Monday, February 29, 2016

ArtsFest 2016 Welcome Authors!


I had the opportunity to attend ArtsFest Stuart 2016 as Author. On February 20th,  I presented my work and my newly award-winning poetry book: "Poems, thoughts and More." 
I read the anecdote/poem: Coffee, Cafe, Tinto @ 11:40 a.m.
Thank you Martin County for supporting the arts and literacy.


            I love the Literary Village @ ArtsFest 2016!
ArtsFest 2016


Authors @ ArtsFest:
David Mallegol
Fred Lichtenberg
Cher Foth
Doreen Marcial Poreba
Rod Burns
Eugene Hull
Peter Haase
William Whitten
Mary Dawson
Theresa Orecchia
Maritza Mejia

Janet Balletta
Jason Tinney
Holly Morse-Ellington
Debra Alessandra

Julia Kelly

Missed out  ‪#‎ArtsFest2016‬  last weekend? Not to worry! You can now order Maritza Martinez Mejia's Books online: http://www.amazon.com/Maritza-Martinez-Mejia/e/B009DKDXFW



Thank you for your support!






One Thousand Picture Books



I joined the Facebook group One Thousands Picture Books Reading Challenge. I set up my goal for 500 Goodreads Reads 2016. 

Do you think I will be able to read ALL those books? So far, these are my books for this week …

If you want to join the Facebook group for cheer support visit:  

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Read Aloud America 2016



What is Read Aloud America?
Read Aloud America is a non-profit organization 
that promotes literacy, encourages a love of reading 
and increases children's prospects for success. 
Founded in Hawaii in 1995 by Jed Gaines.

Read Aloud Tips
  • Find a time to read when you can relax.
  • Read the book before you read it to your child.
  • Go to the library with your children regularly.
  • Build a home library space. 
  • Trade books with friends.
  • Talk about the stories with your child. 
  • Make reading a fun time.
  • Follow up a reading activity



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Build a Home / Classroom Library

1. Find inexpressive books in Garage Sales.
2. Visit Book drives at your local church or school.
3. Find FREE Diversity Books at Multicultural Children's Book Day Event.
4. Participate on Social Media Parties and Giveaways for FREE books. 
5. Follow your favorite author page for FREE books or activities.


My 12 new books courtesy of:
                                                      


For EVENTS & FREE Books Visit: https://www.facebook.com/barefootbooks/



FREE Books with Pinterest Party Visit: 
Happy Readings!

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Lent – Celebrate Traditions!

 

Since Lent always starts on a Wednesday, the day before is always called Mardi Gras. It means "Fat Tuesday" because it is associated with great food and parties.
What is Lent? Lent is a season of the Christian Calendar for preparation to Easter.
When is Lent? It is the forty days before Easter. Lent excludes Sundays because every Sunday is like a little Easter. 
Mardi Gras is the day before Lent, which begins with Ash Wednesday. 

How to celebrate lent? This year it's from February 10 (Ash Wednesday) to March 27 (Easter), 2016. Join in a forty days of fasting, praying and Alms giving.


Praying: You can pray while you walk, drive or in a private area.   Use any devotional prayer book or music to   create a time of quiet listening to God.

Alms Giving: You can collect food for the needy, friend or family. Serving others is one way we serve God. 


Fasting: You can fast by cutting out some food or things in your life that distract you from God. For example let go, social media, soft drinks, candies or even cigarette. You might skip one meal a day, but always drink plenty of water. 


40 Days Activity for Lent

                   1. Draw forty leaves walk and put color each day of Lent.
                   2. During your forty days-walk DO something for others.

                   3. At the last day of Lent draw a colorful butterfly.
                           




Handmade Cross for Lent

                                1. Create your own cross with dry Palms.

                                2. If you don't have dry Palms, use recycle supplies.

                                3. Pray daily with your Lenten Cross.



Operation Rice Bowl

                                1. Order your envelop and bowl  online 

                                2. Fast and give to others

                                3.  Donate to Operation Rice Bowl for Lent 

                                      Visit: http://www.crsricebowl.org/





Catholic Cuisine for Lent



Art designed by Lisa Waters
Review by Author Lisa Waters - March 2016

"Reading Author Maritza Martinez Mejia’s Hazel Eyes is somewhat of a mesmerizing memoir. It’s never very easy to write about one’s life, but the author captures the essence of her life in a way that’s unquestionably an outstanding and unbelievable journey. You’ll discover the young life of the author, her struggles and challenges living in Colombia, growing up and being subjected to worldly influences whereby she began to rebel. The author reveals how God touched her and she underwent a transformation not only in life but her views and behavior. During her early adult life she embarked upon a pilgrimage to Monte Carmelo in central Chile where she witnessed a miraculous apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus and you’ll learn how her life progressed. The memoir will leave you in awe, fill you with hope, encourage you to renew your faith, cherish life, believe in the power of the Lord, and most of all bestow the acts of kindness and love upon all mankind."

You can now order Maritza Martinez Mejia's Books online: http://www.amazon.com/Maritza-Martinez-Mejia/e/B009DKDXFW. Thank you for your support!



40 Easter Children's Books for Lent

     For Lent, Let go things to be closer to God

Have a Blessed Lent!



Monday, February 8, 2016

Valentine’s Day – Celebrate Traditions!

Each year on February 14th, many people exchange cards, flowers or gifts with their special “valentine.” 
What is Valentine? It is a day to celebrate love and friendship.
Why is called Valentine? It comes from a Christian martyr from the 5th century and Roman Traditions.
Who is St. Valentine? The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine, all of whom were martyred.
One legend states that Valentine was a priest or even a Bishop who served during the third century in Rome during Emperor Claudius. 
When the Emperor decreed that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he banned marriage for young men. Valentine realized the injustice of the decree and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret.

When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. When he was arrested and placed in the custody of a judge who had a blind daughter, Valentine cured her blindness. The judge and his family became Christians.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape from Roman prisons. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today.

Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is dim, we dedicate this day to celebrate love.

Valentine’s Day Activities


2.   Saint Valentine's Breakfast: http://catholiccuisine.blogspot.com/2012/02/heart-of-st-valentine-egg-toast.html     Or Prepare a Valentine’s Dessert. Some ideas: http://www.makinglifeblissful.com/2015/02/easy-valentine-trifle-dessert.html





                                


From your Valentine,
The author

Mardi Gras – Celebrate Traditions!


Mardi Gras Traditions is about musical parades, food and floats. During the parades, people use purple, green and gold beads and colorful masquerades.
The term “Mardi Gras” (French word) means “Fat Tuesday” and refers to the Tuesday before Lent. It is called "Fat" or "Great" because it's associated with great food and parties. Lent always starts on a Wednesday.

On this day you can make a King Cake or any cake to celebrate the day before Lent.

Our Mardi Gras Cake 2016

Be creative and use your favorite recipe. Decorate with color sugar using Mardi Gras colors: Purple, Green and Gold. What about use a Pan de Queso Colombiano for Mardi Gras? 
Here is the recipe: http://www.mycolombianrecipes.com/es/pan-de-queso-colombiano





Mardi Gras King Cake

More recipes: 


Activities for Mardi Gras

Create a Masquerade with any recycle supplies you have at home. 


Laissez les bons temps rouler = Let the good times roll

Happy Mardi Gras!