Friday, November 21, 2014

Because Beauty is Contagious #FeelBeautifulFor

*This is a sponsored post with Dove and Global Influence. All opinions are mine.*

Working with so many girls and young women on a regular basis, you get to chatting with them about all the things that are important to them. Of course, their looks and beauty come up, and while they may be insecure about the things they want to talk about, they are not shy about asking. 

Dove is so well known for its body positive campaigns that I am always eager to hear about the next one. This time Dove asked me about the beauty legacy I want to leave, who I want to be beautiful for, now and in the future. Honestly, I had an answer the second the question was asked. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Saturday Morning Etsy Blackholes

Its been a while, too long really, since I was sucked into Etsy for the better part of a morning. Lazy Saturdays are perfect for that though, right?
How Zorro spends his Saturdays :)
I used to have a busy Etsy shopped, that I closed, and then opened up a new one that I was too busy to fill and keep going. But, now that I am on another giant purge and feeling super crafty-- it's a fall thing-- I've been super tempted to start stocking it with cool finds again. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Sharing My Purple Purse Story to End Financial Abuse

*This is a compensated blog post in collaboration with Allstate Foundation® and Latina Bloggers Connect. Everything stated is my own opinion, and my story*
If you had to walk out on your life right now, right this very second, do you think you could do it? This is not an exercise asking what 3 things you would grab from your house if it was burning or what you want to be stranded on a deserted island with. Rather, I'm asking you to think about the things that keep you where you are, doing what you do and staying with the people you are with. Could you really walk out on all of that?

As much as we like to think money and finances shouldn't and don't control our lives, they do. It's the reason why so many women stay in abusive relationships,

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Astronauts, Launches, Space Science Writing and #ISSRDC

I've never met anyone that had the opportunity to see a shuttle or rocket launch and wasn't changed by it. Most of us become addicted, lining the streets, bridges and nearby waterways to feel that rumble. 

Three years ago today, I was sitting on the banks of the Indian River, with my three sisters, hoping to see my first and last shuttle launch.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Mango Shortcake You'll Want to Crave #Recipe #DairyFree

With mangoes being in season, they have been super cheap so I always grab a couple at a time. The extra leaves me with one to try making something new, even if I don't always know what that something new is going to be. A couple weeks ago I was thinking about strawberry shortcake, only I didn't have strawberries on hand. 

So instead I made this!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Sean Astin's Vox Populi Radio Show Begins May 1st! #RaiseYourVox

*Disclosure: I am excited to partner with Sean to promote his radio show. He is sending me a gift as a thank you, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.*

So, I am sure y'all know who Sean Astin is-- Goonies, Lord of the Rings, Rudy and most recently his own political radio show, Vox Populi

Okay, so maybe you recognize the guy but didn't know about his radio show, Vox Populi. Sean is interested in politics, and he likes to get the casually political involved types talking about politics.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Always Looking Up: Space Dreams with NASA #SpaceX3 #NASASocial

A few of you have asked me if I cried this past Monday, the few that know me enough to know how life changing seeing, feeling and experiencing a launch is for me. Truth is, I did cry. But I didn't cry when or for the reason you might expect. 
Missy's exact words to me, lol!

I was crying before the scrub announcement came. I was sitting on a NASA bus out on the causeway, staring out the window at that rocket, and I started crying

Sunday, March 9, 2014

We're Hosting a #NASASocial Twitter Party! #SpaceX3

If you are not familiar with Spacetweepers, you are missing out. Space and social media just go together, y'all. It's the best way to find out what's going on, meet and network with other folks that are passionate about space, the space program or just trying to figure out what they're looking at in the night sky in a particular part of the world. 

One of the big things I have coming up is a trip to NASA's Kennedy Space Center, and I am going to have the chance to meet a lot of folks passionate about space. Some of the folks I've been following on Twitter for a while, and others I have only just met. 

Before we get together we are going to host a little twitter party to get ready! 

Join us to talk NASA, Space-X, rockets, robotics and space on Tuesday, March, 11th at 8pm CST. And make sure to follow along on Twitter after the party to come along with us on our trip to NASA's KSC!

Party Details:
Date & Time: Tuesday, March 11th 8pm CST
Duration: 1 hour (officially, lol)
Hosted by: @Chitownchica
Co-Hosts: @SecretColGrl @AstroGingerSnap
Hashtags: #NASASocial #SpaceX3
Surprises: A few of us are putting together some awesome NASA swag grab bags to give a way! A little bit of vintage NASA swag, stuff for kiddos, gift store swag type things. 

How to Join In:
Joining a twitter party is easy! Follow me or any one of the co-hosts on Twitter (to win one of the swag bags you must follow me on Twitter so I can DM for shipping). Another easy way to follow along is to follow either of the hashtags: #NASASocial or #SpaceX3. Then just show up on twitter and ask us questions, lots of questions, interact and have fun!

RSVP here:
If you want to throw your name in the hat for a NASA swag prize, add your twitter profile to the linky so we can choose names easier.  


If You See Me Skipping.....#SpaceX3 #NASASocial

There's this thing I do occasionally. People close to me are used to it, people that don't know me just ignore it, smile, stare. Sometimes I can't help it. 

I skip. 

I used to scuttle, but that took too long. 

At some point as a child I realized I could cover more ground faster and started skipping.  

Why do I skip?

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

USA Ski Jumping at Home #Sochi2014 #Chicago #Olympics

The start of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics is less than 24 hours away! Sadly, most of the news around the Olympics has to do with scandal, corruption, security threats and now the city's unpreparedness for the games. Instead of focusing on all of that today, I wanted to make sure I shared with y'all the awesome event I got to see last week-- Ski Jumping!