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[6 May 2010 | One Comment | ]
Mother’s Finest!

I don’t do this very often, but I can’t let Mother’s Day pass without recommending the perfect place for brunch with the special mom(s) in your life… Le Petit Marche!  I know that it sounds pretty fancy, but don’t be intimidated.  Just consider this recommendation my gift to you.  French for the little market, Le Petit Marche is part chic urban bistro and part charming  neighborhood market.  We, at Bella Flowers Books, have fallen in love with the place and know that you will, as well… and I’m not just saying that because they sell our books.  Don’t believe …

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[3 May 2010 | Comments Off on Perception vs. Reality | ]
Perception vs. Reality

Ever hear the cliche “Perception is/becomes reality”?  It is often true in many cases.  For example, if we believe that we don’t deserve something, we most likely don’t get it.  Somehow, our brains are quite susceptible to fulfilling even the worst of our subconscious prophecies.  Of course, there are exceptions to this unwritten rule – traffic tickets, adult acne, menstrual cramps, and… the imperfection of motherhood.  No matter how unfair you perceive the aforementioned to be, you’re still most likely going to get a ticket if caught speeding. 
Before I …

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[21 Apr 2010 | Comments Off on The family who goes green together… | ]
The family who goes green together…

Every year, more than 30 million trees are cut down to produce books in the US.  So, at Bella Flowers Books, we feel an ethical responsibility to balance out what we are taking from our planet.  This is why we’ve chosen to print our books using vegetable-based ink on 30% recycled paper, as well as plant a tree for every copy printed of Nice to be Nice.  We are in business to leave the world a little better than we found it. If we remain true to that, profits are …

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[15 Apr 2010 | 5 Comments | ]
Meet Ava Korynn!

We are proud to announce our very first “Nice Kid’s Read Nice Books” photo contest winner, Ava Korynn!  Aside from having a unique name, Ava Korynn is a sweetheart who has stolen the hearts of her parents and big sister Kendall.  She’s a joy to be around and loves playing and laughing with friends and family.  Though she is only 13 months old, she’s already engaging in nice behavior by sharing her toys and keeping fussy moments to a minimum.  Ava Korynn, a nice kid to know!  Great job mom and dad!

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[6 Apr 2010 | Comments Off on Spring Break, New and Improved | ]
Spring Break, New and Improved

Picture it… my friend and I, on a beach in Somewhere, USA sneaking a margarita while checking out a couple of hot guys, hoping not to be discovered (well, only the margaritas).  Right on cue, a half-naked boy runs up and gets sand all over us, and he’s laughing!  I think, “Where are his parents? This kid is out of control!”.  Then I remember, this kid belongs to me and one of those hot guys I was checking out.  Though I’m sitting next to my best friend from high …

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[17 Mar 2010 | Comments Off on Luck of the Greenish | ]
Luck of the Greenish

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, so green is everywhere you turn… or is it?  You may be sporting a green ensemble trying to avoid the pain and possible conflict brought on by a barrage of pinching strangers.  You may have even snagged a sitter and are planning a mid-week celebration at a neighborhood pub with a name that starts with “Mc” or an “O”.  However, are you being or seeing green in a way that will last?  Today, while you’re in the moment and indulging in all things Irish, enjoy …

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[5 Feb 2010 | Comments Off on Stranger Danger & Mama Drama, a Great Mix! | ]
Stranger Danger & Mama Drama, a Great Mix!

I grew up during the era of the Adam Walsh tragedy.  Unfortunately, those heartbreaking turn of events mark a period in modern American culture when kids and parents began to understand how much the world had truly changed.  If you were born prior to the 80’s, you know exactly what I’m talking about.  Long before John Walsh was catching America’s Most Wanted, my family and I watched the tragedy of his son’s kidnapping and untimely demise unfold in a made-for-TV movie… and for the first time, I didn’t feel safe.  …

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[13 Nov 2009 | Comments Off on Ready to Rumble | ]
Ready to Rumble

When I first developed Nice to be Nice© and the Bella Flowers Books brand, it was hard to pinpoint my emotions on any given day.  I mostly vacillated between excitement and sheer terror.  Today… not much has changed.  When we sold 3 books in one day, I was excited and proud!  Sure, 3 sales may seem like nothing to you, but to me… every sale feels like appreciation for our work, our vision, and our sacrifices.  Then, there are the days that we sell zero books, and terror comes creeping …

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[12 Nov 2009 | Comments Off on Happy Birthday Sesame Street! | ]
Happy Birthday Sesame Street!

Sesame Street turned 40 the other day and I missed it.  I didn’t forget about it… just missed it.  Somewhere between carpool and lunch, the day slipped away from my grasp.  I was wrapped up in my own stuff and didn’t get a chance to acknowledge a truly awesome show that I watched almost every day of my early life.  No matter which of its furry or feathered creatures lead in popularity (in my day it was Big Bird), Sesame Street continues to be relevant and is now a favorite …

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[20 Oct 2009 | Comments Off on When I grow up, I want to be a bully just like you! | ]
When I grow up, I want to be a bully just like you!

“When I grow up, I want to be a bully just like you!”–  Those are not exactly the words that parents want to hear from their children.  However, I’ve noticed that children across the country seem to be expressing that sentiment in their actions way too often.  I really don’t want to sound preachy, but what are we doing?  I keep hearing these stories about children hurting each other over the simplest things… not that there’s ever a good reason for them to act out in violence against one another.  …