Wednesday, November 26, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: Penguins of Madagascar in 3D + FREE Madagascar Math Ops Game

It's a cute hoot!

From the first Madagascar movie in 2005 to Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted in 2012, the Penguins of Madagascar have been a real hoot that have made audiences laugh out loud at their extreme hijinks.  So it only made sense that they would eventually get their own movie and Penguins of Madagascar in 3D is a fun and over the top experience that will make you snort laugh more than a few times during the 90 minute run time.

The movie opens with Skipper, Kowalski, Rico as young penguins who realize early on that they are not just going to go through life being cute and following the penguin status quo.  They want to live life on their own terms with adventure and excitement.  Their decision to leave the penguin pack leads them to adopt an orphan named Private and the pack of four set their sights on becoming spies who follow trouble wherever they can find it.

During one of their over the top adventures inside the US Mint (which looked awesome in 3D), the penquins discover a plot by an evil villain named Dr. Octavius Brine to destroy all the cute penquins worldwide and the Penguins of Madagascar are forced to join forces with another undercover organization called The North Wind to stop Brine's evil plan and keep penguin cuteness from becoming extinct.

This movie is 90 minutes of pure fun, adventure, and laughs with the kind of gags and jokes that we have all come to expect out of any movie where you find the Penguins of Madagascar.  The action is great and the humor is both cutting and juvenile, but at times some of the jokes did go a little too far.  I thought maybe I was being too much of a prude, but even my silly humor loving 14 year old son thought that some of the "butt" jokes in the movie went on for way too long.


Overall, the Penguins of Madagascar is a total cute hoot that will likely spawn yet another Madagascar squeal in this highly lovable movie franchise.  Be sure to stay seated through the ending credits so that you don't miss any of the fun.

The Penguins of Madagascar opens in theaters today, Wednesday, November 26, 2014, and is rated PG.

FREEBIE ALERT: MADAGASCAR MATH OPS GAME

In this first mobile game starring the Madagascar Penguins, your child will have fun by using intuitive, simple gameplay as they race to rescue the Madagascar gang. Hours of learning fun await your child as they solve mathematical problems and use special jetpack abilities to finish every level.

THE MADAGASCAR MATH OPS IS FREE IN THE GOOGLE PLAY STORE


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FREE 8x10 Photo Enlargement at Walgreens using this Secret Promotional Code - ENDS 11/29

I love these FREE Photo products from Walgreens…

To celebrate the holidays, Walgreens is offering a FREE 8x10 photo enlargement when you use promotional code BIGPICFREE at check-out.  I love these FREE 8x10 enlargement offers because photos make great holiday gifts.

Remember to choose store pick-up so that the entire order will be FREE.  This offer expires on Saturday, November 29, 2014.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

GIVEAWAY: #TMNTMovie Digital HD Release just in time for Holiday Family viewing - ENDS 12/5

Special thanks to Paramount for sponsoring this post and giveaway. All opinions are my own...

My son gives Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles a big thumbs up!!!
Take a break from the holiday festivities and enjoy the newest TMNT film on Digital HD starting November 25th....

Back in August of this year, my son and I had the pleasure of going to an advance screening of newest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie here in Detroit.  The special screening was the final piece of an elaborate celebration of the movie release which began with FREE showings of all three of the original movies in the TMNT series.  Just like my son, people all across Metro Detroit just loved the original movies and could not wait for the newest TMNT film.

My son in 2008 - loving some TMNT!!!
When I found out there was going to be a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, I was transported back to my son's TMNT themed 8th birthday party in 2008 where everyone (adults and kids) wore turtle masks and yelled "Cowa Bunga Dude" more times than I care to admit. My son is a true TMNT fan who has watched all the cartoons, played all the TMNT video games, and loves Michelangelo like he's a real person.  So he could not wait to see this newest version on the big screen.

The newest version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles story revolves around New York City fighting a highly organized street gang with martial arts ties who is terrorizing the city to cover up the theft of some very highly toxic chemicals. The turtles have their crime fighting base in the city sewers and are trying to keep out of the way of the humans.

But one day, a reporter named April O'Neil (played by Megan Fox) tumbles across the turtles as she is checking out a story and realizes that she has a connection to the turtles that goes back to her childhood and the death of her father. As the story continues, we find out what really happened to April's father and how the four Turtles and Raphael the Rat (voiced by Alan Ritchson) ended up in the sewers and why they love pizza so much.

TMNT Digital HD Release just in time for holiday viewing...

Today, November 25, 2014, marks the Digital HD release of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie and my son is excited yet again to be able to see all his favorite turtles in action.  The holidays are a perfect time to take a break from all the food festivities and bargain shopping and enjoy a little family viewing time with this newest TMNT movie.

To find out more about the TMNT Movie on Digital HD, go to www.teenagemutantninjaturtlesmovie.com

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VOLUNTEER: Neighborhood Service Organization Seeks Elves to Spread Cheer in Metro Detroit

Help Santa bring some cheer to Metro Detroit community....
As winter nears, support needed for homeless individuals, while Adopt-A Family program offers opportunity to give children in need holiday happiness...

Elves are needed to help Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO) bring cheer to Detroit area individuals and families who may otherwise not have a holiday.

Registration is now open for the organization’s annual Holiday Elf Program, aimed at bringing the spirit of the holidays to its consumers, which include families with children, seniors, developmentally disabled adults and children and homeless individuals. Corporations and companies, families, individuals, departments and organizations are invited and encouraged to become an NSO Elf.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR EVERY BUDGET

NSO Holiday Elf opportunities exist for every budget - from adopting a family and purchasing them holiday gifts to hosting a Housewarming party that collects and then donates new household essentials to formerly homeless individuals who NSO is helping to move off the streets into a place they can call home.

“The NSO Holiday Elf program gives the community’s most vulnerable individuals and families the holiday happiness they would not have without the help of our NSO Elves” said Sheilah P. Clay, president and CEO of NSO. “Everyone deserves holiday cheer and the hope for a brighter future. We are grateful to our NSO Elves for making that possible for so many.”

Elves are needed in the following areas:

• NSO Bell Building Giving Tree – There are 155 individuals, once homeless, who live at the NSO Bell Building. Many are lonely. Your gift reminds them they are not alone. Elves will receive a resident’s name and wish list for items totaling no more than $25.

• NSO HGMSC Adopt-a-Family – Families in need are served at NSO’s Harper-Gratiot Multi-Service Center. Elves will receive a Family Wish List with the ages, sizes and wishes of each family
member in order to provide them with holiday gifts.

NSO Youth Programs Holiday Gift Cards - NSO Youth Initiatives Project (YIP) and Youthlink programs serve young men and women from the city's most vulnerable neighborhoods. NSO provides them with leadership and community activism skills, education, career awareness, tutoring and mentoring. A $20 gift card to Target, Meijer, Footlocker, etc., will be a welcome holiday gift for these future leaders.

NSO Homeless Recovery Services Winter Warmth Wish List - Hundreds of homeless individuals with nowhere else to go spend winter nights literally sitting in the cold hard chairs at the NSO Tumaini Center. You can warm their hands, feet and hearts by donating items on the Winter Warmth Wish List.

NSO Older Adult Services Wish List – Make a happier holiday for older adults with mental illness in Wayne and Oakland counties who are served by NSO. Many of these seniors have no family to count on for their care. Often, NSO staff members are their only visitors and care leaders. Your donations to the wish list will give them a gift this season.

NSO Life Choices Wish List for Developmentally Disabled Children and Adults – Developmentally disabled children and adults served by NSO Life Choices enjoy simple games, puzzles, craft projects and other toys. NSO Elves can supply these items used throughout the year to help improve motor and social skills.

NSO Homeless to Home - A Place to Call Home Housewarming Parties – Help NSO provide housing for the homeless by hosting an A Place to Call Home Housewarming Party. Individuals, families and organizations are being sought to collect new household goods for formerly homeless individuals. These items will be used to outfit apartments for men and women moving from the streets into the NSO Bell Building and NSO’s other supportive housing locations across the city.

To become an NSO Elf visit www.nso-mi.org and follow the NSO Elf link to register online or download a registration form

For more information, call 313-961-4890 or email nsoelves@nso-mi.org.



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Saturday, November 22, 2014

EMPLOYMENT: Michigan Nonprofit Job Center - November 21, 2014

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!!!

My Brother’s Keeper Initiative Coordinator (Detroit & Lansing)
The position will play the lead role in a statewide initiative to launch successful programs that address issues outlined in the My Brother’s Keeper initiative. The position will monitor the progress of and provide support to organizations that received a grant as part of the Volunteer Generation Fund.

Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) is seeking an experienced professional to join a committed team that is serving volunteering and mentoring programs throughout Michigan. The My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Initiative Coordinator will be housed in Detroit four days a week and Lansing, Michigan one day a week.

Assist communities with becoming involved in the MBK call to action to enact sustainable change through program and partnership development.
Plan and implement an Action Summit to build MBK communities throughout the state.
Work with cities, towns, businesses, nonprofits, higher education institutions, schools and foundations to connect young people to mentoring, volunteerism, support networks, and skills they need to find employment, access college or technical training.
Assist programs with implementing cradle-to-career strategies to improve the life outcomes of opportunity youth – in particular young boys and young men of color.
Provide resources to implement mentoring as a MBK strategy and to ensure quality-based practices are utilized in developing and maintaining mentoring relationships.
Assist programs with implementing volunteerism as a MBK strategy to allow youth to be involved in their communities and engaged in making a difference.
Support Volunteer Days of Service initiatives in the state.
Develop mentoring and volunteer resources to engage young boys and men of color.
Oversee the Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) grant and provide support to sub-grantees.
Provide resources that will assist sub-grantees with meeting performance measures.
Monitor progress of sub-grantees and develop tools that support their success.
Create templates and trainings to support programs to meet quality based standards.
Identify strong training tools and create links to existing sites.
Other duties as assigned.
Full position and application instructions available here.



Development Director (Detroit)
The Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order

Inspired by the gospel of Jesus and the example of Francis of Assisi, the Capuchin friars of the Province of St. Joseph, together with our partners in ministry, prayerfully build sister-brotherhood in the world. We attend simply and directly to the spiritual and other basic human needs, especially those of the poor and disenfranchised, promoting justice for all.

The Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order is currently seeking a Development Director whose responsibility will be to plan, develop, and maintain a comprehensive fundraising program on behalf of the Province and its Michigan ministries. The Director is also available to consult with Provincial ministries regarding Development plans and opportunities.

Please see full list of Responsibilities and Qualifications at:
http://www.thecapuchins.org/who-we-are/employment-opportunities

Please submit letter of interest and resume to:
employment@thecapuchins.org Include Development Director in the subject line.
OR
Attention: Human Resources
Development Director
The Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order
1820 Mt. Elliott Street
Detroit, Michigan 48207



Executive Director (Ann Arbor)
Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) at Alpha House is a non-profit agency in Ann Arbor providing emergency shelter and supportive services to children and families experiencing homelessness in Washtenaw County. IHN seeks a dynamic, enthusiastic individual with a proven track record in management, fundraising, grant writing, community collaboration, personnel and budgeting to lead this important organization. Bachelor’s degree in relevant field required, master’s degree preferred. At least five years progressive, relevant management experience preferred. Familiarity with homelessness/low income population required.

Competitive salary, full benefits offered.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Send resume and cover letter to: jobs@alphahouse-ihn.org.



Chief Operating Officer (Taylor)
Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA) is conducting a search for a Chief Operating Officer.

Essential Responsibilities:
Directs, administers, and coordinates the daily activities of the organization in support of policies, goals, and objectives established by the Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Directors. Actively participates with the SEMCA Leadership Team including the CEO, CFO and CIO to set strategic direction and ensure the successful attainment of SEMCA’s mission and goals.

Responsible for the coordination of agency operations to ensure consistency and compliance with state and federal mandates and the timely issuance of program plans, contracts, requests for proposals and reports. Supervises SEMCA program management staff in the performance of their duties and serves as SEMCA’s Equal Opportunity Officer.

Qualifications:

Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Social Services or related field.
Five (5) years managerial experience, non-profit or governmental entity preferred.
Excellent communication, organizational and written skills.
Pay Range:
Annual salary range: $85,000 - $100,000 with competitive benefit package including medical, dental, and optical insurance; paid holidays and paid time off.

Application Process:
A copy of the formal job description and employment application may be viewed on SEMCA’s website at www.semca.org. Please submit application, resume and cover letter including salary requirements via email to employment.opportunities@semca.org. Indicate “Chief Operating Officer” in the subject line of the email.

Federal Contractor - Equal Opportunity Employer & Programs – Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veterans
Reasonable accommodations will be made upon request.



Program Director (Flint)
Ele’s Place, a healing center for grieving children with branches in Lansing, Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids, is opening a new branch in Flint. Each week, peer support group programs help hundreds of children, ages 3-18, learn how to cope and begin to heal after the death of a parent, sibling or other close family member or friend.

Ele’s Place is seeking a full time Program Director for the Flint, MI branch.

The Program Director develops, implements and oversees programming; supervises staff and volunteers. Provides guidance and information to grieving families and others; oversees support group sessions and ensures consistency and quality of programming. Speaks to community groups and professionals who work with children.

Requirements:

Master's Degree from an accredited college or university in Social Work or a related human services or medical sciences field.
Knowledge of grief issues
Minimum 5 years departmental management experience
Minimum 2 years program coordination experience
Experience with support groups for adults and children
Experience working with volunteers
Send cover letter & resume to:
Elizabeth Webb,
Director of Operations
Ele’s Place
1145 W. Oakland Avenue
Lansing, MI 48915
Or email this information to: ewebb@elesplace.org



Sales Associate (Detroit)
A full-time salaried position, with occasional weekend and evening availability necessary, leading facility rental sales and assisting with group tour sales efforts for the Detroit Historical Society and its two museums.

Specific responsibilities include:

Performing administrative tasks associated with scheduling facility rentals at the Detroit Historical Museum and Dossin Great Lakes Museum.
Tasks include, but are not limited to, responding to phone and email inquiries from potential clients; scheduling and executing walkthroughs; placing booked events on the company calendar; drafting and sending rental contracts and invoices; tracking bookings and payments on a spreadsheet; follow up with pending clients and issuing payment reminders to booked clients; creating and updating event folders for all rental bookings.

Maintaining an accurate database of all client information and transactions.
Researching potential customers, recommending a sales plan and executing against that plan to create new business.
Producing monthly productivity reports.
Assisting in Society customer relations, including responding to phone inquiries and providing general Society information.
Attending industry and community outreach events.
Qualifications:

Excellent customer service skills
Strong organization skills with keen attention to detail
Sales experience with knowledge of the metro Detroit community
Demonstrated time management ability
Proficiency with Microsoft Office
College degree or post-high school coursework preferred
1 – 2 years experience preferred
To apply, send your cover letter and resume to bobsadler@detroithistorical.org by Wednesday, November 26, 2014.



Academic Specialist in Diversity and Civic Engagement (East Lansing)
The Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (http://rcah.msu.edu), Michigan State University (MSU), seeks applicants for academic specialist position in diversity and civic engagement. Successful applicant will establish strong collaborative programs with diverse community, faculty, and student partners inside and outside MSU to enhance our groundbreaking civic engagement curriculum and commitment to recruitment and retention of a diverse student body. This involves designing, implementing, and improving programs that increase the diversity of our student body, teaching courses in our civic engagement curriculum, and supporting continued college-wide enthusiasm for engaged citizenship and pedagogy. Application review begins 1/15/2015 until position filled. Position starts 8/16/2015.

Master’s degree, demonstrated experience with historically marginalized populations and ability to develop/implement programs supporting networks of these populations required.

More information/apply at https://jobs.msu.edu. Click on Search Postings at left, enter 0302 in Posting Number field, click Search and follow prompts. All applicants must apply using this application portal.

Candidates must submit 1) letter of intent detailing career goals/interests, 2) curriculum vitae, (3) portfolio documenting leadership in community partnerships, teaching experiences, and programs; and (4) full names/contact information (phone numbers, e-mail, postal address, fax numbers) of three individuals to submit confidential reference letters (letters solicited automatically). Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation. MSU actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.



Executive Director (Owosso)
The Owosso Community Players, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, seeks a dynamic and vibrant individual to join us as the theater matures into its next stage of growth and development.
Owosso Community Players, a growing nonprofit community theater located in Owosso, Michigan seeks a full-time executive director. Applicants must be dynamic public speaker, illustrate the ability to implement the strategic plan of the organization, have fundraising and marketing skills, excel at building relationships with sponsors, donors, and board members, and be organized and have the ability to supervise staff and volunteers.
The ideal candidate will have a passion for and an understanding of the performing arts.

Candidates must have a minimum of five years experience in strategic planning, financial management, staff/board development, and a proven track record in seeking earned and contributed revenues (including season tickets, corporate sponsorship, government and foundation grants, and individual contributions). A degree in a relative discipline is preferred. Experience in non-profit fiscal management and fundraising is preferred. Computer skills in Word, Excel, email, donor data systems and web management are required.

How to Apply / Contact
Please send your resume along with a letter of interest detailing experiences that are applicable to this position and your salary requirements and three references by December 12, 2014 to:
Dr. Doug Strong, Chair
Search Committee
Owosso Community Players
114 East Main Street Suite 222
Owosso, MI 48867

Owosso Community Players is an equal opportunity employer.

Email: president.owossoplayers@michonline.net



Communications/Marketing Director (Lansing)
This is an exciting opportunity to work with a dynamic, growing Lansing-based nonprofit that provides STEM and other educational programs for children and youth throughout Michigan.

The Director will work closely with the Executive Director, Communications Committee, staff, consultants and instructors; supervises the Communications Intern and the PR and Communications Coordinator; understands the organization’s mission, and developing and implementing supporting communication/marketing tactics (such as collateral materials, website content and social media outreach) to support the mission.

The ideal candidate will have:
• Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, or public relations and a minimum two years of related experience, preferably in a nonprofit setting.
• Experience developing communications and marketing plans, strategy and brand awareness • Strong creative writing skills, including website content, social media, newsletters, and press releases • Experience in blogging, building social media presence and website content and maintenance • Media relations experience • Ability to work both independently as well as in teams • Excellent attention to detail while maintaining the ability to see the big picture • Supervision experience • Ability to work on multiple projects, prioritize and meet tight deadlines • Basic graphic design skills, such as use of Adobe Creative Suite
• Experience using e-mail marketing programs such as Constant Contact, MailChimp & Eventbrite
• Experience in planning and executing special events, and/or fundraising events preferred.

Salary DOE

Send cover letter (including salary requirements), resume, and brief work portfolio to Alexandera Jones, Program Coordinator, at jobs@iteclansing.org by December 1st. Call (517)708-4394 with questions.



Executive Director (Farmington Hills)
POSITION SUMMARY: The Executive Director provides professional leadership to the CCFA Michigan Chapter, and is responsible for the implementation of CCFA’s mission through programs, fundraising campaigns and events, and board and volunteer development and staff development.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:Develop, implement and monitor an annual budget and work plan, including fundraising, public and professional education programs and support services. Work with the chapter president in developing, recruiting and motivating an action- driven board of directors. Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with board members. Work with national staff to increase major gifts.Identify and implement creative strategies to meet fundraising goals through special events, corporate underwriting and grants (participate in national programs where applicable).Cultivate relationships. Provide leadership to help volunteers establish program goals and objectives, and to assist in implementing program activities and fundraising events.Direct administration of chapter.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Five to seven years in not-for-profit association management, preferably within a health-related organization.
Proven fundraising experience
Proven and applicable skills in planning and budgeting volunteer and staff development and supervision.
Self-motivated, results oriented leader with strong organizational skills.
An effective communicator, both written and oral.
Able to interact successfully with staff and volunteers.
Click on this link to apply: http://jobs.ccfa.org/executive-director/job/4983304



Operations Manager (Detroit)
Mercy Education Project is seeking an Operations Manager who will be responsible for the management of day-to-day office and business operations and related staff to ensure high quality administration, accounting, human resources, office management, and program support. The Operations Manager is a full-time, 40-hours/week, salaried position reporting to the Executive Director.

The full job position description is posted at http://mercyed.net/job-opportunities

The successful candidate should have an undergraduate degree, 3+ years of relevant experience, commitment to the organization’s mission and values, have a collaborative, team-oriented work-style, and excellent communication skills.
Benefits include medical, vision, and dental insurance, 403b retirement plan contributions, and paid time off. To apply, send a resume and cover letter to employment-om@mercyed.net. No phone calls please. Mercy Education Project is an equal opportunity employer.



Development Officer-Foundation Relations (Detroit)
POSITION CONCEPT:
The Great Lakes Field Service Council (GLFSC) is currently searching for a dynamic and talented Development Officer with a focus on Foundation Relations. The Development Officer-Foundation Relations will oversee submission, tracking, reporting and renewing private foundation funding with a strong emphasis on grant writing. He or she will also be responsible for identifying new public and private funding opportunities. The ability to coordinate and manage relationships with multiple departments within the organization as well with external prospects and donors is integral to this position.

QUALIFICATIONS:
•Bachelor's Degree with a minimum of three years direct experience in grant writing •Advanced, superior writing skills and experience with budget preparation and analysis •Familiarity with local and national foundations and their funding priorities •Proficient in Microsoft Office with strong internet research skills •Strong verbal, interpersonal and communications skills •Ability to work independently and as a team, meet deadlines and coordinate with other GLFSC staff •Strong organization and management skills; organized and detail oriented

TO APPLY:
Please email a cover letter (including salary requirements), resume and two writing samples to Brenda Byrd; Executive Assistant to the Director of Development at brenda.byrd@scouting.org.



Marketing and Communications Director (Detroit)
POSITION CONCEPT:
The Great Lakes Field Service Council (GLFSC) is currently seeking a talented and dynamic Marketing and Communications Director, responsible for the strategic development and implementation of internal and external communications, spearheading the strategy and development for integrated marketing and fund development objectives. The Director is responsible for creative direction and execution, brand management, collateral development, and online strategy, ensuring a consistent and constant message.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor's Degree with a minimum of two years of experience in marketing or communications
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Ability to multi-task, set priorities and work on deadline.
Print and digital design and production experience
Excellent organizational skills.
Ability to negotiate contracts with and manage relationships with designers, printers, photographers and other vendors.
TO APPLY:
Please email a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Brenda Byrd; Executive Assistant to the Director of Development at brenda.byrd@scouting.org.



Housing Specialist (Wayne)
The Housing Specialist reports directly to the Director of Wayne Division and is responsible for updating the CHN Wayne database and ensuring that the negotiation process begins and leases are executed in a timely manner. The position requires the ability to work independently, simultaneously managing a variety of tasks, while providing all stakeholders with a superior customer experience.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

Utilize database to track end dates of leases and prepare reports
Coordinate Housing Choice Preference progress including organization, tracking, follow up and data entry
Processing and distribution of leases and lease amendments to the appropriate persons and departments:
Preparation of communication and documents for signature by all parties
Tracking and follow-up on outstanding documentation
Distribute executed leases to all stakeholders
Track job related requests and caseload of home leases
Assist persons in their replacement housing searches using the internet and the services of appropriate real estate agents
Maintain an accurate and current database
QUALIFICATIONS:

Applicants should have a valid real estate license or the ability and willingness to obtain one upon hire
Experience of 2 to 3 years in related field
Valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and the ability to maintain automobile insurance requirements on personal vehicle in accordance with company policy
Must be attentive to details and able to multi-task in a fast-paced environment to meet deadlines
EMPLOYMENT STATUS:

Full Time, Salary, Exempt
To apply for this position CLICK HERE: https://home.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=11497451



Executive Director, Playworks (Detroit)
At Playworks we believe in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid.

Playworks is a national nonprofit organization that improves school climate, reduces bullying and increases student engagement in school through play and physical activity. Through both our training programs and our on-site direct service, Playworks teaches children to resolve their own conflicts that arise at recess and carry over to the classroom, restoring valuable teaching and learning time. We help transform recess into a safe, fun and inclusive time that gets students active and engaged so they can return to the classroom focused and ready to learn. For more information, please visit www.playworks.org.

We're looking for a dynamic, entrepreneurial and talented leader to lead our organization in the Detroit, Michigan area. The Executive Director will be responsible for the financial sustainability and growth of the program by developing local funding sources, increasing the number of school partnerships and leading the team that delivers excellent Playworks programs for schools throughout the local districts. This position requires demonstrated success in fundraising, board support and staff leadership. Successful candidates must bring a strong knowledge of the public school system, ability to lead/develop teams and proven experience managing the day-to-day operations of a growing direct service organization. This position reports to a regional executive director and is located in Detroit, Michigan.

Interested candidates should review the position description and requirements at http://www.playworks.org/join-the-game/join-our-team/clone-michigan-executive-director



Director (Detroit)
This position is a management position, which entails supervisory, business operation, and managerial/financial components. REQUIREMENTS: Ph.D., or MA, MS, or MSW, or MBA or MPA. Licensed Psychologist, or Licensed Professional Counselor, or Licensed Master Social Worker, or Certified Business Manager, or Public Administration. 4 years Human Services experience; 5 or more years Management/Supervisory experience; experience in a Managed Care environment, knowledge of research methodology and statistics, and experience in contract management and implementation. Valid Michigan driver’s license and proof of auto insurance.

PLEASE SUBMIT RESUMES TO nsojobs@nso-mi.org or visit us at www.nso-mi.org or mail to NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICE ORGANIZATION 882 OAKMAN BLVD, SUITE C, DETROIT, MI 48238 ATTN: HUMAN RESOURCES. EOE



Director of Development (Traverse City)
The Director of Development collaboratively develops, implements and evaluates strategies for a comprehensive fundraising program to increase funds raised from individuals, corporations and foundations.

Applications submitted by 12/15/2014 will receive first consideration. Please apply at http://www.nmc.edu/jobs

Non-Discrimination Policy Notice

Northwestern Michigan College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, height, weight, marital status or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities and admissions. nmc.edu/nondiscrimination

Michigan Law requires that a person with a disability or handicap requiring accommodation for employment must notify the employer in writing within 182 days after the need is known.



Therapist (Detroit)
Positive Images, Inc. located in Detroit, MI is a licensed substance abuse treatment program. Our services include traditional and intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment, residential treatment and a Maternal Infant Health Program.

Positive Images is seeking a Therapist or Limited License Counselor, LLMSW or LMSW to join our team of talented professionals. Part time and full time positions available. This individual should have at least three years subsequent experience working with adults in a mental health / substance abuse / human services facility. We offer full time employees a competitive salary, a paid time off package and health benefits.

If you are interested in this position, please submit your resume to: humanresources@positiveimageinc.org



Maintenance / Driver (Detroit)
Positive Images, Inc., located in Detroit, MI is a licensed substance abuse treatment program. Our services include traditional and intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment, residential treatment and a Maternal Infant Health Program.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Maintenance / Driver individual to join our team of talented professionals. Regular working hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. This individual needs to have a High School diploma and a current Chauffeur's License. This job is a mix of maintenance work and driving. The majority of driving will be on the East side and downtown Detroit. We offer our employees a competitive salary, a paid time off package and health benefits.

If you are interested in this position, please submit your resume and or a letter of interest to humanresources@positiveimageinc.org



Clinical Supervisor (Detroit)
Positive Images, Inc. located in Detroit, MI is a licensed substance abuse treatment program. Our services include traditional and intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment, residential treatment and a Maternal Infant Health Program.

Positive Images is seeking a licensed Clinical Supervisor to oversee the work of Therapists, limited license Counselor's, LLMSW's or LMSW's. This individual should have at least three years as a Clinical Supervisor working with adults in a mental health, substance abuse, human services facility. We offer our employees a competitive salary, a paid time off package and health benefits.

If you are interested in this position, please submit your resume to humanresources@positiveimageinc.org



Development Manager (Wyandotte & Detroit)
Scope: Responsible for implementing agency fund development strategies, including grant proposal writing, in support of agency programs.

Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of 5 to 7 years of progressively responsible fund development experience with a particular emphasis on grant writing, proposal development, program design, and non-profit administration, or a combination of education and experience which is similarly equivalent.
Experience in non-profit philanthropy is preferred.
Knowledge of Wayne County demographics, the needs of low-income persons in Wayne County, and services available to meet those needs.
Ability to assist in the design of social services targeted towards persons facing economic, social, health, age, and educational barriers.
Knowledge of methods to seek and secure funding in support of program operations and the ability to effectively solicit funds through the preparation of funding requests to entities including foundations, state and local governmental entities, and private donors.
If you are interested in this position and you meet the minimum requirements, please visit https://www.irecruit-us.com/jobRequest.php?OrgID=I20141105&RequestID=545cf7869b4b8&source=XML to submit an online application, cover letter, resume and a 1 page case for support writing sample (required to be considered).



Development/Financial Officer (Big Rapids)
The Muskegon River Watershed Assembly, a nonprofit organization in Big Rapids, MI, is seeking a person to accomplish development and financial tasks of the organization. For more information and a job description, please visit www.mrwa.org.



Civic Engagement Manager (Flint)
The Civic Engagement Manager is primarily responsible for the management of the Flint National Service Accelerator Initiative which helps promote the importance of national service members’ and volunteer activities throughout Genesee County. The manager will work with organizations to build their capacity for implementation of national service, summer associates, and volunteer positions and projects. The position will provide capacity building support to national service members through the facilitation of customized workshops, assessments, and networking opportunities. In addition, the manager will assist the City of Flint with the implementation of its national service members and community volunteers; and, work with Director of Community Impact to develop local, regional, and national partnerships to maximize civic engagement opportunities for Genesee County. Education/Training/Experience: Bachelor’s degree in human service, public policy, business administration or related field retired, Masters preferred. Minimum three years’ experience managing projects and volunteers. Familiarity with the nonprofit sector through work experience or volunteering required. Understanding of National Service preferred. Resumes and salary requirements should be emailed to jgaskin@unitedwaygenesee.org no later than December 3, 2014.



Grant Writer (Grandville)
Are you passionate about bringing people to Christ and our role as Christians in philanthropic giving? With an estimated 412 million people in India who have never heard of Jesus Christ, the fields are ripe for harvest. For over 30 years, Mission India has been transforming India through Church Planter Training, Adult Literacy & Children’s Bible Club programs.

We are seeking a Grant Writer who has an enthusiasm for the Great Commission. We are a non-profit mission organization seeking a professional that embraces the importance of this calling and the impact of how fundraising supports our mission. Candidates must have a minimum of 2 years experience in researching and analyzing grant-making organizations, identifying new funding sources, and securing major gifts. It is important for this individual to be proficient in Microsoft Office, have excellent written/verbal communication skills, ability to write clear, structured and persuasive proposals, and have strong editing skills with superb attention to detail.

We are looking for a candidate that excels working in an environment of interfacing with varied groups, individual donors, and departments. Our ministry requires staff that can be effective in a fast-paced and agile organization. Named one of the 2014 Best Christian Workplaces, we offer great benefits and a friendly work environment with people who believe in the mission of the organization and agree to Mission India’s Statement of Faith.

For immediate and confidential consideration, please submit resume and three relevant writing samples online at: http://app.hireology.com/s/30999 Resumes without writing samples included will not be considered.



Director of Client Services (Southfield)
The Director of Client Services is a full-time position that will serve as a key representative for ArtOps (a wholly-owned LLC of Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings) to its clients, partners, and prospects. The position will also provide marketing services to the multiple collaborating organizations. ArtOps provides staff and expertise to non-profit arts organizations, uncovering opportunities to manage and improve their businesses with assistance in strategic planning, board building, development and marketing. ArtOps offers value-driven management options that free organizations to focus on their artistic missions.

Responsibilities:

Serve as primary administrative liaison between ArtOps, clients, and prospective clients;
Work with management team to ensure that staff resources are aligned to deliver the best services to the partners;
Ensure that partners/clients are provided and receiving services at the highest level;
Provide support to the ArtOps Board;
With Executive Director, serve as community spokesperson for ArtOps;
Play a lead role in establishing internal business processes and procedures;
Play a lead role in establishing guidelines for recruiting and accepting new clients;
Assist Director of Marketing & Patron Engagement in marketing projects for ArtOps and clients;
Assist at performances and special events.
Qualifications:

A college degree in the performing or liberal arts, or commensurate professional experience;
At least five years of experience in administration of a non-profit or for-profit business;
The ability to work on a flexible schedule that will include occasional evenings and weekends.
Send resume/cover letter to hoplamazian@detroitchamberwinds.org.



Product Sales Systems & Strategies Analyst (Detroit)
The Product Sales Systems & Strategies Specialist is primarily responsible for the overall management of the department's sale systems, while working closely with staff and volunteers to facilitate effective implementation of new online systems, including Digital Cookie, and other related software products. She/he will be responsible for compiling data from sales systems, and using data to propose and implement new strategies to boost sales in key areas.

Key Responsibilities:

Manage eBudde sales system for the Girl Scout cookie sale.
Manage vendor systems for the nut, candy and magazine sales.
Plan and execute the Council’s launch of Digital Cookie 1.0.
Manage VIP eTraining, the Council’s online product sales training platform.
Develop training materials to help volunteers better utilize online systems.
Extract data from sales systems and prepare requested reports based on current data.
Use sales data to propose, plan and implement new strategies to boost sales.
Provide quality customer service and support to districts, troops, girls and families as related to their use of product sales systems.
Position Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in business, information systems, public administration, or a related field
Experience in database management, especially Microsoft Excel
Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed during peak sale season
Must have valid drivers’ license and reliable transportation
Physical Demands: Occasional lifting of 10-30 pounds.

Send resume to abenitez@gssem.org



Kids' Food Basket - Volunteer Coordinator (Grand Rapids)

Coordinate extensive volunteer program, including managing/tracking/scheduling volunteers for onsite projects/special events.
Provide outstanding customer service to KFB’s volunteer base of 15,000+.
Navigate donor management/volunteer scheduling software.
Responsible for administrative work with this position.
Provide tours/basic orientation for new individuals /groups as requested.
Lead/work with diverse volunteer groups to assist operations department in meeting Sack Supper output goals
Can expect approximately 60% to be scheduling and managing volunteers and 40% direct programming assistance for sack supper program.


Bachelor degree or equivalent work experience required.
Volunteer management experience strongly preferred, (including recruitment and retention efforts).
Exceptional customer service experience required, including excellent interpersonal phone skills with a high level of professionalism.
Outgoing, friendly personality.
Must be able to effectively interact with a diverse population of volunteers from a variety of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, as well as various abilities/disabilities.
Comfort in speaking to groups, making presentations and facilitating projects with up to 40 people.
Organized and detail-oriented in a fast paced, ever changing work environment.
Project and time management.
Microsoft Office required, experience with scheduling software desirable - not required); comfortable typing for multiple hours.
Demonstrate the ability to solve problems, multi-task, and take initiative.
Physical requirements: typical office environment with longer periods of sitting at a computer screen and being able to lift up to 25 lbs.
Duties off-site including local travel, exposure to heat, cold, inclement weather conditions, and standing for periods of time may occur periodically.
Have a basic understanding of hunger and poverty issues in Grand Rapids.
Please send cover letter and resume to: brad@kidsfoodbasket.org.



Executive Director (Southfield)
The National Bone Marrow Transplant Link (nbmtLINK) Southfield, MI. serves patients, caregivers, and families nationally to help them cope with the social and emotional challenges of a bone marrow/stem cell transplant by providing vital information and personalized support services . The Executive Director, (three-quarters time), will be responsible for the leadership and effective functioning all aspects of the nbmtLINK’s operations with a specific focus on fund development.

To apply for this position, register with NPPN online (www.nppn.co/candidates/) and upload your resume and a cover letter addressed to The National Bone Marrow Transport Link.



Senior Lead Accountant (Detroit)
The Senior Accountant assists the Chief Officer in the day-to-day operation of the department and has primary responsibility for all facets of revenue accounting. The incumbent is responsible for processing transactions and adjustments necessary to maintain an accurate general ledger. This position coordinates the month end closing process and reconciles bank accounts and other subsidiary ledgers/accounts to the month end ledger balance. The Senior Accountant generates financial reports and assists the CFO with tax reporting for the organization.

The incumbent provides supervision and direction to the Accountant and Accounts Payable function.

Bachelor's degree in Business, Finance, Accounting or related degree is required; MBA is a plus Five (5) years experience in public and/or private accounting
Not-For- Profit Fund Accounting experience is required Experience with financial systems Financial Edge accounting software is preferable Advanced Excel skills required Strong detail orientation, mathematical and analytical skills are a must

Send resume and cover letter to our recruiter at:

PERSONNA UNLIMITED
personnaul@gmail.com

EEO/D/M/V Employer



Executive Director (Rochester)
Executive Director - Neighborhood House, Inc., a nonprofit human service organization, seeks an energetic, committed and experienced leader. Neighborhood House serves the greater Rochester & Auburn Hills, Michigan areas by helping our neighbors-in-crisis move towards self-sufficiency. Primary programs and services include emergency food, clothing, transportation, financial assistance and counseling. Reference www.ranh.org for full description of services provided.

Executive Director responsibilities include • Providing leadership to carry out the RANH mission and its many human service programs • Act as the main spokesperson for RANH. • Manage and supervise RANH employees. • Plan and manage financials In coordination with the Board of Directors • Lead RANH to grow financially and expand community reach of services.

Qualifications • Bachelor’s Degree in human services-related field, Masters or other relevant advanced degree preferred. • Non-profit management experience or equivalent, including supervising staff, program development and management, implementing strategic planning efforts and goals, managing multiple grants/contracts, creating and implementing budgets. • Excellent oral and written communication and public speaking skills. • Successful fund development, grant writing and fundraising experience. • Competent computer skills (Outlook, Word, Excel, QuickBooks, PowerPoint, Access) • Experience working with staff, the public and a Board of Directors.

Send resume and cover letter with references & salary requirements to RANHposition@gmail.com by December 15, 2014.



Vice President for Advancement (Midland)
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy seeks a vice president for advancement to lead its fundraising team. Responsibilities include establishing fundraising strategies and goals, donor cultivation and solicitation, management of annual giving campaigns, advancement publications, grant requests, fundraising events, and fundraising recordkeeping. Qualified candidates will have outstanding communication skills, a proven track record of successful fundraising through personal solicitation, the ability to lead a team, and willingness to travel extensively throughout the State of Michigan. Compensation will be commensurate with ability and experience. A more detailed job description is available at www.mackinac.org/17285. To apply, send a resume and cover letter to careers@mackinac.org.



Quality Assurance Manager (Pontiac)
Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network (OIHN) is a 501c3 Federally Qualified Health Center - Look-Alike (FQHC-LA) dedicated to meeting the health and wellness needs of vulnerable populations of Oakland County through the provision of comprehensive, integrated primary medical, dental, and behavioral health care.

Reporting to the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), the full-time Quality Assurance Manager is a member of a high performing clinical team and provides management and direction for Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement at Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network (OIHN). The QA Manager is responsible for day-to-day management of Quality Assurance standards and oversight and implementation of Quality Improvement projects. The QA Manager is responsible to the CMO for QA/QI and administrative functions.

Qualifications:
Education: BS/BA degree in nursing, public health or related degree, or equivalent experience. Masters degree is preferred.
Experience: Minimum 3-5 years of related healthcare experience, with 1-3 years of direct experience in quality assurance strongly preferred.
Licensure/Certification: Must possess valid driver’s license. If a nurse, must possess a current, unencumbered, active license to practice in the State of Michigan.

Please email cover letter and resume to hr@oihn.org.



Resources Acquisitions & Community Relations Officer (Pontiac)
Medium sized, well established non-profit human services agency located in Pontiac seeks a Resources Acquisitions & Community Relations Officer. 3-5 years experience in executing and organizing outreach efforts to acquire in-kind and cash donations to support programs including a food pantry and residential program. Valid driver's license & ability to drive a must. Ability to load & unload up to 50 lbs a plus. The ability to educate, recruit and steward donors a must. Ideal candidate will be highly proficient in developing and maintaining a robust and loyal donor and volunteer base, flexible and able to work with various constituencies. Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge and Microsoft Office a plus. Excellent oral and written communications skills required. Competitive salary and benefits package. Equal Opportunity Employer. Send resume to perkinsloc@gmail.com or fax to 248 335-1008.



Donor Engagement Specialist (Detroit)
The Children’s Center of Wayne County leads the way in providing an integrated approach to community mental health that treats the whole child and the whole family.

The Children’s Center of Wayne County is seeking a Donor Engagement Specialist in our Philanthropy Program:

This position will be responsible for some the following:

Primary responsibility for maintaining Raiser’s Edge donor database of more than 18,000 records.
Primary responsibility for processing all gifts received by the Philanthropy team according to established operating and finance procedures.
To assist with annual fundraising campaigns, mailings and publications.
To qualify for this position you will need:

Bachelor’s degree preferred.
Mandatory and extensive knowledge of Raiser’s Edge donor management software, with emphasis on processing and coding gift
Expertise in the Microsoft Suite of products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, with emphasis on advanced skills in Word and Excel. Be proficient in Microsoft Visio and Project.
Knowledgeable in prospect research with a preference for Wealth Engine experience.
A history of strong customer service support is required.
Benefits we offer
medical, dental, and vision coverage - Life & dependent life insurance - 403(b) Thrift Plan with Employer Match - Staff continuing education reimbursement - Longevity pay - 160 hours of paid time off your first year - 10 paid holidays

If you are interested in becoming part of our team, please submit your resume on-line by logging onto our website at http://www.thechildrenscenter.com/about-us/career-opportunities/
Equal Employment Opportunity



Executive Director (Detroit)
Overview: To assist the Board of Directors, staff and volunteers to implement and direct resource development, including identification of funding prospects, collaboration with foundations and funding agencies 1)Fundraising-oversees fundraising, planning, and implementation, including identifying resource requirements, researching funding sources, establishing strategies to approach foundations and funding entities, submitting proposals and administering fundraising records.
2)Work with the Board of Directors and it committee to assist it in its governance role of the agency. This will include implementing policies adopted by the Board of Director 3)Financial, Facilities Management---insures PCS is fiscally sound, recommends yearly budget for board approval and prudently manages organization resources within those budget guidelines, recommending increase in funding for programs and disbanding of programs which are not fiscally viable.
4)Program and Service delivery--- working with the Board of Directors to plan, develop and implement a program of human services which will fulfill the mission of People’s Community Services to serve neighborhoods, individuals and families most in need.
5)Research the needs of the Community – research and spearhead the development of a long range plan for the agency and the services it provides 6)Board Administration and support---develop with the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors a balanced budget which will implement the programs of People’s Community Services.
7)Human Resource Management--- Primary person responsible for recruiting, hiring, supervising, and evaluating the staff of People’s Community Services.
8)Facility Management--- accountable for the maintenance and operation of all agencies facilities.
Please email resume to: Pecose420@gmail.com or fax to (313)554-3113


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Friday, November 21, 2014

FREE 3rd Annual Detroit Red Carpet Backyard BBQ at Masonic Temple - SATURDAY 11/22

Shumake Family and Friends Foundation Aims to feed 10,000 of Detroit’s Homeless Community this Holiday Season...

With over 20,000 homeless citizens in the city of Detroit, Shumake Family and Friends Foundation will kick off the 2014 holiday season with their 3rd Annual Detroit Red Carpet Backyard BBQ for the Homeless and Hungry on November 22nd.

The event is free and open to the public from 11 AM – 5 PM.

Taking place at the historic Masonic Temple, 500 Temple St, Detroit, MI 48201, this one day event will once again provide meals for up to 10,000 low-income and homeless citizens in the Detroit and Metro-Detroit communities.

As an official National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week event, The Detroit Red Carpet Backyard BBQ aims to put an end to Homelessness and Hunger by providing healthy, hot-cooked meals prepared by Celebrity Chef, Jeff Toney, distribute blankets from Radio One's "Warm Detroit" Blanket Drive, provide live entertainment, human service agency vendors, and health screenings.

“With the negative publicity surrounding Detroit as a "bankrupt City", through this event, we’ve seen the exact opposite represented. There is unlimited wealth and prosperity that exists in the hearts and spirits of Detroiter's. That is what the Detroit Red Carpet Backyard BBQ is all about. It embodies the spirit of Detroit,” said Robert Shumake, Chair of the Shumake Family Friends Foundation and Event Founder.

Hosted by world-renowned Comedian Horace H.B. Sanders, this event is one the entire family can enjoy. Joining Horace, the event will also feature appearances and live performances by other VIPs including Grammy & Stellar Award Winner Dorinda Clark Cole. The dynamic DPS All City High School Marching Band will also perform. Other distinguished guests scheduled to attend include, Trinidad & Tobago Ambassador, Dr. Neil Parsan and Councilwoman Brenda Jones. Year-after-year community leaders, citizens and avid supporters of Detroit, continue to be eager to partake in such a rewarding cause.

“We are excited to give back to the people of this great city and appreciate what the organizers of the Detroit Backyard BBQ are doing to make our city's homeless population feel special and cared for," said Reginald Humphries, Senior Manager within General Motors Supplier Diversity division.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE 3RD ANNUAL DETROIT RED CARPET BACKYARD BBQ


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HOME: 11 Guest Bedroom Essentials to create a Hotel-like Retreat for the Holidays #BBNshops #ad

Find out how to turn a plain guest bedroom into a hotelilike retreat that any overnight holiday guest will love...

Whether by plane, train, or by automobile,  most people will be traveling across the country to visit friends and family for the upcoming holidays. And soon that unused guest bedroom in your home will become a home-away-from-home for a few of your loved-ones.

While you don't want your loved-ones to over stay their welcome, you do want them to be comfy and cozy while they are in your home.  That's why BOOMbox Network has partnered with me to sponsor the following guide (which contains affiliate links) listing 11 guest room essentials for creating a hotel-like retreat that your guests will love this holiday season:
  1. Custom blanket - A custom blanket that says "Welcome" would be instantly heartwarming. Or personalize or monogram it any way you'd like. Order it here.
  2. Custom pillows - It's easy to add color and custom designer touches to the guest bedroom (or the entire home!) with this service by LoomDecor.com. Simply click a pillow style and customize it with the fabric of your choice. Also consider creating your own custom designs in bedding and window treatments. It takes about two weeks from order to delivery. Start designing here.
  3. Bamboo towel set - Bamboo fiber is incredibly soft and absorbent. Bamboo towels are an addition to the guest bedroom that will make your guests feel pampered. Buy them here.
  4. Unisex bathrobe - A Turkish cotton bathrobe that will only get softer with every wash. A must for every guest room. Find it here.
  5. Fold-able luggage rack - So your guests can get their suitcase off the floor and more accessible. This one accommodates a smaller bag on the bottom shelf. Check it out and other models here.
  6. Reed diffuser - An elegant way to freshen up a room. Guest will certainly enjoy the distinctive scents developed by Nest Fragrances. Buy it here.
  7. Orchid in vase (a faux) - You could get the real thing, but this faux orchid will last forever. And look beautiful that whole time. Check it out.
  8. Bedside water carafe - A simple, colorful glass bedside carafe will brighten up the room and be useful too. Find it here.
  9. Wireless charging station and clock - Your guests forgot their chargers? No worries, small electronics can be charged here. The wireless charging station also doubles as a clock. Find out more here.
  10. Sample organic spa gift set - A beautifully packaged set of sample beauty products by Hollybeth Organics. All true beauty USDA Organic Certified products that smell amazing. Order the spa gift set here.
  11. Mattress topper - Offer your guests luxurious slumber for the price of a fluffy mattress topper. Shop for it here.
And in order to make your guests feel extra special, consider offering some spa-like amenities, such as this aromatherapy eye pillow, to make them feel extra relaxed and so happy to be in your home instead of a generic hotel room.

So which items on the list are your favorites???

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Boombox Network . The opinions and text are all mine.



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Thursday, November 20, 2014

HOME: How I'm using Social Media to Update my Blue and Pink 1943 Bathroom

I love these bathroom fixtures...
After 16 years, my home could use a little TLC...

I can still remember the first time that I set foot in my home.  I had been looking to buy a single family house for a while and I hated everything that my real estate agent was showing me. I did not think that I was asking for much - just 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, 2 big closets in the master bedroom, forced heat, central air, tall ceilings, hardwood floors throughout, and a quiet manicured neighborhood.  Now looking back I see that really was a tall list of wants.

My home hit all the wants on my long list and it has served my well over the last 16 years.  But now it is starting to show its age.  After 14 years of my son's abuse, the rooms are not as pristine as they used to be. Things are looking a little stale and a little worn.

Now I don't have the stomach, nor the funds, for a total redo.  My plans entail more of a freshening since I still love the overall way my home looks.  And I know just where I want to start - in my pink and blue bathroom.

Yes, my bathroom sink is blue, but it has grown on me - not so much the 10 year old faucet...
Now I am sure that you are probably grimacing from the color combo that I just mentioned, but my bathroom's decor has grown on me over the years and I love my original circa 1943 blue pedestal sink and pink tile work on the floor and walls. But what I don't like are the fixtures. My shower head and sink faucets have seen better days. My sink faucet is over 10 years old and my shower head is over older and replacing them is where I plan to start my updating.

I love beautiful faucets and fixtures since I think they are like the jewelry of a home.  I have been having a great time using social media sites like Pinterest and Houzz to put together design boards of shower heads and bathroom faucets that catch my eye. And I am finding that I can purchase beautiful fixtures at all price points.

I love the bathroom design ideas that I get using Houzz...
Social Media makes Home Project Organizing Easy....
I especially love using the Houzz app on my iPad since it contains tons of beautiful photos of professionally designed bathrooms of all sizes, shapes, and costs.  Houzz allows you to create an account and make idea books to organize all the photos that you want to keep.  It also allows you to upload your own photos to be part of the idea books.

I love using Pinterst Boards for organizing my Home ideas...
In addition to Houzz, I love using Pinterest Boards since they can be used to share ideas and collaborate with others.  If you want to see some of the bathroom fixture ideas that I have pinned thus far, you can check them out at http://www.pinterest.com/freeismylife

So watch out for upcoming posts as I figure out how I am going to update my bathroom fixtures.  And if you have any tips to share about how you have updated your own bathroom fixtures, be sure to leave them in the comment below...


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