Having Fun at the Yellow River Trash Bash River Cleanup Day

I am always looking for ways for my family to get involved in community service projects.  There are so many worthwhile organizations that need a helping hand. It's hard to pick just one or two.  Environmental awareness is a priority in my house. When my daughter's Girl Scout Troop was given the opportunity to participate in a river cleanup day, I thought it would be a great experience.  I wanted to share a few tips that we learned this weekend as we ventured out on our Yellow River Trash Bash!This post contains affiliate links. If you … [Read more...]

Charitable Giving with CARE and Empowering Young Girls

This charitable giving post has been sponsored by CARE but all opinions expressed here are my own.When my kids were born, our finances were limited.  Everything they got was second hand and there were no cell phones, date nights or expensive cable television packages.  I clipped coupons and we made do with what we could afford.  However, when I look at how MUCH we had when compared to families in other countries, I feel so incredibly blessed.  I had a roof over my head and access to healthcare.  I had running water in my house and didn't … [Read more...]

Help Support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals with a Free #MiracleBand

This post is sponsored by Children's Miracle Network Hospitals but all opinions are my own.Before I had kids, I worked for a children's hospital doing cancer research and bone marrow transplants.  My particular job was in the laboratory, and each sample we received was given a case number before it arrived.  Each tube, vial, and bottle was merely a collection of letters and numbers for us to run tests on - until the first day that I was called over to the hospital floor to pick up something for my boss.  The first time I saw the … [Read more...]

Teach Kids to Give Back to the Community this Christmas

This post about teaching kids to give back to the community is part of a campaign on behalf of Influence Central for The Salvation Army. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.Ask your kids what Christmas is all about and most of them will say it is all about Santa, Christmas trees, presents and tasty holiday cookies.  If you are at all religious you will probably get 'the birth of Jesus' as an answer.  But whether you believe in Jesus or just really like candy canes, you should encourage your child to understand … [Read more...]

Easy Thanksgiving Service Project for Kids

With the onset of fall comes planning for the upcoming holidays.  In our house, holidays have always revolved around food and family.  Cooking together, baking some of our favorite cookies, and gathering around the table for a big meal.  We're lucky...we can afford to buy good food that includes a lot of fresh, local and organic ingredients.  I know there are a lot of families that just struggle to put food on their tables and holidays are even more difficult.  I want my children to grow up knowing how blessed we are but also knowing that it is … [Read more...]

Allstate Raises Awareness for Domestic Abuse with the #PurplePurse Campaign

This post about domestic abuse has been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own.I sat on my couch this morning with my much needed cup of coffee and watched the news.  Watching the news on TV is rarely a 'fun' thing, full of joy or good news.  This morning was no different.  The big story in the headlines today is the upsurge in domestic violence incidents in the National Football League.  The journalists cited several cases that have come to light recently where professional football players have been accused of abusing their … [Read more...]

Social Good with Johnson & Johnson #SelflessSelfie Photo Donation #JNJ #sponsored

This Social Good post is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson and The Motherhood but all opinions expressed are my own.Today is the first day of school for my children.  My son is in 8th grade this year and is starting his third year in middle school.  My daughter, however, is just starting 6th grade and this is her very FIRST day of middle school.  She is nervous about going to a new school, making new friends and having new teachers.  Middle school is not always easy for kids but I am keeping my fingers crossed that things go smoothly.  … [Read more...]