Wednesday, July 1, 2015

V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N Reading

I haven't shared anything written for the American Red Cross or MomsEveryday for quite a while, primarily because the second half of the spring semester nearly fried my brain and as a result, I just plain forgot. (I also didn't have a heck of a lot of time to actually write for them.)

Since I'm kind of on vacation this week, I thought today would be a great day to share links to a few of my favorite Red Cross and MomsEveryday posts. I've also included links to a few favorite posts and articles written by others, just because they make for good mid-week reading.

American Red Cross

App Review: Emergency
A review of the newest American Red Cross (all-inclusive, customizable, user-friendly, and potentially lifesaving) app.

HOW TO: Set Emergency Alerts on the New App
Once you've downloaded the new app, follow this quick, step-by-step guide to personalize your app, allowing it to monitor multiple locations for watches and warnings and alert you when hazards or potential emergencies may impact where you live.

To Save, To Serve, To Build
"Let us ask what we can do for those around us and resolve to make service to others a part of our everyday lives.” Perhaps your story as a Red Cross volunteer begins today. Perhaps something as small as this blog post will serve as the nudge, the sign, the motivation you need to join us as we preserve and renew that humanitarian impulse to save, to serve, and to build.

Sleeves Up
Did you know that thanks to a new American Red Cross program, anyone can host a blood drive? Even those without a connection to a location or organization, and/or those without the time once needed to make it all happen, can make a difference because of SleevesUp. The process is simple and easy, yet personal and effective, and NOW is the perfect time of year to give it a try!


Celebrate Safely
PLEASE, if you plan to include fireworks in your 4th of July celebrations, make sure you and your family members – especially children – celebrate safely by following these guidelines. 

A Valuable Gift
Let this be the year you give your children one of the most valuable gifts of all – the ability to swim.

Happy Summer
It's not too late to celebrate the start of this fantastic season!

Interesting Reading/Watching/Viewing

25 of the Most Dangerous and Unusual Journeys to School in the World
Makes Will and Hallie's two-block walk to and from school look like a piece of cake, even when it's 100 degrees outside.

Why I Write About My Children (and Why I Blog)
From time to time people ask my why I maintain this blog in addition to taking on freelance writing projects. This post - on Cheaper Than Therapy - sums it up perfectly.

Judy Greer's Advice for Women in their 20's 
It's a little late for me, but boy, do I love her.

The Healing Power of Cats
Sounds about right to me!
Happy reading, friends!

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