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Support Breast Cancer Research and Get a Free Gift!

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This breast cancer awareness post has been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own. In my life before kids, chaos and social media, I worked in a laboratory doing cancer research.  It was an exciting and interesting field but also a very sad one.  Cancer is one of those things that we understand quite well, only we don't know how to stop it. The people who are diagnosed with this disease have a long and rather horrible journey to take and I wish scientist could get to the bottom of this mysterious illness.  Breast cancer has … [Read more...]

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

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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 … [Read more...]

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Giving Tuesday, Social Good and Giving Back with World Vision

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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 … [Read more...]

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Sleep Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness with Estroven!

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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! … [Read more...]

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

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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 … [Read more...]

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

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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 … [Read more...]

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Using Social Media to Support Your Green Cause #sponsored

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This post about using social media to support your cause is sponsored by Social Power but all opinions expressed are my own. I am passionate about a lot of things.  I breastfed my kids and want all employers to make this easier for moms to do.  I am an active PTA parent and feel that all parents should help out where and how they can.  I support Doctors Without Borders and want freedom and safety for the American Mustangs.  But more than any other cause, the environment is my hot button.  (as if you couldn't tell by reading my blog, right?) … [Read more...]

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Teacher Appreciation and a HHonors Teacher Treks Travel Grant contest #sponsored

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This Teacher Appreciation post is sponsored by Hilton and Global Influence but all opinions expressed are my own. Many years ago I ditched a career in cancer research to stay home with my babies when they were little.  It was stressful and emotional and a definite drain on the finances but I didn't regret it for one minute.  However, once my kids hit preschool age I found a nice 3 hour program for them to join that would give me a few minutes of peace and quiet once in a while.  Of course, I loved the preschool so much I ended up taking a … [Read more...]

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Summer Dessert Recipe: Strawberry Lemonade Pie and a No Kid Hungry Campaign

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This Summer Dessert Recipe and No Kid Hungry post is sponsored by ACH Foods and Mom Central Consulting but all opinions expressed are my own.  I have a serious weakness for sweets and almost every dinner is followed by some sort of dessert.  My mom always used to say that ice cream made the perfect dessert because no matter how full you were, it just melted to fill in all the cracks.  There is no such thing as being too full for dessert in my house!  I try to tailor the desserts I make to what is on sale or in the pantry whenever I can.  … [Read more...]

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Encourage Change With This Community Action Toolkit and Promiseland

When my daughter started kindergarten I was approached by a PTA mom to see if I would be interested in joining the school's Environmental Committee.  As a green and crunchy hippy momma, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to get involved with this project.  Of course, little did I realize what a HUGE commitment I was taking on!  The Environmental Committee was actually just that ONE mom and she was leaving to move on to the middle school!  So, for 4 years I pushed ahead and worked to get my children's school to reduce their carbon … [Read more...]

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Service Projects that are Good for the Planet #SCJgreenerchoices

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My children attend a public school as well as participate in a number of extracurricular activities. Each year they are asked to partake in an assortment of fundraisers and service projects to raise money for a good cause, earn badges and help the community in some way. I have been asked to organize a number of these activities over the years and always try to steer the group towards something that is beneficial to the environment. Over the years, I have come up with a number of eco-friendly service projects. If you are asked to lead activities … [Read more...]

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5 Tips To Improve Your Sustainability With Unilever #BetterTogether #Cbias

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Over the past decade I have made a lot of changes in the way I live my life in order to reduce my carbon footprint.  Some of those changes include buying organic produce, shopping at my local farmer's market, recycling, and finding creative ways to reuse things instead of throwing them away.  While people often think of 'green living' as difficult to achieve, it really isn't!  Right now, Unilever is on a mission to improve their sustainability and at the same time improve the lives of people in this country who are struggling to feed themselves … [Read more...]

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Artisan Jewelry from World Vision Give Away

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With Christmas fast approaching, everyone is starting to shop for gifts that would be just perfect for each person on their list. I am truly blessed with a nice house, wonderful family, and fuzzy slippers to wear when the weather gets cold.  What else could a mom need, right?  Well, if you are a mom who happens to live in a rural part of a poor country maybe instead of fuzzy slippers you need a few chickens.  And instead of the latest technological toy you might prefer a goat to provide milk for your family.  World Vision lets you give this … [Read more...]

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Unilever Helps Cross Off Hunger! #BetterTogether

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Raising children is a complicated thing to do.  There are so many things that I want to teach them and it seems like there is never enough time to do it.  I want my children to grow up to be smart, happy, compassionate, and caring individuals who are concerned about the health of this planet.  I hope that as they grow up they keep in mind the needs of others and the impact that their choices have on the word around them.  One way that I try and teach them these important life lessons is to include them in the service projects that I get … [Read more...]

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My GE Energy Efficient Lighting service project #GELightingCFK

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Over the past several years, my husband and I have slowly replaced all of the light bulbs in our house with energy efficient lighting.  Every time we went to Walmart, Target or Home Depot we would pick up one pack of cfl light bulbs.  That way, we didn't have to shell out a huge amount of money at one time.  Switching to energy efficient lighting  is great for the environment but is also a great financial choice as well.  Just think of what you could do with a few extra dollars....especially at Christmas!  It isn't just individual families that … [Read more...]

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GE energy saving light bulbs and a simple service project! #gelightingcfk #Cbias

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As a part of the Social Fabric community, I often get the chance to participate in some pretty awesome campaigns.  Sometimes I am trying new recipes and others I might be trying a new activity with the kids. This month, I have been given the chance to help a local organization that works with kids save money and reduce their carbon footprint by introducing them to GE energy saving light bulbs.  For this #gelightingcfk  mission, I was provided with complementary light bulbs from GE and asked to put together a donation kit of other needed … [Read more...]

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Breast Cancer Awareness campaign from Look Good Feel Better #LGFB

October is breast cancer awareness month and I have had several friends and even a family member that has had to deal with this disease.  It is something that has touched the lives of millions of women and I am sure most people know someone who has been effected one way or another.  Look Good Feel Better is dedicated to improving the self-esteem and quality of life of people undergoing treatment for cancer. It is their aim to improve their self-image and appearance of women suffering through this by offering complimentary group, individual, and … [Read more...]

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Food Should Taste Good Give Away in honor of #BreastCancerAwareness

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In our quest to snack healthier, my family has experimented with all sorts of new chip varieties and one that I come back to quite often is the Food Should Taste Good line of snacks.  Have you ever heard of these? They are carried in several of our larger grocery stores and the selection of products to choose from is pretty extensive!  Whether you are into blue corn tortilla chips, sweet potato chips, crackers or Kettle Chips you will probably find a variety that you and your your family will enjoy. Food Should Taste Good chips are made … [Read more...]

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Toms Eyewear up for grabs in this week’s #MissionGiveaway!

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When my children were younger I spent 4 years teaching at a half day preschool program.  I was in charge of 13 children who were between the ages of 18 to 24 months.  A room full of 2 year olds is a challenge but we learned our alphabet and how to count and the baby sign for dozens of animals.  One year I had a little boy who was autistic in my class.  It was so hard to reach him and really get him to connect to the other children in the class or participate in the centers we had planned.  I really came to appreciate the patience that special … [Read more...]