Glenda is a single mother who had a steady job that supported both she and her young son. In her mid 30s, Glenda developed cataracts that caused her to become legally blind. She could no longer work, drive or perform daily household activities such as cooking and reading to her son. Eye surgery provided by the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation restored Glenda's sight. Glenda says, "I am able to support myself and my family again and that is very important to me."
The Lighthouse has over 175 stories like Glenda's from last year alone. The Lighthouse has also provided over 500 pairs of glasses and 600 hearing aids to Georgians in need over the last year. They recycle over 100,000 pairs of eyeglasses a year to send on medical relief missions. That is what the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation is about--helping restore the sight and hearing of others.
How can the public help? By donating old cell phones to the Lighthouse's Cells for Sight Program. The cell phone collection program provides revenue for sight surgeries like Glenda's. The cell phones that have been collected have already paid for three surgeries this year.
Through working with cell phone recycling giant PaceButler Corporation, the Lighthouse has raised $10,000 for their sight program. Their goal is to collect 100,000 cell phones, so they're asking individuals as well as businesses to get involved and collect phones on their behalf.
The cell phones collected not only help the Lighthouse and their projects, they also help the environment. Environmental Protection Agency regulations state that toxic items such as cell phones should be kept out of landfills because of their destructive effect on the environment. Cell phones are constructed of materials known as 'persistent toxins' that don't easily decompose after disposal. By donating your old cell phones, you can help to ensure they do not end up in landfills.
Celebrity exploitation and obsession has taken itself to a new level. Even companies that usually shy away from this form of promotion are hitching their branding on to the bandwagon. The bottom line is - celebrity notoriety sells almost everything and companies can always expect a good return on the publicity.
I can almost imagine the executive conversation that goes on in the marketing boardrooms of some of the nation's most respected brands:
Louis Vuitton - Maybe we can get Naomi Campbell to throw another hissy fit so she can wear our shoes in public during her court mandated public community service.
American Apparel - Who hasn't been drunk in our hoodies? Celebrities love to do it all the time!
This is the level of marketing that companies have stooped down to in order to sell their brand identity. "Even at their worst, hot young actresses can move product, and fashion companies that in the past would have shied away from provocateurs are less reticent to embrace them," says Eric Wilson of The New York Times.
And what kind of justification have we heard fom companies to make this acceptable?
"We don't do celebrity branding," said Mathew Swenson, a spokesman for American Apparel, adding that Lindsey Lohan had to have purchased the sweatshirt herself. This remark comes after the company decided to splash pictures on their website of the popular actress wearing one of their hoodies passed out drunk. It didn't even stop there, some American Apparel stores ran hoodie sale ads on the front page of their local newspaper along with the pictures.
Sticky is in no matter which yoga studio you go to. No, I am not talking about the beads of perspiration from doing the most challenging poses, I am talking about mats. Yoga is very demanding on our body and we need to demand more from our mats - non-slip, extra cushioning, easy to clean, perhaps made of natural fibers..... and all of that, for an excellent price of course.
Like the Premium Sticky Mat from Gaiam pictured above. It's on sale for $24.00, a $6.00 discount from its regular price. It's twice as thick as regular standard yoga mats and comes in a rainbow of colors to match your exercise outfits.
Who says going to the gym doesn't have to be fashionable?
The Vector Electrolysis System is the answer to unwanted hair problems. Shave your unwanted hair and it comes back again and again. What about razer cuts? No body wants them but sometimes you just can't be careful enough. Hair removal creams are messy and expensive. How much will they cost to use for a lifetime. The results aren't permanent. The hair always comes back. You'll have to buy more to remove your unwanted hair again and again. If you spend just $30 per year on hair removal creams, it would cost $1,200 for hair removal over 40 years.
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We might know everything about fashion, the latest beauty trends, the juiciest gossip about our favourite celebrities, but how many woman out there know more than just the basics about their car? I certainly don't.
My car averages one breakdown a year, and that's not counting the other times it goes temperamental on me - whirring noises, stalling, air condition problems..... Unless this calls for putting oil in my car, or check air in the tires, I am absolutely clueless. I am left with - WHY ME GOD? Or even WHY TODAY GOD? I ask for divine intervention, which, of course, doesn't happen too often and I end up getting stuck with a mechanic that sums me up with WOMAN = NO CLUE = OVERCHARGE.
I am most likely not the only who feel the gender bias going on here. The solution I have come up with is to be more informed with what's going on between the engine and pipes of my car. However, the thought of trading my designers for a jumpsuit and taking an automotive course just doesn't appeal to my senses too much.
Recently I had another dilemma with an old sports car I had sitting in my garage. A mechanic offered to buy it for what I thought was a really cheap price (thanks to another mechanic that persuaded me a couple years ago to install a refurbished engine, install new seats and get the body work done) and I thought I could get a better price. I searched around the internet but I found too much white noise - information that is inconsequential, or even conflicting with each other. So, I went directly to AskPatty.com and asked the women experts. The email I received for my question did confirm that the mechanic was offering me lower than what I could possibly get, and guess what? I was able to sell the car to the same mechanic for a little bit more.\
A blind date. Lucky sevens. A hot stock tip. For many, there's no greater thrill than a gamble that pays off. But certain things in life aren't worth the risk: your relationships with friends and family, your safety and most importantly, your health. A new web site and toll-free information service finds the best local surgeons for people considering cosmetic surgery, giving them the peace of mind they need when choosing to make long-lasting changes to their appearance.
By calling 1-800-mySurgeon (697-8743) or visiting 1800mySurgeon.com, those interested in learning more about personalized, safe plastic surgery options can get in touch with qualified board-certified plastic surgeons in their local area. To make sure only top-notch doctors are listed in its directory, the cosmetic surgeon referral company monitors each surgeon's customer service, and follows up with patients after their procedures. It's just like getting a recommendation from a trusted friend. And what makes the service even better? It's free for anyone to use, by phone or over the web.
"Survey after survey shows that there are huge numbers of people interested in plastic surgery," says Johannes Haze, Managing Director of 1-800-mySurgeon. "But in many cases, they don't know how to get started, or they're afraid they won't find a 'good' plastic surgeon. We started this service to change all that, to take out the guesswork."
The web site and 800 number operate on two guiding principles: get the facts and get in touch. To help patients get educated, the service offers overviews of popular cosmetic procedures and comprehensive information on the cosmetic surgeons in its directory. By matching a customer's needs with a surgeon's specialty, the referral service staff put potential patients in touch with some of the best plastic surgeons in their area. Often, people place a lot of trust in word of mouth and personal recommendations by family and friends, and people considering cosmetic surgery are no different.
"You know, word of mouth never goes out of style," commented Mr. Haze. "But what we're offering is kind of 'word of mouth plus.' You still get the personal recommendation from a reliable source, but you also get the benefit of the thorough research we perform by verifying each doctor's credentials and compiling dozens of patients' experiences."
The company's web site continues to expand its coverage each week. The site currently lists over 70 expert surgeons in many major cities in 20 states and Canadian provinces. The site also offers detailed descriptions of over 30 of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures, such as liposuction, rhinoplasty and breast augmentation.
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Alyssa Milano is really hot this year. She has two must-see movies that are being released that are already creating buzz - Pathology and The Blue Hour. And who can miss her Veet commercial on prime time tv? I have been a devoted fan ever since she stepped into the television scene with Who's The Boss, Melrose Place, and of course my favourite of all time, Charmed.
Did you know that she is also turning 35 years old this year? Hard to believe, but that woman doesn't seem to be aging at all. Really gets me all green with envy ..... I'd love to have two of whatever she's having please! It could just be that she has sworn of red meat and is a real honest to goodness vegan. I am considering of converting to the same lifestyle if I can just look as young as she does.
I was searching around for Alyssa's Commercial to post and I found this instead.
Here's a trivia question for you: So, how come I am always the last to know (especially since it's old, old news)? And how does she stay in the spotlight without being hounded by the glitter papparazzi? Maybe because she sues them for all their worth for publishing un-diva like photos of her?
Googling some more on the net I found another interesting tidbit. Alyssa has her own sports blog *Touch* 'Em All. For being her number #1 fan, I feel ashamed that I have not kept up with what's been happening in her world.
(yes, folks, I admit I stopped stalking the diva :)
I finally found the Veet commercial I was looking for.. This is a second commercial that has been shot that I haven't seen on TV, so enjoy!
Yes, this is Paris looking absolutely sweet and coy during her booking for the DUI charges that landed her in jail. It has been appropriately captured by popular artist Rachel Schmeidler on paint and silk screen for her gallery exhibition series called Hollywood's Most Wanted. A 17" x 21" copy can be purchased for $325 unframed and $425 framed, which is such a steal of a deal considering that photos of the celebrity heiress in jail is going for a bounty of $5 Million!
For this original showcase, Schmeidler gives star treatment to the photos taken and released by the law enforcement and restores the glam back. This Paris Hilton print is just one of the many celebrity mug shots that are hanging on the walls of Hollywood's Arclight Cinemas until June 21st. Celebrities in the collection include Nicole Ritchie, Lil Kim, Eminem, Anna Nicole Smith, Elvis Presley and of course, the most notorious of them all, Michael Jackson. Schmeidler was inspired to make this series because "American celebrities love to mug for the camera", she says.