Give Back to Schools with Schoola

Giving Back to Schools with Schoola

If you’re a parent, I would bet that somewhere around your house you have heaps and piles of clothes that your children have outgrown. Perhaps you’re waiting for a garage sale or looking for a friend who may be able to use them. What if I told you that you could earn money for your child’s school by donating those old outgrown clothes? Schoola sells lightly worn children’s clothing online and donates 40% of the proceeds back to the school of the donor’s choosing, how awesome is that?! But wait, it gets better! By just requesting a donation bag through the Schoola website, $1 will be donated to help fund the music program at the KIPP Academy, a small school in the Bronx that helps underprivileged and special needs children to get the education they deserve. Additionally, if you need to replenish your children’s clothing with some larger sizes, you can also shop on Schoola and support the KIPP Academy’s music program with $1 from every purchase being donated. As a bonus, if my links in this post generate the most donation bag requests and/or purchases from Schoola, my very own son’s school will get a $1000 donation from Schoola. It’s a win-win-win!

KIPP Academy Video

The Importance of Music in Schools

We all know that cutbacks in school funding in recent years have left a real void in education, particularly around arts and music. As a teen, I credit my involvement in my school choir with getting me back on track after a rough start to junior high school and being mixed up with the wrong crowd. Choir gave me something to look forward to every day, and it gave me a reason to keep my grades up so that I could continue participating. I learned how to read music, I learned an appreciation for writing and performing music and I learned how to work as a team to produce something wonderful. I made life long friends through my involvement in school choir, nearly a dozen of whom I still speak to today, nearly 25 years later. Sadly enough, many kids will be denied these types of life-altering experiences due to education cutbacks. This is where Schoola can really help! Not only do you earn money for your own child’s school by donating clothing, but you can help support other schools with a clear vision for success (like the KIPP Academy) by shopping on Schoola. Please consider donating your children’s outgrown clothing and/or purchasing gently used clothing from Schoola. You will be helping your own child’s school, the KIPP Academy, and potentially even my son’s school!

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Summer Travel Identity Theft Protection Tips

For many families, summer time means vacation time! Have you ever worried about identity theft while you’re travelling? There are a lot of things you can do to help prevent your identity from being stolen while travelling, and there are also great solutions available from LifeLock if you do become a victim. Let’s start off with a couple of preventative measures you can do before you leave for your trip as provided by the LifeLock Site:

  1. Notify your bank and credit card companies that you will be travelling.
  2. Place a hold on your mail to prevent it from being stolen.
  3. Remove unnecessary sensitive info from your wallet/purse (anything with your SSN).
  4. Pay bills before leaving, don’t bring them along.
  5. Limit social media posts prior to and while on vacation.

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Once you leave, there are also many things you can do to help prevent your identity from being compromised. Here is a list to keep in mind:

  1. Keep travel documents and sensitive info on your person in a security belt.
  2. Use the hotel safe to store important items.
  3. Be very wary of where and how you use your ATM and credit cards.
  4. Consider using an RFID-protecting wallet, handbag or case.
  5. Report missing items immediately!

Of course, even if you take all of the above preventative measures, identity theft is still a possibility, albeit a smaller one. It’s always great to have a company like LifeLock on your side to further help protect your identity and to help put out the fires if something does get stolen. Check out more info on their services on the LifeLock Site and use promo code “Lifelocksafety” to save 10% on LifeLock services.


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Suja Juice Cleanse Mid-Summer Sale!

I just wrapped up my FIFTH Suja Juice Cleanse last week and am once again so happy with the results. 5 pounds lost, complete eradication of cravings for unhealthy foods, brighter skin and just a sense of overall well-being. I got a killer deal on my cleanse when I ordered it a couple of weeks ago and am shocked to see that Suja is again offering the same deal! Score a 3-day Suja Juice cleanse (aka Fresh Start) for only $119 (normally $162) AND also get free shipping! Just use coupon code “3DAYFRESH” and order either the Suja Original 3-day Fresh Start or the new Suja Core 3-day Fresh Start now through July 31st (while supplies last). If you’re new to Suja, feel free to check out my first 2 experiences cleansing with them: What a Suja Juice 3-Day Cleanse Did for Me and Suja Juice Cleanse Round 2!

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If you have any questions about the Suja Juice cleanse, please feel free to ask! If I don’t know the answer, I can get it for you quickly. These juices taste amazing and I’ve had at least 2 dozen friends follow my lead, most of which have already done their 2nd or 3rd Suja cleanse. If you’ve been mulling it over, now is the time to give it a try!

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Stitch Fix Box #3 – July 2014

Stitch Fix July 2014

I just received my third Stitch Fix box and I must say, it just keeps getting better! If you didn’t read my review of last month’s box, check it out here. Although I decided to only keep 2 of the 5 items this month, I was really on the fence about 2 others as well! Here are some photos and details about what I received this month:

Stitch Fix AISHA DECO PENDANT NECKLACE

AISHA DECO PENDANT NECKLACE

The Aisha Deco Pendant necklace is exactly the piece of jewelry I had been looking for lately, so naturally I had to keep this one! It has just the right amount of sparkle without being too bling-y and can add a nice elegant touch to a casual outfit or be worn with a dressier look as well. The price was $38, which I thought was great for a nice necklace. It can be worn long (as shown in all of my pictures below), or you can loop the chain through the top of the pendant a second time and wear it short as well!

Stitch Fix - KAMILE JERSEY RUCHED DETAIL DRESS

KAMILE JERSEY RUCHED DETAIL DRESS

I LOVED the fuchsia color of this Kamile Jersey Ruched Detail Dress and it fit me SO perfectly. It was a tough call on this one. Although I need more bright dresses in my wardrobe, and especially for my upcoming Bahamas cruise, I ultimately decided against this one. I felt that the cut and fit along the top made my chest look even bigger than it already is…and I definitely don’t need any help in that department! I may regret not keeping this one, even looking at the picture I miss it already! The price tag on this dress was $64, pretty good for a dress!

Stitch Fix - GLORIA COLORBLOCK ABSTRACT PRINT HI-LO TANK & ODELL CAPRI JEAN

GLORIA COLORBLOCK & ABSTRACT PRINT HI-LO TANK & ODELL CAPRI JEAN

The Gloria Colorblock & Abstract Print Hi-Lo Tank and Odell Capri Jean pictured above were a mixed bag for me. I liked the print and fit of the tank (priced at $48) and thought it was really fun, but the cut along the bottom made it a no-go for me. It would be great for someone with narrower hips perhaps, as I felt that the cut really added some width there! The capris were very cute and very comfortable, but I just bought a nearly identical pair on sale at LOFT last week so that was the deciding factor for me. The price was a bit high on them too ($78) considering I paid less than half that for the other capris I just purchased.

Stitch Fix - CAMILLE STRIPED POCKET-FRONT TANK & ODELL CAPRI JEAN

CAMILLE STRIPED POCKET-FRONT TANK & ODELL CAPRI JEAN

The Camille Striped Pocket-Front Tank (pictured with the Odell Capri Jean) was an instant winner for me. I live in tanks during the spring, summer and fall (and most of the winter) here in San Diego, and comfort is key. This tank fit perfect and has the capability of being dressed up with white capris and heels or being worn with jeans and flip-flops. I like versatility! At $44, it was perhaps a bit more than my typical tank top budget, but I liked it so much that I went for it anyway.

If you haven’t given Stitch Fix a try, head on over to their website, fill out your style profile and order your first box! It’s only $20 for each box, and if you end up purchasing any of your 5 items, you get the $20 back in the form of a credit towards your purchase! You can just order boxes as you’d like or sign up for a regular monthly “fix”, no obligation either way. Have fun and stay stylish!

Do Chi Machines Really Work?

Chi Machine Benefits

When I recently read about theChi Machine benefits of using a Chi Machine in a magazine, I immediately took to Google to do some research. I have been suffering for nearly 3 years from back pain related to two herniated discs, L4/L5 & L5/S1. Although I have found tremendous relief from acupuncture, I can’t always get an appointment when I need it most having 2 young children. Although, if I could, I would have acupuncture every day! I have also tried physical therapy, numerous medications, stretching and yoga, you name it. I prefer a natural approach to healing my pain and would like to avoid medication or steroid injections as have often been recommended. So, when I came across the Chi Machine and read about the numerous benefits it can have on the body, including relief of chronic back pain, I knew I had to have one. I researched several models on Amazon and wanted to get one of the cheaper models as I was so skeptical, so I went with the Sunpentown Healthy Swing Machine and got it on sale for under $80. I was excited to give it a try as there are so many potential benefits to using a Chi Machine outside of just pain relief! Here is just a partial list of the benefits one can derive from using a Chi Machine:

  • Reduction in soreness, aches and pains (including back pain and fibromyalgia)
  • Improved flexibility and spinal alignment
  • Improved circulation and reduced swelling/edema
  • Stress relief/relaxation
  • Improved sleep
  • Improved metabolism


My Chi Machine Experience

I have personally experienced just about every benefit listed above. My pain was nearly eradicated after using a Chi Machine just a few times. I really didn’t think it would work, and especially not so quickly. I have also been sleeping much better, have lost several pounds of water weight and just feel more relaxed and calm than usual. My children both love using the Chi Machine too, and I’ve found that it helps my 6-year old son with ADHD stay more calm and focused. If you’ve been suffering from chronic pain or another ailment that could be improved with a Chi Machine, I’d highly recommend giving it a try. There are numerous models to choose from, but as mentioned earlier, I went with the cheapest and have been very happy with it. The Sunpentown Healthy Swing Machine has 14 different speeds, an easy to use remote control, an optional swivel disc for added benefit, and best of all, it’s affordable! One note is that I do prefer to add some padding to the ankle rest, but a folded up hand towel does the trick for me, so it’s not a big issue.

Chi Machine Video from The Doctors

Check out this excerpt from The Doctors as they learn about the benefits of using a Chi Machine:

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