Giving Back to The Community with Apreciation Letter #12WeeksGiving

Welcome to week Two of 12 Weeks of Giving where Dwan from and I will share weekly posts about how we are giving back to the community. This series is all about sharing unique, affordable ways to give back in your own community.  Today I am sharing my experiences with a local Dunkin Donuts being patient and kind to my special needs child. One easy way to give back to your community could be by simply writing a letter of appreciation to commend a job well done.

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As a mom to a special needs child, one who doesn’t exhibit any obvious physical signs of such special needs, I find it pretty awesome when we are treated with patience in a busy restaurant setting. It isn’t easy bringing an autistic child into a fast pace Dunkin Donuts every Friday as our special breakfast treat day. It isn’t easy bringing my autistic son anywhere that may have crowds, while he does okay with crowds, I have witnessed crowds not being so okay towards him. My son takes his time, he has to evaluate what the place has to offer. If my son is used to the same exact thing from this place and all of a sudden, today they ran out, well the staff needs to be prepared for a meltdown. While bystanders will stare at my son, and look so impatient, the staff at our local Dunkin Donuts step customer service up a notch. Due to the excellent customer service at our local Dunkin Donuts, my son has yet to have an extreme meltdown there.

When thinking about a way to give back to the local Dunkin Donuts staff, I felt writing a letter of appreciation to Dunkin Donuts consumer cares address was the best direction to go. It is one thing when you get a one-time act of kindness and patience from staff at a restaurant, but it’s a completely different situation when the staff is consistently patient with my son, even during a busy morning rush hour. It isn’t easy to be patient with a special needs child, if you are not used to being around them. I always say, experience makes you a more well rounded, amazing person. Clearly the staff at my local Dunkin Donuts knows how to serve our community and for that very reason, they deserve a letter of appreciation sent to consumer cares so that their manager can commend them for a job well done.

Giving back to your community doesn’t require a lot of effort nor a lot of time, it also does not require a lot of cash on hand. I am a work at home mother and my family lives paycheck to paycheck, but I still find ways to give back to my community. I feel that many have forgotten what it feels like to receive a letter of appreciation, it can brighten a persons whole day and build self esteem. It makes others feel good knowing that they are being commended for services provided.  In the spirit of giving back, I hope that you find a way to give back to your community by following MommaDJane and I on this journey to close out the year 2014 with multiple acts of kindness.

Week 1 – How Would you Give Back to Community with $100 Cash Giveaway

Dole No Sugar Added Fruit Bowls Giveaway

My family received a sample of this product being shared. All opinions are my own.

I am so excited to be be hosting this Dole No Sugar Added Fruit Bowls, not only because I love offering fun giveaways, but because I am a consumer who purchases these on a regular for school snacks and lunches. I love that Dole No Sugar Added Fruit Bowls give me another option to send fruit with the picky eater to school.

Dole No Sugar Added Fruit Bowls Giveaway Ends 10/31

About Dole No Sugar Added Fruit Bowls

There is no added sugar in these Dole Fruit Bowls, sweetened with Monk Fruit which is a little melon that ripens on the vine in remote central Asia. Harvested by  hand, this fruit was originally cultivated over 800 years ago and used by monks for its health properties as well as sweetness.  There are currently two varieties of Dole No Sugar Added Fruit Bowls; Diced Peaches and Mandarin Oranges. Pineapple is coming soon! Suggested retail price is $2.79 per package, I get them for about $2 per package at Market Basket. Each package has four fruit bowls. Dole No Sugar Added Fruit Bowls are also gluten free, non-GMO and have BPA free packaging.

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Enter the Dole No Sugar Added Fruit Bowls Giveaway

One winner receives one (1) One Month Supply of Dole No Sugar Added Fruit Bowls.

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Announcing Winners for a Contest – Moms Night Out & Pearl Necklace

Today I am announcing winners for a contest hosted earlier on in October as well as one that just ended.

Moms Night out DVD Winner is …

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Pearl Necklace Winner is …

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Congrats and please complete THIS FORM so that I can send your details to the sponsor. PLEASE remember to submit the color pearls you would like, if you are the person who won that contest.

Fun Family Halloween Craft – Pumpkin Water Jugs #craft #diy #halloween

This post is being republished from October 2013 and is the perfect halloween crafts for kids idea. Kids of any age can make this halloween crafts for kids Glowing Water Jug Pumpkins with adult supervision and assistance.

Water Jug Pumpkins

What you will need; permanent makers, orange glow sticks, water jugs.

Get to work creating water jug pumpkins

Miss Ki didn’t want to take part in this fun craft idea, but all of the other children had fun creating their own pumpkin faces.

Halloween Pumpkins Water Jug Craft

Creative Pumpkin Halloween Water Jugs

While this was a super fun activity to do as a family, we found that the water jug pumpkins were looking best on one night outside. The glow sticks we used simply were not enough light to keep them glowing as bright as day one. Just glad we were able to do something altogether as a family that was fun and each child put their own creativity into their own water jug pumpkin.

Glowing Water Jug Pumpkin Craft

Basically you have fun taking all of the supplies referenced above drawing on the water jugs, insert rocks or water in the button of the jug to ensure they don’t blow away while on display outside your front door and then insert the glow stick or other item that can make it glow and voila!

There you have it, a low cost, creative halloween crafts for kids addition for your holiday crafting pleasure.

How Do I Roast Pumpkin Seeds?

It’s a time honored tradition around these parts; the pumpkins get carved each year into cute little faces or alien looking creatures and then the pumpkin guts are separated from the pumpkin seeds.

Pumpkin Seed Roasting

The only reason we go through this hassle of messy, sticky, ickiness is because we just love our roasted pumpkin seeds. The daughter helped a lot with separating of pumpkin seeds and guts.


Finally we had all of the pumpkin seeds separated. We preheated the oven to 450 degrees and spread the seeds onto one baking sheet.

Pumpkin Seeds Read to Roast

Once the seeds are placed onto the baking sheet we apply salt to them. After my failed attempt to season the pumpkin seeds with more than just salt for a flavor last year, I decided to stick with just salt this year. Salt was sprinkled across the top of all seeds, seeds were turned a bit, tossed around so to speak and then salted again prior to being placed in the 450 degree oven.

Roasted Pumpkin seeds

After about 15 – 20 minutes of bake time the pumpkin seeds came out perfect. I had darker seeds for the daughter who enjoys those darker salty pumpkin seeds while the lighter ones were enjoyed by myself and my seven year old son.

Quick Directions – How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Gut your pumpkins – get all those seeds out of them and place on hard service.
  • Clean Pumpkin Seeds so that there is minimal, if any, pumpkin on them.
  • Spread pumpkin seeds evenly on baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle with salt and/or other seasonings {garlic powder or salt is a great addition}
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes.
  • Let cool before eating.

For us, this is the best part of Halloween. I am sure the kids will say Trick or Treating is the best, but I say that roasting pumpkin seeds is the best!

Have you ever roasted pumpkin seeds before?

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