My 5th grade son and his two buddies are inordinately fond of video gaming. My son can be on two screens simultaneously; playing a game while watching a YouTuber play a different game. That drives me nuts.
All posts in Friday Find
November 3, 2015: Gifts That Give Back (Hers, Mine) (Last year’s: Hers, Mine)
November 10, 2015: DIY Gift Ideas (Hers, Mine) (Last year’s: Hers, Mine)
November 17, 2015: Gender Bending Gifts for Kids (Hers, Mine) (Last year’s: Hers, Mine)
November 24, 2015: Gifts to Steal from Loved Ones (Hers, Mine) (Last year’s: Hers, Mine)
December 1, 2015: Left Brain/Right Brain Gifts for Kids (Hers, Mine) (Last year’s: Hers, Mine)
Today, we bring you Gifts That Give Back!
I like to have my kids think about giving back as we near the holidays. I read that teaching kids gratitude is the best way to assure that they will be happy.
Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. In the process, people usually recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside themselves. As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals — whether to other people, nature, or a higher power. From Harvard Health Publications
Last year, I tried my hand at crafts (which I am bad at) and created a DIY Advent Gratitude Calendar in which my family tried to do an act of kindness as we counted down towards Christmas.
If you need Random Acts of Kindness ideas, I researched them in order to do 48 for my birthday.
Thankfulness, in our house, also includes Thank You notes and I have a free Thank You Card printable for kids that I hope makes note writing less onerous.
Co-hosting a Twitter party two days ago for Go Daddy, I realized how much we all cherish our local small businesses. They are a vital part of our local community and we feel good supporting them. From Farmers’ Markets to our neighborhood bookstore, we all unanimously want them to succeed.
Not all my favorite local businesses have websites, particularly my artisan mom friends. It’s usually the cost combined with lack of expertise in the technical arena that prevents them from tackling their small business website. It’s a shame. A website is an important marketing and sales tool. But now I can win one for them!
Go Daddy’s No WebSitis Contest
I’m excited about Go Daddy’s No WebSitis contest. They are giving away 10 domain one year registrations PLUS a one year Premium Website Builder plan. Even better, they are providing special assistance to create the site.
It’s easy to win:
1) Go here to nominate your favorite small business:
2) Vote for your favorite small business beginning June 25th and running through July 15th. Read more…
On-the-Go Car Tray for Snack and Homework
Designed by dad with 4 on the go kids, LapFit is a set of two stacking trays that keep your kids organized and tidy in the car. The lower tray of the LapFit Todder, is designed for eating in the car. I know, I know … some of you hate kids eating in the car because it’s so messy. But when life moves fast, and you either must feed your child in the car or suffer a meltdown(theirs) and/or migraine(yours as a result of meltdown), you might find the LapFit handy. Read more…
Free Museum Visits in Boston
Thanks to the generosity of the Highland Street Foundation, museums throughout Boston are free on Fridays. If you are looking to do fun FREE things with your kids, plan a day at a museum. Read more…
Gifts for Dads and Father-in-Laws
Yikes, is it Father’s Day so soon?! Why am I never prepared? I racked my brain for gifts that I would give my husband and father-in-law for father’s day. My husband likes to play golf, so I have a good assortment of ideas for men who like golf. I hope this helps. Read more…
Getting Kids Active While Doing Math
I received this nifty gadget from Reebok to try for February Heart Awareness month. It took me more than 2 months to actually try it out because I thought it was complicated to figure out. I am not good with the gadgets. It sat in the kitchen for a month before I realized I really need to try it out, plus I wanted to clock the number of steps I take at the off leash dog park around the reservoir. I’ve heard rumors that it’s 1.85 miles for one loop. Read more…