Share a Smile for World Kindness Day!!

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November 13th marks World Kindness Day.

How do you work to be kind to others?

How do you teach your children to?

Here are 3 tips to raising kind children, and inspiring them to share a smile on World Kindness day!

1. Modeling

Show your children what it means to be kind. Model kindness in your home with your family, and while you’re out in public. Hold doors, use great manners, and do good for others openly. Give compliments and kind words to people you encounter when you’re with your children, and for sure give them to your children as well.

2. Recognize Kindness in others

Bring awareness to kindness from others by pointing it out when you see an act of kindness, no matter how small. You can put this into practice even with characters in movies and television shows. Helping your child see what kindness looks like, external to their primary role models brings the lesson home even further.

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3. Share a smile!!

The easiest (and totally free!) way to show kindness is by flashing those pearly whites. Smiling (usually) elicits a smile from whoever you shared one with. Smiling has many benefits on others as well as the person doing the smiling!  The saying it takes fewer muscles to smile than to frown is totally true!!

Orajel wants you to get your smile bright and healthy for sharing on World Kindness Day! We use the fun toothbrushes and kid-friendly toothpastes with favorite characters like My Little Pony and the Paw Patrol. You can have a “smile contest” with your children after they brush. Last one to stop smiling wins!

Happy World Kindness day!!! (smile)

I’m excited to partner with Orajel™ as a Smilehood ambassador for 2016. Orajel is one of the most trusted brands of pain relief and oral care solutions for babies and young children and we have used it exclusively for Rohan and Kaya from the teething tablets, to the finger toothbrush to the toothpastes they fight over. I’m joining forces with several moms to share about oral hygiene for out little ones as well as our experiences with the brand.

This post was sponsored by Orajel but you already know everything above is 100% me. Visit Orajel’s website to peep their extensive product line and get tips on keeping your children’s teeth healthy so they can smile on!

Letter to My Husband

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Hi Fweh,

I’m really only writing this “letter to my husband” piece today because I wrote to the kids on the blog  and it got me all in my feelsies.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but I’m trying to thank you more. And remind you how grateful I am for you more often. Almost every day at some point while trying (uselessly) to clean up, or chasing the kids or squeezing in some blogging time, I think of how thankful I am for you.

I forget if I told you this or if I just thought it, but I think I love you more. Love you bigger, deeper somehow in the last couple months. Not that I didn’t love you with all of my heart before….but like….maybe my heart grew a few inches or something 🙂 I feel like you’re encouraging me more and being so supportive of my dreams and I am loving it. I relish that shit. On the good months you’re so congratulatory, and on the slow months you’re so encouraging that it helps fuel me forward. I feel like you’re trying to be a more intentional husband and I’m here for it. From taking over with the kids when you get home from work so I can lay the F down for a minute, to chipping away at the list of crap I can’t do that you can. I love it. (PS can you put together that table/chair set for the kids plz?)




Every day you wake up early and head to work to provide for us financially, and that’s a big responsibility. We don’t take it lightly. Really. I’m so lucky. I don’t know if you know that I know how lucky I am to have you take on that financial burden on your own. To be able to be home with our monsters and teach them and play with them and love on them all day, even when it’s horribly annoying, it’s still the most awesome thing ever. Outside of them being born healthy, being able to stay home with them is really the best gift I’ve been given, and I’m so grateful to you for giving me that. (and I’m extra grateful when auntie A & P take em and we can just be a free couple for a day or two)

Anyway, I feel like you’re growing, and expanding, maybe even becoming a little more open, and becoming a better version of yourself, and I like seeing it. #hereforit. You’re taking great care of yourself, the house, us… You’ve put a lot on the back burner for the children and I and we appreciate it. I’m glad that I’m earning more so you can have more wiggle room to not back burner the big things for much longer. #teamteamwork

So, I’m going to keep making the effort to thank you out loud, since words of affirmation are your love language, and I’m going to keep reminding you how proud I am of you. and I’m going to keep pressing forward with biz to bring in a billion dollars so you don’t have to stress it. *muah*

Love you,

Fwew

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I kinda like this public sharing of my letters to my kids and husband. I wonder if someone has a linkup for husband letters the way Lashawn has a linkup for letters to our children. I’m going to look for one, and if I can’t find a good one, I think I’ll start one up. Any of you bloggers reading this down for a “letters to our spouses” link up?

Mother’s Day

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(Four generations of women – i soooo wish this pic wasn’t blurry)

Happy Mother’s Day!!

I spent Saturday morning at home with the kids and John, but he did all the work, and made a yummy pancake breakfast (carb day!) which was awesome.

I spent the day shopping, alone, finding my deals in blissful peace and quiet. Got a few things for the house, and some summer stuff for myself. I intended on finding a quiet space to get some work done, but I broke my phone and lost my mojo. So I drank my feelings in a venti vanilla frappuchino with extra whip ::avoids eye contact::

I got some lovely surprise flowers, and our lawn guy left us some brooklyn water bagels and cream cheese as the most random gift ever, straight from carb heaven. (Have I mentioned it was carb day? LOL)

Saturday night John and I went out to dinner and for the first time in our 14 years, we. didn’t. order. dessert. ::record scratch:: I don’t know what happened there.

Went home, passed out, and woke up feeling so completely sick on Mother’s Day 🙁

John ran errands for me, and came home with mother’s day balloons (that I suspect were really for the kids…cuz…balloons?). I was supposed to join my mom, gram, aunts, cousins etc at a huge brunch at a restaurant I’ve wanted to try… but I just wasn’t up for it. 🙁 My aunt got me some cute household stuff and I got a bunch of sweet cards. Best gift ever was the laminated card that came home from school with Roey. (I’ll put a pic of it up on IG after my phone gets here tomorrow)

Later, we had a lil pool party, I manned up and took the kids over even though I felt like crapola. (If you can’t tell by my dead eyes in the pic above lol.)  I’m so glad I did! The kids had a great time. Kaya loves the water, and Roey loves attention so they both got maxed out on that. And my gram had all her children, and almost all of her grand and great grands all around her.  All my gram wanted was one nice big group photo…. But this family of mine just doesn’t know how to act. Maybe next time.

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How was your mother’s day?

What did you do for your mama?

What did your family do for you?

All Smiles for Fathers Day #oralbsweeps #sponsored

Non-Smiling Daddy

 

I usually go to my parent’s house for holidays. Fathers day this year is being spent in Florida, and my father is in NYC. John is in NJ so my kids won’t be with their father either. womp womp

Thank you, internet and modern technology for video calls. I’ll still be able to hang out with my dad (if he can get his camera workin lol) and Roey and Kaya will be able to hang out with their dad and share some smiles on Fathers Day!! I taught Rohan how to say “Happy Fathers Day, Daddy!” and can’t wait for him to tell John.

I praise him whenever he says it and he looks so proud of himself!! He gets his big “cheeseburger smile” as we call it and whenever he puts on that smile, he looks just like his dad. He’s my twin when he makes any other face, but the cheeseburger smile morphs him into John. Kaya looks like John all the time, but when she smiles she looks like…ok…she still looks like John when she smiles.

My father REFUSING TO SMILE!!

I look exactly like my dad too. So does my brother….and now my son. Now, I feel my poor mother’s pain. ::sigh::

Usually, I’ll go to my parents’ house, my mom will cook up something yummy and we’ll enjoy the day together. And then with John, we go out to dinner to celebrate Daddy’s Day. So this year will be different.  After the video calls are done we’re having a Fathers Day (and June Birthdays) BBQ celebration. All my florida fam is going to just cook and eat and laugh and talk….and drink wine. It’ll be a nice fathers day.

How Are You Celebrating Fathers Day?

AHEM! AHEM!

Oral-B at Target is hosting the Power Dad’s Smile Everyday Sweepstakes with over $1,000 in prizes starting June 2! To enter, just share a photo of you and your Dad on Twitter or Instagram using #oralbsweeps between June 2 and June 15. You could win the Father’s Day Power Bundle which includes the Oral-B Black ProfessionalCare 1000 Rechargeable Toothbrush, the Braun Series 7 760 shaver and a $250 Target GiftCard! #oralbsweeps

GOOD LUCK!!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Baby Day Brain Dump!

Hi girls,

Guess what!? By this afternoon I’m going to be a mom of two! My darling girl is coming into the world today and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m praying everything goes well with the c-section, and she is born healthy and well. I hope there are no complications and I get to snuggle and nurse her immediately after, in recovery just like with Rohan. (Though I hope I don’t have those violent shakes so I can actually hold her to my breast by myself.)

I hope I can keep it together in there and not freak out about every little thing I see, hear, don’t hear, feel, don’t feel… It’s so nervewracking though.

::sigh::

This magical little life that John and I are being blessed with feels so extra special. We had Rohan, result of our little miracle pregnancy. And now BabyH2.0 is miracle two, coming to complete our natural family. How lucky are we? It feels so perfect and I just feel so overwhelmed with gratitude. I secretly believed Rohan was a fluke and I’d never be able to have more children. Thank goodness I was wrong.

It’s amazing how love just expands so naturally, and so wholly. I’ve loved this little girl to bits for 39 weeks and I am finally getting to meet her. I can’t wait to hear her cry. I know it’ll be a solid hearty cry. I can’t wait to have John bring her where I can see her little face and give her a kiss. I can’t wait to hold her. I can’t wait to just hold her and look at her. I want to smell her and feel her skin, and kiss all her tiny little parts.

Gosh I wish I could just fast forward to that part right now.

I’ll probably have John put up her stats and pic on Instagram first so follow me there if you want to e-meet her.

Do me a favor please? Send me some prayers, energy and good vibes for a safe delivery and a swift recovery! I’d really appreciate it.

Thanks girls. I know I can count on you.

xo,

Dani