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Great iPad App for Students

Thank you to who?Comics for sponsoring this post and encouraging my children to read biographies in comic book form! Please click here to learn more about the app. And, you can follow who?Comics on Twitter for updates.


As the mother of two boys, ages 11 and 13, who are absolute history buffs, this app was an absolute welcomed addition to the “kids page” on my iPad.  The app itself is free, but the biographies are available for purchase.  Upon downloading the app you receive two free biographies, and you can also get one, on loan, for two weeks, all for sharing who?Comics Biography Comics with  Facebook or Twitter friends.


Here’s the official description of what they are all about:
“Read about the lives and achievements of some of the greatest people in history, both past and present, in a 150 page long comic book form.  These comics are educational and fun to read. Instead of boring plain text, give your children a new, enjoyable reading experience that is light and easy to read in comic book form. But even before the children can start, parents won’t be able to stop turning the pages, too.
Who?Comics series contains the life stories of 10 of our greatest leaders of today and 19 historical figures of the past. Read and learn about the amazing lives of Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton, Steven Spielberg, Joanne Rowling, Barack Obama, Warren Buffett, Stephen Hawking, Nelson Mandela, Jane Goodall, Bill Gates and much, much more.
You can even collect badges easily as you read the comic books and even try to find and collect hidden badges for each great figure.  Who?Comics provides a fun badge collecting experience that both children and parents will enjoy. Everyone can get caught up in the fun of badge collecting and eventually discover and develop their new found reading habit.”
I downloaded the app, went to buy the complete collection (29 books for $29.00), but I forgot to update my iTunes account with my new bank account information.   So, I have to wait until tomorrow to purchase the whole sha-bang.   Tomorrow, though?  It’s on, and they are all going to be a part of our collection; especially after seeing Mikey and Benny delve into the first few on our “Bookshelf”.
They both read Bill Gates biography, and they both said it was really cool.  Since they are both self proclaimed computer geeks, it was really awesome for them to lean about “The Computer Genius Who Changed the World.”   Mikey said it was an easy and fun way to learn about him.   Benny said he thought it was funny and way easier than reading an encyclopedia or a boring book about the person.  At one point, while reading, Benny exclaimed, “I got the Flipping Master Badge!”

Before I let the boys get into them, though, I read the Oprah Winfrey comic.  I absolutely loved the way her story was told.  There is obviously some stuff in Oprah’s personal story that is touchy (like molestation, teen pregnancy, and drug use), but who?Comics did a really great job at telling it in such a way that was very respectful and straightforward.   They even put a warning out there, for parents, and I totally appreciated their honesty and integrity.   That right there solidified my desire to purchase the complete set.  I thought about letting the kids each pick a set, but it’s way cheaper to just buy all twenty-nine.

This page, in Oprah’s “The Most influential Talk Show Queen in the World” is one of those lessons that all children could stand to learn.    What kind of person do you want to be?Who?Comics definitely hit the nail on the head with this great way for children  to learn about historical figures.    TWO HUGE THUMBS UP!


Thank you again to who? Comics for sponsoring my post. Please click here to learn more about the app. Visit who? Comics for updates.

Email, How You Love Me

Thank you to Yahoo! Mail for sponsoring this post about staying connected. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.

My Dearest Email,

Over the years you have done so much for me. You’ve made me laugh, so-much-so that I spat Coke or coffee on my keyboard countless times. You’ve delivered good news, like babies being born and promotions being won. You’ve connected me and reconnected me to those who matter most, for [you] are as brilliant at those that you are tethered to in life. You’ve done your part to help me network and build my business, allowing clients to contact me enabling me to spread my professional wings.

Don’t get me wrong, though, Email; sometimes you’ve made me cry, too. That kind of ugly cry with huge crocodile tears falling on to dormant fingers. But, as with everything, life brings the good, the bad, and the ugly. I do not fault you. Not one bit.

You’ve been there with me through miles apart, helping me stay connected with those I love. You’ve helped me express forgiveness, helping my heart heal and show even more love. You’ve given me the stregnth to work out problems, helping love affairs and friendships mend. You’ve also made it easier for me to say goodbye, because not all relationships can last forever.

You? Are a reliable old friend, Email, and that’s a fact. You’ve made it easy for me to say words like I’m sorry, I love you, I need you in my life, Let’s be friends, I appreciate you, You hurt me, but let’s work it out, You’re the best, Goodbye, and I’m thinking of you.

So, I thank you. From my fingertips to your Inbox, you have seen the best of me, and the worst of me. Yet there you are, always there for me. I venture to say that you do love me as much as I love you.

I won’t ever take you for granted.

I promise to take the Trash out, and keep the Spam folder clean. Always.

Yours very truly,
Mishelle Lane

Your email loves you, too. It’ll help you stay connected to those you love (and, I guarantee, their email loves them, too!) Email is powerful.

Email, How I Love Thee

Thank you to Yahoo! Mail for sponsoring this post about staying connected. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.

A few days ago, while working in Louisville, KY, I told the story about how I started my “internet love affair” in 1993, with telnet chat. Not only did I fall in love *with* the internet, I fell *in love* on the internet—with my husband. I’ve been connected to the net for so long that I’ve experienced all the changes of the world wide web with various methods of communication, different means of searching information, bulletin boards of all types and kinds, gaming, and now blogging and social media.

The one constant, though, has been—and, I’m sure, always will be—email.

In the beginning email helped me keep in touch with Michael while he was still in Louisiana and I was in New York.  Later email made it easy for me to connect with other mothers who were pregnant at the same time as I was, so that we could share the trials and tribulations of pregnancy and parenthood. Years went on, and email allowed me to stay in touch with family and friends as we moved states away. Stories and pictures were easily shared. Love was easily felt with one click of the send button. Connections were easily made allowing for the flourishing of relationships, both personal and professional.   Every morning, for the past 15 years, or so, it’s the first thing I check upon awaking, after I’ve poured my coffee.  And, every night before I go to bed, it’s the last thing I check, too!

Email has constantly been my saving grace, in terms of communication.

Mine & HisNow-a-days I’m able to check my email from anywhere, with my smart phone. Not only that, now, my eldest children have email accounts and they are able to send me little messages through the day. There’s nothing like getting an email that simply says, “Hi, Mama! I love you.” from one of your kids.

Michael started a new job recently, and I am so glad we have these phones with email capability. Texting is one thing, but getting an email is a totally different feeling. I love getting emails from him, as it was one of the first ways we corresponded with each other. While he’s off, working, doing his cool pilot thing, I love knowing that he has the ability to shoot me a quick email about his experiences, with pictures and stories and love.

Email is an integral part of my life, and I’m so glad to have it. I reckon it’s one of my best friends!

And, these days, Yahoo! makes it super simple for photogs like me (and you, and you, and you) to send photo slide shows to your family and friends. Have a look-see:

{Sweet} Traditions

Thank you to Log Cabin for sponsoring my post about updated traditions in my household.

To learn more about Log Cabin Syrups (which are all free of High Fructose Corn Syrup), breakfast for dinner, and other new ways to update traditions in your home, click here.

I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.

Growing up in a Macedonian family we followed many traditions.  Over the years, as I have grown as a mother, I have realized how important it is to keep traditions alive.   While they might not be exactly the same as they were when I was a child, keeping family traditions is very much a goal of mine as the matriarch of our little-big family.

Most recently I adapted the Orthodox New Year’s tradition of hiding a coin in a strudel to hiding it in our family favorite…cornbread!   I’m sure I could probably give a go at making the cheese strudel like my mother and grandmother do, but, over the years, we have come to love cornbread so much that it was a natural evolution of the tradition.

Before I met Michael I had never even tried cornbread.  However, becoming the wife of a man who was born and raised in the south, and eventually living in the south, has really broadened—not only—my taste buds, it has also supplemented my tradition bank.   Now I have Macedonian traditions to draw from, and southern traditions too!

New OrleansOne of my favorite traditions is the one that involves eating Red Beans and Rice on Mondays.  When we lived in New Orleans we found ourselves eating out a lot (I mean, it is dubbed the “Fat City”), and one I enjoyed the most was eating our traditional Monday meal, in the French Quarter, on a balcony like the one at Bourbon Vieux or Cajun Cabin.

Making Red Beans and Rice, at home, is super simple, though.   And, when we make a big pot of them we always make a big pan of cornbread.  There’s nothing like mixing it all up, dousing it with Louisiana hot sauce, and gobbling it up till your belly hurts.  The sausage, the beans, the rice, the cornbread, the flavor—it’s definitely one of my favorite comfort foods.

The best thing about making meals with cornbread, though, is having leftovers for breakfast.   The kids love it so much.  They pop their leftover piece in the microwave, for a few seconds, and top it with our *family’s favorite syrup.  Adding milk and fruit makes it one of the best breakfasts ever.

It really is funny how so many traditions revolve around the dinner table.  Food brings family together, and traditions bind us to our past.  I hope that our children continue them, and pass them on to their children someday.

Every tradition grows ever more venerable – the more remote its origin, the more confused that origin is. The reverence due to it increases from generation to generation. The tradition finally becomes holy and inspires awe. —Friedrich Nietzsche

*Our family’s favorite syrup is Log Cabin, and it has everything to do with the fact that it is free of high fructose corn syrup. Good syrup doesn’t need to have any of that stuff in it, and I am happy that Log Cabin realizes that!   While this is a sponsored post from Log Cabin Syrup, I am emphatic about foods that are free of HFCS, and hope that others do their best to eliminate it from our daily diets.

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