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I couldn't resist buying the Ninja Balls this weekend. Actually, I bought 8 of them...our Elf will deliver 3 to my boys, and the other 5 will go to my older nieces and nephew.

Their snazzy hand drawn poster caught my attention first.

The two boys had just finished setting up their little table of Ninja Balls when I walked by, and I was immediately taken in by their brightly colored Ninja Balls as they tweaked their little display "just so."

As I chatted with them, Colin and Braden Laughrey were happy to share their magical process of creating each of the Ninja Balls by hand.

They had worked hard in their kitchen the night before to have 60 Ninja Balls ready for the show...by noon, they only had a handful still available, and their "emergency plan" had been activated:

Colin and Braden with their Ninja Balls and tiny half booth at the art and craft show.
Colin and Braden with their Ninja Balls and tiny half booth at the art and craft show.

Colin went home with mom to build more Ninja Balls while Braden manned their stand with his charming smile.

But these two boys were doing more than selling a product...they were giving something away: a bit of joy.

Every person who stopped by their little table couldn't resist a smile, whether they buytramadolbest.com bought a Ninja Ball or not.

  • It wasn't because of the fun, colorful poster.
  • It wasn't because Colin and Braden freely shared how they made their product.
  • And it wasn't because the Ninja Balls are just plain cool.

There was an abundance of smiles because even though they were a tiny half spot amongst over 300 other art and craft booths at the Belleville, Illinois fairgrounds, these two boys enthusiastically engaged with every possible customer that came their way.

Each person was given a genuine and brilliant smile that radiated from the boys' eyes. And each person was made to feel like a very important person while they looked at the Ninja Balls.

Colin and Braden had stumbled upon the secret to happy customers without even knowing it:

People remember how you make them feel...so treat people with genuine kindness and give them your very best smile. 

Comment below on what you do to make your customers or guests happy. Then share this secret with someone who needs a little nudge...that would make me happy. :)


You can get your own Ninja Balls by simply calling or texting Colin and Braden's parents:

Ian @ 580-278-1971
Melissa @ 580-278-1280

Over the weekend, Colin and Braden created and sold over 100 Ninja Balls. According to the boys, all funds from the Ninja Balls go toward purchasing Christmas gifts.

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In honor of Veteran's Day, my son's Boy Scout troop held a flag retirement ceremony this evening.

Thank you, to my grandfather, my great-uncle, and to all of the men and women who have served our country.

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The American flag is lowered into the fire.
The American flag is lowered into the fire.
The American flag is retired in a solemn ceremony.
The American flag is retired in a solemn ceremony.

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My bedroom suddenly went darker, and I knew it was happening...the lunar eclipse and blood moon were just outside my window.

I went back to sleep.

See, I watched it a few months ago and knew that there was no need for me to get up just yet. I would let other people get the nifty "stages of the eclipse" shots and combine them into one cool compilation.

I wanted a different look.

So I waited for the blood moon as it set, closer and closer to the line of trees behind my house.

After hitting the snooze on my alarm a few times, I got up...
I made my coffee...
Added two generous tablespoons of Hershey's Caramel Chocolate creamer...
Made sure I topped it off with some whipped topping...
Then got my camera out.

Oh, I got the normal zoom in shot of just the blood moon. But you can see that shot, better than mine, from other photographers.

I waited some more...
And whilst I waited, I saw a few stars...

Clear and starry night for the lunar eclipse, aka blood moon.
Clear and starry night for the lunar eclipse, aka blood moon.

And the Blood Moon sunk lower in the sky...

Blood Moon October 2014
Blood Moon, October 2014, just before it dipped behind the trees.

And before the moon and the stars disappeared for the day, I put together two photos, a mini panoramic pharmacy-no-rx.net (that buy ambien ended up a square).

Blood Moon and the starry sky, October 2014
Blood Moon and the starry sky, October 2014

But wait...the moon still appeared full when it rose that evening.

What's a girl to do?

How about take a walk down the riverfront trail to get the moon rising over the local bridge that spans the Missouri River?

The full moon begins to show itself, just below the Missouri River bridge in Washington, Missouri.
The full moon begins to show itself, just below the Missouri River bridge in Washington, Missouri.

What I really wanted, though, was the moon inside the girders of the bridge. So, I had to practice that trait called patience...while the empty trail in the woods got darker and darker...

Hey, what would happen if I did a 5 second exposure without a tripod and purposely moved the camera around?

Five seconds of moonlight, bridge lights, and passing vehicles at the end of blue hour.
Five seconds of moonlight, bridge lights, and passing vehicles at the end of blue hour.

Ok, that is cool...let's try a 10 second exposure next...

Ten second exposure of the full moon.
Ten second exposure of the full moon.

The moon got into place, the vehicles continued to cross the river, and the clouds floated in...

The full moon rises over the Missouri River bridge at Washington, Missouri.
The full moon rises over the Missouri River bridge at Washington, Missouri.

And then I ran back to my car.

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