Lola and Tattletale Zeke by Marcia Goldman

Tattletales are the WORST!!! I have two kiddos of my own and I have seen the damage tattling can cause. In our house, Pumpkin, the younger sister, would tattle on #1 son about EVERYTHING.

It was awful. And so annoying. I’m sure I’m not the only parent who suffered through this experience! How do you teach little ones the difference between tattling and informing?

It’s so so so hard! I came up with a trick when I taught preschool that worked for us. I drew a giant elephant head with very large ears and told the littles to talk to Mrs. Ears (or whatever I called her) about whatever was troubling them. Quite often the littles would wait their turn to talk to a posterboard with a kindly elephant face.  Sometimes, though, it just wasn’t enough and the kids just HAD to tell me.

I wished I’d had Lola and the Tattletale Zeke by Marcia Goldman to share with them.

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7 Must Dos for Paying Down Your Debt


Do you have a list of must do’s for paying down your debt? Or are you looking for a new approach to hit your financial goals? What if keeping your financial to-do list simple gave you better results? I’ve kept my to-do list fairly simple and easy to follow for the past ten years. I’ve had many successes in hitting financial goals with my to-do list. It has also helped me steer through and around financial surprises.  Read on to read my 7 must do’s for paying down your debt.

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Red Dawn – A Three Ingredient Cocktail


Last year I shared a seasonal cocktail that’s perfect for the holiday season and leads right into NYE festivities. I hinted at another cocktail I frequently make that’s been a favorite since I was a college student with a part time job as a cocktail waitress. Even though that seems like many moons ago, one of my favorite drinks is still the one that was named after me, the Red Dawn. See, back then I loved to change up my appearance. I went from brown to blond to red in a matter of two months, and I showed no signs of slowing down. At this particular time, my hair was a bright and fiery red and I had a lot of fun as a redhead. At that time some of the bartenders were making up different cocktails named after each employee, and one of them came up with the Red Dawn – after me and my hair.. and probably the movie!

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On Fathers’ Day Celebrate Ordinary Fathers – They Are Heroes

Today, on Fathers’ Day, it is common for people to celebrate single mothers who say they do the job of fathers and mothers. I am not one of those celebrants. I am not taking anything away from all the single mothers who work so hard on their own to raise children and do a good job. Instead, I am saying it is not asking too much that on one day out of the 365 days in the year that we celebrate fathers, regular everyday fathers. Especially on Fathers’ Day, a holiday named for fathers. In my world, there are fathers who get up go to work and take care of their wives and children not out of obligation, but out of love and a desire to do so.

Let’s celebrate fathers who may  not heroes to the world, but  mean everything to their wives and children.

You don’t hear people talk about them often, but there are men who marry a woman, have children with her and then spend their lives doing everything they can to make their wives and children happy. I know they exist because I married one of them. News reports constantly talk about divorce rates and marriages that fall apart. Divorce is such a common and acceptable part of life that “Divorce Court” is one of the most popular  shows on television and its Facebook page gets an incredible amount of interaction. But, where is the “Happily Married with Kids” television show. It doesn’t exist. It is boring and unexciting so it is not on television or news reports.

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Salami and Veggies Grilled Cheese Sandwich

 April 12th was National Grilled Cheese Day, but the party isn’t only contained for that day alone, it’s grilled cheese time all month long! Now let me tell you a little something about sandwiches in this house. My husband loves his sandwiches. He will have my breakfast sandwich, peanut butter and jelly, cold cuts and cheese, tuna, anything really. He loves his sandwiches. This has trickled down to the kids and I can’t even begin to tell you how many PB&J’s they could live on if I didn’t do anything to stop them. Me? I’m not much into cold sandwiches. I prefer my sandwiches lightly toasted, or grilled to perfection in a frying pan on the stove-top. YES!!

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What Keeps You Motivated As An Encorepreneur?

Patricia Patton • What Keeps You Motivated As An Encorepreneur?


I participated in aTwitter chat using the #EncoreChat hashtag hosted by Judi Bonilla targeting   female entrepreneurs, 50+ . These were the questions I was asked along with my 140 character response (s) on twitter. Each line is a response.

Judi: Welcome! This afternoon’s #EncoreChat is with Patricia Patton @BoomerWiz writer, publisher, and reinvention strategist.

Hello everyone.

Patricia : Thank you for the invite Judi.

Question: How would you describe yourself

I would also refer to myself as a self-made woman who finally embraced her what’s next.

I pushed past my fear to trust that I could provide services that both individuals and organizations would pay for because of their need and the ROI

I create playbooks to help individuals identify their platform and create strategies that reshape their future & express a deeper dimensions of the self.

I help non profits in transition reinvent their social strategy and messaging in order to reach wider segments of their targeted population.

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Sharelle Lowery, getting your ish together

Identifying your ISH isn’t always easy…at least not always to you.

I was taking a much needed break from work, my real work, not the party that have when I am writing online…but my career…I was taking a break for a few moments and I saw that a chronic business starter had now opened an Instagram.

I just kinda shook my head and thought, “Thank GOD for his trust fund.”  I’m sure that his wife and children are probably grateful for it as well.

It made me reflect on my life and how it good it feels for me to be getting my own ISH together.

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14 Chapter Books That Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage

Thien Kim Lam celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! That means I can eat even more Asian food! Kidding aside, I wanted to create a list of chapter books that celebrate Asian Pacific American heritage. I’ve already created a list of APA Heritage picture books, so why not early and middle grade chapter books? These books run the gamut. They recall Asian Americans’ rocky past in the United States and celebrate how we’ve integrated our Asian traditions with our American culture.

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Envy: What a Wast of Time!

Welcome back to what’s become “Midlife Monday” when I tackle my Figuring Out 40 Journey. Some things I’ve mastered by age 40, but there’s still plenty of work to be done. Envy is of the things I’m working. Especially when I feel it creeping up within myself or when I see sentiments of it online. Do you believe envy is a complete and utter waste of time? Or is there anything redeeming about wanting what someone else already has? Keep reading for some quotes about envy and solutions on how to say farewell to the “green eyed monster” because it’s not getting you anywhere.


If you feel yourself feeling envious, take a break from social media. Thanks to Facebook we know what our friends are having for breakfast, lunch, dinner as well as every invitation and gift they receive. But imagine the freedom you’ll feel if you take a digital diet. Delete some apps for a few days, turn off your social media alerts and take a look at what’s really important – your family.


Wanda Thomas Mother's Day Gifts


This post is intended just for the Men, so if you are a woman feel free to forward it the special guy in your life!

Men,  Mothers Day is coming up,  I know that being a great dad is a really tough job so the idea of treking down to the mall and  trying to tell the different between A MAC make up set and MAC truck is just crazy. I would never expect my husband to do ever attempt such a task.. But never the less you do have to provide a gift for her. Not only is she your wife, she is the only person in your relationship who can push something the size of a watermelon out of something the size of a lemon and still walk the within an hour ! And that my dear is reason enough to warrant a gift.

As a photographer I hear the same thing in my consultations with the WIVES, MY husband is going to be the hardest one to corale for this session.  My husband hates getting his picture taken.

As a wife and mother I truly understand the stress we place on you for this Event. Photography outlives us, is captures a moment when we are young, beautiful, happy, playful, loving, and alive with a spirit of anything is possible.And for us moms  want to fill our homes with THOSE  memories and that’s why Family Portraits are so  important to us.

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