Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Special DVD + Plush Bundle offer of Susie's Hope in alliance with Dogs Deserve Better

Susie's Hope has teamed up with Dogs Deserve Better to raise awareness of chained dogs and animal cruelty. 

The movie is based on the true story of Donna Lawrence and her concern for a neighbors barking dog- she tried to calm, but instead was attacked by the dog and suffered serious injury. 

Month's after her attack she came upon a dog in the park. This dog was badly beaten and burned. The dog, Susie, was rescued, nursed back to health and trained to work as therapy dog with burn victims.






Proceeds from the sale of the movie until July, support both fervent animal rescue non-profits (Susie's Hope and Dogs Deserve Better) founded to rescue animals from abuse and inhumane conditions and find their forever homes.


The plush version of Susie is now available and he can be yours- as easy as ordering the DVD and this small plush bundle from Susie's Hope

But wait-there's more-until July, you can enjoy 10% off the DVD and plush bundles and $5 from every sale goes to Dogs Deserve Better. 
Enter code DDB to get this deal.



Disclosure: I received information material, Susie's Hope DVD, and small plush bundle for this post. The comments and views are my own. 

Monday, March 14, 2016

Help Change the Luck of a Child through RMHC and a pup named Blarney

Two weeks ago I drove to Hershey, Pennsylvania to The Pennsylvania Sate University Medical Center. I did not have an appointment or test scheduled. I was there to see my great nieces. 1, 2, babies, as their sister says! (also known as twins) 

There was a need for a stay a this hospital for one twin.
I've been here before, years ago, to say goodbye to my nephew as the angels in heaven came for him. 
As I walked off the elevator onto the NICU floor it was all too familiar.
Another time in life, and yet, here we are, again.  
I am happy to say all is well with the baby girls. 

I also would like to tell you that the floor we were on had two big family rooms. These are Ronald McDonald House Charity Family Rooms. The one room had several couches that one could stretch out on, sleep on, or sit and be quiet. There were hand made blankets, sheets, and pillows for the parents to use. There was a bathroom-a full bathroom to take a shower. A washer and dryer too. The other room housed a kitchen, snacks, coffee, drinks, and tables and chairs. I had a nice icy cold drink of water after my two hour drive and was glad to get a cup for my mom too. 

I know my niece and nephew did stay overnights in the family room and for that I am thankful they could be close by their newborn. 

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of the Philadelphia Region, Inc. (RMHC®) will hold it's 7th Annual “Change the Luck of a Child” Telethon live on CBS 3 and the CW Philly on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 




I plan on donating 3 Blarney dogs in memory of my nephew, and in honor of my two great nieces. I can't tell you how much that family room means to me, it's tearful, and I am so very thankful it's there for families, like mine. It's one of those times in life, that you say to yourself, this doesn't happen in my family, but guess what it does, it did. 

Your purchase and/or donation helps provide comforts such as the family room and a home away from home for parents to be near their seriously ill child, as well as other services for children.



Got $10 bucks to donate or purchase Blarney? 
Feel free to donate or purchase as you feel comfy. 

Tune in or Text to purchase or donate:

YOU CAN HELP:
  •  Purchase Blarney by texting the keyword BLARNEY to 56512 or following the link in your profile, and share their own pictures
  • Use the hashtags #AdoptBlarney and #RMHCCBS3
  • $10 donation = 1 Blarney and helps a family stay at a local Ronald McDonald House
  • Blarney sells for $10, and 100% of the proceeds go straight to the Charity! 
  • All proceeds from Blarney sales will contribute towards our Telethon fundraising total as well.

What is RMHC?


Ronald McDonald Houses - Located in Philadelphia (on Chestnut Street and Front Street & Erie Avenue), Camden, NJ, and Wilmington, Del., our four local Houses provide a “home-away-from-home” for the families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at nearby hospitals.

>>>this is the the family rooms we spent time in: 
Ronald McDonald Family Rooms® - 16 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms offer a place of refuge to families in the hospital where their child is staying because of illness or injury.
        
The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® operated by St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children which delivers diagnostic, preventative and restorative dental care at no cost to qualified children.
     
RMHC Scholarship Programs, which award $130,000 in college scholarships to local students.
        
RMHC Grants Program – RMHC of the Philadelphia Region, Inc. grants hundreds of thousands of dollars per year to support non-profit programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children.


Disclosure: I received Blarney and images for this post from RMHC of the Philadelphia region. The comments, experiences, and views are my own.

Celtic Thunder presents Legacy on DVD and CD, and yes there are Bag Pipes a playing.

Somewhere in my youth among my parent's seats to the symphony, ballroom dancing lessons, and pairs of teeny tiny white gloves I wore to church and special occasions, I was taught to listen to music. Not the musical notes, but the sounds of the instruments, the reference to a story through music.

I'm not a musician, a ballroom dancer, or attending any symphonies lately, but I still listen to music. Listen, imagine, and relax. Perhaps I'll close my eyes and picture that place in my mind that the music sounds like. That's how I listen to music, unless of course I'm driving the car, then eyes wide open!


Today, I'm listening to my heritage. My Irish heritage that I'm actively researching. I remember the first time I heard Celtic Thunder perform. I was decorating a tall thin Christmas tree in our basement with needlepoint ornaments my mom made.

I turned the television on just to pass the time. Ha, pass the time, I never got off the couch...I watched the entire PBS special of Celtic Thunder...and the tree was decorated another day. 

Wait! It's the month of Saint Patrick's day and what better gift to give than the gift of  Irish music


Legacy Recordings Presents 
Celtic Thunder's LEGACY  Live Show
Captured for DVD, Blu-ray, CD and Vinyl Release


Legacy Volume 1 DVD has 15 selections of titles to watch, listen, and imagine Ireland. Yes, Danny Boy is included, as well as, "a twist to an eclectic repertoire ranging from traditional Irish and folk music to adult contemporary, rock and classical crossover".




Legacy, Volume I - DVD/ Blue-ray Tracklisting
1
Heartland
2
Danny Boy
3
Galway Girl
4
Mountains of Mourne
5
Ride On
6
Buachaille on Eirne
Raggle Taggle Gypsy
8
Black Velvet Band
9
The Dutchman
10
Falling Slowly
11
Place in the Choir
12
Noreen
13
Caledonia
14 
Cal Local Hero
15
Ireland’s Call

For those times your running errands, going on a road trip, or hanging out at home doing what you do, Celtic Thunder Legacy Volume 1 is available on CD.



Legacy, Volume I- CD Tracklisting
1
Heartland
2
Falling Slowly
3
The Dutchman
4
Black Velvet Band
5
Caledonia
6
Ride On
Buachaille on Eirne
8
Noreen
9
The Galway Girl
10
A Place in the Choir
11
Mountains of Mourne
12
Danny Boy
13
Cal Local Hero
14 
Ireland’s Call

The Legacy television special will premiere on Public Television stations across the US and Canada in March 2016. The DVD and CD Celtic Thunder LEGACY is available now. 


Disclosure: I was given a promotional copy of Celtic Thunder LEGACY  DVD and CD for this post from Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony.
The comments and views are my own.