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Thanks Tweeps and Bloggers

Thanks to all the love that was shown over the last few weeks for the Paint it Purple Blog post! We really appreciate the support of this blog as well as for the awareness of domestic violence. Check out some of our twitter mentions below from the National Domestic Violence Hotline and tweeps:

Thanks to Alpha Chi for their retweet. Also, thanks to the Pixel Project for showing our cupcakes on their blog: 

Facebook Groups Introduced

Big changes happened today in the world of Facebook. Welcome Facebook Groups to the social media world. Essentially, Facebook groups allow people to connect with selective people rather than blasting content all over everyone’s wall.  If you were not able to catch the live feed of the unveiling of Facebook Groups, check out the following highlights and links that detail the new additions.

1. Obviously groups are the big thing here. Communication is why we use social media or the internet for that same matter. Groups now let us connect with a specific social circle to be able to connect and communicate. These are perfect for families, sports teams, sororities, work friends, wedding party…basically anything within your own social circle that you need to communicate with. Think mass email blast to a specific group, but rather all within one platform- Facebook. I wish this would have been released a few months ago because my project groups for school would have been a perfect use of one of these groups!

2. I love the new group chat! The group chat function is created automatically when a group is set up.  I use Google Chat frequently for group chatting, however, Facebook Group chat may end up replacing my need to use a different website just for communicating efficiently. Chat is also convenient within the group function because you can communicate easily, live, with all the members online. I can just see my sweet sports fanatic fiancé creating a group for his fantasy teams and chatting with multiple people to create a trade.

3. The next feature is to easily download all of the information you have on your Facebook. Not really sure why you are going to download all of your profile information to your desktop, however if you fancy, you can do so.

There were a few other things that came out during this live feed, however none that I will highlight here. Check out the Facebook Blog to get a full insight into the new privacy settings and Facebook Connect features. In true fashion, I am sure everyone is going to complain about the changes, however as we do with all changes, we adapt. Choose to embrace this change as there are some unique features that may, just may, increase your productivity while on Facebook.

Paint it Purple

October is filled with festivities and events to support the awareness of many causes. I joined Alpha Chi Omega 6 years ago, and therefore October’s have been spent raising awareness for Domestic Violence. I hold this philanthropy close to my heart, and so does my family. Both of my sisters ran a 5K this weekend to raise money for Domestic Violence Awareness. My little sister has even taken her passion for raising awareness to a level where she presents about the topic for 4-H and her Girl Scout Gold project.  My family is not the only ones passionate about raising awareness for DV. There is a huge blog party going on right now that is raising money for DVA. When I spotted the Paint it Purple blog project about raising awareness through blogging and cupcakes- I couldn’t resist helping, and getting my family involved! I will let my little sister tell you all about the project and what we are doing today to help:

Jenny:

The Pixel Project’s “Paint It Purple” campaign is a global campaign held throughout October 2010 to:

  • Raise awareness about Domestic Violence (DV) and other forms of Violence Against Women (VAW) around the world.
  • Raise funds for The Pixel Project, our partners and participating VAW organisations around the world.

Domestic Violence, a common term described as a man hitting a woman, but this is not all the word means. The true definition of Domestic Violence is a relationship where one person tries to take power or seek control over their partner or their own life. This could be adult to adult, adult to child, teen to teen or any other possible situation. Domestic Violence also is not just physical such as being hit, kicked, slapped, or punched. It may be mental such as being teased or name called, or it may even be sexual such as being forced to have unprotected sex or viewing women or men as objects. For more information on Domestic Violence please visit the Domestic Violence Hotline Website at www.thehotline.org or call their 24/7 hotline at 1.800.799.SAFE (7233). of course if you are in any danger please call 9-1-1 immediately.

A few shots from the baking and decorating process

French Vanilla cupcakes with a purple swirl

Baked cupcakes ready to be iced.

Jenny and Mommy making purple DVA ribbons for the tops of the cupcakes.

A picture of the finished product (sorry for the blurry photograph).

Jenny with the finished cupcakes that she will deliver to the Epsilon Phi AXO girls at Tech.

Go bake some purple cupcakes, sell them at a bake sale, raise money for domestic violence awareness, or donate the cupcakes to a local shelter. I would love to see your photos!

Usher in October with Halloween Costumes

I cannot believe it is already October 1st! I must say, I am in love with the cooler weather that this month brings with it, especially since September has remained in the 90 degree bracket here in Georgia. With the new month, the epic holiday season begins. First up- Halloween. I am trying to figure out what I will be this holiday. I like doing couple’s/group costumes, but I just can’t stop thinking about ideas for an individual costume. One of my favorite individual costumes I created in the past few years was a Facebook Costume.

I am still on the lookout for a buzz worthy costume for 2010. What are you going to be for Halloween?

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