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.

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/