Join Me for the #BeBookSmart Twitter Party July 11, 6pm EST

Having taught Kindergarten and 1st grade back in the day, I learned early on how much children’s literacy meant.  I was saddened that some children entered school without having been read to and often not knowing how to hold a book properly.  Now that I have 3 kids who are all in school (one just having finished Kindergarten), learning to read is so important for our daily lives!  Whether it’s simply reading a book, following directions on a recipe, or researching on the internet, understanding the concepts of print is something every child needs.  Is children’s literacy important to you?

I hope so because I will be a part of  a tweet chat with Reading is Fundamental (RIF) next Wednesday from 6-8 PM EST as they promote their annual campaign with Macy’s, Be Book Smart. Be Book Smart is a national partnership to raise awareness and support of children’s literacy.

Through July 31, 2012, Macy’s customers can give $3 to provide a book for a child and receive a coupon for $10 off  a $50 in-store purchase at any Macy’s nationwide. Macy’s will give 100% of every $3 to RIF.  Since 2004, Macy’s has played an integral part of helping RIF carry out its mission, raising over $21 million to support children’s literacy. That means millions of free books and resources for children who need them the most.

What You Can Do:

RSVP at (you will get an email reminder!)

Follow all the participants:

Tweet  using the hashtag #BeBookSmart on Wednesday, July 11 from 6 PM EST – 8 PM EST

Win one of 10 Macy’s $25 Gift Cards!

Let’s chat about children’s literacy and support RIF and Macy’s by getting books into the hands of our children!  If you can’t make the party, leave me a question to ask, or comment to share for me below!

As a co-host, I will be compensated for my time.

Macy’s Thank-A-Mom Movement Donates to Charity

This Mother’s Day, Macy’s is committed to recognizing amazing mothers and would like to empower you to join our movement in honor of the special moms in your life.

To participate, head to April 24 through Mother’s Day and send free, personalized Mother’s Day e-cards to the special moms in your life. For each e-card sent, Macy’s will donate $3 to the charity of your choice, up to $400,000.Macy’s has partnered with five charities in honor of mothers.

– American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® movement

– Futures Without Violence

Make-A-Wish Foundation®

– National Park Foundation

– Reading Is Fundamental
My personal favorite is the Make-A-Wish Foundation, granting wishes and giving hope, strength and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions:

M80 contacted me on behalf of Macy’s.  I am receiving similar prizing in exchange for my participation.

Meet the Stars of Disney’s New Movie "Prom" in San Francisco 4/13!

At prom, every couple has a story and Macy’s offers shoppers a chance to meet the stars of  Disney’s new movie, “Prom.” at an exclusive in-store shopping event.  The first 200 guests at Macy’s Union Square, San Francisco, will meet stars Aimee Teegarden and Thomas McDonell, and even make a girl’s prom dream come true! Donate your gently worn prom or formal dress at the signing and it will go in the to the local , The Princess Project.

Head over to the Junior’s Department and get your autograph, shop and give back! 

Location: San Francisco, Macy’s Union Square, Junior’s Department
Time:  Wednesday, April 13,  at 6pm,
Stars: Aimee Teegarden and Thomas McDonell

Who will you take to see “Prom” in theatres April 29?

Event subject to change or cancellation. No purchase necessary. Limit one autograph per guest while time permits. Personal items will not be signed. donation is optional. Sponsored post.

Macy’s Million Dollar Makeover with Clinton Kelly

I’ve already failed at my New Year’s Resolution.  It was to wake up every morning, shower and put myself together.  Um, well, I’m still currently in my PJ’s and it’s well after noon!  Yes, I need to stop thinking it’s perfectly acceptable to look like a frump just because I’m a stay at home mom!  I need a makeover.

With that in mind, I’m excited to announce the launch of the “Macy’s Million Dollar Makeover” with Macy’s Style Expert Clinton Kelly!  Clinton won’t just be transforming your wardrobe; he will help to transform your work, your home, your entire life.  Do you want to win?   Between now and January 31, you can head over to Macy’s Facebook page and “Like” it, then you’ll be directed to the application under the tabs and you can sign youself up with a photo or video of why you deserve this life-changing makeover.

Macy’s will choose eight contestants who will get a personalized makeover from Clinton Kelly himself. Then, the fun really begins as America helps to decide who wins the grand prize ultimate makeover, worth $1 Million!

“Macy’s Million Dollar Makeover is my typical makeover on steroids,” said Clinton Kelly, style expert for Macy’s and co-host of TLC’s What Not to Wear. “The winner will not only get some quality time with me to update their look, but they will get a truly life-changing experience. From fashion to finances to fitness, they will undergo a complete life transformation.”  Sounds amazing doesn’t it?

Product and information was provided free of charge in exchange for this post from Macy’s.  

Macy’s IMPULSE Fall 2010 Collection

Searching for the hottest styles for Fall?  Look no further than the Macy’s IMPULSE department. Each season, IMPULSE does the legwork for you by publishing its highly anticipated Hot List. Essentially a cheat sheet of the season’s must-have looks, it features many of today’s top labels, including 7 For All Mankind, Miss Me, Sugar Lips and more.
The focus this season: eye-catching details. Think Shimmery Dresses and Embellished Tees.
Also girly (but slightly less glitzy) Lace Details and Draped Camis that add a hint of attitude to your everyday outfit. 
To nail both trends, try wearing a lace-trimmed cardigan over a flowy, floral camisole.

Even when it comes to basics, it’s the little things that count.

Update your go-to pieces with a pair of the latest super Slim Jeans, oh how I’d love to appear thinner and taller!

Pair them with an Oversized Knit Hoodie for a laid-back yet sophisticated look.

If you want to gift yourself the great fall looks, shop Macy’s!  Buy a gift card for someone on your list for the holidays as well!

M80 contacted me on behalf of Macy’s to offer this giveaway to my readers.  I was not compensated in any way for this post.