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Gymboree Partners with @DonorsChoose #LetsColorTogether + $75 Gift Card #Giveaway

Disclosure: I received a gift card for review.  All opinions are my own.

It’s August, y’all! AUGUST!  Where on earth did the year go?  If you’re anything like me, your head is spinning with back-to-school shopping and plans for the fall.  It seems impossible, to me, that I should be back-to-school shopping already.  Didn’t we just finish the school year?

Gymboree Back To School

I mean, how on earth is she starting first grade?  See that sass?  Let me remind you (and her) that she’s six, not sixteen! I did the bulk of Sister’s back-to-school clothes shopping at Gymboree. I like Gymboree clothing for Sister for several reasons, not the least of which is that she’s boycotting blue jeans (for two years now) and Gymboree offers adorable leggings that my girl will wear.  The quality never disappoints, their coordinates are always cute, and best of all– Gymboree clothing is age appropriate!

This year, our back-to-school shopping also included a long list of art supplies– paint, crayons, markers, scissors, pens, art paper, glue, and more– since Sister is taking an art class in our homeschool co-op and both older kids are doing art class at home.  As a teacher, there is nothing quite like fresh new art supplies to make me smile.  I believe that creativity is essential to learning.  My artsy daughter couldn’t agree more.

new coloring supplies for school

We often volunteer with the under-privileged through a community food pantry, and I know all too well that many children don’t  have access to basic tools like crayons, markers and paint. Their parents have a hard time making ends meet and putting food on the table, let alone buying crayons.  That’s why I got excited when I learned about the Gymboree’s Let’s Color Together project.  What’s that, you ask?  This year, to celebrate childhood and back-to-school, Gymboree is teaming up with to bring coloring supplies to students nationwide through 9/7!

Gymboree Hooray for Today

Hooray, right? The money donated goes to projects in the highest-need schools in the donor’s community that has the least amount of time remaining before the project request expires. Even $1 supplies a child with a pack of crayons for the year.  Gymboree aims to fulfill at least one classroom request in every county where there is a Gymboree retail location. You can get involved by donating at Gymboree stores, Gymboree outlet stores, and online.

Add that to the long list of reasons we love Gymboree!

Gymboree #LetsColorTogether @thatbaldchick

Donate today to a school in your community, and help give kids a brighter future.

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Walmart and Pampers Support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Thanks to P&G for making this post possible.  All opinions are my own.

There is nothing quite like the feelings that roll over a mother when she has to watch a surgery team wheel her baby down the hall, and away from her, for surgery.  When Mister was just ten months old, he had to have surgery to have bilatateral nasolacrimal stints, bilateral ear tubes, and a right inguinal hernia repair.  My little guy was getting worked over by the surgical team!  Allowing him to be placed under anesthesia was nerve wracking.  Knowing that three surgeons would be working on him was mind boggling.  Knowing that all three surgeons had reworked their entire surgery schedules so that my little guy only had to go under anesthesia once, instead of three times, was heart working.  That’s the heart of a Children’s Miracle Network hospital, though.  They are at heart hospitals helping kids.  By helping kids, they are also helping us parents.

Mister has had quite a few surgeries since that day, most recently in February. We’d hoped to replace his ear tubes, which we thought were blocked, in effort to improve his hearing.

Mister surgery Feb 2015

Unfortunately, his ear canals had actually scarred closed, so the surgeon was unable to place the tubes.  As the surgeon informed me that he was unable to do the procedure as planned, he literally wept and apologized as he hugged me.  Now we are exploring our options, and another surgery looms in our future.

Watching my son be wheeled away to surgery has never gotten easier.  I do, however, find comfort in knowing just how much our surgeons actually care for my son, and in turn care for our family.

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

10 millions kids, many like my son, are treated in Children’s Miracle Network hospitals yearly.  Every day, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals treat 2329 children for surgery in addition to the 16,000 kids they treat for trauma, nearly 1000 for Diabetes, over 2000 for cancer, and nearly 1000 babies in the NICU.  Every day.

It’s staggering to think about, isn’t it?  With numbers like that, what can we possibly do to help?

Walmart and Pampers are donating $200,000 to CMNH in June of 2015, and you can help by purchasing Pampers products at Walmart and supporting the Children’s Miracle Network.

Visit for more information and to make your own donation.

  • Your support helps provide 32 million patient visits for 10 million kids every year
  • One in 10 kids in North America is treated by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals each year
  • Every day, member hospitals treat 16,000 children in emergency rooms
  • Every hour, member hospitals provide surgery for 97 children
  • U.S. members hospitals provided $3.4 billion in charity care in 2012

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Top Five Reasons I Give #RedKettleReason

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Influence Central for The Salvation Army. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

I’ve done it a thousand times before, and didn’t give it much thought that day.  As we exited the grocery store, there was a Salvation Army Red Kettle and a Bell Ringer, so I dropped some money in.  My son, the ever observant one, asked, “Mom, why did you do that?” It took as second for it to even register what he was asking. By this point, I was trying to navigate our shopping cart and three children across a busy parking lot. When I realized what he was asking, I repeated to him what my Mom often said to me, “You give what you can when you can, because you never know when you’ll be the one in need.”

He smiled, and asked, “Next time, can I put the money in?” My oldest daughter quickly said, “Me, too!”  Of course, I said yes.

Share Your #RedKettleReason

True to my word, I let them put the money in the next time we passed a Red Kettle.   I was a bit surprised when my son asked, “How does putting money in there help anyone, Mom?”

Giving is woven tightly into the fabric of our family, and it is something that we do year round.  We volunteer at a local food pantry, sponsor a child, and donate gently used clothing and toys to charity.  Our kids are accustomed to seeing us give.  Seizing the opportunity for a little history lesson, I explained to him that the Salvation Army’s red kettles have become a Christmas tradition, and that the idea for them was born in 1891 when Joseph McFee, a Salvation Army captain in San Francisco, California, had a simple idea to provide free Christmas dinners to 1000 of the city’s poorest. Sadly, he didn’t have the money for the meals, so after tossing and turning all night, he sought and secured permission from the authorities to place a similar pot at the Oakland Ferry Landing, at the foot of Market Street. He placed it so that everyone going by would see it. By doing so, he raised enough money to feed the poor that Christmas. Like that original pot, all donations raised with the red kettle support homeless shelters and provide meals, provide rent and utility assistance, and after school programs in the communities where they were given.   So we know when we donate, it is helping those in need where we live.

While we teach about giving year round, the holidays are the perfect time to emphasize the importance of giving.

I thought it’d be fun to share with you the Top Five Reasons I Give (and teach my children to do the same).

  1. I give because giving obeys God’s commands. Giving reflects my inner values and and character.
  2. I give because my Mom taught me to give.
  3. I give because I can. When there is a need that I can meet, I can make a real difference by giving.
  4. I give because giving is a good thing to do and makes me feel good because I’ve done something worthwhile.
  5. I give because little eyes are watching me.  Even when I give without thinking, they are watching me.

Why do you give?

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Influence Central for The Salvation Army. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. While this is a partnered opportunity, all content opinions expressed are my own.

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When Giving Forward Gets Personal

Mister and Sister have been taking swim lessons for a couple of years now.  It was at the pool that Mister met his friend Andrew.  They were on swim team together this last season.  Here’s Mister encouraging Andrew before a race…

Mister and Andrew at a swim meet

Andrew is a wonderfully gifted and talented boy that is battling Leukemia.  He is wise beyond his years, and he has endured A LOT over the past couple of years.  Over the summer, Mister participated in a Swimathon, in honor of his friend, to benefit the Friends of Kids with Cancer.  He’s had more visits to the hospital and cancer treatment center than any child should have to endure.

When someone in the family has cancer, it affects the entire family.  Andrew is one of six kids.  His siblings pretend play recently included using plastic wrap to “have a port” just like Andrew.

Andrew’s parents recently learned that a portion of Andrew’s cancer treatment medications, the antibody treatments which he’d already received, was denied coverage by their insurance coverage.  Medicine that had been covered by their previous carrier and that they thought was still covered.  The antibody treatment helps prevent serious infection in an immune system compromised by chemotherapy.  Needless to say, it is a treatment that he needed, and still needs.  That said, his parents have a $21,000 medical bill to pay, and do not have the means to pay it.

Giving forward is a way of life for my family. When giving forward gets personal, though, it takes on a whole new level of meaning. Which is why I’m bringing this to you. I’m asking you to consider donating to help Andrew’s parents pay for his cancer treatments. Today is the 15th. Can you give $15 to help pay for the cancer treatments that the insurance denied coverage for AFTER he received them?


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I’m also asking you to consider sharing the Give Forward for Carrying the Shah’s campaign on your social media channels. You can learn more about Andrew’s journey on the Carrying the Shah’s Facebook Page and you can donate by clicking on the widget above or by visiting the Give Forward for Carrying the Shah’s campaign

After I tweeted about the campaign, GiveForward reached out to me and agreed to work with me to help raise the funds. Give Forward has agreed to contribute $25 per blog, up to $1,000, to write about the fundraiser, what the Shah’s are going through, and talk about helping in times of need.

They’ve agreed to give an additional $200 if I can get 30 bloggers to post by the 24th of November.

You can learn more, and report your links, at

I am willing to give any blogger that posts about this campaign a 150×150 button ad in my sidebar for one month. To get the sidebar ad, simply select the Trading Spaces option on my ad page or at at: after submitting your post link, and I’ll approve it.


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We Can’t Smile Without You @gofundme

When my sister, Denyse, and I were younger, we had smiley face tee shirts that said “We Can’t Smile Without You.” At the time, it was the slogan for the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasia (NFED) which is an organization near and dear to our heart. Denyse and I are both affected by Hay Wells Syndrome, which is one of the Ectodermal Dyplasias. Saying Ectodermal Dysplasia is kind of like saying soup. There are quite a few varieties. The syndrome we are affected by affects hair, skin, teeth, nails, and sweat glands, among other things. Denyse started wearing dentures at the ripe old age of 6 or 7, and I got my first set of chompers by the time I was 8. Smiling is a big deal for us. Denyse later received mandibular dental implants, at age 16, through the National Institutes of Health, through a research program designed to see how dental implants are tolerated by patients affected by Ectodermal Dysplasia. That was 20 years ago. (shhh… don’t tell anyone I just told you how old she is)

Here’s Sis and I together…

When we were growing up, we never imagined that one day the slogan “We Can’t Smile Without You” would become so personal! Meet Dyllan, Danielle, and Delores.

We Can't Smile Without You

Dyllan, Danielle, and Delores are Denyse’s kids. All three are affected by the same syndrome that Denyse and I are affected by. All three need dental implants. They’ve been on a waiting list for the dental implant program at the SIU School of Dental Medicine for over five years. They’ve finally been approved and are ready to start work on their new smiles. Trouble is, their dental care is not covered by insurance. Letters of medical necessity have been written to no avail. Even with the 20% discount that the dental college can offer because of a relationship with the NFED, their care is expected to reach $60,000.

Dyllan, who is the oldest, has had impressions to start conventional dentures for him, that he’ll wear until the implant process is completed. The dental school won’t even order the teeth to go in the denture until my sister can pay $1272. Dyllan has said he wants his smile in time for Prom. He asked a girl to Prom, and she said Yes! Of course, he’ll wear a tux for Prom, and he told his Mom that NOTHING will go better with his Tux than his New Pearly Whites! Oh, my!

Denyse is legally disabled. She doesn’t have an extra $1272, let alone an extra $60K!

She’s started a GoFundMe for Smiles campaign, in hopes of raising the funds to get them the smiles they so deserve.

Would you consider giving to help them smile? Would you consider sharing their GoFundMe on your social media sites? I would greatly appreciate it.

You can donate using the widget above or by visiting the GoFundMe for Smiles page.

If you’re a blogger, check out how you can help even more by visiting my TBC GO Fund Me for Smiles page.

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