Hi there! My name is Valerie, and I'm originally from a small town called Somerdale, right outside of Philadelphia. I grew up with two older sisters who taught me what it means to be looked after. I love my parents, who always helped me foster and cultivate my interests in dreams. I like to think I learned about caring for others from the best, my family.
I am a big fan of all things fun and colorful and I love to surround myself with kind people and colorful places. Collecting records and watching classic movies are some of my favorite things to do in my time off and love to read as well. I love to read almost anything from Harry Potter to Kurt Vonnegut novels to Historical fiction. Every Friday I wake up and brush up on old skills I don't want to lose, like math and science skills. I usually try to read a book a week.
Children have always been a big part of my life. I started babysitting as a pre-teen and have not stopped since. I also have taught several courses throughout my life for kiddos. I have been the curator of and teacher of children's improv and creativity classes, voice, and acting classes. I also have been a children's theatre director. I even helped one little girl produce her own play!
Crafting and blogging is a big part of my life and I'm very thankful that it is; Crafting helps me stay creative and keeps my body and brain active. I love DIY things and aI also like to draw with pencil, marker, and I like to paint with watercolor and acrylic. I love to bake, and my specialty is pie. These are things I love to share with kids. Helping children feel creative gives me great joy.
One thing that I know I would love to do that I've never quite had the opportunity to capitalize on is to travel. I've been to a handful of places in the United States, but my big dream is to spend time in places such as France, Germany, Peru, and New Zealand.
I am an animal lover. With three miniature dachshunds at my parents home in New Jersey, it is easy to imagine how I grew up. I have always been surrounded by animals and I hope to continue to be so as an adult. It is easy to understand that with my love of animals that I am also a big fan of nature. Every fall my I go on a big camping trip and throughout the year we take many hiking tips in upstate New York and Pennsylvania.
I grew up with two older sisters who are my biggest role models. I hope to be a role model to young girls and boys in the same way that my sisters are to me!