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Lauren Fix: The Car Coach

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About Lauren Fix: The Car Coach®

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Angie R. Lucarini

Angie is a wife, and mother of 5 children. She has written countless articles over the years that have been published in the Niagara Gazette. While I have a BS in Elementary Education, and an MS in Educational Foundations, I have always had a passion for writing.
After teaching for many years, I took time off to raise my children, yet I continued to write. In addition to writing articles, I also authored two books, and was keynote motivational speaker at several women's conferences. Later on, I went on to produce, edit, & co-host my own local television show for two years.


Paula D'Amico


Paula D’Amico is on a mission to bring hope and healing into people's lives.

She is a Wife, Mother, TV-Producer, Lightworker, Life Gardener,

and owner/creator of Blessings by Nature®.



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Paulette Krakowski, Artist

Paulette Krakowski


Paulette Krakowski is an Artist and the Art Gallery owner of  Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery in West Seneca.  The facility offers monthly art exhibits and openings for local artists, a gift shop and art classes. The gallery is working with many local artists, the two local high school art academies as well as raising funds for scholarships and local charities. The gallery has extended holiday hours for the one-of a kind gifts.  www.etjgallery.com


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You cuddle up with your kids on your lap and crack open one of your favorite books to share. Your kids listen intently as you enthusiastically read the story, and you all giggle together at your favorite parts. When the story is done, you close the book and everyone happily drifts off to sleep.


And then there are the other nights….


You have two kids climbing all over you arguing over which book to read, or your toddler hands you the book you’ve read approximately 9,000 times this month and then promptly walks away when you start reading. When you finish the book, there is begging for just one more story, despite the fact they didn’t seem to be paying any attention to the one you just read!


This is totally normal. Not every single read aloud is going to be picture perfect! While the photos people post on Instagram and Pinterest may make it appear that kids will sit quietly and devour every story with you, that is not always the case. I post pictures of my daughter and I reading all the time on my blog’s Instagram, but believe me, that is not how it looks all the time!


There are many things that experts don’t tell you about reading to kids. I decided to address some of these “taboo” points on the blog, in hopes that other parents will get a laugh and see that they are not alone! From cutting yourself some slack to hiding that book you have read one to many times (we have all done it!), you are certain to see something that reminds you of your own read aloud time, and feel better about those nights when things don’t go as planned!


Being perfect is not together is not necessary to instill a love of reading in your kids. The most important thing is reading together. It doesn’t have to be perfect, and it doesn’t have to be on anyone else’s schedule. Do what works for you and for your family, and you will be on your way to raising bookworms!


Check out the 5 things experts don’t tell you here! http://www.babiestobookworms.com/2017/05/18/5-things-experts-dont-tell-you-about-reading-to-kids/



Vicki Wilkinson





Remember Aretha Franklin's hit song...R-E-S-P-E-C-T  ???
with those lyrics, Just give me my Propers... That's what I want...


Having just returned from a trip half way around the world, I've been reflecting on the beautiful women I met along the way. I flew to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, by way of Tokyo Japan, to present on "Leadership" at the AKEPT Academy for Higher Education. There I mixed with women from various cultures and religions: Malaysian, Chinese, Japanese, Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, and Confucist. We look different from each other, we dress differently, but underlying it all are individual people who happen to be female, who care deeply about their future, their children, their families, their personal and professional paths, regardless of their originating status in life, nationality or religion.


Interestingly, these women were anxious to hear me speak and to give them models they can use to be better leaders within their own spheres of influence.

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"Here Comes the Sun" is a very popular song written by George Harrison that was first released on the Beatles' 1969 album Abbey Road. One of the first few verses that we hear are,"Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter." I'm certain that we, as Western New Yorkers, can all relate to that.

Did you know that we are affected both mentally and physically by the amount of sunlight which we receive? In very simple terms, for most of us, being outdoors in the warm sunny weather, gives us a tan or a little glow. Seeing that, tends to immediately make us feel more confident and attractive. Why do you think industries have worked so diligently throughout our lifetime, to figure out a way of capturing and selling the sunlight? Think about it, tanning booths, sun-lamps, spray-on tans, and the gamet of products for home use; such as lotions, sprays, and bronzers.

One of the lyrics in this song is,"Here comes the sun, and I say It's all right....." How incredibly true it is that seeing warm sunny weather, seems to make everything in life more bearable.

Another way to boost your mood is to sit outside, or on a patio, when out to lunch, exposing yourself to the sun for twenty minutes; your skin absorbs UV rays which will then promote Vitamin-D and serotonin production. (  serotonin is a chemical in the body that carries messages from the brain & helps you feel relaxed and happy.) Although too much ultraviolet light isn’t good, some daily exposure is healthy and will boost your serotonin levels. (Retrieved from: The Utopian Life 2014 http://theutopianlife.com/2014/10/14/hacking-into-your-happy-chemicals-dopamine-serotonin-endorphins-oxytocin/)

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Babies to Bookworms



Vicki is a former teacher who blogs about reading and children’s books at Babies to Bookworms.She is a stay at home mom to her one year old daughter – a budding bookworm as well! Babies to Bookworms is a blog dedicated to encouraging parents to read to their kids, and bringing books to life for them. Vicki aims to help parents, teachers and caregivers to get kids interested in reading and learning with fun activities and great books.

Claire Knowles

Claire Knowles

Claire Knowles is a retired human resources and labor relations manager,

certified in coaching and mediation. She is a partner in Richard N. Knowles & Associates, Inc.

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