Celebrate Today with Random Acts of Kindness

Did you know that February 13-19 is Random Acts of Kindness Week? So why not celebrate Valentine’s Day with your own random acts of kindness. Make this an extra special day for the people around you, even if you don’t know them. You don’t have to spend a penny to put a smile on someone’s face.

Where to start? Start with the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. It is a non-profit foundation promoting the belief that kindness will make this world a better place. It has dedicated itself to providing tools and resources to help all of us channel our own inner kindness.

Need inspiration? Each day this week the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation announces a new Kindness Idea. Monday’s Kindness Idea was, “Smile at Five Strangers.” Not so hard, is it! Put a smile on someone’s face by putting a smile on your own. Try it out, and you will be surprised by how many people will actually smile back at you.

And what is today’s Random Act of Kindness? “Send a Note of Appreciation.” Tell someone thank you for being a part of your life, and let them know just how much they mean to you. What a great way to make them feel special.

“But for the kindness of strangers:” Who says chivalry is dead? Challenge yourself to show the world your inner kindness. Show a stranger some kindness and perhaps you will turn his bad day around. Here are ten ways you can spread happiness with a Random Act of Kindness:

1. Open a door for the mom pushing a stroller.

2. Say thank you to your Police or Fire Department.

3. Pay the toll for the car behind you.

4. Offer your seat to someone.

5. Buy a lottery ticket and give it to a stranger.

6. Volunteer at a local animal shelter.

7. Prepare and/or serve food at a local homeless shelter

8. Adopt a soldier and send him a thank you card.

9. Read to the elderly at a local senior center.

10. Let the person behind you at the check-out lane go in front of you.

“Kindness starts at home:” How many times have you thought, “I wish I had said hello,” or “I wonder how Frank is doing after his surgery?” Show your family, friends and neighbors you are thinking of them with a special act of kindness. Here are ten Kindness ideas to help you “turn that frown upside down:”

1. Treat a friend to a movie tonight.

2. Offer to babysit your neighbor’s kids so they can have a night out.

3. Put a few chocolates and a special note in your child’s lunch box.

4. Make a card and send it to a friend.

5. Help your neighbors with yard work.

6. Bring flowers to someone who needs an extra pick-me-up.

7. Bring your co-workers a special treat.

8. Prepare your spouse’s favorite meal, complete with dessert!

9. Pick up groceries and coffee for your house-bound neighbor.

10. Give everyone in your family a big hug.

What better way to celebrate today than by sharing your own Random Acts of Kindness! Not only will you add a bright moment into someone else’s life, you too will reap the benefit. Looking for a few more ideas to share kindness? Check out the Random Acts of Kindness Resource page.

Better yet: continue your own acts of kindness every day! Now that’s a bargain worth shopping for!

How did you spread your love today? Did you share a Random Act of Kindness?

Did you receive a Random Act of Kindness? What’s your favorite Random Act of Kindness? Let us know in the Comments section below.

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Seven Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Ok, so you procrastinated until the last minute for that special Valentine’s Day gift. No worries! You aren’t alone. It seems that many of us do the same.

What to do about it now? You’ve got work, school, kids’s activities, and a plethora of other things to do today. When are you going to find the time to pick up something? Have no fear, we’re here to rescue your gift giving dilemna.

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How? Check out these very last minute ideas to make it a sweet day:

1. Express your love with Rattlebox.com: Don’t just say your love: express it in your own unique style with a whimsical or goofy video e-card from Rattlebox. Rattlebox provides 1000’s of free, unique and fun video card choices, or be creative and produce your own!

2. Feed your love with Restaurant.com: No reservations for the big night? That’s ok. Gift your loved one with a Restaurant.com gift card and let them pick the day to celebrate your love. Use coupon code “SWEETIE” and spend only $2 for a $25 gift card. That is a fantastic deal! Hurry: this coupon code expires on Valentine’s Day. But wait: buy through Mr. Rebates and receive a giant 30% cash back. Now that’s a sweet deal of a meal!

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3. Wrap up your love with Giftly.com: Need a gift for a far-away sweetheart? Send them a Giftly gift card. Does your sweetheart have a cell phone? Have Giftly “deliver” your gift right to their phone with a special text message and a link to your Giftly gift. Surprise your sweetie when you can’t be there yourself.

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4. Send your love in a Hallmark e-Card: Don’t have time to get to your local Hallmark store? Show how much you care with a Hallmark Valentine’s Day e-card. A great last minute option to “heart” your loved one.

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5. Be Hip with love notes from Hipster e-Card: Let Hipster help you say your special Valentine’s Day message. Their “out of the box” card styles may be just the ticket to showcase your quirkiness!

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6. Be Stellar with Groupon’s Star Naming Gift Set: Give an “out of this world” gift with the Name-A-Star offer and let them know they are your special twinkling star. A real rocket ship even launches the name and dedication message into Earth’s orbit to mark the celestial occasion. Buy your Groupon gift through Mr. Rebates and receive 8% cash back. How cool is that!

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7. Sweeten your love with chocolate: Your special sweet tooth gotta have chocolate? Then give a chocolate of the month club membership and they will be sweet on you each time a new box arrives. Here’s two chocolate-yummy choices to consider:

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Bonus idea! Are you an Amazon Prime member? Don’t forget that you can still pick out a gift today and have it delivered by tomorrow. You will need to choose “Next Day” shipment at a small shipping fee, but hey, your loved one’s worth it! Check out these ideas at Amazon Valentine’s Day Gifts.

Show your sweetie how sweet it is this Valentine’s Day!

How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Let us know in the Comments section below.

Sweet Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Ten Days and counting to Valentine’s Day. Have you found your perfect gift yet? If not, there’s still plenty of time to shop. And to help you on your way, here’s more heart-felt gift ideas that are sure to please everyone this Valentine’s Day.

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Set the mood for love with Gilt. Let Gilt’s Gift Giving Guide find gifts for everyone on your list. Just make sure to look for the heart near the “Add to Cart” button to ensure delivery by February 14th. Jumpstart your search with these three heart pumping ideas:

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Bling her out with jewelry deals from Groupon and BlueNile:

  • These Sterling Silver Swarovski Earrings will sparkle her day! $19 at Groupon, originally $70. Shop through Mr.Rebates for another 8% cash back.
  • This Double Heart Pendant might be your ticket to a heart-stopping gift. $247 at BlueNile, originally $380. Click through Mr.Rebates and earn 4% cash back. Free shipping too!

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Dazzle your man with these cool gift ideas at Etsy and Shari’s Berries:

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Lend Cupid a hand with Personalization Mall. Save as much as 25% off too! Get free shipping on orders of $65 or more with code VALSHIP12. Use Mr.Rebates and get a whopping 15% cash back. Most orders can be customized and ready to ship in 1-2 days, and if placed by Feb. 8, your gift should arrive in time. Get personal this Valentine’s Day with these gifts:

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Give a sweet gift from Red Envelope. You gotta love the savings with up to 50% off and an additional 20% off with Promo Code SGIFTS20. Make your purchase through Mr.Rebates, add another 7% cash back. Now that’s a sweetheart of a deal! Your loved one’s going to “heart” these gifts for sure:

  • Express your love with this Personalized Love Wall Art. Originally $79.95, now only $39.99. Subtract 20% for a final price of $32.
  • The Inspiration Quote Bangle will remind her every day of your love for her. Originally $99.95, now $74.99. Subtract 20% for a final price of $60.
  • A Murano Heart Bracelet is bound to show how much you “heart” someone. Originally$49.95, now $39.99. Subtract 20% for a final price of $32
  • The Year of Love Candles is sure to melt her heart. Originally $69.95, now $49.99. Subtract 20% for a final price of $40.

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Shop heart-healthy savings at the Macy’s Go Red for Women Sale. Use the promo code RED when shopping online for 20% off your purchase. Don’t forget the Mr.Rebates click-through for another 4% cash back. Shopping in-store? Be sure to wear RED to get an extra 20% off your purchase. Save an additional 10% off select sale jewelry purchase; use promo code EXTRA for online purchases.

  • The Macy’s Jewelry sale is chock-ful of savings. And with jewelry in every price range, you are sure to steal her heart on Valentine’s Day.
  • Want something else? The Valentine’s Day Gift Giving Guide can guide you. Pick your price range, find your gift, share your love, Macy’s style!

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While at Macy’s, why not also purchase a $2 Red Dress Pin and support the American Heart Association? Now that’s a heart-healthy deal!

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So what are you giving this Valentine’s Day? Let us know in the Comments Section below.

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