This post is sponsored by Cuties.
Every year since I was a little girl, I’d look forward to the sweetest time of year: Cuties season! I’m proud to partner with the easy-peel seedless citrus fruit we’ve all come to love and adore over the years.
To celebrate the return of this delicious little fruit, Cuties is bringing fans 100 days filled with love and sunshine straight from their California groves. Cuties remind us that no matter how big our differences, they’re no match for the power of love. So to brighten someone’s day and share the sweetness of the season during #100DaysofSunshine, my daughter Vienna and I decided to give back to the NICU nurses she spent the first 28 hours of life with by making sweet little goodie bags filled with stationery, pens, bath bombs and – of course – Cuties!
I wanted to do something that would be a fun activity for both of us, and this was the perfect little project. At 3, I’m not sure my daughter will remember the time we visited the NICU where she was born, but I know that giving back to the community at a young age will help shape her as she grows into a young woman. Spreading joy is rather infectious, and it’s amazing how far even the simplest acts can positively affect people around us. That’s the part I hope my daughter remembers.
To make the goodie bags, we started with clear plastic bags, filled them with crinkle paper and hand-written gift tags, then added in various cute stationery, pens, and heart-shaped bath bombs from the dollar section of Target. We finished off each bag with some delicious Cuties brand clementines!
The next day, I picked up Vienna from preschool and called the hospital to make sure it was ok for us to stop by and drop off the goodie bags. We weren’t allowed to go inside the NICU and give them out ourselves because of all the flu going around, but the manager and another nurse thanked us and took our little tokens of appreciation to share with the nurses that were currently working the shift. We shared our story of how Vienna was under their care 3 years ago and told them how we wanted to show our thanks for taking care of her and all the little babies that need a little extra TLC.
If you’re curious, you can read Vienna’s birth story here. I was a little traumatized by being separated from my baby right after my emergency C-section, but I’m forever grateful that the NICU nurses took excellent care of my little girl while we were apart.
As you can see in our photos below, Cuties are perfectly kid-sized! My 3-year-old has no problem peeling them herself and lights up whenever I give her a Cutie. They’re also great for her school lunches and on-the-go.
To coincide with Random Acts of Kindness Day on February 16th, I’m inviting you to start your own Random Acts of Cuties in your local community. Give back by volunteering at a food bank or shelter, making a care package for someone in need or someone you appreciate, or simply helping someone out who looks like they might need a little pick-me-up. Involve your kids and loved ones — and be sure to share some Cuties with those you love along the way! Kindness is in season all year long.
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