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Interacting with Black History: Inventions

February 18, 2020 As we continue to celebrate Black History month, we look towards a new field of inspiration: inventions. Minorities often don’t receive recognition for their hard work and many were never even acknowledged before their death. In order to take these stories of influential people and make them more personal, here are some…

On Thanksgiving—Pass The Gravy, Not The Politics
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On Thanksgiving—Pass The Gravy, Not The Politics

November 12, 2019 Even if you’re all on the same page politically, don’t make your precious holiday time all about what’s happening in Washington, D.C. This Thanksgiving, make a conscious decision to pass the gravy and pass on the divisive talk at the dinner table. There have been so many films made about the tension…

Politics Are About to Get Worse—Here’s What You Can Do
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Politics Are About to Get Worse—Here’s What You Can Do

July 5, 2019 The election cycle has officially begun! Hopefuls on both sides have confirmed their intention to run and the first Democratic debate for the 2020 election is already being dissected. While it’s important that we gain insight into the candidates before casting our vote, we all know how volatile and mean-spirited this time…

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America’s 6 Best Family-Friendly Halloween Attractions

October 17, 2018 Not every family is into celebrating Halloween, but the ones that do may struggle to find attractions that are kid-friendly. If your child gets spooked by the haunted houses and fright zones, but still likes the idea of dressing up, here are some suggestions that are a little less trick and a…

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Celeb Mom Roundup: Kelly Ripa’s Bikini, Khloe Kardashian’s Baby Bump and More

March 26, 2018 *photo credit Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic What’s going on with some of the world’s most famous moms right now? Here’s a roundup of stories to get you all caught up! Kelly Ripa Shamed for Bikini If you were a fan of Kelly Ripa back in the early days when she was Hayley Santos on All My…

Little Known Facts About Food for the Olympic Athletes
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Little Known Facts About Food for the Olympic Athletes

July 29, 2016 The Olympics are set to start on August 5th and the athletes have moved into their housing in the Olympic Village. They are becoming acclimated to the weather, timing, and food in the location where they will spend most of the next couple weeks. So how does the food situation work for such a…

5 Tips For When You Are Cornered in Political Conversation
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5 Tips For When You Are Cornered in Political Conversation

July 13, 2016 This election year seems to be more volatile than any other in recent years and, unfortunately, the polarization has begun to affect people’s personal relationships. Many have chosen to keep their opinions private in order to avoid any unnecessary conflict. While that may be best, there are times when you may feel…

Hit the Beach Without Making a Dent This Summer: 6 Ways to Leave the Beach Better Than You Found it
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Hit the Beach Without Making a Dent This Summer: 6 Ways to Leave the Beach Better Than You Found it

May 3, 2016 There’s nothing quite like a summer vacation at the beach. Sunshine, blue skies, beautiful waters, and sandy beaches are the ideal elements of a memorable summer escape with the family. How can we protect the delicate ecosystems of our shorelines, so that the next generation can enjoy a summer at the beach,…

Dear Facebook … Or What I Won’t Be Doing on Social Media
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Dear Facebook … Or What I Won’t Be Doing on Social Media

April 20, 2015 What originally started as a way to reconnect with old friends and stay in touch with family has morphed into a very dysfunctional sales pitch. On an everyday basis, I watch people spin false realities on social media. And I know their online life is fake is because I know them personally. But…

Extreme Summer: This Ain’t Your Momma’s Water Play
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Extreme Summer: This Ain’t Your Momma’s Water Play

August 12, 2014 It’s the second week of August. Some kids are already back to school. Labor Day creeps closer and we know that summer, the season of fun and adventure, is on its way out. But before we say goodbye, let’s look at the craziest, strangest, and biggest water fun available (perhaps you can plan…

Cinco Ways to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo
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Cinco Ways to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

May 5, 2014 Many people confuse Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May in Spanish, with Mexico’s independence day but, in actuality, it is a national holiday commemorating the country’s victory over the French which, of course, was an important step towards attaining autonomy. While all special days are enjoyable, Cinco de Mayo is…

eBay’s Curate for a Cause Sweepstakes + Help Raise $25K for March of Dimes #ImBornTo
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eBay’s Curate for a Cause Sweepstakes + Help Raise $25K for March of Dimes #ImBornTo

March 19, 2014 What were you born to be? Be a fabulous mom to your children? Introduce a new fashion line to the world? Prepare extraordinary gluten-free cuisine?  Travel the world photographing exotic animals? Together with March of Dimes, eBay celebrates the potential in all of us. We are all born to be something great! And now…

Valentine’s Day: What Not to Buy
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Valentine’s Day: What Not to Buy

February 11, 2014 With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, companies have started bombarding our men with commercials telling them what they need to buy to declare their love. Tradition calls for things like edible delicacies, jewels, and intimate apparel. Just in case you feel confused or need to pass on some advice, here are…

SocialMoms Goes to the White House for the Holidays #WHHoliday
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SocialMoms Goes to the White House for the Holidays #WHHoliday

December 23, 2013 Exhilarating. Educational. Enchanting. Enriching. These are just a few words describing my experience-of-a-lifetime as a mom lifestyle blogger invited to The White House for the holidays, as a guest representing both my blog and SocialMoms. It all happened lighting fast. Last Thursday evening, I received the official White House invitation to attend…

7 Ways to Create Holiday Traditions with Kids
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7 Ways to Create Holiday Traditions with Kids

December 20, 2013 One year I read a Christmas book to my young daughter and the next year she asked for it again. Now, 5 years later, we still read it each December, snuggled under a blanket near the fire. The month of December usually finds us extremely busy; between work, maintaining the house, doing…

The Art of Celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas
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The Art of Celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas

November 21, 2013 Today, families are more blended than ever which is a beautiful thing – but it can present some challenges, particularly where holidays are concerned.  An interfaith marriage doesn’t necessarily have to result in a couple choosing one set of beliefs over another but, rather, they can learn to embrace and incorporate each…

Yosemite National Park Closed on It’s 123rd Birthday
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Yosemite National Park Closed on It’s 123rd Birthday

October 1, 2013 Today Yosemite National Park celebrates it’s 123rd birthday. Unfortunately, park-goers won’t be able to celebrate on the premises. Today the government has shut down due to Congress’ inability to pass a new budget. Part of the governmental shut down deals with National Parks and monuments. Yosemite National Park is one of the…

Oklahoma’s Tornado Aftermath: How You Can Help
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Oklahoma’s Tornado Aftermath: How You Can Help

May 21, 2013 As a resident of Oklahoma, the past two days have been especially difficult for our family. Massive tornadoes ripped through the center of the state, causing unimaginable damage and destruction. On May 19th, 2013 a tornado hit Shawnee, OK and on May 20th, 2013 another tornado hit Newcastle, OK and Moore, OK. The tornadoes were rated…

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Presidential Candidate Overview: Mitt Romney

October 26, 2012 We have talked about where the 3rd party candidates Gary Johnson and Jill Stein stand on the key isues as well as were current President of the United States, Barack Obama stands. Now we will discuss the key stance issues of the Republican nominee, Mitt Romney. Here is where Republican candidate Mitt…

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Presidential Candidate Overview: Barack Obama

October 19, 2012 The Democratic presidential candidate and current President of the United States is Barack Obama. Many of you are probably already familiar with his stance on many of the issues, but may not know where he stands on some of the main platform issues. So where does President Barack Obama stand? The Economy…

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The Politics of School Lunches

September 7, 2012 Education and educational spending is always a hot button issue in political campaigns. However, one area that seems to take a back seat is the school’s lunch program. Many students’ lunches are subsidized by the federal government due to families meeting certain income guidelines. The program is designed to allow children of…

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Patents or Non-Labeling of GMO Foods: Pick One Only

August 24, 2012 I have discussed genetically modified food a number of times in regards to the outcry for labeling. Obviously people feel they have the right to know what is in their food. However, producers of these genetically modified seeds continue to say that there is nothing to label. “Corn is corn,” as they would say….

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Home Birth Rights for Women

August 10, 2012 Women’s health issues are always on the forefront of political campaigning towards women. Whether you are Pro-choice or Pro-Life supporters, women’s health always makes its way into campaign promises. However, there is one glaring area of women’s rights that is slowly being stripped from our society without much of an outcry from…

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Politics – Should You Involve Your Children?

June 22, 2012 Whether you realize it or not, your actions now can determine your child’s political motivations and participation in the future. There are a number of things you can do to foster an interest in the political world with your children now that will serve them well when they reach adulthood and tackle…

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Mother’s Day, This Time With More Meaning

May 9, 2012 What Makes A Mother? Mother’s Day was officially created in 1908 to honor mothers whose sons died in war. The earliest attempts to establish a Mother’s Day was rooted in women’s peace groups. It has since become a day to celebrate motherhood, mothers, and the positive contributions they make to our society….

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Activism At Work: Farewell “Pink Slime”

April 27, 2012 I know many women who are reluctant to join any political campaigns or activist groups; however, many mothers are activists without even realizing it. With social media and blogging, stories can become viral almost instantly and moms often jump in to express their opinion or rally to support a campaign. This recently…