A few months ago I rode with my daughter in an ambulance, watching as two EMTs administered oxygen and medication to my lifeless seven year old. I remember stretching out my arm as far as I could from my jump seat to touch her, to give her whatever comfort I could as the driver raced through traffic to the nearest children’s hospital. It was during those next terrifying few days in the ICU that I realized I needed to write this post, one that I have meaning to write every since she was a baby. Whether you are a complete germaphobe, or have a laissez-faire (“It’s good for their immune systems!”) attitude toward germs, I hope you will consider this “thoughtful” approach when deciding to go out while sick or send your sick children to school.
Every February I write a post encouraging women to “be lovely at night.” Let’s throw out our ratty pajamas pants and replenish our intimates and sleepwear drawer with things we love and feel good about. I have browsed my favorite stores and sharing some favorites in today’s post!
At the beginning of 2016, I made a goal to catch up on photo albums after six years of not making them. But come December I had not made one. So I finally jumped on the Chatbooks bandwagon and gave them to my family for Christmas. Honestly, I think they were my girls’ favorite gift! I am sharing why in today’s post.
Instead of just sharing goals and products I am excited about for 2017, I thought I would also share things that really worked for me in 2016 and years past. I’m calling it the “What We Do” series. One of my goals at the beginning of last year was to finally figure out what our family’s “system” was going to be for chores and allowances and teaching our children about money. The children’s banks in today’s post have been so impactful on our family and, good news, one lucky reader is going to win a a family set!
I’ve been off the radar for the past 10 days or so. My husband was off work so I stepped back from the blog and social media so I could enjoy our family time together. It was just what my soul needed because not only did I rest (two naps in one day!), but it allowed me to ponder 2017 and think about my where I wanted to make some changes in the new year. Maybe some of these things align with your goals for 2017!
One of the truest signs of grace and refinement is how you treat those that work for and around you. Christmas is the traditional time to do year-end thanking to our housekeepers, nail technicians, hair stylists and more, but sometimes we don’t know what’s appropriate or enough. So I’ve put together a little guide that will help you remember all those who help you throughout the year.
Dallas is such an amazing place during the holidays (minus the traffic which is horrendous between Thanksgiving and Christmas!). I have many DFW readers and readers from surrounding areas that come to Dallas to enjoy all the Christmas cheer our city has to offer so I thought I’d share our family’s favorite holiday “to dos” in Dallas plus a few things on our activity wish list.
One of the reasons I started DoSayGive was to bring attention to ways we can be more thoughtful of others in various situations. Today I am sharing things that your small business owner and entrepreneurial friends probably want you to know (but don’t know how to say it in a polite way!). I’m thinking about the photographers, stationers, bakers, your friend that sells Rodan & Fields, calligraphers, and just about anyone that is an entrepreneur, mompreneur, or owns a home-based or small business.