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Take The Rapid Renewal Challenge!

The harsh winter cold of Iowa brings excessive dryness to two of my children and we have to be vigilante about putting on lotion daily. Priscilla has no problems with remembering to do this, probably because she is the girliest girl you will ever meet and she loves smelly lotions. Manny on the other hand needs to be reminded to lotion up and even then, it’s like pulling teeth.

When preparing for Manny and Priscilla to come home, I was researching what hair care and skin care products to use. With so many products out there and feeling overwhelmed, I asked a Black friend for her recommendations. I didn’t need to order anything online or spend a fortune on some lotion with rare ingredients because she recommended any Vaseline brand lotion (and we’ve been using it ever since)!

Priscilla took the Rapid Renewal Challenge, by using the new Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion.


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*Sponsored post by Lunchbox, all opinions are 100% my own.

The AYA Summit

Photo credit: Karen Walrond/ONEPhoto credit: Karen Walrond/ONE

I had the privilege of attending ONE‘s Aya Summit in Washington DC centered around their newest program for Girls and Women in developing countries. The word AYA comes from a symbol that means “the fern” and it is a great West African symbol of resourcefulness and endurance. Interestingly enough, this symbol is from the Ashanti people of Ghana and it was actually the people of Ghana that led me to advocate for the women and children of Africa in the first place.

This one symbol was a great reminder of everything coming full circle on why I was at the AYA Summit and why I am choosing to use my voice and my blog to advocate.

If you didn’t know already, two of my children are from Ghana. They were adopted and came home on Christmas Eve of last year. Taking up this mission of advocating for the women and children in developing countries feels like my duty.

Getting to hear stories first-hand during my time in Ghana, I realized that the root issue of why children end up in orphanages is poverty. Whether that is parents dying early because of lack of healthcare, mothers feeling desperate with nowhere else to turn or the stigmas that children with mental and physical disabilities face in their communities because of the lack of education surrounding these issues. Because of my connection to adoption it gives me all the more reason to fight against the root issue: poverty.

The AYA Summit drained me emotionally, but also stirred something in me to stop just thinking about doing things, but to actually do them. That’s why going forward you will see a great emphasis on social good on this blog rather than just a few posts here and there. What does social good have to do with a site called “Busy Mommy,” you ask? I feel, as moms, there is even more reason to weave social good throughout all aspects of our lives because we are raising the next generation.

At the summit we discussed everything from child sex trafficking to Ebola and I left with an immense amount of information that I am still trying to process so that I can eloquently share on this blog and provide the most impact.

For you, as a blog reader and social media user, I condensed the summit into three things you can do right now to join in this fight against poverty and use your voice to make change and empower women and girls around the world.

1. Help replenish GAVI.

Since the year 2000 GAVI has saved more than 6 million lives by providing life-saving vaccines, but there are still 1.5 million kids who die around the world from vaccine-preventable deaths. Simply send out this tweet to the White House.

Hey friends, I need yr help. ReTweet: .@WhiteHouse: HELP save 6 M children’s lives by pledging $1 bill over 4 years to @GAVI #AYAaction

2. Support women and children by purchasing with a purpose.

Support companies like Heifer International, RED products, To The Market, FashionABLE, and the Kate Spade on purpose line. Especially with Christmas coming up you can lend your hand to causes like creating an AIDS-free generation or helping provide economic opportunities to empower women around the world.

3. End Ebola

Thousands of men, women and children are dying and more countries and individuals need to step up to put an end to Ebola. Don’t Let Ebola Dehumanize Africa. You can donate to these organizations that are working tirelessly against Ebola.

AfricareDoctors Without Borders – Catholic Relief Services – Samaritan’s Purse

When you see a need, it is important to act on it. That need may be in your own community or it may be an issue that your fellow brothers and sisters around the world are facing. You have the ability to use your voice to make change. You can start with the three points above!

Project Sunlight: Shedding Light on Hunger in America

Child Hunger

Hunger isn’t just a problem of a far off land. After traveling around the world, I will be the first one to say there is immense hunger in developing parts of the world, but in reality, 1 in 5 children in America also go to bed hungry. Right here in America, 16 million children are struggling with hunger.

Can you believe that?

It’s hard to believe in a country where we have so much, there are children who don’t know where their next meal is going to come from. Hunger has no bounds and it can be found in rural, urban and suburban areas.

Unilever Project Sunlight is an initiative made to shed light on who the face of hunger is here in America because too often those little faces become invisible to us. The project encourages us to create a brighter future for our children by using less and sharing even more because together we can make a difference.

Watch this short documentary Going to Bed Hungry: The Changing Face of Child Hunger and share to shed light on the issue of child hunger in America and to inspire people to help.

We can join Project Sunlight, a growing movement of people who believe in the power of taking action. You can share a meal to help turn the tables on childhood hunger. Here are a few of the ways you can create an act of sunlight:

Check your Sunday newspaper on November 16th for the Unilever “You Buy One, We Give One” coupon offer. When you redeem the coupon, Unilever will donate one meal to Feeding America when you purchase a participating Unilever product. The offer runs from November 16–30, 2014.

I encourage you to visit the Project Sunlight website where you can read inspirational stories, different ways to enjoy life today while protecting our planet for future generations, more ideas on how you can share a meal and ultimately spread rays of sunlight around your community.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Unilever. The opinions and text are all mine.