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Girls Can

Has anyone ever told you that you couldn’t do something just because you’re a girl?  My mom and I were talking a while back about how women have a hard time getting into certain careers because they are traditionally men’s roles.  I was sharing with her that I have never really felt like there was anything I couldn’t do. I realize now that I am the exception and I believe that it is because my whole life I have had positive and strong women as role models.


For starters, my mom has always had a “can-do” attitude. She went to college when my younger brother started kindergarten.  She did all the the things moms traditionally do – take care of two kiddos, chauffeur us around, cook, clean, etc. while also getting her bachelors degree. I am still in awe of her for being able to juggle all of that – probably more so now that I am a mother myself! She showed me at an early age that you can do anything you put your mind to.

From there I would say my next strong female role model was the dean of Berry College’s charter school of education.  She was both the dean while I was enrolled there and my supervising professor while I was student teaching.  She put me through the ringer! She pushed me to do more, think deeper, and work harder. She also encouraged me and believed in me {sometimes more than I believed in myself}. She made me feel like there was nothing I couldn’t do.

After I graduated college I went to work for a woman principal. Once again, I found myself under the leadership of a strong woman.  She had high expectations for all of her staff and was fiercely competitive!  She wanted our school to be the top in the county and worked hard to make that happen.  One of the things she was extremely good at was helping people to find their strengths and putting them into roles that used them. She gave me opportunities as a young teacher that many principals might not have given me.  Once again, she was my biggest cheerleader and encourager. She pushed me to do great things.

I want my own daughter to have these same opportunities – to know that she can do anything.  I want women {and men!} in her life that will encourage her to reach for the stars – the sky is the limit!

Unfortunately, not all girls have good women role models and women and men in their lives that encourage them and give them opportunities to be all that they can be.   If you have young women in your life that look up to you, I hope your realize the impact you CAN make. Be their cheerleader, their encourager.  Help them to see the potential they have.

Even if you aren’t in a position of leadership, you can still make an impact in a girl’s life by just telling them they can.  Be a voice of encouragement, that tells them they CAN in a world that tells girls they CAN’T.  Check out this video from the COVERGIRL #GirlsCan campaign.  This campaign promotes the empowerment of women and is all about encouraging girls to break down barriers -turning “can’t” into “can.”

Walmart and Covergirl are turning CAN’T into CAN by donating $50,000 each to Dress for Success.  Dress for Success is an international not-for profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success® has expanded to more than 135 cities in 17 countries. To date, Dress for Success has helped more than 775,000 women work towards self-sufficiency.  To learn more about Dress for Success, go to www.dressforsuccess.org.

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You can support the #GirlsCan campaign by purchasing specially marked packs of COVERGIRL Flamed Out Mascara and Pro Mascara on the #GirlsCan tower at your local Walmart.  Share your #GirlsCan stories on your social media networks by telling your story of how you overcame “can’t” and use the #GirlsCan hashtag.


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Mineral Rich Water – Why It Matters

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of 16 Water. All opinions are 100% mine.

Do you drink enough water?  I actually did really well while I was pregnant but now that my third little one is here I stay so busy I know I am not drinking enough water {or anything!}.  As silly as it sounds, I often don’t have enough time to pour a glass! I get busy, meaning to pour a glass for myself, but never getting around to it. {Mama brain might also play a part here}.

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One thing that has recently helped me to stay properly hydrated and get back on track is to make sure I have some bottles of waters in the fridge and at the ready. I like to use my glass refillable bottles and often prepare them ahead of time. We are on well water here and we filter it through a Royal Berkey.  It filters out impurities but keeps all the good minerals. I’m spoiled with our mineral rich water here – I can hardly stand to drink tap water at other places, it tastes like chlorine to me.

When I’m on the go or out and about I am loving bottled water by 16 water - for the same reasons I love our well water – it is full of good for you minerals unlike many of the bottled waters available today and it tastes GREAT.  I like to keep it on hand for travel and keep a few bottles in my fridge to toss in my diaper bag when I head out.  If you are a bottled water buyer, I highly recommend this one because of its benefits.

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So what ARE the benefits?

Why do minerals matter, you might be asking. Do I actually want minerals in my water? Great questions.  Let’s start with what exactly are minerals -  Minerals are inorganic substances (such as rocks and similar matter) found in the earth strata, as opposed to organic substances such as plant and animal matter.  Some familiar minerals are what we think of as “good minerals” – things like calcium, magnesium and potassium.  These minerals are found in organic substances AND inorganic substances. So, the quick answer is YES.  Yes you want minerals in your water and yes the types of minerals matter.

16 water is different than other waters because it was discovered on Jeju, a very special volcanic island off the coast of South Korea. What makes this island so unique is Mt. Halla, an active volcano near the center of the landmass. Here, rainwater is naturally funneled into the heart of the mountain where 16 begins its journey.  As rainwater collects in a mineral rich caldera on Mt. Halla, it begins to pass through 16 layers of porous volcanic bedrock, naturally purifying 16. It is purified WITHOUT stripping essential minerals.  By letting nature do the work, you end up with a mineral rich water that has not been processed or synthetically enhanced.  The 1,400 feet of mineral deposits within Mt. Halla create the perfect environment for purification and fortification.

Where Can you Get 16 Water?

16 water is available at some grocers and convenience stores.  But, you can also order 16 from Amazon.  It really isn’t any more expensive than other bottled waters either, which is another reason to love 16. Choose subscribe and save and add 4 other items to your monthly order that you might need {we often buy toilet paper, paper towels, diapers, dish detergent, etc} and you can recieve 20% your WHOLE shipment. {Have I mentioned I love Amazon subscribe and save?}.   Get your 16 Water on Amazon now

Visit 16 Water online and follow 16 Water on Facebook too for more info about this great water!

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