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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Win a Platinum Wedding Band Set For You And Yours!

One of the beautiful parts of the Holiday Season is that many beautiful couples become engaged. The excitment that comes with that is one shared with friends, family and loved ones. Well if you are one of those lucky couples that just became engaged or you are in the middle of planning your wedding, here is a little 'budget relief': FREE PLATINUM WEDDING BANDS!

The contest is two fold:

1. Two Hundred (200) lucky winners will win a Platinum Engagement Survival Kit from Platinum Guild International. PGI created this kit with Allure magazine. The kit contains aspirin, stain remover, hair spray and Sparkle-Sparkle jewelry cleaner.

2. Four (4) of the Survival Kit Winners will also receive a set of platinum wedding bands from Novell Design Studio.

To enter the contest, simply click on this link or the photo of the survival kit. The Contest ends on January 7, 2009. Good Luck!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Happy Holidays!


Friday, December 12, 2008

Cans For Comments

It's Friday! LOL

I have to thank my fellow bloggers, Lienne Stevens and Anne Ruthmann for the inspiration for this post.. With the holiday season here, it always causes many of us to be reflective and grateful for our friends, family and loved ones. Of course this is also the time of year that many of us increase our giving. Joie de Vie is also determined to increase its giving. The economy's twists and turns have truly affected many and now more than ever we all need to help those less fortunate than we are.

All of the above to say that from now until noon December 23rd all comments on my blog will result in one (1) canned good being donated to the Orlando Union Rescue Mission (OURM) Home. The OURM is actually one of the first places I volunteered at in Orlando (Waaaaay back in the day when I was a sophomore in high school) and it was and still is a humbling experience for me.

The OURM Home is 174-bed "transitional" housing facility, not an emergency shelter. Homeless women, children and families live in the Home for up to nine months, or until they are able to support themselves and move out on their own.The Home presently serves from 250 homeless families per year. The goal is to provide a safe, comfortable environment and to keep families intact while treating the problems which lead to homelessness.

For brides out there thinking of a favor idea...this would be an awesome way to give a meaningful favor. You can make a donation to a charity of your choice and have 'in lieu of' cards instead of a favor.

SO...GIVE YOUR COMMENTS AND WE WILL DONATE THE CANNED GOODS! Our goal is 100 cans! For those that follow our blog on Facebook or Twitter I just ask that the comments come through my actual blog (makes it easier to track).

(Photo Credit: Canned goods photo taken from Anne Ruthmann's blog)

Monday, December 1, 2008

NWR: World Aids Day 2008

Today is World Aids Day and I thought it would be appropriate to post a few words on the blog.
Twenty years ago the reported number of AIDS cases were nearing 80,000 with one known anti-HIV treatment. Today the numbers are staggeringly higher (33 million) and more than 2 dozen anti-HIV drugs.

Education is probably one of the best forms of prevention...

Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise. For more information go to: