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Everyday inspiration: Make or buy something to share

Elaina is a Phoenix-based freelance writer, blogger and co-founder of the Kidlee baby book app. Check out her blog, Fun Finds For Mom, for product reviews, recipes and fun activities for moms and kids.

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Sometimes the best things in life are even better when shared. Double your pleasure by sharing a meal, a treat or even an experience with friends or family.

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Challenge: make or buy something to share

Why? Small children may have a hard time sharing, but we evolved grown-ups know how good it feels to share. Spread a little happiness and share something with a friend today.

Our ladies react:

Margaret: When I plan to do something special for the people in my life, it's normally in the form of food. In all honesty I don't cook all that much, so when I do it's a big deal. For this challenge I cooked macaroni and cheese from scratch for Easter dinner. It was a special day because for the first time my husband was actually off and could spend it with our daughter and me. Doing this challenge gave me the opportunity to cook alongside him and help create a special (and very delicious) meal.

Victoria: It's finally spring in New York and the perfect weather for road trips. So my boyfriend and I decided to go to D.C. for a weekend of sightseeing and good food. Although we just missed the cherry blossoms, we were both excited to walk around and explore. Not only did we find new restaurants (like Founding Farmers — so good!), but we also stumbled upon my new favorite coffee drink in a local grocery store. It's called Starbucks Discoveries. We tried the caramel macchiato flavor, which tastes just like the one I get from my local Starbucks. After a morning of walking around the city, a caffeine boost was much needed, so I bought one and made a cup for both of us back in the hotel. It was super-tasty and kept us going for the rest of the afternoon.

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Chaton: Jelly beans are among my favorite things on earth. They're not good for my teeth. However, there is something about jelly beans that signifies spring. I love the colors, the sweetness, the fruity flavors. Indeed, they make me happy. I think it's because I used to find them in my Easter basket every year as a kid. So at this time of year, I allow myself to indulge in them by the handful. I'm just sure to brush my teeth. Even though I try to limit the sweets that my daughter consumes, I made an exception and bought two bags of jelly beans to share with her and my husband. The cool thing about it is that while we ate them, we talked and laughed. Gourmet jelly beans: $5. The joy of sharing my tasty treat with my family? Priceless.

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Erin: This Saturday, my friend Meg and I decided to participate in the Sierra Club's one-day hike. Starting at 3 a.m., you attempt to walk 100 km (over 60 miles) from downtown Washington, D.C., to Bolivar, West Virginia, along the C&O Canal Towpath. It's a really extreme walk, and we only made it about 37 km (23 miles) but we had an awesome time. After seven hours of walking and two extremely long car rides, I am pretty sure I know everything there is to know about Meg. I paid for the tolls on the way home and she paid for gas. It was a pretty great "girl power" kind of day.

Our Everyday Inspiration series wants to inspire you with small ways to improve your life. We've asked 20 women to take on a variety of small challenges and share their results. See all of our Everyday Inspiration challenges here, and meet the women here.

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