I think over the last three holidays, today has become my favorite day of the year. Each December 1st, I sit down with my children and we make a list of all the fun and giving activities we want to take part in over the holidays. You’ve seen me mention it before, here, here and here.
Like most parenting experiences I learn something each year — spending time together is more memorable and usually more enjoyable for everyone than activities that costs us money, planning too many activities away from home makes for a harried and stressful holiday, and my favorite, doing good and giving back is a wonderful family affair and rewarding experience for all.
This year, we are incorporating even more good deeds into our advent activities and I am so excited to have Mom It Forward’s new e-book to help me with some fresh ideas.
I’ll be working on my advent plan with my family today, and I encourage you to do the same with yours. Mom It Forward has made and entire calendar devoted to service projects any family can do together. You can read all about the wonderful ideas by signing up for their newsletter and getting the free e-book in return. It has gorgeous photos, great ideas and fun printables for you too.
I thought it would be fun to try and highlight a friend who has done one of the tasks on the calendar everyday this month. Each day, I’ll update the links here in this post and profile each blogger in an individual article on Sulia, where I am a new contributor to their parenting channel, and also on a very special Pinterest board with Mom It Forward. I invite you all to follow along and be inspired.
Check out all my sweet friends who will be participating and get to know them throughout the month, we have a few days left open if you would like to join us and participate. You can read a detailed description of each days prompts in the e-book.
Day 5 – Host a Food Drive
Blogger: JDaniel4′s Mom
Blogger: Helen of Curly Birds – How to Host a Food Drive
Day 6 – Give Groceries
Blogger: Deidre on Kids Activities Blog
Blogger: Colleen of San Antonio Mom Blogs
Day 7 – Celebrate Pearl Harbor Day
Blogger: Rob Hatton
Day 10 – Spread the Puppy Love
Blogger: Ariana of The Remi Project
Blogger: Sea World Texas Wildside Bloggers
Day 17 – Clean Your Closet
Blogger: Mari of Inspired by Family
Blogger: Helen of Curly Birds
Day 25 – Gift It Forward
Blogger: Morena of Morena’s Corner
Day 27 – Donate a Toy
Blogger: Cyn of Creative Cynchroncity
Day 28 – Collect Coupons
Day 29 – Participate in a Drive Through Donation
Day 30 – Thank Public Servants
Blogger: Valerie of Glittering Muffins
Day 31 – Create a January Service Calendar
Blogger: Mom It Forward