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45 & Fabulous

Guess who’s turning 45 on January 13? That would be me!  I can’t believe what a difference five years makes but these past years have been pretty good. Five years ago when I first start blogging, one of my first posts was about turning 40. In the post I shared my thoughts on where I... Read more »
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A cure for the winter blues, treasure hunting!

When was the last time you have looked for treasures at your local goodwill store? There are many treasures to be found and you never know what is in store for you! The thrill of hunting can prove to be therapy for the winter blues. Last week, I visited Goodwill Store & Donation Center ‘s... Read more »
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Happy Holidays

This is truly my favorite time of the year! We’re in the midst of the holidays and it’s time for movies, music, dancing, sparkling lights, good food, family, friends and Jolly Ole St. Nick to make his grand appearance. Is it me, or do most people seem to be in a good mood this time... Read more »
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Holiday Fashion – By Aviva

Hello everyone! With the holidays coming up, and weather getting colder, many of us are looking for new outfits for the winter. For kids and parents, Goodwill can get you ready with trendy sweaters and winter outfits. You can find stylish and budget-friendly apparel with name brands for girls and boys to enter winter in... Read more »
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The Success of a Blog “Make Things Happen”

For the past several years the blog Make Things Happen has taken on new heights that I couldn’t have imagined in my wildest dreams. Who would have ever thought, just by having a topic that weighed on your mind you could in return write it down, draft it again and again, change it up a... Read more »
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Murphy’s Autocare and the Goodwill Auto Auction Announce Partnership

The Goodwill Auto Auction, a Service of Goodwill Easter Seals Miami and Murphy’s Autocare a Local, Family-Owned Automotive Repair Center are Joining Forces to Help Local People with Disabilities and Disadvantages For 15 years, the Goodwill Auto Auction, a service of Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley (GESMV), has been collecting donated vehicles from generous members... Read more »
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Amazing Gift

Around the holidays, I try to compose or find stories to blog that I feel will warm the hearts of many. The story of an experimental therapy treatment that helped sixteen year Christian Guardino from going totally blind, is definitely one of those stories. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/why-fda-approval-of-a-gene-therapy-to-treat-form-of-blindess-is-such-a-big-deal/. Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis (LCA) is a rare genetic disorder that... Read more »
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Thanksgiving Traditions

  Thanksgiving is almost here. Although, I’m looking forward to the big turkey, mom’s amazing sweet-potato-pie, football and most of all giving thanks for another year of grace and mercy, what I’m also looking forward too is, The Annual Cooper Family Talent Show! Every year my family comes together to make memories. Are we a... Read more »
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Advocacy At Its Best

On November 1, 2017 I was honored to receive the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) Ben Bonanno Disability Advocate Award! This award is given to an individual who has made a significant impact on improving the employment opportunities of Ohioans with disabilities. My road to employment was bumpy but I made it and now... Read more »
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Cowgirl Shari

Halloween is upon us and I definitely want to create a costume that will give off that WOW factor. For the past year, I’ve been saying I want to dress up like a cowgirl. It’s just something so cool and rugged about being a cowgirl. Could it be the way she’s able to handle a... Read more »
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