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#SmartCookiePR: Block Party? That Must Mean the Whole Block will be there

For Immediate Release

January 14, 2020

Chelsea DeVries

Publicist

Albert The Albatross Taking Flight In Sanford, FL

Debut Children’s Author Appearing at Hometown Block Party for Book Signing

Oscar will be signing copies of his debut children’s book for children, parents, and grandparents alike at the Sanford Block Party on January 25, 2020 from 5 p.m.-10p.m.. Come out and let Albert teach your children the heights they can reach with a good and positive attitude, the power of kindness, and the great gift of friendship. The festival is open to all members of the community on Sanford Ave in Sanford, FL 32771.
About Albert The Albatross:
Albert the Albatross is on a journey sharing wisdom and Knowledge while traveling around the world.On the way he will meet and greet lots of his friends and we will learn what they do, and why they do it ( and what Albert thinks about it all )A rhyming story for the young and old !

About the Author:

Oscar Redden IV is the author of “Albert the Albatross: Attitude Equal Altitude”- a book developed to serve as a blueprint to teach and inspire the youth about the values of integrity and respect.  Oscar grew up in Sanford, Florida- a close-knit community where everyone knows each other, and family is monumental. Oscar has a Master’s in Business Administration from Saint Leo University and has spent over 6 years in Logistics with Walmart Supply Chain. Oscar believes that a positive attitude, which is just as important as skill set, is the X-factor to achieving your dreams. He currently lives in Ocala, Florida with his fiancé and exotic plants. Please visit his website at https://www.amazon.com/Albert-Albatross-Attitude-equals-Altitude/dp/1095670603/ref=sr_1_1?crid=90QVZ1FXMNN0&keywords=albert+the+albatross&qid=1559749178&s=gateway&sprefix=albert+the+alb%2Caps%2C148&sr=8-1

To schedule an interview with the author or to schedule him for a public appearance, please contact his publicist Chelsea DeVries at smartcookiepr26@gmail.com

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#SmartCookiePR: Albert The Albatross Makes A Trek Across Florida

Released on April 23, 2019 Albert The Albatross is a bird with quite as much if not more wisdom than an owl. His words are short, they rhyme, and he speaks truth about life to both the young and old.

The author Oscar Redden IV returned to his hometown of Sanford, FL to do his first book signing at the Sanford Jingle Jam and saw a turnout of 5000 people. Following this, he and his pal Albert ventured over to Brooksville, FL to march in a Christmas parade which had a turnout of 3000 people. His final stop in Florida in 2019 was back in Sanford for the Food Truck Fiesta which saw around 2500 people.

Young and old were ecstatic to meet Albert and his pal Oscar especially being a hometown hero. Below you will see the author pictured before each event began ready to introduce the young and old to Albert The Albatross.

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And here are some lovely new friends that Albert and Oscar made at each event. On behalf of the author, we are overjoyed and extremely grateful for the support of the message behind Albert The Albatross.

Look for new chances to meet both Albert and Oscar in 2020.

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Aren’t in Florida or even the USA? Great news Albert can fly just about anywhere because he knows the heights you reach with a positive attitude. Get your copy available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Below you can see Albert even flew to a family in the UK. There is no distance too far for Albert because his attitude carries him very far.

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Here is a comment that was shared by a new friend after meeting the author at the Food Truck Fiesta on December 21, 2019.

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Albert The Albatross was recently recommended by Little Tykes and Tots Book Club.

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#SmartCookiePR: Albert The Albatross Returns To Sanford, FL For Food Truck Fiesta

For Immediate Release

 

December 12, 2019

 

Chelsea DeVries 

 

Publicist

 

Albert The Albatross Taking Flight In Sanford, FL

 

Debut Children’s Author Appearing at Hometown Festival for First Book Signing

     Oscar will be signing copies of his debut children’s book for children, parents, and grandparents alike at the  Sanford Food Truck Fiesta on Saturday December 21, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Come out and let Albert teach your children the heights they can reach with a good and positive attitude, the power of kindness, and the great gift of friendship. The festival is open to all members of the community at 307 E 2nd St, Sanford, FL 32771.

About Albert The Albatross:

Albert the Albatross is on a journey sharing wisdom and Knowledge while traveling around the world.On the way he will meet and greet lots of his friends and we will learn what they do, and why they do it ( and what Albert thinks about it all )A rhyming story for the young and old !

 

About the Author:

Oscar Redden IV is the author of “Albert the Albatross: Attitude Equal Altitude”, a book developed to serve as a blueprint to teach and inspire the youth about the values of integrity and respect.  Oscar grew up in Sanford, Florida; A place where your last Name meant something like a reputation. Oscar has a Master’s in Business Administration from Saint Leo University and has spent over 6 years in Logistics with Walmart Supply Chain. Just as important as skill is, a positive Attitude is the X-factor to achieving your dreams. He Currently lives Oscar in Ocala, Florida with his fiance and exotic plants. Please visit his website at Albert The Albatross Amazon Page.

 

To schedule an interview with the author or to schedule him for a public appearance, please contact his publicist Chelsea DeVries at smartcookiepr26@gmail.com

For more on the event, please contact Kim Colgrove at kim@ladies327.org

To download this press release, click Food Truck Fiesta Sanford, FL

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#GiftGuide The Best in Books and Music in 2019

Christmas is two weeks away. I planned to have my annual gift guide up much earlier but it did not work out. Without further ado, here are the books and music items I recommend you get the bibliophiles and cineophiles in your life.

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  1. P!nk’s Beautiful Trauma  Emotional, raw, and vulnerable with P!nk’s signature belt-like vocalslove and gelato Book Review
  2. Love and Gelato:  A fun YA centered around a girl who just lost her mom ventures to Italy to meet her father and learns that Italy is a romantic place and their gelato is one of a kind.pablo (35)
  3. Out of the Dark by Mandisa Did you just go through a dark period where you weren’t sure if the light would trickle in ever again? Are you currently in one? Listening to this will shine a light so bright in whatever darkness or trial you are facing that you will live to see another day.pablo (44)
  4. Meaning of Life by Kelly Clarkson: Emotional but dancy Clarkson came back strong with this one.pablo (39)
  5. #MusicMonday: Panic At The Disco’s Pray For The Wicked will take you to the church of rock and rollRock Your Socks Collection from Cookies For A Cause.jpg
  6. #GivingTuesdaySeries: Why I Chose The Christina Grimmie Foundation From Socks that benefit the Christina Grimmie Foundation, beach towels, and leggings, it’s pretty clear you should always espresso yourself and rock your socks off! with each and every moment you have.pablo (56)
  7. #MusicMonday: Happiness Begins  2019 saw the return of The Jonas Brothers. Rock out to their comeback album like they haven’t been gone for 10 years.pablo (27)
  8. Your Heart is The Sea by Nikita Gill Since this was released, she has come out with a new one but this one was helpful in the healing, realizing, and processing part of coming out a traumatic experience or experiences.45284746._SY475_
  9. Loved Mars, Hated The Food by Willie Handler Satire is a genre I never thought I was a fan of until I read both of Willie’s works. This year he released this second novel about a Toms River, NJ chef who gets stuck on Mars. It is equal parts funny and delicious.pablo (70)
  10. Mania by Fall Out Boy: Their seventh studio album doesn’t have one bad song on it. Despite much criticism for the new sound, they still rock n roll like legends.Grudges Paramore
  11. After Laughter by Paramore: Released in 2017 but since I’ve always been a fan I listened to this new work from the alternative rock band as they welcomed back their bassist and lead singer Hayley used this album to tell the story of her battle with depression.pablo (10)
  12. What You See Is What You Get by Luke Combs Following the success of his debut album, Combs releases the second that is a definite country music banger from start to finish. You witness the maturing of Combs’s sound and lyrics as he celebrates his recent engagement and winning a CMA this year for Beautiful, Crazy.Two chances to catch Albert The Albatross Taking Flight November 16 2019 from 10 a.m. -4p.m. Goldsboro Fest 1213 Historic Goldsboro Boulevard Sanford, FL 32771 November 23 2019 from 12p.m.-3 p.m. Goldsboro Museum
  13. Albert The Albatross by Oscar Redden IV A children’s book that teaches the importance of a good attitude. Beautiful colorful illustrations accompany Albert’s journey as he shares wisdom with the young and the old.
  14. Project Semicolon Backpack#GivingTuesdaySeries: Why I Chose Project Semicolon (New Merch Product Reveal) #EndTheStigma: Recently released on December 3 2019, this backpack 100% supports Project Semicolon, a charity that benefits people who struggle with mental health issues especially suicide prevention.

There you have it, another year in books and music. If I missed your favorite, share it in the comments below. As always you are welcome to find gift suggestions in both my merch shop and support any of my lovely affiliates.

Here is 2020 being the year you choose to ESPRESSO YOURSELF!

Happy Holidays!

and Merry Christmas!

#GivingTuesdaySeries: Why I Chose The Christina Grimmie Foundation

Other than the fact that I stand with the two benefactors of the foundation: those affected by gun violence and those affected by breast cancer, I met Christina Grimmie and believe that if she did live, I would have worked with her in some regard.

I created the Rock The Socks Off! collection in her honor because she was an absolute bright light musically and personally.

It was an absolute tragedy when she was gunned down during a meet and greet because those were her absolute favorite thing about performing live is that she got the chance to meet and chat with her fans afterward.

She was just such a warm and kind person, and didn’t deserve that fateful ending.

socks.jpgEach pair of socks gives $5 to the Christina Grimmie Foundation.

You can purchase some here and they retail for $15.99

Outside of the blatant reason of meeting Christina while working another concert, I can say that music has always played a huge part in my life. I grew up wanting to be a professional singer, I learned how to play piano and can read music, and I was a girl drummer.

I have also been told that some of my poetry could be set to music and turned into songs.

 

#GivingTuesdaySeries: Why I Chose AdoptAClassroom for My Second Cause

I chose Adopt A Classroom because when I was young I wanted to be a teacher. Once I didn’t go to school for it because my parents would constantly tell me how their was no money in it, they were mostly right.

Teachers are responsible for paying for a lot including the supplies needed for their own classroom and they are lucky if they make more than $40,000 a year.

I don’t think that is right so I chose this cause because I believe teachers should get help everywhere they can.

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Each tote retails for $15.99 with about $3 of that benefiting the cause.

The cookie is shown sitting on her board with a book and drinking coffee.

The book proclaims the message “Reading is Rad.”

Just a further important message for our youth and can be shared to benefit and by our educators.

You can purchase one here and help benefit various types of classrooms including special needs, and classrooms affected by weather related devastation.

 

 

#GivingTuesdaySeries: Why I Chose Bess The Book Bus (The Story Behind My Logo)

You all already know that I am a huge bibliophile.

Yet, you probably don’t know why I chose Bess The Book Bus as the cause behind the shirt with the main logo design.

It all started when the Sheckler Foundation granted Bess The Book Bus as one of their $10,000 Be The Change grants which they utilized to create the Boards and Books Tour.

You see, there is nothing I love more than skateboarding.

I find the sport and the athletes that participate in it to be very inspiring to me as a writer. There is almost an artistic side to the sport. Have you ever watched a guy in the skatepark flip a board and himself in the air?

That to me is the perfect combination of physics and artistry.

It’s almost like dance but with a small wooden board on wheels.

Don’t believe me? Watch this:

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So they won and I thought it was the coolest thing. Boards For Bros. gave out skateboards to kids, and Bess The Book Bus gave out books.

They are a mobile library with books that provide reading material to kids in impoverished communities. They are Tampa based so they are local to my area.

That is why the cookie is reading and boarding at the same time. This was going toward the initiative. Yet, by the time I designed the shirt, the Books and Boards tour was over.

Now I just collect donations for Bess The Book Bus because I believe that all kids everywhere have proper access to books and the knowledge and escape they provide.

Now you know. You can purchase one here and they are available in a variety of colors.

The shirt retails at $21.99 with $6 a shirt being donated to Bess The Book Bus.

And no, the rest goes toward the printing and materials necessary for Teespring to make the shirts.

Other items within this campaign benefit the running and content creation of this site.

All items within my shop are based on the foundational belief that reading is the best activity this world has to offer and they all cater to that notion.

Bibliophiles should have a cute mug to drink their coffee out of.

Bibliophiles should have cute totes to carry their books in.

Bibliophiles should have a blanket that fits them from head to toe while they read.

Bibliophiles should have socks to wear, a beach towel to use while they read oceanside or poolside, and bibliophiles should have a backpack that carries their laptop and textbooks.

#GivingTuesdaySeries: Why I Chose Project Semicolon (New Merch Product Reveal) #EndTheStigma

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US for all ages. (CDC)

Every day, approximately 123 Americans die by suicide. (CDC)

There is one death by suicide in the US every 12 minutes. (CDC)

Depression affects 20-25% of Americans ages 18+ in a given year. (CDC)

Suicide takes the lives of over 44,965 Americans every year. (CDC)

The highest suicide rates in the US are among Whites, American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Only half of all Americans experiencing an episode of major depression receive treatment. (NAMI)

80% -90% of people that seek treatment for depression are treated successfully using therapy and/or medication. (TADS study)

An estimated quarter million people each year become suicide survivors (AAS).

There is one suicide for every estimated 25 suicide attempts. (CDC)

There is one suicide for every estimated 4 suicide attempts in the elderly. (CDC)FB_IMG_1574286804756

I was recently diagnosed with anxiety and depression but have battled it my entire life. At the age of 12, I attempted suicide, and have had recurring episodes of suicidal thoughts since. I also battle symptoms of anxiety and have suffered multiple panic attacks. It can be crippling and you almost feel as if you can’t discuss it.

Most sick days I’ve ever called out of work have been mental health days.

Yet, it’s not yet globally accepted to use a sick day for your mental health.

One thing people don’t know about me is I suffer with social anxiety. In public places, I hate calling attention to myself. And if I have to address groups of people it makes me anxious. I believe I have always suffered this since I was young but started noticing it while in college which makes sense because I actually had a lot of people emotionally abuse me and socially reject me in some sense while I attended school there.

We should end the stigma.

Every purchase of this backpack will benefit Project Semicolon which is a great cause that uses a semi colon to show that your story has not come to an end…you can keep fighting.
We have to help people everywhere understand that help is available, mental health is vital for well-being, and suicide is never the answer.

You can purchase a backpack here and 100% of profit goes to Project Semicolon.

I am also running a Facebookfundraiser that you can donate to and all money raised will be donated by Facebook to Project Semicolon.