DIY Baby Gift Basket Inspiration

October 9, 2017

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I decided when I found out that I was pregnant that I didn’t want a shower or a “sprinkle”. I really appreciated my son’s baby shower and all the gifts, but I found it more stressful than helpful. I felt the need to wear all of the clothes that he received as gifts; we had so many pieces in a few sizes that he would need to wear an outfit a day to wear all of them before he outgrew. What was I supposed to do with all that he couldn’t wear? I felt guilty selling or gifting them to someone else. I thought that not having a shower for my daughter would prevent that, but it actually made things worse. People bought us lots of gifts and dropped them off. I think I may have gotten more stuff for her than I received for my son. If you’re considering not having a baby registry or you’re buying for a new baby, please read this post. Here are a few tips for creating your gift registry and buying for a mom-to-be/new baby, and some DIY Baby Gift Basket Inspiration. DIY Baby Gift Basket Inspiration Continue reading DIY Baby Gift Basket Inspiration

365 Days of Giving: Donate A Photo Photography Challenge

December 27, 2016
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I probably take several thousand photos every year; most of the space on my phone, tablet, and computer is occupied with photos. I enjoy taking photos of Gabe a lot, but I like photographing just about anything. I feel like most are wasted, because I can’t share all of them on social media. I’ve found a better way to share a few of my favorites using the Donate a Photo app created by Johnson & Johnson; I get to share my photos with family and friends, and I can help earn donations for some carefully curated causes.

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Road Trip?: Printable Road Trip Checklist

June 22, 2015

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Some of my favorite family memories (and some of my worst) are from road trips with my family. I can remember once that my mom and grandmother decided to load up all seven grandchildren into my mom’s van and take us to Myrtle Beach. I remember the night before when they were double-checking that their van insurance with a company like Staveley Head covered everything that they needed. It was a very last-minute decision but they still wanted to make sure that we were covered. We left at an unsightly hour and took a road trip from Dewitt, Kentucky to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Imagine 2 adults and 7 kids (ages 4-9 years old) in a van for a 8 hour drive, and someone gets car sick. (My own son gets car sick from time to time) We didn’t have anything in the car for motion sickness. The drive was terrible, but thankfully our time in Myrtle Beach was fun and memorable. I remember being so excited to go on road trips with my friends after I passed my driving test! If you haven’t gotten Driving Training Melbourne yet then what are you waiting?! The freedom of being able to go anywhere on a road trip is amazing. I’m sharing a few tips on how to prepare for a road trip including a printable road trip checklist.

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What kind of world do you want for your family in 2030?

May 14, 2015

What kind of world do you want for your family in 2030? I’ve been pondering this question since I left the Mom+Social in New York with Johnson & Johnson nearly two weeks ago; It’s the theme of the Global Moms Relay this year. In 2030 my son will be 30 years old, and I initially shuttered at that thought; What would he see or experience in his first 30 years of life?

Science historian James Burke once said, “You can only know where you’re going if you know where you’ve been.” I often use that quote to reflect upon my own life and the history of my family. In the 1930s my great grandmother Rose Garland Cole graduated from a small college nestled in Appalachia: Union College. In fact, all 7 of her siblings would attend the college and go on to teach throughout Appalachia. I often wonder if my own great great grandmother imagined that all of her children would attend college, especially her two daughters. My great grandmother was born before women even had the right to vote. What kind of world would they have imagined for me?

Most of the United States wouldn’t consider my Appalachian childhood luxurious, yet my lower middle class upbringing in an area dubbed by Kevin Williamson as The White Ghetto, was vastly more opulent than many of the world’s children. My mom and I survived childbirth despite a postpartum hemorrhage, because we had access to proper healthcare. WHO recorded in 2013 that over 280,000 women died from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. I was issued a birth certificate, while UNICEF estimates that 1 out of every 3 children aren’t issued a birth certificate; this can result in the child being denied access to healthcare or an education. Many mothers still have to carry children and walk miles to receive potentially life-saving vaccines, I received mine from my pediatrician or health department. I received an education and I never felt that my education was discounted or disregarded because I was a girl. In some parts of the world there are still wide education gaps between girls and boys. I wasn’t expected to leave school to care for children or to work to help support my family. I grew up feeling that my life mattered, and I believe that all lives matter.

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In 2030, I want my family to know that their life matters, and that all lives matter. Children shouldn’t have to worry about obtaining clean drinking water or food, and they should have equal access to receiving healthcare and an education. All children should have childhoods.

I think the Mom+Social was best summed up by a group of 5th graders and their teacher…

My favorite part of the entire Mom+Social was this amazing group of 5th graders from PS22. They couldn’t have said it better, “It’s just people loving people.”

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Have you been thinking about your answer to the question, what kind of world do you want for your family in 2030? What kind of legacy do we want to leave for the next generations? Maybe you’ve moved beyond those questions, and you’re wondering what you can do to help future generations?

  • Join the Global Moms Relay from now until June 19th. Every time you share the daily post from the Relay, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 (per social network share) to one of four organizations. UNICEF, MAMA, Shot@Life, and Girl Up will each benefit from the Global Moms Relay.
  • Donate A Photo everyday! Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 for every photo (up to 1 photo per day) that is shared through the Donate A Photo app. You can select which organization or cause you would like to donate the photo to. You can currently donate to two Global Moms Relay organizations Girl Up and Unicef, and several other causes.
  • Share and Inspire. Tell you’re family, friends, and especially your own children what kind of world do you want for them in 2030.

Videos from Mom+Social Good are available here.

Disclaimer: I’m a Johnson & Johnson Social Influencer for Social Good, and I received travel expenses to the Mom+Social, however all opinions contained in this post are entirely my own.