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Shifra left a comment for Simply Stacie
"Hello, I just wanted to know if your family and/or your blog would to receive some free children’s books? The link to receive your 2 free animated, multimedia storybooks is Feel free to post on your facebook,…"
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"The Summer Solstice, which occurs on June 21st, is when the sun is at its highest path through the sky and the day is the longest. It marks the beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere and simultaneously begins winter in the southern…"
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Stacie Vaughan is a mom of two daughters, ages 6 and 12, and currently lives in Nova Scotia, Canada. She studied business at both Algonquin College and University of New Brunswick and then went on to pursue her CGA (Certified General Accountant) designation while working full-time in a public practice accounting firm. In 2007, she left the workforce to be a stay-at-home mom and follow another path.

In 2008, she found her way into the wonderful world of blogging and started the review & giveaway site, Simply Stacie. In the past two years, her site has grown enormously and has become one of the top review & giveaway blogs in Canada. She now has four writers on her team who review products and perform book reviews. Stacie has begun to focus more on Social Media and growing her readership and has taken an active interest in helping other bloggers achieve their goals too. Stacie has worked with numerous companies, PR and handmade businesses over the last two years on Social Media campaigns and helping them get the word out about their product or business. She has also organized many multi-blog events included the Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop and the Handmade with Love Giveaway Hop where 200+ blogs participated.
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contests, reviews, tv shows, current events, my life
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mommyhood, blogging, social media, fashion and beauty, movies

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At 2:02am on October 24, 2010, Shifra said…
Hello, I just wanted to know if your family and/or your blog would to receive some free children’s books?

The link to receive your 2 free animated, multimedia storybooks is Feel free to post on your facebook, twitter and blog if you like.

PS- We even have 2 Halloween books you could choose from.

At 7:53pm on June 22, 2010, Erin Harding said…
I'm the New Bloggers Club group owner and am sending this out to all members...

I was wondering if anyone is wiling to take the "31 Days to a Better Blog" challenge with me?

Problogger announced this week that if we can get more than 5 people together in a blog niche (mommy blogging) to take the challenge, he will give 25% off his 31 Days to a Better Blog workbook. I was thinking of starting this challenge on July 12 and creating a Blog Frog community so we can easily discuss it each day and share our posts.

If you're interested, please reply to my discussion at the New Bloggers Club HERE.

It'll be fun! And we'll help eachother grow our blogs this summer!

At 6:19pm on June 20, 2010, Rhonda Cratty said…
The Summer Solstice, which occurs on June 21st, is when the sun is at its highest path through the sky and the day is the longest. It marks the beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere and simultaneously begins winter in the southern hemisphere. Because the day is so long the Sun does not rise exactly in the east, but rises to the north of east and sets to the north of west allowing it to be in the sky for a longer period of time. In 2010, the solstice occurs and summer begins, in the Northern Hemisphere, early on June 21, at 7:28 a.m. EDT

The solstice is due to the tilt of the earth's axis, without it we would have no seasons. The earth spins around

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At 9:06pm on June 9, 2010, Rhonda Cratty said…
Parents’ Guide to hiking with children
It is time to take all those outdoor hikes that were just dreams in January. If your children are old enough for walks, and hikes this is a special family time. To make it enjoyable for the whole family you may need to slow down to your children's pace, remember they have little legs. Let them set the pace; this is crucial - and be prepared to carry them when they get tired. Enjoy their slower pace, talk and enjoy the view. Give your children their own little pack, and give a minimum of things to carry. A hike may consist of a ½ mile that takes an hour or two, in the beginning.

There are no real rules about hiking with children. As parents, our job is to be sensitive and aware of their energy and attitude, and be ready to make alternate plans at a moments notice. Make hiking goals reasonable. Start early in the day when everyone is well rested. Keep them fed and hydrated. Some children love to travel on foot; some will dawdle looking at rocks and flowers along the way. Keep Reading at:
At 7:40pm on May 7, 2010, Rhonda Cratty said…
In 1907, Anna M Jarvis, to ease her grief, proposed and then organized an annual remembrance for her mother who had passed on into loving memory. It was a special memorial service that was to honor her mother with five hundred carnations-her mother's favorite flower-made into corsages.

Miss Jarvis worked, for the next seven years, to create a national holiday honoring mothers. On May 8, 1914 Woodrow Wilson declared the second Sunday in May "Mother's Day," urging an annual "public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country."

Very quickly the day became a commercial event. Anna Jarvis spent the rest of her life fighting the commercialism of this holiday that was so dear to her heart. She wrote countless letters, articles and pamphlets arguing that the holiday had been intended to inspire thoughtful, loving gestures-"through some distinct act of kindness, visit, letter, a gift or tribute to show remembrance of the mother to whom general affection is due."

Although Mother's day ended up disappointing Anna Jarvis, she did give us a beautiful day full of reflection. Keep Reading at:
At 8:44pm on April 24, 2010, Rhonda Cratty said…
The last month of school provides parents with an opportunity to encourage their children to become self-motivated. It is easy during first months of school to motivate children. Everything is new, new teacher, room, school supplies, a fresh start to be brilliant! Yet, all those reasons are external.

The end of a school year is a perfect time to teach our children to be intrinsically motivated; geography or environment change will not necessarily make them motivated over time. It is a gift to help children learn how to work consistently, and get pleasure from their work, to become life long learners.
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At 7:06pm on April 16, 2010, Rhonda Cratty said…
Spring weather can be a challenge for parents; it can be sunny, it can rain, or snow, all in the same week. Active children love to run and play outdoors, but when the weather conditions change from day to day and they need to limit their outdoor activities children tend to get antsy.

Although, children do need to learn that it is not the weather that makes them moody, it is their attitude toward the weather. A special plan for when the weather is tempestuous will be a colossal advantage to both parents and children. Special treats and activities that are enjoyed only on stormy days pass the hours pleasantly while your children are cooped up indoors.

Create a stormy day box which is filled with treasures and inspirations to occupy children. Special paper, glitter, paint, crayons, Popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, craft books, all the elements you already have in your household.
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At 7:47am on April 7, 2010, Di Viola said…
Hi Stacie,

Swing by my website and enjoy the funny side of being a woman. "Southern Ladies Business" is a tri-weekly humor blog about motherhood, men, aging and life in America. Feel free to browse, "Past Blogs." Some of my favorite ones are posted there.
At 6:42am on April 7, 2010, Rhonda Cratty said…
Most children learn the basic rules of their language at an early age through listening and practice. Learning to make sense of language requires time, development and lots of practice in everyday situations. A lot of verbal interaction not only helps children to communicate and be sociable, but understand their environment as it helps children with thinking and reading abilities.

A great majority of children develop language very efficiently, they out grow small problems like the inability to pronounce words as adults do. However, if your child appears not to hear what you say to her/him, if you find it difficult to understand your child, if she/he has noticeably different communicative abilities from other children of the same age, you may choose to speak to your family Doctor.

As parents, we are our children’s chief resources in language development. With our questions, as well as how we listen and respond to our children’s comments, we become our child’s main sustainers of language development and growth. With many oral interactions our children are encouraged to understand the written language, as they learn to comprehend.

Because oral language is so crucial to a child’s literacy development, which includes listening, speaking, reading and writing skills we need to cultivate it each day. Children need to learn how conversation works, how to take turns, look attentively, use facial expressions. They need interaction with other children their own age, and mixed-age groups. Family activities should nurture collaboration and discussion such as building with blocks together, games, book-sharing, gardening, long walks, cooking, dinner time, puzzles and even sewing. keep reading at:

At 7:55pm on April 2, 2010, Rhonda Cratty said…
Dating back to the fourteenth century Hot Cross Buns have been a part of Good Fridays. According to legend, on Good Friday the poor would visit abbey kitchens, where monks would give them a spicy currant bun with iced crosses. These Hot Crossed buns were considered blessed and believed to impart powerful protection.

By the eighteenth century, their popularity had grown and English street vendors would sell them by the bushel on Good Friday. Today hot cross buns are sold in bakeries throughout the season of Lent. This simple recipe can be whipped up for family and served with your favorite tea.

Easy Hot Cross Buns

Not the traditionally made buns, but these are delicious Hot Cross Buns are made in half the time.

Rhodes Dinner rolls
1 beaten egg
2/3 cups of currants
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 teaspoons granulated sugar
6 tablespoons milk

Coat large muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray

Place two frozen dough balls in each tin sprinkle in currants and cinnamon

Preheat oven to 200 then TURN OFF OVEN.

Boil Water in tea pot and pour in shallow pan, place pan on lower rack.

Place rolls in oven 1 hour or until double in size.

Remove pan of water.

Cut a deep cross into the top of each bun with a sharp knife

Brush with beaten egg

Bake at 350 for 15 minutes

To make a glaze, dissolve 4 teaspoons granulated sugar in 6 tablespoons of milk and boil for 2 minutes. Brush warm buns twice with this syrup to glaze.

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