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Nov 09 2010

Let’s Get Ready For More from!

Fans of this site know that I am a huge fan of Mrs. P.  Parents no more excuses about finding time to read to your child, this free website does all the work for you with the amazing Mrs. P.  But now, Mrs. P has an interactive fairy tale book to help kids learn to read!  WOO HOO!!! Check it out… Releases First Interactive Fairy Tale Book

Kids Learn Reading Skills in Conjunction with Free Website, the popular, award-winning children’s storytelling website, announced the publication today of its first interactive storybook, which uses Internet technology in a new way to help kids learn to read.  Mrs. P’s Four Favorite Fairy Tales and Funny Stories collects in book form stories and introductions available on video at the free website and at the iTunes Store.  Children will be able to follow along in the book as Mrs. P, played by The Drew Carey Show star Kathy Kinney, reads the stories with them.

“I’m very proud of Mrs. P’s new book because of its unique ability to help young readers improve their skills,” said Kinney. “Children and parents can open the book and read along with me at my website.  We even have a Magic Dictionary at, so if kids comes across a word they don’t know, they can just pause the video and easily find out what it means.” 

Studies have shown one of the most productive ways for children to improve their reading skills, particularly for learning ‘sight words,’ is to see the words as they are read to.  “Everyone’s worried about the Internet making books and reading obsolete.  We’ve found a wonderful way to make them work together,” Kinney said. 

The new book includes “Jack and the Beanstalk” and “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” features 90 original color illustrations and offers new, comic introductions to the stories from Mrs. P. 

“Mrs. P’s Four Favorite Fairy Tales and Funny Stories” will be available to the public at Amazon and other booksellers across the country via online ordering.  Additional information, including a downloadable flyer, can be found at

Ten percent of all’s after-tax profits from these sales will be donated by Mrs. P Enterprises, LLC to literacy organizations.

“Mrs. P’s Four Favorite Fairy Tales and Funny Stories”

ISBN: 978-0-615-39355-1 Binding: Paperback Trim: Color 8.5 x 8.5 in Pages: 126  and over 90 original color illustration Genre: Juvenile Fiction: Fairy Tales & Folklore – Anthologies Target Audience: Children ages 4 to 10

Cover Price: $19.95

Amazon link:

Also see Mrs. P’s special video about her new book:

Photos and other info about Mrs. P can be found at her press site.

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Oct 22 2010

Let’s Get Ready To Celebrate Green Halloween on MSNBC!

News flash from Celebrate Green! We need your help!

Awesome story this morning on about Green Halloween®!

If you have a moment to check it out, then comment, we’d really, truly, honestly appreciate it.

And if you’re thinking about swapping Halloween costumes instead of buying, look here to find a swap near you or an online swap.


Thanks and have a terrific weekend.

Lynn & Corey

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Sep 03 2010

Let’s Get Ready to Win Some “Let’s Get Ready” Books!

It’s back to school time!  In honor of Heidi and Megan going back to school we are giving away a set of our books!  Feel free to share this great news! 


Leave a comment (including your email address) to be entered to win!  We will ship globally to a winner!  This contest ends September 30th!

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Aug 30 2010

Let’s Get Ready For Back To School Extravaganza!

Our back to school ritual involves Back-to-School shopping.  Every year (this was our 6th year) my daughters Heidi, now 11 and Megan, now 9 and our next door neighbor/big sister/babysitter/who has known the girls since day one, Amanda, who is now 17 and I go shopping.  This isn’t just shopping we turn it into a fashion show extravaganza and involving many times the entire store.   Honestly, I hate shopping and so do my girls.  But years ago I decided to tell the girls we would be having a fashion show with their favorite person in the entire world, Amanda.  We went from “fit n’tears” to “fun n’laughs” just by making it into a special event – a few stores for a few hours and lunch in a nice restaurant.   They gear up to the event with the girls painting their nails and picking out a special outfit to wear shopping and Amanda does their hair.  So they “feel” special for picking out even more “special outfits”.

We only go to a few stores and each of us takes one girl and we work with the help of a sales person with that girl.  This year we had one sales girl who keep going in the back room and finding us the cutest clothes that I would never have found on the rack in a million years.  Once the girls explain what they want – I have learned that if my girls really, really don’t love it and they are only buying it to please me – they will NOT wear it; so now we explain to the salesperson we want A line waistlines from one girl that cover her appropriately and will not show her belly button when she raises her hand in class and more fitted outfits for the other girl with the same description that they need to be covered appropriately and honestly, the salesperson does all of the work.  We have so much fun the manager and a bunch of salesreps usually gets involved too helping us decide which ones we should select.  The girls feel special and love the attention!    We have stores that remember us each year and enjoy the “fun and excitement” we bring back to Back-to-School shopping.  

The key for me, everyone needs an Amanda and salesreps who enjoy their jobs!!

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Aug 12 2010

Let’s Get Ready to be a character in the latest “Cynthia’s Attic”

Choose A Character For Cynthia’s Attic: Book Five!

Want to choose a character to be in the next Cynthia’s Attic book? Here’s how!


Listed at are 10 Cynthia’s Attic characters the author, Mary Cunningham, is considering for a recurring role in Book Five. Leave a comment with your choice and an explanation as to why you think the character deserves to return. Mary choose one winner based on the most compelling reason.

What do you win? First is the Cynthia’s Attic book of your choice. You can wait for Book Five (title coming soon!) or you can choose one of the first four titles. Now for the really fun part. If your character and comment is chosen, you’ll also become a character in the book!

Click Here for More Information!

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Oct 26 2009

Help Celebrate Green’s Corey, a top ten finalist in the Project Green Search!


We are so excited that Corey, from, has entered the Project Green Search.

They are seeking a woman who embodies the spirit of green, not just in her every day life, but who is working to better the world through her commitment and actions.

If Corey is among the ten finalists, she will have the opportunity to share our message with leaders in the environmental movement and further our cause in an unprecedented way.

This is BIG so we’re asking for your vote.

Please go to the link below, scroll down and run your mouse over Corey’s picture. Then select FIVE STARS and click. (It’s important that you select no fewer than five stars.)

Votes are tracked by IP address, so if you have more than one computer, you can vote for her more than once. And every vote counts!

PLEASE vote for Corey today

and if you could please pass the word on via Twitter, Facebook, other networking groups and e-mail whomever you think would be willing to vote, we’d truly appreciate it!

We’ll let you know what happens.


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Oct 02 2009

Let’s Get Ready For Grandma’s Shoppe!

I was raised by an amazing Grandma who proudly had a sign in her home that said, “If Mom says no, ask Grandma!”  For all those amazing Grandma’s check out this site dedicated to you and now proudly carries our books!


Grandma’s Shoppe

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Aug 27 2009

How to Get Hooked on Reading by Stacey Kannenberg

I will never forget the day I was finally hooked on reading. I was blessed by the presence of my friend Mary Isham one day in 9th grade.

Yes, you read it right. It took me until 9th grade to finally love reading. I wasn’t a born a reader, nor was a child-bookworm.

Even my school librarian knew I dreaded school assignments that forced me to check out books and report on a particular subject—or any subject at all. I was not a struggling reader, but I never found an interest to read anything beyond my homework assignments; which had too much reading in and of itself.

So, back to that glorious day in 9th grade…

I was walking into the school library and noticed my friend Mary Isham having an animated conversation, mostly to herself, as she openly expressed her concerns with the librarian. She was a cute and bubbly girl, dressed in her cheerleading outfit for the big game that night and seemed to be having some sort of problem.

I walked closer and overheard Mary tragically exclaim, “I can’t bear to part with it, I just can’t, you know.  I can’t stand the thought of it being put back on the shelf and no one reading it – I have checked it out three times and have read it over and over for weeks and the thought of it all alone waiting for someone to read it makes me sad.”  Mary spots me walking in and gushes, “Stacey save me!  This is such a great book and I have to turn it in today and I hate to see it sitting on the shelf alone, please, please take it and check it out…it is such a great book.”

I remember her words vividly.

That was it! 

I couldn’t believe that someone could love a book so much that she was having such a dramatic scene about returning it to the library,

So, I figured it must be good, right?  As pleaded, I took the book and checked it out.  I went home, rushed to my room, and opened its first page. I was hooked!

I even missed the football game that night.

When it was time to return it, I checked out another Victoria Holt romance book and the librarian smiled as to say something about that being a life changing event for me.

I didn’t appreciate it until now. Yes, being hooked on reading became a life-changing event for me.

Thank you Mary Isham!

What’s your favorite book? What title can cause you to get dramatic and overly-animated?

Well, whatever book it is, please introduce that book to your child, friend, family member or co-worker.

You never know, it might be a life-changing event for them too!

Copyright 2007-2009 – Stacey Kannenberg, Cedar Valley Publishing, Author of Let’s Get Ready For Kindergarten! and Let’s Get Ready For First Grade!

Care to share your favorite book with us?  What about a favorite author or series?  Reading can be a wonderful life-altering experience; the right book can be the key that unlocks the door.

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Jul 31 2009

Backyard vacations: Things to help you take perfect ‘getaway’ at home this summer By Angela Sionna from

Money’s tight all around but that doesn’t mean fun needs to be limited… just maybe changed up this summer.

Instead of taking a big vacation, bring the excitement to your house by taking a backyard vacation. It can be as simple or complex as you want to make it. You can do special themed meals and drinks as part of your “vacation package” if you want to.

At the heart of it you need three things to make you seem like you’re on vacation (besides time off from work): some place comfy to sit, something fun to watch or do, and lots of relaxation to make memories that the whole fam shares together.

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Jul 29 2009

CONTEST: Please Help us Rename our Heirloom Binky Bracelet from Templeton’s Silver

Playtex Corporation ordered us to drop the “Binky” from our signature product,the Heirloom Binky Bracelet. So, we need a new product name and fast! We thought that there was no better person to name our product than our own customers.

There will be one Grand Prize Winner. The winner will receive an extra large basket stuffed with Infant to Mommy Products from clients of the PR and Marketing Firm Baby swags, which places “Mompreneur” creations in swag bags for celebrities. Baby Swags owner, Phyllis Pometta, stepped in immediately to help when she learned of our business crisis. We’ve been overwhelmed with the generosity of our peers, and their willingness to help another mom owned small business in need. Along with Baby Swags, contact information, you can view all of the wonderful companies and their fabulous products on our Blog post “Grand Prize Basket.”

Contest Rules and Guidelines can be found at

(Please note that we cannot use any word that even sounds like the word “binky” in our new name.)

Thank you for taking the time to participate in our contest, and Good Luck! Don’t forget to check out all of the wonderful companies that helped make this all happen:  Cedar Valley Publishing is one of many companies who have donated prizes, in our case, we’ve donated our award winning books Let’s Get Ready for Kindergarten! & Let’s Get Ready for First Grade!

Please, go enter to WIN!!!

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