Three, Two, One…BLASTOFF!!!


Fly me to the moon and let me play among the stars…”

It’s a big day for Seeds of Happiness; we are LAUNCHING our new website! It is new and improved and we are very excited for everyone to go for a ride. It’s interactive, informational and very easy to use on the go. Check out how the Smiles are made, who makes them and who buys them.

AND, we will be updating it pretty much daily with the creative, and also silly stuff which goes on at the Smile Factory. So climb aboard, you’re in for a very fun ride!



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.
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.)


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.









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!



Favors for wedding guests..



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


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 🙂

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—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.





Smiles on Display!

Our customers have found lots of creative ways to display their Smiles for decoration and inspiration. Do you have a Smile collection? We would love to see it…please send us your photos!

Brighten up any flower arrangement with Smiles in the vase!
Brighten up any flower arrangement with Smiles in a vase!


Ellen's Smiles are very festive at Christmas.
Ellen’s Smiles look great at Christmas.
SOH Collection3 Lyn
Inspiration from Lyn.
Laura's old type case has perfectly sized spaces for Smiles!
Laura’s old type case has perfectly sized spaces for Smiles!
Collection Deb St Lukes Hospital
Files and Smiles in Deb’s office!
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Berta reaches for a Smile to give to friends who need one.
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Debbie’s collection is filled with Hope, Smiles and Love!
Sunflower garden Tina
Tina’s terracotta Sunflower finds a comfy spot in her garden.


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. 🙂


We really enjoy seeing our friends’ travels, adventures and Smiles. Please send us photos of your traveling Seeds of Happiness. Bon Voyage!





Christmas Card Day!

December 9 is Christmas Card Day which honors Sir Henry Cole (1818 – 1874) of England. Cole created the first commercial Christmas Card in 1843.

Eat, drink, and be merry...it's CHRISTMAS!
Eat, drink, and be merry…it’s CHRISTMAS!

He commissioned painter and illustrator John Calcott Horsley to design a seasonal greeting to send to his friends and family. The postcard depicted a scene of a merry family drinking at the dinner table.

Whether you send out traditional cards via U.S. Mail or digital ones via e-mail, it’s  a good day to get a start!

Merry Christmas Smiles to you!
Merry Christmas Smiles to you!



Black Friday?

For millions of people Black Friday is the time to do some serious Christmas shopping –even before the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers are gone!  Black Friday is the Friday after Thanksgiving, and it’s one of the major shopping days of the year in the U.S. While it’s not recognized as an official US holiday, many employees have the day off, except those working in retail.

The term “Black Friday” was coined in the 1960’s to mark the kickoff to the Christmas shopping season. “Black” refers to stores moving from the “red” to the “black.”  (This was back when accounting records were kept by hand, and red ink indicated a loss, and black a profit.) Ever since the start of the modern Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924, the Friday after Thanksgiving has been known as the unofficial start to a bustling holiday shopping season.

Many online retailers have pre-Black Friday or special Thanksgiving sales, so you may not even have to wait until the big day to save. So, there you go – the Black Friday history behind the busiest shopping day of the year!

Shop the Smiles!
Shop the Smiles!


Anyone up for Turnip Carving?

Halloween History: A Few Strange Facts About Halloween

* The Jack-O-Lantern tradition comes from a Celtic tale. Jack tricked the Devil into paying for his drink, so the Devil gave Jack a hellish ember. But crafty Jack placed the ember safely into a turnip, which he carved and carried with him so as to scare away any future hellish encounters.turnip
* Pumpkin carving in bulk is a popular Guinness World Record. The proud Halloween enthusiasts of Highwood, Illinois took the record in 2011 with 30,919 simultaneously lit Jack-O-Lanterns.
* Trick or Treating has a short history. In 19th century Scotland and Ireland, there is some record of children traveling door-to-door praying for souls or performing for money or cakes on All Hallows Eve.
* A 1951 Peanuts comic strip can be credited with the popular spread of trick or treating as we know it nationwide. Thank you, Great Pumpkin!226_PEA_Welcome_Great_Pumpkin
* Everyone loves a Halloween party. Traditionally, a Halloween Cake was baked with a thimble inside. Whoever got the thimble in their slice was to be unfortunate in love for the next year.
* New Orleans holds the current world record for largest Halloween Party with 17,777 costumed revelers at once.
* Dia de Los Muertos: If you are lucky enough to be in Mexico on October 31 (or the early morning of November 1st), enjoy Day of the Dead festivities. Kids still trick-or-treat, but are rewarded with candy skulls.

day-of-the-dead* Lastly, be safe out there!

Happy Boss!


By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.
–Robert Frost

National Boss’s Day began in 1958 when Patricia Bays Haroski, then an employee at State Farm Insurance Company in Deerfield, Ill., registered the holiday.  (And who was HER boss?  Her dad!)

“Reflecting on how my father had helped his white-collar daughters and sons many times with their problems concerning their work, I decided to register his birthday, October 16, as ‘The Day.'” Ms. Haroski hoped to improve the relationship between employees and supervisors.

At Seeds of Happiness we are lucky to have a terrific boss.  Mark Borella, “The Seeds of Happiness Guy”, is our friend, mentor, cheerleader, and also a REALLY good cook!   This one’s for you, Boss!  Share the Love, Share the Smiles!


Nothing is as embarrassing as watching your boss do something you assured him couldn’t be done.

–Earl Wilson




BreastCancerRibbonOctober is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month which is an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of screening and the early detection of breast cancer. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point during her life. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women. Right now there are more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

The good news? Many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early.

Make a difference! Spread the word about mammograms; the life you save may be your own or someone you love!

  • Encourage women age 40 and older to talk with their doctors about when to start getting mammograms.
  • Talk with women ages 50 to 74 in your community about getting mammograms every two years.




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®.  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!


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.