Reflections: Happy Mother’s Day

“A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.” Honore de Balzac


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Thank You Mom!
As I Look Back…
As I look back on my life
I find myself wondering…
Did I remember to thank you
for all that you have done for me?
For all of the times you were by my side
to help me celebrate my successes
and accept my defeats?
Or for teaching me the value of hard work,
good judgment, courage, and honesty?
I wonder if I’ve ever thanked you
for the simple things…
The laughter, smiles, and quiet times we’ve shared?
If I have forgotten to express my gratitude
For any of these things,
I am thanking you now…
and I am hoping that you’ve known all along,
how very much you are loved and appreciated.
Author Unknown

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!  If you live in any of the top 20 nations listed on Save The Children’s Best Places In The World To Be A Mother, you’re ahead of the game. If you live in Finland, Sweden, Norway or other countries on the list, you know your children stand a greater chance of surviving childhood diseases. As much as we gather to celebrate this special day, share our love, our photos, and heartwarming stories of our moms, many moms and kids in our global community live in abysmal conditions.

In our global community, some moms go to bed hungry. Some moms give their children away or watch them die from treatable illnesses. Some moms and their children become casualties of war. Some moms, out of frustration or mental illness, become abusive to their kids. If one mom is unable to fulfill her basic dream of survival for her child, her loss is also ours.

All children deserve  love... BringBackOurGirls

All children deserve love… BringBackOurGirls

If you’ve been paying attention, you know that 200+ girls are missing; they were kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria.  They won’t have a chance to express their love to their Moms until they are found. Please get involved and also send a prayer to their families. May our Thankful prayers and gratitude for our moms, reach beyond our homes, our hearts, and our dreams to fill the desires and prayers of Moms around the world.  More Below!

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Mother’s Day Giveaway: Last Chance To Enter!

 

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Hosted By: MPM Network Bloggers

 

Mother’s Day is a precious time to honor our moms because, as many of us know, being a mom isn’t easy. We all know that the name, Mom, holds different meanings for each of us; some of us have children, some have fur babies, and others serve as mother figures for people in their lives. Knowing that being a Mom is such a big deal to us, we decided to do something special for all the moms out there!

To make Mother’s Day even more fun, the MPM Blogging Network has joined together to create this fun, We Love Mom Blog Hop featuring gifts for mom’s everywhere! Each participating blog below is hosting their very own unique Mother’s Day giveaway, featuring all sorts of gifts that are perfect for mom!

 What must you do to win a prize? To increase your chances of getting something fun, make sure to visit all the blogs linked below. Also, don’t forget to enter to win our grand prize, A Ninja Ultima Blender!

 

For my blog: One lucky participant will win a $50 Amazon Gift card/ Or PayPal payout from Positive Kismet Blog! Don’t forget to check out all the other participating blogs!  Again, the We Love Mom Blog Hop ends on 5/11/14 at 11:59 PM. The MPM Blogging Network is not responsible for prize fulfillment. All associated bloggers on this special Mother’s Day blog hop are responsible for their own giveaways. Good Luck Everyone and Happy Mother’s Day!

 

 

 

 

 

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Gratitude: On Acceptance

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity…” Melody Beattie

Inspiration: Dig Deeper For Gratitude...

Inspiration: Dig Deeper For Gratitude…

A month ago, I signed up to join a group of bloggers eager to spend the month of May writing on the subject of gratitude. I was looking forward to it as a way to get back to my love for blogging. In case you haven’t noticed, my blogging has been sporadic at best … and silent for stretches of time. It would be easy to blame good old Writer’s Block but that would be untrue.

I’ve written daily in my silence and written drafts that remain unpublished. The culprit is health and life’s demands. When we are faced with such challenges, everything stops and what truly matters steps forward. For me, family, friends, faith, wellness are far more important than a laundry list of How to Blog… when/why/what. With this has come acceptance. We can’t move forward until we accept what is and make peace with it. How does acceptance play out in your life?

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Inspiration: World Book Night 2014

“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” Malala Yousafzai

Inspiration: World Book Night 2014

Inspiration: World Book Night 2014. Staffers at My Sisters’ Place received 20 books on behalf of the population they serve.

Welcome to World Book Night US!  It is an honor to commemorate the following momentous events;  World Book Night, UNESCO’s International Day of the Book,  World Book Days, Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday, and Miguel de Cervantes’ memorial, by sharing free books.  This year, I am thrilled to be a Book Giver again and to share them with My Sisters’ Place (MSP) in White Plains, NY.  My Sisters’ Place is a terrific organization and a much needed local resource that “strives to engage each member of society in our work to end domestic violence, so that all relationships can embrace the principles of respect, equality, and peacefulness.” 

What is the origin of this event? What do all of the above share? April 23 is the key date that unites them all. In 1995, at UNESCO’s General Conference,  attendees recognized the power of choosing April 23 as a way “to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone, and in particular young people {to read…}”  Fifteen years later, that special designation helped launch World Book Night in the UK (Britain and Ireland).

What is World Book Night? In case you’ve never heard of this special program, it was initiated in 2010, by Book publishers at a Conference in the UK in 2010, as a way to share the love of reading with new readers. Free books, donated by several local publishers, were distributed in the UK and quickly became a global event with thousands of volunteers connecting with appreciative book readers. To celebrate books and encourage more adults to read, the World Book Night organizers, in collaboration with book publishers around the world, arranged a massive book giveaway. 500,000 copies of 30 paperback books, selected by a special panel, were distributed to readers in organizations, clubs, on the streets and at designated locations.  The first World Book Night giveaway was celebrated in the UK and Ireland in 2011. By 2012, it had expanded to the USA and Germany. The practice continues today.

Inspiration: World Book Night 2014. Staff at My Sister's Place received 20 books

Inspiration: World Book Night 2014.

As a volunteer book giver, I received 20 copies of a special paperback edition of  Terry McMillan‘s, New York Times bestselling book, Waiting to Exhale.  It was one of three books I had chosen from the 2014 book list when I applied. A few days before I delivered my books, I got a call from the manager of  my local Barnes & Noble bookstore to pick up my boxed books.  When I arrived, a staff member welcomed me with a smile, brought out my box of books, and presented me with a thank you letter and a professional looking certificate. I was eager to share the books, but I had to wait till April 23rd to join the global effort and make sure the maximum number of recipients could be reached.

Inspiration: World Book Night 2014

Inspiration: World Book Night 2014. Staffers at My Sisters’ Place received 20 books

This year, I chose  My Sisters’ Place as the recipients of Terry’s book. I chose My Sisters’ Place not only for their superlative work to educate and end domestic violence, but also for their excellent service to the local community. On a personal level, I chose it because I know that books can provide a way out of misery, and a way in to healing during challenging times. When I called to set up the delivery, MSP staffers, Diana Eppolito, Development Coordinator, and Silvia Lederman, Volunteer Coordinator, were so kind to fit my visit into their very busy schedules. To memorialize the event, I took several photos of the books and of staff members at My Sister’s Place.  When I signed up to become a book giver, I identified the program as one of two choices to receive copies of the free book because all of us can find some comfort in the joy of reading  during tough times. In a world that continues to minimize the impact of domestic violence on households, MSP is an important voice of conscience by providing education and a wide range of other critical services to their growing clientele; primarily women and their children. In difficult times, reading uplifting or funny books, maintaining a sense of humor, and taking appropriate action can help us develop effective coping skills.

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April 11: Join Us For The Ultimate Party on Google+

The Ultimate Party on G+

Good morning everyone!  Can you believe we are in the month of April and our great Google+ party is in its 5th week? We are growing steadily as more of you spread the word and share a post. Thank you! 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 180 Circle 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? If not today, then book mark this post and join us every Friday – same time and place.

As we celebrate our second 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.

cohost

Our co-hosts help us with the+1’s, comments, and shares for each party, and we 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 9:00PM. 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 (see it here) 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’ve created 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

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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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