The ONE #AYASummit

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Tomorrow I head to DC for the #AYASummit and I couldn’t be more excited.

Hosted by ONE and Google, the #AYA Summit will focus on issues facing women and girls in the developing world, with a particular emphasis on what it means to be born female in Africa and what we, along with girls and women in Africa, can do to help people meet their full potential.

The agenda for the three days looks terrific. Included are Nick Kristof, Patricia Amira, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Fast Company, the Centers for Disease Control, and many others.  As a side note, Patricia Amira is sometimes called “the Oprah of Africa” and she’s wonderful – she hosted a dinner for the ONE Moms when we traveled to Kenya in 2011 and I’m beyond thrilled to get to see her again.

I’m leading a panel called “Change Through Health” with Paul Zeitz, a senior advisor in the office of the Global AIDS Coordinator at the U.S. State Department, and Rye Barcott, co-founder of Carolina for Kibera.  We’ll look at micro and macro programs for developing better health systems for poor communities.  If you have any questions you’d like me to ask either Paul or Rye, please be in touch or leave a comment!

A big highlight of the conference will be getting to see a lot of old friends and the ONE Girls and Women Advisory Board members.

A big shout-out to ONE and Google for organizing the Summit.  Can’t wait!

Top 7 Halloween Safety Tips from Energizer

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For many of us, October is our favorite month because of the beautiful change of seasons and arrival of all things pumpkin! And of course, it’s always fun to prepare the perfect costume for our little ones (like these adorable ideas from Mom Spotted, Mess for Less, The Butterfly Mom and The Mommyhood Chronicles). Halloween can be such a fun experience for children as they head out in their costumes with friends and family in search of sweet treats.

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Melissa, of The Mommyhood Chronicles shared this great photo of her and her kiddos in their costumes!

Of course, safety is always top of mind, so to keep things fun and safe, we’ve partnered with Energizer to share seven great safety tips for trick-or-treating:

Energizer Halloween Safety Tips

  • Plan a trick-or-treat route ahead of time. Create a route that avoids major intersections, but that does have safe crosswalks and sidewalks. If there are no sidewalks, be sure to walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Always look both ways before crossing any street.
  • Find new ways to celebrate the holiday. Seek out neighborhood “trunk-or-treats” as alternatives to traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating. These events are great for younger children or in neighborhoods that might be difficult to navigate on Halloween night.
  • Keep a portable light on hand (or head). As the sun sets, you don’t want to be caught in the dark. Energizer portable lights ensure you’re ready to hit the streets on Halloween night:
    • Energizer® LED 2 in 1 light Fusion Flashlights – Compact and versatile, Energizer Light Fusion Technology products are convenient, water resistant and provide impressively bright long lasting light—easily seen by drivers and other pedestrians.

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  • Headlights – Powerful Energizer LED headlights are lightweight and convenient – perfect for keeping hands free. That way, you may hold your child’s hand, while their other clutches the ever-important candy container. The headlight can even add to or be a part of a costume!
  • Energizer Headlight_6LEDPick the right costume.  Choose lightly colored costumes, while avoiding head-to-toe dark selections. Make sure the costume fits properly and shoes are comfortable. If possible, avoid masks and opt for face paint so that vision is not impaired.
  • Walk, don’t run. Take your time and walk; don’t run from house to house on Halloween night. Use Energizer portable lights to be aware of decorations or other obstructions in yard and on sidewalks to avoid trips and falls.
  • Be selective. Only visit well-lit houses and avoid stopping at dark houses. Remind your children to stay in groups and never accept rides from strangers or enter homes without a parent or guardian.
  • Charge your devices. Make sure to charge cell phones and ensure that your flashlight has fresh batteries. Energizer® MAX® with Power Seal Technology is long-lasting and no leaks guaranteed*. Use your cell phone for necessary communications (and adorable photos), otherwise keep it in a purse or pocket to avoid distractions.   *Or they will replace your device. See www.energizer.com/guarantee.

Have a fun, safe Halloween trick-or-treating with your little ones!

Give back this Fall: Champions for Kids Fall Kids’ Essentials #SIMPLEGiving Program!

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This Fall, Champions for Kids, General Mills and Unilever are joining forces to make it simple for communities to provide basic resources to local students through donation opportunities.

That’s why we are so excited to be partnering with Champions for Kids for a #SIMPLEGiving Twitter party on Thursday, October 16, at 1 p.m. ET as they launch the SIMPLE Giving Fall Essentials Program!

The program will take place at more than 1,800 Walmart stores across America between now and October 27. To get involved, visit a participating Walmart to purchase food and personal care items for children in need and place them inside the donation bins inside the store. Your donations will stay in the local community and be distributed through school districts nearest to each store.

During the party, you can also learn about the Champions for Kids SIMPLE Service project initiatives that create easy ways for people to give back to children in their communities. When you complete and share a SIMPLE Service project on the Champions for Kids website, you have a chance to win one of several prizes totaling $10,000 on behalf of your school! Finalists will also be highlighted on the Champions for Kids Facebook page.

We hope you join us for this amazing Twitter party and get inspired to give back in these SIMPLE ways in your communities!

Prizes! During the Twitter party, five prizes will be awarded to randomly selected participants who answer trivia questions correctly. Each prize is a $50 Walmart gift card. Prizes are limited to U.S. participants ages 18 and older only.

#MasterTheMango Master Class + Chipotle Mango Meatballs

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Join The Motherhood and The National Mango Board on October 8 at 1 p.m. ET for the #MasterTheMango Master Class on Twitter to learn more about how to properly selectcut and cook with mangos.

In preparation for tomorrow’s #MasterTheMango Master Class on Twitter, we dug through some of our favorite recipes from the National Mango Board and cooked up the Chipotle Mango Meatballs appetizer, which was every bit as delicious as it sounds!

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While you could skewer them as suggested on the website, if you’re without wooden skewers or toothpicks, you can plate the bite-size appetizer on miniature, single-serve plates. We also plated a family-style appetizer platter, which would be a great option for an intimate, more casual setting. Regardless of how you choose to serve the Chipotle Mango Meatballs, you can’t go wrong with this savory and sweet appetizer. Get the recipe here.

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We’ll share more mango-inspired recipes during the hour-long Master Class, and we’ll also be giving away 10 prizes to randomly selected participants who answer the trivia questions correctly. Each prize is valued at $50, and includes a Kuhn paring knife, fruit scoops, mangos and a Le Creuset utensil holder. Prizes are limited to U.S. participants only.

RSVP for the #MasterTheMango Master Class here. Hope you can join us tomorrow!

Chat With Us This Week At These Exciting Twitter Parties!

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It’s another busy Twitter party week here at The Motherhood, and we’d love for you to join us for two amazing conversations! Here’s all the info you’ll need in this week’s Twitter Party Round-up.

#Vote2FightHunger

Tuesday, September 30 @ 1pm ET

Did you know that September is Hunger Action Month? Today, 49 million Americans are living with food insecurity – and that’s why Walmart is making a commitment to donate $3.7 million in grants to Feeding America and partner food banks across the nation!

We are so honored to be joining Walmart for a #Vote2FightHunger Twitter party to spread the word about this important campaign! Anyone can help direct money to certain facilities by casting a vote for their participating local food bank online. Don’t forget to RSVP to the party so you can learn more about how to vote in the “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign going on now through October 5!

#MyMilitaryMoneyApp

Wednesday, October 1 @ 1pm ET

Balancing finances between deployments and frequent moves is often difficult for our nation’s military families. That’s why we are so pleased to promote the My Military & Money app and website that features essential tools and resources to help military families make informed financial decisions.

Join us for a Twitter party to learn more about the app that was developed by McGraw Hill Financial, a global leader in financial literacy, and BBB Military Line, a grassroots community-based military consumer education and advocacy program.

Can’t wait to see you there!

The Motherhood Celebrates #WorldPetDay with a Tribute to Our Brilliant Pets!

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In honor of World Pet Day today, we are taking the opportunity to show you why we love our pets so much here at The Motherhood. Our client +SocialGood is a sponsor of this furry day to celebrate “petkind,” and we couldn’t resist joining the fun!

We think our pets are brilliant, and we’ve got the pics to prove it. Check out our World Pet Day postcards below to learn about their brainy sides – that is, when they aren’t busy taking an afternoon nap or playing a quick game of fetch in the yard!

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Tell us why you love your pets by creating your own #WorldPetDay postcard and sharing it on Facebook and Twitter here

We Are Here With Alicia Keys

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My girls and I have been playing We Are Here by Alicia Keys pretty much nonstop since she rocked the Social Good Summit on Sunday with her words, her news, her passion and her new song.

Picture this: Alicia Keys walking onstage wearing a jaunty fedora, black leather pants and a sheer black shirt covering her pregnant belly (baby due in December).  On the screen behind her was this photo, several stories tall:

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Alicia said, “The day I wrote the song We Are Here, a friend asked ‘Why are you here?’ Not why am I here, as in why did you come because I didn’t invite you to this place, but why are you here in the world, on earth?  I couldn’t believe I’d never been asked that question before.”

“As I prepare to give birth to my new child, I can’t help but think about what world am I bringing the baby into,” said Alicia.

“Because it’s not about me, it’s about we,” she said.

Alicia said, “People want to do something. We all want to do something.  So many of us want to do something, but what do we do, who do we go to, where do we find it, is it really the right thing, will something happen from it?”

“So I figured, if we can gather a group of really powerful organizations who are doing great work, how many people will want to be a part of that?”

“How many people don’t know what’s important to them, but want to be awakened?” asked Alicia.

And with that, Alicia announced that she’s committing $1 million to We Are Here, a new movement that according to the website will “raise awareness of issues around the world that cannot be solved in isolation.”  We Are Here will support 12 groups, among them: CARE, Equal Justice Initiative, Keep A Child AliveGirl Rising, and MomsRising.

Two organizations immediately matched her commitment so We Are Here launched on Sunday with $3 million.

After making her big announcement, Alicia invited leaders of five recipient organizations onstage for a rich, fast-paced conversation.

And then a piano was rolled to center stage and Alicia sat down to the keys and gave one of the most beautiful, moving performances I have ever heard, singing We Are Here.  Here is the song on YouTube:

People were literally crying as she played, and the audience roared when she took her bow.

Topping off an incredible evening, backstage following the concert, my friend’s 12-year-old daughter said to Alicia, “Alicia, you’re my favorite activist.” And without missing a beat, Alicia replied, “Girl, soon you’re going to be mine.”

Please join us in supporting Alicia, and the We Are Here Movement.

The Motherhood has proudly been involved in the Social Good Summit since its founding five years ago and congratulates the United Nations Foundation, the 92nd Street Y and Mashable on another incredible, groundbreaking event!

Rockport Asked,”What Are You Powered By?” & You Answered!

What powers you each and every day? That’s what the Rockport brand is asking women across the nation, and the response has been amazing!

So many of you have shared that you’re powered by family, kids, friends, pets, some coffee–not to mention being #PoweredByHeels!

Reinforcing the fact that women shouldn’t have to choose between style and comfort, Rockport created the Total Motion collection, which offers an amazing combination of lightweight flexibility and stability so you can be comfortable on your feet all day long! Complete with ADIPRENE by adidas sport technology, each shoe in the collection conforms to the shape of your foot for a fit as unique as the woman wearing it.

We understand there’s rarely time to slow down, let along time to change your shoes throughout the day. So many of you showed us how you rock your Rockports, whether it’s grocery shopping, a walk at the park or shootin’ hoops with the kiddos! Check out a few of our favorite Rockport looks that illustrate how you’re #PoweredByHeels:
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Jessica (The B Keeps Us Honest) wore her Total Motion Stretch Boots to chase her boys around the park, play with trains, conquer a doctor’s visit, prepare & serve dinner, and finally, a little shopping!
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Meanwhile, Kristin (MomTrends) pushed her new Total Motion Seven to 7 Wedge Booties to the max, with a little morning hoop shootin’, followed by school drop off, chasing the little ones and then a late-night dinner date.
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Looking so chic, Andrea (Glam Hungry Mom) wore her Total Motion Pointed Pump all day long while toting the kids around town. Honestly, running errands never looked so good!
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Marion (Marionberry Style) squeezed in some putt-putt time with her little guy while sporting the new Total Motion Desert Boot. No need to change shoes to have a little fun in the sun!
Green and GorgeousAnd finally, one of our favorites from Jennae (Green and Gorgeous). She took a few laps around the grocery store in her Total Motion Desert Boot, followed by a few laps around the local park. After a day of trekking with the little one, Jennae proclaimed,
“Any heels that let me feel stylish and simultaneously show my feet lots of love get my uncontested vote.” 
Check out the complete line of Rockport Total Motion shoes as you prep your closet for the fall season. Even better, follow Rockport and share your photo with tags #PoweredByHeels and #Sweeps or upload a photo to their gallery for your chance to win a pair of Total Motion Shoes each Friday, or the Grand Prize of a spa vacation in Miami!

GoldieBlox: Making Engineering Accessible to Young Girls

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The Motherhood has partnered with an incredible company called GoldieBlox on a blog campaign with an equally amazing group of moms, whose daughters have received and enjoyed GoldieBlox toys of their own. We also hosted a Twitter party yesterday to learn about encouraging and inspiring young girls in math, science and engineering fields. Sadly:

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According to research, the earlier kids become interested in math and science, the more likely it is they will go into those fields as adults. Engineering is one of the fastest-growing job markets in the United States, and it is still a male-dominated field. We can thank GoldieBlox for recognizing and addressing this issue.

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GoldieBlox offers three award-winning products – the Parade FloatDunk Tank and Spinning Machine - that help young girls to learn and enjoy basic engineering principles (and they have several new products available for order now!). Each GoldieBlox product features a fun story about a girl named Goldie, who has to solve a problem by building a simple machine. The products come with pieces to build the same simple machines that Goldie builds, so kids can build along with her. After finishing the stories, they can take the pieces and use their creativity to build a limitless amount of other simple machines while making up their own stories!

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Our blogger team members and other Twitter party participants were enthusiastic in their support of the toys.

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Do you have a daughter who might be interested in GoldieBlox toys? How do you encourage your kids – boys or girls – in areas they might find challenging?

Twitter Parties This Week – Don’t Miss Out!

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This week is filled with fun and informational Twitter parties that you don’t want to miss! From engineering-focused toys for young girls to stylish, comfortable heels for women and bedtime tips for babies, there’s a party for everyone! See all the details for these parties below in this week’s Twitter Party Round-Up. All parties are sponsored and last one hour.

#LookatGoldie

Tuesday, September 16 @ 1pm EST

At The Motherhood, we value creativity and innovation, especially when it comes to fostering these traits in our youth. That’s why we are so honored to be hosting a Twitter party on behalf of GoldieBlox, an award-winning book series and toy company that is set out to inspire the next generation of innovators and help girls think beyond the pink toy aisle!

GoldieBlox offers three award-winning products – the Parade FloatDunk Tank and Spinning Machine - that help young girls to learn and enjoy basic engineering principles. Engineering is one of the fastest-growing job sectors in the United States, and men continue to largely outnumber women in science, technology, engineering and math careers. GoldieBlox is determined to change that equation!

Join us to share your own experiences and advice, learn more and win prizes. RSVP here!

Prizes! We will randomly award five prizes throughout the party, from all eligible correct responses to trivia questions. Each prize includes GoldieBlox and the Builder’s Survival Kit and $25 off any purchase on GoldieBlox.com!

Prize Eligibility: No purchase necessary. Entrants must be legal residents of the 50 United States + D.C. 18 years of age or older. Void where prohibited.

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Photo Credit: GoldieBlox

#BedtimeForBaby

Wednesday, September 17 @ 11:59 p.m. EST

The Motherhood is once again partnering with the folks at JOHNSON’S® Baby for a “Midnight Moms” Twitter Party, and we are so excited to share tips & tricks on bedtime rituals, useful videos on baby bedtime and info on the JOHNSON’S® Baby 3-step routine! So, once you tuck those kiddos in, let’s chat!

A recent research project by JOHNSON’S® Baby analyzed the sleep patterns of more than 80,000 babies to develop the only bedtime routine clinically proven to help babies and toddlers fall asleep faster, which works along with help from their BEDTIME™ washes and lotions. Whether you’re a new mom looking for advice or a longtime mom with tips to share, we would love to see you at the party. Don’t forget to RSVP here!

Prizes! We will be giving away five JOHNSON’S® Baby BEDTIME®  SWEET SLEEP™ gift sets to randomly selected participants. Each gift set includes an assortment of JOHNSON’S® Baby products and other bedtime items with an estimated retail value of $33. Prizes are limited to U.S. participants only.

#PoweredByHeels

Thursday, September 18 @ 1pm EST

We often have to compromise style for comfort when it comes to our shoe choices, but that doesn’t have to be a sacrifice you make! There are so many things that power us every day at The Motherhood, and now heels can be one of them! Join us for an exciting conversation to learn more about the Rockport Total Motion collection.

The new collection delivers the ultimate in lightweight flexibility and stability, offering instant comfort and support for all day wear-ability. Complete with ADIPRENE® by adidas sport technology, each shoe in the collection conforms to the shape of your foot for a personalized fit – giving the wearer that instant “AAAH” feeling!

So we want to know, what are you powered by – fashion, family, friends? Come to this Twitter party ready to share! Check out the Twtvite here, and don’t forget to RSVP!

Prizes! Five prizes will be randomly given away to participants who answer the trivia questions tweeted by@theMotherhood25 correctly. Each prize is a free pair of select shoes from the Rockport Total Motion Collection! Prizes are limited to U.S. participants only.

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