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I’ve written daily in my silence and written drafts that remain unpublished.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.

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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

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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