Buy Beans and Build Dreams! Goya Creates an Easy Way To Help Build an Orphanage in Mexico

Calling all my frijoleros! (I say it with love and respect as I honestly do love beans and consider myself a frijolera!) For every can of GOYA® Refried Beans sold during the month of October 2015, Goya will donate fifteen cents to help build the Casa Hogar Alegria Orphanage in Toluca, Mexico!

Beans are not only among my favorite foods, it is a staple in Latin American cuisine and essential for the nutrition of all our kids at ALL the orphanages we support. It’s an affordable food that provides good nutrients, without it, we wouldn’t know how our kids would survive. So imagine our delight to see Goya Foods create a social good campaign that will help not only help feed children but build a home for them!

Goya Foods“The support that Goya Foods has provided throughout the years has been admirable and valuable to the organization,” says famous artist, Marc Anthony. “Without the support from partners like Goya, it would be very difficult for Maestro Cares to accomplish all that it has in such a short period of time. We are grateful for all the support we have received from Goya Foods. They are valuable partners that have committed their time and heart to the organization.”

Goya has been a supporter of the Maestro Cares Foundation since the construction of their first orphanage in La Romana, Dominican Republic in 2013 and in Barranquilla, Colombia in 2014.  Over the years, Goya has provided financial support, donated over 100,000 pounds of food to feed the children and established a mentorship program with a select group of Goya employees that will help support and guide the children through their school years. “We are so proud to work with a foundation like Maestro Cares which shares our dedication and commitment to bringing aid to the children in Latin American communities who need it the most,” said Bob Unanue, President of Goya Foods.

The Toluca, Mexico facility, set to open in early 2016, will serve 70 girls in the area, providing shelter and schooling to orphans who previously had access to neither. It is the third orphanage opened by Maestro Cares since the start of the foundation in 2012.

Make a difference in the lives of children in need by walking into participating stores and purchasing your can of GOYA® Refried Beans during the month of October.  Show your support online by using #LetsGivetoKids and tag @GoyaFoods @MaestroCares.  For more information about the campaign and how you can help, please visit

GOYA will make a donation to Global Impact, a 501 ( c ) 3 donor advised fund, to support Marc Anthony’s Maestro Cares Foundation in building the Casa Hogar Alegria Orphanage.

Fighting Childhood Malnutrition With The #PowerOf5 Campaign

NutriliteIn Guatemala we experienced first hand the crisis that the country is going through provoked by several reasons; politics, lack of education, traditions that people are not willing to change, no jobs and so many other reasons that I’m not getting into. What’s upsetting is that the most affected in Guatemala are the children. The Orphaned Earring’s missions is not to change a country, it is to feed, heal and love so many children that are victims of country’s messed up system.

We feed over 80 children daily in Guatemala with a formula called Incaparina, it looks like powder sugar but when cooked it’s a thick and nutritious drink. For a time now we’ve known that Amway also provides a substance that is as nutritious as Incaparina but they’ve been able to reach so many corners of the world with the #PowerOf5 campaign.

Although malnutrition is a widespread and growing problem, it is preventable and, as a leader in nutrition, Amway is in an ideal position to help. They have developed a micronutrient supplement, Nutrilite™ Little Bits™, that provides 15 essential vitamins and nutrients to children ages 6 months to 5 years old. When given with food once daily, Nutrilite™ Little Bits™ can help children’s brains and bodies develop properly so they can survive, thrive and achieve their potential. Amway has launched the Nutrilite™ Power of 5 Campaign to raise awareness of childhood malnutrition as they work with Amway Business Owners, employees and the public toward a global solution. In support of the multi-year campaign, Amway has implemented programs intended to improve awareness and understanding of this global issue, generate funds to grow the distribution program, encourage ongoing participation, and ultimately help more children and families live better lives.

Learn. Share. Give.

Learn more about the issue of Malnutritionchildhood malnutrition and the Nutrilite™ Power of 5 Campaign. Share the campaign story with friends, family, colleagues and others who want to participate in a program that’s making a difference for thousands of malnourished children around the world. Use #powerof5 in social media. Give what you can, whether that’s time, talent or treasure to help children survive, thrive and reach a healthier adulthood. All money raised will go to CARE and local humanitarian organizations to support the distribution of Nutrilite™ Little Bits™ to families and children.

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Flu Shot: Myths and Facts

Flu Myths and FactsDisclosure: this is not a paid post but the author does work with Kaiser Permanente.

As harsh as this seems, abuelita is not always right about everything, especially about how standing in front of a fan will give you the flu. Overtime we pick up unfounded beliefs and practices, either inherited or we “read it on Facebook” but when it comes to your health you can’t take risks or live by chance.

Our friends at Kaiser Permanente say that a flu vaccine (either the flu shot or the nasal-spray flu vaccine) is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal influenza and lessen the chance that you will spread it to others. Now is the time to protect yourself and your family. Everyone six months and older should get an influenza vaccination each year. Here are a few Myths and Facts about the flu shot and how to stay healthy.

There are plenty of reasons people do not get the flu shot. Let’s take a look at some of the myths and facts:

Myth: Getting a flu vaccine can cause the flu.

Fact: You can’t get the flu from a flu vaccination. However, when your body is building its defenses, you may experience a minor reaction after getting the shot, like body aches or a mild fever for a day or two. You may coincidentally experience symptoms from other viruses that mimic flu-like symptoms.

Myth: The flu isn’t serious.

Fact: On average, 36,000 Americans die each year of the flu. Most flu-related deaths could be prevented by immunization.

Myth: You can die from a flu shot.

Fact: It’s rare to have a dangerous reaction to the flu shot. Consult with your doctor before getting a flu shot if you have a history of Guillain-Barré syndrome or if you’ve ever had a serious allergic reaction to eggs or a previous dose of flu vaccine.

Myth: You can wait and see if an epidemic breaks out, then get a flu shot.

Fact: It takes from two weeks or longer to develop immunity. That’s why you need to get your shot before the flu season begins.

Myth: Flu shots are for old people.

Fact: All adults and children should get a flu shot. Even healthy adults and children can catch the flu. Find out why you should get a flu shot.

Myth: You don’t need a flu shot if you got one last year.

Fact: Immunity to the strains of influenza virus in the flu vaccine wears off within a year. And the strains of influenza which cause illness vary from year to year. If you’re not immunized against this year’s expected virus strains, you and those around you are at risk for getting the flu. Get your flu shot soon, so you will be protected before the flu season begins.

In addition to getting a flu vaccine, here are some suggestions on how to protect yourself and others:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
  • Clean your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based cleanser, especially after you sneeze or cough.

Maria Wright, MD, Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center

September is Ovarian and Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Disclosure: this is not a paid post but the author does work with Kaiser Permanente.

September is Ovarian and Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Here are some facts that will get you thinking about your health.





Ovarian Cancer Awareness:

Studies found that women over age of 50 are at greater risk of ovarian cancer than younger women and that:

  • An ovarian mass may shrink or go away on its own, and surgery can be avoided: source
  • Chemotherapy doses based on body weight may improve survival rates, especially for overweight patients: source
  • Chemotherapy in the abdomen helps women with advanced cancer live longer than those who receive intravenous therapy: source






Prostate Cancer Awareness:

    • Men who are overweight when diagnosed with prostate cancer have a higher chance of dying than men who aren’t: source
    • PSA tests taken over time can lead to a higher rate of accuracy when detecting aggressive cancers: source





Septiembre es el mes de la prevención del cáncer de ovarios y próstata

Aquí unos hechos que te harán pensar en tu salud.

Cáncer De Ovarios:

Estudios recientes encontraron que las mujeres mayores de 50 años tienen mayor riesgo de tener cáncer que mujeres más jóvenes y que:

      • Un tumor en el ovario podría reducirse o eliminarse por sí mismo, evitando la necesidad de cirugía.
      • Las dosis de quimioterapia basadas en el peso corporal podrían mejorar el índice de supervivencia, especialmente para las pacientes con sobrepeso.
      • La quimioterapia en el abdomen ayuda a las mujeres con un estado avanzado de cáncer a que vivan más que aquellas que reciben terapia intravenosa.

El Cáncer De Próstata

KPInfospan-02Sabías que:

      • Los hombres que tienen sobrepeso cuando son diagnosticados con cáncer de próstata poseen un índice mayor de mortalidad que los hombres sin sobrepeso.
      • Las pruebas de APE (antígeno prostático específico) que se han tomado a través del tiempo podrían lograr un nivel más alto de precisión al detectar un cáncer agresivo.

Aprovecha este mes, piensa en tu salud y visita a tu doctor.

Fuente: Kaiser Permanente

American Girl Can Come to Your School! Apply TODAY!

This October American Girl is sponsoring 50 Screenings of The Empowerment Project!

Empowerment ProjectAnd they want to come to YOUR elementary or middle school!

The Empowerment Project is excited to be partnering with American Girl this Fall to provide their inspiring documentary to girls and boys across the US! Here’s the deal: American Girl is hosting screenings of the film in each of their 20 stores around the country and ALSO sponsoring 30 screenings in elementary and middle schools in those cities as well!


They want to come to YOUR community and you can apply for your FREE screening by Wednesday September 16th in order to eligible for an October screening.

Go to
Click on “Host a Screening”
Fill out the info, and put AG Free Screening in the comments.
Wait to hear from their team!

They are looking to go to schools in/near these cities:

Chicago / New York / Los Angeles / Atlanta / Boston / Charlotte /
Columbus / Dallas / Denver / Houston / Kansas City (KS) / Miami /
Minneapolis (Mall of America)/ Nashville / Orlando / San Francisco/Palo Alto / Scottsdale / Seattle / St. Louis / Washington, D.C.


The Guardian Angel in Bikes – May Just Save Your Kids’ Life!

Best Bikes For KidsYou know how you can tell a person’s personality and even intentions just by the way he/she behaves? We experienced something like that during a Guardian Bikes event where our kids Abby and Dennis tested the bikes by being among the first to ride the bikes and give their child-expert opinion about them. At the event we met Guardian Bikes CEO Brian Riley and just to see how Riley interacted not only with Abby and Dennis but how he paid attention and dedicated time to each child at the event, really made us feel like our kids were truly in good hands. And they are!

Guardian Bikes CEO Brian Riley’s is like the guardian angel in bikes! His focus on bike safety has a long history. Riley was inspired by his grandfather experiencing a terrible bike accident. He flipped over the front of his bike, ultimately landing him in traction. Wanting to keep other bike riders from experiencing what his grandfather did, Riley invented new braking technology called SureStop. A single hand lever that operates both the front and rear brake simultaneously, making it virtually impossible to flip over the front of your bike due to a sudden stop, that may even save kids’ life!

Guardian Bikes AbbyRiley wanted to take things further and realized there was a whole group of vastly underserved people when it comes to bike safety: kids – now everything made sense to us. He is a genuine guy who cares for his customers as much as he cared for his own family member.

During the event Abby had the opportunity to interview Rile and ask him all the tough questions such as color and design, what the diff levers were for and why he decided to make these bikes:

Riley founded Guardian Bikes with the intention of preventing the millions of bike accidents that happen to children each year. Guardian Bikes use SureStop brake technology, among other features, to allow children to explore the world in motion with confidence.

The Facts about Guardian Bikes

  • For children ages 4-12
  • Designed in 20” and 24” size frames
  • Designed in bold colors and patterns for both boys and girls
  • The only children’s bikes with SureStop brake technology
  • Officially launching September 2015
  • Will be available online and at specialty retailers
  • Priced at $399 (so worth your child’s safety!)

Yep, Riley is the Guardian Angel in all things kids’ bikes!

10 Reasons to Breastfeed Your Baby

BreastfeedThere is so much controversy about breastfeeding in public – to boob or not to boob in public! The Orphaned Earring is all about breastfeeding, where and when your baby gets hungry. We’ve seen so many babies in need during our travels that his is a non-issue for us, we would do anything to be able to take this liquid gold to malnourished babies around the world. There are so many other offensive materials online, on TV, explicitly detailed in music and just everywhere we go, that the ONE time a boob should be seen as something normal, some critics say no way! Hold your horses critics, make a list of all the larger social issue you have to fix, such as celebrating sexuality in the way pop culture does, and leave the breastfeeding issue at the bottom on your list, let’s talk when you get to it, koo?

For those moms that still don’t know if they should breastfeed because they may not want to feed in public, here’s 10 reasons you should do it:

  1. Breast milk provides antibodies that support your baby’s immune system
  2. Holding your baby close when breastfeeding establishes a strong bond
  3. Breast milk is easy for your baby to digest
  4. Breast milk contains an ideal combination of vitamins and iron for your baby
  5. Breastfed babies are at a lower risk of becoming obese later in life
  6. Breastfed babies are less likely to develop allergies
  7. Breastfeeding helps a new mom’s body recover naturally from the stress of pregnancy
  8. Producing milk burns up to 500 calories per day, which can help you lose weight
  9. Breastfeeding can reduce a woman’s risk of breast cancer
  10. Formula can be expensive – breast milk is free

This information — along with helpful tips — can be found at

Mady breastfeed

Global Citizen Festival co-host Salma Hayek Pinault leads CHIME for Education campaign


Yesterday, Global Citizen announced that CHIME FOR CHANGE Co-Founder Salma Hayek Pinault will co-host this year’s Global Citizen Festival with Stephen Colbert, Deborra-Lee Furness, Hugh Jackman, Kerry Washington and Olivia Wilde. The free ticketed concert, headlined by CHIME Co-Founder Beyoncé along with Pearl Jam, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay, will take place on the Great Lawn of New York’s Central Park on September 26, 2015. By supporting CHIME for Education, fans will be entered to win two VIP tickets to this year’s Global Citizen Festival. Learn more and support here:

CHIME FOR CHANGE has partnered with CrowdRise to raise funds for girls’ education globally, through its CHIME for Education campaign. The activation is led by team captains Salma Hayek Pinault, Arianna Huffington, Freida Pinto and ELLE Editor-in-Chief Robbie Myers.

CHIME for Education is part of a 2014 Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action (CTA) through No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, a Clinton Foundation initiative to inspire and advance the full participation of women and girls around the world. The No Ceilings “CHARGE” CTA (Collaborative Harnessing Ambition and Resources for Girls’ Education) is designed to coordinate support, expand access and improve quality for girls’ secondary education globally.

Salma Hayek Pinault teamed up with UNICEF for her CHIME for the Children of Syria fundraising appeal, which aims to increase access to education for out-of-school children in Syria and surrounding countries. Hayek in fact visited Syrian refugees in Lebanon on April 25 to draw attention to the urgent humanitarian needs of children and families whose lives have been upended by the brutal conflict in Syria over the last four years.

Other team captains include:

– CHIME FOR CHANGE Advisory Board member Arianna Huffington, raising funds for the next CHIME storytelling workshop, to be held in Athens, hosted by CHIME Managing Editor Mariane Pearl;

– Freida Pinto, Global Ambassador for Plan International, partnering with Plan to rebuild educational opportunities for children and youth recovering in Nepal;

– and Robbie Myers, editor in chief of ELLE magazine in the US, fundraising to send young female leaders to the 2015 G(irls)20 Summit in Turkey.

Military Gear Repurposed for a Purpose and Style!

Felt_HandbagWe recently came across a brand that found a unique way to preserve our planet while celebrating and helping our heroes, U.S. Military Service men, women and their families, and will make us proud to carry and showoff our handbags, backpacks, messenger and tote bags: Sword and Plough.

There are countless brands that are committed to giving back and with our younger generations being more savvy and holding brands accountable for their action and impact on earth, more and more brands will have to find ways to create a system that helps everyone live in harmony – if we want to save this planet for our children.

blue-toteSword & Plough has worked to achieve authentic and measurable social impact in the veteran community by recycling and repurposing military surplus such as tents, sleeping bag covers, uniform fabrics, camouflage canvas, and parachutes into their products. Since launching in 2015, they estimate that they have sourced more than 25,000 pounds of military surplus, which would otherwise be burned or buried in landfills. Like us, by repurposing textiles, they do their part to reduce the huge quantities of water, energy, fertilizers, pesticides and emissions involved in manufacturing new textiles.

In addition to up-cycling surplus fabrics into their products, they also employ environmental manufacturing processes such as 100% domestic sourcing of all fabrics and leather in order to reduce fuel consumption and emissions during transport.

signature-toteCo-founders Emily and Betsy Nunez grew up at West Point and various U.S. Army bases, and Emily even went on to serve as an officer in the U.S. Army in Arizona, Colorado and Afghanistan. Through these experiences, Emily realized that her civilian friends and peers often did not understand the core aspects of service, patriotism and sacrifice, which motivated Emily and the service men and women around her in the Army. Sword & Plough bridges this civil-military divide through the following measurable activities:

  • Often speak publicly on the topics of veteran employment and the civil-military divide and has delivered more than 5,000 products to customers spread throughout the United States and the world. Each product carries an information card describing our social impact initiatives.
  • Leverages their communication channels to convey meaningful stories about service men and women. For example, Sword & Plough ran a yearlong campaign featuring the stories of servicemen and servicewomen to better explain the goals and sacrifices made by those individuals.
  • Sponsors public service announcements (PSA) in support of fundraising for veteran services including post traumatic stress (PTS) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

SP WorkSword & Plough donates 10% of after-tax profits to organizations that support veterans. In particular, they look to support veteran employment, veteran physical and mental health, and civil-military understanding creating significant and measurable impact in six key areas of veteran civil reintegration:

  • Jobs
  • Health
  • Family
  • Education
  • Housing
  • Leadership

SistersAll U.S. active duty military personnel, veterans and Gold Star Spouses are truly appreciate for the sacrifices they have made for our country and as a small token of gratitude, Sword & Plough offer a 20% discount on all your orders.

Tips to Keep Kids Happy & Healthy During B2S!

The new school year is just around the corner, marking the beginning of the season of pencils, rulers and back packs. Along with equipping their children with all the necessary school supplies, parents should also equip themselves with the tools and information they need to keep their children safe.

Kaiser Permanente shares these tips to keep children happy and healthy during the new school year:Jacob

  • Educate your children about safety when walking or biking to school. According to the National Safety Council, it is estimated that teens ages 13-17 send more than 3,400 texts a month, which equals to 7 messages every hour they are awake. With this sort of connection to their devices, distracted walking is a rising issue, which can result in hospitalizations due to injuries sustained while walking and using a cell phone. By reminding your child to take their eyes away from texting and look both ways when crossing the street, you can greatly minimize any potential harm.
  • Help your children cope with any back to school jitters by scheduling a tour of new schools, and reminding them about the positive side of starting school again (making new friends, interesting things to learn, etc.)
  • Teach your children the importance of hand-washing often, especially after using the restroom or after P.E. Make sure they learn how to properly wash their hands for 20 seconds to get rid of any potential viruses and bacteria. If they’re not near soap and water, encourage them to use alcohol-based gel hand sanitizers or hand wipes. Make sure you pack these in their school bags!
  • Ensure that backpacks are fitted properly and weigh no more than 10-20% of your child’s body weight. It is best to choose one with a padded back and shoulder straps, or opt for a backpack with wheels for easier carrying.
  • Make sure that they learn healthy eating habits that can set them up for success in the future, by packing healthy, nutrient dense lunches that will keep them full of energy all day. Examples of healthy options include yogurt, fresh fruit and vegetables cut up in fun shapes or made into colorful skewers.
  • In order to ensure a positive learning environment, if your child shows any symptoms of a cold or flu, keep them at home and away from other children during the peak stages of their sickness.
  • Lastly, don’t forget about vision health. Make appJacob 1ointments with your eye care physician every 1 to 2 years for regular checkups.

There are quite a few other elements at play concerning the safety of children as they head back to the classroom. The first and most important consideration is to make sure that children are vaccinated with the proper immunizations before school starts, in order to avoid the school-year rush. “By ensuring that your child is up-to-date with vaccinations, you’re also protecting the health of others and doing your part to prevent outbreaks in the community,” said Daisy Dodd, MD, pediatric infectious disease specialist, Kaiser Permanente Anaheim Medical Center.

Happy Back to School!