In Memory

Today is a day that will live on in my memory for the rest of my life.  18 years ago we as a country experienced the horrific events of 9/11.  We must always remember those who perished that day and do our best to honor their memory.

So in memory of those who lost their lives on 9/11 today I challenge you to engage in an act of kindness.  Purchase a cup of coffee for the person in line behind you; hold open the door for someone; smile and wish someone a good morning.  Just be nice to everyone you meet today.

I think that is the best way we can honor the memory of those who lost their lives on 9/11.

KINDNESS MATTERS – pass it on.


Card Making for a Cause

Over the past year my husband and I have been privileged to participate as Honor Flight greeters where we welcome our veterans who have come to the Nation’s Capitol to see the monuments. Now we have the distinct pleasure of serving as Guardians for a local Honor Bus.

On Saturday September 7, Jim and I will accompany Veterans from the local area on a trip to Washington, DC to see the sights. We are so excited for this opportunity to honor our Veterans and give back to them in this small way. Part of the Honor Flight/Honor Bus experience is the SURPRISE mail call on the return trip. During mail call Veterans receive cards and letters from family and friends. What a wonderful idea!

To support our local honor bus I am hosting a FREE card making for a cause event this Sunday, July 28. I have three time slots scheduled 1 – 2 pm; 2 – 3 pm; and 3 -4 pm with space for 10 participants at each time slot. If you are local to the Leesburg, VA area and would like to participate, please sign up for one block of time through my Eventbrite links.

To register for the 1 – 2 pm time slot click here

To register for the 2 -3 pm time slot click here

To register for the 3 -4 pm time slot click here


Spread Kindness

Do you care about someone? Yes? Well then tell them!

Paper Pumpkin and Stampin’ Up! are all about sharing kindness through creativity. And as dedicated as we are to making a difference with our papercrafting, sometimes we just don’t have a card on hand when we need it most.

Enter June’s Paper Pumpkin kit. It helps subscribers share random acts of kindness whenever inspiration strikes—and in a fun and easy way.  Check out the video below for a sneak peek at June’s Paper Pumpkin kit and then be sure to order it here by June 10th. You won’t want to miss this one!


Ain’t no big thing

My day begins early – I mean really early. I am up at 3:30 am, out of the house by 4:30 am, and at work by 5:30 am. After working a full day (and it’s not hard labor – just a lot of research and writing) I’m back home by 4:00 pm and everything that entails. Cooking dinner, doing the dishes, laundry, and a dozen other things that need to get done to keep the family running. So when little unexpected surprises come my way my day so much brighter.

I’m not talking about winning the lottery kind of surprises, just the little everyday small acts of thoughtfulness and kindness that mean so much. Maybe it’s seeing a rainbow on your drive home that brings a smile or hearing your favorite song on the radio. Yesterday it was two simple acts of caring that made my whole day brighter. First, I came home to find that my son had unloaded the dishwasher – Joy! It’s no big thing but the fact that he noticed it needed to be done and did it was just such a wonderful surprise and shows me he cares. Next I go upstairs to change and see that my husband has folded my laundry for me. Again – no big deal but the fact he took the time to do this small act of kindness for me made my day.

It’s not the grand gestures that mean the most to me – it’s the little everyday acts of kindness and thoughtfulness that make me happy. Whether it’s a friendly “hello, how are you today” from a stranger or my family helping in unexpected ways, these little gestures go a long way.

One way I like to sprinkle kindness around is with a pretty handmade card. Sometimes I will write a note and send a card to someone unexpectedly or I will give one of my cards to someone who has been helpful and kind. I’ve given them to bank tellers, receptionists at the doctor’s office, the cashier at the food store. Each and every time I have give out a card the recipient is always so surprised and grateful. What a great way to sprinkle some kindness around.

So what do you do to spread kindness around and show others you care? It doesn’t have to be a big, grand gesture. It’s the small, thoughtful acts that mean the most. So today I challenge you to show kindness in some little way. Remember, it ain’t no big thing to show others you care.


Kindness – pass it on

Have you ever had a bad day – the kind where everything just seems to go wrong? I sure have. And have you also noticed how one small act of kindness can turn your whole day around? Again, I sure have. Some days is just seems like nothing can go right and then BAM – someone smiles at me or says hello, or holds a door open for me and suddenly, my day takes a turn for the better. I love these moments as they remind me that even small acts of kindness can have a profound impact.

In a world that increasingly relies on social media to define self worth, it is easy to forget how important personal interaction can be for our mental well being. A kind smile, a friendly hello, or a “nice to see you” greeting may seem small, but like a pebble thrown into the water creates ever increasing ripples, to too are the rippling effects of that random kindness. Those effects can be far reaching – your smile at a stranger on the train causes them to say good morning to the barista serving coffee, who in turn greets the next customer with a nice to see you, which causes that person to hold open the door for a someone with their hands full and on and on. Small random acts of kindness that connect us all and make the world a friendlier place to live in.

The desire to pass on acts of kindness is one of the reasons I love being a Stampin’ Up demonstrator. Making beautiful cards and 3D items to share with others makes me happy. I keep a stash of blank cards in my purse and randomly pass them out to people I meet. Most are surprised at first but then are excited to receive the card and often exclaim – Oh I know just who I am going to send this too! – Ripple effects – I love it! I am sure the recipient of that care will pay it forward with their own act of kindness.

Stampin’ Up makes it so easy to help you create beautiful cards so you too can spread kindness around. Our monthly Paper Pumpkin subscription kit comes with everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) you need to create beautiful cards to share. Check out a sneak peek of the June kit here.

Doesn’t that look like fun? Order your kit here by June 10th and start spreading kindness.

Order your kit by June 10th!