To celebrate the guys at innocent including free seeds in packs of their smoothies and fruit tubes, they gave us a fabulous 5 night break away to the McWilliams Hotel in Mayo. We wanted to do something special so we asked our amazing MummyPages mums to pull together and help others, carrying out small random acts of growing kindness (or RAGK as it's now known) to help and bring a smile to the face of others.
A RAGK was about doing something nice with something that grows. It could have been leaving a bunch of garden picked flowers on your neighbour’s doorstep, dropping a carrot cake into the house of a mum in need, making a homemade carrot soup for a friend who's feeling down or even just picking a bunch of herbs from your over grown herb patch. Anything. It was the thought that counted. To be honest we were gobsmacked with the amount of you that did nice things for each other. You guys are an amazing bunch.
All of your random acts were worthy of a prize, but there has to be a winner and so after labouring over the long list, we picked this one by Siobhan Ashe.
These are her words:
I heard from one of the school mums that another mother had been left by her husband. Without going into too much detail, one day he left to move in with his girlfriend. They had 3 small children together. Since he left, he hasn't contributed to the house at all and money was getting tight for the simple stuff like groceries. I decided I'd do a weekly shop for her. So I did a Tesco run, bought everything (and more) that I thought a mum of those kids ages would need. I also put in some essential sad mummy stuff - part of my kit for emergencies which includes wine, chocolate and general goodies. I paid, left the store and drove to her house 10 minutes after school closed - I thought this would give her time to pick up the kids and get back. I left the shopping on her doorstep along with a bunch of tulips that I had picked from my garden. Nothing fancy - just simple stuff which was very easy for me to do. I chose not to leave a note. I waited a distance away to see if she came back and she did. I then just drove off. I have never, ever felt so good about doing something nice for another person. Thanks for the opportunity to share. #justkindness
Congratulations Siobhan - we will be in touch via email.
Thanks to everyone who took part in this activity. From the tonnes of entries, it would seem that there is a genuine desire for mums to help each other out. We are really glad to have started something like this and think we will have to revisit this again very soon. And sure just because the competition is over, it doesn't mean we have to stop doing good things - right?
In the meantime, if you haven't already picked up your FREE seeds to grow with the kids, pick up a packet of innocent smoothies or fruit tubes this weekend and start growing. It will definitely pass away a wet and dreary afternoon.
The MummyPages Team