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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

THIS IS IT......

This is what I have been waiting for.

I have information about how you can purchase our book.


Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4568-4021-1

Book orders can be placed through the Xlibris’ Book Order Department.

To order from Xlibris:

• Call: 1-888-795-4274

• Fax: 1-610-915-0294 or 1-610-915-0293

• E-mail:

• By mail, please send your order, along with a check or payment information to:

Attention: Book Orders


1663 Liberty Drive

Suite 200

Bloomington, IN 47403

(Please note that for orders sent by mail, Xlibris has a processing turnaround time of 5 business days before order placement.)


Book page:

Author page:

Thanks for your support. I hope you enjoy our book as much as we do.



Tuesday, December 28, 2010

how cool is this?! Check it out....




HOW EXCITED AM I??????????

SUPER EXCITED --in case you didn't notice hehehe

I finalized the changes needed for our book, My Darling Teddy Bear. Publishing begins in the morning.

I am going to make phone calls tomorrow for story times and book signings.

I hope you get to read (and buy) our book.



Friday, December 24, 2010


ok I think I figured it out--I will have a twitter party with hashtag #mimibella date and time to be announced the first week of January. The topic will be children's books. Hope you can make it.


Christmas traditions

What Christmas traditions do you carry on for your children? Some people put much effort into passing on traditions for their family but some traditions just evolve over time.

We eat Hibachi for Christmas dinner. We started this the first year Sophia was born. I have a friend who is Jewish and I asked her to spend Christmas with us and just decided to go to Benihana. We had a blast and continued the tradition.
When I was little, I have fond memories of christmas eve at grandma's house and we watched the wizard of oz while we waited for Santa to come. That is something I do with Sophia as well.
Sophia made her own tradition with her cousin Katie. I bought a gingerbread house last year and they built it and this year SOphia lobbied for another one "MAMA, ITS WHAT ME AND KATIE DO TOGETHER!" How could I argue with that!
We also listen to Alvin and the chipmunks as we open gifts on Christmas morning. We finish gifts with a cup of hot chocolate and breakfast.
We always make sure we donate food for a family. We also donate old toys in preparation for new toys. We also buy toys for toys for tots. It was important to pass on the spirit of giving to others to Sophia and she truly has embraced it and is a very compassionate little person. She makes me proud.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Seafood angel hair pasta

ok i wanted to make something with scallops that were in the freezer. Here is what I came up with.

1/2 lb baby scallops
1 jar of Goya artichoke hearts
1 jar Wegmans white clam sauce
1 can petite diced tomatoes (with jalapenos if you like spice)
italian seasoning

Boil whole wheat angel hair pasta in a pasta pot.

While pasta is cooking, sprinkle salt pepper garlic on scallops. sear scallops in a pan with a spray of Pam olive oil.

Brown them.

pour in jar of white clam sauce and boil

whisk to get the brown bits from the bottom of the pan.

add 1/2-3/4 can of tomatoes with the juice-- whole can if you like.

add artichokes, salt pepper, garlic, italian seasoning.

simmer for 10 mins.

Pour strained pasta in a bowl and pour scallop mix over the pasta and toss.

Served with salad and garlic bread.


My four year old ate the whole plate!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

video game education?

I hope you watched these powerful videos. I am a veteran teacher with 2 master's degree. One in admin and supervision and one in ESL and educational technology. I am also a mother of a four yr old who could teach her teachers how to use technology. She proficiently uses an ipod touch, A first generation ipod, tivo, wii, laptops, desktops, tv, vcr and dvd players.

SO many people say that video games are ruining our children. I actually don't agree. I think technology is a powerful tool in teaching our children. My daughter is addicted to wii! Some of you may be horrified that a 4 yr old could be addicted to Wii but I think with supervision and guidance video games can be educational.

While my daughter plays Wii, she READS the sentences and directions as they pop up on the screen --yes FOUR years old-- she reads everything, everywhere we go. She also counts, adds and subtracts when she gains or loses coins in games. She also has to use logic and reasoning skills for these games (should I eat a power candy now or wait until later). I am usually playing the games with her and making her aware of the concepts as she moves through the games.

I think even children who don't have guidance with the games use these skills, though they just don't realize and make a connection to the concepts because of a lack of supervision. If you watch a child who is below level in reading, they will be able to play, and often win, video games with ease. The problem usually stems in a classroom because they are not making a connection between what they just did on the video game to what they are learning.

I have found that when I incorporate technology in my lessons, my students are more apt to pay attention and it promotes engagement because they ALL want to do something on the smartboard or the computer. Smart boards allow me to use color and highlight concepts that I want the students to pay close attention to as well.

How much technology do you allow your child to use?

Could your child teach you about technology?

Do you still think video games are the root of evil after reading this and watching the videos?

I welcome a great conversation!


Friday, December 17, 2010

What are your aspirations for the new year?

I just did a reflection of 2010 and though there have been some rough patches, It was a very good year. I graduated from Drexel University with my second master's degree in Ed technology, I won a laptop from a local radio station, I have won numerous twitter based contests as well as blogging contests, my daughter and I wrote a book and it is in the process of being published, and my wonderful daughter turns five in 2 weeks!

With that being said, you would think, how could next year top this year? Well, my hopes are that it will! I aspire to move myself into a position to make more money and to work more independently.

I plan on doing marketing for our book in order to make a profit and work with a business partner in a new venture. I also plan on using my degree for technology education for my full time job.

What do you aspire to for the new year?


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Thursday, December 16, 2010


The book has started the publication process. Can't wait to share the info for you to buy the book!



Sunday, December 12, 2010

The gift of language.....

Some of you may already know but I have been doing marketing for Claudia and Ckatranslations. Please consider the gift of a foreign language for the holidays.


Give the gift of a foreign language!


This Holiday, give the gift of a foreign language to someone you love! CK Translations and EasyLearn Languages is now offering Gift Cards for the Holiday season. Share the good news with family and friends! Available in denominations of $20, $30, or $40 to go towards classes!

CK Translations is proud to give back, and this Holiday season you can also sponsor a child who otherwise would not be able to afford classes. Contact us for more information!

Happy Holidays!
Claudia Krusch
CK Translations

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Yumeee garlic hummus

I made homemade hummus this weekend and it was SUPER yumeee!!! (oh and SUPER easy!)

1 can garbanzo beans (hand peel them)
2 tbls minced garlic
2 tbls lemon juice
pinch or two of salt
pinch of pepper
1/4 cup veg oil

Put everything in food processor except oil.
stream in oil as you pulse
pulse until smooth


I served them with naked bagel chips


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

How do you say Merry Christmas?

Say Merry Christmas with the gift of a second language!!

What do you get for that person who has everything --no matter their age--how about a CKTRANSLATIONS gift card?! They come in a variety of prices and come in a nice little box!

Check out the blog at easy learn languages to see what a class would look like.

Sophia is super excited for the holiday class. Would love to have others join us!


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Saturday, December 4, 2010


I made this today for linner and it was SUPER yumeee!!

1 lb ground turkey
1/2 medium onion chopped
1 gala apple chopped
3 baby carrots chopped
jerk seasoning

Mix all ingredients and form into patties. I grilled them on the Forman grill and oh boy will I make these again and again! YUMEEE!



Thursday, December 2, 2010


I got my first comment. Eileen is the first person to make a comment on my blog--how i love her!



Ok after thinking about it and talking to Sarah--I have decided a dog is NOT for me! I told jim NO dog--maybe a cat but then we have to get rid of the fish! I do not want or need any more responsibility. I can't even keep track of what i got now!


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

I WON!!!

I won a target gift card for my blog entry for the Glide Oral B contest!

I am so excited. I bought new rechargeable batteries for the wii remotes.


OK so while Sophia is at piano lessons with Jim and Mr Frank is teaching her, Jim texts me each week.

So this week he says, "ya know, she really wants a cat." I said " i know, but DO NOT come home with one tonight!"

So he says, "ok how about a dog for Christmas?"

I said NO, i am not walking my ass out in the snow to walk a dog!

I also told him that I have childhood dog issues! They were never "Dawn's "best friend."

so he said, maybe this is a time that you can get over your dog issues with maybe a small yorkie.

I told him that i will think about it.



First of all............

My book is ready to be published! Illustrations are completed, we are getting a photo taken for the back cover and it is ready to go!

Second of all.........

You can now give the gift of language with a GIFT CARD! CK TRANSLATIONS is offering gift cards so you can give that special someone the gift of learning a new language for the holidays.

THIRD of all........

Tis that time of year to celebrate with friends and family.

EasyLearn Languages and Mathnasium
Invite You!
What: Holiday Party at Mathnasium!
When: Friday, December 10th 5:30-7:00pm
Where: Greentree Place
1892 E. Route 70
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
Who: YOU! And feel free to bring a friend or two!
RSVP: by December 6th!

Dear Friends,

We want to celebrate the holidays with you! Join us for live music, refreshments, games and more!

Also, if your child plays piano/keyboard and wishes to play for us at the party, there will be a designated time for students to play for family and friends! Just let us know if you
are interested.

We hope to see you there!

Claudia Krusch

EasyLearn Languages

Fourth of all..........

The new website is ready to roll.... I have been working with Claudia to launch a website which gives parents ONE place to look for anything child related in the southern New Jersey area. If anyone needs a place to advertise please contact me and I will be happy to give you our information.

I hope this is the beginning of MANY new and positive things in my life. I need some positive!