Resolve To Be Kind…
Anglican pastor, theologian and co-founder of Methodism (now the United Methodist Church) John Wesley once said “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as you can.” With the Christmas holiday behind us and the New Year quickly approaching it seems that everyone is making their New Year’s resolutions most of which involves self-improvement of some sort. While living a healthy lifestyle is necessary what if this year resolutions included doing for others in the way in which Wesley instructs us to do.Continue reading
The holidays are my favorite time of year. Who doesn’t love Christmas carols, lit up trees, and be honest, the presents! But we must remember that the holidays means so much more than just finding the perfect gift. It’s about peace and goodwill toward men. This is something I really wanted my children to learn and understand. So I thought it would be that every day of the month of December we would do something kind of someone else or each other. So we sat down and came up with our December Kindness Calendar Printable to hang on our fridge. Now we are ready to spread some kindness this holiday season! Continue reading
Try A Little Kindness…
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote “Life is short, but there is always time enough for courtesy.” British author and Baptist preacher John Bunyan is quoted as saying “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” This quote has been one of my favorites for a long time and ironically Bunyan died on this day (August 31) in 1688. While the message originated over 300 years ago the sentiment remains the same; kindness matters.Continue reading
This week has been filled with a lot of emotional “stuff” for me. Some of the “stuff” was good and some brought about some anxiety. Learning to deal with bumps in my life road is something I continue to work on. One day, maybe, I will be able to lightly touch the brakes and hit the bumps lightly. For now I work to take each bump as they come and hope I can come out learning something from them. As I read through my normal blogs, news stories and social media pages that I follow this week I noticed a “theme” of unkindness. Reflecting on an article I wrote in 2011 about kindness and decided instead of writing something new I would re-share my thoughts on kindness. This week I encourage you to spread a little kindness to the world around you. Take time to lend a hand, share a smile or utter a word of encouragement. Life is way too short to be mean…..
I am proud to introduce a new column to Madame Deals! I think we all need a touch point a place we can go to be inspired. Karla is my children’s teacher, a good friend, and a person with a heart of gold. I hope that her words will inspire you to do more. We are only as good as the people we surround ourselves with. It is important to listen with your heart and proceed with your eyes open. Enjoy!
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This is a great one. What are some ways you teach your children to be part of the spirit and not get caught up in the “me” of the holiday? We start early every year we take five birthday gifts and put them away to give to children who do not have much for the holiday. We then have a budget for children in need. We put our coins in a jar. The coins are divided into thirds: 1/3 for our daughters bank account, 1/3 for our sons, and 1/3 for a child in need. My son even does chores to add to the jar. We take the 1/3 for the child and we try to buy as many toys as possible. We look for items we can use coupons for and we follow the sales flyer. We really try to stretch our buck and make every dollar count.
It was funny last year when we had .32¢ left! My son asked if he could use his money to get one more thing. This year to make room for new toys, we have given some of ours to friends to love. We also are attending the toy swap to get some new to us toys. It is important to us that we teach our children to recycle and give to others. We try to attend events that encourage giving. We make a point of making giving as exciting as receiving. Here is one event that is local to our area but I am sure there are many around.
Lauterbach Chiropractic in conjunction with C-villes Toy Lift Foundation is
sponsoring the sixth annual Live Toy Lift this Friday from 10 am until 7pm.
Located in front of Dr. Lauterbach’s office near Food Lion. This year’s event will be
serving 3,468 area children this year! Join Santa and the famous (aging) Dancing
elves! Bring your camera for Santa Pics. Hot cocoa & cookies provided.
Some of the most requested toys are: bikes, dolls & Barbies, cars &
trucks, remote control vehicles, board games, stuffed animals and arts
and crafts. Also, we always need items for middle school aged children
(jewelry, electronics, music, and sports equipment) Popular characters
this year are: Bakugan, Dora the Explorer, Hannah Montana, Moxie
Girls, Spiderman, Transformers & WWE Wrestlers
Thanks so much for your continued support. We will see you Friday. And
IT ONLY TAKES ONE…