Wednesday, November 30, 2011

EBOOKS! - Jirene in the Philippines.

SCREEN SHOT! Woo! Yes, this is what I stare at all day... :) It's so fun though! We are using footage from our trip to create 20 second videos that will go into the Ebooks. They are really short and fun! The one you're looking at is Jirene in the Philippines and it is for the color BROWN! Brown in Tagalog is Kayumanggi, that's what children will learn from the video. 

Watch this cute video of two little boys in Germany! They are so funny and I really love how it teaches kids how to say Orange in German! 

Our first 3 Ebooks will be for sale through our website on Dec. 9th! We are so excited and ready to share these videos with you and your family!!! You can view them on Ipads, Iphones, any IOS device and they are very very interactive. There will be a FREE SAMPLE BOOK that will explain clearly the interactive abilities of the book and will include several video clips. "What Color is Your World" and "123, Count the World With Me" will be for sale. Of course, the best part is knowing that when you buy a book, we will give a book (printed book) away to a child somewhere in the world who is waiting to learn! 

Have a fantabuloso day!! 

-Carly Jo 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Taking some time to be crafty! Thank you Pinterest.

So my new found joy is this incredible site called... ready..... wait for it..... PINTEREST! haha I know that there are lots of you out there who would agree with me and that it is the best idea EVER.

I've been looking up fun crafty things to do and I'm really happy about a few of them! I really needed a break from making movies all day everyday......
First, sewing my old flare jeans into skinny jeans! I'm wondering why I hadn't thought of it sooner! I ran upstairs a few nights ago and pulled out three pairs of jeans and started sewing away. I may have been a little excited and kind of botched the first pair... but the other two looked awesome!

Here is one of em. Actually, my sister was going to send these to DI. WHATEVER Catie! muah ha ha now she is going to want to wear them. I just turned them inside out and used chalk to draw a straight line on the outer seams going from the knee down to the foot. Sew along the line and the cut the excess. Walaa!

The scond project was a bit harder. I wish I would have taken more pictures of  the project. I got the idea from THIS CUTE BLOG . Pretty much I bought two yards of fabric and a 16x16 pillow form. I cute two pieces of fabric that were 17.5 inch square for the front and back. Then cut long 8 2inch wide long strips, the full length of the fabric. I had to fray check one side of each of them (takes some time but is necessary). Then you begin pinning and sewing!! Take a look at her blog to get better details. I LOVE how it turned out though! You're jealous. 

Children Bring Smiles

Children Bring Smiles - Haley did an awesome post today on our E3 Imagine website. Check it out!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Zambia VIDEO: Primary School kids saying a prayer.

Our very last country visited was Zambia. I don't know about you, but I didn't know anything about this country before going there, besides that it was in Africa! Well, Zambia is located close to Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique. Zambia became a British colony towards the end of the 19th century and remained so until October 24th 1964 when Zambia declared it's own independence. The people in the country are very nice and as our guide told us, it's very peaceful living there. They have a population of around 13 million and the official language is English.

We had the opportunity to visit the Ding Dong school, which is a private primary school located in Lusaka, the countries capitol. We were given a tour of the school and I was so impressed to see how hard the kids were working and how happy they were! Smiles smiles smiles! I found a back room and went in to greet the kids and they were so excited to sing for me, and answer all of my questions.

Webster, the owner of the school, explained that some of the children were orphans and many of them had lost their parents to AIDS. Some of the children have very little support at home so they enter the school as young as age one. Webster was so disciplined, kind, and determined to give these kids a good education. He taught them songs about safety, eating good food, loving your home, and learning. I loved to see the joy that came to them as they sang these songs. 

One of the main things that I noticed was how few books they had at the school. They shared the few textbooks that they had. I'm so excited to send them our books about colors, numbers, families, and cultural diversity so that they too can learn of the beautiful world around them. I know they will love the books!

This video was taken as the children were saying their group prayer just before having their afternoon lunch break. It is so cute. I know you'll love it and I hope that it gives you a good glimpse into the lives of these precious children!