Jan 022015
 

We were an infertile couple until…well, we were not infertile anymore and a baby popped out. We did the whole infertility thing as well as the pregnancy thing. Being pregnant is a lot easier than getting pregnant once the stress starts.

Getting pregnant may not be always easy for all couples. There are some couples who are trying to conceive for quite a long time without success. One of the most important things to know in trying to conceive is by being able to determine when you ovulate. Pregnancytips.org say that knowing when you ovulate increases your chances of getting pregnant greatly. There are several ways to check ovulation; one of those is by checking your cervical mucus.

If you are into checking your cervical mucus daily, you know that cervical mucus change from time to time. The color of the cervical mucus may vary from light pink to light brown to yellowish to white. What we are looking for is an egg-white cervical mucus: it is stretchy and very clear. When you see that, that most probably means you’re ovulating. Cervical mucus is designed to be like that during ovulation to help the sperm get to the egg faster for more chances of conceiving.

Good luck.

Dec 122014
 

We are adoptive parents so this hits home for us.

There are currently 402,000 children in the foster care system in the United States of America and nearly 102,000 children (under 18 years of age) waiting for adoption. Approximately 23% of children and youth actively photolisted on the AdoptUSKids website and waiting for placement in adoptive homes were registered with one or more siblings. Sibling relationships are often the longest-lasting relationships for children in foster care.

You can help by going to www.AdoptUSKids.org

Sep 302014
 

Lee and I have made no bones about the culture of rape and abuse in our society. We have both worked in the domestic violence realm. Lee has had clients from both sides of the fence, victims and perpetrators. We do not vilify anyone but advocate breaking the cycle of abuse. When the people from the Allstate Foundation asked us to talk about their Purple Purse campaign, we said absolutely.

One out of four people experience domestic violence. One of the major components of domestic violence is financial control. By establishing an environment where one spouse has total control of all of the money, the other spouse has no resources from which to leave the abusive relationship. The Allstate Foundation is working hard to build the financial empowerment of domestic violence survivors.

The Challenge brings together charitable organizations that work with domestic violence with the charities that earn the most winning prize money.  Emmy nominated actress Kerry Washington has lent her voice to the cause as the Purple Purse ambassador. You can get involved, find a charity, and make a donation by clicking here. They have a huge amount of information so take a look at some of these videos:

Most importantly, if you or someone you know is experiencing violence or abuse in their home, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.

          Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign with The Allstate Foundation and MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Jul 282014
 

ah image 150x150 Blogger Campaign Opportunity And MarijuanaHello Friends,

We are crowdfunding for our new documentary American Highlands and we need your help. American Highlands chronicles the positive movement of cannabis legislation throughout the nation. We are looking for 20 bloggers to help us spread the word. If we make our crowdfunding goal, we would love to give you a $200 gift code to Amazon as a way to say thank you for your help. Please note that the thank you gift will only be given if we meet our funding goal on Indiegogo.

 

 

Here is the form to apply to the campaign.

Mar 182014
 

Paul and I have worked in and for non-profits. We still consult with a few and are grant writers. We love working with organizations that are doing it right; embodying the spirit of a non-profit and doing something for the community or world that makes a difference. We are currently working with an organization that is all about empowering minorities to be entrepreneurs and another organization that is working to make water safer to drink. In the past we have worked with several non-profits that are dedicated to the homeless. We have even worked with Moms who were collecting business attire for homeless women looking for a job. These are the people who are creating minor miracles and major miracles in our world every day.

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This is why working with Zerorez Socal has been such a great experience. Aside from the fact that they provide cleaning with no toxins and chemicals, they also work with organizations and individuals who are doing minor miracles every day. Zerorez Socal regularly chooses non-profit organizations and individuals and clean their home or offices for free. What’s the catch? Nothing. These are good people providing a clean and toxic free service and giving back to individuals and organizations who are giving back or facing challenges and are deserving of a little help. They even take suggestions for this Minor Miracle program! Click here to nominate an organization.

Some of their previous Minor Miracle recipients have been:

  • U.S. Veterans offices – Provide apartments for veterans who are homeless and seeking a new start
  • Women’s Shelter of Huntington Beach
  • Mother’s Day Program (10 deserving moms provided cleaning service, recipients to remain anonymous) One winner filmed here: http://youtu.be/5vq2lr8ON-I

We support businesses that incorporate giving back into their business plan. ZeroRez Socal is not only providing a clean, toxin free services but they are involved community members. These are the businesses we should be supporting. And remember, click on the badge and get a great deal on cleaning your home or office. Also, to refresh your memory, you can click here to see everything they do clean. They work in the following Southern California areas:

  • Orange County
  • Los Angeles County
  • Ventura County
  • Riverside County
  • San Bernardino County

And, remember my carpets, they still look great!
You can find them at www.facebook.com/OfficialZerorezSocal and follow them on Twitter.

We participated in a campaign on behalf of Mamavation for Zerorez. We received promotional item to thank us for our participation. All opinions are our own.