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Philanthropic Moms: A Year in Review

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

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Another year — off it goes. And ahead of us lies amazing and endless possibilities for using our power for good.

Before we begin 2015 it seems an ideal time to stop an take a look at some of our past Philanthropic Moms. The honor roll from 2014 is made up of amazing, awe-inspiring women who fill our hearts and our spirits with the way in which they bring energy, enthusiasm and care to all they do.

One of the most fortunate aspects of Forty Weeks is working with such admirable women who balance their roles as mothers and their careers with a passion for giving back to their communities. Philanthropy comes in many shapes and forms — and is directed in as many directions as there are women committed to making difference. coque iphone pas cher And, as 2014 comes to a close, I’ve looked back through this list with awe and excitement and wanted to share the buzz and the love.

Well worth noting, Leticia Barr has brought to life a remarkable way to keep all of us focused and mindful as 2015 begins. coque samsung galaxy pas cher The idea of a deed a day, not only of the big but especially the small, meaningful gestures — the kindness that we extend to each other — makes all the difference. Join all of us as we step up and bring life to this remarkable concept. coque de telephone samsung galaxy j5 For me — I will be buying a bracelet for my kids and my staffers — hoping that that together we will make a real difference in real time!

Here are the fantastic women Forty Weeks highlighted as Philanthropic Moms for 2014:


Philanthropic Friday – Philanthropic Moms Honor Roll

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Eating is so intimate. It’s very sensual. When you invite someone to sit at your table and you want to cook for them, you’re inviting a person into your life.

Maya Angelou

And this is exactly how Sandie Angulo Chen and I got connected – food…

Sandie and I were introduced via a mutual and dear friend, Amy Oztan. When Sandie moved south, Brooklyn’s loss was DC’s gain. coque samsung galaxy And, as the fierce winds of Hurricane Sandy began to blow – I sent out an offer via Twitter, asking who might appreciate some great cheeses and give them a home (as I was vacating my house-taking shelter from the storm)? Sandie said yes, trekked out in the dark pre-storm hours and gathered up my goodies. She was not fazed by the storm, in fact, she was set for the adventure. coque huawei pas cher So off she went, cheeses in hand and ready to take whatever came her way. She and her family enjoyed the cheeses through the storm. A fact that still makes me smile…

Sandie and I were fast friends – she came with an irresistible and bubbly passion for things I hold quite dear: books, food, community and yes, people. One of the first things that struck me about Sandie, she was well versed at the art of people – she knew how to connect with others and she did so with total grace and much laughter. Coque iphone Sandie has a big, brave heart that gives and gives. She creates instant comfort and connection — a rare gift. She sees, she reacts and it is all a matter of fact (yes that rhymes, but she is a literary soul, after all!).

Sandie has an amazing world view coupled with the most incredible tools for sharing her perspective. One of which is her writing. She writes in an approachable, open and honest way. coque iphone for sale People are drawn to her writing – it, like Sandie, is at once compellingly realistic and at the same time, highly optimistic. Those who follow her writing (movie reviews on Common Sense Media for example) appreciate that Sandie lives in the real world. And it is from there she sets out to make it better. Be it rolling up her sleeves or encouraging those around her to jump in and make a difference – Sandie is present and certainly accounted for. She is leaving a mark in all the best ways.

And now, meet my friend Sandie Angulo Chen.

Sandie Angulo Chen


TeenLitRocks & The DC Moms

What makes you a Philanthropic Mom? I’m a Philanthropic Mom, because I believe in living with a spirit of kindness, of generosity, of loving others. Those beliefs are rooted in my faith and my community, and I believe it’s part of my duty (and joy) as a mother to raise my kids to believe they can make a difference, help others, and be a force of good in the world.

What is an early or stand-out memory of community service, philanthropic commitment or another way in which you felt strongly connected to an issue in the bigger world? I grew up in a multi-generational household incredibly close to my grandmother and great-aunt, and I vividly remember being in sixth grade and horrified to find out that many elderly have no family to care for them or visit them. I helped my elementary school organize regular visits to a local senior citizens’ home. We were all 11, so at first it was awkward, but eventually the kids relaxed, the residents relaxed, and we started to look forward to our older friends. That was the first time I felt committed to community service.

Who was your biggest philanthropic influence? My grandmother, may she rest in peace. She taught me that philanthropy and kindness should be a personal and sometimes quiet endeavor, not something to boast about or put on an application. I was not-quite 13 when she died, but she lived with me and had a profound influence on my life. Her example of a life well lived will stay with me forever.

What about being a Philanthropic Mom makes you most proud? That being a mother only deepened my desire to be philanthropic — to give unconditionally.

What is the legacy of change you want to leave behind? That there’s an indescribable joy in being part of your community, of being a believer in hope and change.

What would your children say about all of this? My children have a commitment to helping others too, whether it’s through Scouts, our church, or in our own family.

What Holiday?

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

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The Grammys Baby – Ciara Gets it All Kinds of Right

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Singing loud and proud – the breathtakingly beautiful Ciara had something to say about the beauty of dressing a bump for the red carpet:

“Let it be. coque iphone soldes The bigger the bump, coque samsung prix the better.”
—pregnant Ciara on not having to stress about what she eats

And her stunning confidence was not limited to awards night– look at this glowing beauty at the annual MusiCares party earlier in the week. Coque iphone Talk about a picture-pefect Philanthropic Mom to be!


Philanthropic Friday – Philanthropic Moms Honor Roll

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

As I sit to write about Holly Rosen Fink, I feel as though I am perhaps about to expose a secret (a very good secret!!!). coque samsung a8 2018 This is because this week’s Philanthropic Mom – Holly Rosen Fink is at once incredibly generous and productive and, at the same time, so very low–key about the remarkable and regular contribution she makes – it just “is”. Still, as I stop and consider the history and the quality of Holly’s commitment, I am humbled. I am also inspired. Holly is tireless in her quiet strength and endlessly creative in her on-going effort to make the world a better place. There is no one size fits all in the way Holly gives – she pays careful attention to where the need exists and meets it head on with just the right solution. She casts her net wide, and makes sure that anyone who can join the effort to help does. From clients to kids and everyone in-between – Holly’s army is a sizable and enthusiastic one — all recruited with grace by Holly herself.

When I consider how lucky I am to share Holly and her incredible optimism with you, I am immediately reminded of a quote that seems to really speak to Holly’s remarkable point of view.

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

Anne Frank

This week, get out of the cold and get warm getting to know the wonderful Holly Rosen Fink.

Holly Rosen Fink

The Culture Mom

What makes you a Philanthropic Mom?

As an entrepreneur, I try to associate myself with like-minded organizations and businesses. The majority of my clients have been non-profits or companies out to make a difference (Mothers2Mothers, Every Mother Counts, to name a few). Coque Personnalisée Samsung Galaxy When a client is a for-profit business, I often steer their efforts into the advocacy arena (Ruckus Media Group, She Speaks). As a mom, I am doing my best to raise altruistic children who see the world through the eyes of the less fortunate and make sure they know that their old coats are going to those who need them and that it’s important to take out to think of others and volunteer in various capacities. When they were infants, I took them to the old age home in the area to play with me while the elderly watched along with enjoyment. They have worked in the local pantry and distributed meals at the homeless shelter with me. coque pas cher samsung During the holidays, we often deliver meals to the elderly. As a philanthropist, I try to donate as much money to causes that I care about as possible and I am one of those people who puts my hand in my pocket every time I am asked on the street.

What is an early or stand-out memory of community service, philanthropic commitment or another way in which you felt strongly connected to an issue in the bigger world?

When I was a young girl of about 12, we were shown a film about the Holocaust and I was deeply impacted. Living in Israel years later, I volunteered with an organization for the elderly and went once a week to do crafts and spend time with them. They were all Holocaust survivors and the stories I heard were unlike any I had ever heard. coque samsung pas cher The experience solidified an effort to never let the Holocaust be forgotten, also spending time volunteering at Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Museum that year. Back in New York, I later interviewed survivors for the Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation which was another commitment that I have always been proud of. Just a few months ago, I led a Holocaust film series at my synagogue which attracted and educated hundreds of our members. This is a cause I feel very strongly about and will continue to make sure no one ever forgets the 6 million needlessly killed less than 60 years ago.

Who was your biggest philanthropic influence?

My mother is the best role model I could ever ask for. She has always given to other people first and has a heart of gold. If I can leave a legacy with my own children and give them a quarter of the heart she has, I will have done something right.

What about being a Philanthropic Mom makes you most proud?

I’m very low key about my philanthropic efforts. I don’t really talk about them as much as I could anywhere, including social media. I’ve driven gently used toys and clothes into the city to donate to Room to Grow; I took a packed van of clothing, medical supplies, toys and more countless times during Hurricane Sandy. The important thing is not to talk about it, but just to do it and include my children in my efforts. coque iphone pas cher I want them to watch and be a part of what I do so that they become philanthropic as they get older.

What is the legacy of change you want to leave behind?

My daughter is 10 and is saying that she wants to become a human rights lawyer. I know she’s young and this could change, but the idea profoundly warms my heart. I am part of the Shot at Life campaign and ONE Organization initiatives, and my kids have witnessed my work with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Philanthropic Friday – Philanthropic Moms Honor Roll

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Denise Albert reminds me of one of my favorite French pastries – the mille-feuille. So many layers to enjoy! With Denise, there is a lot to know and you need time to really have the perspective for the whole, beautiful picture of who she is. Denise is candid, honest and built to love. She sees clearly and moves with incredibly clarity and force when her soul sends it’s marching orders. And many follow suit – showing up, lending a hand; making the hard work of caring for the world is just part of the fun. She is a listener who also happens to have a talent for making a lot of noise when needed! She uses her podium for good over and again. Open, eager and in for“really” – when I think of Denise I think of boundless energy and a natural talent for generating excitement and results. Not bad!

But the part that moves me the most is each layer, each conversation, each e-mail exchange, each interview.. shares another sweet bit of something (a plan, a piece of personal history, a POV) that makes me feel so fortunate to call Denise Albert my friend.

Say hello to our latest Philanthropic Mom:

Denise Albert

The Moms

What makes you a Philanthropic Mom?

We try to connect different philanthropies to everything we do. There’s nothing better than doing our part to help others. And we can do so in many ways – whether we incorporate a charity into every one of our Mamarazzi events or on our Sirius XM Radio Show by featuring moms and dads doing interesting and extraordinary things. We also co-created Strut, The Fashionable Mom Show. Coque pour Huawei Strut is a fashion show for women that has been presented three times at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Every mom walks to raise awareness for a cause that’s important to her. We have worked with Unicef, BOKS, Kangu.Org and I “strutted” for The Peter C. Alderman Foundation. There are so many ways to get involved and I find that because we have a voice, a media platform and are active in social media we can do so much to spread messages that need to be shared.

What is an early or stand-out memory of community service, philanthropic commitment or another way in which you felt strongly connected to an issue in the bigger world?

I remember working in a soup kitchen with my mom vividly. I also remember my mom buying food for homeless people many times, when we would take the train into NYC city. coque iphone outlet store It was a small gesture but I never forgot the message of how important it is to help people less fortunate. Being able to help one person by buying them a sandwich goes a long way for a kid. I also remember being an elementary school student and taking part every year in a jump-a-thon. We had to jump rope for hours and we each raised money for the American Heart Association. Those are both memories that sort of define my childhood. When I think about being a kid, those experiences stand out.

Who was your biggest philanthropic influence?

My mom as a child and my cousin Casey now. Casey started an organization called Kangu.Org which is a crowd funding website that raises money for pregnant women around the world to enable them to have healthy births. It’s so hard to start any business. She could have done anything but she chose to start something to make a change for others.

What about being a Philanthropic Mom makes you most proud?

I have always felt that it was important to include my kids in almost all aspects of what I do and I’m lucky, having a company called The MOMS, that I’m able to do so. Including my kids in my philanthropic works is a life lesson that I don’t have to teach because my kids will have it instilled in them by just doing it. My kids are interested in helping others. We recently hosted a Mamarazzi event with Laura Posada and the new Broadway show “Bronx Bombers”. coque iphone france The Posadas are involved with MyFace.Org. coque telephone samsung My son saw their calendar and was very concerned about the kids. He’s now saving all of this money and figuring out ways to make money so he can help a child have surgery.

What is the legacy of change you want to leave behind?

That anything is possible. If you have a dream, go for it. If you can help others, do it.

What would your kids say about all of this?

I’m hoping it’s what they do with it, not what they say. I hope they just continue to be curious and concerned about others and grow up to do their part to help others. To me, everything is passion. I hope they find things they are passionate about that makes them be the best versions of themselves…and to me that includes helping others.

An Outstanding Week of Caring for all Mothers

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

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A Look Back at the Start of How Julia Started Forty Weeks #TBT

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Earlier this week, Julia appeared on The Moms‘ Sirius XM Radio Show – in fact, they named her MOM OF THE WEEK! Most of their questions were about how Julia got started with Forty Weeks, putting the last 15 years (has it really been that long?) into context. While Julia gave them a quick backstory, we thought we would take the time to share the whole tale, in Julia’s words.

“The year is 1998 I am young (30 years old!!!) and expecting my first child. My career is humming along at an admirable clip. It is an exciting, promising time despite the lousy wardrobe options that I had to endure. coque iphone occasion But enough about the clothes (did I mention how terrible the clothes were?) – Or least for now…

The summer wears on, I get bigger, my toes become a distant memory and I inhale huge amounts of fresh fruit on a daily basis. One day while working on one of my publishing projects – (yes back then magazines were all the rage and made and paid real money to boot) – my adorable UPS man delivers a box. This would later be known as the delivery that changed everything. In the box was a plump little blue plush bear and the bear was wearing a t-shirt which read “Breast is Best”.

My hormones and I are at a complete loss. Are they talking to me? This is marketing geared towards me? They are trying to persuade me to do something, anything via a stuffed animal? A fluffy pastel colored lactation ambassador – for me? No, they are confused. I am educated, I am affluent (enough), I am established, I am a woman of taste – yet somehow it makes sense to market to me as if I am the fetus I am carrying. Don’t they know I am eager to know more and open to new ideas? Don’t they get how easy it would be to speak intelligently to me? Don’t they see that pastel pink is not a language I understand? The rant continues and turns into my manifesto: no ducks, no bunnies (and no more nasty maternity clothes).

No, I decide – that is not it and the time has come for a change. And further, I will fire all of my well-paying publishing clients and show the world that there is a better way to market to expectant women. I will teach the brands of this world how to enter into a conversation during a woman’s Forty Week journey with integrity and meaning. And I will not stop until I have changed playing field for good. coque samsung galaxy My friends, family and epically my first husband think I have lost my mind. Perhaps… (I like to blame the hormones).

So I did. First I launched a line of personal care products – there were two gift sets focused on the needs of a laboring woman and another focused on the needs of a new mother. Special Deliverease, The Essential Labor Comfort Kit and Special Momease, The Essential New Mother Comfort Kit were unlike anything on the market at the time. They were immediate hits and baby shower staples. coque samsung s8 This is how I met Ann Douglas, Peg Moline (Fit Pregnancy), Amy Coe, Emilia Fabricant (Cadeau), Laurie McCartney (Babystyle), Shannon DiPadova (Due), Debbie Ohanian (Meet Me in Miami), Jessica Hartshorn (American Baby), Uli Belinky (Zuntano) and many of the other powerhouse women in my life.

Special Momease

Special Momease

I manufactured, marketed and sold the kits (Nordstrom, Bloomies, Mimi, Babystyle and an array of specialty retailers carried the line). coque de samsung galaxy Forty Weeks grew, my old skills as a media strategy maven translated well into my new role as one of the pioneers of the new wave of juvenile and baby. By my second trade show I was consulting the vendors around me, teaching basic PR and strategy, jointly pitching media, designing retail partnerships, building associations, writing promotions and advertorials and generally moving me to where I am today.

I like to say that Lila inspired me – and she did. That pregnancy opened my eyes and helped to lead me down this incredible (though not always smooth) road that I have been on for 11 years. And with year passing day, week and year – I become more keenly aware of the blessing of that box with the silly blue bear. A career like this – rich with what feels like endless opportunities to work with incredible individuals (helping them to achieve their dreams) and organizations, change the game and make an honest difference in the lives of women is beyond expectation. coque iphone for sale It is at once very personal and very public. My gratitude is never cloaked and my deep love and passion for what I do and the people I do it with/for is something I wear with great pride. And the best part is that tomorrow is another day and another new chapter in the world of Forty Weeks.”

And that is the story, at least as of the blog post Julia wrote on December 1, 2009 – the rest as they say, is unwritten.

Philanthropic Friday – Philanthropic Moms Honor Roll: Brianne Manz

Monday, May 19th, 2014

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Brianne Manz is a bit of a magical creature. She is a beautiful muse in fashionably flowing frocks with cascading hair and captivating eyes. coque imprimé huawei pas cher Brianne appears as though she was put on earth to inspire — and inspire she does.

I’ve known Brianne for years, we’re connected through New York City social media circles, though our friendship seems to have no beginning or end. Ask Brianne what is new and she shares openly and fills your heart with tales of her family, friends and the myriad of ways she is deeply connected to the world around her. coque huawei She will quickly rattle off a healthy list of current projects that connect and care for the world. Brianne joins each philanthropic and social responsibility initiative with passion and a clear sense responsibility for both doing well and doing good — she is in it for real.

Brianne works with dedication and drive — never complaining and always super confident that she will complete the task at hand — advancing the cause and leaving everything she touches better than she found it. Brianne does not move mountains, she moves people. She rallies those around her and brings her friends, family and community to all she does. While Brianne is quite busy with her three adorable children, family and career, she always has time for a moment with friends, a celebratory meal, or quick catch-up call. Vente Coque iPhone She values what is precious and prioritizes care.

Meet my friend and this week’s Philanthropic Mom, Brianne Manz:

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What makes you a Philanthropic Mom?

When I started my blog, Stroller in the City, I never anticipated the scope of the platform it would evolve into, allowing me to voice my opinion and actually become an influencer for all things baby. The greatest thing about my job is the number of unique opportunities I experience with my children, while contributing to our community. I am able to collaborate with companies, such as Every Mother Counts, Baby Buggy, Shot At Life, and R Baby Foundation to raise awareness about their organizations. My kids have learned the importance of giving back and do so on a daily basis by donating toys and participating in runs/walks within our community. I will now also be participating in a recycling your pump campaign with the Ronald McDonald House in the new year.

What is an early or stand-out memory of community service, philanthropic commitment or another way in which you felt strongly connected to an issue in the bigger world?

When I was younger I went on a class trip to a senior citizens home, during the holiday time to sing and bring cheer to them. Visiting that home moved me, and I can still see their faces light up watching us. After that, I asked if I could volunteer once a week, and I did so for the remainder of the school year. coque iphone d’occasion I still visit sometimes when I go back home and bring them special baked goods.

Who was your biggest philanthropic influence?

I would say my biggest influence is Christy Turlington. What she has done for others moms in third world countries by giving them a chance to raise a healthy baby is beyond amazing, and resonates with me, even more so now that I am a mom.

What about being a Philanthropic Mom makes you most proud?

I’m so proud that my children, as young as they are, are understanding about their surroundings living here in NYC and realizing that not everyone is as fortunate as they are. A few weeks ago, a homeless man walked onto the train asking for money and food, my son Ryder quickly opened his snack bag and offered him a banana. My heart exploded!

What is the legacy of change you want to leave behind?

I hope that everyone comes to realize that even a little bit can make a huge difference. coque telephone samsung j3 A lot of people I talk to always express concern that they don’t have enough money to donate, but it’s more than that.


Saturday, May 17th, 2014

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