keep a plant alive (an astoundingly hardy basil plant), we felt ready to graduate to animals. Our first, Calypso, is a sweet and acrobatic Russian Blue … Read entire article »

How I Found My Self-Confidence

How I Found My Self-Confidence

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. The bullying began in middle school and continued through high school graduation. My smile in old yearbook photos may have concealed the pain I felt, but the photos awaken memories. I was determined to excel and to put on a happy face. Test scores and awards provided … Read entire article »