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.

Mar 072014
 


5 years ago, as a family of 5, we were uninsurable. We had pre-existing conditions; lots and lots of preexisting conditions. Paul had a bad back with several discs that were out of place. I have fibromyalgia and a weight issue. And last, but certainly not least, we have a blind daughter who had a stroke at birth. The only way to have some insurance is to insure our boys. The rest of us had to be without. We were lucky to have some family members and friends who are doctors to give us a freebie or the occasional script. Other than that, we were on our own.

For this reason and for every 1 in 6 Americans out there without insurance, we are supporters of the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act has made it possible for all of us with pre-existing conditions to be insured and for the 1 in 6 Americans, they can now get insurance for less than 100.00 a month (and many even for free). For those of us who have lived without insurance, a simple illness could hurt us financially. Health Insurance should not be a luxury. Don’t be fooled by the naysayers and other politicos who do not care about you or your health care.  The Affordable Care Act was created for us; for those of us who did not qualify for insurance and for those who could not afford it.

Currently, people have until the end of March to get health insurance. Check out the facts and become educated. Check out the following website for information how the Affordable Care Act can you covered.

http://www.getcoveredamerica.org

Check out your savings here:

 

Enroll today!

And, for my Latino friends and family please click here for information. Gracias al Affordable Care Act, todos podemos tener seguro de salud. Puedes empezar hoy mismo antes del fin de Marzo.

Apr 252013
 

We have this idea now on the internet that our words fall into this chasm and are never taken seriously. We can tweet our hate or inappropriateness without a care in the world. But before you send out another tweet to your friends using terms that we would never use in real life, we suggest you ThinkB4YouSpeak. There is an amazing Twitter tracker that is catching every “fag” or “that’s so gay” that is bandied about on the twittersphere. Wait, you think people don’t use those words anymore? Think again!
Check out who is saying these words right now!


This is why CoupleDumb is urging you to ThinkB4YouSpeak. These words are filled with hate and will continue the discrimination of the LGBTQ communities. They mean something!!! You are using them in a derogatory fashion thus those people who are identified with these terms are less than us. So, stop using them!!!
We also encourage you today to watch this PSA and take the pledge. Share it with your kids and explain to them that the use of these words is wrong and hurtful. Let’s all eliminate hate speech and hopefully build a more accepting world.

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Be part of the army to rid this hate speech from the internet and tweet: How often do people say “fag” or “so gay” on Twitter? Too often. See real-time stats here: #ThinkB4YouSpeak
Share this link so people can see how these words are being used right now. http://www.thinkb4youspeak.com/

Apr 222013
 

 CoupleDumb Interviews Shot At Life Champion, Holly Pavlika

What is a Champion? Most people will automatically think of an athlete, muscular and showered with medals. Some will think of someone who is part of a team and is willing to share their talents so together they can defeat their enemies. The truth is champions are all this and more. Champions are mild mannered Moms who fight for a cause. Champions are unassuming Dads who are willing to speak out for something that is right.

Today, it is my privilege to introduce you to a woman who is more than just a Mom and more than just a savvy business woman, entrepreneur. She is a Champion for Shot@Life and speaks for the millions in our world who do not have a voice.

          What made you get involved with Shot@Life?

I loved learning that my voice and social media could connect me to people and raise awareness for issues and things I cared about. It all started with a newspaper article saying how much money was going to be spent on Mother’s Day gifts–over $14 billion in the U.S. alone; flowers that die and chocolates none of us want on our hips. And I thought what if 1% of that went to helping mothers in need, wouldn’t that truly be Mother’s Day? And 10 bloggers agreed with me. We picked a cause–Christy Turlington was just about to launch “Every Mother Counts. We held a twitter party that got 21.3 million impressions, got 175 other moms to write blog posts about this and it was picked up on a lot of news feeds. I got emails and DMs from women saying how important this was. I even got to attend a press event and meet her in person.

From there Global Poverty Project asked me to live tweet from an event with Dr. Jeffrey Sacks and Dr. Ruth. It was such an amazing experience sitting in the middle of a packed event, tweeting and having your tweets projected and streaming on the wall. I’ve since lived on a $1.50 a day for them to raise awareness about hunger.

I think it was at the Global Poverty Project event that I met a UN official. They asked if I wanted to get involved with them. I said, “Yes!” I had been warned by the CEO of Global Poverty Project and he was right. By then I was hooked on the great feeling social good gives you.

I’ve spent years marketing products and services, but it’s much more fulfilling using those skills to make a dent in some of the world’s issues. It’s ridiculous that so many women die from childbirth and childbirth issues. It’s crazy that there are 17 million kids in America that go to bed hungry. And a child dying every 20 seconds from diseases we can prevent? Why wouldn’t I want to do my part to spread awareness of this?

          What are your super-powers? (What are your special qualities that make you a champion?)

I don’t know that I have super powers. I sometimes wish I were a celebrity so I could get more people to listen to me and take action. I wish I could write words so powerful that people would want to share them in massive quantities. And I wish I were so moving in my passion that it was contagious and others would want to join me like the Pied Piper of Social Good. But I do have staying power. I guess that’s a super-power. I will keep at this till the day we wipe polio off the face of the earth. They predict 2016, but I’m impatient and I hope we “get it” before then. If India can do it when no one thought they could, then we should be able to stop it in the last three remaining countries.

          If you could have one Champion wish – what would it be?

Hmmm. I would have to say I’d like to see significant change to the “every 20 seconds a child dies from a preventable disease” statistic. No child should go without the opportunity for a healthy, happy life. I’ve often thought about how so many children don’t make it past the age of five and when I look at my own children with that in mind, I can’t fathom the mother’s anguish at losing what I consider to be my heart and soul.

          What do you think champions are made of?
Champions can be made of anything. I look at our group of 400 and growing Champions. They come from all walks of life, with different skill sets, but a shared enthusiasm for this cause. We all have big hearts. I think we all consider this as part of being a good role model for our children and in some ways are doing this as a tribute to them. I went to Tanzania with Shot@Life and one night by the side of the road met two moms. They wanted to know why I came all the way over to Tanzania and why was I doing what I was doing. I told them and they thanked me. I carry that simple thank you with me everywhere I go and in every conversation I have about Shot@Life.

Holly is an amazing woman who has committed to making a difference here and all over the world. And yet, if you passed her on the street, you wouldn’t be able to tell that she is wearing a bright green cape or that her mind is filled with thoughts of bringing an end to Polio, saving children and the love of her own kids. All of this to say, anyone can be a Champion. All you need is the desire to do good. All you need is the fortitude to stand against the tide and say “A child dying every 20 seconds is unacceptable!” Go now and join the hundreds of people who have taken that pledge to become a Champion for Shot@Life. Together, we will build an unstoppable force to ensure that every child has a Shot@Life!

You can find Holly doing her thing at the following links:

Twitter: @HollyPavlika

Facebook: MOMentumNation

Blog: MOMentumNation.com

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