The Uplifting Power of a Smile #PowerOfASmile

A smile is contagious. What does a smile infect you of? I dare say happiness. I think everyone will agree that a smile is something that brings on contagious happiness. A smile can make or break your day as well as other people’s days. How would it make you feel if you realized far too many children don’t want to smile or can’t smile due to cleft lip and palate? It’s sad, but don’t lose hope there is an organization out there ready and willing to help more children smile! There is an organization out there that is working hard to raise funds to correct cleft lip and palate issues children are born with. Some children suffer speaking, breathing and eating problems with cleft lip and palate as well, this wouldn’t make anyone wish to smile even if they could, right?! Smile Train is here to help bring more smiles in their #PowerOfASmile campaign.

What is Smile Train?

Smile Train is an international children’s charity that has worked in 85+ countries around the world who, through Smile Train’s sustainable model, provide 100%-free cleft repair surgery in their communities.. Smile Train has a network of 2,100+ partner surgeons and has helped more than one million children in 15 years, but there are still millions of children living with unrepaired clefts. Smile Train surgery can take as little as 45 minutes and can cost as little as $250 (£150). Smile Train’s Mission Statement: Smile Train is an international children’s charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate.

How Can you Help?

Visit Smile Train’s website and see how you can donate. Share this blog post on social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google +. Write your own story or social media status update to spread more awareness of the #PowerOfASmile campaign from Smile Train. Remember to use that exact hashtag when sharing.

Need More of a Visual Approach to Realize the Importance of this Organization?

Smile Train has a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate. Smile Train’s model provides training and funding to empower local doctors in developing countries provide 100%- free cleft repair surgery in their communities. Join us and change the world with the power of a smile.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Smile Train. The opinions and text are all mine.

Rent Your College Textbooks and Support Operation Smile

I recently started reading on various blogs about the website Campus Book Rentals and I must admit this is a really cool concept. Instead of paying ridiculously high prices for those books you need while working on a college degree, you can pay low prices and rent your textbooks.   One of the cool factors behind Campus Book Rentals is that they have a partnership with Operation Smile.

How Renting Textbooks Works

Simply choose the book you wish to rent, one I may have looked into while I was in my business management courses would have been Accounting Made Simple. Choose your book, pick the length of time in which you need to rent it, you will see a list of costs to the right for whatever length of time you need to rent your textbook. Add it to the cart, free shipping both ways is another fabulous plus. Save 40-90% off of book store prices by using this service. Once done selecting all of the books you are to rent, simply checkout and they will arrive. You can even highlight in the textbooks!

Operation Smile

There is one thing in this life that can get you far and that is a beautiful smile. I know this all too well, because my smile is what most compliment me on. Just imagine if you were unable to have a beautiful smile due to a cleft lip or cleft palate? Now not only imagine that but imagine you are starting your life out this way, with something that makes it difficult to have a beautiful smile and face? Operation Smile works to provide free surgeries to repair various facial deformities for children around the globe.

Ready to Rent Textbooks?

Here is a recap of why renting from Campus Book Rentals makes perfect sense; you save money, you help give back to Operation Smile and you are supporting an organization that has set aside $90,000 in book scholarships to give back to students all over. This organization is a win/win for everyone and certainly something to check out.

Follow Campus Book Rentals on Twitter and Like Campus Book Rentals on Facebook to keep up to date with their latest news, giveaways, scholarships and much more!

SwimWays Ambasador & Operation Smile Information

I am excited to announce that I will be a SwimWays Swim Team Ambassador this Summer which means I get to share with you our fun summer as normal but with some awesome products that will assist my children in learning how to swim more this year! Each year we head off the family farm in Vermont for fun filled days pool side, the kids can now swim in the pool without me right there so I just sit on the side or in the pool house area with tunes on enjoying the peaceful Summer day.

I am so excited that SwimWays will be sending the munchkins some gear to assist in their learning how to swim ventures this Summer because I’ve never really been sure of what products to use to encourage learning how to swim while still allowing them the freedom to feel as if they are truly learning to swim, not just float around the pool!

Another reason I am proud to be a part of the SwimWays Swim Team this year is because they donate a portion of every sale to Operation Smile. Operation Smile is a worldwide children’s medical charity whose network of global volunteers are dedicated to helping improve the health and lives of children and young adults. To date, SwimWays has donated over 3,000 operations to children worldwide- and that number continues to grow. This April, SwimWays has partnered with Operation Smile yet again for a social  media promotion: for every new ‘like’ Operation Smiles receives on Facebook in April, SwimWays will donate $2 to the organization- up to $50,000! In addition to the monetary donation, SwimWays will also provide new fans with a 20% off coupon good towards any SwimWays product.

So I advise you to go over and Like Operation Smiles today for April is nearly over with and we need to do all we can do to help the cause, plus you can save money on your SwimWays purchase. Get ready for Summer fun and the freedom to learn how to swim in comfort!

Talk to you more about SwimWays when pool season hits…

“I am a SwimWays Team Ambassador and receive free products as a way to share my thoughts and experiences with SwimWays products. All opinions are my own.”

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