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Gifting My Heart Smiles

 

I just never know where a copy of My Heart Smiles will be headed next! And, for me, that really is one of the fun parts of being an author!

My weekend was amazing>AWESOME>INSPIRING! It started Friday with a fun-filled sassy road trip to Milwaukee with business colleagues …followed by a 3 hour lighthearted delightful Greek dinner on an outside patio lined with beautiful flowers and complimented by a warm summer evening breeze. Saturday was jam packed with incredibly supercharged training sessions! The cherry on this Saturday treat was that after the sessions, Colleen and I had the opportunity to meet and talk with the event’s two DYNAMIC World Ventures trainers! International Marketing Directors, Martin Ruof, from Minneapolis and Roscoe Taylor from Chicago!  And YES!  They loved their autographed copies of My Heart Smiles that we gave them!  Heart smiles everywhere!

Life is good…very very good!  And yup, our hearts are still smiling tonight!


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National Smile Power Day…Share some Smiles

It’s National Smile Power Day, and My Heart Smiles would like to give you some good news to smile about!! Here’s a free gift for you to make your heart smile! Brighten your day! Go to my website! Read it! Download the PDF for FREE!  Share it with everyone you know! Give the world some humongous hugs and sunshine smiles!   May your heart always discover new reasons to smile! MHS_Page_10


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What’s your story?

Hi, my name is Colleen O’Hara and I’m the illustrator of My Heart Smiles.  Today, as I sit in the living room, watching the rain fall and green up the yard, “Nature nuzzles me.”  It’s June 4 in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the lilacs have finally bloomed.  Lake Superior looms in the fore ground of the picture window, covered in a silvery mist. As the gardens drink from the sky the plants are “Nourished with Love”!  This is my normal!!! I am wishing you a “nifty” day!


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My Nifty Nature Encounter

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged.  I guess just waiting for the right inspiration. TODAY I received a wink from the Universe!   UP MI chickadeeOMG!! THIS IS THE BEST DAY EVER!!!!!!!! This morning, I went out to feed the birds and while I was standing close to one of the feeders, a chickadee landed right at face level at the feeder. I wondered to myself… Could this be THE day? I put sunflower seeds in my hand, held it straight out and mentally talked to the birds letting them know it was ok to come into my energy field. It’s safe. It’s ok to land. You are welcome to take seeds from my hand…AND THEN, the beautiful little chickadee, flies out and lands on my hand, hangs onto my finger, and takes a seed and flies off to the cedar branch! I held my breath in Joy! YES, AND…It flew back, landed on my finger again and takes another another seed! This time it stayed, ate it, and then took another seed before flying off to a branch. Another chickadee is in the cedar tree watching all this. The next thing I know, the second chickadee flies in, holds onto my finger, walks up my finger, and eats a couple seeds too! Do you know how good it feels to feel the touch of a wild little bird’s foot holding onto your finger? Have you ever experienced the bliss of nature’s precious little bird walking up your hand? I will remember this day forever! My heart is blessed! Nature nuzzled me and I am nourished with love! Needless to say…my heart is full of humongous smiles on this Nifty day!

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Our First Children’s Event Sponsorship!

Our vision at My Heart Smiles LLC, is “to inspire children of all ages to believe in their dreams and to provide the support to see them through.”

A percentage of the profit of My Heart Smiles LLC is donated annually to organizations and programs that embody the spirit of “My Heart Smiles.”

Our hearts are smiling! We are thrilled to announce that this spring My Heart Smiles is one of the sponsors of the Grant Henriksen Memorial Fund booth in the Children’s Activity Area at The UP Builder’s Show at the Superior Dome in Marquette on March 4-6th, 2016.

Here’s some of the things happening in the 2016 Children’s Area:
Giant legos! Face painting! Crafts! A Bouncy House! Arts…Coloring! Pages to color are from My Heart Smiles Humongous Coloring Book! Yes,AND… there will be an expanded sitting area for parents…Ahhhhh!

All donations raised will go directly to the Grant Henriksen Memorial Fund:

The Grant Henriksen Memorial Fund (GHMF)is a nonprofit fund devised to help families of the Upper Peninsula whose child is battling cancer, requiring treatments and/or surgeries outside of the U.P.

Families have many different types of expenses, including the possible loss of income during their child’s battle against cancer. This fund was originated because of the Henriksen’s personal experiences in fighting their own battle against childhood cancer.

For over two years the Henriksen family traveled back and forth from the UP to Ann Arbor and Madison for weekly chemotherapy treatments and multiple surgeries. They found that being able to take their child to dinner or a movie or a simple family outing, such as an arcade, became extremely important during this time. Most times it was necessary to take lodging to and from hospital stays. All of these expenses are not technically considered medical expenses, but the Henriksen’s did consider them to be necessary.

Without help from others in the community, their family struggles would have been even greater during the most difficult time imaginable.

All of the money raised for the Grant Henriksen Memorial Fund money is donated without stipulations on how the funds are used and is entirely confidential. All they ask is that the family you are requesting the funds for will use the money for what is best for the child and his/her family.

The GHMF sells NO Oscar T-Shirts and Golf Shirts year round. However, the primary source of money raised comes in during The Annual GHMF Golf Scramble. For more information about the fund, how you can help someone you may know or to participate in this year’s scramble contact The Grant Henriksen Memorial Fund at (906) 250-0051 or (906) 271-0400, email: alwaystracy@charter.net.

Here are some photos from last year’s event

Link: http://mqtbx.org/ Look under the “Children’s Area” tab.

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