Each and every mother flipping day I will be telling my girls to be “BE NICE” and “BE KIND”. It makes it extra meaningful if you scream it at them in a really loud and frustrated, slightly irritated and angry way I have found. Leading by example and all that. Really gets that point across in a calm, serene and um, kind way. Anyway, the point is, the message is a good one and one that I’ll keep banging on about until the day they move out from under my roof.
I never fail to get shocked whenever someone leaves a nasty comment on my blog. I didn’t know when I set up my blogger template almost 6 years ago that I ticked a box that said: Because you are now a blogger that is OK for people to have cracks at you about your personal life, your finances, your lifestyle choices, your appearance, your parenting methods and your family. Who knew? Not me! I always just kind of expect people to use their manners, be nice to people that they don’t really know, because that’s what you would do IN REAL LIFE. And that’s what I was taught to do.
It’s so easy to judge isn’t it? Think you know what’s going on in some one’s life, reading between the lines and coming up with our own conclusions. I like to think I have an uncanny ability at reading people, seeing people for who they are, but even I get it wrong sometimes! I know! Hard to believe. Get behind a computer screen in the comfort of your laptop with the option of clicking anonymous and it’s even easier to take out your bad day on someone else. Although I know in my heart that one nasty comment says so much more about that person than it does it about it, it still hurts. Still makes you feel like a little kid being picked on. It’s not nice.
You know who is nice? Tessa! From Down that Little Lane. Do you know her? Do you know her business? She has created a fabulous one stop online shop for some amazing products and suppliers. It’s like a cool department store – pulling together all the fabulous stuff in one spot where you can buy from the comfort of your lounge room and jammies. Win! WIN! She sent me an email and said “Beth, want something cool from my cool shop to give away to your cool readers?” and I said “Um, YUH HUH!” See? Nice. Kind. She feels good, I feel good, you feel good, it’s GOOD!
So I chose this from her shop. To give to you. Because I like it. Might be a good message for kids, but I think a few adults could use seeing this up on their walls too. It’s an 8 by 10 print begging to be whacked into an IKEA frame.
And because I would like to be kind to YOU, because you are always so kind to ME I’m going to throw in $30 of
my Rob’s hard earned cash towards choosing ANYTHING you like from her shop. That adds up to $30 that is. There’s plenty on there to choose from in that price bracket. So, if you win, you’ll get this here print, then after we have emailed each other I’ll say “So what do you want to spend Rob’s $30 on?” and you’ll tell me, I’ll go online and buy it and the deal? Will be done.
So. Want a piece of this sweet action? Leave a comment in this post below (one per person). Say something nice or kind (not about me, about someone else, or yourself, or something). Also head on over to the DTLL Facebook page and like them too! I will choose a winner through random.org so you can really leave anything but I thought in the spirit, something nice would be, um, nice. This giveaway is open until this Sunday night, 22nd April 2012 at 8pm AEST and I’ll let you know the winner straight after (or when I get around to it). Open to Australian readers only.