Support a Family in Need this Holiday Season {URGENT}

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I wouldn’t be where I am in my life without the support and generosity of others. At 19 I found myself frozen staring down a positive pregnancy test. I was sure I couldn’t support a child, I had no money, no real plans for the future and an unstable relationship. The odds weren’t in my favor. I didn’t have money for much of anything and went on public assistance so I could afford a few things for my unborn child, but I knew it wouldn’t be enough. I was surprised with a baby shower from an organization that provided me emotional support during my pregnancy. I walked into a room full of smiling women all ready to shower me with gifts and love. I’ll never forget their generosity and I’ve been wanting to support a teen mom in need ever since that day.

I couldn’t think of a better way to pay it forward than by throwing Carrie and William, a baby shower for their son Warren. This holiday season I am asking you to support these new teen parents who have faced incredible love, joy and loss this year after the birth of their twin boys at just 24 weeks. After with talking with Carrie, 18, this week I realized we had a lot in common. The youngest of four, estranged from our biological parents and a strained childhood. When I think about resilience, Carrie absolutely embodies it. She was taken away from her home at 14 and raised herself and her older siblings.  I can’t fathom that she spend part of her pregnancy homeless and sometimes living in a tent. The many stressors of her life caused her premature labor, and they welcomed their boys on September 2, three months before their due date.

They knew they were in for an uphill battle, as the twins weighed just 1-pound at birth, but didn’t expect to lose one of their sons. At just six weeks old, little William Jr. passed away. A loss that is absolutely indescribable.

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Carrie and William now live at Boston Children’s Hospital full-time spending every waking moment looking over Warren who grows stronger by the day. He is expected to be released this month after spending three months in the hospital.

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The young family knows that the road ahead will be difficult, but they are motivated by the love of their young son. Though they are in a place where they cannot afford many of items that they will need once they leave the hospital, and they need your help. We need your help.

Later this month, I’ll be throwing a baby shower for the family, as they weren’t able to have one before the twin’s birth. It’s my hope that together we can shower this family with much needed support and encouragement and make things a little easier for them.

How You Can Help:

Your help is critical and I hope you can join us as we prepare to give Warren a happy homecoming. Through the generosity of Sili of MyMamihood and her connection with Pampers the family will be receiving a “gift of sleep” package, but there is still a need. If you want to support the family in any way please consider getting involved in one or more of the following ways:

  • Purchase an item for Warren through their Amazon Wish list
  • Donate gently used baby boy clothing and gear
  • Attend Carrie’s baby shower in December near Boston (Date TBD)
  • Donate gift-cards to the family (Target, Amazon, Babies-R-US)
  • Donate money to help with funeral costs for William Jr.
  • Send an encouraging card to the family

If it’s possible please send any gifts wrapped, ready for the new parents to open. Warren is currently wearing size preemie and Carrie is breastfeeding. A gift of any size and any support of any kind is most welcome and very very appreciated.

I hope you’ll join us as we join together to give Warren a fighting chance by supporting him this holiday season. To pledge your support or for more information please email me at alexandra@alexandra-elizabeth.com.

I hope you will share the following image with friends, family and on your social networks. Let’s really shower Carrie, William and Warren.

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Thank you!



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GrubHub Boston Offering FREE Delivery! Win a $50 Giftcard Giveaway!

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I have a confession. Me and cooking are frenemies these days. Last night for instance, made it back from the grocery store and had a million ingredients out to make arroz con gandules y chorizo (rice and pigeon peas with chorizo) and BEFORE I started cooking I was over it. Don’t get me wrong, I love love a home cooked meal, but after a long day of work or relaxing day the last thing I want to do lately is spend a bunch of time in the kitchen making a mess and then having to clean up the mess. No thank you!

Sometimes I need an “easy button” and that’s where GrubHub comes in. From pizza to sushi to falafel, in Boston there are more than 70 restaurants offering takeout and delivery on GrubHub! Dread going to the grocery store after work or on the weekends (or at all!) don’t fret, GrubHub has you covered whether you’re in Back Bay or West End, there’s a restaurant that’s sure to have what ya need! With so many places to choose from, you’ll have no trouble ordering lunch or dinner! Be sure to check out a list of Boston’s Favorite Takeout places! Ordering is a breeze with a GrubHub app available on Google Play and the App Store. The hardest part of ordering is deciding what to eat!

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Target Pharmacy Rewards Program & $25 Target Giveaway! #TargetSponsored

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I know I’ve said it before – our family loves Target! It is literally a one-stop shop and we’ve visited our local Target stores very often over the past few months, especially since my daughter has decided to have a growth spurt. All of her jeans don’t fit anymore – I’m baffled!! It’s only a matter of time before she’s taller than me…so sad!! There is something very calming about going into Target and knowing that I can get everything I need for myself and family at prices that don’t make me cringe! Additionally we’ve started using Target Pharmacy to fill our monthly prescriptions and love all of the amazing benefits to filling our prescriptions at a place we’re already so familiar with.

I’m a busy Mom on the go who is on a budget and I’m all about getting the most bang for my buck and Target Pharmacy Rewards is not only simple and valuable but rewards me! Get excited people! Their pharmacy services are above and beyond others because there aren’t a certain number of points you have to earn to get your rewards, after filling just five prescriptions (vaccinations count too!) you’ll receive 5% off your in-store or online purchase! I love Target prices, but I love saving additional money, my daughter will be in college in just seven more years so I’m all about savings!

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I encourage you all to Flip the Script page and start using Target! Isn’t that catchy! Seriously – with Target Pharmacy Rewards you can easily earn rewards by filling your scripts, getting your pets scripts filled and getting vaccinations like the flu shot. Walk into your local Target store and get a variety of vaccinations for shingles, whooping cough, tetanus, meningitis and pneumonia – all without an appointment.

Not like I needed another reason to love Target, but I’m so impressed with how they are rewarding Target Pharmacy Rewards Program customers like me to flip the script and use Target Pharmacy. It’s really a no brainer since I’m in Target at least once a month and that’s how often I refill my scripts! You can’t beat the value either – they offer hundreds of $4 generics and a price match guarantee. So awesome!!

And now to the giveaway – one lucky reader will win a $25 Target giftcard – just in time for the holidays. Maybe you’ll treat yourself or buy something for someone else! Whatever you decide you gotta enter first!! Entering couldn’t be easier – and be sure to leave a comment!

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View Life Better with LG’s Curved OLED Televisions

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Up until this past Spring our family owned one TV that was just around 20”. Did I just hear you gasp? I know – it was super small! But it did what we needed it to do and we spent our fair share of time singing along to many Disney movies! Earlier this year we took the plunge and purchased a 32” TV and WOW, what a difference! We don’t watch a ton of TV in our house, but when we do we desire to have a nice viewing experience. I thought my 32” was awesome, until I learned about LG’s Curved OLED televisions. And now my mind…is blown!

What’s an OLED television? Put simply, it’s the latest technology on the market from LG (released in 2013) that brings together breakthrough performance in a thin sleek design.

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The curved design provides a more natural viewing experience and with three times less blue light then LED TV’s OLED users experience less eye fatigue. So awesome!

These babies are gorgeous and I was able to experience the very obvious differences between LG OLED’s and competitor models. The difference was crystal clear. OLED televisions outperform LCD with a response time 1000x faster and just 4.5mm at its thinnest point! Talks about performance and perfect picture quality!

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It’s no surprise that LG’s OLED was named “King of HDTV for 2014” – it’s clearly the best technology on the market for curved display and are available in 55”, 65” and 77”. You’re making an investment with one of these bad boys as the starting price is $3,500!

While I don’t think we’ll be adding in one of these in our home anytime soon (it’d take up ½ our living room!) it’s fantastic to see how far we’ve come with technology and what is available for consumers!

Have you heard of OLED televisions? Would you purchase one?



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Kickoff the Holidays at Macy’s Downtown Boston!

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It’s always hard to believe how fast the holidays arrive once the weather gets chilly. Friends of ours have already begun decorating their homes for the holidays and some have even (gasp) purchased a Christmas tree. Already! Whatever holidays you may or may not celebrate – one thing is for sure. There is something really special about the joy and sparkle that surround the holiday season.

Our local Macy’s store in Downtown Boston is preparing for a holiday spectacular for all ages complete with guest appearances, family friendly activities, and special holiday displays and a big ol tree! If you’re in town the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 28 and are looking for something fun to do– this is it! There will be a full lineup of activities throughout the store beginning at 12pm, cumulating with a 5pm light up ceremony on Summer Street just outside of the store with more special appearances and some singing! Be sure to get there early to get a prime spot for the show!

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Kickoff the holidays, get in the holiday spirit and spread some cheer (and do some shopping) with Macy’s Downtown Boston! Local friends, will we see you there?



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