Happy Halloween from The Motherhood Pets!

Fall is our favorite season for many reasons, but we aren’t the only ones who love sweater weather, Halloween and the changing colors of the leaves! See how our pets are getting festive this fall!

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Brittnee’s dog Bauer can’t decide which costume to wear! What do you think?

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Kayla’s Zuckuss & Dak are bundled up in their sweaters on the way to Grandma’s house!

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Brittney’s “nephew,” Cooper, is the new sheriff in town!

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Maggie, Sarah’s dog, loves playing in the fall leaves!

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And finally, what’s Halloween without pumpkins and black cats? Erin’s cat, Scrabble, is in her element at this time of year. BOO and a happy, safe, spooky Halloween to all of you!

Where Many of Us Forget to Recycle

In the kitchen, you probably recycle empty cans, milk jugs and glass containers. At the office, used notepaper and empty envelopes go in the blue bin. But in the bathroom, all too often, everything from cardboard toilet paper rolls to shampoo bottles is put straight into the garbage.

One year ago this month, after learning that many of us forget to recycle in the bathroom – where most of their products are used – Johnson & Johnson launched a wonderful resource on Tumblr called Care To Recycle®, where you can find helpful information about where, what and how to recycle.

Now through November 6, to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the site launch, you can participate in a scavenger hunt on the Care to Recycle® page to claim rewards such as gift cards, electronics, household products and eco-friendly gifts. Here’s how it works!

  • Visit the Tumblr page and look for “Hunt Hint” posts.
  • Posted throughout the page, you’ll find posts that answer the “Hunt Hints.” Each answer post includes a 1-Year Anniversary badge in the upper left-hand corner (shaped like a “1″ candle).
  • When you’ve found an answer post, click the “Earn Points” button to claim 10 points from Care To Recycle® partner Recyclebank. Points will go toward earning prizes.

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And while you’re at it, set yourself up for success when it comes to recycling in the bathroom with these tips, compiled from just a few of the many that can be found on the Care To Recycle® page!

  • Put an extra basket in the bathroom so you can easily separate trash and recycling on the spot. 
  • Give empty bottles just a quick rinse before they go in the recycling bin. You don’t need to remove every drop of the contents or peel off the label – what could be easier?
  • Remember that paperboard is mostly recyclable. That includes toilet paper rolls and many cartons for over-the-counter soaps, Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages and more.

What are your tips for recycling?

#PoweringSafety with a Simple, Life-Saving Household Update

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How many of you are looking forward to enjoying an extra hour of sleep this weekend, thanks to “falling back” when Daylight Saving Time ends on Nov. 2?

As you’re changing your clocks back this weekend, you can also make a critical update to your home: changing the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

We might take these detectors for granted as we go about our daily lives, but did you know that you are twice as likely to survive a fire in a home with working smoke detectors*? That’s why it is so important to make sure to test them and change the batteries regularly!

This month, The Motherhood has been working with Energizer® and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) on a wonderful initiative called Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® to remind us all to get into this life-saving habit.

Through our work together, we learned about some eye-opening fire safety statistics from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Home fires take the lives of more than 2,500 people each year in the United States alone.
  • On average, seven people are killed in home fires every day.
  • Today, one of the foremost issues with fire safety isn’t installing smoke alarms, but rather, keeping smoke alarms working. Households with non‐working smoke alarms now outnumber those with no smoke alarms at all.
  • And finally, 71 percent of smoke alarms that failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries.

The good news is that there is so much we can do to prevent these disasters. Join us in changing and testing the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors this weekend, and take the time to make a fire safety plan with your family! You can find more resources here.

 

*Source: National Fire Protection Association

#AYASummit on CBS News

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Nikki Burdine of CBS News featured the #AYASummit and the ONE Girls and Women Campaign in a fabulous news segment today.  I was interviewed for the story and thought I’d share a few highlights:

Technology makes us all neighbors, and these women are making it their mission to use their power for good. “That’s what it’s all about isn’t it? People coming together, empowering working together. You can’t do it all on your own, can you?” Says Patricia Amira(Patricia Amira MC’ed the summit.  She is a TV personality known as “Africa’s Own Oprah.”)

We are learning about issues that affect girls and women around the world so we can all get into action and see how we can make connections one to one,” said Emily McKhann 

They’re all here brainstorming, talking and getting inspired to ignite change. Many of them are mothers, like Emily McKhann of TheMotherhood.com. “I care because I have two girls of my own, and I want them to grow up to be global citizens,” says McKhann. “But if we can make things better for girls growing up, if they can wait a little longer before they have babies and grow up and get an education, that their communities will be better off.”

Karen Walrond is another blogger for the site, Chookooloonks. “We all started blogging because we love the story and we loved sharing our stories, stories connect no matter who we are no matter where we are,” says Walrond. “I’m so passionate about the ONE Campaign. It’s the only organization I’ve worked with that seems to get better every year.”

“Most of us in this room are parents ourselves, we’ve got kids, we understand what it’s like to be a parent … So we just want to make sure we are using our audiences for something more than just ourselves, said C.C. Chapman.

Watch the CBS news story and read the article here.

Congratulations to the ONE Campaign and ONE Girls and Women on the fabulous news coverage!

Make it a Fashionable Fall: J.Jill’s Fabulous Savings

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Scarves, check…boots, check…sweater dresses, check. We’re ready to brave the rapidly cooling temperatures now that our fall wardrobe is complete – and this year, it’s more versatile, comfortable and stylish than ever!

That’s because we recently wrapped up a campaign with J.Jill, spotlighting their inspired-by-nature pure jill fall collection. The line features flattering silhouettes, plush fabrics and the perfect pieces for layering and creating that classic fall look.

For inspiration, check out some of the styled outfits that our bloggers (or should we call them models?) put together in the catalog-worthy photos below. Feeling like your wardrobe needs some of these cozy, chic staples? Use code MOPJ30 and receive 30% off any item from the Pure Jill collection between now and Nov. 30, 2014!

Happy shopping!

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Erin, A Parenting Production

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Natasha, Schue Love

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Candace, Luxe…With Kids

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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:

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  • 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!

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