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Thoughtful Thursday: Selfless Gift

Thoughtful Thursday

Many of our Thoughtful Thursday posts have been about children raising money for charitable causes, but this story might be the most shocking because this giving brother and sister, Kenny and Anastasia, are homeless. These eight-year-old siblings were inspired by a flier posted at their school about the 35th annual Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser, which featured a boy who had heart surgery.

Alex and Anastasia Kenny

Courtesy of FOX Carolina

Alex and Anastasia, with their mom by their side, decided to spend several hours for two weekends asking people around downtown Greenville, South Carolina for donations for the American Heart Association. Their hard work and dedication to try to raise money paid off when they ended up raising $1000! Even though these generous children face their own challenges, they believe it important to help others.

“We didn’t want it for the prizes,” said Alex.  “We wanted it for the people who needed it.” This dynamic duo qualified to win one scooter based on the money they raised, however their selfless act caught the attention of the American Heart Association, who decided to give both of the children scooters as a thank you for their efforts.

This Thoughtful Thursday we applaud Alex and Anastasia for noble act of kindness.

 

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We’re Moms Too: Here Comes Baby Number Two

Written by Ashley

The spit up, the wails, the midnight, 2am, and 4am feedings – They’re all gracing us with their presence for round two when we welcome baby #2 this fall. But with them come the warm cuddles, the indescribable sweet baby smell, and the soft, longing gazes.

As I watch my toddler daughter grow older by the day, I am amazed by all the things she is saying and doing. But I feel like as each day passes, my memories of her as a newborn fade more and more.

I’ll admit that I miss the days when we drove around the block 18 times (literally – I think my neighbors were starting to get suspicious) in hope that she would fall asleep, when she gazed into my eyes while she nursed, and even when she screamed for 2 hours straight and I just laid there on her nursery floor with crocodile tears running down my face in pure exhaustion. I wouldn’t have traded those moments for anything in this world.

But welcoming a new baby with a toddler already in the picture will certainly add some new challenges.

Excitement and fears when you find out you're having another baby

I fear that I won’t be able to provide my daughter with enough attention. I fear that she’ll become resentful of me and my husband catering to another child. I fear that I won’t have enough room in my heart to love my second child as much as I do my first. I fear that she’ll revert back to her old sleeping habits and I’ll never sleep again. Like, Ever. Again.

I know she’ll be a great big sister. She’s so kind and considerate of others. I honestly think she knows that something is about to change because she just started trying to hug every baby we lay eyes on and even points to my belly and says “ba-by” in two distinct syllables. I try not to bring too much attention to the changes, but I do want her to know that something very exciting will be happening soon.

As a parent, I’m no expert. I can barely get out the door some mornings, but I’m humbled every time I “fail” as a parent and I willingly welcome the advice of other moms who have walked before me.

I’ve been reading some blog posts that have helped me during this time of unknowns like Amanda’s post over at Dirt & Boogers (how cute is that blog name?) about how she reconnected with her son when her second child was born and Breanne’s post at Borealis about preparation to juggling two.

It’s nice to know I’m not alone.

To all the moms that have two or more children – how did you prepare your first when you welcomed your second?

WM2_AshleyAbout Ashley
Ashley is a self-proclaimed fashionista, social media maven, proud mama to her toddler daughter and expecting her second child this fall. She is the Social Media Manager at Step2 and you may have recently communicated with her if you’ve chatted with Step2 on Facebook or Twitter.

FriDIY: Toy Boat

friday diy crafts

Ahoy matey! We have a special DIY craft that will go great with your kid’s splash-tastic adventures this spring and summer. Thanks to Inner Child Fun, we were inspired to make a toy boat out from materials that you can find around the house.  We put this boat together with just five materials! Let’s get started:

toy boat craft supplies

What you’ll need:

  • Three wine corks
  • Toothpicks
  • Rubber bands
  • Paper (card stock or multipurpose)
  • Markers and/or crayons

toy boat instructions

  1. Cut a triangle out of the corner of the paper to make the flag and have your little one color the flag
  2. Wrap a rubber band twice around the three corkscrews on one side. Repeat on other side.
  3. Cut the rubber bands and tie them together to make the rope for the boat (make it as long or as short as you  would like)
  4. Place the rope underneath the two rubber bands that are currently holding the boat base together and tie the “rope” to the rubber bands
  5. Cut the pointed top of the tooth pick so little ones do not poke themselves with the flag pole during play time
  6. Poke two holes into the flag and slide the toothpick through and place the flag on the middle corkscrew. Now your kids can begin sailing their DIY toy boat!


You and your kids will have a blast making this toy boat. Not only does making this craft encourage kids to get creative by designing their own flag, but once the final product is complete, kids can race their toy boats in their water table, bathtub or pool.

We hope you had as much fun making this FriDIY toy boat as we did!

toy boats in kid's water table

It’s Madness! Step2 Basketball Hoop Giveaway

It’s that time of the year again when the college sports world truly is madness. To celebrate, Step2 is giving away basketball hoops to 3 lucky readers!

It's Madness Step2 Basketball Hoop Giveaway 3/21 - 4/7

Winners will have their choice of selecting the Shootin’ Hoops Pro Basketball Set, Shootin’ Hoops Junior Basketball Set, or the Floor to Door Basketball.

The Step2 Ambassadors had a chance to test out these hoops. Check out the video below to see the hoops in action!

Shootin’ Hoops Pro Basketball Set
Step2 Shootin' Hoops Pro Basketball SetGet ready to become an all-star with the Shootin’ Hoops Pro Basketball Set! Big kids can perfect their jump shot and learn to take turns shooting the ball as they play a game of basketball with others. This children’s basketball hoop will last your kids for years to come. Your driveway will be the new basketball court for all the neighborhood kids!

 

Shootin’ Hoops Junior Basketball Set
Step2 Shootin' Hoops Junior Basketball SetLittle sports lovers can practice their shooting skills with the Shootin’ Hoops Junior Basketball Set! This basketball hoop can help your toddlers develop their balance and coordination. Get active inside the playroom or take the game outside to the backyard. This kid’s basketball hoop will grow with your child until they are ready to start training for the big league!

 

Floor to Door Basketball
Step2 Floor to Door Basketball
Toddlers can start playing some bball when they are still crawling and elevate their game as they get older by hanging the hoop on their bedroom door. But the fun doesn’t stop once you’ve grown up! College students can shoot some hoops in their dorm in between classes and adults can hang this hoop in their cubicle to shoot some three-pointers during lunch.

 

To enter, please use the Rafflecopter form below. This prize is valued at up to $55. Giveaway open to the residents of the 48 contiguous US states, ages 18+. Ends 4/7/14 at 11:59 PM EST. Good Luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. [BLOG NAME] is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Giveaway is open to residents of the 48 contiguous US states, age 18+. Giveaway will close at 11:59PM ET on 4/7/14. 3 winners will be selected at that time and winner will be contacted by email within 48 hours. Winner will receive the basketball hoop of their choice. If you have any additional questions, feel free to send an email to thestep2team@gmail.com.

Thoughtful Thursday: Generous Donation

thoughtful thursday generous donation

If you found $20 laying on the ground what would you do with it? Eight-year-old Myles Eckert found $20 lying on the ground at a Cracker Barrel parking lot and began thinking of all the ways he could spend it. Myles wanted to use the money to buy a video game but instead he gave it to someone that reminded him of his dad.

myles eckert

Myles and his family entered Cracker Barrel around the same time Lieutenant Colonel Frank Daily and his family did for lunch. When Myles saw the solider he decided he wanted to give the money to him and his family to show his appreciation for Frank’s service to this country. Myles took the money and wrapped it in a note that read: “Dear Soldier — my dad was a soldier. He’s in heaven now. I found this 20 dollars in the parking lot when we got here. We like to pay it forward in my family. It’s your lucky day! Thank you for your service. Myles Eckert, a gold star kid.”

note to solider

When Myles was a few weeks old, his dad Army Sergeant Andy Eckert was killed in Iraq. Although Myles’ dad is no longer here on Earth, we hope he is watching over his son and the amazing kindness he has in his heart.

This Thoughtful Thursday we salute Myles for paying it forward with his generous donation.