Making a Difference

Today, I officially become a California girl when the moving truck arrives with our belongings from Colorado Springs! Before permanently moving to San Diego, I was lucky to spend much of the winter in San Diego. One of the events I was able to attend while in San Diego was a Zumbathon on November 22. My daughter, Christina, from Fit Body Full Life and Christina Chitwood Performance, attended the Zumbathon with me. My daughter-in-law, Chea, probably would have attended with us except that she became a new mom in

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I’m a fan of Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls Facebook page. I like its messages, and I’m especially fond of its badge. The Facebook page says: “The internet doesn’t have to be full of mean comments. Use this badge to let others know you’re part of the goodness! #SpreadtheLove” Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls Website (Helping “young women and the young at heart with the process of cultivating their authentic selves”) Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls website even had Operation Nice February with this message: “Here at Smart Girls, we believe the internet

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If you follow my blog, you know how important I feel kindness is, including kindness online. I’ve written a post called “Be Kind Online” about being kind toward everyone. I also have two “Be Kind Online” word art freebies. Today, I want to talk about something that’s been troubling me for quite awhile. Too often, I see public figures written about online in the harshest way. While many public figures have personal problems, I think it’s important to remember that they have feelings, too. I wish everyone would simply

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It’s International Random Acts of Kindness Week! Not only that but the 100 Acts of Kindness focus this week is on doing kindness around the world. I published a post before on the importance of being kind online. This is definitely a great week to make an extra effort to always be kind online. Here’s a new “Be Kind Online” word art freebie: To download word art (without watermark), click here, then right click on the image and choose “Save Picture As . . .” Here’s a “Be Kind

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This is the second week of the 2014 100 Acts of Kindness Project hosted by Kristina from Toddler Approved and Megan from Coffee Cups and Crayons. This week, the focus is on spreading kindness in our communities. My family’s 100 Acts of Kindness Project fits perfectly with this week’s focus. My kids, kids-in-law, and I are focusing throughout the challenge on being extra kind to everyone we meet in our daily life. My daughter, Christina, and I have an added focus of spreading positive body-image messages through Operation Beautiful.

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If you saw my post last week, you know that my daughter and I are combining Operation Beautiful and 100 Acts of Kindness Project. We’re spreading kindness and trying to help change females’ negative body-image messages to positive body-image messages. Blogger and author Caitlin Boyle’s Operation Beautiful book site says this about the start of Operation Beautiful: “Tired of watching women pick themselves apart in front of the mirror, blogger Caitlin Boyle scribbled a note on a Post-it: “YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!” and slapped it on the mirror of a

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I’m excited that it’s almost time to begin the 4th annual 100 Acts of Kindness Project! 100 Acts of Kindness Project Kristina from Toddler Approved organizes 100 Acts of Kindness weekly challenges each year from Martin Luther King Day to the Kindness Celebration on Valentine’s Day. This year, Megan from Coffee Cups and Crayons is joining Kristina in hosting the 100 Acts of Kindness Project. My family has participated in the 100 Acts of Kindness Project since it started. My kids, kids-in-law, and I all work to place an

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Happy New Year! I’m excited to share the best of 2013 from Bits of Positivity! Although I share a number of different types of posts at Bits of Positivity, my two most popular posts from 2013 were both kids’ activities posts. Thanks so much for helping make 2013 a very special year at Bits of Positivity! Not only did I change my blog name from Raising Figure Skaters to Bits of Positivity, but I got a blog redesign and saw my eBook published before the end of the year!

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I’m going pink throughout October in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and my wonderful mother, who is a breast cancer survivor. Today, I want to share some ideas for making a breast cancer patient or survivor feel extra special. Make a “10 Things I Love About You” Book – for Preschoolers Your preschooler can make a very special gift for someone close who has breast cancer or is a breast cancer survivor. The gift can also be a meaningful math activity at the same time. Of course,

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“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” Mother Teresa “I never look at the masses as my responsibility. I look at the individual. I can love only one person at a time. I can feed only one person at a time. Just one, one, one.” Mother Teresa “There’s enough on this planet for everyone’s needs but not for everyone’s greed.” Mohandas Gandhi “Hunger is not a problem. It is an obscenity. How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to

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It doesn’t matter how busy you are or what kind of budget you have. You can still do a lot to help fight hunger during Hunger Action Month throughout September. If you have children, you can often involve them in simple service projects. In the Moms Fighting Hunger Blog Hop collection below, you’ll find lots of ideas for involving your children. But even if your children are too young to be involved, there’s a lot you can do simply through social media. Following are some ideas you can use

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September is Hunger Action Month. In honor of Hunger Action Month and No Kid Hungry, I created a word-art freebie from one of my favorite quotes about fighting hunger. The quote is by astronaut Buzz Aldrin: “If we can conquer space, we can conquer childhood hunger.” To download word art (without watermark), click here, then right click on the image and choose “Save Picture As . . .” Please feel free to download and use this word art for any positive use.  If you want to share any of

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I always loved finding ways to make a difference in the world. I also loved to help my kids make a difference and develop compassion and empathy at the same time. Service projects are great for helping children develop compassion. I tell more about that in a post at Living Montessori Now on “How to Help Your Kids Develop Compassion through Social Projects.” Bloggers Who Inspire the World to Help Others Today, it’s easy to find ways to make a difference – through both simple acts of kindness or

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I’m sad to say that another person in the media is making it difficult for mothers and daughters to have healthy body images. So I signed another online petition: Rex Reed, at the New York Observer: Apologize to actress Melissa McCarthy about your comments on her weight. And I’m writing this post. This isn’t my first post on body image. And it’s too important of an issue for it to be my last. Although I’m focusing on females in this post, I realize that males can have problems with

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This is the third year of the 100 Acts of Kindness Project through Toddler Approved! The project starts each year on Martin Luther King Day and ends on Valentine’s Day. You can start at any time, though. And the 100 Acts of Kindness Project isn’t just for parents with young children. My family has participated on some level each year, and my kids are adults now. The world needs some extra kindness, and this project is a wonderful reminder to be kinder to the people and world around us.

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UPDATE ON 12/19 Resources for helping children cope: How to Talk with Children about Tragedy. Ways to Make a Difference and Show You Care about the Victims and Families of Sandy Hook RainbowsWithinReach has positive ideas of ways to respond to the tragedy and what NOT to say to a grieving family: Tragedy, Faith, Teachers, Hugs + HOPE. Ann Curry at NBC News started a new movement with Inspired to act: #26Acts of kindness to honor those lost in Newtown, Conn. I’m participating. Mama Smiles has a lovely post

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October 11 is International Day of the Girl. Let’s work to brighten the world for girls today and every day! The theme for 2012 (the first-ever observance of International Day of the Girl) is ending child marriage. That’s a shocking and important issue, but that’s not all this day is about. It’s about rights, opportunities, and dreams for girls everywhere. There are so many ways to improve conditions for girls, and fortunately, there are some wonderful organizations you can work through to help improve conditions for girls. Here are

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