Find Your Family Fun! Spring Break & What's your Why?

By Melissa Shrader Editor/Publisher Loveland Macaroni Kid March 17, 2019

Welcome To Publishers Corner, 

I want to send a special Thank you to Natasha Wing  Author of "The Night Before" Series. We were honored to have her read at our Pizza and Print Storytime at the Pizza Press Fort Collins this past week. She was wonderful and made storytime special. Thank You Natasha! 

It's spring break time! Don't know what to do? Check out the calendar and Facebook. I have a lot of things for you to choose from. 

We tend to do random fun things. A class here and there, A playdate, A trip to a museum or hike. This is when we get the time off to be with our daughter. If we can't take the time off, we pick a good week long all day camp that we can drop off and pick up each day for a great price. I'm sure you do the same. I have so many families that take off for Hawaii and other fun places. We tend to save our trips till summer. 

One of the best parts of my job is working with some great businesses and meeting some wonderful families. 

It is so humbling to me to run into a reader who discovers I'm the "Macaroni Kid Mom" or "Mac Kid Mama" or "Mac Kid Mom" or "Mac Mama". It's a great opportunity to meet some great community resources for families and to connect them with those families that need them. That's why I do this. To connect businesses, resources and families together to make life easier and to bring fun to all. 

I was recently asked my "Why". Well, I have a few actually. 

"Why # 3"

Being a positive influence and make a difference in the community. 

"Why # 2"

Support local businesses, Local resources, & help local families find fun and resources to help them live their best life everyday.

"Why # 1" 

Show my daughter what it is to be a strong woman - To be a positive influence to those around her - To be kind, caring, smart and strong. To take care of herself but also to be caring to those around her. 


I wanted to be able to stay home with my child. To teach her the things mentioned above. To be able to bring in enough money to do this without worry. To be able to be the mom my daughter deserves. 

I hope to live up to this. Everyday it's one small step (hopefully) in the right direction. Sure, there are days where I take one step forward and 3 back. Sure there are days where I'm on cloud 9 and there are days where I'm at the bottom of the heap & it takes everything I have to dig out.

The thing I try to remember is that with each new day is a new chance to be the best I can be. 

FYI - I know many people just have one why - the BIG WHY - the only why. Truly, that may be right for many. For me it's hard to choose as I see all the other why's on my list as supporting the BIG WHY. Doing the other Why's help to complete and fulfill the BIG WHY. Maybe they should be how's, but really when I get down or I feel defeated I refresh by thinking of "Why am I doing this". What difference will it make?" Then I look at the Why's and I have my answer. 

What's your "Why"? 

Why do you do what you do?

What helps you keep going?

Email or IM me on Facebook and let me know. I'd love to hear some of your "Why's". 

Mine are humble and pretty simple. 

I know there are many out there that have HUGE Why's. 

When you IM or email me let me know if I can share them. I'd love to write an article about all the great "Why's" out there! or

Keep an eye out! 

I'll be at the 2019 Base Camp Family Fun Fair March 23rd 10am - 2pm.

I am collaborating with the Johnstown Milliken News to put on the Pet expo May 18 10am -3pm and the Tween/Teen Flashlight Egg April 19 8-9pm. April 6th is the Children's Festival in Johnstown 10am-3pm. 

I'm collaborating with the NOCO Family Expo as well May 11 10 - 4.

We will be doing an Alice in Wonderland event with Wishes Come True and Bath Garden Center. 

Pizza & Press Storytime is coming in April (TBA) at The Pizza Press Fort Collins.

This fall I'll be collaborating with Artisan You Old Fashioned Fall Festival. 

Don't forget to checkout Facebook too for other events. 

If you have other things you want to see Mac Kid do drop me an email. If you want to partner with Mac Kid I'd love to hear from you.

Remember with any event, If the weather looks questionable - Always check in with the event itself to be sure the event is still on! You can call or text me as well. ESPECIALLY IN SPRING AND FALL.

If you have the newsletter you only have part of the fun! I post on Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, Instagram with holiday and everyday crafts, recipes, special offers, contests, news and new events.

Wishing you Love, Light & fun for the week ahead!  

Melissa Shrader 

Editor and Publisher Fort Collins Macaroni Kid

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