NIAW 2015 and Giuliana Rancic

Clockwise from Top: The note I wrote to the Rancics, Priceless Life's silver double sided hangtag pendant by Good Charma Inc, my photo op with Giuliana.

Clockwise from Top:
The note I wrote to the Rancics;  Priceless Life Fund Inc.’s silver double sided hangtag pendant by Good Charma Inc. ;my photo op with Giuliana.

By Tara Cushing (@TheBravoBlonde)

Sunday kicked off National Infertility Awareness week, a cause that is extremely close to my heart. After struggling to conceive my sons I swore that I would do something to help others in the same situation and so I partnered with Good Charma to design an infertility awareness pendant. In October 2013 I launched Priceless Life Fund Inc. with Lindsey, Jack, and Lisa, all people I met during my IF journey. It’s been our mission to get people to Tag themselves with our hangtag silver pendant in the name of Infertility awareness. Recently one wearer, who just had twins, told me she felt her necklace brought her luck. It was a real feel good moment for me.

Priceless Life Fund Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization that takes the money collected from both our necklace sales and direct donations and puts it in a fund that will grow for us to help somebody pay for IVF  treatment that is not covered by their health insurance. Right now we are working on what we call a Million Penny Miracle, you can check it out here.Launching a charity is probably the toughest thing I’ve ever done, it’s not easy to get people on board, and so we’ve tried to get some celebrities to tag themselves. Our latest was somebody who has been very instrumental in spreading the word about infertility.

When I found out Giuliana Rancic was going to be signing copies of her new book Going Off Script at one of my favorite local bookstores, I knew my chance had finally come to thank her for being outspoken about her infertility experience, and to let her know that Priceless Life Fund Inc. is here and anxious to help others. I have to say she exceeded my expectations. I’ve been to many celeb meet and greets and some are so happy to see their fans and others, umm well, are there simply because their literary agent made them. The line for Giuliana didn’t move as fast as most, but that’s because she really took the time to talk to every person on it. She really is a lovely woman and my goodness is she tall! With such a small frame one expects her to be petite, but she has major height even on 5’7″ me as you can see from the photo. (For all you skinny shamers, she’s skinny, but she doesn’t look unhealthy in person. She really just has a very delicate bone structure.)

When it was my turn I gave Giuliana one of PLF’s very special sterling silver necklaces and thanked her for being outspoken about her struggle to conceive her son Duke. She thanked me not only for the necklace, but for fighting for those who desperately want to be parents but can’t afford the treatments. “It is SO expensive,” she said. This goes to show just how costly this can be. Not that I know what Giuliana Rancic has in her bank account, but my guess is it’s more than the average person. Now if she thinks it’s expensive, imagine how it seems to somebody with a more modest income. That’s why we started Priceless Life Fund Inc.

For more information about Priceless Life Fund Inc. you can follow us on twitter @pricelesslife1 and hook up with us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pricelesslifefund.

To order our exclusive sterling silver necklace (all proceeds to charity) or make a direct donation visit our website priceless life.org.

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TBB Holiday Gift Guide and Giveaway 2014

It’s here! Holiday season is back again and we are bringing back some of our favorite vendors (plus a new one or two!) for our annual Holiday Gift Guide! We’ve got special deals just for you for being a TBB reader. All of our participants have programmed promo code TBB2014 into their websites to give you exclusive savings.

But, that’s not all!  Three lucky readers will be chosen randomly to win one of these cool items! Read on to find out which one and how!

 

Item 1: The gift with a purpose:

I founded Priceless Life Fund inc with three other people. Our common thread is infertility animaged the fight to not only overcome it, but make it known that life should be priceless for all. The goal of our 501 (c) 3 organization is to help couples afford treatments which often are not covered by insurance. You don’t have to have suffered IF to sport our cool necklace. The sterling silver beauty is double sided, that’s right, two necklaces in one! On an 18″ chain, the entire piece is manufactured by Good Charma.  All proceeds from the sale go to help couples afford the gift of parenthood. Go to pricelesslife.org and enter code TBB2014 to get 15% off through December 20th, 2014.
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Item 2: The gift with a conscience:

The folks at floridasoapcompany.com strive to make the earth a better place. By using all natural vegan ingredients, their luxurious spa quality bath products are sure to please everybody. If you have somebody on your gift list who demands only the purest, and who wouldn’t, treat them to a basket of goodies from Florida Soap Company. Get 15% off until December 20, 2014 with code TBB2014.

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Item 3: The gift of glamour:

Who doesn’t need a little bit of old style Hollywood glamour in her life? The wrapadoo.com line of spa and home products give you glamour, comfort, and convenience. The brand’s head and body wraps are designed to keep you warm, dry, and fashionable when you are just out of the shower. A MUST have for putting on your makeup before an event, the wraps will keep your hair out of your face and makeup off your clothes. Want a little something in the bedroom? Spring for a luxurious Wrapadoo  throw. Whether you are in the bath, at the beach, or in your boudoir Wrapadoo will keep you wrapped in luxury. It’s the perfect gift for the girl who has almost everything, just ask the ladies of The Real Housewives of Orange County. Get 20% off until December 20, 2014 with code TBB2014.

imageItem 4: The gift of luck:

Good Charma is a luxury designer known for bringing good luck to the wearer and a favorite of The Real Housewives of New York City‘s Heather Thomson  and Carole Radziwill. Each charm is crafted in Bali of the finest sterling silver and gold vermeil. The pieces are all symbolic with images of love, peace, luck and positive energy. Said to “bring good luck to those who wear it“, GC ‘s designs are perfect to bestow on your loved ones for a prosperous 2015. Use code TBB2014 at goodcharma.com now to receive 20% off until December 20, 2014.

imageItem 5: The gift for him:

…or her! The EBeanie from whatsgoodebeanie.com will please everybody on your list. Trendy techie? Check! Tough to please teenager? Check! On the go athlete? Check! They will all love this stylish and functional way to keep warm, look cool, and stay in touch. The comfy skull cap hides a Bluetooth device that links to your smartphone. Chat and listen to your fave tunes hands free! Take it in the car, to the game, or on a run. When it needs a wash just pull the unit and its attached headphones  out of the hidden pocket and toss it in the machine. Comes with an easy to use charger. Get 25% off until December 20, 2014 with code TBB2014. We actually think this gift is so perfectly suited for everybody on your list that we are giving away three black What’s Good EBeanies, courtesy of What’s Good LLC, to three lucky readers. To enter leave a comment on this page and tell us who you would like to give an EBeanie to this holiday season!

*Congrats to Laura and Seth for winning the Ebeanies! Your prizes will ship Wednesday 12/17/14 !

imageItem 6: The gift of taste:

You all I know I love to cook and recently a friend turned me onto Poca’s Hottest, a line of all natural specialty sauces, seasonings, and marinades that hail from Florida. They source their ingredients from local growers and each creative name, flavor, and label was inspired by a local Floridian band. A portion of each Poca’s Hottest sale is donated to musical non-profit organizations in Florida. From now through December 20th enjoy 15% off your pocashottest.com order with code TBB2014. Gift wrapping is available on Poca’s products as well!

imageItem 7: The gift of warmth

Vincent Van Gogh said “…and what is done in love, is well done”; and this applies to the carefully constructed knits from Midwest Crochet. Founder “Crochet” Michele left a career in television to pursue her 30 year passion for crochet. The results of that transition are colorful, cozy, and sturdy scarves, hats, and ponchos. Her designs are worn and loved by the likes of Kristen Johnston, Melissa Gorga, and Kathy Wakile. In fact you have seen her magnificent cowl neck scarf (a staple in my own wardrobe) on The Real Housewives of New Jersey. I get compliments each time I wear a Midwest Crochet design. Right now get 20% off at midwestcrochet.com and crochetconcepts.etsy.com with code TBB2014 through December 20th. Please note, because Michele’s designs are handmade, orders must be placed before 12/5/14 to be shipped in time for Christmas delivery. Any order placed after 12/5 will ship after 1/1/15.

 

*TBBReality.com has partnered with the above companies to bring you these special offers. All offers are good until 12/20/14. TBB does not guarantee shipping in time for holidays. Shipping rates and windows are determined by each individual vendor and vary on vendor stock and when order is placed. TBB will never share or sell your email to a third party. TBB will never email you directly unless it is to notify you that you have won a contest.

 

 

And Then There Were Two…

Above: a second awning hangs inside Angelo's of Little Italy. Below: Team TBB meets for the first and last time.

Above: a second awning hangs inside Angelo’s of Little Italy. Below: Team TBB meets for the first and last time.

Last Saturday was a monumental evening for TBB. After nearly two years of working together we finally met Lesley Rousso (@MommyRou) in person. If that seems weird (and what isn’t in the age of social media?) what is even weirder is that there was no “Nice to meet you” or any awkwardness of a first time encounter. The conversation just picked up like we were all old friends, and in some ways we are.

It’s amazing how much you can get to know somebody over the internet. I almost understand how some people get swooped up into these love affairs with imprisoned strangers they never met. Via your Wifi and cellphone strangers can become besties…they are even meeting for hugs now via some bizarre new app. I’m not about to go hugging strangers, but it was all I could do to hug Lesley like she was a long lost sister. In some ways it felt like I really was meeting one.

Twitter has lead me to some pretty awesome people who will forever be part of my life, especially those who spent some time at TBB. Former intern Drew still checks in with me from his new home in LA and I plan to continue to track him as he chases down all of his dreams. He’s totally going to be big, I know it. If you haven’t seen the last post yet then you may not know that Brent Osborne (@HousewifeGuy) has also flown the coop. Even though he’s been gone less than a week, I still chat with him constantly. Our meeting Lesley was the high of our celebration dinner, the low was saying goodbye to an extraordinarily talented young man who is also going to tackle his dreams in huge ways. Seriously, Brent and Drew I would not be shocked if some day either of you ends up being my boss! In fact I would love it!

So as we celebrated Lesley’s birthday and gifted her with some Good Charma, we also celebrated Brent and all he has done for us, and all he is and forever will be to us. He will always be part of our family. However, there was another event unfolding. With Brent’s absence we need to make some changes. We thought about bringing in some new people, but the problem is when you’ve worked with the best, the bar is set pretty high. So what are two blonde moms who watch too much Bravo left to do?

The answer is simple, to continue delivering what you expect from us. Real life, real laughs, and real encounters with the stars of Reality Television. Of course with two really girly girls at the helm things might get a little more, to quote Wendy Williams, soft and pink. So in the coming weeks you’ll see some changes. Girls just want to have fun, and so we will be doing lots of that and hope you will come along for the ride. The last thing we ever want this site to feel like is work. Not for us and not for you, the reader.

So buckle up it’s about to get crazy in here! Speaking of crazy, it was the blonde leading the blonde last weekend when we both obliviously scheduled our meeting at Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Rino Aprea‘s Angelo’s in Little Italy during the busiest weekend of the NY Italian year. Neither one of us realized that the world famous Feast Of San Gennaro was still in full effect. As I was exiting the door my mother, who was here to babysit the blondelets, said, “Have fun at the feast.” Wha-wha-what? Silly me didn’t know the thing went on across two weekends. The hubs, Brent, and I ended up stuck in major traffic. Les and Darren left midtown on the late side. I feared our table would be gone. I called Angelo’s to tell them we’d be late.

After nudging 99 people in the street with my second hand Louis Vuitton I made it to the famous 100+ year old restaurant with the blue and white awning. The line outside was insane! But hey, our reservation was secured for us by Teresa Aprea. We walked right in and partied at the bar until our table was ready…which considering the timing and that we were a half hour late was not a long wait at all.

Angelo’s is clearly a place that is a tourist and local favorite. Right across from the bar was a table of New York’s Bravest (that’s the FDNY ). Firefighters in the Big Apple are notorious foodies. If you see them dining somewhere you know you’re in a good place to chow down. We loved the rice balls, calamari, and my gnocchi was the right consistency…lots of places get it wrong. The husband felt his steak was medium, though he wanted it medium rare, so if you go, just really stress how you like your meat. And no worries, we didn’t see Rino and his interesting underwear choices anywhere.

Loads and loads of thanks and hugs and kisses to Teresa! My dear I had no idea that I was asking you to squeeze in five of us during TFSG! You are amazeballs!