Over the past week, The Motherhood has had the pleasure of working with a lovely group of bloggers, many of whom are current or former teachers and homeschoolers, to share the news about a great contest with H&R Block (ending this Friday, March 14).
Each year, taxpayers leave a billion dollars behind when they do their own taxes – and that is a huge number that can be challenging to visualize! H&R Block’s How Big Is A Billion contest invites teachers and homeschool educators to work with their students to come up with a concrete example of just how big one billion dollars really is.
“It seems like all the talk in education these days is about math and science, and I love the idea of finding ways to help kids understand big numbers,” Maegen at Sounds Fun Mom noted in her blog post. “I know we could use some help with that around here, since Henry is constantly announcing that we owe him eleventy times infinity million dollars, or something similar.”
The How Big Is A Billion contest offers classroom grants of up to $3,000 for the best example of how big a billion is, and the first 50 educators to enter will receive a $50 gift card to help purchase supplies for their classrooms.
Vicky at Mess for Less told us, “Having been a teacher, I know what an amazing difference $3,000 would have made in the life of my students. I also know how much of my own money I spent on my classroom to provide my students with the best experiences possible.”
Approaching the problem from a true kid perspective, Julie at Julieverse calculated, “$1 billion dollars would buy 125,156,445 three-topping large pizzas from Dominos (Monday-Thursday pricing). Whoa. That’s a lot of pizza.”
Did you know that experts recommend that women consume less than 6 teaspoons of added sugar daily, but the average American eats 22.2 teaspoons? Luckily, just about anywhere you love sugar, you’ll love SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener!
The Motherhood is thrilled to be working with a team of amazing bloggers on the SPLENDA® 365 SWEET SWAPS™ campaign to share the importance of making small, easy lifestyle changes that can lead to big results over time.
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Every year, Americans leave a billion dollars on the table when they do their own taxes. That number is so huge it can be hard to visualize. To help people understand just how much money a billion dollars really is, H&R Block has introduced its “How Big is a Billion?” contest, asking teachers to turn the idea of a billion dollars into a math assignment for their students for a chance to win a $3,000 grant. We are thrilled to team up with H&R Block for a fun Twitter party to spread the word about this creative contest and to share tips on taxes and teaching kids financial responsibility, and more.
The Motherhood is joining Clorox® for a fun Twitter party where we can talk – and laugh – about our messy moments as parents! We’ll be sharing memorable times when bleach came to our rescue and exchanging our best cleaning tips for home and on the go. During the party, you can also learn about Clorox’s Bleach It Away, which can turn your messy moments into $20,000! Simply share the Bleachable Moment you think no one can top and you will be entered for a chance to win.
Prizes: Four $50 American Express gift cards, with a grand prize of a new Kindle!
#LISTERINE Party Coming soon, in mid-March 2014 – Check back for the date!
Learn about the big impact LISTERINE® Brand mouthwash can have on your oral health and practical ways to make it a priority in your life – and your kids’ lives – with fun tips and advice we’ll share during this Twitter party! The LISTERINE® 21-Day Challenge asks participants to use LISTERINE® Antiseptic mouthwash for 30 seconds twice a day for 21 days. By making oral health a priority for yourself, you set a great example and can influence your family to establish a new healthy habit that lasts a lifetime!
Prizes: Five $25 Target gift cards plus LISTERINE® Brand products
Moms everywhere have one thing in common: They all want a better life for their children. But not all moms are in a position to keep their kids safe and healthy, and millions of children around the world die from preventable causes. The United Nations Foundation is empowering each of us to take just a few moments to help change that by following and promoting the 2014 Global Moms Relay.
The Global Moms Relay kicks off today – just in time to celebrate International Women’s Day tomorrow – and will highlight amazing moms through May 11, in recognition of Mother’s Day. Each day between now and Mother’s Day, community leaders, celebrities and moms will share their stories on the Global Moms Challenge website to answer the question, How has a mom changed your world?
Here’s where you come in: Every day, you can share these Global Moms Relay stories on your social media accounts – and each share will trigger $1 donation from Johnson & Johnson (up to $250,000). The money will support one of three global initiatives that are helping women and children lead healthy and happy lives: Girl Up, the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA), and the Shot@Life campaign.
So for every share each day – every comment to the day’s post, every Facebook share, Tweet or Pin, one dollar will go to help women and girls around the world. Fantastic, right?!?
With a few clicks of the mouse, we can help moms and kids worldwide survive and thrive, provide them with access to healthcare, and improve their chances for a better life. Please join us!
We don’t know about you, but we’ve noticed some extreme weather around The Motherhood’s offices lately – in Pittsburgh and New York, temperatures have been unusually low and accompanied by truckloads of snow. In Seattle, winter has been surprisingly dry and cold.
Extreme weather is just one indication of climate change. It is real, it is man-made, it affects all of us, and we can do something about it.
Last week, The Motherhood hosted a virtual conversation with Maggie Fox, president and CEO of The Climate Reality Project, who shared details about the organization’s latest initiative, called The People vs. Carbon, to support a new rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency. The rule will significantly limit the amount of carbon pollution new power plants are allowed to dump into our air and help ensure a safer, cleaner and healthier future for us all.
We also came away from the conversation with some great ideas from a wonderful group of concerned, involved bloggers to effect change in our own lives and do what we can to decrease our carbon footprint:
Check with your energy provider to find out if you can access green energy. We just changed energy providers and were able to add green energy to our use. We pay a little extra for wind power – they use the funds to build more green options. (Kelly, The Centsible Life)
Switch to earth-friendly options in your home. We recycle, have changed all our lightbulbs, EnergyStar appliances and changed our thermostats. (Nichol, KiddiesCorner Deals)
Watch your garden grow. Spring is almost here … gardening is a wonderful way to reduce your carbon footprint AND feed your family on the cheap! And scientists have actually suggested that people who get their hands in dirt are happier. (Diane, Turning the Clock Back)
Go solar. I would love to do solar powered panels eventually when we build a new home. (Toni, A Daily Dose of Toni)
Shop farmer’s markets or sign up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Shopping local is so important. Not only does it help the local economy but it lowers carbon use. We belong to a local organic CSA. We split the cost with friends and then divvy up the week’s vegetables based on who likes what. (Jessica, Eat.Sleep.Be.)
Collect water from nature. I see more and more people with rain barrels. We don’t have one yet but have thought about it. (Nicole, SAHM Reviews)
You can join the conversation and share your own tips and suggestions, too – tweet with us during a Twitter party with Maggie tomorrow, March 4, at 1 p.m. ET, using the hashtag #ClimateReality. For more details and to RSVP, visit the Twtvite.
In the meantime, you can help the planet by using your voice to support The Climate Reality Project and the EPA in the People vs. Carbon initiative. You can copy and share one of these tweets to help spread the word:
Tell the @EPA “I support limiting carbon pollution from new power plants” http://bit.ly/1fSHK3k #CostOfCarbon
Tell the @WhiteHouse you support the @EPA. Reply saying “no to carbon pollution” & then sign here: http://bit.ly/1fSHK3k #CostOfCarbon
We are looking forward to seeing you at the party!
What’s on your spring reading list? As we are anxiously waiting for warmer days, there couldn’t be a better pastime than relaxing indoors with a good read!
This spring, The Motherhood is excited to partner with Tyndale House Publishers, the world’s largest privately held Christian publisher of books, Bibles, and digital media – many of which are New York Times bestsellers. We are working with bloggers to feature and review a few of their brand-new titles this season!
The first book we’re featuring is The Antelope in the Living Room by Melanie Shankle, reviewed by the amazing Staci of 7 on a Shoestring, who says of the book, “Whether married or not, The Antelope in the Living Room is an excellent read. The book puts a creative, fun spin on marriage as well as lays out Biblical truths in the union. Melanie Shankle will have you laughing out loud and looking at your own marriage with new perspective. After all, we can all use fresh eyes every now and then.”
Melanie draws from her own experiences on marriage – the good, the bad, the challenges and the blessings! Whether you’ve been married five years or 50, you will find yourself relating with laughter and tears to Melanie’s down-to-earth insights on marriage, as well as the humorous stories she shares. Melanie, who also blogs at Big Mama Blog, shares about The Antelope in the Living Room in the video below:
Melanie was kind enough to answer a few questions about the inspiration behind and writing of The Antelope in the Living Room for us. The Q&A appears in Staci’s blog post, and we’ve re-printed it here:
What was your number one inspiration for writing The Antelope in the Living Room?
A few years ago I came home from a trip and discovered that my husband Perry had decided to “surprise” me with a new antelope head he hung in our living room. I cannot even describe how enormous it was or how it looked like it had been running down the street and crashed through the front of our house. We ended up getting in an argument and barely speaking for the next three days.
It just seemed to be one of those moments we all have in our marriages and my hope is that by writing about all these experiences, we can take a deep breath and know we’re normal.
How did you choose the title of the book?
I decided after our fight over the antelope that The Antelope in the Living Room would be a great title for a book about marriage. Because we all have those things in our marriage that drive us crazy but sometimes we’re afraid to be real about them or to share them with others.
Is there one important piece of marriage advice that has helped you the most in your marriage?
The best advice I can give is to not compare your marriage to anyone else’s. A marriage is as unique as the two people in it and what works for one couple may not work for you and your spouse. You need to focus on what’s important in your marriage and not constantly compare it to something that may just look better on the outside.
If there was only one thing your readers could take away from reading this book, what would you want it to be?
My hope is that readers will read this book and exhale deeply knowing that the frustrations and joy they experience in their marriage is normal. We can all start to believe the grass is greener and I want this book to be a reminder that there is no greater legacy you can leave than to have a marriage that lasts in spite of all the ups and downs.
You also write for the Big Mama Blog. How long have you been doing that, and what do you see as the main purpose of the blog?
I’ve been writing the Big Mama Blog for almost eight years. I originally started it as merely a way to document family memories, but the readership has grown and the blog has become a real community. My goal is to give people a moment to laugh or appreciate the absurdities of life in a world that can sometimes be so heavy and serious.
We are thrilled to be able to give away five copies of The Antelope in the Living Room so you can read this delightful book yourself! All you need to do is Tweet why you would like to read this book, tagging #antelopeintheliving and mentioning @theMotherhood. We will select five winners and notify you via tweet!
At The Motherhood, we believe in the power of a smile – to brighten someone’s day, put them at ease, acknowledge great work or just wear our happiness on our faces. To keep the world’s smiles in good working order, we are proud to be partnering with LISTERINE® Brand – and a great group of enthusiastic women who know the importance of good oral hygiene – on a 21-Day Challenge to rinse with LISTERINE® Antiseptic for 30 seconds twice each day for 21 days (in addition to brushing and flossing).
As one of our participants, Alison of Safety Mom, noted in her blog post, “There’s never enough time in the day to get everything done, so it’s these self-care things that are first to fall off the ‘to-do’ list. I know that my teeth could feel better if I flossed and rinsed, but it hasn’t been a priority. So when I learned about the LISTERINE® 21-Day Challenge and was invited to participate, I knew I had to do it. We’re going to all become the flossing and rinsing champs in my family!”
Need some additional motivation? Consider this: Brushing alone misses 75 percent of the germs in your mouth (yuck!), and taking up the 21-Day Challenge with your own family couldn’t be easier. Just run over to Target and stock up on these supplies:
LISTERINE® SMART RINSE®
LISTERINE® WHITENING® Original Gel Fluoride Anticavity Toothpaste
Now just remember to brush, floss, rinse with LISTERINE® Antiseptic for 30 seconds and repeat twice a day. They say it takes 21 days to form a habit, so by the end of your challenge, top-notch oral hygiene should be ingrained in your routine. Give it a try!
While you’re at it, take the opportunity to help kids in need obtain better oral care. Grab your bottle of LISTERINE® Antiseptic and your camera – just like Jenn of Jenn’s RAQ did in the above photo – and take a “Swish Selfie” to upload to the LISTERINE Facebook page. For every photo uploaded, the brand will donate $5.00 to Oral Health America’s Smiles Across America program.
As soon as I learned my husband and I would be welcoming our first child—a baby girl—into our family this June, I couldn’t help but start to think about cute clothes! Visions of adorable dresses, leggings, tunics and tees and lots of cozy sleepers and bodysuits danced in my head.
That’s why I’m so thrilled that The Motherhood has teamed up with Carter’s to showcase their cutest spring styles and the Carter’s Baby and Kid Up to 50% Off Sale, which runs through March 4, 2014. This sale is the perfect time to start stocking up on spring essentials! As a mom-to-be, I love that I can count on Carter’s for adorable looks at great prices.
If she arrives on schedule, our little one will just miss the spring season, but I had a lot of fun coming up with some sweet little outfits from Carter’s collections that she can wear next year. I’m already imagining her first egg hunt or picture with the Easter Bunny, as well as a long weekend in Florida to escape the chilly Pennsylvania weather!
The Motherhood is working with an amazing team of bloggers who each have a great eye for style, so check out the hashtag #CartersSpringStyle on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to see the adorable looks they’ve put together for their little ones!
Warmest wishes for a stylish spring,
PS–here’s a coupon for an extra 20% off your in-store purchase of $40 or more during the 50% off sale! Use the Carter’s store locator to find a store near you.
Despite the cold, snowy weather at our office here in Pittsburgh, things are feeling tropical at The Motherhood!
The Motherhood is working with The National Mango Board to spread the word about the world’s most popular fruit. We love that mangos are versatile, nutritious and flavorful, making them a perfect snack to enjoy plain or to use in upgrading any family staple into something delicious and exciting!
Mowgli Loves Mangos!
We’re not the only ones who love mangos. Mowgli, a beloved character from Disney’s The Jungle Book movie, does too! We’re so excited to celebrate Disney’s The Jungle Book Diamond Edition movie, which is available for the first time on Blu-rayᵀᴹ Combo Pack and Digital HD, with a special “jungle hunt” Twitter party.
Join us for an exciting #Mangos4Mowgli Twitter Jungle Hunt next Tuesday, February 25, at 1 p.m. ET! We will share clues throughout the hour that send you on a fun search for mango recipes, pictures and more! Get ready to exchange delicious mango-inspired recipes that your whole family will enjoy!
We’ll also be chatting about how you could go on an adventure of your own! Enter the Jungle Jetsetter Giveaway on the Mango Board Facebook page and you could win a five-night vacation stay for four at the RIU Palace Punta Cana courtesy of @FunjetVacations!
We will award 10 prize packages to randomly selected participants who respond to the scavenger hunt clues and are following both @Mango_Board and @TheMotherhood25.
Each prize* includes:
Disney’s Jungle Book Diamond Edition DVD
Kuhn paring knife
An assortment of delicious and nutritious mangos
Make sure to follow @theMotherhood, too, for the chance to win a prize pack early! Look for three pre-party clues on February 24 and February 25. Tweet your answer and you could win a prize pack before the #Mangos4Mowgli Jungle Hunt even begins! Good luck!