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AdvocacyAugust 9, 2014

Week 1: Blogust Wrap-Up

By: Nicole Morgan

Honored and humbled to be among 25 Social Good Fellows chosen by the United Nations Foundation and shot@life for Blogust 2014 because social good is dear to my heart and teaches my girls to pay it forward. Accountability and looking out for others is part of day to day parenting. One week into Blogust, I am sharing the writers who came before me.

Making a difference. I would go anywhere in the world with these girls … world changers, shot@life champions and awesome friends!

The week began with voices of Blogust Alumni, and a beautiful photos in this post. Read a passionate post by Holly Pavlika of MOMentumNation, I heart her words; We find each other. We inspire each other. Kathy Cano-Murillo of Crafty Chica keeps it real in Crash and Burn and you have to head over and see the photos by Heather Spohr of The Spohrs Are Multiplying, because – omgawsh. I cannot get my head around an empty nest, but Asha Dornfest of Parent Hacks had a taste when her kids went off to Summer camp, once she found those vaccination records. And who is going to argue with SuperNanny, Jo Frost, when it comes to what is best for children?Last but not least, the lovely Rachel of a Southern Fairytale shares a memory of her then 2 year old and a BIG first.

Walgreens is donating life saving vaccines for each comment and share of these posts, it has never been so easy to make a difference in the world!

My life has been filled with firsts. First time I laid eyes on that one true love, first home together, first argument when I thought the world would end … it didn’t. First time I saw the blinking sonogram and knew that life was forever changed and the first time my oldest laid eyes on my youngest, 3 weeks old and 5lbs, they placed her in her arms and she declared her to be just right color to the amusement of all.

We have certainly had our share of firsts in our home in the last two years, different to first words or first steps and beyond losing the first tooth or the first day at school. We have new milestones in our girlhouse as my youngest now calls it. Our first Christmas, first cruise, first girlonly European trip and planning a first home for the three of us. I’m thankful that I can orchestrate these firsts for my girls. We have the means to take care of ourselves, we have family and friends, we have eachother and most importantly – we have our health.

Health, often taken for granted – especially in our youth. This old Mom is starting to be more aware of her health shortcomings and is grateful for the care available. Not all are so fortunate, and being a part of Blogust is a reminder and a gift of giving back.

Please comment, please share – vaccinations save lives.

Hugs and kisses.


During Shot@Life’s Blogust 2014—a month-long blog relay—some of North America’s most beloved online writers, photo and video bloggers and Shot@Life Champions will come together and share stories about Happy and Healthy Firsts. Every time you comment onthis post and other Blogust contributions, or share them via social media on this website, Shot@Life and the United Nations Foundation pages, Walgreens will donate one vaccine (up to 60,000).  Blogust is one part an overall commitment of Walgreens donating up to $1 million through its “Get a Shot. Give a Shot.” campaign. The campaign will help provide millions of vaccines for children in need around the world.

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