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To Tanzania with Love | The Laurita Spina Bifida Project Wants to Donate Wheelchairs

To Tanzania with Love | The Laurita Spina Bifida Project Wants to Donate Wheelchairs

“How sad it is that we give up on people who are just like us.” — Fred Rogers (“Mr. Rogers”) I don’t really remember what it’s like not being able to walk. As parental anecdotes recall, I was about two years old when I took my first steps. My parents were overjoyed, of course, but probably more than most parents, because I have spina bifida. According to my doctors at the time, I wasn’t supposed to … Read entire article »

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Companies Give Back With #GivingTuesday

  Did you know that today (November 29th) is #GivingTuesday? I have partnered with Bloggin’ Mamas and Carter’s to promote Giving Tuesday, a pro-social movement that encourages manufacturers and other participants to support charitable giving on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This year marks Carter’s first Pajama Program for Giving Tuesday. For every Carter’s pajama purchased online today at www.Carters.com or at one of Carter’s 650+ retail stores, Carter’s will donate one of America’s favorite jammies … Read entire article »

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3 Easy Steps To Prepare Kids And Families For Disaster #GetReadyGetSafe #PrepStep

3 Easy Steps To Prepare Kids And Families For Disaster #GetReadyGetSafe #PrepStep

September is National Preparedness Month – Every second counts when it comes to helping children and families stay safe in disasters.  Do you and your family have a plan for when disaster strikes? Although we think “that would never happen to me” or “that kind of disaster would never happen here,” the truth is, we really never know when or where disaster might strike. And honestly, disaster has many different definitions. Children are the most vulnerable … Read entire article »

Filed under: Safety, Socially Conscious, Tips

HS Diploma – It’s Never Too Late And You’re Not Alone!

HS Diploma – It’s Never Too Late And You’re Not Alone!

Graduating high school is monumental. It is an accomplishment that you show pride in the rest of your life. The day you throw your hat in the air and celebrate everything you have accomplished is something to celebrate. Whether you go on to college, technical school, or a career – that diploma is something you need. Unfortunately, not everyone has that opportunity while in high school. It isn’t for lack of trying – there are … Read entire article »

Filed under: Educational, Socially Conscious

Only YOU Can Prevent Wildfires!

Only YOU Can Prevent Wildfires!

Have you seen the devastating images on the web or on the news? The ones of burning wilderness, burning homes, and injured animals? It’s awful. And it is largely preventable.   In 2014 there were 7,933 wildfires caused by lightning, but 55,679 wildfires caused by human error (as reported to the National Interagency Fire Center). In 2015 58,916 human-caused wildfires burned over 2 million acres.     Smokey Bear’s message about wildfire prevention is the center of the longest-running and one … Read entire article »

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Will You Shop With Your Heart?

Will You Shop With Your Heart?

With all of the garbage that is put in our food today, it is important to be conscientious about where your food is coming from. Not only that – but where your meat is raised is a BIG deal. By buying welfare-certified animal products, or more plant-based products, you send a strong message to food companies that you care about the treatment of farm animals. Most of the nearly 9 billion animals raised for meat, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Food Safety, Health, Organic, Socially Conscious

June is National Home Ownership Month

June is National Home Ownership Month

The Foreclosure Prevention Assistance campaign, a partnership between the Ad Council, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, wants you to be aware of foreclosure rescue and mortgage modification scams. June is National Home Ownership Month, but many Americans are still struggling to make their mortgage payments. About 1 in 17 homeowners nationwide have fallen behind on their mortgage payments, putting them at a higher risk of foreclosure. Unfortunately, … Read entire article »

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National Get Outdoors Day – Get Up Get Outside

National Get Outdoors Day – Get Up Get Outside

Indoor play can be fun – but there really is nothing like heading outdoors and enjoying nature. Whether you are exploring a national forest or simply a local park, outdoor exploration is much closer than you might think. Every neighborhood has a #Naturehood. As kids it was easy for us to spend time outdoors – to go barefoot in the grass, play in the mud, explore the wilderness. As we get older we find ourselves struggling … Read entire article »

Filed under: Eco-Friendly, Summer

5 Ways Kids Can Take Action for Animals! #ASPCA150

5 Ways Kids Can Take Action for Animals! #ASPCA150

Join thousands of animal lovers across the country in ASPCA’s 150 Days of Rescue campaign. Calling All Animal Lovers To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the ASPCA – they are launching 150 Days of Rescue, a nationwide action campaign that seeks to unite the country in making a difference in the lives of homeless and abused animals. As part of this initiative, kids and their families are encouraged to visit ASPCA.org/150days and pledge their time between April … Read entire article »

Filed under: Celebrate Shelter Pets Day, Pets

Do You Know the Risks of Diabetes?

Do You Know the Risks of Diabetes?

86 million American adults (more than 1 in 3) have prediabetes and are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a serious health condition that can lead to heart attack and stroke. Surprisingly, nearly 90% of those with prediabetes don’t even know that they have it. But prediabetes can be reversed through weight loss, diet changes and increased physical activity, and the first step to reversing the condition is to evaluate one’s personal risk … Read entire article »

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