Blog it Forward Tuesday

Introducing Blog It Forward Tuesday! A blog hop and giveaway linky hosted by Just Married with Coupons and Sweep Tight.

The concept of this blog hop is the same as any other – to meet new bloggers and gain more followers. But, what if we took it a step further?

The idea of the Blog It Forward theme is to not only gain more followers, but also do something a little extra for each other (pay it forward).

Instead of just following each blog, take an extra minute to do a little more. Some examples could be…referring them to your facebook friends, tweet about them, stumble a post, add their giveaway to a linky…get creative. We all know how busy us bloggers can be, so little things like this are really appreciated! Here are the simple rules:

  1. Follow both hosts – Just Married with Coupons and Sweep Tight – via Google Friend Connect. Make sure you leave a comment and we will follow back.
  2. We would love it if you could grab our button to spread the word! The more people who know, the more fun!
  3. Follow any other blogs that may interest you.
  4. Blog it forward! Just one random act of niceness to another blogger can go a long way. If you get a second, give it a try!
  5. Don’t forget to add your giveaways to the second linky, too!
The linkys will open every Monday at 7:00pm CST. You only need to add your link to one linky for it to show up on all participating blogs.

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Matthew Shepard Pendants: Erase Hate

The horrific events that took place shortly after midnight on October 7, 1998 was not just a crime against the young man in question or even against gay men, it was a crime against the heart and soul of those who believe that love and truth has value, that believe their children and loved ones are to be treasured, and against the ideas that life has value.

The life and death of Matthew Shepard changed the way we talk about, and deal with, hate in America. Since his death, Matt’s legacy has challenged and inspired millions of individuals to erase hate in all its forms. Although Matt’s life was short, his story continues to have a great impact on young and old alike.  His legacy lives on in thousands of people like you who actively fight to replace hate with understanding, compassion and acceptance. (http://www.matthewshepard.org/our-story)

In support of all the Matthew Shepard Foundation does I wanted to showcase a beautiful funding program they have through Love and Pride.  Stop by and check out all they offer and support.

 

Matthew Shepard Pendants:   Understanding.  Compassion.  Acceptance.  Words to live by. The Erase Hate pendants are stunning symbols of hope for a world that is truly diverse and tolerant.  These circular pendants – designed by Udi Behr exclusively for the Matthew Shepard Foundation – are a unique way to spread a very important message: Erase Hate.  We donate 100% of net proceeds from the sale of this collection to the Matthew Shepard Foundation — to support diversity programs in education and to help youth organizations establish environments where young people can feel safe and be themselves.  Whether you select a classic titanium or new silver pendant, or an 18k gold limited Decade Edition style – express yourself and your support.

* Note: I get NO kick-back for this but I do believe in what they do and stand for!

DADT Ends Tuesday!


WASHINGTON — The military’s controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” law ends Tuesday, allowing openly gay troops to serve for the first time and marking one of the most dramatic personnel changes in U.S. military history.

But despite the significance, defense officials have spent weeks downplaying the actual impact of the change, insisting that for gay and straight troops the repeal will still mean business as usual.

Pentagon leaders and the White House on Tuesday will acknowledge the end of the 18-year-old law — the basis for the dismissal of roughly 14,000 gay servicemembers — and last year’s contentious debate repealing it. For the entire story visit – Stars And Stripes.

The Puzzling Piece – Support

As the mother of two boys with Asperger’s (Autism Spectrum Disorders) I am posting and supporting Cristina over at the Alaskan Book Cafe.  She is participating in the IPad Challenge by The Puzzling Piece http://www.thepuzzlingpiece.com/ which was created to raise money to help children with Autism. If She can sell 60 items ‘Junior’ will receive an IPad.

If you would like to help please go to the website at http://www.thepuzzlingpiece.com/products_ic.html   and choose one of the items for sale there.  In the challengers name box please type Armando Rodriguez Jr.  I really appreciate all your help in supporting others raising children with autism.  This is an item she cannot afford but one that will help him immensely.

 

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