Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Fighting Childhood Hunger With Welch's

This conversation has been sponsored, either with payment or product, but the opinions are my own.

Guys, I want to talk about a serious issue that families across the nation face. The statistics on hunger are no laughing matter and considering that the United States is a wealthy nation, it is time that we all take a step to stop hunger, in children, adults, animals... you name it, there is a need for food, and we waste so much of it!

In the U.S. 1 in 5 kids face hunger, which means there are children in classrooms across the country who may not have the energy to focus engage, learn and grow which can lead to long-term effects such as grade repetition and developmental impairments.

To help fight child hunger, Welch's® Fruit Snacks has partnered with Feeding America® the nation's largest hunger-relief and food rescue organization.  From now through October 2016, Welch's® Fruit Snacks has committed to providing 1 million meals to children in needWelch's® Fruit Snacks is calling on consumers across the country to help fill the lunchboxes. When consumers buy Welch's® Fruit Snacks and submit a proof of purchase, Welch's® Fruit Snacks will donate an additional $1.00(11 meals) to Feeding America® with the goal of reaching 1.6 million meals donated!

Here's how you can do your part and join Welch's® Fruit Snacks to fight childhood hunger:
  1. Buy any Welch's® Fruit Snacks
  2. Snap a photo of the packaging
  3. Submit your photo by either:
·         Texting "lunch" to 811-811
·         Uploading it at fillthelunchbox.com
*For each photo received, Welch's® Fruit Snacks will donate $1.00 to Feeding America®.

My friends at Welch's need your help to share this message and to help fill the lunchboxes of children across the nation.  Buy any package of Welch's Fruit Snacks {I love the concord grape ones!!} and snap a shot of the package. Send it to 811-811 with the text of "lunch" and Welch's will donate $1 to Feeding America. 

Pretty simple right? While $1 is not much money, imagine the impact that dollar will have in the life of a hungry child or family!

Welch's is making lunchtime sweeter for the school kids for sure, but they want to offer you a little something too. They asked me to offer one of my readers a snack pack of Welch's Fruit Snacks and I could resist because this is a cause that means so much to me. Every week my children are asked to select 5 items from either the grocery store or our pantry on the weeks we don't need to shop and place it in a reusable shopping bag. We drop these items off at our local community action so that we can share our wealth with our community.

I hope that my kids realize how fortunate we are to be in a position to help others. My family is not rich in finances, but when we compare our situation to others around the world, it is obvious how wealthy we really are. We have a safe home, the luxury of clean running water, electricity, appliances for cleaning clothes and dishes. We always have 3 meals on our table and we have our health. Dropping off groceries at Community Action is one way we can help those in need in our community. I applaud the sweethearts at Welch's for recognizing the need and stepping to the plate to bring something to the plates of those that might not have anything to put on their own plate.

So, my dear sweet readers, please, buy a box of Welch's, let your kids enjoy a snack, then snap a shot of the box and text it over to 811-811 so that other families can stop stressing over food. In the meantime, enter to win a selection of fruit snacks courtesy of my friends at Welch's. This giveaway will end on 9-7-16 and is open to US residents 18 and older.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Gerber Soothe Keeps Baby Happy #Formulaforhappiness

 I received a free sample of Gerber® Good Start® Soothe infant formula and Gerber® Soothe probiotic colic drops from Gerber®. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Having a baby in the house is one of the happiest things I can think of. The sweet sounds a baby makes, the sweet way babies smell and those smiles that are can melt your heart, even when you are sleep deprived! Speaking of those smiles, I want to do everything I can to keep them coming and to help make my baby as happy as can be and to keep the crying at a minimum.

When my son was an infant, he was the definition of a happy baby! The only time he would get upset was when he was not in my arms. He was content to be with Mama. So, I held him a lot, carried him on a hip and slept nearby him, so that I could be there to comfort him within a moments notice if need be. 

My daughter has been a different story. She has not been the definition of a happy baby, so I work even harder to bring those heart melting smiles to her face. Guys, that might seem like a chore, to please a baby that is hard to please, but it isn't as bad as you might think.

To keep my girl happy, Gerber Soothe has been the way to go. Excessive crying can really take a toll on everyone. Luckily, the good people at Gerber know a thing or two about how to handle that. Let me tell you about their line of products to help baby cry less and smile more.

Gerber® Soothe Probiotics Colic Drops is formulated with comforting probiotics L. reuteri which is a probiotic that is safe for infants. It has been clinically shown to significantly reduce crying time in colicky babies. 

 Gerber® Good Start® Soothe Infant formula is specially designed to ease excessive crying, colic, fussiness, and gas while providing complete nutrition.

Gerber makes a powerful statement to parents, less crying means more smiling for all. With Gerber Soothe you can give baby a good start and make this special time a happier one for the whole family! 

For the fine print:

Gerber® Good Start® Soothe is a routine infant formula. This formula is not intended to treat or cure any disease.  Gerber® Soothe probiotics is a supplement probiotic. This product is not intended to treat or cure any disease.