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Oct 09 2010

Let’s Get Ready For More NJ Gov. Chris Christie!

On Monday, NJ Gov. Chris Christie was in Wisconsin campaigning with Governor Candidate Scott Walker.  I want to personal thank the Scott Walker team for allowing me the opportunity to pass along my solutions to education to Gov. Christie!  Education reform needs to happen.  Our schools are failing and have been since 1970!  No amount of money has helped!  I have been most impressed with Gov. Christie’s crusade to take the left and right out of politics and work with Mayor Cory Booker to put politics aside to create a new kind of public school in Newark with the help of Facebook Founder, Mark Zuckerberg’s $100 million dollar donation.  Here is the blank slate…what are your solutions?  How do we fix education?

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Oct 06 2010

Let’s Get Ready For Read, Connect & Grow Childhood Literacy!

Miss Suzy was my first book.  I can still remember sitting in my mom’s lap reading that story over and over and over again!  How I loved that book as a child and how I loved reading that book to my own kids.  The world of books holds the key to everything:  adventure, escape, fantasy, mystery, romance, science, travel, knowledge and so much more!   It doesn’t take many books to have an impact on a child.  Homes that have more books in the household produce better students.  Studies show that a child with as little as 15 books in the household will stay in school for an average of two years longer than those without access to books and a child who has access to over 500 books is more likely to attend college. 

I am getting ready for my “field trip” toady in DC to celebrate childhood literacy on behalf of Mom Congress, Target and Parenting Magazine!  As I was packing, Megan read me a chapter from a book she is reading in 4th grade about a boy who was pulled into a prank that hurt his elderly neighbor.  As part of his punishment he has to email back and forth with another lady, Wootie, who is currently living in an old age home.   Wootie is a hoot and reminds us of our own Grandma Martha, who we miss dearly!  How fun to share memories and get lost in a great story!  I love it when the girls come home from school eager to read to me!  It makes up for all those nights when they were little and I was running on empty and they would haul 15-20 books into the bed for us to read each night.  It’s so fun that they still love Miss Suzy just like I did when I was little.  Thankfully (big sigh), even at age 11 and 9, Heidi and Megan still snuggle up and let me read our favorite childhood books to them…again…and…again!

In honor of Read, Connect & Grow childhood literacy who will your book buddy be?  Visit Target to learn more:

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Oct 06 2010

Let’s Get Ready For Oprah Today!

Make sure to watch Oprah today for Erin Merryn who will be speaking as a survivor of child sexual abuse and as the creator of Erin’s Law – a bill she is trying to have passed which would require mandatory child sexual abuse prevention education in schools.  Here is what I know for sure Oprah – Jill Starishevsky has the tool to help in educating kids with her book My Body Belongs To Me.  Jill’s book really needs to get in schools to help kids stop sexual abuse from ever happening!  Check it out or follow Jill on Twitter: @SafetyStar. 

Speaking of Oprah, check back on Friday for my review of my own “Oprah in the Audience Experience with my review of the education documentary, “Waiting for ‘Superman’”.

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Sep 24 2010

Let’s Get Ready For Waiting For Superman & Oprah!

Dreams do come true!  I so wanted to be in the audience for this one!!! I have been burning the midnight oil writing to the Oprah Show asking to be invited to this powerful event:  the crisis in our schools.  I am beyond excited to have been given this amazing opportunity to watch the new educational documentary “Waiting for Superman” at the HARPO studio on Thursday night and be a guest in the audience on the Friday morning live taping of the Oprah Show!!!  This is an opportunity for us all to join the national conversation with practical solutions to for change in our current educational system.  I believe that the only way we will ever change education is to empower and inspire the parents, kids and the teaching teachers to take back our educational system.  It’s time to stop pointing fingers, no more bullying tactics, put the balance back between left and right and take action to make our schools better!

NBC is having an Educational Summit next week and will have opportunities for us all to be involved.

Here’s just one of my many wishes for education:

I would level the playing field and make cuts at the top tiers of education and develop the dream teaching team for each school, filled with passionate teachers and rich with specialty teachers and aids inside the classrooms.  No more part time guidance counselors, or doing without art and music, putting the fitness back in gym, adding fun back into the system by empowering parents, kids and teachers to take back their schools and make it flourish within their communities! 

What is your one wish for education?

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Sep 13 2010

Let’s Get Ready For a Costume Swap from &!

It may seem early to be talking about Halloween, but one of the best ways to celebrate green is by planning ahead.

In 2009, $4.75 billion was expected to be spent by consumers for Halloween. And you can bet that this spending ultimately results in a lot of waste, some of which is attributed to costumes.

Swapping half the costumes that kids wear at Halloween would reduce annual landfill waste by 6,250 tons, equal to the weight of 2500 mid-sized cars, says Bob Lilienfield of

Millions of parents buy new costumes each year wanting to fulfill their childrens’ fantasies. But like a wedding day, in general, costumes are worn once, then thrown away. Relatively small numbers are kept in dress up boxes and reused or donated to thrift shops. Most are likely sent to the dump.

So this year, why not make a boo-ti-ful Halloween resolution and swap?

It’s easy to plan a family or neighborhood swap. Just sent out e-invites inviting guests to bring outgrown costumes in good condition. Make it a party by adding activities like the design-a-bag contest from ChicoBag where your kids can win $250 for them and the same for their schools. Or dunk for apples, make goodie bags or add other Halloween/seasonal games. Or how about staging a fashion show with kids wearing their new-to-them outfits!

If you’re interested in staging or attending a public event where more costume choices should be available, check out where you’ll find a database of swaps plus tips on how to set one up.

Add another aspect to a public swap by teaming with a non-profit. Charge a small swapping fee that goes to your partner.

And if you can’t make it to a swap or there is none in your area, the internet comes to your rescue. Do a search for “costume swap” or “clothing swap” and you’ll likely find online alternatives.

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Sep 07 2010

Let’s Get Ready For Some Magical Moments with Guest Blogger & Author Donna Mavrides!

Books by Author Donna Mavrides

Instead of my typical weekly blog that involves strategies, ideas, and suggestions for parents and educator, I have decided to share the themes and goals of my children’s books with you.  The common thread throughout each of the stories is my commitment to help our children to become more self confident, to instill a love for reading, to encourage children to  be open to new ideas, people, and places, to be kind and empathetic, and to love and respect  family, friends and the world around us.

Forever Love is a beautiful story that explores the everlasting love between a terminally ill parent and his child.

Room for One More is a wonderful book to share with young children for it focuses on the heart’s ability to expand as a new baby is welcomed into a family.

Margaret the Magnificent is the first in the Margaret series of stories.  It introduces the magical super-dog as she travels the globe in her quest to help a little girl who needs love, friendship, and a boost to her self confidence as she gets ready to attend a new school.

Margaret the Magnificent Visits the Everglades is dedicated to children and adults who believe in the power of friendship, beauty, and in the belief that working together will create a greener and kinder tomorrow. The book combines accurate information about the Everglades   with the imaginary adventures of Margaret the Magnificent, Ali the alligator and Crock the Crocodile.  It also blends photographs by Rodney Cammauf with the beautiful art work created by Ann Pilicer.”

“Margaret the Magnificent Visits the Rain Forest” invites readers to travel to the wetlands of Africa in order to help Margaret assist Kyle the crocodile and his friends preserve their ecosystem. Once again, Margaret, the magical, super-dog demonstrates how perseverance and team work can impact change and give us hope for a greener and kinder future.  The graphic illustrations, created by Michael Costa, are so life-like that you will feel as if you are in the African jungle along with Margaret and her friends. Again, the combination of facts and fiction make this story a “must read” for elementary aged children.

To order Donna’s books and/or to find out how to schedule a speaking engagement/author visit, please visit,

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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 27 2010

Let’s Get Ready For “Back to School Resolutions!”

I saw this on one of my favorite blogs, the Clutter Diet Blog from the Queen of Organizing, Lorie Marrero and just had to share:

What Are Your “Back to School Resolutions?”

One of our Clutter Diet members posted this yesterday in our member message boards:

“The new school year to me is like setting new year’s resolutions.”

Yes, it is! It’s a fresh start, just like a brand new calendar year. What will you do differently?

Here are some suggestions of small things you can change that will make a huge difference in your school year and how organized you feel:

Create a lunch-making station in your kitchen, with storage for lunch boxes, plastic bags, food containers, thermal containers, plasticware, and common lunch treats all within easy reach of the fridge and/or pantry. Think about how easy it would be to make a peanut butter sandwich in your kitchen and adjust accordingly.

Start a habit of making lunches the night before. Better yet, have the young ‘uns start packing their own. Give them some guidance on appropriate menus and combinations and keep your supplies stocked for them.

Find out if your school has automated reminders that e-mail you when your child’s lunch money account is below a certain dollar amount. (Ours does and I didn’t know that until the end of last year!)

Get up earlier. Get ahead of the rest of the family, get your workout done, get a shower, or just get some quiet time to yourself before the whole day’s wild rumpus begins.

Do your “Sunday Planning”– just 10-15 minutes a week could change everything! We explain exactly how and what this entails in our free report, “30 Ways to Find Time to Get Organized”, available here.

Set up family policies for homework time, snack time, and how much screen time the kids can have on weekdays and weekends. Agree to these policies together along with the consequences for violating them, and even have the kids sign an official paper about it. Eliminate arguments and constant policing!
Make an effort to organize a carpool arrangement with at least one other family. It saves everyone immense amounts of time and is good for the environment too.

What are your “Back to School Resolutions?” Share in the comments!


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Aug 26 2010

Interview with Stacey Kannenberg by Britt Michaelian from the The Work Smart Mompreneurs Blog


Stacey Kannenberg
Fredonia, WI

Astrological Sign: LEO

# of children: 2

Ages: 11 &  9

Favorite Business Book: Anything by Authors Tamara Monosoff or Joyce Bone

Favorite Family Book: The Dream is Clear to Believe is the Reward – Mike Kannenberg

Favorite Quote: Winners never quit and quitters never win! Vince Lombardi

  1. Which came first: the biz or the kid? The kids were 3 and 1 when I started the biz!
  2. What is your biggest productivity secret- the thing that helps you accomplish the most in your day?  My ability to multi-task keeps me on track!
  3.  How well do you feel you are balancing motherhood and entrepreneurship? As the kids get older it gets easier.  Any tips? Involve the family so they support you and the family business; Try to establish a routine that works for the family; Work around your family time; and most important remember it takes practice to balance it all!
  4. What was the tipping point for you when you realized you were truly an entrepreneur? It started with my hot dog stand from 1969-1974 in front of my grandparent’s busy family bowling alley in Hayward, WI.  I always knew I would have my own business but I wanted to learn from the corporate world first and start my own business from home when I started my own family!
  5. What one word describes your purpose in your family, your biz and your life? EMPOWER
  6. Where do you find your greatest source of support for your goals in your family, business and life? I have the unconditional love of my husband and kids and the support of thousands of people standing behind me that have gotten me to where I am today.  From the love of family and friends to the support of so many people that I didn’t even know in person, who once they heard my story, have cheered me on by sharing my story and have continued to rally behind me!
  7. What do you do to recharge your spiritual batteries? Pray and read the Bible!
  8. What’s the one thing you can’t live without? Electricity!
  9. iPhone or Blackberry? Blackberry
  10. Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate
  11. PC or Mac? PC
  12. Which do you do most often: Eat out, Order In or Cook it yourself? Cook it
  13. Who is your biggest supporter? My amazing husband Mike who gave me a crystal clear clock in 2004 engraved with the Cedar Valley Publishing logo that reads:  The Dream is Clear – To Believe is the Reward
  14. Who is your greatest inspiration?  I was raised by my grandparents who were both my “rock”.  My grandfather told me every day that I was destined for greatness and that I could make the world a better place.  He started me on my path and passed the baton off to Mike, who continues to support the mission!
  15. What do you see yourself doing in 5 years? More of what I am doing today and loving every minute of it!

Name of Businesses: Cedar Valley Publishing and HerInsight Media

URLs: – coming soon

Radio Show Get Ready to Learn Mom

Twitter Name @StaceyKann

Facebook Page

The Work Smart Mompreneurs Blog:

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