Thursday, January 31, 2013

Day 26 of 26 Random Acts of Kindness

It took a little longer than 26 days, but we did it! And I have a good excuse!

After I blogged the second day, I realized it was taking away from what I felt the meaning was. It was like it was a thing to blog about, rather than honoring the memory of the Sandy Hook Victims.

So, rather than blogging each step, I thought I'd share a bit about what we did, but most importantly how it made me feel.

My absolute most favorite act was giving a homeless man a blanket that was on Aubrey's stroller. We went to volunteer at a school symposium event with our holistic moms group, and we walked past a homeless man sleeping in the corridor to a business that wasn't open yet. His feet were sticking out of his blanket and he had holes in his sneakers. We walked by, the. I turned around and placed the blanket on his feet.

Not gonna lie, I thought he might wake up and punch me thinking I was stealing from him, but he didn't stir. On our way back he was gone, but I did see his cart a few days later with the pink fuzzy blanket in it. It made me smile.

We also let people cut us in line, left quarters in a vending machine, donated art supplies to our community center, books to the library, clothing to goodwill and toys to a local daycare. We volunteered, gave up our subway seats, and left new gloves and a note saying "Free! Take me!" on the corners on a cold day.

I decided not to share these deeds with anyone, except Bree. Not even my husband, so I could just enjoy the simplicity and joy.

Every time we did a good deed, I felt awesome. I found myself smiling more, feeling less skeptical of kindness from strangers (how sad is that?!), more in tune with theolworld and energy around me, and overall happier.

That's the thing about giving of yourself, you always get back what you put into it and then some. For less than $10, some items we had that were collecting dust and time!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Truth. Alternate Title: Being a Mom is Gross.

Word. One of my awesome friends asked if I'd ever seen's Poop Pictures. ****[Note: NSFWOL (not safe for work or life) Seriously, click at your own risk!]

Seen them? Try bookmarked and memorized.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

That's what it feels like to use your brain!

As a SAHM to a one year old I don't often get to use my brain. We're not having deep conversations, and she's not yet asking probing questions about life's mysteries.

My days are spent describing mundane objects and situations in as much detail as possible.

It's fun, and seriously my greatest honor, but it's hardly a workout for my brain!

So when a lady on my birth board asked for help writing a poem in the style of Seuss for her child's first birthday I jumped at the chance to use my noggin!

She's having the guests write notes for a time capsule she'll give to her daughter on her 18th birthday. Can you imagine how cool that will be for her daughter?! So sweet!

I wrote the following poem in less than 10 minutes.

Oh me! Oh my! Oh what fun!
Little Mac's officially one!

Please take a card and fill it out,
and share with Mac what life's all about!

A wish, a dream, or some advice,
Share what you will, but keep it nice!

We'll give them to Mac when she turns eighteen,
so mean what you say and say what you mean!

I'm pretty awesome, right?! You can tell me, it's cool. <3

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A whole year?!

My little big girl, Ms. Aubrey, is celebrating her first birthday today.

It is insane to think that a year ago we didn't know this amazing creature that's transformed our lives and truly made us a family.

She's this little firecracker full of energy, mischief and curiosity. She's amazing, and I'm so blessed to be her mama.