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Moms Get Pampered at "The Pretty Party"


Every Mother’s Day, women are always looking to do something fun and fabulous with their mothers (or daughters). The usual options are brunch, high tea, shopping, etc. This past Mother’s Day though, thirty Houston moms gathered to enjoy a special afternoon of pampering and beauty at The Pretty Party: Mother’s Day Edition. The event was the brainchild of Alexia Johnson (Life’s Petals Event Planning) and Summer Galvez (Socially Privileged Entertainment), two ladies who obviously know a thing or two about creating a spectacular experience. 

At the event, the ladies were treated to professional makeup applications, a professional photographer, wine, and appetizers. And, while the day was special for all the mothers involved, it had a special meaning to four VERY deserving mothers in the area. Thanks to two generous NFL players, three foster moms and a mother currently battling Lupus were treated to a full day of pampering and primping. They enjoyed brunch, shopping, manis and pedis, and before concluding the day at the Pretty Party!

Jammal Brown (New Orleans Saints) sponsored two of the moms, and made a special trip to Houston to meet them and take pics with the ladies. The other player chose to remain anonymous but no doubt had just as much impact of his 2 moms.

I’m a complete sucker for feel good stories like this one! When I first found Summer on Twitter discussing her event, I was ALLLLL about it! She’s planning to keep the Pretty Parties going and bring them to Dallas, LA, Oklahoma City, and (wait for it) CHICAGO!!!

You can learn more about the Pretty Parties by visiting their website at! As the dates of the parties are finalized, please believe that I will be posting the information here for you guys!

*singing “I Feel Pretty” from West Side Story* 🙂


Celebrity Spotlight: Ludacris


Celebrities deserve some shine for all of the good works that they do. I’m dedicating the first celebrity spotlight to Chris “Ludacris” Bridges for three reasons…

1. He kicked off his “LudaCrismas in Toyland” initiative here in Chicago on Tuesday

2. He has been one of the most consistent philanthropic entertainers. Since 2001, the Ludacris Foundation has donated over $750,000 to nonprofit organizations.

3. He looks TOO sharp in the photo above (taken at a recent shoot for Michigan Avenue Magazine).

LudaCrismas will visit New York on Thursday and Miami on Friday before returning to Atlanta to host an event on Saturday. The Ludacris Foundation partnered with community organizations in each city to put together an event for children to enjoy food, entertainment, and games in a festive holiday environment! These Christmas parties are apart of the LudaCares Initiative which is dedicated to supporting kids and families in need during the holiday season

If you would like to show your support for this foundation and learn more the programs offered, please head on over to the website. Go LUDA!


P.S. “LudaCrismas” is not to be confused with “LudaChristmas,” the holiday event featured on 30 Rock…In case you were wondering!

TFG Spotlight: Young Professionals of Chicago

TFG Spotlight will highlight organizations or initiatives which demonstrate a strong commitment to philanthropy and charitable acts. 


Last week, my blog life became overshadowed by my work life and I didn’t get to do as much blogging as I wanted. *cue the violins* One of the events that I wanted to talk about was the Summer Soiree hosted by the Young Professionals of Chicago (YPC) on Friday, the 8th. The Summer Soiree is one of YPC’s signature fundraisers, and the funds raised will help provide scholarships to Chicago high school students. 

Young Professionals of Chicago, is a not-for-profit, all-volunteer organization that offers professional development, social networking, and philanthropic opportunities to those who join. According to their website, YPC members are expected to “get involved, have influence, and make a difference” not only in business settings but within their communities. 

The Civic/Philanthropy committee makes sure that YPC members are involved with monthly volunteering opportunities with Chicago Cares, special volunteering opportunities (i.e. fundraisers), and YPC’s College Bound program. The College Bound program matches YPC members with high school seniors providing them with the chance to mentor and guide the youth as they prepare for college and the entire admission process.

In addition to the great volunteer efforts, YPC hosts networking/business development events such as CEO breakfasts, entrepreneur workshops, and much more! If you are interested in becoming involved with the Young Professionals of Chicago and their programs/events, please visit their website at!


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