26th Act of Kindness…WOW

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With that being said, I hope that these posts have not only given you some ideas on how to help people, but I also want for them to inspire you to keep the kindness going, and pay it forward. 

On Sunday, I wrote about how my friend and I paid for an older couples bill at a diner. That same day, we didn’t even realize this at the time, but we held the door open for a man in a wheelchair. He was being wheeled around by a friend or family member, and we could tell the guy was having trouble maneuvering around the restaurant. There were two doors that  led to the outside so I grabbed the one door, and Priscilla grabbed the other. We were just trying to help out, and didn’t even think twice about grabbing the door for them. 

As he was passing by he quickly whispered to the both of us… “Wow, thank you so much, you don’t understand how frustrating it is getting in and out of places. That little gesture just made my day a whole lot simpler!” 

It was such a small thing that we did, but it went a long way and brightened someones day. 

When we first started our thirty days of kindness, I thought to myself that it would be kind of hard keeping up with it all. I am back at school and Laurie is running a restaurant while launching her jewelry line. Now, I realize that we don’t have to make these extravagant gestures to get the attention of those around us. The smallest things count, and these 26 days have been a total blast. 

20th Act of Kindness

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 Today, while I was on my way home from my annual appointment at the dermatologist with my mom, we decided to indulge ourselves with some McDonalds snack wraps, fries, and cokes. I was seriously craving some salty fries today. So bad, but so good. Don’t judge me… 

Anyway, as we were stuffing our faces at a red light, we noticed a young boy, probably 20, standing on the median, with a sign for an animal rescue shelter that was raising money and awareness. Being the animal lover that I am, I quickly went into my wallet and pulled out a couple bucks for the kid. He ran up to the car and gave us a quick lowdown of the foundation he was a part of, and then we got to talking about our animals that we rescued. 

My cat, Taz, was found on the streets of Baltimore as a kitten. When he was found, his face was covered in duck tape. Apparently some young boys tried to suffocate Taz by wrapping his face. You can tell that the tape was on for a long time because his whiskers are all bent and crooked. 

The thing that makes me so sad is that these kids were probably able to do this to him very easily because he is so trusting. He will jump into anybodies lap, roll over, and fall asleep. Its just how he is…I do not understand how people can be so cruel to such beautiful animals. 

Taz is this crazy cat, with a bunch of energy. We lost our other cat “Orange Kitty” (don’t laugh at his name, we love it) a couple years because to cancer and it really took us a while to want another cat. My family, like any other, gets super attached to their animals, and when we lose them, its like losing a member of the family. Taz has definitely been a blessing in disguise because he is so rambunctious and wild, but so sweet at the same time. We had such a hard time figuring out what his name would be, because we couldn’t all agree on something that perfectly fit his personality. Finally, we picked “Taz” which is short for Tasmanian Devil”. 

Any who, let me get back on track here…. So the kid was rambling on and on about the foundation and as he was talking I noticed the other, young boy, standing behind him, holding a sign stating that he was homeless and needed money.

This sign was different though. 

He said he needed some money so he could buy himself a suit. A suit for an interview. You see, he didn’t want people to just hand him money. He wanted to be able to be successful on his own, he just needed a little push. I quickly grabbed some money out of my purse, again, and yelled for him to come over! He was surprised, I am sure, because it took me so long to notice him. 

This kid seemed determined to better his living conditions, so I was determined to help. I know that I only gave him a couple dollars, but maybe it was the push necessary to get him in the right direction. 

A little can most definitely go a long way.

Ps. Here is a picture of Taz and me!

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Say nice things… People notice…

14th Act of Kindness: From the Past

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Finally! Somebody shared me their story:)

I was talking to a friend of mine the other day about our Random Acts of Kindness so far, when he shared with me a great story from about three months ago.

Him and his friend were driving around one day when they came up to a stop light. They noticed that a man who happened to be homeless was walking up and down the sidewalk asking for spare change from those who were passing by. They stopped and realized they they didn’t have any money on them, only their cards.

The man noticed that they stopped and tried to grab their attention. They felt so bad because they really wanted to help the man out, but they didn’t have cash on them at the time. As they drove away they realized that if this man was out there all day, he must have been terribly hungry.

There was a deli around the corner so they stopped there and ordered the biggest sandwich on the menu. They brought it back to the man, who was still making his way up and down the sidewalk, and his reaction was more than what they could have expected.

Not only did this make his day, but they both walked away feeling really great.

I liked this because instead of just throwing the man a couple of loose dollars, they went out of their way to get him a nice sandwich that would fill him up for the rest of the day.

An idea for all of you who are reading this blog is that, in the future, when you pass someone on the street who may be homeless…give them water, food, shoes, clothes, etc. Make a care package full of things that  you do not use as much as you should.

I would definitely love to do something like this in the future, and I hope that this inspires all of you to do the same!

10th Random Act of Kindness

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Well,  talk about random…

We set out to have a day of walking the monuments of Washington DC spending time with my daughter Jessica, her fiancé Matt and my husband David and of course looking for “random acts of kindness”. I have become a little obsessed with this whole challenge.

One thing about me is,  if I sign on to do something, it is 110% on my mind.  All the time.

I am looking everywhere asking my family what we should do. I say, “maybe I can take a picture for someone” and everyone says, “that’s really not so random”.  Jessica says, “it will just happen Mom when you least expect it”. I had all but given up and we set out for dinner for Cantina Marina which is in the DC wharf.

The band was playing, the sun was setting and I am HUNGRY. It was the perfect night for a margarita with a warm wind blowing overlooking the Potomac River.  We had walked for quite a while and we were all starving and truthfully I just wanted to sit down and relax. We walked down this narrow walkway to the back of this marina and the gentleman was sitting at the entrance on a stool and puts his hand out. I looked at him inquisitively and then realized he was carding me. I have not been to a bar in a long time nor have I been carded. I’m 47 and started to laugh. I said “do I not look 21?” He looks at me with a bright smile and says “no”!  Oh, I’m thinking I like you-alot…  We just wanted dinner and he says in his funny little voice, “Ma’am, we are having a fundraiser tonight and it will be $40 a person. That includes a buffet and 4 drink tickets. So we all say ok, we are in, let’s go and have some fun.

The bank was playing “brown-eyed girl” by Van Morrison and I knew it was going to be a fun night. We were walking down this ramp to get to the restaurant and outside bar with decks everywhere and they had set up a place for raffle tickets to raise money and of course I give them my money. I love to win anything. So competitive with everything. Even raffle tickets.

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We head for the bar with our wrist ban which has these tear off pieces you give to the bartender each time you order a drink. So we all tear off the ticket. We all get margaritas which I just love once a Summer. Alcohol and I do not mix. It just makes me loopier than I already am. Heck, I am drunk without being drunk all the time. But in a good way.  We head to the buffet, grab a table on the deck and just sit and listen to music, talking about our day. By the end of my drink I am standing, singing and having a grand time.  We had a few drink lefts and we just gave them to the people next to us. They were certainly happy. I’m sure they thought that was random.

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I have just recently been introduced to sailing last month while visiting my sister Shelly. We went out on a friends Olympic Sailing Boat which I sailed all by myself for two hours. I loved it so much I asked if I could be part of their sailing team and of course Shelly broke out into a belly laugh because she knew I was serious.

I would have to say that Jessica is right, “random acts of kindness” just happen.

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Just let it find you.

How do you say “I love you”?

 

We were asked to be part of this unbelievable Wedding shoot and of course we were honored.

We are introducing our floral crowns at Lillyput Lane Design Company and Bare and Me for Fall and what a way to shout this to the world.  We are blessed with the love and support from many Brides who choose to use us to say “thank you” to their wedding parties.

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4th Act of Kindness!

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We definitely were not prepared for this act of kindness. Although, moments like these are the ones that mean the most.

Laurie and I had just gotten all the ingredients we needed to bake our cookies and as we were waiting in line the man in front of us kept looking back and kindly smiling.

He then turned around and told us that we could get in front of him in line because he had more things than us, and ours would be quicker. Both of us thanked him, and went ahead in line.

***1 minute later*** Laurie jumps up and down and yells “OH MY GOD, that was a random act of kindness!” She then proceeded to tell him our story, take a picture with him, and remind him of how sweet his act was.

What people do not realize is that even the smallest things like holding the door for someone, or letting someone ahead of you in line can really impact a persons day. I know that the both of us were not only surprised, but extremely overcome with joy!

Please please please share with us your stories! We would love to hear.

*Recipe Toll House Cookies

3rd Act of Kindness!

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Cookies make the world go round. Or so we think! Today was definitely dreary, so we took it upon ourselves to brighten the days of those around us.

We went to the grocery store and bought ingredients to make some HOMEMADE chocolate chip cookies, and boyyyyyyyyyy can Laurie bake!

We bought cute little gift boxes to put the cookies in and some nice cards! The end result was adorable.

We went to three random houses around Laurie’s neighborhood, knocked on their doors, and sure enough, their days were made!

Not only were these people so happy, but we had some great conversations as well. Who knew the smallest things counted?

We had a blast making the cookies and running around her neighborhood like mad women!! 

Receiving these warm reactions have really helped us to open our eyes to personal satisfaction as well! We walk away grinning ear to ear because we know that we, in some way, made someones day.

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