Friday, April 8, 2022

Free ways to be kind

I have always been big into being kind. Being kind is so easy. It’s much harder in my opinion than being mean. When you are mean, you have to work harder and think of ways to hurt people. There’s a common misconception that being kind means having to reach in your pocket and give money. While giving money is a great thing to do, not everyone can afford to give all the time.  I wanted to share some free ways you can be kind to someone else. Maybe if more people realize that you don’t have to give money, they might be open to being more kind. 

Open the door for someone else at the store. Let others go in front of you. Hold the door for as many people as you can. I remember one time, I was at the mall and there was a woman using a walker and I waited for her to come in and I held the door for her. She thought that was the kindness thing. 

Let someone go in front of you in the checkout. If you aren’t in a hurry, let them go before you.  It doesn’t take very long to wait. I always have a knack for finding the line that will have problems anyways. 

Smile at someone. My best friends mom is in a nursing home. The other day we went to go take her something. There was a woman in a wheelchair and I smiled at her. She smiled back. It was the coolest exchange. 

Say something kind to a stranger. Give them a compliment. If you like their hair or their outfit, tell them. You can definitely find something about them you like. Just even as them how they are doing?

If your baking, send some treats to a friend. I did my normal holiday baking and I sent treats to two of my friends who in turn shared them with others. Bring cookies to a neighbor. 

Spend time with people. I know that one sounds so easy and almost redundant. Honestly though people just want your time. They want to make memories with you. You don’t have to do anything special. Just give them your undivided attention. Put your phone away and focus on them. 

Offer to help a neighbor or friend. If you know how to do something a neighbor can’t do, do it for them. Offer to take them to the store if they don’t drive.  Loan them something.  Neighbors are friends that live next door. 

Mow someone’s lawn or shovel their driveway. All my neighbors have snow blowers and thankfully my neighbor will clear off my driveway and sidewalks for us. 

I would love to know ways that you can be kind without spending any money. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Sand dollar wreath


My family has found many sand dollars through out the years. We used to vacation in Florida a lot. We would go on shelling trips. A shelling trip is a boat ride to an island where there are a lot of great shells. A couple times we have come home with bags of sand dollars. You have to often bleach them to make them white. Most sand dollars aren't white from the beginning. They are dead of course so bleaching them also helps with the smell. I love making crafts out of shells so I decided to make a simple sand dollar wreath.

You can either find them or buy them. All of the sand dollars I used we found. We don't like to buy shells unless they are not in the area. I have purchased star fish in the past. I buy them from The Shell Shop in St. Pete Beach. You can order them online too. They have an amazing selection. 

Here's how to make a simple sand dollar wreath:

1 wooden wreath from the dollar store

10 sand dollars or enough to go all the way around. 

Glue gun

Embellishments. I used a starfish I bought for a dollar. 

Place the sand dollars around the wreath and carefully hot glue them on. Over lapping them looks really neat. 

Once dried add your embellishments with hot glue. 

Attach a ribbon or a piece of cord and voila! 

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Wine Freeze recipe

We like to go to Johns Pass when we are in Florida. It's a really neat fishing village. It has all kinds of cool shops where you can find more than the typical Florida souvenirs. There are also a lot of restaurants. Noah loves going to Bubba Gump which is a Forrest Gump themed restaurant. We also really like The Friendly Fisherman. There's also a wine shop. I am not a huge drinker so I occasionally enjoy a wine freeze. They are cheap and delicious. We have also gone to the actual  winery that makes the wine they sell. A cup of Wine Freeze is cheap but to make it t home is expensive. It's expensive if you buy the set of mix and wine. It's like $40 a set. It's also really hard to find. Flying with bottles in your suitcase is nerve wracking. If your luggage is thrown the wrong way forget about it. 

I decided to create my own version of Wine Freezes which are great on a hot day or when you want to pretend like you are at the beach. It's really simple too. 

1/2 cup of Strawberry Wine or Moscato Wine
1/2 cup Strawberry daiquiri mix
Ice to fill the blender. 

Put the ice in the blender until smooth. 

You can also do this with any flavored drink mixer. It's best if it's thicker though. 

Throw in a little paper umbrella and enjoy. Remember to drink responsibly.