March Sneak Peek!

You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book. ~ Dr. Suess

Reading is huge in our house.

We read together for school and for fun. When the kids ask me a question that I don’t know the answer to, which seems to be a lot lately, I reach for a book instead of relying on Google, hoping to be a good example for them when they have questions in the future.

We read as a reward for good behavior and attitude. We read to take the blues and boredom away. We read to help settle our minds at the end of a long day. We read to laugh and we read to cry. We read and find those who have much in common with us and we read to learn more about those that don’t.

We all know the statistics on reading and children; it improves brain function, strengthens their vocabulary, introduces them to new ideas, helps them become better writers, teaches them about places near and far, etc., etc. the list is extremely lengthy. My motto is, as long as they are reading, I am happy because there really isn’t anything bad that comes from diving into a new book.

With that said, our next monthly mission for March is going to be focused on Literacy and all things books!

I am very excited about this because personally, reading is a huge part of my life. I spend most of my free time reading books, blogs, articles, anything I can get my hands on. On a daily basis, I try to set a good example for my children and have them see the joy that can come from seeing their mother read and enjoy herself with a new story. We take weekly trips to our local library and participate in events they have there.

We visit locally owned bookstores to find new books and meet our favorite authors.

I am the Chair of the Scholastic Book Fair at the kid’s school and I have also recently started a book club, which they see and get excited about and have expressed their interest in starting their own book club one day.

This is all very easy for me because I grew up around books and had a great role model for reading in my own mother. However, this isn’t always the case for other children around the world. Access to books and education on reading can fall to the wayside when money and time is tight. So Rachel and I are very excited to focus all of March on Literacy and bringing the love of reading and books to those that may not have access as easy as we do.

We will be kicking the month off by celebrating National Read Across America Day this week on Thursday, March 2nd. If you are not familiar with National Read Across America Day, it is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.

In cities and towns across the nation, teachers, teenagers, librarians, politicians, actors, athletes, parents, grandparents, and others develop NEA’s Read Across America activities to bring reading excitement to children of all ages. Governors, mayors, and other elected officials recognize the role reading plays in their communities with proclamations and floor statements. Athletes and actors issue reading challenges to young readers. And teachers and principals seem to be more than happy to dye their hair green or be duct-taped to a wall if it boosts their students’ reading.

This is just a fun way to kick off a month-long joy of reading with our children. We will also be hosting a book drive, book donation drop-offs and a number of other fun events focused around reading throughout the month so make sure to check back on Wednesday when we post the official Monthly Mission.

In the meantime, save some time this week to snuggle up and dive into a new book.

Trust us, you won’t be disappointed.

Helping Flood Victims in San Jose

As many of you know, San Jose has had one of the wettest winters in decades this year.

What you may not know is that over 36,000 households were ordered to evacuate due to flood zones and the excessive water has caused significant damage to public and private property throughout the city.

The most severe flooding has taken place in neighborhoods along Coyote Creek, which includes a number of low-income communities and mobile home parks that were submerged when Anderson Reservoir reached its capacity and began spilling into the creek.

At this time they are not taking donations of physical items, but are asking for support through monetary donations that will assist the families in the weeks and months ahead.

If you would like to help, you can read more about it HERE and also make a donation.


Happy Random Acts of Kindness Day!

The wind is nuts and the rain is relentless today.

People are annoyed, grouchy and exhausted everywhere I turn.

Luckily, the little glimmer hope is today is National Random Acts of Kindness Day!

Rachel and I had some silly, cheerful plans today that were thwarted by the weather, but not to worry we will be celebrating and spreading light in little ways everywhere we go.

Need some ideas on how you too can participate in this much-needed fun day? We got you! Take a look below and don’t forget to share the love… #kindcooperative

Super Guadalupe River 5K Recap

Last weekend Rachel’s family and I had the opportunity to participate in the Super Guadalupe River Run 5K.

This is such a fun and easy way to get the family outdoors, moving together and support the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy at the same timeAll the money for participation goes to supporting the parks and the conservancy. My little family had been taken down by the flu the previous week so not all of us were able to make it, but luckily, we were still able to make a donation by registering on their behalf.

There were three options for races; 1K – for the kids, 5K – for the walkers or new to running folks, and a 10K – for the seasoned runners. We, as a group, opted for the 5K so the kids could run with Rachel’s husband, Francisco, and this lady could try to keep up with speed-walker Rachel. LOL…

The race was fun and only the 2nd 5K I have ever participated in, and the first for my son, Brayden, and I believe the first for Rachel and her family. The kids were so excited to get their racing bibs and then at the end, their t-shirts and their very own fancy race medals! I know with my son, who is super competitive, this lit a spark for him and he has been asking to do another 5K ever since!

After we completed the race we were able to enjoy the Rotary Play Garden that was located right next door to the race day activities. I have been wanting to check out this new park for a while now and glad we did because it was not only a big hit with the kids, but it was so beautiful to look at and the story behind it really touched my heart.

The Rotary Play Garden is one of the few public parks in Santa Clara County where children with special needs can play on the playground equipment alongside their families and friends without disabilities. The $6 million Play Garden enables children with special needs to play alongside their siblings and friends and is maintained by Guadalupe River Park Conservancy staff and volunteers, in-kind donations, and fee-for-service contracts.

We were able to talk to the kids about how the money we spent to purchase our registration for the race was not only supporting the land we saw while on the race, but parks like the Rotary Play Garden that enriches the lives of kids like them and those with disabilities that traditional parks aren’t properly equipped for.

All in all, I would say that the morning was a HUGE success and hopefully next year we can do it all again!

Below you will find some pictures from the race and the Rotary Play Garden. Enjoy! #kindcooperative