About me… Be a seed for change

babymeAbout Me

I am a Mom, earned BA and all opinions if any, are my own. I support President Barack Obama and while I do tweet deals I look for them too. I am a buyer/seller/user of new, vintage and gently used household items. I have been a part of the work force since age 18, after experiencing some issues with some folks, I had to quickly learn and become an Activist/Advocate for my children, my family, and myself.

I come from a fishing hunting based family and as a kid I ran track, was a song dance and cheerleader, a gymnast with 10yrs of dance training, love reading, music, food, gorgeous men and movies – Not necessarily in that order. I grew up wearing hand-me-downs as a kid. Unlike most, all the women in my family had/have great taste, we all sew and two of my sisters were fashionistas, all influenced by designers like Donna Karan, Albert Nippon, Mizrahi and Diane Von Furstenberg among others and they all definitely had a significant impact on my love for fashion over the years. I definitely redesigned all my hand-me-down Levis jeans, shortened skirts, dresses and made rompers for summer while at home. When I left home, I became an avid designer & thrift shopper while in college. I have to be honest, where I come from designer and great thrift shopping was an unknown entity, but the move to the city changed that. The city screamed Urban and Thrift shops were everywhere, the prices and the fashion choices beyond right. I say avid because shopping is definitely a sport and by definition avid means having an ardent desire marked by a keen interest and enthusiasm, which describes my state of my mind when I shop for designer and or thrift. After becoming a part of the work force my shopping changed to more designer brands and the thrift shopper waned …not forgotten but my preference changed over the years. Then life stepped in and I became a single parent, which was definitely lifestyle change. It forced me into taking a step backward to look at what is important.

So, going back to shopping … shabby chic and on to refurbishing consignment etc. I cannot begin to tell people how compelled I feel sometimes, to take home- reclaim pieces sitting on the curbside that have absolutely nothing wrong or a slight flaw that might need a little work or that my kids have been beyond embarrassed at times and thankful as well after getting a great reclaimed repurposed item. Yes, we are at a time when going back to the basics makes sense, yet this is not why I recycle, reclaim, or push reuse to be sure and I do not take every piece for obvious reasons. It is important to say that living a more sustainable lifestyle is just more cost effective, it was the way my family lived. My mom, who along with some friends were green living activists in our neighborhood and advocates for those in need, they quilted blankets, jarred, smoked and pickled all kinds of fish but mostly salmon, made soap, and when making soap became too tedious my mom and friends collected “leftover” slivers of soap; created both liquid and bar soap. Hey, do not forget the marble; anyway, my mom recycled everything that can be and anything biodegradable was usually used in her garden -she lived a green life.

photo 1My mom was a teacher while in Florida, she moved from FL to Washington alone, to find a better place to bring up my sibs( 3kids) while my dad worked, they both worked hard over the years to maintain a household of 10 staying active in the community, registered voters, and attended marches for civil, women and human rights with a focus on VETS. mymommieYes, we all had chores but her garden of greens, herbs, etc. worked only by her and often accompanied by food from the fishing and hunting trips family friends etc. went on. My mom was and still is my DIY Mentor and I think about her every day like most children. I definitely was a hand-full as a kid and though none of us could fill her shoes, we definitely reflect upon her as our mentor and power source. After years of watching others be subjected to and having experienced discrimination myself in school and in the workforce I felt a need to stand up against, help mobilize and find solutions for issues like discrimination, child care, landlord tenant/union and worker rights, which came very easy. My grams, pictured below … had her own business .. this is amazing and definitely makes you wonder … she was born in 1893, here she is with her fresh pearls, handmade dress and matching hat! told  she was definitely a force to be reckoned with.    mygrammie

I cannot say Katrina led immediately to,” Be a Seed for Change”, but life experiences, several business ideas and names later had a profound impact on wanting to live a more socially conscious lifestyle.   I can say my family history and a combination of what I have learned loved and have several years of experience in becomes apart of who you are , the job doesn’t define you, but the interests of living green is a choice to go full circle and includes, but not limited to: buying/selling new, vintage, gently used clothes, sewing, recycling, Public Defenders as a docket clerk, started a food bank program at one of my first jobs, onsite Worker Rights Rep., Child Care Canvasser/Organizer, worked in Conference housing, Customer Service , Cold Calling, Brand/Marketing Rep and several years in the Event Industry — Booking Events, Venue Tours, Event Set-up/Tear down, facility management and yes, janitorial duties as well.


mewithmakeupbigfaceBe a Seed for Change

Virtual Thrift Shop Owner

Act locally ~~ Aim globally  BabyMikel

     Living & Blogging about a Eco-Conscious Life Style


   Reuse Redecorate Re-purpose Reclaim

~~ Reduce ~~

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Mikaela is dying

My wife Mikaela is dying of kidney cancer, but a new drug could save her life. Please sign my petition asking drug companies BMS, Merck, and Genentech to give Mikaela access to this medicine.

Mikaela was my high school sweetheart, my college girlfriend, and we got married the summer after she and I graduated from rival schools: Berkeley and Stanford. For my entire adult life, she has been my home. Two years into married life, she was diagnosed with a rare type of kidney cancer. Now Mikaela could die, and I am fighting to get access to a new drug that could give us a chance at saving her life.

Mikaela received her diagnosis last fall. After six months of treatment, we are running out of options. We found out about a new kind of breakthrough drug being tested by several pharmaceutical companies that is set to revolutionize treatment for many cancers, including kidney cancer. We’ve tried to get into many clinical trials for this drug, but because Mikaela has a very rare subtype of cancer, she’s been deemed ineligible.

But then we got new hope: an oncologist at Stanford agreed to oversee Mikaela’s care if one of the drug companies that manufactures this new drug, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Merck, or Genentech, would agree to give Mikaela access to the drug under a “compassionate use” program.

I started a petition on Change.org asking Bristol-Myers Squibb, Merck, and Genentech to give Mikaela access to the drug that could save her life. Will you click here to sign?

We’ve been trying everything we can think of to help Mikaela get access to this new drug. Then her doctors suggested we start a petition, because other patients have had success that way. In fact, just a couple of weeks ago, a 7-year-old boy in Virginia got access to a new cancer drug after his family started a petition. 

I’m not a radical person; I’m just deeply in love with Mikaela. We’re not starting this petition looking for a battle. We’re looking for allies in the battle we’re already fighting. 

Mikaela is only 25 years old. We have so much left to do in our lives. I can’t lose her knowing that there is medicine out there that could save her life if only she could access it. Medicine, mind you, that will be FDA approved and the new gold standard for kidney cancer treatment by 2015.

Please sign my petition calling on Bristol-Myers Squibb, Merck, and Genentech to give Mikaela access to the drug that could save her life.

After you sign, join our community and help us fight. We rely upon our followers to help us give Mikaela a chance.

Thank you for helping me fight for the love of my life. Mikaela and I appreciate it more than we can say.

Keith Knapp
Folsom, California

A Breaking Confirmati​on, Four Days to Enroll, and Celebratin​g Cesar Chavez

whitehouselogoWe are proud to announce that the Senate just confirmed Maria Contreras-Sweet as our next Administrator of the Small Business Administration. President Obama applauded her confirmation, stating:

“With the bipartisan confirmation of Maria Contreras-Sweet as the next Administrator of the Small Business Administration, the American people will have a fierce champion who understands what it means to start a small business, and who has a proven track record of helping other small businesses succeed. … Two years ago I elevated the role of Small Business Administrator to a cabinet-level position to make sure small businesses have the seat at the table they deserve.”

In other news, there are only four days left to get health insurance coverage for 2014 at HealthCare.gov or at CuidadoDeSalud.gov before enrollment ends on March 31. Celebrities like Eva Longoria and America Ferrera are doing their part to educate Latinos about the importance of health care. So what can you do to spread the word? If you already have health insurance, tell your friends, family, and co-workers that they need to get covered, too. Visit WH.gov/GetCovered for tips on how to spread the word.

If you haven’t signed up yet, the President wants you to get covered today. As the President says, “No one’s invincible. We all get sick, or get into accidents. Life happens. But you should never have to worry you’ll lose everything to medical bills. That’s why health insurance is so important.”

As always, please share this information with your networks to help inform the Latino community on the latest news about the Health Insurance Marketplace and other updates.

Thank you,

Jorge Neri
Associate Director
White House Office of Public Engagement

Celebrating Cesar Chavez Day

Last week, President Obama delivered remarks before a White House screening of the new feature film “Cesar Chavez,” a new biopic of a true American hero who dedicated his life to making our country more just by ensuring farm workers and all working people are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve. President Obama reflected on Chavez’s legacy stating, “One of the great lessons of Cesar’s life [is] that you don’t give up the fight. No matter how long it takes, no matter how long the odds, you keep going, fueled by a simple creed — sí se puede.”

On Cesar Chavez Day, this Monday, March 31, we celebrate one of America’s greatest champions for social justice. Along with President Obama issuing a proclamation honoring Cesar Chavez, the White House will honor 10 community leaders who embody the spirit of Cesar E. Chavez’s legacy. Each of the Cesar Chavez Champions of Change has committed themselves to improving the lives of others in their communities and across the country.

Tune in here to watch the event live.

The Cesar E. Chavez Champions of Change include community leaders across the country. The honorees include:

  • Khin Mai Aung, Educational Equity Program, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Germain Castellanos, Program Director SHINE Educational Leadership Program
  • Armando H. Chavez, Principal of Columbus Elementary School
  • Sandra Gutierrez, National Director of Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors
  • Helen Gym, Board Member, Asian Americans United
  • Nahla Kayali, Founder & Executive Director of Access California Services
  • Herbert Lee Jr., Executive Director of the Pacific American Foundation
  • Xavier A. Munoz, AmeriCorps Member / ESOL Instructor with the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
  • Diego Uriburu, Executive Director for Identity, Inc.
  • Luis Urrieta Jr., Coordinator of the Cultura en Acción — Culture in Action After School Program

Additionally, federal partners such as the Corporation for National and Community Service and the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics are working with state service commissions, schools, and their respective grantees to continue to engage students and other community members in service and educational programming inspired by Chavez’s life and work. As well, groups across the country are organizing support for a National Day of Service in honor of Cesar Chavez.

President Obama delivers remarks before the White House screening of a film celebrating the life of Cesar Chavez.

Administration Highlights

Statement by the President on Immigration Reform
Last year, Democrats and Republicans in the Senate came together to pass a commonsense bill to fix our broken immigration system — a bill that would grow our economy, shrink our deficits, and reward businesses and workers that play by the rules. But so far, Republicans in the House have refused to allow meaningful immigration reform legislation to come up for a vote. Click here to read more.

The Impact of Raising the Minimum Wage on Women and the Importance of Ensuring a Robust Tipped Minimum Wage
President Obama supports raising the minimum wage to help build real, lasting economic security for the middle class and has made it a key part of his plan to create more opportunities for every hardworking American to get ahead in 2014. On Wednesday, March 26, the White House continued to demonstrate support to raise the minimum wage by releasing a new report on the impact of raising the minimum wage on women.
Click here to read the full report.

Blog Highlights

The President Answers Questions About Health Care from the Quora Community
President Obama answered questions on Quora, a leading question-and-answer website, about Affordable Care Act enrollment and how the law affects young people across America. The deadline to enroll for health care coverage for this year is March 31.

Improving Economic Opportunity for Women and Working Families
On Thursday, March 20, President Obama talked about improving economic opportunity for America’s women and working families. He made clear that we need “a women’s economic agenda that grows our economy for everybody,” and that starts with ensuring that America’s women get equal pay for equal work.

President Obama Awards the Medal of Honor to 24 Army Veterans
On Tuesday, March 18, President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to 24 Army veterans in recognition of their valor during major combat operations in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Each veteran honored had already received the Distinguished Service Cross — the nation’s second-highest military award — but 19 of them were previously overlooked for the Medal of Honor due to their racial or ethnic backgrounds. The ceremony followed a 12-year Pentagon review, ordered by Congress, of past discrimination in the military.

Action for Our Workers: President Obama Signs Memorandum to Update Overtime Pay
On Thursday, March 13, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum directing Secretary of Labor Tom Perez to update and modernize America’s overtime pay system, so that millions of our nation’s salaried workers will have the protections of overtime pay.

Get Involved

White House Internship Program

The White House Internship Program’s mission is to make the “People’s House” accessible to future leaders from around the nation, and cultivate and prepare those devoted to public service for future leadership opportunities. If you know of any such future leaders, please encourage them to apply.

Who: The White House Internship Program
What: Fall 2014 White House Internship
When: DEADLINE is Sunday, April 13
Apply: http://www.whitehouse.gov/internships

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How Conservati​ves Built A Contracept​ion Lie

MediaMattersweekly_email_header_logo_altOne notable event this week is Media Matters founder David Brock returning to Arkansas in very different circumstances from when he was last there. You can read The New York Times story on it here: http://nyti.ms/1dQHxe5

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Hobby Lobby And The Right

ScaliaConservatives have spent a decade pushing lies about birth control – and now these falsehoods have made their way into the mouths of Supreme Court justices. Hannah Groch-Begley explains how conservative media might sway the Supreme Court: http://mm4a.org/NUyW2J Related: There is no contraception mandate on corporations: the requirement is only on insurance plans. How the right is using this to spread lies: http://mm4a.org/1p0HOBO

The Benghazi Hoax Has Cost Millions

The PentagonIndependent investigations have long answered the questions, but conservatives keep calling for additional Benghazi investigations. A new report indicates that these politically-motivated investigations have cost millions: http://mm4a.org/1lm1fGj

Rand Paul And The Media

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Women VideoMarch is women’s history month. Here are seven times women on cable stood up for the truth: http://youtu.be/EnkHf1yRvOM


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