alifedotowsky I found this little note in my closet while cleaning out the clutter and getting it ready to put our house on the market. It made me realize that you never know how a small kind gesture can impact someone’s life for years and even decades.
About 10 years ago when I was living in San Diego I was driving in my car with tears streaming down my face because there were multiple things in my life that didn’t feel right. I wasn’t in the right relationship, I didn’t have a job, and I just felt lost. While I was driving I saw a woman on the side of the road with a sign asking for money to get home. I stopped and handed her a few dollars and in return she handed me this piece of paper. I was so caught off guard by her giving me something back. But I took it, drove off, and then when I got home and parked my car I opened it up to see what it said...
“May Your Heart Always Be Taken Care of”
I remember breaking down in sobs right then and there because it’s exactly what I needed to read in that moment.
I think about that woman a lot and how I thought that by pulling over her to give her a few dollars I was helping her but truly she helped me in more ways than she’ll ever know.
So I hope for anybody who needs to see this today, maybe it can have some sort of impact for your life like it did for mine so many years ago ❤️ Your heart deserves to be taken care of. Tag a friend or two to keep spreading this message that this woman shared with me so many years ago ❤️
alifedotowsky What do you guys think of the tie-dye trend? Love it 😍 or hate it 😝? I loooove it!!!! #SnugglePartner And you guys know me, I tend to wear the same things over and over and over like a t-shirt in the spring and summer and then a hoodie in the fall and winter. This tie-dye hoodie is going to be my GO-TO for the next few months! I’m obsessed with it. But because I’ll be wearing it so much I don’t want it to lose its shape and especially its color when I wash it. So I’m taking the Snuggle® SuperCare™ Outfit on Repeat Challenge. You in?! I’ll be washing it with Snuggle® SuperCare™ Liquid Fabric Softener and Scent Boosters (their Lilies & Linen scent is dreamy!) as many times as I can over the next 3 months so you can see how #SnuggleSuperCare helps keep your clothes looking newer, longer (vs. the leading value liquid detergent alone). I’ve been using this stuff for a while now and honestly it’s pretty incredible how well it works. Head to my stories to see what I’m doing and grab some for yourself!!! @Snuggle_Bear#SoFresh#LaundryDay#TieDyeTrend#TieDye
alifedotowsky Who does Molly remind you more of - The chef from the little mermaid? Or the mad hatter? 👩🏼🍳 😂 This girl makes me laugh so much. We seriously could not have had more fun cooking today. When we leave this house, this will definitely be a strong memory that I take with me. Molly and I have made many @realhomechef meals in this kitchen and they’re so easy, Molly makes them blindfolded! Ha! But seriously, Home Chef meals are not only quick and easy to make, they are so yummy! And they’re having a big Labor Day sale right now where you can get $80 off your first four boxes with code ALI80OFF. This is the BEST discount they’ve done in a long time! Plus I know they’re gonna help so many people this fall and winter when people want to stay home and get food delivered more often. Click the link in my bio for $80 off! Hope you love! #hookedonhomechef#cooking#easymeals#easymealprep#dinner#mommyanddaughter#kissthechef
alifedotowsky What would you do if you weren’t afraid? What would you do if you let hope guide you instead of fear? Us? Well, we would move to the beach. We’d start off on a new adventure even though we are terrified. Really hoping we let hope win this week ❤️
alifedotowsky What do you think? Do we look like two mature responsible adults that you’d want to sell a home to? 😂 Off to look at our first two houses - One in Laguna Niguel and the other in Manhattan Beach. Thoughts on those areas?
And if I’m going to live by the beach, I needed the perfect beach waves thanks to my @bondiboost wave wand 🙌🏻 I’m OBSESSED with it! I did a tutorial in my stories (with a swipe up) that I’m gonna save to my beauty highlight reel so you guys can reference it when you get yours. It’s sooooo good. #BondiBoost#BoostYourRoots#BeachHair#BeachWaves#Sponsored
alifedotowsky Sweet little bud waiting to be seen at urgent care. I’m sure he’s fine but he has some swelling on one of his ears (it’s red and hot and firm) and on the front of his face. Any ideas what it could be? Swipe to see it.
Anxiously awaiting a text from @KevinManno to see what the doctor says
alifedotowsky I feel like you can see the emotion in my eyes in this photo. You guys know I work for @Hallmark & I’m a sucker for a handwritten card. Well we recently organized & cleaned out our garage and while going through a bin of sentimental items I found this @Hallmark card that Kevin gave me 2.5 years ago when we moved into our house. Zoom in to read it. #Sponsored
Of course in true Kevin fashion, it’s both sweet & funny! (Swipe to see the front of the card- this card seems MADE for him 😂) Anyway, I think I told you guys this when we moved but Kevin actually mailed this card to me at our new address so it was waiting for me in the mailbox the day we moved in. And a few weeks ago when I found it in the garage, I put it on the nightstand next to my bed so I can look at it every night before I go to bed & every morning when I wake up. Just cause we’re in the process of potentially moving again & I want to remember and soak in all of the amazing things that have happened here in this house. Especially when we leave it.
Anyway, I’m sharing this story for two reasons. 1) I truly believe in the power of sending a card. Like I said, I work for @Hallmark I believe in it so much! (Btw, can’t wait to get back to work!) I have a whole shoebox full of cards I’ve saved over the years from special moments in my life. And I think during times like right now, sending a card to someone you care about could mean more to them than you even know.
And 2) I think this would be really cute for anybody else to do who is moving into a new home! Mail your significant other or kids a card there so it’s in the mailbox waiting for them the day you move in.
Do you guys have any cards that you’ve saved from love ones over the year? I’d love to hear your stories of what they are and how much they mean to you? I’m all about the feels today! ❤️ #CardsDoMore#CareEnough
alifedotowsky I truly believe EVERYTHING happens for a reason. Molly wanted a rainbow birthday party. She asked for it out of the blue, so I went with it thinking about all the adorable pics we’d get with this cute theme
Last month, when I told you guys about my miscarriage, one of you (thank you Cheryl) said “Let yourself grieve and know there will be a rainbow. The rainbow could be a smile, a hug, or a kind gesture”. Molly’s birthday was just days before I had my miscarriage. This was my rainbow 🌈 Sending so much love to all of you who have experienced loss #nationalrainbowbabyday#miscarriage#miscarriageawareness#loss 📷 @ashleyburnsphotography
alifedotowsky Giveaway closed. Congrats to the winners @amanda_saelens_ and @kellyann_fitzgerald 😘 Double tap if you want a @FurboDogCamera for FREE!!! I just love doing giveaways 😊 They make me so happy. Especially when I know what I’m giving away will truly be helpful to the people who receive it. I don’t know about you, but I’m honestly a bit worried about Owen’s anxiety once we start leaving the house more. We’ve been home constantly for the last 7 months so I know he’s gonna have a really hard time when We start leaving the house for work next month. That’s why I’m so grateful for our @furbodogcamera .
Through the Furbo app on our phone were able to keep an eye on him, talk to him, give him treats, and be alerted when he’s barking. And with the Furbo Dog Nanny in the app we’re also alerted when he’s barking continuously, crying, howling and/or being super active. And as a bonus it’s sends us specific alerts for when a person triggers the motion sensor versus your dog and even when your carbon monoxide or smoke alarm is going off! It truly gives us such peace of mind being out of the house with Owen being at home by himself.
So, I’m giving TWO away to two of you! Want in? Yay! Here’s all you have to do to enter for a chance to win one. It seriously takes about 15 seconds:
1. Follow @furbodogcamera and @alifedotowsky
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3. Tag your friends! Each comment will be counted as 1 entry! Want bonus entries? Share this post to your stories by tapping the little paper airplane icon below the photo!
Winners will be selected on Sunday the 23rd at 6 PM Pacific! Good luck my friend! I wish I could give one to every single one of you!