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Give Back with Publishers Clearing House

What do Publishers Clearing House prize winners do with those giant novelty checks? I guess they don't have to worry about the cost of framing them, and they can always remodel their homes to ensure they have a wall big enough to display it. Unfortunately, my oversized-check has yet to appear. But, as we near Thanksgiving and focus on giving thanks … [Read more...]

Giving the Gift of Sleep

Although it has been a few years since I've experienced those early days with a newborn, I don't think I'll ever forget how hard they were.  For me, it seemed to get harder and harder the more children I had, so thankfully my husband was fine at stopping with three. My first baby was a breeze.  She starting sleeping through the night at six weeks … [Read more...]

Smiling It Forward

I have received information and products from McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., the makers of TYLENOL®. The opinions stated are my own. This is a partnered post with SheSpeaks. I'm SMILING IT FORWARD because we are having fun on a school night!  One of the fundraisers at my children's school is a skating party at the local … [Read more...]

“Because Every Kid Deserves the Chance to Read”

I am a Kellogg’s Champions of Great Starts Blogger and I am compensated for my participation in this partnership. That line from Taye Diggs in this video pulled at my heartstrings.  It brought a tear to the corner of my eye because in my home, we have books everywhere.  Every night before falling asleep, my three children read several books.  … [Read more...]

Habitat for Humanity Detroit

Recently, I attended Go Further with Ford, a three-day conference sharing information about global trends. One highlight of the trip was taking part in deliveries for Habitat for Humanity Detroit, made possible by the Ford Motor Company Fund and the fleet of Ford F150's they provided us. Living thousands of miles away, what has happened to … [Read more...]

How to Help End Child Hunger

While this post is part of a sponsored series with ConAgra Foods and the Child Hunger Ends Here Campaign, all thoughts and opinions are my own. It's so hard to believe that there are so many who go through each day without knowing where their next meal will come from. Nearly 17 million children here in the US will go unnoticed, silently suffering, … [Read more...]

Child Hunger Can End With Your Help

While this post is part of a sponsored series with ConAgra Foods and the Child Hunger Ends Here  Campaign, all thoughts and opinions are my own. As I sit here and think about my children while they are at school getting ready for lunch, it saddens my heart to know that there are some children that won't be eating lunch today.  One in five children … [Read more...]

What If You Could Make a Make-A-Wish Come True?

I've heard of the Make-A-Wish® program and always thought it was such an exceptional program.  I've read in the papers how a little boy's wish came true when he had the opportunity to meet his hero, and read on the internet how a little girl got to meet her favorite princess, but I never really knew how the program began. It was 30 years ago when … [Read more...]

Pin a Meal, Give a Meal #GiveaMeal

I admit that I have no idea how it feels to be hungry.  I admit that I have no idea how it feels not to be able to provide food for my family.  I admit that I live a comfortable life never worrying about my next meal.  I admit that I'm blessed. However, that's not the case for one in six people in the United States. It's hard to believe that … [Read more...]

Give the Gift of a Great Future

This time of year reminds me just how incredibly blessed I am.  In fact, at times, I feel almost guilty.  I love my life. I love my family. I'm blessed beyond words, really. But I know that isn't the case for everyone and it hurts my heart. We've always been a family that tries to give back when we can.  This year we participated in Operation … [Read more...]