Disney PLANES FIRE & RESCUE Twitter Party {July 10th 9pm-10pm EST} #ArribaPlanes

Disclosure: I am participating in this campaign on behalf of Bloggin’ Mamas AND its advertisers. I am being compensated as a co-host. ALL opinions are my own.

                      Mommy Powers will be Co-Hosting a Twitter Party y’all! 

 

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Planes: Fire & Rescue” is a new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous team, including spirited super scooper Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. Directed by Bobs Gannaway (“Secret of the Wings”).

promo_35676_photoJOIN Bloggin’ Mamas, Planes: Fire & Rescue, and me as we host the #ArribaPlanes Twitter Party on Thursday, July 10th from 9-10pm (EST)! Join us as we celebrate the new film and talk about your favorite returning characters as well as new ones and share ideas on how to throw the best Planes themed parties with Party City!

Date: Thursday, July 10th

Time: 9-10pm (EST)

Hashtag: #ArribaPlanes

Disney: @DisneyPictures

Sponsors: @PartyCity & @BowlAMF

Moderators: English- @HeLoEnterprises Spanish- @BBabushka

Co-hosts: @conservamome, @daddymojo, @jeffmarias2001, @mommypowers, @buzzmommy

Prizes:

Grand Prize
1 – $100 AMF Bowling Gift Card
Planes: Fire & Rescue Collector Mini-Poster and Planes: Fire & Rescue Backpack

First Prize
1 – $100 AMF Bowling Gift Card
Planes: Fire & Rescue Collector Mini-Poster and Planes: Fire & Rescue Lunch Tote

Prizes
3- $25 Party City Gift Card
Planes: Fire & Rescue Collector Mini-Poster

RSVP Prize

1- $25 Party City Gift Card
Planes: Fire & Rescue Collector Mini-Poster

U. S. Residents age 18 and over are eligible to enter. For complete rules and to RSVP, please visit: http://bit.ly/ArribaPlanes

 

 

Keep Momming!

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Shire. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. 

The relationship that exists between mothers and daughters is unlike any other. It has many unique moments, memories, and yes, even challenges along the way. The relationship dynamic can be even trickier when your daughter is in those tween-age years. What can be even more difficult is when some people dismiss certain behaviors as “typical tween girl behavior” when those behaviors can be symptoms of something more serious. Research suggests that girls are more likely than boys to report having mostly inattentive Attention- Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms. Since inattentive symptoms can be less noticeable than hyperactive and impulsive symptoms, it is important that moms know what to look for.

I’m proud to be joining forces with Shire, CHADD and Holly Robinson Peete to announce the launch of keep momming, a new public service initiative geared towards the moms of tween girls to raise awareness of ADHD.

The campaign is anchored within a new digital hub, KeepMomming.com, where you’ll find tips, tools and other go-to resources for moms, including a checklist to help recognize the symptoms of ADHD – inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity – and then encourages moms to talk to their daughter’s doctor. The keep momming initiative can help moms learn about ADHD and provide ideas on how to spark a conversation and stay connected with their tween.

Don’t miss Holly’s message about the keep momming initiative http://goo.gl/3tqd5q, and be sure to check out the website at KeepMomming.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hurricane Season is Here, Are YOU Prepared?! #HurricanePrep

Today I’m thinking about everyone in the path of Hurricane Arthur and praying for their safety. Do you know what to do in case of a hurricane? Growing up in Texas, my family weathered a few hurricanes, and preparation is key.

Hurricanes have the power to cause widespread devastation, & can affect both coastal & inland areas. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1-Nov. 30th, with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season began on May 15th & will end on Nov. 30th. 

Ready.gov/Hurricanes has tips about hurricanes & what to do to prepare.

3b013000-3102-4e93-9b55-6826b5101c28One way to be prepared, is through Wireless Emergency Alerts, or WEA. These are automatic texts sent to you in an emergency. Alerts received at the right time, can help keep you and your loved ones safe during an emergency. With WEA, warnings can be sent to your mobile device, when you may be in harms way- no need to download an app or subscribe to a service. 

 

In a recent survey, nearly 60% of respondents said they don’t have a household emergency plan with instructions for family members about where to go & what to do in the event of a disaster. That needs to change! 
 
BE PREPARED:

A couple of things you can to do be prepared in case of a hurricane (or other disaster), are to build an Emergency Kit and make a Family Communications Plan.  

Being prepared for disasters is a shared responsibility. It takes the whole community working together to effectively prepare for, respond to, and recover from the destructive forces of nature and other emergencies and disasters.
 
Please help spread the word, and help others be prepared for whatever nature throws at us! 

The 7 Days to a Better Blog Challenge @BrandiJeter

 

Since I’ve started blogging, I’ve met quite a few fellow bloggers. Many of them, I now consider friends. One of those friends, Brandi Jeter, goes above and beyond to help other bloggers. She’s also a fellow Shot@Life Champion, helping children in undeveloped countries get the life-saving vaccines they need. We lobbied Congress together on Capitol Hill, speaking to our Congressmen and explaining the importance of global vaccines. 

Brandi just wrote her first book, and I’m honored to introduce it to you. 7 Days to A Better Blog Challenge

The 7 Days to a Better Blog Challenge

by Brandi Jeter Riley

“Have you heard that there are well over 250 MILLION blogs on the internet?”

Brandi Riley, the blogger behind Mama Knows It All, has written her FIRST book, The 7 Days to a Better Blog Challenge - for anyone who wants to blog, or has a blog, but wants to be better. Brandi is an advocate, mother, newlywed, and friend to many. She’s coached thousands of bloggers on what it takes to make money from their site.

Keep in touch with Brandi:

Email: brandi@mamaknowsitall.com

Twitter: @BrandiJeter

We love you, Brandi! #PushLove

Every Child Is Extraordinary! #YourExtraordinaryKid

 

 

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Every child is extraordinary, we all know that’s true. What makes your kid special? My little one has been extraordinary since the day he was born! You see, my son is a Rainbow Baby. For those of you unfamiliar with the term Rainbow Baby, allow me to explain. A child conceived and born after a miscarriage, is called a Rainbow Baby. I suffered a devastating miscarriage, at 16 weeks gestation, back in 2005. Actually, both my children are Rainbow Babies, as our first was conceived & born after a miscarriage early in our marriage. 

The fact that I was 40 years old when our little guy was born, makes him that much more special! As I watch him grow, I’m fascinated by the many facets of his personality. Just like his Mommy, he loves the outdoors- he’s always by my side as I tend the garden. He loves animals and insects and anything that is alive. We’ve rescued countless spiders and crickets from the garage, and taken them outside to set them free. He’s a fierce competitor, and very athletic, you should see him run! He cares about the environment and can’t understand why some people litter, or why others don’t recycle. He’s inherited my love of music and can dance his little feet off, but only in front of the family… because he also inherited my shyness. Most of all, he’s a sweet, sensitive soul. He’s tender-hearted and gets his feelings hurt very easily. He loves sitting in my lap, and showering me with hugs and kisses…and I love it! He’s my sweet, sweet boy and I want the very best for him. 

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When he was a baby, he had a few medical hurdles to overcome. When your baby is facing surgery, you want to make sure they’re being taken care of by the best docs around. That’s where Stanford Children’s Health & Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford come in. They’ve been the top-ranked children’s hospital in Northern California for over a decade, with an exclusive focus on children and expectant women. Best of all, Stanford Children’s Health doctors can be reached within 10 miles of most homes in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Stanford Children’s Health realizes all kids are special & they celebrate that. I made a really cute video for my child on their website, go check it out. You can make one too, celebrating YOUR child! 

Your kid is extraordinary. Show them how much you enjoy every moment together by creating a special video of your own!

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

#TakeCareChat Answers to Your Insurance Questions! Get Covered America!

 Disclosure: This post IS being shared AS PART OF a Bloggin’ Mamas Social Good campaign. Social Good campaigns are voluntary campaigns in which the blogger shares the post for no monetary compensation.

#TakeCareChat ACA & Get Covered America

 
#GetCovered
JOIN Bloggin’ Mamas TODAY from 1p-2p EST for a #TakeCareChat Twitter Chat to learn more about Get Covered America and your options under the ACA. We’re helping to raise awareness about the new coverage options available through the Health Insurance Marketplace and the financial assistance available.
 
Since we’re talking about “qualifying life” events, we’ll be joined by two special guest experts. Wedding expert, Dana LaRue (@brokeassbride), the author of “The Broke-Ass Bride’s Wedding Guide.” Dana can share tips about throwing a fantastic wedding on a budget. Frugal Maven, Amiyrah Martin (@4hatsandfrugal) will also be joining in on the fun. Amiyrah is a well-known African-American mom blogger (currently expecting a new addition to her family) and a firm believer in living a frugal lifestyle without deprivation.
 
Did you know that more than half of the uninsured could find insurance for less than $100 per month (under $50 for people under 35)? The uninsured are exposed to significant financial risk from medical issues, accidents or emergencies. Even young and healthy individuals are at-risk. One trip to the emergency room for a broken arm or a bad ear infection could cost thousands of dollars.
 
Open enrollment for marketplace coverage is set to begin again in the fall, but Medicaid and CHIP is open year-round, and special enrollment is ongoing. As with other elements of the health care law, many of those eligible for coverage don’t understand ALL the details. While the Health Insurance Marketplaces don’t OPEN until November 15th, certain “qualifying life events” (like getting married, having a baby, adopting a child, moving, losing your current health insurance, and more) could allow you to get covered now. Here are some answers to questions you might have:
  • Am I eligible TO enroll now?

Medicaid AND the Children’s Health Insurance PROGRAM (CHIP) remain available to everyone eligible throughout the year. People can enroll IN a Marketplace plan IF they’ve had a “qualifying life event” — meaning they’ve gotten married, had a baby, adopted a child, moved residences outside their coverage AREA, gained citizenship, LEFT incarceration, OR lost their health coverage. IN most cases, once such an event OCCURS, a person has a 60-day WINDOW TO GET coverage.  More information about healthcare FOR newlyweds:https://www.getcoveredamerica.org/after-i-do/  More information about healthcare FOR new AND expecting parents:https://www.getcoveredamerica.org/happy-mothers-day-to-new-moms/

 

 
 
 

My Fibroid Journey Continues… #hysterectomy

Thought I’d update y’all on my #fibroid journey. Since my last update, I’ve had a sonogram. The sonogram showed exactly what I knew it would… I have many large fibroids. I had fibroid surgery some years back and a few fairly large fibroids were removed (see pic below), so the sonogram results weren’t news to me. Fibroids removed during Abdominal Myomectomy surgeryAfter going over the results with my doctor, we decided on giving me Lupron injections. Lupron is a drug administered to male patients with Pancreatic Cancer, to help relieve their symptoms. It’s also used for women with “female issues” like me. It halts your cycle, and if you’re lucky, will help to shrink your uterus a wee bit.

Sounds like a Godsend huh? Well, yes & no. It can have some mean side effects (just Google it!) and can be harmful if used for an extended period of time. I’ll just be on it for three months, with one injection given per month. 

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At the end of the three months, I will be undergoing a Hysterectomy. It’s not something I really want to do- but it needs to be done. I’ve exhausted all other options. I’m thankful that my family has been so supportive and helpful through all of this. 

I will be documenting everything, each step of the way. I’ll also be giving you the inside scoop- these things need to be discussed. Until next time- take care! 

Celebrating Futbol with Pampers #MiEquipoMiHerencia Sweepstakes {GIVEAWAY}

Disclaimer: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and Pampers. All opinions are 100% mine.

LOGO_MEMHWe are huge sports fans, and our household is super excited about the futbol matches this summer! Of course, we’re rooting for our nation’s team to win! Go Red, White, & Blue! Futbol (soccer), is a way of life for us-from weekly practice, to road games, to big tournaments… we love it all! 
SONY DSCsecuredownload-27Futbol is a great way for little ones to learn about sportsmanship and team work. It also develops their motor skills and helps them to maintain their physical fitness. To celebrate summertime futbol, Pampers is bringing Latino families and their babies together with the launch of their “Mi Equipo, Mi Herencia” Virtual Stadium app & sweepstakes. You can find the app on the Pampers Latino Facebook page. The app is an excellent tool to showcase your national pride and love of fútbol. Kudos to  Pampers for launching the “Mi Equipo, Mi Herencia” Virtual Stadium app and sweepstakes on the Pampers Latino Facebook page!PampersMiEquipoMiHerencia (1)See that cutie in the middle, in the pic above?! That’s MY little Futbol Star, cheering for his home team! I made that picture on the Pampers Latino FB page & you can create your very own pic too! From now through July 15, moms and dads can upload photos of their little fan on the “Mi Equipo, Mi Herencia” app & sweepstakes, on the Pampers Latino Facebook page.  But wait, it gets better: 1 grand prize winner will win a year’s supply of Pampers diapers and wipes! 

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL! 

I have my own Giveaway going on right here on my page! Pampers Giveaway5 Look at all them goodies you have a chance to win! Let me break it down for you:

  • Objectivo More Than a Game Infant Onesie
  • Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Singin’ Soccer Ball
  • Pele King of Soccer/Pelé, El Rey Del Futbol {Book}
  • Baby Soccer Slippers
  • Stuffed Animal
  • Pampers Diapers
  • Pampers Wipes

Whew! Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about, who wants to win?! (Open to the U.S., 18 & over please. Winner will have 24 hrs to respond to winning email notification, or new winner will be chosen). Good luck!

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UPDATE: SoCal CPS/CFS The Case of Cam & AJ

Disclosure: I have not read any police reports, medical records, CPS/CFS records or Coroner’s reports. I am simply the messenger, and relaying the information given to me by the mother of Cam, AJ & Haven.

This is an update to the story I posted back in February 2014, re 2 little boys (Cam & AJ), that were removed from their parent’s custody (by SoCal CPS/CFS), due to the sudden death of their infant sister, Haven. To get caught up, please read my original post here. 1920532_1389036924700415_1566410083_n1510728_1389021668035274_216556985_n1888763_1389036828033758_844154199_n I’m going to warn you, this update will both sadden & upset you. I know it did me. I had a chance to catch up with Cam & AJ’s Mom recently, and the things she told me blew my mind! I can’t believe this sort of thing is happening, right here in the good ole USA… but it is, and we all need to be made aware of it. Here’s what Cam & AJ’s Mom had to say.

Mommy Powers: What’s been going on since my last update?

Cam & AJ’s Mom: I don’t know if you want to update your readers with bad news, but the judge found all the allegations (of child abuse) true, except that we killed our baby (the diagnosis for her death was SIDS – but the cause of death was undetermined). Despite the fact that 5 different Doctors, including CFS’s own Doctor, saying that the injuries were NOT consistent with abuse, and that they could not say for sure abuse even took place. They have placed my now 10 year old with his absentee father (which at least I can fight for him now in family court). As for my now 2 year old, they are trying to terminate our parental rights so they can adopt him out. Our lawyers are in the process of going through all the transcripts, all the way back to day one, to see if there’s a reason we can use to appeal.

Mommy Powers: WHAT?! This is unbelievable! Five doctors are saying the past injuries are NOT consistent with abuse… even one of CPS/CFS own doctors... and yet they are STILL keeping you from your kids? How does this happen in the United States of America?  They’re talking about terminating your parental rights? All of this started because your infant daughter, Haven, died suddenly & CPS/CFS decided to investigate & see if any foul play (abuse) had taken place to cause her death. So, when it was determined that Haven died from SIDS, I don’t understand why this wasn’t all dropped. I’m stunned, angry, & confused. This isn’t supposed to happen in the U.S.! Were the kids asked if they were being abused? Surely a 10 year old can speak up for himself and let the authorities know what’s happening, right? 

Cam & AJ’s Mom: Yes, they interviewed Cameren, who told them we don’t even spank them. But from what I’ve researched and gathered from other parents, they (CPS/CFS) only believes the kids if they say they are being abused. If they say they aren’t, then they are just covering for the parent. They also did not allow Cam to come to court to testify, which my lawyer asked for. All of the Doctors, except for theirs, said we don’t fit the typical abusive parents profile, that our kids don’t behave like abused children. But none of that mattered.

Mommy Powers: This just doesn’t sound right, they should believe the children, whether they say their parents abused them or didn’t abuse them. If you’re not going to believe them when they say they weren’t abused-then don’t believe them when they say they were abused. You can’t have it both ways. I’m at a loss for words, I can’t believe this nightmare is still continuing for you & your family! 

Cam & AJ’s Mom: This is my point exactly. I want to start a petition that says the records and the court cases be public record, just like any other case (with the exception of the kids names. Like maybe black that it out and insert the word Minor). But as long as they are able to keep everything confidential, they’ll be able to keep doing this to people, because how do we prove otherwise? I wouldn’t find anything out until we were in the courtroom. But that’s what they hide behind. It has to change!! And I think that’s what my mission is going to focus on. If we can make it so everybody could see what they are doing, then they would be forced to stop doing whatever they want!

Mommy Powers: Thank you for updating me, I wish the news was better-but I know you love your children & will do everything in your power to reunite your family. Keep me in the loop, I know you’ve been in contact with other parents that share similar stories of having their kids wrongfully removed from their homes, my heart goes out to all of you. I know CPS/CFS have their hands full and are understaffed & overworked- but I really hope they take another look at your case. Your baby died from SIDS, your 10 year old is saying there is no abuse, the doctors said you do not fit the profile of an abuser and any old injuries the kids had were NOT consistent with abuse. That’s got to count for something, doesn’t it?! 

Distracted Driving & The Decide To Drive Catchphrase Contest {Grand Prize $1,000 GC}

 

We’ve all seen other people doing things, they shouldn’t, while they’re driving. Maybe you, yourself, are guilty of a few.20130710_185929

I’ve seen people talking on the phone, holding their phone in one hand and the wheel with the other. Yesterday, I saw a woman putting on her makeup, while driving! A few days ago, I noticed a truck swerving from side to side on the road, I immediately changed lanes. When we were both stopped at the red light, I looked over and saw the lady frantically texting away!

As the parent of a young driver, this kinda stuff scares the crap outta me, I’m not gonna lie! 

SONY DSCWhen I was approached about this campaign, it was my oldest that inspired me to accept the invitation. He hasn’t been driving for very long, and I’m always stressing the importance of safe driving to him. “Keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road, no texting, no phone calls, no loud music. Put your seatbelt on.” That’s my mantra to him, each & every time he gets behind the wheel. 

I never would’ve guessed that I’d be sharing my own story with you, but due to a distracted driver, my car was rear-ended a few weeks ago. 

The crash took place on the entrance ramp to the freeway, a very busy, backed-up entrance ramp. We were moving along at a snail’s pace, when suddenly-out of nowhere- I was hit by the car behind me. I immediately looked in my rearview mirror and saw the car that had crashed into me- I watched as the driver’s side window rolled down & tons of smoke came billowing out. I pulled my car over to the side as much as I could, the person that hit me did the same. I had my windows rolled down and as the guy exited his vehicle, it became very evident what all that smoke was from…he’d been smoking weed. We exchanged info, he was very apologetic, he’d apparently hit the accelerator instead of the brake. I told him I could smell the weed on him and he replied, “Well, you know, it’s been a rough day.” I wanted to yell, “Yeah buddy, don’t I know it! Had you been paying attention to the road, instead of getting high, you wouldn’t have hit me!” Distracted driving is no accident! 1979573_614308775311692_1834627781_n

ARE YOU PAYING ATTENTION?!

  • The Decide to Drive program aims to empower drivers and passengers to speak up about distracted driving, continue the conversation at home, work and play, and reduce distracted behaviors behind the wheel.
  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), of the nearly 33,000 roadway fatalities in 2012, there were 3,328 fatalities and approximately 421,000 injuries in distracted driving-related crashes.
  • Orthopaedic surgeons—the specialists who put bones and limbs back together after road crashes and traumas—along with our partners, the automakers, would rather help all drivers “decide to drive” each time they get in the car and to keep bones and limbs intact.
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YOU can help spread the word about Distracted Driving by coming up with a new catchphrase in the Decide To Drive Catchphrase Contest! The Grand Prize is a $1,000 Visa Gift Card (and the potential of having your idea featured prominently in a nationwide Decide to Drive campaign!); two runners-up will receive $500 Visa Gift Cards! The contest is open to all US residents, 18 & older. You have until June 13, 2014 to enter, so get those creative juices flowing! Good luck! 

 

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.