Category - Preteens & Teens

My thoughts on Integrated Prom – White Prom, Black Prom

Mom PromAs I prepared for my Mom Prom just last weekend, little did I realize that there were high school students in South Georgia getting ready for their first prom….their first integrated prom that is.

For over 40 years, students at Wilcox County High School, in Rochelle, Ga have been attending a segregated prom. One prom for the white students, and one for the black students were hosted by parents of each race. Parents supported the segregation by planning, paying for and continuing this age-old, hometown tradition. I like to call it “white prom” and “black prom” let’s be honest folks, we need not beat around the bush.

Surprisingly, the school board has avoided the situation all together, basically washing their hands of being either right or wrong and sitting by while the parents took over.

Are the parents to blame? Does this make the school innocent? Who’s really in charge here?

Thankfully, and finally, students at Wilcox County High School, stepped up where their school board administrators, local businesses, and even parents have failed. Standing up out of the ignorance of segregation and fighting for their right to end what is more than an antiquated tradition and clearly racism. Four girls, 2 African American and 2 Caucasian created a Facebook page, asking for support and donations to host their own, independent prom.

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“We were doing that so we could get the word out, so that some people would be able to donate and help us out with what we were doing,” said senior Mareshia Rucker.

The night of the prom,  nearly half of the school’s student body were in attendence at Wilcox County High School’s first integrated prom in 2013… unfortunately, they aren’t the only place in our country with this same mindset. reports: “Wilcox County is not the only place with a racially segregated prom, nor is it the only one that’s attracted widespread attention in recent years. In the 2009 documentary “Prom Night in Mississippi,” director Paul Saltzman followed the preparations for the first integrated prom in Charleston, Mississippi. Actor Morgan Freeman, a native of the area, offered in 1997 to cover the cost if the school board would hold an integrated prom, but the offer wasn’t accepted till 2008.”

While this prom was a great success, there were still students and parents in opposition of the prom, and as a result “white prom” was held again this year. We can hope that this nation learns from this story and takes steps in the direction towards racial equality. If nothing else, these intelligent, amazing teenagers have inspired others, made history, and stood up for what they believe in. Who says children can’t teach adults?!?

Check out Integrated Prom’s Facebook page to see some pretty amazing pictures that I wanted to use for this post but didn’t have permission to, and support what they are doing, whether it is with prayers and words of kindness or donations.


What are your thoughts on this issue?? Who do you think is to blame? But even better still, how can WE change this?

Incredimail – New iPad App

Today I am able to share with you a little more about Incredimail, and their awesome new iPad App. The new App introduces a completely new UI concept for email that allows users to flip, peak, and quickly scan through their emails to provide the most pleasant email experience.

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Having three email addresses {one for personal, one for and one for} I feel like I am always “digging” through emails. I have several blog subscriptions to sites that I totally adore, receive Facebook notifications for everything that’s happening on my three pages, get a bunch of regular emails from companies with coupons and updates, and of course emails from friends/family, and pr that I work with or that want to work with me.

While you may not have three emails {or maybe you have more} going through email can be a bit boring and I know for me, I often spend way too much time reading emails that I could have just deleted had I been able to see all the contents without clicking on it and reading all the way through.

First, you have to check out this video to learn more about all the awesome things that the Incredimail iPad App can do and then I’ll tell you a few of my favorite things I discovered while using the App myself.

How cool right? I love that it’s not like anything I’ve seen or used yet and there are so many features that can make our lives simpler when it comes to email, and Incredimail is available for free download in the App Store.

Personally, I love the ease of use that the new Incredimail iPad App offers. Their platform is so cool and let’s me see my emails, and images associated with the emails right on my screen. I can view about 5-7 emails at a time, depending on the length of the emails. I love that I can hover over the email and scroll to read the entire thing or skip ahead to another email. I can also delete the work emails that say, “Good Morning XXX” instead of, “Good Morning MommyB/Jenn” right away without having to officially open it.

Incredimail iPad App Interface

This innovative Incredimail iPad email App layout also makes it easy to scroll though pages of emails so I can determine which emails are urgent and which can wait, for me, it’s a game changer and I prefer it over my current email platform, now I’m spoiled!

I also enjoy the options that Incredimail give, allowing users to expressing their personality or even emotions through emails. Email is slowly becoming more personalized with signatures, and emoticons, however there is still much to be desired when it comes to sending an email to let that person know who you are. While email will never rival face-to-face when it comes to figuring out a person’s intent, Incredimail takes personalization one step closer.

I can send a message using your favorite of several different stationary choices for each and every email. I can only imagine that selection will grow as Incredimail grows as well.

Incredimail iPad App compose MommyBKnowsBest

Incredimail iPad App Stationary MommyBKnowsBest

Adding photos to your email from your camera roll is easy, in fact I emailed the above screenshots from my iPad to my laptop to show you email options and what it looks like when you compose an email from Incredimail’s iPad App. But that’s not all you can do with Incredimail.

Users can enjoy the following services with Incredimail for the iPad, including:

  • Unified Inbox: Add as many email accounts as you want and view them in a unified inbox, or view each account separately. Incredimail currently supports Gmail, Yahoo!, AOL, and any other IMAP account.
  • Quick Peeks: See a quick preview of emails directly from the inbox, without having to open them.
  • Photo Inbox: In addition to the regular email inbox, enjoy a photo inbox that features photos from friends and family, keeping you fully up to date with the people that matter most (starting with Facebook photos, others will be added soon).
  • Link Previews (a.k.a. Snippets): All links sent to you including photos, videos and articles, are presented as a preview within the email for a pleasant and uninterrupted email experience. Links you send are also viewed as previews by the email recipient.
  • Email Stationery: Enjoy a specially designed email stationery collection to add a personal style to emails you send. Additional stationery and rich content coming soon.
  • Built-In Web Browser: Search and browse the web right inside your inbox, ensuring an uninterrupted experience.
  • Future features to include: POP3 email support, other social platforms like Facebook messages, Twitter and LinkedIn, and more photo integration with Picasa Web, Flickr and Instagram.

Let’s see your email platform do that!! Seriously though, through using this App I have found that I don’t want to revert back to my old email system, that seems both boring and time consuming. Whether you use email only as a means to communicate with others, or if your entire day runs on email, I think it’s a great App and would highly recommend downloading the free Incredimail iPad App, but I’m warning you, you may not want to ever switch back…

Check out Incredimail for yourself and download the FREE App here: Incredimail iPad App, check them out on Facebook too and tell me what you think!!

Is there anything that bother’s you about your current email system? What is it?



I received compensation for this post. However, the thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own, honest opinions.

Share, Save, Spend – Teaching Kids About Money

Remember when I talked a little about financial responsibility for children? Today I’m sharing with you the way we teach the B girls how to be responsible with the money that they earn and are given.

Check out my video explaining the different ways our girls see money:

Many families also have a similar model for their children and the ways they can Share, Save, and Spend. Often times I know I will pay for my items with my debit card, and even though it’s not spending what I don’t have, my girls aren’t able to learn directly as I shop. This method is a great alternative to imitation.


This is also where the website comes in handy for those children who are receiving a regular{ish} allowance, and who are online more often than my two little ones.

What’s great about is that it gives parents full control of their child’s account.

  • You can set monthly allowance amounts, savings targets and charity goals.
  • You also have the option to require approval on every purchase your child makes, or just some of them.
  • You can set a maximum limit per transaction, per day or per week, or restrict which merchants your child is able to shop at.

As you can see, it’s a pretty easy program to set up and change and also offers your family security from questionable websites and security concerns.

For parents: Your credit card information is kept under our PCI-DSS Level 1 Certified security, the highest level available. Because this information is stored under your parent account, your child never has access to it.

For children: Because the child only needs their Virtual Piggy their username and password to checkout, they never use your credit card, or provide personal information like their name, age, birthdate, contact information or home address. Virtual Piggy is also a certified licensee of the TRUSTe® Children’s Privacy Program, which has been approved by the Federal Trade Commission as an authorized safe harbor under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule.

My only wish/hope is that VirtualPiggy offers options on donating to charities or maybe even setting aside money for churches and charities.

Although my girls are young, I’ve definitely been checking out for when they get a little older. I also encourage you to check it out if you have children ages 5 and up.

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Teaching Your Kids Financial Responsibility

Have you considered teaching your children about financial responsibility? Maybe you’re trying to find out ways to instill monetary value, and work ethics into your children. In this day-in-age it can be hard to remind kids the value of a dollar, especially with magic credit cards and online purchases.

I’ll admit, our girls are pretty young, but that doesn’t thwart our efforts to prepare our girls for the age where they’ll be receiving a regular allowance and teaching them how to make frugal choices.

At age 2 and 5, 10 cents to them is like a “katrillion bejizzlon dollars”. I know a large number of you, my readers, have children who are a little older as well, or may be getting into the “allowance-stage” of childhood.

VirtualPiggy_125x125One of the newest, coolest, online ways to teach your children how to be financially responsible is Virtual Piggy.

As you help your child set up their Virtual Piggy profile, you have the opportunity to discuss internet safety, money management, and making wise choices. Your child will be super excited that the can, in a sense, take the reigns of their spending, while you control their boundaries and protect their identity.

Children can make purchases at family-friendly, Virtual Piggy approved merchant websites, and purchase gift cards to major brands through Virtual Piggy’s online store. {Virtual Piggy is signing new merchants every week.}

Now through January 15th Virtual Piggy is offering special promotions through their Member Value Program.” target=”_blank”>*some offers will start or end sooner).


What’s your biggest concern when it comes to teaching your child how to be financially responsible?

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This is a sponsored post from Splash Creative Media on behalf of VirtualPiggy. All opinions are my own.

Mary’s Son – A Christmas Book Review

Marys Son Book Cover

Marys Son Book Cover

Often times the holidays can become a chore, extremely busy, or sometimes we just plain lose sight of what that holiday stands for. With Christmas less than one week away, stores flooded with people looking for the deals or hottest toy on the market, the rush of sending out cards before the day is finally here, and of course making sure the decorations are hung just right. That’s what Christmas is really about right?!?

I love the book, Mary’s Son – A Tale of Christmas by Darryl Nyznyk. This is a great book to remind yourself the true meaning of Christmas, whether you live in a beautiful home and are blessed with all your needs, or if you’re struggling this season just to make ends meet.

This book was awarded a Mom’s Choice Awards and if I had my say I would totally agree. I also think it would be a good book for you to read with your teenagers or even smaller children based on their maturity level.

The way the book is written, it’s an easy one to really “get into”. And even though I know the Christmas story I enjoyed reading the character’s journey and the author’s perspective.

I suggest you grab a copy of this at your local bookstore or maybe even download it for Kindle or on your smartphone and read it when you’ve just had enough of the holidays and want to be filled with CHRISTmas.

PS!!! The author is offering the e-book for only $2.99 on Amazon for the month of December 2012!

I received a copy of this book purely for review purposes. All statements and opinions are my own honest thoughts. Yours may vary, but you’re not allowed to give your opinion until you’ve read the book…as the old saying goes, “you can’t say you don’t like it if you don’t try it!!!”

Easy Holiday Cookies Recipes for Kids {Giveaway}

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One of my favorite things to do during the holidays with my kiddos is to bake cookies. I get to spend time with my girls, teaching them how to cook, giggling, and getting to smell and eat yummy treats we made with our own hands.

As I’ve found out from previous years, some holiday cookie recipes have multiple steps and are definitely not conducive to making with kids. For me, when I’m baking with the girls, I’d rather focus on having fun and enjoying the experience than making award winning cookies {I’ll save those recipes for my annual cookie exchanges.}


Here are some awesome, kid-friendly holiday cookie recipes that I encourage you to make with your children:

Easy Holiday Cookie Recipes for Kids @MommyBKnowsBest


If your kids like to dunk their cookies in Smart Balance Kids Milk, these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from OhMy! SugarHigh will stand the durability AND taste test.

Holidays shout, “MINT”!! So if mint is your flavor these cracker-based cookies from are super simply mint-errific.

If your little ones are chocolate lovers, pair Smart Balance Kids Chocolate Milk with these Chocolate Meringue Kisses from

Do your kiddos love rolling out dough? This recipe is perfect for them: Palmiers from my pal Andria at Adapted from Barefoot in Paris by Ina Garten

While a little messy, these Snowball Cookies from are easy to make and delicious to eat. *Substitute Smart Balance Kids Reduced Fat Milk 1 for 1 for a lighter cookie.

When you’re eating a peanut and butter sandwich you’ve got to have a tall glass of milk to wash it down and when you’ve tried Martha Stewart’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint cookies make sure you reach for Smart Balance Kids milk.

It’s hard to get any easier a cookie, but this S’mores Cookie Pizza recipe from may be the King of easy holiday cookie recipes for the kids.

Of course with any holiday cookie you make with your kiddos, it’s a must to have a glass of milk, and why not make it a nutritious, vitamin-packed, hormone-free glass of Smart Balance Kids Milk. I know my kiddos deserve the best, and I’m betting yours do too!

I’d love to hear what your favorite kid-friendly, holiday cookie recipes are! Leave a comment below.

Happy baking and Happier Holidays!!!

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If you’d like to try some Smart Balance Kids milk for yourself here’s your chance to enter to win 2 free Smart Balance Milk Coupons. Enter here:

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This is a compensated post, however all thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own honest opinions. I am excited to bring Smart Balance Kids into my own home and yours as well. As always your opinions may vary, but if you like me you’ll try it 😉

Holiday Gift Guide – Unique Stocking Stuffers and Gift Ideas

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MommyB Knows Best's Holiday Gift Guide Deck the Halls and break out your lists it’s time for another installment of MommyB Knows Best’s Holiday Gift Guide for the family! In speaking with different families I know that some families provide lists of desired items and others have little to no ideas to go off of. Personally, I like a list for a guideline, but I love purchasing items that I think the gift recipient will be surprised by and love. Here are a few unique stocking stuffer and gift ideas that I wanted to share with you. I hope they can be helpful in your holiday shopping.

big-fish-games-logoThe perfect stocking stuffer for kids or adults, pick up a gift certificate from online casual games company Big Fish.  With most games available for download at only $9.99, Big Fish has something to please every gamer including colorful puzzles and brain teasers, educational games for children, and intriguing mystery and adventure games.


Bobbi-ToadsBobbi-Toads, a line of fun and fashionable shoes for young girls, features a faux set of toe nails on a stylish sneaker, allowing young ones to paint the shoes as you would your own nails. When you are ready to switch up your style and change colors, simply use non-toxic nail polish remover to remove the old polish, and repeat the process by polishing with a different color; it’s that easy!

CVS Phone CasesLooking for a personalized gift that any smart phone or tablet user would love?? CVS/pharmacy photo lab offers several selections and templates to design a fabulous phone case for someone special. Here are my photos, thoughts, and ordering information: CVS/pharmacy smart phone case review.


The Little Gym FamilyTired of toys consuming every area of your home?? What about a gift that will give your child hours of enjoyment and learning but just doesn’t fit into a box? We love The Little Gym classes for both our girls, whether they are in ballet, gymnastics, or one of the many active classes The Little Gym offers they are learning skills both physically and socially. We have classes at The Little Gym of Huntersville/Lake Norman but you can also find a Little Gym class near you.


CVS Beauty Collage

Stocking stuffers can be the last item on your shopping list and sometimes the most difficult. I love shopping for little trinkets at CVS/pharmacy. When it comes to my stocking stuffer wishes I’d pick the CVS/pharmacy ExtraCare Beauty Club picks. Some of my favorites are Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain, Nuance Salma Hayek Walnut Body Scrub {it’s to die for!!}, and for fun, Katy Perry Lashes Oh My!{choose something modest or get fancy!} to name a few. All of these products are around $7 and under in CVS/pharmacy’s Beauty Club, perfect stocking stuffer price and size.

Our favorite Christmas movie to watch with our girls is Veggie Tale’s St. Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving. We like this movie because it tells about the person St. Nicholas and explains the reasons behind why we give gifts at Christmas time, something we try to teach our girls. You may even want to consider buying this one to watch before Christmas gets here. The lowest price I’ve found the video so far is on Walmart’s Website.




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This list of products is part of a sponsored post. However, if I didn’t think the products would be good for my own family or yours I would not list them on my site. Your opinions about the above products may vary, and isn’t it nice that we’re all individuals?!? 



Holiday Gift Guide Featuring Best Friends Forever Tablet Cover

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Hello there Holiday Gifters! Today’s sponsored Family Gift Guide product is for the gift recipient who loves technology. This is a reasonably priced gift and something I feel is unique and may even surprise the giftee!



I’d like to introduce to you Papier De Maison’s Best Friend Forever Tablet cover:

The reason this makes a great gift it that it works on a few different devices, has so many functions, and comes in many different designs.

The iPad cover has been designed exclusively for the new iPad 3 and the iPad 2, however other devices may fit snugly and will require you to bend the bind around it just as you would bend the bind around when you open a new book. This is true for the Kindle cover as well, originally designed for the Kindle Reader, the Kindle Fire will fit snugly and requires you to bend the bind around like a new book. Also, Best Friends Forever are in production now for the Kindle Fire cover and iPad Mini cover, so look fo those soon!

Papier De Maison’s Best Friends Forever tablet cover is great for any device especially those on the go, with children, or who may be a little accident prone. This cover has protective qualities with it’s thick material that wraps right around your device.  Now I wouldn’t encourage my kiddos to step on it with the cover and expect it to be fine, but I can appreciate less scratches and bumps.

Because the Best Friends Forever tablet cover is so versatile I can bend it to use as a notepad and work on my iPad or Kindle, or I can flip it up and share my website for business events or when kids want to watch movies I can prop it up for them to see. Then, when I want to get to work, I can place my device at a level I feel comfortable typing at. I’m pretty sure if I was given enough time I may even be able to figure out some new tablet positions and uses. I love the functionality for sure, that’s probably my top reason for recommending this product. Not to mention that the pen also doubles as a stylus. For more on how to use this product check out the Best Friends Forever Video.

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Last, but not least, I really enjoy the availability of designs I can get with the Best Friend Forever cover. Marche De Fleurs, Boutique De Luxe, Birds on a Wire, Spice Bouquet, Peacock Fantasy, and The Librarian.

Best Friends Forever Tablet Cover

While some of these designs are gender neutral, I am hopeful for more “manly” designs as well, perhaps something mustache-a-rific?!?!?

MommyB Mustache

Each of the Best Friends Forever cases include: elastic bands to hold your IPad or Kindle in place {I like my paper on the right and my device on the left}, a stylus 2-in-1 pen {that’s really cool, and I’d love to see this engrave-able in the future}, a color/print coordinated notepad that matches your case and finishes by closing with a magnetic tab {and you can also purchase them with or without bible scripture included.}

The Papier De Maison Best Friends Forever iPad covers retails for $30.00 and the Best Friends Forever Kindle case retails for $20.00. Get yours just in time for Christmas here:

Who in your family or friends do you think would love this as a gift??

This Holiday Gift Guide inclusion is a sponsored post, however the opinions and thoughts expressed in this post {especially my love for mustaches and organization and functionality} are my own honest thoughts. 

Holiday Gift Guide presented by MommyB Knows Best

MommyB Knows Best's Holiday Gift Guide

MommyB Knows Best's Holiday Gift Guide

If you’re anything like me {which you may or may not be}, you’ve started making Christmas gift lists for your loved ones, taking note of which toys your children are drooling over this season, and scouring the gift card aisles. Although Christmas certainly isn’t all about gifts in our family we enjoy purchasing thoughtful gifts that we know our family and friends will enjoy. In fact, one of my favorite parts of Christmas is watching others open presents I’ve picked up for them, {I know it sounds cliche, but no joke!}

This year I’ve put together a Holiday Gift Guide for the entire family from your spouse, to the kids and the grandparents, and maybe even something for the pets too! From now through December 20th look for the adorable Family Gift Guide logo I created attached to posts that are a part of this gifting series. Also make sure you look for discounts and giveaways attached to some of the gift guide products and services *hint, hint! And if you don’t want to miss a post, make sure you enter your email in the subscribe box in the right side bar next to this post!!

And last but not least, what is one Christmas present that you received that really “sticks in your head”. Tell us what it is, who gave it to you, and why it is so memorable {for good or bad reasons}.

Happy Gifting and feel free to add this Family Gift Guide image to your site!!

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Tips for Teaching Kids to Volunteer – Operation Christmas Child #OCCGiving

I know I’m going to sound super old saying this or maybe just more traditional than some, but I feel like in today’s society children are lacking a sense of kindness, compassion, and generosity for others.

For my family it is important that our girls have a sense of giving back to the community. There are several ways we’ve instilled that in them and as they get older we will continue to do so.

Start them young. Kids are impressionable, and getting them involved in showing love for others with acts of kindness at such a young age will, just like any other activities or traditions you start early, make it a part of their everyday life.

Be age appropriate. You know your child’s maturity level and personality more than anyone else, so take this into consideration when choosing an activity for them to participate in. Operation Christmas Child is a great activity for kids of all ages. My girls decided to choose 2 children from their own age range to give gifts to, and it’s something a teenage would like and even my 2 year-old was excited to buy gifts and pack our shoebox.

Operation Christmas Child

Be upfront with them. Explain to them that there are children and families without anything. Remind them that it’s our job to help one another and that God commands it. John 13: 34-35 says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Most importantly though: Show them what it means to volunteer. It’s a well-known fact that kids learn through watching adults, especially from their parents. As an example to our children the BEST way to model kindness, compassion, and generosity is to have those qualities and exhibit them whether we’re in the line at a grocery store, serving at a local soup kitchen, and especially in our own home.

How we’ve put volunteering into place in our family. We decided this year, as one of our many holiday volunteer efforts with the girls that we would pack two Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes for children without this year. We love this idea because it’s not only easy, but it’s fun too.

We’d love for you and your family to join us, and be an example to the world. Here’s how you can pack your own shoe box, or go online to build one or gift one to a friend to build.

1. Use an empty shoe box(standard size, please) or a small plastic container. You can wrap the box (lid separately), but wrapping is not required.

2. Boy or Girl? Determine whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the child’s age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. You can download a label online or click the Follow Your Box option to get a special label to learn the destination of you shoe box gift.

3. Fill it up! Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child such as toys, school supplies, and hygiene items. A list of suggested gift items is available here.

Packed Boxes 4. Donate $7 Please donate $7 or more for each shoe box you prepare to help cover shipping and other project costs. You can give online by using our Follow Your Box option, or you can write a check to Samaritan’s Purse(note “OCC” on memo line) and place it in an envelope on top of the gift items inside your box. If you or your family are preparing more than one shoe box, please make one combined donation.

5. Drop Off Click HERE to find the closest drop-off location during you and drop off your box during OCC’s National Collection Week, Nov. 12-19, 2012, {however they will accept mailed shoe boxes year-round}.

{Gifts are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.}

Be sure to check Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child out on Social Media too:
Twitter: @OCC_shoeboxes #OCCGiving

Regardless of what activity you choose to volunteer your family’s time for, or when you plan on serving, getting your family involved in giving to others will change the world. I promise.

This holiday season build a box with your family to teach kindness, compassion, and generosity.

Operation Christmas Child and influencer marketing platform BlogFrog have teamed up with 200 bloggers like me to spread the word about this great cause.

BlogFrog will match the first 200 boxes that are built. Pledge your commitment below to build a box today on Facebook or Twitter!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Operation Christmas Child. The opinions and text are all mine.