7/27/13

Strike Out Domestic Violence

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Today we are getting ready to attend Strike Out Domestic Violence for the Genesis Women's Shelter.

Courageous. This is the term I would use, for a woman I recently met through Genesis Women's Shelter. She had numerous fresh bruises on her face and arms, along with those that had started to heal, and were now a greenish color. As frightening as it was for her, she had the courage and strength to say "NO MORE", left her abusive relationship, and found safety at Genesis Women's Shelter. I ask that you please consider donating to Genesis Women's Shelter, so that we can not only educate and stop the violence before it starts, but if and when it does happen - those women and children have a safe place from their abuser.  To donate towards this very important cause, visit our El Bowling Banditos donation page - photos to follow!

7/23/13

Foolishly Frugal

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I travel a lot for business, and I really try to keep my expenses to a minimum. That includes driving if it’s less expensive, and as long as a hotel is clean and safe I’ll stay there. There are brands that I’m comfortable with, and others that I know better than to stay at. One that has always been great has let me down twice now in two different cities – one had dirty socks left in the corner by a previous guest, and today when I went to check in even though I had a reservation the manager said I could only have the room for one of the two days that I had reserved. Not the best way to start a business trip that I had a lot of responsibilities to my customers for, as well as their high expectations. I knew if I stayed there my mood wasn’t going to get any better.

I decided to cut my losses and went back down and told the manager that the room wasn’t acceptable, and got online and tried to find something else. I found something that was $20 more, but it was closer to where I needed to be, included a hot breakfast, and the room was clean with a fridge, microwave and work space. The picture on the left was the depressing room I passed on, and the room on the right is the La Quinta in Conroe that I was thrilled to find.

Next time I’m paying more attention to the reviews, and if the hotel doesn’t have pictures of the property and actual rooms I’m going to keep looking.

7/21/13

Two Months After The Moore Oklahoma Tornadoes

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I was back in Moore and Oklahoma City Oklahoma this week - two months after the area was devastated by some of the most powerful tornadoes this country has ever seen. It was hard to believe that months had gone by - in many areas it looked like time had stood still but in other areas you could see that progress was being made. Hotels were still full of people with no home to go back to, and Walmart had lots of merchandise for OU students, but the Moore residents who had previously shopped at the store no longer had a home to store or use their purchases in. There were no lines, and very few cars in the parking lot.

As you can see though, some areas have been cleared and are ready for building to begin again -they are just waiting for the insurance claims to be settled and for a sign that someday they might be able to go back home. As a Lifestylist® I'm anxious to see what type of building materials and designs will be used when rebuilding the destroyed homes - will the homeowners want what they had, or are they ready for a new look and lifestyle? Time will tell how many people do rebuild or if they make a lifestyle change and decide to live somewhere else. What will tomorrows New American Home look like to these people who have been though so much?

Fortunately there were still lots of volunteers helping with cleanup and building storage sheds were homes had been providing those families with a new place to store their memories and to start building new ones.

7/10/13

School Is Cool!

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Can you believe that school supplies are already showing up on the shelves at the stores? An important part of being a Lifestylist® is giving back to the community, and supporting Shared Housing and the important services they provide is something we always look forward to.

Shared Housing is a small under-funded group that helps provide housing to single parent families and and Seniors and one of the things that makes them very special is that once you are a part of the Shared Housing Family you are always invited to be a part of everything they do.




Their 2013-2014 School is Cool campaign has officially started! Our goal this year is to secure backpacks, supplies, uniforms and a pair of shoes for 300 of our current and former homeless children attending school. That means over 420 construction packages, 1000 packages of notebook paper, 1,565 folders with brads, crayons, pens, pencils and oh so much more! The Dallas Stars Hockey Team was very generous and provided the kids with these super cool backpacks last year giving our kids a fashionable start to the school year.

Would you consider becoming a friend of Shared Housing?  Whether you write a check, go on-line to donate, or coordinate a supply drive at your offices, we need it all! So, please help us! You will feel great doing so and our children and their parents will be thankful for your support in getting them to school.






For a list of ways you can join the campaign and help or if you need additional information, please call them or email them at:

Shared Housing Center – 214-821-8510
Maria Machado – mmachado@sharedhousing.org
Pam Russell – prussell@sharedhousing.org




 



7/8/13

Amazon Prime is a Time Saver!

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Have you discovered Amazon Prime? I signed up awhile ago when I realized that Amazon was becoming a major source for this Lifestylist® - not only for book and music, but for hard to find items like glass doorknobs Prime-Line Products E 2536 Door Knob, Glass, 2-Inch Fluted, Satin Nickel Finish
and my new favorite for Summer, original formula Sea Breeze. Sea Breeze Facial Astringent, Original Formula, 10 OuncesInstead of driving all over the place to find a specific item (like Sea Breeze) I just went to Amazon and there it was - with choices!

I signed up for Amazon Prime because it gives me free unlimited 2 day shipping on most products. When I was working at my desk this weekend I discovered another great feature that came with my membership - I can watch over 40,000 videos and TV shows for free on my computer and other devices! Watching Hoarders while cleaning off my desk was a great incentive to let go of articles and clippings I've been holding onto for way to long.

I found a special deal that I'm sharing here - just click on the link below and you can get a 30 day free trial compliments of the Lifestylist! Give it a try and let us know what you think - it's been a huge cost and time saver for us.
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