Month: December 2015

Be Happy!

Be Happy!

It is during these final days of the year that we reflect the most. Sometimes we get stuck focusing on the bad, what we’ve done wrong, what we could’ve done instead… . While reflecting is very important and brings us closer to the attainment of our goals, we should reflect on what brought us closer to a happiness state and what we should be grateful for. I take that a step further and bring happiness into my life by purposefully doing everyday things I know make me happy.

Here are a few things to get you focused on happiness too!
Sing and move to the beat in your car

When the right song comes on , go for it! Sing, sway to the beat, enjoy every second, don’t resist. Amazing how 3 minutes of singing in your car can elevate your mood and charge you for the day ahead!

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Smile more
There are many benefits to smiling, the simplest is it makes you happy! Some of the other benefits include: smiling makes you look more attractive, it improves your mood, relieves stress, boosts the immune system and lowers blood pressure. All from a simple movement! Start smiling 🙂
Engage in a random act of kindness
Pay for someone’s coffee, help a stranger carry heavy bags, make a donation to a charity or fundraiser. It is so easy to do and it provides you with a happy feeling throughout the rest of your day. Even witnessing someone else doing a good deed can give you a feeling of joy.

Watch funny videos
One of the best ways I know to get into a ‘happy’ state is watching something funny. Like smiling, laughter has a plethora of benefits. It boosts immunity, lowers stress, decreases pain, relaxes your muscles and prevents heart disease. If done a lot it even gives your abs a workout!  So go watch a funny movie or TV show , seek out funny people, share a good joke or a funny story, host game night with friends or play with a pet.

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Decorate for the holidays
It’s this time of year! Don’t put it off, take advantage and experience the warmth and coziness that happens when you decorate your home for the holidays. It is a simple yet effective way to bring some happiness into your home and into your life!

Gardening

Gardening is one of the most satisfying and peaceful activities you can ever engage in. It has a meditative effect that not only affects your mental wellness but your physical well-being too. Even if you don’t have a backyard or a garden you can create an indoor one and feel the same happiness tending to your pots of herbs, flowers or vegetables. Flower Power Fundraising has beautiful seeds and bulbs that are sure to take your woes and your supporters woes far, far away 🙂

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Now, it’s your turn to bring happiness to your life.
What would you do?

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Is it worthwhile to add an incentive to your campaign?

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Incentives have been a critical element of school fundraising for decades. A top-earning class can win anything from the classic pizza party or ice-cream day to school excursions. But, an increasing number of teachers and schools are looking to cut back on additional expense, and so this question that continues to be raised is: Do incentives actually work?

This question has been addressed many, many times with conflicting results. PTOtoday.com published an article entitled, Fundraising Incentives: Create Excitement, Meet Your Goals. Author Evelyn Beck dives into the school fundraising world to determine once and for all whether incentives are necessary for a fundraisers success. She also assesses the type of incentive involved, big and small. Her general findings were: “It’s clear that incentives do motivate kids, and, increasingly, parent groups are finding new and creative ways to incorporate them into their overall fundraising strategy.
We tend to agree with this opinion and believe that you have a greater chance of a fundraiser’s success if an incentive is involved. Even a small one. It keeps the spirit of the fundraiser alive.

We’ve complied for a list of factors that will help you to implement incentives successfully :
1. Play around with different incentive ideas. Don’t fall into a rut by choosing the same incentive for every fundraiser, every year.
2. Promote your incentive during school assembly. Kids are more likely to get excited when they hear about it altogether.
3. Give out incentives while the fundraiser is still going on. It gives the fundraiser that extra steam to push along.
4. Get the principal involved. Fun promises from the principal (like dyeing his hair school colors) can be a big motivator for students.

 

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5. Offer incentives to teachers for class participation.
6. Publicize the winners on your school’s website and in school newsletter.

Happy fundraising!

 

 

The Bleeding Heart

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The rose has always been considered the greatest symbol of love. But the bleeding heart flower is quickly catching up. One look at the heart shape blossoms and you will know why. Because of their shape they are almost exclusively considered as a symbol of undying love.

Bleeding hearts are native to regions of North America and eastern Asia. They generally reach 2 to 3 feet in both height and width. Their thick, arching stems contain long divided leaves that are dark green with faintly red veins. The flowers hang like pendants from the stems, where they form the very distinctive heart. Then, the bottom of the heart curls outwards exposing the inner petals.

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The bleeding heart flower is at the center of many tales, because of its one of a kind shape. One such story is about a prince who tries to win the heart of a beautiful maiden by giving her presents. The maiden refuses the prince time and time again despite his efforts, so he pierces himself through the heart.

The bleeding heart flower also has medicinal properties, or so it is believed. It is said that the essence of a bleeding heart invigorates the heart chakra, which causes a person to feel emotionally calm and open to opportunities of new love.

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These flowers are also used in love spells. One spell that we know of includes braiding the flowers into your hair, lighting a white candle to honor the goddess of love, and reading a poem. The outcome

The bleeding hearts are not common like other blooms, but you can find them at Flower Power Fundraising in the Spring fundraising catalog!