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Scuba Diving in Jamaica | 30 BEFORE I’M 30 #BeachesMoms

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Back in July, I created a bucket list challenge for myself. I am trying to complete these 30 things before I turn 30 years old. I’m still planning on saving skydiving for my 30th birthday, but I’ve been slowly working my way through the list. So far I’ve completed 12 out of 30.

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Scuba diving has always been a dream of mine. I wanted to be a famous oceanographer like Robert Ballard, who found the Titanic in 1985. Like Ballard, I’ve always been fascinated with the ocean. I was a competitive swimmer for years as a kid, and I always wanted to learn to scuba dive. (more…)

Reading Road Trip in Jamaica #BeachesMoms

We recently got back from our trip to Negril, Jamaica for the Social Media On the Sand conference at the Beaches Resort. At the conference, The Sandals Foundation, non-profit for Sandals and Beaches Resorts, announced its new collaboration with School Specialty through the Pack for a Purpose® program. This partnership will assist travelers to Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts, who wish to bring along much-needed supplies for local schools in the Caribbean.

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Pack for a Purpose® program

Before the conference, all the attendees received a lightweight backpack that we filled with school supplies. I packed the recommend five pounds of supplies in my suitcase to travel to Jamaica. (Plus I had extra space leftover to bring souvenirs home!)

Together, we’ll help to make a meaningful impact on the education of thousands of children throughout the Caribbean. Over the next twelve months, School Specialty has committed its support to students and teachers in The Islands with a donation of educational supplies valued at $150,000. First priority has earmarked a portion of these supplies for schools across The Bahamas including schools in hardest hit islands like Grand Bahamas and Andros for hurricane relief efforts.

Most of the time when you make a donation, you don’t really get to see how your contribution makes a difference. I actually got to hug that little girl that will use those markers and those scissors that I carefully picked out. It’s truly a life changing experience.

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