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A Romantic Dinner in SoCal

3 Feb

Today we get to travel all over Southern California with our Progressive Dinner blog hop!

The most romantic holiday of the year is coming up, and whether you plan on sharing it with a spouse, a partner, a special someone or your whole family, we have some mouth-watering dinner ideas!

Here we have the links to every recipe in our progressive dinner, or take a trip through the whole meal by starting at the first blog and clicking your way through! Each blog has the link to the next recipe and also links back to here.

Love these recipes? Pin these great recipes on Pinterest!


To start, sip on Sparkling Pomegranate Jubilee from Someday I’ll Learn 

A nice romantic appetizer can be eaten by hand while gazing into each other’s eyes. Try the  Strawberry Bruschetta from The Wonder Years or the Bruschetta Hearts from The Jolly Tomato.

‘Lettuce’ take it a step further with Baby Baby Lemon‘s Sweetheart Salad.

The Gonzo Gourmet offers an intimate main with Steakhouse Steaks for Two. Or, offer a creamy family-style dish with Sarcastic, Funny and Brutally Honest’s Creamy Chicken Florentine.

Woo your special someone with a sweet dessert- try Create-Celebrate-Explore‘s Baked Mini Cheesecakes or make it special with This Talk Ain’t Cheap‘s White Chocolate Creme Brulee.

Love these recipes? Pin these great recipes on Pinterest!

Do you have a special recipe you love to make for a romantic evening?

Tell us about it!

12 Days of Giving – Day 8 – Battered Women’s Shelters

14 Dec

Not fun to discuss.

But after Monday Night Football, I went to a favorite hangout of mine.  And my friend, S,  who is a hairdresser, bartender, mother, and grandmother, and a former victim of domestic abuse, vented to me and one other patron.

She relayed, healthily, the story of how her son-in-law recently, and in the past, had abused her, her daughter, and her grandchildren by the transitive property.

My friend, S,  had been through this before, on her own with her own former a-hole spouse, so she understands her daughter’s predicament, and how much she must protect her daughter, her five grandchildren, and even herself from the abuse (physical, verbal, emotional, and property damage) that her son-in-law is inflicting.

I instantly grabbed my phone and Googled “Battered Women’s Shelters.”

There are so MANY resources out there, both locally and nationally; however, women are often socialized to fly under the radar and make things better without outside  help.

That is simply an injustice. To everyone.

So here is what I stumbled across with fewer than 7.42 minutes of effort.

1.) Valley Trauma Center – “Interpersonal violence can affect anyone. No one should suffer alone. If you have been assaulted, you have the right to information and support. We are here to help.”

2.)  Safe Passage Live – “Safe Passage clients have a 95% success rate in breaking the cycle of domestic violence and creating a new life for themselves. They are our Role Models sharing their life stories to inspire other women and children to a New Life!”

3.) LAPD Online Communities  – “Domestic violence is more than just a ‘family problem’; it is a crime. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) recognizes that domestic violence is a major problem in Los Angeles County and throughout the United States. Each year, more than two million women are victims of domestic violence, and one million children are physically abused.”

4.)  AARDVARC.ORG  -  “This site is for victims of violence, their families and friends, and the agencies and programs which serve them, both public and private. The goal of this website is to assist efforts to aid and support those trying to remove themselves from abusive situations and build healthier, stronger lives. “

5.) Violence Unsilenced – (National) – “Survivors submit their personal stories of abuse in their own words, and two are posted live on the site each week. Readers take an annual pledge to listen, and the intention for the comment section is a space, supportive safe.”

This is a large and unspoken about problem; we need to end that.

To be just: do not strike your spouse either.  Abuse is not one-way nor gender-specific.

PLEASE speak up. What can YOU do to assist a battered woman?

Know it or not: we all know one…

 Sidney Patrick writes at My Mother in Law is Still Sitting Between Us… Find her on Twitter

We’ve hit 100!

4 Oct

Thank you to our fabulous 100 ladies who have joined our group on Facebook! And to our 104 Twitter followers, welcome!
The last two months have literally flown by… The Facebook group was created the day after BlogHer 2011 ended, but no one knew how big this group would become so soon.
We are a group of strong, powerful, influential ladies!
Thank you everyone!

Welcome

23 Sep

Welcome to SoCal Lady Bloggers! 

We are so glad you found us and are excited to bring together the amazing women bloggers from Southern California.  

We are all about networking and supporting each other, both online and off.  

We are currently planning on regular meet-ups so we can connect with one another.  Southern California is a huge area so we want to schedule these meet-ups in different areas and counties so everyone has a chance to participate.  If you’d like to help organize a meetus in your area, please contact us.

Our first meet-up is scheduled for October 1, 2011 at Duke’s in Malibu.  We’d love for you to attend this luncheon to help us kick off our new website.  

If you aren’t able to make it, our next meet-up is being planned for November.  

Above you will see menu items that list bloggers by the couhty they are in as well as by subject or niche. If you’d like to be an addition to our listings, let us know who you are and where you think you belong.

In addition to monthly events, we are going to be showcasing you ladies!

Each week we will introduce you to a SoCal blogger on our home page.  If you would like to be included, e-mail us with a short bio, a photo, and of course the link to your blog!

This site is still evolving, so visit us often to see what is going on in Southern California.

Thanks for joining us!

Carolyn, Megan, Sidney

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