January’s Craft for Girls–New Year’s Celebration

I created this craft to help girls celebrate New Year’s–the day of new beginnings–and to encourage yearly goal setting.  Cut out the megaphone and party hat, then tape the ends together for dollfriend sized New Year’s party favors.  Then use the list provided to help her set some goals for 2013.

2013

Each New Year gives us hope.  It is like calling a “do over” for all the mistakes we made in the past, goals we didn’t quite accomplish; and provides a time where we surround ourselves with friends, family and loved ones who care about us in spite of our shortfalls.  Yes, I think this celebration is at the top of my list.  It is not dependant on gift giving, or money.  Anyone who can shout out, bang cooking pots or trash can lids, dance about and wish another a happy new year can participate.  New Year’s celebrations are an equal opportunity event.

I hope you join in the fun, find your optimism and share goodwill with a person in need of a kind word.  Make a new list of goals and pat yourself on the back for the good things you did in 2012.  We are all blessed–even when times are the most difficult.  Building a new business is very difficult.  It has required much sacrifice but I believe someday in the not so distant future the results will prove that there was no better project for my time.  So I am thankful that I can still overcome the struggles and I am thankful for you who believe just like me that serving people will always return more than what is required.

I wish you and your special girl(s) a wonderful and prosperous 2013–Happy New Year!

Warmly,  Ellen

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$5 a Day—College success path

Why children should be involved in saving for their college starting today?

iStock_000012629618XSmall25% of children that start high school do not graduate.

30% of high school graduates do not go right on to college.

43% of students who start college will not graduate in 6 years.[i]

The reasons why American children are unsuccessful in our education system is multi-faceted and I would not begin to claim I have or can research all the answers to this question.  But I can state without a doubt that setting goals and doing something every day to keep that goal real and tangible makes a difference.  If college is a daily conversation, a daily event then our high school graduation rates will increase, the percent of kids who go on to college will increase and more young adults will graduate successfully.

Having the financial ability for college is the first hurdle students and parents face.  The second is based on character.  A young adult has to have the drive and tenacity to work for four or more years while sacrificing both financially and socially.  This focus does not happen the day they graduate from high school—it is developed over time.

The Science Behind the Theory

Creating a habit of success:
Five dollars a day saved towards college, and investment in the future can make a child’s future more tangible since everyday is a day participating in the goal.  With each day, the habit of saving and earning their own way to their dreams is recorded in their brain. This learned behavior will not only make college a more likely success but will also be applied to many things in life both now and in the future.

New neural patterns begin to form in the brain through repetition.  It takes approximately 4-6 weeks to form a new habit. So doing something everyday towards a goal, not only helps the child succeed but it programs in the very factors that make success a habit. Once successfully programmed these behaviors run on auto-pilot.  It is scientifically proven that long-term memory is never erased in a healthy mind.  So this gift of saving five dollars a day provides your child a lifelong gift that will become more than just funds for a college education but a behavioral foundation for success in life.

Reward System and Positive Feedback:
Our memories are programmed in a rich, multi sensory recordings.  Each experience has tags of sight, sound, smell, touch and emotional imprint.  The positive emotion, the sight of your smiling face helping with five dollars day, the positive words shared together on this project will not only build a nest egg for college but also enhance the foundation of a positive self-image.  When you show you believe, your child’s belief grows as well.

The Financial Reward of $5.00 per day:
So how does five dollars a day pay for college?  Here is the math:

Child’s age at beginning:  5 years old

Child’s age for first year of college: 18 years old

Interest rate: I assumed an economy that was progressively improving and investment vehicles that delivered higher return as the years progressed through a 13 year term. Interest is paid at the end of each month.

  • For the first three years of saving I used 3%
  • For the following three years I used 5%
  • For the last seven years I used 8%

Frequency of deposits into college account: Every 30 days

Following this plan your child would have $67,349.33 saved for college at the end of the term[ii]The average tuition for public college in 2012 was approximately $8,655.00[iii].

Final Thoughts
For the same cost of that gourmet coffee you drink every day, you and your child can build a path to college and more importantly, build a habit of saving and investing in the future.  Why not make this a family project?  Start build her/his path to a college education today.


December’s Craft for Girls–A Gift of Holiday Shoes

December’s craft is special.  It is a gift of shoes for your dollfriend but also asks that you find a pair of shoes that you may not use any longer and gift those shoes to your local charitable organization for a real girl who needs shoes but can’t aford to buy them.  Be a girl’s angle and include a note of love and hope.  Tuck your note into the toe of the shoes you donate for a girl in need to find.  Let’s help all girls feel loved this year by sharing what we have and sending our love.DecemberCraft

Write A Story–Win an iPad Mini

iPadWe are looking for our first Via Me Authors and to help get the word out we are having a contest where one lucky girl will win an iPad Mini!

Be one of the first 50 girls submitting a story and receive a FREE gift valuing up to $50.00!

How it works:
Write us a story including an illustration for the cover of your storybook, and a minimum of one additional illustration for the inside of your book. Then email or mail your story and illustrations to us for review and entry into the Apple mini iPad contest.

All stories will be edited for spelling and basic grammar before they are posted to the Via Me Author’s Desk website. An email from the editor will be sent with writing suggestions to help you improve your writing skills and to notify you that your story is published on the Via Me Author’s Desk site.  Additionally, you will be notified of any winnings to which you are qualified and or recieving.

Every girl wins!
Every girl wins when she gains the title of “Author” on the Via Me Author’s Desk.
Every girl receives discounts for Via E toys for girls.
Every girl is entered in the drawing for a new white Apple iPad mini 16GB Wi-Fi.

3 girls will achieve the title, Top Author, and will become featured Authors

AND

The first 50 Girls receive a FREE gift valuing up to $50.00!

MORE PRIZES!
10 girls receive an autograph copy of Alex’s first book, Ten Acts of Kindness
16 girls will receive signed copies of an illustration progression from rough to final for one of the illustrations in Alex’s new book soon to be released, Treasure of the Red Sand Beach

Enter as many times as you wish!*

Submission instructions:

  1. Every story must have a cover illustration and a minimum of one story illustration.
  2. Stories must contain wholesome content.  We encourage fully developed stories, however, there are no minimum word requierments.
  3. Stories may be picture books but some words must be present to “tell” the story.
  4. Each submission requires full name, age, grade in school and state or country. Please do not include city or name of school for security reasons.
  5. A parent’s signature or email expressing acknowledgement of the submission.
  6. Email your submissions to: MyStory@Via-E.com

OR

Mail to:
My Story c/o Via E, Inc.
555 N. El Camino Real Suite A288
San Clemente, CA 92672

This contest is for ages 5 to 12 years old. Contest will run until the first 100 valid submissions have been received or February 28, 2013, whichever occurs first.

* Each entry will count toward the mini iPad drawing, but only one additional prize can be received per person.

Via E, Via Me, Via Me Author’s Desk, Via Me Author’s Corner, Alex, Treasure of the Red Sand Beach, Ten Acts of Kindness all illustration, and content of Via-E.com, ViaMeAuthorsDesk.com and associated blogs and microsites associated with Via E, Inc. are copyright 2012 Via E, Inc. All rights reserved.  Via E is a young company dedicated to wholesome values and education systems designed to nurturer and develop skills for success in both the child’s today and their tomorrows.  For more information please contact:  Ellen Callen, President/CEO Via E, Inc. via email: ellen@via-e.com