Spreading the Happy

Hey you guys! I hope all of you are enjoying the winter holidays and have been able to spend some time relaxing with family and friends. We had an absolutely wonderful Christmas (I’m pretty sure the kids had the best day of their lives), and today we’re celebrating Essley’s third birthday (something around which I can’t even wrap my head; didn’t I just have her?). We have all sorts of New Year and birthday celebrations coming up in the next few days as well. It’s such a beautifully happy time of year in general, which is why I wanted to stop in today and share a really incredible project with you that is specifically focused on the concept of spreading happiness.

As most of you know (and likely agree with, because it is freaking delicious), I’m a big fan of Nutella. I adore it in crepes (the best thing I’ve ever tasted was a Nutella crepe in Paris), love spreading it on apples, and, in truth, could easily just sit down under a blanket and blissfully eat it with a spoon, right out of the container. But when I learned about their new, first-ever original content series titled “Spread the Happy,” my fandom reached an all-time high. The series basically aims to inspire acts of sharing happiness everywhere, everyday – through different but equally awesome stories of people who inspire others through their talents, joyful spirit, or by committing acts of kindness in their communities. And I can confidently say that our world needs this more than ever right now.

While I’m going to share each of the videos below, because they’re all amazing and the exact sort of thing we need to be watching as we enter a brand new year, my favorite is the first one, titled Brooklyn and Delvar. With my own little girl turning three today, I felt especially drawn to Brooklyn, the three year old in the video, who brings her local garbage man one of her cupcakes on her third birthday. Essley and I have watched the video a few times together, and she’s really picked up on the message of the importance of treating people the way we wish to be treated – with kindness, respect, and friendship. It has genuinely inspired me to work with her to find ways to practice similar simple-but-powerful acts of sharing and kindness in our own community.

Pretty wonderful, right? And here are the other videos in the series, each of wish delivers a unique message of spreading happiness and joy to others:

In this video, the internationally known indie-pop band Echosmith, comprised of four siblings, shares their mission to spread love, joy and happiness through their music.

This video shares the inspirational story of Marty and Seon Burbank, who invest their money in the academic future of a kindergarten class.

A local youth group that teaches the importance of looking good, feeling good and doing good in this video. And founders Mr. Nelson and Mr. Joyner continue spreading the happy throughout their community, by inspiring boys of today to be better men tomorrow.

I hope these video inspire you as much as they have me, and that you’re able to take that inspiration to spread the happy into 2017!

This post is in partnership with Nutella. Thanks for the supporting the brands that help make Bubby & Bean possible. 

Print in top image by my beautiful friend Jenny Highsmith.

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Happy New Year! (+ Some Personal Thoughts On The Worst Year Ever)

New Years Cards

Happy (almost) New Year! Or more importantly, happy end of 2016! (More on that in a minute.)

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, we had a wonderful Christmas followed by a fantastic early third birthday celebration for Essley with our family on Monday. Today we were supposed to go to a fancy hotel downtown where we’d be posted up for a few days while Robbie works the band’s three night New Year run (they haven’t played here in Chicago for NYE in years and we have been very excited). We were also supposed to have another casual birthday gathering for Essley with some of her band/crew kid friends at the venue tomorrow. But yesterday, on Essley’s actual birthday, we ended up in the ER with her for a 106 degree fever. It turns out she has a terrible case of the flu (which I gave to her and am just getting over), and when she was released, the doctors told us no activity for her for several days. So our fancy hotel stay and her birthday party with friends have been canceled. She does seems to feel a little better today, and while Emmett now has a fever and is showing signs, seems to (fingers crossed) have a lesser version. There is nothing worse for me than seeing my kids sick, so I’m just hoping this will pass quickly. My birthday is January 1st, and New Year’s Eve was supposed to be my first kids-free night in two years, so I’m hoping things improve quickly for selfish reason as well. Oh, and I got pulled over last night too, because I forgot to turn my headlights on. That sums things up pretty well, actually.

For my last post of the year, I usually go into a semi-dramatic musing on how strange it is for the year to be over, and I usually talk about how wonderful the year was for me. This year, my friends, was not that year. I like to stay positive. It works for me. But after Emmett was born on January 9th, 2016 just went to shit. Perhaps when David Bowie died the day after Emmett’s birth (a few hours later, actually), we should have all been warned, huh? There just aren’t a lot of people who feel like this was our greatest – or even a somewhat decent – year, and I’m on their team. On top of the obvious for me (Emmett’s illness), my stepfather has been fighting stage 4 cancer. I don’t talk about it here because it’s a private situation and this isn’t the proper place for it, but it hasn’t been an easy time for my family. Collectively, we lost all sorts of incredible and influential famous people this year. A man who admittedly terrifies me was elected to president of the United States. And the world just seems to be falling apart, filled with violence and brutality and hatred.

It’s been a difficult, depressing year. But I believe in hope. I genuinely believe that positive collective thought, good vibes, prayers, and hope saved Emmett. And I believe they could save the human race too.

That said, here’s to you 2017. You’ve got a lot of pressure on you, and it’s not going to be easy. But there are millions and millions of people who have faith in you and who can’t wait for your arrival. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m going to cry some serious tears of joy when that clock strikes midnight on Saturday night.

Whatever your plans, I hope you enjoy your New Years celebrations. I’ll be back next year (on January 4th, which is technically only a few days away, but it’s fun to say “see you next year,” right?) with a bunch of cool new content. Thank you for being such incredible readers and social media followers. I’m so grateful for all of you. See you in 2017!


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Protecting Your Kitties at Christmas Time

Decoration Dangers:

  1. Artificial snow spray is toxic to cats. Use it sparingly and make sure it is not accessible to a curious cat.
  2. Tinsel and other decorations can be swallowed causing abdominal blockages. Glass ornaments can break and injure a kitty. Place tempting ornaments up high. Better yet, place the dangerous ornaments in a room the cat cannot get into.
  3. Chocolate is a poison for both cats and dogs. Usually it will only make your pet ill, but it can kill. Make sure visitors know the dangers of chocolate being around your pets.
  4. Plants such as mistletoe, holly and poinsettias are poisonous to cats if eaten. Place them up high and out of reach of twitching noses. If you have a cat that generally likes to nibble the indoor plants, it is strongly recommended that you refrain from bringing these plants in to the home at all.
  5. The Christmas tree, cats love Christmas trees. The tree can be like an enormous playground for your cats. Cats can shred a tree, knock it over or destroy all of the ornaments. Buy a tree that does not shed needles. Place weights at the bottom of the tree and secure the top to something rock steady. Place dangly ornaments up high, hopefully out of paws reach. Spray the base of the tree with a diluted solution of lemon juice. Place pinecones around the base of the tree so your cats hopefully won’t get too close.

A Cat Christmas:

  1. Cats often feel left out or overwhelmed by all of the Christmas activity. Set aside special time to play and cuddle with your cat.
  1. Make a safe room for your cat to retreat to if it all gets to be too much for your cat. Place a note on the door telling others not to enter. Put the cat’s bed, favorite toys, a litter tray, and fresh water in the room.
  2. Cats need Santa to bring them toys, too. Any cat would enjoy a stocking with a few new toys.

Here’s hoping you and your loved little cat have a wonderful and safe Christmas Season!

 

– Written by Linzy Trueblood, owner of Passionate 4 Pets in Orange County, CA


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