Thanks Mom

IfYoureHappyAndYouKnowItThankYourMomWe all have good days and bad days, but for many of us, life is pretty sweet and we have a lot to be thankful for. And that happiness we owe in large part to our moms. Because whether you’re 4, 14 or 44, your mom plays – or has played – a big role in shaping your life.

  • She encouraged your dreams. From the silly fantasies as a child to picking a college major or a career, moms listen to your dreams and provide the support and guidance needed to make (most of) them a reality.
  • She taught you how to advocate for yourself.  Courage to face a bully (or an older sibling), the confidence to ask for a promotion and the wisdom to make smart decisions, moms teach their children to stand up for themselves and that ultimately only they are responsible for their own lives.
  • She showed you what it meant to love. The bond between a mother and child is like none other. And with your own loving mother as an example, you know how to be a better friend, partner and parent. It’s about sacrifice, support, seeing the good in others and loving someone else more than you love yourself.

For giving us the “tools” to build a happy life, we thank you, mom!

 

May is for Mom

Moms are the best, right? And while we certainly don’t need a holiday like Mother’s Day (May 8, 2016) to remind us of that, it sure is a nice excuse to tell her how we feel. Make her day with these special and unique Mother’s Day ideas:

PhotoMulti-Generational Photo Op – Being a mom isn’t just about raising your kids, but also laying a loving and supportive foundation for future generations. This photo op is a wonderful way to say “job well done”! Especially great for a mom who’s recently been promoted to grandma! (source: Huffington Post)

A Big Break – Being a mom is a lot of work without a whole lot of appreciation. Taking over mom’s typical duties for a day (or more!) provides not only a nice break for her, but also proves to everyone else that moms really are superwomen!

PoemPoem from the Heart – Not especially creative? No problem. An acrostic poem is easy for all ages and writing levels. Using the first letters in mom, mother, mama or mommy, give her words that describe what you think about her. Frame it so she’ll have it forever!

A New Outfit – So many moms don’t spend nearly enough time or money on themselves, so spoil her with some new spring duds (hello sundress and strappy sandals) to make her feel special.

TeacupTea Cup Candles – Because so many moms have antique dishes passed down from their own moms and grandmas and not nearly enough uses for them! Add a favorite scent to the candle for a special, aromatic treat! Learn how >

Pretty Potted Plant – Unlike a bouquet of flowers, a potted plant will last well beyond Mother’s Day. Pick a pretty pot and something that blooms to really make her smile!

Six Ways to Show Appreciation

Teacher-Appreciation-BlogThrough their love, dedication and encouragement, teachers provide an environment for our children to learn and grow. And for that we owe them everything! Here are just a few ways for parents to say “thank you” on Teacher Appreciation Day (May 3) and all during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-May 6).

  • Deliver takeout lunch from their favorite restaurant
  • Collect monetary donations from other parents for a spa or shopping gift card
  • Coordinate a class photo op and frame the best shot – a great keepsake!
  • Create a gift basket with all their “favorite things”
  • Send a handwritten card describing their impact on your family
  • Offer to help around the classroom to free up a few moments of their day

And be sure to follow BRAX Fundraising on Facebook for more Teacher Appreciation ideas!

Volunteers Make the World Go Round

Did you know that April is National Volunteer Month and this week is National Volunteer Week (April 10-16)? From coaching, carpooling, classroom help, coordinating fundraisers and charity work, the world is a better place thanks to the selfless service of volunteers everywhere. Please join us in showing appreciation by thanking the volunteers in your community. A cup of coffee, flowers or just a hug will go a long way…

Thank-You-Volunteers

Success Story: Okemah Panthers

The Okemah Panthers, a 5th grade youth football team, are the portrait of teamwork – both on the field and off! With the fan-appeal of BRAX’s team licensed cups and dedication from the whole team, the Panthers raised enough funds to purchase these amazing new uniform. Looking good guys and thanks for the opportunity to work with you!

Okemah-Panthers

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Spring Bucket List

Spring is a great time to get out with the family and enjoy the warmer temperatures and all that Mother Nature has to offer! This bucket list below is just a starting point for all the great memories you can make this spring.

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Hippity Hoppity Easter’s On It’s Way

See below for just a few egg-cellent DIY ideas for next weekend…

Dyed Easter Eggs

DIY Dyed Easter Egg Ideas

Clockwise: Rubber Cement | Shaving Cream | Robins Eggs | Melted Crayons

Snacks and Desserts

Easter Snacks and Desserts

Clockwise: Egg Popsicle | Bunny Dirt Cake | Rice Krispies Nests | Little Chicks Fruit Cups

Easter Basket Ideas

Easter Basket Ideas

Clockwise: Art Supplies | Beauty Products | Books | Sporting Equipment

For more fun, family-friendly ideas, be sure to follow BRAX Fundraising on Pinterest!

6 Tips for Busy Moms

We can’t do it all, but that won’t stop us from trying. See below for some tips that help me get by as busy working mom of two.

1. Menu Plan

Start by checking out what’s on sale at local grocery stores and then plan a weeks worth of menus around those items. Keep a running list of family-favorites and also new recipes that you can pull from. I also do inventory of what we need for breakfast and packed lunches that week and do a big shop on Sunday afternoon. Post the menu where everyone can see it like on the refrigerator. Note: there is no shame in penciling in takeout for nights you know will be busy. And slow cookers are your friends!

2. Make Lists

Calendars are great for weeks or months at-a-glance, but to tackle a day at a time, lists are where it’s at! Write down everything you need to do in a day chronologically or in order of importance, including gimmes like “take shower”. Incorporate all the details you need, like times and what exactly you need to get at the pharmacy. And be sure to have a pen handy to mark off to-dos as you complete them.

3. Multi-Task

With a list as your guide, it’s easy to see where you might be able to do more than one thing at a time like making a phone call as you unload the dishwasher or paying multiple bills at a time while you’re sitting at your computer. For busy moms, it’s not about working harder, but working smarter and maximizing your effectiveness.

4. Delegate

This is a biggie when you’re working against a big to-do list. Think about your support network including your husband, friends and <gasp> children and utilize them appropriately. Why go out of your way to drop off dry cleaning when your husband drives right by there on his way to work? And in addition to regular chores, your older children can, and should, help you tackle what needs to be done for the day like quickly switching a load of laundry before heading out the door for practice.

5. Prepare

Give yourself a leg up by getting things in order the night before. Like laying out outfits and packing sports bags, making lunches and prepared snacks, writing out your to-do list, encouraging nightly versus morning showers and tackling things that can be done “after hours” like bill paying and answering emails. Ahh, tomorrow is seeming better already! Did I mention that slow cookers are your friends?

6. Live a Little

Running a tight ship is great, but so is having fun. So be sure to schedule some planned personal, like a date night, and family, like a weekend matinee, activities into your schedule. Something for everyone to look forward to! And don’t be afraid to be spontaneous. Randomly stop for ice cream – why not? Forego a planned dinner for pizza and game night – sounds awesome!

Five Reasons to Try New Gourmet SpiritPopcorn

SpiritCups and SpiritTravelCups are proven fundraising favorites, but the new Gourmet SpiritPopcorn program is pretty awesome too. Here’s five reasons why you should give it a try:

  1.  When cupboards in your community are full of BRAX cups, a new and different product might be just what you need!
  2. With buckets in every NFL and the top 29 college teams, there is something for every fan!
  3. Buckets are filled with award-winning Sweet & Salty Kettle Popcorn. Yum!
  4. Gallon bags come in 9 delicious flavors including Double Chocolate Drizzle, Peanut Butter Double Chocolate, Caramel Corn, Birthday Cake, Cheddar Cheese, Chicago 50/50, White Cheddar Cheese, Jalapeno Cheddar and Sweet & Salty Kettle Popcorn.
  5. All items are individually pre-packed by participant and generate 40% profit – easy and rewarding!

Click here to view bucket designs and learn more about the new Gourmet SpiritPopcorn program!

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