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I’m Telling You Tuesday

It was the feel-good social media moment of last November.  One little boy’s wish, to be a hero, was granted and those of us who watched won’t ever forget the warm fuzzy feeling it gave us.

Now a documentary is in the works to tell the story-behind-the-story of that magical day.  Want to help it become reality?  Check out the Batkid Begins project on Indiegogo here.   Be sure to read down the page to relive the wonder of that fabulous day.  And have your tissues handy.  Again.  


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!


Candy corn is everywhere this time of year!  Truly, it’s become a great symbol of fall, and I can’t say that I don’t love the color combinations… because I do!  Bright in a fall palette.  It just seems right.  I guess Mother Nature is a pretty stylish gal, eh?

So many ways to use these colors… and not just in candy corn!  Check it out!!  And don’t blame me if you get a craving for some candy corn!!

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Have you seen the Camp Gyno video released by Hello Flo, a tampon delivery company?  I hadn’t until last week…. but it’s gone viral — almost 5 million views since July 28.  I don’t know a better way to get folks to notice your new company than to get a conversation-starting video to go viral.

I couldn’t have named a tampon delivery company before this.  But now I can!!

And, yes, I have shown the video to Ariel.  She was a bit embarrassed, but laughed at a few parts.  It was especially funny to her because she portrayed Joan of Arc at her elementary school’s wax museum in third grade.

Have you seen it?  Check it out.  It certainly has been viewed a lot already!


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Disclosure:  The below content is sponsored by Sanofi Pasteur’s Headfirst! Expert Advice on Lice campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

It’s summer and with that comes camp season. Kids playing in close quarters may lead to a common hard-to-treat problem: head lice. If your child brings home an extra louse house guest (or two) after camp, stay calm and know there are resources available to help.

Headfirst! Expert Advice on Lice is an educational website created by head lice experts (and moms) for other moms, families and communities to learn about head lice—what they are, what they look like and how to treat them.

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Staycation 2013


Welcome to our Staycation 2013 post!  Living in the Upstate of South Carolina, we’re lucky to have multiple free and low-cost attractions and family-friendly activities in our area, many of them within a short 1-2 hour drive.

Listed here are a few of our favorite places and spaces in the South Carolina Upcountry.

The Upstate of South Carolina can be defined in multiple ways, but I’m including six counties, based on the path of I-85 as it traverses South Carolina on its way from Atlanta, Georgia, to Charlotte, North Carolina.  Those six counties, listed alphabetically, are:  Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, and Spartanburg.

This post focuses on Anderson County activities.  I’ll focus on a new county each day this week and will link them all together at the end of the week.  Stay tuned!!

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This awesome infographic, courtesy of Teach.com, is designed to give high school students encouragement to find a great summer literary escape.  Studies have shown that students that do not read over the summer may lose up to three months of reading progress, so it’s important to find time to read between camp, vacations, sleepovers and everything else going on.


The Summer Reading Flowchart

I think that this is a great list of classic books that ALL of us should read!!  I was an English major and haven’t read some of these…. maybe I have my summer reading planned out!!

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One of our favorite hair product companies, scünci, has introduced a new product–Hair Chalk–and sent a package for Ariel and me to try out!  **squeee**   The scünci Hair Chalk is available in dual packs of coral/purple or pink/turquoise.

We were so excited to receive the coral/purple and couldn’t wait to try it!!

It only took a quick minute to open the package….

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Yep, this is a Public Service Announcement. Not because someone paid me to publish it. It’s actually quite the opposite. I’m hoping that by posting this, YOU will PAY.  Pay attention to the plight of women and children around the globe–and around the corner–that are being victimized daily. They need us to recognize their plight, to find ways to help them.

Brave Girls Club, one of my very favorite inspirational and thought-provoking sites, posted this infographic on their Facebook page and asked for folks to share it.  It’s from Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to share it with you.  Not delighted that it needs to be shared, but glad that I have an audience of caring, thoughtful readers that will take this message and make a difference in the lives of those who need our help the most.

Human Trafficking is REAL.  It is happening here, in our suburbs, in our cities, in our rural areas.  Not in some one else’s faraway corner of the world.  THIS IS HAPPENING IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

Check out this infographic.

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If you’re like me, thinking about retirement {lounging on a beach with a cool drink in hand, natch!} sounds like a lot of fun…. but the prep work part of it absolutely does not.  Planning, saving, strategizing…. that is not exciting at all!  However, I am realistic enough to know that my dreams of beach lounging will go unfulfilled if I don’t plan.

And long before I relax on a beach, I need to ship Ariel off to college. I can bury my head in the sand all I want, but she is growing up every. single. minute. and will need to have funds set aside for her future education.

How to achieve both of those goals—and manage daily expenses?  I’m overwhelmed!!

Turns out I’m not the only one.  A recent research study, MassMutual’s State of the American Mom, found that a lot of Moms *want* to ensure their family’s financial futures, but are finding it hard to accomplish.

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