treat every day like a birthday + a giveaway

Happy Monday everyone. I just realized the title to this post sounds kind of like Buddy the Elf "Treat every day like Christmas". ha! I hope you all had a good weekend and are ready for a new week.
This past weekend we celebrated Dave's birthday and it got me thinking. We spend so much time making someone feel special on their birthday. We make them their favorite food, pick up a meal for them at their favorite restaurant, write a nice card and do everything we can to make sure that person has a perfect day where they feel special. However, I wonder if these 'making someone feel special' practices shouldn't be an every day practice instead of a once a year? I'm not saying to make a cake and get presents every day for someone (although I would love that) but rather to go out of our way to show people they are loved and cared for. I know I need to practice this more. I need to practice this at home with Dave, with my family and even with strangers and I brainstormed several ways we could do this.

Facebook - Instead of waiting for that once a year 'hope you have a happy birthday' post why not write on someone's facebook wall letting them know you are thinking about them and wish them a wonderful day.

Cards - Birthday cards are amazing and I love them but how about sending a card to someone when it isn't their birthday telling them why you appreciate them and how you are thankful they are in your life.

Gifts - Did you know a small gift can go a long way? Sending someone even the smallest of gifts when they don't expect them is a guarantee that they will feel loved.

Kindness - When it's someone's birthday we are above and beyond kind to them. Who wants to be rude to someone on their birthday? Why not practice this all the time? Small acts of kindness go a long way. Even a genuine smile to a stranger goes a long way.  I know I definitely need to practice kindness more.

Food - Don't wait for a birthday to make someone their favorite meal or to bake them their favorite treat. Get that food, bake those treats and surprise someone. I bet when you deliver it you will have a great conversation and will strengthen your friendship.

A Phone Call - An unexpected phone call from a friend would be a great way to show you care. Technology now allows us to text, facebook, give a shout out on twitter etc. but a nice phone call would be great too.

What other ideas do you have to make people feel special? I'd love to hear them in the comments and if you implement one of these this week I'd love to hear about that too.

Speaking of birthdays, how about a little giveaway? I recently opened my Etsy shop and Kelsey over at Hey Kelsea Rae is hosting a giveaway for one of you to win this bag. For a chance to win click right here


  1. I love sending cards in the mail for no reason! It's so fun to get something that's not a bill.

  2. Small gifts can really mean so much--you know, a package of their favorite candy, anything at all like that!