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To the Veterans, We Honor you.

Spike!
Spike!

Memorial Day is a holiday which typically marks the beginning of summer vacation…bbq, floatrips, picnics, and many more fun and relaxing outdoor activities. It’s a federal holiday, most people are off work for a three-day weekend…yea!
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But, we should not forget the reason we have a day off work and are out having fun. Memorial Day is a day of remembering those courageous men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. memorialday-postMany people visit cemeteries and memorials to honor those who made the greatest sacrifice while serving our country. To those men and women, we salute you.cropped-usa-soh.jpg

Meet the Smiles Behind the Smiles, Part 6!

Here are a few fun facts about the youngest member of the Seeds of Happiness team.        1780228_10152173441553641_788231488_o

Sydney

Nicknames: Syd, the Kid.

Something people might be surprised to find out about you:  I had been to all 48 states in the continental U.S. before I was 18.

Your job at Seeds of Happiness: Basement troll, model, glazer, grinder.

If you could travel anywhere in the world: Thailand

Your favorite smell: Freshly mowed grass.

If you had a super power, it would be: Breathing underwater

Favorite childhood memory: The first two years of my life when I was still an only child. 🙂

Who would play you in the movie of your life: Beyonce.

Favorite ice cream: ALL!!!

What is in the trunk of your car: Six pair of shoes; I’m a hoarder!

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Smile and Thank a Teacher!

I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about  besides homework. —Lily Tomlin

May 5-9, 2014 is Teacher Appreciation Week.

A Seed of Happiness Apple for the teacher!
A Seed of Happiness Apple is a fun gift for your favorite teacher!

The first full week in May honors those hard working, patient and understanding people whom we entrust our children to. Teachers mold our kids in a positive direction; from Kindergarten through college, they are an important part of our children’s lives.

 

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So let’s give ’em their due. If you happen to be a teacher reading this, we personally offer our thanks! And, to show our gratitude, an apple for the teacher is always appreciated. Check out our Seeds of Happiness Apples, we have two sizes for your favorite teachers!
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It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. —Albert Einstein

http://www.holidayinsights.com/other/teacher.htm

Smile, It’s Babe Ruth Day!

1933-Goudey-Babe-Ruth-149-243x300“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” —Babe Ruth

babe-ruthApril 27 honors one of baseball’s greatest players ever. On this day in 1947, “The Bambino” returned to “The House that Ruth Built” to be honored. He attended Yankee Stadium for Babe Ruth Day.

babe-ruth_04563sBatting average: .342
Home runs: 714
Hits: 2,873
RBI: 2,213
Pitching W/L record: 94-46
ERA: 2.28550912_t607

babe“Baseball was, is, and always will be, to me the greatest game in the world”    —Babe Ruth

http://www.holidayinsights.com/other/baberuthday.htm

http://www.baberuth.com/stats/

 

Administrative Professional’s Week!

Sweets and a Smile!
Sweets and a Smile!

Time for a special “thank you” to the administrative staff who keep all of your workplaces running smoothly. A Seed of Happiness is ALWAYS appreciated and as the Seeds of Happiness Guy says: “You can’t go wrong with a Smile!”

Add a Smile to your favorite beverage. Looks great on a desk!
A Smile plus your favorite beverage looks great on any desk.
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Just add coffee or tea and the workday is off to a perfect start! (Our latest colors are: yellow, blue, red and purple. You can even choose right or left handed versions.)

 

Meet the Smiles Behind the Smiles, Part 5!

Here are a few fun facts about our Chief Prankster. Get to know him, you’ll never be the same! 🙂

Bill

And this is why one of Bill's nicknames is "Stretch".
And this is why one of Bill’s nicknames is “Stretch”.

Nicknames: Wild Bill, Stretch, Billy-Boo, Billiam.

Your job at SOH: Official title is Pre”seed”ent. Basically I run the business side of Seeds of Happiness.

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Your favorite thing about working at SOH: Knowing that every day we are touching the lives of others and making their day a little brighter and happier.

One word to describe yourself: Energetic

Rock 'em, sock 'em Bill.
Rock ’em, sock ’em Bill.

Something people might be surprised to find out about you: I was part of a group which broke the world record for the largest “YMCA” dance group. It was during college while visiting friends at SMSU.

Your favorite smell:              Wood burning.

If you had a super power, it would be: For fun, being able to fly. For a purpose, making ice like Frozone. I could help a lot of people by making water for them.

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Who would play you in the movie of your life: Adam Sandler or Jim Carrey.

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Laughs for Everyone Today!

“Life is worth living as long as there’s a laugh in it.”
―     L.M. Montgomery,  Anne of Green Gables    

April 14: International Moment of Laughter Day

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Today is another very special day that will put a big smile on your face. The objective of this day is to get people to laugh, and to laugh more often.Billphoto 1

 

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What’s important is that you bring about laughter (and happiness) to those you come in contact with today. Tell a joke, act the fool, give them a Seed of Happiness…

"JAKE!!!"
“JAKE!!!”

…whatever it takes, successful participation in this day results in whole-hearted laughter! 🙂

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Bobby Van—“Make me Laugh”

"When you're smiling the whole world smiles with you!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Moment of Laughter Day was created by Humorologist, Izzy Gesell to encourage people to laugh.)

http://www.izzyg.com/content/International_Moment_of_Laughter_April_14th/1002

http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/April/momentoflaughterday.htm

 

Baseball Smiles!

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Tina is a SUPER fan!

Cardinal’s Home Opener! 

April 7, 2014, 3:15 p.m. CDT, Busch Stadium

mlb-logoOpening day in baseball may not be a National Holiday, much to the dismay of Ozzie Smith, but here in Saint Louis, it is game ON! MLB_Background_LogosCardinal Nation is in full swing today with our home opener against the Cincinnati Reds. Baseball truly is America’s pastime, so root for your home team and enjoy…PLAY BALL!!!

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Seeds of Happiness are born in St. Louis and we DO love our Cards!

http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/ticketing/singlegame.jsp?c_id=stl&y=2014&mlbkw=ma-s-EotDCQd5

http://mlb.mlb.com/home

http://www.elonpendulum.com/2014/04/ozzie-smith-right-opening-day-holiday/

 

April Fools, April Smiles!

“April 1.  This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four.” –Mark Twain

Spaghetti really DOES grow on trees! :-O
Spaghetti really DOES grow on trees! :-O

April Fools’ pranks have been around for a very long time! Following is a CLASSIC April Fools’ joke played on TV viewers in England.

 

In 1957, a British news program managed to convince hundreds of people that spaghetti could grow on trees.

 

Oh yes they did…listen to THIS:                                                                                        Prior to April 1st, the BBC program,Panorama, went to Switzerland to film a segment about the great spaghetti harvest, which was made possible by the “virtual disappearance of the spaghetti weevil.” They placed cooked spaghetti on tree branches and filmed local girls “harvesting” the pasta.spaghetti

_40980449_spag238After airing the segment, the station was bombarded with phone calls asking how to grow a spaghetti tree.(?!?) Before the broadcast ended for the night, the anchors confessed to the prank. Genius!maxresdefaultMaybe it wasn’t on an international scale like the BBC, but have YOU ever pranked someone with a clever April Fool’s joke? Let us know!1441397_10151996968753641_1635680114_n

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQp4F4encG4

Waffles for Everyone!

March 25 is INTERNATIONAL WAFFLE DAY. Waffle Day began in Sweden as Våffeldagen; this day historically marks the beginning of spring and is celebrated by the eating of many waffles.SOH Waffle 2

This remarkable dough-based gridded cake can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner, snack or dessert.

Take this day to explore the variety that the world of the waffle has to offer you:  topped with fried chicken or stacked and drenched in sugary maple syrup, dusted with confectioner’s sugar or coated in chocolate or cream…yum!

A Few Waffle Fun Facts:

SOH Waffles* The word “waffle” is from the Dutch, meaning “wafer.”

* In the late 1800’s, Thomas Jefferson returned from France with a waffle iron.

* Eggo Waffles were introduced in supermarket freezer sections in 1953.

* Since its founding in 1955, the Waffle House chain has sold more than 500 million waffles.

http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/March/waffleday.htm

http://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/waffle-day

http://tidbitfun.com/03/25/waffle-trivia/

 

 

 

 

 

You need a gift? We’ve got gifts!

“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”   —  Mother Teresa

A big Seed of Happiness is a unique gift for the wedding party or the bride and groom. AND we carry lots of colors to match the wedding palette.
A big Seed of Happiness is a unique gift for the wedding party or the bride and groom. AND we carry lots of colors to match the wedding palette.

Seeds of Happiness will surprise and delight your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers…ad6b11738bed7af56e57b43b88e30b65

Whether it’s a wedding, a baby shower or a bar mitzvah; a Seed of Happiness is always a terrific surprise.

Bas mitzvahs, bar mitzvahs, Hannukah…Yarmulke Seeds of Happiness will make wonderful keepsakes to remember all of these Jewish celebrations.
Celebrate Mardi Gras with the gift of Happiness!
Celebrate Mardi Gras with the gift of Happiness!

 

 

 

Easter bunny gifts.
Hostess gift for a St. Patrick's Day party!
Hostess gift for a St. Patrick’s Day party!
Nothing says "Love" like Seeds of Happiness at Valentine's Day. <3
Nothing says “Love” like Seeds of Happiness at Valentine’s Day. <3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas, Easter, Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day…ALL holidays and celebrations are terrific times to share a Smile!

 

 

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Favors for wedding guests..

 

 

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Baby blue Smiles for each shower guest.

 

Sunny Smiles for Mom.
Sunny Smiles for Mom.

The possibilities are endless!

Meet the Smiles Behind the Smiles, Part 4 or “It’s a DOG’S Life”!

 “Happiness is a warm puppy.”
― Charles M. Schulz

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And here are a few more fun “facts” about our fourth Smile Artist, aka Seeds of Happiness Guy’s dog…

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Something people might be surprised to find out about you: I am the model and inspiration for the SOH Happy Dog Big Seed.dog1

Favorite Smell: Hotdogs!

Favorite person to sit next to at lunch: Sophie 🙂

How would you describe yourself: I have a DOGGED determination to play ball all day long.

Your favorite food: Chilidogs

Favorite song: “How Much is That Doggie in the Window?”BgSDVLICcAAmDl9

Your biggest fear is: Being an underdog

Your favorite sport: DogsleddingJake Santa

Favorite things about working at SOH: Lots of neat friends to play ball with me. (And there is no DOGMA except to have fun and create stuff that makes people happy!)1015418_10151664495778641_479488366_o“Properly trained, a man can be dog’s best friend.”  — Corey Ford

http://www.metaphordogs.org/

“We’re all born bald, baby.”—Telly Savalas

Have fun. Raise money. Cure childhood cancer. —St. Baldrick’s Foundation

St. Baldrick's!
St. Baldrick’s Foundation

Worldwide, 175,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. And in the U.S., more children die of childhood cancer than any other disease—more than AIDS, asthma, cystic fibrosis, congenital anomalies and diabetes combined.

2013 - John Ivanowski and Mark Borella celebrate their newly shaved heads with big SMILES!
2013 – John Ivanowski and Mark Borella celebrate their newly shaved heads with big SMILES!

Why the shaved heads? Volunteers shave because kids with cancer often lose their hair during treatment, and they stand proudly bald beside them. “Shavees” sign up on the website, collect money from friends and family and show up at an event to take their turn in the barber’s chair.

 

2012 - The Seeds of Happiness Crew help to conquer kids' cancer!  (Left-right) Mark Borella, Katy Stevens, Kenny Pollman, Bill Elcan, Lane Elcan.
2012 – The Seeds of Happiness Crew help to conquer kids’ cancer! (Left-right) Mark Borella, Katy Stevens, Kenny Pollman, Bill Elcan, Lane Elcan.

 

It’s fun, it’s emotional, and it’s for a crucially important cause.  Every St. Baldrick’s event needs a strong volunteer committee. Get registered.

Seeds of Happiness offers a special St. Baldrick’s Seed. The cost is $10 of which, we donate $9 to The St. Baldrick’s Foundation. During the past year we have raised almost $600 for childhood cancer research.

St. Baldrick's Seed of Happiness.
St. Baldrick’s Seed of Happiness.

Children with cancer need your help. Join the fight. Donate.

 

http://www.stbaldricks.org/

 

 

March 3: We want YOU to Be Happy!

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. —Dalai Lama

We didn’t proclaim this day, but we certainly embrace it. March 3 is National I Want You to be Happy Day.Large Snowman Web Celebrate today by doing more than wishing someone is happy. Do something to make others happy. It can start with an E-card that will put a smile on someone’s face. Other ideas include a phone call, giving positive compliments, or cooking a special meal. And best of all, give them a Seed of Happiness! 🙂 Be creative. There are endless ways to help others to be happy. And remember, at Seeds of Happiness we want you to be happy EVERYDAY!leprachaundog1

Ripe and ready to be picked!http://www.dates.abouttravelingtheworld.com/special-holidays/national-i-want-you-to-be-happy-day/

http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/March/behappyday.htm

Meet the Smiles Behind the Smiles, Part 3!

Christmas Smiles, 2012.
Christmas Smiles, 2012.

More fun facts about the Seeds of Happiness team…get to know us, you’ll like us!

AMY

Something people might be surprised to find out about you: I can wiggle my ears.
What is in the trunk of your car: Hockey skates; you never know when the urge to lace up will hit!
Favorite childhood memory: My sister Lauren teaching me to blow a bubble. :-O
Your favorite smell: Orange Patchouli.
If you had a super power, what would it be: To be invisible.
Who would play you in the movie of your life: Julia Roberts.
Favorite ice cream: It’s a dead heat; Rocky Road and Chunky Monkey, love ’em both…yum!!!
Favorite thing about working at SOH: Doing something I love that makes a difference and lifts people UP!
Amy and her fan club. :-)
Amy and her fan club. 🙂
Traci + Amy; friends for life!
Traci + Amy; friends for life!
Painting!
Painting!
Ta-da!
Ta-da!
Amy
May all of your Christmas wishes come true, Amy!