A little faith and a lot of love go a long way…

Flirty 30!

Today is the big day…I’m 30! I’m super excited to be 30. I am sorta like a real adult now, hahaha! It’s been a fun ride, this journey to 30.

Some other kind acts I completed…doing the dishes & cleaning the kitchen for Big Daddy Byron (he prefers to take care of the kitchen since he’s a chef…no complaining from me!), putting stray shopping carts where they belong while out and about shopping, praying for people who might need it…but the best part of of my 30 acts of kindness for my 30th birthday happened today with a a gift given to me…

Let me start at the beginning. I should preface this with the statement that my husband is without a doubt, THE BEST.

2013 Husband of the Year (& we're only 2 days in)

2013 Husband of the Year (& we’re only 2 days in)

This man has made my birthday so memorable. It started when he and my mom planned a small surprise party for me.



Awwww....I have friends!

Awwww….I have friends!

Gift presented to me from the reigning 2013 Husband of the Year and my babies - "Kari's Personal Wine Glass"

Gift presented to me from the reigning 2013 Husband of the Year and my babies – “Kari’s Personal Wine Glass”

YAY for good times with GREAT friends! Besides the party, then the hubby tells me that he’s been secretly saving (which is no easy task since I’m the financial boss in this household and account for every penny since we loosely follow Dave Ramsey’s philosophies) and has booked me a day at the spa….not just any spa, but THE HERSHEY SPA!  Unfortunately they are so popular and booked that he couldn’t get me in until March 9 but I will get a day of pampering for surviving 3 decades! 😉

That was more than enough to celebrate the beginning of my 30’s…but then Big Daddy Byron outdid himself even more! He had me take our van to work today…so that he could clean out the mobile dumpster I drive, a.k.a. my car! I am the hot mess of of our marriage and chaos and disorganization seem to find me everywhere…but especially in my car. I’ve wanted to clean it out (by wanted I mean I thought about it but it’s too overwhelming for me to actually do something about it…oh yeah, and I’m lazy) and it was on my 2013 bucket list (as was a day at the spa!) and Big Daddy Byron has already helped me accomplish those things. Whoo-hoo!

But Big Daddy Byron wasn’t finished…he surprised me yet again by having roses and a balloon delivered to the school I work at this morning and THEN chocolate covered strawberries were delivered this afternoon!!! I am beyond spoiled but not just because of all he did for my birthday but because of all he does for me everyday…*insert teary eyes and heart bursting with love image here.*

Those weren’t my only birthday surprises though…one of the most amazing came today while at work.  At student of mine turns 11 tomorrow.  She told me today that for her birthday this year, she’s decided to do 11 intentional acts of kindness to celebrate since I did 30 to celebrate my 30th.  She then excitedly told me that she and her mom have been planning the 11 acts of kindness and she’s starting soon. *MIND BLOWN* Holy crap.  I mean, I know as a teacher I have an impact on some of my kids sometimes. But wow. When she told me this, I had one of those moments…one of those, “Oh man, what I do REALLY matters” moments that we teachers have now and then…not because I taught her how to add fractions with different denominators but because I inspired her to spread kindness in the world.  It was one of the best gifts anyone could have given me.

Here’s to 30…a year full of kindness, love, health and happiness…

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Once upon a time…

I’d like to tell you a bedtime story.  Once upon a time there was a horrific monster called the Holiday Beast.  The Holiday Beast devours everyone’s time, patience, and energy leaving only exhaustion and stress behind.  The end.

I met the Holiday Beast.  Hence my lack of blogging.  As the year winds down though things aren’t quite as hectic. Amen.  So here I sit with my glass of wine and an update for my lovely readers, if there are any left.

I’ve continued on with my 30 days of Birthday Kindness. I’d probably have been better about logging/updating about it but I happened to be born during the crazy holiday season which has made that part of the process, the documenting part, much more difficult.  I don’t remember them all, but here are some of the things I did…

*walked the dog for my hubby
*bought and delivered cupcakes to all the teachers in my building who work with my kids but don’t typically get thanked
*picked up lunch for a friend who didn’t have time to do so
*bought a gift card while at Wal-mart and secretly had the cashier give it to the person behind me
*sent a gift card to a mama in need

And I continue on as we get close to the big 3-0 on 1/2/13.  I’m having fun being nice. Who knew?!?! Ha! 😉

Speaking of the big 3-0, 2013 is gonna be a fantastic year I think.  Lots going on worth celebrating, though I believe life is worth celebrating each day.  I kick off the year by turning 30, my Gorilla turns 3 a month later (though we’ve already rolled right into the terrible threes…ya’ll were right…waaaaaaaayyyy worse than the terrible 2’s!), then the next month is my 5 year wedding anniversary…followed by my dad FINALLY retiring at age 71, then the end to a fulfilling but challenging school year, hopefully a beach trip thrown in over the summer and who knows what else life will bring our way.  While thinking about the upcoming year I have decided I’ll be making a bucket list for 2013.  I’m not planning on kicking the bucket in ’13 but I think it’ll be fun and easier to manage being a list of things I’d like to accomplish in my 30th year rather than the remainder of my life.  Stay tuned for my 2013 bucket list.


Kindness Counts

Captain’s Log:  Day 4 of the 30 day Quest of Birthday Kindness.  So far it’s not quite been smooth sailing.  But oh has it been an adventure.

12/4:  I signed up to help out at More Love Letters.  (Check it out…very cool!)  Technically it started 12/3 and runs through 12/14 and requires me to write 12 letters.  I figured that counted as at least 1 act though for my Birthday Project. (Again, check it out!)

A letter to Emily...

A letter to Emily…

12/5:  You’ve Been Jingled! I started the Christmas version of getting “boo’ed” at Halloween in my neighborhood.  Left a little holiday treat at two homes in our development.

12/6:  I decorated the staff bathroom in my hallway.  I didn’t go overboard like the vision in my head because I thought the coulple guys in the hallway might not appreciate the abundance of pinks and greens I originally wanted to go with.  So I opted for a simple holiday door cover, a couple cling-on snowflakes on the mirror and some nice soap and air freshener.

Welcome to our fancy bathroom!

Welcome to our fancy bathroom!

12/7: I handed out $5 gift cards to a local donut/coffee shop to the 3 garbage guys who come through out neighborhood to take our trash weekly.  The glitch came in when I ran late and didn’t leave at the time they usually pass our house.  By the time I left they were out of sight.  I panicked and thought they may have left the development so I drove like a maniac around the neighborhood to find them.  I did.  Then I parked and hopped out of the car but by this time they were backing up further from me to get trash at the end of the block.  I was already running late for work so I ran (ok, let’s be honest, I don’t run…I hobbled, briskly walked, waddled) down the block, handed them the gift cards, and thanked them for their hard work.  They were surprised but grateful.  It was such a cool feeling to do that for them.

Mmmmmm...donuts and coffee...

Mmmmmm…donuts and coffee…

I told my students anout my birthday project.  I gave them the option to join me in celebrating my birthday by performing intentional acts of kindness and keeping a record of them in a “Kindness Journal.”  The first 2 days everyone seemed wary of participating.  I was secretly disappointed.  Then 1 student stepped up on the 3rd day and added an act he did to the journal.  Since then, several of them have joined in.  They are so proud of the kind things they have done and I am proud of them too! They probably don’t even understand the gift they’ve given me by spreading the kindness. 🙂

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A little birthday kindness goes a long way

Break out your prettiest party dress and finest flask because this girl’s got a birthday coming up.  It’s not just any birthday either. I’m gonna be the big 3-0!

I have had lots of thoughts about how to celebrate the upcoming milestone in my life…trip to Vegas, relive my 21st birthday, weekend in the Poconos, day at the spa, dinner with family and friends…and though most of those sound like fun, (not reliving my 21st…I’m too old for that and if I can stay up past 9 pm on my birthday this year it’ll be a miracle), I have decided I’m going to go the classiest route of all…because at 30, if nothing else, I should at least be headed towards demonstrating some type of class in my life. I feel like I’m almost there anyway…I mean, I already make sure my family and I use the expensive fancy toilet paper, (nothing but the best for our classy asses), so the next step is a birthday of kindness.

I’ll have a side of birthday cake with my kindness. I can’t turn down food.


I was inspired by something I found on Pinterest – SURPRISE.  A pin led me to learn more about The Birthday Project.  How cool to give back on your special day?!?  So I have been plotting ever since to make sure that my 3oth is full of kindness because at this point, though I might not be old enough to be considered wise quite yet, I at least know enough about life to recognize that spreading kindness in a world that can often seem anything but kind is more important than a day at the spa, a vacation, or a good bottle of wine. (Let’s be real though…I won’t turn those down if ya’ll want to chip in and send me to a warm island somewhere for a few days!) 😉

So here’s the plan…

1.)  For the 30 days before my 30th birthday I will perform 30 acts of kindness.

2.)  This will run from 12/4/12 – 1/2/13 (the big day!)

3.)  I will do one intentional act of kindness each day for the 30 days before my 30th birthday.

4.)  I will document these intentional acts of kindness through this blog (if not daily then every few days I’ll give an update of what’s been going on).

5.)  I will encourage anyone who wants to join me in celebrating my exit out of my 20’s and into my 30’s to do so by performing their own intentional acts of kindness and then letting me know about them.

I hope you’ll join me!

“It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.”  ~Author Unknown