Thirty Days of Thankful and NaBloPoMo Day 15: Shoes

Our family is quite obsessed with shoes (have you seen the cute ones the kids have on over there in the sidebar?). ‘lil Man owns the least, but even he has over ten pairs.

 

The first weekend I spent visiting Greg during our long-distance relationship, I swear to you he brought 6 different pairs of shoes and then we had to go back to his house to get another pair. I can’t make this stuff up.

 

When you walk in the door, there is a basket that holds the adult shoes. Under the bannister is another basket holding the kids’ shoes. These are just the shoes we decide to keep downstairs. There are plenty more up in our rooms.

 

Today, we are thankful for shoes that keep our feet warm and dry, especially on winter days.

 

I might not be living my life surrounded by shoes ala Carrie in Sex and the City, but I sure am living a happy life surrounded by my kids, my husband, and all their shoes. 😉

 

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Not everyone is lucky to have shoes. I just learned that my workplace is doing a drive for http://www.shoesthatfit.org/, a charity dedicated to collecting and distributing shoes for children in need. They are asking for shoes that kids can wear outside and run and play in. This weekend, I’ll be taking the kids to help me pick out some shoes for this drive. If you’re interested in helping out, comment below and we’ll arrange a meet-up by the end of the month.

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NaBloPoMo November 2012

Thirty Days of Thankful and NaBloPoMo Day 13: Random Acts of Kindness

Did you know that today is World Kindness Day? It’s a day to take a little something you know about someone and do something random to show that you appreciate them or care about them. Pretty nifty idea.

Today, we are thankful for people who’ve executed random acts of kindness to us in the past. Specifically, I am thinking about some people who really helped me out when I was pregnant with and first had Arianna.

I was a single mom with not a lot of money (but making literally just enough to not get assistance). In those days, I kept randomly finding the things I needed at the right times. Specifically, a Target gift card in my school mailbox in pretty much the exact amount to get her soy formula to last me until Christmas and a stuffed sheep with cash in the collar stick out big time. People knew a ‘lil something about me and reached out to help. I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to say thank you enough to the people who randomly helped me at that time (especially because a lot of the help was anonymous), but I really am thankful for those random acts.

What ways can you execute Random Acts of Kindness today? Did you know that Pittsburgh has an entire team dedicated to spreading kindness across our city (and the world)? We sure do! Go check outhttp://www.secretagentl.com/ to learn more about how you can participate in RAKs!

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NaBloPoMo November 2012

Thirty Days of Thankful and NaBloPoMo Day 12: Rest

Hello, internet world. I have been pretty quiet for the past two days, and for good reason. I’ve been getting lots of rest, and for that, I am so thankful.

You see, on Friday, I took a dizzy spell that was way different from the vertigo I occasionally get. Turned out, I have a double ear infection. Saturday, I sort of outdid myself. Greg had dental work in the morning. We taught a coupon class. We went to a friend’s candle party. We visited a new grocery store. We stopped in at our neighbor’s 50th birthday party. We called the kids to say good night. I went to bed, exhausted, by 11:00 PM.

With the exception of visiting the bathroom and switching between Ari’s bed (near the bathroom) and my own bed, I was in bed for 35 hours, finally getting out this morning at 10 AM. I ate my first food then, too. In 35 hours, I’ve drank 1 1/2 bottles of Powerade and that’s all I could hold down. (I normally drink 125 ounces of water at work alone, so you know something’s up.) Apparently, I’m either reacting to my antibiotic or caught a virus on top of my sinus infection turned ear infection. So glad I got a flu shot, huh?

Today, I was still feeling dizzy, hot/cold spells (fighting an off and on 102 degree fever is oh.so.fun), a headache, and my stomach muscles are in a lot of pain. Dehydration is probably where I am at, but I’ve been working on forcing liquids today. Hopefully tomorrow I will be back to my jolly self after all this rest. ‘lil Man acts scared of me (who wouldn’t, though? I look all haggard with puke-crusted hair and a cold cloth to my head) and Arianna tries to be my nurse but doesn’t understand why I can’t help her clean her toy room.

In addition, I’ve met passed my third big goal, but I am not logging it on Lose It until next week if I hold it off–right now I am blaming the sickness.

For those of you who’ve known I’ve been under the weather and have been thinking of me (and Greg, he’s such a trooper!), thank you. I promise to be back to my good ‘ol self soon.

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NaBloPoMo November 2012

Thirty Days of Thankful and NaBloPoMo Day 10: Value

Today, on a day we taught a coupon workshop with The Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project and visited a new local grocery store full of great values on name brand items, I am thankful for value. Saving money is a big part of why we are where we are today. Penny pinching, coupon clipping, and searching for deals has been a huge help for us.

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NaBloPoMo November 2012

Thirty Days of Thankful and NaBloPoMo Day 9: Safety

Today, I am thankful for safety.

As I was driving in to work early to go to my alma mater to hear my company’s CEO speak, I got backed up on 28. There was a multi-vehicle accident, but it made my day off to a slower start than I’d have liked. Nonetheless, I was safe.

As I walked into my building after the event, I felt extremely dizzy, nauseous, and out of it. Nothing happened, but I went to MedExpress then home. Turns out I have a good ‘ol set of ear infections. I was safe from what I was scared of — low sugar! Greg came to get me so I wouldn’t have to drive home, again, keeping me safe.

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I’d love to share with you some of the great things I learned about my company and leadership. One of these days, I might, but in the mean time, you should head over to see what Back’nGrooveMom had to say about it, so fun!

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NaBloPoMo November 2012

Thirty Days of Thankful and NaBloPoMo Day 8: Literacy

One thing I do not take for granted is the ability to read and write. I started reading at an early age and honestly can’t remember life without books. When I was pregnant with both kids, I read to them. Every night, we read books before bed. Last night, Evan read us words from a book as we sat on the couch.

I cannot imagine life without words, without literacy.

Later, I’ll post about a book I recently read. Thanks to blogging, my reading list has been lit up this year, and I am glad to get to share these experiences (and words) with you.

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NaBloPoMo November 2012

Thirty Days of Thankful and NaBloPoMo Day 7: Healthy Eating

It’s funny that I am writing a blog post today about being thankful for Healthy Eating when, admittedly, I enjoyed part of a very delicious apple from Applelicious (http://www.apples4you.com/), a local gourmet chocolate apple company. Ahem.

Anyways, I am thankful that a ‘lil over a year ago I began a journey of healthy eating and exercise that has made me feel and look better. You know, healthy eating isn’t all that awful. I enjoy so many delicious recipes, and have even found ways to enjoy my favorite foods without feeling guilty. (Like that apple…I just will exercise more and accommodate by adjusting my other foods when I eat like that.)

Today is National Healthy Eating Day (through the American Heart Association), and they are sharing 5 Goals to Healthy Eating which are actually goals that I’ve been using to do what I’ve done so far:

1.     Eat more fruits and vegetables.

2.     Eat more whole-grain foods.

3.     Use olive, canola or safflower oil as your main kitchen fat.

4.     Eat more chicken, fish and beans than other meats.

5.     Read food labels to help you choose healthy foods.

 

Simple ways to be healthy, things that I am thankful for!

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NaBloPoMo November 2012