Category Archives: Community Involvement

Community involvement, global issues, and a pinch of perspective

Blogging, Business and Philanthropy: Doing It Better

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J. Money and Nate St. Pierre have a knack of building businesses together. And now, they’re utilizing their skills to help others with their own ventures. After I met J. Money, known largely for his finance blog, Budgets Are Sexy, at BlogHer last year, I asked if I could write a post his and Nate’s…

Being “That” Mom: Overcoming Loss With The March Of Dimes

Today, we are proud to welcome Jessica Watson of Four Plus An Angel. Jessica is a mother of five – as she says, four in her arms in and one in her heart. Jessica has been through a lot: single motherhood and remarriage, a daughter on the autism spectrum and leaving the NICU with two…

Save, Spend and Share, Preschool Style

My daughter is three and I’ve been thinking a lot about how, as she gets older, I will incorporate both money management and the importance of giving back into her daily life. I think, like a number of others I’ve read, I will utilize the three-pot system with (1) save, (2) spend and (3) share…

Button Batteries: The Hidden Danger in your Home

We are thrilled to host Karla Rauch of Emmett’s Fight Foundation today to help spread the word about a common danger we often overlook in our homes. Please read this important post, and share this critical information with the other parents you know. And when you’re done, head over to their site for more detailed…

10 Ways To Make The Holidays Meaningful For Kids

As we recover from Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I wonder if there’s a way (or two or three) to show our munchkins some of the non-present sides of the season. Here are some ideas: 1) Get together with some friends or moms’ groups and teach your kids just a few, simple carols. If you’re…

Turning Loss Into Donna’s Good Things

I am thrilled to have a special guest post today. Sheila Quirke is a blogger I met through the ChicagoNow network. I had read her blog on and off, but in September, I became one of the many people touched every day as she shared the story of her beautiful daughter, Donna. She writes with…

Give a Book to a Child and You May Help Them Graduate

I’m a lifelong book addict.  Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved reading.  Since having kids, there’s nothing that melts my heart more than my son saying “please read to me mommy.”  And, my one year old daughter starts every day by bringing me a book.  Those are requests I ALWAYS say yes to. Sadly,…

Get Inspired and Help 70,000 People At The Same Time

I enjoy spotlighting good causes on IBC partially because it gets my nonprofit side that’s buried under laundry, peanut butter and other parenting glamour all hot and bothered. I also do it because I am committed to raising kids who understand early on the importance of giving back and who have that woven into their…