Help Schools in Need with Schoola's 20 Days of School program


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Last year I had the honor of serving my sons' elementary school as PTA president.  I've always known that committed and generous parents make a huge difference in the quality of my sons' education, but during my term as president, it really hit home just how little funding we get from the state.  Our school district relies almost exclusively on donations to fund arts and music programs, classroom aides, and support services like counseling and special education.  And to think we live in Silicon Valley, a place with no shortage of talented, high-income parents!  Lucky as we are, we still need help -- and schools in less privileged areas need even more help.

One of the quickest and easiest ways to raise money for your school is to donate your children's gently-used, brand-name clothes to Schoola, an online consignment store that gives a portion of its proceeds (40%) to schools in need.   Donating clothes to Schoola is a bit like donating them to Goodwill, except that you don't have to drive anywhere to drop off your Schoola donation (you request a donation bag, you fill it up, and mail it back to Schoola), and you get to specify who benefits from your donation.  Your chosen school gets money for their programs, without the hassle of running a used-clothing drive.  Don't forget, you can also shop at Schoola for your own kids, at a fraction of the retail price!

Join Schoola's 20 Days of School Program

There's more good news.  For a limited time, when you donate to Schoola or shop on Schoola, you'll have the opportunity to make a difference to not just 1, but two schools -- your chosen school, plus one of three very special schools featured in Schoola's 20 Days of School program.  Boggers all over the country (including me!) who were invited to "adopt" one of these 3 schools and help them raise additional funds to support their arts, music, or play program. The three schools are:

Yick Wo Elementary
KIPP Academy
Harlem School Playworks

All three are worthy schools doing great work in underprivileged communities, but I chose KIPP Academy in the Bronx, because they are looking to raise $25,000 to keep their music program running. Here's a little bit more about KIPP Academy:

My kids have benefited so much from their school's music program: The Pea is on her 4th year of playing flute in her school band, 3Po is on his second year with the cello, and Jammy will be starting the clarinet.  They love music and they love playing their instruments, but I would not be able to afford private music lessons for all 3 of them. It has been shown time and time again that a musical education helps develop analytical abilities, math skills, and confidence in kids, and if I had my way, every single child in public school should have music classes.
cello music instrument arts

Here's how you can participate in the 20 Days of School Program.
*shop on Schoola via this link: 

http://schoola.com/?utm_source=blogger&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=bts2014-bonggamom

 For every transaction made through this unique link, Schoola will donate $1 to the KIPP Academy.

*request a Schoola donation bag via this link:

http://schoola.com/?utm_source=blogger&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=bts2014-bonggamom

For every person who requests a Schoola donation bag via this unique link, Schoola will donate $1 to the KIPP Academy. BUT WAIT, THERE's MORE:  when you donate clothes and fill out your school information, $2 of every $5 made will go back to that school you have chosen to support! It's a Win/Win for the KIPP Academy, and for your readers' schools!


The 20 Days of School program runs through August 16, so please spread the word, request a Schoola donation bag, and shop at Schoola!


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Get your Team USA gear at TheFlagShirt.com



It hasn't even been three weeks since the World Cup ended, and already I'm missing all the excitement that comes with watching great soccer and supporting your favorite team.  While I have a soft spot for Germany (who won the cup) and the Netherlands (who placed third), the team we really went all out for was Team USA.  The USMNT had an amazing tournament; even though they didn't get past the round of 16, they played their hearts out, and played beautiful, world-class soccer.  Who will ever forget Tim Howard (aka the US secretary of Defense) and his record-breaking saves in USA vs BEL?

Even more thrilling for me to watch was the support that came from American fans.  Soccer is not a big sport in the US, not compared to football, baseball and basketball, but it is growing in popularity.  It was amazing to see 20,000 screaming fans gathered in parks across the US, cheering and waving flags!  We had our own local viewing parties, and the family all turned up in Team USA apparel: hats, shirts, glasses, and buttons in red, white, and blue!
Team USA apparel
Fortunately, it's easy to theme your outfit to Team USA: just wear blue jeans, a red or white shirt, and red or white hat or flower on your head.  But it's so much more fun to bedeck yourself from head to toe in the American Flag!  That's where TheFlagShirt.com comes in -- they've been a family owned business for over 70 years, and they're as American as the products they sell.

The merchandise on TheFlagShirt.com goes way beyond the standard Stars and Stripes on a shirt!  Here are some of my favorite products from TheFlagShirt.com.  They use the stars and stripes in so many imaginative ways!  Don't you just love the Hello Kitty USA shirt? I especially love the vintage styles and the distressed styles. And how about those Stars and Stripes Board Shorts!?
Team USA apparel from theflagshirt.com

Check out the sweatshirt that TheFlagShirt.com sent me -- isn't so wonderfully over-the-top?  The design is screen printed on the shirt, and it's going to take decades for that design to fade (and if it does, well, it's okay because it's a distressed print!).  I love it because a lot of the games we watch are in the evenings, when it gets chilly.  It's all very well to wear a TEAM USA shirt, but when it gets cold, you have to cover it up, so why not get some TEAM USA outerwear like my awesome new sweatshirt?  I love it!  It's perfect for summer evening barbecues and nighttime fireworks displays!
Team USA apparel from theflagshirt.com


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Giveaway: Happy National Milk Chocolate Day! Celebrate with a Balance Bar chocolate giveaway!



Today, July 28, is National Milk Chocolate Day! Although dark chocolate is all the rage nowadays, milk chocolate is still the most popular kind of eating chocolate.  And although everyone in my family now prefers dark chocolate, that doesn't stop us from eating and loving milk chocolate :)  After all, we all started out eating milk chocolate, and milk chocolate is a classic comfort food that brings back lots of childhood memories.

To celebrate National Milk Chocolate Day, here are a few facts about milk chocolate:

* Milk chocolate contains chocolate liquor (the centers of cocoa beans ground to a liquid), extra cocoa butter (cocoa butter is the fat naturally present in cocoa beans), sugar, an emulsifier (often lecithin) and vanilla or other flavorings, plus dry milk solids.  Milk chocolate has at least 10 percent cocoa liquor by weight, and at least 12 percent milk solids.

* Difference between milk chocolate and dark chocolate: dark chocolate does not contain milk solids.

* Difference between milk chocolate and white chocolate:  white chocolate does not contain chocolate liquor.

* Milk chocolate has about twice the amount of sugar in dark chocolate.

* Milk chocolate was invented in 1875 by Daniel Peter, who combined cocoa with condensed milk (which had been invented by fellow Swiss, Henri Nestle).

Win an assortment of chocolate Balance Bars

To celebrate National Milk Chocolate Day, Balance Bars will send one lucky Bonggamom Finds reader a box of Chocolate Craze and Double Chocolate Brownie Balance Bars!  National Milk Chocolate Day is the perfect time to enjoy the taste of milk chocolate, without all the fat and sugar!  Balance Bars taste like chocolate but have more fiber and protein, so they're a healthier treat.


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Hello Oral Care


Hello Oral Care

Is it time for your school-aged kids to graduate from bubblegum-flavored baby toothpastes?  Are you having a hard time finding a "grownup" toothpaste that doesn't make their mouths feel like they're on fire?  Check out new Hello Oral Care!  We received a sample of their Pink Grapefruit Mint toothpaste, Supermint mouthwash, and Mojito Mint breath spray.  Their tagline is "Naturally Friendly", and I have to agree.  Hello is friendly in so many ways:

Friendly to the eye
Hello's packaging is so unique, you're going to want to display it in your guest bathroom instead of hiding it away in your medicine cabinet!  Their packaging features a uniquely fresh, modern look, with clean, simple lines and bright colors.  In fact, Hello's packaging was developed by BMW Group Designworks USA.  Yes, BMW!

Friendly to the mouth
Hello toothpaste, mouthwash, and breath spray have the minty fresh taste that everyone loves, but in milder quantities than most oral care products, so kids aren't overwhelmed.  The fiery mintiness is tempered with a hint of sweetness -- hence the flavor names like Pink Grapefruit Mint, Sweet Cinnamint, and Mojito Mint. Even the Supermint flavor is more like a Spearmint.  I think I've become addicted to their breath spray!

Friendly to the body
Hello products are free from alcohol, dyes, and artificial sweeteners.  They're suitable for vegans, and they're never tested on animals.

Hello is available at drugstores across the country.


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Bonggamom's Friday Finds: list your giveaway here


Bonggamoms Friday Finds

Welcome to Bonggamom's Friday Finds! I'm glad so many of you are finding this to be a useful way to get more traffic to your giveaways. And as a person who loves entering giveaways, I have to admit it's a great, easy way to find out where all the best giveaways are.

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Oloves: Olives you'll love




Olives are a staple in our home.  We love their salty, tangy flavor!  When our love affair with olives began, we mostly stuck with plain black olives from a can, but over the years our tastes have broadened.  Nowadays, I head to our grocery's olive bar about once a week and stock up on kalamata olives, haldiki olives, manzanilla olives, whatever strikes our fancy.  Olives in brine, olives in oil.... 3Po, Jammy, Alfie and I can't get enough of them!  There isn't an olive we won't try, and so far, there isn't an olive we don't like.  So when Oloves olives offered to send us samples of their flavored green olives, we were thrilled!

Oloves are green olives infused with some pretty yummy flavors, packed into 30g portions.  They're gluten free, vegan friendly, 100% kosher.... and 100% delicious.  I can't think of a better name than Oloves, because we sure do love them.  I love the individual portions, because it means I can throw a pack into their lunchboxes.  Each portion is 50 calories, which makes it easy to control your portions (the boys can eat them like potato chips, so it's way too easy to overeat!).

Oloves are currently available in the following flavors;

Basil and Garlic
Chili and Garlic
Lemon and Rosemary
Chili and Oregano

The Basil and Garlic is everyone's favorite, and the Lemon and Rosemary give a refreshing twist.  Alfie loves the 2 varieties with Chili because he likes it hot!  Oloves are a great snack all on their own, or you can toss them together with cubed tomatoes, cubed cucumbers, thinly sliced red onions, crumbled feta cheese, and a splash of red wine vinegar and olive oil for a delicious Greek salad!  Normally I'd use kalamata olives, but using the flavored Oloves gives the salad a unique taste and sets it apart from the classic Greek salad.  Yum!

Oloves Greek salad



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Budsies: Turn Kids Drawings into Adorable Stuffed Friends



3Po and Jammy love to draw.  Some kids act out scenes in their imagination through LEGOs.  Others use Playmobil.  Other use action figures, stuffed toys, dolls.  3Po and Jammy do all of those, but the way they love best is to draw.  They literally spend hours drawing, and talking to each other as they draw, explaining the characters and the worlds and the action and the stories that unfold as they put pen to paper.

They use up dozens of sheets of paper per day.  I'd need an entire room to store all the drawings they have made over the years.  I let them keep their favorite ones, and I take photos of many of them, but I'm sure many of their characters and scenes have found their way to the recycle bin (I'm sure I'll regret that once they become famous artists).

These days, there are many ways to preserve your child's artwork, beyond the classic frame.  There are companies that turn kids' artwork into greeting cards, postcards, stickers, tshirts, bookmarks, mugs, and so on.  Recently I discovered the most original way to preserve artwork -- turn it into a stuffed toy!  Budsies brings kids' artwork to life by transforming it into adorable custom hand-sewn stuffed animals.  Just upload a drawing to Budsies' online order form, and their artists and craftsmen do the rest.

When 3Po and Jammy learned that Budsies had offered to turn one of their drawings into a stuffed toy, they couldn't believe it: the creatures of their imagination, made real!  They spent a lot of time and effort into designing and planning their Budsie (and loved every minute of it).

3Po loves cows. He owns about 10 stuffed cows, so he wanted to add a very special cow to his collection: a "cowterpillar", a cow with 8 legs.


Jammy reached into the depths of his imagination and drew a man-shark with wings.  A very muscular, buff man-shark with wings.  Don't ask me how or why he came up with it..  Jammy was extremely particular about how his man-shark should look, so he drew a front, side, and back view, with extensive notes for each view.  I tried to manage his expectations by saying that I wasn't sure whether Budsies could make his man-shark look exactly like the drawing, and that it might be difficult to get all the detail that he put it.

The boys bugged me almost every day from the time we ordered the Budsies till the time they arrived. They were so excited to see their new friends! I don't think I've ever seen them so excited about a stuffed animal.

When the Budsies arrived in the mail, we opened the box, and the very first thing I saw was a note from Budsies. The note said it might be a good idea to get the camera out so we could capture the expression on our kids' faces as they opened their packages and saw their Budsies for the very first time.  Boy was that a brilliant piece of advice!!  The surprise and delight on their faces was such a joy to behold!

As soon as 3Po saw his cowterpillar's head, he breathed, "Wow, it looks EXACTLY like my drawing.... it's PERFECT!"


Jammy could not stop giggling and laughing.  He was so delighted with his man-shark!  He just couldn't believe that Budsies was able to bring it to life.  Of all our kids, Jammy is the one who has absolutely no idea how to smile on demand.  All his smiles for the camera look forced and fake.  Not these.  I had the pleasure of capturing

Those smiles on our kids' faces are what we parents live for. Those are the smiles we would go to the ends of the earth to get.

Check out 3Po's cowterpillar.  It is amazing.  From the big, round nose to each fat little leg (all 8 of them), the cowterpillar is a 3D replica of 3Po's drawing.  As Alfie put it, it looks as though the Budsie came first, and 3Po drew it on paper by copying the Budsie!


I can't even begin to express how impressed I am with Jammy's shark man.  They managed to replicate his bulging arms and legs, his 6-pack, his grown.  They even got the chest muscles to protrude!  (the chest muscles look a bit like a butt stuck to his front, but shh, don't tell James, because he's fiercely in love with his shark-man!)

They even got the black birthmark on his lower back!

The boys love their new Budsies.  Cowterpillar and shark-man (Jammy has named him Nick Abbsworthy, the Sharchangel) have joined their stuffed animal legion, and they have been playing together every day.

Each Budsie is about 16" in height or length, and takes about 5 weeks to create.  They cost $99 regularly, but right now they are on sale for $69.  I know that sounds like a lot for a stuffie, but it's a CUSTOM stuffie and the most unique, personalized present for a child you can think of.  I can't tell you how delighted my kids were to have the characters of their imagination come to life!  There's just no better way to preserve the artwork of their childhood, and I would recommend Budsies to anyone.

Tips for creating the perfect Budsie:

Before you begin the process of choosing your child's drawing (or before your child begins to draw), check out the character gallery on Budsie's Facebook Page!  You'll get a great idea of how faithfully Budsies recreate the original drawings, how they translate your child's random lines into hair, etc...

If your child is experiencing artists' block or can't figure out what to draw, head to Budsie's Templates page for inspiration.  The character gallery is also a great place for inspiration.

You can encourage older kids to draw the side view and/or back view of their creature. The online order system only accepts 1 photo, but you can include front/side/back views in a single photo, or send additional photos to customer service.

The online order form has space for you to leave comments and descriptions of your child's creature.  Be as descriptive as you can!




Disclosure:  I received a product sample to facilitate my review, but have not been paid to review the product or give my opinions. Product information (in italics) is provided by the featured company/product. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

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Hot Designs


Hot Designs Nail Art
The Pea loves nail art.  She's constantly designing and painting all kinds of cool things onto her (and my) nails!  She's always on the lookout for new colors and new tools to help her create her nail art, and I'm only too happy to support her in her artistic endeavors.  We were at Hamley's Toy Store in London last month, and we saw the most awesome nail art tool:  a set of nail polish bottles that had a brush for applying polish and a fine applicator tip for drawing!  We were amazed at how easily we could use it to create fine nail art designs -- but the set cost £25 for 6 bottles!  Ouch!  I told The Pea we could probably find something similar for far less cost in the US -- and I was right.  Just a few weeks after our trip to Hamleys, we discovered Hot Nail Designs Nail Art, which has the exact same concept -- a brush for polish and a tip for drawing -- and it costs just $14.99 for a set of 8!  They are shaped like pens (which makes them even easier to handle), and The Pea has been able to create some amazing designs with them.  I can't recommend them enough!

The Basics
Create hot, fun and unique designs on your nails right at home with Hot Designs™ nail art pens! These specially formulated nail art pens allow you to create a base color and then apply unique, precision designs for a modern and stylish look on your nails! Use Hot Designs™ nail art pens to create unique designs including dots, stripes, rainbows or whatever else you may desire! Each kit comes with a Design Guide including great styles to try at home, or feel free to get creative and make unique designs on your own! It's fun to use, easy to remove and it will make your nails look better than ever!

The Bongga
These pens are AMAZING!!! We love them! Check out all the intricate designs that The Pea was able to paint onto my nails!
Hot Designs Nail Art

My left hand is full of designs featured on the instruction booklet. The step-by-step instructions for each design are super easy to follow, and it's easy to take inspiration from those designs and make your own (like the strawberry on my thumb).  I think the floral design on my pinkie finger is probably the best, most professional-quality nail The Pea has ever done.
Hot Designs Nail Art

On my right hand, The Pea painted some of her favorite cartoon characters.  Thanks to the Hot Designs precision tip, she was able to outline all the facial features on Hello Kitty, Totoro, Mike Wazowski, a Minion and an Angry Bird!
Hot Designs Nail Art
It takes a bit of practice to get a nice, thin flow of nail polish, but Hot Designs really makes things as easy as possible.  Here are five more things I love about the Hot Designs Nail Art Pens kit:

1)  The kit comes with an instruction booklet filled with lots of ideas and tips.
2)  The instruction booklet has "practice space", i.e. blank nail outlines right next to the sample illustrated nail designs, so you can practice painting the design.
3)  The kit comes with 2 fine precision tip cleaners, so you can make sure your precision tips never get clogged.
4)  The applicator pens made of soft plastic, so it is easy to apply a gentle, even pressure and get a thin, even stream of polish.
5)  The nail polish itself seems to be thinner than regular nail polish, so it is easy to make very fine lines, dots, swirls, and designs.

The Blah
It is difficult to get a smooth, even coat, so I don't recommend using it to cover large areas.  Probably this is because (like I mentioned earlier) the nail polish seems to be a bit thin, and the brush itself seems a bit thick .  I highly recommend using your own regular nail polish for the base coat, and save the Hot Designs Nail Art pens for what they do best -- drawing fine lines and designs with the precision tip!

The Bottom Line
Hot Designs Nail Art Pens are an easy, fun, inexpensive way to create beautiful nail art designs


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Hot Designs Nail Art
Win the ultimate beach package including a $250 Target gift card!Enter at GetHotLooks.com/contest. Just submit a selfie of your summer style using the hashtag #WinHotLooks and at-tag @GetHotLooks on Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, or @Get_Hot_Looks on Instagram.

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CLIF Kid Zbar Protein bars


CLIF Kid Zbar protein

Back-to-school is near, but have no fear – CLIF Kid Zbar Protein is here! Ideal for lunchboxes, after-school or post-practice snacks, Zbar Protein contributes to kids’ daily intake of protein (5g), which is important for growth. And, made with organic whole grains, Zbar Protein offers necessary nutrients that are essential for growing kids but are often lacking in their diets – it is an excellent source of calcium and a good source of fiber, iron, zinc and vitamin D.

CLIF Kid sent us samples of the new Zbar Protein in 3 flavors -- Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Chocolate, and Chocolate Mint -- and you can bet these will be making an appearance in my kids' lunchboxes.  CLIF Kid Zbar Protein bars are the perfect size for a snack bar, just enough to keep the hunger pangs away but not enough to ruin their appetite for their next meal.  All 3 flavors are so delicious, they taste like candy bars (Peanut Butter Chocolate is my favorite!) -- but unlike candy bars, they have a whopping 5 grams of protein, not to mention organic whole grains and lots of other nutrients that growing kids need.   Actually, now that I think about it, I'm not waiting till school starts, I'm going to buy some CLIF Kid Zbar Protein bars and pack them in my kids' summer camp lunchboxes!

CLIF Kid ZBar Protein





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Softsoap Limited Edition Summer Scents



Softsoap Summer Scents

Summer is a wonderful time to travel to new places, but even if your budget won't let you travel farther than your local zoo, you can still get a taste -- or scent -- of exotic places with Softsoap's limited edition summer scents.  Softsoap's 2 new body wash scents -- Rainforest Escape and Citrus Samba -- turn an everyday summer shower into a scentsational experience!

Rainforest Escape contains scents of coconut water and lime. The scents take me back to our travels in the Philippines, trekking under the searing sun and under the cool shade of banana leaves and rainforest trees
Philippines waterfall



Citrus Samba contains the scent of sweet oranges. What better way to reminisce about last year's vacation to the Sunshine State, Florida, and the great time we had at Universal Studios Florida!


I love using these body washes in the shower on a hot summer evening, when it's so hot that I actually turn the shower to a full-blast cold.  Both scents leave me smelling and feeling so fresh and clean!  Each bottle costs only $3.50 -- probably the cheapest way to travel to the tropics!


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Nonni's Biscotti Bites


Nonni's Biscotti Bites
Nonni's Biscotti is, without a doubt, my favorite biscotti brand.  They won me over with their crunchy, chewy Salted Caramel Biscotti.  The caramel provided just the right amount of chewiness to counteract the inherent dryness of the biscotti, the chocolate provided the rich, sweet taste, and the salt provided the perfect sharp flavor contrast.  The only problem I've had with Nonni's Salted Caramel biscotti is breaking them into even pieces to share with my kids and husband!  (yes, unfortunately I do have to share).

Fortunately, Nonni's has solved that problem with the introduction of Nonni's Biscotti Bites. These bite-sized pieces of heaven come in 3 flavors -- Almond Dark Chocolate, Very Berry Almond, and Double Chocolate Salted Caramel -- and are the perfect size for sharing and for controlling your portions.

Nonni's Biscotti Bites

Each piece is light and crunchy, with one end dipped in a yummy coating (chocolate for the Almond Dark Chocolate and for the Double Chocolate Salted Caramel, and yogurt for the Very Berry Almond), and each piece is sweet, but not too sweet.  They taste great dunked into coffee, hot cocoa, or tea!  My family went wild for this, so I'll definitely be buying more.  Everyone liked all 3 flavors, but our favorite (except for Alfie) was the Double Chocolate Salted Caramel. Alfie has to watch his sodium, so there was just too much salt in it.  He went for the Almond Dark Chocolate.  The Very Berry Almond flavor was a very close runner-up, because it made a refreshing taste change from the chocolate, and the yogurt and berries gave such a nice chewy contrast to the crunchy biscuit.  I highly recommend buying all 3 flavors to see which one you like best!


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Bonggamom's Friday Finds: list your giveaways here


Bonggamoms Friday Finds

Welcome to Bonggamom's Friday Finds! I'm glad so many of you are finding this to be a useful way to get more traffic to your giveaways. And as a person who loves entering giveaways, I have to admit it's a great, easy way to find out where all the best giveaways are.

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Keep Momming


I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Shire. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

Raising a child at any age is challenging, and when it comes to mothers and daughters, the dynamic can be even more complex. What some may dismiss as “typical tween girl behavior” can sometimes be symptoms of something more serious. Research suggests that girls are more likely than boys to report having mostly inattentive Attention- Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms. Since inattentive symptoms can be less noticeable than hyperactive and impulsive symptoms, it is important that moms know what to look for.

That’s why I’m pleased to be joining Shire, CHADD and Holly Robinson Peete to announce the launch of keep momming, a new public service initiative geared towards the moms of tween girls to raise awareness of ADHD.

The campaign is anchored within a new digital hub, KeepMomming.com, where you’ll find tips, tools and other go-to resources for moms, including a checklist to help recognize the symptoms of ADHD – inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity – and then encourages moms to talk to their daughter’s doctor. The keep momming initiative can help moms learn about ADHD and provide ideas on how to spark a conversation and stay connected with their tween.

Check out Holly’s message about how she keeps momming http://goo.gl/MR8HL2, and don’t forget to visit KeepMomming.com.


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