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Welcome to Mirth and Motivation! This is a Lifestyle blog offering an eclectic mix of mirthful and motivational pieces, life tipsadvice, interviews, social media ruminations and  inspirational posts on people, places, and events that shape our lives. I invite you to stay awhile, read some posts, and share your thoughts with this growing online blog community.

One of the fundamental rules of blogging is to make connections with others by adding value through our message/content, comments, and social interactions. I hope you’ll share your comments and expertise with me. If you’d like to write a Guest post, offer a sponsorship or PR opportunity, send me a message via the contact form below or email me at: contact at positivekismet.com with your inquiry. Thank you!

Something I know for sure is that we all want to be heard, appreciated and respected; that sincere and positive messages are far more appealing than incendiary angling for blog attention. If your blogosphere surfing brings you here, relax, kick back, and share a positive tidbit on your worldview.

So, How should we handle the global economic shift? How do we stay mirthful and motivated?
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April 11: Join Us For The Ultimate Party on Google+

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Good morning everyone!  Can you believe we are in the month of April and our party is in its 5th week? We are
growing steadily as more of you spread the word and share a post. Thank you! now on our 4th week of this great Google+ party.If you are new to this post and unsure about
what this is, I’ll explain. Every Friday we host The Ultimate Party on
Google Plus – G+ Bloggers and G+ers join the fun. Each week, our G+
Circle grows as more members/attendees join in the fun. Currently, we have over 200 members and we see it growing
further. If you want to
connect with social media gurus and fans and be seen, then Google+ is
key to your engagement; it’s the place to be for hangouts,
parties and networking events. Join us today. It is never too late to participate and share a few posts.

There is also a very important fact to
remember about a Google+ party: Every time someone +1′s, comments, or shares your post, Google ranks that post higher. So come link up for The Ultimate Linky below!  Then join in  The Ultimate Party on Google+ and participate by using the hashtag  #theultimateparty ! Are you joining us today?

  As we celebrate our first Google+ party in April, we have two new fabulous co-hosts to help us run things smoothly. Jennifer from Homeschooling Mom 4 Two and Paula from  A Storyteller with a Camera are our co-hosts this month.

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Our co-hosts help us with the+1′s, comments, and shares for each party, and we are appreciate their contributions.  If you’d like to be a co-host for May or any other month, please email Tammy@theultimatelinky(dot)com or contact us on The Ultimate Party page.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO KNOW
 
Our Party starts at 9:00am EST (Eastern Standard Time) and will wrap at 6:00PM. Let’s
make this special day fun! Share your family-friendly posts and 
information that would be helpful to other bloggers and engage! Why
Friday? We chose Fridays because studies have shown superior interaction
on Google+ on Fridays from 11 a.m. – 2 pm and from 7-10 p.m. We pledge
to work hard to interact with posts that link up with the hashtag #theultimateparty on Friday.

The linky will remain open until 6:00 p.m EST. But do feel free
to come back and comment and +1 on the posts until 9:00 pm. Please link
up if you are going to party with us. We’ll also create a Google+ circle
based off of the link-up; so if you want to gain more followers,
linking up is crucial. We also have a Google+ page called The Ultimate Party where you can receive updates and share in the threads posted on that page if you circle us!

What Is a G+ Party? A G+ Party is a networking event to meet,
connect with people and exchange +1s, and share G+ posts. G+  parties
have one or more Hosts who organize and promote the party. Co-Hosts are
often brought in to help.

Why do we hold a G+ party and on Fridays?

  1. G+ postings help with SEO optimization.
  2. It helps our posts get higher ranking in Google’s search engine.
  3. Friday is supposed to be the best time for interaction on G+,
    specifically between 11a.m. – 2 p.m. and 7 – 10 p.m. We now leave the
    linky open until 9 p.m. for our offline workers and West Coast bloggers.
      Kim will hang out with you in the evening as many of your hosts live
    in the EST/CST time zones and might not be available at that time. Please link up as early as possible so that you get the most interaction on your posts.
  4. Joining and Sharing Our G+ Circle will help you gain more followers
    on G+. (We’ll have a G+ circle that we share every week for those who
    link up.)
  5. Join the party to interact with and get to know other bloggers.
    Most parties you follow people and never interact. Here you get to see
    who has the same interests/niche as you do!
  6. Our Party Rocks! Join Us

Easterrific: $100 Educational Toys Planet Giveaway!

Easterrific: $100 Educational Toys Planet Giveaway!

Easterrific: $100 Educational Toys Planet Giveaway!

EASTERiffic $100 Gift eCard Giveaway from Educational Toys Planet

Sponsored by EducationalToysPlanet.com

Organized by Giveaway Booster

Are you a parent who loves buying smart toys for your kids? Do you sometimes find the marketplace overwhelming because of all the junky toys you see? Educational Toys Planet will put a smile on your face. Better yet, you can enter to win this Easteriffic $100 gift for your child to buy some new toys there. So go for it!

With the holiday season now behind us and Easter just around the corner, Educational Toys Planet has been diligently working to provide their customers with NEW and exciting products that will captivate young minds into the Spring season and beyond. From tricycles to telescopes, you can find just what you’re looking for to keep your child entertained outside in theOutdoor Play & Sports category. Having trouble finding that perfect gift for your 5 year old that already has everything? Try shopping by Ages in our Toys for 5 Year Olds section. Educational Toys Planet allows you to shop with ease by searching specialized categories for whatever learning needs you may have. Enter to win and enjoy this $100 eCard Giveaway and as always, thank you for taking an interest in our planet!

This awesome giveaway ends 4/20/14 at 11:59 pm so make sure to enter to win now! Open to US Only, must be 18+ years of age to enter to win.

Thank you!
Elizabeth Frank

Positive Motivation Tip: Smart toys = smart kids. Make time to buy educational toys for your children.You won’t regret it and and you’d see the results.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos via educational toys planet

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

Kidoodle.TV: A Safe Site For Kids

Kidoodle.TV: TV. Built for Kids, Loved by Parents

This post is brought to you by Kidoodle.TV and BlogHer.
An Invitation to Kidoodle.TV and Our Upcoming Twitter Party: I’m excited to share information about the excellent Kidoodle.TV service built specifically for kids and to invite you to our upcoming Twitter Party!  What is Kidoodle.TV? Kidoodle.TV is a safe, ad-free streaming video service that offers the discerning parent many quality shows for their children to watch.  They provide a generous list of educational and entertaining programs that can be customized for each kid in the family.  Because the selection of videos are in an environment that parents control, kids can watch their pre-selected Kidoodle.TV shows on the go and with minimal supervision.

How It Works: Signing up your child is easy peachy. All a parent needs to do is visit the Kidoodle.TV website and register in their own name and once that is completed, they can help their child create a personalized profile. The website is user-friendly, and the registration process is quick and very easy to do. Once the parent is registered, the next step is to help their child create a profile.

How Do You Create a Profile?  Parents can create up to 5 custom kids’ profiles and set time limits using a protected pass-code. The site provides a template that includes; a place to add the child’s name, several themes to help them choose a preferred one, defined age groups to help select the child’s correct age, and a wide range of videos to help parents choose a group of shows/content based on each child’s age.  Kids can also choose on a show-by-show basis.

 
What About Other Features? Another invaluable feature that Kidoodle.TV offers is the ability for parents to easily set viewing time limits. Once the time limit is set, anywhere from 15 minutes to unlimited viewings, Kidoodle.TV automatically enforces the time limit! So not only would kids get to watch educational and entertaining shows, they’d do so in a safe environment and with clear time limits.

What About The Programs? Kidoodle.TV offers a fairly wide selection of safe, popular and unique kids only content, including retro content from our childhood; shows like Jem and the Holograms, and Inspector Gadget are some of the familiar names on the Title Selection list. Once a child is signed up, they will notify the parent as more educational and entertaining content gets added to the list. Currently, Kidoodle.TV is available only to kids in Canada and the United States and it’s a great time to sign your child up and start enjoying the selections. More Below!

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Haiku: The First Day Of Spring…

“Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.” Rainer Maria Rilke

Haiku: The First Day Of Spring... cherry blossoms  fill the air

Haiku: The First Day Of Spring… cherry blossoms fill the air

A shift in the winds
Cherry blossoms fill the air
The first day of spring

Today is Thursday March 20th, the first, official day of spring! The buds start to peak through; crocuses, forget-me-nots, blossoming cherry trees herald the awakening of a new day. Spring has sprung and we can set aside winter wear, listen to some Mamba and dance in the yard. Soon, we’ll see now vegetation and floral life everywhere.  Are you excited? What are your plans?

“Life stands before me like an eternal spring with new and brilliant clothes.” Carl Friedrich Gauss

Haiku: The First Day Of Spring... lighting equinox

Haiku: The First Day Of Spring… lighting equinox

The equinox calls
Balancing night with daylight
Our Hearts fluttering

Did you know the equinox  brings in spring; created by a balance… So take a moment to inhale the fresh air and enjoy the changing season and weather. I hope you enjoy the haiku shared. How did you celebrate the first day of spring? Happy Spring Haiku to all!
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Haiku: That’s Amore

“When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore.” Dean Martin

Haiku: That's Amore

Haiku: That’s Amore


Dean Martin – That’s Amore (1956)

Love… that’s amore
It strikes at unusual times
In strangest places

“Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Haiku: That's Amore

Haiku: That’s Amore

Life… that’s amore
We wait in vain for lovers
To shine like the moon

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St. Patrick’s Day: 10 Fascinating Facts About This Holiday

St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time – a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.” Adrienne Cook

St. Patrick's Day:  10 Fascinating Facts About This Holiday

St. Patrick’s Day: 10 Fascinating Facts – The longest Parade is in NY

St. Patrick's Day:  10 Fascinating Facts About This Holiday

St. Patrick’s Day: 10 Fascinating Facts – The shamrock is a reminder of the Holy Trinity

1.”Saint Patrick’s Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”) is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated annually on 17 March, the death date of the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461).”
2.”St. Patrick’s Day marks the Roman Catholic feast day for Ireland’s patron saint, who died in the 5th century. St. Patrick (Patricius in Latin) was not born in Ireland, but in Britain.”
3.”St. Patrick was kidnapped at 16 and brought to Ireland. He was sold as a slave in the county of Antrim and served in bondage for six years until he escaped to Gaul, in present-day France. He later returned to his parents’ home in Britain, where he had a vision that he would preach to the Irish. After 14 years of study, Patrick returned to Ireland, where he built churches and spread the Christian faith for some 30 years.”
4. “St. Patrick’s Day revelers wear a shamrock. Trifolium dubium, the wild-growing, three-leaf clover that some botanists consider the official shamrock, is an annual plant that germinates in the spring. According to St. Patrick’s Day lore, Patrick used the three leaves of a shamrock to explain the Christian holy trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! One of the joys of this day of revelry and parades is how much fun and creativity goes into celebrating this day. The parades showcase the best of Ireland and it’s immigrant population around the world, and people gather to toast to Saint Paddy and drink a Guinness stout in his memory. Of course, all the celebratory zeal means the parades linger on for quite a while and many don’t want it to end. In this post, the block quotes, above and below,  share ten insightful facts about this special day. Take a moment to read them.

“May you live to be a hundred years, With one extra year to repent.” Irish Blessing

St. Patrick's Day:  10 Fascinating Facts About This Holiday

St. Patrick’s Day: 10 Fascinating Facts – The Dublin parade is

5.One of the best known myths about this popular saint is that Patrick drove all the snakes from Ireland into the Irish Sea, where the serpents drowned. What about Leprechauns? They have nothing to do with this day and until the 19thC, these folklore characters wore red instead of green clothing.
6.”Colonial New York City hosted the first official St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1762, when Irish immigrants in the British colonial army marched down city streets. Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day parade is little more than 75 years old.”
7.”In 1903, Saint Patrick’s Day became an official public holiday in Ireland. Until the 1970s, St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland was a minor religious holiday. A priest would acknowledge the feast day, and families would celebrate with a big meal, but that was about it.” Some say that St. Patrick’s Day was invented in America by Irish-Americans and the U.S. tradition of St. Patrick’s Day parades, packed pubs, and green has become popular in Ireland.

One special joy I have about this day is seeing the sea of green passing by as the parade winds it’s way around the city. It is always fascinating to see the different groups of Irish Immigrants, celebrities, political and social entities  join in the camaraderie of the day, as the official paraders try to outpace each other in their fascinating garb and entertainment. You are always entertained and I’d add that there is never a dull moment during the parade. Above are more facts to chew on and there is more below.

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I Believe: A Haiku…

“The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.
” William James

I Believe: A Haiku

I Believe: A Haiku

I believe we need
A love touch … appreciation
Like the morning sun

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” Epictetus

I Believe: A Haiku

I Believe: A Haiku

I believe we get
What is ordained for each one
As night turns to day

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