Random Acts of Kindness (A Digital Short)

Boo's Random Acts of Kindness: Crafting it Forward via lilblueboo.com #raokdiy @michaelsstores

Boo was out of school today so we spent the morning making some little boxes for Boo to give away to random people she met on the street.  She hand wrote each box with a little note, stitched them, and filled them with little gifts to brighten people’s day. She even filled them with dollars from her wallet. Crafting it forward…..and we can make a ton of them using the 99 cent paper mache boxes from Michaels.

Boo wanted to leave them in the middle of the sidewalk but everyone just kept walking over her little boxes without noticing them…..so she started to give them out to random people she met. Sometimes it was because they said a kind word to her and other times it was just someone who ended up standing next to her at a cross walk.  My favorite part was the hummingbird that followed her around….you’ll see it.  I just get teary watching her in this short…Mr. LBB did too….I’m warning you ahead of time:


P.S. Boo dressed herself.  Leggings by Paperlili and top by Matilda Jane.



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Living a simple, creative life in #smalltownusa Bryson City, NC. Renovating a 1960s ranch house and an old train depot. Thank you for reading! Read more in my about section. 


  1. 1

    I love the video. Such a great idea, I can see my 6 year old doing this. She is such a little artist. This is definitely in our future. Thanks for the share. :)

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    Oh WOW! I loved it! Just had to watch it 3 times. What a sweet, sweet little one you have! Who wouldn’t LOVE getting a random gift from Boo? I’m sure she made many people smile with such sweetness! YOU are a wonderful mom!! Thanks so much for sharing this with us!!! :) :) Made my day!!!

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    Jane Patterson says:

    Love! Loved that you were able to see the acts of receiving the gifts. Very special!

  4. 4

    Oh…. tears!!! This is the best video ever! So touching.

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    Amy Rose Baldridge says:

    Well, if that wasn’t the most precious thing on Earth, I don’t know what is! I started crying as soon as the music started!! My midget would love to do this. She is ALWAYS making things to give to people… pictures, Bible verses that she copies, pennies… I tell Kennan about things that Boo says quite often. She’s always asking me if they can have a playdate :)
    I’m going to go blow my nose now…

  6. 6

    This couldn’t be sweeter! She totally made someone’s day! You were right, I cried! Thanks so much for sharing this–what a cutie she is!

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    Jeanne Van Buskirk says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this. I love random acts of kindness. I’m inspired thank you <3

  8. 8

    you are right. i did get teary watching this. will have to do this with my 5 year old.

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    Chris Cross says:

    You are an amazing mom raising an even more amazing child! Wow!

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    What a wonderful idea!

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    I just wrote a Brief History of Me for my son’s birthday, ended it with a list, “Things I Know for Sure.” On the list is “Giving is one of the great joys in life.” Boo obviously knows it for sure, too. Beautiful.

  12. 12

    She is all those things that she stitched into those boxes. Great job spreading love and kindness!

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    Barbara H. says:

    Loved it Ashley- a little tearjerker for sure! I especially adore the messages that Boo stitched on the front of the boxes, what a wonderful experience you helped create for Sienna! I am homeschooling Willow now, so everyday is a “day off”… I’ll show this to her when she wakes up and see if she thinks she could work through her shyness to be able to do something similar- thanks for the inspirational idea! <3

  14. 14

    Thanks for sharing this touching video with us <3

  15. 15

    This is just beautiful. Boo is learning that it is just as sweet to give as it is to receive.
    Thank you for a heartwarming video.

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    When I lost my husband one of my sorority sisters wrote a letter…I don’t remember anything but those three words. They pulled me through the darkest hours.

    Your daughter is awesome. And I know there’s a beautiful angel smiling down on her right now. Xo

  17. 17

    Such a wonderful and beautiful thing to do. You are raising such an amazing human being.
    On a side note, my husband listened to the music as I was watching and wanted to know if that was “I AM going to have a good day song for the morning.” I’m not sure what the song was, but it paired with the video certainly brightened my day.

  18. 18

    You and your DH are raising such a beautiful child. How heart warming!

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    What a great project, and an artful video. I love the hand-stitched messages on the tops of the lids!

  20. 20

    Oh my goodness! I love this!

  21. 21

    This video was so sweet. I love how personal her random acts of kindness were when she handed them to people. I think this is something my kids would love to create and share with others. Thank you for the idea.

  22. 22

    That is beyond adorable! You are raising such a gem :)

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    Amber Walters says:

    Fantastic! Thank you for sharing!

  24. 24

    2 days in a row with tears from your videos! I love that at such a young age Boo has a sense of being kind to people in any capacity. Such a great gift for you and Mr. LBB to give to her. Thanks for sharing this- certainly inspiring and thought provoking on how to spread love around the world.

  25. 25

    Such a sweet video! What a wonderful day for her and for everyone that was lucky enough to get one of those fabulous boxes. I loved all of the handsewn messages on the top. You are an awesome mom, raising an awesome child. Thank you for sharing.=)

  26. 26

    oh my goodness! so teary! beautiful video. beautiful girl. beautiful spirit. xo

  27. 27

    That was one of the sweetest things I’ve ever seen! Way to go Boo!

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    Hannah Martin says:

    What a wonderful, beautiful little girl. Her heart shines in this video. You should be so, so proud!

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    Elizabeth Scalzo says:

    It would have totally made my day to get one of the gifts from Boo or to watch someone else receive one. Such great things you are teaching your daughter.

  30. 30

    What a great idea! I really want to try this with my four year old…we’re struggling with giving and donating and the like right now. Thanks the the great idea!

  31. 31

    Doing this.

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    Heather S. says:

    Oh wow. This video really did make me tear up! Boo is so precious, and this is yet another idea from you that I’ll be tucking away for when I have kids! Have a great day! <3

  33. 33

    You guys are raising her right! I tried to comment on the youtube video but it wouldn’t work for some reason.

  34. 34

    It did make me cry…that is so sweet! I want to do this with my daughter.

  35. 35

    What a wonderful project. Boo Rocks! The video is wonderful. I’ll admit to tearing up, too.

  36. 36

    Such a great idea!! So sweet!!

  37. 37

    I was watching this video w my son and the first thing he said: Mom, we gave those bracelets to people, who needed some joy, too! :) Love the video!

  38. 38

    Thanks for the pick-me-up! Although did make tears well in my eyes. What a great lesson you are teaching your child!

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    MichelleElaine says:

    You did warn me….. This brought tears to my eyes and I’m not the only one. A few years ago we lived near our university and there were a lot of homeless people. We would put a “lunch” into a paper sack and pass them out at stop lights. We need to do that again. xo

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    WOW Boo, you go girl! such an inspiration to all of us to be more kind and spread the love. You keep up the good work :)

  42. 42

    You and Mr. LBB are doing a great job as parents. The world will be a nicer place due to your Boo.

  43. 43

    Thanks for making me cry! Beautiful!

  44. 44

    you are so right….tears! my heart is full.

  45. 45

    AMAZING! She is so precious and beautiful, what an emotionally touching video. Such an inspiration to all!

  46. 46

    I didn’t get teary, I cried my eyes out !
    This is the sweetest thing a have ever seen.
    You have such a wonderful child.
    Love the moment when she gets a hug from a women after giving her a box.
    Greetings from Belgium, Martine

  47. 47

    I have goosebumps after watching that beautiful video. My favorite parts: watching her stuff those little boxes full of goodies, including her own money. And the image of the man stopping to pick the box up off the ground. Thank you for sharing this! What a blessing.

  48. 48

    What a great video! Things like this always remind me that all it takes is a kind word, a smile, a little box to make people feel good.

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    I haven’t reas any of the other comments on here but all I can say is WOW! What a great thing Boo did. It makes feel so good when I see things like this and to know that there are still people willing to do something just because. I truly believe you and Mr LBB are raising a little girl that will help change the world.

  50. 50

    This is so precious! I wish we could have seen more! Great job, Boo!

  51. 51

    What a beautiful thing! The first thing that came to me regarding the hummingbird was, “maybe it’s her grandpa…”. She was passing on the choose joy and I just felt that maybe it was him there in spirit.

    I loved that.

  52. 52

    Thanks for the heads up on RAK week! I wish I had heard about it earlier. Day 2 still some time to salvage. :)

  53. 53

    So sweet!! What a great idea :)

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    david littlefield says:

    Lil Blue Boo is adorable. My wife Michele has been a follower of yours for quite some time. She showed this video to me. I applaude your parenting. She is a wonderful little girl. Thanks for being inspirational.

  55. 55

    this is such a precious little girl and video. shows that it doesn’t take much to change the world! keep up the good message you are sending!

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    judy livonius says:

    That is so neat!! What a great idea and way to teach our little ones. Boo looks beautiful and her heart matches with glowing inspiration for us all. xox

  57. 57

    OMGoodness that make me cry! So sweet!

  58. 58

    I loved this; very inspiring!

  59. 59

    Thank you for a valuable reminder! We need to spread more love wherever we can. You have a beautiful daughter – inside and out.

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    Wow.. this teared me up. I wonder if that little hummingbird wasn’t your dad’s way of being involved in this…. as that’s how I wonder about things. You have a truly amazing and inspiring little girl…… which speaks to the truly amazing and inspiring parents she has.

  61. 61

    I shared this with my six year old. I teared up. This was wonderful! Thank you for sharing!

  62. 62

    Boo is totally awesome and rocks! That was a wonderful video. She is amazing!

  63. 63

    I was so excited when I saw this crafting RAK floating around the blogoverse over the past few days. So. much. fun!
    And the video..wow, just wow.

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    I think that this is a GREAT idea! My daughter Aerieannah (Nonna) and I are working on being less selfish and more selfless. She is 5. Boo and her would make great friends. We will be making a trip to our old town -Erie PA- and we are talking about doing something similar to this in the MHA (Mental Health Administration) or the local shelters. Each day we discuss six-ten things we are grateful for that we take for granted, and some one else could be praying for. So, this video was AWESOME, and I was glad my five year old got teary eyed as well because she’s got heart. Thank you for all of your AWESOME ideas. This one will help many. Bless ya. P.s. tell Boo She did a great job dressing herself.
    Megan Slater
    And Aerieannah Noelle

  65. 65

    What an absolutely lovely sight! She did a wonderful job and you could really see the happiness she was spreading. I would definitely appreciate such a sweet gesture if I were the receiver.

  66. 66

    If I am ever fortunate enough to become a mom, I want to be a mom like you. You are amazing and raising an amazing little lady. Thank you for your example.

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    Carol Adams says:

    Adorable… Snif
    Love it!
    Love that you are allowing Boo to do her own thing!

  68. 68

    What a wonderful little girl you have. The world is a better place because of her and your little family … May God shower you with his blessings!!!

  69. 69

    I needed to see this after hearing what’s going on in Calf. There IS some good in this world!

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    Such a great video. I’m inspired and I hope this inspires many more! Thank you for sharing!

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    What a treasure….as I was watching my thought was what a wonderful gift to have been given. The hand sewn message blew me away. That in itself was touching. The ultimate is knowing that she is yours. How proud you must be.

  72. 72

    Love, love, LOVE it! What an awe-inspiring (or is it awwww-inspiring?) video! I am truly touched. Thanks so much for sharing your daughter’s beautiful heart with us!

  73. 73

    Yep, totally teared up. Loved this so much. Also, she’s got mad stitching skills.

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    boys4girls2 says:

    Ashley, what an inspiring and touching video. I just finished watching it with my hubby and I must tell you that it brought tears to his eyes (mine too).

  75. 75

    I loved this and totally teared up.

  76. 76

    Absolutely beautiful. Boo, you have a heart of gold!

  77. 77

    There aren’t words for how much I love this.

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    Theresa Burt says:

    Darn, I couldn’t see it on my kindle, but I’m sure it was great. I love this idea and will have to do it with my little ones. Great idea!

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    best idea ever. she is the sweetest little angel…i will have to go and buy some boxes and get my kids on it! thanks for the great idea.:)

  80. 80

    Best post ever.

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    This is spectacular! I have a daughter Boo’s age, and what you and Boo have done sets the bar very high for the rest of us. This is the sweetest video I have seen. Well done, both of you!

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    Ashley Williams says:

    Ohhhh rip my heart out. COMMERCIALS make me cry, I don’t know what I was thinking watching this. She’s so spectacular.

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    Thanks for sharing your, and LBBs love! So inspiring and she is just such a beautiful soul! <3

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    I wish the world could see this video to see how to show our love.
    I am inspired to also show random acts of kindness.
    I love you all dearly and eternally, your very fulfilled mom

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    You inspire me! Thank you for sharing.

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    Wow Ashley ! I am in awe of seeing such a pure hearted child. You and Mr LBB must be doing something darn right ! I’m still teary-eyed from seeing this video. I think the world’s future lies in compassionate and selfless people. If everybody would do RAOK once in a while, it would spread out like a bushfire and grow to immense proportions. If only the world’s deciders were touched by some of this giving fiber, I think we would all be better off. Thank you SO much for sharing and inspiring everyone and for sharing this wonderful child with this community. Even though I live in Canada, I feel like I know you both like friends and loved ones.

  87. 87

    Amazing!! So beautiful! My seven year old daughter is a fan of you and Sienna. She loved the video and said “let’s do that!” You are spreading love!!! Happy real Valentine’s Day to you and your family!

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    Sitting here at work with the tears welling up and trying not to get too emotional. What a wonderful and precious daughter you have. Her heart had to be open to wanting to participate in this venture…some kids would have refused. I had just given a pineapple party favor I received and needed to find a good home for. Luckily a lady down my hallway mentioned that she collects pineapple things. Lightbulb moment…gave it to her on Monday and just got an e-mail of appreciation. Think I got a random act of kindness in without even realizing it. Your daughter will appreciate this video in 20 years when she comprehends even more about the world she grew up in. Thanks for sharing those loving moments with us and I agree that the hummingbird was a manifestation of her adoring grandpa.

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    What a lovely thing to see children start at a young age to show kindness from their heart! It is so great to see parents that encourage children to follow their heart. These are the experiences that will stick with them when they grow up and build their character. Lovely video.

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    That is the greatest thing I’ve seen in a long time. What a good thing you are teaching that wonderful child.

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  91. 92

    that’s really sweet!!! giving is an important part of learning, i think its great that you are teaching this to her. and she looked so proud!!!

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    Jenn @ You know... that blog? says:

    My “Feel good” moment of the day; thank you! Well done video, too! So sweet. I’m going to show this to my youngest daughter when she gets home from school.

  93. 94

    A good morning cry:) so adorable and so sweet. We need more if this in the world, every day:)

  94. 95

    SOOO awesome! I think my favorite was the old gentleman bending down and picking up her box… melts your heart!!!!!

  95. 96

    Love your blog! Always inspiring! I have an18 mo old and constantly hear people say they would hate for a child to grow up in this world we live in now. As long as there are people like you training their kids to be selfless and appreciative, I am not worried. I hope to teach mine the same every single day.

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    Tracey Ireland says:

    Kids have such pure hearts! Love that you are nuturing that in your little girl! It’s hard, I know, but your doing a great job! Just had to share with my facebook friends!

  97. 98

    Oh, my heart can’t take anymore tonight. I bawled. You and Mr. Boo are raising an excellent young woman!

  98. 99

    Love this!! You are both simply amazing!!!

  99. 100

    I saw this in my feed but put off watching it because I didn’t want to be teary this week. Now I’m sorry I waited. I have marked this for something for my day care kids to do next year. They are a bit too small this year, but next year, watch out town!! Thanks for sharing!

  100. 101

    WOW. Love this. So touching. I cried of course. I’m a mom, what can I say? Things like this really touch my heart. You are making lasting memories that will shape who your daughter becomes – and she’s going to grow into an amazing, compassionate woman. You rock, Ashley!

  101. 102

    Your blog and your message is so inspirational. It is great that you are instilling such great values and creating lasting memories for your daughter.

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    Sometimes I feel overwhelmed with the day to day stresses or new worries of possible bad situations that are waiting for us. But reading your blog helps me to remember to choose joy. The video touched me and reminded me that choosing joy for myself is important but also sharing it and giving to others is important as well. Thank you and thanks to your family! :)

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    I’m glad to see Boo doing this!!

    I took a homeless young woman and her three small children into my home. It was a struggle, but we managed, while I helped her attend nursing school. She graduated last May and was able to get her own place in November. I am so proud of her!!

    Every time I’ve been allowed to share caring and my support with others, I think I’ve benefited more than they have!!

    Keep up the good work and be proud of the beautiful little person you call Little Boo!!

  104. 105

    So sweet. My daughter painted rocks and placed them around the beach on Cape Cod one summer. Wish I had a video of that!

  105. 106

    This is so inspiring! It’s just amazing.

  106. 107

    Thanks so much for such a great example of teaching kids to pay it forward, She is lovely beyond words.

  107. 108

    This was so sweet. what a wonderful idea. your blog is fantastic!

  108. 109

    Beautifully done and heart warming! What a special family you have. I was having a “special” week and this just made it better.


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