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A Father's View: Champions For Kids and RazorFest

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I am a very involved father. I don’t say that because there aren’t others dads out there just as in tuned with their kids as I am, because they are out there. The problem is our collective community still sees parenting as a female role and the father’s position as being one of provider and not hands on. There is  "Mother’s Day Out”, “Mommy and Me” classes, and the list goes on and on. Since there are not as many community supported ways for dads and their kids to get together in an organized way I am always on the lookout for opportunities to share space with my kids. Recently Champions for Kids, an organization our family has partnered with in the past, headed up RazorFest in conjunction with the University of Arkansas’ Red and White football game. My kids and I love the outdoors and frequently go on Sunday morning hikes and kick a soccer ball at our local park and RazorFest was a great opportunity to get out of the house on a Saturday and interact with other kids and families just like ours. Champions for Kids is an organization dedicated to helping the whole child from food to toothbrushes to school supplies. (Side note: shouldn’t it be teethbrushes? Just putting it out there.) Champions for Kids created a fun and intentional atmosphere for dads like me to have a place to take his kids for a fun and inviting morning and also a way to teach them about the needs of others. Isaiah plays a fun carnival game

 

Helping them understand that bringing an item with us to give to someone else because they don’t have enough takes it from the abstract to a real service project for our kids. Helping them to remember that it doesn’t take a lot or even something difficult to lend a helping hand to someone else is a great lesson to start out young with and allow for blossoming and growing as they get older.

 

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Wanna learn more about the simple service projects Champions For Kids creates? Check them out on Facebook , look for simple service project ideas at Champions For Kids, check out the RazorFest site and plan to attend next year, or Follow them on Twitter!

 

-Garrett

 

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias®  and Champions For Kids #cbias #SocialFabric all opinions are my own.

Brace Face: Bright Smiles, Bright Futures with @ColgateSmile & Champions For Kids

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Jasmine with braces I was a brace face! I had braces. When people who know my story find out I had braces they look at me puzzled. A homeless kid with a struggling single mom who had braces? Yep. I did. "I want to tell you something," she said to me with a huge grin. " I talked to Dr. Kirkpatrick and he said he could do you and Isaiah's braces for free."  I started crying. I wanted a healthy and beautiful smile, but we struggled to have groceries on a regular basis, so asking my mom for braces was out of the picture. My godmother, Barbara was always working miracles like this for me and my brother. She bought me my first under wire bra and always had the most amazing hair care products to pass on to me. She knew that my brother and I never really had dental care and she had pulled some strings with her son's orthodontist.

I never realized, until after my braces were off, how important taking care of your teeth and your smile is. Self esteem and how you greet the world starts with your mouth. Your mouth is also the first thing people look at. More than social perception, dental/oral care is an indicator of where your heath is. In Arkansas more than half the children (400,000) live at or below the poverty rate.

Poverty means little things like oral health and hygiene get shoved to the side.

Realities like mine, and children in Arkansas, are the reason campaigns like Champions For Kids: Colgate "Bright Smiles, Bright Futures" are so important. CFK & Colgate are about making sure under privileged children get the resources they need to have the best futures; bright smiles included.  Champions for Kids has partnered with Colgate and Wal-Mart stores in the Central Arkansas area to bless kids with the tools for oral health! I headed to North Little Rock to check out one Wal-Mart and the donation drop off center.

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It was easy to find the donation drop off. Dora the Explorer and Spongebob Colgate welcomed me as I read the instructions on how to participate in this "simple service project".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The donations given at the participating locations go directly to the school districts they are located in and directly to the hands of children who need them. I browsed the aisles and picked up a couple of toothbrushes and Colgate toothpastes to donate.

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Not all of us can convince a orthodontist to donate braces to a needy child, but we can afford a few toothbrushes and some toothpaste...  What matters most is we care. Simple projects like picking up Colgate toothpaste and toothbrushes are easy and quick ways to help children in your community.

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To learn more about Champions For Kids and their Simple Service projects check out Twitter, or look them up on Facebook. Follow along with #Colgate4Kids or tweet Colgate at @ColgateSmile to see all the people participating with "Bright Smiles, Bright Futures." CFK is working to mobilize 20 million people by 2020 to become champions for kids!

 

 

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*I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study forColgate and Champions for Kids #cbias #SocialFabric, but all opinions are my own.

Coffee Mate® Natural Bliss Creamer{Sponsored}

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I am not a coffee creamers kind of person. My philosophy is that coffee, with both complex and subtle flavors, should be enjoyed unadulterated without the fancy shmancy coffee creamers that leave your coffee tasting more like a milk shake than the blessed caffeinated drink. So when I was perusing the dairy refrigerated section at Wal-Mart,  I was surprised to see Coffee Mate®Natural Bliss Creamer. My attention was peaked because I love sweet cream flavor. I took it home and ... well... y'all.... I drank a bottle of creamer in a day or two. Eeesh.

So when Social Fabric offered a chance to shop and review Coffee Mate® Natural Bliss Creamer I jumped at the chance.  I knew where to find the product, in the dairy aisle, and  I came home from my shopping trip already knowing I was in LOVE with Natural Bliss.

I whipped out my oh-so-not-environmentally-friendly-indulgent Keurig and brewed a perfect cup of coffee. It is summer, after all, so this coffee quickly got cooled down with some ice. Mmmmm. A delicious treat.

Here is the thing:

My first thought is that whole foods are much much better than processed foods. People should choose foods that have names you recognize and you can trace their origin, preferably, and origin that didn't come from a chemistry lab. In our world, though, convenience is a big deal. People wake up in the morning and rush around and are looking for ways to skip steps. Coffee Mate® Natural Bliss coffee creamer is a "convenience" that I can feel good about because it has only 4 ingredients.

  • Sugar
  • Milk
  • Cream
  • Natural Flavorings
I am a bit sketchy about what "natural flavorings" actually means... but overall, if you gotta drink your coffee with creamer, THIS is the one to choose.
Even Garrett who is not a coffee drinker  made himself a lovely iced coffee with this goodness.
Check out the link here for a Wal-Mart®  coupon to try Coffee Mate® Natural Bliss creamer for yourself.  I even went back and got the Carmel flavored Coffee Mate® Natural Bliss creamer. I wasn't disappointed.

You can see my shopping experience HERE. Check out the Natural Bliss Facebook page and follow #NaturalBlissWM hashtag to see all the cool things people are doing with Coffee Mate® Natural Bliss creamers (I heard someone used Sweet Cream flavor to make Mac & Cheese!).  This creamer will be stickin' around my house for awhile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias All opinions are my own.