How to Share Random Acts of Kindness with Coca-Cola

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It's no secret that this season of motherhood has had its share of peaks and valleys for me. From sleep issues, to toddler tantrums, to somehow finding that ever elusive work-life balance. It sounds silly to say, but before becoming a Mom, I honestly just didn't get how universally tricky motherhood is. It doesn't matter if you're a brand new Mom or a veteran Mom, a stay-at-home Mom or a working Mom, a Mom of one, or a Mom of six- motherhood is hard.

My house may be a mess, we're livin' on love and one-income, but I have so much love to give to my fellow Moms. I've made it my own personal project to see to it that all the Moms in my life feel loved, supported and appreciated. Recently, I came up with a super easy, super cutesy way to spread kindness, encouragement and love to the Moms in my life with Coca-Cola™!

Coca-Cola's Share a Coke campaign is back this year with 1,000 new Share A Coke names featuring first and last names. There is something so fun about stumbling upon a personalized Coca-Cola with your name on it, and I realized it was a terrific and simple opportunity to let a handful of my loved ones know I'm thinking about them and rooting them on.

I stopped by the Giant Eagle by my office to check out their Share a Coke display. I actually used to work part-time at a Giant Eagle after Chuck and I got married and it has always held a special place in my heart. Not only did I find bottles for Chuck and me, but I also found my sister's name and my Mom's last name on some Diet Coke® bottles. I made a little deal with the universe that whoever else's name I found would be someone in my life who was in need of some love and encouragement. Three more friends' names showed up in my search, so I quickly snatched them up along with some red and white ribbon and made my way to checkout.

When I got home, I broke out some greeting cards I've had forever and wrote each of my friends a note telling them how much I love and appreciate their friendship. I shared that someone was thinking about them and signed each note with a silly, anonymous signature like "She who must not be named" and "Your secret admirer." I punched a whole in my sealed love notes and tied them to their personalized bottles with the red and white ribbon.

Although recent thunderstorms in Ohio hampered my plan to deliver to my friends' doorsteps, I resorted to other sneaky ways of getting them to their recipients. It took $20 and less than a half hour to bring my little random act of kindness project to life, and at the end of the day, I got to help brighten the days of four of my loved ones.

If you'd like to Share an Ice Cold Coke with someone in your life, here's what you'll need:

  • 20 oz. Share a Coke bottles found at your local Giant Eagle
  • Red and white curling ribbon
  • Postcards or greeting cards
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors

STEP 1: Write your heartfelt notes of love, support, or encouragement to the Mom in your life- or just someone who could use a boost. Seal the envelope and punch a hole in the bottom left hand corner (so your words don't get cut off!)

STEP 2: Cut a foot-long strand of red and white ribbon and feed through the hole in your card. Tie the ribbon and card to your Coca-Cola bottle with a bow and use your scissors to curl the ends.

STEP 3: Deliver! Drop it on their doorstep, in their office, or even on their windshield. Half the fun is keeping them guessing who their secret Coca-Cola culprit is!

It doesn't take much to brighten someone's day. And once you've delivered your random acts of kindness, be sure to grab a bottle for yourself and toast to making the world a happier, more loving place, one Coca-Cola bottle at a time.

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