#RedNoseDay Sweepstakes! A Good Laugh for a Good Cause

RedNoseDayIt’s time to be silly, put on a red nose and join a national event to help lift children out of poverty! A good laugh for a good cause!

It was 5 am when I was awaken by a pain in my throat and immediately went to my local Walgreens to buy medication, I was convinced my day would be a bad one. As I payed at the register for my medication, I saw a little box of red noses and immediately knew my day was about to change to a happy day!

As the exclusive Red Nose retailer, Walgreens  is selling red noses at only $1 so everyone can help money raised for Red Nose Day USA supporting poverty-focused charities working both in the United States and around the world. Go get one!

 

RedNoseDayWHAT IS RED NOSE DAY?

Red Nose Day is the U.K.’s #1 television fundraising event that is now coming to America in a spectacular star-studded special live on Thursday, May 21 (8-11 p.m. ET) on NBC who will close out the 2014-15 regular season with a three-hour live Red Nose Day charity telethon. Inspired and supported by Comic Relief U.K. – the British charity behind Red Nose Day – NBC will televise the benefit featuring hilarious stand-up comedy, clever parodies, sketch comedy, incredible music performances from A-list artists and short, compelling films about the cause.

Red Nose Day is all about having fun, raising money and saving lives.

#REDNOSE SWEEPSTAKES

Everyone wins! Once you buy your nose at Walgreens, you can also enter a Red Nose Sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip for two to New York City to attend the Red Nose Daytelevised star-studded event on May 21!

Entry is easy:

1. Snap a photo of yourself wearing your Red Nose

2. Share it with #RedNose, #Walgreens and #Promo on Twitter or Instagram

Post away your Red Nose pictures and GOOD LUCK!

L.A. Volunteers Needed: Special Olympics World Games 2015

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Special Olympics World Games 2015 is coming to Los Angeles and they are recruiting enthusiastic and committed volunteers to serve in many capacities. There are volunteer opportunities for you as an individual or with a group!

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This summer, the World Games will be hosted in Los Angeles  from July 25 to Aug 2 and in order to maximize this experience for special Olympic athletes and their families Mission Ebenezer Family Church is hoping to help spread the love of Christ through participating and attending the Games – because that is least we can do for all the daily blessings that come our waySpecial Boy!

Mission Ebenezer Family Church is hosting an Info Summit on Saturday April 11th from 9:00 am -11:00 am. The meeting will take place at The Rock Youth Facility on the church’s campus. Church leaders are working with World Games, Kim Villa, Director of Community Engagement and specifically works with Faith Based Organizations in L.A. and enlisted the help of church leaders to spread the word with Churches down in the Southbay Area BUT all other areas are welcome. 

If you or someone you know is interested in attending you can email Coba Canales at cobacanales@gmail.com or through the Facebook event.

Let’s get together for one common purpose of showing the love for these amazing young men and women as they come from all over the world to LA this Summer. Blessings!

 

Alegria Magazine Celebrates its 3rd Year Anniversary with fun and social change!

Alegria Magazine Kicks-Off the Season with the 2015 Spring Issue Celebrating Latin American Culture and a donation to The Orphaned Earring!!

Alegria's donation will help bring over 350 smiles!

Alegria’s donation will help bring over 350 smiles!

Alegria Magazine,  the leading luxury and bilingual Latin Arts and Lifestyle magazine in Southern California, celebrates the richness and beauty of Latin America culture in the U.S. during the magazine’s 3rd year anniversary event and launch of the 2015 Spring Issue: Somos Alegria, Somos Latin America!

On Wednesday, April 8th, Latin leaders, artists and media influencers  will enjoy an evening of music, fun and celebration while enjoying the stunning views from the Skybar Lounge, courtesy of title sponsor Inca Kola USA. The star studded event will kick-off with a red carpet, complimentary cocktails from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm and entertainment by recognized DJ Canyon Cody from Subsuelo.

“I am most proud of our Spring Issue because it brings together so many internationally known artists and leaders who share their inspirational stories and passion with our readers,” said Davina Ferreira, Founder and Publisher of ALEGRIA. “From an exclusive interview with superstar J Balvin, to the talents of celebrity hair-make up stylist Jomari Goyzo and the beautiful Jackie Guerrido, this issue reflects the colors and passions of our culture.”

“We are proud sponsors of the 3rd anniversary of Alegria Magazine and this celebration of Latin culture as we too celebrate the  growth of our product  in the U.S. We are so happy to give back to our community and support other Latina entrepreneurs” said  Liz Berman CEO of Inca Kola USA.

Among special guest will be  Gil Saldivar, top dancer for some of the world’s biggest pop stars such as Jennifer Lopez and Christina Aguilera and from the recent box office hit Mc Farland USA, actor Omar Leyva.

Alegria Magazine also lends its platform for philanthropic efforts to encourage social change. By partnering with the non-profit organization The Orphaned Earring, Ferreira will support over 350 orphaned or abandoned children living in Latin America. Twenty percent of event tickets sales will benefit a total of five impoverished orphanages in Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Colombia and Dominican Republic. “Many talk about wanting social change but its only with women like Davina, that take action and inspires others to help, that we will be able to truly change our communities,” said Denisse Montalvan, Founder and Director of The Orphaned Earring.”

You are invited!

To purchase tickets, please visit Eventbrite: Alegria Magazine 3rd Year Anniversary Celebration

 

Event details:

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Skybar Lounge

8440 Sunset Boulevard

West Hollywood, CA 90069

8:00 pm

The One #WAG Thing You Didn’t Know!

For the past few months I’ve been consumed with joy over the one detail about the We All Grow Summit you might not now…

A portion of the We All Grow Summit proceeds will benefit The Orphaned Earring as the Official Charity Partner!!

Ana FloresIf you have met Ana Flores of Latina Bloggers Connect in person, you know that even with all her accomplishments, success, prestige and almost celebrity status, she is one of the most helpful, loving and genuine person. Her genuine desire for all Latinas to grow was palpable during the 1st conference she launched this year where even the name reflects her heart – because when when one grows, we all grow!

And true to the conference slogan, Ana Flores adopted The Orphaned Earring so that we can grow to new levels of hope, strength and vision to continue helping over 350 children living in impoverished conditions in Latin America.  There are times where we feel like the underdog with so many other conferences partnering with money-making organizations, but in true Ana fashion, she picked the underdog and the cause dearest to her heart.

At this first 2015 Summit you didn’t hear much of me or the partnership but stay tuned to coming years where we will showcase all we’ve been able to accomplish with #WeAllGrow’s support!

IMG_20150311_021714I attend conferences for work and I’m always prepared to turn up my game to network, meet new people and share The Orphaned Earring with everyone I come across. I recently attended the We All Grow Summit #WeAllGrow and the experience was like no other conference experience, it was a pleasant surprise. It was the first-ever bilingual conference designed by women in the forefront of digital marketing and content creation, #WeAllGrow Summit, was specifically created to empower Latina bloggers and digital content creators and share with us the tools we all need to foster meaningful relationships with followers and amplify our voice to truly become digital entrepreneurs. The conference was led by Latinas and boy you could feel that female influence throughout with the loving, understanding, cheerful and uplifting tone that was palpable.

More than a summit, #WeAllGrow felt more like a women’s retreat.  Neutrogena pampered guests with facials, hair and make-up and used Neutrogena products which I loved! Crest gave us a very important tool, they took professional headshots which is a must for conducting business and ViveMejor filled up our goodie bags with the essentials!

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The highlight of the conference for me was story telling by successful Latina women. During this time we got to learn and be inspired by the personal stories from our peers, reminding us that with hard work, perseverance and community love we can achieve our dreams.

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The Distinctive Boysenberry at #KnottsSpring

Boysenberry Vignette_1Boysenberry is such a funny berry to pronounce, where does it come from? The boysenberry was developed in the early 1920s by horticulturist Rudolph Boysen of Anaheim, California, who later turned it over to farmer Walter Knott for commercial development, yep! as in Knott’s Berry Farm. It is a great berry for canning and preserving and for the use in pies and cobblers. Today, although not too popular for commercial use, the unique and delicious boysenberry is only available at farmers’ markets when in season and of course at Knott’s Berry Farm.

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We are lucky to have access to the divine berry thanks to Knott’s who is celebrating delicious roots during the Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival, March 28 – April 12 with a 16-day and entertainment festival! Each year they returns with an unforgettable lineup of exquisite Boysenberry Bites, dazzling entertainment, the Wine and Craft Brew Tasting Garden, and more farm fresh fun the whole family will love! From sun up to sun down the festival includes dueling fiddlers, Jammin’ in the Dark, Peanuts Party in the Park, vine dancing, swing dancing, live music, and other live entertainment. It’s a limited-time Festival and included with admission to Knott’s Berry Farm so don’t wait too long or you will miss this rare California experience during #KnottsSpring.

I figured that the only way to practice how to say Boysenberry is by tasting all the delicious creations that Knott’s Berry Farm has to offer. I’m sure the sweetness, aroma and unique tang of the boysenberry will help get my lips puckered-up before I say B-O-Y-S-E-N-B-E-R-R-Y!

Join me! Get your tickets at https://www.knotts.com/spring

 

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This post is in collaboration with Gigasavvy on behalf of Knott’s Berry Farm, in exchange we received park entrance to experience the Boysenberry Festival but all our opinions are our own.

100 Good Deeds in 2015 With The #DeedADay Movement

1GD_SocialAssets2015_3eIt’s 2015! We had a great 2014 with unexpected growth and blessings that at times we felt we couldn’t keep up. But God is good and gave us just enough to help our over 300 kids.

We are excited to what the New Year has for us. We’ve learned that with every small act, great reward comes. We may not see the reward right away but the good deed seed is planted and will produce greatness at some point. We want to continue our mission of helping others and invite you to join the do good movement.

There are several ways to make a difference, what will you do in 2015?

Similar to what we do for The Orphaned Earring, the #DeedADay movement is an intentional movement to spread kindness and service to others by doing GOOD DEEDS. To help with that intention, The 100 Good Deeds Project created a beaded bracelet that encourages everyone to do a good deed a day. A good deed means you’ve gone out of our way to help someone and it only counts if the deed remains Deed A Day Avatar 3anonymous. Each time you do a good deed, move the ring on the bracelet closer to the button. It’s very simple and the bracelet itself is beautiful.

The artist behind the GOOD DEED bracelets is artists Mary Fisher, author and HIV/AIDs activist, who designed this simple but stunning bracelet strung with 100 beads by HIV positive and economically fragile women in Uganda, Zambia, Rwanda, South Africa, India, Indonesia, and Haiti. These bracelets remind you to do a good deed. Every time you go out of your way to perform a gooddeed, you move the bracelet’s rubber ring closer to the 100th bead. How cool is this? It’s both a fashion statement and a cause to encourage everyone to do a GOOD DEED a day.

Let’s work together to do one small act for someone else that makes an impact. Imagine if we all did a GOOD DEED a day, what a better place the world would be. And after a year that has brought so many unfortunate events seen on the news we could use some good and start practicing as a nation. We can do this!

“To join the #DeedADay movement, share one of these images on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest using hashtag #DeedADay and tagging the 100 Good Deeds Bracelet.”

Note: I am to receive a Good Deed bracelet as compensation for this post but I’m more than happy to support such an amazing cause. All opinions are my own.

How KIA Helped #OEDrive be a Success!

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Ana Flores and husband Alan all smiles while donating

Our busiest month is almost over, a month that we had the honor to work with great friends and supporters and a great car brand, KIA. Before we started the #OEGiveaway we didn’t know what vehicle we were going to get but surprised with a minivan #Sedona at the steps of my door. When I first saw the minivan I was doubtful about being able to drive it comfortably since I was under the impression that only moms could be expert minivan drivers. I’m a mom at heart but don’t have any children of my own. I could have not imagined how easy, convenient and comfortable the Sedona was, helping #OEDrive be a complete success!

 

I was in for a surprise. The moment I hoped into the passenger seat I was taken away by the luxurious feel the Sedona has. The leather seats, the navigation system, the control from the steering wheel and the comfortable seats made me feel I was driving a sports car!

The Sedona was definitely a getaway vehicle and lounge while we collected our donations. The Sedona offered comfort to all my passengers with the slide-n-stow seats and all-around comfort options anyone can make the seat their own personal thrown. Airlines should learn from KIA and design seats this good!

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This vehicle really cared for me. It is intelligent and responsive and loaded with features that helped me keep navigate smoothly. Features like Blind-Spot Detection (BSD), UVO Local Search Powered by Google, and the Smart Power Tailgate provided hands-free opening with both feet on the ground – extremely helpful when carrying things and have both hands occupied. And the surround viewing through the cameras blew me away, so helpful when parking and calculating space and I sure needed that! Can you spot the camera on the grill of the vehicle? See look at the photo carefully.

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The Sedona has an unexpected personality: legroom, luxury amenities in every row, a class-exclusive center console for ample storage and easy third-row access made loading so easy. The dual sunroofs was a treat as we drove from Los Angeles to San Diego in a sunny day – the warm rays re-energized all of us and made us forget we were in a minivan because we felt we were in a small luxury car.

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When you are on the go like I was, taking pictures and talking with potential donors your devices will drain fast. But the Sedona offered a great feature: multiple power outlets take social sharing to a whole new level! No batteries needed.

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Monique Fausto of Curves & Chaos just had to check the KIA out herself!

As I drove through Southern California picking up donations, my supporters were also taken away by the luxury car hidden in this minivan. My fiancée and I have decided that the next vehicle we lease or purchase must be a KIA – we completely had underrated this brand and delightfully surprised. Can’t wait for the next car shopping experience.

In the Sedona we collected donations that will now benefit our kids and that has no value – priceless. Thank you KIA for giving us the tools to do our jobs and experiencing a great ride while at it!

Snoopy, Inspiration & Memories with Knott’s

SnoopyI can’t believe the year is almost over! And although it saddens me to think I’m one year older and have about a million more grey hairs on my head, I also feel so honored to have had the support of so many friends and a couple of brands.

Among the brands that I’ve had the honor to work with is Knott’s Berry Farm. Throughout the year they have offered fun and entertainment for my family and friends – a little escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Knott’s also inspired and made us proud as they created pink tickets in support of Susan G Komen Foundation and invited cancer survivors to tell their triumphant stories. They invited us to see the flowers bloom in the Spring, helped us create memories with my nephews and scared us with Scary Farm.

To end the year strong, Knott’s made one final act of kindness; they donated a Snoopy for each girl at an orphanage in Rosarito, Mexico, bringing so many smiles to girls that otherwise would not have a plush toy to cuddle with at night.

Words can’t express how grateful we are with Knott’s for giving a Snoopy to each girl. And even though it may seem like something small, the message that they delivered to each girl is that someone cares and is thinking of them and that may change their entire lives.

SnoopyNow to celebrate the New Year, we are putting on our party hats and getting ready to ring in the New Year at Knott’s family-friendly New Year’s Eve event that offers something for everyone! Knott’s is a fun and safe options for families who want to ring in the New Year together. My family and a couple of friends will be receiving the New Year at Knott’s thanks to the extended park hours, live entertainment, and a fireworks display which are all included in the price of regular park admission.

If you have a 2015 Season Pass the value is even better, because each 2015 Season Pass includes one FREE visit in 2014 that can be used on New Year’s Eve!

I can’t wait to close the year at a park that has brought so many smiles not only to me and my family but to over 20 needy children in Rosarito, Mexico.

Join us and celebrate a great year together and you can also join the conversation by using #KnottsNYE. 

Annie Movie to Visit Our Orphan Girls!

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We are so excited for the upcoming Annie movie coming out Friday, December 19 set in modern day New York. The cast is amazing and sure to make this movie a great one. And the protagonist is cutie pie Quvenzhané Wallis who recently was nominated for a Golden Globe. I love to see her adorable personality come through while I watched the trailer, she won me over already.

Annie is a movie about an orphan girl that despite her hard life is optimistic and was adopted. HELLO!! How perfect if this movie? We wish this was a true story for all our kids at our centers!

This Saturday we will be spending the day with real orphans and Annie Movie will be taking gifts to our 15 girls in Mexico! How cool is that!?

Growing up, Annie was my favorite movie. My parents never took me to the movies as a little girl so when the movie came out on TV and the songs would play as part of the teaser, I would run from whatever room I was at to watch the 30 seconds of this red, big hair little girl dance and sing like I had never seen before. The day finally came when I would watch the movie but unfortunately it was school night and I had to go to bed early and missed it. My dad promised he would tape it; he was eager to use his new VHS recorder. I couldn’t contain my joy when the day finally came when I would watch Annie. My dad pushed play, my heart racing and the movie only played for 15 minutes, my dad had messed up the recording.

I was devastated and didn’t watch the movie until years later. My parents were not the type that would go out of their way to rent or buy a movie, it was too much luxury for a little girl so I had to wait until the movie played again, by then I was almost a tween.

Little did I know that my life would be directly tied to orphans for the rest of my life. I remember watching the movie and although I was a child myself, I wanted to bring them all home with me. I could say that Annie was the inspiration in my life to be compassionate to needy children and want to take action and help them.

Watch Trailer Here:

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BEEP BEEP! The Orphaned Earring Drive + 50$ Giveaway!

Disclosure: The Orphaned Earring received a week long media loan from Kia and no other compensation or sponsorship.All opinion and initiatives are own.

We are kicking off holiday season for our kids! In preparation of the holiday parties for all our orphanages, we are doing an Orphaned Earring Drive (#OEDrive) where we’ll be driving all over Los Angeles collecting donations in the form of new and used clothes, swag from events (thanks to my blogger friends) and other items that our kids and pre-teens need.

The Orphaned Earring Drive is possible thanks to the kind vehicle loan from Drive STI on behalf of Kia Motors. Many times we don’t pick up donations because we don’t have a large and reliable vehicle that can accommodate many packages and odd shaped items, until now! For an entire week @Kia is helping us gather all the donations while experiencing firsthand the sweet and spacious ride of a KIA Sedona, the most comfortable vehicle for the entire family!

Everyone knows that when you give, you get back! That’s just the way God designed blessings and we want to give you a gift for your support too! Enter to win two beautiful Orphaned Earring bracelets inspired by KIA and a $50 dollar gift card!

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 BEEP BEEP! WHAT DRIVES YOU?

All you need to share is what drives you? What motivates you to live, laugh, dream or work hard? We all have something that drives us to greatness and we want to know!OEDrive Giveaway

We encourage you to not only drive but to strive for greatness and be part of the social change we need to better this world. Imagine if everyone did ONE act of kindness a day? That would be 7.1 billion acts of kindness a day, enough to end with poverty and despair – be #1 today and do good!

 

Thanks to your support and donations, we will be able to give Christmas parties to:

  • Casa Hogar Estrella – Rosarito, Mx (December 13)
  • Colombian Street Kids – Santa Rosa, Colombia (December 24)
  • Casa Hogar Hosanna – Tipitapa, Nicaragua (December 26)
  • Hogar Madelaes – Santo Dom., Dominican Republic (December 27)
  • Comunidad El Progreso – Cuilapa, Guatemala (January 10)
  • Casa Hogar de la Gracia – Tijuana, MX (TBD)

Now go and enter the giveaway and good luck!

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