Thank You Notes| It's FRIDAY, time for thank you notes!

Thank You Notes: #WorldKindnessDay & Many Thanks

Welcome to Thank You Notes!

I love Fridays, I love thank you notes, and I love Jimmy’s Thank You Notes. So, naturally, Fridays here on my blog means: Thank You Notes and Jimmy Fallon.

Here are Jimmy’s weekly Thank You Notes:

My Thank You Notes:

Thank You Notes| A weekly link-up of gratitude inspired by Jimmy Fallon and hosted by Mrs. AOK, A Work In Progress| Fridays

Thank you, birthdays, for being the perfect opportunity to walk around with balloons.

Baby Girl's Birthday 2015

Balloon wrangling.

A photo posted by Mrs.AOK (@mrs_aok) on

Yesterday went by so fast I didn’t post any pictures of our fun day. 10 years went by even faster! I cannot believe my baby girl has lived a whole decade. I honestly have no idea where the time has run off to, but it feels like a sprint, & I’d rather keep it slow & steady. But it’s not about me, it’s about my sweet baby girl. AKA the artist, love bug, mermaid, our little sunshine, the comedian ? I hope she’ll always color the world with her kindness & and imagination, I hope she keeps her love of all things mermaid & never misses an opportunity to swim in the water, and I hope she keeps healing souls with her laughter, because let’s face it laughter & love ARE the best medicine. Hot cocoa cheers to many many many many many many many many more decades!!! ?☕️ A photo posted by Mrs.AOK (@mrs_aok) on

Thank you, baby girl, for being artsy. I had such a great time creating with y’all.
Color Me Mine Birthday
Also, thank you for being a Christmas elf. 🙂

      Teal Christmas Thank you, elementary school, for putting on a lovely assembly for our veterans. It was so cute to hear those little voices sing patriotic songs and see them hand out flowers to all the veterans. The slideshow was nice too!

⬆️❤️ My hero, my love, my life ❤️⬆️ 10 years & 9 months ago two of my favorite people came home from war and a weight was lifted off my chest. The love of my life & my sister from another mister (@yvetteays) came home on the same day, to the same gym, at the same time, and I was in a state of elation. I felt like the luckiest girl, up to that point my life was: hating the news but I had to watch, avoiding unexpected knocks at the door, and a slight depression that I couldn’t shake. It was hard, but again, I was lucky, I got them both back! Military families & our veterans sacrifice SO MUCH for us. These veterans, service members, and families deserve more than a day, they sacrifice for us each day. We’re still at war. Thank a veteran, thank a service member, and their families this week, please. I don’t know how my parents did it but they did it, career soldier & career Army wife. Thank you, veterans, service members, & military families. ************************************************ How do I know the timeframe? Well, we just celebrated our celebration baby’s 10th birthday a few days ago ? #AtLastMyLoveHasComeAlong #instagood A photo posted by Mrs.AOK (@mrs_aok) on

Thank you, day dates, I need you! 🙂 Sushi, Starbucks, and Seattle…

Sushi and Starbucks

Thank you, encouragers, for being so supportive to me during my first Periscope yesterday!! I was beyond nervous.

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Thank you, everyone, who has joined my kindness challenge #RandomAOK! I cannot wait to see what others will share. So far we’ve had thank you cards, an Empty Bowl Project, clothes donation, and treats for a mail carrier. What are you going to share? I have 30 acts of kindness you can choose from here PLUS a printable 🙂

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Thank you, Friday the 13th, for being all about kindness today. 🙂


Happy Friday the 13th!!!

What are you thankful for this week?

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#RandomAOK {A Kindness Challenge}

Kindness is a verb to me. I try to live my life with kindness at the forefront, I’m not perfect though, there are days kindness blows away with the gust of anger and madness that life can sometimes throw our way. I would love to tell you I have never said an unkind word, but that would be lying and I’m no liar. When ugly words fill my head or come across my lips I become upset with myself because I know better. I know that we are all in a struggle, we should try our hardest to be a little kinder. I also know I’m human and I’m in no way perfect, so I just need to try harder next time. Today, while I was out with my husband we celebrated Veterans’ Day, the kids’ elementary school put together a sweet assembly for our veterans, that assembly was one big act of kindness! And as you imagined- those of you who know me- yes, I cried. If Taps  doesn’t make you get choked up or cry, then I don’t know what will. (Then again, I’m an Army brat and veteran’s wife.)

The assembly set the tone for the day, we (my husband and I) talked about our Army days, we talked about the veterans we knew who we lost, and we talked about life. Life. I’m always thankful for life, but when you’re reminded once more of how life can be taken away it really makes you even more grateful to be alive. When you think about the sacrifice the military and military families give day in and day out :::heavy sigh::: that’s one of the HUGEST acts of kindness. We take from them daily, they’re giving us freedom, and in return they don’t ask for much.  Anyway, ::choking back more tears:: I made it a point to smile at people today, say hello, and open doors. One of our stops was the USPS, I went alone while my husband took a call for work. I carried a big box into the post office and a woman was ahead of me, so surely she would open the door for me, right? WRONG! To me little things like opening doors, smiling, saying hello, and asking someone about their day (and really listening) are all acts of kindness. So, in the spirit of kindness and thanks giving 😉 I came up with a little something.

Yesterday, I posted a challenge on my Instagram, I asked people to write a thank you note each day this week to someone. Here’s the actually post:

After I posted this my sweet friend Lowanda of Sunshine and Elephants reminded me that this week was World Kindness Week, which made think I need to do something more! (This Friday is World Kindness  Day btdubs) world_kindness_day_2015So, here’s my challenge to you!! Go out into the world and be the good! Do an act of kindness it can be big or small, cheap or free, party of one or three, it really doesn’t matter to me. If you write thank you notes for friends, teachers, postal carriers, or our troops let’s see ’em!  I want you to share your kindness with the world!!! Tag your #RandomAOK on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or your blog and don’t forget to tag me. I’ll be sure to share your kindness on my social media as well. Once you’re done sharing wherever you choose to share come linkup your #RandomAOK below. I will choose one kindhearted soul to win some goodies to spread a little more kindness in the world. 🙂 Are you in!?!?  

RandomAOK Challenge


I’m giving away: Stickers, Stamps, Thank You Notes, Pens, Page Flags, Glitter, annnnnnd $10 Target gift card. (I’ve been known to throw in extras 😉  )

Throw Love & Kindness Out There Like Glitter

 This challenge is open to everyone, however the giveaway is open to US & Canada (minus the stamps) only, I’m sorry. Please only linkup your RECENT acts of kindness. You may linkup your Instagram, Facebook, or blog post with your #RandomAOK. I cannot wait to see what you share!!! 




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What better way to kick off summer than with a box full of sunshine, right?!

My lovely friend Abby and I are delighted to invite you to celebrate the start of summer with a fun #SunshineBoxSwap!

If you visit me often (please say you do) you know I LOVE happy mail! I love sending it and receiving it, so creating this swap with Abby has me all excited for summer.

I have participated in a few swaps, I have hosted a few, I have even became friends with some of the best people in the world through swaps.

If you have never participated in a box swap before, basically you are teamed with a partner and prepare a special box of goodies just for them.  You swap boxes and then write a reveal blog post sharing what you received and your swapping experience.  We will be hosting a link-up so everyone can connect and showcase their Sunshine Box!


If you would like to join us please fill out the form below:

We hope you will sign up and say “Hello” to summer with a Happy Mail Day!!  Sign-ups are open now!

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below or send me an email: mrs.aok [at] gmail [dot] com

Happy {almost} Summer!!

That's What She Said

That’s What She Said: Giving it away

That's What She Said A weekly linkup, we share a quote and you share a post! Writers Bloggers Word Lovers Women's Words Quotes


Please only linkup posts inspired by this week’s quote.  

We want to see how this quote will get your creative juices flowing. ;)

This is a party connect with others, let’s get mingling!

It would be SUPER AWESOME if you would share the link up via your social media. #TWSS

Number one rule: Have fun and be creative ♡

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Thank you for sharing your posts with us last week.  Did you read Karen’s post, her perspective on Jane’s quote was eye-opening you can read her post here.

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#TWSS Oprah Winfrey

(I had a different post planned for today, but I decided to wait for another day to share that story…)

Today, I dare you as well as myself to go out into the world and share nothing but kindness & positivity!

Give it away, give it away…


It doesn’t seem super daring, but in a world that sometimes seems cold it’s the little things that add up, at least I’d like to think so.  It takes a lot more energy and heart to be kind and to stick with positivity, right? I do NOT have Oprah money, so sadly today I will not give out cars, I will give:

Everyone Smiles In the Same Language


Smiles, they’re free and I will be giving them out all day! I will even smile while I’m on the road, I will NOT bad mouth the other drivers on the road.  I know some people think I’m positive, but I have my faults, I can be a Negative Nelly especially on the road. :-/


Greetings. What? Yes, greetings you know: hello, good morning, how are, how do you do stuff like that.  This is not a stretch for me, I usually say “Hello” or “Good__fill_in_the_blank_” to people, but I’m going to give it a little extra effort. I want to make sure I’m hitting everyone up with a “how do you doand then I’m going to listen! I cannot stand when people ask “How are you” and then walk off… ugh!


Send greetings. Some of you already know I’m all about sending happy mail, however this is a bit different. I was visiting Ashley over at Happy. Pretty. Sweet, her post Sweet Links had this link that totally caught my attention. Today, my littles and I will make cards for The Forgotten Ones: Compassion for the Elderly, I hope you will join us and send some love!


Tweets, texts and emails, I’m good at those and so are you; let’s go out on a limb here and fill up feeds, threads, and inboxes with positivity today, just try it.


Last dare for today apply to be a RAKtivist via The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. 🙂 LET’S DO IT!! #TWSS 😀

So are you in? 😀 #TWSS

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A Story of Holiday Kindness #RAoK #NaBloPoMo

Nov 18: Tell us about one time that you benefitted from the kindness of strangers.


It was two Christmases ago, I was with my babies shopping at Target.  The holiday spirit was dampened by the devastating news out of Connecticut.  In spite of that horrific situation, I was trying to remain jubilant.  We strolled down the Holiday aisles of Target, seeing the kids smile and get excited for Santa’s visit was SO uplifting, to me.  I needed it.


While we were there, at Target, looking at all the Christmas decorations, I saw a boot.  Not, like a boot, boot, but a mug-like boot.  I picked it up and showed the kids.  The kids and I had been on the lookout for a boot for St. Nicholas day.

St. Nicholas Day| Boots



Out of nowhere this sweet older woman with a Sox jacket came up to me, and asked me about the boot.  I told her how my girls both have boots for St. Nicholas day, but my son did not have one.  He was using a shoe for St. Nicholas day, while the girls both had pretty ceramic boots to set out for St. Nick each year. I was debating if I should get this plastic mug boot because it wasn’t as nice as the girls.  The lady smiled and said you should get him the boot.  🙂

Target Shopper

She kept looking at the babies with such endearing eyes.  She made small talk with the kiddos and then we wished each other a good day.  I thought that was it, but then she found us, she came up to me and said Merry Christmas, buy something for the babies, and put money in MY pocket!

Target Shopping| A story of kindness at Target | Kindness

(I’m crying now thinking about that day.)  I remember feeling so thankful for that.  The spirit of the holidays was there in that sweet woman.  I needed that.  Not the money, but I needed to know people were good.  I needed my kids to know the same.  The littles asked half jokingly, “What if she is Mrs. Claus?”  At that moment she was.  This woman gave me a present, she restored my faith in humanity if just for a few.  I had been crying myself to sleep those days thinking of the families who wouldn’t have the holidays with their babies or loved ones.

St. Nicholas Boot

Needless to say, I went back to the plastic Santa boot mug, and purchased it for my boy.  It may not be as fancy as my girls ceramic boots but it has such a lovely story behind it, I had to have it.

Have you ever had a stranger do something kind for you?