Posts tagged "NaBloPoMo"

Spreading Kindness During the Holidays is Spreading

Have you heard the news? Random Acts of Kindness are popping up everywhere! In just the first five days of December, I’ve heard of many stories of people showing kindness and it’s quite inspiring.  Let’s take a look. Today’s #31RAOK: bought lunch for the person in line after me in the dining center. — Kathryn... Read more »

The LMS #31RAOK Big Giveaway!

The LMS #31RAOK Big Giveaway!
After days of promising the LMS first ever #31RAOK Big Giveaway, I hope you can feel the excitement in the air and buzz as rumors float wildly around about what I’m giving away to one lucky reader. Is it an all expenses paid vacation? No. Sorry. Is it a car? Again, I’m really sorry, but... Read more »

Giving Tuesday 2013

Are you familiar with Giving Tuesday? Giving Tuesday began in 2012 as a response to the hyper-consumerism of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday and to encourage a mass movement to put the “giving” back into the holiday season. The idea is to take one day to give to non-profit organizations. I wrote... Read more »

Day 2: 31 Days of Random Acts of Kindess Update & Apology

In my excitement to kick off #31RAOK yesterday, I goofed. I promised that there would be a giveaway on Little Merry Sunshine today and that was a mistake. I apologize for my error. In my excitement to give all of my readers this fantastic gift, I forgot that there were two other days of Random... Read more »

What Are Your Favorite Holiday Songs?

Christmas is my favorite holiday (aside from my birthday, which is June 16, if you want to mark it on your calendar) and I love everything about it. Decorations. Church music. Popular music. Fruit Cake (oh, God, how I love my Nana’s Fruit Cake). But the music is the absolute best part of it. If... Read more »

Thanksgiving Week Gratitude List

Over the course of this month, I’ve noticed that my Facebook wall has been filled with daily expressions of gratitude from my friends and family, sort of Advent Calendar like, but for Thanksgiving. If you’re not familiar with this Thanksgiving month tradition on Facebook (I can’t believe I’m saying there are “traditions” on Facebook), each... Read more »

WHAT Did You Say? Or My Life Is A Series of Miscommunications

I’m not exactly sure what it is about conversations with my friends and family, but we seem to have quite the history of misunderstanding each other. This goes back at least 31 years to the night my brother asked my dad if he could have herpes as his dessert. Just the other day my coworker... Read more »

ChicagoNow Blogapalooza - My Weighty Challenge

Every now and again ChicagoNow holds Blogapalooza where the community managers invite all the bloggers (that includes ME, ya’ll!) to write for one hour about a particular topic. Participation is option, but because I’m new, I’ve obviously never participated before and I felt like this was a perfect opportunity to do a little community bonding.... Read more »

New Experience #146: Register Someone to Vote

Longtime readers will remember that last week, I became a Deputy Voter Registrar. As I was talking about it around my office, I learned that my cube neighbor, Russ, has never registered to vote and he was interested in doing so. On Monday, we took care of that. Everything went smoothly until the end, when... Read more »

Welcome to Little Merry Sunshine 2.0

Welcome! After blogging for almost 6 1/2 years, I’m thrilled to be part of the ChicagoNow family of blogs. It’s truly the culmination of a dream that started more than 4 years ago when the Chicago Tribune first started recognizing blogs and named Little Merry Sunshine one of Chicago’s Best Blogs. Since that day in... Read more »
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