A Little Gratitude Goes a Long Way

Can you believe that we are a quarter of the way through 2019!

2019 was going to be the year our family was going to be focused on giving back and helping others.

I've had the amazing opportunity this year to homeschool my 3 oldest kids while my family (2 adults, 5 kids and 1 furry friend) test out a few cities to decide where we want to plant our roots.

I had grand plans of weekly service projects since I now had the flexibility of a fluid school-day.

I was so ready - spreading kindness wherever we went!!

And then reality set in....

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Monthly 7-Day Kindness Challenge for Kids

I love the holidays - the energy, the joy and excitement from Thanksgiving through the New Year is contagious.

During this time, we are in the giving mood - we look for way to help others from donating extra change to the Salvation Army bell ringers to being secret Santas to families that cannot afford to buy presents for their children.

But then the New Year rolls around and the magic kind of disappears.

We get back to our everyday busy lives and forget the magic of holidays and how we open our hearts to help others.

So, we wanted to do something different this year…

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What Happened When My Child Was Hurt by the Mean Kid

I am so excited to be a guest blogger for Scary Mommy!  I was hesitant to share this post because it was so personal.  I was afraid of my daughter's reaction.  So before submitting to Scary Mommy, I had her read my post.  I told her if she didn't want it shared, I would just keep the post between us.  She read it, digested it, and said that she thought it was an important message that other needed to read.  She knows others will go through the same pain she did and how we handled the situation helped her learn and grow from this encounter.  Check out the post at http://www.scarymommy.com/help-child-confront-mean-kid/

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Celebrate Spring by Spreading Kindness

Spring is in the air -- well almost.  We're hit with a very cold spring in the midwest, but that doesn't mean we can't get out of the house and spread some kindness to the community.  I'm excited to be a guest blogger for Teach, Workout, Love.  In this post, I shared 5 ways to celebrate spring by spreading kindness.  You can read the blog post at https://www.teachworkoutlove.com/5-ways-to-celebrate-spring-by-spreading-kindness/

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Our Favorite Kindness Books for Kids

Especially in today's day and age, it is important to instill the importance of kindness, compassion, and empathy.  I am excited to be a guest blogger on Mixed Bag Mama, where I shared some of our favorite books that we use in our Giving Artfully Kids.  These books have been a great resource to start the conversation about being kind and help our students get into the mindset of giving and helping others.  You can check out the blog at http://mixedbagmama2013.blogspot.com/2018/03/our-favorite-books-to-teach-kids-about.html

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5 Parenting Tips ~ Lessons from a Mom of 5

Being a parent has been the most rewarding, yet toughest thing I have done.  When the kids are young, the physical exhaustion gets you, however, as they get older, it is the mental exhaustion.  Having five beautiful children ranging from 3 months to 11 years, my husband and I have experienced a vast array of parenting wins and struggles (and we still have yet reached the teenage years!)  Here are 5 of our favorite tips/quotes that have guided through our years as parents.

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15 Quotes to Inspire Kindness

We gathered some of our favorite kindness quotes as a reminder that we always need to be kind to each other.  Whether it is with family members, our community or strangers, even the smallest acts can have the biggest impact.  We also put together a 1-Page PDF Download that you can hang up around the home, office or classroom to continue encouraging kindness throughout.

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40 Acts of Kindness for Kids

As a parent being on the receiving on of this great love, I want my kids to share this love and kindness beyond our house.  I want them to see that their small acts of kindness can touch so many people beyond our family.  It's through these simple actions that we can start showing children they have the ability to make a difference in other people's lives.  

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