Summer Blog Carnival: Life's Greatest Childhood Milestones

July 25, 2012 BY Elise Glaum

This summer, Shot@Life got a shot at one of life’s greatest milestones, making best friends. We traveled across the country to educate Americans about the importance of increasing access to global vaccines and we made a lot of new friends along the way.

We taught our friends about the fact that every 20 seconds a child dies of a disease that could have been prevented by a vaccine. We talked to them about childhood and how these children never get to celebrate their 5th birthday, ride their first bicycle and laugh with their best friends. We understood when tears swelled in their eyes as they learned that so many women around the world don't cry when their children die, because with their lack of access to life-saving vaccines, they have come to expect death. Then, we told them there was something they could do to help. We told them that by joining Shot@Life, together we can help give every child a shot at a healthy life.

Turns out our friends are passionate about children, fanatic about global health, obsessive about advocating for a cause, and they are pretty enthusiastic about telling their story for social good as well.

Today’s Shot@Life blog carnival post features the 25 childhood milestones that our new friends want to make sure every child gets a shot at:

Crossing the finish line with Lindsay Martin from Laughing Lindsay

Falling in love
with Connie Roberts from Brain Foggles

Swimming in the deep end
with Ilina Ewen from Dirt & Noise

Making silly faces with Nicole Melancon from Thirdeyemom

Making wishes come true with Tricia Oakes from Southern Spark

Enjoying recess with Ronda Devereaux from Today’s Mama

Laughing till it hurts
with Tresa Edmunds from Reese Dixon

Playing in the leaves with Lisa Collins from Midwest Mammas; Sweeties Freebies

Flying like Superman with Holly Pavlika from Momentum

Riding a bike without training wheels with Myrdin Thompson from Roots and Wings

Birthday celebrations with Kia Slade from Jeans & a T-Shirt

Making imaginary friends with Amy Allen Johnson from Today’s Mama

Making mud pies with Elise Edwards from The Family Lab for Inquiry and Play (Project FLIP!)

Enjoying the first day of Kindergarten with Lindsey Petersen from Evidently & Either Way

Being someone’s Valentine
with Lara Dipaola from Chicken Nuggets of Wisdom

Smiling big toothless smiles with Amiyrah Martin from 4 Hats and Frugal

Playdates with Andrea Bates from Good Girl Gone Redneck

Hitting home runs with Stephanie Porter from Frankly My Dear...

Coming in first place with Jessica McFadden from A Parent in America

Taking a road trip with Kaysi Gardner from Keeping it simple

Dreaming of the future
with Nancy Bobbert from One Crazy Momma

Jumping in puddles
with Silvia Martinez from Mama Latina Tips

Winning a first place ribbon
with Jennifer Christiansen from

Making birthday wishes
with Melanie Donahoo from

Falling in (and out) of love
with Grace Duffy from Formerly

What is your favorite childhood milestone memory? What milestone do you want to make sure every child gets a shot at? Tell us about it!


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Submitted by April Decheine on: July 26, 2012 This is such an awesome campaign, looking forward to being a part of this and reading about all the wonderful champions out there working towards helping our children!
Submitted by Myrdin Thompson on: July 25, 2012 Thank you for such an incredible opportunity to share why I am a champion! It was fantastic to read about all these other champions as well...and knowing that the children and the families of the world have a better shot@life because they have this group as their champions? Sweet!

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