Volunteering Brings Joy

Haven’t posted in a few days.  This is what I’ve been doing…

Being the Box Top Coordinator is not a very recognized volunteer position.  However, it is my small part at helping raise money for my child’s school.  This is my second year.  I told myself last year I wouldn’t wait till the submission deadline to count them.  I didn’t listen, obviously, because here I am scrambling to get them all counted.

Last year our elementary school made $591
from collecting Box Tops.

This money went a long way at helping our PTO reach our goals for the school.  Every person who clipped box tops made that $591 possible.  What a great program!
Ways you can earn cash for your school:  

  1. Shop at Box Tops Marketplace – Sign into your account and shop away!  A portion of the money will be given to your school.  This gives your school what is called eBoxTops
  2. Box Tops Reading Room – Purchase books online through Barnes and Noble and the school earns 6%.
  3. Clipping Box Tops – Check your pantry for food items with the Box Top Label, clip and send to school.  Each is worth 10 Cents.  They add up fast! Click here for a detailed list of products with Box Tops on them. {Please check the expiration date!}

The Box Tops for Education website is beautifully done and has a wealth of information, including coupons!  To find out more about how to get in touch with your school’s Box Top Coordinator or how you can help, go to their website here.  I guarantee they will welcome your help.
I like sorting and counting while watching television or listening to music.  Sometimes my children enjoy helping me count.  This becomes productive quality time together with them.

It is always a win-win situation when your children see you serving in the community.

What you DO speaks volumes to your children!

What kind of volunteering do you enjoy doing?

{I was not compensated in any way for writing this post by btfe}

Got to get back to counting,

We are ready for some LOVE!


We had so much fun making our love note boxes!
This is the follow up to my post entitled : The POWER of a Note
We hope you took the challenge to make your own love note boxes.
My kids are excited to see yours. {Me too!}
If not, it’s not too late.
Remember, use what you have around the house.
No need to buy anything, shop at home.
Be creative and have FUN together!
Link up here {scroll to end of post}
to add your love note box photos.
Happy Weekend,

The POWER of a Note

Ok, I love technology and all, but
there’s nothing like a handwritten note.
I love giving notes as well as receiving them.  It is amazing how something so easy to do, such a small gesture, can
make a difference in the lives around you.
The photo above is just one of the thousands of little post-it notes my youngest leaves me all around the house.  They always make me smile.
Right before I left to go to my blog conference in Nashville, I ran around the house with a dry erase marker and left messages (notes) for each of my children & husband on their bathroom mirrors.  It only took maybe 5 minutes.  I have been back from my trip for over a week and they still have the messages (notes) on their mirrors.  {Sorry, honey (my husband) I cleaned the bathroom today so I ended up washing your mirror.}
 Above is the little note I left on my daughter’s book.
I left this one (above) on my hubby’s closet.
I wrote the above message on my daughter’s dry erase board.  She told me she will never erase it.  I kindly told her she could if she wanted. 🙂
Are you beginning to see the power of a note?
 I wrote the above on my Son’s mirror.
This (above) is on my Son’s bedroom dry erase board.
My 7 year old likes to “borrow” my 15 year old’s cell phone and send me text messages.  I ALWAYS know it is from my youngest and not my oldest, mainly because my oldest has grown out of doing things like this.  She used to make me cards and tell me she loved me when she was younger, too.  Well, now she’s a teen and it’s not cool.  {boo hoo!}
I believe it is important to leave notes to your family members.  And not just for special occasions.  Sometimes, I think it means more to them when it is “just because.” It shows them you care.  It’s a small act of kindness that brings a whole lot of JOY. 🙂
  • Make a Love Note box.
  • It doesn’t have to be fancy. Make it into a fun craft time & decorate an old shoe box, wooden box, etc.  Don’t make it difficult.  Use the tools you already have at home.
  • After you make yours, post a photo of them on your blog & come post your link at the end of this post via inlinkz.  Just click on the add your link button.  {I’m excited to be hosting my first link party!}  If you don’t have a blog, you can post a link to the photo through your favorite photo sharing website.
I will be doing this challenge with my children as well.  I have been meaning to do this for a long time now.  Since it is ‘LOVE’ season, I thought it would especially be an appropriate and fun craft time activity for our family to do together.  I will post photos of our love note boxes.  So come back and see how ours turned out.
The love notes box will be the ‘home’ for all the notes and cards you receive.  Then you can open it up, on any given day…maybe especially on a bad day, and read all the precious words.
Write a note today,

FAVORITE photographs :D

Just wanted to share some of my favorite photos.

Snap On,

Answering Machine Message:

“We can’t answer the phone right now, we are out making a snowman. It’s snowing!!! Leave a message and we’ll get back with you later. Thanks for calling.”

Last year we were blessed with snow before Christmas and Christmas day. Today was the first snow since last winter. We were all excited to see the huge flakes falling from the sky. I spent the afternoon snuggled up in my new Sherpa blanket my In-Law’s gave me for Christmas reading by the bay window in our bedroom. It is beautiful to look up from reading and see the landscape blanketed in white…so incredibly peaceful and soothing.

Finally at about 4:30pm my daughter could not stand another minute. “Mom, can we PLEASE go sledding?” {with a look of pure angelic pleading} Sunday, being the Sabbath day, we don’t normally do things of that nature. After some research about what the weather might do tomorrow my husband & I decided we should make an exception. It will get warmer and the snow might melt before they get home from school tomorrow. The kids were elated!

The hubby & I decided to help them build a snowman. We are such novices at snowman building being we live in the south. The snow is so powdery that it was difficult to roll it into a big ball. I did not give up. I was going to get my photo of a snowman no matter what! If I was going to put on a hundred layers and get out in the freezing cold weather, I was going to build a snowman! Honestly, it’s pathetic! It’s probably one of the worst snowman in the history of time, but Oh well! {I know I burned a few calories doing it as well!}

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Loving the Snow,


Beautiful Sunsets