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Proud mama moment here on scrink.com

As many of my regular readers know my son Braeden has his own public charity of which he is the founder and it is called 3B Brae’s Brown Bags Foundation. The mission is to help provide homeless and low-income people within our community by giving them “to-go” bags which provide them with clean water, healthy snacks, a message from Braeden and a list of contact information to services who can provide them with further assistance.

Braeden has packed and delivered over 1,200 brown bags in less than a year with the help of many friends. He very much enjoyed the bag packing events hosted by the Delaware Collegiate 4-H and the UD Food Science Club. He has also received a great amount of help from Alpha Phi Omega the service fraternity on campus. Today, Monday, May 19th he will have a table out near the University of Delaware’s Morris Library fountain as he has been invited to participate in the UD Day of Service from 5 until 7pm.

Right now Braeden’s project is one of 27 national finalists to receive the Lead 360 Challenge Jefferson Award for Public Service. The finalists are participating in a contest to earn votes. The top 5 voted projects will attend the national ceremony in Washington, DC next month.

Please help get 3B Brae’s Brown Bags into the running. No registration is required and it takes only two clicks. One click from the link in this email and once click on the orange vote button on Brae’s page. https://lead360.jeffersonawards.org/challenge/3b-braes-brown-bags/

You can vote one per 24 hour period until midnight on Wednesday, May 21st.

For more info on Brae’s Brown Bags check out his blog at braedenquinn.com.


Vote for Brae! Uncle Ben’s Cooking Program Contest

Braeden, age 9, is our aspiring chef. He has been wanting to cook in the kitchen even more so since he was the 2013 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. This is the first time he has wanted to enter a contest which actually required that we video him cooking. The contest is through the Ben’s Beginners™ Cooking Program!

So I pulled out my trusty tripod and got to work. It took 2 hours of recording, stopping, recording, stopping, editing through the “ums” and the sounds of Amelia chatting or Finnegan sniffling, but eventually I was able to create a video which shows Brae cooking in the kitchen. The video had to be under 3 minutes and I think ours came in at 2:59 but that took A LOT of editing.

So click on this image to go watch Brae’s video and vote for him to win.


The winner’s receive $15K to use for Brae’s Brown Bags, their school receives $30K for a school cafeteria makeover and the winner gets to go to New York City to be on the Rachel Ray Show. I’m not going to lie when I told Braeden that part I’m pretty sure his eyes nearly popped out of his head. His response, “Serious? Are you being serious, Mom?” Yes. Yes, I am. What an amazing opportunity.

So this is my shameless plug for my son. If you are reading this post, please check out his video and vote for him. Each person can vote once per day. Public Voting Period is from 12:00 p.m. EDT on October 9, 2013 until 11:59 p.m. on October 27, 2013.

Thank you for your support!

Brae’s Brown Bags in Wilmington, DE

braeden-mannering-emmanuel-dining-roomMy son, Braeden, will be giving out Brae’s Brown Bags in Wilmington, De at the Emmanuel Dining Room on Sunday August 25, 2013.

He wrote about meeting Brother Miguel and the opportunity he has been given to really put Brae’s Brown Bags out there in the community.

You can read about the visit in his words on his website.

What I wanted to share further is the email I received in response from Brother Miguel. It touched my heart and I hope it will touch yours as well. When things like this happen it is proof there is hope for our world and I could not be prouder of Braeden than I am right now.

What an enjoyable visit with you and Brae. Thank you for your visit and time.

It is truly inspiring to meet a child so interested in helping others and doing good deeds. He has a clear vision of what he wants to accomplish. You are blessed with such an altruistic son, who shows such potential to achieve greatness in his life. For that reason as well, we felt we must do everything possible to support and encourage Brae in his efforts while also meeting the daily needs of our guests who visit us for a meal. Eagerly, I await August 25th as a special day for this meaningful project.

Thanks for the photos as well. If I can suggest photos on the 25th with Brae handing out the bags and especially to other children, this would perhaps inspire others and most importantly children and teens to reach out with care to people who are in need.

PS As we mentioned in our meeting and with your permission, we would love to include this story in our Reaching Out newsletter.

Br. Miguel Ramirez OFM Cap.

Program Director
Emmanuel Dining Room

Whirlwind of a week and Braeden’s Brown Bags

3b-braeden-brown-bag-logoYou may or may not know that my son Braeden was invited to The White House for the Kids’ State Dinner. I was able to attend with him on Tuesday and since then things have been beautifully crazy. We did meet both the First Lady and the President of the United States. Both of which were gracious and kind with all 54 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.

He has been on TV, on the radio and in newspapers. Today he was able to for the first time publicly announce his project idea which he has decided to call Brae’s Brown Bags, click for more information.

Since he announced it we have received two emails from people wanting to help with the initiative. What a beautiful thing! Seriously, to have people coming together to help Braeden with his project. I’m just so overwhelmed with happiness and pride for him. I’m elated and as the project picks up steam I will be sure to share more information with you.

More from Braeden Mannering on his website braedenquinn.com

A Saturday with the boys; Vomit, ice cream and tents

The boys very much wanted to swim today. We got to the Y shortly after 2 when family swim time begins on Saturday.

20120310-185839.jpgAs we were waiting in line for wrist bands someone threw up in the pool. Goo!

The lifeguards said it would be 20 to 30 minutes before we could swim. We were in our suits, a vest in tow for Finn we just HAD to wait it out. So we played “I Spy” for 25 minutes while all of us got antsy.

Then a different lifeguard said it would be another hour! What!? No. This was not going to happen. Amped up to swim with my boys and now what?

Dairy Queen it is. Sure we were going to work out but now instead a banana split sounds far more enticing. So we got changed and headed to the nearest Dairy Queen.
20120310-185957.jpgBraeden ordered a chocolate ice cream cone. Finnegan ordered a strawberry sundae. And mama ordered a banana split… It was heavenly.

Now we are at home, we ate our dinner after dessert and I am laying on the sofa with an Orange Tootsie Pop in my mouth.20120310-190128.jpg The boys are behind the sofa inside a blanket tent they constructed complete with a cardboard box crafted door. Braeden brought his laptop in and I can hear Spy Next Door playing on Netflix.

Age 8 and age 2 1/2 years playing nice and spending a “not as planned” Saturday evening in a blanket tent. I’d say the day turned out just right.

Love my boys!

Dare I speak about something personal on scrink?

I think I must. Before I pull anymore hair out, even if they are the gray hairs.

So I am creating a new category and I’m going to share it on twitter or on facebook while keeping it off the frontpage of scrink.com, at least for now.

We’ll see how it goes and if I even keep up with it.

You may or may not know I have two kids, Finnegan and Braeden, ages two and seven respectively. Both of which are going through some sort of aggressive, frustrating stage in their life during which they feel the need to either yell at me for no apparent reason, cry at the drop of the hat as if it’s their time of the month OR hug me because I’m worthy of all their love and attention.

Tonight it’s the frustrating, aggressive mood on both accounts and I’ve sent my seven-year-old up to his room. I just cannot tolerate how he talks to me. He is inexcusably disrespectful on a near regular basis these days and I’ve had it up the HERE! Now, I’m pretty short but I’m on tip toes and stretching to reach really high right now, I mean, UP TO HERE!

Meanwhile I’m not getting any sleep because Finnegan won’t sleep in his bed through the night. He gets up 3 or 4 times each night, runs into my room, flings himself up on the bed and across me and then begins sucking his thumb as if he is going to cuddle right in and sleep right there half on my head, half on my pillow and all up in my business.

Lack of sleep. Lack of wits about me. This means physically being ill. True. My immune system is at an all time low. I’ve been to the doctor three times, maybe four this month alone and am on yet another course of antibiotics. Simple sinus infection, nothing big, but it’s draining me. I’m run down, I’m exhausted and it shows in every sense of the word. I get to work and go to meetings and I kid you not at one meeting a lady actually gave me advice about putting a spoon in the freezer so that it would be cold and in the morning it would help bring down the puffy bags under my eyes. Hahahahaha, thanks unnamed lady, so glad you noticed and commented on my lack of sleep. Now let me tell you where I’ll be sticking my frozen spoon.

Where is my husband in all of this? Mostly working. He has been working 12 and 14 hour shifts on a pretty consistent basis these days. When he does have off he is tired, too. So much so that he doesn’t even come up to bed. He falls asleep on the sofa every night. This is a huge pet peeve of mine. I want my husband in bed with me at night. Sure I might be asleep when he comes up at midnight but at least when I roll over at some point he will be there snoring, I find an odd comfort in that. And yet, most nights he isn’t there…not cool.

So today I had a doctor’s appointment, he gave me oral steroids, that’ll kick some sinus infection ass! But before filling that prescription, I stopped at Whereabouts Cafe for a delicious Creme Brulée Latte ;)

Hey, if I have to go back to work the only kind of self medication which would suffice was something sweet frothy.

Wordless Wednesday not so wordless

The photo I’m sharing for 2/23/2011 WW is a photo of a poem my seven-year-old wrote. So, it’s a photo, but it’s a poem, so it’s wordy, you see? He wrote this for his Gram (my Mom) after her dog passed away tragically last week. She wouldn’t want me to discuss it any further and so I won’t, but I did want to share his thoughtfulness.

Grief is like the ocean; it comes in waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim. ~ Vicki Harrison