world toilet day *giveaway*

Today is World Toilet Day.

I know what you’re thinking. There’s officially a day for everything now. But why do we need a day for a toilet – something everyone obviously already knows about?

Because there is a huge population of the world who doesn’t have one. In the US, we tend to take our access to clean, running water for granted. But While the Western world grapples with ways to reduce the amount of water used in our clean, abundant and convenient bathrooms,  almost half the people in the world lack  a safe way to go to the bathroom. We have traveled many places where THIS was considered a nice bathroom:

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Across the world, over 1.5 billion people are living without access to sanitary water or a proper toilet. The open pit latrines common in these places increases the spread of disease through transmissions from flies and other insects. This isn’t a matter of indoor plumbing or giving people nicer bathrooms. This is a SERIOUS health issue across the globe.

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EVERY DAY 2,000 CHILDREN DIE FROM LACK OF PROPER SANITATION. Do you know what that means?

 

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One thing is abundantly clear: this is a serious issue.  American Standard saw this as a problem and created the Flush for Good campaign to try to help.

A team of American Standard engineers conducted field research in villages located in the Rajshahi region of Bangladesh in 2012. Based on their findings, the American Standard team invented a cost-effective, hygienic toilet pan called SanTo that  uses ingeniously simple mechanical and water seals to reduce disease transmission by closing off pit latrines from the open air, keeping flies out. Plus, they’ll help reduce the occurrence of odors, thus improving sanitation and quality of life for users.

For every Champion toilet purchased, American Standard will donate one sanitary toilet pan for a developing country.  You can also help on  Facebook, with a sanitary toilet pan being donated for every 100 likes and shares.

I am so pleased to be supporting this campaign. I love that American Standard has latched on to a cause that is related to their products and is doing what they can – not just to donate money – but to EDUCATE people about this important global health issue.

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One lucky Girlymama reader will win a $200 Gift Card to Home Depot, courtesy of American Standard!! 

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FlushForGood_LogoAlone-02I am so pleased to be partnering with the Flush for Good campaign. This important campaign  is designed to increase awareness of the global water sanitation crisis and to stimulate action that protects the health of all people through well-engineered plumbing solutions. In the US, we tend to take our access to clean, running water for granted. Across the world, over 1.5 billion people are living without access to sanitary water or a proper toilet. American Standard saw this as a problem and created the Flush for Good campaign to try to help.

Having traveled all over the world, my husband and I have seen the deplorable water conditions so many people live with. You really haven’t lived until you’ve used a public toilet in rural India. And you think the bathrooms at the rest stop on the turnpike are disgusting? I remember the Ganges River in India – telling the kids not to go in, because you could see how awful the water was. The Ganges was ranked among the five most polluted rivers of the world, with astounding amounts of sewage and industrial waste. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that many poorer people rely on the river on a daily basis for bathing, washing, and cooking. And we were at the top of the river, so it wasn’t even as bad!

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I will never forget this picture my husband took in Haiti. I had to crop it, because the little boy was not dressed, but this a a boy, playing is a river filled with raw sewage in Haiti.

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He lived in a tent city, atop a hillside outside Port-au-Prince. His family lost everything in the earthquake. This water – THIS water – was their source of water for drinking, washing and cooking.

This should not be. We can fix this.

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EVERY DAY 2,000 CHILDREN DIE FROM LACK OF PROPER SANITATION. For every Champion toilet purchased, American Standard will donate one sanitary toilet pan for a developing country.  You can also help on  Facebook, with a sanitary toilet pan being donated for every 100 likes and shares. These sanitary pans create a barrier that prevents cross-contamination between open latrines and the people that use them.

I am so supportive of this campaign. I love that American Standard has latched on to a cause that is related to their products and is doing what they can – not just to donate money – but to EDUCATE people about this important issue.

win it!

One lucky Girlymama reader will win a $200 Gift Card to Home Depot, courtesy of American Standard!! 

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back to school round two with staples *giveaway*

Well, it time for our second annual Back-to-School shopping trip, where we buy everything we forgot the first time! (I’m not the only one, right?)

Except now we’re facing crazy temptation when we go to Staples – they’ve expanded their educational supplies section and the prices are divine. Now, right along those school supplies and copy paper, you can find brands like Crayola, Leap Frog, Melissa & Doug and more, at select Staples stores and on Staples.com.

First off, if you’re a fan of Crayola brand crayons (who isn’t?) then you’ll want to head to Staples and take a look at their “crayon wall.” Now you can pick up an empty tin and customize it with your own set of colors.  From Wild Watermelon to Mac and Cheese to Royal Purple Glitter – the choice is yours! Gracie’s would be entirely pink and purple. Colin’s? He would want every color EXCEPT pink and purple. That’s how we roll. We like to be complicated like that.

Remember fresh crayons as a kid? WHAT was more exciting?

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We took advantage to beef up our TAG by LeapFrog library. Colin is obsessed.

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We got him one last year and it has been a lifesaver. He is so proud when he can sit and ‘read’ just like his big sisters! We were thrilled by the great selection of Tag books we found at Staples. The prices were competitive and we even found one in 3-D. Total coolness!  Staples had a ton of options from brands like Crayola, Melissa & Doug, Leapfrog and Alex Toys – all brands we know and love in our house!

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One lucky Girlymama reader will win a $25 Gift Card to Staples!!  To enter, tell us what you would buy at Staples.

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3. Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter & follow me on Twitter @MelissaAngert

I entered to win$25 gift card to Staples from @MelissaAngert #giveaway! Enter here: http://girlymama.com/?p=6214

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monsters university *giveaway*

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j.jill: spring into style

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box tops for education pantry stockup *giveaway*

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the circus is coming to philly *GIVEAWAY*

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Presents Built to Amaze! show is about to arrive in Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center. We are SO SUPER excited to go to the circus with the kids  – we went about 4 years ago and they still talk about it! The circus spectacle will run from February 13-17 […]

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hallmark presents a special way to read to your kids

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Carrie Underwood in Philadelphia – WIN TICKETS!

**The winner has been notified and confirmed! Congrats, Paola! Enjoy the show!** Don’t you just love Carrie Underwood? How can you not? She is so adorable! We just love her and were SO thrilled to hear that she is including Philly in her Blown Away Tour this year. Wanna go to the show with us? […]

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