Monday, July 28, 2014

day 242 : {sneak peek} & your LAST CHANCE for the August box

happy monday!
i hope you had a great weekend ; blake finished a TRIATHLON yesterday! so super proud of him! i had to work all day, so i missed it {total bummer}, but he told me ALL about it! ;) 

its almost august, which means that this months be nice boxes are heading out the door! 
they ship first thing wednesday morning and there are still EIGHT boxes left! 
the theme is 'hi, my friend' and all of the good deeds are about reconnecting with people in our lives! 

i am still waiting on two items from our artists! i am really happy with the way this box came together. i actually scrapped the entire month and started over because i didn't love it! i am really happy with our awesome artists this month! 

you can join us here

Friday, July 25, 2014

day 241 : kindness carousel {WEEK 18}

here we go ; a handful of the kindest & most inspiring links on the web!

1) we are lucky to live a few blocks away from lake harriet. around the lake, there is a tree with a tiny elf door ; where kids {and adults} can write a note & come back and get a response. this article was just written about the 20th anniversary of the elf! {photo is from the article}

2) todd parr is my all-time favorite children's author. last fall, he gave this interview. its short & sweet ; but gosh, i just want to be friends with him in real life! {we have emailed back & forth, so lets say we are making progress ;)}

3) world kindness day will happen in november. heather wrote this post last fall! never a bad time to brush up & plan future good deeds!

4) woo hoo! ------> this really is the nicest bike share program in the us!

5) another one of my all-time favorite youtube videos of all-time! {here}


6) i blog about my love of little free libraries quite often ; head to their blog to stay updated and inspired by their awesome movement.

7) thoughts on this? -----> STOP performing random acts of kindness! 

8) LOVE THIS! can germany end hunger with this new program?

any rad links you want to share?
see you tomorrow!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

day 240 : leave a {plantable} note for a stranger

another super-simple good deed today!
{you see a theme here, right? it only takes a min to make someones day brighter!}

in the july box, everybody received two plantable mini-cards from the folks at bloomin'.
{bonus: the cards are on clearance right now if you want to grab a few!}
whenever i order items for the box, i always grab a few extras for myself ; because hello, i want to play, too! ;)

i know i have talked a thousand times about all of the little free libraries in my neighborhood {on an average hour long walk, no matter the route, i will find between 5 & 10 LFL!} ; i thought leaving a note inside one would be fun!
the cards are pretty small, so i just wrote a little message & then taped the envelope inside.
the super-cool thing about these cards? the colored piece on the front {bloomin' has a bunch of different colors and insects to choose from} comes out & is full of wildflower seeds! so you can keep the note AND plant the paper!
fun, right? 
these cards are super cute & would be great to keep a few on hand!
the august boxes will ship next week & there are still 10 boxes left! 
head here to grab one!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

day 239 : colored pencils + cute postcards

one of the items in the july box was a fashion postcard from nina chakrabarti. these postcards are so awesome because you can COLOR them! there are a bunch of different designs & all super fun! 
i took some time this morning to put on harry potter & color a postcard for my sister! 
i popped it in the mail & she should be receiving it today // tomorrow! 
you can check out nina's work here.
and you can sign up for the august be nice box here! {they ship next week!} 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

day 238 : water bottles & saving the planet

this one is super easy, folks! 

its really no secret that blake & i work really hard to reduce our environmental footprint. we only buy local &/or organic, we stay away from big chain and box stores. we don't own a car. we only purchase clothes from secondhand stores. ect ect.
we also don't buy or use disposable plastic water bottles. blake keeps a coffee travel mug with him at all times, so he doesn't have to use a disposable cup. and we have a shelf full of different size reusable bottles for biking, hot yoga, ect.

a few weeks ago, we biked to st paul for the 40th anniversary 'prairie home companion' show. blake had to work a bit, and i laid in the grass and listened to the show.
i went in to one of the buildings to fill up my bottle {the show was held on a college campus} and found this : 

i love this! i love the visual reminder that each and every person can make a difference. 
even when disposable water bottles are recycled, they still take SO much energy and resources to produce. and the bottles that get tossed in the trash sit in landfills for SO long!
{ps : this water bottle is insulated and so awesome for summer bike rides!}
and how pretty is this view on our ride back?!

Monday, July 21, 2014

day 237 : KINDNESS FLASH MOB!

happy monday! 
lets talk about flash mobs!
last month, the rad folks at kind spring awarded me $100 to do something to make the planet a better place.
i decided to host a kindness flash mob, with the intention of handing out kindness grab bags.
while i was planning, i decided not to a have a strict agenda. i didn't want to discourage people from reaching out to strangers because they were embarrassed or felt pressure.
we met last friday at the lake harriet bandshell. my awesome friends from nice ride had free ride passes available for anybody who wanted to spread kindness on two wheels.

i made 30 grab bags ; each contained a list of 7 acts of kindness and 3 tangible items. every bag shared four good deeds, but the items were different in each bag. {you can find the same bags here, in the shop}
i put out the call through social media, along with my neighborhood message board & hoped that someone would show up...
you guys, 14 people came! eleven of them were complete strangers! people i didn't know ; folks who decided to spend a tiny bit of their time hanging with me & doing something nice for others! 
so, so cool! 

originally, i thought it would be cool if we all took the bags & went in a large group to hand them out. since people were coming at different times, i explained the bags, my mission & the idea ; allowed them to grab their bags and spread kindness on their own. some people came with friends, others with their children and a few folks came by themselves. some people checked back in after they passed out their bags and others left, with the intention of handing them out in their own neighborhood.

honestly, i was not super worried or concerned with who people handed the bags out to! if someone took one home for their mom or neighbor, left one on a windshield or actually walked up to a stranger to hand it over ; kindness is kindness. people taking a minute to put a bit of extra kindness into the universe is never a bad thing! 
it would be great to do this again, but go in a large group to hand everything out! but this event was super awesome & i felt so very thankful for the folks who decided to make someones day a bit brighter! 
 {picture by my friend Dajon}

Saturday, July 19, 2014

day 236 : switch to WIND POWER

woo hoo!
i love this!
i don't have any photos today, but hey ; i am saving the planet!

blake & i live in an apartment ; so a lot of 'environmental benefits // refunds // special offers' don't apply to us.
{although you could argue that living in an apartment is super energy-efficient!}
last month, we were at a neighborhood fair, saw our energy supplier {xcel, for you local folks} and went over. we were chatting about living in an apartment, having super low-cost energy bills {on average, we pay about $20 a month} and how we would love to be able to take advantage of being more earth // renewable resource // planet -friendly.

we were in luck!
xcel now offers a 'windsource for residents' program!
we are now paying an additional 80 cents a month {seriously, less than $12 a YEAR} for some of our power to be sourced from wind & solar energy!
so, so awesome! 
its an increase we won't really notice & in return we know that we are using natural resources to keep the planet clean.
bonus : for signing up, they gave us one of those really cool, insulated water bottles!

if you are a member of xcel energy in minnesota, you can go here to learn more!
tell us : have you heard of a program like this before? have you joined something similar?