Smile Factory

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! ūüôā


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!

‚ÄúLife is worth living as long as there’s a laugh in it.‚ÄĚ
‚Äē¬†¬†¬†¬† L.M. Montgomery,¬†¬†Anne of Green Gables¬†¬†¬†¬†

April 14: International Moment of Laughter Day

How much $$$ can Kenny raise for HALF of his beard?

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



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…


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

Jake Santa .



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.)


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!


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

¬†‚ÄúHappiness is a warm puppy.‚ÄĚ
‚Äē Charles M. Schulz


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.dog1

Favorite Smell: Hotdogs!

Favorite person to sit next to at lunch: Sophie ūüôā

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

“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‚ÄĒmore 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. ‚ÄúShavees‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôs 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.



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!


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. ūüôā
Traci + Amy; friends for life!
Traci + Amy; friends for life!
May all of your Christmas wishes come true, Amy!

Meet the Smiles Behind the Smiles, Part 2!

Getting to know you, Getting to know all about you.
Getting to like you, Getting to hope you like me.¬†— “The King & I”

Seeds of Happiness crew having a lunch break...yum!
Seeds of Happiness crew having a lunch break…yum!

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. ūüôā

Smiling and sculpting!

Sculpting and smiling, smiling and sculpting.
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Sophie and Jen making magic with the clay.


Jen with her miles of Smiles!
Jen with her miles of Smiles. Now, THAT’s dedicated!

Smiling and Traveling, Part 1!

¬†“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!

State capitol, Springfield, Illinois.
State capitol, Springfield, Illinois.
It's been a long day of sightseeing around the Illinois state capitol; time for a little rest.
It’s been a long day of sightseeing around the Illinois state capitol; time for a little rest.
Smiling with the Lincolns. ūüôā


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

President Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address.
President Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address.

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.

"Hairy Abe"!
“Hairy Abe”!
President Lincoln wearing his signature stovepipe hat and looking very TALL!   circa 1862.
President Lincoln wearing his signature stovepipe hat and looking very TALL!
"Abe the Bruiser"!
“Abe the Bruiser”!










“Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.” — Abraham Lincoln



World SMILE Day!


Harvey Smile

Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts created the smiley face in 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¬ģ. ¬†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¬ģ.


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!

Dave S. 


Dave B.
Dave B. 
We make each other Smile!
We make each other Smile! 








There are no STUPID Questions!

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:

Hey Professor, what about that boat?

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?orange
Do you think they want a drink?

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.

Remember + Honor.

Grillin' and chillin'.
Grillin’ and chillin’.

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.usa soh 1

Keep smiling, MOM!

5465125226_c233f8535a_mMother’s Day is just around the corner; this Sunday, May 12th.    Here  are a few stats which should make you appreciate your mom just a little bit more!

Over the course of 18 years, the average mom spends:

8,212 hours on cooking and dishes . . . 5,867 hours on laundry . . . and 11,038 hours cleaning the house. That’s a total of 1,047 days . . . or almost three entire years.

Thanks for all you do for us, Mom!


SOH Sunflowers
Love and Smiles to all Moms!

Roll on!

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.

This is how Amy and Dave roll!

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!¬†

Amy and her fan club. ūüôā





CELEBRATE with Seeds of Happiness!

“Cel-e-brate good times, COME ON!”

May/June issue!

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!

Read all about it!Extra, Extra…Read all about it!

CELEBRATE and share the SMILES!