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Pennsylvania Native Danny Seo Talks Upcycling on Anderson

26 Oct

As a fan of Anderson Cooper’s daytime talk show, “Anderson,” I’m always intrigued by the diversity of topics covered on his show.

Recently, a show discussed the new concept of “upcycling” and featured guest and green lifestyle expert, the eco-friendly guru Danny Seo.

I was very interested in upcycling, and Googled Seo after the show only to find that he is a native of Pennsylvania. (Bucks County)

His website and books offer tips on “living green with great style.”

You can learn more about Danny, upcycling, and his (chic!) green initiatives by visiting http://www.dannyseo.com

Calling All Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie Fans! Get @HilaryBeeC to Glitz with us in Da’ Burgh!!

15 Nov

Dear Hilary Duff: I’m talking to you, missy! 😉

I’m on a mission to get actress/singer/entrepreneur/writer/fashionista/cutie Hilary Duff Comrie to do an interview with Glitzburgh, now that she has Pittsburgh ties!

Duff’s husband, Mike Comrie, plays for the Pittsburgh Penguins and I’d love to get them to sit down and do a rare joint interview!  (or, a one-on-one – I’ll take what I can get….)

Hilary is skidaddling about the country promoting her new book, Elixir, and so she may be a hard lady to get in touch with.

But, I love the gal and would be beyond honored if she’d get in touch with her newfound “Pittsburghness” and glitz with us!

(Or, at the very least – Hilary: please do a book signing or meet-and-greet in Pittsburgh!)

Hilary Duff with her new book, Elixir

Do you all want to see Glitzburgh interviewing Hilary? If so, tweet her at @HilarybeeC and help me try to get her on board!

PS: Check out her recent tweet –  “Got my hat on representing and ready for a win tonight!!! Let’s go pens!!” + PHOTO: click here.

Mike Comrie, #19 Pittsburgh Penguins

If You “Woof” Dogs… or Love People… Read This and Take Part <3

15 Nov

“It’s a Love Story, Baby Just Say Yes!”

~ Taylor Swift


…and whether that “love story” is about a person OR a dog, read on!! Rocket Science Productions, LLC. is currently accepting submission of essays and true stories for two separate book projects. I’m helping them to do so!

One is a compilation of real life stories of TRUE LOVE. Do you LOVE sharing your “how-we-met” story? Do you want to commemorate your wedding vows? Was your proposal straight out of a romance novel? Is your whole life reminiscent of a romantic comedy? Has your partner been there for you in a tough time? Are they overseas and you want to surprise them with this special gift? Or, do you want to tell that special someone how you feel? Then send it over! RSP, LLC will publish YOUR story of love in a nationally published book out just in time for Valentine’s Day! To learn more follow @RSPLoveStories on Twitter and like them on Facebook, here.

If the love of your life is a four-legged furry friend, then the other book project might just be for you! Rocket Science Productions is also seeking submissions for a collection of true DOG stories! Has your pet saved your life, literally OR figuratively speaking? Is your dog REALLY man’s best friend? Do you have an amazing, unbelievable, inspiring, touching, heartwarming, funny or adorable story about your pooch? We want you to share the good, the bad, the ugly, and the cute about your canine companions! Please, send the story our way – we’d “woof” to read your true doggie “tails!”  Follow @TrueDogStories on Twitter and “like” them on Facebook, here.

There is NO NEED to be a “professional” writer. For both books, we want the work to be that of real, everyday people like you and me….that’s what makes them TRUE stories, after all! Plus, we’ll edit for grammar and typos.

Show your love how important they are to you – whether dog or human – by sharing your story as part of a real PUBLISHED BOOK!

For further information or to submit, email: pghmediabutterfly@gmail.com.

Other titles by Rocket Science Productions include: For the Troops, the Imprinted Souls series, the Numbers Elementary series, and, their hallmark, the Stanley and Norman Bad Boy Basset Brothers books.

We can’t wait to hear what YOU have to contribute!

 

Upcoming Children’s Event – Family Fun with Pittsburgh Author Mike Shuck of Numbers Elementary

29 Sep

Join Numbers Elementary author, South Fayette alum, and local 5th grade teacher, Mike Shuck, as he presents an author reading of his new children’s book, Numbers Elementary: Rounding at South Fayette Township Public Library in South Fayette (near Bridgeville/the South Hills of Pittsburgh, for those who may be unfamiliar!)

Stay after the reading to purchase a discounted copy of Numbers Elementary for just $10 that you can have personally signed by the author himself, as well as a fun and educational ‘color by rounding’ activity for the kids, and a question-and-answer session for all. You’ll also have opportunities to get photos with the author himself!

Numbers Elementary is the “math series with heart!”

This story introduces primary-aged students to the characters of Numbers Elementary School and showcases a lesson learned when a new student, Five, joins the class.

It not only presents the fundamental math concept of rounding in a fun and colorful way, but also teaches children the important moral lessons of kindness and respect to their peers.

JOIN THE FUN – a one-hour event appropriate for children and their families …. great for teachers, educators, and childcare professionals, too! 🙂

Get the new children’s book that all of Pittsburgh is buzzing about!

Pre-registration is requested, but not required. You can call SF Library at 412.257.8660 for more details, and email numberselementary@gmail.com with questions or to register.

Also, you can register online – FOR FREE – by using this link and scrolling to Oct. 9 –

http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=SFAYETTE&curApp=events&curMonth=10&curYear=2010#10/9/2010

Upcoming Back to School Event featuring Local Teacher & Numbers Elementary Author Mike Shuck – 9/13 – Save the Date!

9 Aug

Mark your calendars for Monday September 13th, 2010!

Local teacher and author Mike Shuck will be reading his new book, Numbers Elementary: Rounding, to kids, parents, and friends at the Green Tree Public Library. This story introduces primary-aged students to the characters of Numbers Elementary School and showcases a lesson learned when a new student, Five, joins the class.

After the author reading, you will have the opportunity to purchase a copy of the book at a discounted rate AND get it personally signed by the author himself! There will also be a kids’ activity!

This educational math book with heart is one that is a must-have for your child’s – or your classroom’s – library. It is a warmhearted tale that teaches both a math concept and a life lesson.

Please support this local born-and-raised Pittsburgh boy, dedicated teacher, and, now, published author, by attending this fun and family-friendly back-to-school event that is FREE and open to the public!

Email numberselementary@gmail.com for more information or register here:

http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=GREENTREE

To learn more about the author or the Numbers Elementary book series, please visit: http://www.numberselementary.com … order YOUR copy today! (Also available on Amazon!)

SAVE THE DATE – 9.13.10!

Movie Review: Twilight Saga: ECLIPSE … Love the Books, But The Movies Leave Me Wanting More…

14 Jul

Ok … I hate to say this but…Eclipse was just “okay.”

I love the Twilight series.

Wait, strike that. Let me rephrase: I love the Twilight BOOK series.

Also – I like Kristen Stewart. I like Taylor Lautner. I like Robert Pattinson. Conceivably, I SHOULD like the movies.

They just aren’t GOOD.

Don’t get me wrong: they entertain me. I will see every single one of them. I get goosebumps when I see the trailers for the next upcoming film.

However, that’s only because I’m in love with the romance, drama, and action of the BOOKS.

I also get caught up in the hooplah, the hype, and the whole pop culture phenomenon that IS the Twilight Saga.

It almost makes me forget how average – even below average – that the movies really are.

I do not know what is lacking, because, the books have it ALL. I mean, they are AMAZING. I always feel badly for people who have only seen the movies, and who have never read the entire book series, because, they are totally, 100% missing out on something magical.

The movies “should” rock. After seeing “Remember Me,” I learned that Robert Pattinson is actually an amazing actor. I can tell, too, that Kristen Stewart is also an amazingly gifted actress who truly cares about her craft, maybe more so than any of the others. Taylor Lautner, well, who cares if he can even act or not….look at him. (All kidding aside, he seems like a decent actor, as well.) And it isn’t like the movies aren’t making money, so, they have to have an awesome budget, right?

So — the ingredients are there – the books were genius, there are good actors on board, what seems to be a nice supporting cast (Anna Kendrick was nominated for an Oscar, right? And Peter Facinelli is a good actor, what gives?) – and there should be a big budget … so what is lacking?

Am I the only person that thinks this?

I thought that the 2nd movie, New Moon, was better than this one, though this one should have had a lot more romantic tension and action than what came through on screen. Something just always seems “lost in translation” to me. I said that after the FIRST  Twilight movie.

And one more thing:

ALL OF THE FIGHT SCENES IN THE TWILIGHT MOVIES ARE EXQUISITELY LAME. Come on! I get it, gotta keep a PG-13 rating for the kiddos, but CUT ME A BREAK. Super lame. Corny. Times TEN. No….times infinity!

Don’t get me wrong – there were some OMG amazingly romantic, butterfly-inducing moments in Eclipse. I’m still in love with Edward but crossed over to be borderline Team Jacob in this movie and found myself, on occasion, so wanting to BE Bella that it wasn’t even funny. I’m still a Twihard. I don’t mean to betray my kind. It’s just … I wanted it to be MORE than it was.

Maybe I’m just watching too much True Blood? Or has Vampire Diaries clouded my mind? Did I just hype it up too much in my head?

Thoughts?

Ok, I’m going to go read Midnight Sun now.  Please don’t send the Volturi after me.

*Hides from mobs of angry Twilight fans*

Tonight: Official Publishing Launch Party and Book Signing Open House for Local Children’s Author Mike Shuck – Come Support NUMBERS ELEMENTARY at Duke’s Station!

2 Jun

Tonight is the official publishing launch party and book signing open house for up-and-coming local children’s author Mike Shuck and his “Numbers Elementary” series.

The first book of the educational series with heart, titled Numbers Elementary: Rounding, will be unveiled to the public this evening at Duke’s Station’s Martini Room in Greentree, Pa, 1910 Cochran Road, from 6-10pm. Join school teacher Mike Shuck, of Aiken Elementary (Keystone Oaks School District) and the rest of the “Numbers Elementary” team including head of the publishing company, Rocket Science Productions, LLC., Mr. Frank Monahan, for complimentary food, a cash bar, and a gorgeous outdoor deck.

What’s better than delicious free appetizers, fabulous drinks, and a fun atmosphere?

You can have your copy of this warm-hearted children’s book personally signed by the author himself. The event is free and open to the public, and you can take home your autographed copy of the very first book of the Numbers Elementary series tonight for the low cost of $14.99.

So come out, have a drink and some tasty food – including hoagies and Duke’s famed wings, as well as some healthier offerings like a vegetable platter – enjoy some great company, and support a local writer who was born and bred in Da’ Burgh.

This educational math series is unique in that it not only teaches important fundamental math concepts but also teaches even more important moral lessons, as well.

Hope to see you there! Come and go as you please, bring the family, and remember to spread the word! This book will make a great gift for nieces, nephews, neighbors, sons, daughters, neighbors, and friends! Also a great donation to a school, library, church, or daycare – and it is a must-have for all teachers, tutors, and schools!

If you cannot attend but still want a copy of the book, email numberselementary@gmail.com for more info on how to order!

Martha Stewart Does Market District

14 May

Today, Martha Stewart madness took over Market District in Robinson Township, right outside of Pittsburgh. Approximately 750 people got the opportunity to see a demonstration of Martha’s new “Martha Stewart Clean” eco-friendly household products, and get either books or products autographed by Martha herself.

Ms. Stewart was, of course, polished, polite, and impeccibly dressed, and surprisingly friendly, posing for photos with fans during the book signing and being chatty. The whole event was run very efficiently and smoothly and was overall well-done and well-organized, and very tasteful.

Even though we were told that she would not pose for photos, when I got up there, she took a picture with me without my even asking her to. I was expecting someone to just take a picture of her as she was signing my book, but she was gracious and nice, and even offered me encouragement on publishing my own book someday.

I admit, I went into it as a skeptic. I wanted to see what it was all about, and I wanted to blog about it for my ‘day job’ because of the whole healthy living and wellness component, but, I’ve never been a huge Martha fan. However, it goes to show that you shouldn’t judge people because, she was very kind to me and didn’t rub me the wrong way at all. I can only speak for my personal experience but I left happy, and, after looking through the Fresh Flavor Fast book, hungry.

Kudos to Market District (and what a fabulous store that is, anyway!) for putting on such a lovely event!

You can read my other blog about health living, going green, and eating well for overall wellness, here.

M.Stew in Pittsburgh

10 May

Martha Stewart will be doing a book signing this weekend at Pittsburgh’s newest, chicest spot for a true grocery ‘experience’ – the new Settler’s Ridge Giant Eagle Market District.

Tickets are limited and you must claim yours in advance via an online waitlist. Also, she will only be signing copies of her best-selling books: Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook and Everyday Food: Fresh Flavor Fast, but she will be on-hand to offer fresh eating and spring-cleaning tips.

For more information, contact Market District.

Local Author Pens Children’s Book – Numbers Elementary: Rounding by Mike Shuck

2 May

Mr. Mike Shuck, a local 5th grade teacher based in Pittsburgh, is authoring a children’s book series through Rocket Science Productions, entitled, “Numbers Elementary.”

The first book, “Numbers Elementary: Rounding” is due out this June (hopefully!) and will teach kids about the basic mathematical concept of rounding while also teaching important life lesson as it goes along. Any following books will have a similar format (math concept + moral tale)

The book will be available for sale on his website, and on Amazon, plus, we hope to have a couple of book-signing events and get it in some local stores.

The website is in it’s most rudimentary form right now, and is currently under construction, but, i urge you to bookmark it for the future, and follow @NumbersElem on Twitter. Also find Numbers Elmentary on Facebook, here! If you wish to reserve a copy, email NumbersElementary@Gmail.com and let me know!

Teachers, parents, or anyone in the childcare industry, don’t forget about this potentially great series! You’ll be sure to love it – so cute! 🙂

WWW.NUMBERSELEMENTARY.COM