Join the Fight Against Hunger. Spark Change. #Vote2FightHunger

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I have been invited by The Motherhood to  share the following information about the Vote2FightHunger campaign as part of a sponsored campaign. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. fight hunger You’ve no doubt read my other posts about food insecurity and child hunger in the past so you know this is something I find very important. With 49 million Americans living with food insecurity you can only image how much in need food banks are for donations. So this month Walmart is launching the “Fight Hunger, Spark Change.” campaign. They have committed to providing $3.7 million in grants to Feeding America and other food banks and local agencies. And they aren’t alone, acclaimed chef, cookbook author and TV host, G. Garvin has teamed up with Walmart on this very important campaign. The 50 winning food banks will each receive a $60,000 grant. That’s going to help a lot of people.

You get to help decide  where those donations go! Simply by casting your vote once a day for a participating Feeding America food banks.

I just clicked over to www.walmart.com/fightinghunger entered my home state TX and saw the list of participating food banks. I am originally from The Rio Grande Valley and I have seen first hand so many families in need there so I took the few seconds it took to cast my vote. You can do this once a day from September 15th through October 5, so you still have some time to make your mark. You can spare less than a minute of your day to help food banks can’t you? I know you can. You’re awesome like that!

Want to do more than just vote? You can! You’ll also find information on how you can donate or volunteer to take a direct action in the fight against hunger in your local community at www.walmart.com/fighthunger.

Before you head off, I wanted to extend a personal invitation to you to come join me on Twitter on Sept. 30th at 1 pm EST following and using the hashtag #vote2fighthunger and together let’s let the world know how they can spark change and help join the fight against hunger.  Just an added incentive for you, there will be prizes to be won as well so please consider stopping by.

I have been invited by The Motherhood to  share the following information about the #Vote2FightHunger campaign as part of a sponsored campaign. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

© 2014, Nanette Gomez. All rights reserved.

I’m Going to Type-A Conference! #typeacon

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I have been so busy trying to get ready and prep everything I haven’t even had a chance to stop and tell you, I’m heading to Type-A Conference in Atlanta tomorrow! I’ve been to blogging conferences before but Type-A is a first for me.

Type-A Parent Conference 2014 - World's Top Conference for Mom Bloggers and Dad Bloggers
I’m so excited for so many reasons.

1. I get to go thanks to winning Kelby’s ticket giveaway.

2. I get to spend some girl time with so many friends.

3. I get to make new friends, in real life friends that I can actually hug! Yeah, I’m a hugger.

4. Learn, learn, learn. I can’t wait to learn from other bloggers, others who I look up to and maybe even help someone who is just starting out.

Now, in order to not lose my mind, stress and worry about how hubby is doing with the kids, I did a little preparation work. Do you do this when you head out of town and leave hubby and the kids?

Now, I know the kids are excited when mommy goes out of town ’cause they figure daddy will take them out every night since daddy doesn’t cook (and yes they told me that). Sorry kiddos not gonna happen!

For one thing, I don’t want them eating out EVERY night. With food sensitivities,  that will only manage to stress everyone out. So, in preparation for that obstacle, I pre-made their dinner for one night. All they will have to do is warm it up. Crockpot cooking is so helpful. Easy enough. Hubby and I discussed options for another night and he had an easy idea that won’t take much on his part and nothing to be cooked. Again easy enough. Two nights down! I figured on the last night, I’ll be nice and let them go out to eat. Yay, dinner obstacles overcome!

Now for lunches, fortunately, I booked my flight late enough in the day that I can get up and pack Princess her lunch for school. So that will only leave one day for daddy to have to get up and get her lunch ready. To help move things along easily, I’ve decided to pack her lunch and put it in the fridge so all daddy will have to do is pull it out and stick it in her lunch box. And the snacks, I portioned out and they are ready to be dropped in her lunch bag as well. Not bad huh?

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Now to get my suitcase all packed up and get me ready to go. That’s the hard part.   Are you going to Type-A? Will I see you there? Come say Hi if you are, I’d love to meet you.

© 2014, Nanette Gomez. All rights reserved.

New Painting with a Twist Opening Soon #Houston

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You remember when I went to a Painting with a Twist party at the Woodlands right? I told you all about it here on the blog. Well, guess what? Another Painting with a Twist location is opening up really soon in Pasadena.

I figured if The Woodlands location was too far for you, one in Pasadena might work better for you. Their public Grand Opening is on Friday, September 19th from 7-10 p.m. The cost for the 3 hours is $45.  Their local artist SeLena will be teaching the class.  And this is the painting they’ll be creating, it’s called Boot Love (perfect for us Texans right?):

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So many really cool painting you can do. You can see the schedule and which paintings will be done here on their calendar. And don’t worry if you don’t think you can paint, you may surprise yourself. Mine wasn’t great but it was certainly recognizable and my kids were so proud of me. That made it totally worth it. :) Plus, I had a great time, me time and lots of laughs and giggles with friends. Can’t wait to do it again.

If Pasadena is too far check out their other locations, there may be one close by.

© 2014, Nanette Gomez. All rights reserved.