Yesterday was my birthday and although I love a day that is all about me, this year I did something a little different. Instead of spending the day at the spa or shopping, which I would typically do on my birthday, I decided to make it a day about giving to others. I spent the whole day doing 27 (because that's how old I am) random acts of kindness and managed to do them all. By the end of the day I felt so accomplished for completing all of them and so good thinking about all the people I had helped to brighten their day or even more, changed their life! As Mark Twain said "Kindness is the language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see."
- We (because my little bug tagged along as mommy's sidekick all day) started bright and early in the morning by driving to my mom's house before she left for her busy day and delivered her flowers and a thank you card, because it's her day also. She has been the greatest mom for 27 years.
- Next we went through the Starbucks drive through and bought a coffee for the car behind us.
- While at Starbucks I bought 4 tall coffees, their was a homeless man asking for money in the parking lot and I gave him a coffee with a few dollars.
- We took the remainder of the coffees to our security guards in the community where I live.
- Next, we went to the bagel shop where they carry the yummiest gluten free bagels. I left a hefty tip in the tip jar their for the sweetest employee.
- I'm not sure if this counts, but I think it should. A gal at the bagel shop noticed my shirt that said birthday girl. She asked if I was doing anything fun for my birthday and I had told her about my 27 random acts of kindness. She was so inspired that she asked if she could steal the idea and do it for her upcoming birthday.
- Next we stopped by my husbands office and brought him his favorite bagel sandwich with a love note inside the bag.
- While at the office, we brought a rose to every girl who worked their to brighten their day.
- After the office we headed to the humane society. I had bags of dog food and cat food to donate and I thought my little bug could play with the kitties. They weren't open when we had arrived and two men were sitting out front of the building waiting for them to open the doors. I started talking to them and one guy was there to pick up dog food and cat food for his pets. I asked him if he just wanted to take my bags so he didn't have to wait. He was beyond grateful and I could tell it had clearly made his day.
- Since the man had taken our dog and cat food we left a bag of dog toys at the front door of the humane society building.
- Next we headed to Target. We collected all of the carts in the parking lot.
- Then we hid dollar bills in the dollar section.
- This is one of my favorites of the day. At the checkout at Target I had purchased a ten dollar gift card and after the cashier had given me my receipt I had given her the gift card right back, she thanked me and started crying.
- Everywhere we had gone we had gone into the restroom and posted sticky notes on the mirrors that said "you are beautiful".
- After target we headed to the hospital, we brought a box of cupcakes to the nurses at the postpartum section of the hospital. These ladies were absolutely incredible when I had my C section and we were there for 3 days.
- I also brought a vase of flowers with me and asked one of the nurses to give it to a mommy who really needs to be cheered up.
- Throughout the day I made a conscious effort to smile at everyone I came across. Especially in the hospital, I think people really appreciated a smile.
- In the parking garage we walked around and stuck sticking notes that said "have a wonderful day" on cars as well as a rose on the windshield. I noticed a woman walking to her car on the phone, completely weeping. She went to her car just to grab something and walked right back towards the hospital. I ran over there and gave her my last rose and placed it on her windshield.
- We headed home and I made sure to run out and leave my mailman a chocolate bar and a note that said "thanks for all your handwork." After he dropped off my mail he wrote me a note that said"thank you".
- After lunch and a nap, we headed to the fire department. We brought the firemen some cookies and thanked them for their service. They let Peyton sit in one of the fire trucks and gave him a sticker and coloring book.
- We headed to the gas station at the bottom of our hill, there they have a red box and we taped a bag of microwave popcorn to the screen.
- Next we headed to the park. While at target we bought bubbles in the dollar section and had hid them all over the playground for kiddos to find.
- Since earth day is on Friday. We had bought a tree at home depot and got our hands dirty and planted it at the park.
- Next we collected all the trash we had could find. It was so sad to me the amount of plastic bottles around the basketball court.
- Throughout the day I made a conscious effort to be a curtious driver. This was big for me, as I am constantly in a hurry and have bad road rage.
- While at my birthday dinner with my family, I gave the hostess a comment on the beautiful color of her hair.
- Lastly, I had made my own birthday cake and I left a nice comment on the blog that had inspired my cake to let her know how lovely it was and how much I appreciated her sharing her tutorial.
It was definitely a lot of work but I am so glad I did it. It felt so good to spend a day that's supposed to be all about me and make it about others.
Here are the recipes for the cake I had made. This is a day of cake, as I had made this the day before and ate it the day after and it was very dry. I think if I had eaten it the day I had made it, it would have been perfect.
Sponge Cake from Food.com
1 cup sugar 3 tablespoons water 4 eggs, separated 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla 1 1⁄2 cups cornflour, make sure it is gluten-free (cornstarch) 1 teaspoon baking powder, gluten-free 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 180C (350F). Coat 2 spring form pans with baking spray, then line with baking paper. The baking spray helps keep the paper from moving around.
- In a microwave bowl or small saucepan, place the sugar and water. Bring to a boil. Stir every now and then to dissolve the sugar.
- Beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until stiff. Slowly drizzle in the hot sugar mixture with the mixer running. Then beat really hard for 3 minutes. Mix in egg yolks and vanilla.
- Sift together cornstarch, baking powder and salt. Carefully fold these into the egg mixture. Pour into prepared pans.
- Bake 18-20 minutes. As soon as you remove them from the oven, drop the pans from knee height, square on the floor - seriously! This is a strange sponge making trick that 'shocks' the cake and stops it from deflating.
- Then immediatly turn sponges out onto a wire rack or baking paper to cool upside down.
To finish cake:
1/2 cup elderflower syrup
- I brushed this all over the sponge cake
1 egg white
- brush each flower with the egg white and sprinkle with sugar
10 tbsp powdered sugar
1/2 cup elderflower syrup
- To make the frosting, slowly mix the syrup with the powdered sugar
For the whole tutorial visit Peonylim