Since moving to Florida, I’ve encountered more homeless people standing on our freeway off ramps since leaving Los Angeles many years ago.
I used to turn my head and ignore their gaze so I would not be confronted with their suffering. Whether self-inflicted or a victim of circumstance, we still have more than them.
An easy way that I’ve changed my attitude and opened my heart is keeping little Blessing Bags in my car. I started in December.
You know those snacks that you buy every week, that your children devour until one day they completely stop? Well, I found a great place for them to go. Give them to someone in need.
What’s in my Blessing Bag?
- Fruit and nut bars and/or granola bars
- A word of kindness, a card, a flyer for church
- Bottled water/fruit juices/v8s
- Soap, shampoo, conditioner (from hotel stays)
- Toothbrush/Toothpaste (extra from dentist’s offices)
I make a variety, place them in a Ziploc bag in the backseat pocket and welcome those in need to my car. Someone even mentioned if you have an old purse that you don’t want anymore, you could give it to a woman that you see in need, packed with necessities.
Just a thought to spread a little kindness.
Now on to the party…
A big THANK YOU to everyone that stopped by and linked up for Week of Love!! We definitely saw and felt the love and inspiration in all of the posts received! This week, we’re still celebrating, but we’re now celebrating two birthdays!!! Natasha and Stacey both celebrated their birthday on Sunday – be sure to wish them a Happy Birthday!!!
We are so happy to have you all join us for another amazing week!
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Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!
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Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings | April from April Noelle | Tina from The Happy Creations | Tiffany from MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Kelly from Making-More | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Tenns from Bliss & Faith | Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith | Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess | Ginger from Does Your Sister Have Normal Hair | Free from Couponin Diva | Kori from Just Another Mom | Bev from Eclectic Red Barn | Dawn from Pretty Shabby UK | Anuja from All I Do
And welcome our awesome guest hosts for February!
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Here are the Featured posts from last week!
April chose Acts of Kindness: How to Use Kind Words in Beautiful Ways from Medium Sized Family. “Being kind is not just for the Christmas season.”
April chose 10 Healthy Snacks Perfect for Your Purse from Gym Craft Laundry. “As I try my best to keep my eating in line with my workouts, I really appreciated this post.”
Stacey also chose this post. “I love this! I have been trying to find healthier options to add to my day to day eating, and these would all make great options for snack times. Thank you so much for sharing!”
Anne chose Chopped Marinated Italian Salad from Morgan Manages Mommyhood. “I love chopped salads and Italian Food, a win-win.”
Anne chose Tips for Promoted Pins on Pinterest from Not So Shabby Gabby. “This post has a lot of useful information!”
Celeste chose DIY Map Love Hearts of Your Family from The Red Painted Cottage. “I love these heart maps! What a neat way to remember places with special meaning!”
Celeste chose DIY mail organizer from cereal box from our very own Anuja from All I Do. “You can make these mail organizers with things you have around the home. They’re so thrifty and perfect for organizing the home!”
Tina also chose this post. “A nice way to organize your mail without spending much money. Very useful and beautiful.Thanks for sharing this with us.”
Bev chose Apricot Cashew Bites from Clean Eats for My Sweets. “I love to have healthy bites on hand. They can satisfy your sweet craving but not blow your diet.”
Bev chose Lemon Cupcakes with Marshmallow Meringue from our very own Silvie from My Silly Little Gang. “These meringue cupcakes are so great for spring or anytime to that matter. How can you go wrong with that marshmallow meringue?”
Abiola chose Mom-fession: What I Didn’t Tell You from Reviews, Chews, and How-Tos.
Abiola chose Herd-Full Wishes from Paper Seedlings. “It is an easy-peasy sweet diy that is guaranteed to capture a young one’s heart, anytime, anyway.”
Chris chose Healthy Peanut Butter Granola Bars Recipe from A Heart Full of Love. “Look delicious and seem easy to make with things I have in my kitchen!”
Chris chose Easy to Make Everyday Homemade Granola Recipe from Making It In the Mountains. “Looks delicious and easy to make.”
Stacey chose Chocolate Lovers’ Cacao Almond Butter Superfood Smoothie from Urban Naturale. “This looks wonderful. I am a major chocoholic, myself and think that this would definitely cover that craving completely. Thank you for sharing!”
Heather chose Mango Cupcakes from Morsels of Life. “I love this recipe for Mango Cupcakes from Morsels of Life. We have a little friend who’s allergic to eggs, and this would be a great recipe for a play date snack.”
Heather chose Sausage and Corn Chowder from Tornadough Alli. “Savory sausage, sweet corn in a creamy soup that’s ready in less than an hour? Yum. This Sausage and Corn Chowder from Tornadough Alli sounds perfect for a weeknight dinner.”
Tina chose Butterscotch haystacks from The Typical Mom. “Wonderful creation for Easter. Great activity to make with kids, beautiful decoration.Thanks for sharing your recipe with us.”
Natasha chose The Importance of Blogging Authentically from Morgan Manages Mommyhood. “Great post!!! It’s true; sometimes we get lost in what is good for the blog rather than what is good for the soul. Blogging authentically is something we should all strive to do! Thanks for sharing.”
Natasha chose Lose the Cape! (A Book Review) from Pastries, Pumps, and Pi. “Can I admit that I’m absolutely loving this book??!!! Tameka has done an excellent job summarizing this book, and it’s definitely making me excited about reading it myself. I have said numerous times what I would or would not do once I had a child. All of it went out the window once I had my son!”
The post with the most views was How I Got Over 1,000 Views In My First Month Of Blogging from The Tightwad Teacher.
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And the Best of the Best goes to…
Healthy Peanut Butter Granola Bars Recipe from A Heart Full of Love
10 Healthy Snacks Perfect for Your Purse from Gym Craft Laundry
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