Archive for June, 2013

Scary Mommy feature today!

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Today’s gift:  Scary Mommy (aka Jill Smokler) generously features my post today on her site.

You can read the post here.  Scary Mommy is a pay-it-forward kind of gal and that’s also a gift.

Please help me thank her by sharing, commenting, tweeting, and sending to everyone you know especially special needs families.  And buy her bestselling books — her voice and nod to imperfection will help any parent.

From her website:

“Jill’s honest take on parenting has appeared in numerous publications and on television programs, including The Today ShowThe New York Times, Good Morning America, Nightline and CNN. The website averages over 3 million page views a month and the Scary Mommy Twitter feed keeps over 310,000 followers entertained daily, including Tori Spelling, Nicole Ricci, Cynthia McFadden, Holly Robinson Peete and President Obama. The Scary Mommy Facebook page boasts over 89,000 active fans.”

Thank you Scary Mommy!

Friday June 14 is World Blood Donor Day!

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Today’s gift:  the gift of life = blood.

Did you know?

1 pint of blood can save up to 3 lives

Blood shortages occur most frequently in summer due to vacation schedules

Someone needs blood every 2 seconds

If 1 percent more Americans gave blood, all national blood shortages would disappear for the foreseeable future

Most Americans will require a blood transfusion at some point in their lives

Donors can give whole blood up to 6 times a year

This Friday, June 14th is World Blood Donor Day reminding all of us that all around the country blood centers are experiencing major shortages of blood and platelets and need the help of volunteers to donate and spread the word. During the summer months blood donations drop significantly and yet the need does not – every 2 seconds someone in America needs blood and with no substitution for human blood these people in need rely on the kindness of volunteers.

This year marks the 10 year anniversary of World Blood Donor Day and I’m beyond excited to announce that Soleil Moon Frye is leading this cause with her trademark passion, positivity, and that great smile.  As you all know, I’m a regular blogger (Soleil’s incredible site) and so I’m equally thrilled to be part of the social media campaign to spread the word about donating blood this summer.

Nexcare give in partnership with mother, actress and American Red Cross spokesperson Soleil Moon Frye will be conducting a nationwide campaign encouraging American’s to donate blood and bring attention to the 10th anniversary of World Blood Donor Day. To do so Nexcare give has provided local blood donation centers around the country with free special-edition bandages to hand out to donors and supporters to wear with pride and help spread the word about this vital need. These limited-edition bandages are also available for free online at where readers can also find their local participating blood donation centers.

Right now it is particularly important that those people who are eligible to donate platelets schedule appointments this week to donate, as platelets only last five days are currently at an extreme low around the country.

Key facts about platelets:
*Platelets are the clotting factor in blood; they help prevent excess bleeding.
*Cancer patients undergoing surgeries and premature infants often need this specific blood product.
*It’s important that eligible platelet donors give as often as possible to help ensure this potentially lifesaving blood product is available for patients whenever and wherever needed.

This year’s Nexcare give Bandage collection is announcing that “It’s Always In Season to Give Blood” with Bandages inspired by each of the four seasons.

So get out there, roll up your sleeves and give!

About Soleil Moonfrye — For more information visit:

About America’s Blood Centers
Founded in 1962, America’s Blood Centers is North America’s largest network of community-based, independent blood programs. Recognized by the U.S. Congress for its critical work in patient care and disaster preparedness and response, the federation operates more than 600 blood donor centers providing nearly half of the U.S., and a quarter of the Canadian blood supply.
These blood centers serve more than 150 million people and provide blood products and services to more than 3,500 hospitals and healthcare facilities across North America. America’s Blood Centers’ U.S. members are licensed and regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Canadian members are regulated by Health Canada.
For more information, please visit

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit join our blog at