Congratulations to JEN for winning a copy of The Kindness Antennae! This giveaway is now closed. :o)
Many of you are probably already fans of Happy Home Fairy, one of my favorite blogs for fun kid crafts and games, free printables, and general mom encouragement and hilarity. Julie, aka the Fairy herself, is a friend from high school and I love that I get to keep up with her sweet family through her blog!
Julie recently published an ebook called The Kindness Antennae. She kindly (see what I did there?) sent me a copy and my oldest daughter and I had a lot of fun deciding on an act of kindness to bless some of our friends! You can read about our sneaky kindness adventure here – I would love for you to check it out!
But even more than that, I would love for you to read Julie’s book. It’s funny and poignant and encouraging, and there are hundreds of really doable ideas for how to be kind to those around us, and how to include our kids and teach them to be kind, too. I read it on my phone in a waiting room and had to cover both snorts of laughter and tears rolling down my face. It’s a must-read.
You can buy a digital copy here – and one of you dear people can win one! All you need to do is leave a comment below and tell me a way that kindness has influenced your life. If you want a bonus entry, you can become an email subscriber! That means you’ll get an email when there’s a new Bet On Dinner post (lately, about once a week). Just type in your email address on the right (on desktop) or at the bottom under my picture (on mobile). If you are already a subscriber, just let me know that in your comment and you’ll automatically get a second entry. :o) The giveaway ends on Monday, March 7, at 12 pm and the winner will be announced on Tuesday!0
Amanda Mae says
I love both of your blogs! I found you through the Happy Home Fairy blog. I’m a subscriber of both actually. Kindness has influenced my life in so many ways. Growing up I learned from example by my parents and grandparents. Now I’m instilling this in my sweet baby.
Thanks, Amanda! :o)
These week a friend showed amazing kindness by giving me all the decorations and left over supplies from her son’s birthday party! I told her I was sneaky and would find a way to bless her back since she refused to take any money for all of the birthday items. I love that your post today on Happy Home Fairy used the word sneaky! I already had one idea to bless her but now I’m going to add a batch of your yummy granola bars for her family 🙂
What a great idea to share decorations! I love it! And I love that we’re on the same sneaky wavelength 😉
I had some pre term labor scares with Charlie and I had one friend in particular that would call and ask which night (giving 2 choices) would be better for her to bring dinner. Not a vague let me know if you need anything but a specific, direct, easy to accept and oh so helpful offer. It taught me a lot.
That is so true! It makes it much easier to accept an offer like that. Thanks Linda!
Hmm, people have encouraged us in so many ways. Meals have always been such a gift, and friends offering to babysit for free have been awesome. But one of the most memorable things to this day was having sweet Kara meet me in the doctors office parking lot unexpectedly when she knew I could have a potentially tough doctors appointment with E as a baby. Walking out to the parking lot to find a friend there to give me a hug was such a gift.
Aww, I love that! What a good friend. Miss you both!!!
Also, I’m already a subscriber. ????
One of the sweetest and most memorable acts of kindness was when a friend helped me organize my closets and declutter before we put our house on the market. I was in my first trimester of pregnancy and really sick and she basically did all the work while i sat on the couch. Then, after organizing and packing up multiple boxes, she took the boxes to her house and stored
them for me until we moved. It was so selfless and generous of her and it really made an impact on me. 🙂 I would love to win the e-book and read some of Julie’s kindness
I love that!
I love to find the kindness in the little things. My neighbor brought out my trash cans when he knew my husband was out of town for work. So fun to receive & give kindness to others. I’m going to subscribe to your blog also & get a second entry to the contest. 🙂
What a great neighbor! Thanks for subscribing, Shelley!
Kindness is shown to me daily by my sweet children. Today I was getting stressed trying to get to an appt ontime and still had 3 naked kids running around, making me more stressed because I never give myself enough time for all I need to do. Anyways my 4 year old takes the initiative on his own to get himself ready as well as his 2 year old brother, clothes, gel, the works and then goes downstairs and starts loading the kooler bag up with ice packs to help me
What sweet boys!! I love that, Kerri! And I’m going to have a third baby this summer and already freak out on a regular basis when I think about trying to get aNOTHER person out the door…eek! Glad you have a good helper! ;o)
When I had my second baby, so many people brought us meals. Even some people who didn’t know us that well. It was such a blessing. Now I want to do the same act of kindness when others have babies!
I totally agree – a meal delivered to your house when you’re exhausted is nothing short of magical! :o)
Cristi L. says
My hubby is deployed so I needed a sitter every Thursday so I could go to work. The mom of the girl I hired asked if she could pay her instead of me. Be still my heart. Kindness matters. Little is so big!
I want to hug her! Thanks for sharing, Cristi!
I was touched by a neighbor who shoveled my walk and long driveway before 7am on a day that I had to get to the doctor with no time to spare!
Happy Home Fairy is so encouraging to me. Julie is an inspiration! She brings kindness as well as tells how she navigates the difficult times. Now I signed up for Bet on Dinner.
Bring on the Kindness. I hope to pass it on.
I agree, I love Julie’s transparency!! Also love how your neighbor cared for you. Thanks for sharing and for subscribing!