Preserving Your Daughter’s ROAR

Val Curtis
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***Read to the end for a VERY special surprise!***

My daughter is full of fire. When I was pregnant with her, we called her “Sass-parilla” because as I rubbed my belly, she would punch back. When she was born, we gifted my son a pair of earmuffs to stifle her operatic screams. When she began to move, we started calling her “Full Throttle”. You get the idea, right?

At one point, someone commented that we would need to “break that one”.




Yes, it stunned me into silence. I can’t imagine trying to “break” the spirit of my running, jumping, climbing, repelling, diving, swimming, laughing girl. It’s quite the opposite, we celebrate it and encourage her by presenting her with new challenges that she can conquer. If it is a physical challenge that she needs to think her way through, she is at the top of her game and we see this:

Lately, her challenge has taken a turn from physical to intellectual. My baby girl is learning to read and it didn’t surprise me to see that she would relate to the energy of Big Cats. Through our partnership with National Geographic KIDS, we were sent MISSION: LION RESCUE a book all about lions and how to save them.

This isn’t a book for beginning readers, yet at the same time, it is. The photos caught her attention and she felt PARTICULARLY powerful while wearing these:
Little Miss and her TOMS
and this:

Cute little tiger

We looked through the beautiful photos and talked about why these animals are so important. She asked about “all of the mamas and babies living together”. Ah yes, the village, the tribe, the pack, the pride. We all need that. It’s amazing the conversations that can be had while flipping through this book. What do they need to survive? Why would people want to hurt them? Mama, how can we help them?

I pointed to her shoes. “Can you believe it? This company, TOMS, believes in these Big Cats and wants to help them. Every time someone buys a pair of these shoes, they donate money to help.” Her eyes opened bright with delight.

So here is the scoop…

Big cats in the wild are disappearing at an alarming rate. In fact, within your lifetime lions in the wild could disappear forever. Since 2009, National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative has worked to reverse this decline through on-the-ground conservation and education projects.

TOMS is excited to partner with National Geographic and support its nonprofit work through the Big Cats Collection, a special-edition line of footwear, sunglasses, and a backpack. Inspired by National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative, the collection draws attention to the critical need to protect these majestic creatures for generations to come.

Each item in the collection features design elements representative of a big cat as well as iconic photography from National Geographic’s image library.

Toms sunglasses tiny lion TOMS NG womens Jaguar Classics toms

The collection is available at TOMS retail stores, select retailers and online now.

My little lady also learned that she can write a letter to the lions via filmmakers and National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert. Dereck and Beverly have promised to deliver them to African leaders to let them know how important lions are to kids EVERYWHERE. Visit here for details.


As we perused through the section of the book on African v. Asiatic lions, there was a section about ANIMAL SUPERPOWERS and the language of lions, their roar.

Lions roar to communicate with their pride mates and to announce their presence in a territory. Lions can count the number of nearby lions just by listening to their roars. By listening to their roars, lions know whether a lion is a friend or an invader and even if it is male or female. 

“Mama? We use our voices that way, too and we can use our voices to save their roar.” Well said little lady.

…and because we TRULY believe in National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative and TOMS, we are giving away a pair of these fabulous shoes and a copy of MISSION: LION RESCUE! One for mama and one for your little wild cat. Go to THIS FB POST and leave a photo of your kiddo giving their fiercest lion roar by January 29, 2016 11: 59 PM PST. See the fine print below.


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Do you have a daughter with a ROAR? That's a good thing. See how National Geographic and TOMS are helping Big Cats save theirs! Giveaway

Giveaway details:

This giveaway is sponsored by BonBon Break Media, LLC and it will end on January 29, 2016, at 11:59 PM PST. One LUCKY winner will be chosen to receive an adult female pair of shoes, a child’s pair and a book. No purchase necessary. Cannot redeem for cash. Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the U.S or Canada to enter. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Facebook, Google+, Pinterest or Instagram. Winner will be chosen randomly and will be notified via Facebook Direct Messenger within 48 hours of the giveaway closing. Winner will be announced on the post. The winner must respond within 48 hours of receiving the email or a new winner will be chosen. Good Luck! This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

Val is the Editor-in-chief of BonBon Break. A former middle school science/math/tech teacher, she put her career on hold to be at home with her son and daughter on an island in the Pacific Northwest. When Val breaks away from her keyboard, she enjoys gardening, cooking, hiking, camping, photography, tidepooling, sailing and potlucks. She gets a kick out of combing the web for recipes and making them gluten free so she can share meals with her husband, family and friends. She is a tech-gadget geek who is poked fun at, but it doesn’t bother her a bit. Combining her love of photography, tech and graphics to create new, fun content for BonBon Break quenches her “thirst” for integrated technology.