Remember how I decided to kick my favorite pregnancy food craving (Oreos) and make better choices? I was motivated my Jennie-O's Make the Switch initiative to save some money and donate healthy food to a children's charity. Well, it's been a whirlwind month. The nagging nausea still hasn't gone away and the doctors recently determined that hypothyroidism is making this pregnancy extra tough, but I didn't cave! I resisted the stress-induced urge to go track down my favorite comfort food, and I managed to save over $20 to donate to my favorite children's charity.

making good on my promises: a healthy switch

That may not seem like much, but $20 can go a long way when you're focused on spending it on lean meat as the basis for healthy meals. I found a $2 coupon this weekend for Jennie-O frozen burgers on Coupons.com, which makes a 12-pack just $4.98 at Walmart! All things considered, that means my little month of savings could add up to at least 35 or more healthy meals for kids.

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It felt so good to hand that over to my favorite children's charity here in San Diego, Promises2Kids. They support abused and neglected children through education, protection and advocacy programs, and are also home to a 6-acre facility (the county's only emergency shelter) that's become a national model for the protection and care of abused and neglected children.

pet therapy

I had the rare opportunity to tour the facility a couple months ago and was blown away by the resources that they provide and the thought that goes into all of their programs. They even have a pet therapy program to bring unconditional love and the benefits of animals to neglected children. I was absolutely shocked to see an entire building dedicated to helping children younger than my own. Even more startling than the depth of hurt I saw in our community was the gentle touch present in the center's response: these kids were being cared for in a homey, nursery environment as opposed to a sterile hospital atmosphere that most shelters rely on. Promises2Kids has since become my go-to charity whenever I have materials or money to donate.

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Ever since I was a teenager, I've been actively involved in preventing child abuse and improving child health and wellness in my communities, and it's nice to have found what I consider to be one of the best facilities in the nation – right here in my own backyard! Having gone through a difficult childhood myself, it's always been important to me to stay involved in child welfare (even more so now that I have kids of my own). I'm glad to be able to support such a wonderful resource through the opportunities that come up as a result of being a blogger and working on charitable campaigns.

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For more information on Jennie-O‘s initiative and how you might be able to help in your own community, check out their their Make the Switch challenge going on now. Also, learn more about Champions for Kids on their websiteTwitter or Facebook pages.

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