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Jan 23 2011

Let’s Get Ready for Mayo Clinic

I am traveling to Mayo Clinic with my Mom this week for her Colon Cancer but we will be watching our beloved Packers take on those Bears!

Go Pack Go!

And if the Packers win on Sunday….

Let’s Get Ready For The SuperBowl

Congratulations to my Green Bay Packers

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Jan 19 2011

Let’s Get Ready to Stop Hate Speech!

I am a solo mom entrepreneur who is currently taking some time off to deal with my own mother’s terminal colon cancer, so you can image how upset I was with Madison, WI’s Sly on the Radio and his outrageous comments that were replayed by Milwaukee’s 620WTMJ’s Charlie Sykes yesterday and today.  To listen to these comments and judge for yourself: Click here to listen to the comments from the talk show segment, provided by Milwaukee radio station WTMJ.

So in the spirit of Sly on the Radio mocking Wisconsin’s Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch’s efforts to make cold calls to businesses in the state of Illinois to drum up business for the State of Wisconsin, yesterday I made cold calls to Sly’s own sponsors listed on the front page of his own website, to see how they felt about his comments.  Of course, being business owners not one of them agreed with his comments.  I was even more upset when WTDY Web program director Rex Charger defended the appropriateness of Sylvester’s remarks.

“It was obvious sarcasm and was not intended to be taken literally.”

So Charger if you stand by the remarks than answer this question…which part was sarcasm?

Being outraged that she is picking up the phone to cold call businesses in Illinois?

Calling her a “pantie entrepreneur” as if you can’t run a successful business from your basement and is if panties are some how unneeded or beneath him?

Or would you call it sarcasm to say that Wisconsin’s Lt. Governor got her job by performing “fellatio acts”?

Or is it called “sarcasm” to mock Rebecca Kleefisch’s colon cancer? 

To quote WTDY’s own site on a recent story that made headlines in Wisconsin:  “The man that attacked a beer truck with a metal pipe has committed a great sin in Wisconsin. This is a HATE crime.”

Thus I would not label it “sarcasm” instead I would call it HATE SPEECH. 

I had a great time cold calling Sly’s sponsors!  They are all small business owners and entrepreneurs who are trying to keep their own businesses going by utilizing advertising to bring in customers, regardless of their own political views.   Many of them have the same views that I do on government and business:  we can’t run a successful business if we are $14 trillion in debt and owe our debt to our own competitor, in America’s case:  China.    I certainly met some great businesses in my cold calling yesterday and one thing is for sure, we can all agree that we are united in the power of entrepreneurship because entrepreneurship made our country great and it is what will keep our country great!  I will echo what many of them said to me yesterday:  At least we have a Lt. Governor who is willing to pick up the phone on behalf of Wisconsin!

I challenge Sly to pick up the phone to learn more about his own advertisers because if their advertising dollars dry up, will he even care enough to find out why?

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Dec 16 2010

Let’s Get Ready For Cold and Flu Time!

It’s not too late to get your flu shot and protect your family from influenza.  Heidi and Megan had the option of the flu shot or the flu mist, but because the mist is a live flu strain and we are around babies, we opted for the shot instead.  Now that my girls are getting older they know the routine and request what it is they need:

Wash those hands long and often!

I can’t say it enough: Wash, wash, wash those HANDS especially if you are sick to help keep everyone else stay healthy!  Wash long and often, especially after touching your eye, nose, mouth; before and after eating; coughing and sneezing; and of course, after the bathroom.  I still listen to the sound of the water and if I don’t think it was long enough I will say definitely say something!

Make a Steam Room!

Shut the door, run the shower to create a warm sauna room upon entry.   The girls love soaking in the whirlpool tub or take an extra long shower that helps to open up clogged airways.  I have a television in our master bath room (my way of seeing the news without alarming my kids – especially during 9/11) so they enjoy watching TV as they soak in the whirlpool tub inside their steamy sauna room!

Hot Chocolate or Soup!

It’s a family tradition for hot chocolate and something to dip depending on how sick they feel: toast, graham crackers or cookies!  How about some Chicken Noodle Soup!  It really does work!

Gargle with Salt Water or Nasal Rinse

You know they don’t feel good when they request to gargle with a mixture of warm water and salt or a nasal rinse.  We have a nasal rinse kit from the drug store.  It has a salt solution packet that you add warm water; it comes with a spoon to mix and a special genie shaped bottle that you pour in one nostril to drain out the other nostril.  It sounds gross but it really does work.  Have plenty of tissue on hand because you will definitely be in need of blowing to clear and clean passages!    

Cuddle Time and a Movie or Book with Mom!

We curl up on the sofa and watch a movie or read books together for a few hours of cuddle time. I make them sleep for a few hours while I work in my home office and only after I feel that they got enough extra rest, I allow them to have homework, play, books, crafts, laptop, iPod and/or television time! 

Wash, wash, wash those HANDS and stay healthy for the holiday season!!!

What is your secret tip to keep your family healthy?? Leave a comment and keep us all healthy!

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Dec 15 2010

Let’s Get Ready to Celebrate Green with 50% coupon sheet!

Gear up for your holiday shopping season with these amazing deals:

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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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Nov 02 2010

Let’s Get Ready To VOTE TODAY!

I take every Election Day very seriously and am proud to exercise my freedom to vote.  Since I was 18, I have missed one Spring Election during college and one Primary Election during the early years of marriage; both to the flu.  Do you realize more people in this country vote for American Idol and Dancing with the Stars than vote in our elections?  Please don’t stand on the sidelines; think of all those military heroes who have serviced or who have died for your right to cast your vote.  I do understand that folks are upset that those who spend the most money on advertising…win!  It’s the same way in the world of business…the large national brands have more money to spend on advertising than small mom solo entrepreneurial businesses such as mine; but I am proof that you can have a national presence without a national marketing budget!  However, it’s the hypocrisy in education that kills me…one minute our education system is strapped to the bone and the next our educational leaders still find the ways and means to spend millions and millions on political advertisements and many of those advertisements are the exact opposite of their zero tolerance bullying tone…please every vote does count, make your voice heard!

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Oct 25 2010

Let’s Get Ready To Stop Morning Mania!

Does it always have to be just another manic Monday? Well, stop wishing it were a Sunday and let Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions, help you get a grip on your family’s morning routine and quash the counterproductive chaos.  Seriously those manic mornings can take a toll on your own mood and productivity; Amy has some great tips in her appearance with The Today Show’s Katie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb to help with your morning routine:

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Oct 24 2010

Let’s Get Ready For Baby & Kid Trends from the ABC Expo!

I missed being with Alison Rhodes at the ABC Kids Expo this year in Las Vegas.  After seeing the video, I feel like I got a taste of all the new hot trends in baby and kids products!

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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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Oct 15 2010

Let’s Get Ready To Thank Target, Parenting Magazine & Mom Congress!

Thank you so much Target, Parenting Magazine & Mom Congress for inviting me to be at your Read Connect Grow events in DC and St. Paul. 

Target is concerned with low reading-proficiency and graduation rates throughout the country.  Target has taken a stand on improving reading in our nation’s communities.  Target’s goal is to expose as many children as possible to the joys of reading, and strive to have them reading proficiently by the end of third grade.  Target plans to donate more than $500 million by the end of 2015 to support education, doubling its support to more than $1 billion. What a commitment to literacy!

“Target’s ties to education run deep, but we are compelled to do more to address the education crisis in the U.S. and put more kids on the path to graduation so they are ready for college, a career and life. The time to act is now, and it starts by reading with a child,” said Laysha Ward, Target’s president of community relations. “Our reading pledge is the first of many steps Target will take to ensure our kids are globally competitive. We need every parent and caring adult to join us in creating a movement that will chart a new course in education and help our children succeed.”

The financial commitment is part of Target’s new reading initiative, Target Read With Me, aimed at helping more U.S. children read proficiently by the end of third grade. Why the focus on third grade? Research shows that reading proficiently by the end of this crucial is a significant milestone on the path to graduation. Indeed, according to Annie E. Casey Foundation, this is when children make the transition from learning to read to reading to learn.

As part of the initiative, Target also announced a reading pledge, a donation of up to 2 million books to kids in need, and plans for an innovative reading center that will reach communities across the country through a physical and virtual presence. What an amazing pledge!

Thank you Target for including me along with five other amazing Mom Congress Delegates in your “Moms with an Eye on Literacy”, your special literacy advertisement in the November Parenting School Years Magazine!  Thank you for celebrating the accomplishments of Mom Congress Delegates who are leading the fight for early literacy: Jamie Pearce (Idaho), Angeline Gorham (New Hampshire), Liza Weidle (North Carolina), Chanda M. Kropp (Minnesota), Emily Rempe (Ohio) and yours truly, Stacey Kannenberg (Wisconsin).

If you live in NYC, are a mom, teacher or someone who cares about literacy, join Target, Parenting Magazine & Mom Congress on 10/21 to celebrate literacy!  To sign up, visit  Plead time to read with a child at

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