HOT PURSUIT: A Movie Review

On Wednesday, a group of bloggers and our guests were treated to an evening of cocktails, candy, hors d'oeuvres and a preview of the hot, new movie HOT PURSUIT starring Reese Witherspoon as Police Officer Rose Cooper, Sofía Vergara as Danielle Riva, and a host of crazy, comedic characters portraying dirty cops, drug cartel guys/honchos, an armed farmer and a love interest....more

International Women’s Day: Join #Kiva.org/Dreams & #WomensLives

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights” Gloria SteinemToday, March 8, millions of people worldwide will celebrate the 104th International Women’s Day.  The theme for this year is #MakeItHappen and many groups are showing their support with the hashtag#PaintItPurple. The 2015 UN Theme is Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity:Picture It!  One key UN goal, for International Women’s Day in 2015, will be to highlight the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action,  which 189 nations signed in 1995. Twenty years ago, nations gathered to support the development and empowerment of women. How far have we come and how far do we have to go?  While many gains have been made, the dream of women’s equality is still far from reality. The truth is that in 2015 inequality is still all around us. Opportunity is not equal. Education is not equal. Wealth is not equal.But dreams followed by action is important … all dreams are created equal. And that’s where#Kiva.org/Dreams and the #WomensLives project start.                                                         In honor of International Women’s Day – and the days that follow – Kiva has launchedKiva.org/Dreams to spotlight the power of women to create sustainable change when everyday people, like you and me, lend their support.  By visiting their website via the links above, you can back a dream by choosing a woman Kiva should lend $25 to. There is no cost to you. By choosing her, you help her to follow her dream of starting or growing her business, sending her children to school, and gaining financial independence.Kiva.org is the world’s first and largest crowd-funding platform for social good with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Since 2005, more than 1.6 million people turned their dreams into reality because 1.3 million people backed their dream on Kiva. Together, more than $675 million in loans have been crowd-funded, with a 98% repayment rate.“To be truly transformative, the post-2015 development agenda must prioritize gender equality and women’s empowerment. The world will never realize 100 per cent of its goals if 50 per cent of its people cannot realize their full potential. ” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moonInternational Women’s Day: Join #Kiva.org/Dreams & #WomensLivesIn February 2015, a media partnership between Public Radio International (PRI) and SheKnows Media, BlogHer’s parent company, led to the development of the #womenslives initiative.The goal is to bring media attention and individual effort in sharing stories about issues that impact women’s lives; these include women’s rights, health, education, wealth, our role in combating climate change and our economic development. So far, we have shared and read many stories on a number of these issues and we will continue to do so into the future. We can make an impact by raising our voices and supporting causes that matter. This is where organizations like Kiva comes into play. By contributing to the success of an entrepreneurial woman who has overcome obstacles most of us cannot even truly imagine, we discover so much more about our own resiliency, possibility, and potential. Each of us has a part to play and together we can make dreams a reality for thousands of women around the world.More Below! ...more

How to Take Care of Your Heart for Heart Health Month

Friday, February 6th is National Wear Red Day. How is your heart health? Do you know anyone who has had a heart attack or suffers from heart disease? Do you know anyone who suddenly passed away from an attack? I do, and I almost did. Since 1984, more women than men have died from heart disease and stroke. Whether we choose to take care of our health or stay in denial, the fact is that each of us will be impacted by heart matters; it could happen to a friend, a family member or us. ...more
Heart disease is a scary disease often treated with even scarier drugs—like statins! Statins ...more

ViaCord: Important Facts To Know About Cord Blood Banking

Recently, I attended a presentation on Cord blood stem cells arranged by ViaCord. It was probably one of the most enlightening sessions I've attended to date. Even though I had a cursory knowledge of cord blood banking, it was not a topic on my radar. So no, I was not familiar with both names. Did your ObGyn initiate a conversation about it when you were pregnant?...more

Haiku: Watch A Blade Of Grass...

"The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself." Henry Miller  ...more
@elizof I see others doing it so I have too. I'm a newbie also.more