Giving Tuesday: Helping Others with the Help of Mommy Nearest

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I've written about a lot about advocacy and how helping others is an important part of my familys' life. I once read that it’s important to start teaching how to give back at a very young age, as young as age 3, and that it’s best to treat the act of helping as a family activity. I actually started to encourage the act of volunteering when they were both less than a year old. Every week we would go to an old age home and play on a rug in the middle of a roomful of the elderly.  It filled my heart with pride knowing how much our presence was … [Read more...]

The Perfect Holiday Gift: Purchase a Scarf, Empower a Woman

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I've written about FashionABLE scarves here before.  I'm become slightly obsessed with them.  Not only are they beautiful, but every time I buy one, I am investing in a woman. I am helping the fight against poverty.  Just check out the story above, Kalkidan is one example.  Let me explain. In an effort to create sustainable business in Africa through scarf making; instead of making women dependent on charity, FashionABLE helps make women a vital part of a developing economy by employing them to make these beautiful creations and by giving them … [Read more...]

Keeping Global Promises to Mothers and Children

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I can't believe that I had my first daughter 10-1/2 years ago.  It feels like yesterday, and for some reason, the images are more vivid than when I had my second child a few years later. It was an induced pregnancy, so we went in to the hospital rather leisurely on a week night.  I laid on a table and was given medication to send my soon-to-be child a signal that it was time to come into the world.  After nine months of carrying her around in my belly and readying the house and my life to include a new child, my husband and I were more than ready to … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Expedia + St. Jude – Travel that gives back

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The Culture Mom was invited to Memphis, Tennessee to participate in an informative few days with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The trip was sponsored by Expedia.  September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Expedia is doing their part in all of this by launching over 150 travel giveaways and exclusive hotel coupons to help travelers support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. It’s such a great way to be a part of this amazing hospital and everything St Jude has created. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital opened in 1962 and … [Read more...]

Join Expedia in the Fight Against Childhood Cancer

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I've written about St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on this blog several times.  Here and here and here and here and here.  Over the last two years, I have come face to face with the team at St. Jude after having run a viable campaign that I spearheaded for an old client, Ruckus Media Group, raising a significant amount of money to help the children of St. Jude using social media and creative merchandising. Af the end, I was invited to visit and tour the hospital as a partner about which I wrote: There was an adorable little girl playing in a … [Read more...]

Sponsored Post: Get Spotted Volunteering to WIN $1,500 for Your School

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This post is sponsored by VolunteerSpot. Over the last few years, my school district has seen a lot of budget cuts. This year alone the district must fully implement the Common Core Curriculum for K-12; upgrade the computer network/hardware to prepare for online assessments in 2014-15 and pay costs related to the Teacher/Principal Annual Professional Performance Reviews.  And a lot more is needed: additional teachers to balance middle school teams and eliminate the Super Team model; the piloting of a dual-language (Spanish-English) kindergarten; the … [Read more...]

My Six Degrees of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Continues

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I can't believe it has been over a year since I last reported on my involvement with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. It was very six degrees of separation: I met and interviewed Marlo Thomas at an event.  We stayed in touch via Twitter.  When the CEO of the company I was working for at the time expressed interest in running a social good campaign for St. Jude, I instantly reached out to her and then launched one of the most satisfying marketing campaigns of my career. As a participant of the St. Jude Annual Thanks and Giving campaign, we raised … [Read more...]

A Mother’s Day fashionABLE Gift That Will Change Lives

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A few months ago I read my amazing friend Liz's recount over at Mom-101 of what it was like to watch her mother run a small clothing label out of her attic when she was growing up.  She connected the story (beautifully) to a group of women that she met at the non-profit, FashionABLE while visiting Ethiopia. It's a place where all the proceeds on the scarves that they create go towards helping the artisans, not only through wages but with medical care, medicine for TB or HIV, counseling, a housing stipend, educational tools and daycare for their … [Read more...]

DoGoodCon: Creating Meaningful Change in the World.

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I am thrilled to be announcing my involvement with a new event called DoGoodCon. I’m always looking for ways to unlock the potential of new media and technology to make the world a better place, and how to translate that potential into action and this is one. DoGoodCon is a CONFEST (not a conference!) celebrating social entrepreneurs who are embracing a for-profit business model with a built-in social mission. The speakers, panelists and vendors represent a variety of industries – Design, Education, Entertainment, Food, Film, Finance, and more! I … [Read more...]

Evolving and Entering 2013

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I'm determined to reflect and write an account of 2012, as I do every year. It helps to think about my achievements, as I am ending the year on a bit of a low.  I wasn't sure why I feel this way around this time of year until I saw this tweet from one of my favorite writers and actresses, Lena Duham, and realized I'm not the only one: Then I realized that if she, the queen of everything creative and successful, can feel this way, I'm not a total loser.  I have so much to look forward to in 2013 and I need to focus on the good in my life.  I'm at a … [Read more...]