Simple Service: Send Some Warmth to Our Military!

Simple Service: Send Some Warmth to Our Military!

Service Project: Send Some Warmth to Our Military! Make (or buy) a no-sew blanket for Veterans and deployed Service Members through the Soldiers Angels organization.

Prep time: 30 min-1 hour

Cost:$10-$25 plus shipping

Duration: 1 hour

Lesson(s) learned: I can thank and show my appreciation to a Veteran or deployed Service Member (the men and women who are keeping us safe) by sending a blanket and a handmade thank you card. Learning that these blankets provide them comfort and a simple reminder of home.

How we did it:

Simple Service: Thank You Note to the Imagination Library

Simple Service: Thank You Note to the Imagination Library

Service Project: Write a Thank You card to Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Prep time: none

Cost: stamp/paper

Duration: 15 minutes

Lesson(s) learned: I can express my gratitude to those who are kind to me

How we did it:

How many of you participate in the Imagination Library? For those who don't know, Dolly Parton partners with cities across the US, UK, Canada and Australia and gives over one million kids ages 0-5 a free book every month. My girls love checking the mail and seeing what book they've been sent. 

I noticed recently that my three year old started regularly talking about Dolly Parton and the books that come in the mail. I was glad that she was acknowledging the gifts and the sender, but realized that we'd never thanked Dolly Parton for them. I told Ivory we needed to make a thank you card and she was ecstatic about the prospect and immediately set to work.

Simple Service: Breakfast for Mommy

Simple Service: Breakfast for Mommy

Kids, listen up! Mother's Day is Sunday, May 14, 2017! Most Moms really like to be surprised with breakfast in bed on this special day. Below are some super easy ideas for you to choose from. They've been tested with a 3 year old doing most of the work. Daddy can help with the hot steps or if you'll be doing it on your own, pick the options without burners/ovens. Add this booklet we posted last year and you'll have your Mommy tearing up with love.

Simple Service: Cookies for Horses!

Simple Service: Cookies for Horses!

Service Project: Make and deliver horse cookies to a horse rescue organization

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cost: $24 ($4 for carrots, $10 for oats and $10 for molasses)

Duration: 1 hour (this does not include the time to deliver the cookies)

Lesson(s) learned: Assist with the care of ailing animals

How we did it:

My daughter’s school recently learned about a wonderful non-profit, virtually in our backyard, called All About Equine. The core objectives of All About Equine Animal Rescue are to; “rescue and rehabilitate abused, neglected, abandoned, unwanted, and/or slaughter-bound animals, primarily equines; to provide animals with food, shelter, care and handling; and veterinary care, as needed; to utilize a strategic process for matching healthy, rehabilitated animals with compatible, loving, and permanent adoptive homes; to provide long term care for unadoptable animals; and to educate the community about abused, neglected, abandoned, unwanted, and/or slaughter-bound animals, primarily equines (About).”

After learning about All About Equine, Addie and her peers had fun making cookies for the horses. Yes, you read that correctly. They are called Horse Cookies! Hey, horses like treats, too! These “cookies” are not your typical chocolate chip or sugar cookies. These are cookies made with yummy, healthy ingredients that can be frozen and then thawed when you’re ready to feed them to a lucky horse.