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The Crafton Family's Amazing Adventure

By Bridget Tyler on August 4th, 2010

The Crafton FamilyKathleen and Tom Crafton had what they call a “big house” lifestyle – a nurse and a psychiatrist respectively, they owned two homes in Alaska, vacation property and pretty much everything they, and their three kids, could want.  But it left them feeling empty and wanting more.  That’s when they decided to liquidate their assets, pack up their kids and hit the ocean.

They’ve been out there, in the blue, for the last seven years.

You might think that a family of five, including a teenager, packed into a space the size of a minivan for the majority of seven years might have driven each other to distraction.  But that was never the case for the Craftons.

“We just seemed to get along better the longer we were out there,” Tom said in an interview with the Washington Post. “The day we moved onto the boat, the sibling rivalry stopped. I don’t think they ever complained, not once.”

In fact, the Craftons are reluctant even now to return to dry land.  Even though eighteen year old Kalena admits that it’s nice to have some space and she’s excited to prepare for college, she already misses the boat.  Her father is struggling even more with the hustle of American life.

“I went to a Wal-Mart the first week we were back, and I had to come home and take a nap,” says Tom. “It’s way too soon for that. Some of our cruising friends warned us about reentry. Baby steps, baby steps.”

But it was time.  ”I would never trade the time we had to raise our kids out there, seeing the world through their eyes, being together 24/7,” Kathleen told the Post. “But now it’s time for them to come back and learn more about their own country. They need to start their own lives.”

While it may be impossible for most of us to give up everything and set out to literally explore the world with our children, the Craftons’ experience is an important reminder that taking time to enjoy our kids is incredibly important.  Find a day, or even just a few hours, to step out of the hustle and bustle, pack the kids in the car and just go somewhere, anywhere, and enjoy all the things in life that don’t come on computer screens or out of credit cards.  You’ll remember those days forever, and so will they.

Beezag Raises $3500 for Charity During the 2009 GBK Pre-American Music Awards Gift Lounge.

Pediatrics Week December 12, 2009 At GBK Productions’ American Music Awards (AMA) Gifting Lounge, celebrities were not just receiving luxury items but also had the opportunity to give back to charity. This past Friday and Saturday (November 20th & 21st) in honor of the 2009 AMA’s, Beezag (www.beezag.com) the new invite-only web site where you earn money and rewards by simply watching targeted video ads, gave every celebrity who registered with Beezag $100 dollars to donate towards one of the three charities that were associated with GBK’s AMA Gift Lounge. Okobos (www.okobos.com), Global Green (www.globalgreen.org), and Environmental Media Association (EMA) (www.ema-online.org) were the three charities that each celebrity had the option to donate their first $100 after becoming a Beezag member (aka beezagger). Overall, through the help of these new celebrity beezaggers, Beezag donated a grand total of $3500 among the three eco-friendly charities. go to website kim zolciak wedding

After becoming an official beezagger, celebrities such as La Toya Jackson, Aaron Carter, Twilight star Edi Gathegi, Candace Cameron, American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi, Ugly Betty’s Alec Mapa, AMA nominee Anthony B., D. Woods, Weezer’s Scott Shriner and more, all chose to donate their $100 to Okobos. As a result, Beezag made a generous donation of $1,500 to Okobos, the charitable foundation who’s mission is to serve children in impoverished communities by creating a marketplace that generates not only awareness, but provides the basic needs of food, water, medical care, shelter, and emotional & spiritual support. Okobos strives to help children all over the world realize their potential.

The celebrities who chose to support Global Green included ‘tween sensation Demi Lovato, Karina Smirnoff & Maks Chmerkovskiy of DWTS, Housewives of Atlanta Kim Zolciak, band-mates of Day 26 (band formed by winners of MTV’s Making of the Band), pro-snowboarder Louie Vito, season 8 American Idol contestant Jackie Tohn, and more. Beezag made a donation of $1000 to Global Green USA, a national environmental organization that merges innovative research, cutting-edge community-based projects and targeted advocacy to create a sustainable future. The organization has written and implemented green building, energy efficiency, and solar power guidelines in addition to legislation and incentives at the local, state, and federal level.

Lastly, the celebrities who donated to EMA included recording artist Colbie Caillat, Melrose Place’s Brandon Pierce, Project Runway winner Jeffrey Sebelia, American Idol finalist Elliott Yamin, Julia Anderson, Brittany Flickinger (winner of Paris Hilton’s My New BFF) and more. With this celebrity support, Beezag also made a donation of $1000 to EMA, a non-profit that mobilizes the entertainment industry in a global effort to educate people about environmental issues and inspire them to take action. Linking the power of celebrity to environmental awareness, EMA’s work is widespread, from subtle messaging on screen (film/TV) to promoting sustainable lifestyle choices through celebrity role modeling and educating influential people on the power of “green.” Through it all, EMA’s goal is inspiring the path to a healthier planet. go to website kim zolciak wedding

“The Beezag product and technology not only creates relevance and value for consumers, but it is diverse in its ability to allow consumers to ‘give back’. Seeing such celebrity interest really confirmed our belief that Beezag is just that much further along than any other mobile or web advertising platform,” states Beezag co-founder and President, Laurent Alhadeff.

Just like these celebrities, as a beezagger, you earn cash and rewards by watching targeted commercials on your iPhone, Blackberry or online and can donate your earnings to any charity of your choice. If the charity route is not best for your wallet, members also have the option to ‘cash-out’ their Beezag earnings directly into their personal bank account, into Beezag’s very own music store similar to iTunes, as well as into their PayPal and/or Amazon account. Just think of Beezag as keeping you in the know of all the latest and greatest products, events and happenings. Beezag is changing the world of advertising, as hundreds of advertisers are now seeing that laser focused advertising provides a much higher ROI. In fact, the system is so over subscribed by users that the waitlist to get in had to be closed.

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