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The Dumpling Mama's Chinese Red Envelope GIVEAWAY!

The Dumpling Mama’s Chinese Red Envelope GIVEAWAY!

The Dumpling Mama Chinese Red EnvelopesI met Chrissy Jee of @thedumplingmama on Instagram and I was thrilled to know that she decided to open her own business designing and printing really nice Chinese Red Envelopes. I like to have them on hand. I’ve used them for my son’s 2nd grade China unit as a guest presenter. I don’t know how to speak or write Chinese so the characters always confound me. Chinese Red Envelopes are used for many things besides New Year’s.

Chrissy Jee of The Dumpling Mama

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New Josefina Mystery American Girl Doll

Fan Girling Over Valarie Tripp and Her American Girl Books

Our American Girl doll collection was passed onto another family

Our American Girl collection was passed onto another family with younger girls and you can tell that they are deeply loved!

My girls were never really into dolls including Polly Pocket or Barbie but they loved American Girl Dolls and requested them for Christmas. They especially loved the accessories that were designed around the doll sets but I loved the books.

And, in fact, it was the book sets that held our attention long after the excitement of a new doll wore off. As the years progressed, my oldest, Grasshopper and Sensei, solely requested American Girl Doll books. We read about Kit during the Great Depression, Josefina and the challenges of life on a rancho, Kaya on the plains, Addy’s life as a slave, and Felicity during the American Revolution. We read the contemporary books too, with Julie and Ivy. After she finished them all, she moved onto the American Girl Doll mysteries which she loved.


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My Daughter's Cooking New Year Resolution

My Daughter’s Cooking New Year Resolution

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.

Grasshopper and Sensei is now a sophomore in high school and we talk a lot about how there are just a few more years to enjoy her company here at home. She likes to bring this up to make us appreciate her more. It works every time!

My Daughter's Cooking New Year ResolutionThis past winter vacation, she announced her intention to learn to cook. I thought it was a great idea since she will need cooking skills when she goes away to college at some point! She decided that she would learn by acting as my sous chef. She would chop for me and get ingredients. She was very helpful when we made a complicated Bolognese sauce together. Read more…

Multicultural Children's Book Day books

Today is Multicultural Children’s Book Day!

Today is Multicultural Children’s Book Day!

Multicultural Children's Book Day

Thank you to all of our wonderful participants including Co-Hosts, Medal Sponsors, Author Sponsors, bloggers and readers! Thank you to Robert Liu-Trujillo for his wonderful FREE downloadable poster!

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Feb 8th, Year of the Monkey! Chinese New Year Crafts, Books and More!

Feb 8th, Year of the Monkey! Chinese New Year Crafts, Books and More!

Janet Wong has a great post at Multicultural Children’s Book Day blog on Lunar Year Traditions that span many Asian countries, not just Chinese New Year! But if you are thinking of doing it up for Chinese New Year but need some ideas, I’ve rounded up my posts.

If you need a picture book or two specifically on Chinese New Year …

Top 10: Best Chinese New Year Books for Kids (created during Year of the Dragon, my year)

Top 10: Best Chinese New Year Books for Kids

If you want to hand out Red Chinese Envelopes (craft included to make your own) and wondered what the meaning is …

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Massive Book Giveaway #ReadYourWorld

Massive Diversity Children’s Book #Giveaway #ReadYourWorld

Please join us on January 27th as we celebrate multicultural, diverse and inclusive books for kids for Multicultural Children’s Book Day. To help us with our mission to get diversity books into the hands of children, we are giving away packages of diversity books for kids every 5 minutes!

Multicultural Children’s Book Day Twitter Party

Robert Liu-Trujillo Multicultural Children's Book Day FREE poster

Win Packages of Diversity Books for Kids

Wednesday, January 27th

9:00 pm -10 pm EST

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5 African Americans Who Excelled in the Arts

This Little Light of Mine: 5 African Americans Who Excelled in the Arts

Please welcome my guest blogger today, Glenda Armand, the author of Ira’s Shakespeare Dream. If you agree about #OscarsSoWhite now in 2016, imagine how difficult it would be for people of color to succeed in theater more than 1oo years ago!

#OscarsSoWhite analysis by Time MagazineSee the Entire History of the Oscars Diversity Problem in One Chart

#OscarsSoWhite

An analysis of the full 92-year history of the Academy Awards shows that Hollywood’s highest honors have lagged the population on issues of race and representation.

In all, as the graphic below shows, 6.7% of acting nominations of the total 1,668 since the awards began in 1929 have gone to non-white actors. Isolating for the past 25 years, only 62 actors—12.4% of the total—were non-white.

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Broken Arm Surgery at Mass General Hospital

Broken Arm Surgery at Mass General Hospital

When my son was three years old, he took a morning gymnastics class at a place called My Gym. It was a drop-off supervised class, but I tended to hang out and chat with moms, many of whom were at my son’s preschool. The gymnastic teachers were setting up for the next activity when my son who was on a play structure, walked onto a large yoga ball, attempted to “ball walk” like he’d seen a bear do in a cartoon.

Broken Arm Surgery at Mass General Hospital

My stoic little boy was a trooper during his broken arm surgery.

He fell off the ball, screamed, and turned white as a ghost. I rushed him to the emergency room of our local hospital and they found that he had broken his arm in three places near the elbow but even more worrisome, near his growth plates. They put us on an ambulance — no sirens — to Massachusetts General Hospital where they had pediatric orthopedic surgeons there capable to doing this delicate surgery.

It was scary for my son. He had to go through a second set of painful x-rays. The surgery that to occur later that afternoon so he was not allowed to eat or drink anything. Through it all, he remained stoic and patient. The nurses and doctors were amazed.

broken arm surgery Mass General Hospital for little boy

Even a broken arm from gymnastics does not deter him from more activity! Read more…

Diversity Picture Book #Giveaway from Candlewick Press

Diversity Picture Book #Giveaway from Candlewick Press

I had such a great time meeting the folks at Candlewick Press at a lunch they hosted for P. J. Lynch. I asked them for some diversity books to celebrate Multicultural Children’s Book Day and they were kind enough to send me this collection. I hope these books inspire you too!

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