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How I Spent My Sunday: Los Angeles Festival of Books

A goal of Ce’Marie’s:

Be a featured guest at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books – 2015!

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This past weekend was the Los Angeles Times’ Festival of Books (FOB, #BookFest & #latimesfob) at USC! This was our second year attending as guests and each time we’ve dreamed of attending as featured guests with our name, book and character getting recognition there. It’s only a matter of time… :)

But in the meantime, we thought we’d go ahead and participate in the wall of “What Books Inspire Your Fire?” Can you guess what book would that be for us? Yep! Ce’Marie! It’s on its way to completion — the writing and illustrating process definitely inspires the fire within us – without a doubt ♥︎

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The atmosphere there is always amazing – from the excited children to the caring parents to the starving artists and the scrumptious food, Festival of Books is always a fun and happy place – a close second place to Disney World as the happiest place in the world :)

At FOB, one can receive free books of different genres, possibly have the opportunity to meet the authors behind their favorite books, get autographs from authors, receive pamphlets and other literature explaining an array of subjects, enjoy free bookmarks, purchase books at discounted prices, and so much more!

Will we see you there next year?

xoxo

How I Spent My Saturday: The Cinderella Project

Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12, 2014 – hundreds of high school seniors arrived to be treated to a day of elegance & charm at the Cinderella & Prince Charming Project. IMG_7381

The Cinderella Project is nothing new nor out of the blue. Founded in 2000 by Disney executive, Dana Green, it was created to help underprivileged teens in need get ready for prom and/or graduation with a free dress/suit, accessories and shoes.

At the APCH Cinderella Project, anything and everything a girl could ever imagine her prom to be like (appearance-wise) was there and up for grabs. So much thought went into the event. Volunteers even went as far as to make sure there was not two of the same of anything laying out (including dresses, accessories and shoes). This way no two girls from the same school would have the same of anything.

Now that’s extra-ordinary.

 

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The donations of dresses, tuxedos and jackets, accessories and shoes was outstanding. There was enough for at least 2 dresses per girl to go around! JUST FAB and Ms. Kimora Lee Simmons made a wonderful donation of dresses and accessories. Kimora Lee Simmons also came out Friday afternoon to sprinkle her fabulosity! I’m a little bummed I missed her but glad the girls enjoyed her.

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I must not forget to mention the volunteer turnout – quite amazing. In addition to APCH volunteers, there were also representatives from Bank of America, Disney VoluntEARS, Rotary Club, Herbal Life, America’s Tires and Ce’Marie.

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The Cinderella & Prince Charming Project was a success! It was fun to see the seniors go through the experience; the process included first learning about the “Pay it Forward” campaign, then attending two inner-beauty mini-workshops, next they chose their special occasion suit or dress, and lastly the shoes and accessories were picked. Girls were also given a free accessory from Just FAB and free make-up.

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Saturday was a good day.

 

Is it a Requirement for your Children to Read Everyday?

Reading is a FUNdamental way to relieve stress, pass the time of mundane activities, like commuting and waiting to board a flight, and it’s even a way to relax, enjoy alone time and of course, a method of learning. AND the best part about it – it’s FREE!! Go to your local public library, sign up for a FREE library card… then enjoy :)

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A lot of libraries let you check out up to 10 books! So go ahead, indulge!