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Photo by cindylutes

A Cinderella story comes true for underprivileged teens…

Instead of having your old prom dress sit in the closet and collect dust, why not be the fairy godmother for a young girl by donating it to The Glass Slipper Project.  This organization makes prom dreams come true by offering shoes and dresses to teens who could not ordinarily afford them.

Chicago area high school students are the beneficiaries of donations received by the Glass Slipper Project.  The charity estimates that so far more than 10,000 Chicago high school girls received prom shoes and dresses.

Another such charity is The Princess Project, which helps San Francisco Area high school students.  Bay Area girls in need of prom shoes, dresses, and accessories can reach out to the Princess Project in San Francisco for help with their own Cinderella story. The Princess Project suggests that so far prom dresses and accessories have been donated to more than 9,000 Bay Area high school students.

There’s also the Ruby Room that prepares Seattle high shool students for the prom.  The organization is dedicated to the reuse of almost-new prom shoes and prom dresses.

What are you waiting for?  Dust off your prom attire and make a young girl’s day by donating to these great causes!

By 7-Year Old Taylor Rice

By 7-Year Old Taylor Rice

A serious illness is often difficult for children to understand.  Now, there’s a book called My Cancer Mommy that walks them through the scary journey of cancer, from diagnosis to recovery.

The most amazing part is that this book was written by a seven year old named Taylor Rice.  So, My Cancer Mommy speaks to kids from a kid’s voice, and like Taylor’s mommy did for her, it takes the hands of children of other cancer mommies to help them cope. 

The book is available in hard cover for a Suggested Retail Price of $24.95, including shipping and handling.  Proceeds help support Moms with Cancer.  

To order My Cancer Mommy, go to  www.mycancermommy.org or www.amazon.com.  DeAnna Rice, Taylor’s mommy and the subject of the book, is currently in negotiations with other leading online bookseller to carry My Cancer Mommy.

Seal & Heidi Klum

Seal & Heidi Klum

Recently singer Seal, 46, confirmed the rumours surrounding his wife’s, supermodel Heidi Klum, pregnancy.

Seal said, “The topic of debate outside our hotel is, ‘Is Heidi having another baby?’  Heidi and I are having another baby.” He added “I mean, Heidi is doing all the work…”

Klum, 35, and Seal have two sons together, aged two and three. Seal is also stepfather to Heidi’s four-year-old daughter, whose biological father is Italian F1 boss and Queen Parks Rangers FC owner, Flavio Briatore.

The couple started dating when Heidi was pregnant with her first child and got engaged on Christmas Eve in 2004.  They married in May 2005 on a beach in Mexico.

Update:  Seal just announced that they’re expecting a girl! –Marvelous!

Find out Heidi’s maternity style secrets by clicking here.

Heidi chats about her growing family, click here to read the article.

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Photo by haloocyn

Are you deciding on a wedding date?  Well you may want to consult numerology first.  The date of your wedding may determine the course of your life together, according to Visions of Reality

To calculate your numerology, simply add up all the numbers in your wedding date.  Then refer to the explainations below.  Example:  Dec. 7, 1969 becomes: (1+2+7+1+9+6+9) = 35 which become (3+5) = 8

**1**   The courtship was unforgettable, and perhaps a bit longer than most, and how you and your beloved met is quite a romantic story. Much like the hand of Fate. Choosing a Number ONE wedding day indicates that you are a very affectionate and loving couple. It shows a maturity with the marriage, and an ability to work through disagreements and upsets in a respectful manner. This loving couple is seeking total oneness with each other.  Remember that from this day forward you need to allow for the inevitability of change. Flexibility and Understanding is the Number ONE’s Wedding Day Key to Success!

**2**  If you choose a Number TWO wedding day to be married, you will want either a very private or extremely public wedding. This is the number for eloping, and the Number TWO wedding day may need to be a marriage in secret. Your mother’s advice will either be strongly accepted or rejected when making the wedding plans. There is no in-between. Emotional maturity of one of this couple may be lacking, but maturity is a valuable asset to the success of this union. Don’t be surprised if everyone sheds a tear or two on this wedding day, for the ceremony will certanily have a sentimental quality.

**3**  If you weren’t joking when you said you’d marry only for the money, then you might find a Number THREE day an excellent choice for boosting your financial security through the luck of this partnership. You both may be overly concerned with what family and friends are thinking of your union, and also that your wedding has to be the biggest and the best! If you two expect too much, than this day sould start off as a great big disappointment, with perhaps even a downpour of rain.

**4**  If you both have been discussing and agreeing on all of the responsibilities of what marriage brings, and have carefully weighed the pros and cons of married life, perhaps you will choose a Number FOUR day to be married. The significance of a Number FOUR wedding date is faithfullnes until death do you part. This is a couple who can work together and accomplish goals that would otherwise seem impossible, such as running a business successfully together, or expanding housing, having multiple property units as real-estate holdings, a single bank account and every project is one of togetherness. Whatever it is, from buying a home to having your children, will be carefully timed and planned.

**5**  If you have chosen a Number FIVE as your wedding day, you may be putting the emphasis on how well you and your beloved communicate with each other. This will be an active marriage, and will need to fight monotony and boredom, so it will be wise to have some individual interests as well as ones shared. This is a marriage where each of you will need your space, your own workplace, and lots of alone time.

**6**  The blessings of Venus with all of her Love and Devotion fall on the Number SIX wedding day. Love, affection, peace and happiness are the favors Venus may bestow. This does not mean that there is no challenge or that you are under some kind of magical charm. Responsibility, trust and caring are a must for maintaining this wonderful beginning. This couple will be willing to work hard and long hours together, with lots of time for discussion and planning things out, because the marriage will become the upmost of importance in both lives. 

**7**  Watch out if you have chosen the Number SEVEN wedding date! Change, upsets, or a relocation of the reception hall may be in order. Though the Number SEVEN day represents upsets with plans, it may also represent being resuced at the very last minute. Rule by Uranus, the Number SEVEN wedding day can represent lost plane tickets, accidents, a gown that doesn’t fit or the maid-of-honor showing up after the ceremony. Uranus also represents a fast and furious courtship, waking up in the morning and finding yourself married to a stranger, being stood-up at the alter, as well as this partnership being an unwise decision. If there is happiness and love with this union, then perhaps one of the parent’s does not accept your intended as the proper mate, putting pressure and guilt on everyone.

**8**  Wow! Baby! When choosing the Number EIGHT for your wedding day, you want to be compatible in every way with your partner, and sex will be a very important aspect to this relationship. This is the couple who, one enchanted evening, exchanged glances to each other across that crowded room and knew right away that they were meant for each other. Then they spent the next several weeks in bed, woke up one day, went to the Justice of the Peace, and were married. They will tell you that they felt married before the second glance on the first night they met. Once locked, they are inseparable!

**9**  A Number NINE wedding day may indeed be one of secret. Another date of possible elopement, because the Number NINE wedding day is ruled by Neptune. The faith you were brough up in may be a very important factor to consider before this marriage takes place. This will be a very spiritual event, following all of the wedding rules of whatever faith is followed. One of this couple may practice medicine or perhaps, may be handicapped. There is an overshadow of the Divine with this union, whether the couple being married are aware of it or not.

For further information on your wedding date numerology, visit http://www.new-visions.com/articles/weddings.html.

Go to Dunkin’ Donuts today and get a small iced coffee for 50¢. Even better, 10 percent of that goes to the charitable organization Homes For Our Troops.

Dunkin' Donuts Iced Coffee

Dunkin' Donuts Iced Coffee

Homes For Our Troops helps severely injured veterans by building or adapting homes to be handicapped accessible. Read about some of our local heroes whom the fundraising helps through the work of Homes For Our Troops.

In addition to the coffee promotion, Dunkin’ Donuts will donate $1.00 of Camo Koozie ($2.99) purchases to Homes For Our Troops as well.

So hit up DD today!  For a store near you, click here.

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian

Recently Kim Kardashian was featured in Us Weekly as the unofficial poster girl for Forever 21’s line of plus-sized garments.  Here’s what Kim had to say on her blog:

“I am a huge fan of Forever 21 and I’m very happy they have expanded their line to include a plus-size range, but I am not in that size category and this article makes it sound like I am! I am a curvy girl and I love my curves, but curvy and plus-sized are two very different things. I work really hard to maintain my curves while staying slim and healthy, so to be classed as a “fuller-figured woman” of extra large proportions is a little offensive.

For the record, I am a size 2, not 2XL.”

Recently Kim told Us Weekly that she’s down to a size two thanks to a routine of an upbeat warm-up, upper-body cardio using five-pound weights, squats, lunges, ab exercises and stretching.

Update:  Kim’s gone blonde for the summer.  Check it out http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/thedishrag/2009/04/blonde-kim-kardashian-looks-a-lot-like-beyonce-knowles-.html

Photo by GERAS

Photo by GERAS

Each year about 2,000 children between the ages of one and 14 die and more than 3 million are injured as a result of home accidents, according to a leading consumer safety organization. Most of these deaths and injuries occur during the spring and summer months, when kids are home from school and parents are away.

As children spend more time at home during summer break, parents should ask themselves if they are doing everything they can to keep kids safe at home,” said Anne-Marie Rouse, with ADT Security Services. “It’s easy to get into vacation mode and forget about home dangers that put kids at risk.”
Rouse urged parents to remember that a home can be a very dangerous place for children if safety and security measures are overlooked. She suggests the following tips to help protect children:

  • Lock up all matches and lighters and blow out candles when you leave the room or go to sleep. Never leave young children unattended near an open flame.
  • Always supervise young children around water. Never allow older siblings to supervise children in or around water.
  • To help prevent children from falling out of upper level windows install specially designed locks. Teach older children how to lock and unlock windows in an emergency.
  • Help prevent poisoning by removing all medicines from purses, pockets and drawers. Lock all medications and household products in a cabinet with a child safety lock and keep cosmetics out of reach of small children.
  • According to the Canada Safety Council, the best defense against fires, gas leaks and other emergencies is a well-rehearsed escape plan. While children are home for summer break take advantage of this time to create and practice your evacuation plan.
  • Consider a monitored home security system, including monitored smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. These can detect dangerous levels of harmful CO and smoke and then alert a monitoring center which notifies first responders, giving them vital, specific information about babies, young children, seniors and disabled people in the home. Many systems can also be programmed to “chirp” when a protected door or window is opened, which can also alert parents to a child’s whereabouts or activities.

Rouse wants parents to know that they can reduce their children’s chances of accidental injury and even death by making home safety the top priority on their summer to-do list.

For more information on home security, click here.

Miss California gets a controversial question from the Queen of Media, Perez Hilton.  See her response to the legalization of gay marriage:

What do you think of her answer?

 

Photo by Capgros

Photo by Capgros

“Green” Industries Are Bucking The Recession, So Why Is Recycling In The Can?

The U.S. is urgently seeking sustainability and it is apparent in the growth of “green” business, according to industry research firm IBISWorld.   But while most of these industries are bucking the recession, recycling is expected to decline significantly in 2009 – after five years of strong growth. 

“Falling prices have put the recycling industry on the scrapheap this year,” explained George Van Horn, senior analyst with IBISWorld.   “It is the thirteenth biggest revenue loser in 2009, and is expected to plummet a drastic 20 percent.”

Growing at an annualized rate of 6.3 percent for the past five years to 2008, Recycling Facilities is one of the few industries in the “green sector” to observe a decline.  Metal price declines combined with lower demand for recycled material are major factors impacting sales.  A fall in revenue and profits may hasten consolidation between the larger industry players, such as Waste Management and Covanta.  Smaller operators, more labor intensive, and without integrated waste collection and disposal activities, may be forced to exit the industry all together.

Rihanna & Chris Brown

Rihanna & Chris Brown

A new survey has uncovered some interesting news regarding the reactions of girls to the Chris Brown and Rihanna incident:

– 95 percent believe Chris Brown’s alleged actions are not acceptable or justifiable for any reason

– 59 percent hold Chris Brown responsible for     what happened

– 33 percent blame both Rihanna and Chris Brown for what happened

– 45 percent believe Rihanna could have provoked Chris Brown

– Girls 13-17 were more likely to think Rihanna provoked him in some way

The findings did contain one disturbing trend among girls – it was the younger ones under the age of 13 who were more likely to blame Rihanna. Self-esteem is at the center of discussion for girls, as the study uncovered almost half of the respondents – 48 percent – believe that low self-esteem will be the primary reason for Rihanna getting back with Chris Brown. This reinforces the importance for parents to speak to daughters early and often.

Girl Scouts of the USA commissioned the study to ensure girl’s voices were accurately represented and to stress the importance of self-esteem among girls.


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