Giving Guide For Giving Tuesday Ideas

After Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday.  Giving Tuesday is a great way to support local & national nonprofits during the Christmas Holidays by giving back to nonprofits that are making a difference to our local and global communities.  The  nationwide philanthropic event will be as huge  of a success for nonprofits as Cyber Monday and brings together families, communities and nonprofits.

My family celebrates giving everyday by giving back  to local charities and making contributions to multiple nonprofits. It has been a way of life for us since childhood.   Giving Tuesday is driven through social media and is a global effort to highlight the importance of giving.  Last year the initiative raised over 10 million dollars for charity.

If you are a parent, this is also a great way to share the gift of giving globally with your children.

Google+ Hangout-a-thon

Guide To Celebrate and Participate in #GivingTuesday

  1. #GivingTuesday Google+ Hangout-a-thon – Google is hosting an all-day Google hangout-a-thon with Mashable and 24 charities and brands.  The event is occurring all day and will feature several nonprofits and provide viewers with the opportunity to donate or purchase goods for good.
  2. Give Gifts that Give Back: www.givingtuesday.org also provides resources for partners and 501c nonprofits that are participating. Recommend you also visit the Giving Tuesday Facebook page for highlights and ways you can help nonprofits get funding by participating in initiatives, such as following hubspot on Google+ to donate 50 cents to charity water.
  3. Spread the Word: If  you are a nonprofit with a qualified 501c make sure to use the #GivingTuesday hashtag to encourage others to give to your charity.  It’s never too late to spread the word.
  4. Support Charities: If you are a nonprofit advocate, share a list of qualified 501c nonprofits with others and use the hashtag #GivingTuesday  to encourage others to give.
  5. Volunteer:  There are many nonprofits that could use volunteers to grow their nonprofit.  Visit your local community center for resources or www.volunteermatch.org to find a match.

Recommended Nonprofits To Support On Giving Tuesday

  1. The Orphaned Earring – Buy bracelets or donate your orphaned earrings & jewelry.  The funds go towards arts and crafts programs for four orphanages in Latin America. (Los Angeles, CA)
  2. The Sheepfold – Your donations provides abused or homeless mothers with children shelter, refuge and hope.  (Orange County, CA)
  3. Help A Mother Out – Your donations provide diapers to children in need (Silicon Valley, CA)
  4. International Sanctuary – Purchase with Purpose and support victims of human trafficking.  The jewelry is handmade by survivors of human trafficking. Visit their showroom M-F from 8am-4pm daily or attend the 2nd Annual Holiday party on December 12th for additional shopping. (Orange County, CA)
  5. Jacob’s House – Addresses the financial, spiritual, geographical, and time-sensitive needs that people in crisis require when their loved one is in the hospital. (Riverside County, CA)
  6. March for Babies – Provide resources and education to help premature babies start a healthy and strong life. (California)
  7. Mujeres para Mujeres – Masectomy bras are needed for breast cancer patients. (San Diego, CA)

 

Question:  How will you be participating in Giving Tuesday?  What nonprofits will you be supporting on Giving Tuesday?

Insider Tips: Cyber Monday Top Finds

Updated  1/24 – All links removed due to expiration of deals.

Are you doing some shopping online on Cyber Monday?  We’ve compiled a list of the best finds online from $100 and under tablets to 25-40% discounts at some of our favorite online retailers.

Here are the best finds for Cyber Monday you don’t want to miss.

      1. Amazon Kindle HD – $99, down from $199 – Deal good thru Cyber Monday 12/2. (Best Buy)
      2. HP 7 with WiFi 7″ Touchscreen Tablet PC – $89, down from $129 – Deal good thru Cyber Monday 12/2.  (Walmart)
      3. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet with 16GB of storage –  $399, down from $499 - Deal good thru Cyber Monday 12/2. (Amazon)
      4. 25 reams of paper – $25.99, down from $39.99 – Deal good thru Cyber Monday 12/2.  (Office Depot)
      5. HP Officejet Pro 8600 e-All-In-One Printer, Copier, Scanner, Fax – $129, down from $199. – Deal ends 12/2. (Office Depot)
      6. Keurig K75 Single Serve Brewer, Platinum – $179 down from $259 (Macy’s). Offer ends 12/2.
      7. Harney & Sons Tea – 25% off  and FREE shipping. Make sure to use CODE CYB13. Offer ends Dec 12/3 at 11:59EST.
      8. Go Daddy 35% off on new purchases & renewals. Make sure to use promo code gd31211pl – Black Friday deal extended thru Cyber Monday 12/2.
      9. Petco 30% off on purchases, plus free shipping for orders over $49. Deal ends Cyber Monday 12/2.
      10. Coach 25% off on purchases.  Use code OD317221 – valid on 12/2 only.
      11. Kate Spade 30% off entire site.  Use promo code: CYBER30
      12. South Coast Winery 30% off 6 bottles, 40% off 12 bottles. Use promo code: CYBER We recommend the Spumante Diamante. Cyber Monday sale ends on 12/2 at 11pm
      13. LOVETHEIT.com camera bag 25% off, Use promo code: BLACKFRIDAYLOVE25 – offer ends on Cyber Monday 12/2.   I own Thebossi in black. It is my favorite camera bag because it looks just like a purse.
      14. GoGoAir.com Buy 1 Get 3 FREE,  each All-Day Pass is valid for 24 hours of continuous access on Gogo equipped flights on the same airline from 12/14/2013 to 12/31/2013.
      15. Restaurant.com Get $25 Gift Cards for $3 at 100s of local restaurants.  Use promo code: CYBER and hit apply.

If you still need to do some price comparison, check out pricegrabber.com.  This is a great website for price comparison shopping.

#WakeUpYourWalls With HP Photo Wall Decor

I  previewed HP Photo Wall Decor which gives you the opportunity to create beautiful wall art prints with photos from your phone.      You can create fascinating HP Faux canvas, Posters, Banners, Muti Photo and Multi-panel designs with just a few clicks at affordable prices.   It’s really amazing all the options HP provides to create beautiful pieces of art.

HP Photo Wall Decor

HP has partnered with Walmart to provide quality service for their Photo Wall Decor.  You can also create your designs online with same-day pick up  for weddings, anniversaries, holidays and birthdays gifts.  Imagine the possibilities.  One of the best things about HP Photo Decor is that you can scan family photos to create heirlooms that can be passed on for generations.  You can also create mirrored edges, which allow photos with narrow borders around the subject to be used.

 

Interior Designer Genevieve Gorder Wake Up Your Walls Tips & Tricks

Our featured guest, Interior Designer Genevieve Gorder also provided us with some design tips to help us create inspiration and beauty in everyday life.    My favorite tips:

Tip #1 Paper templates make it easy to design your own wall collage

Photo display walls are a great way to add a personal touch to any room. The best part is designing the layout – choose pieces that will balance each other out in weight and color when they’re hung together. Once you’ve selected your photos, cut paper templates in sizes of the photo wall décor you want to use (paper bags work great – avoid using newspaper as it can mark your wall), tape the templates up with blue painters tape and play around with the collage design before you get the hammer out!

Tip# 2 – Scan anything and turn it into wall art. It’s easy.

You can scan almost anything to create wall décor for your home. Children’s artwork, original artwork, vintage family photos, wedding and baby announcements, concert and sports tickets, baby sonograms, really anything – to create personalized wall décor that allows you to relive and enjoy the sentimental moments in life everyday.

Tip #3 – Design secrets to a great looking photo wall collage

As a follow up to the paper templates, here’s another tip on actually laying out your photos when creating wall collages. To create depth, mix different sizes and types of wall décor such as the gallery-wrapped HP Premium Canvas, framed enlargements and brushed silver-look edged Mounted Photos. You can create large or small displays to make an art statement, create a family story or celebrate a life event.

 

The best advice she gave me was to decorate one room at a time instead of trying to decorate all the rooms in our home at once.  She really inspired me to take on decorating our home.   I’m very grateful to Genevieve for sharing her tips.   For a complete list of all 8 Tips, Download  Genevieve’s HP Photo Wall Décor Do It Yourself Tips & Tricks .

 

Giveaway

To celebrate the launch of HP Photo Wall Decor, HP has provided a $50 Gift card to one of my readers to Wake Up Your Walls.   Giveaway ended on April 1, 2013 at 12:00am.

 

Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Wake Up Your Walls with HP Photo Wall Decor Giveaway.  Looking forward to seeing your works of art:


Disclosure: I have partnered with HP  in their  Wake Up Your Walls efforts. However, All opinions are my own.

Tech Gadgets: Bella Vita iPhone Wristlet Review & Giveaway

 

I recently received a Bella Vita iPhone wristlet for review and LOVE it!  The wristlet combines the best of both worlds by combining a elegant wallet and protective iPhone case in one.   A couple of  things I love about Bella Vita wristlets is the functionality, compact size, elegant style and the variety of trendy colors available to match any wardrobe.   I was able to neatly pack my ID, credit cards, cash & receipts in the soft leather wristlet without any problems.  I was also able to take photos, text and make calls.   I can’t wait to purchase a spring colors line wristlet.

Additional Features:

  • Genuine soft leather in signature “vita celeste” hue
  • Elegant and practical design
  • Compliments a variety of styles and activities
  • Allows for full iPhone 4 functionality
  • Comes with a life-time warranty

Giveaway

To show appreciation to customers and celebrate this holiday season, Bella Vita will be holding Monthly Giveaways from October 2012 through February 2013. Enter giveaway to win a BellaVita iPhone 4,4S Wristlet or Wallet of your choice. A drawing will be held on the 15th of each month, and a lucky winner anounced on their Facebook Page.  No purchase is necessary. To enter, fill out the online entry form below and click “submit”. Official Rules apply. 

 

Disclosure:   I received a wristlet wallet to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own.

Question:  What is your favorite go to gadget to protect your phone? Would you like to own a wristlet wallet?

My 2013 Nissan Pathfinder Experience

I was recently invited to attend the Los Angeles Internationa Auto Show – Nissan NEXT Event to preview the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder.   The all new Pathfinder is a mid-sized SUV and features a redesigned chassis, dual moonroof, a slightly larger model, increased fuel efficiency and is also equipped with a lot of technology features for the entire family.

As a mom one of the first things I look at in a car is safety.  The Nissan 2013 is equipped with several safetly features including built in GPS to immediately detect your location, antilock disc brakes and six front-seat & full-length airbags.  The  2013 Pathfinder also has a hands free built in phone system, a 360-degree AroundView Monitor camera system, a backup camera and parking sensors.  There are also child safety rear door locks for the passenger doors.

The second thing I look at is the appearance and features. Is it easy on the eyes?  Does it have an iPhone connection?  Can I listen to my favorite music? Will my family be entertained? These are the type of questions I have when checking a car.  The Nissan 2013 Pathfinder is a classy and sexy mid sized crossover SUV.  When I stepped into the vehicle is feels like a luxury car.   Immediately upon entering the car I had to check to ensure there is a USB connection for my iPhone.  I found it and was very pleased because it also had a roomy center-console to store my purse, CDs, DVDs and personal items.

 

If you are an adventurous family like mine, the vehicle also features 2WD, 4WD or Auto mode options and 5,000 pound towing capacity to tow your boat, trailer or camper on a hitch.  The beauty of this car is that it seats 7 people comfortably for a large family such as mine.  The seats in the rear also fold down for added cargo room.

 

The interior of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder includes seats for 7 members of the family.  There is a lot of legroom for all the passengers and a roomy in the cargo area to carry groceries or sporting equipment.

The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder we previewed includes a Tri-Zone Entertainment System which is controlled with a touch screen display on the dash and Onstar FMV (For My Vehicle) feature for navigation services. The driver and front seat passenger can enjoy satellite radio while the remaining passengers watch movies on dual 7-inch DVD monitors.  One of the best features of the entertainment system are the wireless headsets and rear auxiliary audio and video input jacks for family members that want to plug in their video games or electronic equipment.

The Nissan Pathfinder has evolved from a rugged mid-sized SUV into a luxury crossover.   This vehicle is a great option for techie families in need of a  mid-sized SUV.    For an overall experience of the vehicle, please visit:  http://www.nissanusa.com/suvs/pathfinder, follow Nissan on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/NissanEspanol and visit your local Nissan dealer to test drive the vehicle for yourself.

 

This is part of a sponsored campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Nissan. However, all opinions expressed are my own. 

 

Question:  What are the features you look at first when test driving a vehicle?  What is the most important feature overall when purchasing a  vehicle?  

 

Five Home Depot Christmas Gift Shopping Ideas & $50 Giveaway #FiestasHomeDepot

When it comes to choosing gifts for the special people in our life, the holidays can be overwhelming. The Home Depot can help you shop like an expert and find perfect gifts. The Home Depot offers a number of exciting Holiday [Read more...]

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