High 5 Today Campaign – Make a Difference Monday

High 5 Today Campaign - Join this kindness campaign to encourage and empower rather than tear each other down. - www.MePlus3Today.com

For a while, I thought the “mommy wars” were imaginary. That they were actually self-inflicted because we were all being too hard on ourselves. We were comparing ourselves to some nonexistent ideal of the perfect mother. This thought came to me when I noticed that highly shared posts on social media are those about ending the “mommy wars.” Seriously, how many times did you see this Similac commercial in your newsfeed? I also often see posts about the struggles of motherhood and how we can all relate to each other. This led me to think that we really are all on the same team. We are all looking … Continue reading

Join Earth Hour 2015 and Use #YourPower – Make a Difference Monday

Join the World for Earth Hour 2015 - Will you pledge to turn of your lights for 1 hour? Click for more details! - www.MePlus3Today.com

Another Monday, and another idea on how you can make a difference! One of my earliest posts last year was about Earth Hour, and I’m hear to tell you all about it again! Earth Hour 2015 is coming up on Saturday, March 28 from 8:30pm to 9:30pm local time. What is Earth Hour 2015? Earth Hour is a worldwide movement organized by WWF. During the event, individuals, households, businesses, and communities turn off all non-essential lights for one hour to show their commitment to help the planet. It is used to raise awareness about taking accountability for our ecological footprint. The hope is … Continue reading

The Best Blogging Tip: How to Grow Your Blog – MADM Linkup

The Best Blogging Tip: How to Grow Your Blog - After 1 year of blogging, this is by far the best tip I've learned so far!

*This post contains affiliate links from which I make a small commission. Thanks! Did you know that it’s almost my 1-year-blogiversary? My first post went up at the end of March in 2014. Over the past year I’ve learned A LOT about blogging, and of course, I still have A LOT more left to learn! But so far, the best blogging tip I’ve gotten about how to grow your blog is: Network with other bloggers!   The Best Blogging Tip: How to Grow Your Blog   That’s right, it’s as simple as that. Networking with other bloggers has helped me grow my blog from … Continue reading

Why You Should Become a Bone Marrow Donor… & How to Do It!

Become a Bone Marrow Donor FB

Disclosure: For your convenience, this post may contain affiliate links.  World Rare Disease Day was just over a week ago, on February 28th this year. I never would have known this except I saw a few of my Facebook friends change their profile pictures to something similar to the one below. That was a great way to raise awareness because it caused me to look it up and inspired me to write this post about how to become a bone marrow donor for those with rare diseases! The little girl in the picture happens to be my cousin’s daughter. She was … Continue reading

12 Outdoor Learning Activities for Preschoolers and Toddlers

12 Outdoor Learning Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers - So many great ideas to try during spring and summer! I love the printable from #6! - www.MePlus3Today.com

Disclosure: For your convenience, this post may contain affiliate links. After a lot of snow and record low temperatures this winter, I am definitely ready for spring and summer! Now that I am home full-time with the kids, I am hoping to try some fun outdoor learning activities with them when the warmer weather finally arrives. It is much more fun for all of us to have them learn through play! And as cabin fever sets in, I can’t help but dream of spending more time outside with the kids! We spent a lot of time outdoors last spring and summer, but … Continue reading

10 Simple Ways to Practice Compassion TODAY – Make a Difference Monday

10 Simple Ways to Practice Compassion Today - Love how quick it is to show a little compassion each day! I will definitely be doing this from now on! Make a Difference Monday - www.meplus3today.com #1000Speak

Last week was the #1000Speak movement where over 1000 bloggers and vloggers posted about compassion, kindness, caring, non-judgment, and self-compassion. I didn’t have a post ready in time, so I spent the day sharing as many posts from these wonderful people as I could via Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. I had planned to focus my post on compassion based on how The Free Dictionary defines it: “deep awareness of the suffering of another accompanied by the wish to relieve it.” While working on another project, I stumbled upon these 10 reliable sites that allow you to do a very small part to relieve suffering somewhere in the world. And … Continue reading

All You Need is Love – Make a Difference Monday

All you need is love. ~The Beatles Quote - www.MePlus3Today.com - Make a difference Monday

With Valentine’s Day last week, the Make a Difference Monday Linkup was full of LOVE! So, I thought for this week, I’d share a few posts that I loved reading! Because like the Beatles say, “All you need is love.” My favorite post was Love is My Religion from Be a Warrior Queen. I love how she said that she can “practice love every second of every day.” Plus, I noticed she had a #1000Speak tag in her Twitter post, which I am also participating in! Stay tuned for this Friday, February 20, 2015 when bloggers flood the internet with posts … Continue reading

Valentine’s Day Craft – Turn Kids into Love Bugs!

My Little Love Bugs - Personalized Picture Valentine's Day Craft - These would make a cute gift for grandparents or for kids to make at daycare or school to send home to parents! - www.MePlus3Today.com

Disclosure: This Valentine’s Day Craft post contains affiliate links. I may make a small commission from purchases made via these links. Thanks! Now that I am home full time with the kids, I am trying to fill some of our time with craft projects. I really enjoy doing crafts and the kids do really well with having some structured activities during the day. With Valentine’s Day coming up, I had been seeing a lot of different “love bug” ideas floating around. I decided to change it up by adding a picture of each child, turning them into the “love bugs!” … Continue reading

Somewhere Out There Project – Make a Difference Monday

Random Acts of Kindness Idea - Support the Somewhere Out There Project! I LOVE this idea! Such a neat concept and it wonderful to see someone willing to spread some kindness in the world!

Today kicks off International Random Acts of Kindness Week! This year, the goal is to flood social media with kindness and record 100,000 acts of kindness. As a RAKtivisit, I’m pretty pumped about this week and have a few things up my sleeve to do my part towards that number. One of my random acts of kindness is to share about a project started by fellow RAKtivist. It’s called the “Somewhere Out There Project.” The website says: “The goal of the Somewhere Out There Project is to create a tangible way to share smiles with the world. We create small wood burned … Continue reading

DIY Snowflake Crown – Toddler Letter Recognition Craft

DIY Snowflake Crown - Toddler Craft for Letter Recognition - Love these! Perfect for the winter months! - www.MePlus3Today.com

Disclosure: This Snowflake Crown – Toddler Letter Recognition Craft post contains affiliate links from which I may a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thanks! As I mentioned in a previous post, the kids have been working on letter recognition. They started by learning the letters in their name at daycare, and I’ve been reinforcing this at home too. I’ve been trying a variety of activities and crafts with the letters of their names, like these DIY snowflake crowns that we made. I found the supplies for each snowflake crown at our local Dollar Tree. I wanted the craft … Continue reading