We hosted a My Mommy Manual Pajama Party to help raise money for Mom It Forward and The 12 for 12K Challenge’s joint mission for April/May to help empower women in Kenya. Our intention was to take our mission of “onnecting through practical and inspired tips” beyond the written page to the LIVE experience!
So Practical Mommy and I were on Ustream.tv for our first ever Pajama Party LIVE on Tuesday, April 14 from 6-9pm CST. We raised money for the cause, with people joining the party in their PJ’s from home for giggles, live music, and of course, Practical and Inspired Tips!
We whipped up some goodies in the kitchen with the help of Joy (@gourmeted), listened to live music from Ann Hirshfeld of String Buzz, and got our tootsies pampered by Nicole Rekart and BeautiControl.
But beyond the pillow fights and pedi’s, we served up some out-of-this-world content. I still can’t believe we had the opportunity to chat live with Guy Kawasaki, who gave us some amazing insights from his career as an entrepreneur and VC. He was immediately followed by Lewis Howes, the leading expert on the professional online network, LinkedIn. And after that, Elena Verlee, yet another serial entrepreneur who has leveraged PR to start and sell two businesses in under 9 months. Don’t worry, we recorded the whole thing!
We chattted it up live with you and 138 others at a time, raffled off fantastic prizes and just had a great time!!
The goal for partying in our pajamas?!?? Raising money to empower rural women entrepreneurs in Kenya! All money raised goes to Yehu Microfinance, BasaBody and Coast Coconut Farms who together, empower poor rural entrepreneurs in Kenya to help lift themselves out of poverty through enhanced accessibility to sustainable financial services, business opportunities, and skills training.
ON TUESDAY, APRIL 14 at 8pm CST, Click here to VIEW THE BROADCAST AND CHATROOM. Everything you need is on that page:
• Instructions on HOW TO ENTER THE RAFFLE
• PRIZE LIST
• ChipIn widget for donations (you can donate anytime!)
Wanna donate a prize for the cause? Email or twitter us (@ZenMommy or @riasharon) !!! We’ll get you a great spot by the popcorn bowl!!!
PAJAMA PARTY PROGRAM (8-11pm CST)
8:10 Housekeeping, Preview of evening
8:15 Schmoozing 101, Twitter/chat Q&A
BUSINESS & ENTREPRENEURSHIP
8:30 Guy Kawasaki, www.GuyKawasaki.com (via skype video from CA)
8:40 Lewis Howes, www.LinkedWorking.com (via skype video from OH)
8:45 Elena Verlee, www.PRinyourPajamas.com (via skype video from Manila)
8:55 Twitter/chat Q&A
9:00 @gourmeted will be challenging our hosts to whip up a fabulous mystery treat via chat
9:10 Tyler Stallings, www.Periwinkleboom.com
9:15 Susannah Marriott, author of Green Baby (via skype video from London)
9:20 Kevin Tibbs, www.CleanHappens.com (via skype call STL)
9:25 Twitter/chat Q&A
9:30 Nicole Rekart, BeautiControl (home-based biz)
9:40 Twitter/chat Q&A
9:45 Raffle update from @dannybrown
9:55 Ann Hirschfeld, String Buzz
10:25 Unveil @gourmeted’s Mystery Dish!
10:35 Michaela Turner, Yogi Parenting
10:45 Jen Sertl, Angelina Accoutrement (Fashion Week footage)
(2 Little Stars, MySelf Belts, Artistic Sensations)
10:45 Raffle update, Wishes for Kenya Women (via Twitter/chat)
10:50 Thank You and Wrap Up
Thanks for wearing your best flannel nighty and fuzzy slippers!!! It was some P-A-J-A-M-A P-A-R-T-Y!