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Teaching Her To Give On #GivingTuesday

It’s Giving Tuesday. We are not only coming back from the Thanksgiving holiday but also, from my girl’s birthday. I know I have a special little girl on my hands. When I asked her what she wanted for her birthday she said nothing because someone had gotten her the snow cone maker she’d wanted. Even so, it’s important for me that she understand not only how blessed she is to have but how blessed she is to be able to give. So today we will sit down and donate to a few......

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Help Homeless Children Dance
November 12, 2015

Help Homeless Children Dance

I love many people in this world. But, I have a special adoration for this one boy from college. You see, he was my dance partner that year I performed in Rollins Dance. His name is Dario and his soul has always spoken to mine. We grew older and he, beautiful and true, heeded his calling. He is the artistic director at Center for Contemporary Dance. I love all things about Dario but it is his spirit that I honor most. So when I got this email today, I felt like I......

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Ready for Baby is #BetterForBaby

The year was 1995 1996 2003. It was my senior year in college and I had Clinical Psychology with Dr. Farkash. I loved that professor! This was it. I was going to do an internship locally and I don’t even remember my list of choices. I do remember that on that list there was only one choice for me: BETA Center. I had driven by it regularly as it was on my side of town and I knew what it was: a school for pregnant teens. But they were so much more.......

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Let's help moms get #ready4baby!

Eons ago I did my clinical internship at this school called the BETA Center. It’s a place where pregnant teens could find refuge and assistance. I counseled girls there. Girls in different stages of life but all who were either already mothers or ready to be. I distinctly remember when one of my girls was out after giving birth. I had the task of doing a home visit. To that home visit, I took a brown paper bag filled with some necessities. Onesies, diapers, blankets, socks, hats. All the little things that a......

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We are sharing our favorite quotes! Every comment, like & share on the Blogust posts will give a child a Shot@Life!
August 03, 2015

Blogust 2015

August Blogust is here! It’s one of my favorite months because who doesn’t love to help babies around the world?! Blogust 2015 kicks off today. As before, for every comment, like or share on the Blogust posts, 1 vaccine (up to 50,000) will be given to a child in a developing country through Project Perpetual. And where can you find the daily Blogust posts? Why you can just head on over to the website and check that out along with the amazing folks that are holding up the torches for this great......

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How Mamis Can Make a Difference

Here I am at the end of the year pondering the importance of the work that MomsRising does. And pondering how this organization has changed me in so many ways. I am inspired daily by my colleagues and the work that we do. I never realized how fulfilling this work could be. Never understood the importance of my voice in advocacy work. As we prepare to say goodbye to 2014, I hope that you would consider making a year-end donation to the cause. Can you give $2.01 or $20.14? How about $201.40? Do......

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It's Giving Tuesday! Will You Get Out the Give?

It’s the beginning of the holiday season! Not because it’s December but because today is Giving Tuesday! After you stuff yourself happy with yummy food in the company of loved ones, you battle the crowds to get the best deals before the holidays then you sit at your computer and nab all those great discounts online. What then? What’s left? For me, it’s the true spirit of the season. Giving. I love to give. Big, small, time, money, heartfelt things. The thing about giving for me is knowing that I am making......

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Hunger, Helping & Hope: The 'Hood Helps the Nation!

I’ve never been hungry. My parents were working folks that sometimes scraped by. But we were never hungry. It’s because of Papi. He’d experience hunger as a child and so our house sometimes had an abundance of food. The man pisses me off regularly with his cooking portions. But, there was always enough food to feed one or two extra mouths. And feed them he did. One day he sat down and with tears in his eyes told us how he finds it impossible to even hear about anyone being hungry because......

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Around Town: Unity In the Community

Are you working on your Fall calendar? I am! Because I really hate missing out on things and as the fall season kicks off, there’s a pretty good amount of awesome happening in Central Florida. Clermont? Yes! Clermont, folks. It’s where it’s at. At least when it comes to free family events. I didn’t stutter folks. F.R.E.E. The event offers free admission to all attendees, free parking to the general public, free entertainment with kidzone, free games and inflatables, live musical acts and entertainers, food vendors, hundreds of exhibitors and more.  This is......

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Purple Is the Color Of Change
September 24, 2014

Purple Is the Color Of Change

Disclosure: this is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Allstate Foundation® and Latina Bloggers Connect. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I have a hard time writing about this topic. I can’t find the thread of words that would allow me to write clearly and specifically. I have perused the commentary on the hashtag #WhyIStayed. They tell a heartbreaking story and show us courage and what it takes to be a survivor. Partly because I am empathetic to women in need and precarious situations. And partly because I have been in an......

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