♥ 100 Acts of Kindness ♥

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We are accepting the 100 Acts of Kindness Challenge 2015, a fun and wonderful challenge shared by some very inspiring Mommas on the blogesphere, Kristina of Toddler Approved and Megan of Coffee Cups and Crayons.

The challenge is to keep track as you and your family complete 100 acts of kindness over the course of a month (today until Valentine’s Day!). Seems very fitting if you ask me to begin a kindness marathon on Martin Luther King’s birthday and to wrap it up on a day focused on all things nice and lovey (see those inspiring Mommas are smart too!).

We participated in this challenge last year and it was very fulfilling for our family and pretty amazing to watch our children not only want to show kindness to others, but also begin to acknowledge and show gratitude to those who showed them kindness.

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This time around I REALLY want to instill in my kids that kindness doesn’t cost a penny and that it can be done without needing to purchase anything. Our family budget is currently very tight, so this is a necessity for us, but regardless I think it is invaluable to teach our children that giving of our love and time is very often much more appreciated than giving of any material items.

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We began our discussion today about the challenge and the kids decided they wanted to use a heart banner to display our acts of kindness this year. We thought it would be nice to use our acts to help wrap our own home in kindness. And so we will hang our banner around the perimeter of our family room tomorrow and begin recording all of the kind things we do.

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At bedtime tonight, Little Momma asked if we could write our acts of kindness down on her magnadoodle before saying prayers, so we listed them off – and I ran out of space, so we are off to a good start!

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Little Momma also wanted to make note of why she acted kindly today, (and to be honest I was a little worried she would say it was at my recommendation or to try and ‘win’ the challenge) but instead she very thoughtfully shared that she “really wanted to be a nice person”.

*Melt*

And right there is a summation of why I LOVE this challenge and can’t wait to see how we grow in kindness and love once again this year! ♥

Leezoo: Day 10

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Today Leezoo was found playing board games with some of the kids toys!

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He must have known we were attending a Homeschool Workshop today, as he suggested we try to befriend someone new and be extra kind!

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 Check back daily for updates on how our Elf on the Shelf is helping to promote kindness this Holiday season!

Leezoo: Day 9

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Today we found Leezoo making “elf-angels” in our rice bin.

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He asked that today the kids choose an angel from a local Angel Tree Program and choose gifts to buy for them.

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Little Momma chose an 8 year old girl, while Mr Man chose an 11 year old boy. They decided together that each child would like a pair of pajamas and a toy. And took great care in selecting those that would be ‘just right’ for their chosen angels. It truly is a beautiful thing to watch your children bestow kindness onto others <3

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Check back daily for updates on how our Elf on the Shelf is helping to promote kindness this Holiday season!

Leezoo: Day 8

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 Today Leezoo, the elf, was found hiding in our fridge and had written ‘Merry Christmas’ across all of our eggs!

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He suggested the kids make dinner for Mommy and Daddy tonight, which was an act of kindness if I ever heard of one!! 😉

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They decided on making us eggy pies (muffin tin omelettes) and toast! We ate an hour later then usual, the kitchen was a disaster, but they did it all themselves. And dinner was delicious!

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Check back daily for updates on how our Elf on the Shelf is helping to promote kindness this Holiday season!

Leezoo: Day 6

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Leezoo hung out some new Christmas socks by the fire for the kids today!

He also suggested we buy some warm, cozy socks to donate to the homeless.

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Off we went to buy some socks and dropped them off for the Socks for Santa initiative here in Ottawa.

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Check back daily for updates on how our Elf on the Shelf is helping to promote kindness this Holiday season!

Adventures of Leezoo 2014

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Do you “elf on the shelf”?

We are avid “elf on the shelfers” and love the fun and joy it brings to our household each year! My hubby and I are forever thinking of new adventures that our elf, Leezoo, can get up too. It’s like reliving a tiny bit of the magic and wonder that is Christmas when you’re a child (and we’re all about being kids again!!).

This year, however, I was really wanting our elf to be more than a threat or looming reminder that “Santa is ALWAYS watching”. Although I cannot say I’m not guilty of ever using the Santa bargaining chip, I would prefer if my children learn to behave year-round, not because of a bribery for presents, but because they are learning that that is the RIGHT thing to do.

After coming across The Imagination Trees kindness elves at the end of last year’s Elf on the Shelf season, I knew I wanted to incorporate an element of community service and kindness into Leezoo’s shenanigans this year! And so begins Leezoo’s adventures for Christmas 2014! Come see what he gets up to and find out how he is encouraging kindness, while still getting up to his notorious mischief!

Day 1: Leezoo’s arrival – Wrapped our Christmas tree in toilet paper

Day 2: Leezoo is covered in band-aids

Day 3: Leezoo is baking up a storm

Day 4: Leezoo is supporting the army men

Day 5: Leezoo is a bird on a bird feeder

Day 6: Leezoo hangs Christmas socks by the fire

 

Come back to see what silly Leezoo gets up to next!

I will be posting each day with Leezoo’s silly mischief and the act of kindness he has suggested 🙂