The Motley Crue tour.
This. Is. Awesome.
Or, rather, it’s gonna be awesome. Like AWESOME awesome.
I am a huge Motley Crue fan, and saw them at Ozzfest several years ago, for the first time EVER. Awesome. Then, I saw the Motley Crue tour the following year, with Poison opening for them. Awesome. And, now…I am going to catch the Motley Crue tour yet again…at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem. Giddy up, partner. It’s gonna be a wild, wild ride. It always is.
Continue reading Motley Crue tour hits the Sands — and so will I!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the American Cancer Society. All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine…and I am honored to be a part of spreading this important message!
This week, the American Cancer Society will turn 100. They’re celebrating it in grand fashion, by celebrating their efforts to educate, raise awareness, as well as continue their efforts in research and hard work to eradicate this awful disease. One hundred years ago, 15 doctors and business leaders wanted to raise awareness of cancer in 1913, kickstarting the amazing — and vital – American Cancer Society, which has grown into the world’s leader in the fight to end cancer. And, of course, part of their 100th birthday extravaganza is celebrating the survivors of cancer. Like this guy:
One of those is my 19-year-old son, who had cancer at the age of two. Two. He suffered from an often-fatal cancer of the nervous system, called neuroblastoma. It was, as you can imagine, a terrible, devastating, frightening, sad (I can go on for days) period in our lives. Luckily — and I do mean luckily in the strongest sense — my son made it through with flying colors. He never suffered a relapse, for which we were very lucky.
Continue reading American Cancer Society, Happy Birthday — and thank you!
This post brought to you by CB2. All opinions are 100% mine.
It's your space — and you can make it fun or relaxing or exciting — but, above all else, your space should be you. Uniquely and distinctively you. And a great way you can do that is with some very unique and distinctive pieces from the new CB2 and Novogratz Collection, courtesy of the husband and wife design duo, Robert and Cortney Novogratz. You may know the Novogratzes from their popular TV home design shows, where they showcase their very distinctive designing flair. It's a playful collection, one that cleverly mixes modern styles with a vintage flair that is fresh and unpredictable.
Their latest collection, which was inspired by their Brazil vacation home, debuted in early May. It features gorgeous, bold colors and warm wood. The CB2 and Novogratz collection features a stunning variety of items that cover a wide range of tastes and price points. Take, for example, the Tudo Bem Pink Neon Light featured above. Such a fun, whimsical piece! I love that light (it doesn't hurt that I love whimsical, as well as pink.)
Look at all those vibrant pops of color; they're so bold and distinctive (and different), yet they all go together to create a unique, exotic feel that makes your outdoor space downright stunning and appealing. And the Rouge Coffee Table? Love it! That is totally my taste. The color, the design, the whole she-bang. Heck, if it looked like that outdoors at my house, I would never want to be indoors.
But besides that — as if that weren't enough! — CB2 and Novogratz are giving away the trip of a lifetime. You and three friends can win a one-week stay in the vacation home of Bob and Courtney Novogratz in Trancoso, Brazil! Ten other winners will receive a $100 CB2 Gift Card as well as a signed copy of Home by Novogratz. Make sure you get your entries in for the CB2 and Novogratz Brasil Sweepstakes by June 2!
You can follow CB2 on Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook to stay updated on their giveaway, as well as their superb collection of home decor!
With the news of the Angelina Jolie double mastectomy due to her high risk of developing breast cancer (she reportedly had an 87% risk, following genetic testing for the breast cancer gene, BRCA), there is a whole lot of talk about breast cancer facts — the gene, genetic testing, risk, prevention, treatment, and so on. Which, all in all, is a good thing.
But before you rush to get tested for the breast cancer gene or, rather the genetic mutation, you should discuss it at length with your doctor to see if it’s appropriate for you. Sure it’s just a blood test…but it’s an expensive one (to the tune of about $3,000) and it’s not often covered by health insurance. (You can check out the National Cancer Institute for more information on BRCA testing and your risk of cancer.)
We’ve been bombarded with news and talk of breast cancer over the last 24 hours or so…and it’s normal to be concerned about your risk. Cancer — of any kind — is scary. And rightly so. I admit, that upon hearing report after report of the Angelina Jolie mastectomy, I started wondering if I should have genetic testing done. That’s right. In less than 24 hours, I was already worried that I might be in the high risk category for breast cancer. For no apparent reason, mind you, but because it was all I’d heard, no matter what channel I turned on. Which is why I dialed back the paranoia and decided to educate myself a little more about breast cancer facts.
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Dunkin’ Donuts. I received a Dunkin’ Donuts Party Kit to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. My opinions about Dunkin Donuts Seasonal Coffee are 100% honest and 100% mine.
It’s no secret that I am a Dunkin Donuts fan. Around these parts, Dunkin Donuts is king. We buy it regularly by the cup, by the K-Cup, by the bag, you name it. So, when I got a chance to host a party to try out the Dunkin Donuts Seasonal Coffee, I jumped at the chance. There are three new seasonal flavors: Coconut, Triple Berry, and Strawberry Shortcake.
Now, what better way to celebrate the end of the work week than with a little Dunkin Donuts office party? That’s what I’m talking about! At my mom’s office, Friday is casual day, as far as the dress code is concerned…but we kicked it up a notch (or three) with some Dunkin Donuts Seasonal Coffee and some yummy treats!
Continue reading Dunkin Donuts Seasonal Coffee: Two thumbs up! #sponsored
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Aflac. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
Hopefully, you haven’t experienced the unpleasantness — to put it mildly — of a serious injury or illness. Even with health insurance, it can be downright debilitating, physically and emotionally, as well as financially. That’s why Aflac wants to help you figure out the real cost of healthcare — and, more important, help you afford it.
Several years ago, when my father developed lung cancer, he spent the last six weeks of his life in the hospital and received a few rounds of radiation and then a few doses of chemo, before he was declared a hospice patient and passed away. While my mother was still working and my father was disabled (so there wasn’t a loss of income, as there often is when a serious illness strikes), the medical bills were outrageous. We’re talking in the neighborhood of $1 million for his roughly six-week hospital stay. $1 million. That’s just the healthcare. When you factor in the other costs, like the cost of my mother eating out at least once a day because she was constantly shuttling from work to the hospital and back and forth (don’t forget the gas expense!) plus parking fees (almost daily, when she couldn’t find a parking space elsewhere), among other things…you get the real cost of healthcare.
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This might come as a surprise to some people (it did to me, for one), but are you aware of how much it costs to develop elearning courses? I have to admit, I was under the assumption that elearning was easier and the lesser of the two when it comes to elearning vs. “traditional” learning. And, I figured, with the rise in custom elearning development, it must be cheaper, right? I mean, if it isn’t the less expensive way to do something, then why is it popping up all over the place? So when I happened upon this infographic comparing instructor-led training and elearning and, boy, was I surprised.
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Outlets. You love ‘em, I love ‘em…heck, everybody loves ‘em. And, recently I found out that I really really love the Outlets at Sands Bethlehem. Like love love.
The Outlets at Sands Bethlehem are wonderful. For starters, the first thing I happened upon was…a Peeps outlet store. Yes, you read that correctly. I found a Peeps outlet store, for the first time ever. Not. Kidding. Peeps everywhere. It was Peeps Nirvana. Oh man, the Peeps. They. Were. Everywhere.
Seriously? A Peeps Outlet? Wow. This. Is. AWESOME! And the awesomeness only gets better once you’re inside…
But the folks behind the awesomeness of Peeps are also behind the awesomeness of, oh, Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews…
Continue reading Outlets at Sands Bethlehem: You must. You really must. #spon
Welcome to the 2nd annual MamaLOVE Giveaway Hop hosted by MamaNYC! And I am happy to express some serious Mama LOVE by showing YOU, my readers, just how much I love YOU by giving you a chance to win a seriously adorable Big Buddha Tote in Berry!
This charming — and roomy — Big Buddha Tote is constructed of synthetic embossed leather. It will hold everything from your wallet, sunglasses, electronics, cosmetics, diapers, snacks, a book (or two)…you name it! The Big Buddha Tote features two wide shoulder straps for your comfort, an exterior zip pocket, decorative hardware accents and a secure top-zip closure. It also has a snazzy animal-print lined interior which features a back wall zip pocket and front wall slip pockets. The bottom width measures 13 inches, the middle width of the tote measures 16.5 inches, and the top width is 17 inches. The Big Buddha DakotaTote is just over 5 inches deep and stands 14.5 inches tall, with a handle length of 22 inches and a handle drop of 9 inches. The tote itself is nice and light, though, weighing only a pound and a half! It retails for $80.
Continue reading Show Mom some Mama LOVE…with a Big Buddha Tote!