The Element Associates Social Suite at Blogger Bash

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Last Friday I attended Blogger Bash in New York City. Frankly it had been a little while since I’d attended a blogger event. I was looking forward to catching up with my online friends in real life.

Though I had a great time at the KidVuz party, I have to shout it out to Element Associates for one heck of an event at the Element Associates Social Suite. Ok, so I am a bit partial here. After all, I do a fair amount of work with Debbie Bookstaber and the team at Element Associates. I consider them all to be friends.

Lucky me, I got to work the Joseph Nogucci table at the #EAEvents party, where we got to meet all the fabulous bloggers who attended, and tell them about this incredible line of jewelry. The looks on their faces as they tried on bracelets and learned more about the brand was amazing. The bloggers attending were the first to see the new Miii jewelry collection by Joseph Nogucci. Miii bracelets are crafted from semiprecious stone beads and gleaming rhodium-plated magnets designed to bring all of your bracelets together in a stack. Each Miii bracelet is meant to commemorate a milestone or memory.

#EAEvents Joseph Nogucci

Washdrops was there as well, telling everyone about their amazing product. This one is right up my alley because it is as green as can be. When we wash our cars at home the amount of water it wastes drives me crazy. Washdrops is cleaning fluid that makes at home car washing economical, and environmentally-friendly. All you need to do is add one gallon of water to one ounce of Washdrops fluid and start washing. At just about 70 cents per car, Washdrops also costs much less than taking your car to a commercial car wash. And the best part? It contains no bleaching agents or ammonias. It is even safe to pour the remainder of the bucket on a lawn or flowerbed when you are finished washing your car!

#EAEvents Washdrops

Cequent, the makers of Washdrops, also showcased their line of wiper blades that help support the fight against breast cancer. You can choose between pink wipers and black wipers with a breast cancer logo on them. With each purchase of AutoTex Pink blades, a donation is made to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. You can buy them at

Smokey Bear was in attendance at the party. Did you know that he is turning 70 this year? He was there to share his birthday cake and post for photos. How can you not love Smokey? One our way to the shore we always pass a sign which reads the original saying, “Only YOU can prevent wildfires,” and I think of Smokey every time. Nine out of ten wildfires are started by humans, and to date Smokey Bear still plays an important role in educating the public. You can wish Smokey a happy birthday too by signing his online birthday card here!

#EAEvents Smokey the Bear

And I could never forget my friend Nichole was there to represent the amazing Alex’s Lemonade Stand. The work of this organization (and Nichole’s tireless efforts) continue to amaze me. I am registered for the Alex’s Million Mile March this September in honor of Kyle, a boy from my area who passed a way from Leukemia, and his mom who works tirelessly to help other families in the Philadelphia region who have children with cancer. To learn how you can participate, go to

#EAEvents Alex's Lemonade Stand


#EAEvents Alex's Million Mile

Other tables at the event included Wubble Ball, which adults and kids alike seemed to be enjoying equally. Cover Girl was giving manicures and makeup tips to attendees too. At the party they were showing off their new #instaGLAM collection. Author Lauren Willig was even there signing her novels!

#EAEvents Lauren Willig

Blogger Bash turned out to be a great event. Not only did I get to catch up with those friends, I met some fabulous people and made a few incredible connections that I look forward to strengthening in the months to come. Kudos to Joey, Stephanie, and Charlene for putting it all together. I can’t wait to see what they have in store next!

#EAEvents Blogger Bash



Ecoths Socially Responsible Clothing for Men

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There is a brand new company that you should know about. You know I love me some socially responsible companies. Unlike other socially responsible companies that I have mentioned here, this one does not sell women’s shoes or accessories. Nor does it sell organic food. (Not that those aren’t terrific too.) It is not a buy one, give one, either.

It is a buy one, give three.

This new company is called Ecōths. Imagine if you started a brand new company that donated somewhere in the vicinity of 60,000 meals to people in need in just its first year on the market. Oh yeah, and they make amazingly soft and comfortable clothing for your guy, too.

For each Ecōths garment purchased, three meals are donated to food banks around the country. Right out of the starting gate, the company is expected to donate about 60,000 meals by the end of the year. As they say, their mission is simple – bring together the triple bottom line of People, Planet, and Product.

Did I mention that Ecōths clothing is 100% natural? With a combination of on-trend fashion elements and a rugged outdoor influence, their styles are both masculine and comfortable. Check them out at Find out where Ecōths are sold in your area ( or request that your favorite store get the line in stock!

To celebrate their arrival, Ecōths is giving away one shirt or pair of shorts to a lucky winner!  The prize will be determined with the winner based on preference, sizing, and availability. You can enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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Disclosure: I am honored and proud to have a working relationship with Aventura Clothing, the sister company of Ecoths. As an ambassador for this eco-friendly clothing line, I received several items from their Spring/Summer catalog.

When You Give a Girlfriend a Getaway

This time last year, Jersey Love was in full swing. An enthusiastic group of women from all over the country descended upon Atlantic City, intending to show the world that the region was back and open for business after the wrath of Hurricane Sandy. Together we saw the just what the shore had endured during that storm, and the damage to homes and property. Yet we also had the luxury of experiencing the gaming and resort areas that were ready to bring tourism back to the region. And as a group, we shared a bond that will forever link us together.

When Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City came calling this year, it was an opportunity not to be passed up. These folks just get it. They understand what makes their guests tick. They offer the relaxation, the nightlife, the food, and so much more. They know that a girlfriend getaway can mean a time to party, or time to simply grow the bond of friendship.

During our stay, we experienced a delightful time at the Viking Cooking School, the relaxation of the indoor pool, the fabulous food at Dos Caminos, and the lure of The Pool After Dark nightclub.

As this social good blogger happily notes, Harrah’s is happy to provide the Atlantic City experiencewhile also seeking environmentally friendly alternatives. Especially after Hurricane Sandy, they recognize the invaluable importance of sustainable hospitality. I will be writing more on those environmental efforts soon. For now, enjoy the some of our experience, the pool at Harrah’s!

Join us next time, won’t you? We have lots in store!

#ACGirlfriendGetaway - Harrah's Resort Atlantic City The Pool
#ACGirlfriendGetaway - My view at The Pool at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City
#ACGirlfriendGetaway - Cabana at The Pool at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City
#ACGirlfriendGetaway - The Pool at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City
#ACGirlfriendGetaway - Harrah's Resort Atlantic City Girlfriend Getaway

* Harrah’s Resorts Atlantic City treated us to a two night stay. There was no payment or obligation to write a post on their behalf. All thoughts and opinions expressed are purely my own.

Gifts that Give Back for Mother’s Day

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Two years ago I met Zack Rosenberg at the Social Good Summit in New York. We happened upon the same sofa in the media room at the same time and began to chat. I told him about this site and my passion for social good. He told me about his newly founded company, DoGoodBuyUs.

With each purchase made at, 50% of the proceeds are given back. That is social responsibility at its finest. That money is then dedicated to fighting poverty, hunger, disease, and environmental concerns around the world.

Zack and I have spoken several times since that first meeting, and he always updates me on the progress of the site and blog. They have some terrific items available, particularly for Mother’s Day. You can find several of them in their Mother’s Day Gift Guide. You can also search by product and by cause, depending on your preference. There is still time to get a gift as the last day to ensure regular shipping in time Mother’s Day shipping is Monday, May 5th.

As someone who is trying to stay healthy and fit, I am loving their options for workout gear that gives back. If my kids or husband wanted to buy me these yoga pants by Saving The World I would not be mad at them at all. (Hint. Hint.) Proceeds benefit Women for Women International, an organization that benefits over 350,000 women survivors of war. There are also these great yoga totes by Cambodian Children’s Fund, which provides childcare, education, and sustainable income to Cambodian families in need. They are made from recycled bags from Cambodian rice fields. 

DoGoodBuyUs - Yoga Pants & Yoga Tote

For moms who like bright colors, these two items are happy, fun and make amazing gifts. This royal blue silk Infiniti scarf by Sahalandy Blue is handcrafted in Madagascar. Purchasing this beautiful item for yourself or as a gift will directly impact sustainable economic development initiatives for the community of Sahalandy, the small village in Madagascar where the items are made.

DoGoodBuyUs Raw Silk Infinity Scarf by Sahalandy

These super fun Rain Boots by Roma Boots are made from 100% natural rubber with a glossy finish. They come in seven colors, though the pink ones are my personal favorite. For each pair purchased, Roma donates a pair of warm boots to children living on the streets of Eastern Europe.

DoGoodBuyUs - Roma Rain Boots

One of my very favorite items on DoGoodBuyUs is this love necklace by Bird and Stone. It is both feminine and a statement piece at the same time. The proceeds support empowerment organizations such as after school programs, microloans, educational initiatives, and career development organizations.

Gifts that Give Back for Mother's Day

And for the person who has everything, how about some candles made from recycled wine bottles by Bright Endeavors? They are made from soy wax, using phthalate-free fragrance and lead-free wicks that burn clean and are non-toxic. Bright Endeavors provides coaching, guidance, and on-the-job training to adolescent mothers.

DoGoodBuyUs - Canddles in Recycled Wine Bottles by Bright

Are you ready to place an order and give back? Use the code “welovemom” to get free standard shipping on your order.

Happy Mother’s Day!


Vegan Handbags from Big Buddha


Win a Big Buddha bag!A handbag is a very personal thing. From the color of your choice to the style you prefer, it is all about your personal preference. Whether you a tote girl or a hobo chick is completely up to you. If you like bright colors or neutrals, that is entirely your call too. Who am I to stand in your way?

It is not just the handbag you purchase, but what goes inside it as well. Does yours contain only the most necessary essentials? Could you reach in there and find just about anything you could ever possibly need in case of an emergency or a pending zombie apocalypse? As my kids have gotten older the number of items in my bag has dropped considerably. Come to think of it, most of the contents in there are actually for me now. How’s that for taking back my purse? So there, kiddos. Watch out, because my car is next on the list.

In the past I have purchased two handbags, make that three handbags, from Big Buddha. Two for everyday use and one for evening. Lucky me, I also received one as a gift from some friends who know my taste well. (Like we already said, you can’t trust just anyone to know your style preferences.) They are versatile, fun, lightweight and wear very well, lasting me several years each.

So when the folks at Big Buddha asked if I would like to give away not one, but two handbags to lucky readers, I jumped at the chance. Not only do I love their styles, the entire line of Big Buddha bags is under $100. That makes it a great price point to buy one for yourself and to buy one as a gift. In case you haven’t heard, Mother’s Day is coming up! You can get one for that person in your life – mom, sister or friend – whose taste only you know so well. (Hint. Hint.)

And no animals will be harmed in the making of your pure, as each Big Buddha bag is 100% vegan, animal-friendly and cruelty-free. (That was what first drew me to check out the brand several years ago.) The line has been featured on the pages of In Style, Lucky, Teen Vogue, Women’s Wear Daily, Cosmopolitan, 0 Magazine, Marie Claire and more. Starting as a small company rooted in Santa Cruz, California, Big Buddha was acquired in 2010 by Steve Madden.

Big Buddha bags are animal-friendly, stylish, and won’t break the bank. They appeal to women of all ages too, with collections that resonate with all handbag aficionados, from the purist to the woman bracing for the next zombie apocalypse.

Want to win one? Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Two winners will get a Big Buddha handbag of their choosing! Good luck! Big Buddha Handbags

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