|You're how far behind?|
To cut down on much needed time, I've decided to do a combo post which will cover weeks 10 through 12. Normally I wouldn't, but this time I think I need to give myself a much needed break and just go with the flow. So here goes...
Week 10 was a bit odd. I had pledged to support someone in a charity event, but that fell through due to me not being contacted in the end. I was kind of disappointed, but oh well. It was probably a good thing as Arkansas Children's Hospital called seeking donations. I've had a pledge page set up for them for a little over a month now, and I need to get back hounding people to offer their support, but I had not recently contributed my own donation to them. Since my other pledge had kind of vanished, I decided to take that money and offer it to Children's. It was nothing astounding, but every little bit helps. If you want to help out by offering a small donation yourself, here is a link to my personal fundraising page where I'm trying to raise $1000 for ACH. The money goes directly to them, just an FYI.
Arkansas Children's Hospital Donation Page
Now I'm going to jump to week 12, just to mix things up a bit.
I had another busy week and hadn't really had much time to seek out a deed. Luckily for me, the universe presented me with an opportunity. This past Tuesday a little boy came into our offices looking for donations to help support his youth football team, the Arkansas Avengers. He was so dang adorable and shy. Of course I had to help out! For a rare change I actually had some cash on me, so I gave him what I could. He was very polite and let me know he plays running back for the team. I encouraged to keep working hard and dreaming big. And then he left the building with a huge grin on his face...priceless!
So there you go, week 10 and 12 over and done. It's probably best I decided to combine the posts of these three weeks just because week 10 and 12 don't really merit any huge write-ups on their own. Not all deeds deserve pomp and circumstance, but they are all appreciated regardless of the hoop-la associated with them. Week 11, however, was a combined effort that tied into the giveaway I hosted on my Facebook page. It needs some good old fashioned hoop-la, so here it is!
Week 11 began several weeks before it's actual official 11-week status was decided upon. You may have seen my previous blog about a little local mother/daughter team who began their own business handcrafting baby goodies, such blankets, burp cloths, binky holders, bibs, and other such awesome stuff. Their tiny yet totally terrific shop is called Shaybee's Babies, which is named for Shay, the rockin' mom who manages to create amazing baby items while still handling a myriad of other responsibilities in her life. After having the pleasure of communicating with her, I'm amazed at not only her crafting skills, but also her gumption and practically superhero momness! Funny enough, her mom was my lactation consultant at the hospital when Piper was born, and I can see where Shay gets her awesomeness from. Her mom is also terrific and I couldn't have asked for a nicer person to help me get my lactation in gear from the get-go.
Anyways, Shay has been following the blog for some time. Once I started the 52 random acts segment, her and her daughter got inspired and wanted to help. She contacted me privately and wanted to offer some items for me to use for one of my weekly acts. How amazing is that, huh? She asked me to decide on an item for either a boy or a girl, and I asked if she could do one of each and I would pay for the second item. Then I would giveaway one item to a needy mother and the other I would giveaway on my Facebook page. This second item would be given away contest style and would be used as a way for me to help drive my fan base towards her business. Let me state here, I would never push a product I didn't believe in. Having seen her craftsmanship, I so knew she needed to get her name out there because her products are second to none!
|The dachshund minky blanket for both the NICU baby|
and my friend's baby shower gift.
|The boy binky clips!|
|Piper loves her blanket!|
|The girl minky blanket and binky clip for the giveaway.|
|The Halloween clips. |
Left one is Piper's and the right one was for the contest!
|The burp cloth and binky clip for the second giveaway prize.|
|All the giveaway products in one pic.|
Please visit Shaybee's Babies and check out her other items!
|Piper says you best pay attention! :)|