Sunday, March 9, 2014
Living so close to nature, surrounded by animals, both domestic and wild, I learn a lot about love, togetherness, values and all the wonderful things that we can pass to our young! I have sled dogs and these are 2 of my lead dogs. Mabel taught her daughter Mae West to be a hard working and devoted sled dog . I wanted to share this inspiring picture of this proud Mom and her pretty daughter with you guys!
This momma moose lost her calf to an irresponsible driver 4 days ago. She ' s hanging around the house and her grief is so evident that even the dogs stopped barking at her. I' m giving her hay and grains and leaving lights on so the wolves won' t bother her.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Did you know that "Mardi Gras" is French for "Fat Tuesday"? And do you know why it is called so? Well, we were quite curious about it, so we got our books out of their shelves and found out a little more about this very peculiar celebration.
Mardi Gras is the last day of Carnival, a period which originally began with the Epiphany or King's Day and ends with Ash Wednesday which, in turn, marks the begining of Lent, a time of tradional fasting for Christians. And what better way to prepar yourself for 40 days of quiet contemplation and fasting than with celebrations and feasting? Thus, Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras was born.
|Tati ~ Mardi Gras 1998|
Nowadays, Mardi Gras is very important in some countries, like Italy - it is said Venice has some of the most traditional Carnival parades in the world - and, of course, Brazil, where it is celebrated not only on Tuesday but also on the previous Monday, Sunday and Saturday in a series of huge parades that involve millions of dollars, as well as small community parties. It is also an important feature in the U.S.A. - we've all heard of New Orleans Mardi Gras!
|Tati's mom ~ Mardi Gras 1961|
And grown ups aren't the only ones that enjoy this festive day! Children can also have a lot of fun, not only in parades but also since many community halls promote dances and costume competitions... and have been doing so for a while! Really, we quite like Mardi Gras here on the HitStory Team camp... and judging by the pictures in this post, it seems that the enjyoment actualy runs in the family! :-)
|Right to left: Tati's grandma, Tati's great-grandma and Tati's great-uncle ~ Mardi Gras 1933|
Monday, March 3, 2014
Today's post is a bit of a request. After reading Friday's post about the incredible Mr. Hiddleston, one of our folowers sent us a private message asking about UNICEF's 'Live below the line', a daring project in which the British actor took part. So, we thought we could turn this reply into a post and maybe engage some of you in donating to such a worthy cause!
The poverty line ou poverty threshold is usually defined as "the smallest amount of money a person or a family needs to live on; to buy what is needed" (www.worldbank.org). If a person or a family is below that line they are considered poor. The line is different in every country but it is used, worldwide, as a guideline to social policies. In the US, for instance, the line depends on the number of poeple in a family, as the amount of money needed to keep a family of 3 is not the same, say, to keep a family of 5.
Live below the line is a UNICEF project that dares people to do just that, for 5 days. Those who take part, in the US, will have $1,50 a day to live on; in the UK, £1. In orther to participate in the project, you must sign up online, where you will also get sponsorship and encourage donations to change the situation.This year's Live below the line will take place between the 28th of April and the 2nd of May. Maybe you want to join UNICEF in this daring project; maybe you want to contribute or maybe you just want to know more about it. If that's the case, do check out their US or their UK page, clicking here or here.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Today we have a bit of a fangirl post! Our team has just watched 'Thor: The Dark World' and we spent a good couple of hours talking about it afterwards! Oh, ok... mostly we talked about Tom Hiddleston and we decided to write about him! Not only he is a really good looking lad, he is also incredibly intelligent and well versed in the world of charity, so we thought it was worth it.
Tom was born in 1981, in Westminster, London. He has a double firsts in Classics from Cambridge University and he's well known for his work in the theater - he recently starred as the title character in the Donmar Warehouse production of Coriolanus, for instance. However, it was his role as Thor's younger brother, Loki, that propeled him in Hollywood.
But if you think playing the Norse God of Mischief has turned this 6'2'' blue eyed beau into one of those mean super starts, you got it wrong. Tom is well known amongst his fans for his works with UNICEF. More often than not, he uses his fame to draw people's attention to child hunger, going as far as participating in the Live Below the Line campaign.
Oh, and did we mention he can dance? :-)
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
As I was going through our Instagram and Twitter pictures, I've noticed that one of my pictures in our 'Meet the Team' composite is a picture of me crossing the barrier on Plataform 9 3/4 on my way to Hogwarts! At first, I was like 'oh, that doesn't look too serious or business like!' but after about 8 seconds I realized it looks just like me and I love it!
I'm a 30 year old Special Needs Teacher, working on a PhD on Religious Studies in Edinburgh, far away from my friends and family and I never miss an opportunity to have fun and get in touch with my kid side! And that picture got me thinking about it and I've decided to share some of those thoughts with you all...
We are always talking about listening to our kids, trying to understand them and give them room to be themselves. But how can we do that if we don't remember what it was like being a kid or - worse - we don't want to remember what it was like being a kid?
You should never let go of that side of yours and as I grow older, and see my sister and my niece, I realize we have our parents to thank to for learning that lesson. I mean, as I see my sister playing hide and seek with my niece or my brother-in-law in elaborated make believe stories that involve drapes, lights and really complicated dialogs in different voices, I'm immediately sent back to when my sis and I were younger and my dad would dress up as a superhero - with the mandatory underwear over his pants - and chase monster with us girls as his sidekicks or when my mom would help us label every single book in the house because we wanted to be librarians...
Playing with your parents is not only delicious and fun, it is also, I see it now, the perfect way to insure that when you grow up and become a parent yourself you don't forget what it was like being a child... I treasure every single one of those memories and I'm glad I got to remember this golden rule, at one of London's busiest train stations, as well as everywhere else I go!
Monday, February 24, 2014
As you know, Peekaboo Peet's next adventure will be called 'Going West'. We are all very excited about it. I mean, we loved 'Columbus Sails' but we can garantee you this one is even better! Actually we already have it in beta versions in our iPads and we are now on the testing phase!
We have to say this is one of our favorite parts of the whole process. Not only we get to play with it alongside selected friends and family members but we also get to see some toddlers playing with it as well. And it is their reactions that inform us as to what needs changing and what is ready to go. And judging by their singing and clapping it seems like this one will be ready to go pretty soon!
So stay tuned for new updates and meanwhile, make sure you've downloaded 'Columbus Sails'. It is FREE at the App Store... or you could just clike here!