Sunshine Cookie and Milk Drop with Free Printable

This post is brought to you by The California Milk Processor Board, Real California Milk and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

Have you volunteered or done an act of kindness lately?  Well there is no better time than now! 

I’m excited to share that the California Milk Processor Board (creators of got milk?) and the California Milk Advisory Board, representing California dairy farm families, are partnering with Feeding America to help provide 1 million meals and 1 million servings of milk to feeding programs throughout California. More than 4.2 million people in California face hunger and that number is rising. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an increased need for food assistance in communities across the country.

The campaign is called “#FoodForThought” and it’s dedicated to highlighting acts of kindness while inspiring and encouraging others to give back to their community. From now until September 30th, when you share or engage with a message of positivity or act of kindness post on Instagram, tagging @gotmilk and using the hashtag #FoodForThought, it will generate a donation towards the goal of 1 million meals. 

(Make sure to read to the bottom for a chance to win a $100 gift card)

I recently took this challenged to do a small act of kindness for someone in my community. I decided to send a little sunshine to some parents and teachers dealing with distance learning by doing a MILK & COOKIE DROP. During these times, this new way of life can be hard. So, I thought it would be fun to leave a little bit of sunshine on their porches.

I had a friend create these adorable sun cookies. She placed them into cellophane bags…all ready to send out to my friends. You can probably find someone in your city to create some sun cookies, or you could just use cookies you make or buy at the store. If you want to stick to the sunshine theme, make sure you use yellow cookies.

Then I created a fun printable tag with a yellow sunshine theme to top the cookie bags. You can download it for free here.

Then I cut out the tags, folded them in half and tapped them to my cookie bags.

I found these great glass drink jars online perfect for my milk & cookies drop. I filled each of the glass drink jars with ice cold Real California Milk and then tied a cute satin ribbon around it just for a pop of color and to compliment my cookie topper. 

Whala! Aren’t they adorable?

Then the kids and I hopped in the car and dropped them off at some of our friends and teacher’s homes that are in the middle of distance learning.  

WOW! This was so much fun and made us feel awesome. It may be just a small act of kindness, but I am sure it made someone’s day.

An act of kindness can be as small as a smile or as big as making a meal for a friend. Won’t you join me in this worthy cause? Share your acts of kindness on Instagram, tagging @gotmilk and #FoodForThought and inspire others to give back to their local communities! 

Ready. Set. Go.

Why Milk?

Milk does more than build strong bones. Milk’s many vitamins and minerals benefit your overall health, inside and out. From disease prevention to muscle building, milk is an essential part of helping every body thrive.

Win a $100 Gift Card from Got Milk?

To sweeten the deal…I am giving away  $100  to one of you! Please head over to our Instagram page to enter. All you have to do is leave a comment on this Instagram post what your own act of kindness would be.

Eat at Denny’s this Holiday Season and Help No Kid Hungry

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My kids think it’s the biggest treat to go eat at Denny’s! Their favorite thing ever is getting to have breakfast for dinner. Mine too! So when I told them we were heading over to Denny’s to have dinner, you didn’t have to ask them twice. The reason for our visit? Denny’s has partnered with No Kid Hungry to help end childhood hunger.

Luckily, my kids always get the food they need and don’t have to worry going hungry. But did you know, more than 11 million children in the United States live in “food insecure” homes? That means those families don’t have enough food for every family member to lead a healthy life. This doesn’t always mean that there isn’t anything to eat. But it can mean that children get smaller portions than they need, or parents aren’t able to afford nutritious foods. That’s where No Kid Hungry comes to play.

No Kids Hungry is fighting to end Child Hunger in America by providing meals to kids through various programs such as school breakfasts, afterschool meals and summer meal programs.

How You Can Help No Kid Hungry by Visiting Denny’s

Now through December 23, across all Denny’s U.S. restaurant locations, guests who donate $3 to No Kid Hungry in-store will receive coupons worth $15 to be used on subsequent visits. 

That’s giving back to help end childhood hunger PLUS a great excuse to visit Denny’s in the future for a fun family meal! 

The No Kid Hungry Denny’s coupons include:

  • A free stack of pancakes with the purchase of an entrée
  • A buy one get one free juice
  • 2 coupons for $5 off $20 check Denny’s

The coupons can be used at any subsequent visit up until March 26, 2020. And Denny’s guests also have the opportunity to donate $1 at checkout on their Denny’s On Demand online ordering website.

So of course we made our donation at the end of our meal! We got to put our name on the wall and the great feeling knowing that every dollar donated to No Kid Hungry can feed a child up to 10 healthy meals. Since 2011, Denny’s and its guests have contributed $7 million in donations, which is enough to provide up to 70 million meals to kids in need.

So if you are feeling like some pancakes or one of Denny’s other yummy signature foods, head over to your local restaurant and have a tasty meal. Hopefully you will add the $3 to your bill to help No Kid Hungry. Not only will you be providing meals to kids in need, but you will also get a fun sheet of coupons to use the next time you visit. Thank you in advance for your support!

How You Can Help No Kid Hungry End Childhood Hunger

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Last week, I had the opportunity to attend a special No Kid Hungry event at the Santa Monica Pier with my two youngest kids. Everyone in Southern California was invited and it was definitely the happening place to be on the pier that morning!  There were fun games like corn hole, a coloring station, photo station, a caricature artist and participants could jump on the bikes and pedal them to light up breakfast inflatables. Best of all, the DJ was there to pump up the crowd. We were ready to join in!

Click Here to Find Out Ways You can Get Involved with No Kid Hungry

The theme of the No Kid Hungry Event was Powered by Breakfast!

Breakfast at school gives hungry kids the fuel they need to reach their best potential. Did you know that 1 in 6 kids in America lives with hunger and more than half of the children who qualify for free school breakfast aren’t receiving it. It’s a nationwide problem that No Kid Hungry is trying to solve along with their partners Kellogg, Citi, Amazon, and General Mills. Together to make sure every kid is Powered by Breakfast every day.

What No Kid Hungry Does

The most effective way to feed hungry kids is by changing how schools serve breakfast, and No Kid Hungry support effective programs that provide kids with that food. Making breakfast part of the regular school day, just like lunch, has a powerful effect on kids. Kids can stay focused, studies show that grades and attendance rise. Plus, these programs also help teacher…not only by helping their students stay focused, but also with the expenses that teachers face. Research shows America’s teachers are spending an average of $300 each year from their own pockets to buy food for their students.

By having these programs available to everyone at the schools, no one child is singled out. When everyone eats together, it creates a feeling of community in the classroom, and kids who need that morning meal no longer feel singled out as the “poor kids.” I really love this message, especially because all kids need to feel safe and loved, and deserve the same opportunities as their peers without having to feel singled out.

It was great to see Chobani teaming up with No Kid Hungry to help end childhood hunger in America! My kids we loving the new Chobani Gimmies. they come in fun flavors kids love. YUM.

We had such a great day learning about No Kid Hungry, and now we are inspired to find ways that we can help in the movement. Not only does No Kid Hungry supports programs to provide breakfast, but also programs for lunch, after school meals and even summer meal programs. They also offer classes to kids and parents on how to get the proper nutrition, and work with community officials to find out what will best work for their area to end childhood hunger.

How You Can Join the No Kid Hungry Movement

Visit the No Kid Hungry website to find out ways to get involved with this important cause. No child should have to go hungry and childhood hunger is a problem we can most definitely solve. Are you with me?

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.

Red Cross Giving Day

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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