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[27 May 2011 | Comments Off on Style. Substance. Soul. | ]
Style. Substance. Soul.

Style. Substance. Soul. – Each is something that every woman should possess and share with the world on her own terms.  Three best friends who just all happen to be stylish women of substance and soul have created a web site/movement to help direct the positive flow of female-generated power to change the world.  They are committed to creating a legacy of  “passion, compassion and action” for not just their own daughters [and son], but yours and mine as well.  Amy, Lois and Susan were inspired to put their collective efforts where there hearts are by none other than …

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[22 Apr 2011 | Comments Off on Our Commitment to the Earth | ]
Our Commitment to the Earth

Once upon a time, when companies were focused on green, you could be sure they were intent on growing their bottom line.  These days, the bottom line is still important, but the social responsibility of preserving the earth’s resources has now provided a greener layer of depth.
Bella Flowers Books is committed to maintaining a reciprocal relationship with the Earth, by only taking what we need and replenishing what we’ve taken.  Our first book, Nice to be Nice©, features many vibrant colors, but green may be the most important shown in our array.  …

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[4 Feb 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
Isn’t it ironic?

Sorry if you were doing a search on Alanis Morissette and ended up here.  I’m just channeling her today, sans the early post-breakup rage…  just a little thoughtful, reflective indulgence.  I’m a writer, what else do you expect?  So, I’ll get right to it – my kid called someone else’s kid a name.  There, it’s out.  Maybe you’re thinking ‘these things happen’ or ‘that’s just part of growing up’.  However, you have to see the irony in the fact that I’m the author of a children’s book all about being …

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[10 May 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
Meet Peyton!

Watch out world… there’s a new “Nice Kid” in town, and her name is Peyton!  Always ready for her closeup, Peyton was caught flashing her adorable smile while relaxing with one of her favorite books.  On any given day, you can catch little miss Peyton laughing, playing, and making new friends.  Mom and dad have also noticed Peyton’s love of great music, including some of their old favorites.  With such a pleasant disposition, Peyton is definitely singing our tune!

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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 …