Missions, Synchronicity, & Renee J. Ross

Blogging and social media have given me the opportunity to connect with many incredible people, many of whom I have yet to meet in person (but still consider friends). Renee J. Ross is one of those connections. The woman seriously radiates light and love and All the Good Things. So much so, in fact, that I think I want to be her when I grow up.

I recently learned that Renee is fundraising for a mission trip to Ethiopia to help build homes for those with leprosy. I may suck at being Catholic, but I do believe in God and the call to serve. I also believe in fate and incredible coincidence. Last year, very close friends of mine adopted a beautiful son from Adis Ababa in Ethiopia, which just so happens to be the exact community in which Renee will be building mud huts. Total synchronicity, y'all.

Renee's got an April 5 deadline to raise the $3,500 needed to fund her mission trip. Let's help get her there.


Let's Help a Mother Out & Justify Our Shopping Habits

I usually suck at the Rallying the Troops thing, but it's late and I'm so far behind on my To Do list that I may as well not bother sleeping until I'm dead so let's just give this a shot, shall we? Really, I'll just pretend high school didn't happen and that I was nominated for something other than The Kramer Award for Craziest Hair by my fellow classmates our senior year. Like Homecoming Court, or something.

It's International Women's Day and my friend, fellow writer, and regular Girl Body Pride contributor Kim Tracy Prince is looking for support for the Help a Mother Out diaper donation charity.

The short story: Install the KarmaWell app on your browser and if just 20 or so of you follow through because you are that kind of awesome, Kim will have made her goal of getting at least 50 people try KarmaWell, and that translates into KarmaWell donating 5,000 diapers to a homeless shelter. The KarmaWell app is FREE and enables automatic donations to the diaper charity every time you shop online. Which we all know is often. So that means babies get diapers and you scored some points with the Universe.

Don't lie. Karma is watching you, remember?

Basically, you either like babies or you don't. I think you do.

Go ahead and delete the app next week if you want. I won't tell. But install KarmaWell before the end of the day in the spirit of helping mothers and babies and supporting your online shopping habit, which basically gives you the right to shop because IT'S FOR THE BABIES.

That means the next time your husband gets all YOU DON'T NEED THAT you can be all NO I REALLY DON'T BUT IT'S FOR THE BABIES, ASSHOLE. Basically, it's an automatic win for you because no one can argue that?

No one.

Unless they are evil.


Make a Difference, Tucson. Here's Your Chance.


I'd cut my hair for this if I had any to cut.

Since I don't, I'll ask Tucson to step in and make a difference for a child in need.

I posted yesterday about the Disney on Ice Dare to Dream show coming to the TCC in October. Today I'm going to tell you about an incredible event that is so full of FEEL GOOD FEATURE that the former reporter in me is tripping over myself with excitement.

Feldman Entertainment is hosting the Hair Raising Event (playing off of the Rapunzel story, of course) at the Foothills Mall on Saturday, Sept. 22 to benefit Children with Hair Loss. If you are local and have 8-inches (or more) of hair to cut, you would be helping create free gifts of wigs to children who truly need them. The organization has provided many of the wigs they have helped create to the children at Diamond Children's in Tucson.

Added incentive?  The first 25 people that register to donate their hair will receive a complimentary Rapunzel necklace when they arrive that Saturday (advance registration is preferred).  AND everyone that donates hair will receive 2 complimentary tickets to the show and will get to take part in a fun event on opening night. Alls I'm saying is ya get to meet Rapunzel and launch Chinese Lanterns outside of the TCC that evening!

I know. It's going to be amazing.

Now for the cool part:

Do I have any volunteers to have their hair cut ON LIVE TV  prior to Sept. 22 to kick off the Hair Raising Event? If so, please be sure to contact me right away and I'll get you in touch with the PR whiz behind this whole thing.

Oh, and you can thank BellaVita Salon for the complimentary hair cut you'll get after donating your hair at the Foothills event. This isn't just a snip off the ponytail and kick you out of the chair, people. This is a chance for you to make a real difference and walk away with a brand new look.

So, Tucson: Who's up for making a child smile? Leave a comment. Spread the word. Let's make some noise.



It Was the Maid in the Billiard Room with the Candlestick

Or maybe it was the butler in the conservatory with the pipe. Either way, the point is that there's a whole lot more "Who Dunnit" going on during a game of clue than there is in the whole Which One of My Two Commenters Won The Earrings I Was Raffling for Charity.

You see, I had two pairs of earrings.

And there were two commenters.

Shut UP, spell check. It's a word.

I realize I could have just drawn one winner, but as I'm the oldest of five and know what kind of wars started when one of us got something that the rest of us didn't, so in the interest of Peace in the Blogosphere, I've decided to make sure HC Palmquist and CJ Redwine remain friends.

In short?

Y'all get a pair each.

And to everyone who donated? Thank you. I will be contacting Julian's family to get the $120 you helped raise in their hands just as soon as I can.

For CJ Redwine's Sister's Eyes Only

  See these earrings?

And these?


Pretty snazzy, aren't they? Betcha wanna know how you could possibly get your hands on a pair of these little babies, don't ya?


Well...I'm not going to tell you. Turns out I suck at getting other people to pony up for a worthy cause like The Julian Project, even when offering Pretty Things to encourage participation, so I'm just gonna go with what works this time. CJ Redwine's sister, a.k.a. HC Palmquist, happens to rock the socks off of earrings like these. In fact, she's the only one who donated for the last pair, and she basically offered me a pie to just hand these over to her. (She makes really good pie.) I was about to say yes and then we both came to our senses because there is the Julian Project and all so we  decided to proceed and pretend like I have influence over all of you by admitting I don't have influence over any of you.

Clever, right?

CJ Redwine happens to think it's genius. Also? She totally let me pimp out her were-llama famousness for the sake of maybe helping me donate more than what I can talk Buttercup into giving me from her piggy bank. Which? Makes CJ even more awesome than I had previously assumed based on how much I like her sister's pie.

And I really like her sister's pie.

But that's neither here nor there because no one wants to donate $5 to be in the running for one pair of these earrings or $10 for a chance at both pairs except for CJ Redwine's sister, right?


So here's the deal, CJ Redwine's sister: click here and do that donation thing then come back to this post and leave me a comment letting me know if you are trying to win one or both sets of earrings. Tweet this. Facebook it. Blog about it. None of it's gonna get you extra entries because I'm revising a manuscript right now and don't have the time to keep track of all that craziness but tweet, Facebook, and blog about this if you can spare a moment and it makes you feel good inside. Don't get all anxious and stuff since you're probably the only one entering, anyway, so this is as good as in the bag, right?


The reverse psychology worked, yes?

Let the craziness begin.


Fine print: Earrings were graciously created and provided by the very talented mother of Born to be a Dragon author Eisley Jacobs for the sole purpose of raising funds for The Julian Project.

More fine print: CJ Redwine rocks.

Even more fine print: And so does her sister.

Donations and comments will be accepted through Friday, November 11, at midnight, EST. The winner(s), presumably CJ Redwine's sister, will be announced the following day here on the blog.

Take 2

I suck at fundraising. But it doesn't mean I'm not going to keep trying. Last week I posted this about that. And no one responded.

So I'm posting again.

I hear Scentsy is pretty awesome and I'm thinking a shot at a $25 gift certificate for a mere $5 donation to help a family in need is a pretty awesome karmic deal. So, who's with me?

Stick with me on this, people. Next week, I have a pretty awesome auction going up.

Key word? Beyonce.

And that's all I'm saying for now.

The Julian Project: Part 3

Remember Julian and the fancy feather earrings from last week? I'm happy to announce that HC Palmquist is the lucky winner of the awesome handmade earrings created by the mother of a very talented author friend. While I let HC perform her own version of a happy dance in what will probably turn out to be four-inch-zombie stomping stilettos, I'm going to carry on with the next segment in my quest to make a small difference in honor of a five-year-old boy who lost his battle with leukemia. When I first announced the plan to try and raise some funds for Julian's family, Jessica was one of the first to raise her hand and offer her support as well as an item to virtually raffle off. A Scentsy consultant who truly loves her job and a mother of three touched by the story of The Julian Project, Jessica immediately offered a $25 Scenty gift certificate for one winner to happily lose themselves in the decision making process.

So here's the deal: It's all going down like it did last week. If you are interested in a chance at a $25 gift certificate for Things That Smell Pretty and the possibility of also contributing to Jessica's efforts to raise funds for an autism service dog for her own daughter, just donate $5 here and leave a comment on this blog post. The five bucks is in honor of Julian's age when he died and the comment on the blog post offers me the chance to publicly thank you for your generosity. All monies raised from this and all other efforts to collect funds on behalf of The Julian Project will be turned over to the family.

Thank you, also, to Jessica for your time, effort, and willingness to help a family you have never met.

Donations for the Scentsy gift certificate will be accepted through midnight, EST, on Sept 14.