keep your flame strong

A candle lit for safety and swift recovery for all our sisters, families, and friends harmed by storm Sandy.

Good Morning Houston

 View from my room. Cooler temperatures. Some fun, I mean sun:)


Color Me Happy

Late last night, Holly and Jamie were still hard at work putting up the MODA booth. Round of applause for such a beautifully designed space!

 Color me happy. My favorite color is still MODA.

 Yum, dinner is about ready. Fresh-caught fake filet.


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Live from Houston Quilt Market!

Setting up the Moda booth for the grand opening tomorrow. The theme this year? “MY FAVORITE COLOR IS MODA.” The booth is FULL of color! Here’s a photo of the paint sticks surrounding the booth. Adorable idea.

And then, TA-DA! Color me happy. “Madge, looky there. It’s a real live trailer in the convention center adorned with MaryJane’s new fabric collection—Glamping.”

“And I hear MaryJane will be there on Sunday signing her new book.”

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Hallmark – Home & Family Episode – see it here!

For those of you who couldn’t tune into the show, here are my tips for glamping.

behind-the-scenes of Home & Family

And here they are. The much-awaited, behind-the-scenes photos from my spot on the Hallmark Channel’s new show, Home & Family, hosted by Mark Steines and Paige Davis. Thanks for tuning in:)

how charming

Hope you all caught my spot on the Hallmark Channel’s new show, Home & Family, last Friday. We had a fantastic time on set with Mark, Paige, and crew discussing how easy and fun it is to glamp in your backyard. For those of you who couldn’t catch it, stay tuned and we’ll post some clips from the show in the next couple of days. Don’t forget, there’s still time to enter to win the Mountain Rose Herbs Pampered Glamper Kit.

And what’s more?

Wine not, my dear readers.

I have swag for you.

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Home Sweet Farm

You know you’re in Universal City when your hotel decor is all about …

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Girl Rising

News flash!

There’s a must-see movie in the works, girlfriends …

It’s called Girl Rising.

The title grabbed me right from the get-go, and the more I learn about it, the more hooked I become. It’ll be an experience that none of us will want to miss. My passion for thinking globally was renewed recently when Oprah aired re-runs of her interviews of young women for her school in Africa. What they said and how they described their lives and talked about the JOY that education brings them had me sobbing all over again. (This time I recorded it for my daughter and grandgirls to watch.)

Girl Rising was created by the 10×10 global action campaign for girls’ education in order to share the extraordinary stories of 10 girls from 10 countries who are fighting to overcome impossible odds on the road to realizing their dreams of education.

By Jorge Royan (CC-BY-SA-3.0) / Wikimedia Commons

Directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, the film was also written by 10 celebrated writers and narrated by 10 renowned actresses, including Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington, and Selena Gomez.

That’s what I call star power!

“[We’re] telling a story that might not be captured in a traditional documentary,” says 10×10. “A voice for girls who might otherwise never be heard.”

Girl Rising is scheduled for theatrical release in March 2013, and will also air on CNN and CNN International in May.

But you don’t have to wait that long to get a taste. Head to the 10×10 site today and watch the movie trailer.

Again and again.

By Jorge Royan (CC-BY-SA-3.0) / Wikimedia Commons

If the trailer whets your appetite for more (and I know it will), then dig deeper into 10×10, and get to know what’s going on behind the scenes of the movie.

This incredible organization is all about building worldwide support for girls’ education by spreading the message far and wide, from corporate boardrooms to rural villages, and changing minds about the importance of educating girls.

Why girls?

As if we have to ask!

Research has proven that educated girls dramatically improve the well-being of their families, their communities, and their countries. 10×10 believes that educating girls:

  • reduces poverty
  • reduces child mortality
  • reduces population growth
  • reduces HIV infection rates
  • changes the conditions that lead to terrorism
  • reduces corruption

Want to get more involved?