July 30, 2015

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Kind Is The New Pretty

    I am excited to share  my first non-fiction book, Kind is the New Pretty is almost complete! As I  continue to research and “Combat Mean” for The Mean Girl Extinction Project , I have found girls who are relationally aggressive, (displaying  mean girl behavior), are girls who most often have low self-esteem and/or body image. They have […]

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February 16, 2015

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Beauty and your reflection…Motivation Monday

It is so easy to look to our reflection and and compare what we see by what society tells us is beauty. When we focus on our physical beauty, we are helping only ourselves. But when we spend our time and focus on our inner beauty (our heart) through our attitude, behavior and actions, we […]

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January 24, 2015

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Are The Apps Your Child Using Dangerous?

As an educator and parent of two teenagers with smart phones,  I am acutely aware there are apps out there that are dangerous and easily accessible to them. It’s not that I  think the creators of these apps are purposely out to harm our children but  I realize any app can be dangerous in the wrong […]

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July 17, 2014

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You know you are a writer when…

You know you are a writer when you are,” in the zone,” your words easily flowing from your finger tips onto the page  and you have to stop. It’s not because you want to, but because  you have been writing for days and your neck and shoulders are screaming at you. They continue to burn with […]

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July 8, 2013

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Barbie vs Average 19 Year Old Teen, How Do They Measure Up?

The above picture is a  3-D model created using Photoshop and the Centers for Disease Control’s measurements of the average 19-year-old woman. What a fantastic  representation of what is real and normal for a teenage girl. I love the article by Scott Stump which I have included in the link below because he sheds light on […]

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May 19, 2013

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How Predators are Using Instagram and Why Your Child is at Risk

I am not one of those over protective parents who think everyone is out to get my children nor do I think Instagram is bad. I do however believe there are unkind people in the world who will use for bad things created for good. It is my job as a parent to protect my kids […]

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May 14, 2013

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10 Things Every Mom Needs to Know, From Kids Everywhere

An Open Letter to Mom If you are a mom, this is a must watch. Here is a little reality check with wit and humor, seen through the eyes of a child.  

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May 9, 2013

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A Modern Retelling, Eunuch to Talent Scout, meet Hawk

  Standing in front of me, blocking the sun with his silhouette, was  this—man-boy.  A man-boy is what Calliope and I call guys we think are cute and totally too old for us but not really old—old,  like our parents. Take for example, Matt Damon, who did all of the Bourne Identity movies. Cute. But […]

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March 16, 2013

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What Do Your Book Characters Look Like To Your Target Audience?

Curious what your book characters look like to your target audience?  I have often wondered myself how others might see my characters. Do they picture them the way I visualize them? Have I done a good job describing my characters physical traits, style and personality? I teach fifth grade and recently began to think, hummm…fifth […]

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February 27, 2013

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The Bully Effect, Documentary Today!

    AC360 special documentary: The Bully Effect Tomorrow night at 10 pm we are joining the organization Stop Bullying: Speak Up, Cartoon Network, CNN, and AC360,  as Anderson Cooper 360 airs their special, “The Bully Effect.” Check out “The Bully Effect.” This special is looking at the lives of the people featured in the movie Bully and […]

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