Archive for October, 2015

Multicultural Children's Book Day 2016!

Multicultural Children’s Book Day: Author Sponsorships!

Can you believe that it’s less than 120 days until Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2016!?!

multicultural children's book day

As time continues to speed forward, the MCCBD planning team continues to create amazing opportunities to get multicultural children’s books into the hands of teachers, librarians, parents and young readers. We are also continuing our quest of shining the spotlight on the many diverse book authors out there as well.

Our 2015 event was wildly successful and thanks to 9 co-hosts and 2 Co-founders, many sponsor and a ton of review bloggers, the event generated 26 million social media shares over a span of 7 days during the Multicultural Children’s Book Day celebration. In 2016, we expect far more of a reach, response and success … and here’s why: Read more…

Amazing Time Lapse Nature

Amazing Time Lapse Nature

My husband has been taking photos at the Weston Reservoir where he walks out dog every day from the same spot. He finally made a time laspe video of them all and there’s a lot of shots of the reservoir frozen over. It was a long winter last year!

My favorite time laspe video is of of Lotte growing up. Her father shot her every day and made two versions: Birth to 12 Years and 0 to 14 years. This is under my life list: Things I Would Do If I Could Do It Over Again. I think I was just too brain dead when I was raising my kids to ever pull this  off. Read more…

5 chapters Magnus Chase FREE

First Five Chapters of Magnus Chase FREE! #GIVEAWAY

Percy Jackson packThis is the final pit stop for the #ReadRiordan blog tour that I’ve been on for the past five months. I’m sad that it’s ending because nothing is more exciting in my house than a new Rick Riordan book. My 10-year-old son screams with excitement every time a new box arrives with this sticker on it:

#ReadRiordan

Our last and final package included a copy of Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, The Sword of Summer. It’s coming out October 6th but I have a treat for you!!

FREE! First 5 Chapters of Magnus Chase

Here are the first five chapters!!!

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, The Sword of Summer

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A “Good” Domain Name: The Possibilities Are Now Endless!

Do you remember life before the internet some thirty odd years ago? I do. I remember when email was the “new thing.” Seven years ago, when I met a friend at post MBA graduate function, her classmates were telling me that kids no longer use email. That was news to me! But’s it’s true. Teens and twenty-somethings only use email to communicate with “adults.”

I remember when URLs were limited to .com for companies, .edu for schools, and .gov for government, and .org for non-profits. But then … the internet took off. Blogging took off. Everyone on the planet has a blog or a website for their personal brand. There are simply no “good” names left.

When the folks at Name.Kitchen contacted me about writing a post for them, it was the first time I realized that a whole new world of domain names is now available! If you think in the old way of domain names, you’ve probably have had the frustrating experience of not being able to secure the.com of choice or having to create a ridiculously long and hyphenated name. That’s so hard to remember! Read more…

Domestic Violence Books for Kids

Domestic Violence Books for Kids

Did you know? Domestic violence affects a quarter of American families and accounts for more than a third of visits to emergency rooms by women. From The Second Step

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) evolved from the “Day of Unity” held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children.


What are the facts about Domestic Violence to be aware of?

  • Each year, an estimated 3.3 million children witness their mothers or female caretakers being abused (American Psychological Association, 1996).
  • Nearly 1 in 3 adult women experience at least one physical assault by a partner during adulthood. (American Psychological Association, 1996).
  • Approximately 1.5 million women and 835,000 men are raped and/or physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the United States (Tjaden and Thoennes, 2000).
  • Between 12% and 35% of teenagers have experienced some form of violence- from pushing and shoving to hitting- in a dating relationship (Simon and Golden, 1997).

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I am doing a round-up of resources for kids. Last year, I created this list: Domestic Violence Books for Kids.

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International Camper Exchange Program (ICEP) AUSTRALIA!

International Camper Exchange Program (ICEP) AUSTRALIA!

Grasshopper and Sensei did a five week service trip through her YMCA sleepaway camp to Australia. It was a trip of a lifetime with about a dozen kids both boys and girls and two counselors! The International Camper Exchange Program (ICEP) goes to more than a dozen countries and anyone who has done sleepaway camp through the YMCA can apply, though the application process is rigorous and a lot like applying to college.

International Camper Exchange Program (ICEP) Australia Chimney Corners Camp Berkshires

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