30 days of hope project

JUNE is HERE! That means that #30DaysOfHope begins now!

Ugly Ducklings, we know that through this community we have helped, support and encourage lots of people, and both our lives as well as theirs have been touched by the positivity and the advice that we post here.

Two of our dear friends from when we got this movement going, Zachery, and Amy  -who are part of the Once Upon a Fan website- came to us to get this thing going. What better way to bring each other up than with #30DaysOfHope? 

So come! Don’t miss this for the world! Remember to follow us on Twitter, @UDucklingsInc, as well as @TheZachVan, and @Amylia403

30 Days of Hope

Sanah Jivani’s Natural Day

Team Natural, Sanah Jivani-banner

What if a doctor told you that you will lose all your hair in a matter of weeks?

What if you’re only 3 years old and your parents and you get this kind of news?

For some of us, it might have felt like the world would fall on you completely. And at first, that’s what it felt like for Sanah Jivani. But after some struggles, and thanks to her immense bravery, and the support she got from her loved ones, she got to discover who she really was and BE her true self (wig free, I might add).

And now, Sanah wants to challenge us, ugly ducklings, to do the same! Here’s a very special message for all of you!

It’s very easy. Just leave your make up in the bag, and comb your hair just a bit, and celebrate the uniqueness of who you really are. Here’s how #NaturalDay works, in the words of Sanah herself:

Send us your photo, together with the hashtags #NaturalDay, and #TeamNatural and we’ll share them with the rest of the community.

Remember: this February 13th! 

And if you want to follow Sanah on Twitter, click here.

T-shirt giveaway contest

Ugly Ducklings,

Thank you so much to every single one of you. We’ve reached 1000 followers on twitter this week and, as promised, we’re having a rockin’ giveaway to honour all of you!

We’re giving away one of our new t-shirts (ordered to your specifications)! For a chance to win, you just need to follow a few simple steps. Check out this photo for instructions!

To double your chances of winning, you may participate on twitter and facebook!

- To retweet, click here!

- To visit our Facebook page, click here!

All entries must be in by NOON EST on Sunday February 9th, 2014. Thanks in advance to all those who “like”, “share” and participate!

swan out

Nomination to the Shorty Awards for Ugly Ducklings Inc

Banner, a special thanks

Wow! We are so honoured to hear we have been nominated for a SHORTY AWARD on Twitter! Thank you so much Hannah (one of the first brave girls that wrote an Ugly Duckling Story for the site) who had a hand in getting us nominated.

promo for the shorty awards

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For those of you who don’t know, the Shorty Awards “honor the best of social media. They recognize the people and organizations producing great, impactful content on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Foursquare and the rest of the social web”. We feel truly privileged to be nominated for such an awesome thing.

We’ve been nominated in the following category: Keep Good Going. We are so pleased to have inspired you in this category. Thanks again!

If you’re interested in voting for us, and you have a Twitter account click this link. (Don’t forget to fill in a reason WHY you’re voting for us)

Thanks in advance for the support! Quack quack, Ugly Ducklings!

- Swan Out

Erin & Marie

It’s simple to spread the word, very simple

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Click! Click! We do it all the time. Have you even stopped for a second to consider how many clicks we do per day? Crazy, right?

What if one of those clicks you do with your mouse can make a huge difference?

Have you ever paused for a moment and consider that?

Because today you have the chance to do it.

Ever since this movement started we decided to commit ourselves to a very worthy organization called NORMAL in Schools (now Mental Fitness Inc.). And we want to support them as much as we can. After our humble fundraise of $600 to their organization, and the immense support we got from so many of you, we now want to urge you to help us with… yes, that’s right, with a CLICK.

That’s it, you say? well…

Skype with Kristen Bell, Private casting sessions, Tickets and a Backstage Tour of Conan. Yes! they’re all part of the Fall Auction.

just a click can make magic happenWe understand that they might be too expensive for you. But what about a Click?…that’s free, and it can be magical!

It’s as simple as that. A retweet, a post on  your Facebook, a photo on Pinterest!

Take this photo to any of the social networks you use and paste it with the Fall Auction link!

Or better yet: “Mental Fitness Inc.’s awesome Fall auction. Help us share with #YourMagicTouch http://twitpic.com/dh9enl | http://goo.gl/mxou7b”

Love and thanks!


The Tail Shaker.
The Ugly Ducklings Inc's swan

A message from Mariah…


This past week has been the worst week in my short 20 years of life.

For those of you who don’t know, on Thursday July 18th I lost my Nana to cancer.  It was the worst day of my life.  Upon hearing that she had passed, my heart sank. I felt as though part of it had been ripped out, and that my world was coming to an end.  I dreaded having to go to her funeral because it meant having to say goodbye.

On the morning of the funeral I sent out a message on Facebook and Twitter, asking for thoughts and prayers to help me get through it.  I entered the funeral home and took my seat.  I listened as the pastor talked about my Nana, and although he said a lot of encouraging and wonderful things about her, he would never know her like I did.  We headed to the cemetery to finish the service and to say our final goodbyes.  I watched as they lowered her casket into the ground and my heart sank even more.  Our last event of the day was a dinner at our church, and even though I was surrounded by family I still felt alone.

When I finally made it home I went into my room and turned on my computer. I opened up my email and saw an Ecard that some of the Ugly Ducklings had sent me.  I began to cry at reading their beautiful messages, and felt like all of my problems had disappeared.  It was in that moment I realized although I lost someone, I also gained something as well, and that is a family.  The Ugly Ducklings are my family and they have been by my side through this entire ordeal. They have offered more comfort than some of my own family and have even put a smile back on my face.

My advice to those who are going through a tough time in life is that the Ugly Ducklings will help you through it.  They are the most wonderful and caring people I have ever met, and cannot believe what they have created based off a tweet that Jennifer Morrison made. Every day I look forward to seeing what new things they are coming up with and I am proud to be a part of this life changing movement. They have helped realized that I am more than a duckling; I am a beautiful Swan, and no matter what life throws at me I will always have a family and will never be alone.  I am home.

*Mariah has recently joined the leadership of Ugly Ducklings Inc as the resource assistant. If you’d like to leave her a message of support, please do so by commenting on this post.