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Lisa Beth Miller is the Entertaining & Weddings Editor for Miss A. She has been involved in the wedding industry for several years. Lisa is a bridal consultant and director of marketing and public relations for Blush Bridal Boutique and an event designer at Main Street Weddings, both local wedding businesses. In this capacity, Lisa writes the blog, website copy, and promotional materials for these businesses and assists with event planning. She was formerly a bridal consultant and did marketing and public relations work for A Formal Affair Bridal and Formalwear Boutique and was the creator of their Bridal University workshops. Additionally, Lisa teaches English, journalism, and photojournalism classes at Liberty High School in Bealeton, Virginia. She advises the school's award-winning publications, Talon yearbook and Patriot Press newspaper. As junior class sponsor, she also assists in planning Liberty's prom. Lisa has written several published articles. These include an article about advising student publications for Accents (Southern Interscholastic Press Association’s journal),an article about the royal wedding for Northern Virginia Magazine, an article about local proms for Warrenton Lifestyle magazine, and four stories about wedding planning and wedding fashion for the 2012 Northern Virginia Bridal Guide. Lisa holds an undergraduate degree in English and journalism education from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and a graduate degree in education and library science from Longwood University.

Nice Tomato: One For One Subscription Coloring Book Service Helps Children’s Hospitals

Nice Tomato is a new Seattle-based company dedicated to spreading the love of color, creativity and kindness with its monthly subscription service. Nice Tomato was co-founded by Joe and Amanda Linton after years of struggling to find original, non-branded coloring book options for their young daughters. Nice Tomato is the result – a subscription service that provides inventive Color Folios to children, while concurrently supporting U.S. children’s hospitals.

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Nice Tomato provides consumers one Color Folio, coupled with markers or crayons, in the mail each month. In addition, the company established the philanthropic ‘Spread the Color’ initiative, giving consumers the ability to donate an additional Color Folio to a partnering children’s hospital.

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From a design standpoint, Nice Tomato’s Color Folios are geared towards families who want original content for their kids. “We think there is a niche for a new type of coloring book for parents who want something special and varied,” states co-founder, Joe Linton. The books are new each month and consist of whimsical, hand-drawn characters, shapes, letters and phrases to captivate kids (and maybe even adults). Illustrator and co-founder, Amanda Linton crafts clever compositions, inviting children to be inventive and engaged on every page. Amanda states, “Nice Tomato is a combination of all the things I love most in the world: my husband, my cherry berry gumdrop cheeked daughters, markers, crayons, paper and letting my imagination run free and wild.”

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Nice Tomato currently has 4 hospitals in their donation network: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Dayton Children’s, Seattle Children’s and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Partnering hospitals can help support Nice Tomato’s mission by raising awareness within their communities and local networks.

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The average children’s hospital goes through approximately 10,000 coloring books each year, leaving hospitals to face the challenge of supplying young patients with books and art supplies.Nice Tomato’s ‘Spread the Color’ campaign aims to increase the supply of books donated to children’s hospitals each month, benefiting youthful patients suffering from illnesses, patients’ families, and the hospital as a whole.

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