Sunday, June 27, 2021

Unplugged Play: What's In Ned's Head With Teens

Summer means lots of fun! Picnics, Outings, Beach, Park, Pools, etc. But there is still a lot of downtime and kids can get sucked up into the TV, Computer and Gaming which is why I love Unplugged fun. Playing games with my kids was and still is one of my favorite things to do and we had a blast with What's In Ned's Head we have  we have played many times now adding our own things to Ned!
Given the amount of time I’ve tried to plug something in without looking and failed by jabbing the metal prongs into seemingly everywhere other than the outlet itself, I probably should have just moved furniture and looked. Perhaps I’m in need of some tactile training, and what better way than with Ned’s Head?

Are you ready to find out What’s In Ned’s Head? This hilarious gross-out game has players reaching in through Ned’s ears and nostrils to try and find the object matching on the cards. Is that a lollipop? A sock? It’s up to you to use your sense of touch to figure it out before revealing it to the eye!

What's in Ned's Head?

What's in Ned's Head? Reach inside his ears and nostrils, and find out! Each player is dealt a card with a picture of an object that is in Ned's Head. Ready, Set, GO! Reach in Ned's head and feel around for the object on your card. Who knows what you will find! A rat? A loose screw? Ned's pet spider? Be the first player to find the correct object to win! For 2-4 players, ages 4 and up.

 Reach inside Ned's ears and nostrils to find out what's in Ned's head!

  • Can you find the object on the card you were dealt?
  • Be the first player to find the correct object to win!
  • Quick to learn, easy to play

This was so much fun! I cannot wait to bring it to my preschool class so they can try to guess but for now my kids are not ready to give it up! One day!

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was offered. 

Playing Gator Golf With Teens

Summer has started for many areas and keeping kids offline and engaged is a struggle for many especially when you have your own work to get done or chores around the house to do. I know how hard it is when you have young ones who are so into being on a game system or You Tube watching others play games but we as parents need to make a conscious effort to keep our kids engaged, focused and excited about this non virtual reality we live in! Gaming is great, You Tube is great but there needs to be a balance and unplugged games are so much fun! Gator Golf is a fun game. You get to stand, swing a club and omg retrieve the ball which is what I spent most of my time doing but hey exercise is important too right?!

We had something like this game when my kids were younger but it has changed a little. Now there are buttons on the gator so you can keep tabs on your points. 

If you love miniature golf  but omg the prices of playing with families these days has gone up try it at home or at least practice your moves so before you get to the course, you are ready to sink some balls.  While there may not be a windmill with this you can create your own mini gold course and make it as easy or as difficult as you want. 

The girls didn't do anything fancy but they did enjoy our cat joining the game. Jinxy did try to steal their balls every once in a while which was somewhat of a challenge but what kind of fun is had by an easy game of golf anyway? 


Gator Golf

A hole-in-one is a lot more fun with Gator Golf! Grab your flamingo golf club, and aim to feed this hungry little Gator. Sink your putt by hitting your ball through the Gator’s mouth into his tail to score, but watch out – he’ll flick your ball with his tail for more putting action. The first player to score 3 points wins! Fun, active gameplay gets kids up and moving while developing large motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Cute birds on the Gator’s back serve as built-in score keepers. Gator Golf plays best indoors on low-pile carpet. 

Bullet Points

  • A hole-in-one is a lot more fun with Gator Golf!
  • Putt the ball into the Gator's mouth to score, and he'll toss your ball back with his tail for more golfing fun
  • Be the first player to score three points to win
  • Active gameplay helps develop large motor skills and gets kids moving
  • For 2-4 players, ages 3 and up
The girls had a great time and have taken the game out a few times every time Goddess friend is over.  I love that these teens love playing unplugged and I love that they still want to play games with me. . Makes my heart happy!

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Travel The World With The Summer Travel Book #GIVEAWAY For Kids From Prestel Junior International @presteljunior


Everyone longs to travel at some time in their life. With this amazing book giveaway you don't have to leave your backyard to experience the world. I am so happy to announce this giveaway from Prestel Junior International.


Mona Lisa in New York by Yevgenia Nayberg (Prestel Junior; 3/9/21; ISBN: 978-3791374451; Hardcover $14.95; Ages 4-8; 32 pages), a love letter to New York City, Mona Lisa is a tourist who experiences the city for the first time, and finds art, love, and inspiration in unexpected places.

Mona Lisa is taking a trip to New York from the Louvre. Yes, that Mona Lisa. The one with the knowing smile. After hanging in the museum for a while she decides to explore the city. She slips out of her painting and meets Tag, a street art figure. He takes her on an adventure from the Bronx to the Brooklyn Bridge and it turns out Mona Lisa doesn't know as much as she thought. In this beautiful and charming book, artist Yevgenia Nayberg, an immigrant to New York herself, shows young readers the city she has fallen in love with. Cleverly portraying da Vinci's iconic subject as a world-weary, know-it-all, Nayberg takes readers on a tour of New York. Mona Lisa and Tag eat pizza in the Bronx, listen to jazz in Harlem, dance to salsa music on the High Line, and swim at Brighton Beach. As Mona Lisa says goodbye to her new friend, she--and the readers--come away with a profound appreciation of the city and its wonders.

YEVGENIA NAYBERG's illustrations and paintings have appeared in magazines, picture books, record albums, and theater posters. In 2018 she received a Sydney Taylor Silver Medal for illustrating the book Drop by Drop by Jacqueline Jules. Originally from Russia, she now lives in New York City.

Spend hours navigating the world's great rivers with Great Rivers of the World by Volker Mehnert and illustrated by Martin Haake (Prestel Junior; 3/23/21; ISBN: 978-3791374703; Hardcover $19.95; Ages 8-12; 40 pages), a vibrant, fact-filled book for kids that blends geography, history, and culture.

Where in the Rhein does the Nibelung Treasure lie? What river helps mark the prime meridian? Why do people make pilgrimages to the Indian city of Benares? Why is the Mekong called the "Nine Dragon" river in Vietnam? How does the Mississippi divide and unite the United States? These and hundreds of other facts are explored in this wonderfully illustrated atlas of the world's great rivers. Each spread in this book offers a colorful map packed with drawings, figures, and facts. Cities that border the rivers are highlighted, as are distinct flora and fauna, significant natural and human-made features, and fascinating historical details. A "biography" of each river describes where it flows, and its importance to the communities it passes through. Special attention is given to the ecological health of the rivers--those that are thriving and those in danger of losing their valuable habitats. Along the way, young readers will come to understand the enormous impact that rivers have on our lives, while learning valuable information in a way that will spark their curiosity and imagination.

VOLKER MEHNERT is a journalist, travel writer, and author of a children's biography of the explorer Alexander von Humboldt.

MARTIN HAAKE has created illustrated works for The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, Penguin Books, and Volkswagen. His illustrations have earned him several awards, including the German Art Directors Club's silver medal, of which he is a two-time recipient. He lives in Berlin, Germany.

Join scientists on an unforgettable journey to Antarctica in illustrated children's book Antarctica: A Continent of Wonder by Mario Cuesta Hernando and illustrated by Raquel Martín (Prestel Junior; 6/29/21; ISBN: 978-3791374567; Hardcover $19.95; Ages 5-8; 48 pages.

Come aboard the Polar Star and accompany its crew on their half-year stay in Antarctica. Through full-page illustrations, children will experience the work and life of these explorers and scientists as they study penguins, whales, and seals, measure the depth of the ice, chart wind speeds of up to 186 mph (300km/h), examine old volcanoes, and withstand some of the lowest temperatures ever recorded. Kids will also learn about Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott, the legendary explorers who first set foot on Antarctica. Equal parts thrilling adventure and in-depth exploration, this book is an unforgettable illustrated expedition to Antarctica that is sure to satisfy the boldest bedtime traveler.

MARIO CUESTA HERNANDO is a journalist and scriptwriter of many different programs relating to nature and adventure. He has traveled to Antarctica on a Spanish Navy Vessel.

RAQUEL MARTÍN is a freelance illustrator from Barcelona, who currently lives on the beautiful island of Minorca, Spain.

This evocative cookbook invites kids of all ages to the table for more mouthwatering innovative outdoor fare put together by the James Beard Award-nominated author of Wild: Adventure Cooking.

In her first cookbook, Sarah Glover showed the world how liberating, satisfying, and easy it is to cook beautiful healthy food outdoors. Now she brings kids of all ages into the mix in Wild Child (Prestel; 5/4/21; ISBN: 978-3791387208; Hardcover $25.00; All Ages; 144 pages), proving that they too can take part in collecting, preparing, and cooking campfire meals the whole family can enjoy. Glover's simple yet elegant meals are inspired by the land and the sea: fish and ears of corn dangled on a stick over an open flame; perfect bread baked directly on hot coals; kale and potatoes simmered in saltwater; eggs fried alongside spicy sausage and toast; chili-brined cherry tomatoes--and more. Glover emphasizes fresh seasonal food that can be acquired locally. And, while her techniques date back to ancient traditions, the flavors are distinctly modern. Brimming with gorgeous landscape photography from across the Australian continent, this stylish yet down-to-earth cookbook encourages families to embrace the outdoors, teaches young chefs valuable techniques and life skills, and proves once again that everything tastes better cooked over an open flame.

SARAH GLOVER has worked as a chef and pastry chef in Tasmania, Sydney, and New York City. Her first book, Wild (Prestel, 2018) was nominated for a 2019 James Beard Award for Best Photography. She lives in Tasmania, Australia.

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Useful Marketing Techniques for Your Business


Regardless of whether you have an already established business or are just starting out, you must have an effective marketing strategy in place. Marketing is essentially what gets your brand name out there and helps potential customers find you. While you may be on a strict budget, the good news is that there are plenty of effective marketing strategies which wont break the bank but will allow you to get the recognition you desire to ensure you achieve long-term success. In this guide, were going to take a look at just a few of the useful marketing techniques for your business:

1. Create a website

The foundation of any marketing campaign is to create a website. This will ultimately act as a technological business card, which contains all of the information a new consumer needs to know about your corporation, drives visitors to your social media pages and establishes yourself as a leader in the industry. There are some key differences between a good and bad website, so it would be highly advised to hire a professional web designer to ensure your website has a good user experience, SEO functions and a relevant domain name to name some of the key basics. 

2. Email marketing 

Small business can truly make use of email marketing to build brand recognition and customer loyalty. When consumers visit your website, asking them to sign up to an email newsletter (with the small return token of a discount code or freebie) will allow them to stay up to date with new-in stock, sales and offers. People are much more likely to engage with a business that displays a sense of humanity and addresses them personally, which is what email marketing can achieve. There is an array of platforms online to find templates and tools for constructing a professional and polished message to send out to your customers.

3. Traditional marketing is not dead 

Many believe that traditional marketing is well and truly a thing of the past; however, it can be extremely effective for small businesses – especially those which rely on local trade or regularly attend trade events and shows. Eco friendly expo banners, t-shirts and mugs from Redbows imprinted with your companys logo are perfect for instilling brand recognition. In addition, smaller items such as pens, mouse mats and coasters are ideal promotional items to hand out to customers as a tool to keep your brand name top of mind when they arrive home.

4. Share knowledge with your customers 

Do you have a wealth of knowledge in your industry? Dont be afraid to hide it. Consumers are always on the lookout for businesses with significant experience and expertise within their trade, as it builds customer trust, leading to a potential increase in sales. You could consider filming a YouTube tutorial on the use of your products or write regular blog posts on subject matters in your field to express your expertise and stand you in a better position against competitors. 

Monday, June 21, 2021

Beatles Fans Will Want To Mark Their Calendar For This Special 3 Day Presentation of This Beatles Documentary In November @thebeatles @DisneyPlus







Over Six Hours of Never-Before-Seen Restored Footage, Including

The Beatles’ Last Live Performance, to Roll Out on Disney+

Over Three Days, November 25, 26 and 27, 2021


BURBANK, Calif. (June 17, 2021)—The Walt Disney Studios, Apple Corps Ltd. and WingNut Films Productions Ltd. announced today that Disney+ will bring “The Beatles: Get Back,” a Disney+ Original documentary series directed by Peter Jackson, to fans and music lovers worldwide over the Thanksgiving holidays.

Because of the wealth of tremendous footage Peter Jackson has reviewed, which he has spent the past three years restoring and editing, “The Beatles: Get Back” will be presented as three separate episodes. Each episode is approximately two hours in length, rolling out over three days, November 25, 26 and 27, 2021, exclusively on Disney+.

 “As a huge Beatles fan myself, I am absolutely thrilled that Disney+ will be the home for this extraordinary documentary series by the legendary filmmaker Peter Jackson,” said Bob Iger, Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board, The Walt Disney Company. “This phenomenal collection of never-before-seen footage offers an unprecedented look at the close camaraderie, genius songwriting, and indelible impact of one of the most iconic and culturally influential bands of all time, and we can’t wait to share ‘The Beatles: Get Back’ with fans around the world.” 


Peter Jackson commented, “In many respects, Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s remarkable footage captured multiple storylines. The story of friends and of individuals. It is the story of human frailties and of a divine partnership. It is a detailed account of the creative process, with the crafting of iconic songs under pressure, set amid the social climate of early 1969. But it’s not nostalgia - it’s raw, honest, and human. Over six hours, you’ll get to know The Beatles with an intimacy that you never thought possible.” 


He added, “I’m very grateful to The Beatles, Apple Corps and Disney for allowing me to present this story in exactly the way it should be told. I’ve been immersed in this project for nearly three years, and I’m very excited that audiences around the world will finally be able to see it.”


Directed by three-time Oscar®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “They Shall Not Grow Old”), “The Beatles: Get Back” takes audiences back in time to the band’s intimate recording sessions during a pivotal moment in music history. The documentary showcases the warmth, camaraderie and creative genius that defined the legacy of the iconic foursome, compiled from over 60 hours of unseen footage shot in January 1969 (by Michael Lindsay-Hogg) and more than 150 hours of unheard audio, all of which has been brilliantly restored.Jackson is the only person in 50 years to have been given access to these private film archives. “The Beatles: Get Back” is the story of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr as they plan their first live show in over two years, capturing the writing and rehearsing of 14 new songs, originally intended for release on an accompanying live album. The documentary features – for the first time in its entirety – The Beatles’ last live performance as a group, the unforgettable rooftop concert on London’s Savile Row, as well as other songs and classic compositions featured on the band’s final two albums, Abbey Road and Let It Be.


An exciting new collaboration between The Beatles and Jackson presented by The Walt Disney Studios in association with Apple Corps Ltd. and WingNut Films Productions Ltd., “The Beatles: Get Back” is directed by Peter Jackson, produced by Clare Olssen (“They Shall Not Grow Old”) and Jonathan Clyde (“Eight Days a Week”), with Ken Kamins (“The Hobbit” trilogy) and Apple Corps’ Jeff Jones (“Eight Days a Week”) serving as executive producers. Jabez Olssen (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”) serves as the documentary’s editor, and the music is mixed by Giles Martin (“Rocketman”) and Sam Okell (“Yesterday”).


“The Beatles: Get Back” is being made with the enthusiastic support of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. 


Ahead of the documentary’s Disney+ debut, Apple Corps Ltd./Callaway Arts & Entertainment will release The Beatles: Get Back book on October 12. Beautifully designed and produced, the 240-page hardcover complements the “Get Back” documentary with transcriptions of The Beatles’ recorded conversations and hundreds of exclusive, never before published photos from the three weeks of sessions. The collectible book will be published in nine international language editions, including English.


About Disney+:

Disney+ is the dedicated streaming home for movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic, along with The Simpsons and much more. In select international markets, it also includes the new general entertainment content brand, Star. The flagship direct-to-consumer streaming service from The Walt Disney Company, Disney+ is part of the Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution segment. The service offers commercial-free streaming alongside an ever-growing collection of exclusive originals, including feature-length films, documentaries, live-action and animated series, and short-form content. With unprecedented access to Disney’s long history of incredible film and television entertainment, Disney+ is also the exclusive streaming home for the newest releases from The Walt Disney Studios. Disney+ is available as a standalone streaming service or as part of The Disney Bundle that gives subscribers access to Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+. For more, visit, or find the Disney+ app on most mobile and connected TV devices.


About Apple Corps Ltd.:

Apple Corps Ltd. was founded by The Beatles in 1968 to oversee the band’s own creative and business interests. As part of its management of The Beatles’ entire intellectual property canon, the London-based company administers the legendary band’s recorded catalogue along with film, theatrical, and book publishing rights. Apple Corps has piloted innovative, award-winning Beatles projects which have become benchmarks for pioneering accomplishment, including The Beatles Anthology TV series, book and music collections; The Beatles 1; Anniversary Editions for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The BEATLES (‘White Album’) and Abbey RoadThe Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil®; SiriusXM’s The Beatles Channel; and “The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years,” directed by Ron Howard.


About WingNut Films Ltd.:

WingNut Films is based in Wellington, New Zealand and was founded by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh. WingNut Films has produced all of Peter Jackson’s films, including “Heavenly Creatures,” “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit Trilogies,” “King Kong,” “The Lovely Bones” and most recently the acclaimed First World War documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old.” WingNut has also produced “The Adventures of Tin Tin,” directed by Steven Spielberg, “District 9,” directed by Neill Blomkamp, “West of Memphis,” directed by Amy Berg and “Mortal Engines,” directed by Christian Rivers.


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Saturday, June 19, 2021

THE BOYS IN RED HATS - New Indie Doc Arrives in Theaters/Virtual Cinemas Beginning July 16

After a 2019 confrontation between a student from Kentucky's elite Covington Catholic High School and a Native American elder on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial goes viral, filmmaker Jonathan Schroder sets out to understand the incident, the media’s obsession with it and the larger ramifications for both one small Kentucky community and our country as a whole. THE BOYS IN RED HATS deftly explores the media’s insistence on immediacy over accuracy, the danger in prioritizing intent over impact and what it’s going to take if we ever hope to bridge the deep divides in our communities—and our country.

Directed by Jonathan Schroder
Written by Jonathan Schroder and Justin Jones
Executive Produced by Jonathan Schroder
Produced by Justin Jones
Music by Justin Kerkau
Director of Photography Jason Neff
Film Editing by John Dilly

#GlobalRickAndMortyDay - THIS SUNDAY 6/20 - Rick and Morty: The Complete Seasons 1-4 is NOW AVAILABLE


An Out-Of-This-World Celebration


 Global Rick And Morty Day


Blasting Off Sunday, June 20th 



For the first time ever, Adult Swim will premiere the first episode of Season 5 of Rick and Morty from space by launching Rick’s Space Cruiser 150,000 feet into the atmosphere. Fans from around the world can Go Rick Yourself (#GoRickYourself) and become part of the series by creating a personalized Rick and Morty avatar, and then create custom t-shirts (US and Mexico only) to commemorate the new season.

 Check out the promo here: Global Rick and Morty Day Promo


From creators Justin Roiland (“Adventure Time”) and Dan Harmon (“Community”), fans can catch up before the big day and follow the misadventures of America’s favorite crazy scientist and his grandchildren with Rick and Morty: The Complete Seasons 1-4 on Digital, Blu-ray™ & DVD. This outrageous boxed set which includes all 41 episodes from the first four seasons, along with copious special features, including audio commentary, deleted scenes, “Inside the Episode” segments, numerous featurettes, past animatic sketches, and more. Rick and Morty: The Complete Seasons 1-4 is priced to own at $79.99 SRP for the DVD ($89.99 in Canada) and $89.99 SRP for the Blu-ray ($99.99 in Canada), which includes a Digital Copy (U.S. only). Rick and Morty is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers. 


Wubba Lubba Grub Grub! In honor of Global Rick And Morty Day, Wendy’s® and Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty have teamed up to include two new show-themed mixes in more than 5,000 Coca-Cola Freestyle machines in Wendy’s locations across the country through August 22. To sweeten the deal, fans can also score free delivery from Wendy’s in-app though July 1 with no minimum purchase necessary. Fans in the Los Angeles area can also visit Morty’s, a weekend-long restaurant pop-up at Wendy’s Panorama City location from June 18-20. Morty’s will feature a show-inspired menu, like the Jerry’s Single, paired with an out-of-this-world experience. Navigate your spaceship or car through a custom LED drive-thru experience, receive a Rick and Morty-themed menu and be one of the lucky few to enjoy the limited-edition Pickle Rick Pickle Frosty®, a pickle twist on the iconic Vanilla Frosty®, only available at Morty’s. 

Fans can also catch up on all things Rick and Morty prior to the event by checking out HBO Max’s curated Rick and Morty fan viewing experience featuring previous seasons, extras, and creator-selected episodes.


Rick and Morty is the multi-Emmy® Award winning half-hour comedy series that airs on Adult Swim, the #1 destination for young adults for over a decade. Rick and Morty was the #1 comedy across all of television in 2017 and 2019 and has become a multi-platform sensation not just on television, but across digital, gaming, live streaming, retail, and fan experiences.


Be Creative This Summer With This Crafty Family Idea Book by Kristin Gambaccini (The Affordable Martha Stewart

For parents wanting the Pinterest look with their house, families, recipes, activities, and trips—without breaking the bank.  Crafty Family Ideas: Projects to Make, Things to Bake, and Lots of Homemade(ish) Fun have been calling her the affordable or the relatable Martha Stewart.

And it's easy to see why—she's a multi-talented DIY-er who aims to help you make amazing crafts with your kids, do really cool projects with your family, and cook easy recipes that your kids will actually eat. She'll also help you make the most of your space in your house with useful tips and hacks. I know your readers will love to learn some of Kristin's tips to keeping kids engaged this summer. Her book has a year's worth of projects that range from fun-filled DIY projects, to kid-friendly recipes, to charming anecdotes from Kristin herself. Altogether, there are 55 fresh ideas that are easy, affordable, and fun. 

I cannot wait to try some of these crafts with my preschool class and my own kids!

Last Call : The Shutdown of NYC Bars In Virtual Theaters July 16th and On Demand August 13th



July 16



August 13

What happens if the entire industry is laid off in a single day?

 Filmed during the height of the pandemic, Last Call : The Shutdown of NYC Bars explores the social and economic impact of COVID-19 on the NYC hospitality industry.

 Our story begins with Jena Ellenwood, a bartender in Queens, NY, recounting her experiences moving to New York and finding herself as the newest employee at the Sparrow Tavern, a local Astoria watering hole. We are introduced to Jena’s coworkers and close friends, all working within the network of the New York City hospitality and service industries.

In March 2020, business-as-usual comes to a grinding halt as COVID-19 sweeps through New York, quickly establishing Queens as the epicenter of the pandemic in not only the state of New York, but throughout the entire country. Bars and restaurants are ordered to close, leaving thousands of hospitality workers stranded without work and an uncertain future. Jena and her friends vent their frustrations and anxieties, not only surrounding the seemingly hopeless economic uncertainty, but also the deadly virus that threatens their very lives.

Jena and her friends learn to adapt and cope with the reality of life during COVID, finding new sources of income and seizing the opportunity to pursue creative endeavors that might normally be sidelined. Throughout the process of finding a foothold in this “new normal”, the anxiety and uncertainty of New York’s hospitality industry looms, as 2020 ends with COVID hospitalizations in New York continuing to rise once again.


Written, produced and directed by Johnny Sweet.

ANGEL (UN ANGE) set for North American release by Oration Films June 25



JUNE 25, 2021


 ANGEL (aka 'Un Ange’) follows the encounter of a prostitute, Fae, and a world-famous athlete, Thierry. During his vacation in Senegal, he falls head over heels for the African beauty. They find dignity and hope with each other in order to get out of their troublesome situations. 


But more important than these mutual desires, they found love. Until, later in the evening, Thierry starts behaving strangely, under the influence of substances. Fae is forced to leave him but when she discovers that Thierry has passed away the next morning, she’s arrested despite her innocence. To move on with her life, she must return to the place where it all started. 

 Director Koen Mortier wanted to portray the world, dreams and fears of Fae and the story of what she goes through meeting the world class cyclist. In a way they lead similar lives: both have to give the best of themselves and their bodies to delight fans or clients. ‘Un Ange’ is based on the acclaimed novel ‘Monologue of Someone who got used to talking to herself’ by renowned Belgian author Dimitri Verhulst. Previous work by Verhulst that has also been adapted are ‘The Misfortunates’ by Felix Van Groeningen and ‘Problemski Hotel’ by Manu Riche. ‘The Latecomer’ has yet to be directed by Lourens Blok. 

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Inspiring Girls Through Enterpreneurship - THE START UP SQUAD SERIES PRIZE PACK #GIVEAWAY

The StartUp Squad Prize Pack Contains a Startup Squad tote bag, earrings, bookmark, sticker, and temporary tattoo, and a $20 gift card to Earrings by Emma -- a small business started by girlpreneur Emma when she was just 8 years old!

Published in May, Party Problems (The Startup Squad #3, Macmillan, ages 8-12) continues the story of a diverse group of young friends who learn to work together to overcome the unique challenges of running their own business. Along with compelling stories, each book delivers information, inspiration and aspiration for the next generation of female CEOs, with tips for kids starting or running their first businesses, and a profile of a real-life girl CEO.

The Startup Squad was founded on the belief that even a simple lemonade stand can help girls develop a growth mindset, learn to approach challenges with grit, and get comfortable with risk failure—and learning to start again. These are lessons that will serve them well in life regardless of the path they choose. In 2021, Brian will be working with influential organizations, such as Girls Inc of NYC, Entre-Ed: The Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education, and girls scout troops across the nation to continue donating books to underprivileged kids so cost will not be a barrier to accessing this valuable resource. To date, more than 10,000 copies have been donated.

Author: Brian Weisfeld & Nicole C. Kear

Pub. Date: 
FACE THE MUSIC 5/5/2020 

Publisher: Imprint

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Pages: 176

About The Startup Squad

Brian Weisfeld, the Founder and Chief Squad Officer of The Startup Squad, an initiative dedicated to helping girls reach their potential, teams up with Fix-It Friends author Nicole C. Kear to present this middle-grade series about friendship and entrepreneurship.

Operating a lemonade stand is just the beginning for Resa, Harriet, Didi, and Amelia, as these savvy, business-minded schoolgirls learn that good business isn’t just about making a profit, but about making friends. Each book features tips from the Startup Squad and an inspirational profile of a girl entrepreneur.

Visit for more information, inspiring profiles of savvy girls, and advice on launching your own small business!

About The Startup Squad (The Startup Squad #1)

THE STARTUP SQUAD | Imprint | On sale 5/7/2019 | Ages 8-12 | 176 pages |

Paperback | ISBN: 9781250180414 | $7.99 Hardcover | ISBN: 9781250180407 | $16.99


Girls mean business in a brand-new series about friendship and entrepreneurship that Katherine Applegate, Newbery Medal-winning author of The One and Only Ivan, calls “A great read!”

All the great leaders had to start somewhere. And Teresa (“Resa” for short) is starting with the lemonade stand competition her teacher assigned to the class―but making it a success is going to be a lot harder than Resa thinks.

The prize: line-skipping tickets to Adventure Central. The competition: Val, Resa's middle school nemesis. And the biggest obstacle to success: Resa's own teammates. Harriet is the class clown, Amelia is the new girl who thinks she knows best, and Didi is Resa's steadfast friend―who doesn't know the first thing about making or selling lemonade. The four of them quickly realize that the recipe for success is tough to perfect―but listening to each other is the first step. And making new friends might be the most important one...

The back of each book in this middle-grade series features tips from the Startup Squad and an inspirational profile of a girl entrepreneur!


About The Startup Squad: Face the Music (#2)

FACE THE MUSIC | Imprint | On sale 5/5/2020 | Ages 8-12 | 192 pages |

Paperback | ISBN: 9781250180469 | $7.99 Hardcover | ISBN: 9781250180452| $16.99


Girls mean business in The Startup Squad: Face the Music, the second novel in the series, which Kirkus Reviews calls “an enjoyable and diverse story highlighting friendship, entrepreneurship, and perseverance.”

Harriet’s brothers are hoping to enter a local battle of the bands. Winning could get them on a reality TV show! But low funds have left them without even a working guitar. The Startup Squad jumps into action―and quickly pulls together a plan to sell T-shirts to raise money.

The girls have a lot of great ideas―until everything starts to go wrong. When all the problems start turning disappointed fans into an angry mob, the girls realize they have to get back into the groove before the band members―and the Startup Squad―break up for good!

Each book in this middle-grade series by Brian Weisfeld and Nicole C. Kear also features tips for kids starting or running their first businesses, plus a profile of a real-life tween girl CEO.


About The Startup Squad: Party Problems (#3)

PARTY PROBLEMS | Imprint | On sale 5/4/2021 | Ages 8-12 | 176 pages |

Paperback | ISBN: 9781250180520 | $7.99 Hardcover | ISBN: 9781250180513| $16.99


Girls mean business in the third novel of this series about friendship and entrepreneurship that Katherine Applegate, Newbery Medal-winning author of The One and Only Ivan, calls “A great read!”

All four friends in the Startup Squad want to raise money―but when they can’t agree on what business to start next, they strike off on their own. Didi’s idea seems perfect: making place cards for a wedding.

But after the wedding planner gets sick, Didi finds herself in charge of everything―and then the caterer cancels and the band goes missing! Didi’s business is turning from a dream to a disaster. Will the Startup Squad come together in time to save the wedding?

Each book in this middle-grade series by Brian Weisfeld and Nicole C. Kear also features tips for kids starting or running their first businesses, plus a profile of a real-life tween girl CEO.

 Girls ages 6 to 16 who run their own business can sign up at The Startup Squad website to be featured in the Girls Mean Business Gallery, plus check out resources such as The Ultimate Business Plan for Kids and the Entrepreneurship Activity Kit!

Praise for The Startup Squad

“The Startup Squad encourages girls to dream big, work hard, and rely on each other to make good things happen. It teaches them how to succeed–and reminds all of us that girls mean business!” –Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

“An inspiring story about entrepreneurial girls.” —Ann M. Martin, author of the Baby-Sitters Club series

” The Startup Squad encourages girls to dream big, work hard, and rely on each other to make good things happen. It teaches them how to succeed—and reminds all of us that girls mean business!” —Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and founder of LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org

“A great read that is fast-paced, fun, and empowering. The Startup Squad comes complete with a treasure trove of tips for starting a business.” —Katherine Applegate, Newbery Medal-winning author of The One and Only Ivan

“An enjoyable and diverse story highlighting friendship, entrepreneurship, and perseverance.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Teamwork and friendship are at the fore of this business-savvy series, which will hold particular appeal for girls struggling to find ways for their ideas to bloom.” —Booklist

The Giveaway:

  • One (1) winner will receive a boxed paperback set of all 3 books in the series, an exclusive Startup Squad tote bag, earrings, bookmark, stickers, and temporary tattoos, and a $20 gift card to Earrings by Emma -- a small business started by girlpreneur Emma when she was just 8 years old

Disclaimer: No monetary compensation was offered to host this giveaway. I received nothing. All prizes will be sent from the sponsor.