Book Birthday Giveaway

On March 22, 2023, The Kindness Machine will officially turn one! Help me celebrate with this Instagram Giveaway, filled with kindness goodies. Check out all the amazing items included below. Giveaway Includes:A signed copy of The Kindness Machine by author and illustrator Kindness card by PadgettcovidartBe Kind bracelet set by colored pencils CrayolaKind Lips Kind LipsKindness is aContinue reading “Book Birthday Giveaway”

Random Acts of Kindness Day 2023

When I first began this writing journey with The Kindness Machine, I envisioned a kindness ripple. That sounds nice, right? One kind action triggers another kind action like the ripple of a stone tossed in a pond. However, almost a year later since the book has been released, one of the reoccurring comments from readersContinue reading “Random Acts of Kindness Day 2023”

“Teachers These Days”

As a teacher, you have the opportunity to be a superhero or a super villain. Most of us can remember a teacher who was influential in some way. That teacher who noticed a hidden talent or was encouraging when we needed to hear it the most. But, we also remember the villains. The teachers whoContinue reading ““Teachers These Days””

First Author Visit!

As a teacher, I spend a lot of time in a school building. However, last week I spent time as not only a teacher, but as an author as well. To say that last week filled my cup is an understatement. I had the opportunity to read The Kindness Machine to each grade level, kindergartenContinue reading “First Author Visit!”

K is for Kindness

K is for KINDNESS. I have really enjoyed blogging letters A-J so far on this AtoZ blog challenge, but I have really been looking forward to K. If you have been reading for awhile, you know that the idea of kindness is a hot topic for me, so much so that I wrote a children’sContinue reading “K is for Kindness”

Book Launch Day!

Cue the music! Cue the happy dance! Today I celebrate the launch of The Kindness Machine! March 22, 2022 will forever be the book birthday for my first book. Today I celebrate this book with my husband, the illustrator who helped bring this book to life! We celebrate with our kids, who the book isContinue reading “Book Launch Day!”

Honorable Mention

A few weeks ago, there was a writing challenge called 50 Precious Words. Thank you to author, Jamie Bills, for sharing this challenge information. I am proud to say that I earned an honorable mention in the Social Emotional Learning category, which means a great deal to me. I hope you enjoy these 50 preciousContinue reading “Honorable Mention”

Being Kind vs. Being Weak

When you think of kindness, what comes to mind? Do you associate kindness with being passive, compliant or weak? Unfortunately, kindness and weakness are too often grouped together. You can be kind while still using your voice and maintaining your boundaries. Part of that includes being kind to yourself in order to hold your ground.Continue reading “Being Kind vs. Being Weak”

Happy New Year!

Hello and Happy New Year to all! We do this silly thing each December where we eat all the food and drink all the drinks while try to manage the stress of the holidays, the lack of sunlight and busy schedules. The reoccurring phrase seems to be, “I’ll start January 1st” or “I’ll take careContinue reading “Happy New Year!”

Boundaries & Kindness

When you think of boundaries, what comes to mind? Do you set boundaries for yourself and do you modify them as needed? Boundaries can change based on different settings. For example, friend/family boundaries might look very different than work boundaries. What happens when you set different work boundaries and people start to notice? The 2020-2021Continue reading “Boundaries & Kindness”