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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Playground: Celebrating Lasts

By Meg Hodson

We celebrate a lot of firsts in life, as we should. The first time your kids walk, your first big job, the first time you tried something new. It's not quite as common as celebrating lasts. In fact, I don't think people in general recognize lasts too often. But I find myself doing this more with young children.

My youngest is 6 years old, so I find myself nudging him ever so gently to still enjoy things that will soon fade away. We were recently at the county fair and all three of my children are tall enough (and game enough!) to ride all the "big rides". I was still able to talk my youngest into riding some of the kiddie rides and his older brother joined in on the fun, too. 

I paused and had similar thoughts when I was at the playground recently with the kids. They all still enjoy a good playground trip, but I know the day is coming when merry-go-rounds and monkey bars will be a fleeting memory. It will be a "last". 

And I look forward to those "firsts" to quickly follow. 





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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Whole Foods Weekender Bag + Giveaway!

By Meg Hodson

I received a complimentary sample of products from Whole Foods in exchange for my post. All opinions remain 100% my own.

We may be nearing the end of summer, but there is still some time to sneak in some travel and fun weekends away. That is actually the primary travel my family has done this summer....day trips to the beach, hanging out in Seattle. Most have been with all my kids and husband, but I did manage to sneak one day trip in with just my daughter, which was fun.

What better way to stay fresh and fabulous during travel than with a bag from Whole Foods packed with all the essentials for a perfect weekend away. They are in stores now for the bargain price of $6.99. Trust me, this is a great deal! I know the prices of conventional travel sizes can be spendy; you are paying for the convenience. 

Whole Foods Weekender Travel Bag Giveaway

I would rather put that money toward eco-friendly, gentle products like the ones found in this bag. Here's what you get in the Whole Foods Weekender Travel Bag:
  1. Juice Beauty Nutrient Moisturizer. Perfect for all skin types, it's filled with hydrating plant oils and botanicals.
  2. Acure Repairing Shampoo. Filled with moroccan oil, it's moisturizing and smells great.
  3. Acure Repairing Conditioner. This compliments the shampoo and leaves hair silky smooth.
  4. Alaffia African Black Soap. Filled with essential oils, it can be used on the face and body.
  5. Tom's of Maine Simply White Toothpaste. I have been a longtime Tom's fan and this is the perfect toothpaste.
  6. Mineral Fusion Mini Nail Polish. This polish has noformaldehyde, toluene, or DBP.
  7. Chico Travel Zip Bag. Sleek and easy to tuck into any travel bag, large or small. Bonus: it's made from recycled plastic bottles. 
You also get a few valuable coupons in the bag, too. It's available now through August 25th (or while supplies last).

Want to secure your bag now? Enter my giveaway below for your chance to win one!





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Friday, July 31, 2015

A Message To My Girl: Anything Is Possible

By Meg Hodson

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Green Works and Collectively. All opinions and writing are 100% my own.

Raising a girl is no small task. Heck, raising ANY child is darn right a small miracle. I don't know if it's because I am one strong willed girl who was brought up believing I could accomplish anything. But I feel a huge responsibility to make sure my daughter has every opportunity she could ever desire. 

I do feel like girls take some extra attention when it comes to opportunities. My daughter plays at the club soccer level. She got a little burned out this past year. Tryouts came up this past Spring and she was considering not trying out. I decided to take her out to lunch and have a nice heart to heart. 

While she is only 11, I couldn't help but look into the future and think about high school and potential college scholarships she could be privy to with her level of soccer. I did eventually convince her to continue. She made the team and the season is off to a good start in late summer. 

Green Works AAUW

I was part of an eye-opening Twitter party a few weeks ago hosted by Green Works in partnership with AAUW. The hot topic:  STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). When it comes to science, men still significantly outnumber the women. Although this might be a far cry from soccer, the emphasis on girls reaching their full potential is definitely related.

Here are some of the highlights of what I learned during the party.
  • Only 1 in every 1000 girls will become a scientist
  • Toys can promote STEM because girls learn fun through hands-on experience, and critical thinking
  • Science National Honor Society is a great high school organization that pushes kids to be involved and talk to scientists
  • It's an extremely enriching career, personally and intellectually, you will never be bored!
  • AAUW is one of the largest funding sources for girls in graduate school
  • Allow for creativity when building. It encourages thinking, design, problem solving
  • Great discoveries take inquisitive people, hard work, and luck.
  • It’s important to set role models for next gen girls. Girls will gain more confidence
  • Encourage girls to be curious, try things that might not work, test assumptions, and learn from their mistakes
  • It's important for girls to identify with scientists. Females in STEM help them to see themselves in the future.
  • It isn't enough to just be a female scientist, you must actively engage and encourage girls
  • Only 14 percent of girl students drew a female scientist when prompted in this video: http://bit.ly/1Ma4YTw

Thanks to Green Works, we are encouraged to let girls know that they do have the opportunity to become a scientist. Let them know where math can take them.



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