Thursday, November 21, 2013

Bloggers Unite: A Fundraising Giveaway Event | Over $860 Worth of Prizes!

Bloggers Unite: A Fundraising Giveaway Event
Organized and hosted by:
Life’s Cheap Thrills, Diva Fabulosa, My Charmed Mom, Bay Area Mommy, Hot Fun Stuffs
Co-hosted by:
Two Little Cavaliers, Bunny's Review, Jenn’s Blah Blah Blog, A.k.a. Chymecindy

As if a 7.2 magnitude earthquake last October wasn’t enough, the central region of the Philippines was hit by another disaster, a 295 kph typhoon on November 8, 2013. Supertyphoon Yolanda (International name: Haiyan), one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, smashed the central part of the Philippines and left hundreds of millions of destroyed of properties, death toll at around 4000, and over 650,000 displaced survivors desperate for food and shelter among others.

I thank God none of my family or friends were affected by Supertyphoon Yolanda but the images on TV and online are heart-breaking. Any of the victims could have easily been one of my aunts, uncles, or cousins I still have in the Philippines. Hearing the interviews of my fellow kababayans on television makes the situation so real for me. Thanks to my networking with my fellow bloggers, I'm able to participate in this campaign to help those back in my homeland.

As bloggers, we thought we could help these people by throwing this huge fundraising giveaway -- a way we are all very familiar with. We have already raised $515 from this event and continuing to receive more donations through There will be a turnover of funds to a legitimate organizations that buys, repacks, and hands out relief goods directly to the victims. You can visit one of the host blogs for updates on the fund transfer in about a week or two.

Fundraising with GoGetFunding

If you wish to donate, you may do so by clicking this link.
Eight (8) winners will receive any of the prizes below worth over $860 in total! Special thanks to the amazing sponsors of this event: Newman’s Own Organics, Staples Canada, Guylian Chocolates, SmartSilk, Aroma Delights, FragranceNet, UNILAB Philippines, Oloves, Conceived by Nature, and all participating bloggers.

Foodie Prize Pack (Open to US)
$75 worth of organic snacks from Newman’s Own Organics
A package from Guylian Chocolates
30 mixed bags of Oloves snacks
Home Improvement Prize Pack (Open to US)
Two standard size pillows from SmartSilk
Oil Warmer package from Aroma Delights
Fashion & Beauty Prize Pack (Open to US)
$50 FragranceNet Gift Certificate
$50 Romwe voucher
4 sets of hair care products from Conceived by Nature
$100 Paypal Cash (Open Worldwide)

$50 Amazon Gift Card (Open Worldwide)

$25 Amazon Gift Card (Open Worldwide)

Apple TV (Open to Canada)

1500php worth of products from UNILAB Philippines (Open to the Philippines)

This giveaway is open Worldwide (see which prize above could be sent to your location), 18+, void where prohibited by law. It will run from November 21st at 12:01am EST to December 5th at 11:59pm EST. Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.

Disclosure: This blog was not compensated for this post. The prizes will be fulfilled and shipped to the winners by the sponsors. For questions regarding this giveaway, you may contact Life’s Cheap Thrills.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Operation Philippines Haiyan Relief Benefit Concert #operationsd2pi

Nextphaze Entertainment Group and San Diego Media Group present 


on Sunday, November 24th 
at Pepper Park from 10am-4pm. 

Live performances will be announced later this week. 

Join us to help with this great cause to help the families that have been affected.
If you have any questions, please contact us

Check out the Facebook Event page also!

Net proceeds to benefit Gawad Kalinga of which several of my colleagues and family volunteer!

Please share, tag, and post this flier to share with your family, friends, communities, schools, churches, clubs, workplace and organizations.

Thanks and see you there!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Need Help with Your Holiday Cards This Year? #spon #MC #TopoftheMantle

I participated in this campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Cardstore. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. 

Each year, I try and find new ways to incorporate our annual family picture into our holiday greeting cards. Here are a new of the pictures I've tried to incorporate into our cards during the past few years!

This year with the help of Cardstore, an innovative online resource, I've found the easy, stress-free way of mailing out our holiday cards. On Cardstore, you can create your custom cards with personalized pictures, messages, and signature. Cardstore will print, stamp and send the cards for you – helping to take one huge item off your already full holiday to-do list!

Check out these awesome deals:
  • From 11/14 – 11/20 Cardstore is offering $20 off your $50 order
  • From 11/21 – 11/26 Cardstore is offering 30% off Holiday cards

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Eliminate the Stigma of Mental Illness

“I am participating in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for the California Mental Health Services Authority. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.” I'm honored to announce my participation in Each Mind Matters Ambassador Program as to highlight awareness for Mental Illness and Mental Health Challenges surrounding the holiday season.
The school district with which I work experienced a loss of a student recently. The student, a victim of school bullying, had experienced challenges in dealing with academic, social, and familial pressures. He succumbed to suicide on a bridge right in front of his high school, with many of his peers watching. Most people don't know that nearly one-third of California’s 9th and 11th grade public school students reported extended feelings of sadness/hopelessness in the last year.

In my work as a school counselor, I deal with students and mental health issues often. I help students talk about their feelings and provide guidance on how they can help themselves heal and cope from what bothers them. Guiding parents on how to help their children is the first step in helping families support a child with mental illness. Families need to understand that many people deal with mental illness and that it just doesn't happen to "those people". 

Many individuals, and their families, do not seek help for their mental health issues for fear of the stigma that comes along with mental illness. Some of the myths that accompany those who deal with mental illness is that they are dangerous and should be avoided, or that the mental illness is for life and cannot be treated. 

Mental illness accounts for, at most, 3 percent of all violence committed in the U.S. People with serious mental health challenges are more likely to be victims of violence than perpetrators. Also, not only is treatment available, but full recovery is possible. With support and treatment, between 70 and 90 percent of individuals have a significant reduction in symptoms and improved quality of life.

A great resources to help individuals and families dealing with mental illness in San Diego is It's Up to Us, The share the warning signs of mental illness, as well as resources to get help.

As each holiday seasons comes, it is a time for me to reflect on the year and count my many blessings. I think of the many students and families I've been able to help obtain the resources they need to overcome their mental health issues and lead productive and successful lives. As you too share the holidays with your loved ones, talk about the mental health challenges we all face and how we are to be thankful for the help of others overcome our individual obstacles.

Please stay tuned for my follow up posts with Each Mind Matters Ambassador Program over the next few the next few months!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Halloween 2013

I had so much fun this year for Halloween!

At work, it was Homecoming Week at the high school so it was spirit week each day. On Halloween Eve, it was "Way Back Wednesday" so my entire counseling team decided to be hippies!

On actual Halloween, my entire counseling team borrowed the our school's mariachi groups uniforms! Here we are "El Mariachi de Consejeros"!

Here are my boys, Superman and Mickey Mouse, along with their grandpa, the Nave Seal!

We had a great Halloween! We hope you did too!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Great Christmas Gifts for Kids!

Christmas is right around the corner! I'm always looking for different and unique gifts for the kids in our family. Thanks to Idea Village, my boys and I were able to try out some products that are great ideas for Christmas gifts!

The first product we'd love to share are the Flipeez which are the fun, fanciful, animal action-hats that let kids of all ages “flip their lid”! From the makers of Stompeez, the 2012 slipper sensation that sold 4 million units in 6 months, Flipeez are destined to become this season’s next BIG thing!

Our boys had so much fun with their Flipeez! They were it everywhere we go and we get lots of looks and compliments on the "cool hat"! Here is a video of my Jelo having fun with his puppy Flipeez!

Available in 4 precocious and colorful styles – Kitty, Monster, Monkey, and Puppy – each has its
own distinct “action”. Arms open or tails wag with a simple squeeze of the puff-ball in the tassel.
Flipeez boast a super soft inner fleece lining and knit outer hat that allows one-size-fits-all
flexibility. Whether you are 4 or 104, this functional fashion accessory is guaranteed to bring
lots of smiles to everyone!

We also love our Flashlight Friends which are the new huggable, loveable plush animals that foster comfort and security at bedtime.

Our boys, ages 3 and 5, still sleep with the light on so their Flashlight Friend (who they named Uni the unicorn), keep them company and feeling safe. Uni is now part of our nightly bedtime routine!

A cool-to-the-touch, soft glow LED flashlight is built right in to the plush animal’s belly. Just tap the tummy light twice to turn them on. There’s even a 10-minute auto shut-off. With Flashlight Friends, a child is never alone in the dark.

Flashlight Friends are available in Dragon, Penguin, Puppy, and Unicorn styles and have a nifty little loop that lets little hands carry them around with ease. For ages 4 and up.

My boys are enjoying their Flipeez and Flashlight Friend! We know you kids will too!  Which is your favorite Flipeez and Flashlight Friend?

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