Thursday, March 24, 2011

Signing Time Tickets Winners!

We're giving away 4 pairs of tickets to see Emmy Nominated Rachel Coleman from Signing Time, live in Portland, Oregon on April 2nd!  Thank you to everyone that entered, and don't forget:  If you didn't win, you can still buy tickets!  See details below.

The winners are:

Katie Zinno

Twila Scott

Julianna Northup

Jennifer Dodge Sapienza

Congratulations ladies!  You each have won a pair of tickets (1 adult, 1 child) to this event!  Mark your calendars for Saturday the 2nd!  You will be contacted soon about your tickets.  Please respond ASAP to claim them.

For those who didn't win, you can still get tickets to this event online or even at the doors, and they're inexpensive.  See the flyer below for details.

A huge thank you to Carissa Martos, Master Signing Time Academy Instructor for making this giveaway possible :-)  If you're in the Portland area, check out her website:  PDX Loves Signing.

Don't forget to check out Signing time on facebook and on their website.  

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Life-Saving Milk Needed in Canada

This beautiful little girl is named Anaya.  She is in desperate need of breastmilk to keep her alive!  There are some things you can do to help (even if you can't donate milk), but first, here is a little bit about her:

"Baby Anaya was diagnosed in May 2010 with Infantile Krabbe Leukodystrophy. She first started showing symptoms in February of 2010 at the age of 4 months. This rare disease causes demylination in the brain due to lack of a specific enzyme required to metabolize fats. It can strike families with no medical history of any neurological problems. Two healthy parents who both carry a recessive gene for this enzyme deficiency can produce a perfectly healthy looking newborn, who, at the age of three or four months, will begin showing symptoms of Krabbe Leukodystrophy.

The outlook for kids with Krabbe is bleak. In most cases a baby diagnosed with infantile Krabbe will develop normally for a few months and then lose their motor skills, the ability to hold their heads up, the ability to smile, laugh or speak, followed by loss of sight and hearing. Seizures may or may not occur and average life expectancy is less than 2 years.

Over the past year since Anaya's birth she gained some skills and lost them. She is fed through a nasogastric tube and is now seemingly blind. She struggles mostly with excessive mucous production in her throat which sometimes blocks her airway.

Anaya is fed breastmilk from her mother and from Nelson Area milky moms who have donated their liquid gold to help her."

For more details, visit their blog:

Now... how can YOU help?

A friend of theirs writes:

"I promised this little girls mother I would exhaust every avenue I had of getting the word out that her baby daughter (who has a fatal disease and has already lived 5 months past her prognosis solely because of the breastmilk her mother has fought to feed and save her with) is in DESPERATE need of donated breastmilk (within Canada, customs will not allow it over borders) and/or monetary donations (donations can be made thru link) to buy breast pumps and pay for shipping of donated breastmilk from out of area mamas who are giving her their milk because it has literally saved her life up to this point and she cannot tolerate anything but human breastmilk and cannot live without it. Here is the request written by her mother:

I'm looking for donations of breatmilk for my daughter Anaya. She is terminally ill with Krabbe Leukodystrophy. We were told to expect her to die at 13 months. She is now 18 months old thanks to BREASTMILK. She does not tolerate formula. Please, please help me keep my baby alive. We will have it shipped from any major city in Canada. Contact me at or

PLEASE help in any way you can!  If you have any questions or if there is anything you can do, comment below and I will contact you. You can also write her directly thru her email listed above or her blog. Please go to her link and donate if at all possible. This mama needs help saving her baby and I pray that we can find a way to help her do that! If you cannot donate, please know that just re-posting this and spreading the word that this baby is in need brings her one step closer to receiving the help she deserves and that is such a wonderful gift and means more than you know! Thanks mama! You are all amazing! ♥ Much love!

(Just so you know: She is already associated with Human Milk 4 Human Babies Global (and her local network) and cannot get enough milk to sustain her daughter within her area which is why she needs any and all help she can get. Thanks so much again for your concern, everyone!!!!)"

Update from their friend with a few more details:

She lives in Nelson, British Columbia (Canada) and breast milk donations (frozen, fresh or on demand if close by) from within Canada would absolutely amazing (and she will work out ways to get it shipped from major cities in Canada to her, etc.) and monetary donations from anyone, anywhere who can help are greatly needed and appreciated and taken through her website- and you can contact Camara (the mama) directly thru her personal email in regards to MILK donations and questions regarding how to get them milk (all monetary donations are simply done thru her website). Her email is (Please only contact her for information or questions on how to help. She has so much on her plate right now, Im sure. Anything else can be sent to her thru a message on her website.) Anything (questions, clarifications, etc.) can be sent to me at

Friday, February 25, 2011

A Very Special Giveaway!

You might know by now how much I love Rachel Coleman and the wonderful work she does with Signing Time and in her life in general.  We are big fans of the series in my family.  Absolutely one of our favorite learning tools ever!  I feel super blessed to be able to share this you.

We have something special for those of you in Oregon and Washington (or those who just love Signing Time enough to take a long drive or a plane, lol!). 

Carissa Martos, Master Signing Time Academy Instructor has teamed up with the Signing Time Foundation to present Emmy Nominated Rachel Coleman live in Portland, Oregon, and YOU can enter to win a pair of tickets (1 adult, 1 child).  There are 4 pairs of tickets to win! 

When: April 2nd @ 1:30 pm

Where: Franklin High School 5405 SE Woodward Street Portland, OR 97206

Please only enter if you'd be close enough to go, or willing/able to make the trip!

TO ENTER:  All you have to do is comment below with your name, email address, and facebook link (if you have one.  This makes it easier for us to contact you, because an email might end up in your spam!). 

Four winners will be randomly chosen about one week before the event.  You will need to respond quickly so we can get your information in time, and your names will be placed on the list so you don't have to worry about printed tickets. 

Good luck!  I am so stinkin excited about this giveaway, lol!  I hope you love it too.

Don't forget to check out Signing Time on Facebook and YouTube!

Friday, January 7, 2011


(This is in NO way a plug, I seriously just LOVE this woman and what she does, and I think you might too)

 My kids and I have been learning and loving American Sign Language thanks to the Signing Time videosRachel Coleman, the creator and one of the stars, is a bit of a hero in our house :-)

Recently, I was reading a story about a mother who was furiously training, not for a marathon or the Olympics... but so she can continue to carry her 9 year old daughter who has cerebral palsy and spina bifida.  

Check that out!  I bet many of you can tell me what kind of carrier that is ;-)

I was reading that story late at night, and all of a sudden a light bulb came on.  I was reading about THE Rachel Coleman.  Signing Time's Rachel!  Oh my gosh, I suddenly loved her a whole lot more, lol. 

I did a search, and discovered that she also has a blog of her own.  I was sick at the time, and literally stayed up for HOURS reading it.  

This woman truly inspires me as a mother.  If you've got some time one day, read about her reunion with the daughter she placed for adoption years ago.  Read Leah's story, and how they discovered she was deaf and what their lives have been like since.  Read about how Signing Time got started.  Read Lucy's story, and how Rachel doesn't let her be confined to a wheel chair.  And if you're anything like me, you'll read all the other posts in between that don't seem to be about anything major, and you'll find her mentioning breastfeeding, natural birth, home birth, and more :-) 

The world needs more people like this!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Watch out!

Guess who is finally getting her facebook page back?!

Stay tuned!

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