Archive for January, 2011

Meet Our Hygiene Assistant, Kimberly

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Monday, January 24, 2011

My name is Kimberly. I am a Hygiene Assistant at Dental Care Associates of Spokane Valley in Spokane Valley, Washington.

I was born in Virginia. I was raised in a small town called Patrick County. As a child I was very active in sports. While attending Stuart Elementary School, I played soccer and basketball, and while attending Patrick County High School I played volleyball. My family was very involved in our local church, Harvest Worship Center, so when I wasn’t busy with sports, I was always at a church function. After high school I went to the local community college for a semester in business but wasn’t too interested in it. This is when I figured out I needed something more hands on, just wasn’t sure of what I wanted to do.

I have always wanted to travel, so I moved out to Spokane, Washington, and was given the opportunity to attend Carrington College for Dental Assisting. I had an amazing teacher who was always willing to go that extra mile to make sure that the students understood everything she was teaching. I was very lucky to have her as part of my learning experience. Now that I am a hygiene assistant at Dr. Hood’s office it gives me the opportunity to put to use my college education. I love meeting all of the patients and hearing about their lives or just interests in general.

When I am not working, I like to hang out with friends and my two little pups, Brownie and Kaiser. Since I have no kids or any type of family up here, it’s nice to have two little companions. They are always keeping me busy. I have had the pups since they were only 6 weeks old, and now they are almost 4 years old. Time sure does fly by. Hopefully, when I do have kids, they will still be around to bring as much happiness to the children as they have brought to me.


The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Conference

posted by Karen Jean Matkso Hood
Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Good morning. Today is January 18, 2011, and I am busy planning for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators conference. This conference takes place in New York City later this month, which I will be attending.

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) was founded 1971 by a group of Los Angeles-based children’s writers. It is an international organization based in Los Angeles, California, representing professionals in the field of children’s literature. It is the world’s largest children’s writing organization and the only international organization for people who write, illustrate, or have a professional interest in children’s literature. There are currently more than 22,000 members worldwide, in over 70 regional chapters, writing and illustrating in all genres for young readers from board books to young adult (YA) novels. The SCBWI facilitates communication between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers, and others involved in the field.

Membership in this society provides many benefits for writers, including information and support, access to awards and grants, networking, local workshops and get-togethers, inside publications, online resources, manuscript and illustration exchange, member discounts, and more.

The SCBWI sponsors two annual conferences, on the west and east coasts of the United States, usually in Los Angeles and New York City, as well as many regional conferences and events throughout the world. It publishes a bi-monthly newsletter, has an interactive website, and gives out a number of awards and grants. Among these are the annual Golden Kite Award for the best fiction and nonfiction books and the Sid Fleischman Humor Award.

At this year’s winter conference there will be a panel discussion on Creating and Recreating the Picture Book: Three Views. There are also three workshops about What Makes Your Work Publishable: Today’s Market in Children’s Books.

I am looking forward to all the other authors I will meet at this conference, as well as all I will learn from the speakers and workshops.


Valentine’s Day – Make it Extra Special This Year!

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Thursday, January 13, 2011

More than any other time of the year, St. Valentine’s Day fills our hearts and minds with special feelings of tenderness and appreciation for that special person in our lives. We enjoy doing something out of the ordinary that shows our loved one that we truly value them and are pleased with who they are.

A gift basket full of goodies is one way to let our sweetheart know you care. Send a message of love this Valentine’s Day with our “Love You Much” Gift Basket. It has a charming bear couple stuffed with hugs and good wishes. Embroidered with the saying “I love you this much!” their arms surround a sweet Valentine pail of treats for your someone special. In the pail are 2 Love saying pops, Hershey Kisses, Old Fashioned fudge, toffee & chocolate covered cookies, 1.67-oz. box of jelly belly beans, 2 Ghirardelli squares, and 2 marshmallow cream chocolate hearts.

Cook up a special Valentine meal for your sweetheart this year!

In Valentine Delights Cookbook, author Karen Jean Matsko Hood presents her collection of more than 260 exciting Valentine recipes and some charming ideas on the subject to titillate the romantic and creative imagination in us all. Inside, you will also find fascinating reading regarding this special day’s history, folklore, symbols, and much more. Also included is a collection of Valentine poetry by the author.  Find just the right flower to express your sentiments in the Language of Flowers list. With recipes using readily available ingredients, Valentine Delights Cookbook will be a valued addition to any chef’s bookshelf.

Time is running out so order your gift basket or cookbook now by using our cart below! Or visit the Valentine’s Day Shop on Karen’s Collectors Cottage Store to find more gift baskets, games, and gifts. Make this Valentine’s Day extra special!


Benefits of Organic Eggs

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Thursday, January 6, 2011

Organic eggs are extremely nutritious and contain significantly higher ratios of Vitamins A and E, Omega 3, and beta carotene than commercially produced eggs. They are also lower in cholesterol and saturated fat, making them an excellent choice for anyone concerned about their health. Furthermore, trace chemicals from pesticides and fertilizers have been detected in commercial eggs, and many of these chickens are given growth hormones and antibiotics to make them produce more. Chickens at Mountain Valley View Farm are fed an all-natural grain and allowed to roam and forage for food to supplement their diet. We do not use chemical pesticides or fertilizers on our farm, nor do we give our animals growth hormones or antibiotics, so you can be assured that our eggs will not have the toxins so common to commercially produced eggs. You will also love the taste of our eggs, as studies have shown that organic eggs from hens that eat a varied diet have a noticeably stronger and more pleasing flavor than commercial eggs.


Mountain Valley View Farm is now

taking orders for organic eggs!

We have Barred Plymouth Rock and Red Star laying hens that are producing around 15 dozen eggs per week. These chickens are free range, hormone and antibiotic free, and fed a fresh grain feed that contains no soy or animal bi-products. Eggs are ready for purchase now, and we are also taking pre-orders for future batches. We can only sell 15 dozen each week, so get on our waiting list quick to ensure that you get some of these nutritious and tasty eggs! Eggs are $4.00/dozen.

Mountain Valley View Farm is a small family farm serving the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene area with healthy, farm fresh produce and more. We are located in beautiful Spokane Valley.

Eggs are available for pickup at Mountain Valley View Farm:
4227 S Chapman Rd
Greenacres, WA 99016

Call 509-928-1800 for more information, or to schedule a time to pick up your delicious farm fresh eggs!