18 Random Acts of Kindness for Kids

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Teaching children charity

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charity have a great day

Wes is still learning how to spell so he misspells a lot of things as he sounds them out and it’s my favorite. I love seeing how they think things are spelled out as they learn. It’s so sweet!

random acts of kindness

 

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Mara has everything in the toy room labeled so they know where things go. She’s so organized 🙂

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DETAILS: BLACK OFF-THE-SHOULDER TOP (LOVE THIS ONE) |  WHITE FLOWY SKIRT

Today I’m excited to partner with Splendid for their #spreadsoftness campaign sharing the importance of being kind and spreading happiness. One of the most important things Cody and I are trying to teach the kids is about giving and random acts of kindness. It’s not just about money – there are so many random things you can do to brighten and lift peoples’ days that don’t cost a thing.  I’ve noticed when I focus on helping other people, I’m often happier myself and I want my kids to be able to learn that young! Below are a few of our favorite ways to spread softness and some new ideas we can’t wait to try!

    1. Hide $1 bills around some of your favorite toys at the dollar store so someone else can enjoy a new toy.
    2. Let someone ahead of you in line – whether you are in line for your favorite ride at an amusement park, for the restroom at a restaurant, or for a slide at the park.
    3. Round up some of your favorite toys and stuffed animals to donate to homeless shelters and children’s hospitals to brighten up somebody’s day who needs it most.
    4. Leave a treat in the mailbox for your mailman or mailwoman.
    5. Draw pictures for your local nursing home.
    6. Smile and say hello to everyone you come in contact with. It’s funny, if you do this for even an hour at a public place it’s crazy how many people are looking down at their phones. It’s fun to try to see how many peoples’ eyes you can catch to say hello.
    7. Send a hand-written letter to your grandparents. My grandma still writes me letters on my birthday and holidays and even as an adult I still love getting them and she still saves all of the letters I’ve sent her.
    8. Donate books you don’t read anymore to your local library or hospital. It was actually kind of funny picking out books to donate with the kids because even though there were books they don’t read anymore, they were still some of their most memorable books when they were younger.
    9. Write nice notes on a busy sidewalk with chalk for anyone who passes by.
    10. Start to clip coupons and donate the items you get for free to the food bank or homeless shelter. The kids are obsessed wth couponing. Honestly Cody and I aren’t that good at it but they love to go through the junk mail and use the coupons as fake money when they are playing store. I love this idea to help incorporate something they love into ways to help other people.
    11. Write positive sayings on post-it notes and leave them in public places to brighten someone’s day.
    12. On garbage day, pull the neighbor’s garbage cans up to their house once they have been emptied.
    13. Bake a batch of your favorite cookies to share with an elderly neighbor or to drop off at the fire station. Truth be told we actually had to make a second batch because while we were making cards we accidentally ate them all 😉
    14. Pick flowers to give to someone for no reason.
    15. Look for opportunities to compliment everyone.
    16. Pick out some cool socks to donate to homeless shelters. (Socks are the least donated item and one of the most needed.)

I hope these ideas bring you a smile like they did for us and, as cheesy as it might sound, give you a chance to make someone else smile too 🙂 You can make it fun game for the kids by putting up the list on the refrigerator and once they check everything off you can celebrate with a fun family night. There’s really no better feeling than giving back, even in small ways. In honor of #spreadsoftness, Splendid created an exclusive Soft Tees for Softies pack (they are seriously soo comfy) and is giving you a chane to win the set! Click the image below to enter and find official rules here.

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We are always looking for new ideas to add to our random acts of kindness list! What are some ways you pay it forward? Leave a comment below or share a photo on Instagram of your act of kindness idea and tag it with #spreadsoftness (Splendid might just feature you as their Softie of the Week!).

 

 

XX,

Christine

In collaboration with Splendid.

Stars & Stripes

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red and white varsity tee

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patriotic outfit

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4th of july outfit

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LOOK 1: RED STARS & STRIPES TEE | NAVY STARS SWEATSHIRT | DISTRESSED CUT-OFF SHORTS | WHITE SLIP-ON SNEAKERS | AVIATORS | LIPSTICK (RUBY WOO) | WHITE WATCH

LOOK 2: RED STARS & STRIPES TEE | DISTRESSED BOYFRIEND JEANS | RED FRINGE HEELS (OLD – SIMILAR HERE UNDER $100) | WHITE KNOTTED BAG (CHLOE – SIMILAR HERE) | AVIATORS | LIPSTICK (RUBY WOO) | WHITE WATCH

CODY: AVIATORS | RED BASEBALL TEE | JOGGERS (SIMILAR HERE) | RED SNEAKERS

Happy Thursday guys!! Fourth of July is almost here! I can’t believe how fast June flew by! I wanted to share a couple more outfit inspo ideas from our Fourth of July collection! You can style this tee so many ways and I love that it’s a more subtle design that can still be worn even after the Fourth. You can see the full collection here.

Shopbop is also running a sale on sale so you can get an extra 25% taken of their sale items (CODE: EXTRA25). They just added a ton of new pieces to the sale collection with a lot of great summer styles! These distressed boyfriend shorts are such a good length. Also love this checkered racerback dress and this white shift dress, and how beautiful is this white halter shirt?! Check out a few more of my favorites from the sale below.

XX,
Christine

The Easiest Way to Find Your New Fragrance

Hello Fashion Phlur

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floral maxi dress

at-home perfume trial

toddler reading time

His little chubby belly is starting to go away and I’m so sad! It’s the last of his baby rolls and I don’t want them to go!

family reading time

Details: OLMSTEAD & VAUX | SIANO | HANAMI | FLORAL MAXI DRESS

I’m always so picky when I’m buying perfumes and lately, since I pretty much do all of my shopping online, I never get the chance to really test the different scents in-store. It usually feels like a guessing game as I spray ten different scents on different spots of my arm trying to see how they smell! Please tell me you can relate?! So for the most part I end up sticking to my tried-and-true favorites, but I feel like different occasions call for different scents so I’ve been wanting to branch out and had the opportunity to try the brilliant new line by PHLUR.

What I like most about the brand is the experience you get shopping for your fragrance. They use lifestyle imagery so you get a true feeling behind each scent and the dropdown for tech specs is amazzzzzing! I know I sound so cheesy right now but I was seriously so blown away because I thought you always sprayed perfume on your wrist and neck, come to find out different scents with different ingredients work better on various parts of your body. Each scent has a spec guide on where to spray, how much, and how long it lasts.

Once you pick your scents to try (all scents are unisex), they ship them directly to your home so you can try for a couple weeks to see what you think. I had the opportunity to try the whole collection and the bottles are so pretty and modern they look like a pieces of art. You know I can’t get enough white 😉 The brand is also super eco conscious, minimizing the use of chemicals in their perfumes and doesn’t test on animals. My favorites were Hanami (light and airy – love the subtle smell), Olmstead & Vaux (a bright, clean scent), and Siano (a little bolder – perfect for a night out). You’ll have to let me know which ones you like the best!

XX,

Christine

* In collaboration with PHLUR