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Day 2: Random Acts of Kindness

The 12 Days of Blogmas event will take place from December 9 – December 24. There will be a prompt for each weekday of the challenge. The prompts are based around the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and can be found below with a small description. Each day, you’ll create a post for your blog based on the prompt of the day. Then, you’ll come back to The Coastie Couple or The Petite Mrs to link up your post. After linking up, you’ll be able to check out other blogs who are participating. We do expect you to share the love with fellow bloggers that are participating in the event.

You can find graphics and other goodies for all of the prompts in the Facebook group, but I’m also going to list them here for those of us that don’t want to add another group to our list.

Technology goodness and all

I thought long and hard about this (now I wish we had made this a later on day) and I found that I had only enough time or preparedness to come up with two, eh okay, ideas. The first one, happened the day of. The story goes like this. My MIL and FIL are not very tech savvy but are getting there. They had an older-ish computer that wasn’t running very well and a tablet that she used all the time for her business and everything else handy at home to do her purchasing and browsing on pinterest. That day, they called to chat and told us that the tablet had an accident and something heavy had fallen on it and broken it. We knew that she used that a lot and had it wherever she wentfor business purposes sometimes too. We darted right out to Best Buy and got them a updated laptop for his dad and everyday online use, banking, emailing, taxes etc and got her a new Galaxy Tab from her old Kindle. They were so elated, surprised and thankful! It felt good to help when I know they couldn’t or rather wouldn’t have replaced them right away. We stuck around and chatted, set it all up and ended up having a great time with them over there. I felt good helping out- maybe not to random as the person in line behind you at Starbucks but still it was good and generous and kind. That’s the goal. They were happy and it made us feel good in return. 

Light Up a Life Tree-by Providence Hospital (Milwaukie, Oregon)

This is a act of kindness that I used to do every year (sort of a tradition) with my grandpa in memory of my late father and all my other lost relatives in honor of hospice care in the Providence Portland/Milwaukie Hospitals. We would go and sign a ornament or slip of paper in donation  and in honor of someone you’ve lost for the hospice care and the children’s hospital as well, I believe. It was nice to do and made me feel good knowing I could honor him by helping someone else who needed care and funding to do so. It’s going on this weekend and even though I can’t make it I hope to keep those in my heart who need it. 

Below is the info behind the function- there is a auction followed by tree donations and a festival in the expo center with santa and family activites:
Memories of loved ones can light up our lives throughout the year. Your contribution to Light Up a Life will help Providence meet the needs of hospice patients and their families while giving you a heartfelt way to pay tribute to a loved one. The name of the person you are celebrating will be written on a heart-shaped ornament and placed on the Light Up a Life tree at the festival. After the event, ornaments will be transferred to the tree at the hospital you designate. The name of the person you are celebrating will be read as part of a ceremony at the hospital you have selected.

Festival of Trees (schedule/about)

Our Cause-Providence Portland
I hope you step out of your comfort zone and are moved to do TWO acts of kindness and feel good about helping others this holiday season!

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Day 1: Holiday Tradition


Hello ladies & bloggers! 🙂 Let’s start this fabulous linkup!  I’m so so excited to kick this off and hope you join us in each and every day to celebrate the holiday season by writing or sharing via the FB group your answers to the prompts that we came up with. I hope they are enjoyable and help you think of the wonderful holiday time (Christmas, personally).
If you don’t know you can link up either here OR also on The Coastie Couple blog (or join in via social media-facebook group & instagram by tagging us etc)
Growing up, I had a schedule of traditions really- it was always the same set plans every year! It’s a long process with lots of family in such a big family involved. For starters, Christmas cookies were made the night before and set out for Santa Claus with milk and veggies for all the nine reindeer (yes I had to re-count). I would go to bed early because “he sees you when you’re sleeping, he knows when you’re awake..” well I believed it when I was a child. I bet my parents were so happy when they got us to sleep early on Christmas Eve night. I had a few days/nights of holiday festivities. I had a very large family on both sides so I was one very blessed,  lucky child. 
Starting on the 23rd, we would head out to my maternal uncles’ house in the country where we would feast and get to see distant family that we only saw on the holidays. Then the rest of the night was a gift exchange and white elephant party for the adults. The kids usually made out like bandits although we didn’t realize it at the time. I enjoyed the food and company more anyway-as a kid, I really did like seeing my cousins so that was the best part. The punch was fun and tasted so good and my aunt made these peanut butter truffles that were just to die for…
 We never sang or had anything special stand out except for a santa’s helper (passing out presents) which rotated between me and my two other close cousins. That was like an honor too-a big deal to us 6 to 10 year olds. We sat and ate at our kids table and teased any adult who got to sit with us. Usually there was so much food everyone went back for seconds and thirds! 
Then on Christmas Eve was an even bigger event! A fancy dinner with my paternal grandparnets and thier whole family upwards of like 100 people total. Aunts, Uncles and Cousins galore-second cousins and once removed, married-in and everything. It was a cocktail/appetizer, drinks and sit down dinner-followed by patient person by person gift giving (much harder for kids to do) and then lots of visiting and discussion. If we were lucky we could go play ping pong/slots downstairs in the old fashioned real machine. We also ate like kings this night and got our fill of amazing, catered food and drank as much (soda/juice/spritzer*) as we wanted (under 21*). Now at this party, I would recieve one gift-from a secret santa situation, which was fun! It was different and more joyful to buy for one special person. These two nights combined were like beyond fun and I slept hard the nights leading up to the actual day of. Seeing so much family in a short amount of time is always a lot but fun and created some wonderful memories. Like the 12 days of Christmas that everyone sang with homemade signs as everyone had a day “team” and acted out the card until the sing was done. I guess that was our way of working off all the treats we had. 
As of Christmas morning we would get up at ‘the butt crack of dawn’ like 7AM, which was super early for us. Thrn proceed to have a greaat giant christmas breakfast something that was rare, like french toast or cinnamon rolls. Then we would find our seats and place for our opening/picture spot. And pass out our gifts to my immediate family, mom, dad, two older sisters, sometimes my brother and me. We would have all day to watch chirstmas movies while holiday radio is playing and decorations are up and tree lights stay on all day long. At the end of my Christmas night went over to my (maternal) grandparents house for a nice, wholesome dinner and presents there for the conclusion of our Christmas 3 day event. It was always just fantastic, stupendious and more than I could handle some years, but I was always a thankful child. 
And I have many clear memories from all those wonderful years I had with my family. My holidays are now much quieter and more adult, but I’m still one thing-thankful for the holidays with family (even if it’s not the same family).

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Welcome to the 12 days of Blogmas! (Info post)

When my friend Pamela reached out to me with the idea of a holiday prompt group-I was ecstatic and I was super psyched to just get going on it! She had previously tried to do this without much success but I knew we could totally pull this off this year and make it better than ever. I started by creating the graphics and brainstorming prompt with her.  In fact, there’s already a growing Facebook group of other bloggers that are interested! I am proud of what we’ve done and started so quickly. We are very proud that the group has grown so much over the past two weeks or so. She had a great idea and with her help we’ve already got everything planned and ready to go! (go subscribe/follow her)

Not sure how a blogging event works? No worries – I’m about to share all of the details of our event with you below! You can technically join the fun without ever joining the Facebook group but the group will give you some added benefits, including daily reminders and share threads! Plus, I’ll be using the group share threads to share across social media in December!

The 12 Days of Blogmas event will take place from December 9 – December 24. There will be a prompt for each weekday of the challenge. The prompts are based around the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and can be found below with a small description. Each day, you’ll create a post for your blog based on the prompt of the day. Then, you’ll come back to The Coastie Couple or The Petite Mrs to link up your post. After linking up, you’ll be able to check out other blogs who are participating. We do expect you to share the love with fellow bloggers that are participating in the event.

You can find graphics and other goodies for all of the prompts in the Facebook group, but I’m also going to list them here for those of us that don’t want to add another group to our list.

Day 1: Holiday Tradition 
(December 9, 2015)
It’s the first day of blogmas, so you only have to share one thing today! Share your favorite holiday tradition with us. Maybe it’s wearing matching pajamas or baking cookies for Santa. Whatever the tradition is, we’d love to hear about it! Remember: traditions are something you do year after year.


Day 2: Random Acts of Kindness
(December 10, 2015)
We’re big believers in showing kindness to others – especially around the holidays. Today’s post is all about showing kindness! There are several different directions you can take with this post – including sharing things you’ve done for others or things others have done for you! Remember, it’s the second day of Blogmas so you need to share two things with us for the topic!


Day 3: Signs of the Season
(December 11, 2015)
What are the things that signal the holiday season for you? Is it the appearance of the Starbucks red cup or is it the lights downtown? Use your senses to share three ways that you know the holiday season has arrived! (Throwback to elementary school: Your senses include sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste.)

Day 4: Holiday Quotes
(December 14, 2015)
It’s time to dig out your favorite books, songs, and movies for this prompt! Find four quotes that represent the holiday season to share with the rest of us! Don’t forget to share where we can find the quotes!


Day 5: Golden Memories
(December 15, 2015)
The holidays lend themselves to many memory making opportunities. Today, we’re asking that you reflect on your past. Share (five) favorite memories with us in a little trip to the past today.  

Day 6: Holiday Movies
(December 16, 2015)
I love holiday movies! Today’s post will probably be one of my favorites. It’s time to create a list of your top six holiday movies. I can’t wait to see which ones we have in common!

Day 7: Winter Activities
(December 17, 2015)
Build a snowman, sip hot chocolate, make gingerbread houses…the list of holiday activities is endless. We want to hear your top seven winter activities. Hopefully, you inspire us to try something new!

Day 8: Holiday Food & Drink      
(December 18, 2015)
The holidays bring lots of fun food with them. Get in tune with your stomach today and share your favorite foods or drinks with us. You could even describe your perfect holiday dinner if you’d like! Creativity with the prompts is highly encouraged!

Day 9: Holiday Songs
(December 21, 2015)
Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells… I can already hear the holiday music starting in my head. Take some time today to figure out which ones are your favorite. I’m looking forward to creating a new playlist from all of the great suggestions!

Day 10: Facts About Me
(December 22, 2015)
At this point, we’ve learned a lot about each other but I know there’s still more to learn. It’s time to share a little bit about yourself with our “facts about me” prompt. It’s time you shared a little bit about the blogger behind the blog!

Day 11: Holiday Photos
(December 23, 2015)
Maybe they’re old photos. Maybe their new ones from your trip. Either way, we’re looking forward to seeing what holiday photos you choose to share with us!

Day 12: Holiday Wishes
(December 24, 2015)
The year is almost up and Christmas is coming. Take a few minutes to share your holiday wishes with us. Maybe it’s something you hope happens (no family drama) or a wishlist item you hope is under the tree. We’re looking forward to seeing your twelve holiday wishes!


There you go – your prompts for the 12 Days of Blogmas!

Afraid you won’t be able to remember them all? Don’t worry – there’s a few things you can do to help you remember!

1. Pin this post to your holiday pinterest board.

2. Print out our Editorial Calendar that lists all the prompts and even gives you a brainstorming section!

3. Join our Facebook group where we’ll be posting the prompts and share threads daily.

4. Sign up for daily email reminders.

We’re really looking forward to this event. I hope you’ll join us in this awesome event that will benefit your blog a lot!