Lands’ End #PinkThread Project

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It seems like we all share a common thread of support when it comes to breast cancer. We have either been affected by it ourselves, one of our friends or a family member may have faced it. Personally, I have in the past and currently have both online and offline friends facing breast cancer and my own mom has fought her battle against breast cancer twice in a 20 year span. So yes, this is a very personal and very important cause to me. It’s one I believe in supporting wholeheartedly.

And that’s why I want to share Lands’ End’s #PinkThread project with you.

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The #PinkThread project is a very simple way to bring awareness and support to Breastcancer.org which is an online resource for breast health and breast cancer information and support. Simply by ordering a applying on of six ink thread icons on any Land’s End item that can be embroidered  75% of the embroidery application fee ($6) will be donated to Breastcancer.org. The Pink Thread project runs from now until October 31, 2014.

Here are some other ways you can bring awareness and show support for the #PinkThread project throughout the month of October:

  • Share Your #PinkThread – Share a photo/image of who or what your “Pink Thread” is in your life on Facebook (facebook.com/landsend), Twitter (@LandsEnd) and Instagram (@LandsEnd) and Lands’ End will donate $1 to Breastcancer.org for each photo posted (up to $10,000) using the hashtag #PinkThread.

 

  • Pink Thread Project Women’s Swim Tee – Lands’ End will offer an exclusive women’s Swim Tee in pink and $5 of every purchase will benefit Breastcancer.org This pink swim tee can also be embroidered with a ink Thread icon and 75% of the application fee as mentioned before will also be donated.

 

  • Lands’ End Pink in Stores – Lands’ End will donate 10% to Breastcancer.org on the purchase of all fall/winter pink women’s apparel and accessory items whether they be sold in Lands’ End Shops at Sears or Lands’ End Full Price stores.

For more information on the Lands’ End #PinkThread Project visit landsend.com/pinkthread

I received the canvas tote pictured above as a gift from Lands’ End. Thank you to Lands’ End for being a sponsor of the Social Media on the Sand Conference at Beaches Resort Turks & Caicos.

© 2014, Nanette Gomez. All rights reserved.

Choose Love Over Hate #Love>Hate

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One thing I always teach my children is to treat others as you would like to be treated. This is huge to me. It’s where you choose to treat others with respect and love because that’s how you would want to be treated. It’s the right thing to do. It’s the right way to treat people. As a mom, this is important for me to teach both my children.

As a mom of a special needs child there’s so much more to this. When you hear of individuals with special needs being treated with hate it’s absolutely crushing. Why? Because that could be my child or your child, anyone’s child just because they are different.

When the story of an ALS challenge gone horribly wrong (three Bay Village teens dumped filth over their autistic classmate’s head instead of ice) broke I just simply couldn’t imagine how someone could be so cruel. I couldn’t watch the video, I just simply couldn’t do it. How their parents didn’t teach them the one rule all kids should be taught – treat others as you would like to be treated is just beyond logic to me.

But obviously this young man, the victim of this hateful act, has been taught that very important lesson. He and his family have chosen love over hate. To encourage this young man and the stance he and his family have taken, Give Forward has started a fundraiser. Money raised in the #Love>Hate campaign will be given to the family.

No, money won’t change what happened to this young man but it can be a symbol of support for him and the lesson others can learn from this event. And if you can’t give even a few dollars, that’s okay. You can still show your support by leaving a comment on the Give Forward page for them. There is a goal of 1000 comments on this page . Every dollars, every comment is a sign of support for this family. YThfwU2cRM2GAcdMQySqJw Please take a moment to visit Give Forward and make a pledge whether it be monetary or an encouraging word. Show your support. Share this any way you can please, via word of mouth, social media or with friends and family.

Let’s let this family know they are not alone.

I am sharing this with you not because I am being compensated for doing so but because I am a special needs mom and this could have been my son.

© 2014, Nanette Gomez. All rights reserved.

When Was the Last Time You had 8 Hours of Sleep?

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This is a compensated post. All thoughts and opinions are 100 percent my own.

I can’t even remember when the last time I got a full eight hours of uninterrupted sleep. I’d venture to say pre-pregnancy with my first one. That was a LONG time ago. Now, I ok I get it, pregnancy doesn’t always make sleep the most comfortable position to be in. And as our babies join us in the outside world, sleep isn’t a very popular option with them then either. “No nap!” Haven’t you heard that one before? Then it turns to “mommy, I don’t like the dark” as you transition them from infant bed to toddler bed in their own room.

If you’re lucky they’ll sleep there for a bit and then wander over to your room and climb in bed. At least that was the case for me. Now you would think things would get better as mine have gotten older but no not really. One sleeps well while the other one struggles to fall asleep and then stay asleep. And to be quite honest, it takes a toll on you. I’m not a happy mom when I’m low on sleep. What’s a mom to do?

Think about this for a minute, if I could get my kids to sleep on their own that’s means I would in turn get better sleep as well. Better sleep means a happier, more productive and healthier mommy for my kids. Isn’t that what you want for yours too?

So how do we achieve that?

I think we tend to forget, our kids are multi-sensory (sights, sounds, touch and smell) so why would we not consider that in aiding our kids in finding that calmness to fall asleep and stay asleep?

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Fortunately, Cloud b has taken that into consideration and come up with an adorable collection of lovies for infants and children that fill these multi-sensory needs. Their multi-sensory line includes a hug-activated heartbeat from their Glow Cuddles Bunny and Bear to a Bluetooth-capable Twilight Turtle Tunes.

Darkness and silence initially cause stress. This is so true even for my kids now. Cloud b products provide just the right amount of sensory stimulation to clam bedtime fears while creating a soothing atmosphere that promotes restful sleep.

As I was searching through the website, I saw so many items that could really help my kids relax and find that calmness needed to fall asleep. And the Disney fan in me wants this one so bad!

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Winnie hugs his Hunny Pot

  • Helps ease fear of the dark
  • Pot is wrapped in plush, top glows in the dark
  • Projects stars and a “Mickey Ears” constellation
  • On/off button is shaped as a cute honey bee
  • Press the reversed “N” of Hunny to switch colors

Wouldn’t this be the perfect gift for an expectant mommy, helping her start her baby on the right path to better sleep? I think so. Learning to sleep well is a life-long process. Cloud b products are ideal even for older children because their lights, sounds, textures, and aromas are designed to promote optimal sleep at any age. Maybe I should consider one of these for my little one. I hate to see her struggle with sleep issues. And this mommy could sure use some sleep too.

This is a compensated post. All thoughts and opinions are 100 percent my own.

© 2014, Nanette Gomez. All rights reserved.