Thursday, September 19, 2019

Parenting Pointers: Ways to Look Put Together in Under 5 Minutes

Being a mom is definitely not easy. In some days, you wake up early and still have time to do your morning routine and steal a few moments for self-care while your kids are still asleep. In some other days, however, you scramble off all morning trying to be a mom to your kids, prepare meals, and still try so hard to get yourself ready for another full day at work feeling like your best self.

During those latter days, it’s definitely tempting to just go out of the house with no care about how you’re presenting yourself to the world and what other people think of how you look. The thing is, if there’s a will, there’s got to be a way as well to still get out of the house looking and feeling good. 

If you’re a mom and you’re looking for ways to look like you actually took time to get ready in the morning, we’ve come up with these five things you can do to look more put together in 5 minutes or less.

Always Have a Go-to Look in Mind
It’s always helpful to have a go-to look that you can depend on whenever there’s not enough time to mix and match pieces from your closet. An example could be your classic denim jeans, white top, and printed blazer. For some, it could be a dress or a jumpsuit that could instantly make them look put together without taking too much effort or time.

The point is that you can easily just grab these go-to wardrobe pieces from your closet and you’re good to go! Additionally, if you want to look more put together as a mom, you also need to choose undergarments that support and lift your breasts. Moms (especially if they are still breastfeeding) are going to have naturally larger and sagging breasts so pick a bra that is specifically meant for this. It won’t take any extra time to put it on, but it will help you look more put-together!

Have an Easy Backup Makeup Routine
You are not required to do a full face makeup with perfect contours and gorgeous smoky eyes just for you to look put together. For starters, here are some things you can add in your easy backup makeup routine.
  • Tinted moisturizer or foundation to get your skin tone more even
  • Mascara to make your eyes pop
  • Brow gel to make your brows look more polished
  • Lipstick or tinted gloss to give your lips some shine
Do Accessorize
Some people think accessories are not a big deal simply because they’re only considered add-ons in outfits. However, they can completely elevate an outfit and make you look like you spent a long time getting ready.

Accessorizing and choosing your own statement jewelry or handbag goes a long way. As a mom, you might not have a lot of time to decide on what accessory to use every day so it’s important that you have that one that helps you stand out. Find a neutral colored bag that can go with multiple outfits (bonus points if it doubles as a diaper bag!).

Pick Your Statement Shoes
Classic pointed heels or flats that are black or nude in color is the usual choice for many women simply because they are classy and elegant at the same time.

However, in choosing your statement shoes that will serve as your default when you’re hurrying to go out of the house already, you’ll have to consider two things. First, they have to be sophisticated enough that you can wear with any outfit. Second, they must be comfortable enough for you and make you feel confident while wearing them. 

Master a Simple Hairstyle
It can be tempting to disregard doing your hair when you just can’t find the time to work on it. There are many hairstyles that don’t require any iron or curler though!

Some options could be a full and tousled high ponytail, braids, French twists, and top knots. There are so many options for you to choose from, and mastering at least one will help you look like you spent 20 minutes on your hair (even if it only took a couple minutes)!
Conclusion
It’s really all about resourcefulness. These tips are proof that it is definitely possible for you, as a mom, to look well-prepped and put together in just a few minutes. Even if you can’t do all of these ideas in one day, pick a couple to focus on before you go out.

Fun Freetime: Bear Builder University

Build-A-Bear Workshop just launched a new experience – Bear Builder University. At Bear Builder U, guests of all ages learn what it’s like to bring a furry friend to life as a Build-A-Bear Bear Builder!
This unique, interactive class offers a more engaging, confidence-building and in-depth experience. Included in the class is one furry friend (up to $22 in US and £20 in UK), one clothing item, one sound or scent, one kid-sized bear builder apron and a Bear Builder U diploma, all for only $35 per guest (£28 UK / $39 CA). Enroll today at your local Build-A-Bear Workshop and your child will not only graduate as a dedicated Bear Builder with a furry friend to take home, but also with an experience that will last a lifetime!

Class is in session on Saturday, Sept. 21st and Saturday, Sept. 28th at 10:00 am.
Classes run for approximately 1.5 – 2 hours long.
Parental supervision is required.

Build-A-Bear Workshop stores in US, UK and Canada
To enroll, click here for US, here for UK, here for Canada.
About Build-A-Bear®
Build-A-Bear® is a global brand kids love and parents trust that seeks to add a little more heart to life. Build-A-Bear Workshop has over 450 stores worldwide where Guests can create customizable furry friends, including corporately-managed stores in the United States, Canada, China, Denmark, Ireland, Puerto Rico, and the United Kingdom, and franchise stores in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Mexico and the Middle East. Buildabear.com is the online destination for unique furry-friend gifts, featuring The-Bear-Builder™, a shopping configurator that helps create customized gift options. Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE:BBW) posted total revenue of $336.6 million in fiscal 2018.

Parenting Pointers: Ali in the Valley

I'd like to introduce you to Alison Ball, Ali in The Valley! She's sort of an urban Martha Stewart, sharing tips on entertaining, food, home decor, and more. I had a chance to interview her recently to learn more.

What is the new series like?
My new cooking series is a longer version of my YouTube show Ali in the Valley. I show you how to prepare simple and tasty recipes but the show will morph into more of a lifestyle show as we go. Taking the viewer on my adventures of shopping for great ingredients and going to great places to eat. 

I also have another show called Ali’s House Jam which combines my love of music and food. As it happens every month artists show up at my home and I cook them their favorite meal and after the artist wines up performing for my friends and I.

What is the best advice about balancing work and fun that you've heard?
"If you do what you love, it never feels like work."

What's your favorite thing about fall?
My favorite thing about fall, is it’s cooler outside. I live in the country side of Los Angeles in Chatsworth and it’s extremely dry and hot during the summer so by the time fall comes around I’m so ready for the cooler weather. It gives me more time working on my garden and hiking in the hills basically more time outside since it’s not burning hot.

Fun facts about Ali:
  • I grew up in Los Angeles and now live in Chatsworth, California – better know as the San Fernando Valley outside of L.A.
  • I married my soul mate, Tyson Kilmer and we are blessed with two amazing kids (Tyler and Aliyah) all of which test my patience daily.
  • I graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Business – both come in handy.
  • I’ve worked in the entertainment business for over 25 years. Currently, President of TuneGo, VP @ Warner Brothers, Senior Director @ RCA, Director & Manager @ EMI and Secretary @ Sony. All my jobs started from the bottom before I moved to the top. I have held positions @ A&R as a music supervisor for films & TV, produced numerous TV shows and films and have managed a variety of talented artists. I still dabble a bit in all formats.
  • I am a graduate of Epicurean school – of which I attended for the “fun of it.”

Besides my family – Some of my true loves:
  • Music: I love discovering new and emerging artists and listening to music while I cook and create.
  • Food: Obviously — but all aspects of it…tasting it, cooking it, understanding it, styling it and most importantly enjoying it.
  • Restaurants: All kinds from the upscale to dives.
  • Wine and Cocktails: What type really depends on my mood.
  • Entertaining: All the time. My house is an open door and we have guest at our house all the time.
  • Exercise: Spinning, Yoga, Fast ballet, Bootcamp, Pilates. I do it all at least 4 to 5 times a week to keep my endorphins on point. I’m always looking for the next burn. I have to exercise to burn off all the good food and wine I try.
  • Social Sports: Bowling, Tennis, Roller skating, Ping-Pong .
  • Social Media: All of it. Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Spotify + and the list goes on.
  • Apple: And I don’t mean the fruit! I love everything Apple including my Mac Book Pro, iPhone X, iPad, iPod (which I still have) and Apple TV. I’m hooked!
  • Experiencing: New things I discover everyday and I love to blog about them.
  • Traveling: I love traveling the world! The last few years I’ve traveled and eaten all kinds of different cuisine in Seoul Korea, Kuala Lumpur & Penang Malaysia, Singapore, Monaco, London, Paris and Nashville. I’m ready for my next big adventure!
  • Life! I love experiencing Life! Even the tough times are always teachable moments!

When Tragedy Strikes, Should Families Of The Accused Also Suffer?


When the most heinous crimes occur – murders, mass shootings, serial killings – much of the focus understandably turns to the victims and their grieving families who struggle to make sense of senseless violence.
But the perpetrators have families, too, who often are horrified and guilt-ridden by what happened.
Even the famous are not immune. Olympic gymnast Simone Biles revealed recently how agonizing it was to process the news after her brother was charged in a triple homicide. Biles tweeted that her “heart aches” for the victims and their families. But she also asked for respect for her family’s privacy “as we deal with our pain.”
“It’s an understandable request because the pain of an accused perpetrator’s family can be unbearable,” says Dr. Buck Blodgett, who wrote A Message from Jessie and founded The LOVE>hate Project (www.ligth.org) after his daughter was raped and murdered by an ex-boyfriend in her own home.
Even as he mourned his daughter and sought justice, Blodgett felt empathy for the parents of the young man eventually convicted in her death.
“They are good people,” he says. “They unquestionably provided a loving, caring, quality home environment for their children. They had nothing to do with the choices their son made. And they have been through a hell that few can imagine.”
Blodgett has a message for those caught up in either side of a tragedy – and for anyone who struggles to understand why the world is filled with such suffering:
  • Don’t lose faith in human goodness. Blodgett remembers during one court hearing when he and his wife passed the defendant’s parents and their family. They exchanged hugs, blessings and sympathies. Later, two members of the family approached him and thanked him “for the grace you have shown our family.” Blodgett says that touched him. “The fact that two families on opposite sides of a murder trial could show each other respect, empathy and love meant everything,” he says. “It brought faith in the goodness of people, and a small measure of healing back into our families.”
  • Understand who is really responsible. After his daughter’s murderer was sentenced, Blodgett approached the convicted killer’s mother, hugged her and told her she was a great mom. He imagined she must ask herself numerous questions, including “Could I have done something different?” Blodgett says that’s the wrong question, and says it’s better to ask: “Why did (the killer) choose to use his gift of free will in this way?”
  • Choose love over hate. Once tragedies happen they can’t be undone, and the grieving process may never end, but Blodgett is convinced people can create some good out of even the most horrible of events, regardless of which side of that event they fall on. In Blodgett’s case, he founded The LOVE>hate Project with the mission of ending violence against women and promoting love over hate. 
“How do you overcome something like this?” Blodgett asks. “With love. With an open heart, an open mind, an open will. For me, the answer is refusing to let hate win; refusing to let it shape me, govern my actions, tell me who I am. Hate is not allowed in my heart.”
About Dr. Buck Blodgett
Dr. Buck Blodgett is the author of A Message from Jessie, the Founder of The LOVE>hate Project (www.ligth.org), and was named the 2015 Resilience in Education Person of the Year. In family chiropractic practice since 1996, he is also the founder of The Chiropractic & Wellness Group, Inc. and Wellness Drs. He and his wife, Joy, were the parents of Jessie, who was murdered when she was 19. Since her death, Blodgett has worked to end violence and to educate, motivate, and inspire young minds to choose love over hate. He speaks nationally in schools, confe

Caring Causes: The TurfMutt Foundation

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) announces the official launch of The TurfMutt Foundation, an organization that will further the mission of the TurfMutt environmental education and stewardship program launched ten years ago. The Foundation will continue to en­courage outdoor learning experiences, stewardship of our green spaces, and care for all living landscapes for the benefit of all, and will likely expand into new areas in the next few years.

The Foundation launch has a bittersweet beginning as its founding “spokesdog,” Lucky the TurfMutt, a real-life rescue dog who “pawed it forward” by spending a decade educating children and families on taking care of our green spaces, passed away recently while at work at the TurfMutt Foundation office in Alexandria.

“TurfMutt got started thanks to a little black and white dog from Indianapolis who 13 years ago I rescued from an Indianapolis roadway,” said OPEI’s President and CEO, Kris Kiser. “He shot in front of my car on a freezing winter morning, cold and hungry, and we’ve been together ever since.”

Lucky will be remembered as a dog who lived a full and purpose-driven life; he found a loving home and a way to ‘paw it forward’ by becoming the face of OPEI’s TurfMutt program. “The TurfMutt program was greenlighted by the OPEI Board of Directors, but Lucky was the ‘dog force,’” adds Kiser. “People, and especially children, related to the personality of a real dog and he became a great teacher for many. Lucky’s story is a redemption story because he went from being a street dog to being a backyard superhero that inspired others.”

Over the last ten years, environmental education lessons featuring Lucky were distributed to children in grades K-8 through partners Weekly Reader, Discovery Education, and Scholastic, the TurfMutt youth curriculum’s current home. Lucky also was animated and “cartoonized” in videos and the program developed a robust online presence with www.TurfMutt.com and social media platforms.
During the course of his TurfMutt career, Lucky appeared on every major television network, The Hub, Animal Planet and more. He appeared on the award-winning show, Lucky Dog, for three seasons alongside Brandon McMillan and Kiser. The TurfMutt program also recently sponsored Ready, Set, Pet for one season and was featured in Parade magazine in celebration of Earth Day in 2017.

“Thanks to this dog, we at the TurfMutt Foundation look at yards a different way. We see through TurfMutt’s eyes, realizing that ordinary, home yards, parks and school yards have a larger purpose than just our human one,” said Kiser. “They are suburban and urban habitat that supports our ecology and climate, provide homes and food for pollinators and wildlife, and give us a safe and healthy place to play, relax and de-stress.”

Lucky’s passing comes as the TurfMutt program marks its 10th anniversary year. The program’s educational materials, available at www.TurfMutt.com, are free and support Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) standards. The TurfMutt environmental education program has reached 70 million students, teachers, and families since 2009. TurfMutt educational materials also can be found on the U.S. Green Building Council’s Global Learning Lab, a national database offering environmental education curriculum to teachers.

Animal rescue was part of the TurfMutt education equation. This year, the TurfMutt program will host its second annual pet adoption event, Lucky’s Mutt Madness, in Louisville, Kentucky at GIE+EXPO, the leading trade show in the outdoor power, landscape and hardscape industries.

TurfMutt’s focus on environmental stewardship and best practices for water use and landscape maintenance have been widely accepted, as evidenced by its listing as a resource by the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Green Apple, the Center for Green Schools, the Outdoors Alliance for Kids, the National Energy Education Development (NEED) project, Climate Change Live, Petfinder and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Lucky’s story was featured in a 2018 National Geographic book, Love Unleashed: Tales of Inspiration and the Life-Changing Power of Dogs. Photos of Lucky appeared in the annual calendar published by the Wildlife Habitat Council for the last three years.

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About OPEI
The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) is an international trade association representing power equipment, small engine, utility vehicle, golf car and personal transport vehicle manufacturers and suppliers. OPEI is the advocacy voice of the industry, and a recognized Standards Development Organization for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and active internationally through the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in the development of safety and performance standards. OPEI is managing partner of GIE+EXPO, the industry’s annual international trade show, and the creative force behind the environmental education program, TurfMutt.com. OPEI-Canada represents members on a host of issues, including recycling, emissions and other regulatory developments across the Canadian provinces.

Fun Freetime: Koo Koo Kangaroo Tour

 Koo Koo Kanga Roo, an internationally touring comedic dance-pop duo, kicks off their fall tour this week with shows in Indianapolis, Chicago and Detroit. The duo will open for the Aquabats and headline dates in several cities around the midwest, east and south during September and October. They will also perform two sets during the Austin City Limits Festival on October 5th and 6th, when they will celebrate the release of a new single and music video called “Glitter.”
Koo Koo Kanga Roo is a band and dance/comedy duo. Neil and Bryan are on this planet to make their fans dance while laughing so hard that milk comes out of their noses. Whether kids and grownups are getting sweaty at their live shows, listening to their 8 albums and 6 EPs, or moving to their infectious dance-a-long videos including “Dinosaur Stomp” (16 million views), “Awesome Rainbows” or “All I Eat is Pizza,” Bryan and Neil just want to make sure everyone is having a blast. Koo Koo Kanga Roo’s latest music video is “Dream Wagon,” a song from their album The Triangle of Success. True to form, it blends humor with messages of inclusiveness and inspiration.
With video streams in the multi-millions, these UNICEF Kid Power ambassadors have performed their extremely interactive shows at hundreds of elementary school gyms, bars, church basements and even nursing homes. This truly all-ages act has been described as “Sesame Street meets the Beastie Boys.” They have toured with the likes of Frank Turner, The Aquabats, MC Lars, Yo Gabba Gabba Live and as featured performers with the Vans Warped Tour.
For complete details about their fall tour, visit: http://kookookangaroo.com/shows

  • October 5 and 6 - Austin City Limits
  • October 12 - Cavalier Theater, La Crosse, WI
  • October 13 - Wildwood, Iowa City
  • October 15 - Off Broadway, St. Louis %
  • October 16 - Ace of Cups, Columbus %
  • October 17 - Rocketown, Nashville %
  • October 18 - 1884 Lounge, Memphis %
  • October 19 - Stickyz, Little Rock, AR %
  • October 20 - Wiggle Out Loud Festival, Oklahoma City %
  • October 23 - Outland Ballroom, Springfield, MO %
  • October 24 - Aftershock Merriam, KS %
  * with the Aquabats     % with Joe DeGeorge 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Area Attractions: FDLM Art Museum Upcoming Events

 “Progressive Transition” The New York Latin American Art Triennial 2019

Considered one of the most important visual art events to emerge in the New York City art scene, the New York Latin American Art Triennial 2019 will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the participation of over 100 Latino artists from the US, Mexico, The Caribbean, Central and South America.
 
Queens College Art Center Presents Works
By Participating Artists:
Franck de las Mercedes, Naivy PĂ©rez, Francheska Alcantara, Diogenes Ballester, Humberto Figueroa, Blanka Amezkua, Marcos Dimas, Gustavo Alfredo Larsen, Juan Manuel EspinozaYsla, Rafael Rodriguez, Rene Maynez and Diego Anaya
 
September 19th–November 5th 2019
  Opening Reception:
Thursday, September 19th 2019 6-8 PM
 
    This event aims to motivate and challenge the contemporary global art community to discover and take a closer look at the important work by these artists. The NY Latin American Art Triennial exhibits will be open to the public during the months of September throughout December 2019.

The Rosenthal Library Clock Tower
153-49 Reeves Ave.
Flushing NY 11367
 

The Peace Boxes Workshop by Franck de las Mercedes.
Hosted by BxArts Factory
Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 6 PM – 8 PM (limited capacity event)
240 E 153rd St,
The Bronx, NY 10451
 
 We always expect something of value to come in a box, but what if the box was empty yet contained something symbolic with a positive, challenging or inspiring message. The boxes were an experiment in an effort to provoke thought and ask people to reconsider their ability to influence change. I wanted to create dialogue, so I started sending seemingly empty painted boxes to anyone. They've traveled the globe, became a teaching tool in classrooms, entered galleries, museums, libraries and even lit up the iconic LED screens of Times Square, The main idea behind the project was to promote peace while making art accessible to people from all walks of life. Join us to learn more about Peace Boxes and create your own.

 
Color Speaks Truth: A Solo Exhibition of Works by Franck De Las Mercedes
September 25th - December 8th, 2019
Opening Reception:
Saturday, September 28th 6pm-8pm
One Rriver Larchmont
2081 Boston Post Road
Larchmont, NY 10538

The show is curated by Art Historian and Museum Consultant, Carol Ward. The exhibition will be open to the public from September 25, to December 8th, 2019.
 

Studio 13 Gallery at BxArts Factory Presents
An Artist in Residence Exhibition:
"Bronx Studies"
Works by AIR Artist Franck de las Mercedes
On view from October 2 to October 31, 2019
Artists Reception- Thursday, October 3 from 6 to 9 pm
240 E 153rd St, The Bronx, NY 10451
Gallery Hours:
Thursdays - 6:30 to 8:30
Sundays - Noon to 3 pm
Free Admission
Open to the Public  Art will be for Sale

Fun Freetime: DIY Magic Carpet

Disney's animated classic Aladdin joins the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection, now available on Digital, and on Blu-ray.
 
In celebration of last week's release, TinkerLab has created a simple science experiment where you can make your own magic carpet, inspired by the film!



Money Makers: FlexJobs Announces the Top 15 Companies Hiring the Most Remote Workers

Working remotely one hundred percent of the time is consistently the top choice for flexible work arrangements among professionals. To help job seekers find these types of jobs, today FlexJobs announced the top 15 companies hiring for the most fully remote jobs this summer. This list is based on an analysis of over 51,000 companies and their remote job posting histories in the FlexJobs database between June 1, 2019, and August 31, 2019. A fully remote job refers to a job that requires no on-site office time and can be performed 100 percent from home. 
Remote work has grown 91% over the last 10 years, and it shows no signs of slowing down,” said Sara Sutton, founder, and CEO of FlexJobs. “Technological advancements, the availability of high-speed Internet, generational changes, and interest from job seekers have all played a role in this growth. While some industry sectors like computer & IT have a longer history of encouraging remote work, it is now also being more readily adopted by other industries as well,” Sutton concluded.
The top 15 companies hiring for fully remote jobs between June 1 and August 31 are:
Earlier this year FlexJobs announced the Top 100 Companies for Remote Jobs, based on the remote hiring activity of companies throughout 2018. Based on that list, the top seven career fields for remote jobs are:
While a wide variety of jobs can be done from home, the 20 most popular work-from-home job titles include accountant, engineer, teacher, writer, consultant, program manager, project manager, customer service representative, business development manager, and account manager. 
About FlexJobs
FlexJobs is committed to helping people find a better way to work. As the leading online service for professionals seeking remote, flexible schedule, part-time, and freelance jobs, FlexJobs offers opportunities in over 50 career categories, ranging from entry-level to executive and freelance to full-time. FlexJobs also sets itself apart by providing job seekers with a better, safer, and more efficient way to find professional and legitimate flexible jobs. Having helped nearly four million people in their job searches, FlexJobs has appeared in CNN, CNBC, TIME, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and hundreds of other trusted media outlets. To further assist people in bettering their lives through flexible and remote work, FlexJobs' Founder & CEO Sara Sutton has also launched two additional partner sites, Remote.co and 1 Million for Work Flexibility, to help provide education and awareness about the viability and benefits of remote working and work flexibility. Sutton is also the creator of The TRaD* Works Forum (*Telecommuting, Remote, & Distributed), dedicated to helping companies leverage the benefits of telecommuting, remote and distributed teams.

Book Nook: Carolina Dream

Carolina Dream” by Connie Squiers is a warm hearted and family-friendly short fiction story for readers of all ages that follows the exciting lives of a father-daughter duo after they are blessed to start a horse farm in Camden, South Carolina with a beautiful Andalusian mare. The family learns the true importance of faith and family trust after facing tragedy, heartache and hardship.

Squiers has a deep passion for horses and enjoys researching and highlighting specific breeds in her stories and especially found the Andalusian horse both fascinating and beautiful and wanted to highlight them in her latest book. The characters in this book are also faced with challenges from which they overcome with faith and she hopes to inspire others to handle similar issues they may be facing with grace.

I had a chance to interview the author to learn more.

Why did you write “Carolina Dream”?
I wrote Carolina Dream because I love horses and think Andalusians are a particularly beautiful and strong breed of horse, especially when you see them perform the airs-above-ground. They prance like they are proud and know how beautiful they are. I've written about many different breeds in my books, but this horse shines as it goes through its paces with grace and extreme strength and discipline. I enjoyed researching the genesis of the breed in Spain and exploring the culture of horse people in Granada. What a wonderful gift, and peace offering, this grandfather gave his son and granddaughter. Their mutual love for Andalusians brought them together, despite the deep rift of unforgiveness that had been between them for years. My book also shows how the Catholic religion has changed over time, by acknowledging the core belief that Jesus' amazing sacrifice on the cross, and his ultimate resurrection, unite all Christians. The book was a pleasure to write.

What do you love most about horses?
I think horses are not only beautiful, majestic, and strong, but they gladly bend to our will if they are treated with firmness and respect. They are truly God's gift to mankind. They bridged the gap between traveling on foot to the automobile. It's no wonder an engine's strength is measured in horsepower.

What surprised you most about writing this book?
My books are always a surprise to me because I don't outline them before I start writing, but let God put ideas in my head as I write. That makes the process a daily adventure for me as well. I enjoy the research, because different breeds have unique strengths we may not realize. One surprising thing I learned while writing "Carolina Dream" is, though the Andalusian horse is very powerful, not every Andalusian stallion is strong enough to perform some of the movements we see in the show ring. And though very strong, sensitive, and intelligent, this particular breed is gentle and loves to please its master. However, like most of us, if they feel they are being treated with disrespect, they can become stubborn and uncooperative. I thought that was interesting, but not really surprising.

Available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. To learn more about “Carolina Dream” and Squiers additional collection of horse stories, please visit, www.horsetales4u.com.

About the author
Connie Squiers is a former attorney who lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma and began a second career as an author. She has written and published 11 books, with “Carolina Dream” being her latest. Each of her books are family friendly and follow the story of a specific breed of horse.