Feel Good and Look Good This Fall – No More Allergy Face

I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour for Latina Mom Bloggers on behalf of ZYRTEC® ALLERGY FACE® and received compensation as a thank you of which 100% will go to our kids. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Fuchi Allergy FaceI can’t afford to take a day off due to allergies. My days are packed with meetings, phone calls, I need to focus on documents and at any given time, I need to be ready for the camera. Having a stuffy nose, watery eyes and a puffy-face-feeling can only slow me down by not allowing me to be my 100% self.

Allergies not only affect my work life. When I travel for The Orphaned Earring I usually visit countries where there’s a lot of dust, different types of vegetation and pollen in the air and that kills me! I can’t travel without allergy medication or I wouldn’t have all the fun that I do with the children. I wasn’t aware until recently that there’s ZYRTEC® Dissolve Tabs that can be taken anytime or anywhere because they dissolve in your mouth without water and provide allergy relief for 24-hours. They’re perfect for someone who is on the go like me!

Come the fall, I start thinking about stocking up on allergy medicine. The fall is the hardest time for me, as the leaves blow and the weather changes (and the darn leaf blower comes every Wednesday to my apartment building), and I not only think about feeling good but also looking good. I must always look fresh-faced and flawless during the height of allergy season.

What can you do to help with the red nose, puffiness and watery eyes? I was happy to learn that ZYRTEC® has partnered with celebrity makeup artist Jackie Gomez to help us tackle ALLERGY FACE® As an allergy sufferer herself, Gomez knows all too well how allergies can disrupt her daily beauty routine and has developed a variety of celebrity-inspired looks that will help all women face their allergies.

So now I can tackle my allergies with ZYRTEC® and apply Jackie’s beauty tips so I’m always ready. Check out my favorite look, bronze beauty:

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To help you Face Your Allergies this fall, ZYRTEC® giving us 20 bonus ZYRTEC® Rewards points! All you have to do is sign in or register (https://www.zyrtec.com/rewards), then click on the Earn Points tab to enter the Secret Word ALLERGYFACE. You can get a free $2-off coupon for ZYRTEC®, just for signing up. Once you’ve earned 500 points, you have the option to redeem them for a Neutrogena® mascara to help disguise ALLERGY FACE® beauty challenges.

That’s a pretty deal!

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Great Design, Great Cause: Target and TOMS Team Up for the Holidays

TOMS for Target

Listen up, Target and TOMS enthusiasts, because we’ve got news that’ll knock your socks (and canvas shoes) off: Target and TOMS are teaming up on a limited-edition collection for the holidays. Not only will you find pieces you’ll want to give – and get – but for each item purchased, you’ll be helping someone in need.

Blake Mycoskie, TOMS Founder and Chief Shoe Giver, and Kathee Tesija, executive vice president and chief merchandising and supply chain officer, Target, surprised nearly 14,000 Target team members with news of the do-gooding partnership at Target’s annual meeting in Minneapolis. And now, we’re bringing you an exclusive first look at the full collection!

“Target’s holiday partnership with TOMS is the perfect marriage of both brands’ core values—great design that’s accessible to everyone and a commitment to giving back,” said Kathee.

“We’re excited to partner with Target for the holidays and take TOMS’ One for One® giving model further than ever before,” said Blake. “Every purchase allows Target’s guests to bring home a beautifully designed product and do good, providing nourishment, warmth and shoes to a person in need.”

TOMS for Target features more than 50 items, each under $50, and will be available at all Target stores in the U.S. and Canada, as well as Target.com on November 16 … so mark your calendars now! And beyond TOMS’ beloved slip-ons, the collection includes home goods and apparel and accessories for women, men and kids, meaning you’ll have a lot to choose from.

Even better, with your help, TOMS for Target has the potential to provide more than 11 million meals, blankets and shoes to those in need. Every TOMS for Target apparel, accessory and home good purchase results in the donation of a blanket through the American Red Cross or Canadian Red Cross, or one week of meals through Feeding America or Food Banks Canada. And for every TOMS for Target pair of shoes sold, a pair will go to a child in need.

Looking good and doing good? Count us in! Take a first look at the full TOMS for Target collection below, plus a behind the scenes video.

Little Boy With Tumor on Face Needs Your Help! #HelpMingo

MingoMingo is a sweet little boy who urgently needs help. He has born with a tumor on his face that continues to grow and probably also has a mental condition, but it’s hard to know because Mingo has never been seen by a doctor.

He lives in terrible conditions with his family in the mountains of Guatemala and is left alone all day because his parents and siblings must work the land. He can’t speak or feed himself and is not potty trained so being left alone results in injuries and creates an insanitary condition that can only further endanger his health.

His condition brings shame and ridicule to his family so he’s not allowed to go outside and when they do take him out, they cover him from head-to-toe with a sack-like carrier so no one can see him. Although I was initially disturbed by this I had to understand that that’s their indigenous culture and consequence of the lack of education.

Mingo’s parents are illiterate and they’re not even sure of when Mingo was exactly born or how old he is. They initially said Mingo was 3 years old but we estimate Mingo is about 5 or 6 years old.

When I met Mingo he smelled like urine and was really dirty. He was barefoot, shaved head and was not responsive to my caresses, kisses or games, he only wanted to make sounds, clap and wonder off. I knew right away that he was in great need of not only medical attention, he needs the basic items.

I spoke to his parents and they want us to help Mingo and are willing to leave the mountain and go to Guatemala City to get the help Mingo needs. We’re making calls and trying to find a pediatrician that will see Mingo without charging us and we’re confident we will find one. That’s step one.

With all the responsibilities The Orphaned Earring HELPMINGOalready has of supporting over 300 other children, we don’t have the funds to cover all the costs involved of taking this family to Guatemala City. Mingo doesn’t even have shoes so we need to get him shoes and clothes for his trip. We also need to provide clothes and shoes to his parents and cover transportation costs as well as food.

I’m acting by faith. I don’t know what he needs or what will result be from his medical visit, but I can’t abandon this child innocent child. Mingo is a defenseless baby.

Please help us raise the funds to help Mingo remove the tumor and create a better living condition for him. I have people in Guatemala ready to donate their time and a nurse who is willing to dedicate the time to slowly educate Mingo’s parents, all we need is the money to start this project.

Please help improve Mingo’s quality of life. We’re currently taking donations for his immediate needs and medical expenses, PLEASE SHARE THIS LINK WITH OTHERS TOO:

https://fundly.com/helpmingo

Could We Really Change The World? Recap Trip to Guatemala

Change the WorldAlthough our recent trip to Guatemala was a complete success, I can’t help but feel that we didn’t even make a dent. The need is so great and is more than just food and clothes, these people are in need of a system that will teach them the basic stuff, like brushing their teeth and their children’s teeth at least twice a day, how to read and write, how to keep their areas where they eat clean among so many other practices that we take for granted. If we teach them these things they can better their lives, and in turn, the lives of future generations have a better life too.

In case you didn’t know, in Guatemala we help three different groups of people:

Helpful Girls

Girls at the orphanage sort through donated vegetable and help cook for a 70 other girls

The all-girls orphanage where we celebrated the Quinceanera of three young ladies as a way to help with their self-esteem, self-worth and celebrate them entering womanhood. It’s a way to let girls know they are loved and prevent them fall prey to men that know these girls are vulnerable and lure them with promises of a better life. We also help the rest of the girls who live in the orphanage, there are 70 girls in total who were left there due to abandonment or their parents just can’t take care of them anymore.

We also help over 25 indigenous families living in an area called El Progresso, a coffee farm where these families not only work but live in terrible conditions. We provide Incaparina and sugar to families for their young children. Before we started helping, many of these families had to give up their children because they couldn’t feed them.

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Students and The Orphaned Earring team at the San Francisco school. One teacher (far right) for over 40 children!

We also support a local school located in the mountains, near the coffee farms. The condition we’ve established with the indigenous families mentioned above is that we will continue helping if they send their children to school.  But that puts more burdens on the school, so we promised the school that we would help too. So each year we provide school supplies, clothes and even prepare incaparina at school to consume there.

I came back moved and humbled.

I saw so much poverty and no access to education. Most children in the farms didn’t even know how old they were, girls are having children at age 14 and they don’t even have a decent place to live. Do they choose to be this way? No, these are communities that once depended on the land and trade of their crops to survive but with big greedy governments taking away lands and industrializing the area, what choice do they have. The government only knows how to take away, not give back.

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Sick teenage girl laying in her bed with no access to medicine

It’s then when many parents have to leave their children and seek help. Where do they go? To land of land of the brave and land of the free, where anyone can achieve the American dream, at least that’s what it used to be, the good old U.S.A.

Unfortunately this has cause an immigration crisis and not only are there many illegal people living here, their babies back home are victims of violence and terror, with no one to defend of protect them they do the only thing left, look for mommy and daddy in the U.S.

Thousands of children have flocked to the U.S. border in hopes to find parents and a better life. Our government has responded with deporting them back to their countries, only to be murdered and be disgraced.

So what’s the solution? I don’t know. All I can do through The Orphaned Earring is work hard and take as much aid to Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico and Colombia so that these children don’t have to take that terrible journey of despair, rejection and not even finding their parents.

To give just a little bit of love, attention, education and fill their tummies might just be enough to keep them in their countries and inspire them to one day go to a University. It may be naïve of me but I think that taking aid there is the immediate solution to the border crisis. We just need more caring people to get involved and stop ignoring these children.

If I effectively want to help these communities in Guatemala I have to come up with an effective system to help. I thank God that He’s sent people like you to support my over 300 children. I don’t know exactly what I’m going to do but I invite you to join me and change the world one person at a time.

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An Inspirational Story Worth Your Vote – Johana Hernandez #DoGoodDiva

johnanaSPANISHBorn and raised in Compton, CA of Salvadorian decent, Johana Hernandez has accomplished in her young life what many fashionistas only dream of; to have their own clothing line and design for globally recognized brands such as Seven7 Jeans, Isaac Mizrahi and having her own collection in stores such as Macy’s, Bloomingdales and Target to name a few.

But this success doesn’t come cheap; there was sweat, long work-hours and probably tears in order to achieve her dream.

Because of her strong work ethics exampled by her parents, her talent and years of hard work in the garment industry, she landed a coveted spot on NBC’s reality competition seriesFashion Star where she shared her unique style and flair and had America wondering who this corky, creative and unique Latina was. Her gowns have been worn by X-Factor judge Paulina Rubio, Gloria Trevi among other celebrities but yet when you talk to her, it’s like catching up with an old friend.

Johana is by far the most humble and sweetest person I’ve met. As you talk to her one can’t help to be amazed at her love for God and her passion for life, she lightens any room she walks in. Willing to share a smile and always making sure people feel comfortable.

Her love for others led her to create her own collection, GLAUDI by Johana Hernandez, where through fashion events and sales from her clothing line she raises funds for kids suffering from poverty in Latin America. She is also founder and Vice President of Latinos Con Corazon, a fundraising event that helps nonprofits for children and elders in Latina American countries with fashion, music, and art events.

It’s no wonder that her madrina, the popular and good-doer herself, Myrka Dellanos, nominated Johana for People en Espanol’s Las 25 Mujeres Mas Poderosas – The 25 Most Powerful Women for her philanthropic work helping needy children in El Salvador and Mexico. In fact, Johana along with her friends and family are rallying everyone to vote for her because she will be DONATING the cash prize to an impoverished school in El Salvador.

You can help her win this recognition and help get that money for the school by voting. Please DO SO NOW – THIS IS THE LAST WEEK FOR VOTING:

  • Visit: http://ow.ly/A4Xox

  • Click/slide to page 6 (you might have to close out an ad or click volver box)

  • Once the names of the nominated appear, click on Johana Hernandez

  • You can do this daily until the end of the week.

Let’s show support to this young inspirational, Spirit filled girl and VOTE today while doing good for kids in El Salvador, this too is another way of giving back!

How You Can Help Children in the Border Kids Crisis

USA Today

(Photo: Michael Chow, The Arizona Republic)

The Rio Grande Valley of Texas has been the portal for tens of thousands of children who have ventured to the U.S.-Mexico border over several months, most fleeing extreme poverty and unimaginable violence in Central American countries. People have different views about the situation; some being very outspoken either protesting and citing immigration laws, others in defense of the kids and urging a speedy immigration reform to help.

All politics aside, when this beautiful country stops being compassionate, we will lose the greatness that we’ve been known for. It is crucial that the U.S. response to the border crisis be both generous and humane.

Regardless of any political views, here are ways you can help the children that have traveled for days, walked hundreds of miles and have suffered so much just to get here. Nothing goes unnoticed by God, He will bless you for giving.   

Border Kids Relief ProjectBecome a Partner

Get involved with the Border Kid’s Relief Project. Discover several ways to get involved including leading a donation collection team in your local area, and helping spread the word. The Orphaned Earring is proudly partnering with this effort, stay tuned for more details.

Sign a Petition

We Belong Together petition  – Tell President Obama that children and families don’t belong in detention.

I Stand With The Border Children petition – Recognize these #borderchildren as refugees because they are fleeing violence and political instability.

Volunteering

Catholic Charities of Dallas is looking for Spanish-speakers to conduct interviews with children. Contact volunteer coordinator Eileen O’Malley at volunteer@ccdallas.org.

The League of United Latin American Citizens is looking for Spanish-speaking volunteers to tutor, mentor and help with recreational activities once the children arrive. Those interested can sign up here.

Legal services

Catholic Charities is also looking for volunteer attorneys. Contact Eileen O’Malley at volunteer@ccdallas.org

The Dallas Hispanic Bar Association and the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas are training attorneys to help represent children in immigration cases. Those who are interested can sign up here.

American Bar Association is looking for pro bono attorneys for the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR), contact them here.

Clothing and other goods

Visit The Border Kids Relief Project for a full list and locations of where to help.

Catholic Charities of Dallas is asking for Target and Walmart gift cards in $25 increments. These will be used to buy clothes for the kids. Gift cards can be sent or delivered to Mary Jo Dorn at the Catholic Charities offices, 9461 LBJ Freeway, Suite 128, Dallas TX 75243.

Catholic Charities is also asking for toiletries, pajamas, rosaries, Bibles, prayer books and picture books — in Spanish, if possible. These can be dropped off at 9461 LBJ Freeway, Suite 128.

Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery is seeking specific clothing and food items for its border locations. Details on what’s needed and where items can be donated are here.

First United Methodist Church of Dallas is accepting donations of Pedialyte, newborn Nido powdered formula, and children’s underwear. The church is at 1928 Ross Ave. in downtown Dallas. Donations should be brought to the reception desk at the San Jacinto Street entrance.

Other Critical Items Needed TX, NM, CA area:

New Tennis Shoes: Women sizes 5 to 8.5 New Tennis Shoes: Children sizes 2-12 New Women’s Cotton Underwear (sizes 5 and under) New Children’s Cotton Underwear Baby Toiletries (infant to toddler) Toiletries Disposable Diapers Baby Wipes Nido Baby Formula/Powered Milk Hygiene Products (sanitary napkins, no tampons) Small Towels Children’s Blankets Small Backpacks Easy Open Snacks Easy Open Juices Rebozos (baby sling/wraps) Reading Glasses

Become A Foster Parent/Family

International Education Services of Texas is providing emergency shelters and long-term care facilities for immigrant children, and helping place children with foster families. Contact them here.

Lutheran Immigration and Refuge Service is working diligently with government and service partners to care for Central American children and families fleeing to the US for refuge. Learn about becoming a foster parent for immigrant youth. Connect with a LIRS partner site or make an inquiry here.

Monetary gifts

Catholic Charities of Dallas will use donations to cover legal fees for representation of the children. Donations can be made online here or dropped off at the office, 9461 LBJ Freeway, Suite 128, Dallas TX 75243.

Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery is accepting donations online here and by mail, in care of Finance & Accounting, Baptist General Convention of Texas, 333 N. Washington Ave., Dallas TX 75246. Checks should be made payable to “Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery,” with the memo notation, “For the Children Fund.”

First United Methodist Church in Dallas is taking donations at its website.

Free Lowe’s Build & Grow Workshops

LOzzie at Lowe'sooking for a fun way to spend some time with your little ones, well you need to checkout Lowe’s kids workshop, Build and Grow Clinics. Every other Saturday during the summer Lowe’s invites you and your family to come down and create a project together.

When you first arrive, you will need to sign in and let them know its your first time visit. your little ones will get a very coolLowe’s apron and working goggles. Make sure you bring them with you every visit. They will be handed a project that you will help them put together. The Lowe’s team is always near by to offer assistance if needed.

Once the project is complete head back to the signup area your little ones will be given a certificate with their names and a badge your can iron on. 

its a fun way to spend a Saturday morning plus its FREE!! my favorite price. 

To view the summer schedule check out Lowe’s website:
http://lowesbuildandgrow.com/pages/fullschedule.aspx
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Gillette Making Us Cheer for Charity at Home Run Derby!

Baseball has been a part of my life. Growing up my dad played baseball and would take me to the baseball field where I would watch him play. I remember being so mesmerized seeing my daddy at home plate hitting that fast ball, I was watching my hero play!

$465,000 raised for charity through Gillette Home Run Derby

Daddy BaseballToday my daddy is in his 70s and plays softball and although I don’t go with him to the baseball field anymore, we get to watch the Home Run Derby together at home. These are the special moments that make me feel like his little girl again.

Last night at the Gillette sponsored Home Run Derby, Yoenis Cespedes won the Gillette Home Run Derby but we saw a great line-up of 10 players who came together not only to entertain us but teamed up to raise money for charity. With 82 total home runs hit during the competition (including 11 FlexBall home runs worth $10,000 each), Gillette and Major League Baseball combined to raise $465,000 to charity!

The fact that hitting home runs meant raising money for charities had me rooting and feeling excited for the contest and each time the #Flexball was up (at the end of each set per player and doubling the donation) both my dad and I sent good vibes so the player could hit it out of the park! Sitting there with the old version of my daddy made me think that, just as my daddy was to me, these men are today’s modern day heroes setting a great example for little boys and girls everywhere.

I can’t wait for next year’s Home Run Derby already! I hope Gillette continues its support to charities – heck, I hope one day any brand would want to help The Orphaned Earring!

Don’t miss tonight’s All-Stars take the field with the All-Star Game taking place on National Television. The game will air on FOX and the pregame will start at 7:30 p.m.

And in case you were wondering, the collected funds will be distributed as follows:

  • $50,000 to Cespedes’ charity of choice for winning the competition
  • $95,000 to Minneapolis Boys & Girls Club programs and MLB “Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities” (RBI) program
  • $20,000 to the charities of choice for each of Cespedes’ Derby teammates
  • $25,000 to NL Captain Troy Tulowitzki’s charity of choice
  • $25,000 to AL Captain Jose Bautista’s charity of choice
  • $8,000 to the charities of choice for each of the NL participants
  • The balance of the funds raised will be split between RBI & Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Nearly $4 million has been raised for charity over the past 11 years, including an all-time high of $615,000 donated in 2012.

WorldCup Bringing Us Closer Together

Soccer Fun

This is a paid post in collaboration with Crest and Latina Bloggers Connect but all ideas, pictures and stories are my own.

Soccer is the greatest game in the world. I don’t say this because I’m a soccer fan, in fact I can’t ever remember all the rules and when watching a game and a commentator shouts “GOOOALLLL” I know my fiancée will either be really happy or really upset. Nevertheless, soccer is the only game that is played worldwide and has the ability to bring people together.

Mexico and BrazilIt is the favorite sport at all our orphanages, there is not a single time when we’ve visited the Nicaragua and Mexico orphanage where they kids don’t hold a soccer match and for that moment, the only thing they think about is the love for the game, helping them have happiness and joy despite of their conditions. I love seeing how the World Cup is being celebrated by all races and financial status, orphans and not.The enthusiasm of fans coming from all over the world to meet in one place to watch the World Cup is palpable, I even get sucked into it and root for the teams closest to my country!

 

Ozzie ManThe World Cup also has the effect of getting my family together to watch the games and the further our team goes, the closer we get. In the past few days we’ve celebrated World Cup by doing Brazilian Butt lift videos (hey! Brazilians have amazing bodies) and we’ve taken the kids out to kick the ball around.

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TMI: We Need Señorita Care Packs For #QuinceDreams

Late last year when I visited the orphanage in Nicaragua I asked our orphan teenage girls what they wanted me to bring them back from the U.S. on my next visit. The girls were hesitant and elbowed one another to speak up but finally I got an answer, they wanted sanitary napkins!

I expected to hear that they wanted what any other teenager wants: electronics, games, clothes or expensive shoes. Each month, when “aunt flow” visits them they use strips of cloth made from their own old clothes as sanitary napkins. After each use the girls have to wash these strips by hand and air-dry to then re-use. Since areas such as “lavanderos” (where they wash clothes by hand, see picture) and clothes lines to dry are common areas, ALL the kids and even the older boys are aware of the girl’s time of month. Like any other teenage girl they are embarrassed and hate to have to experience this each month.

Not only did I understand their embarrassment, it made me aware of all the other needs that go beyond the popular thought of food and clothes. Obviously these girls need a mom to teach them, love them and provide these types of products but unfortunately we can’t do anything about that. So what can we do?

QuinceDreams + Señorita Care Packs

I’m asking for donations to raise enough funds to celebrate the Quinceañera of 3 girls in Guatemala and 4 girls in Mexico. We have about 30 more days to reach our goal of $2500 and we still need your help. In addition to fundraising, we are putting together “Señorita Packs” for all the teenage girls at the centers. It will contain:

  • Sanitary napkins
  • Deodorant
  • Floss
  • Basic make up such as natural color blush, mascara and lip gloss
  • Nail polish
  • Brush + hair accessories
  • Sports bra + underwears

Any money raised beyond the $2,500 needed for the Quinceanera will be used to buy all the items listed above to put together the “Señorita Packs.” I will be traveling to Guatemala and Mexico and personally deliver these packs to all the teenage girls.

I’m inviting you to be a big sister, a caring brother, a padrino, a madrina or adoptive parent and HELP us change these girls’ lives because it’s not only about providing material things, it’s sending the clear message that they are loved, that we think of them and that we are rooting for their success!

Where to donate

Support #QuinceDreams and donate any amount using Paypal and use the email: donation@theorphanedearring.com

OR

Donate through our Fundly campaign https://fundly.com/quincedreams

Where you can ship items

Ship any new items for the Señorita Packs listed above by July 15, 2014 to:

The Orphaned Earring

P.O. Box 1565

Hawthorne, CA 90251

You have a little feeling in your heart that keeps inspiring you to do something good and to give back and you keep putting it off. Stop waiting, this is your opportunity!