Did you know approximately $14.6 billion was spent on Mother's Day presents last year in the U.S. alone? According to the National Retail Federation and a study they conducted last year predicted billions to be spent at restaurants, clothing, jewelry and flowers. $1.9 billion ...on flowers. $2.9 billion on Mom's favorite food. About $2.5 billion on jewelry. Others bought clothing or clothing accessories ($1.3 billion), gift certificates ($1.5 billion), personal service such as a day >> Read More
Cause Oriented Marketing
A Unique Mother’s Day Gift Idea: What If You Give Instead of Receive?
Heart of Haiti
When I look back on 2010 and the kind of work I was blessed to be part of, it was projects that were clearly not about me but focused on helping others that left me knowing that I was truly using my gifts as intended. Thanks to The Clever Girls Collective, I have a chance to do that again today. Its hard to imagine that is been a year since the devastating earthquake hit Haiti >> Read More
Time, Talent, and Treasure
The holidays are upon us ~ literally as I post this during Christmas Week ~ with just a few days to go before we celebrate our winter holiday and enjoy time together with family and friends. In late November I was contacted by Cepia, LLC, the makers of the exceptionally popular Zhu Zhu Pets, to join them in their 2010 Holiday Random Acts of Zhu Program. The nationwide program connected 100 Bloggers with 100 Zhu Zhu Pets >> Read More
The Best Gift I Ever Gave
The Winter Holidays are here and for my family, its Christmas we celebrate and I truly love sharing time with family and close friends. When it comes to gifts, I prefer to know what someone really wants versus choosing without a clue and hoping its just the right gift at the right time. I know its practical but I guess the perfectionist in me wants to be sure that the recipient will be happy after >> Read More
Make a Wish-4-Snow While You Shop and Help 77 Kids Raise Money for Children’s Hospitals Nationwide!
Thanks to my friends at The Motherhood, last week I was delighted to join an awesome group of local Raleigh area Mom Bloggers and their adorable children at the brand new 77 Kids children's clothing store in Crabtree Valley Mall, Raleigh, NC. I rarely visit the mall so for me, this was a treat to see all the new stores, holiday decorations out in full force, and check out one of the trendiest new lines in Children's >> Read More
Plan Ahead – Don’t Drive Buzzed!
Halloween means dark streets full of little kids distracted by candy and costumes. As a parent, I've always been grateful we've lived in communities with sidewalks and either myself or my husband escort the kids no matter how old they are...just part of the deal if we let you roam the neighborhood in the dark and not easily identified. With children in our home in elementary, middle, and high school, our family meets three different >> Read More
A Mom Is Born
Do you have a girlfriend who is pregnant right now? If you are like me, that I am full of joy and love for my friends who are making babies and becoming mothers for the first time or more. It happens less frequently once you arrive in your 40s, yet its always miraculous, never less than life changing, and truly a gift beyond all measure. Our last baby is our only girl and at 37 >> Read More
Recap of the Raleigh Hebrew National Picnic
Video from NC Race for the Cure
On Saturday I had the honor to run the North Carolina Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure. I ran for a million reasons and thought I was generally prepared for the event...until I got there. I was completely overwhelmed with the significance, and the honor of it all and found myself humbled and privileged to be someone who COULD run the race this year. I saw groups of women running for a friend, a >> Read More
Hebrew National Better-Than-A-Picnic Picnic in Raleigh!
Friday June 11, 2010 Hebrew National Better-Than-A-Picnic Picnic 11:30 - 3:30 at Moore Square, across from Marbles Museum What a GREAT way to spend the first day of summer break! If you live in the Raleigh area, I'd love to see you there! Join me as I co-host this wonderful FREE event with 3 area Mom bloggers on behalf of Hebrew National. Bring your kids, family, friends downtown and enjoy the fun! Lunch is on >> Read More