Product was provided by World Market, but the opinions stated here are 100% my own.
Quick shout out: Happy Birthday to the sweetest 16 year old I know. Love your guts!
When I signed up to to do the Share the Joy campaign, I was in an entirely different place. I’d been put on Dr’s ordered bed rest and I’d been in and out of the hospital multiple times for “complications.” The plan was to “give back” to the people who were making my life easier: the teachers who’d taken over in my special education classroom and the midwives who’d patiently taken care of me at at hospital.
After the recent events, I had every opportunity to back out of this post. Nothing can prepare you for losing a child. But Handsome and I were determined to do something nice to honor those who had made our last hospital trip comfortable, even if it didn’t have the outcome we’d desired.
I feared that my midwives were the same way. Who says “Thank you” to them? Surely not new mothers – they are overwhelmed with the new responsibility of motherhood. People in my situation are most likely too overwhelmed with grief to think of thanking their Dr.
My two paraeducators from my classroom were getting hit hard with behaviors and other professionals telling them what to do. Without me, they were having to pick up the slack – more slack than they should’ve had to deal with.
Pefect Italian Soda gift basket - Share the Joy
- Club Soda
- 1/4 C. Whipping cream or half & half
- 4-5 TB Torani Syrup
- Put a thin layer of ice on bottom of glass.
- Fill cup 3/4 full with Club Soda.
- Add 1/4 c. cream and 4-5 TB Torani Syrup.
- Top off with remaining soda.
- Stir and enjoy!
Layer each of the above salty and sweet treats in your mason jar. Done.
AND – one of the women I made this basket for is Gluten Free – can we please just talk about the amazing selection that World Market has?! Almost everything was exactly the same, just in a gluten free version. I was super impressed how easy it was to make!
YOUR MISSION (should you choose to accept it): SHARE THE JOY CHALLENGE
In spirit of our Share the Joy Sweepstakes we are challenging you to give back to the community this holiday season using items from World Market. Choose a recipient (Share the Joy Challenge examples) and give back:
• Dinner for a needy family
• Gift Basket(s) for a first responder(s)
• Gifts for Teachers, Coaches or Mentors
• Food Gift Baskets for a Shelter
• Toys for children (hospitals, shelters etc)
• Coffee and Snacks for the homeless
*Participants will receive bonus entries for following World Market on their favorite social channels – Twitter & Instagram and for sharing an Instagram picture with a specific hashtag (#ShareTheJoy_WM & #WorldMarketSweepsEntry) telling us how they are Sharing the Joy this holiday season
*Beginning 11/3 – World Market will be sharing the joy with their Instagram followers by giving away a $50 World Market gift card per day through 11/21/14.
*Photos must be tagged #ShareTheJoy_WM and #WorldMarketSweepsEntry for giveaway consideration