Share Your Goodness: Win Starbucks Gift Card!

by simplylife on January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!  I hope 2012 is off to a great start for you!  I’m so excited to be sharing with you my new Simply Life series: Share Your Goodness.

Last year, I had (nearly) a monthly Reader’s Challenge!  Thank YOU to everyone who participated by giving me fabulous ideas and reading through all my attempts!  From cooking with shellfish and chestnuts for the first time to finding the perfect meal for 1 – it has been nothing but a fun learning experience and many of those recipes became my 2011 favorites!

This year, I’m going to take a new (hopefully monthly) twist on things.  I’m going to be challenging YOU!  Every month I will be hosting a “Share Your Goodness” giveaway where I will offer a small prize for all the goodness you share!  🙂

I constantly am in awe of the other bloggers I read about.  Some are raising money for complete strangers, others are spending their weekends volunteering and others are packing-up their homemade cookies and favorite products to send to friend.  So why not encourage that even more?!?!


While I’d love to giveaway something even bigger, the whole point of this is how much the little things can truly make a difference.  So while that extra seasonal drink may not be saving the world, I’d like to think it’s a small token of appreciation for showing others you care.





Your first challenge?…Do Something Kind for Someone Else.

Yup, it’s that easy.  And the best part?  You can enter as many times as you wish with each new thing you do between now (yes, now- not all the good deeds you’ve done in your whole life :)) and Jan 6!  It can be something big or small, time-consuming or quick.   This will be open for 5 days so you have plenty of time to squeeze that good deed in before it’s closed!

Leave a comment for each piece of goodness you share with others!  The winner will receive a $5 Starbucks gift card and will be picked using (must have a US address).

~Happy Sharing!

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  • Beth

    I can’t enter because I’m Canadian … but I’ll try to fill my life with doing nice things for others anyhow!

  • Gina (Candid RD)

    What a FABULOUS idea!!! Ok, well tomorrow I plan on dropping off a canister of cocoa roasted almonds to the guy who answers our phones at work. He says he hates all things healthy but he tasted Emeralds almonds the other day and LOVED them, so I’m going to give him some 🙂

    • Simply Life

      Oh that is such a sweet idea- I love it! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Joyti

    I won’t enter because I don’t really drink coffee, but I just wanted to say “Happy New Year!”

  • Allie @ PickyEatingRD

    I love this idea! Ok I will need to start tomorrow at work !!! Happy New Year =)

    • Simply Life

      Cant’ wait to see what you do! =)

  • Joy

    My friends and family made about 7 dz cookies and we dropped it off at the Ronald McDonald house over the holidays.

    • Simply Life

      oooh I LOVE that! I’m sure they appreciated it so much!

  • Alyssabubbleteax3

    just recently i wasvery supportive of my best friend who was just going through a divorce with her parents and her father not being in her life! I plan on it 2012 to still be supportive and there for her because that is what best friends are for (:

  • meri

    This is inspiring- I don’t have anything now but I am wanting to now!

  • Chrissy

    I brought my neighbor some soup yesterday night — she was sick and couldn’t attend our nye’s get together. She’s a great neighbor so it’s just a small token of thanks! 🙂

    • Simply Life

      Oh that is so thoughtful- I’m sure it made her feel better!

  • Khadija Anwar

    One of our neighbor is a senior citizen who has to drag the trash can inside . Saw it and helped taking it in. She can hardly stand as she has a back pain.

  • Anonymous

    LOVE this idea! I just sent a package of homemade goodies and coffee (her favorite) to one of my favorite bloggers because she makes me smile and laugh on a daily basis

  • Teri@managedmacros

    What a motivating idea…I’m in, but I haven’t done anything nice this year so far 🙂

    • Simply Life

      I’m sure you’ll think of something great! 🙂

  • Joanne

    I love this idea and celebration of the little things that we can do to make a difference!

  • Maris Callahan

    You have inspired and motivated me and really have me thinking…

    • Simply Life

      Oh good! Can’t wait to see what you do! 🙂

  • Mom

    What a fantastic idea and it’s so inspiring! Just thinking about it makes us all so much more conscious to use every opportunity we can to “share your goodness! Great idea for a gift that keeps giving!!!!!

  • Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian

    I love this idea! So great!
    I know it’s not a stranger, but I am going to make my new guy a special lunch to bring to work.
    I have to think of some good ideas!

    • Simply Life

      Oh it definitely does not have to be for a stranger- I think that’s so sweet and thoughtful!

  • Jessica Dawson-Brown

    Today I held the door for the lady going into the mailroom 🙂

  • Kgbearclaw

    i love to do stuff for strangers… i had some free coupons for my local circle K for a free coffee.. and on xmas day, i treated the 3 people in line behind me… i know how we all love our cup of Joe!! 🙂

    • Simply Life

      Ooooh, that is GREAT- I’d love to be the recipient of that!

  • Leslie W

    I bought lunch for an elderly couple when I took my daughter for lunch. I hope they appreciated the gesture as much as I loved doing it! It feels good to do something nice and hopefully make someones day that much better 🙂

    • Simply Life

      I’m sure they did appreciate it!

  • Elle Sees

    i knitted hats for cancer patients with a friend!

    • Simply Life

      Oh wow! What a kind thing to do!

  • Kiran @

    Great idea! There’s nothing greater than helping others. Happy New Year, sweetie 🙂

  • Jessica Dawson-Brown

    Today I watched a friends baby so she could have some much needed mommy time 🙂

    • Simply Life

      Oh I’m sure she appreciated that!

  • Aubreylaine

    I bought lunch today for a struggling friend.
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  • Torviewtoronto

    these snacks look wonderful

  • Maris Callahan

    Great minds definitely think alike! These look delicious! As always your photos are terrific!

  • Hillary

    I went out to buy my sick boyfriend some medicine and tissues today, then I made him dinner. : )

  • actorsdiet

    i feel ridiculous typing this, but i picked up another dog’s poop today.

  • Jessica Dawson-Brown

    Someone was short at the grocery store by a dollar, I helped her out. 🙂

  • Holly (2 Kids and Tired)

    Actually, this week I was the recipient of two kind acts and while it’s so easy to offer service and do good things for others, it’s very difficult sometimes to be on the receiving end of that same kindness. My son cut his hand to the bone with the new knife he got for Christmas. My husband’s car died last week, so he had mine and was 30 minutes away at work. I called a girlfriend in desperation and immediately she and her daughter were at my home to drive us to the Urgent Care. As I was thanking her, she was thanking me for giving her the chance to help. She’s a wonderful woman whom I am blessed to call friend. My neighbor across the street came running over and took my younger son to her home and fed him dinner with her own family. It was such a blessing to me to know I didn’t have to worry about him and could focus on my other son. 7 stitches later, he’s much better!

    • Simply Life

      Oh WOW! What a story! Sounds like you have some great people in your life! Thanks so much for sharing!

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