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Chinese Lantern Festival 2016: Exploring Philadelphia

Chinese Lantern Festival 2016: Exploring Philadelphia

Hey everyone and welcome back to my blog. So for this post, I wanted to show you all my vlog from the “Chinese Lantern Festival”. Last year, I took my mother to this amazing event for her birthday. The festival was full of vibrant colors, Thai Bubble Read More

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Buzzfeed Video: Giving Up Bad Spending Habits

Buzzfeed Video: Giving Up Bad Spending Habits

While surfing through youtube, I came across a video from Buzzfeed. Entitled ” We Gave Up Our Bad Spending Habits”, the video was definitely an eye opener. Especially when it comes to having bad spending habits and not budgeting our money. Read More

Book Signing Event with UK Bradford Author: E. Rachael Hardcastle

Book Signing Event with UK Bradford Author: E. Rachael Hardcastle

In November of 2016, local Bradford author E. Rachael Hardcastle visited Low Ash Primary School in Wrose, Shipley.  During her visit, she was able to deliver a creative writing workshop to the school’s  Year 6 pupils.  At no charge to the school, E. Rachael Hardcastle ran several hours of idea-generating activities tailored to their topic of study.  Including having the children write their own short stories for the workshop.

Later that month after receiving  and compiling the children’s finished short stories, she curated the stories into two independently published books entitled ‘Children of War’.  The books were published, and then delivered to the school’s library.  In which was able to create over 50 young authors in less than eight weeks.

At the end of January 2017,  E. Rachael Hardcastle returned to the school with further copies of the book ‘Children Of War’ for the children to take home.  It wasn’t long before their story was picked up by a local television station called “Made In Leeds”.   The station was so impressed that they interviewed E. Rachael Hardcastle and the children on their television show ” The Lowdown Leeds Show” in February of 2017.

To meet her local readers and aspiring writers, E. Rachael Hardcastle recently contacted Wrose Library, in Wrose, Shipley to arrange a book signing event.  She hopes to encourage the community to visit the library more often as well as meeting the hard-working volunteers that will be attending.  Because reading more is fundamental to enriching the mind with knowledge.

 

This amazing event will take place on July 1st 2017 between 1100-1430 hours to celebrate both Wrose Carnival and Bradford Literary Festival.  E. Rachael Hardcastle will also be taking along copies of her brand new high fantasy release ‘Finding Pandora’ and her post-apocalyptic novel ‘Aeon Infinitum: Run For Your Life’.   In order to personalize her latest works and sign for her guests.

Entry to this events will be free of charge. For more information about E. Rachael Hardcastle, her books and her workshops, please visit www.erachaelhardcastle.com.

So if you are in the London area, feel free to join other authors and bloggers around the world and support your local library!

My top tips for organizing a local indie book signing:

  1. Always be polite and helpful – Approach your closest library with a polite email or a welcoming visit.  Tell them who you are, what you do, and what you are all about.  Shake their hand and praise their space. The focus of the event should not be about the author, despite the books that you are going to be signing.  So focus more so on writing your plans and how both parties can benefit by writing a short proposal (approx 1 side of A4).  Include your details and give them time to think it over.   After some time, feel free to send a short follow up email if you don’t hear back from them within a month.

  2. The next question is: “What can YOU offer THEM”?  How can you help to bring more people back to the library?   Because in some cases,  libraries may only be functioning  on funds raised by volunteers and donations.   So in that case, make it a point to donate one of your books to help. Offer to do a short reading, a meet and greet or writer’s question time. Get some flyers printed and notify local media to increase interest. Your local library will greatly appreciate your efforts.

  3.  Try to make an effort to do some volunteering  in your spare time.  If your’e like me and  you have a full time job, spare time may already be filled with writing and family life.   Yet despite that, you can still find time to offer help at any upcoming events. This is an ideal opportunity to network as well as promoting yourself, and your work.  At the sam time, this is also  a great way to help out your venue by drawing more attention to it.    Yet if your help isn’t required and you’re only available one-off day, then try to attend as a guest.  Because making an effort at the end of the day counts.

  4. Be present on their social media and website if they happen to have one.   For example: Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and etc.  Make sure to  actively promote the library by re-tweeting their posts and liking their page.  Recommend the library to friends and family who may be advent book readers.  Also using your own online presence is a great way to influence people to to check out the library.  Telling people that it is an ideal spot for after-school study, safe internet usage and socializing is a great way to attract more people.

Social Media: www.facebook.com/ERHInspired

 

For more Iinfo on the book signing event check out the info below:

Book Signing Event with Bradford Author E. Rachael Hardcastle.

Date – July 1st 2017

Time – 1100-1430 hours ( in other words 11:00am-2:30pm)

Location – Wrose Library, Wrose Road, Shipley, West Yorkshire, UK, BD181HX

 

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Product Haul: Journal, Camera Bag, Virtual Reality Device and more

Product Haul: Journal, Camera Bag, Virtual Reality Device and more

Product hauls are one of my favorite things to do when it comes to showcasing new poducts. For this prodcut haul, I will be sharing with you guys some new items that I got from last year. Some of the items include a new jouranl, camera bag, and etc. Read More

Grunge Style LookBook For Teens

Grunge Style LookBook For Teens

Hello eveyone! My name is Hanna I am a teen lifestyle blogger and photographer. I’m honored to write on Brooke’s Blog and I hope you all enjoy my post. As a teen girl that is heavily interested in fashion, I love everything that relates to it. Read More

Curly Hair: My Top 10 Do’s and Dont’s

Curly Hair: My Top 10 Do’s and Dont’s

Curly hair for many or most people has it’s pros and cons.  On one hand curly hair is fun and different, but on the other hand keeping it mositurized can be a battle. As someone who has curly hair, I know all to well about not keeping your hair moisturized. Because as we all know, dry curly hair will not curl up.  Which is why it is essential to keep curly hair moisturized and in tip top shape. Yet despite it all, I would not want to have my hair any other way. The beautiful thing about curly hair is the fact that nobody has the same curl pattern or type. We are unique and beautiful in our own way and curls.

              

Yet with all the good and bad that comes with curly hair, their are some things you need to know.  So below is a list of my top 10 do and don’ts that I have put together for curly hair. I hope you all enjoy and definitely let me know which do or don’t you can relate. Have a nice day everyone, and thanks again for stopping by!

 

Hair Do’s


1.) Keep your hair moisturized because dry hair does not like to curl up. Pay most attention to the ends since they are the oldest part of your hair.

2.) Try to deep condition your hair at least once a week. Especially in the winter when the air is colder outside.

3.) It is always best to let your hair air dry because it can sometimes lead to frizz when using a blow dryer.

4.) Always prep your hair before you go to sleep. Either retwist your hair at night or do the pineapple method.  After doing the pineapple method, just put on your satin bonnet or sleep on a satin pillowcase.

5.)  Keep your ends trimmed. Even if you have curly or textured hair, you still need to say goodbye to those split ends. If you don’t want to do the trim yourself, try to find a stylist that is not scissor happy.

 

Hair Dont’s


1.) Do not over apply or over saturate your hair with products.  Especially if you have finer strands because heavier products can weigh down your hair.  For example: Shea Butter, Castor Oil, etc.

2.) Never comb or brush your hair especially when it’s dry and your curls are set. Because if you do, you will lose curl definition.

3.)  Try to minimize the amount of heat that you put on your hair.  Sometimes excessive use of blow dryers, flat irons, and curling irons can lead to heat damage.  If the heat damage is too bad, it may result in irreversible damage.

4.) Never detangle on dry hair.  Detangling on dry hair may lead to single strand knots and breakage.

5.) Last but not least, do not be unrealistic about your hair.  Never be ashamed of your curls and embrace what God gave you.  Because at the end of the day, no two people have the same curl type and pattern.