Getting Help Strengthening Families #FirstThingsFirst

Disclosure:  I received a gift card in exchange for sharing this information through a partnership with First Things First.

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With Summer coming to end, its time to start slowing down and soaking in these last few weeks before back to school and then the holidays starts.  Before we know it, it will be Christmas!  I know I am jumped far ahead but time really does fly.

Well First Things First (FTF), a not-for-profit organization, is dedicated to strengthing families.  As a stay at home mom I spend a lot of time alone with my kids but not nearly as much with my husband.  I know I need to work on and I tell myself that my spouse will understand but I know there is no subsititution for spending time together.  I love that there is an organization that is trying to make a difference in education, collaboration and mobilization. FTF is a resource that collaborates with and is supported by various community organizations, groups and individuals.

How do they accomplish their mission of strengthening families?  They create videos for visual messages and have skill building classes.

Did you know:

  • 24 million children are growing up in homes without their biological fathers.
  • Only 30% of divorces are due to infidelity, addiction or abuse, 70% of divorces are due to couples feeling disconnected.
  • Couples who manage to devote time specifically to one another at least once a week are markedly more likely to enjoy high-quality relationships and lower divorce rates, compared to couples who do not devote as much couple time to one another.
  • Fathers provide unique benefits to their daughters through their active and positive presence from the time of birth all the way through adulthood.

They actually created some quick videos about spending time together and then one I really liked is the one called “Date Your Spouse”:

WIN IT:  (1) US winner will receive a Moon Pie Prize Pack (maybe to share with someone you love?)

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Need help entering a giveaway?  Check out my blog post for some help!


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Each household is only eligible to win One (1) First Things First Moon Pie Prize Pack via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

This Giveaway Ends August 13, 2014.

Speak Your Mind



  1. By words and actions. I write little love notes.

  2. Buddy Garrett says:

    I buy them donuts or other snack items.

  3. I show my love by listening and praising.

  4. Nicole Millheim says:

    I bake them a cake

  5. would love to win this <3

  6. Laura Ari says:

    I am always there for them.

  7. I love doing little things to surprise my kids to let them know how much I care, like leaving little lunch box notes for them to find.

  8. I show the Love by giving lots of complements, hugs & kisses!!!

  9. Barbara Miller says:

    Moon Pies. They’re the best. Thanks for the contest.

  10. I hug them and do chores for them.

  11. susan smoaks says:

    one thing i do to show someone that i love them is to offer food or drink and bring it to them if they accept the offer.

  12. Service. Doing little things for my family and friends, sending them little notes, little gifts, reminders that I did and do constantly think of them.

  13. Mary Songer says:

    One of the things I do is if I know of some treat that I know they like and they can’t find I try to find it locally or online for them. I have one friend that likes Moxie and I regularly buy it for her.

  14. Caitlin McClure says:

    I cook for them, clean up after them when they’re not feeling well

  15. Nothing says I love you like a sincere hug. You can do it almost anywhere or anytime.

  16. heather s says:

    Give them a hug and tell them you love them

  17. Aside from saying “I love you”, I leave them a treat like their favorite candy, or something I hand made like cookies or a bracelet.

  18. I always tell them I love them, because you never know when will be the last time.

  19. Shelton Rogerson says:

    Respect them under any circumstance.

  20. I tell them I love them everyday!

  21. kathy pease says:

    I buy them a card for no special reason or bake them something

  22. Barbara Stenby says:

    I say I Love you every time I get off the phone with my husband or son. you never know!

  23. kathy dalton says:

    i like the little things in life like making my boyfriend breakfast in bed

  24. I luv cooking for my loved ones-with the main ingredient always being luv!

  25. I buy them thoughtful gifts.

  26. Tiffany Losey says:

    Doing little things for them or making them things like they like just because without being asked.

  27. Melanie Comello says:

    Aside from telling them, i show it with hugging and always being there for them when they need me 🙂

  28. Mary Cloud says:

    I’m a big hugger – I love to give lots of hugs to my loved ones
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  29. mary renshaw says:

    I will bake or cook for them. Or we will do a spontaneous trip. Or I will let one of my kids plan the day!!!! Sometimes just a note or phone call is enough

  30. I put the book or computer or ipad down and listen, really listen.

  31. Kelley Roach says:

    cook their favorite meal for them.

  32. Denise Welch says:

    My making there favorite meal

  33. I surprise my loved ones with flowers and lunch.

  34. Peggy Rydzewski says:

    I cook their favorite meal for them.

  35. I do little things for them like bake them something or pick them up something at the store they would like.

  36. I will bake cupcakes!

  37. Belinda Shaw says:

    I try to hug my grandkids often.

  38. I tell them that I love them every day!

  39. Nichole S says:

    I leave notes in their lunch

  40. Robyn Norris says:

    I try to surprise them with a relaxing night out or buy them dinner.

  41. Donna Marie says:

    I make them things or do photos for them… Just show I care by showing interest in what they are doing. 🙂

  42. sue myers says:

    love to cook! great prize!

  43. hugs

  44. Virginia Rowell says:

    I love to cook, so I will bake them something for no reason.

  45. Telling them I love them every day!

  46. Molly Little says:

    Give them loves and provide for them <3

  47. Mihaela Day says:

    I trust them 🙂

  48. I give them a hug.

  49. Sarah Hall says:

    I send my grandson’s cards for no reason and try to call them often so they know that I really care.

  50. Amanda Cranfill says:

    Hold my tongue

  51. carolyn d says:

    I like to bake their favorite treats!

  52. Give them all my HEART !!!!!!!!!!!!

  53. Giving my little ones kisses and hugs!

  54. I help them with things or give them a sympathetic ear.

  55. Stephanie Easterling says:

    I tell them that I love them every day. I also try and listen to them when they need me.

  56. Brenda Elsner says:

    I spend time with them, listen to them, and most important, I let them know how important they are to me and how much I love them!!

  57. I spend time with them, cook things that they like to eat and go places that I know they will enjoy. I listen to them and let them know they are important.

  58. Roger Abbott says:

    Mmmmm Moon pies!!!!

  59. Debbie Loy says:

    Hugs and kisses always.

  60. I spend time with them and tell them I love them.

  61. Jill Myrick says:

    For my husband I tell him often how much I love him, cook his favorite meals and surprise him with things that I have picked up for him just because I know he will love them.


  62. danielle Marie says:

    other than telling them i like to surprise them with gifts or favorite foods.

  63. I cook for my hubby every day!!

  64. Stephanie Larison says:

    Usually cook, lol the way to the heart around here!

  65. tina reynolds says:

    spend lots of time together

  66. I like to surprise them with things I know they like/love. I’m entering this so If I win I can give these to my brother because these are his favorite dessert.

  67. kim burnett says:

    Spend time with them.

  68. I am a good listener

  69. Rebecca Williams says:

    I spend time with those I love.

  70. alice elzey says:

    I cook, and babysit for my children.

  71. Anne Marie Carter says:

    I try to have their favorite food items in the house most of the time.

  72. I’m always there for support and to listen.

  73. I cook for them!

  74. Brittney House says:

    I pay attention to something they might want, and surprise them with it.

  75. I do special things for them and spend time with them.

  76. Brutus Duffy says:

    I tell them and hug them . My dogs get kisses and treats as well.

  77. I like to leave surprise notes for my husband.

  78. Donna Snyder says:

    Moon pies are really good, most don’t realize they don’t have many calories!

  79. Shelton Rogerson says:

    I try to show the respect the person deserves.

  80. I try to do special things for them!

  81. amy deeter says:

    i tell them i love them or do something special for them

  82. Holly Kennedy says:

    I make my sweetie his favorite Red Velvet cupcakes.

  83. I take care of them when they are sick.

  84. Michelle Coles says:

    I tell them I love them and spend time with them.

  85. Just bought some banana moonpies this morning!

  86. Nannypanpan says:

    I play a game called love clues with my son

  87. Stephanie Galbraith says:

    I give them hugs and kisses.

  88. Jennifer Rote says:

    I cuddle with my son 🙂

  89. marnie ward says:

    I show someone I love them buy treating them with respect and with love.

  90. Kathy Lane says:

    One of the things I do to show I care is make the people I love their favorite foods.I love to surprise them with something they love to eat when they least expect it.

  91. I try to do something special for loved ones, a surprise or by making them something.

  92. Laura Collins says:

    I watch his diet

  93. Spend time with them

  94. I sometimes send them flowers, but always a card for any special occasion.

  95. Margaret O says:

    I will make them their favorite foods.

  96. Denise S says:

    I always try to make family members happy by meeting their needs and making their lives easier.

  97. Jennifer Pittman says:

    I like to be there for them when they need help (maybe a hug, an ear to listen, or getting something for them that might be helpful.)

  98. cyndi br says:

    I take care of them when they are sick.

  99. jeanette sheets says:

    make thier favorite foods and take them to the movies shopping etc,and lots of hugs

  100. I cook for them, I believe cooking shows your love for someone so I think my cooking shows love

  101. Tammy Arnold says:

    My husband and I try to have a date night, especially since we both work and miss each others company. We also try to have family dinners other nights whenever possible.

  102. Julie Lee says:

    I try to write meaningful notes to put into words how I feel.

  103. Hugs and kisses

  104. Dara Nix says:

    Sometimes the best way to show someone you love them is to just BE there for them and listen to them!

  105. I pick stuff up for them when I am out and about, just because I know they will like it!

  106. Terra Heck says:

    I verbally tell someone I love them, and do it often. I also hug my loved ones. Thanks.

  107. I make dinner for them, do chores, or draw them something.

  108. Liana Grant says:

    Nice to know somebady is putting families first and looking after that nucleous of society.

  109. Linda Lansford says:

    I show someone I love them with hugs and kisses

  110. paige chandler says:

    I read and sing them to sleep

  111. Jan Hammersmith says:

    do whatever they need done

  112. I take time out of my day to spend time with them and listen if they need it.

  113. Vicki Wurgler says:

    spending time together and telling them I love them

  114. chickie brewer says:

    I show them I love them with lots of encouragement.

  115. Susan Ladd says:

    I make my husband his favorite meal and take him to a a movie he would like to go too. I want to thank you for this awesome sweep 🙂

  116. Stephanie says:

    lots of hugs!

  117. Erin Madigan says:

    I tell them I love them and do little things for them.

  118. hugs

  119. Charlotte Padgett says:

    spend time together and share things.

  120. I spend time with them and do things/activities with them that I think they will enjoy, even if they are not things I particularly enjoy

  121. alicia wallace says:

    Pack them lunch

  122. jose benavides says:

    I just tell them I love them and be as nice as I can to them .

  123. Anastasia says:

    Tell them! Help them with things without them asking. Get them things I know they need 🙂

  124. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    I cook for the hubby!
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  125. I listen when they’re upset and need someone to talk to.

  126. Russell Moore says:

    I try to always be available to help when needed, and to never forget to actually say “I love you.”

  127. I always look after what they eat

  128. I cook healthy food for my husband.

  129. Nannypanpan says:

    I play a game called love clus

  130. Joretta Foster says:

    make something special they like

  131. Heather Bridson says:

    I like to shampoo my mom’s carpet when she is out of town, she comes home and is always so happy!

  132. Caroline Wampler says:

    I cook them a meal or a yummy dessert!

  133. bake their fave dessert

  134. Dawn Monroe says:

    I enjoy cooking for people or baking them something.

  135. Janet W. says:

    I bake special desserts for those that I love.

  136. janet woodling says:

    I fix their favorite homecooked meals.

  137. I am the shoulder they cry on and listen when they need someone to talk to.

  138. Stephanie macdonald says:

    I TELL THEM! And of course, hug them! <3

  139. I let him sleep in on the weekends.

  140. April Brenay says:

    i love to bake cookies from scratch for my boys!

  141. Sharon Kaminski says:

    I cook all kinds of goodies, we usually have a dessert in the house.

  142. Kelly Tupick says:

    I like to have a nice dinner and quiet time with someone that i love. Have a nice conversation with them and just have a nice evening.

  143. It is hard these days because everyone is working so hard just to get by. but I like to set aside at least one day per week to spend with each daughter and wife

  144. sara wood says:

    I take the time to really listen to what family wants and needs and do my best to attend to those needs.

  145. Holly Thomas says:

    I make coffee for my husband every morning,

  146. I send text messages to remind someone how much I love them.

  147. Leigh Anne Borders says:

    I make time for him. No distractions. Just one on one uninterrupted time to talk and connect.

  148. Darlene Sullins says:

    I scratch my hubby’s head and back and get treats for him. Lol, that all just sounded like something a person would do for a puppy >.< Well, he does have those puppy dog eyes!

  149. sandra davis says:

    I go clean my Dad’s house because since my Mom died he has been kind of lost and I know that he needs help with the cleaning.

  150. Alan Saxon says:

    Help them with their computer problems.

  151. Lisa Williams says:

    I take care of 2 siblings with different health problems. cooking,cleaning,laundry,bathing,and listening to them.

  152. Mendy Dinsmore says:

    I like to make meals for them. Cooking is fun to me and someone gets rewarded.

  153. Megan Parsons says:

    I love to bake people cakes for their special days! I also love to take photographs of my loved ones and give them as gifts!

  154. Jayne T. says:

    I think the best way to show someone you love them is to actively listen to them when they are talking. Not to be on your phone, texting, playing a game…really pay attention.

  155. I like to have flowers delivered to my mom.

  156. Kaci Guisinger Harrison says:

    Hugs & Kisses!! Or a card or a phone call even to say hello and I love you

  157. Debra Hall says:

    i cook their favorite foods or make something special they want to try

  158. Dana Rodriguez says:

    I make sure he doesn’t have to do a thing when he gets home!

  159. I show them by taking very good care of them, and feeding them healthy meals….my kids and hubby especially!!


  160. Rebecca Parsons says:

    I show them with hugs and kisses! And always tell them I love them.

  161. Emily Adams says:

    I tell them that I love them!

  162. Cathy Truman says:

    I make my husband favorite dinner and rent a movie he likes. I take my dog Bailey for a nice
    long walk

  163. Do things for them

  164. buy them treats like candy

  165. I tell them I love them.

  166. vickie couturier says:

    I verbally tell them everyday,and do little things just for them that let them know how much they are loved,,cook a special meal,etc

  167. Marti Tabora says:

    Every afternoon after work I stop by to see my mom and visit with her for just a little while.

  168. I bake them treats.

  169. Make my husband Ice Tea just the way he likes it so it’s ready when he gets home after a hard day of work.

  170. I try to do simple things like leave little notes.

  171. I cook delicious food for those I love.

  172. I tell them 🙂

  173. julie moore says:

    Cook and clean for my family