Honor Through Action #26actsofkindness

The tragedy in Newtown is a week behind us, but will be seared in our memories for a lifetime.  There’s been a lot of talk around the reasons and causes of such a horrific act.  Talk is cheap.  Talk is negative, divisive and sometimes downright crazy.  My big ears pick up on all the chatter.

We will never forget these sweet souls

Rather than listening to the cacophony of voices and opinions, this furry angel has decided to align with Ann Curry’s proposal of 26 acts of kindness (#26acts, #26actsofkindness) in remembrance of the Sandy Hook victims.

Happily, herds of humans are joining in and sharing goodness.  Just google 26 acts of kindness or look on twitter (#26acts, #26actsofkindness, @anncurry) — the stories you’ll find are guaranteed to warm your heart.  And may inspire you to pass it on.

Big or small, random acts of kindness restore our faith in humanity.  They open a place in our hearts that may have been closed, stuck or hardened.  To honor the sweet souls of 20 children (babies, really) and 6 of their educators, this pup (and the Big Dog) encourage you to try it.  #26actsofkindess will help heal your heart and help others remember that people are inherently good and kind.

The acts of kindness we’ve read about run the gamut from shoveling snow for an elderly neighbor to bringing cookies to the local firehouse to paying off thousands of dollars worth of layaway gifts.  People are paying heating bills for families who need a little help, they’re leaving cards with money on random windshields, they’re paying for the car behind them on a toll bridge, folks behind them in line at Starbuck’s or at the drive-thru.

My earthbound family has been participating in 26 acts of kindness.  They’re not quite to 26 yet, but working on it.  Mama bought 8 $25 Toys R Us gift cards and put them in beautiful dove covered cards.  Her message was simple:  Dear friend, you are a special soul. Let love and kindness rule your world and pass it on.  In honor of the Newtown children.

She went to Toys R Us and wandered around, randomly handing cards to strangers.  The reactions were a bit comical.  Some were thankful, some confused and a couple of them were even suspicious.  But through these acts, mama felt close to the souls of the innocent and the angels were smiling upon her.

Timmy Elijah dreaming of his next random act of kindness

Two checks were also mailed this week; another donation to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the other to a teacher friend of ours who’s collecting money to pay for an apartment for a homeless student and her single mother.

Will you join us in honoring the victims of the Newtown shootings with a random act of kindness?  Please post what you are doing in the comments section.  Let’s all spread a little kindness and love…


The Purrfect Gift for Animal Lovers!

I’ve never talked about a product before, or endorsed one.  Well, I have penned book reviews (this dog loves to read!) and I suppose those could be considered endorsements, but this is new for me.

Mama got her paws on a cool gizmo and I can’t stop barking about it.  The Neato XV-21 robotic vacuum might be the greatest invention since poop bags for humans who love animals!  The Neato is the cutest little robot that can suck up dirt and fur and allergens like nothing I’ve ever seen before.

Having a Neato is almost like having another pet in house.  It’s cute and small and moves around.  It makes adorable little noises (a little song chimes before he gets going).  And the best part about a Neato pet is it cleans up after the other animals!  With it’s special filter and anti-allergen attachments, the Neato inhales all the fur and dander your pet leaves behind.

I learned this week that animal lover and advocate, Ellen, has been promoting the Neato during her 12 Days of Christmas shows.  You can see the Neato in action on The Ellen Show in this video (around 4:30 minutes).  Isn’t it darling?

Timmy E's not intimidated byt the Neato -- he's intrigued!

Like me, Timmy E & Wilbur don’t dig the noise of the big vacuum cleaner.  As soon as it comes out, the boys “hide” on the bed until the monster has been put away.  The Neato is pretty quiet compared to a regular vacuum and the boys are intrigued instead of intimidated.

When the Neato comes on, it revs up like a quiet jet.  And it’s so smart!  The neat Neato maps out the room with it’s laser eye and works it’s way around furniture and other obstacles.  Mama especially loves the small size of the Neato — it cleans under the couch and chairs (where fur and dust like to congregate).

The Neato robotic vacuum is a truly Pawsome invention!

Isn't the Neato cute?

You can buy Neato through Amazon, but ChaChaBee has an ever better deal right now (only $299 — 30% savings!).    If you don’t know what to give the pet lover on your gift list, this furry angel highly recommends the Neato!

Disclaimer:  I’m not a paid spokes-dog (yet!) and get no commission from Neato sales — I just really dig this product!


Relax it Out!

I watch mama from heaven all the time and I believe she’s invented a new catch-phrase.  The other angels and I are digging it and hope this string of words catches on.

A couple of weeks ago mama was on a conference call when Timmy E and Wilbur began misbehaving badly.  Timmy was running and jumping around mama’s office, chasing the cat and, as puppies do, his enthusiastic play just encouraged him to act wilder.  Wilbur tried to calm the mayhem by barking.

Mama hit the mute button on her phone and yelled “relax it out” and they immediately stopped.  Relax it out… I love all the connotations of this phrase!

Timmy E. Relaxing It Out

Relax it out can mean chill out, calm down or play together nicely.  For people, this phrase is a nice reminder to take time out to just be.  To breath and stretch and calm the mind.

Relax it out could be a great phrase for a yoga class.  You’ll stretch more deeply if you’re relaxed, so relax it out!  Relax out the muscle tension and calm your mind.

Relaxed humans are easier to be around.  When you relax your body and mind, you are more open and tolerant of others.  You feel a sense of well-being.  Nothing is urgent or stressful when you’re relaxed, right?

So, during this busy time of year, remind yourself to relax it out.  As you’re traversing the shopping crowds and waiting in long lines, relax it out.  Take a deep breath, put a serene smile on your face and enjoy these minutes of nothingness.  Relaxing it out is like an open-eyed meditation.

When you’re relaxed, there is no expectation of being productive.  No guilt, no pressure…just calm.  If you’re at a family holiday function and guests begin arguing about politics, religion or reality television, just relax it out.  Your mellowness will extend to others — it’s contagious.

This is how Christmas puppies Relax it Out!

Relax it out!

I’d love to hear how others feel about this phrase.  Can you see using the phrase on yourself or others?