Do A 5k For A Cause With Wounded Warrior Project Carry Forward 5K

This post about why you should do a 5k for a cause is sponsored by Women Online and Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) Carry Forward 5K, delivered by CSX All opinions are my own. Interested in better health, supporting a good cause, and getting outside? Doing a 5k is right up your alley.  And just because you don't live in a major metropolitan area, doesn't mean you can't join the fun!  The Wounded Warrior Project Carry Forward 5K offers a virtual 5K to get you involved no matter where you live.   What is the Wounded … [Read more...]

How to Organize the Medicine Cabinet and Find What You Need Every Time!

Is your medicine cabinet full of expired medicine?  Have trouble finding the tweezers or thermometer?  Use these organizing tips to keep things you need within easy reach.  Learn to how to organize the medicine cabinet and you will no longer have to sort through empty bottles of cough medicine the next time you get a cold!  What should I put in my medicine cabinet? So, what exactly should you put in your medicine cabinet?  Most medications can be safely stored in the cabinet, in their original packaging.  … [Read more...]

Teach Kids to Give Back to the Community

This post about teaching kids to give back is sponsored by Barbara's.  All opinions are my own.   Want to know how to teach kids to give back to the community? Help them get involved in a new service projects and then volunteer WITH them!  Children learn by example and giving back to those in need is a lesson that needs to be passed from parent to child. Already have a child passionate about helping those in need?  You can nominated them for recognition in the Barbara’s Believe in Better contest.  Keep reading to … [Read more...]

How to Make Women’s Voices Heard in Public Dialogue

This post about how to make women's voices heard in public dialogue has been sponsored by GenderAvenger.  All opinions are my own. When I went to college about 25 years ago, I chose to major in Microbiology.  As a women in a STEM field, there were definitely more men than women in my classes but I was certainly not the only female in my science classes.  Times were already starting to change, even way back then.  When my mom had considered college, her choices were pretty much nurse, teacher, or librarian.  She never ended up going, a fact … [Read more...]

Balancing a Plentiful Life with Community Volunteering Keeps Kids Grounded

This post about balancing a plentiful life with community volunteering has been sponsored by Reward Volunteers.  All opinions are my own. I look around the area I live in and am both awed and slightly shocked by the wealth that surrounds us. My teens’ friends have homes with actual media rooms in them. Many had the newest iPhone by age 8. They often get brand new cars for their 16th birthday. This is not the way we raised our children. I don't want them to think this is common for most people. My husband and I are financially stable but … [Read more...]

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...]

Give Thanks with Kenwood Vineyards and Homemade Pinot Noir Truffles #ShareYourTable

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Kenwood Vineyards. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for my participation It seems like every time I sit down to watch TV or read something online this week I am inundated with ads for Black Friday shopping.  Or, even worse in my mind...Black THURSDAY!  The retail world is taking a day that is supposed to be made for being thankful and turning it into a day to earn money off things we probably don't really need anyhow.  I want to … [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...]