Doo Good with Scooby-Doo Movement

Thank you to warner Bros. For sponsoring this post. Scooby- doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang have teamed up with generationOn, the youth family division of points of light, to inspire, equip and mobilize kids, parents and Scooby-Doo fans to create meaningful change in their communities.

(Make sure to read to the end of this post for a Scooby-Doo-rrific giveaway!)

a couple weeks ago, the boys and i were thrilled to join Scooby-Doo for the Doo Good Mystery service project! We got up early in the morning and headed up to Los Angeles to join our pal Scooby-Doo for a day of service. what we’d be doing was all a mystery to us, but we knew we’d be helping others and be able to doo something paws-ative for our community! plus, when you have the chance to join Scooby-Doo’s gang….you take the opportunity. who could say no to that.

Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang, along with generationOn, are on a mission to get kids, parents, families and fans to Doo Good in their communities – to inspire them to make a positive difference in areas such as the environment, animal welfare, poverty, hunger and more, no matter how small they are. this Doo Good mystery service project we were working on, was part of this Doo Good movement…and we were excited to make a difference. let me tell you all about our day of service, it was pretty fun…we even had a few surprises.

first, we started with a healthy breakfast and some Scooby snacks. we needed to make sure we had the energy to do our best jobs. the boys were excited to be a part of the Mystery Inc. Gang…so stylish in their bell bottoms and all.

after breakfast, we were ready to solve the mystery and figure out how we would be helping the community that day…

but not before we got a huge surprise. what?!!!
is that a giant Mystery Machine?!!!!

getting to ride on the Mystery Machine totally made us feel like part of the gang. we loaded up with a bunch of other families and headed out to doo good in the community. when we arrived at our destination, we were in for another surprise. guess who greeted us???

it was Scooby-Doo!!!

everyone was super excited to see that Scooby-Doo himself would be joining in the service project. we all took a quick photo with him before we found out what we’d be doing. such a fun group of families – all ready to get working on something important.

now it was finally time to find out what we would be doing for the Doo Good mystery service project! we looked around and saw that we had just arrived at Mid City Prescott School of Enriched Sciences. an elementary school in Los Angeles that could use our help. the principal of the school, Mr. Panes told us that his school had a problem – their garden was over grown, full of weeds and needed to be tended to. So, the mystery was solved.

We would be planting a garden for a school in need!

everyone followed principal Panes and Scooby-Doo to the school garden. together, there’s no issue we can’t solve. and together we could get that garden fixed up and ready for the students of the school.

Jeepers! this is what the schools existing garden looked like. there were weeds to pull, planter beds to clean out, trees to plant, and compost to lay. Enrichla.org joined in the cause to help us create a garden that the students of this school could enjoy, learn from, and benefit from. we were excited to fix it up. we love gardening, so we knew we’d have fun even though we were working. and when there’s good to be done, we meddle! and boy did we meddle.

check out the photos from our day of service. we all worked hard…i was super impressed at how hard our kids worked. they were amazing and worked till the very end.

DOO GOOD. FEEL GOOD.

we worked the whole day reviving the school’s garden. we planted over ten fruit trees, got the planter beds ready for the children to start planting a summer crop, mulched and composted areas for planting, removed lots of weeds and made sure to recycle and reuse as we went. not only did we create a special place for the school children to learn and grow, but we ourselves learned a lot about gardening too. we also left inspired and excited to more doo good projects in our communities.

because this is how we felt after a job well done. we want to feel this again and again.

so how can we get this feeling again?…

Get Your Own Doo Good Kit

if you head over to www.ScoobyDooGood.com, you can download your own Doo Good tool kit. you’ve got to check it out, there is great information in it – fun ways and ideas on how kids and families can Doo Good. there are even crafts, and projects included.

helping your community is no longer a mystery! Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang are leading the charge in taking the ‘mystery’ out of helping the environment and are lending a hand (and paw) to protect our earth. there’s only one piece of the puzzle missing – you!

no matter how small the job, you can make a difference! please join the Gang in helping solve the world’s environmental challenges, and create tangible, visible change in your community. it’s time to #DooGood

Giveaway Time!!!

five winners will each win a one-year complimentary boomerang channel subscription!  yep…that’s five winners! – with a Boomerang channel subscription, you will be able to laugh with all the cartoons you love. stream more than 2,000 family-friendly cartoon episodes with your favorite icons – Scooby-Doo, bugs bunny, tom & jerry and more. Now you can have cartoons at home or on-the-go!

enter via Rafflecopter below. contest ends May 8th at 11:59 pm. five (5) winners will be randomly selected. thank you to Warner Bros. and Boomerang for providing these products. Giveaway open to adults 18+ based in the united states. limited to one submission per person.

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{ Disclosure: I was selected by Warner Bros. To participate in the Doo Good campaign. The content and opinions expressed here are all my own.}

Red Cross Giving Day

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Red Cross. All opinions are 100% mine.


natural disasters are no strangers to us Californians, we’ve definitely had our share. from earthquakes to fires to floods – natural disasters can be devastating. just last October, California was ravaged by fires. up north, neighborhoods were completely wiped out. down here in Southern California, we not only got the fires…but then there were floods that tore through already burned areas. in fact, i was evacuated from my home with these recent fires. something that is not new to me. this was the third time we were evacuated due to fire. it’s extremely scary. three times experiencing something like this…

these pictures make my heart skip a beat because i remember how scary it was. the 2008 Freeway Complex fire almost took our home, so close, that our friends just a block away lost their homes. with nothing but the clothes on their backs and a few items they were able to grab, they came running to warn us to get out of the area before emergency responders came to our aid. after the fires had past, they were left to put back the pieces of their lives. it was heartbreaking to watch, but in the end, they received the help they needed – not only from friends and family, but also from organizations including the American Red Cross….who gave them blankets, food and other essentials. i was able to see first hand the help they received, and have come to trust and support the American Red Cross when i am choose which organizations am going to support.

when you are part of a disaster like my friends, you need the support and resources of organizations like the American Red Cross. did you know an average of 91 cents of every dollar that the American Red Cross spends, is invested in humanitarian services and programs. rest assured, when you donate to the Red Cross, your donation is used efficiently. that is something to feel good about. and when i feel the need or have the means to donate to a disaster relief fund, the American Red Cross is one of my top picks.

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nearly every eight minutes, the American Red Cross meets a family that has lost everything to a home fire or other disaster—the roof over their heads, their clothes, and their most cherished possessions. but you can help during those first devastating hours with a monetary donation on Red Cross Giving Day. Red Cross Giving Day is just around the corner! March is Red Cross Month, a time to recognize heroes who help those in need in their community all year round. and on Thursday, March 28th, thousands of people will unite to make a difference. by donating the gift of $88.50, you will be providing a family with a day’s worth of food, plus blankets and other essentials they need at this difficult time in their lives.  “your donations now will support Red Cross Giving Day which is raising money to help support families after disaster big and small”. remember, although it is thoughtful to donate clothing and food to disaster victims, it’s more to give monetary donations. the American Red Cross will spend your money effectively and efficiently…it’s in good hands. if we each #help1family, imagine the good that we could do. GIVE NOW

here is a short video clip that sums up Red Cross Giving Day. i encourage you to watch and then GIVE NOW to this great cause. join me in Helping families after disasters big and small.

March 28th….Don’t forget!!!!!

to learn more about Red Cross Giving Day, visit redcross.org/givingday to learn more.

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Kids can Give Back to Kids at Baby2Baby

kids service hours in orange countyone thing that is very important to me, is making sure my children appreciate all that they have, and to realize that there are many children not as fortunate as them. i also want them to develop a passion of service and giving back to their community. i really feel that you can teach children these traits at a very young age, and instill that they include service as a normal part of their lives. service doesn’t have to feel like a chore…it can create the best feelings of happiness you could ever have.

sometimes it can be hard to find charities that allow children to help. many charities have age requirements that the children be a certain age to enter their facilities. a lot of times, we just do service projects on out own like making care packages or donating clothes and toys. but we have found a great place to donate our time to that does allow children to come in and help, Baby2Baby in Los Angeles. i know it is a bit of a drive for us in Orange County to make it into Los Angeles, but when we go, we usually make a day of it and head out to some of the great LA restaurants and sites that we don’t get to enjoy all the time. there is so much to do in LA.

Baby2Baby provides low-income children ages 0 to 12 years old with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves and needs. it serves as a hub for social workers and 60 non-profit partner organizations including homeless and domestic violence shelters, to come and collect new and gently used items for the children they are helping.

when we go to work there, we usually bring some bags of our gently used clothing and toys to donate. Baby2Baby can definitely use your donations. clothes, toys, baby gear, strollers, toddler beds, etc.  just make sure that the items you donate are in good condition, after all, just because these children are in need, doesn’t mean they want to be dressed in stained and ripped clothing. toys should be in good playing condition, and not broken or missing pieces.  this is not a place to drop off your junk.

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during our time at Baby2Baby, we usually sort clothes and toys into marked bins so that the social workers can easily collect what items they need for the children they are helping. we have also stuffed bags for individual children…collecting a list of items that have been requested for them.

children service hours in orange countychildren as little as 2 years old can easily help with these tasks. sorting toys and clothes can be fun. and it’s a great way for the whole family to get involved.children service hours in los angelesif you would like to donate items or your time to Baby2Baby, you can visit their website for contact information. donations are allowed at designated times. volunteer time must be set up ahead of time so they are prepared for your help. they will have jobs set up for you and your group when you arrive.kids service hours in los angelesi really love the Baby2Baby organization…and am impressed with how many organizations they are able to help. the facility is clean and organized and child friendly. it is a safe place for kids to volunteer and learn the value of donating their time to help children just like them.baby to baby charity los angeles

 

 

Teaching Kids to Help Other Kids with Elmer’s Bag It Forward #bagitforward

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Champions for Kids.walmart-school-supply-shoppingit’s that time of year again…time to start getting ready for back-to-school. that means buying school supplies for the new school year. but did you know there are kids in our very own community that can’t afford the school supplies they need to help them thrive academically this year? there are over 16 million American children who live in poverty nation wide.

every year, my boys and i participate in Champions for Kids Elmer’s Bag it Forward program, where you gather school supplies, fill a backpack and donate them to a teacher, school, or local children’s shelter in your community. it’s something that the boys love to do, especially the shopping and picking out school supplies to give.

last year we donated school supplies to a local teacher who needed supplies for the kids in her class. this year, GigaSavvy, a local business firm in our community, invited us to help them collect supplies and backpacks for some local organizations; Helping Hands Orange County and Girls Inc. these organizations are working together to host a Back to School Supplies Drive for girls in Orange County who are in need school supplies. so yes…we are joining in.

we ran over to Walmart and picked out some of the school supply essentials…along with a backpack to put them in. the school supplies were all on sale and super affordable. $.50 crayons and glues and lots of items less than a dollar.

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this year, Walmart also has these great backpacks that are filled with school supplies. they are part of the Champions for Kids’ SIMPLE Giving program. anyone can participate in the campaign simply by purchasing and donating a backpack of school supplies at your local Walmart store from July 7 – August 1. not only does it contain school supplies, but each backpack also has a coupon booklet over $50 of coupon savings! just remove the coupon booklet from the backpack for yourself and place the backpack full of supplies in the designated school bus donation bin at the store.  the money you’ll save by using the coupon booklet will pay for the backpack you donated, and your donation will help a local child.

elmers-school-supplies-dealthe boys had a lot of fun in the store, i always love sharing these special times together when we are serving others. we all feel good inside.walmart-school-suplly-dealsthen we headed over to drop them off. we know these supplies are going to help a child to thrive academically as well as creatively…as arts and crafts promote rich social interactions that help develop language skills and social cognitive abilities like understanding emotions.

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you too can help kids thrive in your community! 

it’s this SIMPLE!

GATHER your family, friends, neighbors, or co-workers and ask each person to bring new, quality school and crafting supplies to donate. you can assemble them into kits for classrooms or individual students, and even volunteer to help with a creative project in a classroom, day-care center, after-school program, or community organization!

LEARN about the needs of children in your community, and ask a teacher how you can share your time and resources to help kids thrive!

GIVE the supplies you have collected to a teacher, school, or local children’s shelter.

SHARE your story at championsforkids.org/share so that they can celebrate your participation and inspire others with creative ways to bond with children and provide the supplies they need to thrive! How many people were involved, and how many items did you collect? Please let them know that you are ONE of Millions who helped them reach their goal of helping 20 million children by 2020!

thanks in advance!
#BagitForward |  #SIMPLEGiving

{Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are a bazillion times my own. }


Kids Helping Kids in Hospitals by Telling Funny Jokes

This is a sponsored post.

the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) is collecting children’s favorite one-liners, tongue-twisters and knock-knock jokes for a book that is scheduled to be released April 1, 2014. your child has a chance to get published in this special joke book just for kids in the hospital. it’s an easy and fun way to put a smile on a child’s face, and see your child’s name published in print on this first-ever joke book.

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UHCCF is offering our young child comedians throughout California the chance to be published in its new, first-edition joke book. this sure-to-be hilarious printed book will be given out to hospitalized children, and will also be used to raise funds for medical grants that help families pay for all their child health care needs.

who | what | where
Children 17 and under can submit their jokes online on the UHCCF website only until February 7, 2014, so hurry up and get them submitted.

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plus….there are prizes!!! all kids who submit a joke will also have a chance to win a prize in a daily drawing! the prizes include a teddy bear, calendar or a storybook.

once your child submits a joke, UHCCF will confirm via e-mail if your child’s joke has been selected and included in the book. With permission from a legal guardian, UHCCF will print the child’s first name, initial of last name, city and state with the published joke! wouldn’t it be awesome to see that in print?! if your child does submit a joke, iwould love to hear it here too…just post it in the comments below.

This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and ideas remain my own.