Wednesday, November 19, 2008

My Family Is Goin' To Cabo San Lucas!!!!

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Society Vacation Giveaway Week 1 Winner
November 12th, 2008 by Matt
Congratulations Kim Fritz!!!! Kim has won a 5-night getaway to Villa Las Olas in Cabo, compliments of Lifestyle Villas. Kim mentioned she will taking her family along and extending an invitation to her best friend and family. Thanks to some very creative writing that caught the eyes of our judging panel, Kim explained she attempts to master her daily 3-ring circus; work, home, and family.
“I try to keep the plates spinning, the lions fed, and the clowns in order…”.
-Why We Need A Vacation? Week One Winner ChosenNine (9) More Weeks of Vacation Available-
Lakewood, CO (November 12, 2008) – The Society of Leisure Enthusiasts (, representing 5,000+ of the finest vacation home rentals in the world is proud to announce the first recipient of the “Save the American Vacation” promotion conceived in response to the current global financial crisis to brighten the upcoming holiday season.
Ms. Kim Fritz of St. Petersburg, Florida will enjoy 5 nights of lavishness and opulence in Cabo San Lucas residing in the Villa Las Olas provided by The Society’s Luxe Alliance partner Lifestyle Villas of Los Cabos. Kim, her family and her best friend’s family will enjoy spacious living/entertaining rooms and 4 bedrooms within this magnificent example of contemporary Mexican architecture. Adjacent to the villa are two infinity-edge pools, a jetted hot tub, a large built-in gas BBQ, outdoor fireplace and outdoor dining seating 8 covered by a Palapa, all a stone’s throw from the Sea of Cortez…read more.
Congrats Again Kim & Family and Have Fun!!
Thank you to all the other contestants from week 1 and remember we have 9 more homes to giveaway and your registration puts you right back in the mix for next week when we giveaway the magnificent Lone Eagle in Keystone, Colorado donated by our Luxe Alliance member Summit Cove Rentals … AND the pot is sweetened this next week thanks to our new preferred vendor The Luggage Club. They have extended a $500 gift certificate to the winner toward luggage and/or equipment shipping to Keystone!! How great is that, no hassle travel!!!
If you haven’t registered, do so now at or extend an invite to your friends and family!!!
Finally, a sincere thank you to Mom Central and Lifestyle Villas. Without great partners like these none of this would be possible.
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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Barbie & The Diamond Castle

Wow, as a mom of a young lady and Girl Scout leader I can really appreciate how our girls of today are growing up way too quickly! Mattel's Barbie has been a friend of mine since girlhood. I even have my entire Barbie collection saved from those fabulous days of dressing Barbie, getting her ready for a big date with Ken, and decorating her Malibu beach house! Oh where does the time go?

Back to reality, my daughter is still enjoying her Barbies, and we recently were treated to a copy of the new animated, feature-length DVD, "Barbie & The Diamond Castle" to watch with her friends at Girl Scouts. To top it all off, Mom Central (www. and Mattel provided the girls with a special viewing party complete with a new Diamond Castle Barbie doll to share, popcorn, and princess treat bags! The movie was a perfect fit for the girls (ages 9-12). They enjoyed it tremendously.

The plot of the movie has Barbie and Teresa share a fairy tale of Liana and Alexa, best friends who share everything including their love of music. The girls face challenges throughout their adventure and learn the importance of friendship. In today's crush of media messages featuring less than ideal childhood messages, I feel so inspired and gratified that Mattel and Barbie remain true to message that today's girls can be strong, smart and wholesome while having fun!

The troop has decided to give back to their community throughout the scouting year so last week we gathered up some cleaning supplies (provided by and Greased Lightning Cleaning products) to thoroughly organize and clean our host church's Sunday School Room. The troop divided and conquered the mess and polished the room to a beautiful glow! The church staff were very appreciative of their hard work and efforts to clean the space.

The parents and I worked behind the scenes while the girls cleaned to create a fun surprise party for them when they returned from their cleaning. They were so surprised to find the room completely decorated and treats awaiting their return!

The best-friends movie gave our troop an opportunity to experience giving back and celebrating together with lots of fun and fascination.

MRSA: Resource, Facts and Tips

A startling statistic: More than 90,000 Americans are affected by MRSA each year! This is a hidden danger that is becoming a growing concern for parents. MRSA (methiciliin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is a potentially life-threatening, antibiotic resistant Staph infection. We are hearing more news reports of the growing increase in reported cases which were traced to locations in community settings such as gyms, locker rooms, childcare settings, senior centers, and schools.

I have heard very sad stories from several acquaintances over the past year or so who have experienced this first-hand. My friend's adult daughter suffered disabling illness for many months before medical professionals finally diagnosed her with MRSA. It's a troubling situation, but I believe we are making progress in diagnosis and treatment!

I personally carry around huge vats of hand sanitizer goo in my purse!

I've also be doing my research to get the facts. One great resource is to visit the Stop MRSA Now website ( and also try the tips below:

  • Scrub up - Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 15 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand rub sanitizer.
  • Wipe it down - Use a disinfecting bleach solution to wipe down and disinfect hard surfaces. (1 tablespoon of disinfecting bleach diluted in 1 quart of water)
  • Cover your cuts - Keep any nicks or wounds covered with a clean, dry bandage until healed.
  • Keep to yourself - Do not share personal items, like towels or razors, that come into contact with bare skin.
  • Use a barrier - Keep a towel or clothing between skin and shared equipment.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

AAGL and Less Invasive Gynecologic Procedures

When "Aunt Flo" visits each month, do you feel anxious about doing your daily activities due to heavy bleeding, cramping or other discomfort? I sometimes experience this, especially the last couple of years. It's frustrating to silently suffer and not be fully informed about the many new medical advances and options...I've been doing some research to see if I'm beginning the whole peri-menopause thing already - YUCK!

I am happy to share some valuable information I recently learned through

As women, and especially women who have had kids, many of us may find ourselves in a position where our OBGYN recommends hysterectomy to solve a variety of issues around heavy periods. The frightening prospect of surgery leaves us relying on our doctors to advise the best course of action. In such a situation, however, we need to know as much information as possible to ensure we sign up for the best treatment option, and it may not be the first one your doctor recommends.

Women now have more options regarding minimally invasive treatments for heavy bleeding as well as a number of other common pelvic health conditions - fibroids, stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. In fact, they are so common that one-third of women will experience one or more of these conditions in their lifetime due to a variety of factors - most commonly pregnancy and childbirth.

But, the good news is that there are treatment options for these conditions that do not require the traditional surgery, which frequently comes with a higher risk of complications and a longer healing process. Minimally invasive procedures, done quickly and relatively easily, usually require much less time to heal and there's a lot less pain, too. Yet many of us do not even know they exist, as we rely on information from our doctors who may suggest the outdated approaches because they lack the skill to perform the newer, less invasive ones or even because new endoscopic procedures bring less income to the doctor or hospital.

The US News & World reported that, out of the one in four women who receive hysterectomies, approximately 85% are still treated with traditional open abdominal surgical methods, despite the perfection of a decades old laparoscopic procedure that leaves the ovaries and cervix in place.

Women need to take control of their health care decisions so they can make informed choices. If a doctor proves unwilling or unable to perform minimally invasive procedures, they should feel empowered to seek out a second opinion from a gynecologist who offers less invasive options.

One resource to learn and understand your options for more info is to visit AAGL

The site includes a physician finder to help you learn more about your local resources and lots of patient education topics through a basic search on their site.

Take heart - we're all in this together!

Thanks to Mom Central: for this great opportunity to learn more about this great resource!