Wednesday, August 20, 2014

2014 Office Depot Foundation National Backpack Program Helps Children Start School On The Right Foot



Here is some note-worthy charitable news just in time for back-to-school! 

The Office Depot Foundation is helping deserving children start school on the right foot by donating 350,000 sackpacks to children in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and a number of other countries through its National Backpack Program. 


Now in its 14th year, the National Backpack Program has helped millions of families who are struggling to get school supplies for their children. By the end of this year, Office Depot and the Office Depot Foundation will have given away more than 3.3 million backpacks and sackpacks since this program began in 2001.  



The specially designed sackpacks come in seven bright and colorful designs that are new for 2014.  Each one includes a zippered pouch containing a pen, pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser, six-inch ruler and four crayons.  What's nice,  kids can feel better using the sackpacks as they do not have any Office Depot Foundation or Office Depot logos or markings.

To learn more about the National Backpack Program, you can watch this short video,  or check out the Office Depot Foundation Facebook page.  

*Hip Mama's Place Disclosure:  "My reviews and opinions are 100% my own. Office Depot sent me promotional products to thank me for my time in helping to facilitate this post".
 
 
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TO SPACE & BACK at the Smithsonian Einstein Planetarium {Washington,DC} + A Four-Pack Family Ticket Giveaway!


 
Space exploration is having a big impact on your life. Not only is it helping discover a universe of unimaginable scale and beauty, its reaching back down into our world and influencing the way we live. 


To SPACE & BACK takes you on an incredible journey from the far reaches of our known universe to our own planet. The technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps we use every day. What’s happening above and beyond is coming back down to Earth! 


The Einstein Planetarium is one of the most technologically advanced planetariums in the country. A brand new, 8K Full Dome System projects ultra-high-definition visuals that are six times the resolution of your HD TV. Get ready to be immersed in brightness, clarity and color that are out of this world!


To SPACE & BACK is now showing in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Einstein Planetarium in Washington, DC.  For showtimes and tickets, go here. You can also watch a brief trailer here 

TO SPACE & BACK runs for 25 minutes and is rated G which means, there is no viewer age restriction. TO SPACE & BACK is aimed towards families and school children.

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Want to go see TO SPACE & BACK movie at the Smithsonian Einstein Planetarium? Lucky you, one Hip Mama's Place reader! You can win a 4-pack of tickets to see this awesome movie about space exploration with your family and/or friends!  The tickets are good to use for any daytime show at the National Air and Space Museum (at the Einstein Planetarium) or the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC!

To enter this giveaway contest, just follow the Rafflecopter entry link below. This giveaway contest is open to U.S. addresses only and ends on 9/3/14 at 8:00 PM, EST. Good luck!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Back-to-School Sun Protection Tips from Coppertone



It’s back-to-school season and the shopping lists are quickly forming, but do you know the one item that many parents forget? Sunscreen.

In the summertime, parents are more diligent about protecting their families, but their attentiveness shouldn’t stop when the school bell rings. 


That's why I'm glad to be able to share these very helpful tips from Coppertone to make sure our kids are protected during the school day, including why sunscreen is vital even after the summer ends:  
 
·  Just one blistering sunburn in childhood can increase the chance of developing skin cancer later in life, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation

·  Recently several incidents were reported about children who were severely burned due to sunscreen bans in school

·  For the 2nd year, Coppertone has continued the Making the Sunscreen Grade program to empower parents and educators to be powerful role models for children and help make sun protection a priority during the school day. 

·  Pediatric Dermatologist Dr. Ana M. Duarte, Miami Children’s Hospital, is encouraging us parents to be sun protection super heroes and offers tips and ideas to help us be a role model and reinforce sun-sense for our families year-round.

So join Coppertone in Making the Sunscreen Grade! Learn more about it here.

*Hip Mama's Place Disclosure:  "My reviews and opinions are 100% my own.  Coppertone sent me promotional products to thank me for my time in helping to facilitate this post".
 

 

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Hungry for Happiness Mobile Tour Visits Baltimore, MD on 8/20/14 + $30 Arby's Gift Card Giveaway!


 
Summer continues to be a vulnerable time for those who rely on school breakfast and lunch during the school year. Do you know? In Pennsylvania, only 18.7 percent of school children who rely on free or reduced-price school lunches during the school year currently participate in summer meal programs. The Arby’s Foundation, the charitable arm of Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc., in partnership with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign, is committed to helping kids get the food they need.


And great news for local HMP fans, I'm happy to share that Hungry for Happiness mobile tour will visit Baltimore, Maryland this week to help raise awareness about the issue of childhood hunger and increase participation in free summer meals sites for kids located in the area. 

When:   Wednesday, August 20 from 5pm to 8 pm
Where:  Arby’s #7178 (2623 Brandermill Blvd, Gambrills, MD 21054) 

The Hungry for Happiness mobile tour is stopping at the Gambrills Arby’s to raise money for the Maryland Food Bank. Twenty percent of sales during the party will go directly to the Maryland Food Bank, a nonprofit hunger-relief organization, leading the movement to end hunger throughout Maryland.  The event will have fun summer activities for kids such as hula-hoop contests, tug of war, bean bag toss, basketball and other family-friendly games to get kids moving.  

For more information about Arby's Foundation and the Hungry for Happiness campaign, visit the Arby's Foundation Facebook page

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Lucky you, one Hip Mama's Place reader! Arby's wants to give away one (1) $30 Arby's gift card to one of you! 

To enter this giveaway contest, just follow the Rafflecopter entry link below. This giveaway contest is open to U.S. addresses only and ends on 9/2/14 at 3:00 PM, EST. Good luck!
 
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Gymboree *2 DAYS ONLY*: 50% Off Select Layers and Jeans



Gymboree is offering a fantastic back-to-school deal on your kids' apparel! For two days only (today, 8/19 and tomorrow, 8/20), you can get 50% off on select styles at Gymboree

I saw tons of cute shirts, jeans, and tops for little girls and boys and other accessories that are totally perfect for back-to-school!


Even better, if you are currently subscribed to Parents, FamilyFun or Parenting magazines, you should be able to grab a 20% Gymboree coupon that you can stack with this deal and save even more! If not, just scroll down to the bottom right of this page and find a blank field to enter your email address. You will then be signed up for Gymboree special offers and receive a 10% off coupon by email. You should receive your coupon within a few minutes of signing up that you can use to avail of this current promotion! Awesome deals! :)


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Whole Foods Market {Silver Spring, MD} : Back to School Bonanza Event Offers Free Lunch and More!



If you live in or around Silver Spring, Maryland, check out the fun Back to School event at Whole Foods Market happening on Saturday, August 23rd! Sounds food to me! :)


WHAT: Whole Foods Market Silver Spring Back to School Bonanza

WHEN: Saturday, August 23rd, 11am-1pm

WHERE: Whole Foods Market Silver Spring, 833 Wayne Avenue, Silver Spring, MD, 20910

WHY: For Whole Foods Market to help to make “back to school” as stress free as possible


The Bonanza event requires no ticket to participate and is open to all with free lunch being provided for the first 100 kids to register to eat. It’ll be a carnival atmosphere both inside and outside the store with food stands, a face painter, live reggae music and crafts.  Samples inside the store will provide inspiration for packed lunches, snacks and quick but healthy dinner options –from 365 Everyday Value® oatmeal to organic apple sauce to fresh whole chickens – Whole Foods Market has every meal of the day covered.

“Our Back to School Bonanza will not only highlight the great products and options that we have for families but is a celebration aimed at bringing our community together during this exciting time of new beginnings,” said Momar Gueye, Store Team Leader at Whole Foods Market Silver Spring.

For Registration information, visit: www.facebook.com/WFMSilverSpring/Events


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10 Feel-Better Yoga Poses


"Ohm" your way to wellness with these poses


10 Feel-Better Yoga Poses
This is a TotalBeauty.com Fitness article
The daily grind can take its toll on your body. From tension headaches to slumped shoulders to a sky-high heels incident, it seems like there's always an ache or pain somewhere. We asked Chrissy Carter, an NYC-based yoga instructor, to let us in on the best yoga poses for all our problem areas.

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Stella & Dot Foundation Partners with Christy Turlington for Every Mother Counts


Some of you may have known that I am a Stylist for Stella & Dot - a  boutique-style jewelry and accessories company that offers its on-trend, celebrity and editorial-coveted product line exclusively through a growing network of trained independent consultants (Stylists) across North America, the United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland and France.

So I'm glad to share this great news that Stella & Dot has recently announced the global re-launch of the Stella & Dot Foundation in partnership with Every Mother Counts.


“We are committed to making a difference in women’s lives. It’s important for us to extend that mission to impact the lives of women and their families, at home and around the world through the Stella & Dot Foundation,” says Stella & Dot CEO & Founder, Jessica Herrin. 


In celebration of the Stella & Dot Foundation expansion and global re-launch, Stella & Dot introduces the Enlighten Bracelet ($39). All net proceeds of the bracelet will support Every Mother Counts in their mission to inform, engage, and mobilizes new audiences to take action to improve the health and well-being of girls and women worldwide.


Christy Turlington Burns, Founder of Every Mother Counts says "Every Mother Counts is excited to partner with Stella & Dot’s mission driven community to help us achieve our goal to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. We know we can't do this work alone and are always reassured that there are others who want to contribute in meaningful ways. Through this partnership, we will be able to educate many more about the global maternal healthcare challenges and also raise funds to support programs that improve access to quality maternity care that can prevent unnecessary deaths at birth."

To-date, the Stella & Dot Foundation has raised over $1.6 million towards causes important to our community.

For more information on the Stella & Dot Foundation and charitable jewelry pieces, go here


*Hip Mama's Place Disclosure:  "My reviews and opinions are 100% my own.  Stella & Dot provided me a promotional product to thank me for the time in facilitating this post".



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Join Bearitos for Bao Bao’s First Birthday at the Smithsonian National Zoo {Washington DC} on August 23rd



Bearitos® healthy snacks, and its signature mascot, Louie, are helping fellow bear, Bao Bao, celebrate her first birthday party and he wants you to be there! 


Join them at the Smithsonian National Zoo on August 23rd from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the entrance to the Asia Trail to celebrate Bao Bao’s first birthday party! 


The Bearitos Bear Den will offer fun games, giveaways and, of course, Bearitos samples for everyone. With the finest non-GMO, gluten free ingredients, and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, Bearitos offers healthy snacking for the whole family. 


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Monday, August 18, 2014

Red Robin: FREE Freckled Lemonade to Support the Fight Against Childhood Cancer {August 20th}



Red Robin invites everyone to join them to support Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for the fight against childhood cancer! Stop by a Red Robin restaurant near you on National Lemonade Day (August 20th) to enjoy free samples of Freckled Lemonade and donate to this worthy cause. 

More details about this charitable event here.

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"Meet The Teacher" Gift ideas + Craft Store Coupons



Hard to believe we have one week left of summer vacation and my kids are already going back to school next Monday. Our family had such a fun, full summer but now, I am getting them and myself to wind down before back-to-school! 

I thought this round up of "meet the teacher" gift ideas are a fun way to get them to get into the back-to-school spirit and also get their hands and mine busy before the start of the new school year.

And to save money on your craft projects, here are coupons you can use this week: 

A.C Moore: The coupons listed below are located in their weekly ad scan.

*40% off one regular priced item – good on 8/18-8/23
*65% off custom framing - good thru 8/23

Michaels:  Check the Michaels weekly ad scan for these coupons!

*40% off one regular price item – good thru 8/23
*40% off entire regular price purchase Jolee’s Stickers & Embellishments – good thru 8/23
*65% off Modern Day Designs & American Essentials Custom Framing – good thru 8/23
*40% off entire regular price purchase of artist paint, brushes, pencils, pastels & markers – good thru 8/23

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores:

*30% off ONE regular-priced item purchasegood thru 8/23
Hobby Lobby:

*40% off ONE regular priced item - good thru 8/23

Enjoy the remaining days of your summer and happy crafting with your kids! :)

Craft ideas courtesy of Spoonful.com 

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FREE Subscription to Martha Stewart Living Magazine



This free magazine offer is available again, if you missed it previously!

You can go here and take a short survey and score a FREE One Year Subscription to Martha Stewart Living magazine, courtesy of Rewards Gold.  Don't wait long if you're interested in this offer, as it's only available for a limited time and never seem to last long! Allow 8-10 weeks for delivery of your first issue.


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