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Showing posts from October, 2013

20 Years

Just some of the favorite photos of River Phoenix, who died today twenty years ago.

GIVEAWAY: The Chicago Toy & Game Fair is back!

Yup, it's that time of the year again... TOY FAIR TIME! That's me meeting Darth Vader at the 2011 Toy Fair. We've attended the Toy Fair in the past and had a lot of fun. And we're excited to attend again this year. And yes, I'm excited to say that I am offering a free weekend family pass (unlimited children, large families win out!) to one lucky reader. RULES: 1) Comment on this post for an entry & leave your email address 2) Tweet out this post and make sure to include @veronicaeye so I know you did it 3) Share this post on any other social media outlet. Tag me if you can or leave a link in the comments. Just figure out how I know you did it. 4) Your limit is 4 entries per person. The only reason I'm including social media as a way to enter is I know some people just don't like to leave comments. 5) Make sure I have a way to get a hold of you! Email, twitter handle, etc. 6) Deadline is Sunday, November 3rd at 12 pm Chicago time If you

New Releases from Demeter Press

There are a few new releases by Demeter Press ! I don't have time to review them, but wanted to at least list them here: Milk Fever by Lissa Cowan In 1789, Armande, a wet nurse who is known for the mystical qualities of her breast milk, goes missing. Céleste,a cunning servant girl who Armande once saved from shameand starvation, sets out to find her. A snuffbox found in the snow, the unexpected arrival of a gentleman and the discovery of the wet nurse’s diary, deepen the mystery. Using Armande’s diary as a map to her secret past, Céleste fights to save her from those plotting to steal the wisdom of her milk. Milk Fever is a rich and inspired tale set on the eve of the French Revolution—a delicious peek into this age’s history.The story explores the fight for women’s rights and the rise in clandestine literature laying bare sexuality, the nature of love and the magic of books to transform lives. Chasing Rainbows: Exploring Gender Fluid Parenting Practices Co-Edit

Review: A Year with Frog and Toad at the Chicago Children's Theatre

 Ella & I went to see "A Year with Frog & Toad" on Friday night. Instead of writing up a review, I'm trying my hand at a video review! I hope you enjoy. "A Year with Frog and Toad" is playing at the Chicago Children's Theatre. Tickets are $25 for children and adults on Friday nights. Weekend shows are $28 for children, $38 for adults. For an additional $5, families can upgrade to new On-Stage Lilypad Seats, which are naturally integrated on both sides of the show's woodland for a fully interactive theater-going experience (public performances only). To purchase, visit or call (872) 222-9555. For discounted school, scout, playgroup, extended family, birthday party and group rates, visit or call (773) 327-3778. *Please note: The Friday, November 1, 6 p.m. performance of A Year with Frog and Toad is Autism-Friendly. All 235 seats are reserved exclusively for families with children on the autism s

WFP USA Lunch Money Challenge

When I visited Honduras almost a year and a half ago, I was struck at the poverty. I vividly remember as we were driving to our hotel seeing two young boys on the street corner. One was sleeping while the other appeared to be keeping the middle of the day. Heartbreaking. Considering the violence, corruption and lack of democracy in this beautiful country, I felt less than hopeful. That was until I got to meet some of the amazing women's rights activists. I left the country knowing that there are many people fighting for a better future. This is why I signed up to help promote the World Food Program USA's Lunch Money Challenge . WFP USA has a goal to raise enough money to fund 300,000 school meals in Kenya, Niger and Honduras. Today, an estimated 66 million students across the developing world will go to school hungry. And these meals are not just shipped in from the USA to the "needy people" of the world, rather they are home-grown school meals t