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Teaching Your Kids About Childhood Hunger—Plus, 1 Thing You Can Do

Teaching Your Kids About Childhood Hunger—Plus, 1 Thing You Can Do

It’s been twelve years since I’ve seen their faces. Twelve years since I held their hands. Twelve years since I heard them call me my African nickname. Now, more than a decade later, I have three kids of my own—three kids who will almost definitely never know hunger […]

Sisterhood of the traveling hearts

Sisterhood of the traveling hearts

I thought we’d try something a little different today. I’d like to take you on a year-long journey of how simple Valentines ideas, a little bit of love and a whole lot of kindness can evolve and grow into something truly beautiful. We’ll begin about […]

Difference Maker: Patience Pennington of The Brightness Project

Difference Maker: Patience Pennington of The Brightness Project

“Everything has a story. It’s the messiness. The juxtaposition. The authenticity. That’s what makes a moment worth something. When we write, when we create, even when we breathe. We’re generating stories and ideas that have a ripple effect into the rest of our lives and […]

7 Quotes on Goodness That Will Make You Think

7 Quotes on Goodness That Will Make You Think

We did a lot of talking this weekend about goodness, good·ness ˈɡo͝odnəs/ noun 1. the quality of being good, in particular. virtue; moral excellence. noun: goodness “a belief in the basic goodness of mankind” synonyms: virtue, good, righteousness, morality, integrity, rectitude; the beneficial or nourishing […]

Help us collect 1,900 photos and start a conversation about pediatric organ donation #HowIDonateLife

Help us collect 1,900 photos and start a conversation about pediatric organ donation #HowIDonateLife

Special thanks to Laurie Crane Photography for these photos! There is nothing I cherish more in this world than motherhood. The kicks they made inside my belly, the bonding after birth, the smell of their head as it rests on my chest. Those moments don’t ever seem […]

Crafting Hope, Sending Smiles

Crafting Hope, Sending Smiles

Every month I try to get together with my local blogger buddies. Lately it seems, many of us are experiencing some really difficult times. Seasons of life I guess, but I think we were all feeling the need for something a bit more from this […]

When We Can’t Stand Alone, Let’s Run Together

When We Can’t Stand Alone, Let’s Run Together

There’s no doubt about it, being a grown up is hard. At some point, we [read: I] have to realize there are only so many things we can control and let those other things go. Be patient and wait for the answers to be revealed. […]

Batkid is coming.

Batkid is coming.

But he needs our help Do you remember what you were doing on November 15, 2013, the day San Francisco transformed itself into Gotham city to help make a kids wish come true? That boy was Miles Scott, a 5 year old from Northern California. […]

The Rainbow Loom Project

The Rainbow Loom Project

Fact: Sweet is turning 7 on Tuesday, and I am not ready! Probably a Fact: We are the only family in America who hasn’t joined in on the Rainbow Loom / rubber band bracelet phenomenon sweeping the country. Well, that’s all about to change. Some […]

Inspire U gives youth a glimpse at the future and a chance for success

Inspire U gives youth a glimpse at the future and a chance for success

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a Big Sister. I imagine it has something to do with me once being the perfect candidate for such a program, but not having access to anything like it. More than anything, I […]