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The coolest thing happened at Starbucks yesterday! (Ok, second coolest thing since I met my husband there.)

I drove up to the window to pay for our order, and the barista told me that the car in front of us had already paid for it. It was such a fun, thoughtful surprise and added a little sunshine to my already-great day. To pay it forward, I took care of the car behind us. I wonder how long the pattern lasted? It was great motivation to think of more little acts of kindness, and maybe surprise the car behind us more often.

Some Friday adventures:


Liv and I met up with Kyle and Meg at Whole Foods for lunch (we shared a green juice, potato salad, salmon salad, veggies, chicken drumstick, and fish)

and then hit up a giant baby/kids consignment sale. 


It was a Just Between Friends sales, similar to one I went to with Jeni in Vegas. I wish I would have known about it sooner since I’ve decided to go ahead and sell our Orbit system. It would have been an easy place to do it! We found a couple of cute things for my cousin’s baby, a puzzle for Liv, and she picked out the cutest little plush baby… and then it started talking. And talking and talking as we walked around. It was enough for me to make the batteries “disappear” if we bought it, but even worse was the fact that it was a hypochondriac baby.

“Will you take my temperature?” “Cough, cough” “Thank you for talking care of me” “I’m siiiiiiiiick” 

As soon as Liv dropped it while we were walking around, it quickly found its way back onto the shelf. 

We were supposed to go to a squadron event, but my military ID is expired and the Pilot was in a meeting, so we hung out at the madre’s, all went to dinner

and called it a night.

Tonight I’ll have the Winter Shape Up meal ideas and sample grocery list for all my early shopping friends! I hope you’re as excited as I am to get the party started.

Full fridge

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I’ll see ya tonight!



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  1. lisa on January 26, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    The Starbucks thing is cool, it happened to me once before our church pastor used it as an example for random acts of kindness. He followed-up with a Starbucks employee the next week who said that they had a chain of 36 cars all who paid it forward!

  2. Allison @ Train Eat Repeat on January 26, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    i really should do that one day when I am in a drive thru line! such a great thing. its so nice to see that there are still good people out there somewhere

  3. Jacquelyn on January 26, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    I had the same thing happen to me at Starbucks. I had a $20 gift card I was going to use so I just left the whole thing. Can’t wait for the grocery and meal plan!

  4. Lisa on January 26, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    I actually make sure to do this every week. I’m a hopeless Starbucks addict and figure if I’m spending so much money and time there I might as well do something nice. People are really great, it’s awesome when something like that happens and it can completely turn your day around! I always find it especially helpful if I’m having a bad day to just simply do something nice. It doesn’t take a lot of effort and it feels pretty awesome. It’s always awesome to hear people doing random acts of kindness!:)

  5. Alicia on January 26, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    If you’re ever in Phoenix, you should take your Orbit system to Hissyfits to sell. They are awesome!

  6. laura on January 26, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Just curious why you decided to sell the Orbit? Have been thinking of getting one for baby #4…..

  7. Lisa @ Lisa the Vegetarian on January 26, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    I love hearing stories about random acts of kindness! And that looks like quite a store – good call on putting the hypochondriac baby back on the shelf 🙂

  8. Evonne on January 26, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    I love hearing those kinds of stories about random acts of kindness. It just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy knowing that great things like that happen all around us.

    In reference to your military ID being expired; have your hubby digitally represent/sign the form of sponsorship for you via web! That way, he doesn’t have to take time off work to go with you, and you and Liv can go by yourselves.

    The website for him: He just needs to request an 1172-2 for you.

    If you ever lose your ID, this is also a great way to get one ASAP if he’s at work! Just tell him to make sure he’s at a computer where he can use his CAC. (: Pass it on! It’s such a helpful tool.

  9. Kelli on January 26, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    I had the same thing happen to me when I was in the Starbucks drive thru Christmas Day made my day I did the same paid it forward by buying the person behind me latte!!

  10. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on January 26, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    That is such a sweet gesture! We need more people like that in the world! If we all just took care of each other it would be such a happier place! Have a great Saturday!!

  11. JennyO on January 26, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    I wouldn’t recommend Just Between Friends for your Orbit. You only get a percentage of the sale and sure you could sell it on Craigs List easier. JBF is just a hassle to tag everything…

  12. Laura J. on January 26, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    That happened to me at Starbucks back in December! It totally made my day and then can you believe I went to a different Starbucks the next day and the same thing happened again! The car in front of me paid for my drink. So crazy! Haha 🙂

  13. Kathy on January 26, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    I love the pay it forward! It was big news recently up her in Canada that at one Tim Horton’s drive thru, people kept it going for 228 orders! Such an easy way to do something unexpectedly nice and brighten up someone’s da!

  14. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on January 27, 2013 at 2:12 am

    A random stupid question from someone who does not have kids, do you not recommend the orbit? I read so many blogs of people with kids I’m trying to file away the info I learn for when I need it!

  15. Mallory on January 27, 2013 at 5:13 am

    In my family, Friday is random act of kindness day and has been for as long as I can remember. We each do something nice for a stranger. Buying coffee in the drive thru is something I do a lot!

  16. Sierra on January 27, 2013 at 11:37 am

    I LOVE the acts of kindness that have been floating around. You never know someone else’s situation and you can really brighten their day/mood/attitude. Thanks for sharing, it warms my heart to think about.

  17. Alex @ Raw Recovery on January 27, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    That was such a nice gesture and even nicer that you paid it forward too! I love it when people do things like that for each other. It restores my faith in humanity 🙂

  18. Kerry on January 27, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    I worked at a cafe for years and it was always the greatest thing to tell the person in line that a person before them paid for their drink. It’s those simple acts of kindness that are such heart happy stuff! 🙂

  19. Sarabell on January 28, 2013 at 1:16 am

    That is so cool, hope the pattern lasted all day!
    Look at all those berries in your refrigerator, YUM!

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