“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” –Mark Twain
This quote has been a guiding quote for me recently. I’ve talked a bit about what I’m doing now and what it means to let go and today I want to talk about our exciting next step. We’re launching Outside The Box by Cheeky Days, a subscription box by a family for families inspiring connection, creativity and living outside the box.
Well… launch is right around the corner (YIKES!). And this idea, this dream really has been amazing and terrifying pretty much every day since we decided to take a leap of faith and follow it. Our hope is to provide families a way to give back that is simple and impactful. Really and truly as a mom I know what it’s like to help my child learn and grow and teach them values and lessons every day and our goal is that we can help families share the value of giving back, of taking the gifts, the talents we’ve been given and spread them into the community all around us. We believe it’s not about the grand gestures or one big act, but about a lifestyle, a true daily living of love, kindness and connection. When I talk about Outside The Box, I often get asked, “what’s in the box?” and really it’s not about what’s in the box. Because this box is about more than the things, it’s about the experience and will provide opportunities for families to connect, to spark children’s imagination and creativity, to open up a dialogue about giving back to the community and how we can begin living Outside The Box every day!Ok, so what’s IN the box?
A book selected to encourage empathy and community
A wearable (t-shirt, bag, cape, mask, shoes, you name it!) Selected from small shops and family businesses aimed at providing meaningful conversation while getting dressed or at the playground with other families.
2-4 crafts or activities. We will mix it up to keep the creative juices flowing. Many of our crafts and actives are designed to be shared or donated. It’s not always what we get, but what we give that makes us feel confident and fulfilled.
Focus on a non-profit or cause. Depending on the non-profit or cause it may include an activity, a game, a challenge or whatever moves your family. We think this is the magical part. There are so many people in the world making a difference! Let’s honor that legacy together as a family.
Community Cards – Suggestions on ways to move Outside The Box and continue the conversation about the monthly theme.
Surprises and treats along the way. You never know what we will dig up. We’ve found some really generous companies and people who want to contribute to the box in any way they can, and you could be the lucky beneficiary!
How much is the box worth? We strive to keep the retail value of the boxes at $70 or more each month. Gracious vendors and charitable businesses help us keep the cost low and the value high. That formula helps families like yours pay it forward in the community!We are also a give back company, so for each box purchased we will donate a portion of the proceeds to the selected community organization for the month! And for our inaugural box we’re so excited to announce that we will be giving back to Soles4Souls!
Soles4Souls is a wonderful not for profit. They are committed to “fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of shoes and clothing and micro enterprise. Since 2006, Soles4Souls has distributed 26 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries around the world and over half of their distribution events occur right here in the United States”. We are so excited to partner up with Soles4Souls for the launch of our box, we couldn’t think of a better way to launch Outside The Box than Kickin’ it with Kindness… so we’re ready to spread kindness by sharing some soles for souls. We are over the moon thrilled to know that every family who orders their Outside The Box for August will make an impact and help this amazing organization in their mission to fight poverty. If you are interested in learning more about Outside The Box please check out our video and sign-up for our email list below, where we will be sending out updates and special offers… And sign up to our email list by Friday 7/29 to receive our founders discount! Also don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @cheekydays or Facebook for daily updates. We’re so excited to launch 8/1 and hope you join us on this journey to live Outside The Box!!