Mountain Day Inspiration!

Smith College Mountain Day Inspiration

Smith College Mountain Day Inspiration

Mountain Day Inspiration >> Celebrate Autumn!

Today is Mountain Day! The Smith College bells were rung early this morning (October 5th) to announce that the college's president has suspended classes for the day. Students are free to go hiking, have picnics, pick apples at local farms, or just take a relaxing break. #smithmountainday

What a beautiful tradition!  As some of you who have been following me for a while know, this is not the first time I have waxed poetic about Mountain Day.  I truly believe that every institution and organization should establish a similar holiday dedicated to re-invigorating the soul. Continue Reading →

Reflections Resolutions and Goal Setting during the Holiday Season

 Reflections, Resolutions, and Goal SettingReflections Resolutions and Goal Setting

Christmas with Afghan Hounds – this afghan hound climbs the tree to reach his goal,  the big bone at the top!

Party Idea Pros would like to take a moment to wish all of our visitors a very festive holiday season filled with joy and peace, love and laughter.

As the year comes to a close, we reflect on the blessings bestowed in the last 12 months and begin to set goals for the next year. Please enjoy these three short movies as an expression of our gratitude and best wishes for 2015:  May You Be BlessedGoals Movie, and Laughter is an Instant Vacation (just in case you aren't able to get away for a much needed break this holiday season!)

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#26Acts of Kindness for the Family

#26Acts of Kindness for the Family

Boom Boom Revolution Family Edition * – Everyday acts for families to create and inspire kindness.

Are you looking for a fun and easy ways for your family to incorporate Ann Curry's challenge for each of us to commit to #26acts of kindness to honor each child and heroic teacher lost in Newtown?  We love these Boom Boom Cards because they make make teaching kindness simple.  Yes, we do believe kindness is a teachable skill with the first lesson being each individual must take full responsibility for their own kindness and expect nothing in return (100/0 Principle).

Here's how these amazing agents of altruism describe their cards:

Boom Boom! Cards Family Edition brings your family together to perform 26 acts of kindness. Once you’ve done a card, put a Boom Boom! sticker on the Command Central Activity Board to indicate that you’ve done it, post the story of what happened on the website, then pass the card on for someone else to do. Each card’s unique ID enables your family to follow the family deck cards you do on the website’s map and see where they end up! Included discussion cards inspire conversation about the whole experience with your children. Teach the values of compassion, kindness and community and have fun doing it!

Kit Includes:
– 26 Boom Boom! Cards designed with children and families in mind
– Boom Boom! sticky note pad
– Command Central Activity Board to chart your progress
– Boom Boom! Mission Accomplished Stickers
– Talk About It! Discussion Cards
– Handy carrying sack to keep the cards in
– Blank Boom Boom! Cards for kids to create their own

Make it a beautiful day!  Make every day a kindness day!

#26Acts of Kindness for Businesses


.#26Acts of Kindness for Businesses

Looking for innovative ways for your company or institution to incorporate Ann Curry's challenge for each of us to commit to 26 acts of kindness to honor each child and heroic teacher lost in Newtown?   Remember kindness starts at home  or in this case, in the office!  Start by implementing a Random Acts of Kindness  or a 100/0 Principle Day modeled after Smith College’s Mountain Day where every year, the president chooses a beautiful fall day and announces a holiday day off to re-invigorate the soul by ringing the college bells. Even though you most likely won’t choose to give employees a day off, incorporate the concept of encouraging your employess to live life more compassionately by taking authentic responsibility for  relationships into the day’s normal routine. The operative words should be kindness and respect and patience with zero tolerance for anything less. This is a good day to review your company's harassment policies and conduct company-wide harassment training.

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Make Every Day a 100/0 Principle Day

 Action + Relationships = Results

Make Every Day a 100/0 Principle Day

Designate  your next teacher institute day, company team building event, or any day, 100/0 Principle Day and then turn it into a month long effort!

Looking for innovative ways to inspire your team without investing in a major team building initiative?  Invest limited resources and lots of energy into instituting the 100/0 Principle company wide.  Start by implementing a 100/0 Principle Day modeled after Smith College’s Mountain Day where every year, the president chooses a beautiful fall day and announces a holiday  day off  to re-invigorate the soul by ringing the college bells.  Even though you most likely won’t choose to give employees a day off,  incorporate the concept of taking authentic responsibility for a relationship  into the day’s normal routine.  The operative words should be kindness and respect and patience with zero tolerance for anything less.  This is a good day to review your company's  harassment policies and  conduct company-wide harassment training. Continue Reading →