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!!!
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.
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!
“On the road again, goin’ places that I’ve never been, seein’ things I may never see again, and I can’t wait to get on the road again”. –Willie Nelson
We have heard from a lot of our friends who take Seeds of Happiness along on trips across the U.S. as well as abroad. So far, the Smiles have been to six of the seven continents. (If you or anyone you know is headed WAY down under to ANTARCTICA, please take a Seed of Happiness, or two, and send us a photo!)
Since Monday is President’s Day, we are again featuring Abraham Lincoln. Our friend Kelly and her daughters took a road trip to Springfield, Illinois, home of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. As you can see, there is a diorama of the Lincoln home. It was a very educational and very fun time for ALL!
We really enjoy seeing our friends’ travels, adventures and Smiles. Please send us photos of your traveling Seeds of Happiness. Bon Voyage!
“Whatever you are, be a good one.” — Abraham Lincoln
We are featuring Abraham Lincoln in our salute to President’s Day. He is considered by many scholars to have been the best President. He is credited with holding the Union together and leading the North to victory in the Civil War. Further, his actions and beliefs led to emancipation of African-Americans from the bonds of slavery.
In addition, here are few other facts about our favorite President:
* Lincoln was an accomplished WRESTLER and was defeated only once in about 300 matches.
* At 6’4″ he is our TALLEST president.
* Lincoln was the first President to have a BEARD.
“Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.” — Abraham Lincoln
Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts created the smiley facein 1963. That image went on to become the most recognized symbol of good will and cheer on the planet. As the years passed, Harvey became concerned about the over-commercialization of his symbol.
Out of that concern came his idea for World Smile Day®. He thought that each of us should devote (at least) one day each year to smiles and kind acts. He declared that the first Friday in October each year would henceforth be World Smile Day®.
We challenge each of you to Smile today. We practice what we preach here at the Smile Factory. Check us out and remember, be kind and SMILE!
September 28 – Today is Ask a Stupid Question Day. It’s your opportunity to speak up, and to ask all those questions you were afraid to ask. Today is the day to unload them.
BE BOLD! C’mon give it a try. Nobody will laugh…O.K., we’ll start it off with a few questions we’ve been holding back on:
Q: If the professor on Gilligan’s Island can make a radio out of a coconut, why can’t he fix a hole in a boat?
Q: Do fish get thirsty?
Q: What rhymes with orange?
The origin of this special day goes back to the 1980’s. At the time, there was a movement by teachers to try to get kids to ask more questions in the classroom. Kids sometimes hold back, fearing their question is stupid, and asking it will result in being teased.
Memorial Day is a holiday which typically marks the beginning of summer vacation…bbq, beer, float trips, and countless other fun and relaxing outdoor activities. It’s a federal holiday, most people are off work, it’s a three-day weekend…let the games begin!
However, we should not forget why we have a day off work and are out having fun. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Many 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.
The League of American Bicyclists is the national sponsor of Bike Month, and this year Bike to Work Week is May 14-18 and Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 18. We have several Smile Artists at Seeds of Happiness who are participating! Amy and Dave ride their bikes to work, pedaling their way to good health.
National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride. It’s good for your health and the environment, too! http://www.bikeleague.org/
Everyone at Seeds of Happiness is celebrating! Why, you may ask? Our very own Mark Borella, aka The Seeds of Happiness Guy, is profiled in the latest issue of Celebrate magazine. Mark tells the story of his inspiration for Seeds of Happiness and how The Smile Factory has evolved.
Pick up a copy at your nearest newsstand or read all about it right here. Give us your reviews and tell us how YOU celebrate!