Welcome To All Around The Circle!

Glad you've found the time to visit with me today! I'm Elle and I blog about my family and review books I've read. Life is always changing around here, but we try to keep up the best we can. I hope you'll follow along on our journey.
Other locations I maintain: CraftWithKids NetWork FB Group, CraftWithKids Network FB Page, SparkPeople Connections, and Lighthouse Lane Tags 'N Snags Group.


American Blogger Documentary

American Blogger is a documentary about a man, Christopher Wiegand, who travels the country to interview bloggers.
  This documentary is available now HERE.
 You may also purchase it in
 early June 2014 through iTunes..

I am not being paid for this post and I have never heard of either Chris or his wife's blog until I stumbled upon his documentary online a few days ago.

I'm interested in this documentary for the following reasons:
  1. I still consider myself a newbie blogger and like learning from seasoned bloggers.  There will be 51 bloggers in this film (took that number from Christopher's blog where it says 'Meet The Bloggers')
  2. I love travel.  I have an Associates degree in Travel & Tourism, but haven't been on a plane since my honeymoon in 1998.  I miss travel, but with limited funds and having a dog with separation anxiety for the past 14 years, we haven't gone anywhere.  I'm interested in follwing him around in this film.
  3. Photography.  I love photos and taking pictures.  As this guy says on his blog,  "I use my camera to tell stories."  You had me at the word camera Mr. Wiegand.
 I went to Christopher Wiegand's Facebook page and saw a post 
posted April 11, 2104 entitled
 "The Wiegands: My Response to the American Blogger Controversy.
  I was baffled by this to say the least.
  How could there be controversy over an independent documentary showcasing bloggers from around America?
Below are some excerpts  from Christopher's wife's blog post:

"The way these women tell their stories authentically does represent American Bloggers, but we are completely aware that not all categories of American Bloggers are represented in this film. Nor was that the goal for this first film. You can read this post from almost a year ago. Read the idea, the thought behind it. See where I mention American Blogger Part 2? From the beginning this was the start of a much bigger conversation. So many stories to be told. He also bought the domain ( with the idea that it could eventually be more than a film but also a website. Featuring American Bloggers everyday. These are all ideas and dreams that he had but needed to start somewhere and build momentum to take this bigger places."

" I am an American Blogger. You are an American Blogger. We are American Bloggers. I have many wonderful international followers and at the beginning Chris thought this would be an amazing series & website. And our tiny circle was a good way to start the conversation. Just a fun little movie for the people that follow my blog, follow these women's blogs and for anyone that has ever thought about creating a space on the internet that is all theirs. "

                       Please read Casey's blog post in its entirety here.

My take on this controversy is that maybe bloggers that thought they would be featured in the film weren't chosen and they are bitter.  Just my thoughts from reading the above article.  I find it sad that Casey has had a wonderfully fulfilling experience through blogging for many years and now that her husband is delving into blogging through film making, he is receiving backlash.

I ventured down to the comments section on the site that I found the trailer for American Blogger and saw some really hateful and distasteful words.  I debated about listing them here, but I will so anyone reading this can see the opposing viewpoint.

  Think what you may from these comments.

  And if you feel the same, well then, you don't have to buy or view the film,           right?   To each his own.

There was an update to Casey's blog a few days ago announcing that American Blogger would be released sooner than expected!  They are still planning on an early June release through iTunes, but they are releasing the film Wednesday, April 23, 2014!  (Yesterday!)  You can read more about the early release here.

Yesterday Casey's blog post announced the release of the film and expressed how proud she was of her husband and all the women bloggers featured in the film.  You can read that post here.

This is the disclaimer that will come with American Blogger when purchasing:

"When I released the trailer for my film, American Blogger, it was brought to my attention that it sends a message that the bloggers in this film represent all of America. This isn't, and was not, my intent. The women in this film are a very small piece of the story I wanted to tell: one that explores how blogging can not only leave a legacy for family memories, but an imprint on the world at large.

The way in which these women tell their stories with authenticity does represent the bravery and passion of American Bloggers, but please know: not all categories of American Bloggers are represented in this film. There are still many more stories to be told.

The goal of this film was to create a love story to the blogging community. I wanted to show how these women use their voice, share their stories and connect with one another. I wanted to create a moving visual for so many of the women that have built communities around their blogs.... equal parts "reality footage" and interviews. Even within this one film there are 51 women portrayed, and unfortunately, I didn't have time to tell each of their stories. It is my hope that by introducing them to you, you will take the time to read their stories and see who they are and what they have been through. Look at this film as an introduction; as the first piece to a larger puzzle.

This film is not meant to validate blogging as a career, or to paint a wide brush over a vast community. It is not a journalistic expose. It is simply one man's exploration of an inspired art: the freedom to tell your story."
                          So what are your thoughts on this documentary? 
                     Are you interested in this type of film or do you share the 
                                 viewpoint of the comments listed above?  
                                  Please keep your comment respectable.
                                             I'd love to hear from you!

P.S.  In all fairness, I have included some links to other bloggers who have commented on this documentary.  Please take the time to read their points of view.  Keep in mind what has been stated in Mr. Wiegand's film disclaimer.
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WordLess WednesDay ~ Vision Collage


Happy Earth Day 2014 & New Blog Link-Up Opportunity!

(The above pin is available to purchase here.)

Earth Day 2014.
Did you know that the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970?
Why April 22nd?  Well, according to Wikipedia 
"U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson chose the date in order to maximize participation on college campuses for what he conceived as an 'environmental teach-in'.  He determined the week of April 19-25 was the best bet because it did not fall during exams or spring break."
You can read more about the history of Earth Day at Wikipedia or

The theme for Earth Day 2014 is Green Cities.  
Below is some information you can download as a .pdf file from here.
Here are some fun things educators can do with children:
For year-round information educators can join the EDN Educators' Network.
The Earth Day Network 

Above you've seen a lot of subjects that are taught about environmentalism.
Recently a friend of mine told me about something old (that is new again!) is popping up around the country.  They are called Creative Reuse Centers.
Here is a .pdf that will explain a little more in depth what these centers provide.
In a nutshell these centers provide educators with materials that can be re-used for creative purposes.

Wikipedia notes:
 "Creative reuse, also known as upcycling or repurposing, is the process of taking materials or products that are unwanted for their original function and through creativity, transforming them into pieces of art, home decoration, or other useful items. This is different from recycling, where the products are broken down to its component parts and re-manufactured into new products. Creative reuse is also different from conventional reuse, where the product is used in its original purpose again."

I created an online Facebook Group some time ago designed for parents, grandparents, Pre-K and daycare providers to network, discover and share arts and craft ideas for Pre-K through High School aged children.  I call it CraftWithKids NetWork.  Our Facebook Page is located here.
My challenge to everyone for the next month is to 
share upcycled, repurposed and recycled crafts!
CraftWithKids NetWork's Facebook Page is located here and I will be sharing upcycled crafts throughout the month on my page.

I've also created a Link-Up below so you can link up your blog or designated Pinterest board for this MONTH LONG event! 
4/21 thru 5/21/14
 I hope you will join us!

Creative ReUse Link-Up Rules
  1. Follow your host
  2. Link up your post.
  3. Display the above banner on your site 
  4. Check out those listed in the link-up, make new friends, and spread the word!  The more friends who join, the more fun this link-up will be!
  5.  Have Fun!!!!!
*Bloggers, please use the link to the designated post on your blog for the link-up and then as you find more things to share, you can add it to your blog post!

*Pinteresters, please use the link to your Recycled Craft Pinterest board and don't forget to upload the above banner to your board along with the link to this blog post for the link-up!

Follow CraftWithKids board Recycled Crafts on Pinterest.

Musical Monday ~ Casting Crowns - "Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)" - Live

You can link up with Musical Monday here.

Happy Easter

Wishing all my followers a blessed day.

Easter Egg Dyeing Day

Busy day today with the dyeing of two dozen Easter eggs.
Here are some pics:
Kaye & Em before it got messy.  
Yes, this year I had them wear rubber gloves because they were doing
 tie-dye eggs.
They also did regular 'ol painting of the eggs.
My girls always like to use crayons; the junkier and waxier, the better!
You've always gotta have a spotted egg in the bunch!
Only 2 casualties (cracked eggs) during the hard-boilign process.
Then 2 more casualties while painting.
Guess who'll be having egg-salad this week?