Posted by: suzan | April 17, 2018

Earth Day Celebration – April 22, 2018

EARTHDAY

Each year on or around April 22, the entire planet celebrates and honors Earth Day. As a movement that started by one single person over 40 years ago, Earth Day is still a very important day across the world with even more emphasis on saving our planet in the recent years. If you look around you – and we’re not even thinking about what we see in the media – you already notice the trash that is laying on the ground when you walk to your nearest Starbucks or in the grainy sand at your local beach. Whether or not you believe in reducing waste around the world, our planet is in dire need of some help and care.

There are hundreds of ways of helping our planet and it can start with just one single act. Encourage your children to learn about being stewards for our planet so that they can help our Earth for their children, their children’s children, and all future generations. The single act of kindness towards Earth can be as simple as reducing your purchases. Or bring reusable bags when you go to the stores. Or turning off all electronics for an entire day. These single solitary acts can lead to even bigger rewards as the years go by. Imagine how much waste you can cut at home and in our landfills! And imagine the electricity bill you’ll save and the single plastic bags will eventually be diminished around the world. In California, there is a law that removed single use plastics at commercial stores so it’s up to you to help reduce waste where you live!

This year’s focus around the world is: End Plastic Pollution. That could be anywhere from your home, to businesses, to the ocean. As it is, our oceans across the world is vastly filling up with trash. The oceans connect all of us – humans and sealife and if we don’t do something soon, our ocean will become one giant waste dump. Consider this –“Plastics now pollute all dimensions of our oceans from the sea surface to the seafloor, on remote beaches and in Arctic sea ice. The impact ocean plastics have on marine species is well documented, but increasingly scientists are concerned about the potential threat of plastics to species at the top of the marine food chain: humans.”  

According to Earth Day Network – *Plastic items can make their way to the ocean in a vast number of ways. Some plastic items are simply thrown away in open spaces or streets and carried through storm drains and waterways into the ocean. Other items may fall out of garbage trucks or may be dumped into improperly managed landfills, some of which spill directly into the ocean. Hundreds of small cities and towns do not have any waste management infrastructure, and people are forced to dump their waste in open spaces. You may ask what’s wrong with a small piece of plastic ending up in the giant ocean. Well, the direct result of this poor management is the accumulation of millions and millions of tons of plastic floating around the world’s oceans. If nothing changes, by 2050 there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish (by weight). This plastic has very damaging effects on the fish and other organisms that call the ocean home. That six-pack ring you threw away can go on to harm sea creatures in several different ways.

So you ask yourself, “why” should I be concerned with all this waste around the world? Well, if us humans continue to consume and waste more than what we singularly need, consider the millions of people that live on this planet and what that impact will be in the future. Landfills have already been filling up and new ones are opening up to contain all the waste that can’t be depleted. What if a landfill opens up in your neighborhood? That probably wouldn’t be so great with all the bad smells and garbage laying around the area. But you never know – that could happen.

So this year, and every year after, do one kind thing for our planet and go from there. Below are some tips on being Earth-Friendly:

  • Before buying anything new, ask yourself if you can use something else you already have instead.

  • Select products without plastic packaging.

  • Avoid fabrics with plastic microfibers, such as nylon and polyester.

  • When at a restaurant, ask that no straw be brought out with your drink. If dining out, say no to disposable silverware.

  • Put your produce in reusable mesh bags.

  • Make a plan for how you’ll reduce, refuse, reuse and recycle all the plastic in your life.

We are all living on this planet and we are all stewards of Earth. Whether you are 5 years old or 80 years old, you can do your part in helping the environment. Remember that it takes one single kind act to help make this planet more beautiful and more habitable – for all of us.

For more resources, please check out these earth promoting sites: http://deliciousliving.com/green-living/have-eco-week#slide-0-field_images-306031https://earth911.comhttps://blog.veestro.com/how-to-make-the-most-of-earth-day/

Happy Earth Day!

Sources: *Nicholas Mallos, Ocean Conservancy. *Earth Day Network

 

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Crown of Ruin

What do you get when you cross a very angry and ancient vampire with a young lady of royal blood soon to be crowned the Queen of all vampires and witches? You get a woman who has lived thousands of lives to be reborn as the Vampire Queen of the Realm. But who said life as the queen of the most ruthless of vampires was all fun and games? Certainly not for Logan Pierce who has encountered countless dangers, enemies, and betrayals along the way. Enter the world of The Blood Descendants Universe and follow Logan, Cyrus, and their friends and families through love, life, hatred, and deception and allow author Keary Taylor to transport you into the world of vampires and the supernatural.

SYNOPSIS:

Logan has returned to Roter Himmel.  Once a peaceful haven for the Royals, it is now a kingdom of chaos and distrust.  The people may love their queen, but she has never ruled them on her own.

Sevan has seen Cyrus work miracles long ago, and learned his methods herself.  His curse has sustained stronger than death before but the visage of Cyrus’ demise is undeniable.  Still, Logan refuses to believe this is the end.  Cyrus keeps appearing to her in strange dreams, rambling that she must prepare—that the day is coming when night will rule the day.  

While the entire world of vampires watches, Logan will take on the weight of the crown, the certainty of impending change, and the threat of war. 

They all should have known better than to test her.  She’s had multiple lifetimes to prepare for this…

All hail the Queen!

If you’ve ever read any of Keary Taylor’s books you’ll know that her characters jump right out at you and pull you into their stories. You will be instantly transported into that place and time and live through the same emotions and feelings as her characters. And if you want to start on a brand new vampire series, be sure to pick up Keary Taylor’s entire line of the Blood Descendants Universe novels.

Keary Taylor is giving you a chance to win signed paperback books of both Crown of Death and Crown of Blood (Book 1 and 2). Signed copies! Keary is an USA Today’s Bestselling Author so be sure to check out her books and enter the giveaway!

Enter here: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d9d3f3b61/

LINKS:

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2GeoUJh

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2G1yVWR

iBooks: https://apple.co/2GgYGWU

Barnes & Noble: https://bit.ly/2G57Q5s

Google Play: https://goo.gl/nPSAhP

Goodreads: https://bit.ly/2pwhLKT

 

AUTHOR LINKS:

Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/kearytaylor/

Blood Descendants Universe Page: http://www.facebook.com/groups/BloodDescendantsUniverse/

Amazon: www.amazon.com/author/kearytaylor

Bookbub Author Follow Page: www.bookbub.com/authors/keary-taylor

Instagram: www.instagram.com/authorkearytaylor/

 

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Posted by: suzan | February 23, 2018

Solis – Book Tour and Giveaway

 

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Gods. Goddesses. No Hope. Redemption. When the evil god-like Avas Vatras burned the world thousands of years ago and the Oracle of Delphi decreed no more magic, an amnesiac mortal, Nazafareen seeks to right the wrongs of the world. With little hope but brewing magic and wits, Nazafareen once again sets out in the nocturnal world to seek friends and allies who can help her.

Solis, the 2nd installment of The Fourth Talisman books by author Kat Ross takes us immediately after her first book, Nocturne. This book is just as wild and creative although I have to admit I enjoyed book 2 a bit more. There were more action and the descriptions were astoundingly vivid – as if I was right there with the old Gods, witches, and seers.

You don’t necessarily have to read book one to enjoy Solis, but it is highly recommended as there are parts in the second book that are better understood after reading Nocturne. Solis is sort of an adventure book mixed with mythology and fantasy but also filled with interesting insights of how the old Gods and Goddesses worked in the pantheon. The characters – major and minor all have fascinating tales of their own and the vivid descriptions of the people and places take you right into their world.

Solis is currently on a book tour with Kat Ross and Xpresso BookTours. There is also a giveaway for a signed copy of Nocturne (the first book in the series) here: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d04251232295/.

You can also purchase the books here:

Solis
SYNOPSIS:

In the second volume of the Fourth Talisman series, Nazafareen’s path takes a twist, setting her on a journey into the heart of the maelstrom…

It’s been a thousand years since the Avas Vatras tried to burn the world to ashes. A thousand years since they were imprisoned in the brutal wasteland called the Kiln. But revenge is a dish best served cold—even, apparently, by the children of fire.

In Delphi, Nazafareen joins forces with the followers of Dionysius to rescue her friends from the Oracle’s dungeons and seek out the three talismans whose extraordinary powers stopped the Vatras before. With her own breaking magic growing stronger by the day, she must walk a razor’s edge to control her volatile temper. And if the Vatras find the talismans first, their last hope will die.

In the frozen wastes of the Valkirin range, Victor strikes an uneasy bargain with bitter enemies to keep his tenuous grip on the Maiden Keep. The other holdfasts are coming for him. But it’s an enemy within Val Moraine’s walls that may prove to be his downfall.

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AUTHOR BIO:
Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She’s the author of the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day, the Fourth Element fantasy trilogy (The Midnight Sea, Blood of the Prophet, Queen of Chaos), and a new gaslamp mystery series that opens with The  Daemoniac and continues with The Thirteenth Gate. She loves myths, monsters and doomsday scenarios. For more information about Kat’s books, come visit her at katrossbooks.com.
Author links: 

*Thank you to Kat Ross and Xpresso BookTours for the ARC and blog tour. Solis is published by Acorn Publishing.

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Posted by: suzan | February 12, 2018

RAK Week (2/11- 2/17)- You’ve been RAK’d!

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Each year, the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/) hosts a week of fun and heartwarming activities for the official Random Acts of Kindness Week. While kindness should be given freely and without prompt, sometimes people really do need a reminder to be kinder and more compassionate. Kindness starts with just one act but that single act of kindness can carry in a person’s heart and mind forever.

As a RAKtivist, I’m encouraged to do single acts of kindness during RAK week and this year I’ve decided to secretly gift the teachers at my son’s school with some sweet reminders that they are appreciated. Teachers give their hearts and souls every day to their students and it’s always a good reminder to thank them every chance we get.

So what are some great RAK ideas you ask? Here are some highlights from the RAK Foundation’s website:

* Share an uplifting story on social media

* Send an encouraging email

* Donate to a worthy charity

* Praise a local business online

* Offer to watch your neighbors’ houses while they’re on vacation

* Leave kindness notes at your workplace, school, or public restrooms

* Leave extra coins or small toys at parks for kids to find

* Smile at a child, postal carrier, and drive-thru cashier

* And most of all, be kind to yourself!

And for random kind acts for kids:

* Open the door for someone

* Pick up trash around school

* Help clean up a neighbor’s yard

* Write thank you notes to a teacher

* Let another student in front of you in the cafeteria line

* Tutor someone free of charge

* Help carry groceries for your parents

* Write encouraging notes and hide them inside library books

* And for the very ambitious kids, gather donations to give to the homeless

And remember that the best kind of random acts of kindness is when it’s done anonymously. Kindness should be given freely and without expected rewards and recognition.

Quotation: Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind. Eric Hoffer

This year, the RAK Foundation inspires others to tell about the one person who has inspired them in life. It could be a teacher, a friend. a family member, a stranger who did a kind act, or anyone really! Check out their page of inspiration and if you represent someone, the both of you might even win a special kindness prize.

https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/rak-week

Quotation: When words are both true and kind, they can change the world Buddha

So this year, remember to do one single act of kindness each day for RAK week and maybe your kind act will inspire others to do the same. #CAPTUREKINDNESS #RAKWEEK2018

 

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Posted by: suzan | February 10, 2018

GFAF (Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly) Expo

 

So awhile back I discovered that eating less gluten products were actually helping me with gaining more energy. Or, in other terms, I felt less drained of energy. Gluten is basically the protein found in wheat, rye, barley, Spelt and a few other similar grains, and not in corn, rice, or oats. However, in order to truly be sure of a product being gluten-free, you’d have to buy one that has been certified gluten-free.

If you suffer from the gluten protein found in certain foods then it’s good to take a closer look at why you’re allergic to certain types of food. The tricky thing is that the gluten ingredient is found in almost all the foods that we eat, including syrup, sauces, and food binders. It’s also found in cosmetics, packaging, and household products. If you have questions about gluten-free products, talk to a health professional and find more info online such as the Celiac Disease Foundation: https://celiac.org/live-gluten-free/glutenfreediet/what-is-gluten/.

As part of the blogger program for the GF&AF Expo #GFAFExpo in San Diego, CA, I’ll be attending the expo to learn more about gluten-free and allergen friendly products. With rising health concerns all over the country, learning more about this important health issue is important for both me and my readers. If you’re in the San Diego or Southern California area and are interested in attending the GF&AF Expo this weekend, contact me through Twitter for some free passes!

The GF&AF Expo (https://gfafexpo.com/) is the biggest gluten free and allergen friendly event in the US. Whether you’re looking for specialty products that taste great or trying to learn how to cook and bake to meet your dietary needs, the Expo is the place to be.

 

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New Year’s resolutions are a funny thing. They only work if you actually remember them and keep at it. While many adults can try and keep their resolutions, it can be harder for kids to remember to do so or even be willing to make “resolutions”. If you ask any child what their New Year’s resolutions will be, they’ll most likely stare at you like you’ve grown a second head. But making some kind of resolution or goal is a very wise task for children. I like to call it a goal because it puts more of a positive spin to the task or tasks that you set for them.

Every person, whether young or old, should make improvements to their lives. There will always be obstacles or hindrances that enter our lives but teaching children to make goals that are reachable can benefit them in the long term. Children learn about perseverance, responsibility, and determination to complete a task. And they can learn through failure and limitations that will push them to try harder and be better.

If you have a child that hesitates to try something new or doesn’t have a lot of incentive, then have them write down 5 things that they hope to achieve in the new year. It could be anything from learning to ride a skateboard to reading 20 books by the end of the year. Set tasks that are within their age range and ability and then choose the top 2 from their list. Below I’ve included 10 ways of helping children achieve their New Year’s goals.

10 Ways for Getting Your Kids to Keep Their New Year’s Resolutions (Goals):

  1. Make a list of goals that your child would like to achieve. Set these goals within their age range and abilities. Ages 4-7 goals can be learning to ride the bike, learning to write a paragraph, or trying to eat 2 new vegetables or fruits. Ages 5-8 goals can be learning to write their names in cursive, reading 2 extra books to what they are currently reading, or starting a vegetable garden in the yard. Ages 9-12 can be learning to write a story on a topic of their own choice, learning a new sport or advancing in a current sport, or even getting straight A’s in school.
  2. Have your child write out the steps he thinks it will take to achieve the goal. Depending on the age, you might need to help him do some research. Talk it over with your child to establish if these steps are realistic and attainable within their limits and time frame.
  3. Give your child their own calendar and have them write in their goals on the calendar. Select a reasonable schedule for them to work on and eventually accomplish their goal. Have them cross off or mark the date that they completed their goal or task.
  4. Start small. Taking small steps in the beginning will help set the pace in achieving the goal. For instance, if your child wants to start a vegetable garden, take him to a garden center to get him acquainted with the type of plants and what is seasonal. Show him the different types of plants that are easier to grow for beginners and have him select a few on his own.
  5. Get literature or books on the specific goal. For instance, if it’s learning how to grow a vegetable plant, get books or print out online articles with valuable pictures on gardening and plants. Visuals will help your child establish what the garden might look like once it’s established. If your child wants to improve his basketball skills, buy books from a famous or a favorite basketball player.
  6. Encourage your child every step of the way. Sometimes your child will falter and want to stop altogether while other times he just wants to go full steam ahead! Show your child that the goal he’s trying to achieve can be attainable through dedication and hard work and that if he fails a bit then it’s a learning process. If your child wants to give up completely, remind him that he should do his very best and break through the challenges before he decides to call it quits.
  7. Reward your child’s effort but don’t overindulge on the praise. Just like you don’t want to put too much attention on a failure nor should you overdo the praise. Your child should learn that hard work in itself, is an instant reward.
  8. Find a mentor outside of the family. It could be a friend, a teacher, a coach, or a professional in that particular field of interest. Have your child meet with the mentor in the beginning if it’s possible and throughout the entire time of his goal-setting. Sometimes speaking with another person that’s not in the family can help your child see a different perspective in reaching their goal.
  9. Let your child know that it’s okay to take some breaks in between goal-achieving days. Kids can get burned out much quicker than adults and when frustration sets in, children tend to want to stop whatever they’re doing. The trick isn’t to force them to practice or study every single day but to encourage them to practice and work harder with mindfulness.
  10. Help your child share his goal achievements or progress with either a video documentary or with photos. This can also help your child look back at these documentaries should he decide to set a new goal after the current one has been achieved.

For more goal-achieving tips, check out these websites:

https://www.parents.com/parenting/better-parenting/style/how-to-teach-kids-perseverance-goal-setting/

http://www.pbs.org/parents/expert-tips-advice/2016/01/how-to-help-your-child-set-and-reach-goals/

 

 

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Posted by: suzan | January 11, 2018

California Water H2O Challenge 2018

 

Once again, the Cal Water H2O Challenge is inviting schools in California from grades 4-6 to participate in a classroom initiated and developed project that focuses on water. In partnership with NAAEE, the WestEd K-12 Alliance, and Cal Water. The California Water H2O Challenge begins on Dec. 31, 2017 and closes Jan 31,
2018. All submissions are due February 28, 2018.

Here is the info should you choose to accept this mission:

  • The students of participating classrooms initiate, develop, and
    implement a 4-8 week-long project (or longer at teacher discretion),
    focusing on caring for water. This class-based project explores water as
    a global resource and as a local resource, while tackling a local water
    problem in an individual and community-based endeavor.
  •  A handbook can be found at https://challenge.calwater.com/ resources,
    including a guide for the flow of the project, and sample lesson plans.
    • Upon completion of the project, students create a final portfolio
    documenting their work. This portfolio, along with accompanying
    cover sheets, student reflections, and a teacher reflection, constitute
    the final submission. Sample Portfolios can be found in the resource
    section.
    • Early Registration closes Dec. 31, 2017. Final Registration closes Jan 31,
    2018. Submissions are due February 28, 2018.
    • Curriculum Alignment: Common Core State Standards and is
    complementary to the Next Generation Science Standards. In aligning
    the curriculum, sample lesson plans were developed incorporating
    these guidelines.
    • Project-Based Learning: Developed with the help of the WestEd /
    K-12 Alliance and the North American Association for Environmental
    Education, their project-based learning model offers an effective
    and engaging manner to inspire students to community action while
    achieving curriculum standards.
    • Objective Rubric: Judging of the competition will be conducted by a
    panel of experts working in education and/or an environmental field.
    It will use an objective rubric, developed with the help of the West Ed
    / K-12 Alliance. This rubric evaluates the water topic choice, project
    goals, action plan, and outcomes, long term benefits, integration with
    student learning and curriculum, student participation, impact on
    student learning, presentation, and impact on teacher practice.

In school

And the prizes are:

Grand Prize

Class Celebration: Classroom tent-camping
trip to the Santa Monica Mountains with
NatureBridge
Class Funding: $3,500 grant
Extras: Cal Water prize packs for every student

2nd Place

Class Celebration: A Pizza Party
Class Funding: $2,500 grant
Extras: Cal Water prize packs for every student

3rd Place

Class Funding: $2,000 grant
Extras: Cal Water prize packs for every student

4th Place

Class Funding: $1,000 grant
Extras: Cal Water prize packs for every student

All Participant Prizes

Student Recognition: An official certificate of
participation for every student
Teacher Recognition: A teacher certificate
Teacher Gift: An AMEX gift card

The Cal Water H2O Challenge is a very important learning lesson for students and teachers. Everyone, not only in California, can learn about water conservation, proper water usage, and helping the environment. The best thing about participating in this classroom-led competition is that everyone in the participating classes can contribute to the projects.

If your school isn’t part of the area that’s serviced by Cal Water, there are still many fun and challenging ways to include your students or your kids at home. Fun ways of learning about water conservation includes using timers for showers and baths, catching rain water or gently used water for watering plants, and growing your fruits and vegetables at home where you can control water usage. Learning about water – one of the most important resources for us – is a crucial step in preserving this most precious resource. Many countries around the world can’t get fresh water but here in the US, water can so easily be wasted and contaminated.

So, check out the website today and consider participating! https://challenge.calwater.com/.

 

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Posted by: suzan | December 27, 2017

Holiday Stress Relief

Now that the presents are opened, stomachs are full, and children are excitedly playing with their new gifts, it’s time to unwind from all the stressful holiday shopping and preparation. This year I actually learned from my previous holiday experiences by shopping early and online. But even with as much preparation as I’d like to think I had, holidays could still be more than we anticipated, so now is the best time to start de-stressing.

Get Stress Relief Naturally:

Eat the Right foods – We all know that having a healthy eating habit is the key to a successful life. When you eat the right types of food with the proper nutrients, your brain and your body will work at their premium levels. But eating certain types of food can also help relieve stress. Eating a healthy diet of fresh fruits and vegetables is key in getting top notch nutrients into your body. Fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals to help maintain your health. Eating small amounts of carbohydrates, such as whole grains, also helps release certain brain chemicals that promote relaxation. And try green tea or herbal tea to create more balance in your body. Stay away from sugary food and caffeinated beverages as they provide little if no health benefits.

Calm Environment – stress factors such as loud sounds and anxiety can put a toll on your health and mind. Relax by listening to soothing music or reading a good book. Try not to watch television as the ultraviolet rays can actually overwork your brain rather than calm it.

Aromatherapy – if you’ve ever used essential oils, you’ll know that they smell quite different from artificially scented products. Essential oils are naturally derived from certain plants to be used in almost anything you might want to fragrance. Try putting a few drops of essential oil on your light bulb to create a natural scent for your room. Add some into your bath and let the scent calm and soothe you. You can also carry vials of essential oils by adding a few rock salt into the vial with essential oils. Oils such as lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus are all great mood carriers.

Exercise – exercising isn’t just for adding muscle mass or reducing weight. Depending on the type of exercise such as Taichi, Yoga, or gentle walking, exercising helps increase blood flow to your brain and heart. Slow movement exercises where focused breathing is emphasized can also help with reducing stress. Breathing creates being in the moment and being mindful of what you’re doing, therefore decreasing the need for your brain to think too much.

Earth-Friendly Cleanup Tips:

Whether you’ve already disposed all of your Christmas waste or hid them away into a corner hoping they’ll disappear on their own, there are better and environmentally safer ways to cleaning up your trash. There will most likely be two categories of cleanup – waste from gifts and the gifts themselves – and there are three options you can choose when it comes to disposing them: donate, recycle, or reuse.

What to do with unwanted gifts:

Donating – this is a great way of giving away those gifts that you either don’t want or have more than one of.  Someone out there will appreciate the gift that you dropped off at the donation center. It’s also a great tax write-off if you’re inclined to get a receipt.

Reuse (or re-gifting) – consider that the present you received isn’t one you’re likely to use, it’s okay to re-gift it to someone who you know will appreciate or use it. What if you received two books of the same title? You’re not likely to keep both of them are you? Simply give one away to a friend who you know will enjoy the book or help someone start a new collection of books.

Recycle – recycling unwanted items might sound dodgy, but at least it won’t go to waste or end up in the landfill. Almost anything can be recycled but check to make sure your local recycling center can take them. For recycling items and recycling center, check out Earth911: https://search.earth911.com/.

All that trash!:

It would be so easy to just take a giant trash bag and dump everything in that bag. But wait! Consider that most of the trash can either be recycled, re-purposed (or reused), or upcycled.

Wrapping paraphernalia – wrapping papers, bows, bags, and boxes in good condition can be saved and re-used. Keep them stored in their own bin so you can reuse them throughout the year. Check before you buy any new wrapping items so that you don’t end up with more waste.

Easy and fun crafts – Turn those cardboard boxes and shredded wrapping paper into fun crafts for your kiddos. Wrapping paper can be made into creative bookmarks. Cardboard boxes can be made into secretive forts. And holiday cards can be turned into gift tags.

Leftover food and treats – If you still have a lot of leftover food and sweet treats, consider donating them to a local food shelter. Most food shelters will take unopened food but be sure to call ahead and see what they’ll accept. Untouched food can also be given to a neighbor. Maybe you have extra loaves of cake, cookies, or chocolate and you know that you really shouldn’t eat all of it anyway. Your neighbors might enjoy that homemade cake your aunt made or bring leftover and (clean) treats to your office’s staff lounge.

Getting ready for next year:

So now that you’ve attempted these stress-relieving tips what should you do now? Plan ahead for next year’s holiday season? Well yes and no. Planning early for the next major holiday can help relieve some stress. Just like any major event, planning ahead prevents most major snafus that may arise. If you’re already thinking about next Christmas and you have the time and patience, start shopping the after-Christmas sales. I guarantee you’ll find some excellent deals that you can pat yourself on the back come October or November. Just remember where you put all of those great after-Christmas items so you don’t stress out when you can’t find them next year.

Here’s to a healthy and happy 2018!

*photos courtesy of Martha Stewart Living, Speculoos.net

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Posted by: suzan | December 20, 2017

Book Inspired Holiday Season

 

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You Get A Book! You Get A Book! And You Get A Book! Ah, if I was as rich as Oprah Winfrey, I’d be handing out books to everyone and everywhere I go. A book in itself is priceless, and you really can’t put a price tag on the knowledge you’d receive from that book. But sadly, unless books are on the required reading list at school, there just doesn’t seem to be enough readers anymore. This year, I’ve endeavored myself to give out more book gifts or gifts that inspire reading. Reading a book can transform you to another time and place where magical lands and journeys await you. Books can also get you out of a bad mood or a dreadful funk. And books can inspire you to put your own thoughts and dreams onto paper.

A book gift can be for any age and gender. Books can be for beginner readers, Bibliophiles, or anyone in between. They can be full of imaginative pictures or none at all. They can be any genre and any page length as long as the books you choose could be an interest for the recipient. My favorite people to give books to are children. While not all kids enjoy reading books, there is bound to be at least one subject that a child will like. And the best part of shopping for that particular child is to browse through your local bookstore or even online. You might even find a few new books for yourself!

Below I’ve listed book ideas for different age ranges. These titles have been curated by book professionals but feel free to check out the websites I’ve also included for more inspiration.

Darth Vader & Son / Vader's Little Princess Deluxe Box Set (includes two art prints) (Star Wars)

Pre-K to Kindergarten:

Uni the Unicorn (BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKSTORE) (AMAZON) – Uni is a regular unicorn but one thing sets her apart from her friends — she believes with all her heart that little girls are real. It’s a story of true friendship, magic, and happiness. And the sequel, Uni and The Unicorn and The Dream Come True (BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKSTORE)

Love You Forever (BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKSTORE) (AMAZON)- A story of true and undying love between a mother and his son. This book will put you in tears till the last page. Beautiful illustration and poetic prose that you can read to your child for many years.

Mighty, Mighty Construction Site (BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKSTORE) (AMAZON) -Hard work, courage, and friendship sets this book with fun illustrations that any young child will love.

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth (BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKSTORE) (AMAZON) – A clever and easy to understand illustrated book for children, Here We Are, is a wonderful beginning book to teach youngsters about our planet and how to protect it.

Goodnight Little Bear (BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKSTORE ) (AMAZON) – From the award-winning author, Richard Scarry, Goodnight Little Bear tells an endearing tale of a little bear who refuses to go to bed and the journeys he takes to finally get there. Check out all of Richard Scarry’s books when you pick this one up.

Darth Vader & Son/Vader’s Little Princess (BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKSTORE) (AMAZON) -One would think this book is all about darkness and suffering but it’s actually a cute and funny book about the trivial and complicated life of being a parent (albeit a dark one).

Young Readers:

The Magic Misfits (BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKSTORE) (AMAZON) – If you like reading about magic and learning about the secrets behind it, then this fun book full of treasures and codes is for you. Filled with delight and intrigue, Neil Patrick Harris writes a book that will keep your child’s interests for many years.

Who Was…BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKSTORE) (AMAZON) -The Who Was books are written in an easier format for young readers to understand the history and life of a past famous person. Great for school reads but also many interesting people for the history lovers!

What Was…(BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKSTORE) (AMAZON) – The What Was books are similar to the Who Was books ranging with subjects such as dinosaurs, The Declaration of Independence, and The Great Pyramids.

Older Kids:

Harry Potter (BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKSTORE ) (AMAZON) – The entire Harry Potter series must be read once you’re past 12 years old. It’s a classic that’s as treasured as well, the old classics. Filled with magic, heartache, and triumph, Harry Potter and his friends journey from childhood to young adults in the entire series.

Legend SeriesBARNES AND NOBLE BOOKSTORE) (AMAZON) – A young adult dystopian thriller that keeps you reading till the very end. Filled with action, suspense, and friendship bonds, the Legend series is a wonderful collection for readers of fantasy and futuristic realism.

A Wrinkle In Time (BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKSTORE) (AMAZON) – Soon to be a major motion picture, A Wrinkle In Time takes the reader on a selfless journey across time and space to find and rescue the main character’s father who is somehow imprisoned between time and space.

Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir by [Tan, Amy]

Grown-up readers:

Hidden Figures (BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKSTORE) (AMAZON)- An award-winning book, Hidden Figures tell the story of five real life scientists who breaks the ground for women in NASA.

Uncommon  Type: Some Stories (BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKSTORE) (AMAZON) – From the ultra talented actor and director, Tom Hanks, Uncommon Type: Some Stories is a clever blend of realism and satire. Written throughout the years, Tom Hanks finally puts his masterpiece together in a collection of 17 short stories.

Amy Tan’s Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir (BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKSTORE) (AMAZON) – From best selling author, Amy Tan reveals her life story from childhood to growing up with immigrant Chinese parents. Her painful and triumphant path to becoming one of the most acclaimed authors worldwide is cleverly written through poetic and touching prose.

Have a joyful holiday season and remember that a great book starts with the first page.

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Posted by: suzan | November 20, 2017

The Chosen Knights Author Book Tour

If you like adventure filled with fun and danger, then you’d enjoy reading The Chosen Knights by Mary Ting aka M. Clarke. Set in present time with references to the age of the Templar Knights, archangels Lucia, Zachary, and friends are on a mission to prevent an evil being from taking over Earth and dominating over humans. There are demons, angels, and other supernatural beings in this exciting book and every step of the way some type of surprise gets thrown in.

Lucia, Zachary, and their uncle are sent to the “human” world to find some missing teenagers. Thinking it’s just a typical angel mission, the team finds themselves involved more than originally planned. Along the way the meet a human teenage boy, Jack who tells them he is descended from the Templar Knights. As the mystery slowly unfolds itself, Lucia and her team of friends find themselves transported to another era in order to find the missing pieces of an ancient book that can bring back the ages of darkness and evil. With the help of some not so angelic beings, Lucia makes discoveries of herself as well and finds that falling in love with a powerful demon may be her ultimate downfall.

Synopsis:

When teens go missing in Hawaii, a group of demon-hunters—half human and half angel—disguised as high school students, must leave Crossroads, the place where they reside. In a race against time, they uncover the mystery connecting the missing teens, which dates back to the era of the Knights Templar. However, when they discover one of the Templars passed down a book containing all the secrets and codes to finding a particular treasure, they soon realize this forbidden treasure needs to be found before Cyrus, the lord of the possessor demons, acquires it—a treasure which been safeguarded and hidden from him.

There is only one problem: the pages containing the clues leading to the treasure is missing. When the first page is found, Cyrus threatens to kill more descendants of the Knights Templar if it is not given to him by Friday the thirteenth. In the midst of threats and discovery, the demon-hunting angels find they are not alone when supernatural beings begin to reveal themselves. Can they put their differences aside and work together to solve the Knights Templars’ cipher? As they astral travel to the past, they witness a lot more than they have bargained for. And some things are better left unseen.

 

You can read The Chosen Knights on its own or read the prequel, Angel Knights where it tells the beginning of Lucia and Zachary. The Chosen Knights is the first book in The Secret Knights series and it is a book filled with incredible descriptions of angels, demons, monsters, and astral projection. There is some light comedy, some very sweet romance, and adventurous fighting among the angels and supernatural monsters. Great for young adults and teens with clean language and no explicit content.

For more info about The Chosen Knights, please visit Goodreads: (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28266640-the-chosen-knights?ac=1&from_search=true) and Amazon: (https://www.amazon.com/Chosen-Knights-Secret-Book-ebook/dp/B01D744ITE)

Author Bio:

International Bestselling Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.

Author links:

https://twitter.com/maryting

http://marytingbooks.blogspot.ca/

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMaryTing

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4388953.Mary_Ting

Thank you Xpresso BookTours and Mary Ting for the ARC and the book tour!

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