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Spring Cleaning for Your Health

Spring Cleaning for Your Health via Mini Van Dreams

Have you started your spring cleaning yet?  What about spring cleaning for your health?  Spring is the season of rebirth – and a perfect time to make time for your health and the health of your family.  But, don’t worry… its mostly fun, easy stuff!  There is even a checklist provided by the American Osteopathic Association that you can print out and refer to!


Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription Drug Abuse via Mini Van Dreams

Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Carmen Catizone, the Executive Director of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Foundation (NABP).  I was able to ask him several questions about prescription drug abuse and about the NABP’s AWARXE website and the Drug Enforcement Agency’s drug Take-Back Day on April 26th.


Toxin Freedom Fighters Need Your Help

Toxic Freedom Fighters Are Taking A Stand via Mini Van Dreams

The Toxin Freedom Fighters are on a mission.  A mission to take toxic chemicals out of cleaning products.  A mission to make Congress and lawmaker stop and listen – there are safe alternatives to toxic chemicals!  It is time for Congress to stop and smell the botanicals!   The Toxin Freedom Fighters are taking a stand against toxins.


Raise Your Glass for Clean Water | World Water Day 2014

Raise Your Glass to World Water Day! via Mini Van Dreams #wateraidnica #cheerstoH2O #globalteamof200 #waterstory

 Stop.  Close your eyes.  Imagine a tall glass of cool, refreshing, clear, clean water.  Imagine the clink of the ice cubes tapping against the sides of the glass.  Did you know that 768 million people in the world today do not have access to safe drinking water.  This is approximately 1 in 10 of the world’s population.  March 22nd is World Water Day.   (more…)

Let Women and Girls Live the Lives They Deserve

My father never told me no.  As a teenage girl, when I decided to become a drag racer, my father started teaching me about cars and racing.  He believed in me 100% and never questioned the fact that perhaps being one of a few females in a male-dominated sport might be an issue.   I remember him telling me, over the engine of my race car, “You are just as good as any man out there.  Better even.”   (more…)

Slobbery Kisses and Choking Hugs – Ending Newborn Deaths

twins in recovery

To be honest, I have been sitting here staring at the “add new post” screen for almost an hour.  I don’t know what to write.  I’m not even sure I am able to put into words what I am feeling. I just finished reading the Save the Children “Ending Newborn Deaths” report and I am shaken to the core.   (more…)

Every Newborn Action Plan

Last year, at the Global Newborn Health Conference in Johannesburg began working on improving newborn health and survival worldwide.  One child’s death, is one child too many.  Over 2.9 million newborns die within their first month of life.  2.9 million.  2.9 million moms and dads bury their children before their lives even begin to start.


Monkey See Monkey Do Project

Monkey Do Project | Mini Van Dreams

The mission of the Monkey Do Project is straightforward.  “The Monkey Do Project partners with groups and organizations to assist the most distressed areas of the United States Appalachian region through different efforts as an ongoing outreach for the Appalachian community.”  We work towards reducing hunger and poverty here in the United States in the one of the poorest regions. (more…)

Three Myths: The Annual Gates Letter

Each year, Bill and Melinda Gates issue their annual co-authored letter.  This year’s letter, “Three Myths That Block Access for the Poor,” addresses three of the biggest myths about poverty.  These myths cause people not to act.  They cause people to take the outlook of, “Well, its not getting better, why bother?”  In their annual Gates letter, Bill and Melinda address these myths and make their prediction for the future.   (more…)

Gift Differently This Year

Do you have one of those people on your shopping list that has absolutely everything?  You are at a loss at what to get them?  You want something meaningful and unique, something they will appreciate, but you just can’t find the perfect gift… well, stop shopping and gift differently this year with an [alt] gift.