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My Book’s First In-Store Debut!


So happy to announce that my children’s book will be sold in Book Revue, Long Island’s largest independent bookstore. Just in time for the holidays, too!

Check out their site here, and be sure to keep an eye out for Gracie’s table display!

A Christmas Read for the Little Ones!

Journey through the Christmas chaos with Gracie and her mom as they try their best to find the person who has dropped one of their Christmas gifts in the crowded mall! A great read for the little ones during the holiday season – this story will show you the true meaning of Christmas time!


Click here to purchase your copy today!

Order Your Copy of ‘Gracie and the Lost Christmas Gift’ Today!


Sending out copies of Gracie makes me happy! Purchase your copy today by clicking here and get some of that chaotic Holiday Shopping out of the way!

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Go for the Gold: Host a Watching Party for the 2014 Winter Olympics!

Hosting an Olympic Watching party this week? Here’s some great ways to incorporate friendly competition and sports games into your celebration!

The 2014 Winter Olympics are a wonderful opportunity to show your country pride while watching your favorite sports all during the same event. They only come around once every four years, so make it a worthwhile time with family and friends by celebrating with these fun party ideas!
The ideal Olympics Party features patriotic decorations, fun activities for adults and children, delicious food and a bunch of sports fans on the edge of their seat! Take a look at these great party tips featuring fun decorative ideas to tasty treats for the perfect Olympic Entertainment.
Catch your guests’ attention by placing tiny flags along your walkway, each one representing the different countries participating in the Olympics. Most party throwers only decorate the inside for a winter party, not realizing that it’s a nice touch to add something outside as well to put your friends in a patriotic mood before they even step inside!
Put together small Olympic medals using mini size bottles of liquor for the adults and Gatorade bottles for the children. Tie a red, white and blue ribbon around the top of each bottle and give out to each guest as a party favor!
For the food and snack table, use a large stand made out of Styrofoam to place “The Olympic Rings.” Use paper colored plates to make each ring, gluing them onto a straw. Then simply place each ring in correct order into the Styrofoam.
Snacks and appetizers are a huge part of the perfect party. It’s a great idea to have a variety of snacks so all your guests can be satisfied. You can even add festive food coloring or use red, white and blue foods to truly bring out the Olympics theme.
Fruit skewers are not only healthy but are great party treats since they’re easy to eat while socializing. Use blueberries, strawberries and marshmallows to have a plate full of red, white and blue skewers to honor the United States.
Create fun popcorn torches perfect for the kids and adults, too! Use mini ice cream cones for the torch then simply fill with popcorn, which will represent the golden torch flame. This too is another easy to eat snack that all your guests will be sure to enjoy.
Combine something healthy with something sweet to make American Flag Strawberries. Dip the strawberries half way into white chocolate so the red top is still showing. Then use blue sugar or blue sprinkles for the bottom portion of the strawberry. Once you’re finished, you will have an American Flag Strawberry!
Activities & Competitions
Have the kids of the party make Tissue Paper Torches that they get to take home with them. This is a cheap and easy to make craft that only consists of a plastic drinking glass (can purchase from a Dollar Store), spray paint if you would like to change the color of the glasses and three sheets of tissue paper (yellow, orange and red) Stick the tissue paper inside the glass, and gather so it represents a flaming torch. It is best for children to be supervised during this craft, and assisted by an adult while using the spray paint.
Enjoy a friendly, light-hearted competition with an Olympic Snowball Ring Toss. Place the Olympic Rings in their correct order on the floor about six feet away from the players (can place closer for children) Using mini marshmallows, see who can get the most “snowballs” inside the rings. At the end of the competition, have gold medal cookies waiting for the winners or another prize of your choice.
Compete in the cold as a family with a running race around the yard or at a local park. If it is snowing where you are, have a sledding competition down a nearby hill. Have a set of “judges” who time the competitions and write down everyone’s finishing time to see who wins the gold medal!
These useful tips will help create the perfect party atmosphere for you and your guests and will make your party hosting a fun and stress free experience! These ideas are also a great idea to utilize for an Olympics theme birthday party or sporting gathering.
Miss your favorite Olymic Event? Not to worry! Check out the Official Olympic YouTube Page to watch competitions, clips, highlights, and more!
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Sweet & Simple Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids

Check out my article with LongIsland.com for some great children’s craft ideas for Valentine’s Day!


The greatest thing about a child’s Valentines Day is the fun and innocence of it. For some, it’s the perfect holiday to spend with your significant other, however it can also a great time to show your family how much you care. This year, enjoy some bonding time with your kids by participating in these creative crafts together, and help them understand the concept of Valentine’s Day while making one-of-a-kind, heartfelt gifts for their friends and loved ones.

The following crafts are sure to keep everyone entertained on a chilly February day, and the kids are sure to enjoy putting their own personal touch on some of them. These innovative crafts are not too difficult to complete either, so children with basic cutting and gluing skills can easily create them with your help!
Valentine’s Day Bookmarks
Do your kiddies love to read? Help your little bookworm create their own Valentine’s bookmark to use while reading or to give a friend as a gift. This is a simple and safe craft for children to do and they can get creative by decorating their bookmark or writing a love poem on it. For this craft, children under the age of 7 may need help from a parent.
Materials Needed:
  • Red or pink construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Hole puncher
  • Yarn or ribbon
  • Decorations items (ex: sparkles, glitter, crayons or markers for drawing)
Use the red or pink construction paper to cut a rectangular-bookmark shape. Punch a hole into the top of the bookmark and put a festive ribbon or some yarn through it. (Or both) Tie the ribbon at the end to form a loop or use the yarn and let it hang down. Then have the children decorate it with any items they’d like such as googly eyes, sparkles, glitter or their own drawing and writing.
Lovely Heart Suncatcher
This fun craft is a perfect way to utilize leftover tissue paper from the holidays and will make an adorable decoration in your home! Children will enjoy their time helping you cut the tissue paper and watching the sun shine through when it is completed! This suncatcher craft is ideal for elementary aged children. With a parents help, children a bit younger can also participate.
Materials Needed:
  • Old t-shirt gift box or poster board (red or white)
  • Clear contact paper
  • Leftover tissue paper (pink, red, white)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pen
  • Gift wrapping ribbon (red)
Fold the corners of the open gift box and cut out a shape of a heart.
Cut another heart out of the inside of that heart and keep cutting to make smaller ones until you can’t cut anymore hearts. Match each of these hearts to the other side of the gift box so they are identical.
Lay half the hearts on its good side facing down onto the clear contact paper.
Cut the tissue paper into small squares.
Place the tissue paper onto the contact paper so it is slightly overlapping.
Use a second sheet of contact paper to put over the top of the tissue paper.
Use a dab of glue to fasten the strings and seal the contact paper over it.
Trim the extra paper around the hearts then hang in the window as decoration!
Valentine’s Day Ladybugs
Create heartwarming ladybugs covered in tiny heart speckles! Hang your ladybug on the fridge as decoration or on your front door to welcome guests! This craft is suitable for elementary aged children.
Materials Needed:
  • 1 large red heart cut from construction paper
  • 2 small black hearts cut from construction paper
  • 1 black pipe cleaner
  • 2 small wiggle eyes (2 for each ladybug)
  • Small paper hearts for dots (black)
Place the red heart upside down and attach the black heart to the point of the red heart, forming the ladybug’s head.
Attach another black heart to the bottom for the “bottom.”
Glue on googly eyes to the head. (the top heart)
Attach the pipe cleaner to the head and fold it in half to make two sides.
Cut a hole, or use a hole puncher to put a tiny hole into the top of the head to put the antennae through.
Once the pipe cleaner is through the hole, twist each side to form an antennae.
Then glue the small black hearts onto the body of the ladybug.
Spread some more love by decorating your home with the fun creations once they’re complete! You can also use your crafts as gifts for the children to give out to their classmates at school.

20 Steps to Writing A Children’s Book

I stumbled upon this website, “The Pioneer Woman,” where an author shared her book publishing process. I thought it was pretty cool for anyone interested in having a book published some day, or even for those doing taking the illustration route. She shared the process for her children’s book, which is even cooler because you get to check out how the photos are chosen for the story. This has been a thought of mine for a few years now that has lingered in the back of my head. It’s still up in the air but I would love to try it one day.