Help Get This Book Published!

First time children’s book author Nick Dazé, is in the final hours {22!!!} of his campaign to raise funding to independently publish his children’s book Roger Nix President at Age Six.

The story is about kindergartener Roger Nix, an ordinary boy: Roger loves kindergarten, playing make-believe, and hanging out with his imaginary friends (a baby donkey named Jack and a baby elephant named Abe).

But when he learns about the plans of Old Man Plee, a perennial presidential candidate, to shut down schools and send kids to work in factories as an austerity measure; Roger decides to run against Old Man Plee as a defender of “school and summer vacation, learning and imagination”. Of course Abe and Jack are there to help him every step of the way.

Nick Daze and his incredible Kickstarter campaign (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/787960356/roger-nix-president-at-six) have already raised over $27,000 and has less than $2,750 more to go in order to put the book into production.  The book has been fully written by Daze and the illustrations beautifully crafted by Bill Robinson www.FlimFlammery.com .

Each $30 pledge towards the Roger Nix campaign comes with a first edition hardcover copy of the book, delivered in time for the new school year this fall.  This is a timely story that is fascinating, engaging, and a thought-provoking read for both kids and parents written by a imaginative adult who was encouraged to explore his imagination as a child.

 
Here is an excerpt from the book:

Roger stood up quickly. He had something to say
With a wink from Jack and a trunks-up from Abe.
I’ll run against him,” Roger said with a shout.
I’ll run for president, have you no doubt!
 
To close school would be nothing short of a crime
You can’t fool all us kids, not all of the time.”
 
He stood on his desk and they all watched and wondered
As Roger kept talking, his voice boomed and thundered.
“We’ll beat him and keep all the schools as they are
Or make them way better. We’ll shoot for the stars!
We go to school so one day we’ll go far,
Not because it is easy–because it is hard!
 
We are KIDS! The whole point is to learn and have fun
And to use our wee noggins…
 
THIS RACE HAS BEGUN!”
 
So Abe, Jack, and Roger got to work right away.
“That kid’s on to something,” his parents would say.
He made lots of speeches; he shook lots of hands
He toured a big factory that made rubber bands.
 
Then one night on the tube, to Old Plee’s disdain,
The news ran a story on Roger’s campaign.
“Roger Nix, daydreamer and ultimate kid,
Is gaining on Plee in his presidential bid.”
 
But everyone knew that sooner or later
Roger would have to be quite the debater.
Because one night soon, under some bright marquee
A debate would take place between Roger and Plee.
 

For more info and to donate, please click here!

Free Sprinkles Cupcakes! Yeah Baby!

I’m a huge fan of cupcakes, especially the free ones…  And, I’ve never had a Sprinkles cupcake, but I hear they’re fabulous! 

DREAMWORKS PICTURES’ “PEOPLE LIKE US” AND SPRINKLES CUPCAKES CELEBRATE FAMILY

Events Launch on Brothers and Sisters Day, May 2nd

BURBANK, CALIF. (April 26, 2012) — DreamWorks Pictures announced today that they are teaming up with Sprinkles Cupcakes to promote their film “People Like Us” with events at the ten Sprinkles Cupcakes stores around the country. The promotion will run from May 2-June 29, 2012, and is centered around five family-themed holidays: Brothers and Sisters Day (May 2), Mother’s Day (May13), Visit Your Relatives Day  (May 18), Father’s day (June 17) and National Forgiveness Day (June 26).

On the designated “People Like Us” holidays, Sprinkles Cupcakes in all ten locations will give out a free cupcake to each customer who comes in between the hours of 12 noon and 2 p.m. and says, “People Like Us.”  Any customer can vote online for the official “People Like Us” flavor and the winning cupcake will be announced the week of the film’s opening. Customers can also pick up punch cards in Sprinkles Cupcakes stores, redeemable on the selected ‘People Like Us” holidays for a free cupcake.  Follow the movie on Facebook.com/PeopleLikeUs for more details.

“People Like Us”-branded coffee trucks or carts will be at various locations on Brothers and Sisters Day, May 2, to kick off the start of the promotion with free coffee. Visitors to facebook.com/PeopleLikeUs can take the Brothers and Sisters quiz and enter the “Celebrate Family” sweeps to win a trip to visit their family.

“People Like Us” is a drama/comedy about family, inspired by true events, starring Chris Pine (“Star Trek”) as Sam, a twenty-something, fast-talking salesman, whose latest deal collapses on the day he learns that his father has suddenly died. Against his wishes, Sam is called home, where he must put his father’s estate in order and reconnect with his estranged family. In the course of fulfilling his father’s last wishes, Sam uncovers a startling secret that turns his entire world upside down: He has a 30-year-old sister Frankie whom he never knew about (Elizabeth Banks). As their relationship develops, Sam is forced to rethink everything he thought he knew about this family—and re-examine his own life choices in the process.

The film also stars Olivia Wilde, Michael Hall D’Addario, Philip Baker Hall, Mark Duplass and Michelle Pfeiffer.

A DreamWorks Pictures presentation, “People Like Us” is directed by Alex Kurtzman, produced by Roberto Orci, Bobby Cohen and Clayton Townsend, and written by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jody Lambert.

The film releases in U.S. theaters on June 29, 2012, and is rated PG-13.

ABOUT SPRINKLES CUPCAKES

Sprinkles Cupcakes opened “the world’s first cupcake bakery” in Beverly Hills, as reported by the Food Network, and is credited by the Los Angeles Times as “the progenitor of the haute cupcake craze.”  Founded by Candace Nelson, judge on Food Network’s hit show “Cupcake Wars,” and husband Charles, Sprinkles has inspired long lines of devoted Hollywood stars and serious epicureans alike.   Baked fresh in small batches throughout the day, Sprinkles Cupcakes are handcrafted from the finest ingredients and contain no preservatives, trans fats or artificial flavors.  Sprinkles has 10 locations nationwide, a traveling Sprinklesmobile – the world’s first cupcake truck, and sells its cupcake mixes at over 250 Williams-Sonoma stores throughout the US and Canada.  In 2012, Sprinkles debuted the world’s first Cupcake ATM and continued its foray into classic American desserts with the launch of Sprinkles Ice Cream.  For additional information and a list of future locations, please visit www http://www.sprinkles.com.

Sweeties: A Homeschool Mom Interview

I’ve wanted to interview you guys for a while.  My first sweetie up is Kelly.

Below you will find out more about her and her homeschool day!  I think many of you will be able to relate!

How many children do you homeschool?  One, my 10 year old son

Did you plan to homeschool?  No,  we didn’t plan it but after a long period of bullying with no resolution from the principal, we pulled him out.

What method(s) do you use {eclectic, Charlotte Mason, etc.}?  Right now we are unschooling with a little bit of structure sprinkled in.

Is there any curriculum you absolutely love?  I love the Sonlight series but with so many free resources on the web, we don’t buy very much.

Do you use techniques such as project-based learning, lapbooks, notebooking, etc.?  I am trying to get the hang of lapbooks, but we mainly use computer based lessons right now.

What one piece of advice would you give other homeschoolers?  Don’t try to cram everything into a structured schedule.  When I tried to keep to a strict schedule, my son would not respond as well as if I let his interests guide us.

Do you enjoy attending homeschool conventions? Why or why not?  I have not been to one yet but I think it would be an invaluable source of information.

Are you working through any trials in your homeschool, or have you before?  The only trials we have had are with me!  I started out trying to mirror a school setting and my son did not respond very well.  I realized I was expecting him to do well in the same atmosphere we pulled him out of!

How do you get through these?  I just try to relax and not stress too much.  When I fit lessons into everyday life, we retain much more than with a structured day.

Are you homeschooling a special needs child? Have you identified any helpful information you can share with other parents?  Yes, my son has Asperger’s Syndrome, which is a mild form of autism.  Children with Asperger’s tend to be OCD and they do not do well under pressure, which is what we found when we started out.  If I appear to be relaxed when I teach, he does so as well.

Do you have unique aspects of your homeschool that you’d like to share?  I just try to find lessons wherever I can.  A trip to the grocery store is a math lesson, the trip to the park is a science lesson and a story on Egypt is our social studies lesson.  I make suggestions and my son chooses what interests him the most.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?  Just relax!  Don’t panic if you can’t get your lesson completed within the time limits you have scheduled for the day.  If you get to everything, that is great and if you don’t, that is ok too.  Kids feel our stress and if you are stressing, so will they and then teaching is out the window!!

Thanks Kelly!

If you’d like to be interviewed just let me know!

 

Twitter Par-tay! Join Me for #PaperCrownSadie!

Join me for a Twitter Party to talk about the new children’s book Sadie: The Paper Crown Princess!

Sadie is a spunky princess-in-training whose big ideas keep getting in the way of her earning her tiara.

Her journey takes her from the Princess Academy on an around-the-world adventure where Sadie learns the meaning of being a real princess.

What: #PaperCrownSadie Twitter Party to celebrate the launch of the new book Sadie: The Paper Crown Princess
When: Wednesday, May 16 from 3:00-4:00 PM EST
Hashtag: #PaperCrownSadie
Host:

Panelists:




Special Guest: Author of Sadie: The Paper Crown Princess

Prizes: Six people will win Sadie swag including books, t-shirts, and prints of their choice from the book’s illustrations!

There will also be exclusive free downloadable content and activities that you can only find at the party!

Pre-made Tweetgrid can be found here.

Pre-tweet to win! Anyone who tweets this before the start of the party will be eligible to win a copy of Sadie: The Paper Crown Princess!

You can learn more about the book and pre-order your copy here. See you at the party! Questions? Email ashley at freckleberryfinds dot com.

 

See “Chimpanzee”, Save Chimpanzees!

Can’t wait, I’m taking Babydoll to see this today!

“SEE ‘CHIMPANZEE,’ SAVE CHIMPANZEES” PROGRAM EXTENDED

Disneynature’s Newest True Life Adventure Celebrates its $10.6 Million Opening-Weekend Box Office by Extending Benefit to Jane Goodall Institute

BURBANK, Calif. (April 25, 2012) – Swinging into theaters April 20 with a $10.6 million opening-weekend performance, “Chimpanzee” proved so popular among audiences that Disneynature is extending the “See ‘Chimpanzee,’ Save Chimpanzees” conservation initiative for a second week. For every moviegoer who sees “Chimpanzee” through May 3, 2012, Disneynature will make a donation to the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to protect chimpanzees today and tomorrow.

“In theaters just five days, ‘Chimpanzee’ has already given us a lot to celebrate,” said Alan Bergman, president, The Walt Disney Studios. “Led by a young chimpanzee named Oscar, ‘Chimpanzee’ has won the hearts of audiences nationwide. It’s because of that success that we decided to extend our program with the Jane Goodall Institute.”

“See ‘Chimpanzee,’ Save Chimpanzees”—initially slated for the film’s opening week through April 26—will continue through the film’s second week till May 3—a first-ever extension to a Disneynature conservation program.

The news was well received by Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace. “We couldn’t be happier to extend this collaboration to help the Jane Goodall Institute better protect chimpanzees and the places they call home,” she said. “A film like ‘Chimpanzee’ helps spread the passion we have for these extraordinary beings, sharing the truly relatable moments experienced by Oscar and his fellow chimpanzees in a way that will hopefully inspire audiences to continue their support long after the movie ends.”

Rated G by the MPAA, “Chimpanzee” is in theaters now.

ABOUT THE MOVIE

Disneynature takes moviegoers deep into the forests of Africa with “Chimpanzee,” a new True Life Adventure introducing an adorable young chimpanzee named Oscar and his entertaining approach to life in a remarkable story of family bonds and individual triumph. Oscar’s playful curiosity and zest for discovery showcase the intelligence and ingenuity of some of the most extraordinary personalities in the animal kingdom. Working together, Oscar’s chimpanzee family—including his mom, Isha, and the group’s savvy leader, Freddy — navigates the complex territory of the forest. The world is a playground for little Oscar and his fellow young chimpanzees, who’d rather make mayhem than join their parents for an afternoon nap. But when Oscar’s family is confronted by a rival band of chimpanzees, he is left to fend for himself until a surprising ally steps in and changes his life forever. Directed by Alastair Fothergill (“African Cats” and “Earth”) and Mark Linfield (“Earth”), and narrated by Tim Allen (Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story 3,” ABC’s “Last Man Standing”), “Chimpanzee” is in theaters now. For more information about “Chimpanzee,” visit Disney.com/Chimpanzee, like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/Disneynature or follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/Disneynature.

ABOUT THE JANE GOODALL INSTITUTE

Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute continues Dr. Goodall’s pioneering research on chimpanzee behavior started more than 50 years ago—research that transformed scientific perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals. Today, the Institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It also is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the global environmental and humanitarian program for youth of all ages, which has groups in more than 120 countries. For more information, please visit www.janegoodall.org.

ABOUT THE DISNEY WORLDWIDE CONSERVATION FUND (DWCF)

The Walt Disney Company has since its beginnings demonstrated a commitment to the environment that continues to this day. Since its inception in 1995, the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) has carried this legacy forward through connections made to inspire people and partnerships to protect the world’s wildlife. The DWCF annual grants program has made a global impact on efforts to expand scientific knowledge, influence leaders to take conservation action and engage communities through education and sustainable approaches to conservation. To date, the DWCF has granted more than $14 million to more than 800 projects in 110 countries, including funding to support lions, cheetahs and chimpanzee conservation. The DWCF also maintains the Rapid Response Fund, which has provided emergency funding to more than 100 relief efforts. To learn more about Disney’s focus on nature visit www.disney.com/conservation

ABOUT DISNEYNATURE

Disneynature was launched in April 2008. Its mission is to bring the world’s top nature filmmakers together to share a wide variety of wildlife stories on the big screen in order to engage, inspire, and educate theatrical audiences everywhere. Walt Disney was a pioneer in wildlife filmmaking, producing 13 True-Life Adventure motion pictures between 1948 and 1960, which earned eight Academy Awards®. The first three Disneynature films, “Earth,” “Oceans” and “African Cats” are three of the top four highest overall grossing feature-length nature films to date, with “Earth” garnering a record-breaking opening weekend for the genre. Conservation has been a key pillar of the label, and Disneynature films empower the audience to help make a difference. Through donations tied to opening week attendance for all three films, Disneynature has planted. 3 million trees in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, established 40,000 acres of marine protected area in The Bahamas and protected 65,000 acres of savanna in Kenya.

For more information about Disneynature, check out Disney.com/chimpanzee, like us on Facebook: facebook.com/Disneynature, and follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/Disneynature. For more information about the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, please visit www.disney.com/conservation.

PRESS CONTACTS:   Walt Disney Studios Global Publicity

Michelle Rasic: michelle.rasic@disney.com

Derek Del Rossi:  derek.del.rossi@disney.com