Earlier this year I found out that here in Benton County, Arkansas, there were 432 reported cases of child abuse in 2012. It’s a heartbreaking number for me to read and write, because these children are at a vulnerable place in their life and need all the support they can get. I have this crazy notion that every child who is born deserves to be loved, educated and supported – if not by the family, by the community. So I was happy to take a trip to Walmart and purchase goods for a SIMPLE Service project for Champions for Kids.
Located down a country road in Little Flock, Arkansas, The Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County serves sexually and physically abused children who have called the Child Abuse Hotline (1-800-482-5964) in a supportive, child-friendly environment.
The CAC provides counseling, examinations, advocacy, forensic interviews and an array of other services to these children and non-offending family members. These services are provided free of charge, so the CAC counts on funding and charitable donations to continue to provide these services.
As part of the Arm & Hammer Spinbrush Spin Into Action campaign for Champions for Kids, I went and purchased Spinbrush For Kids toothbrushes and children’s books.
In-kind donations are accepted and distributed based on need to those who seek services from the CAC. I contacted them to make sure these items would be accepted, as many organizations often have enough or too much of some items and not enough of other items.
Even with a $50 budget, I was able to make a bit of a difference. I headed to the Spinbrush web site, where I was able to find a $2 coupon off any Spinbrush product. This includes their new item, Tooth Tunes, which do not have the spinbrush function but play two minutes of your favorite music as your child brushes his teeth. They have Tooth Tunes with songs by Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Big Time Rush, Selena Gomez and a ton of other popular artists.Two minutes is the recommended time to brush your teeth, so it’s a great way to get your kids started on a good habit. You can find a lot of information on Tooth Tunes on the website as well.
I chose to purchase the Spinbrush My Way! toothbrushes, which allow kids to personalize their toothbrush with 141 stickers to choose from. I figure that children who come to the CAC need the opportunity to express themselves, and I thought this was a great way. If you visit brushmyway.com, you can test out the My Way! toothbrushes and create a virtual My Way! toothbrush and toothpaste tube. Here’s my creation. As you can see, I refused to follow gender stereotypes, since I played with dolls AND action figures as a kid.
I also purchased a selection of children’s books, because I never realized how valuable a book was to a child until I taught a 14-year-old how to read four years ago. This was someone who had been through a very tough life and had never been read to as a child. So there was no doubt in my mind that children’s books would be part of my donation.
When I brought my donations to the CAC this week, I said to the front desk person, “I hope you all can use these.” “Oh, yeah,” she replied.
To find a Children’s Advocacy Center near you, visit www.nationalcac.org and click “Find a CAC Near You” in the menu bar.
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Being a plus-sized shopper is not always easy. Either someone wants to put you in something that looks akin to a trash bag, or they want you to wear clothes that fail to flatter your curves. Several friends of mine introduced me to Kiyonna a few months back, and might I say I am mighty impressed with their selection!
What I love about Kiyonna is that they have tops that accentuate in all the right places, and are made for real, actual bodies. I asked my dear friend and avid Kiyonna shopper Tanya to give me her honest opinion of Kiyonna‘s selections.
I love how Kiyonna clothing is specifically designed for larger women! Not only that, but they don’t assume every woman has exactly the same shape. Some are designed for women with more curvy silhouettes, while others fit those with a bit of a tummy or wonderful cleavage. I bought my last recital dress from Kiyonna, and my favorite Kiyonna top is so flattering, I’ve bought it in three colors already, and am still tempted by more!
My only complaint is that too many of the tops are designed either to show off cleavage or an hourglass silhouette. They need more tops that are modest enough for work and flatter those with a bit more of a tummy.
Well, Tanya and others (like me) who have a bit more of a tummy, maybe this weekend special running through April 7, 2012 might be of interest to you:
Graciously accept the compliments you’ll receive as you wear this luxuriously soft jersey knit top. This directional staple draws the eye to the subtly sexy neckline and the artful twist at the bodice. Its modest coverage creates no wardrobe malfunctions or necessitates wearing a camisole underneath. Pair with your favorite pair of jeggings and ankle boots for an contemporary off-duty look.
I love how it accentuates the waist and covers up that tummy area. I also would probably opt for jeans instead of jeggings, but I can also see this as looking great with a simple pair of black slacks or khakis and sandals. It’s feminine, flattering and modest, and at $38 it’s a great deal.
Also, while you’re visiting, check out the NEW ARRIVALS section to see what’s new. And don’t forget that they have an additional special discount now - Save 15% off orders of $150 or more at Kiyonna.com using the code BLOOM at checkout!!!
I am so glad that there are so many more options for plus-sized women than there once were. My friends have sung the praises of Kiyonna and actually asked me to include it on my web site! So don’t just take my word for it!
Have you RSVP’d for Swagbucks’ 5th Birthday Blowout Feb. 25?
It’s easy to do, and when you RSVP you’re automatically entering yourself to win one of five $1000 CASH prizes.
The whole birthday celebration will be a big one – they’re giving out 135 Swag Bucks worth of codes, and they’re giving away four more $1000 cash prizes on the 25th when they celebrate.
You can find the RSVP link on the Swagbucks homepage – just look for the birthday image and click on it to be taken to the RSVP page.
If you’re not a member of Swagbucks yet, join me and use the code 5THBIRTHDAY during registration – you’ll start with 120 Swag Bucks! Just in the past week I’ve earned $25 in gift certificates just for using Swagbucks!!!! So click here to join – I promise, this is the web’s easiest way to earn gift cards, cash and prizes online!
The local health food stores have nothing on Vitacost’s prices. I’ve paid up to $29.99 for just one bottle of the supplements here. But Vitacost offers its own discounted brands of the same supplements for a whole lot cheaper.
They also like to give you $10 just for signing up, as well as $10 for every friend who signs up under you. The $10 is in Vitacost credit off a $30 purchase. You can rack up your referral credits and end up practically shopping for free!
You can mix and match any Vitacost-brand products and get free shipping with $25 in product. I had a $10 discount through Vitacost’s AMAZING referral program, so I got $35 in product for only $25! Now, what supplement shop has sold you THIS much stuff for 25 bucks? I’ve never found one; maybe you’ve been lucky.
In addition, Vitacost offers a wide range of natural and organic foods; the same non-perishable ones you’d find at your local health food store. The prices are often extremely competitive, and there’s ALWAYS a sale going on. They have brands like Kettle Chips, Annie Chun’s, Popchips, Tazo… lots of stuff! They also have a cruelty-free section with cosmetics and cleaning products. It’s a great place to go shopping!
To sign up and give us both $10 to spend on great products, click this link and get to saving!