I was recently sent out a copy of the new book for children called Curlee Girlee. It’s a nice hardcover book with the cutest illustrations and cutest story. It’s a nice story about accepting yourself for how you are and embracing your differences. I particularly loved the story because Curlee Girlee reminded me of my daughter who has very curly hair and other little girls would call her the curly hair girl. Any little girl (even straight haired ones) would love the story.
If you are in the New York area there is a Official Book launch event at Dylan’s Candy Bar on 3rd Ave on November 17,2016 There is a website to RSVP or if you want to learn more about Curlee Girlee. Visit Curleegirlee.com/
About the Author
Atara Twersky is an attorney and mother of three who divides her time between Manhattan and Long Island. Curlee Girlee was inspired by Atara’s daughter, and written to inspire her and all girls to love what makes them different and value their unique beauty.
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election activities for kids and Cat In The Hat
Seussville has a bunch of free kids activities for the election.
Visit Seussville for the rest of the activities that can be printed up.
How to Look Calm and Natural in Photos
I have never felt very photogenic. As someone with strong features, I just can’t seem to take a good picture—or at least one I like. But in this age of smartphones and social media, picture taking has become part of our daily routines. So, rather than shy away from the lens, I set out to uncover how to look natural and relaxed in front of the camera.
“Honestly, nearly all of my clients tell me they don’t like being photographed,” says Portland, Oregon–based photographer Shelby Brakken. “That’s super normal. Unless you’re a professional model, I wouldn’t expect you to feel at ease.”
That’s why Brakken makes it her first order of business to help clients relax. Before even unpacking her camera, she spends some time talking and joking with her subjects, as well as getting them to walk around in the space and move their bodies. “A lot of people become a deer in headlights when the camera comes out, so I keep them talking, and sometimes even have them fake a laugh. You can often capture something really natural right after that.”
Of course Brakken has a remarkable talent for catching the perfect moment, but many of the techniques she uses can help all of us snap better photos and look calm and relaxed when it’s our turn to be the model.
Here are her top six tricks.
1, 2, 3, Pop Up
“One of my favorite strategies to prevent blinking and create a relaxed expression is to have subjects look down at their feet. Then I count to three and have them look up at me. It produces the most natural gaze,” she says.
Alter Your Gaze
It’s okay to look at the camera lens, but don’t fixate on it. Brakken suggests mixing up where you set your gaze: look at the lens, then at the photographer, then beyond the camera.
Say the Vowels
Saying “cheese” does make you smile, but an ear-to-ear grin isn’t exactly natural. “I have people say the vowels—a, e, i, o, u,” says Brakken. “It keeps the mouth slightly open in a more flattering way.”
Smile with Your Eyes
Sometimes a full grin can look forced. By simply relaxing your mouth and “smiling” with your eyes, you can create a lot of expression.
Adjust Your Body
There’s a reason celebrities take those off-kilter poses on the red carpet—standing square to the camera can make you look awkward. To soften your look, Brakken recommends shifting one shoulder slightly toward the camera. “You also have to be mindful of the chin,” she says. “A good trick is to come forward with your forehead just a bit; it defines the jaw.”
Go to the Light
“You can take great photos if you have good light,” assures Brakken. If you’re inside, go to a window, and have the diffused light shine directly on you. If you’re outside, opt for areas in shadow—standing directly in the rays of the sun can create unflattering shadows.
By Linda Knittel, Senior Editor
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With our lives as busy as they are, we need to make a special effort to take time out to actually handmade something from scratch. It’s a worthwhile thing to do, though and can hold many benefits for you and your family. Read on to find out more.
Satisfaction of seeing a job well done
First of all, one of the best thing about sewing your own items at home is that you get the satisfaction of seeing a job through from the beginning to then end. How many of us can say that we get to do this on a daily basis? It’s so common that, in our specialized places of work, we are only responsible for our small piece of the puzzle. That is why is such a refreshing change to be able to follow a project through fully.
In addition, creative activities such as sewing and painting have been shown to help improve our mood and mental health. So not only do you get the benefit of doing something fun, but it could actually help to improve the quality of your life as well.
Homemade gifts : You have creative control
Another advantage of sewing items yourself is that you have ultimate creative control over the end product. You get to choose the colors and the finish. You can make a tweak here and there when you-you get a bit more advanced too.
For any skill level
One of the greatest thing about sewing is that is works for any skill level. Beginners can start with basic projects like eye masks or pursues. While more experienced may opt for items of clothing like dresses or shirts.
Some people prefer to try their hand a decorative embroidery. While others like to make practical things from their home like peg bags and oven gloves. There really is no end to the possibilities of things that you can make, which mean you’ll never get bored either.
Homemade gifts are special
One of the things about sewing gifts yourself is that, those that receive them are made to feel really special. They know how much work and time you have put into this item for them. It’s a really nice way of expressing your love, even if you haven’t got loads of money to spend. That is why homemade gifts often have a lot more sentimental value than store bought ones.
Cost a lot less
One of the best benefits of sewing items yourself is that you can get a similar product for a lot less money. One you have your own sewing machine, you can buy wholesale fabric and materials and make multiple items from one batch of stuff. It’s much cheaper to make things from scratch than it is to buy them, all it costs you is your time.
They can be personalized
The fact that home sewn items can be personalized is another big draw for those that enjoy sewing. You can add names or initials. Or even particular phrases and designed that are meaningful for the recipient.
This is a collaborative post with YourOrganicChild.com
PetSmart is having in store events for the release of the new movie The Secret Life Of Pets Check your local PetSmart for more information. Times may be different at some locations. The events are as follows:
On July 23rd from 12-4pm
The Secret Life of Pets
Max has escaped, this time at PetSmart! Find him with the help of our clues & map for an in-store adventure. Visit 10 different stations throughout the store. First 30 kids to complete the quest receive a prize!
On June 25th the first 100 kids get a free movie poster, fun photo-op & treat samples for your pets. PLUS, get a free youth movie ticket with purchase.
All you need is a few boxes of crayons and some silicone heart molds and your ready to go
First thing you need to do is take off the wrappers off the crayons. The easiest way to do that is put them in a bowl of hot water for about 30 seconds. The wrappers will start peeling right away.
After you have peeled all the wrappers break up all the crayons in small pieces and put a mixture of each crayon in each mold and place all the molds on a cookie sheet.
Put in the oven for about 12 – 15 minutes at 350. When the crayons are all melted they will be like water, you just need to take the tray out of the oven and let it sit on the counter till they harden up (about a half hour).
Pop them out of the mold and that’s it. You can attach them to a Valentines card or put in a little decorated clear bag to give out.