Small Business Saturday

November 20, 2017

I’m taking a moment to thank and give a shout out to the small businesses that carry my books.  I am a bit picky about what stores I reach out to with my books, so these are all businesses that I support and encourage others to check out:

A NU Toy Store (16 Main St, Tarrytown, NY 10591)


This is the only store to currently carry 3 of my books: Welcome to Motherhood, No Place Like Earth, and What Do You Do with a Doodleloo.  They carry both used and new items, and staff is always welcoming and ready to help you make a selection, or simply allow you to browse.  There are toys out for kids to play with and a nice selection of reasonably-priced toys and books.  They also offer free gift wrap.  Their earth-friendly approach of selling used items (and asking for donations of bags, etc.) is a great fit for my picture books, and I’m happy to have them available here.

The Greenburgh Nature Center (99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale, NY 10583)


Reading 2 at the barnyard

The nature center is a great spot for enjoying nature, inside and out.  You can easily make a day of it, picnicking, seeing their outdoor animals, playground, and nature trails.  Now that my daughter is old enough, we really enjoy the story walk.  What you may not know is there are also indoor exhibits as well as a gift shop.  So, while this is a non profit, and not exactly a small business, I wanted to mention it here as a place to support.  The manor house has been under going some renovations, but when they are up and running, it is worth a visit any time of year.  The gift shop currently has No Place Like Earth, and may take in Doodleloo when they reopen.

Barnes and Noble Eastchester (680 Post Rd, Scarsdale, NY 10583)no place like earth at barnes and noble local author shelf          18216579_10155271408231591_4204335948845500250_o

I wouldn’t normally consider Barnes and Noble to be a small business, but this location is a little different from the others.  From opening day, they have welcomed me as a local author (which is not always the case for an unknown like myself).  They have hosted me at two events thus far, one was a mom’s night out for my Welcome to Motherhood book, and the other a local author’s fair where all 4 of my books were available for sale.  They have since decided to carry No Place Like Earth, and it is on display on their local authors shelf at the front of the store.  Stop in for a drink (yes, this is the Barnes and Noble that has alcohol), a bite to eat, check out the beautiful outdoor patio, and support your local authors!

Dolphin Bookshop and Cafe (299 Main St., Port Washington, NY 11050)

This is a great store that has a variety of gift items in addition to books and a cafe.  The cafe has games available for kids and adults to play while relaxing with a drink or snack.  I did a laid back reading of Welcome to Motherhood and No Place Like Earth, and both of these books are available for sale at the store.  This was the furthest I’ve traveled for a reading thus far, but it was worth the trip to read at the same store that once hosted the great J.K. Rowling!

Books make a great gift, and at all of these locations with the exception of the Barnes and Noble, the copies of my books are signed.

If you’d like not just a signed copy, but one that’s personalized for the recipient, visit me at the Eastchester Library’s Book Festival Sunday 12/10/17 from 2:00-4:00, just in time for the holidays.

A bit further down the line, I’ll also be doing a PJ storytime at the YWCA in White Plains…Tuesday 3/13/18 at 6:30.

In addition to being an author, I also have my own small business.  (Are authors in themselves small business owners?  I sure feel like one!)  My other business is a store on Teachers Pay Teachers.  Before focusing on writing full time, I was a teacher.  This site is a great resource for teachers who are looking for new ideas or are working parents with not a lot of time to plan lessons, make up exams, and otherwise find resources.  My items start at under $2, and I’m proud to say I have almost a perfect 4 star rating based on almost 50 reviews.

Happy holidays and happy shopping!


TIRED of Daylight Savings Time (and 2 ways to help)

November 6, 2017

Does anyone even know why we change the clocks in the Fall?  No one likes having it get dark at 4:30, having to adjust our schedules and hoping we can get our kids to adjust.  I never really cared much before having kids.  The extra hour that one day was fun.  But now that I have kids and we all need our sleep, why are we forced to mess with it twice a year!?  I think the original reason had something to do with farmers, and then with the idea of saving money and energy by using less artificial light.  But these things don’t make sense to me.  I would love if someone could explain the reason for all this silliness.  And if no one can, let’s end this once and for all!  I went to to start a petition about this, and found a few already in existence.  Instead of starting my own, I decided to join one.  If you agree that there is no reason to “Fall back,” go here to Make Daylight Savings Time Permanent.  Don’t be confused by the title of this petition.  Making Daylight Savings Time permanent means we would change the clocks once more in the Spring, but not in the Fall.  So, we’d have an extra hour of daylight in the winter evenings when we need them most.

In the meantime, I’d like to let all parents know about this amazing clock I discovered.  The Ok to Wake Clock is a kid’s clock that turns green when it is time to wake up.  It has other functions, but this is the one that is becoming a life saver for me.  My 4 year old can’t quite tell time well enough yet to know when it’s time to get up, and now thanks to Daylight Savings time, it’s getting bright in her room way too early.  I set this clock for 7:30 and she excitedly waits for the green light to come on while staying in bed!  She likes having the knowledge and power to know when it’s time to get up instead of having to scream “Mommy, is it morning yet?” I wish I had discovered this clock sooner, and now feel like I’m the only mom out there who wasn’t aware of this amazing invention.  I want everyone to know about this now!  Just one thing to note: One of the functions claims to be a nightlight, but unfortunately it is not designed to stay on all night.  The default is 30 minutes, and you can set it for a max of 2 hours before it will go off.  We found this out the hard way when my daughter started screaming in the middle of the night when she discovered she was in pitch black darkness.  Other than that, they seem to have thought of everything with this…there is even a nap button so you can have two green light times set if you are lucky enough to have a child that naps.  I have posted the Amazon link above, but note that at the time of this post, Target was selling it for about half the price.  You’re welcome!

Now go back and sign that petition!


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