Monday, November 10, 2014
With that in mind, the challenge for Week 45, as you plan your Thanksgiving feast, buy a few extras to DONATE TO A FOOD PANTRY so that others may also enjoy a Thanksgiving meal.
Even if you don't celebrate Thanksgiving, I urge you to consider making a donation for those who are otherwise going hungry in your part of the world. Just google "food bank" along with your general region - appears they are all over the world!
Monday, November 3, 2014
This week I'm back. Not 100%, but I'm trying for the sake of living out my promise to keep this going for a year.
And here's the challenge for this week: GIVE MEANINGFUL GIFTS.
I have no doubt that I am once again preaching to the choir, but I'm going to say it anyway. Christmas is coming. And as you start thinking about what gifts you are going to give this year, practice kindness by thinking honestly about the recipient. What type of gift will truly bring them joy?
For example, you have on your list the person who has everything they really want... or who is actively trying to remove "clutter" from their lives. Buying this person another tie, scarf, or ornamental figurine might allow you to check them off your list... but is that being kind to them? Instead, think about experiences as a gift - how about tickets to the movies, a play, a sporting event? How about a class for a skill they have been wanting to learn? Or let's suppose you have an avid collector on your list... who collects [fill in the blank]. I'm going to say owls. So instead of another dust-catching but otherwise useless owl figurine, how about making this person something useful with an owl motif? Maybe decorate the cover of an inexpensive journal with owls? Or knit/crochet a scarf with an owl motif in the pattern? You get the idea. Give the gift of experiences, of useful items, of hand-made with love, of yourself.
And obviously I'm not expecting this one to be fulfilled within the week. It is just something to keep in mind as you begin your holiday shopping.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
For those of you across the pond still searching for the right fit for sending a care package, I had a thought... how about our sweet young blog friend Abi? I don't know her Uni address, but I'm betting some of you do, and I'm sure she'd love a nice little package with tea and cookies or other fun little treats. I'm fairly certain she doesn't regularly follow my blog, so she won't know I've posted this.
For this week's challenge, let's all do something kind for a colleague or co-worker. A little praise, a cup of coffee, support on a project... whatever might make an office mate's day just a little easier, a little brighter. Don't work outside the home? Then pick a neighbor or a worker at a local establishment that you frequent. Sometimes the smallest thing can make a big difference!
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
This is the 5th installment of our 6 themes for Life Tunes. This month's suggested theme is "Oldie But Goodie". What is your favorite old song? What one has a particular meaning in your life? Why?
Here is my layout:
Here is my layout:
Now it's YOUR turn to share your favorite oldie! You can create a layout, write a blog post, or share a link to a YouTube video. The linky will remain open until the end of the month, so you have plenty of time to join in!
Your challenge for Week 41 is to SEND A CARE PACKAGE. If this concept is puzzling you, never fear, I have ideas!
1. Send a care package to a kid in college/University. If it happens to be your own kid, awesome. If not, borrow someone else's. In addition to my own two, I've been sending the random package to young Taylor, whose own mother is not around to send her packages anymore.
Here is a link with some fantastic ideas for sending FUN themed care packages to college kids: 16 Care Packages
2. Send a care package to someone deployed in the military. If you know someone, send a personal package. If not, there are TONS of organizations that will help you to send a care package... click this link for a list. While it maybe isn't as easy for my friends over in the U.K., I did find this source for sending a Christmas parcel.
3. If college/Uni kids and military personnel don't spark your imagination, how about making up a nice little basket for someone in a Senior Center, hospital, shelter, etc. I'm sure the possibilities are endless with a little thought.
Whatever you do, remember to have FUN with this one!
Monday, October 6, 2014
So this week's challenge is to PAMPER YOUR PET! For the outdoorsy type, how about a car ride, nice long walk, or a romp in the park? For those who grace our homes but have no business in the wild... maybe a new toy and a little play time? Some grooming? Or special treats?
Or maybe all your pet really needs is a little extra love and attention.
Don't have a pet? Pamper a friend's pet. Or consider a small donation to a local animal shelter. If all else fails, consider making friends with the dust bunnies under your bed.