Bloggers Love Doing Good

September 17, 2014

Jane Bloggers Love BeTheGood
This #BeTheGood campaign has definitely gone viral! We challenged some bloggers, and they accepted! They challenged friends, and those friends accepted! You can read some of their stories below. See more stories from our bloggers in our first post and our second post.

Shannon Willardson - GBO Fashion - BeTheGood
Shannon Willardson

GBO Fashion

Shannon took this challenge to heart and put together a string of good acts. Parking meter change, flowers on the doorstep, #PayItForward in the fast food line, commuter train seat, and a personal message to her dad at the exact right time. A quick list summary doesn’t do this blog post justice. Shannon has so many simple, yet powerful, ideas for how we can all be good each and every day. It takes very little effort, but that small act of kindness can go a long way! Thanks Shannon!

Jenny Martin - Southern Savers - BeTheGood
Jenny Martin

Southern Savers

Jenny is planning for the holidays early and using the motivation from this week to pack at least 10 Operation Christmas Child boxes! She already purchased most of the things for them, but it’s fun to get everything out and start packing early. I always feel happier around the holidays when I’m giving my time and donations more than most times throughout the year, so this campaign is a perfect opportunity to push my butt in gear to get me thinking of others. Great motivation Jenny!

Summer Bellessa and Brooke White - Girls With Glasses - BeTheGood
Summer Bellessa & Brooke White

The Girls With Glasses

One of Summer’s son’s good friends has spina bifida and he’s unable to walk. He’s an amazing little guy, between his big sweet smile, and his awesome wheel chair, everyone just loves him. For any of you that know someone with a disease like this, it makes your heart wrench and you always wish there was some way you could help that person in even the smallest of ways. Well Summer saw an idea on Pinterest and the idea clicked. We’ll let you read her awesome post to find out what she did to #BeTheGood. Besides, it sounds like it might be a little surprise… so shhh! Don’t want to ruin this little guy’s surprise! Click her link above to read her article.

Mindy Cone - Creative Juice - BeTheGood
Mindy Cone

Creative Juice

Mindy gladly accepted our challenge by performing 2 small acts of kindness. First, she left $10 at the register for the next person in line at the breakfast shop. #PayItForward. Next, she and her kids delivered some goodies to some friends that needed some TLC. I kinda wish she was my neighbor right now knocking on my door with goodies! Thanks Mindy!

The Crafting Chicks - BeTheGood
The Crafting Chicks

The Crafting Chicks

The Crafting Chicks join the #BeTheGood challenge as they make life just a little bit easier for someone else. Thanks for the challenge and I hope your followers take your lead!

Britanny Maddux - The Glittering Life - BeTheGood
Brittany Maddux

The Glittering Life

Brittany read my mind when she says, “Why do we over do it when we are ‘challenged’ to do something? Why do we have to make it so complicated & over the top?” I have had the same thoughts this week Brittany! But her solution follows a similar trend we have been seeing this week, that you can often do something super simple to make another person’s day just a little better. She was already making tacos so she simply doubled the recipe and handed off a delicious meal to someone that needed a little TLC. Yummy, and brilliant!

Lauren Lefevre - Edit by Lauren - BeTheGood
Lauren Lefevre

Edit by Lauren

I just LOVE how these #BeTheGood stories keep flooding in with so many completely different acts of kindness. Lauren’s story is yet another wonderful story that we are proud to share. She made meals for families who are fostering and/or adopting children through an Atlanta-based organization called Promise 686. And once again, this act of kindness wasn’t difficult because this cause is something near and dear to her heart. Doing something you love for someone you love might seem easy to you… but it makes a HUGE difference to the receiving party! Thank you Lauren!

40 Ways You Can #BeTheGood

September 16, 2014

So we were on our way to the Utah State Fair the other day. I just love the fair by the way. There is something about carni rides and funnel cake that speaks to my soul. Maybe it’s all that oil, who knows. Anyway, as we were walking in, a young man handed us his extra admission tickets. How nice is that?! And perfect timing for our #BeTheGood week. If you are struggling with good deeds to do here is a list of a couple easy ways to serve in your community.

  1. Clean up a local park
  2. Make cookies for someone in need
  3. Pay for the coffee after yours
  4. Visit a nursing home and take time to talk to the patients
  5. Clean up an elderly persons yard
  6. Make gifts for children in the hospital
  7. Make sack lunches and deliver them to the homeless shelter
  8. Volunteer to serve food at the homeless shelter
  9. Volunteer at a club for youth
  10. Take photos during an event and donate them to the event organizers
  11. Watch a friends kids while she takes a day for herself
  12. Donate old clothes to a women’s shelter
  13. Read a book to a blind person
  14. Visit a sick friend
  15. Knit or crochet blankets for babies in the hospital
  16. Collect old books and donate them to a daycare
  17. Collect new make-up, perfume or other toiletries and donate them to a center for abused women
  18. Pick up trash on a local trail
  19. Visit a busy park or running/biking trail and pass out water to the runners/bikers
  20. Volunteer to be a teacher’s aide at your child’s school
  21. Donate gently used books to the library
  22. Drop a treat off to the Fire or Police Departments—maybe some donuts
  23. Provide child care during a PTA meeting
  24. Conduct a canned goods drive and donate to a local food bank
  25. Make New Kid Survival kits and donate them to your child’s school
  26. Bake a batch of homemade cookies and pass them out at your local homeless shelter
  27. Volunteer at an animal shelter.
  28. Become a foster parent to homeless animals. Most shelters have a foster care program
  29. Tie fleece blankets and donate them to a nursing home or cancer unit at the hospital
  30. Write thank you letters and send them to service troops from your area
  31. Anonymously pay for someone’s meal, movie ticket, admission ticket etc.
  32. Help a struggling mother with her toddler
  33. Open the door for someone
  34. Say hi to the person sharing your elevator
  35. Send flowers to a widow in your neighborhood
  36. Pay for your co-workers lunch
  37. Clean up the break room fridge
  38. Give your husband a shoulder massage
  39. Organize a clothing swap with the women in your neighborhood
  40. Make freezer meals and give them to women in your neighborhood

Alright, that should spark something in that pretty little brain of yours. What did I miss? Comment below and let me know your favorite way to give back to the community.

More Bloggers Be Good

September 16, 2014

BeTheGood Cents of Style - Blogger Challenge Accepted
We wanted this #BeTheGood campaign to go viral, and what better way than to challenge some of our blogging friends! We challenged, and they accepted! We have had an outpouring of bloggers both big and small finding ways to be the good. You can read some of their stories on our first posts series here and some more stories below. See a lot more on our #BeTheGood Campaign Page and on Instagram throughout the week.

Sara Sabaliauskas - Sabby Style - BeTheGood
Sara Sabaliauskas

Sara accepted our challenge and chose to donate to a cause that is near and dear to her heart – Dog Rescue and Adoption! She tells a very personal story about how they rescued Roger from Little White Dog Rescue and I confess I got a little emotional. Thank you for that awesome story and the reminder about how we can all help out with this noble cause!

Jackie Welling - Little J Style - BeTheGood
Jackie Welling

Ever wanted to see the face of the Starbucks customer behind you in line when she gets to the counter and finds out her order has already been paid for? Well Jackie still has to wait for the look on that customer’s face… but she did it! She paid it forward for the next customer in line and the satisfaction that she made someone’s day and hopefully they paid it forward is reward enough. So easy, yet SOOO awesome!

Hayley Stayner Byars - Hay Hush - BeTheGood
Hayley Stayner Byars

How many RedBox rentals could you get for $5? With tax and even a forgetful late day… you could at least get a few rentals out of that! And thanks to Hayley, one lucky RedBox customer is getting just that. Way to pay it forward Hayley! I wish I knew what RedBox machine you put that $5 in :-)

Kayla Otineru - A Darling Dream - BeTheGood
Kayla Otineru

Ever since Kayla was a little girl, she has had a soft spot in her heart for animals. So when she received our challenge, she knew she wanted to do something with the animal shelter. She loves to visit the shelter even though she always wants to leave with one of the animals. But knowing that taking a little puppy or kitten home every time is not realistic, she decided to donate beds so at least those animals could be comfortable until their new owner comes to take them home. The shelter was excited. Kayle was happy. And we’re grateful for the story! Thanks Kayla!

Ariel Hamilton - Auteur Ariel - BeTheGood
Ariel Hamilton

We love the “Pay It Forward” stories we are receiving. Ariel was out at dinner with her husband and they noticed a man sitting next to them that looked like he could use some help. They quietly asked the waiter to add his bill to their tab then left. Ariel says, “I’ll never know how the old man reacted to hearing that his dinner was paid for, but I’ll always remember that feeling Connor and I left with.” Wonderful story and thanks for sharing!

Nichole Smith - Younique By Nichole - Be The Good
Nichole Smith

Nichole barely needed to be challenged before she was willing to get out and do good. She took her family out to a truck stop in the hills of Fairbanks, Alaska to get some pie (added to my wishlist!) and to help others smile. She didn’t expect to find out about an assisted learning facility nearby, but without skipping a beat, they finished their pie and headed over to visit with some elderly ladies and gentlemen. What a great reminder for all of us to make someone smile by spending a few minutes visiting. Being Good doesn’t always require spending money… you can make someone’s day by saying hello or listening to their story. Thanks Nichole! And seriously… you’re welcome to send us some pie :-)

Rebecca Hillyard - Cella Jane - BeTheGood
Rebecca Hillyard

Cella Jane

Target, Starbucks, and flowers. The 3 best words any woman can hear in the same sentence! And Becky knew that, so she helped out a few mommies at Target by donating some yummy lattes and flowers. We all wish we were those mommies at that Target! What a sweet idea. Thanks for sharing! I’m sure you made those ladies’ day a little bit easier!