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Today, we want to #CelebrateRealMoms and International Women’s Day. Homer honors all women who have bravely stepped out of their comfort zones, shown courage, created vision and allowed space for sensitivity, progress, and greater understanding. Becca Wilson, our guest blogger, is a dear friend of mine, a business leader, an avid reader with an excitement for adventure and getting outside, and a smart, caring community-minded woman. Most of all, she is a real mom, just like you and me, doing her best to grow her small people into wonderful humans. She and her husband, Will, manage Tennessee Cheesecake, a wholesale dessert manufacturer located in Lebanon, Tennessee and are parents to two amazing and beautiful little girls, ages 3 and 6 months.

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I’m Jess, a mom of two children, and a true believer in lifting up other moms, celebrating the brave steps we take together to make a positive impact on the world. When we celebrate each other’s victories, we make movements. We make progress.

Today, we’re launching our #CelebrateRealMoms series. Every Wednesday, we’ll choose a #RealMom doing amazing things and feature her work, her struggles, ideas, victories.

For our first post in the series, we’re highlighting Kate Celauro. She’s a Nashville mom with a two amazing little boys who attend school with mine. Like us, she is passionate about literacy and loves writing, reading with her kids, and traveling. She also recently decided to do some brave things with her writing. National Read Across America Day takes place tomorrow, and it seems just right to feature Kate and her children’s book, Bartleby, as we prepare to read with our kids tomorrow.

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HOMER Co-Founder Stephanie Dua with her daughter.

It’s February. Love is in the air. There are also a lot of spitballs flying in our national conversation. This Valentine’s Day, we could all use a dose of some good old-fashioned kindness.

As moms (we’ve got six kiddos between us), and founders of HOMER, the digital learn-to-read program that partners with parents to teach young children to read, we’ve been thinking a lot this season about books and activities that teach kids the importance of kindness, tolerance, empathy and understanding.

Valentine’s Day seems like the perfect holiday for spotlighting kindness and teaching our kids that even the smallest acts of generosity can have an outsized impact on the world.

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