Today, November 13, 2020 is World Kindness Day! This is one of my favorite days of the year, because I’m a big fan of being kind, teaching others to be kind and kindness in general. I mean who isn’t? Well, unfortunately, not everyone is. This pandemic has brought out both the best and worst sides of people. It’s just the world we live in these days. But the only thing I can do about it, is spread the word and attempt to live my life being kind. I feel I’ve taught my kids to be kind at home with their words, and actions and at school as well. I teach them to go the extra mile. Hold the door open a little longer, pick up something someone dropped, give compliments, reach out to your Grandparents just to say “hello”, and smile! Such easy stuff! And I hope they teach their children to be kind as well.
So on this day, I thought I would share a little bit about what World Kindness day is from Inspire Kindness. Plus, us adults need a reminder from time to time to just SLOW DOWN and do something nice for someone now and again!
World Kindness Day is a global day that promotes the importance of being kind to each other, to yourself, and to the world. This day, celebrated on November 13 of each year, has the purpose is to help everyone understand that compassion for others is what binds us all together. This understanding has the power to bridge the gap between nations.
Ways to Be Kind
Here’s a quick list also by Inspire Kindness:
“Being kind doesn’t need to look or be extravagant. Sometimes the simplest things make the most significant difference! Here are a few simple ideas and ways to be helpful on World Kindness Day in the workplace, at school, with your loved ones, or even while out running errands. Look for opportunities while you go through your day to infuse kindness into someone’s day. It’ll change their day and yours for the better!”
Smile when you walk by others
Write positive messages on post-it notes and leave them for people to find
Call a relative you haven’t spoken to in a while
Tidy up around your house
Pick up trash you see on the ground outside and throw it in a garbage can
Hold the door open for someone
Chat with a stranger and ask them about their day
Pay for a stranger’s coffee or meal
Send a positive or encouraging text to five people in your contacts
Surprise someone with flowers
Tell a family member or friend you love them
Write a note on the receipt at a restaurant for your server
Offer to help with someone’s errands
Give a surprise gift to someone you care about
Send a kind card or note to a friend
Surprise co-workers with home-baked cookies or treats
Plant a tree
Spend less time on your phone and more time with people you care about
Organize a workplace giving campaign
Offer a classmate help with homework
Talk to someone new
Give someone a hug
These all sound like some pretty easy ways to be kind! So get out there, (the day isn’t over yet!) and spread some KINDNESS & enjoy the rest of your day!
With the long, President’s Day weekend ahead of me last week, I decided to head to Westlake Village, Ca and visit some of my friends and family. As always, I had a great trip home! After a great lunch with my Mom & Dad in Oxnard, I was able to go see my brother’s place in Port Hueneme. He lives right at the end of the naval base and has the most stunning view of the ocean from his beautifully remodeled condo.
Later that evening, I was able to connect with my girlfriends from high school, where we attended the First Annual Valentine Wine Hop! For just $40, my friend and I each received a five-flight tasting at three separate wineries. Plus, we received 25% off any bottle of wine we decided to purchase that evening. What a great deal!
Our first stop was Lucas Sellers. Located in a little industrial area of Moorpark, CA. This place was absolutely adorable! We honestly could have stayed there ALL night. Not only was it adorable, but we enjoyed the wines and the overall ambiance. It was so quaint and cozy, with comfortable couches and seating areas set up all over the place. The place is also family friendly (babies and kids welcome!), the staff was super sweet and knowledgeable, and a band was getting ready to set up as we were leaving. I can’t wait to go back again. We may never leave!
Another bonus for me in this location, is that there is a brewery across the way called Enegren Brewing. My hubby doesn’t drink wine, so it would be a perfect place to hang out, as there are picnic tables between the two places where you can enjoy beer and wine together. Unfortunately, you can’t bring beer into the winery, or wine into the brewery due to licensing restrictions, but the “in between” section covers it so we could easily hang out together. There was also a food truck so you can grab some nibbles during your visit.
Our second stop was McGregor’s Craft Beer & Wine. This place was great too! This is located in a quaint little strip mall, also in Moorpark. There was a great little bar for tasting, games and plenty of seating for our group, as we collected a few more friends along the way. We ordered an amazing charcutterie board, a flat bread pizza that was absolutely to die for and of course… our wine flight, which was also amazing. We even brought home a nice bottle of Chardonnay. Also a huge plus for me, was their fabulous selection of craft beers. I would highly recommend this for any fun date night! At this point in the evening, I admit, I forgot to take more pictures. But I did snap a pic of our beautiful wine flight and the yummy chocolates they provided as a palate cleanser. It was really good too!
We unfortunately started too late to make it to the last winery, Cavaletti Vineyards, and I’m super bummed about that! But I promise to make it back soon and check it out!
I’m so blessed to have had such and fun and productive trip. I was able to help out my Mother in Law with some stuff around her house, see both my Mom and Dad AND one of my brother’s, and on Sunday, I was able to see all three of my nephew’s, their wives, two great-nephew’s and meet (and hold) my great-niece, who is just as cute as a button! I thank God for my friends and family every day. They’re the ones who get me through!
So… I was on Instagram and saw this ad for TextsFromSanta.com! My son is almost 11 and I figure my time with him believing in Santa is limited, so I wanted to check this out. And, I’m so gad I did! For just $15 (I believe) I signed him up to get daily texts from Santa Claus. Screenshots above are right from my Son’s phone. So cute, right?
And as a side note, the ONLY reason my 10, almost 11 year old, has a phone is because he walks home from school every day. Since I don’t have my eye on him at all times, I believe it is necessary for him to have a phone so we can contact each other. My daughter didn’t get her first phone until 7th grade. But, if your child doesn’t have a phone, I don’t see why you couldn’t sign up on your own phone and show them to your littles from there!
Anyhoo… I completely forgot that I had signed up for this service and my son was showing it to my husband Sunday night when he received the first text. My husband immediately flipped out. He called me into the room to show me and his face had a look of horror on it as he was thinking, “Who the HECK is sending him these texts??” I had to stifle my laugh and quickly moved him to the other room to tell him that it was legit and I had set it up and it wasn’t some creepy person pretending to be Santa.
So, he has been getting texts since Sunday and he’s super stoked. I provided the information on my son’s name, what city we lived in and the name of our elf. You can also give them your pet’s information if you have one and they’ll incorporate that into your child’s text as well.
The only small downfall I see is that my son has been texting him back in response, with no response back from Santa. And how could they? I get it! But, it would be super cool if they had some sort of auto-reply, or an “out-of-office” reply, if you will, just so he knows that Santa is busy and can’t get back to him. No biggie though, I just told him that it would take Santa a lot of time to text everyone back too, so he’s just giving updates on what’s going on in the North Pole. Easy explanation!
So far for me, it’s totally worth $15 to see the smile on his face. I don’t want him to ever lose this innocence, and I absolutely LOVE that he still believes! If I can do it again next year, then I definitely will. In fact, I’m probably committed to it now… and I’m hoping to get a couple more years of believing from him, as long as nobody ruins it for him!