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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A Perfect Gift for your Toddler and preschooler

Since I have a lot of new traffic moving through my site, and many of you being strangers (a big Bearful bear hug to you new followers!!!) I thought it appropriate to share a quick message about who I am, and what I do since we haven't been formally introduced. 

I am an author published with BQB Publishing company, a fantastic hybrid publisher who has truly helped make my little dream come true!  I published my first children's book last December called "Bearful Bear and his new Moves."  It is geared for preschoolers, and includes rhythm, rhyme, movement and vocal play so you can fully engage with your little reader!  I am passionate about language development through movement and vocal play because of my years as a Kindermusik Educator (shout out!), and seeing firsthand how this combo is a magic potion for helping our little ones build their language base and get a little exercise while they're at it!  Here's the the book trailer narrated by yours truly:



Bearful Bear and his new Moves has received many reviews, ALL of which have been 5 star (humbling!) and I am so proud of little Bearful and what we learn from him through his journey- like learning from our friends, trying new things, and bravery! 

So, consider adding "Bearful Bear and his new Moves" to your child, grandchild, or school's library this holiday season.  You can buy it online or your favorite book store!
 AMAZON
Barnes and Noble
BQB Publishing
ebook versions:
Nook
Kindle
Kobo

Bearful and I wish you the Happiest Holiday season filled with lots of love, quality time and reading!
Love,
Anna

Thursday, November 22, 2012

A Rich Tradition

Over the past two days, I have had the priveledge of baking several recipes that were passed down from several generations back.  As I stand in my kitchen, I remember baking these recipes with my mom, brother and sister.  I remember the amazing aromas, the gentle music playing, the clinking of dishes, the conversations and laughter.  And then, I imagine both of my grandmothers in their kitchens making these same exact recipes.  That my grandmothers looked at these very ingredients, rolled out the same dough, sliced the same apples, and probably had gentle music playing and laughter with their families, too. 

I really miss them. 

I admit that I shed some tears this morning while baking these dishes as I thought about Gran and Grandma Tuttle baking these recipes.  But they weren't sad, smarting tears- they were more like chicken soup tears.  Rich and salty, remembering robust and meaningful lives that emulate this rich feast we enjoy every Thanksgiving.  It's the bountiful memories, love, and joy that surrounded the people of my life that make Thanksgiving what it is.  It makes the meal special, and every tradition that surrounds it carries a sentimental value that reminds me of the richness of my life, and all that I have to be thankful for.  I am thankful that my children will grow up with these same recipes- and the joy that I know it would bring me, my mom, my grandmothers and their mothers, to know that our lives carry on.  So simply, but so profoundly from one generation to the next.  Through something as simple as rolls, pie, or a caserole dish; we're a part of a legacy.  

To you and yours, a most thankful holiday!!!

Love,
Anna

Monday, November 19, 2012

Listen Earnestly

I saw this quote today and I thought it was so beautifully and simply put I just had to share it.  
 

What a wonderful and important reminder as a parent (or just a human being!) to truly listen to our children (or friends, family, spouse, etc.). During this special week of reflection and Thanksgiving, I know that this quote hit home with me.  How I want to cherish my children and treat them in a way that our relationship only grows in closeness as we age.  I hope this week brings special moments of thanksgiving, time, crafts, cooking, and snuggles with your loved ones!!!

Thankful,
Anna

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Upcoming Events for Novemeber and December!

I want to fill you in on some fun events I have coming up with my Children's book, Bearful Bear and his new Moves!  THIS SATURDAY, November 10th, I will be at Suwanee Academy of the Arts in Suwanee, GA doing a book reading and signing at 11:00am.  I did a reading there last spring and had an awesome turnout, so let's hope this one is packed as well!  On a side note, I get to sub for their Kindermusik class at 9, so if you have an 18mo-3 year old and want to try Kindermusik, you can come see me then, too!!!  www.suwaneeacademy.com

Then....fast forward a few weeks....
On December 1st I will be selling and signing my books at the Warehouse for a great cause!  I also have offered one of my books to be a part of their giveaway, so someone will be walking home with a FREE copy!  Gotta love that. 

I may have more events pop up on my calendar and will let you know.  I would love to see you at one of these worth while events!!!

Love,
Anna