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Showing Kindness with #KleenexCare

Care Package #kleenexcares
I did some acts of kindness with Kleenex® Brand products as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #KleenexCare

 

For our family November is a time to be thankful for all that we have in our lives. That includes special people like our friends, neighbors, and family. Sharing Kleenex® Brand Tissues. is an easy way to show you care especially now that cold and flu season is here. Kleenex® is a small act of care with major impact.

 

Acts of Kindness with Kids #kleenexcares

 

Acts of Kindness:

Consider creating a Care Kit for those less fortunate.

We try to keep a care package or two in our car for people in need that we see in our day-to-day travels.

 

Care Package #kleenexcares

 

The bags include hygiene products like toothbrushes, bandaids, and of course we put some Kleenex Brand Tissues in as well. Sometimes we include some non-perishable foods like granola bars as well. These bags are very easy to make and leave a lasting impact when you hand them out too! Plus the kids love getting involved in making them.

Another act of kindness that the B girls love being a part of is packing Christmas boxes for children overseas.

Christmas Boxes #kleenexcare

These boxes can only contain certain items and Kleenex Brand Tissues are a great addition for the hygiene category, plus the travel packs are the perfect size. Lil’ C’s school is packing them up this month and she was so excited to add them to fill up her box for a little boy.

Packing Christmas Boxes #kleenexcares

 

Now it’s your turn to join the “Share the Kleenex Care” movement.

Here are some ways you can partake in acts of kindness this month and share the care of Kleenex with others:

We all know that it’s no fun when you need a tissue and there’s none to be found.  It’s easy to leave a package of Kleenex Brand tissues where there aren’t any.

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Create a quick and easy get-well basket for a sick friend or neighbor, filled with soup, Kleenex Brand Tissues (because Kleenex softness is a catalyst for showing kindness and care), and other healthy remedies. This will brighten their day and help them to get the rest and care they need.

Head to KleenexCare.com to find out how your acts of kindness can make a difference and get ideas from others doing good deeds.

What are some ways you show that you care??

 

 

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Socialstars and Kleenex Brand. All opinions expressed in this post are my own, honest opinions. 

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!

 

Sponsored Video – Finish the Fight Against Cancer

This post is sponsored by the American Cancer Society.

Do you know someone who is undergoing cancer treatment? Did you realize that often times the best medical treatment for that patient is often far from home? Unfortunately, due to all of the costs associated with their care, there are thousands of cancer patients that just can’t afford a place to stay.

Can you imagine a small child not being able to receive chemo treatment for neuroblastoma because there was no room for him and his family to stay? How about the mom who is battling breast cancer and fighting with everything she has, only to have to turn down medical care because there’s nowhere for her to stay? These scenarios are only a few of many and you may even know someone who is in this very situation, struggling to get the care they need but bound by financial hardships.

I hope that, especially this time of year, you are thinking to yourself, how can I help, what can I do. If so, please take a moment to watch this video, and if not, I encourage you to search your heart and remember that by putting others first you’re making this world a better place.

A room shouldn’t be the difference between life and death. Last year the American Cancer Society provided lodging for 50,000 patients and caregivers. Let’s continue to make sure that everyone who needs a room gets one! Join the American Cancer Society and make noise to finish the fight against cancer.

Go find out what you can do to help those who need lodging for cancer treatment.

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Unruly Media and American Cancer Society. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own honest opinions. Yours may vary.

Earn FREE Scholastic Books with Kelloggs® Mini Missions Program

Giving. December is THE landmark month for giving to others. I feel like lately I’ve written a million posts on how our family is giving back, whether it’s sponsoring a child in Africa, packing Christmas boxes for needy children, giving a homeless person a meal, or helping a stranger with the door. There are opportunities to give your services every single day.

We want our girls to know serving is an opportunity and not a chore. They loved making finger puppets for little ones in the local children’s hospital and placed each adornment with care, knowing their work would brighten another child’s day. This my friends, is what life is about. Not YOLO or “doing you”, but genuinely caring for others.

That is why we love the Every Day is a Big Day program. This program encourages families to completes a Mini™ Mission {this month is Give and Get Back}, and as a bonus, you can earn free Scholastic books and a chance to win prizes for your school and community too.

This month, log in and complete the Mini™Mission to earn 2 free Scholastic books for your family, and while you’re there, check out

Visit scholastic.com/minimissions to register your family for the Every Day is a Big Day program and start giving back to those in need.

Kellogg’s® Frosted Mini-Wheats® and Scholastic have partnered to bring you the Every Day is a Big Day program, created to benefit families, schools and communities across the country.

Your family is invited to complete monthly Mini™ Missions to get free books for your family. Also, each month you’ll be entered into a sweepstakes for the chance to win one of 131 valuable prizes for your school and community. As you earn books and enter the sweepstakes, your family is sure to have a blast and learn something new along the way!

Start here and register for your first monthly mission!

This is a sponsored conversation by me on behalf of Kellogg’s(R) Frosted Mini-Wheats(R). The opinions and text are all mine.

Pack a Box for Operation Christmas Child with a Veggie Tales Party

Operation Christmas Child LogoHave you heard?? This week is National Collection Week for shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child!!! Now through November 25th, stop by a Drop-Off Location with your shoeboxes.

Each gift provides much more than fleeting moments of joy. With each gift, Operation Christmas Child shares the good news that Jesus loves every child.

Haven’t packed a shoebox yet?? Why not host a packing play date for your children and their friends and family?

We had the amazing opportunity of hosting an Operation Christmas Child packing party in our home. We invited some great friends who brought their shoeboxes and gifts with them. We snacked on some Veggie Tales themed treats {some vegetables were harmed in the making of this play date} while we watched the newest Veggie Tales movie, Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas, featuring the voice of Duck Commander’s own Si Robertson.

Operation Christmas Child party

The children loved watching the movie, and got to hear all about the true meaning of Christmas. After the movie we were able to teach the true meaning of Christmas by packing our boxes, remembering all of the children who would be opening the gifts we were sending.

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Unfortunately a few of our guests had to leave {one got sick}, before they could pack their boxes, but here are the ones we were able to complete.

Operation Christmas Child Boxes

Of course no Christmas celebration is complete without singing {an early} Happy Birthday to Jesus and enjoying Christmas Tree cakes.

Are you packing a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child this year? Will you make it a big play date and invite your friends or have a quieter packing session with your immediate family?

 

There’s still plenty of time to pack your boxes and it’s only 5 easy steps!

1. Find a shoebox. {Make sure it’s not filled with vegetables or stinky shoes!} Feel free to decorate your box or leave it as is.

2. Make a choice. If you want you can design your box and it’s contents for a boy or a girl and also choose from a range of ages. {We always pack the boxes for 2 girls the same ages as our girls.}

3. Fill ‘er up! Fill your box with gifts and goodies {no veggies please}. Check out Samaritan’s Purse’s gift suggestions HERE. {This is our favorite part, I let the girls fill their own boxes up and remind them as they pack how thankful the child who is getting the box will be when they open it. I also remind them that God calls us to help others, and we’re doing what He’s asking us to do.}

4. Get ready to ship. Unfortunately the post office will not deliver these awesome gifts without money, I asked {just kidding!}. But it’s only $7 to make sure each shoebox gets to the little boy or girl it’s meant to be with. You can include $7 when you turn your box in to a Drop-Off Location, or…the method I like better is to pay the shipping fee online, print off your special label with barcode and track your boxes all the way to their final destination!!

5. Drop off. Using the great online resources that Operation Christmas Child has provided, find your local Drop-Off Location. Unfortunately, there are some areas that do not have Drop-Off locations {I know, I know}, however if you are interested in participating you can also build a shoebox online.

 

Thanks to Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child for sending us the movie and goodies for our guests and giving us the opportunity to give to those in need. 

Red Cross, CVS/pharmacy, MommyB Knows Best Service Day Recap

Thank you all for your thoughts and participation on the Red Cross, CVS/pharmacy and MommyB Knows Best Service Day! The day was a huge success, so many lives will be touched by the work that went on a few weekends ago and it definitely ignited a strong desire in my heart to continue to serve my community and others in this way.

CVS/pharmacy not only donated a large number of personal care and hygiene products, but with the help of the awesome people at Matter Communications we were able to connect and serve along with some amazing Red Cross of Charlotte volunteers.

Here’s my video recap of the days events and some pictures!

Red Cross CVS MommyB Knows Best Service Day

This day will certainly be one I won’t remember. I was able to vocally share my story of the devastating house fire my family lived through, which I haven’t done much in my life and even though tears filled my eyes and my voice wavered throughout I know that the more I tell my story the more lives will be touched, and the more awareness it will bring.

I feel so blessed to have been able to be a part of this event and am grateful for all the people who believed in me to organize it, but give all the glory to God. He is the one who not only saved me from the fire that day, but has given me new life in Him.

What are you and your family currently doing or plan on doing to serve others in your community or across the globe??

American Red Cross Charlotte, CVS/pharmacy and MommyB Team Up

I don’t really like fire.

When I was 5 years old, my first memory was a dream that I had. In the dream, I was very sweaty and hot and just couldn’t cool off. When I awoke from my dream I was surrounded by flames, my childhood home was on fire and my family was asleep.

Only by the grace of God, my mom and little brother {who was 2.5 years old at the time} and I were able to escape from our home. As we waited on the cold slate sidewalk, I remember hearing the sirens from the firetrucks. As a child I didn’t worry about what we didn’t have or where we would stay, but I guarantee you that was one of my mom’s biggest concerns.

I do however, remember that Red Cross was there for us. They provided us with the necessities and basics that were unsalvageable in the ash that had once been our home. I know that meant a lot to my entire family.

Flashforward to 2012, on a media trip to CVS/pharmacy headquarters, the bloggers in attendance were surprised with a Red Cross volunteer opportunity. This project gave us the chance to write notes, and pack necessities bags for families who have faced devastation and loss from situations like mine.

I was completely caught off guard with the volunteer opportunity and all of the memories from my house fire came flooding back. Although I was a little shaken up, I thought the best therapy for my soul would be to dig in and start packing up some bags for families in need.

While I was packing the bags it was laid on my heart that this project was something I wanted to continue being involved in, and also to use my online voice to encourage others to participate in.

Red Cross CVS MommyB Volunteer Day Collage

If you’re in the Charlotte area, I am asking you to please consider being a part of the Red Cross Volunteer Day sponsored by CVS/pharmacy partnering with MommyBKnowsBest.com

Volunteer Day will be a family affair (kids are welcomed) Saturday, August 24th 10:00am to 12:00noon, for more details and to RSVP head to the Facebook event listing here: https://www.facebook.com/events/564263416944352/ if you are not on Facebook but would like to attend please email me at mommybknowsbest(at)gmail(dot)com

Please also feel free to print, share, or post this flier online:

Red Cross CVS MommyB Volunteer Day Flier

If you are unable to attend the event, but would like to contribute, please consider donating to the American Red Cross on behalf of the CVS/pharmacy & MommyBKnowsBest.com event head HERE.

And as always thank you in advance for your support and prayers for this event and the people who will benefit from our help.