Shopping for a Cause

On December 27, 2014 a family in my local area was headed home from a holiday visit in Tennessee when they were involved in a tragic car accident. Mom Missy Meade, Gage (12), and Hannah (5) were all involved.  Missy died a few days after the accident and Gage was ejected from the car sustaining severe injuries.  Obviously the family (and community) is reeling in the aftermath of this horrific tragedy.

Wanting to help, a local group of moms banded together and began organizing a fundraiser to support the family.  After months of planning, that fundraiser is going to take place this weekend… Saturday from 4-8pm at Echo Church: 3187 Western Row, Maineville, OH.  There will be raffle baskets, food, entertainment, free childcare, and 70+ local vendors and businesses in attendance (for more information, check out the facebook event page).

The amount of work that has gone into organizing this event has been absolutely amazing, and I am extremely honored to be one of the vendors participating, representing Barefoot Books.  One of the things I love most about being a Barefoot Books Ambassador is that I have the ability to be active in the community and support local organizations and fundraisers, like this one.  It’s such a special and rewarding thing, and I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday evening.

In addition to the items I donated for the raffle baskets and my table fee, I’m also going to be donating 10% of my sales.  I can’t even begin to imagine what this family must be going through, and I feel compelled to help however I can.  If you’re in the local Cincinnati area, I urge you to come on out to the fundraiser.  Whether you buy from me or not, whether you stay long or not, I hope you’ll be there- every person who attends is one more person showing support for this family and their struggle.

If you’re not local, or you have other obligations tomorrow night, you can shop online via my Barefoot Books marketplace and still support this cause.  I’ve set up a special event link that will flag online orders made through this URL (http://bit.ly/meade-family) and tag them as part of the fundraiser effort.  10% of sales from online orders placed via the URL will also be donated to the Meade family.

Please help me spread the word, and let’s see what difference we can make for this family at this difficult time.

Calling Book Lovers- Join Us at Barefoot!

I’ve been a Barefoot Books Ambassador for almost 6 months now, and I really like it.  I get to meet all sorts of new people and have so many different experiences that I just wouldn’t have otherwise.  And, I get to discover some really awesome books along the way.  We’re always looking for enthusiastic people to join us, so here is your open invitation to explore a bit more about Barefoot Books and all we have to offer!  Now is an especially good time to take the plunge since the starter kit is on sale (just $99!!!).

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You don’t need to be a literary expert, or a teacher, author, publisher, editor… you just need to enjoy children’s books!  If you really love our books (and, once you see them, you will- TRUST ME) then the rest is easy.  It isn’t a job or work- it’s a hobby, it’s a lifestyle.

Curious to learn more?  Leave me a comment and/or join our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/508148832659316/

I do hope you’ll stop by and explore- we’d love to have you!

Barefoot Books- Season’s Readings

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, I know many of us are rushing (and stressing?) to get our holiday shopping done.  So many people to buy for, so little time.  And what to get everyone?  It seems to just get harder every year!

In addition to things the kids on my list specifically request, I also like to give a book.  It’s just my thing.  Call me a weirdo if you want, I don’t care.  It’s something I like to do, and I’m going to keep doing it until there aren’t any kids left for me to purchase for.

This year, most, if not all, of those books will be coming from Barefoot Books. Yes, I sell Barefoot, so that’s definitely an incentive.  But also, I just LOVE these books.  They are so unique and such a perfect fit for so many different kids.  It’s really a no brainer.  And with Barefoot’s current 20% off sale (ending tomorrow night- 12/3), I can get all my shopping done at a discount- does it get any better than that?

I’ll probably be getting my son some new Bear books for our collection and probably a new sing-along, too:

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"Bear About Town" is part of the Bear series and helps teach the days of the week

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"Bear on a Bike" is part of the Bear series and emphasizes different types of travel.

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"Driving my Tractor" is one of our extremely popular sing-alongs.

For my new baby nephew, I think Alligator Alphabet will be going in my basket:

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My 9 year old neice is a bit tougher since she’s on the older end of the Barefoot spectrum, but I’m thinking a copy of “Twelve Dancing Princesses” (hardcover) would be perfect for her:

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And my 11 year old nephew will probably be getting Achilles (hardcover w/CD) because I think it’s something he’ll really enjoy!

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So if you’re looking for something new and unique this year, why not check out Barefoot (http://bethbfb.barefootbooks.com)?  You won’t regret it…especially if you are able to try them out during this sale. Just use code TOGETHER20 at checkout to get your 20% off.  And if your order is over $60, it ships free.  Don’t you just love savings!?

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(By the way, I’m also hosting a little Season’s Readings sale over on Facebook and Instagram.  I’m selling off some inventory at steep discounts, and you won’t want to miss you.  Hop on over and check out what I’m offering… if you see something you want, message me or comment on the post to claim it as yours. The prices are great and the products are amazing- things will go quickly!).

Cincinnati Moms Blog

I am so thrilled to announce that I am a brand new contributor for the Cincinnati Moms Blog! This terrific blog just launched in September, and I actually reached out to the owners (Sarah and Jesika) initially to discuss partnerships and other opportunities in my capacity as a Barefoot Books ambassador.

We met at a location extremely convenient to me and chatted about our kids, the blog, and Barefoot Books. Sarah and Jesika are such sweet, wonderful women, and I am in awe of their vision for the site. Together, we came up with some possible partnership opportunities, which I am extremely excited about! I can’t wait to get Barefoot in front of their readers- I know they’ll just love them.

During our discussion, they mentioned they had read my blog and wondered if I’d like to be a contributor to their site. I was hopping with glee (internally), and of course I contacted them shortly thereafter to accept! I learned the ground rules, submitted my bio, and tried to jump right in tossing out ideas for content.

My first post actually just went live yesterday, and I am so proud of it! I’d love it if you went and checked it out (Fall Family Traditions)!
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I still cannot believe I have gotten this amazing opportunity to be in on the ground floor of such an amazing site. I am so looking forward to watching the blog grow and expand as we continue to spread the word and source great content for our readers. What an exciting time!

MDG4 [Day 488]

Have you heard of MDG4?  And no, it’s not some weird new disease that is coming from your paper towels or nylon backpack straps or whatever.  So don’t freak out.

But I’ll ask it again- have you heard of MDG4?  No?  Good, then I’m not alone.  But also not good because this is a big deal, people.  And I can’t believe I’m just now learning about it.

MDG4 stands for Millennium Development Goal 4- it’s a UN driven initiative to reduce the number of child deaths by 2/3rds by 2015.  There are actually 8 goals in all, and they were set during the UN Millennium Summit that took place in 2000.  But the one I want to dive into is Goal 4.

In 1990, about 12.6 MILLION children in the world died before their fifth birthday.  Think about that.  Fifth!  My son isn’t even two yet; I can’t imagine only having him around for three more years.  It’s unbearable even trying to think of existing without him, yet families in developing countries are actually living it.  Every day.

12.6 million.  That’s just slightly more than the entire population of Ohio.  So that would be like all of us Ohioans dying this year and leaving the state completely empty.  It baffles the mind.

It’s even more mind boggling when you see how they died- Malaria, Pneumonia, Diarrhea… all diseases that are completely preventable and treatable.  How is this possible?  Can’t something be done?  Why should these children suffer simply because their place of birth and circumstance?

The UN felt the same way and decided to do something.  To affect change.  And that’s why, in 2000, they developed the extremely attainable goal of reducing childhood deaths to 4.3 million by 2015.

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But what specifically is being done to reduce these deaths?

  • Malaria: bed nets, indoor spraying, and expansion of treatment
  • Pneumonia: pneumococcal vaccine and increasing access to antibiotic treatment
  • Diarrhea: expanding roll-out of vaccine and increase access to treatment
  • Prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV: accelerated roll-out of national PMTCT programs
  • Other diseases: scale up of various vaccines that typically cause child deaths
  • It should also be noted that proper nutrition plays an important factor in avoiding many of these diseases, and nutrition-focused efforts are also being undertaken.

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As a result of these efforts, the number of deaths dropped from that staggering 12.6 million figure to 6.55 million in 2012, which is still 2.2 million above the goal.  Further, the UN estimates they are currently on track to prevent 1.2 million child deaths in 2015, but that only takes us halfway there.

So what can YOU do?  Where do you come in?  Social Good Moms (a sister site of Mom Bloggers Club) launched a 500 day campaign with Save the Children counting down to the deadline of MDG4.  The focus is sharing the importance of the world doing more to keep more children in developing countries alive and well.  This is day 488.  Go to www.savethechildren.net/mdg500 to learn more and help spread the word.  Every voice helps.  Imagine if it was your baby… let’s help give these moms a voice.

Liebster Award

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I am ecstatic to announce that my good friend (and fellow blogger), Dory from Doyle Dispatch, has nominated me for the Liebster Award!  I have been following Dory’s blog for a while…and she doesn’t know this, but she’s part of the reason I started blogging.  I loved the content she was putting out and seeing how she was connecting and interacting with other people and really wanted to be part of that!  So thank you, Dory, for being my introduction to the blogging world!  I have fallen in love with blogging, and I’m not sure it’s something I’d be doing otherwise.

As some background, the Liebster Award is awarded by one blogger to another as a way to help blogs with great content but lower numbers of followers get their names out there.  It’s a great way to pay it forward and help your blogging reach grow!  The award also comes with a series of questions (supplied by the nominator) for each nominee to answer.  It is really a neat idea!

So here are Dory’s questions and my answers:

1. What is your biggest frustration with other people’s grammar?

Oh gosh this is a tough one since I’m somewhat of a grammar nut.  Probably my biggest pet peeve is when people end sentences with “at” such as “Where is the car at?” It’s like nails on a chalkboard to me, and it takes all of my effort to not reply, “Between the A and the T” (a retort I learned from my parents…thanks for that, mom). For the sake of my sanity, people, just leave off the “at”- you don’t need it!!

2. Germophobe or germophile?

I certainly would NOT classify myself as a germophobe, but I’m not sure I’m a full on germophile.  I don’t use hand sanitizer (don’t like it), and I don’t bathe my son every night.  But I also cringe when he tries to gnaw on the shopping cart or the edge of a restaurant table.  I am a bit more lax at home (“You dropped a grape? That’s ok… I’ll just pick off the dog hair, and viola!  Good as new!”) than I am when we’re out (“You dropped a grape? That’s ok- I’ll get you a new one.”), but that said- there’s a lot I let slide in all situations. I think it’s safe to say that I’m OK with a little bit of dirt, grime, and germs (hey, he’s a kid, and he’s in daycare, so it’s almost a losing battle), but I’m not going to sit by while he attempts to eat off the floor of a restaurant.

3. Glue gun or sewing?

Depends on whether I have procrastinated!  I always prefer sewing, but I don’t always get my projects in order with sufficient forethought and planning…so things that would ideally be sewn are sometimes pinned or stapled or taped or yes, even glued with the glue gun.  I am proud to say, however, that Ian’s halloween costume last year was sewn, and so was everything I made for his nursery!

4. What was your favorite grade in school and why?

I’m assuming you don’t mean college?  Because, if that’s an option, then I’d go with that, hands down!  Otherwise…probably 8th grade.  I absolutely LOVED middle school (yeah, I realize that’s abnormal), and in 8th grade you are at the top of the food chain and it’s your chance to rule the school before entering the big, bad world of high school.

5. If you could do anything other than your current job, what would it be?

I’d love to write for a living.  I’ve always wanted to write a novel or book, but I’d also be happy just blogging or contributing content to other sites, magazines, etc.  Writing is so relaxing for me, and it’s something that you can do whenever- I love that freedom.

6. If money were no object, where would you live?

If you asked me this before Ian was born, I’d probably say something “cool” like Europe.  But, after having Ian, I have a strong desire to be close to family.  So if money were no object, I’d live wherever I had to in order to be closer to my parents, my in-laws, and my siblings.  Right now that’s Virginia Beach, and that’d be just fine with me!

7. Describe your dream house.

Something with a HUGE kitchen.  In our current house, our kitchen isn’t tiny, but it’s also not overly large.  I find myself constantly needing and wishing for more counter space.  So I’ve always said that when we move into our forever home, it needs to have a monster kitchen.  I’d also love to have at least 2 acres.  We have a little over a half acre now, and I can’t imagine living anywhere with a smaller lot… I absolutely LOVE having a backyard with enough space for us to live and Ian to be a kid.  The only other must-have is a 3 car garage and a separate detached garage.  My husband has a car building hobby, so I’d love to have a place for him to keep his project car and tools that doesn’t interfere with my ability to keep my car in the garage year round!

8. What is one thing on Pinterest that you would absolutely love to make/own/do?

I’m a pinterest-addict.  I pin so much stuff, and I think I only act on 1% of those pins.  It’s terrible.  My boards are overflowing with stuff I’d love to do, so it’s impossible to pick just one thing.

9. Where is your favorite local place to shop?

I don’t know if this counts since it’s not really shopping (we don’t do a ton of shopping anyway), but we have a favorite local place to eat! It’s called Aladdin’s and has amazing Mediterranean food. The atmosphere is relaxed and the service is great. The whole family (even Ian) loves to go there.

10. What is your worst habit?

I don’t know if it’s my worst, but one that really annoys me that I just can’t seem to kick is biting my nails.  If I’m watching a movie or reading a great book, I tend to gnaw on my nails.  The only thing that helps is if they are painted- but I hardly ever have them painted, so I inevitably end up with jagged or uneven nails.

11. What book, TV,  or movie character fits you to a T?

Wow…this is hard. I’m not sure I’ve ever read a book or watched a movie where I thought, “hey! That is so me!” So I guess I haven’t found her yet, or I’m deluded? LOL

 

Now I’m passing it on and paying it forward.  Here are my nominees:

Just a Touch of Crazy

The Little Things 

Blue Giraffes and Concrete Jungles

They Call me Pelley

How to Make the Sun Shine

 

And here are my questions:

1. What’s your favorite food and why?

2. What’s the last book you read, and would you recommend it?

3. Cat person or dog person?

4. Dodgeball or 4-Square?

5. If you could remodel any room in your house/apartment/etc which would you remodel and how?

6. Do you read the book before watching the movie?

7. Biggest driving pet peeve?

8. If you were granted one wish, what would you request?

9. What’s your funniest joke?

10. What’s one thing that surprised you (pleasantly or unpleasantly) about parenthood?  What have you learned from it?

11. What’s something you want other bloggers/readers to know about you/your blog?

 

I hope you all accept your nominations and keep the Liebster Award going!  I can’t wait to see your posts, read your answers to my questions, and check out the blogs you nominate!  Once your post goes live, I’d love it if you’d copy the link into the comments here!

Congrats to the new Liebster Award recipients! Thank you, Dory, for passing it on to me!

You’re invited to a Barefoot Books twitter party!

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I’m extremely excited to announce that I am hosting a Barefoot Books twitter party this Friday (8/8) at 8PM EST!!! We’ll be chatting about children’s books, parenting, and more. It will be a fun night of laughter, great conversation, giveaways, and shopping. I’d love it if you would join me. For more information and to RSVP (RSVPing isn’t required but is appreciated!), go to bethbfb.com/get-social!

Oldies But Goodies link party at Crafty State of Mind

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Last week I added my DIY Ring Holder post to Crafty State of Mind’s “Oldies but Goodies” link party.  This is such a neat idea for a link up because it gives you an opportunity to dust off some older posts and introduce them to a new audience. I’m sure almost everyone has an old post that they love that they’d like to bring to the attention of new (and existing) readers. I certainly did!
Jen, from Crafty State of Mind, picks a few posts from the previous week’s link up  and features the on the current link party… and my post was chosen!!! I was so excited and surprised to hear that she picked mine among so many outstanding submissions.  Hop on over to her blog to check out all the great submissions and to add your own post to the link up!