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Thank You from Moms Fighting Hunger

Hunger Action Month, September, has to come to a close, but I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone (moms and non-moms) who got involved with our campaign to help end hunger. I have been honored to collaborate with so many wonderful bloggers and to share the efforts of No Kid Hungry, Feeding America, Oxfam, The Dinner Garden and other organizations through my blog, twitter and Facebook. 

I can proudly share that the collaborative efforts of Moms Fighting Hunger raised well over $500 for local food banks and/or No Kid Hungry through fundraising campaigns and participation in the Lose for Good Tweet-athon. I have no idea how much more we raised through promoting the Dine Out campaign. Given the fact that at most food banks, $1 becomes between $10-$13 in food for families, our $500 translates to between $5,000-$6,500 in food for families in need.

I also know that through different fun and innovative efforts by moms across the country, including a Feeding through Reading campaign, a Hun…

Kids Co-Op: Fall is Here - Share+ Play!

The last couple of weeks I have taken a break from the Kids Co-Op with my blog being devoted almost exclusively this month to posts connected with Hunger Action Month. My other great bloggers came together to create Moms Fighting Hunger.

Seeing the creative ways so many have gotten involved has been a highlight of the month. 




In addition to being Hunger Action Month, September also ushers in Fall/Autumn, and I love seeing all of the great seasonal activities everyone has shared through the Kids Co-Op over the last couple of weeks.

We did a Fall Bucket List connecting fun fall activities to ways to help others, and I loved Famiglia and Seoul with their 15 reasons they love Fall. Plus, you will find other great Fall activity ideas and more on the Weekly Kids Co-Op Pinboard.   

I also have a Be the Change Pinboard that brings together all of the great ways that moms have involved their children during Hunger Action Month and features other ideas for engaging ourselves and our families in cr…

Wordless Wednesday: Melting Hearts

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6 Days, 6 Ways + My 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon

As Hunger Action Month draws to a close, this final week in September concludes with the 6 Days of Good Campaign hosted by the Kevin Bacon charity Six Degrees. It is a fundraising challenge that allows individuals or groups to create a fundraising page for their favorite charity that is working to end hunger. Then, through the 6 degrees network, you encourage others to donate. At the end of the week, the top pages with the most donations (not the greatest dollar amount) wins challenge grants from Kevin Bacon for their charity. (The first place amount is $6,000). Here is our Moms Fighting Hunger charity page.

In honor of this I am featuring 6 Days + 6 Ways, 1 simple way a day to support hunger awareness and help end hunger.
Meatless Monday/Meals on Wheels  - I have 2 options. Go Meatless! (Pretty simple, actually and last Monday I featured 30+ veggie recipes) or support Meals on Wheels. I love this post from Dirtiest Kids in the World about doing just that.Tweeting Tuesday - Spreading a…

International Day of Peace

The United Nations has selected Sept. 21st to be the International Day of Peace prompting me to share a passage from one of my favorite books and authors, Thich Nhat Hanh.


Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it. We don't have to travel far away to enjoy the blue sky. We don't have to leave our city or even our neighborhood to enjoy the eyes of a beautiful child. Even the air we breathe can be a source of joy.
We can smile, breathe, walk, and eat our meals in a way that allows us to be in touch with the abundance of happiness that is available. We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment,…

Simple Ideas for Baby Play at Home #2 - Upcycle!!

Last month, I realized that I primarily write about Wild Thing and feature toddler play ideas, so I decided to feature some of the simple play activities I do with Caterpillar. He recently turned 1 and most of the activities we do can be done with simple items you probably already have at home. 
The post was so popular that I decided to make it a monthly series, so here is my September post on Baby Play - again featuring items you probably have at home. Most of these items are things we typically would recycle, but we have now turned them into toys.
I am taking a brief break today from writing about Hunger and ways to get involved during Hunger Action Month, which has been the focus of all of my posts in September to share these simple, entertaining activities for little ones.






Wordless Wednesday: Every Can Counts - Hunger Action Month

Check out this video to see how our cans got moving to help others and to see why every can counts.  Then, get involved with No Kid Hungry and/or Moms Fighting Hunger.
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Ten for Tuesday: Tweeting for No Kid Hungry

UPDATE: A special thanks to everyone who tweeted, shared and encouraged others to tweet today. Moms Fight Hunger. We estimate that at least 131 tweets with #loseforgood were tweeted by the group, which means $131 today alone (translating to more than 1,300 meals). Plus, we also engaged people to do FB shares, likes and repins, as well as new followers for No Kid Hungry. We estimate $150 more dollars from that.

The tweet campaign that initiated this original post this morning may be done, but tweeting can still help spread awareness, so keep tweeting, and thanks for being involved. 

Original Post: Today one of the easiest things you can do to support No Kid Hungry and help feed children and families in need is tweet! Really, it is that simple. For every tweet using the hashtag #loseforgood and #nokidhungry, Weight Watchers will donate $1 up to $50,000. Please, get your twitter on today!!

$1 can make a big difference - often translating to between $10-13 worth of food, so if you tweet all …

Meatless Monday: Eating the Alphabet From A-Z + Virtual Book Club

If you've been following my blog this month, you'll know that I've committed my blog posts almost exclusively to the issue of Hunger. I knew I wanted to do a Meatless Monday post as part of my Hunger Action Month. Many studies indicate that eating less meat reduces pressure on global resources and helps ensure food access to more people. Oxfam recently endorsed Meatless Monday: "To say it simply, eating less meat helps fight hunger." For many, Meatless Monday continues to grow in popularity because of health and budgetary concerns. 


When Lois Ehlert was the author for the Virtual Book Club during September, I knew it would line up perfectly with Hunger Action Month. Wild Thing's favorite Ehlert book is Eating the Alphabet Fruits and Vegetables from A-Z. I love it because it helped him with learning his letters, especially upper and lower case, and it introduces him to so many different types of fruits and vegetables.

In sharing this book on my blog, I decided t…

Exploring Great Artists: Andy Warhol + Pop Art

Since I was hosting a canned food drive at my local Farmer's Market/Art Walk, I decided to also have an art activity for kids. Andy Warhol inspired me, and I realized he was the perfect artist for this month's Kids Get Arty activity creating soup can color sheets so that kids could create their own Andy Warhol-inspired soup can pop art. One of my favorite moments from the event was this dad who joined his sons in coloring and got really into creating the perfect Pop Art masterpiece. 

The Soup Can Pop Art color activity is a simple way to introduce young kids to Andy Warhol, plus here's some other Andy Warhol activities that a very talented artist and after-school instructor friend of mine does with her students (primarily 2nd graders). I love how she uses these activities to introduce students not only to Andy Warhol, but also to explore advertising and to learn about other famous individuals, such as Beethoven. 



For her advertising lesson, she provides students with paper, …

Ten for Tuesday: Blogs I Love for Hunger Action Month

I am pleased to be joining forces with other Kid-Friendly Bloggers (as well as some food bloggers and others) to spread awareness and motivate involvement during Hunger Action Month. 

I thought I would take the opportunity of this week's Ten for Tuesday post to share ten of my favorite "go orange" or hunger action-related blogs from the Moms Fighting Hunger group.

So many posts have inspired me, as have messages from moms and individuals from across the country who saw a pin or read a post and are now getting involved. I hope these posts inspire you too!   
Kids Stuff World- To say this blogger is a driving force behind Moms Fighting Hunger would be an understatement. Plus, she and I worked together to make this super cute Every Can Counts video.Curly Birds - She's had more than 1 post this month that I love, but this recent post with clear steps on How to Host a Food Drive informs and inspires all at once. Childhood Beckons - The Feeding Through Reading project tha…

Silent Sunday: Photos from our Food Drive

We joined Team No Kid Hungry and went orange with a booth at a local Farmer's Market to collect food for the two local food pantries in our community and to spread awareness.

I wish I had photos of the end result, but it was too dark to get any at the event at the end of the night. I took photos at home the next day of all the food in the trunk of the car, but my computer doesn't want to read the camera. The trunk was full, but I think we can do even better next time. In addition to collecting food, we gave out a lot of information to invite people to Join Team No Kid Hungry!

Please share what you've been doing for Hunger Action Month in the comments below or at FB/TheGoodLongRoad and follow all of the efforts of various bloggers at FB/MomsFightingHunger. Remember Every Can Counts!!