5 Ways my Kids Inspire Me to Make a Difference Every Day

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Allstate is inspired by and inspires young change-makers, so I'm sharing 5 ways my kids inspire me to make a difference every day! #ad #GoodHeartsGoodHands

Now that my kids aren’t so little anymore, I get inspired by them every day.

I think it’s just about raising kids and watching them grow up – and grow a bit more independent each day. Once you get out of the swirl and whirl of diaper changes, naps, and feedings, you’re left with the core of your life. Love. Work. Meaning. Dreaming. Once Des grew out of the preschooler stage, it hit me that we still have many vivid and gorgeous years of parenting to go. We live in New England and get to raise our kids in such a cool area. I love teaching them about a quieter life of meaning. It’s sort of amazing how much they teach us, and how much we teach them.

Not just us as parents, but the brands we align ourselves with and introduce into our lives, like Allstate, affect our children.

Allstate is inspired by and inspires young change-makers, so I'm sharing 5 ways my kids inspire me to make a difference every day! #ad #GoodHeartsGoodHands

Allstate believes in youth empowerment – and you know what? I do too. I love the way they look to inspire the next generation through community projects that empower young people to become the next generation of leaders and change-makers. Their dedication to the communities in which they live and work is core to who they are.

Allstate is inspired by and inspires young change-makers, so I'm sharing 5 ways my kids inspire me to make a difference every day! #ad #GoodHeartsGoodHands

In this day and age, while it seems harder to raise change-makers, I think my kids and their friends are ambitious, kind, and ready to take on the world. It helps when they have the tools, guidance and support they need from us.

Allstate also believes that young people are creating change, rather than waiting for change to happen. In this video, you can see that kids are lending their hands, hearts and voices to their communities. Not only are they making change, but they’re building critical social and emotional learning skills – like problem-solving, empathy, and teamwork as well.

These skills will help ensure their future success.



This video sparked wonderful conversations with my kids about the ideas they have for our community, and it made me realize that while I have a lot to teach them, they are teaching me and inspiring me every single day. It makes a difference!

5 Ways my Kids Inspire Me to Make a Difference Every Day:

1 – They inspire me to be a leader. I’ve never been a natural born leader, or a follower for that matter. I’ve always been a lone wolf. That said, when you’re making decisions for other living beings, you discover leadership skills!

2 – They inspire me to be creative. Adults sometimes lose the ability to think outside the box, but kids can think of a million different ways to do one thing. It inspires me to never think, “This won’t work” or “It has to be THIS way.”

3 – They inspire youthfulness. I’m constantly reminded what it’s like to be young and carefree again – and to thrive on exploration. I love waking up in the morning and just being excited for the day ahead. It becomes contagious and I believe it makes me a better human and I hopefully help make others get excited for their own adventures.

4 – They inspire eagerness to learn. My kids remind me of what it’s like to just be excited to learn every day. Not memorize, but truly learn. How amazing is it that you can never stop learning and growing and trying new things?

5 – They inspire a sense of humor. Sometimes you just need to laugh at yourself in order to move on. Putting a smile on someone’s face, or making them laugh, is priceless and it truly makes a difference in everyday life.

Allstate is inspired by and inspires young change-makers, so I'm sharing 5 ways my kids inspire me to make a difference every day! #ad #GoodHeartsGoodHands

Learn more about this video and what Allstate is doing in local communities here.

How do your kids inspire you to make a difference every day?

This post was written as part of the Allstate Influencer Program and sponsored by Allstate. All opinions are mine. As the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, Allstate is dedicated not only to protecting what matters most–but to guiding people to live the Good Life, every day.

New Year’s Eve Countdown Cupcakes

I was just telling my mom the other day that I used to hate New Year’s Eve, and now I love it.

These fun, festive Countdown cupcakes would make a fun treat for a New Year's Eve Party!!! Have the kiddos make them while they wait to ring in the new year

It used to mean something totally different.

It used to mean the end of a warm and festive holiday break, and the re-emergence into school. Sometimes, that was an ok thing – probably, mostly – and sometimes, often, it was utterly soul-crushing. Like the end of any good thing that was filled with all the feels. I don’t like missing people. Often, I’ll do anything to avoid it. Yes, there are people I will miss at the end of this break. That hasn’t changed. However, we throw such a fun, foodie party with a big group of friends and we have out-of-town guests. Then January comes, and brings with it new resolutions and inspiration. Then we go to Florida for a week. We will plan new house renovations (phase 2), a potential exotic trip, and just plain shiny newness. I love shiny newness.

New Year's Eve Countdown Cupcakes

New Year’s Eve Countdown Cupcakes:

What You Need:

6 Vanilla Cupcakes
6 Chocolate Sandwich Cookies (OREO or any off brand will work)
½ Cup Chocolate Melting Disks
½ Container of Vanilla Frosting
Gold and Silver Sugar
Nonpareil and Gold Star Sprinkles

New Year's Eve Countdown Cupcakes

What You Do:

1 – First, with a piping bag or knife, frost all the cupcakes

2 – Then, sprinkle each cupcake with sugar and sprinkles

3 – Melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second intervals or until melted

4 – Next, make sure to stir each time you check it

5 – Place melted chocolate in a small baggie and cut the corner just a tiny tiny bit

6 – After that, take your sandwich cookie and split apart. You only need the side with the cream

7 – Next, with your chocolate, pipe on the clock numbers 12, 3, 6, and 9

8 – Then, draw a little second and minute hand pointing at any of the numbers

9 – Place clock on the cupcake and push down a little so it stays put

10 – Lastly, enjoy these festive cupcakes!

New Year's Eve Countdown Cupcakes

New Year's Eve Countdown Cupcakes

New Year's Eve Countdown Cupcakes

New Year's Eve Countdown Cupcakes

These fun, festive Countdown cupcakes would make a fun treat for a New Year's Eve Party!!! Have the kiddos make them while they wait to ring in the new year

Looking for more New Year’s Eve treats. Check out our Sprinkle Dipped Fortune Cookies!

What do you do for New Year’s Eve?

These fun, festive Countdown cupcakes would make a fun treat for a New Year's Eve Party!!! Have the kiddos make them while they wait to ring in the new year