gifts Random Acts of Kindness September 10, 2018 Woo Hoo! September is here and so is Ten on the 10th. Ten fun, fab bloggers sharing fun ideas on the 10th of the month. This months theme is random acts of kindness. The hubs and I both come from families that believe in service to others. My mother and father started a food pantry in the small community that they live in years ago. My sister, who is a minister, still runs it and spends tireless hours serving her community. The Hub’s family has always been involved in their church and community charities. This is a tradition that we have all tried to pass down to our children. I don’t tell you this to pat ourselves on the back, I just want to give you our background so you will know where I’m coming from. Sometimes, in our need to help people with the big things, we over look making small gestures that could make someones day better. You know, the stressed out mom, a sick neighbor, or someone who’s on overload. All of those could use a pat on the back or a pick me up. Recently, I decided to open my eyes to those around me who could use a random act of kindness. For my first R.A.O.K., I decided to pass out a few cups, or mugs, of cheer. First, a quick shopping trip to Home Goods, where I found some pretty mugs. Next, I raided my closet for some pretty ribbon and filler. I’m always on the look out for fun and unusual gift tags. Unfortunately, I’ve used up my stash lately, so I decided to make some. I found a few of these wooden cut outs at Michael’s. I gave it a quick coat of paint, then drilled a hole in the top. As you can see, I wasn’t thinking and drilled the hole after I painted my sweet little bird. I recommend doing this before painting. No one wants to mess up a cute paint job! I always love adding a message to the back! Next, I strung a ribbon through the hole. Then, I taped it to the inside of the mug. Once I tied on a pretty bow, it was time to fill the mug of cheer with goodies. This ones for a neighbor, who just had a birthday, so I added her favorite teas along with a Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1 Confetti Cake package. At this point, you could wrap your mug up in cellophane and tie on a bow. Or maybe, put it in a pretty gift bag. So, how much did my mugs cost me? I did have several things already on hand, however the total came to $4.13. I’m a firm believer that a happy person makes those around them happy! While my mugs of cheer may not change the world, I hope they spread a little happiness to a few people who need it. Until next time….. Tammy For more wonderful ideas, please hop on over to my friends sites to see what wonderful ideas they have! Patti at Pandora’s Box Stacey at Poofing the Pillows Mary at The Boondocks Blog Kim at Exquisitely Unremarkable Katie at Let’s Add Sprinkles Carol at Bluesky at Home Laura at White Spray Paint Ellis at My Heart Lives Here Previous The Great Pumpkin Part 4 Newer My Fall Front Porch You May Also Like Handmade Christmas Gifts November 10, 2018 Tyler’s Dresser! May 20, 2016 Christmas Vignettes and Other Stuff November 29, 2016 14 Comments patti @ pandora's box September 10, 2018 at 12:09 pm Reply I so agree that being around happy people can easily make others happy – I have a few friends that I refer to as my happy friends and I feel so good around them….I love the mug idea – very special! Tammy September 10, 2018 at 12:23 pm Reply I love the title of “happy friends” Patti. I have a few of those too, I just never thought of them that way. Thanks for the new perspective! Katie September 10, 2018 at 12:23 pm Reply Adorable. I love that sweet birdie. What a cutie. What a sweet gift. Rita C at Panoply September 10, 2018 at 12:32 pm Reply Very sweet idea. Everyone loves little perk every now and then, and that’s a perfect way to do it. Tammy September 13, 2018 at 7:04 pm Reply Thank you Rita! Eilis@myheartliveshere.com September 10, 2018 at 1:35 pm Reply This is too adorable! What a lovely treat for the recipient. Pinning. Carol@BlueskyatHome September 10, 2018 at 1:40 pm Reply Tammy, what a lovely, thoughtful gift. The little bird is precious. I bet it brightened your friend’s day. Stacey @ Poofing the Pillows September 10, 2018 at 2:07 pm Reply I really love this! The mug is so perfect and filling something small like that with goodies a friend will love, is easy. Your handmade tag is the best though! I’m thinking I could pick up some cute mugs at Dollar Tree and give out a few of these. Thanks for the fun idea and the kindness. Tammy September 13, 2018 at 7:09 pm Reply Stacey I think the Dollar Tree would be the perfect place to pick up some cute mugs, maybe even some fun tags! I will definitely be stopping by there in the future. Great idea! Mary September 10, 2018 at 2:12 pm Reply This is such a sweet way to show a friend or neighbor that you are thinking of them. And those tags add such a personal touch! Kim September 10, 2018 at 2:51 pm Reply That’s a lovely idea and one I know I would be thrilled to receive. PS- I love your thumb ring. Fabulous! Tammy September 13, 2018 at 7:06 pm Reply Kim, I had to laugh at the thumb ring comment. Thank you. So hard to take pictures without my hands or the dog appearing in the picture! Laura September 10, 2018 at 5:05 pm Reply This is wonderful but I especially love your comment, ” I decided to open my eyes to those around me”! You are a special lady! Tammy September 13, 2018 at 7:06 pm Reply Thank you so much Laura!!! You made my day. 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