It's about that time again... the West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn, NY!
Are you going? Visit the website for times and dates of all of the events - looks like it is going to be amazing this year! http://wiadcacarnival.org
From what we understand - To get there by subway:
Franklin Avenue station can be crowded, avoid it.
My mother is a real fan of Carnival in Brooklyn. Last year around this time, we talked about it for a while, and she gave me her best tips for having a great time on Eastern Parkway.Add a comment Read more...
The summer travel season is coming to a close, but there's still time to check out some of the last minute specials on flights to the Caribbean so that the children can experience the culture first hand.
Where do you start? After you have your passports in hand, head over to travel.state.gov for country specific travel information including safety, visa, and other helpful tips. If you haven't already chosen a destination, check out the tourism board's consumer websites to see what activities, history, and natural wonders for each island may interest you and your family. Here is a quick guide to Caribbean tourism authority websites - it's a good place to start. There are links to the educational resources, printables, and activity sheets on this website for each island next to the tourism authority and tourism board links, that way you can get the kids (and yourself) excited about your trip with some fun activities.
I have visited each and every one of these websites, and found them to be up to date, modern, colorful, informative, easy to navigate, and with gorgeous photographs. Be sure join the mailing list for updates and new information.Add a comment Read more...
Today is the first day of school, and guess who isn't ready. The kids are fine, but me? I need another week. I spent some weeks between Trinidad, Tobago, Bequia, and St. Vincent (with an accidental trip to Barbados courtesy of Liat) doing some relaxing, some filming, some catching up with family, and I am just not ready. I think I need a vacation from the vacation.
Books are out, kids are hard at work, and my mind keeps drifting back to clear blue water, sand, sun, and Caribbean breezes.
Who was more ready for school to start, you or the kids? What do you dread most about back to school? Shopping? Bedtimes?Add a comment
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This was my second year attending BlogHer, and I was much more comfortable (and productive) at this year's conference in Chicago. I went with the group that I vlog with (youtube.com/stepsistersblog), and we had such a great time making videos, talking, laughing (a lot), eating, sleeping (a little), and of course, like at all BlogHer conferences... drinking.
I'm referring to alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. There were several alcohol related companies in the Expo hall, but I spent most of the time drinking water and going to the bathroom. Those of you who saw my pre-conference video know that I had a little asthma issue (like any breathing issue is little - they're not) before I left, so my alcohol consumption was pitiful in comparison to the recommended daily intake for a BlogHer conference attendee.
I did, however, try out the Daily's Cocktail's Bahama Mama. I couldn't help it! I mean, I am basically the only person in the whole conference of 5000+ women who blogs specifically about Caribbean parenting - and this drink is called the "Bahama Mama"... right? Anybody see how this is totally justified drinking? No? Don't judge me.
So, I'm notorious for not drinking alcohol on camera... do you think the camera-lady (wine and spirits blogger Tanisha from GirlMeetsGlass.Tumblr.com) caught me sipping? We'll see...
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One day, I came in from teaching at the kids' summer camp, and went straight to the kitchen. Dinner was on the table by 5:15 - peas, baked fish, and mac' n' cheese. I was late. Only two out of the three children had bathed (the last one turned off the water when he heard the call for dinner), and I NEED them to be in bed by 8.
It's 9:20 - I just watched the kids do high kicks in the living room while screaming, "Hi-Yaaaah!" Hubby has gone back out to the grocery store for allergy friendly snack foods, and well - I'm the only one left to watch the show. So be it.Add a comment Read more...
One of my favorite things about SocaMom.com is the downloads area. I provide more than 200 downloads for teachers, students, and parents who are looking to connect their kids to Caribbean culture. Those downloads include activity pages, coloring sheets, and games have been downloaded over 34,000 times in the last 9 months!
My kids enjoy printing and coloring the coloring pages and activity sheets, and I hope that your children and students are enjoying them as well. I would love to hear how you are using them, and what you think. Please click here to share your feedback.
Not sure where to start? Here are the 10 most popular downloads on SocaMom.com - click on the link for instant download:
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New coloring sheets have been added! Check out the Family Flags collection for the Dominican Republic.
Would you like to see YOUR family in flags? If you do not see your family flag combination listed, leave a comment, and we will try to get it added!Add a comment
Hailed as Carol’s best publication to date by early reviewers, the long awaited fourth book in the Caribbean Adventure Series is now available online. Fury on Soufriere Hills is set in Montserrat, and includes two of the characters known from previous books. This book introduces Frankie, a young boy from Montserrat who longs to return. Frankie, Mark, and Kyle, guided by Chee Chee the monkey, are transported to a Montserrat of old.
“I was moved to write about Montserrat,” Mitchell commented. “I wanted to write about the Carib people and my research led me to an excursion in Montserrat that revealed a lot of information about how the Caribs lived. That prompted my imagination with a scenario in which the Caribs, like modern day Montserratians had to face the fury of their volcanic island. I wanted to capture the hopefulness and resilience that a strong people can build out of a disastrous event. It took me over a year to capture this and I am very happy with the end product.”
The journey to this fourth CAS book began in 2005 when Carol Ottley-Mitchell took a leap of faith and began writing books for Caribbean children. She created the Caribbean Adventure Series in which Chee Chee, the pet Vervet monkey leapt from the pages, creating mischief and adventure in the first book, Adventure at Brimstone Hill and in the two books that followed.
In addition to the Caribbean Adventure Series, Mitchell has published three books in a series called Chee Chee’s Adventures and a book of short stories called Seascapes.
Fury on Soufriere Hills is now available on Amazon.com both in print and Kindle editions. You can also learn more about Mark and Kyle’s adventure in Montserrat and Vervet monkeys like Chee Chee by visiting www.caribbeanreads.com.
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My best business day ever, I didn’t make a dime.
My husband stood out on the front steps with his cell phone camera aimed at the UPS truck coming slowly up our street. He never asked me to come out, I was looking for him for something else, and that’s where I found him. I stepped outside, and Mr. Social joined me. The driver looked like a deer in headlights, or maybe he was wondering what he did to become a start in this show, but he drove up and hopped out to get my box without asking any questions.
I took the box inside, the hubby’s camera following my every move. I carefully opened the box to ooooo’s and ahhhhh’s from my mom, hubby, and the kids. My mom was on repeat. “Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh!” So were the kids. “Oh wow, Mommy! It’s beautiful!” The hubby tried to catch it all on film.
“Sign mine first!” squealed Baby Girl.
“No mine,” responded my oldest. “I was here first. I’m her FIRST child.”
“Allyuh move aside! I’m gettin’ mine signed furs!” That was my mom. She meant that.
They lined up in front of me, and I sat on the couch – I signed one for each of them, while the hubby caught it all. The two youngest ran off to read it, Ma made a list of the copies she’d need to take to St. Vincent with her, and my oldest just sat.
“I’m jealous,” he announced. “You beat me to it, but I’ll get my book too – you just watch.”
“You know how old I am? You have plenty of time – especially since you are starting now. You will beat me – by the time you are my age, you definitely will be way past your FIRST book.”
“Oh yeeeeaaaaahhhh,” he said, calculating his age and making plans. “I do have a head start, don’t I?”
As a business woman and a mom, there is nothing more satisfying to me than inspiring my children to follow their passions, and make a living doing something that they love. We don’t realize how much our kids compare themselves to us – not just our physical features or personalities, but our ambitions, goals, occupations, and accomplishments.
The day I got my first copies of Anancy’s Family Reunion in the mail, I didn’t make a dime – but I was able to show my kids that anything is possible. The day that seed of entrepreneurship was planted in my kids was my best business day ever.
This post was written as part of the #Blog4Biz Challenge hosted by Shai from HireShai.com and FleurManagement.com. To participate in the challenge, go to: http://fleurmanagement.com/hireshai/looking-for-blog4biz/
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People ask me all the time - why did you start SocaMom.com?
I honestly love what I do. I get tired, yes. I get fed up, yes. However, I feel like I wouldn’t be able to breathe if I didn’t do it.
In my life, I have done so many things that I didn’t enjoy – ever – and now I am doing something that makes me happy 95% of the time. I think that’s a pretty good percentage. The other 5% of the time, I am tired, but still pleased with my work.
I decided to start this blog (which is one of my businesses) to share resources for parents with roots in the Caribbean who are raising their children outside of the West Indies. I believe that giving children and parents access to their roots truly empowers and inspires them.
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Once I was able to really experience Caribbean culture as a kid, it changed me, gave me a sense of belonging. I want other children, mine included, to experience that feeling. Greeks, Italians, and Hispanic people in America have that connection – first, second, third, fourth generation – they stay connected on purpose. So that is what I want to do with SocaMom.com – give parents the tools to start conversations about culture that they may not have even considered having with their kids.
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I have added several components to the blog, making it one of the best online destinations for Caribbean parents, as well as an ideal springboard for several ventures that will help continue my mission of keeping families living outside of the Caribbean connected to Caribbean culture. I have recently published my first children's book, Anancy's Family Reunion, and it is for sale on Amazon.com and here on SocaMom.com. The books are a new part of the business, but I am really enjoying writing my stories, and sharing my work.
I do what I do because it helps people. It is a great feeling when someone who has become a reader of the blog, and a user of the resources, stops me to tell me how much it has helped them to introduce their children to their heritage.
So that’s why I decided to start this blog which has become a business – to provide resources and a community for other parents like me.
Why did you start your business? Do you have a business that you would like to start? If you did start a business based on something that you are passionate about, what would it be?
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