Recycle all over the house!

Most of us have recycling bins in the kitchen. But have you ever thought about all the things in your bathroom that can be recycled as well? According to a recent study conducted for the Ad Council, 52% of Americans don’t know which items can be recycled in the bathroom. And only 10% of Americans have a recycling bin in their bathroom, compared to the 45% who have them in the kitchen.
I am  so pleased to donate time to promote the “I Want to Be Recycled” PSA campaign aims to raise awareness and inspire individuals to recycle more! Personal care products like shampoo and lotion bottles, toilet paper rolls, and toothpaste and soap boxes are significantly less likely to be recycled than kitchen products.
Whether it’s hairspray, leave-in conditioner or dry shampoo, many of your favorite beauty products and packaging can take on another life through recycling. For example, your shampoo bottle could be recycled into a hairbrush, or you might find a great new dress made from the recycled plastic of your favorite bottle of lotion.

Check out the<a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”> “I Want to Be Recycled” campaign website</a> to learn more about how and where to recycle, see inspired recycled items’ transformations.

PSA: For Tweens, buckling up is NEVER negotiable

Parenting a tween involves compromise. But here’s one rule that should not be up for debate – the car doesn’t move until everyone is wearing a seat belt. If you say it, and if parents buckle up themselves, your tween will buckle up. And if they don’t, that’s a fight worth having. It might just save your tween’s life.

One child passenger age 8 – 14 is injured every 8 minutes in a car crash.  From 2009 – 2013, 1,522 kids ages 8-14 died in car, SUV and van crashes. Of those who died, almost half were unbelted.  As children get older they’re sometimes less likely to buckle up. The percentage of child passengers who die while riding unrestrained generally increases with age and is most pronounced among 13 and 14-year-olds regardless of seating position.

We fully support the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to ask for your support of the Seat Belt Safety campaign, which asks parents of children ages 8-14 to make sure their kids are consistently and properly wearing their seat belt every time they get in the car.

Buckling-up is an important habit to instill in children at a young age. Parents can lead by example by wearing a seat belt themselves and by insisting on seat belt use for every passenger in their vehicle. Seat belts and safety seats, if used correctly, dramatically reduce the risk of fatality or injury to children.

Are your kids remembering to brush | Kids Oral Health Care

Anyone else out there feel like they are constantly reminding their kids to brush their teeth?

*Raises hand*

Its not just in our house. 3 in 4 parents report that their kids sometimes or frequently forget to brush their teeth.  In an effort to help parents better understand why ignoring dental health can have serious consequences, and educate families about good dental health habits, the Ad Council and The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives created Public Service Ads (PSAs) for their Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign. The PSAs are humorous depictions of life lessons which make the point that while parenting can be tricky at times, getting kids to brush for two minutes, twice a day can be easier than most other things parents will try to teach their children.


The English and Spanish-language PSAs direct parents and caregivers to the campaign website,  (which is available in English and Spanish, and includes a mobile version), where parents and children can watch entertaining videos—all 2 minutes in length—while brushing their teeth. Additional resources available at 2min2x include:

  • Texting Program Challenge:
    Join the free texting program and take part in a five-day family brushing challenge. You’ll get 2 texts per day for 5 days and will also receive personalized tips and support afterwards. (  or text TOOTH to 97779 to join.
  • Free Toothsavers App: The widely popular mobile app Toothsavers makes brushing fun and was recently updated with three new characters (Alice in Wonderland, Pinocchio, and Rabbit).  Since its launch, more than 68,400 people have downloaded the app.

In December, the Ad Council kicked off its first ever video contest with Zooppa, the world’s leading crowd sourced marketing platform for producing creative content. The Kids’ Healthy Mouths contest called on Zooppa’s community of over 27,000 amateur and professional video makers to leverage the existing campaign strategy to create their own videos showing parents trying to give important advice in just two minutes. The contest winners capture the spirit of the original PSAs and feature a lighthearted look at parenting today.

“Keep Your Eyes on the Ball”

For more information about the Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign, visit and follow the campaign’s social media communities on Facebook and Twitter.

in which my heart melts

When you're sitting in church and glance over to see they brought their own money to give, completely on their own, your heart melts a little and you may even tear up a bit

When you’re sitting in church and glance over to see they brought their own money to give, completely on their own, your heart melts a little and you may even tear up a bit. #mycupoverflows

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You Don’t Have to be Perfect to be a Perfect Parent #AdoptUSKids

Did you know there are currently 402,000 children in the foster care system in the United States of America and nearly 102,000 children (under 18 years of age) waiting for adoption.  Some of them have come through our family. My sister-in-law and her husband have fostered so many children we’ve lost count – we’ve been […]

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Happy Shelter Pet Day


Of all the pets in American homes, only 29% were adopted from a shelter or rescue. Can you believe how low that number is? Each year approximately 3-4 million pets are adopted, but 2.7 million still lose their lives each year for lack of a home. Seventeen million people will acquire a pet within the […]

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in which i love my boys…

My boys

My boys. #dogsofinstagram

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September Preparedness Month – Here NOW #NatlPrep

We love to travel which means checking the weather anywhere we are going! This month is September Preparedness Month by who is offering a number of resources that are extremely helpful in case of a natural disaster. Here are a couple for your reference. o   Learn how to create evacuation and emergency communication plans o   […]

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in which we start school

Where, o where is the school bus? 25 minutes late... Perhaps we should just walk...

Where, o where is the school bus? 25 minutes late… Perhaps we should just walk…

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in which we get in some family time

Can I go back now? Pretty please???

Can I go back now? Pretty please??? #reentryishard #atcindr

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