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Monday, February 23, 2015

Would You Know if Your Friend Lives in Fear? #WomensLives

Welcome to Monday Matters! Spread awareness to help important causes and start your week off right by making a difference each Monday, even if that is just to pin, tweet, or share to pass this information on.

How well do you know your friends home life? 

 

Would you know if your good friend or close co-worker lived in fear every day? 


I once lived in fear every day and I was a pro at putting on my school or work persona. Even my oldest and closest friends had no idea how much I dreaded going home and dreaded not getting there on time all at once until I finally opened up to them many years later. 

Blogher shared a story about #WomensLives recently and one fact startled me: 


Would You Know if Your Friend Lives in Fear? #WomensLives #women #marriage #domesticviolence #depression
photo credit: www.alliancedomesticviolenceshelter.org

Friday, February 20, 2015

One Person Can Make a Difference #1000Speak

Today,  February 20th, 2015, is a day to Speak for Compassion

Follow hashtag #1000Speak as hundreds of bloggers from all over the world have pledged to share a post on compassion. You can check out the blog and Facebook page for full details.

How do you show compassion? 

 

Simply by caring for someone in need


One Person Can Make a Difference #1000Speak #compassion #causes

That could be adopting an animal that needs a home. My cat, for instance, was rescued from a shelter and he is concerned that all cats may not be getting an ideal amount on sleep on this day of compassion. You can read his thoughts here.  

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

How to Create a Homeschool Community

Creating a Homeschooling Community



How to Create a #Homeschool Community #homeschooling #parenting
When I started out on this journey to home school my kids, I didn't know anyone who was home schooling. I felt so isolated and alone. None of my current friends, who's kids where already in school, understood what I was doing.

I joined a charter school to get to know people, but though that was great for my son, I still wasn't meeting people except in passing during drop off and pick up. I began going to the homeschool support meetings they offered, though I was anxiety ridden, being an introvert and having to talk to total strangers! I did get to know one or two people, eventually and was able to plan some park days and field trips.

Slowly we grew friendships and even created a Facebook group so we could easily connect for planning events, sharing helpful or supportive information, and discussion. over the past few years this group has changed dramatically. It's open to the whole community to join and is now over 400 members. I moderate the group to try to make sure only genuine local homeschool families are approved to join.

Most members that were active the first year are no longer very active in the group, having life changes such as moving or perhaps they found their community elsewhere.

I found myself out of the loop again after a while and major changes in my own life. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

How to Prevent Child Skin Rash #Hipoglos

I have changed a few diapers and it doesn't look like I'll be in the clear for quite a long time. My kids have outgrown them, but besides being a nanny for many years prior to having them, I am the assistant director of early childhood for a large children's program for infant through pre-schoolers, so I'm still around babies and toddlers daily.

Yes, I've wiped a good share of bums and am proud of it!

 

How to Prevent Child Skin Rash #Hipoglos #baby #diaperrash #child #rash #healthyskin #healthykids #parenting


Monday, February 9, 2015

Together Womens Voices Will be Heard #womanslives

Welcome to Monday Matters! Spread awareness to help important causes and start your week off right by making a difference each Monday, even if that is just to pin, tweet, or share to pass this information on.


These portraits were taken by Ripple Effect Images, a collective of National Geographic photojournalists
who document programs around the world that empower poor women and girls. 

Credit: Ripple Effect Images

Across Women's Lives Social Good Campaign

 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Custom Pet Portraits Your Pet a Work of Art

Now offering custom pet portrait drawings from your photograph by your favorite artist, L.E. Mastilock.


Pet Portraits pen and ink by L.E. Mastilock

 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Love to Learn Blog Hop 1

Love to Learn #bloghop #mombloggers #homeschool #kids #education #kidsactivities #learnthroughplay #kidscrafts

 Welcome to the

Love to Learn Blog Hop

 (previously Learn Through Play)


A collection of educational activities to instill a life long love of learning in our children.


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