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!

 

 

 

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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!

Appreciation Matters! Day 3

For Day  3 of Appreciation Matters let’s talk about the value of a hand written note to say Thanks!  For the final day of LunchLadies, Aides, and Janitorial Staff Appreciation Weeks I gave hand stamped Thank You cards with a personal note to each person with a $10 gift card for something I thought each person would enjoy.  For example I thought the Lunch :Ladies might enjoy a lunch out, the Aides might enjoy ice cream, etc.  But I felt that the true thanks was the personal note that specified some areas for which they were appreciated.  I know that I love specifics when I receive a thank you – I like knowing what it was that I did or said that they are thanking me for.  Cuz if it was good then I certainly want to know so I can do it again! 🙂  Some questions to ask yourself about the person you want to appreciate so you can be specific –

* Does this person do something that you have noticed that only they do? In what ways has the person made his or her approach to their work/role unique?

* When this person interacts with others, what is their attitude, their demeanor?

* Is this person enthusiastic about doing whatever it is you are thankful for? What is their attitude about their job or role?

* Any other ways this person has individualised his or her position or approach to life?

With answers to questions like these you can begin to compose a personal thank you to just about anybody, anywhere, anytime.  Think about it – do these questions fit a church leader or teacher,  how about your neighbor,,  what about the friendly lady checker at the grocery store, a friend or someone at your school?  Give it some thought and write a personal note of thanks to someone today – go ahead – I DARE you!! 🙂

Once you get in the groove of writing notes then you need to stock up on cute cards to write on and then  you can make a cute box to store them all in.  Or you could store all of the thank you’s you have received over the years in a cute box like this. Then you can go back through them and get warm fuzzies from reading them.  And saving them and reading them can help you the next time you go to compose a letter because you can see thanks through another’s voice or voices.  I believe that saving cards with kind words from others makes us want to help add a  bit of beauty & sunshine to another’s world.  And doesn’t the world need more beauty & sunshine!!

This adorable Note Cards Storage Box started out as a Kraft photo storage box from Michael's that I bought last week.  I added Hello Kitty Kitty paper to the bottom part of the box and used a bubble gum sheet of 12 by 12 paper to cover the lid, then using swimming pool colored paper frills I put a border on the lid.  Found this 3 flowered Doodlepop to complete the cuteness!
This adorable Note Cards Storage Box started out as a Kraft photo storage box from Michael’s that I bought last week. I added Hello Kitty Kitty paper to the bottom part of the box and used a bubble gum sheet of 12 by 12 paper to cover the lid, then using swimming pool colored paper frills I put a border on the lid. Found this 3 flowered Doodlepop to complete the cuteness!

A Little “Happy Mail”

I wanted to send my own bit of “Happy Mail” to a incredibly talented person at Doodlebug. Saying thanks for a fabulous day there back in May was a pleasure for me to get to do!!

It is easy peasy to make a cute card faster than you can say Doodlebug using the Create-A-Card products!  Simply pick one and add some cute tidbits from any of their product lines and there you go!  I used 2 pieces from the Sugar & Spice creative cuts, a fancy frill, some twine, and a brad.  It all coordinated very well if I do say so myself.  But the best part is that inside was a hand-written note expressing my thanks and my delight in my Doodlebug visit in May.  The event was National Scrapbooking day and what a FUN day it was!  I sure hope it is in the plans for the upcoming year!!:)