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I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for BGCA. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.


Keeping my child safe on the internet is one of my biggest parenting concerns.  I know I can’t keep her locked away in a secluded tower (a la Rapunzel), but I do wish it would be harder for trouble to find her.

What kind of trouble? you ask.

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Moms Need To Know! Monday link-up party


It’s Monday and that means we’re looking for some fun ideas to fill our week!  Crafts!  Travel!  Recipes!  The door is wide open for us!

Have you posted any informative posts lately?  Product review?  Travel tips?  Craft ideas?  Recipes?

We’d love to have you join our Moms Need To Know! Monday link-up party so our readers can check out your tips and info!!

Party Rules:

  • It’s not required to participate, but we’d love it if you’d post a link back to TheTweenAndMe.com
  • Please click on other blogger’s links and leave some comment love–there are a lot of great ideas out there!
  • Please do not link to Etsy shops, giveaways or your home page. Please link only to specific posts.
  • Please link only original projects YOU created.
  • By submitting a picture, you are stating that you own or have permission to post that picture.
  • By linking up, you grant TheTweenAndMe.com permission to use your photos. Proper credit & links will ALWAYS be given.
  • We love to pin your posts to our various Pinterest boards and our special Moms Need To Know! Monday board!

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Maya Angelou quote


Moms Need To Know! Monday link-up party


Happy Monday!  Ariel and I are looking forward to our first full week of summer fun and are planning our activities for the rest of the summer.  I have found some amazing crafts that we’re planning to try and more than a few books that we want to read.  And of course, there are some fabulous places we’d like to visit!

How about you?  Have you posted any informative posts lately?  Product review?  Travel tips?  Craft ideas?  Recipes?

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Jim Carrey quote


I was so pleasantly surprised to see this inspiring video clip from comedian Jim Carrey’s recent graduation speech at Maharishi University.  I’m including a clip but if you want to see Jim Carrey’s entire speech, you can watch it here.


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One of my favorite poets passed away today and I, along with many in the literary world feel deeply our loss.  RIP Maya Angelou.

Maya Angelou quote


If you’re not familiar with her work, The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou is a great place to start!


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I grew up with parents who were very involved in our local community and I believe whole-heartedly in the words of wisdom from Margaret Mead:  Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world.  For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.

As an adult, I’ve embraced that philosophy and have worked to incorporate it into my daily life.  Before I married and had a child, I volunteered with Big Brothers/Big Sisters as a Big and as a board member.  I’ve worked with my local United Way on various volunteer committees.  Most recently I’ve served two years as co-president for my daughter’s school’s PTO.  I don’t think I would feel as alive and a part of my community without being involved with these worthy efforts and want to encourage everyone to find a cause they can join and contribute their efforts to supporting.  Ariel and I currently work together on small donation-based activities, but are planning this summer to get more involved with our local animal shelter to give of our time.  I want her to feel that same warm fuzzy feeling I get from volunteering my time.

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Tuttorosso Tomatoes, yes, the 85-year-old tomato brand, is hosting a fun and easy Facebook promotion asking home cooks to post about their inspiration in cooking.  Who inspired you?
One of the main things about cooking is knowing what kind of products to use in which recipes.  For example, crushed tomatoes make a great base for pasta sauce, while paste can be used to thicken recipes.
Tuttorosso sent me three cans of tomatoes to sample–including the new No Salt Crushed.  I’m excited to try out some new recipes—and to test these yummy products!

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I love this video.  It’s become very popular to post it on Facebook lately.  Lots of people have viewed it.

Am I surprised by the NEED someone felt to make this video?  No.  Not at all.  Sadly.

Am I surprised that people are sharing it?  No.

Am I surprised that people aren’t following its directive to “Look Up”?  No, sadly, I’m not.  We are all addicted to our machines and we’ve become a world of plugged-in parrots.

I’ve tried harder to be more connected.  I’ve blogged less.  I’ve volunteered more.  I still think I need to do do more.  To be more present in my family members’ lives.  In my friends’ lives.  In the world.

I’m going to keep working at this.  Will you join me?


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