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.
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.
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!
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. —Albert Einstein
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!”
Opening 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! Cardinal 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!!!
“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
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.
After 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!Maybe 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!
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.
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:
* 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.
And here are a few more fun “facts” about our fourth Smile Artist, aka Seeds of Happiness Guy’s dog…
Something people might be surprised to find out about you: I am the model and inspiration for the SOH Happy Dog Big Seed.
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?”
Your biggest fear is: Being an underdog
Your favorite sport: Dogsledding
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!)“Properly trained, a man can be dog’s best friend.” — Corey Ford
Have fun. Raise money. Cure childhood cancer. —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.
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.
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.
Children with cancer need your help.Join the fight. Donate.
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. Celebrate today by doing more than wishing someone is happy. Do somethingto 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 tobe happy EVERYDAY!
Getting to know you, Getting to know all about you. Getting to like you, Getting to hope you like me. — “The King & I”
At Seeds of Happiness we have gotten to know some of our customers and we would like our customers to know a little bit about us! So, here are a few fun/funny facts about our second Smile Artist…
Something people might be surprised to find out about you: After graduating from college and searching for the “perfect” job (loooooooong before Seeds of Happiness!), I accepted a job selling a commercial trash service. I rode a trash truck for 13 hours (beginning at 3 AM) to “learn about the service”. That was my first and last day on the job!
Favorite Smell: With a total throwback to childhood and a nod to current parenthood, Vicks Vaporub. It’s comfort to me.
One word to describe yourself: Dedicated
If you could have one “superpower”, it would be: Mind reading. My family already thinks I can do it, might as well make it official!
Your biggest fear: Well, I have been told that it is not wise to let anyone know what your fears are because then they can taunt and torture you with that knowledge. That being said, my worst, most horrible, scariest fear is enormous, giant chunks of…CHOCOLATE!
Favorite things about working at SOH: There’s a tremendous amount of satisfaction with sculpting Seeds, knowing that I’m creating happiness for people to share. Mark (The Seeds of Happiness Guy) has set this wonderful tone for us, including laughter; lots and lots of laughter. It really is good for the soul! We are the SOH family, in every sense of the word and I love working with these awesome, wonderful, amazing friends! I am honored and humbled to be a part of it. 🙂
Sophie and Jen making magic with the clay.
Jen with her miles of Smiles. Now, THAT’s dedicated!