Friday, July 25, 2014

Batkid Begins…the day San Francisco made me proud and made me cry

It's no secret that I love living in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The city, the views, the restaurants, the weather, our sports teams.
I have always been proud of where we live, 
but November 15, 2013 took it to a whole new level.

It was  the day "caring and compassion won",
the day everyone was good,
the day I couldn't stop crying watching the cheering crowds in the streets,
the day that everyone stopped to witness
Batkid saving our Gotham…

With all the buzz beforehand I knew it was going to be a special day.
Five year old Miles Scott, fought leukemia and won.
 His one wish was to be Batkid and thanks to so many people behind the scenes,
especially the Make-A-Wish-Greater Bay Area, he did it.

As it all unfolded,
I was glued to the television and social media.
I was touched and amazed by the footage.
 Little Miles in his Batkid costume with bulging muscles
and his sweet, innocent yet, determined face.
The San Francisco Police with Batkid stickers on their vehicles,
local politicians, sports stars, celebrities and even The President getting involved.
People filled the streets, poured out of office buildings, took their kids out of school...
all to cheer on a brave little boy and witness his dream come true.

I was a wreck.
I was watching it live on TV, laughing, crying, tweeting, Instagramming, checking Facebook…
most of all I was filled with happiness, pride and so thankful that for one day,
the good guy won and it all happened in the city I love.

How did this story capture the imagination and hearts of San Francisco and the world?
The exciting documentaryBatkid Begins focuses on the “why” and the “how” of this amazing event. 

To make Batkid Begins worthy of its superhero namesake, KTF Films is teaming up with big-name musicians, animators, and visual effects professionals, all working at reduced rates in the name of Batkid, and bringing the post-production price tag to $100,000.
An IndieGogo campaign has been set up to help raise funds to support the documentary. 
Lend your support and learn more about the exciting new Batkid Begins documentary here.
The campaign will end on August 19, 2014 at 11:59pm PT

The Batkid phenomenon will be well represented at
A special Batkid panel will include, the documentary's filmaker, the CEO of Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area, Batkid's sidekick for the day Batman and many others.

Thank you Batkid for leaving your heart in San Francisco!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Get the kids in Control for Back to School

It all started with a car full of middle school boys,
trying to calculate how many days left of summer...

Well, I think what counts is that
there are 24 more days until they will need these 
video game controller calculators!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pineapples & Partying Organically with VitaFrute Cocktails

I created my Pineapple Colada Sparkler Cocktails and DIY Pineapple Straw as part of a sponsored post for VitaFrute by VEEV.  All opinions are entirely my own and I throughly enjoyed to Party Organically.

For me, the ultimate Summer Party,
is festive, colorful and an event where everyone feels at home.
But, of course, you have to have a signature cocktail.

What screams summer fun more than a 
Pineapple Colada Sparkler?

They are so easy to make with the help of VitaFrute Organic Cocktails,
it allows me to effortlessly "party organically"
(both figuratively and literally)
and be free to mix and mingle with my friends.

It is fabulous on its own but for this drink,
I combined equal parts of the new VitaFrute Coconut Colada
with pineapple juice and topped with sparkling water.

Serve over ice and you are done!

Refreshing, tropical and delicious, the perfect combination of coconut and pineapple.
VitaFrute is made with premium, all-natural, certified organic ingredients,
and the Coconut Colada mix is made with hydrating and nutrient packed coconut water.
It is a cocktail that you can feel good about drinking.
(and being 125 calories per serving is an added bonus!)

Cocktails are always more fun with a straw, 
so making these pineapples was a must.

Using a paper punch I cut glittered yellow ovals, 
punched a tiny hole at the top and added sprigs of rosemary.
Just glue them onto straws and you are ready to start sipping.

I don't want you to think the only reason whipped up these drinks 
was to wear my pineapple shirt…

but, isn't it perfect??

We had all the VitaFrute Cocktails
 chilled and ready for our summer bbq...

With options like
Lemonade, Margarita and Cosmopolitan, 
there is a flavor for every occasion.
Days at the beach, picnics, hostess gifts...
I could go on and on.

VitaFrute is giving away the ultimate summer party
 for you and 30 friends along with other great prizes.
To enter all you have to do is Pin your best party tip.
All the details can be found here.

Party Organically with VitaFrute Cocktails by VEEV on

Thank you for your support as I work with fabulous brands 
to be able to keep creating for Jaco'lyn Murphy Designs.

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