Buy Red, Fight AIDS

Tomorrow, December 1, marks World AIDS Day, a time of remembrance and a call to action against HIV and AIDS. The support for those affected by HIV/AIDS is absolutely essential: according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 11,200 women were infected with HIV in 2009 alone.

Even if you don’t have tons of cash to donate to the fight, there are small ways you can incorporate HIV/AIDS awareness into your everyday life. Here are 5 products available now from companies that will donate at least a portion, if not all, of sales profits to making HIV and AIDS history!

Viva Glam lipstick ($14.50, maccosmetics.com)

Every single penny earned from the sale of this gorgeous gloss will be handed over to the MAC AIDS Fund, which provides lifesaving care for men, women, and children living with HIV or AIDS.

Anchored in Hope (PRODUCT) RED t-shirt ($24.95, gap.com)

Here’s another reason to treat yourself to a trendy new tee: 50% of the profits from each shirt sold will be donated to the Global Fund, a non-profit dedicated to fighting AIDS in Africa.

(Feed) Red Love 30 bag ($80, feedprojects.com)

We know you’re constantly lugging around your kids’ playthings on top of that over-sized beauty bag. So, why not invest in a sturdy yet stylish tote that will give women and children burdened with HIV/AIDS the treatment they need to stay alive? For each purchase of this special edition bag, FEED will give $12 to the Global Fund and $10 to the World Food Programme (WFP).

(STARBUCKS)RED card (price varies, starbucks.com)

This year, Starbucks and designer Jonathan Adler teamed up to create a limited-edition gift card that will benefit the Global Fund each time you buy that morning cup of Joe. To date, the company has already garnered enough cash to fund 18 million daily doses of medicine for Africans living with HIV/AIDS. This will last until December 31, 2011, so start swiping!

Bugaboo products (prices vary, bugaboo.com)

Tote your precious tot around in a stylish Bugaboo stroller. Not only will you be one haute mama, but you’ll also be quite the do-gooder: 1% of the company’s revenue will go to the Global Fund to care for HIV-positive women and children in Africa.

To learn more about HIV/AIDS, visit AIDS.gov

-Diana Denza

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How to: Keep Your Lips Luscious This Winter

‘Tis the season for dry, achy pouts. Painfully chapped lips may have been the norm during winters past, but enough is enough! Kiss-killing cracks have overstayed their welcome and this year, we refuse to play nice. Here are five easy ways to bid your dried out lips farewell!

1. Make Shea butter and beeswax your new BFFs. They’ll protect your sensitive lips against frigid winds and bitter chills, so you can pucker up for the hubby later on.

2. Always go for glosses with SPF. Ladies, we know those rays are looking harmless right about now. But sunny —and even not so bright—skies can still do some serious harm to your pout, no matter how frosty you’re feeling. Repeatedly exposing your mouth to the sun’s harmful UV rays can result in labial lentigo, an unattractive brown spot on the lower lip that can prove almost impossible to cover up.

3. Skip flavored balms. According to Dr. Lawrence E. Gibson, gals who go for flavored balms or glosses are more likely to lick their lips (after all, who can resist a tempting cherry flavor?). But saliva can end up drying out your pout —defeating the purpose of slathering on that balm in the first place.

4. Breathe through your nose! Dr. Gibson also reported that when you suck in fresh air through your mouth, you’re drying out your lips in the process! So, invest in some fluffy tissues and make sure you put those nostrils to work.

5. Take care of yourself. We know you’d never let your precious little one out into the cold without a toasty scarf and coat! While you’re spending your time and energy making sure the kids get enough hydrating water and cold-weather gear, it can be all too easy to neglect your own needs. So, be sure to set aside a few minutes each day to gulp down fresh water and wrap a scarf around your mouth before leaving the house. Your lips will thank you by staying soft all season long!

-Diana Denza

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TOTSY SIGNS EXCLUSIVE AD PARTNERSHIP WITH PARENT MEDIA GROUP, INC.

TOTSY secures exclusive advertising agreement to become
the only private sales site featured on Parent Media Group, Inc.’s sites for young families

New York, NY (November 29, 2011) – TOTSY (http://www.TOTSY.com), the private sale site exclusively dedicated to delivering deals on coveted must-haves for parents, babies and kids, announced today that it has secured an exclusive advertising partnership with Parent Media Group, Inc., a leading source of contests, deals, and news for the young family marketplace, all offering access to millions of moms by email and via a network of targeted websites.

The exclusive agreement with Parent Media Group locks out any other private sale sites and daily deal sites from advertising on Parent Media Group’s network of online properties that draw two million unique monthly visitors and have a database of 1.5 million mother members. TOTSY will gain exposure on the following Parent Media Group properties via email and display ads: TheCuteKid.com, DealsForMommy.com, and ParentSociety.com.

“Parent Media Group has historically generated very high quality members for us, and the scope of their properties allows us to reach families with kids of all ages,” says Christophe Garnier, Co-founder, President and CMO of TOTSY. “We look forward to continuing this strong relationship with Parent Media Group and to introducing young and expecting families to the deals at TOTSY.com.”

“Parent Media Inc. is eager to strengthen our relationship with TOTSY.com and to grow their member base through our marketing strategies,” comments Greg Byrnes, SVP of sales and marketing at Parent Media, Inc. The exclusive sales events on TOTSY.com resonate with our target demographic and we look forward to collaborating with the company to continue creating communities that provide information and deals that young families need.”

TOTSY is the leading private sales site catering to expectant moms and families with young children, offering high quality products in many categories such as apparel, toys, games, cosmetics, maternity wear, home furnishings, accessories and shoes, from the hottest brands at discounts of up to 90%. Parent Media Group, Inc. builds relationships with parents while making their serious role fun, exciting and informative. Focusing on young families, Parent Media Group, Inc.’s website offers deals from valued partners, social interaction and community forums.

For more information, please contact Stephania@southardinc.com. ###

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About TOTSY

Headquartered in New York, TOTSY is a privately held company dedicated to providing its members with access to coveted and essential products and brands designed for expecting moms, parents, babies and kids at sample sale prices. Shopping events are designer-specific and held over a 72 hour period. Membership is free of charge and by invitation only. For more information, please visit http://www.totsy.com.

About Parent Media Group, Inc.

Parent Media Group, Inc. builds relationships with parents and takes the role seriously while making it fun, exciting, informative and worthwhile. Focusing on the young family marketplace, PMG’s network of family- centric sites attracts parents at touch points that induce interactivity &loyalty. PMG’s sites offer contests, promotions, and deals from valued partners, photo galleries, social interaction and up-to-date articles, blogs and community forums.

Schoolbags for Kids Giveaway

Totsy is doing it again with another giveaway! This time with a company that has a mission statement of giving back.  Read more about Schoolbag for Kids from co-founder, Kalon Gutierrez.  Then enter for your chance to win a RED Schoolbag for Kids! It will make a great gift!

  1. Kalon, you and co-founder, Luis Garcia, left global empires such as L’Oreal, Sephora, Ralph Lauren and Bobbi Brown.  What inspired you two to start a company from the ground up? Though very excited about the luxury brands we worked with, we realized that our ultimate dream was to one day build our own company— one that had strong purpose and a clear social mission.  We also found that the type of brand we wanted to build did not exist in the marketplace; it had to be developed organically from the ground up.
  2. Briefly explain the One here. One there.™ mission.  With every schoolbag purchase, we will donate a schoolbag with supplies to a kid in need.  One here.  One there.™
  3. Why schoolbags? In 2010, Luis decided to take a career break and embark on a far-reaching adventure that carried him to the corners of the earth, including Tanzania, India, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, and Ecuador. He volunteered at many orphanages and schools, teaching kids and seeking to understand their everyday lives.  While passing out pencils to Tanzanian school children, Luis was reminded of an ancient proverb: “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.” The saying played over and over in Luis’ mind as he tried to figure out how to empower these kids to create their own futures. Suddenly, Luis had the answer. He realized that in every country the children had fishing instructors (their school teachers) and fishing poles (their school), but they didn’t have any bait … they lacked schoolbags and supplies!

RULES:

  1. MUST be a Totsy member. Register here: http://bit.ly/sIJ6Ya
  2. Answer below on our blog this question: Tell us what is your favorite color schoolbag is in the Signature Collection on http://www.schoolbagsforkids.com/ – remember, answer below!
  3. Must be 18+ or older, resident of the US
  4. Contest ends 4:00 pm ET on December 2nd, 2011

Check out the Schoolbag for Kids sale event on Totsy from 11/28-12/2: http://bit.ly/tWUlA0!

Al Fresco With Autumn: Turkey Tetrazzini

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Hey Turkey lovers – I have a confession to make. I did not invent this recipe – it was shared with me a while back from a dear friend who is an amazing chef and also runs our family restaurant. So this dish has got clout, and besides, someone somewhere has probably done it all before, right? So now, I’m sharing it with you all. Tetrazzini is a simple way to make use of that leftover Turkey that many American households have on this day, and it’s so darn delicious. Leaving you more time to hang with the kids, shop – and be thankful for all the awesomeness in your life.

Turkey Tetrazzini

Time: 25 min
Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. spaghetti
  • 1 can organic chicken broth
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup parmesan – grated
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1/3 cup onion – finely chopped
  • ½ lb turkey meat – diced
  • 1-2 cloves garlic – crushed
  • 1 large handful mushrooms – washed & sliced
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • ½ cup fresh carrots – cubed
  • ½ Tsp dried tarragon
  • Fresh ground black pepper – to taste

Directions:

  1. Break spaghetti in half and cook IN THE CHICKEN BROTH for amount of time specified on the package. Once cooked discard the broth.
  2. Mix together sour cream, mushroom soup, most of parmesan, milk, onion and garlic.
  3. Add remaining ingredients (except small portion of Parmesan) to the above mixture, mix gently and then add to a microwave-safe casserole dish.
  4. Cover and cook for 6-8 minutes.
  5. Top with remaining Parmesan and ground black pepper to taste.

Happy Holidays, Totsy friends!

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This Thanksgiving, We Remind Ourselves How Lucky We Are


I would like to thank the readers at Madame Deals for sharing their amazing ideas for holiday traditions. I asked the question, “What does everyone do for Thanksgiving?” I love to create special memories with my family.

I decided this year, we are going to trace the hands of the children on a white tablecloth and then we are going to write what they are thankful for. We will make their hands each year and fill in what they are thankful for, and as the family grows, new hands will cover the table. We are looking forward to using this tablecloth for each holiday that we gather together.

Here are some lovely ideas that I gathered from my fans on Madame Deals.

  • The overwhelming response was to sit around and eat as a family and say what you are thankful for.
  • There was also a huge amount of responses about enjoying the football game and having time to remember those who are no longer with us.
  • We all cook and eat together. We bring potluck dishes and make warm memories. We embrace the day and those we love. We gather near and far to be thankful for who we are and what we have been blessed with.
  • I especially liked the responses that had crafts for the children. There were hand print turkey place card holders. We had turkey cookies made out of Oreos. I love when my children recite our favorite poem, “A turkey is a funny bird.. its head goes wobble, wobble, wobble..a turkey only knows one word gobble, gobble, gobble.” It also seems that we begin to plan as a family for the next season.
  • We have holiday decor that comes out. We have carols that are begun to be sung. We have sales that we plan to go to. We have family games to attend and memories to make. We have trees to put up and packages to wrap with love.

The theme is the same where ever you go and whomever you are. I would also like to encourage everyone this holiday to grant a wish. It does not take money to make a difference —it only takes heart. We all have something to share and something to give. We have something that makes us special and makes us worthy. We have the ability to love and care. We have the duty and responsibility to help those in need and to be helped if we are in need. We have traditions to create and plates to clean, but most importantly we need to take a moment to remind ourselves how lucky we are.

About:

Amee is the owner of Madame Deals INC. She is a mom of 3 and wife to one. She believe each person has the power to create change. You can Make Dollars out of Change at Madame Deals.

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WIN $100 in Totsy Credits!


Record your video here!

We are in the Thanksgiving spirit here at Totsy and we are most thankful for our wonderful fans – we truly would not be here without all of your support!

Tell us what you are most thankful for in a short video and enter for your chance to win $100 in Totsy credits! Entry is quick and easy!

RULES:

  • Record a video or upload a video 
  • Share your video with your friends! (this option will pop-up once you are done recording)

RUN-TIME:

  • Video contest valid through 11/30 12:00 pm ET

NOTIFICATION:

  • Winner will be picked at random
  • Winner will be notified via email 

So finish the turkey, grab a slice of pie, record a quick video and be entered for your chance to win $100 buckaroos from Totsy! And wait, that’s not all… Shop now for all of your holiday gifts and enter promo code TGIVING to get FREE SHIPPING* – then sit back and relax knowing your list has been checked off!

*Promo code valid for one-time use per member with a minimum purchase of $40, not including tax. Cannot be combined with other offers. Valid through 11/29/2011 at 9 am ET.