Moms Meet WOW Summit 2013 – Oct 6th-8th! Hurry & Register Now for an Exciting Deal!

Moms Meet KIWI WOW Summit 2013

Have you heard what is coming up in October???

The VERY FIRST Annual WOW Summit, brought to us by Moms Meet and KIWI Magazine is occurring October 6th through the 8th at the Historic Center City in Philadelphia at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel!

I am VERY excited about the WOW Summit and you should be too!  Especially because they are having a TWO for ONE Deal!

Yes, indeed, you read that correctly!  Register yourself and you can bring a friend for FREE (lodging not included).  Head on over to the WOW Summit’s webpage and register soon, as spots are going fast!

Whats the WOW Summit all about? Well, you can look forward to:

  • Seminars:  Get great advice from experts from KIWI Magazine on topics such as parenting, healthy eating, and much, much more!
  • Workshops:  Dedicated time to talk to fellow Moms!  You’ll be able to share advice and information on leading a Moms Meet Group, starting and keeping up with a successful blog, holistic remedies for everyone in the family, and other important topics you don’t want to miss!
  • Product Reviews:  There will be on-the-spot free sampling of products from your favorite natural, organic, and eco-friendly brands!
  • You could WIN BIG! There will be raffles and giveaways throughout the entire conference!  And one very lucky attendee will win a vacation for four!
  • Freebies: Every single registered attendee will a gift bag filled with natural, organic, and eco-friendly goodies valued over $200!
  • WOW Awards Banquet:  Attendees will enjoy a fancy end to the WOW Summit trip with a celebration where you can let your hair down and have a fabulous time!
  • Tour Historic Philadelphia:  And while you’re in Philly, why not make the most of it and explore the city of “motherly” love with your newfound friends and family!

     

    Don’t Delay! Register today!  If (when!) you do register, please leave me a comment so we can be sure to meet in person at the Moms Meet WOW Summit 2013!

     

Introducing: National Suicide Prevention Week

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September 8th marks the start of 2013′s National Suicide Week.  It’s a time for organizations, communities, and individuals to unite in the name of those we’ve lost and those who’ve been affected by the reality of suicide.  The vision is that this is a battle we won’t always have to fight.

However, recent numbers show that, within the developed world, suicide is the leading cause of death among people ages 15 – 49, greater even than cancer or heart disease. But, and there is a but,” because there is always hope – we know that suicide can be prevented. Depression can be treated, help is available, and people can rally around truth and each other to conquer the shame secrecy upon which mental health stigma feeds.

Never has it been more important to spread this message:  You cannot be replaced.”

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day.  

Thanks for reading.  Come back tomorrow to learn about challenging the stigma associated with suicide.

 

FREE Cinnabon Classic Roll for Nurses (5/6 – 5/12)

cinnabon free nurses week

If you are Nurse (Thank You!), you can get a FREE Cinnabon Classic Roll between May 6th and May 12th at any Cinnabon location.

All you need to do is show your Healthcare ID to get your FREE Cinnabon Classic Roll.

No purchase is necessary.

Limit One FREE Cinnabon Classic Roll per day per Nurse.

Here’s to the Heroes: Free Admission to Busch Gardens Parks & More for Military

Here's to the Heroes

If you’re in the Military, you’ll want to take advantage of the Here’s to the Heroes: Proud to Serve Those Who Serve Program from Anheuser Busch this summer.  Save time by registering online here.

Any Active Duty, Activated or Drilling Reservist, or National Guardsman is entitled to a FREE one-time admission at either SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, Water Country USA, or Sesame Place for military personnel and as many as three direct dependents.

Disclaimer: Valid military identification reflecting active status and dependent ID(s) required for offer. Non-transferable. Non-refundable. Not valid at Discovery Cove® or Aquatica™ parks. Offer not valid for separate ticketed events including Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Tampa, Howl-O-Scream® at Busch Gardens Tampa and A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place. Not valid with any other discounts or offers. Subject to change or cancellation. Limit one complimentary admission per person. Offer expires December 31, 2013.

#Giving Tuesday… Have You Heard? November 27, 2012 – Tomorrow!

Sure there’s

Thanksgiving Day…
   …Black Friday…
      …Small Business Saturday…
         …and Cyber Monday….
            …but what about #Giving Tuesday?!?

What is #Giving Tuesday? Tomorrow, communities will comes together - charities, families, businesses and individuals to transform the way people think about, talk about, and how they participate during the giving season.  It’s simple really – find a way for you, your family, your company, or your organization to join in acts of giving.

As a fellow friend blogger, Teressa Morris put it “Giving Tuesday is not a charity to donate to, but a call to action. How can we give back and focus on  “the reason for the season” instead of the glitz and gifts?”

There are many partners involved, but here are few:

  • American Red Cross
  • United Way
  • St. Jude Children’s Hospital
  • Give Forward
  • PetSmart Charities
  • Christopher House
  • Microsoft

So what can you do to on #Giving Tuesday?  Here are some fabulous ideas!

  • Make a donation to the charity of your choice
  • Donate a bag of kibble or other supplies to local animal shelter
  • Donate to a food bank
  • And remember, your don’t need to be rich to participate.  I’m sure you have some clothes and jackets you don’t wear anymore because they don’t fit.  Why keep them, donate them so someone can put them to good use.
  • And finally, spread the word!  Have a facebook and twitter account? Of course you do!  Share this blog post!  Or at share that it’s #Giving Tuesday (don’t forget the hash tag on twitter) and have family and friends participate too!

To find out more information about #Giving Tuesday and how to get involved with a charity, head on over to www.giving tuesday.org

For my part, I have three large bags of clothes that no longer fit that I am going to donate.  In addition, I am going to look into volunteering.

This post was inspired by a post by Teressa Morris, please check out her post on “Giving Tuesday: A New Way to Celebrate the Holidays on her blog Window on World, which I love, I am sure you will too!

 

FREE Charmin Jump Drive and Photo Op for Kids at Sam’s Club

If you are a Sam’s Club Member, you can bring your kids in to your local Sam’s Club for a super-fun photo op with with Charmin Bear standee.

On Friday, August 10th, beginning at 10:00am, the first 50 members to check in on their phones get a FREE Charmin Jump Drive!

FREE National Park Pass for Active Duty Military

What Does the FREE Pass Cover?
  • Completely FREE
  • Available to active duty military personnel and their dependents with proper identification (CAC Card or DD Form 1173)
  • Annual Pass must be obtained in person at Federal recreation sites that charge an entrance or standard amenity fee
  • FREE Pass covers entrance to Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service site that charge an Entrance Fee or Standard Amenity Fee at Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management  and Bureau of Reclamation sites.  A list of locations can be found HERE
  • FREE Pass admits Pass Owner and accompanying passengers in a private, non-commercial vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas, or Pass Pass Owner and up to three additional adults that charge per-person fees.

So, thank you to our active military, and please enjoy our National Parks!  For more information and details about this offer, please visit the US Geological Survey - America The Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Page HERE

Update on our sweet Blake

Remember my posts about adopting sweet baby malamute Blake?

If you don’t, you take take a peak at them – Picking a Puppy Already??, Bringing Home My New Puppy…, and Life with Blake…

Well, at the end of March, Jon and I made the difficult decision to give Blake back the to breeder we bought him from.  This was one of the most difficult decisions Jon and I have ever made.  But, we made the decision that was in the best interest of Blake.  We live in an townhome in an urban area, and Blake was growing much larger  than the “typical” alaskan malamute.  So, we made the decision that finding him a home where someone was home with home more often, and where he had a backyard with acres to run and play would be much better suited to his size and temperament.  It broke my heart to let him go, but I know he is happier in a place where he has a round-the-clock companion and lots of land to run run free.

To sum it up, here’s the first picture we took of Blake when we first picked him up from the breeder.  This August 13, 2011.  He was such a cute little puppy, we had no idea that he was going to grow to so much so soon.

Typical Alaskan Malamute males grow to be about 90 pounds, but it’s not unusual to see larger males top 100 pounds or more.  Blake was the biggest male of the litter, so we knew he was going to be a big boy, but we had no idea how big he was going to be.

As a puppy, Blake grew and was right on track in terms of size.  He had no problems finishing his breakfast and dinner everyday.  It was to watch, when we fed him, he acted like he had never eaten in his life.  And if Zeke, our German Shepherd didn’t finish his food for dinner, Blake was more than happy to lend a helping hand =)

Wherever we took Blake, we received tons on compliments on how handsome he was, and how friendly he was.  Blake definitively had a good temperament, beginning from puppyhood.  He liked to play with all dogs, big and small.  Going to the vet was always an adventure with Blake.  He wanted to play with the other dogs, “demanded” attention from the staff =), and was the center of attention (of course!)

Here’s a photo on our way to the vet one day:

And then he grew like a weed!  I don’t know what was in the food we were feeding him, but he shot up like a weed!

Here’s a photo from back in October 2011…he still looks like a puppy, but he’s getting bigger!

And a few more from Autumn 2011, talking a nature walk with my parents:

And then Blake at Christmas, check out how big he got (so quickly might I add!):

It was about this time we realized that Blake was going to be “bigger than the average bear.”  Since Blake was a little puppy, I would hold him on my chest like little dog.  The problem with that is, as he got older, he still believed he was a lap dog, and could still cuddle up with mommy and “plop” right down on top of me.  Don’t get me wrong, I love me some good puppy cuddle time, but Blake got just a little too big for laying on me.

And as a puppy, we had to overcome housetraining, which meant during the day while Jon and I were at work, he was in his crate.  Blake didn’t mind, he went into his crate voluntarily, because we taught him that his crate was his “home,” but we felt bad because Zeke, our German Shepherd, didn’t need to be crated during the day.  We felt like we were putting him in jail, even though realistically we knew that wasn’t the case.  Crating training, when done properly is a good thing for a dog.  It gives them a secure, quiet, place to hang out at home, a personal den where he can find comfort and solitude while you (the owner) know he’s safe and secure (and not tearing your house to pieces while you’re away from home).  Want to know how you’ve crate trained your dog correctly?  They will go into their crate during quiet times to rest while you are at homebecause that’s their own little bedroom.  For more information on properly crate training your dog check out the The Human Society’s website HERE.

So, by Spring 2012, Blake was HUGE!  He was only nine months old, but bigger than the average fully-grown Alaskan Malamute (and still thinking he was a lap dog, sweet doggy).

Zeke is about seven years old, and about sixty three pounds.  So, he at this point he was outweighed by our PUPPY by about 30 pounds, and Blake always wanted to play.  Zeke is getting old, acting like an old man, and didn’t want to be bothered all the time by his little brother.

So, here was Blake in March:

and my favorite picture:

 What a sweet face!  He is so precious, sweet, and so loyal.  And when he’s with you, he gives you 110% of his attention – he’s completely focused on you, loving you, listening to you, trying to please you…

That’s why this was such a difficult decision for us.

But when we put in perspective — we live in an urban area, in a townhome, with a small backyard.  Yes, we are lucky enough to have our home backup to a county park where we walk the dogs regularly, but Blake needs a place where he can just run free, not on a leash, especially being on the large size of a large breed.

Jon and I couldn’t bring ourselves to take Blake back to the breeder ourselves, so my Dad and Step Mom made the drive with Blake back to the breeder.  They had to admit it was difficult for them to give him up too.  They even contemplated keeping Blake, but the same issues arose — Blake need for expansive land to run and someone who could devote lots of attention to him.  But, alas, they did it.

The breeder was impressed with Blake’s <beautiful> appearance, temperament,  and good health.  She noted how well took care of him (of course, my doggies are my babies!).  She looked after him for a few days to get to know him, then put an ad out to find a good home for Blake.

I was very happy to hear she was being stringent in the interview process, so she could find the perfect home for Blake.  It took a about a month and several interviews, but she found a good home!

A lady who was visiting her family in Pennsylvania (lives in Massachusetts) for the weekend saw the ad she posted for Blake, and came to see him.  She fell in love with him instantly! (Of course, who wouldn’t!?!?).  So, Blake went to his new home in Massachusetts.  She is a single woman with a large fenced-in backyard and a nice home.

Once Blake’s new owner took him home, we heard back from her.  This is what she had to say:  Blake does really well in the car, and she takes him everywhere with her.  Blake sleeps in the bed with her, but (not surprisingly!) takes up the majority of the bed – she’s working on getting him to sleep at the bottom of the bed (good luck with that, remember what I said about him liking to cuddle!), she bought a harness for him so she could control him better on the leash, she has been treating him with raw meat and fish, and last but not least…she took him to the vet and he weighed in at… 117 POUNDS! AT ELEVEN MONTHS OLD!

WOW!

I am so glad Blake has a new, fantastic home, I am just sorry he couldn’t stay with us.

FREE Bowling for Children this Summer!

Here are TWO FREE Bowling for children during the summer offers!

Bowling is a great activity that is a group event (think family time) or time for your kids to meet new friends outside of school!

At Kids Bowl Free, select bowling centers and schools around the U.S. are participating in the First Ever Kids Bowl Free program.  It’s designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a SAFE, SECURE, and FUN way for kids to spend time over summer break.  At participating bowling facilities children are eligible to register for TWO FREE games a day, all summer long.  For more information, check Kids Bowl FREE HERE.

At AMF Summer Unplugged, kids 15 and under can bowl for free all summer long.  All you need to do is register HERE, and you will receive a weekly voucher for TWO FREE games a day, all the way through September 3rd!  Please note that shoe rental is not included in this promotion.  For more information, check out AMF Summer Unplugged HERE