Monday, April 30

Lemony Lemonies Luscious Lemon Brownies

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Did someone say "Lemon Brownies"?  I think I first saw these whilst browsing through Pinterest ... lemon brownies.  Brilliance!


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Zest me, baby, one more time...You can never have enough lemon zest...

Saturday, April 28

San Diego Food Bloggers Bake Sale 2012 Deemed a Success

San Diego Food Bloggers Bake Sale 2012 Deemed a Success by BeckyCharms


San Diego?  I'm a fan.  Baking?  I'm a fan.  Blogging?  You got it, a fan.  So what's the perfect thing to do on a sunny San Diego mid morning-afternoon?  Attend the San Diego Food Bloggers Bake Sale to benefit the Great American Bake Sale to benefit the No Kid Hungry Campaign.  I'm IN!!

San Diego Food Bloggers Bake Sale 2012 Deemed a Success by BeckyCharms


I am now super-involved with the campaign, and in order to get more involved with the community, I felt it was a must to get IN the community!  So I ordered my family together, and we three ventured out of South Bay and drove Northwest{oh so far, lol} to Pacific Beach where the Bake Sale was being hosted.

San Diego Food Bloggers Bake Sale 2012 Deemed a Success by BeckyCharms


I had received a cordial invitation from a friend of mine, who doubles as a Food Blogger {Joanna from Cairns Manor...shout out to Joanna!!}.  I wanted to do everything within my power to support her, and support Share Our Strength.  Did you see the S'mores Rice Krispy Treat??  It's a monster!  I have to cut slices...

San Diego Food Bloggers Bake Sale 2012 Deemed a Success by BeckyCharms


San Diego Food Bloggers Bake Sale 2012 Deemed a Success by BeckyCharms

San Diego Food Bloggers Bake Sale 2012 Deemed a Success by BeckyCharms 

San Diego Food Bloggers Bake Sale 2012 Deemed a Success by BeckyCharms



The place was booming!  It was like a swarming bee hive, people gathered all around within tight quarters, yet everyone was polite and friendly!  {such a change from South Bay}

I bought 4 goodies = $10.50

1. Nutella Brownie by Cucina Cara Mia
2. Chocolate Date-Nut Baklava by California Greek Girl
3. S'mores Rice Krispy Treat by Cairns Manor
4. Cinnamon Cardamom Sugar Cookies by Live Bake Love

Yumm, and I can't wait for next year!  {or next Bake Sale...whichever comes first...please be the latter, please be the latter.}

Hearts to everyone...thank you San Diego Food Bloggers!! {I read you raised $2,900!!}


-Becky Charms

Saturday, April 21

Love Poetry for Earth Day Haiku Contest from Earth Fare




Here's my entry...

She means existence
with her flesh and blood brings life
my dear Mother Earth.
by, Becky Gomez



Dig my Haiku?::


Write your own and enter this fun contest.  Hurry!!  It's over tomorrow...

Earth Fare Haiku Contest...win a free Rain Barrel!!  We don't get much rain in San Diego, but it would be a nice decoration for the backyard.


Hmm, I just made another one...this is fun:

I eat from your roots
that grow life and nourishment
inhale exhale sleep.
by, Becky Gomez


-Becky Charms

NO KID HUNGRY Campaign Share our FOOD!!




If you haven't heard {though I do not know how that is even humanly possible} about the Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry Campaign, it's a wonderful program with a very attainable goal.  The mission is to end childhood hunger in America by 2015.  


I wanted to figure out how I could help, and hopefully this will be my contribution...a Share Our Strength Custom Sharpie Pack that will be sold by BeckyCharms & Co.

If you are interested in getting one or some of these, please leave a comment here, on Etsy, and/or inbox me on Facebook!



Being hungry is not what children should have to worry about.  Let's help our young ones by making sure they are fed and developing strong.  They are the present and future of our country.  Let's make our country smart!  Join me on this journey to end childhood hunger by 2015!!

How can we help the No Kid Hungry Share Our Strength Campaign?  Are you asking yourself, "What can I do to make a difference?"  "How can I help the children?"

Please check out their website for more information.  I contacted them via email to begin fundraising on their behalf.  It feel so good to help out.  Join me in my efforts, to help the No Kid Hungry in their efforts!!

The children are our responsibility.  It takes a village..


-Becky Charms

Friday, April 20

Thursday, April 19

Ariel A Little Mermaid Sharpie Marker Collection











 



Find these in my Etsy shop {which has been freed from lockdown, and back in business!!}





-Becky Charms

Belle The Beauty Custom Themed Sharpie Collection




 


Custom Themed Disney Inspired Belle Sharpie 4 Pen Packs Beauty and the Beast




Find these in my Etsy Shop, which has been freed from lockdown, and is back in business!!

 
-Becky Charms

Google Spelling Test



This is how I spell "Google"...with Sharpies!

For your very own Custom Color Themed Google Inspired pack of Sharpies, find these in my Etsy shop or on Facebook to get your very own pack today, and view our selections.  {I guarantee NO ONE else you know has one...these are as Unique and Innovative as they come...}New themes added frequently, as well as other new and creative items.  Visit often to check out our newest ideas and products available for you.

While you're visiting, please click "Like"!!  We really appreciate it!!

Hearts, Google!!


-Becky Charms

Minty Fresh Mint Tic Tac Inspired Sharpie Collection

 




 Custom Themed Mint Tic Tac Inspired Sharpie Pack 3 Pen Packs Minty Fresh


Find these in my Etsy shop, which has been freed from lockdown, and is back in business!!

You may also contact me on Facebook, or via email to purchase your own pack.

-Becky Charms

Sunday, April 15

Teachers and Their Crayola Freebies


Courtesy of Discount Office Items, a discount office supplies playground.

"Teachers, receive a free Crayola sample pack! Crayola and DiscountOfficeItems.com are working together to offer educators the opportunity to not only see, but use the latest products from Crayola for free. This is an exclusive no-obligation offer. Simply sign up below for the free gift! Once we receive your information, we'll send you the latest sample pack for you to use. After you have signed up, be sure to share this exclusive offer with your friends. Hurry, there are limited quantities available!
*Products pictured above represent items that may be included as part of each sample pack."
 
{Click on picture above for the sign-up page} 

-Becky Charms

Saturday, April 14

We Must Help When We Are Able

It is only fair and just to do the right thing!  However, there is an Insurance Company who is not doing that, and something must Change.org now!

The following post comes from Rayvenwoodmanor.  Please read and spread the word.  This family needs our help.

You may visit her Etsy shop here.  All sales are supporting her son's treatment.

"My 6 month old son Baby J, as my three year old son named him before he was born, has been diagnosed with Positional Plagiocephaly. This is a positional skull deformity causing the backside of his head to be misshapen.


He will be seeing his Neurosurgeon in two weeks and fitted for a helmet from the Star Cranial Center http://www.starcranialcenter.com that he will wear for at least 6 months from what I currently understand.

This treatment is something that Baby J must have NOW as he is 6 months old to correct his skull. If we wait any longer the skull will have hardened and the treatment cannot be performed.
Although Plagiocephaly can affect developmental skills, vision, and alignment of jaws and facial features, our insurance company considers the condition a “cosmetic issue” and has opted NOT TO COVER Baby J’s treatment. 

It floors me that an insurance company would consider the shape of a baby’s head a “cosmetic procedure” and not pay for a helmet that would allow my son to have a normal shaped head.  I can understand if you have a teenager that wants braces that would be “cosmetic” but my 6 month old cannot talk and tell me he wants a helmet to correct his flat head so he does not suffer potential ridicule from other children or worse suffer developmental problems that can occur later in his life from this problem.
A cosmetic treatment would alter a normal looking appearance. Therapy with a cranial molding helmet/band in my opinion would be reconstructive, thereby normalizing the appearance of the anomalous head shape.

The cost of treatment for this condition right now is estimated at approximately $8000.00. The helmet alone is $3800.00 and it is considered medical equipment and will have to be PAID IN FULL.

My husband and I will have to pay this out of pocket as Baby J must have this treatment NOW!  Currently we do not have the money and the Doctors will not accept payments.

Many people solicit money on the Internet for a variety of causes so I decided to pitch mine…

Please help us pay for Baby J’s treatment by:

Visiting my Etsy shop www.rayvenwoodmanor.etsy.com and make a PURCHASE. The full amount of your purchase will go directly to Baby J’s care.

I am thanking all of you who plan to make a purchase in advance.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
UPDATE:

Some of my wonderful friends are also offering special deals on items in their Etsy shops and some of the proceeds will go to help Baby J....please check out their shops if you would like to!

Fabfaeires on Etsy is offering FREE Fairy Hair for an $8.00 donation at:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/97401593/free-fairy-hair-make-a-donation-thru


3Giraffes Clothing Inc. is offering a portion of any sale to help Baby J so please check out her lovely shops!

www.facebook.com/3GiraffesClothing
http://www.etsy.com/shop/3GiraffesInc

This week if you shop at my dear friend's Etsy shop Mazzy Blue Studios 100% of any purchase will go to Baby J!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/MazzyBlueStudios

This original from Mazzy Blue is up for sale also for Baby J extending after this week.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/94607992/climb-the-trees-to-touch-the-sky


Our son is so fortunate to have such wonderful people helping him. Our family appreciates all of you so much! We cannot wait to post pictures of Baby J sporting his new helmet and of course eventually his nice round head:)


Read about Plagiocephaly here:

Plagiocephaly is a condition that causes a baby's head to have a flat spot (flat head syndrome) or be misshapen.

The most common form is called “Positional Plagiocephaly” or “positional skull deformity”.  It occurs when a baby's head develops a flat spot due to pressure on that area either contributed to the baby’s position in the uterus or sleep position after birth. Babies are vulnerable because their skull is soft and pliable when they're born.

Babies can develop Positional Plagiocephaly when movement in the uterus is constricted for some reason – because their mother is carrying more than one baby, for example. It can also happen to breech babies who get wedged under their mother's ribs.

Starting in the early 1990s, parents were told to put their babies to sleep on their back to reduce the risk of SIDS. While this advice has saved thousands of babies' lives, experts have noticed a fivefold increase in misshapen heads since then.

The 1994 campaign known as the "Back to sleep" which encouraged parents to keep their infants on their backs while sleeping instead of their front is the main cause of Plagiocephaly, as this means that an infant will spend more time on the back of their head, increasing pressure to the area. Since the back to sleep campaign came around in 1994, the increase in Plagiocephaly has risen by 600%, but has lowered SIDS by 80%.

Another type of Plagiocephaly is Craniosynostosis, a birth defect in which the joints between the bones of the skull close early. Babies born with Craniosynostosis need surgery to allow their brain to grow properly.
 

A comment from Rayvenwoodmanor's blog states::
"Selina said...
Love you girly!!! If anyone makes a purchase from my shop and mentions you in the notes to seller 100% of the proceeds will go to you.

My shop : http://www.etsy.com/shop/MazzyBlueStudios

Xoxo"

{I have not done any of my own research on this condition.  I simply copied and pasted from her post to mine to help spread awareness as quick as possible.  Please contact Rayvenwoodmanor directly for any additional support, questions, donations, etc.}
 
-Becky Charms

Saturday, April 7

UPDATE: {I was Bullied at Starbucks}

I emailed Corporate Responsibility as well as Regional, and promptly received replies from both.  On behalf of Starbucks, the Customer Service Reps apologized and informed me that they would forward this incident and information to other contacts within the company, as well as contact the Regional Manager in charge of the particular store where the incident happened.  {Plaza & Grove in National City, CA.}

In addition, they sent me 4 drink coupons to make up for the maltreatment, and wished me a "Starbucks" day.

{Though I'm unsure if this is entirely over, I appreciate the effort they made to apologize to me.  So, thank you Starbucks.  I am not going to punish every Starbucks employee for the mistake of one.}



-Becky Charms

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