Champions for Kids: Help End Hunger in Your Community Schools

Disclosure: I participated in this program on behalf of Champions for Kids and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

Did you know that today more children than ever before get free or reduced price school breakfast? That’s 9.8 million kids. Even more startling to me, is that 10.6 million eligible kids go completely without breakfast during the school week. I can’t imagine my girls trying to learn and study on an empty stomach. Hunger has a huge effect on a child’s school performance; 9 out of 10 teachers say having a healthy breakfast is a key to academic achievement.

I wasn’t familiar with Champions for Kids and their SIMPLE Giving program in conjunction with Kellogg Company and Diamond Foods, but it’s as easy as visiting your local Walmart while you’re out shopping for your family, purchasing breakfast foods, and then donating them to help provide a nutritious start to the day for children in your local schools.

I’ve traveled half way around the world to Kenya to speak with school children in the slums who often go without breakfast so it’s hard for me to believe that there are children in my own community who go without something as basic as breakfast. The Champions for Kids SIMPLE Giving program is such a great community service project to share with your kids. Here in Middle Tennessee there are several area participating Walmart stores, such as those in Nashville, Clarksville, and Murfreesboro.

It can be overwhelming when we think of need in our communities and we aren’t sure just where to start. Sometimes we can become resigned to think that small efforts don’t make a difference. Champions for Kids is a champion of spreading the word that helping others does not have to come in large doses. Instead, Champions for Kids seeks to ignite generational change by fostering a “habit of giving” among youth and parents in America.

How can you help? Simply purchase and donate breakfast food items at your local participating Walmart now  through May 5. Place your items in the purple donation bins at the front of the store after checkout. All of the food donations go to children in the local store district so this is a great way to give back to your local community and demonstrate to your children the importance of giving back. The school district that collects the most donated items from a single Walmart store in its division will also receive $10,000 from Champions for Kids. And the school district that collects the most donations from a Walmart store in its region will receive $1,000 from Champions for Kids. For a full list of participating stores and official rules click here.

Walmart Simple Giving Program

Champions for Kids #SIMPLEGiving Twitter Party

The Motherhood is joining Champions for Kids along with Kellogg Company and Diamond Foods for a Twitter party Thursday, April 24 to spread the word about a simple way we can help ensure that kids in our communities enjoy a nutritious breakfast that will help them stay focused in school! I’ve teamed up with several other bloggers to co-host the party where you’ll learn more about this great program and helping your community, as well as have the chance to win some fun prizes, such as a Walmart gift card.


During the party we’ll be sharing more ways to give in our communities, including Champions For Kids’ Simple Services Projects. Simple Service Projects are easy ways for people to help the kids in their own community through four easy steps—Gather, Learn, Give and Share!


When: Thursday, April 24, at Noon CST


Where: Twitter! Follow the #SIMPLEGiving hashtag to track the conversation. You can read the details and RSVP via this link: http://www.twtvite.com/simplegiving


Hashtag: #SIMPLEGiving


Prizes: Five prizes will be given to randomly selected participants who answer the trivia questions correctly. Each prize includes a $50 Walmart gift card.


Hosts: @theMotherhood, @theMotherhood25, @CooperMunroe, and @EmilyMcKhann


Sponsor: @Champions4Kids


Will I see you at the party?

The Easter Bunny Doesn’t Bring Uggs And Other Heartbreaking News

Pastel colored jelly beans for Easter.


Now that I have one daughter quickly approaching her teen years and one daughter about to close out her elementary school days, our Easter bunny requests are getting more elaborate.


When your kids are little they are perfectly content to slobber over a few plastic eggs filled with jelly beans. As they get older, their basket dreams get more complex. Heck, plain ole jelly beans don’t even cut it any more, truth be told. You’ve got to have Starburst or Jelly Belly or Lifesaver jelly beans. I’m just thankful no Pinterest-crazed mom has invented a Bunny on the Shelf concept…yet. Orchestrating bunny visits, church, egg dyeing and Easter fashion is complicated enough!

Here are a few sound bytes from my girls from our Easter weekend:

Mom, does the Easter bunny bring Ugg boots?

Can we throw these eggs away…they STINK! (one hour after laboriously coloring said eggs.)

You know what the Easter bunny brought one time that I REALLY loved? Nerds flavored lip balm. You think he could find that again?

Mom, you can have ONE bite of a peep and that’s it (daughter rips Peep’s head off.)

Her basket is bigger than mine!

Mom, your hair looks REALLY crazy.

You know how some families do Easter egg hunts on Easter morning and each egg holds a clue to where the baskets are? “No…who do you know who does that?” No one…but I KNOW some people do that!

This is my second big time of year to get candy…I cannot be deprived of my sugar!

How was your Easter, peeps? Ours was wonderful until a bird pooped on me while I was sitting on our back patio. And hey if YOUR Easter Bunny brings Uggs let me know. I could use new shoes in my Easter basket next year. ;)

10 Steps To Spring Clean Your Social Media

It’s officially spring and although you may be focusing on sprucing up your yard or decluttering your house, when was the last time you cleaned up your social media presence?


Steps To Spring Clean Your Social Media


Here are 10 simple steps to spring clean your social media accounts:

LinkedIn – Have you recently changed positions or completed a major project? Be sure to update your LinkedIn profile so that it reflects your current career status and projects.

Twitter  - When was the last time you updated your Twitter bio? Make sure it’s still relevant. Consider using a program such as Tweepi to “clean out” followers who no longer post or are relevant to your niche. Twitter lists are also a great way to organize the accounts you follow.

Facebook Page – If your blog or business has a Facebook page, be sure you include the URL to your blog or website in the short description section so people don’t have to click on About in your Facebook cover photo header in order to find the outbound link to your site. Simply click edit on the About section and then add your URL to the short description so it shows up directly in your header as seen below:

Blonde Mom Blog About FB

 

Profile Photos - Make sure your profile photos are consistent across all platforms and feature a current image.

Facebook Cover Photo – If you have a Facebook page for your blog or website, consider changing it up for spring/summer or to promote your latest product or download.

Blog Widgets – Update your blog widgets to the most current versions and remove those you no longer find useful.

Blog Sidebar – If you have ad code that can be updated seasonally, change it to reflect spring/summer. For example, I have a standing Amazon ad on my sidebar and recently updated it to reflect their Mother’s Day deals. Remove any outdated blog buttons or consider moving them to a separate page for a cleaner look.

Pinterest – Did you know you can rearrange your Pinterest boards on your profile page? Rearrange your Pinterest boards to highlight your most popular content or seasonal boards (summer fun, travel, grilling, etc.) Change up your featured board photos. Make sure your bio is up to date.

Blog Bio – Make sure your blog bio is up to date and highlights the most relevant information. My younger daughter just turned 9 so I made sure I updated her age on my About page as well as sidebar bio.

Email Signature – Using Wisestamp or a set email signature? Make sure it’s still timely and up to date. Change it up for the season by highlighting relevant content such as your family travel section or a Pinterest board you’ve created on summer activities, etc.

Social Media Monday

Was this helpful? What tips do you have? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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