Teaching our children to give: what’s your reason?

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Influence Central for The Salvation Army. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

Because every child should feel loved. Because we’re all in it together. Because we’re here to help others. Because I want to teach my kids about giving back. Because I can.

What’s your #RedKettleReason?

Every year around the holiday season, we expect to see those bell ringers and the red kettles from Salvation Army. But do you know why? Do you know what they’re for and where

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A SIMPLE Service Project for our kids

How do you teach your children to be compassionate, caring, and giving? I often think about how my kids will grow up and the kind of people they’ll be. As parents, we can only hope that our children grow to be strong, independent, thoughtful, and kind individuals, right? Our family is very fortunate and it’s also important to me that our kids know many others aren’t and sometimes need our help. We are really here to improve the lives of others and give what we can.

I have two toddlers that are very into

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Give the Gift of a Great Future

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Boys and Girls Clubs of America. I received a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.

2013 marks the third annual Give the Gift of a Great Future holiday campaign with the Boys and Girls Club of America. ‘Tis the season for giving and giving back! The Boys and Girls Club of America (BGCA) serves an incredible 4 million youth, but there are still so many more that need the positive guidance and life-changing programs. YOU can help create Read More…

Black Friday, Cyber Monday and… GIVING TUESDAY!

~This post was written in a partnership with The Motherhood for Giving Tuesday. All opinions are my own!

With Thanksgiving only a couple of days away, I’ve been seeing the Black Friday craze all over the place. People are planning their shopping trips and tracking down the must-have deals. Maybe they’re participating in Small Business Saturday with local shops or staying home for Cyber Monday. With all this buying and “getting,” how about a time for giving? Help me spread the word about GIVING TUESDAY!

Giving Tuesday is a national movement for a

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how do you teach your kids to be compassionate?

As an adult, I’m saddened at how often I see others acting unkind or rude. My son, who will be 3 in December, is the biggest sweetheart EVER. I often think about his innocence and his compassion and wonder how I can preserve it. I want him to stay a sweetheart. I want him to always be compassionate and kind and caring, just as he is now.

Sometimes I tell Ryan that there are adults that don’t know as much as he does… that don’t behave as well as he can.

We donate on

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