Posts in February, 2012

Converse Winner

Monday, February 6th, 2012


I wanted to send a huge congratulations to Jamie from Birmingham, Michigan.  Jamie is the winner of a new pair of Converse sneakers. I also want to send a huge thank you to Converse and Sears for sponsoring this giveaway. Happy Monday to all!

DSW Success

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Recently it seems that everywhere I go and see someone wearing an adorable pair of shoes I find out that they bought them at DSW. First it was the hostess at Valeriano’s and her sparkly zebra flats and then it was the mom at the birthday party with the cool black boots. I used to work very close to a DSW and it was a wonderful place to go for lunch or to avoid rush hour traffic. I would start at one end and methodically walk up and down every single aisle. I can’t believe I haven’t been there in so long. Needless to say – I snuck away for a bit this weekend to see what I could find. It was such a treat to be able to go shopping all by myself!

So I fell in love with these Tahari Carly cap toe leather ballet flats. You know that saying, “when the shoe fits, buy it in every color” well that is me. I immediately put all three pairs in my bag. How could I pick just one! It was so hard but eventually I decided to be good and just bought the black and silver ones. I gave myself a gold medal for not being totally indulgent. Yeah!

Unfortunately, I think I might need to go back this week and get those orange and gold ones. Orange is my favorite color and I can’t stop thinking about them. And spring and summer will be here soon – perhaps I should just get the nude and gold ones too….

Seek & Find Books

Friday, February 3rd, 2012



Seek and Find Books Reviewed by Susan Fry

My children love puzzles, and they love books.  So the following seek-and-find books, in which the illustrations do more than just tell a story, have them hooked!

Escape of Marvin the Ape, by Caralyn and Mark Buehner

It’s feeding time at the zoo, and Marvin the ape slips out while the zookeeper isn’t looking.  The book follows Marvin’s adventures in the big city as two clueless police officers hunt for him.  Children will delight in spotting Marvin as he hides behind a menu at a restaurant, swings through the trees in a park, and catches a fly ball at a baseball game.  But don’t stop there!  Really observant children will also find the ostrich, cat, and dog following Marvin, too.

Spot It!: Find the Hidden Creatures, by Delphine Chedru

This surprisingly beautiful book hides a different animal on each page. Read the clues such as, “Find the owl who needs her glasses.”  Then, seek the animal among the stylized designs — charming, retro-looking wallpaper, striped arches, and red-and-blue pom poms.  Sometimes, even adults might need a few tries to find everything.

Pigs from A to Z, by Arthur Geisert

A group of pigs are building a tree house.  Along the way, kids can find letters ingeniously concealed in the branches, tools, and surrounding meadows.  One letter appears five times on each page, along with the letter preceding and following it, so kids can learn the order of the alphabet as well as the letter shapes.  Geisert’s woodcut-inspired pigs aren’t too cutesy, and fans of construction sites will find plenty to love.

Susan Fry is a writer and mother in the San Francisco Bay Area. She’s written for Stanford Magazine, salon, the San Jose Mercury News, and many other publications.

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