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31 October 2013

20 Years

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

30 October 2013

GIVEAWAY: The Chicago Toy & Game Fair is back!

Meeting the Dark Side

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.

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 aren't into giveaways, you can still grab a $2 coupon off your admission

Event details:
The 11th Annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair
Navy Pier
Saturday, November 23, 2013 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Sunday, November 24, 2013 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
****This is Grandparents day! Kids, bring grandma and/or grandpa and they get in free. 

$10 adult
$5 per child aged 3 to 13
****Educators, librarians and scouts in uniform

17 October 2013

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-Editors: Fiona Green and May Friedman

The book casts a lens on the messy and convoluted ways that feminist parents approach parenting their children in gender aware and gender fluid ways AND features a chapter by the parents of Storm; the baby that is being raised without being identified as a boy/girl and whose story has generated much media interest.

Fresh Hell by Carellin Brooks

This book isn’t about perfect moments with your infant. It doesn’t dispense sensible advice or proscribe schedules to manage the lawless days and nights of early maternity. Instead, this literary think piece, an Eat, Pray Love for the smarter mommy crowd, seesaws from disaster to delight, horror to grim resignation, much like motherhood itself. An antigen to the anodyne, mother-knows-least tone of such cordially hated tomes asWhat to Expect in the First Year,Fresh Hell answers Dorothy Parker’s question-”What fresh hell is this?”—in exhaustive detail

Disclosure: I am getting a complementary membership to MIRCI and subscription to the journal in return for posting these updates. It is, however, something I would have agreed to do for free because I think their work is so wonderful.

15 October 2013

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 chicagochildrenstheatre.org or call (872) 222-9555. For discounted school, scout, playgroup, extended family, birthday party and group rates, visit GroupTix.net 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 spectrum. This creates a safe, welcoming environment for children with autism, where nobody needs worry if a child gets loud or active. All seats are $25.

Running time is approximately 75 minutes with no intermission. A Year with Frog and Toad is all ages friendly, but highly recommended for ages 4 and up.

Disclaimer: Ella & I attended the press opening, so our tickets were complimentary. 

13 October 2013

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 watch...in 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 that help to strengthen the community by using local ingredients that local farmers provide. This gives the money given and spent by WFP USA a double impact - farmers are supported and children receive meals they would not normally get. Many students in Honduras get school meals through the home-grown school feeding program, with 93% of the ingredients coming from local farmers and businesses, feeding minds and growing the local economy. This was a very important aspect of the program for me. I did not want to promote something that does not help the overall community.

So where do you fit in?

This week (Oct 14 - 18) instead of going out for lunch, pack a lunch. Figure out how much money you are saving and donate it to WFP USA. $50 provides one child lunch for a whole year! Maybe you are already taking lunch? Pick any amount to donate. If $50 helps for a whole year, that means lunch costs less than a dollar a week. Take $5 from your wallet and donate it! That's five weeks of lunches.

I hope you will consider brown-bagging lunch all week or even just one day.

Disclaimer: This post is part of a campaign with The Mission List and the World Food Program USA. All opinions are my own.


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