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Inspirational 11-Year-Old Trinity Barbera Collects Shoes For Children In Africa

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One person truly can change the world!

Just ask Trinity Barbera, an exceptional 11 year-old girl who has implemented an inspirational initiative in her hometown of San Diego, Calif. which will touch the lives of children around the globe.

“Giving to others is like giving to myself,” the wise youngster tells HerScoop.

When Trinity learned that an estimated 300 million children globally lack adequate footwear – and without shoes many won’t be able to avoid disease or go to school – she wanted to make a difference.

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One Woman’s Heartbreaking Story & A Look at Grandparents’ Rights

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When relationships break down, or a family member dies, children are often caught in the crossfire of hard feelings and unresolved issues.

Children are not meant to be raised in isolation, and a healthy relationship with grandparents, aunts, uncles and other friends and family members can help foster a child’s sense of well-being, especially after a devastating loss.

In a heartbreaking story, a concerned friend named Renee* opens up to HerScoop about the death of her longtime best friend Stacy, who died of complications with Lupus at the tender age of 32.

To add to the devastating story, Stacy died when her two sons were just 7 years and 22 months-old. And now, Stacy’s husband has shut out her parents (their only grandchildren since Stacy was their only child).

Staying loyal to her lifelong BFF, Renee talks about the heartbreaking situation, not only of Stacy’s untimely death, but of the messy situation for her family members that are left behind.

Renee shares Stacy’s story in hopes of gaining any advice, providing support for other families in similar situations, and empowering grandparents who have lost visitation and access to their grandchildren.

Continue reading Stacy’s story as told by her BFF Renee…

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Do You Spank Your Kids? Billy Bob Thornton Weighs In

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Are you shocked to hear that many parents – and teachers – still spank children as a form of discipline?

During a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Academy Award-winning actor Billy Bob Thornton opens up about the physical discipline he received as a child at the hands of his parents and teachers.

The actor, 59, who grew up in rural Arkansas in the ’60s and early ’70s says that discipline is nothing like it used to be.

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Smartphone Addiction: Can We Auto-Correct Humanity?

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Has technology brought us closer together or farther apart? While we can stay connected with loved ones across the globe in an instant with Facebook, Skype and more, there’s a downfall for many of us.

According to a new YouTube video, titled, Can We Auto-Correct Humanity?, the average person spends four years of his or her life looking at a smartphone.

In response to this common-day addiction, rapper/artist Prince Ea shares a powerful video via Facebook, urging viewers to get off their cellphones. He captions the poetic/musical think piece, “Why I refuse to let technology control me.”

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Inspirational Mom Carmen Delgadillo: My Son’s Memory Lives On In ‘Friends Of Scott Foundation’

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The thought of losing a child to cancer is almost too much to bare.

Sadly, Carmen Delgadillo faced that dreaded fate when she lost her son Scott to leukemia at the tender age of 14.

But instead of drowning in her grief, Carmen created The Friends of Scott Foundation in memory of her beloved son. Guided by his warm and generous spirit, Friends of Scott volunteers work tirelessly to ensure that children with cancer and their families receive the emotional support they need to cope with this devastating disease.

The foundation has been recognized many times by the community of San Diego for its work, including: San Diego Padres Hispanic Heritage Communidad Award winner, Featured on the NBC Today Show and Fox Sport Network, 2012 Foundation of the Year Rady’s Children’s Hospital, and 2010 KGTV Channel 10 Leadership Award.

On November 8, 2014, the Friends of Scott Foundation will host its 10th Annual ‘Light Up the Holidays with Hope’ reception from 6:30pm to 11:30pm at the San Diego Hall of Champions in Balboa Park. The foundation’s yearly event raises funds to provide emotional and financial support for children with cancer and their families, and honors the memory of childhood cancer victim Scott Delgadillo.

To read more about the foundation, how to support this great cause and upcoming events, continue reading our exclusive interview with Scott’s devoted mother Carmen….

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Giveaway: nini & pumpkin moon cocoon ($125)

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Introducing nini & pumpkin‘s moon cocoon — the first-of-its-kind, versatile sleep sack that grows with children from infant to toddler and beyond.

The wearable duvet features a clever snap system has three size adjustments allowing the sleep sack to fit children from 6 months through 3 years. The moon cocoon tops are interchangeable and can be quickly unzipped and replaced when middle-of-the-night incidents occur. The same zip feature allows the bottom to be used as a soft blanket, love or pillowcase.

The patent pending unique design allows for use over a longer period of time and offers versatility that others do not. Most other sleep sacks will suit a baby’s needs for approximately three to six months. The moon cocoon will evolve with a child’s needs for many years.

  • 6 to 12 months – close the shoulder snaps on the lower setting, and close the armhole snaps under the arms of the baby
  • 12 to 24 months – close the shoulder snaps on the lower setting, leave the underarm snaps open
  • 24 to 36 months – close the shoulder snaps on the upper or lower setting depending on the height of your toddler, leave the bottom edge unzipped

The moon cocoon is made with premium quality components, meant to last and improve with age and the fill is breathable, hypoallergenic, water resistant, lightweight and warm. The fabric is a very fine count 100% cotton with a super-soft finish that gets better over time, and softer with every wash. The elephant print by Birch Fabrics is not only adorable but organic!

We are giving away a nini & pumpkin moon cocoon to one (1) lucky reader (value: $125)!

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This contest ends Friday, Nov. 7 at 12 am EST. This giveaway is open to Canada & U.S. residents only. Good luck! *contest rules*

Congratulations to the winner of our Ju-Ju-Be giveaway: Ellen!

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