It’s National Karaoke Week! Karaoke is one of my favorite pastimes and I fancy myself a bit of a karaoke expert. I even have a 2nd place trophy and a “Karaoke Champion” shirt I was given as a gift to prove it. That being said, I know that everybody doesn’t share my same passion and obsession for the art form. In an effort to encourage more people to take a chance and give karaoke a try this week, I thought I’d share some bits of karaoke wisdom that I’ve learned over the years.
It’s no secret that I may possibly have one of the most entertaining kids around. If you’re a regular reader of this here blog, you’re well aware of the fun that is Jude. It seems like such a shame to keep all that awesomeness to myself, which is why I love to share him with everyone.
Jude has just turned 5 and with that comes the glory that is kindergarten. Although he’s currently in preschool, his current class shares a door (and sometimes class time) with the kindergarten class. He knows that’s a big step to go from preschool to kindergarten and asks me every day when it’s his turn to go. Kindergarten is a huge deal to the preschoolers – they’re the “big kids” of the school.
So in honor of my baby who is so eager to be a big kid, I want to say Happy Kindergarten Day!
But, wait! What does Kindergarten Day mean? Why celebrate Kindergarten Day? Continue reading “Happy Kindergarten Day!” »
First of all, Simply Suzanne’s Granola is, well, GREAT.
Possibly the best granola of all time.
Second of all, here’s my story of how I tasted Simply Suzanne’s Granola.
It started at the IDEA Detroit conference. Suzanne, the wizard behind the amazing concoctions, was a featured speaker at the conference (topic: why she chose to create her business in Detroit). During her presentation, Suzanne graciously handed out samples of her granola. I happily accepted one (the cherry flavor).
When I got home, I put my granola sample on my kitchen counter and relished the thought of enjoying it the next morning. That never happened.
Grover, my 11 year old mutt, ate it instead. I was mad.
So I went to Simply Suzanne’s Facebook page and left a note about how sad I was that Grover ate my granola. Suzanne replied and ended up giving me TWO free bags of granola to try.
So ate them. And loved them. So fruity. So nutty. So tasty. So cherry. So simply GREAT. Continue reading “Simply Suzanne’s Granola is Simply Delightful!” »
“Libraries are the mind and soul of their communities, and librarians are the mind and soul of the library.” – American Library Association
April 16th is National Librarian Day, according to Holiday Insights. That means today is your chance to honor and celebrate the librarians who serve your community.
As Thomas Jefferson said, information is the currency of democracy. Librarians provide one of the most valuable services in a free society, protecting free access to information and knowledge, and intelligently using technology to enhance services. As the saying goes, librarians may not know everything, but they know where to find it.
In honor of Librarian Day, here are some facts* about libraries and librarians:
• Including academic, public, government, school and special libraries, the United States has a total of 122, 101 libraries, employing a total of 150,296 librarians.
• According to self reports by public libraries, library visitation has increased over the past ten years. In 2010, there were 5.1 visits per capita.
• In 2010, libraries circulated 2,277,549,000 materials, or 7.7 items per capita.
• In 2010, 34 percent of all circulated materials in public libraries were materials for children.
• The Harris Poll from Harris Interactive for 2008 found that 92 percent of Americans say they view their local library as an important education resource.
• Former First Lady Laura Bush, Beverly Clearly, Lewis Carroll, and Marcel Proust were all librarians at one time in their lives.
My son, Jude, is the world’s biggest Star Wars fan. Well, wait. That’s a big claim considering some of the Star Wars fans out there. Ok, he’s at least the world’s biggest 5-year-old Star Wars fan. He’s watched the movies countless times, he visits the 501st Legion every year at the Motor City Comic Con (as seen in this post), he watches the cartoons, and my god, he has toys out the wazoo. Last year, I even went so far as to make a stormtrooper costume for Halloween because in his mind a simple store-bought stormtrooper would NOT do. We spend the drive to and from school discussing why Anakin was overcome by the dark side, why it’s good to be a Jedi, why Boba Fett (his favorite) was a bounty hunter and how he doesn’t think that Boba was necessarily BAD, per se, but misunderstood. Needless to say, the boy loves Star Wars.
Happy Scrabble day everyone! How will you celebrate this national holiday today?
When Alfred Mosher Butts first created Scrabble in 1938, he probably never thought that one day it would have its own holiday. In fact, it took several years before the game became popular. It wasn’t until the early 1950’s, when a Macy’s executive discovered Scrabble while on vacation, that Scrabble started to become a household name. He loved the game so much that he placed an order for his store and the rest is history.
If you grew up playing Scrabble, you are not alone. It is estimated that there are approximately one hundred million sets sold worldwide, and about one to two million sets sold each year in North America alone. This game is so popular that some stores have to ration the supply in order to not run out.
Five reasons why it’s good to play Scrabble:
- It’s FUN. After all, why would people play games if it weren’t for fun?
- Build your vocabulary.
- Bonding experience with friends and family.
- Encourages problem solving.
- You can also use bad words and not feel guilty.
So, there you go – plenty of reasons to play this awesome game. So, dust off your Scrabble or, if you don’t have one, get one and celebrate Scrabble day!
Please share with us what you did to commemorate this holiday by posting a comment or picture.
That’s right, April 12th is the celebration of the first successful manned space flight by Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in 1961. This year, the United Nations have made it an official resolution, with more than 50 states taking part in drafting the document. However, in Russia, they have been celebrating this day since 1962.
Yuri Gagarin was a 27-year-old cosmonaut who circled the Earth on the Vostok 1 spacecraft before returning successfully – and safely – back to Soviet soil after 1 hour and 48 minutes. Yuri instantly became a national hero of the Soviet Union and a world-famous figure. His accomplishment was celebrated with lavish parades so elaborate and spectacular, they are only overshadowed by the majesty of the Soviet World War II victory parades. Yuri also earned the country’s highest honor, the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.
The Academy of American Poets launched National Poetry Month in 1996 and is observed every April. Publishers, booksellers, libraries, schools and poets across the country celebrate poetry and its contribution to American culture. In honor of this literary art, behold, a poem about the mortgage process at Quicken Loans.
Engineered to Amaze
Just saw a commercial about low mortgage rates
And wondered how long the qualification process takes
I picked up the phone and dialed toll free
A Quicken Loans team member happily greeted me
They pulled my credit, but it was no surprise
My hard work indeed made my credit score rise
We talked about the documents needed to refinance
Sending everything electronically made me want to dance!
No trips to a bank that closes at five
I’ve got a busy schedule, don’t they know I’m alive?
Quicken Loans made it easy to share my income and assets
To determine the loan program that fits my life best
When I heard my new payment I was almost in shock
I could hardly wait to secure my rate lock
I hopped online and visited MyQL
Where my personal page held every detail
I signed my documents online with access 24 hours a day
It’s clear this company is always finding a better way!
They reviewed my profile like a smooth ninja fighter
I could not believe these were the skills of a loan underwriter
Communication was key, no stone left unturned
As the process moved forward I was never concerned
Got a question or need information you can use?
Just visit their website and read Mortgage News
Whether you’re looking to purchase or refinance a home
Quicken Loans exceeds expectations, they polish it up like chrome
Making you feel like the king or queen of your castle is intentional
I had no clue when I picked up the phone
I’d actually enjoy getting a home loan
My loan was closed in about 30 days
They’ve been doing this for years, it’s not just a phase
Their great client service is Engineered to Amaze!