Ava Anderson Non-Toxic Partners With Edesia Global Nutrition Solutions

Ava Anderson Non-Toxic Partners With Edesia Global Nutrition Solutions

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Two Rhode Island companies, founded and run by women, have come together this month to double the opportunity for positive impact.

Ava Anderson and Edesia were both boldly founded in Rhode Island in 2009, when the state was in the midst of the great recession that had enveloped the entire country. Both were founded by women on a mission to bring about change, and as a credit to the power of storytelling in the media, both were inspired by a news story they saw on TV.  For Navyn it was Anderson Cooper reporting on a “miracle” treatment for malnutrition called Plumpy’Nut .  For Ava it was a program about the toxins found in everyday cosmetic products that were dangerous to women’s health.

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Unable to find any products on the market truly toxin free Ava set about creating her own line of safe non-toxic beauty, and home care products.

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Navyn Salem

By establishing the non-profit Edesia in 2009 and producing Plumpy’Nut in her home state, Navyn both provided local jobs, and global nutrition solutions all at once.

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Both companies have grown exponentially since they launched five years ago.

For the month of November each order of Ava Anderson products will provide a packet of Plumpy’Nut to a child in need.

Typically within 7-week course of Plumpy’Nut a child suffering from severe acute malnutrition can be brought back to a healthy weight. Proper nutrition is especially critical in small children whose brains and bodies are growing rapidly, and lack of nutrition can cause a condition called stunting from which they will never reach their full cognitive potential.

This partnership offers a great opportunity to purchase safe, toxin free products for yourself and your loved ones, while knowing that at the same time you will also be contributing towards the treatment of a child’s health. Plus for each order made through this link using the party ID # 4418 4 you will be entered to win a $25.00 Ava Anderson gift certificate! You can help us to #NourishTheFuture with these gifts that give back this month.

Please feel free to share this post and inspire others to shop Ava in November for maximum impact.

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#QuandaryGame Teaches Ethical Thinking Skills

#QuandaryGame Teaches Ethical Thinking Skills
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Quandary:

a state of perplexity or uncertainty over what to do in a difficult situation.

Kind of like what us parents face in the digital age our children are growing up in! I am loath to admit how much time my kids spend playing on their electronic devices. We truly try to limit their screen time, but it has become increasingly difficult as their games travel everywhere they go with their mobile devices. With four kids it’s like whac-a-mole redirecting them away from their screens. In the time it takes me to get one reading on the couch, one of the others has gone down the rabbit hole into cyberspace somewhere else. We understand that this is the culture our kids are growing up in so we use their screen time to our advantage as much as we can. On the weekends for example, while our rules drastically limit video games during the week, the kids can play all they want on weekend mornings if they let us sleep in!  I am also always on the lookout for games that are educational or enriching as alternatives to the many mind numbing ones out there.  Research shows that well-designed digital games can be effective learning tools, and that they can be especially effective in the development of social and ethical skills. Read the rest of this entry

The AYA Summit With ONE Girls & Women

The AYA Summit With ONE Girls & Women

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This week at the Washington D.C. Google headquarters I will be attending ONE’s 2014 AYA Summit .  Co-hosted by ONE Girls & Women and Google the AYA Summit is an exciting opportunity to meet some of the amazing speakers and attendees, as well as catch up with friends and colleagues.  It is always inspiring to be in an environment surrounded by change-makers approaching the world we live in with optimistic problem solving and ideas.

 The word AYA is an African Adinkra symbol from Ghana for fern that represents endurance, resourcefulness and growth. A beautiful symbol for the AYA Summit that will highlight the progress and challenges that girls and women face in developing countries. In the fight to eliminate extreme poverty improving the lives of girls and women is essential.

When girls and women are given the necessary education and tools, they can be change-makers within their families and communities. Through a series of talks, panels, visuals, and demonstrations, the summit will explore what it means to be born female in Africa, and what we, working together with our African partners, can do to make sure that all girls and women reach their potential. The summit will bring together leaders from the non-profit, government, private sector and celebrity arenas.- ONE Girls & Women Read the rest of this entry

My Interview With Jennifer Garner

My Interview With Jennifer Garner
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Artist Ambassador Jennifer Garner met Glenda, and her daughter Marissa, at a book exchange program in Orange
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Somehow in the past two weeks between her appearances on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and Ellen, the release of her new movie Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (which the kids and I LOVED), and another movie, Men, Women & Children that came out this week, Jennifer Garner squeezed an interview with ME into her busy schedule! She did all that during and after dealing with sick kids at home, which makes her way more kick ass to me now, with all she does, than her character Sydney ever was on Alias! She has three little kids, and as a mom to my own four kids, I can fully appreciates the challenges of the incredible juggling act that must be.

First I’ll answer the first thing everyone has asked me when they found out I interviewed Jennifer Garner, I know you are itching to know too, YES, I found her every bit as great as you would expect. And YES I want her to be my friend, and I think you would too if you had the chance to speak with her. Read the rest of this entry

Brilliant Moments From #UNGA Week & the #2030NOW Social Good Summit

Brilliant Moments From #UNGA Week & the #2030NOW Social Good Summit
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With Kyla P’an and Nicole Melancon

UNGA has always sounded like such a mystical and tribal nomenclature for the United Nations General Assembly meeting to me. Yet in my circle we banter it around  in conversation that third week in September as international leaders and dignitaries meet to discuss the worlds most pressing issues. The Clinton Global Initiative and Social Good Summit take place that same week, in the same city. This makes New York City a hot bed of global, humanitarian, and environmental energy and inspiration.

New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof best described the Social Good Summit at which he spoke, and that I was attending for my third year, as the grassroots equivalent of the United Nations General Assembly. And that is where my colleagues and I spend most of our time with the exception of a few satellite events here and there.  So this time last week my mind was still buzzing with the likes of Melinda Gates and Al Gore, and I’ve been sifting through piles of notes, cards, and thoughts ever since. With so much going on it can be truly overwhelming. Trying to get from event to event in a timely manner is a feat unto itself with all of the street blockages, and the level of security in the city. Let’s just say that as fulfilling an experience as it is to be there, it is not one bit a relaxing experience. So I’ve spent some time digesting my takeaway, and here are the standout moments for me.

Before I even got there my 15 year old, along with hundreds of thousands of other people, took part in the People’s Climate March through the streets of Manhattan. The March was serving as a message to world leaders who would be meeting a couple of days later for the UN Climate Summit. So although I was not there in person, my thoughts were there as a nervous wreck knowing my daughter was in a sea of people in New York City without me. She said it was awe inspiring.  There might be an activist in the making in our family.

My road trip buddy was fellow World Moms Blog Senior Editor Kyla P’an who also writes at Growing Muses.  We rolled into NYC just in time to catch the tail end of the Every Woman Every Child reception to launch the #MDG456Live digital conversation taking place during UNGA Week.  Women DeliverGirls GlobeFHI 360 and Johnson & Johnson, partnered for this event in support of Every Woman Every Child, and to launch the #MDG456 Live campaign.  The event also served to celebrate the progress and #commit2deliver for the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health. Luckily we got there in time to hear Ugandan rappers Weasel and Radio perform.

In the morning I joined United Nations Foundation Social Good Fellows Nicole Melancon and Jennifer Burden for a session with Shot@Life Director Devi Thomas to learn about MAMA , or Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action, and how mobile technology is being used to improve maternal and child health around the world.

Social Good Fellows and Shot@Life Champions at the summit

Social Good Fellows and Shot@Life Champions at the summit

That kicked off the morning and led into a series of  change makers who spoke at the summit. Including my hero Melinda Gates.

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Melinda Gates

In the evening we joined ONE, Save The Children and the Gates Foundation for a round table discussion on pressing global issues such as  the “Trillion Dollar Scandal”, the continuing Syrian refugee crisis, and the Ebola crisis. There we heard from Actor Idris Elba, President of Save The Children Carolyn Miles, Jamie Drummond co-founder of ONE, and Dr. Chris Elias President of global Development for the Gates Foundation. This felt like and incredible opportunity to hear directly from these amazing leaders of progress and get a real finger on the pulse of these pressing issues.

w/ President of Save The Children Carolyn Miles, Kyla P'an Senior Editor at World Moms Blog and writer at GrowingMuses, and World Moms Blog Founder Jennifer Burden

w/ President and CEO of Save The Children Carolyn Miles, Kyla P’an Senior Editor at World Moms Blog and writer at GrowingMuses, and World Moms Blog Founder Jennifer Burden

As we do every year, we left the summit full of new information and inspiration, already excited to come back for the next one. Here are a few more brilliant moments from #UNGA week & the #2030NOW Social Good Summit:

Idris on the Ebola crisis:

This talk went viral, and she was amazing, and if you have not yet listened to Emma Watson address the gender issue, then you need to now.

Alicia Keyes amazing performance was another event that everyone was talking about.