Thursday, October 1, 2015

United Health Foundation and Whole Kids Foundation Offers Grants to Improve Community Health

Noah is the world’s pickiest eater. He can’t eat school lunch because he doesn’t eat meat Even though they have a peanut butter and jelly option, he is still too picky. So I have to pack him lunch every day. That way I know he is getting enough to eat. I constantly worry about his nutrition because of this. Some schools offer what is known as snack packs that provide extra food for students to bring home. Unfortunately, some families are unable to afford a lot of food. Even with assistance, kids can still go hungry at night, or come to school starving. Have you ever been so hungry that your stomach hurts from the constant rumbling? When anyone is that hungry, it’s hard to function. It’s hard to think about anything but the hunger. Imagine being a child, at school, trying to learn. Schools usually also offer breakfast. It’s really important to have these programs funded. Sometimes, a child will not get to school early enough for breakfast if they take the bus. It would be nice if there were a snack box that they could grab something out of to tide them over till lunch.

I learned about a program that will offer grants to elementary schools to help improve kids’ health through nutrition. I think it is wonderful. I have been really hungry before as an adult and I get really bad headaches when I haven’t ate. I can’t imagine what that does to a child. I remember when a friend of mine didn’t have any food, I cleaned out my cabinets and gave her a huge box of food for her son. I don’t think any child should go to bed hungry. Imagine all the snack packs a school could offer if they received a grant from United Health Foundation and Whole Kids Foundation. That’s a lot of food. They could probably also have speakers come in and talk about nutrition or take a field trip to a dairy or a farm. 

Here’s more information:
 United Health Foundation and Whole Kids Foundation will announce a nationwide grant program open to educators, individuals and nonprofit organizations for innovative projects that provide solutions to improve children’s health through nutrition. The grants are designed to support elementary schools.

The grant program is being officially launched at West Vernon Elementary, one of the public schools submitting a letter of intent for a grant. The program will fund 10 to 12 projects. Grants, which range from $15,000 to $25,000, will be awarded in early 2016.

The grants are part of United Health Foundation’s “Helping Build Healthier Communities” program, which provides resources to local nonprofits that have programs aimed at expanding access to care, improving health outcomes and building healthier communities.

Grant deadlines and timeline Letters of intent for the program are due Nov. 30. Applications for the grant program are due Dec. 15, and the grantees will be announced in March 2016. The amount of each grant will range from $15,000 to $25,000. For more information on how to apply, visit or email

Remember, you don’t have to be an educator to apply for a local elementary school to receive a grant.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Don't Sexually Harass Me!

I wrote about sexual harassment several years ago about a man named Bob. I felt like it was time to talk about it again. This time I will not be telling you a story about a person I knew. However I will be sharing with you my thoughts and feelings about sexual harassment. First, sexual harassment is not funny. You don't make sexual comments about any person unless it's a significant other with their permission. If you wouldn't say it to your parent or grandparents, do not say it to someone else. It's rude. It's disrespectful and it's wrong. I don't care what your beliefs are, you should respect others at all times.

Secondly, it’s not a joke. I don't think anyone would like it if their parent or adult child would have that said to them. Most of us are parents. I am someone's mom. I am a daughter. It's not a compliment. No one likes to feel like a piece of meat. No one likes to have comments made about them like that. It doesn't make people feel good or feel attractive. They don't like the attention. They are mortified. They want to disappear.  They want you to stop. People are not put on this Earth to be treated like crap. By sexualizing a person you are robbing them of their dignity and self-worth. Every time you make a comment you are stealing a piece of their self-esteem. After a while there's nothing left.  You are a sexual predator. It's worse when the person who does this is married. It gives a whole new layer of how wrong it is. Sexual harassment is not just a single thing. It's not a married thing, it's not a man thing. It's not a woman thing. It's not a particular race or age or anything thing. It's a creep thing. It's someone who feels bad about themselves that they have to sexually harass someone to make themselves feel desirable. We need to take a stand and not put up with it anymore. It's not cool.

I am upset that if you do this in the workplace it's illegal. I totally believe it should be, please understand this but if someone makes a lewd gesture or says something sexual it's not really a crime. It could eventually become harassment at some point by law. I do understand that the jails would be overcrowded with these offenders so it would be really tough. It doesn't matter what a person looks like, how their body looks, if they have big breasts or whatever they may have. They aren't open for sexual comments and gestures. Some women have bigger breasts or bottoms than others. Some can't help that. It doesn't matter what they are wearing, it's not an invitation for you to comment or stare. I think that some guys are misinformed about women. No we don't want to be talked to like that. We are not objects for you to lust over. Thankfully, there are men out there that don't do this. There are great men who value women. I am not sure how a parent allows their adult child to treat another person like that. If my son did it, he would be in big trouble. I wouldn't care if he was 45 and I was in my sixties. It won't happen. I'm not blaming their parents of course. It just doesn't make sense to me.

I notice this a lot on dating sites. Of course you may not find the crème de la crème of men or women on there. If you’re a single parent who works from home you don't go out a lot. You look for conversation about grown up things. You can only talk about Star Wars and Minecraft for so long. You want to talk about other things. Even if you have no interest in becoming romantically involved you still deserve respect. I believe when you make unwanted sexual advances towards someone you are abusing them. You make them feel bad about themselves. You make them feel sad and useless. You can almost break their spirits. It doesn't matter if it's a stranger or if it's a person you have known for years. Some ask for sexual favors in exchange for favors. That’s not OK. Even if you are claiming you are just joking. It’s wrong. I was always taught that you do favors for people because you want to help them. You don’t do them to get something in return. You don’t do them to benefit. Especially when someone genuinely needs help.  You are not owed something to help someone. Even if you feel that you are, it shouldn’t be sexual. If we all kept track of all the nice things we ever did to others, we would be owed a lot. Give to Give. Help to Help. To play devil’s advocate, the person might be lonely. They may have a hard home life. They may just want to feel desired or wanted. Making sexual advances is not the way to do that. Work out your problems with your significant other, go to counseling or end your relationship.  Please don’t look elsewhere and make someone else feel bad. I know misery loves company but no one wants to share in that.  

There's also those who use people by leading them on. They have no interest in having a relationship with the other person. They get what they want through lies and empty promises. It's hard to accept when that is happening especially when they are feeding you everything you wanna hear. Those are the people who prey on those who were abused and maybe have low self-worth.  It goes back to the anything is better than nothing theory. I can tell you and promise you that it's not. It's not better. I promise its worse. Loneliness sucks badly. It's better to be lonely than have the person who you think loves you lying to you and using you.

You have the right to be loved. You have the right to hold your head high. You have the right to feel good about yourself. You are not a piece of meat. You are not defined by how many people you have been with or the choices you made in the past. You are beautiful and amazing. Anyone who thinks otherwise, well that's their problem.

I sincerely hope that this post gives someone the strength to stand up and say enough is enough.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Create Your Own Super Hero and Awesome Giveaway

 As a mom of a nine year old, I am constantly watching cartoons with my son. He is really starting to get in to Superheros. He has loved LEGOs since he was four years old. LEGO's are his favorite things. He also is getting in to Scooby Doo. I am sure that will make my friend's mom very excited. As I shared before, she loves Scooby Doo. Noah is really big in to building things so he will love to do this. Create your ultimate super hero with a fun name, look, powers and more! I am sure it will be named Bob or something similar. Maybe even Danneeeeee with a million e's at the end. I still don't know why he loves the name Danneeeeeee. I have a cousin named Danny, well Dan now, but I don't think that is why. . Also check out some of the amazing new videos from Warner Bros, including favorites such as Scooby Doo & Batman Unlimited . There will be many more updates over the next year, so don't forget to subscribe to their channels!

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Mattel is Looking for First Time Expecting Moms!

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

We Love Collecting Nature

Noah and I like to experience nature together. We like to collect different leaves and make rubbings. We like to collect different shells from beaches all over the country. We also like to collect rocks from different places. We never collect living things and we make sure any shells we collect have nothing living inside. We have an extensive shell collection and I know that Noah can name every kind of shell out there. He even impresses the shell club when we go to the shell show and the shell shop employees every time. I remember when he made a shell collection at the shell show, he would name the shell without looking at the diagram or asking anyone. One of my favorite projects in school was when we had to make a leaf collection. I was really excited about it. It was like a scavenger hunt. I still have the leaf collection from over twenty years ago. I know that the only thing that has survived is the paper I glued the leaves to. There are little pieces of crushed up leaves in the box it is in still.

 I would love to create a road trip nature scavenger hunt with Noah. We always collect things from other places, but I read an article and it gave me the idea to do it.  When we were at my aunt and uncles house in the mountains, Noah collected so many rocks that we had to leave most of them behind.  I am sure they will slowly make it to our house as my aunt and uncle visit each time.  Noah wanted to bring it all back with us, but that would have made some very heavy suitcases.  Noah found an arrowhead too on my aunt and uncle property. That carefully made it home with us in a carry on. I would love to make lists of each place we go and if we can find all the nature, we can go for ice cream or share a special treat together. I wish I would have read the article years ago. I really love it.