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A Reason to Smile

This is a partnered post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Ahhh summer break!

Now that the school year is done and my classroom is packed up, I get to have some fun at home with my three girls.  It was absolutely heart-breaking having to go back to work after the baby was born, but I consoled myself with the fact that there were only 7 weeks remaining until the end of the school year.

Dreyer's Operation Smile

Each day when I returned home from work, I was greeted by this smile. That sweet baby melts away all woes and brings a smile to my face.

Those sweet and sincere smiles are something I cherish immensely as a parent. Unfortunately, not all children have as easy of a time.  That’s why Dreyer’s Ice Cream is partnering with Operation Smile in the Reason to Smile campaign.  Operation Smile, an international children’s medical charity, works to provide necessary surgeries for children born with cleft lip or palate globally.  What are cleft lip and palate?  A cleft is an opening in the lip, the roof of the mouth or the soft tissue in the back of the mouth.  These medical conditions can make daily activities like smiling, eating, drinking, or even breathing a challenge.

But you can turn your scoops into smiles!


Participating in the Reason to Smile campaign is easy!  Upload an image to the Dreyer’s Facebook page using the #ReasontoSmile hashtag in the caption, and you’ll be contributing to the effort to provide 500 life-changing operations.  500 operations, 500 reasons to smile.

Dreyers operation smile campaign

I uploaded a picture of my baby to the Facebook campaign, but I know that all three of my girls will be smiling throughout the summer as we get to spend our days together. Since she arrived earlier this year, a lot of my attention has been focused on Baby Poppy.  But this summer I am looking forward to creating new reasons for the big sisters to smile, too.

I knew a huge hit with them would be sampling Dreyer’s new limited edition summertime flavors: Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream Fun ‘n the Sun Banana Split and Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream Summer in the City Cheesecake.  Both flavors are available in the Grand and Slow Churned variety, but these limited edition offerings will only be on store shelves until August.  

dreyers operation smile campaign Both girls loved the banana flavoring with streaks of chocolate and cherry throughout.  I purchased the Grand version of the yummy treat this time, but I’m thankful they are available in the Slow Churned variety also.  Dreyer’s Slow Churned ice creams have half the fat and one-third fewer calories than regular ice cream, so Mommy can have some too.

As we continue our summer vacation and we find a million more reasons to smile, I’ll be mindful of how much of a blessing those smiles truly are.  I’m thankful that Operation Smile, in partnership with corporations like Dreyer’s, are able to bring smiles to children across the globe.  I encourage you to upload your photos, using the #ReasontoSmile hashtag to help make 500 life-changing surgeries possible.

What do you say, can we count on YOU?

This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Dreyer’s blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.
About Melanie

My name is Melanie. I love glitter, my family, and making lists.


  1. 1

    I love that they’re doing this. Every child should have a smile!

  2. 2

    Operation Smile is honestly one of my favorite charities, because every child should feel comfortable smiling 🙂

    • 3
      Melanie says:

      Absolutely! I learned so much about how much a cleft can impact a child’s life on the Operation Smile website.

  3. 4

    This is a great cause. We would love to try the slow churned ice cream.

  4. 5

    What a great cause! I love seeing children smile!

  5. 6

    I love this, such a great way to help children!! Love the pictures, super cute!

  6. 8

    A fantastic cause! I am a teacher too and the summers are fantastic to have time to spend with my kids!

  7. 10

    I would like to try the cheesecake flavor. I love that they have this campaign

  8. 11

    Operation Smile is such a wonderful charity!

  9. 12

    This is such a beautiful charity! I try to appreciate the little things and smile a lot. It’s so nice to bring a smile to someone else.

  10. 13

    This is such a great campaign and you a right that is a beautiful smile.

  11. 14

    Such a great cause, every little child should have the right to smile. Looks like you have a loveable reason to smile yourself.

  12. 15

    What a caring thing for Dreyer’s to do. It goes without saying that I’ll upload a photo so those kids will have a reason to smile! 🙂

  13. 17

    Now Dreyers is a reason to smile!! I could use some now.

  14. 19

    Dreyers always has the most creative flavors! This program’s generosity is definitely another reason to smile.

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