Celebrating Holidays and Traditions

Celebrating the Spring Equinox With An Hour of Meditation and Calm

The month of March provides many opportunities for new beginnings. With the Spring Equinox on the horizon, we are excited to celebrate this seasonal shift in community with you. ⁠ What does the spring equinox mean spiritually? At a deeper spiritual level, according to the Conscious Reminder Blog, the equinox is thought to represent: \”the …

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It\’s Goddess Month! Here are 28 ways to be nice to YOU in February

It\’s Goddess Month! What is that, you say? Goddess Month is not a mainstream or well-known holiday (yet). It is actually something that Audrey Press CEO, Valarie Budayr, and I came up with several years ago as a  \”just between us\” observance. Valarie is the long-time Co-founder of the global non-profit Multicultural Children\’s Book Day …

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The Golden Ticket has been Found!

The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Valarie Budayr and Roscoe Welply turns NINE! Come along on a journey into one of the most beloved children’s books of all time! The Golden Ticket has been found! Join Charlie in his adventure of making the world of Willy Wonka come to life with …

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Folding and Poem-ing: National Poetry Month Activities for Kids

National Poetry Month is almost here! Each year the month of April is set aside as National Poetry Month, a time to celebrate poets and their craft. Various events are held throughout the month by the Academy of American Poets and other poetry organizations With this in mind, I decided to share two amazing ways to keep …

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Valarie Budayr Talks About A Year in the Secret Garden

Valarie Budayr shares the story of when she was young, she was drawn to play in the urban forest that was across the street from her childhood home.  In the suburbs was 24 acres of woodland that became the perfect place to run free and play. A constant companion during her adventures and pretend-play was …

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Celebrating a Santa Lucia Christmas with Wish Cookies

Hope, like the gleaming taper’s light, Adorns and cheers our way, And still as darker grows the night, Emits a brighter ray. ~Oliver Goldsmith~  Photo by Claudia Grunder Every December 13th, we continue a long family tradition of celebrating St. Lucia. My parents were from Sweden and they brought this tradition along with them. In …

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Supporting Small Businesses During Challenging Times

Audrey Press is ❀ Woman-Owned & Independent Small Business ❀ Shop Small First! As the Shop Small Movement gains momentum, local officials across the nation take notice and move to promote the day even more than ever thanks to all of the challenges that 2020 has brought upon Americans. Why is it more important than …

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Ways to Crush Your Holiday Shopping List Mask-Free!

The sweat is rolling down your back. Your facemask is inching its way up to your cheeks and all it will take is one more wiggle to send it straight into your eyeballs. Your stomach rolls because you are hungry as heck and the person in front of you in line smells like a delightful …

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