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Back to School Giving Back

Recently, I had the opportunity to go to Dick’s Sporting Goods store. Being that our girls aren’t very sporty we had only gone to the store a few times and not very recently. Much to my surprise there were so many things in the store that we purchase at other stores currently.

While I was delighted with the amount of product they had, the shoe walls, and athletic clothing galore, what really stood out to me was the way that Dick’s is giving back to the community through sales in-store and online.

Did you know that Dick’s Sporting Goods has it’s own organization? Sports Matter, their motto is that “Every kid deserves a chance play”. This organization helps local schools, non-profit organizations, and sports teams/leagues. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE when large corporations have that motto.

In an effort for shoppers to be able to give back to children who may not normally be able to participate in sports Dick’s has several ways we can contribute to Sports Matter:

  • Round up at the register – I challenge you to round up even more than the next dollar
  • Purchase from the family-minded DSG line – it’s super cute already, coordinates with the entire family and gives a percentage to Sports Matter
  • Purchase a partnering brand – often larger name brands will donate a percentage of the sale of their items to benefit Sports Matter
  • Donate online – take the initiative whether or not you shop at Dick’s regularly choose to give back to the community by donating to the Sports Matter organization

As I challenge you to give back I am also led to do the same. Funds from this post will be donated to benefit local schools in the greater Charlotte, North Carolina area.

While I love giving back to the community, I also understand it is nice to be able to get some perks as well. Some things I learned while I was at Dick’s is that they price match other retailers. This is a great way to get items you need in one place and know you’re getting the best price.

For your convenience you can purchase online and pick up in the store. This is a great way to shop if you know what you want without having to search for it in the store.

And one last tip for all of you shoe buffs out there, Dick’s offers shoe releases on the newest name brand shoe lines, so you have one more place to go to find the “hottest shoe” that you’re looking for.

In looking for your one-stop shop for Back to School clothing and gear, check out Dick’s Sporting Goods and give back for Back to School.






Proceeds from this post help benefit local schools. MommyBKnowsBest partners with brands in an organic and authentic way. This post represents the honest opinions of the author. Thank you for your support and for reading and sharing.

Reasons to Teach Children to Feed the Hungry

I worked with The Motherhood on this post, sponsored by ConAgra Foods. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

If you read my last post on Steps to Help Feed Hungry Kids this Summer you know how many children who receive free or reduced lunch are missing out on those meals right now. If not it’s roughly 90 percent, meaning almost all children who count on those meals during the school year.

Aside from the obvious reasons to help feed these children, there are a lot of reasons to teach your children and involve your entire family in feeding the hungry. Wanna know what they are???

Reasons to Teach Children to Feed the Hungry #hungerfreesummer


1. Serving others teaches your children empathy. This character trait is so important in today’s society and can only be taught by, “putting yourself in other’s shoes” and one BIG way to do this is to serve others. In this case when your children collect food or purchase food and give it directly to a family in need they are seeing the result of their giving face-to-face. How impactful.

2. You will expand their worldview when you help them to think about others. When you are taught to do something for someone other than yourself you realize that the world is a big place with many different kinds of people. It’s good for us to think outside of ourselves.

3. You help them realize life isn’t always fair. When you serve you have the opportunity to open up communication with your child to speak about the fact that some people don’t have money or food and you and others do. This is a chance to let them know how life works and answer any questions they may have. You don’t always get rewarded for good behavior or punished for bad behavior in the real world, and unfortunately sometimes good things go unrewarded or sometimes even punished.

4. Hopefully, this will create in them a desire to continue to volunteer. Kids may not always love helping others out, but for some children this desire will be laid on their heart and they will in turn be excited to tell their peers or even invite their peers to help out. We have had friends whose children {on their own} have asked for charitable donations instead of birthday gifts, our family hosts lemonade stands to profit local causes. When kids get that giving is a good thing be sure not to put their fire out, hop on their train and be their #1 supporter.

Other like-minded parents and bloggers have joined in the effort to serve hungry kids this summer. In an effort to spread the word on social media we have a Pinterest board, “A Childlike Summer,” on the ConAgra Foods Feeding America page and I would love it if you would take a moment to check it out, there are some great ideas for helping and getting your family involved in something that may change your life and the lives of others.

Also I encourage you to watch this video – for every view, like or share of this Kid President video NOW through July 31, the ConAgra Foods Foundation will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America (up to 2 million meals):



And remember it’s never too young to start teaching your children to feed the hungry.



Have you volunteered yet? What benefits have you seen from volunteering with your children?


This is a sponsored post in partnership with The Motherhood. This message is important to me personally and I am honored to be able to pass on this information and truly encourage you to thoughtfully consider helping Feeding America and ConAgra Foods give kids a hunger-free summer. Thank you for your readership!


Giving Thanks and Giving To Others {$1000 Giveaway}

Devastation. It seems like today devastation blankets the world. Those who are living through the typhoon in the Philippines, we see it here in our county too, and it’s hard to miss when so many sad stories are being share through our local news.

Devastation reaches everyone and everywhere.

There isn’t much a survivor can give their rescuer to thank them, but a smile is free and says it all.

I am thankful for my smile. Through the years my smile has mirrored my personal growth.

At the age of 5 I was a victim of a house fire, back then my smile was missing teeth, but even in that time of uncertainty I had a lot to smile about thanks to local non-profit organizations, family and friends.

In my adulthood I’ve overcome many challenges, and am really proud of the woman that God is forming me to be. I’m not perfect by any means, will never be, I’ll leave that up to Jesus, but with my transformation and growth in a new direction, my smile reflects that.

With the help of Invisalign, {who as you know provides complementary treatment that I share about with you}, my smile can reflect the warmth and appreciation I have for so many and know I can smile big and proud with no reservations. Now that I am in the refinement process of my treatment my smile is only growing and growing as my teeth now fill up my entire smile, right where they should be.

 Invisalign Smile

Today, as Thanksgiving is approaching I am thankful for so many people and things in my life. I am truly blessed. I was given a huge task of sharing a large gift of $500 with a person or charity I though could really use it.

After MUCH prayer and consideration I felt my heart lead to give this gift to one individual and one organization.

We love going to our local Super Target because a special cashier by the name of Miss Mattie, is always such a delightful person to be around, she treats my girls like they are her blood, spoils them with stickers and goodies she brings in from home for all the children who visit her, and she has an amazing heart for others. She always has a smile on her face.

She recently lost her mother and has been trying to recover from her loss. I know the holidays are an extremely hard time for her and anyone who has lost someone, and I knew that Miss Mattie deserved this money. We decided to also surprise her with a drawing and a framed photo of the girls that said, “We Love Miss Mattie.”

Although we had planned to surprise Miss Mattie in line as she rung up our groceries, it didn’t work out that way because she was headed to her lunch break. Luckily, though things worked out even better so we didn’t hold up anyone in line and were still able to put a smile on her face.

After many tears, smiles, and hugs on both parties, Miss Mattie shared that the money came just in time to pay her water bills and other expenses.

We are blessed by Miss Mattie because she makes us smile and were glad to be able to give her gifts to show her how important she is.

Target Mattie

As for the organization, I decided to give a portion of the money I received to Pearls for Creative Healing. Pearls is a local, domestic abuse non-profit, giving victims an outlet and a voice through art.


I am so grateful for Sandra and Pearls and am honored to be able to work with them in a very very very very part time basis. I have already seen how impactful this program is and knew in my heart that it was a deserving organization.

I’m thankful to be able to share this money with Pearls for Creative Healing and know that it will be used for great things.

How about you? Could you use $500? How about someone you know??

Awesome news for you: Invisalign is hosting a Smile it Forward Sweepstakes where you can win $500 for yourself and $500 for a friend {or to donate to a great cause}.

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Enter here:

Invisalign’s Smile It Forward Sweepstakes
If you think you may be a good candidate or want to improve your smile, take Invisalign’s free smile assessment: HERE.

For more information straight from Invisalign and Invisalign Teen visit their website Invisalign.com and check them out on Facebook and Twitter.


*I am a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board, I receive complimentary Invisalign treatment, but am posting my own, personal opinions.

MommyBKnowsBest on: Being a Fraidy Cat #vlogmom


#vlogmomAre you brave or fearful? Amy B. Hodges, a fellow member of #vlogmom and blogger at amillionboxes.com asks this week’s vlog question: “What’s the last thing you did that scared you? (either it scared you and you did it anyway, or you did something and it unexpectedly scared you).”

Now I have had a lot of serious and silly scares in my life. My first scare that I remember was my house fire when I was 5, and my first memories, even to this day definitely one of the scariest moments in my life. I also used to be afraid that I would be the recipient of an immaculate conception and no one would believe me, hilarious I know. My friends and I used to watch scary movies and freak ourselves out. I’ve been in several small and near-miss automobile accidents, all equally scary. However this week’s question is based on what the most recent scare was, so here it is…you may want to grab your blankie!!

Join me and the other #vlogmom vloggers here: