3.30.2015

Kindness by Design #3: Thank You Notes



Happy Monday, lovelies! Today's Kindness by Design tip is a simple trick that happens to help feed my stationery addiction. Here's the jist: Be good at saying thank you. Keep a supply of thank you notes where you're most likely to actually use them. 

If you're anything like me, you take more mental notes to say Thank You than you are able to follow up on. Maybe a colleague saved your butt, or a service provider went above and beyond to make sure you were happy, or a favourite Etsy shop sent you some extra goodies and you want to shout THANKS from the top of your lungs. Unfortunately, life works against your best intentions sometimes. So the trick? Make it easy.


THREE WAYS TO ROCK THANK YOU NOTES:


1. Stash Thank You cards where you need them.
Saying thank you at the office is highly underrated--and doesn't always come naturally. I find that keeping a stash of thank you cards in my desk drawer has made it much easier to thank colleagues for everything from covering my duties when I'm away or planning an extra special coffee break. Depending on where you spend most of your time, you may want to focus your stash elsewhere. The important thing is that you're ready.


2. Bring Thank You notes with you on the go.
In addition to my desk drawer, your car's glove compartment or even your purse are useful places to keep an extra stash of thank you cards. Neighbour shovel your walkway? Hairdresser do an extra amazing job? Grab a note as soon as you notice and say thanks. 


3. Use social media to shout it out.
Taking a selfie of a yourself holding a "Thank You" sign and then posting it on social media is a cute way to show your gratitude online. Depending on what you're saying "thanks" for, you could replace the signage with whatever you need. Thanking an Etsy seller? Hold up their product with a smile. Thanking a restaurant for great service? Take a thumbs up selfie outside their sign. If you're not into selfies, you can always use the same technique using simple text based photos or ready-made graphics. Tag the person or place that you're thankful for, and breathe easy knowing you just rocked gratitude like a champion. 



If you're starting a stash of thank you cards, it's important that they be applicable to many situations. Here are a few of my favourites:


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What is your favourite way to say thank you?




The objective of the Kindness by Design series is to build thoughtfulness into your day to day life and make random acts of kindness an easier thing to accomplish. 


3.26.2015

Idea Box Link Party: Week #3



Happy Thursday my lovelies! Welcome back to Idea Box. I am super excited for another great week of features, and to see what you've all been up to!


In case you're just joining us now:
Idea Box is a new weekly link party for bloggers to share all of their creative posts---recipes, home decor, DIY projects, gardening tips, good advice... Whatever your creative heart desires. For the first little while, Idea Box will be open from Thursday - Tuesday to give you all plenty of time to link up and tell all your friends.


Now, check out what your hosts have been up to!



Now for the party features!









21 Rosemary Lane: Pretty Spring Rainboot Wreath

I love how a simple update to a store-bought wreath both showcases an adorable pair of boots that a child grew out of, and perfectly showcases what spring is all about. Jumping in puddles is what spring is all about! Head over to 21 Rosemary Lane and show some love for Barbara's wreath makeover.


Hoopla Palooza: Spring Tree Cakepops

Nothing screams nature better than lollipop trees and itty bitty birds. The fact that these cakepops are also edible makes this one of the most fun spring ideas I have ever seen. Hop on over to Hoopla Palooza to tell Lisa how adorable her cake pop creations are!


Sadie Seasongoods: √Čire Go Bragh: Ireland in a Jar

I know it's a faux pas to feature the same blogger two weeks in a row, but I couldn't resist featuring this Ireland in a Jar from Sadie Seasongoods. I need itty bitty sheep in my life! In a jar! Ah! I can't believe how amazingly adorable this is, and it fits right in with my love of gnomes and folklore and green hilly places. Be sure to tell Sadie how amazing this idea is.


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Carole @ CreativeClementine





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Now, onto this week's party!

Simple Party Rules:
1. Please follow your hosts.
2. Only link up personal content-- there are no rules about the content, as long as it's family friendly!
3. Please visit at least three other links and leave comments/make new friends. It isn't a party if you link and run!!
4. Please link back to one of our blogs or grab our button below.
5. You can add up to three links each week.

Remember that by linking up, you are giving the hosts permission to use your images/content on our blogs and/or social media. Proper credit and links will always be given. The link up starts every Thursday at 6am EST, and closes the following Tuesday.


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Idea Box is a weekly Link Party that opens Thursdays at 6am ET and ends Tuesdays at 6am. Idea Box is hosted by:
Mila @ MilasLittleThings  ||  Carole @ CreativeClementine  ||  Danielle @ SundaesandSpaghetti  ||  Christy @ ChristysCookingCreations  ||  Cyndee @ ChristmansCreations

3.23.2015

Kindness by Design #2: Online Displays of Affection



Today's quick life tip is a little more modern than last week's:  Schedule some relationship TLC via the internet--show online displays of affection. 

When life gets busy, it's not a bad idea to dedicate ten minutes a week or even twenty minutes a month planning some public displays of affection. Tools like Tweetdeck and Hootsuite make it super easy to look like you are on the ball with life at all times. Don't just use it to schedule posts for business--use it to sustain your personal life, too.

You never need to look like a mean forgetful person again! Technology has your back.



THREE EASY WAYS FOR ONLINE DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION:


1. "Throwback Thursday"
Tool of choice: Facebook scheduling tool

Everyone loves a good ol' throwback Thursday pic. Bust out your old photos and schedule a few #TBT posts as often as you think you need it. This comes with one drawback: Instagram, while popular for TBT, is not scheduling friendly (hence the "insta"). Facebook is a tough one to properly tag people on via scheduling tools like Hootsuite, but you can schedule it right on FB now. Fancy, right?





2. "Follow Friday" 
Tool of choice: Hootsuite or Tweetdeck

Whether you run a business, a blog, or a personal brand (or all of the above), it is never a bad idea to show some #FF love. As with any #FF post, try to state a clear purpose with your tweet rather than just randomly listing people. Schedule a few in advance of special occasions, holidays, or other timelines that fit. For example, you may decide to post an #FF tweet after Christmas to thank the shops you got gifts from.





3. Birthday Wishes
Tool of choice: Facebook scheduling tool, or Boomerang for Gmail

You can use either of the above methods to reach out to someone on their birthday, but sometimes you want to get a little more personal and a little less public. This is where good ol' fashioned email comes in. I use Boomerang for Gmail to schedule emails in advance.





Do you use schedulers to keep up on your relationships?? And if not... do you think you'll start? How? :)





The objective of the Kindness by Design series is to build thoughtfulness into your day to day life and make random acts of kindness an easier thing to accomplish. 

3.19.2015

Idea Box Link Party: Week #2


Hello again, my lovelies! I am so glad you've stumbled back yonder for Week #2 of the Idea Box link party.


Idea Box is a new weekly link party for bloggers to share all of their creative posts---recipes, home decor, DIY projects, gardening tips, good advice... Whatever your creative heart desires. For the first little while, Idea Box will be open from Thursday - Tuesday to give you all plenty of time to link up and tell all your friends.


Now, check out what your hosts have been up to!




Now for the party features!





Congrats to Enchanted Homeschooling Mom blog for being the very first Most-Viewed feature on the Idea Box link party! How exciting! This guest post by Erin from The Usual Mayhem is a great read. Check it out!







Up on the Hill: Bright Colors in the Entryway

This is an absolutely lovely entrance! I can only imagine how welcome all of Karen's guests feel when they step through that adorable door. Check out Karen's blog to read the full story and let her know how cute her house is!



Sadie Seasongoods: Spring Forward (but don't trip)

Can you tell I have a spring itch? I can't believe how adorable the combination of an old umbrella and some craft flowers can be. Check out the full post over at Sadie Seasongoods and tell Sadie how awesome this looks!



Three Kids and a Fish: No Bake Key Lime Pie

Key lime pie is one of the few things in this world that pulls my heart strings. Or whatever the tastebud equivalent of heartstrings are. This recipe from Cathy of Three Kids and a Fish is simple and definitely worth trying. Check out the recipe and let me know if you try it!



Make sure you follow your hosts! You may be one of their features.


Mila @ MilasLittleThings
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Now, onto this week's party!

Simple Party Rules:
1. Please follow your hosts.
2. Only link up personal content-- there are no rules about the content, as long as it's family friendly!
3. Please visit at least three other links and leave comments/make new friends. It isn't a party if you link and run!!
4. Please link back to one of our blogs or grab our button below.
5. You can add up to three links each week.

Remember that by linking up, you are giving the hosts permission to use your images/content on our blogs and/or social media. Proper credit and links will always be given. The link up starts every Thursday at 6am EST, and closes the following Tuesday.


Party button:

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Add your links:







Idea Box is a weekly Link Party that opens Thursdays at 6am ET and ends Tuesdays at 6am. Idea Box is hosted by:
Mila @ MilasLittleThings  ||  Carole @ CreativeClementine  ||  Danielle @ SundaesandSpaghetti  ||  Christy @ ChristysCookingCreations  ||  Cyndee @ ChristmansCreations