Well, it’s been a great, long weekend but we’re back in the swing of things over here at Ties & Tutus. Are you? Today’s challenge is a simple one. I know we are all in vacation or relaxation mode, so don’t worry, we won’t ask too much of you just yet. This week’s challenge is to leave a note or special treat for your mail carrier. I have to admit, our mail lady came to the door to have me sign for a package last week and I felt horrible when she left because it was 110 degrees outside and she’s pounding the pavement with a sack of mail. I imagine it’s a thankless job, so I scribbled a little note and left it in our mailbox for her just to let her know I appreciate what she does. I have no idea what she thought when she read it, but sometimes it’s the little things that go a long way.
Happy Monday everyone! We hope everyone had a wonderful weekend, and for those celebrating, a great Father’s Day! This week we are challenging our readers to spend a week dedicating themselves, albeit just a little bit, to knowing what is going on in the world. This challenge is prompted from the fact that many times my husband comes home from work asking me, “Did you hear about so and so…?” So often my answer is no, and when it is yes, it is usually because I saw it via someone’s Facebook status. Coming to this realization, I figured I should challenge myself to knowing what is going on in the world around me, even at a very base level. I certainly couldn’t tell you what the stock market did last Friday and I certainly couldn’t tell you who was on the cover of this month’s Time Magazine. But I figure, maybe I should know why gas prices have gone down a bit, how the real estate market is doing in my area and what the latest info is in the upcoming Presidential election.
So this week I challenge myself and all of you to spend a mere 30 minutes a day educating ourselves on the goings-on in the world. Whether that be tuning in to your local news, watching the headlines on CNN, looking on Google news, or sitting down old-fashioned-style and whipping out the newspaper; this week, be in-the-know! I have a feeling I’ll be amazed at all the stuff that is going on out there, especially the stuff I had no idea about. Who knows, could make for some interesting dinner table conversation and maybe I’ll know an interesting factoid that my husband will be clueless about for once
In honor of Memorial Day and all of our fallen heroes, we would like to dedicate this week’s challenge to the brave men and women currently serving in our military. As we remember those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom, we as you take a moment and visit the site www.give2thetroops.org. Our challenge this weeks is to support the troops in any way you can. You can send a card, make a donation or collect goodies for care packages to be set overseas. Please visit Give 2 the Troops for more ideas or to get involve. Happy Memorial Day!
With the weather heating up here in the Phoenix area, most of us are hightailing indoors, but this week we are challenging your to abandon your a/c and get outside with your family. Don’t worry, we’re not asking you to play soccer at 2:00 in the afternoon on black asphalt. This week’s Ties & Tutus challenge is to take a family walk every night after dinner. I know my family and I love to pull out the wagon and dog leash, get some fresh air and meet the neighbors at sunset. The heat subsides and it’s a great time to spend some quality time with the family, so get out there!
Good morning Monday! We hope you all had a wonderful weekend! So with Monday comes moans and groans, but also the Ties & Tutus Weekly Challenge! This week we challenge you to speak up! Ever walk by someone and think to yourself, “I love that outfit, I totally want that in my wardrobe!” Or maybe you go to a restaurant and receive exceptional service and think “man, that is the best waiter, I’ve ever had!” Well this week, don’t hold back, we challenge you to give a random stranger a compliment! Something you probably think but wouldn’t normally say. We usually just walk past that cute outfit, or we leave the restaurant without telling the manager what a great job their employee did. This week we want you to share the kindness, you neveow how that random compliment could make their day! I know at my previous job whenever our customer surveys went out I was always thrilled to hear that I made a difference – I in fact really remember some specific examples, and probably always will! It is amazing to know that you are appreciated, admired or even acknowledged and even more so by someone you would never suspect! So – get the good feelings going! Go tell that stranger just what you think! (As long as it’s nice that is…)
Well, it’s Monday again. I know, I know. Nobody needs the reminder, but do not fret, we’ve got a fun way to start your Monday morning here at Ties & Tutus. Are you ready for our second Monday Morning Challenge? This week’s challenge is to allow your child(ren) to cook dinner for the family. If your kiddos are too young to do this challenge independently, take the opportunity to have them in the kitchen with you, helping in any way they – stirring, measuring, learning, interacting, watching.
At the end of the week we’d love to hear how it went. Are you raising a future chef? Did somebody burn the house down? Were you presently surprised or were you gagging through dinner? This is sure to be a funny memory for both you and your children.
It’s Monday! Now I certainly know that the biggest challenge of Monday is truly just getting out bed…but, Ties & Tutus wants to start giving your Monday morning a fun twist! Each Monday we hope to post a little challenge for our readers to accomplish over the week. Nothing crazy, just fun, and hopefully, gets you out of your comfort zone every so often! For our first challenge we want to inspire random acts of kindness! Ever heard the stories about the guy that buys the coffee for the woman behind him and then she for they guy behind her and so on and so on? Human kindness is out there, sometimes it is hard to see it though. Ties & Tutus wants that kindness spread everywhere! So today we are challenging you to Pay it Forward this week! Nothing fancy, maybe just $5.00, but do something for someone with no expectations in return. Maybe you buy someone’s coffee, maybe you buy a donut for the woman who looks a little forlorn in the coffee shop. Maybe you know your friend is in desperate need of a pedicure, so you show up to babysit on a Thursday evening (hint, hint to all my friends). Doing something nice for others is a miraculous feeling; when you know you’ve got an amazing gift for someone, the anticipation as they’re opening is one of the most exciting feelings there is! So get out there this week and pay it forward, even better we’d love to have you post your experiences to inspire others. Tell us about unique ways you have paid it forward, or if it has been done for you!