About Melissa

Melissa is founder of Girlymama and co-founder of the mom fashion blog, All Things Chic. You can also find her designing blogs at Eliza Grace Design and on Twitter as Melissa Angert.

Spring Cleaning is in the air! #DonateStuffCreateJobs

Its been a long winter. A LONG winter.

To say we’re ready for spring around here is a huge understatement! We’re ECSTATIC its spring and everything it brings — even allergies and spring cleaning! This week, I’m  carving out time to tackle our closets and get everyone ready for spring!

The kids in particular have closets just FULL of things that don’t fit! They’re growing like weeds and it feels like everything in their closets is too small. I need to go through their closets and really purge all that out of there. We also have outgrown toys, bikes, and more.

I have a three pronged strategy.

  • Sort & Toss: First off is going through the kids rooms and sorting out the trash. I don’t know about you, but my kids collect trash – literally TRASH – in their rooms. Not to mention the stained and torn clothes, broken toys and ripped books. First thing I need to do is plow through all that and figure out what’s worth saving and what’s not!
  • Yard Sale! Our daughter’s school is having a community yard sale to raise money for the school. We’re renting out a table to sell a few pieces of furniture and some old small appliances. Its a great way to support the school while getting rid of what we don’t need!
  • Goodwill: For everything we’re not selling (like kids clothes) and whatever doesn’t get picked up at the yard sale, we’re donating to Goodwill.


Donate to Goodwill and help your community

Did you know that donating one bag of clothing and one bag of books can equal up to 2.3 hours of on-the-job training for someone in your community? Add to that a used lamp, a dusty computer and perhaps a box of DVDs and CDs, and that number nearly doubles to 5.2 hours. A simple item donated to Goodwill® can help provide job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs for people who have disabilities, lack education or job experience, or face other challenges to finding employment. In fact, Goodwill is the leading nonprofit provider of job training programs and career services in the United States and Canada. Thanks to the programs and support services made possible by donations of clothes and household items, more than 261,000 people earned jobs in 2013 – that’s one person finding a job every 27 seconds of every business day.

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=”http://www.iwanttoberecycled.org/” 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 […]

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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. #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. #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 Ready.gov 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…

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