Spring has sprung here in the Northeast and is our area is now bursting with lush gardens and flowers in bloom. Mother Nature has certainly given us lots of rain this season so far. The rain has been great for all the plants, trees and flowers despite it dampening my mood and thwarting my plans at times.
Two weekends ago, the kids and I had the pleasure of attending an event at Winterberry Gardens located in Southington, CT. Their 16-acre garden and landscape center is gorgeous! They have everything from native plants to unique plants all planted by certified growers.
I will admit years ago I didn’t have a green thumb to save my life. Every plant I had died. Now, I’ve learned how to take care of plants after much research, reading and watching videos online. Now that I have Winterberry Gardens as an additional local resource that’s an added bonus!
To help provide you with ideas for your home or garden Winterberry Gardens offers tours of their landscapes gardens and they host educational seminars. They also have a wide selection of hanging plants, trees, soil, mulch, perennials and annuals. Oh, and did I mention they do landscaping too? Yes, their expert landscape designers can create a plan for you that’s both stunning and easy to maintain no matter the size of your yard or budget.
I’m so excited with the new plants I purchased from Winterberry Gardens and will be going back soon to buy more and attend their upcoming educational seminars.
If you’re local in the area be sure to check out this amazing garden and landscape center. It’s a one-stop-shop for all of your lawn and garden maintenance needs. It would make an excellent educational field trip with kids and the local library (Southington Public Library) is just 10 minutes away.
Come one, come all – because the Eggscellent Social Media Scavenger Hunt is about to begin!
With Easter around the corner, I created a scavenger hunt and I hope many of you will participate and join in the fun! The adventure begins on Monday, April 1, 2019 and ends on Monday, April 15th. You’ll have two weeks to try and answer as many of the questions listed below correctly.
If you start and stick it through, by the end of the hunt – even if you don’t win a prize – you will have gotten to know me, my blog, and my family a little better. You might even learn some things along the way or find some new book recommendations, which is always a plus!
Does that sound okay?
Good, let’s get going!
What’s at Stake?
A $50 Amazon gift card! This scavenger hunt is open to ANYONE in the world. The gift card code will be emailed to the winner.
Talk Rules to Me
Okay – are you ready for the rules?
1. The FIRST person to get the HIGHEST number of points by answering the questions correctly will be deemed the winner. It could be YOU!
2. You MUST email all of your responses to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to enter. You must put “Eggscellent Scavenger Hunt” in the Subject line of the email so I’ll see it. Untitled or improperly titled email messages will NOT be accepted. All email entries must be received by April 15, 2019 by 11:59pm EST to qualify.
The Spirit of the Games
I’d like to remind everyone that Eggscellent Social Media Scavenger Hunt is for fun, for learning, and for getting to know me a little better. If you have any questions about this scavenger hunt – pop them in the comments below the post.
And without further ado…
Here you go: The Eggscellent Social Media Scavenger Hunt list of questions.
On your mark.
1. At what age did my daughter start reading? If you’ve been following my blog for a while you may already know this. If not, search my blog post archives to find the answer. (Worth 3 Points)
2. What date did I start my Instagram account? In case you don’t follow me on Instagram, my username is @hereweeread. (Worth 5 points) Note: you’re gonna have to scroll WAY back in my feed to find the answer!
3. What is the name of the community service project my kids and I are currently working on? Easy if you’ve been following me for a while. (Worth 2 points)
4. Name two sources I mention on the blog for scoring free or discounted books to help build up your home or school library. (Worth 4 points)
5. Which author did I meet at last year’s Book Expo in NYC that had me fangirling HARD? (Worth 2 points)
6. How many Bookface photos did I feature on my Instagram page from January 2019 to March 2019? (Worth 2 points) Note: Don’t know what a Bookface is? You can read about it here.
7. List the titles of two (2) books I posted on my Instagram page during the month of March 2019. The titles can be any two books you choose. Worth (4 points)
9. At the time you’re working on this scavenger hunt, how many followers do I have on Twitter? Also, if you’re not already following me on Twitter, won’t you consider giving me a follow? My username is @hereweeread. (Worth 1 point)
10. At the time you’re working on this scavenger hunt, how many followers do I have on Facebook? Also, if you’re not already following me on Facebook, won’t you consider giving me a follow? My username is @hereweeread. (Worth 1 point)
11. Name one person I’ve interviewed on my blog. Hint: Interview can be an author interview or another person I’ve interviewed/featured on the blog. (Worth 2 points)
12. Name 2 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) brands we’ve worked with in the past or featured on the blog. (Worth 4 points)
13. How old are my children? (Worth 2 points)
14. At the time you’re working on this scavenger hunt, how many followers do I have on Pinterest? Also, if you’re not already following me on Pinterest, won’t you consider giving me a follow? My username is @hereweeread. (Worth 1 point)
22. Name another publication I write for besides my own blog. (Worth 3 points)
23. What musical instrument do both of my children play? (Worth 5 points)
24. In what state do my family and I currently reside? (Worth 2 points)
25. Which fictional tv character’s wardrobe do I fantasize about having? (Worth 4 points)
To enter and be in the running for the gift card grand prize, email your answers to me at: email@example.com. You must put “Eggscellent Scavenger Hunt” in the Subject line of the email so I’ll see it. Untitled or improperly titled email messages will NOT be accepted. All email entries must be received by April 15, 2019 by 11:59pm EST to qualify.
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by The Harlem Globetrotters and US Family Guide who provided us with tickets to the show. We appreciate their support that allows us to share information about events we think your family may enjoy. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.
This Black History Month we had the pleasure of attending a Harlem Globetrotters basketball game. We had an awesome family day at The XL Center in Hartford, CT watching The Harlem Globetrotters take on the exhibition team, The Washington Generals.
The Harlem Globetrotters have been a staple of family entertainment throughout the country since 1926. Their creativity and genuine showmanship have excited generations of fans and created a lasting impact on American sports culture. If you’re looking to spend some quality time together as a family and be entertained, attending a Harlem Globetrotters game (at least once in your lifetime) is a must!
This was our family’s first time going to one of their games and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The tricks, the comedy, the dancing, the music – they really put on an amazing show. My favorite part of the game was the slow motion re-enactment that involved the entire audience and players. It really looked like everything was happening in slow motion – so cool! The kids favorite part was watching “Hot Shot” standing on top of the basketball hoop and watching “Hammer” perform the song “Let It Go” from the movie Frozen. So many memorable moments!
In addition to enjoying the game, we also used our family outing as a Black history lesson. We talked to the kids about the history of the team from the 1920’s to present day. Since the Globetrotters are an all Black team, we also mentioned some of the racism the team faced over the years due to segregation laws.
Overall, a great time was had by all of us. The Globetrotters proved they are not only wonderful basketball players, but excellent entertainers too! Their comedy is fun an family-friendly and they are crazy talented too!
For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, visit the Globetrotters’ official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com and follow them on Twitter @Globies.
Your turn: Has your family ever been to a Harlem Globetrotters basketball game? Feel free to share in the comments.
Formed in 1926 by Abe Saperstein, The Harlem Globetrotters are legendary worldwide and famous for their one-of-a-kind family entertainment. Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 122 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers.
This weekend we’re taking our kids to have their first-ever basketball experience with the Harlem Globetrotters. I couldn’t be more excited to go since it will be our family’s first Harlem Globetrotters basketball game. I’ve always wanted to go witness their one-of-a-kind basketball artistry live in person and now we have the opportunity to go.
I’m ready to see all of the dribbling, the dunking, and the comedy that will be on full display. It is sure to be a family-fun experience for us all and I love that we’re going to a game during Black History Month. What better time to go and support and all Black basketball team! Not only will it be exciting, but also a learning experience to teach the kids about the tremendous impact the Harlem Globetrotters have had on the world both on and off the court.
Does your family also want to pay homage by seeing this one-of-a-kind family entertainment experience live?
Roses are red, violets are blue, here are some gift ideas that we’ve picked out for you! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to start spreading the love. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to let those around you know you care, and give a gift that gets remembered. I personally like giving intentional, practical and thoughtful gifts that people will actually use and appreciate.
Whether shopping for your partner, your child, or your favorite four legged friend, we’ve got you covered!
Here’s a bookish idea for partners to try…a Library Date night. How fun is this? The best part, it’s completely FREE. You can download the free printables here. If you decide to try this on your own, tell me how it went, pretty please! I’d try it, but this isn’t my husband’s thing.
These maps are a fun way to keep track of your past travels while helping you stay inspired as you plan your future trips. You simply scratch off the parts of the world you’ve been. Fun for the whole family to plan travel trips together.
An awesome travel resource that every traveler needs in their arsenal. This book shows you how to travel the world on a budget with an easy to follow format. Read it to learn how to become a master traveler and navigate the world — no matter where in the world you want to go! Image courtesy of Amazon
Your turn: What gifts are you giving this Valentine’s Day? Feel free to share in the comments.
Thanksgiving Day is upon us once again here in the United States – it’s my absolute favorite holiday of the year. Not only do I love eating yummy food, but I also love spending time being surrounded by family and friends. And what is it about Thanksgiving that makes food taste so good on that specific day?
This year I’ve been more intentional about showing gratitude and appreciation for the things and people I have in my life. I thought since Thanksgiving is tomorrow it’s the perfect day for me to share a few bookish things I’m grateful for this year.
Started in July 2018 by my children, the mission of the 50 States 50 Books project has one main mission: help close the literacy gap in America and expose more children to diverse literature. Our goal is to collect 50 diverse children’s books for each of the 50 U.S. states and donate them to deserving schools, libraries, and other organizations throughout the country. So far, we’ve collected over 650 diverse children’s books and donated them to 13 different states.
We’ll soon receive a gracious 800-book donation from a publishing company which will help us complete 16 additional states. That will take our total to 29 completed states, with 21 remaining left.
So far the excitement and support for our project has been amazing! We’ve been featured in our local newspaper, local television morning talk show, The Huffington Post and Moneyish. The kids’ school even got in on the action and allowed us to have 3 donation boxes throughout the school for our book drive.
My kids also received a Kid Kindness grant for their project from Kindness Grows Here. The money received from the grant will go towards our shipping and supplies expenses allowing us to ship books 50 at a time to 6-8 different states.
If you’d like to support us by sending us new or gently used diverse children’s books for kids ages 0 – 17 you can send them here:
50 States 50 Books P.O. Box 992 Middletown, CT 06457
To make monetary donations (to help us cover shipping and shipping supplies) please visit our Go Fund Me page. My children also have a wish list of books to choose from if you’d like to make a book donation. You can find the wish list here.
2. The Bookstagram Community on Instagram Would you believe nearly 4 years ago I had no idea what Instagram was or how to use it? Yeah, I was a little late to joining the social media world, but now I LOVE it – especially Instagram. Instagram is the one social media platform that I gravitated to the most and it’s where I’ve found a sense of community.
Prior to joining Instagram, I was clueless there was this whole bookstagram community of book lovers out there like myself. I’m eternally grateful for the kind people I’ve met and collaborated with over the years. By sharing, networking and collaborating with others, I’ve been able to grow my audience organically to over 35,000 people on Instagram alone. I’ve also had the opportunity to work with brands and local businesses, libraries, connect with authors/illustrators and other bloggers. Oh, and let’s not forget all of the wonderful books I’ve found out about from other book bloggers, parents and educators! My TBR list is SO long because there are so many amazing books out there to read.
3. Completing My First Library Program In September 2018, I began my first ever library program at one of my local libraries. It turned out to be one of the best experiences I’ve had all year. Each week we explored a different region around the world, read picture books and worked on craft projects. The program was geared towards children up to age 6 and allowed us all to “travel around the world” through books.
Each week taught me new lessons about things like: giving, sharing, patience, kindness, empathy, and using your imagination. The kids also reminded me of the importance of incorporating laughter and play in your day.
Overall, 2018 has been a good year for me and my family thus far. With just a few more weeks left in the year, I’m excited to see the new bookish things I’ll be adding to my gratitude list in the weeks and months ahead.
Your turn: What are some bookish (or non-bookish) things you’re grateful for this year? Feel free to share in the comments.
Sun Valley is a gorgeous resort city located in Blaine County, Idaho, known for its fantastic ski activities and beautiful sights.
Thousands of tourists flock to the Sun Valley each year to ski Bald Mountain or to take their children to Dollar Mountain to master the art of skiing and snowboarding.
However, there’s more to the Sun Valley than snow sports. Here, you’ll find a hidden cultural scene which is wonderful to discover as well as several educational hot spots where you can kick your feet up, grab a book and learn something new.
If you’re planning on visiting Sun Valley this season, continue reading this article to find some exciting tips as well as the best things to see and do in the region.
Where to Stay in Sun Valley
While there are a wide variety of places to stay in Sun Valley, one thing you most certainly need to keep in mind is that depending on the season, accommodations can really fill up fast. In order to avoid disappointment, it’s recommended that you always be sure to book your Sun Valley Idaho Lodging or some of the many alternatives prior to your arrival.
Family Activities in the Sun Valley
Now it’s time to start planning the destinations you’ll explore and the activities you and your family will participate in during your stay in Sun Valley.
Although the Sun Valley is a relatively small destination, there are several experiences which families simply cannot miss during their trip to the region.
Learn how to Ski or Snowboard
Visiting Sun Valley and not experiencing the snow is like going to an ice cream shop and not spoiling yourself with an ice cream. There’s nothing inherently wrong with avoiding the winter months in Sun Valley, but if you do, you’re missing one of the highlights of the destination.
Take advantage of the fantastic instructors and community surrounding the Dollar Mountain to learn all you need to know about skiing, snowboarding, and a variety of other snow sports. This is an excellent opportunity to bond as a family and have a fantastic time playing in the snow.
If you’re already familiar with the snow sports, you might want to head over to the Bald Mountain, or Baldy as the locals call it is the best spot to ski in the region. With dozens of beginner to intermediate trails to ski as well as some expert routes for those who are experienced skiers.
Visit the Ketchum/Sun Valley Heritage and Ski Museum
Alternatively, if you and your family are not too enthusiastic on participating in the winter related activities and would like to stay warm and dry but still care to learn more about skiing, we recommend you make a quick stop at the Ketchum/Sun Valley Heritage and Ski Museum.
The Ketchum/Sun Valley Heritage and Ski Museum is a fantastic place that both preserves and tells the story of the region, it’s cultural and economic growth through the ages and the importance of skiing to the Sun Valley and its community.
You can also experience the sights and beauty of the Sun Valley region mountains without having to wear skiing gear. You can take a leisure trek through the region and bond with your family as you walk through this fascinating destination. If you and your family are hikers, you will really love the hiking trails available in the area.
Have an Educational Tour at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden
Whether you’re traveling with young children or visiting with your significant other, touring the Sawtooth Botanical Garden is a fantastic way to learn about the natural diversity of the region, the importance of native and cultivated plants, and the beauty of gardening and its relationship with humanity.
Not only are the botanical gardens absolutely stunning, but you’ll learn a great deal about the ecology of the region and a number of other things you might not know about gardening and plants.
The Chapter One Bookstore
For those who love reading and can’t be far away from a local bookstore while traveling you should stop by the Chapter One Bookstore, a fantastic shop that feels just like home.
A perfect mix between an indie bookshop and large favorite bookstores, this place is perfect to dive in and seek out rare books, enjoy a cup of coffee, and chat with some locals about the community.
With contemporary exhibits, dozens of different programs to educate the community and its visitors, and thousands of resources to learn from, The Community Library is an excellent place you should visit if you’re an avid reader who loves this essential part of life.
Discover Ernest Hemingway’s Legacy in the Sun Valley
Ernest Hemingway is one of the most memorable writers in American history. An author that influences millions of writers worldwide and still is held with high esteem in the places he lived and gathered.
Sun Valley is the final resting place of this magnificent writer, and there’s a great legacy that surrounds his works that you can find in the region.
You can find his home, which doubles as a museum thanks to the efforts of the Community Library, where hundreds of different artifacts and items of his life are on display. The exhibit is an excellent place to learn about the life and works of this influential writer.
Experience the Indie Art and Music of Sun Valley
With the influence of Ernest Hemingway and dozens of other artists who once called this region home, Sun Valley has become a fantastic scene of contemporary art, indie music, and theatrics.
From the Sun Valley Summer Symphony to the other art galleries set throughout the region, the Sun Valley has an impressive display of places to enjoy art and surround yourself with a loving community.
More than just Snow and Ski — Experience Everything Sun Valley has to Offer
While many tourists assume that Sun Valley is simply as a ski resort or a winter getaway for those looking to take part in some of the many snow sports on offer, it’s actually much more diverse than that.
From learning about the legacy of Ernest Hemingway to exploring and discovering surprising new artists who live and perform in the venues of the valley, there are dozens of activities and events for everyone in the family, regardless of the age difference.
Hopefully, you’ll find the locations and tips in this article helpful for your plans to make a literary road trip to Sun Valley, Idaho, and you can enjoy this magnificent location and all the experiences it has to offer.