Hurricane Irene

First of all, let me say, that in Maine, we were very lucky with hurricane Irene because by the time it reached us, it was mostly windy and rainy. I am praying for those dealing with flooding and power outages, hoping they get things worked out soon.
During the storm we had, I spent the day driving around to the beaches and taking pictures. Something I look forward to doing every time it floods or something happens. My friends call me now and ask if I'll be going out and if they can come. It's sort of a tradition.
Check out some pictures of the flooding from a couple years ago, it was insane!
 Sunday, It was really windy out, and the waves were crazy.

Here are some pictures I took

Cool Back 2 School Ideas


After seeing so many different blog posts about how cool Pinterest is, I was curious to see for myself. 
So, being excited that next week, lil man starts school, I typed in back to school, and breakfast for kids, and this is the top ten coolest things that I saw!

My Top Ten Coolest Back to School Ideas On Pinterest

Ways To Help Children During Disasters

If your kids have been listening to the television, radio or you talk about the news today, then they might be a little nervous or scared. The could get nightmares, have trouble sleeping, or act out.

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Maggie Goes On A Diet - A Children's Book that Crosses the Line?

There's a new children's picture book hitting the shelf in October, but I'm not rushing to the store to buy it.
Maggie Goes On A Diet
by Paul M. Kramer

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A book about a 14 year old obese girl who is constantly teased every day, ridiculed for being fat, has no friends, confides in food to comfort her, but only dreams of being skinny. She then starts exercising and eating right and eventually loses the weight and instantly makes new friends and becomes the soccer star. Everybody likes her. 

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words!

I just wanted to share this for my wordless Wednesday. I am so proud!

A picture is worth a thousand words... literally! I used her name over and over again to make this picture!

Deja Brew

Hi everyone! How do you start your morning each day? I don't know about you, but I just don't feel right if I don't start mine with a cup of New England's Best! In fact, I am in the middle of changing my blog design over to more of a coffee theme because I feel it would suite me more! There's nothing like sitting down, sippin on my first cup and checking my sites! Won't you join me?

How To: Change Your Profile Picture In Google Plus



So far I love Google + and will probably be putting up some more tutorials on how to use it. 
Do you think Google+ will become the new Twitter?
Check out this tutorial I made showing how to upload a picture to your Google+ profile page.

Make Networking Easier With Triberr!




How cool would it be to have a group of trusted people, helping you network your blog posts? This is exactly what Triberr does. Thanks to the founders, Dino Dogan and Dan Cristo, every time you publish a new blog post, everyone in your Triberr Tribe will tweet it on Twitter to their followers, and vice versa. Triberr is pretty simple to set up and after that, it automatically re-tweets the posts for you so you don't have to. 

Two Minute Mash Up VLOG #WordlessWednesday

A couple years ago my niece and I made a dance video with an American Idol program, it was so much fun. I figured out that I could use my digital camera to make videos too, so while she was up for a month we made a mix of songs, figured out a dance, and played around with the video editing software on my computer. Hope you enjoy this two minute mash up!!

Enter to Win A Canvas Print of Your Choice!

I was emailed a few days ago asking me if I would like to have a customized canvas print and host a giveaway so one of my readers can win one too I was really excited! I went to the sponsor's website to check out some other things they had to offer besides Canvas prints and there's actually a lot on the website. They offer customized Brochures, Catalogs, Calenders, Event tickets, Flyers, Cards, Menus, Yard signs, and more! Check out everything at UPrinting

Happy Birthday!!

My niece turns 13 today. It almost doesn't sound real putting it into words. She is growing up so quickly. I usually enjoy spending a few weeks in the summer with her. We go frog catching, make up dances, swimming, and other fun stuff. It's definitely been quiet and boring here since she went back home.  
I've been teaching her a little about blogging and writing, when I see her. She's written a couple things here labeled under Kaitlyn's Korner (check it out!), and she's started writing frequently in a notebook. I think it would be cool if she was interested enough to want to start her own blog someday.

EWW BUGS!


Bugs can be pretty, bugs can be gross
Here are some bugs, that I've seen the most!

Win $70 Worth of Coupons!

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Congrats Nicolle! You've won!



As a thank you to my readers, I printed out about $70 worth of coupons, and I'm giving them away!

The coupons expire between 8/20 - 9/10
I'll be sending them out as soon as I pick a winner on the 9th. 

Some of coupons are grocery items like, cereal, pizza, yogurt, snacks, ect.
some are back to school items like pens, markers and others.


About $50 in Target coupons


About $20 in manufacturer's coupons

Winners will be emailed Wednesday morning!

How To Tell If It's A Scam

I was so excited the other day when I checked my email and saw one with the subject named PR Advertising. Inside it expressed their like for my website and that they were looking to advertise with websites like mine and that it could create a monthly income for me. Now because I've never had an offer like this, I was really excited and eagerly sent them an email back asking for more information. The next day I got three more emails from them, and inside all three of them was the same exact thing they said to me in email one. Unfortunately, this sounds like a scam, I thought to myself, and trashed the emails. When I told a couple of my friends, they mentioned that they've been getting scam emails a lot lately, which gave me a really good idea for this weeks Top Ten Tuesday. 



What Not To Say, Book Review and Signed Giveaway


Communicating with young children can be difficult. Sometimes they do or say things that cause us to react and use words that just don't work.

It's also common for parents to repeat the same phrases that were told to them when they were a child, but children can be so literal, that they might percieve the sentence differently, or worse, negatively, leading them to believe you don't care.



Sarah MacLaughlin’s What Not to Say is a wonderful book about communicating respectfully with children aged 1 – 6. The book focuses on 66 of the most common expressions that most people use when interacting with young children and explains why these expressions don’t work. She then gives us ways of communicating our thoughts and reactions to the child in ways that are more positive and sensitive to the child.

The book is written in a witty and humorous style and gives plenty of real life examples to help us learn how to communicate more effectively with our children. Some of the topics covered are: using labels, nicknames, threats, or bribes; how body language alters the meaning of the words we speak; and learning to be clear in what we want to communicate to the child.

Sarah MacLaughlin is extremely well qualified to have written this book. She has worked with children and families for over twenty years and has a background in early childhood education. She is a licensed social worker at Youth Alternatives Ingraham in South Portland, Maine, and works as a foster family coordinator, parenting coach, family educator, and group facilitator. Her writing style is easy to read and understand, humorous, and delivered in a very non-judgmental way. This book is a terrific resource of information for parents, care-givers, and teachers.





Buy it here on Amazon!
What Not To Say is a great book about communicating better with young children.




I'm excited to announce that one lucky KreativeKaring reader can win a signed copy of What Not to Say, here is how to enter... 


GIVEAWAY CLOSED
The winner is..




Congratulations!! Roseanne!
I'm sending you an email now :)


Top Ten Things I've Never Done But Might Like To



I'm sure everyone has things that they've always wanted to do. I'll probably never travel overseas, probably because I don't do ocean with no land in sight. But I've got a few things that I would love to do. Introducing the



Top Ten Things I've Never Done But Might Like To