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Sunday, April 23, 2017

3 Ways to Achieve Island Calm at Home

When I began writing this I was sitting poolside at Villas by the Sea on Jekyll Island. You're probably wondering why I'm sitting poolside and working/writing. The answer is simple: Island life sparks my creativity.

It could be the relaxed nature of being on an island... You know, in such close proximity to the ocean... which, by the way, I could see from my bed. And listen to its soothing sound as I fall asleep. I mean, how can one not be inspired? This isn't the first time I've vacationed on an island/near the ocean and every.single.time I realize my desire to permanently live the island life. Or at least along the coast.

What's keeping me from moving? Number one: I have minor children who are from my previous marriage and their father would not be amiable to me moving out of the country and out of the state with them. No worries if I go on my own. Number two: I have an adult daughter and a granddaughter who I would greatly miss. Right now, I see them - at minimum - once a week.  Number three: The rest of my family. Although I don't get home to Maryland very often at least when I do I don't have to worry about making arrangements to fly across countries or spend more than two and a half hours on a plane.

Jekyll Island seems like the best of both worlds. It's about a five-hour drive Atlanta, but once on the island I can take slow, leisurely drives to wherever I want to go. Thirty-five miles an hour mostly.


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

How to Cope When You Forget Your Phone...

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Yesterday I got out of my van at the Atlanta Veteran's Hospital and left my phone on the dash attached to its magnet. I was well into the facility before I realized that my hand was empty; surely the phone must be in my shoulder bag, right? WRONG. When it dawned on me the phone was in the car a feeling of dread came over me.

You know what I'm talking about, right? What if you need to call someone, do you remember the phone number? What if your child, boyfriend, husband, wife, girlfriend, babysitter, child's school, or that long-lost cousin try to call you? How will you play a game, check your email, write your grocery list?

Okay, breathe.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Celebrate Diversity in Children's Books #ReadYourWorld

This post sat in the queue of my brain too long and as a result, I'm late posting. Sometimes when that happens I make a decision to skip posting because the timeframe has passed. This time, I decided that just because Multicultural Children's Book Day was on January 17th, just one day of the year that doesn't mean it - and all of the authors and sponsors - shouldn't be recognized. Plus, I committed to it.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 is in its fourth year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. The mission of the MCCBD is to raise awareness on the ongoing need to include kid’s books that celebrate diversity on home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents, and educators. Young readers need to see themselves within the pages of books, and other media, they read and they need to be able to experience other cultures, languages, traditions and religions. 

The MCCBD team encourages readers, parents, teachers, caregivers, and librarians to follow along with the event details, author visits, and fun book reviews by following a multicultural children's book linky and via their hashtag #ReadYourWorld on Twitter and other social media.


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Give Greeting Card Gifts #Lovepop

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If you're like me, when it comes to choosing greeting cards you put a lot of time and effort into finding the ideal one. You try to find one that looks good (image is everything, right?), expresses the right sentiment, and will mean a lot to the recipient. With the sheer number of cards, it can be quite a task. 

That's why when I was delighted to find out about Lovepop greeting cards and share them with you. Lovepop cards are elaborate 3D paper sculptures designed by naval engineers using cutting edge software slicegami™ and then hand-crafted in the Asian art form kirigami, which is the folding and cutting of paper into ornamental shapes.

They are more than just cards; they're gifts in envelopes.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

In the Moment: Say No to Toddlers & Smartphones

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My granddaughter was about a year old when she started looking at photos, watching videos and listening to music on her mommy's phone. In fact, by the time she was 2 years old, she could swipe better than I could and knew the ins and outs of the phone's galleries and games. That's why when I became aware of #BabyLove: My Toddler Life, a new children’s picture book by Corine Dehghanpisheh, I had to check it out and share it with my granddaughter, Autumn.

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