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...]

Using Social Media to Support Your Green Cause  #sponsored

Using Social Media to Support Your Green Cause #sponsored

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?)  I don't understand how people can ignore the planet's cry for help on a daily basis.  We waste our planets precious resources, pollute  its water and create more trash than we can find space to throw away.  I firmly believe that if people cannot … [Read more...]

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

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

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 job as a preschool teacher in the 2 year old classroom.  Let me just say that if you think 2 year olds are loads of fun at home, having 13 of them in one classroom is a blast...and yes I am being just a tad bit sarcastic here.  They call them the … [Read more...]

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

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

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.  Right now, strawberries are in season in Florida and here in Georgia I am finding them at a really great price in the grocery store.  This strawberry lemonade pie makes a great summer dessert recipe.  It really called out to me because it uses a … [Read more...]

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 footprint.  It was a cause I was passionate about and seeing the children's enthusiasm for every recycling drive I initiated was a huge reward.  Speaking to classrooms on Earth Day, handing out seed packets to the kids, collecting sneakers for Soles for Souls … [Read more...]

Service Projects that are Good for the Planet  #SCJgreenerchoices

Service Projects that are Good for the Planet #SCJgreenerchoices

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 at your child’s school, check out my article on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog for a few ideas! Green Service Projects for kids Disclaimer:  I am compensated for the articles I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are mine and … [Read more...]