Healthy Community Support with the Champions of Care Challenge!  #HealthMartCares #ad

Healthy Community Support with the Champions of Care Challenge! #HealthMartCares #ad

Disclaimer:  This post about creating a healthy community has been sponsored by the Niche Parent Network & Conference. All opinions are my own.  Several years ago, my husband decided to take up running.  Off he went every day to conquer the hills of our neighborhood and the trails of our local parks.  He had a wonderful time, felt better than he had ever felt before and started running more.  Soon, he decided he needed a bit more of a challenge then just yet another run through our hilly neighborhood and he started running marathons.  He talked about his running with friends, coworkers and family members.  Soon, he managed to get several people in his department at work to start running.  2 years ago a group of 4 or 5 of them went to Disney to run the marathon down in Florida.  He … [Read more...]

Giving Tuesday, Social Good and Giving Back with World Vision

Giving Tuesday, Social Good and Giving Back with World Vision

This post about social good and giving back this holiday has been sponsored by World Vision but all opinions expressed here are my own. As we enter into the busiest time of the year for shopping and gift giving, people are starting to whip out their credit cards and make their shopping lists.  Kids want video games, grandma wants new slippers, husband has his eye on a fancy alarm clock.  These are all great and wonderful gift ideas but what about those people in other areas of the world who are struggling just to survive?  Giving the gift of clean water, farm animals, or books for the classroom would be a great way to give back to the less fortunate this holiday season. World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their … [Read more...]

Sleep Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness with Estroven!

Sleep Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness with Estroven!

This breast cancer awareness conversation has been sponsored by Estroven and TapInfluence but all opinions expressed here are my own. Over the years, I have known several women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Friends, acquaintances, family member....each diagnosis makes it all that more obvious that every single woman (and even men!) may be at risk of this disease. I finally got up the nerve to go for my first mammogram last year and will continue to get one regularly. For those of you who haven't gotten one yet...It wasn't bad! Yes, you have to stand there in a slightly vulnerable position while the technician squishes your lady parts into assorted directions but it was over quickly and didn't hurt so go get one done! Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month it is the … [Read more...]

Steps You Can Take to Fight Climate Change and a #Green Twitter Party! #ClimateReality

Steps You Can Take to Fight Climate Change and a #Green Twitter Party! #ClimateReality

Throughout my day I come across a number of people. I try to encourage them to live a greener life through example rather than being preachy about it.  Nobody likes to be lectured on the evils of plastic water bottles but maybe seeing me use my stainless steel one will make them think twice next time they go shopping.  While I think I make a difference in the way some people think, I know there are a lot of skeptics out there.  So many people either don't care about their actions or just don't believe that they can make a difference.  Many people outright deny that climate change, global warming, and other environmental issues even exist.  To those people I just say that no matter WHAT you believe...we have only been given one planet and the smartest thing we can do for the survival of the … [Read more...]

Don’t Forget to Thank the Military this 4th of July!

Don’t Forget to Thank the Military this 4th of July!

This conversation about how to thank the military this 4th of July is sponsored by Outback and Social Chorus but all opinions expressed are my own. When I was growing up, my father was in the Naval Reserves.  Some of my earliest memories if him include those shiny shoes, formal navy uniform and that flat topped white hat with the black brim.  He always looked so handsome in that uniform!  He was in the Naval Reserves for 25 years and I like to think that at some point during his service, someone stopped to say THANK YOU for the work he was doing.  I may not always agree with the politics of what our military is sent off to DO, but I certainly appreciate the men and women serving our country and the hard work they have to do to keep us safe.  This country would not be the independent … [Read more...]