While Mom is away – a “love-note” for each day

Once a year a cute, fun group of my friends and I go on a Retreat.  On this retreat every one brings projects/crafts etc. to work on.  We laugh, we eat good food, we get some things done and in general just take a time out.  For this post I wanted to share the tradition that I have of leaving love/treat notes for my family when I go on a retreat like this or some other trip.  For some reason I have always enjoyed playing on words.  Over the years I have come up with many a “corny” saying to put on a love note or what I call a “treat” note.  In this post I will share with you the 4 notes that I left for my family to find – one each day for the time I was gone!

You will find below 2 pictures for each days note.  The caption under each picture of a single item tells what the “Treat” note said.  Under the second picture the text  just gives you a time frame of when my family received that note!  I was gone from Wednesday at 1 pm until Saturday at 12 pm.  The first days notes were left out for after dinner.  The other days notes were put by my husband’s bed which is where our family gathers nightly for family prayer.  The treats were bagged up and the bags were labeled with which day the treat should be received.  Then the work was left to my husband to make sure they got passed out to the children.

This tradition is one that my children love and enjoy.  I find myself stretching to come up with new treats and new sayings that I haven’t used before – I am not always able to do 100% original ones but I do try.   Take a minute and think of a “treat” note you could give to a loved one and do it today or tomorrow would be ok! 🙂 Just as long as you find an excuse to share your love through a note soon!!

Hope your day is just "peachy"!

Hope your day is just “peachy”!

Here they are all ready to go in a bag with the date the family is to receive them on!

Here they are all ready to go in a bag with the date the family is to receive them on!

 

I'd "chews" you anyday to be my son (or daughter or hubby)!!  Love you! Mom

I’d “chews” you anyday to be my son (or daughter or hubby)!! Love you! Mom

1 for each child and my hubby for the 2nd day I am gone!

1 for each child and my hubby for the 2nd day I am gone!

 

m & m missing you note

m & m missing you note

"m" issing you so "m"uch! Love - Mom

“m” issing you so “m”uch! Love – Mom

I'm no "nerd" I know how important you are to our family! Love - Mom

I’m no “nerd” I know how important you are to our family! Love – Mom

notes for the family for the last night I am gone!

notes for the family for the last night I am gone!

 

 

 

A Thank You Favor

Thank you favor for Oct 2012 PTA meeting

When I was the PTA President at our elementary school I liked to provide some kind of treat/favor for the fine folks who took time out of their busy schedules to attend one of our meetings!  Sometimes I just had chocolates wrapped in school colors laid out on the tables.  But other times I was a bit more organized and provided a “thank you favor” at each person’s place along with a copy of the agenda and a pen or pencil.

Shown here are two examples of “thank you favors” given at a couple of said meetings.  The top one has a dum-dum sucker with this note attached: I’m no “Dum-Dum” I know you have other places you could be.  What a “treat” that you’re here!  Thanks!!

The second one, shown below, consists of a mini sack that looks like notebook paper “cute”d up with our school colors and a Bengal “paw”!  It reads – We are “paws”itively thrilled that you are here! Thanks!  I filled the bag with some of the aforementioned chocolate wrapped in blue & gold (our school colors)!  I sincerely hope that the recipients enjoyed their favors as much as I enjoyed making them!

Sometimes a little effort can go a long way towards making someone feel Thanked & Special! And, well, anyway, CUTE matters, so CUTE is what I strive for! How about you think about what you strive for or what you want to share with the world – Then go forth, make a little effort and SHARE!!

Thank you favor at one of last PTA meetings of 2013.

Thank you favor at one of last PTA meetings of 2013.

Sending a card is Fun to Do!

This card was done using non traditional colors with a valentine heart set and changing up the sentiment.  Love this color combo!

 

One of the things that puts a smile on my face is putting a smile on someone else’s face.  And the way I do that, you ask? Well, I create a card, write a simple and sincere sentiment inside, and mail it off to some lucky person’s mailbox.  I don’t know about you but I love getting something in the mail that is just for me! (And that is not a bill or junk!) This particular card was sent to thank someone for a totally cool package I had received from them.  If you think about it for just a minute or two, I know you can come up with someone who you can jot a note to.  The card does not have to be handmade – just send a cheery thought of love and/or praise to someone today.  You’ll be so glad you did!!

As a side note, I really want to learn my way around wordpress better so I can be what my husband refers to as a blogger extraordinaire!  Please be patient as I figure out how to  go about bettering my blog and growing my bloggership!! Thanks so much! Oh, and if you can’t leave me a comment here for some reason then put it on my facebook – I’ll see it there!