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Reading is Fundamental’s 50th Birthday Bash!

IMG_8203To be honest… I didn’t think sharing some personal stories about how important reading has been in my life would be that interesting. Then there was dead silence. One of the stories I told was about my mom Chin. I talked about how she struggled with the language barrier but insisted on reading to me when I was a child. I don’t remember the words she didn’t know or sometimes skipped. I never cared that some sentences were incomplete or didn’t make sense at all. All I remember is that it was me and her. She surrounded us with books. When she opened them with her broken English she still read them like she wrote them.

The reality is that experience is a luxury. Two thirds of children living in poverty in our Country.. in the USA have NO books. For the last half century Reading is Fundamental has worked to change that. Giving more than 412 million books to tens of millions of children nationwide. After tonight, many more kids will be introduced to the magic of reading. What will they feel? Hope, happiness, liberation, adventure? You better believe a book can change someone’s life.  Books have power.

I was thrilled to meet many of the more than 400 literacy lovers who gathered at the Four Seasons in Georgetown to celebrate RIF’s 50th Anniversary. I had the true honor of emceeing the Eric Carle themed birthday bash. Even the VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR  showed up. Word has it …he came for the food!

It was great to meet Margy McNamara Pastor, the daughter of RIF’s founder. Scholastic’s President Dick Robinson also shared some really funny and historic anecdotes from the beginning of RIF.Dick’s father founded Scholastic and teamed up with RIF from the beginning.  Also spotted in the crowd, Author Kitty Kelley. The best part… the night raised more than $150,000 dollars just in the live auction alone!

 

RIF President and CEO Carol H. Rasco, center, poses for a photo with the Legacy of Literacy Honorees at the Reading Is FundamentalÕs 50th Anniversary Birthday Bash Gala Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel on Thursday, May 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Paul Morigi/AP Images for Reading Is Fundamental)

RIF President and CEO Carol H. Rasco, center, poses for a photo with the Legacy of Literacy Honorees at the Reading Is FundamentalÕs 50th Anniversary Birthday Bash Gala Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel on Thursday, May 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Paul Morigi/AP Images for Reading Is Fundamental)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar birthday cake at the Reading Is FundamentalÕs 50th Anniversary Birthday Bash Gala Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel on Thursday, May 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Paul Morigi/AP Images for Reading Is Fundamental)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar birthday cake at the Reading Is FundamentalÕs 50th Anniversary Birthday Bash Gala Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel on Thursday, May 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Paul Morigi/AP Images for Reading Is Fundamental)

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Left to right, Jack Remondi, Chairman RIF Board of Directors; Carol B. Sisco; RIF President and CEO Carol H. Rasco; Lynda Johnson Robb; and Margy McNamara pose for a photo at the Reading Is FundamentalÕs 50th Anniversary Birthday Bash Gala Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel on Thursday, May 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Paul Morigi/AP Images for Reading Is Fundamental)

Left to right, Jack Remondi, Chairman RIF Board of Directors; Carol B. Sisco; RIF President and CEO Carol H. Rasco; Lynda Johnson Robb; and Margy McNamara pose for a photo at the Reading Is FundamentalÕs 50th Anniversary Birthday Bash Gala Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel on Thursday, May 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Paul Morigi/AP Images for Reading Is Fundamental)

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Left to right, Margy McNamara, Lynda Johnson Robb and Carol B. Sisco read a goodnight story at the Reading Is FundamentalÕs 50th Anniversary Birthday Bash Gala Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel on Thursday, May 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Paul Morigi/AP Images for Reading Is Fundamental)

Left to right, Margy McNamara, Lynda Johnson Robb and Carol B. Sisco read a goodnight story at the Reading Is FundamentalÕs 50th Anniversary Birthday Bash Gala Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel on Thursday, May 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Paul Morigi/AP Images for Reading Is Fundamental)

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Journalist Angie Goff hosts the Reading Is Fundamental 50th Anniversary Birthday Bash Gala Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel on Thursday, May 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Paul Morigi/AP Images for Reading Is Fundamental)

Journalist Angie Goff hosts the Reading Is Fundamental 50th Anniversary Birthday Bash Gala Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel on Thursday, May 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Paul Morigi/AP Images for Reading Is Fundamental)

Bonding over Parenting Fails

It was a night full of jokes, real stories and even a boob bump. Yep, Alicia Ybarbo and Mary Ann Zoellner delivered more than just laughs at the book signing for their latest baby “Sh*tty Mom For All Seasons“. Anj Varma at Kidville led a discussion about parenting fails and how to pitch your story to the media. It was awesome to see so many moms with kids young and old come out! People asked questioned and even shared their parenting confessions. One mom confessed she drove over her daughter’s bike on the way out to get to the event! The reaction from the room was in line with the theme of the book: We got you sister. You are not alone!

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Sh*tty Mom is Coming to Town

shttymomCOME CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF THE BRAND NEW BOOK SH*TTY MOM FOR ALL SEASONS & MEET THE DYNAMIC MEDIA MOGULS BEHIND IT!

I’m excited to join New York Times Best Selling authors Alicia Ybarbo and Mary Ann Zoellner April 10th in Bethesda for an evening of laughter and real mom talk! They’re not only amazing TODAY Show producers and the creators of TODAYSMoms they are awesome friends and above all really really cool chicks. Alicia and Mary Ann won’t hold back and will gladly share their thoughts on modern parenting! They’ll also sign your book and promise to keep it clean. Okay.. no promises I’m told.

BUT WAIT.. THERE’S MORE: Anjali Varma,The Modern Mompreneur and owner of Kidville Bethesda will lead a panel discussion with Mary Ann, Alicia and me on how to pitch your business to the media.

TICKETS includes a personalized copy of the book Sh*tty Mom for All Seasons, admission to the event, beverages, a few sweet treats, and a portion of the ticket price will go to support ONE.ORG. With limited space.. all tickets must be purchased in advance.

SH*TTY MOM EVENT: Get tickets here!

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When:Sunday, April 10, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Where: Kidville – 4825 Bethesda Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814

More on these awesome mamas: Alicia Ybarbo and Mary Ann Zoellner are both Emmy Award-winning producers for the Today Show. They’ve each been at NBC for more than 15 years.They’re also NewYork Times bestselling authors of “Sh*tty Mom,” which is a humorous take on letting go of perfection to be the best parent you can be. Their next book in the series, “Sh*tty Mom For All Seasons: Half-@ssing It All Year Long,” hits bookstores April 5th.

Hoppy Easter!

From the mountains of Colorado to the South Lawn of the White House… we send our Easter blessings in this time of love and renewal!

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On Stage Now!

The Spring has welcomed some wonderful productions for the kiddos in our area. We just ventured to the charming Glen Echo Park to see Adora’s favorite story James and the Giant Peach. The production is showing through April 5th at Adventure Theater. More information here. It’s really a darling show with wonderful costumes and a lively cast. Adora loved meeting some of her favorite pests… Miss Spider.. Mr Centipede… the Grasshopper! I love the intimacy of this small theater. Note it’s about 75 minutes and there’s no intermission. Bathroom breaks are no problem.. just leave after a number and you’ll be escorted back in. Afterwards… it’s fun to let the kids play at the park’s playground.

This week we’re excited to see another fave.. Annie. The show is playing at the National Theatre.

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Here’s a sampling of the performance!

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Under the Rainbow

Our celebration of St. Patrick’s Day continues with some fun snacks and crafts. Create a rainbow anywhere with just tissue paper and streamers!  Then surprise the kids with cupcake sleeves filled with lucky charms. Let them have fun dyeing the milk green! This was my daughter’s favorite part. Update on the Leprechaun trap: no luck yet!

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Making a Leprechaun Trap

It’s March 1st so the official countdown to one of my favorite holidays (not because it’s my birthday hee hee) is on! St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner which means we don’t have much time to catch that tricky Leprechaun. The kids had the best time making a trap. It’s so easy. All you need is a shoe box, a stick or pencil and some moss. Fill the box up and prop the top with the stick. You can bait the leprechaun with mini pots of gold, coins, skittles or me lucky charms! We know the little guys like rainbows too.. so we added one on the box. As we were making the trap Adora asked me if leprechauns have families. I told her of course they do. She then got sad and said.. well if we trap him then what about his family. I told her it’s like a fish.. we always throw it back :)

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Princess Play Dates

There’s a little magical kingdom tucked away in the town of Herndon Virginia. It’s where my Adora and her fellow princesses from class met up up for the ultimate princess play date. Not only were they greeted by Rapunzel, Ariel and Cinderella… they got to make jewelry and paint nails. The girls loved the big closet filled with every gown you could imagine! The day was filled with dancing, games and getting carried away everywhere from Cinderella’s carriage to Ariel’s grotto!

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Mother of a Murderer

After her son killed his new wife and then himself.. this mother  has found new purpose from unspeakable pain. If you are struggling with depression, suicidal thoughts or domestic abuse please know you are not alone. There are resources available.

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Valentine’s Tea with Mrs. B

We stopped by Tea with Mrs. B’s for a sweet crafting tea! The kids loved dressing up and making homemade valentine’s. Love this place they do Snow Day events and Charm School for the girls too!

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