Pass It Forward

I am so so super excited to be part of this new project, Pass it Forward brought to us by Ashley of The Shine Project!

Pass It Forward was designed to get people to do little things, everyday, that makes an impact on the community around them. Pass it Forward is designed around a card. Each card is given a unique ID number. Lets say we’re at McDonalds, and I decide to pay for the person behind me in the drive through. I’d give the cashier the card, and tell them to pass it along to the next car when the give them the food that has been paid for. I then go home and log into the website that was on the card, and find my unique ID number. I log into it, and add my information… My first name, city, and a description of what I did….Let’s say the person behind me was you, you would pass it forward to someone else, and then would go home and do the same thing. From the very beginning, you will be able to track where your card goes, and how many people you affect just by doing one simple act of kindness.

I think this project is so great and will have the potential to really impact people’s lives. Everyone gets so involved in what they personally have going on that we often forget about other people who might be going through something that is bigger than anything we have ever had to deal with and maybe, just maybe paying for their gas or groceries or even just a coffee will be the thing that let’s them know they are not forgotten or alone. That might be the very thing that gets them through that tough time.

Thank you Ashley for letting me be part of the launch of this project!!

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Blog Love – Pay It Forward

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Welcome to More Bloggy Love Monday!
Co-hosted by Nikki from Southern Mama with a Bad Mouth and myself!
This is where we will show love to our favorite Bloggers.

Rules are simple :

Choose a blog that you love
(each week you will choose a different blog)
Grab the button above and add it to a post
about the blog you have chosen.
then come back here and link up!

Then :
you can visit some on the blogs people have chosen
and show them love!

Hopefully everyone will get some love
and some new followers.

So, this week I am doing it a little differently…I decided to send a short questionnaire to my chosen blogger and now I will post her answers!

This week I chose Randi from Who is your Big Susan?. I already talked a little bit about Randi here so I thought it would be nice to get to know her a bit better and pay it forward to her. So on that note, here is the Q and A session I did with Randi…

1. What made you want to start your blog? I love to write and though I am the Queen of Snark IRL, I was tired of only reading things that are so mean-spirited. I also find myself always thanking my friends for some fantabulous thing they have done. So…when I think about my friends and friendship – my mom and Big Susan automatically come to mind.

2. What is your favorite part of being a part of the blogging community? I really do write for myself and continue to be shocked that other folks read my words and that they resonate with them. I was never really much of a blog reader but it’s opened a whole new world to me (yes, I realize I may be the slowest person to get on the blog train) and I am finding that a) most people are pretty damn decent – and funny and b.) that we have so much more in common than we have differences.

3. What is your absolute favorite blog to spend time or get lost in? I really love Rants from Mommyland, The Snarky Mom and The Bloggess. Of course I love A Lil Dash of Diva. Each has a different appeal that keeps me coming back. Sometimes I stumble onto a really fantastic read on some random blog and then forget to mark the page (because I’m an idiot).

4. Do you have any goals for your blog or do you see yourself continuing to blog for years to come? Like any writing, I think you do it while it feels right and works. As long as I have something to say then I will keep blogging. Since I am rarely without words, I’d like to think this will be as enduring as my friendships.

5. Has your opinion of blogging/bloggers been changed since you became a blogger? I’ve always admired writers and those who commit to writing on any regular basis (grocery lists and comments on news articles do not count.) I definitely have formed opinions about certain blogs and writers. Those that have mean-spirited blogs/posts that are only meant to hurt, humiliate (peopleofwalmart.com excluded), scare or rip someone a new proverbial a*$^ are just cowardly jackholes. We all write for a reason and though I’m about the furthest thing from a pollyanna (see above statement for proof of that) that anyone could be – I’d like to believe most do it for a decent reason. Also, sometimes it’s hard to come up with something new or meaningful to share. I really admire those that post more regularly than I do and have so many people waiting for the next word.

6. What sort of reactions have you gotten from family/friends when they find out you are a blogger? Very supportive – those that are less supportive are likely that way IRL, too so there is no surprise. I’m really just so stunned that people like what I write.

I want to thank Randi for participating and being my featured blogger this week and anyone who hasn’t gone and checked out Who is your Big Susan…go, go NOW!

Blog Love – Pay It Forward!

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Welcome to More Bloggy Love Monday!
Co-hosted by Nikki from Southern Mama with a Bad Mouth and myself!
This is where we will show love to our favorite Bloggers.

Rules are simple :

Choose a blog that you love
(each week you will choose a different blog)
Grab the button above and add it to a post
about the blog you have chosen.
then come back here and link up!

Then :
you can visit some on the blogs people have chosen
and show them love!

Hopefully everyone will get some love
and some new followers.

This week I have chosen Ashleigh from Life As I Know It.

Life As I Know It

I started reading Ashleigh’s blog a few weeks ago. She is honest, funny, sarcastic, witty and you can tell she adores her family. She cracks me up with her tweets and blogs about being famous now that the Real Housewives of New Jersey are tweeting back to her. Her post about IRL friends vs. Online friends was amazing because it was so right on!! Go check out Ashleigh’s blog, you won’t be sorry!

More Bloggy Love Monday

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Welcome to More Bloggy Love Monday!This is where we will show love to our favorite Blogger.
Rules are simple :
Choose a blog that you love(each week you will choose a different blog)Grab the button above and add it to a postabout the blog you have chosen. then come back here and link up!
Then :you can visit some on the blogs people have chosenand show them love!
Hopefully everyone will get some loveand some new followers.

Hey guys! We are trying something new around here and paying forward the bloggy love! I have seen Fabulous But Evil and Mrs. Monologues do similar things and I can’t think of a better thing than paying it forward to other bloggers. So that’s what this is all about for me. So join, Nikki from Southern Mama with a Bad Mouth and I each week and feature one of your favorite blogs that you want to pay it forward to and let’s all pass around some bloggy love!

This week I am featuring one of my all time favorite blogs, R We There Yet Mom? is a fantastic travel related blog. Becca and her family love to travel so she has taken her experiences as a traveler and a mom and combined them into R We There Yet Mom? to give all of us some advice, tips and ideas on traveling with a family, places off the beaten path and great ideas of places to see and things to do!

R We There Yet Mom?

Go check her out and I’ll just bet you will find some useful information for your next trip!

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One Lovely Blog Award

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Am I blessed or what?! I am so thankful for all my wonderful blog friends who are such an encouragement to me. I got this award from Rachel over at Rachel Vs The Kitchen the other day and I haven’t been online much with the inlaws here, so I am just now getting around to posting this thank you and paying it forward. Rachel thanks so much for thinking of me, it means a lot!

Now to pay it forward to a few of my new (and old) favorite blogs! Check them out and drop them a comment and let them know you heard about them here.

Harmony over at Too Much Testosterone

Bundle 2 Baby at Bundle 2 Baby

Celebrate Woman Today at Celebrate Woman Today

Ollie McKay over at Chic Boutique

Messy Mommy at Messy Mommy

Becca over at Becca’s Backyard

A Happy Hippy Mom at A Happy Hippy Mom