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Mark Angelo Askew is the author of "Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Guide Workbook and Keepsake" and the founder and director of the Family Reunion Planning Group that established November as Annual Family Reunion Planning Month.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Bubble Master Show - Great Family Fun

Nothing is more exciting than watching kids and their parents have the time of their lives. And nothing compares to a Master Bubble Show to do just that. It brings out an innocent delightful joy from deep inside. 

So what's a bubble show anyway? Watch the attached video and see what all the fuss is about. If you couldn't hold back from smiling wait until you actually experience a full blown bubble show for yourself. Nothing compares to it.

A Performance Art

The Bubble Master Bubble Show. A delight for kids and adults of all ages. Awe at the enormous car and van sized mega-bubbles using giant bubble wands. Be amazed as one bubble eats up the other bubbles. Delight as bubbles are blown inside of a big bubble and suddenly fly out of the top. See the wonder of sparkling sunlit rainbow bubbles. Thrill at white tornado bubbles. Standing in the blitz of a bubble spray is a lot like getting tickled or watching the feathers fly after a pillow fight. But it also seems to slow down time and connect us with the child within in a way the says it's OK.

Catch a glimpse of brilliant tiny bead size micro bubbles. Become astounded at the brilliance of white pearl bubbles and a bubble snow fall. Watch the Bubble Master Make a Bubble Snowman. See children enthralled at the sight of a 10 foot long funnel bubble. Get engulfed and stand inside a giant bubble wrapped around you. The show is highly charged, and the fun is an endless display of unimaginable dreamlike wonder.

The Choreography Of Bubbles

As a performing bubble artist I enjoy seeing the look on the faces of kids and adults as they are entranced by the beauty and choreography of bubble art painted an open air canvas. Intrigued by the challenge of scientific explanation. Gripping background music and unexpected bubble antics keep even the oldest teens and adults fully engaged. The bright colorful bubble blowing wands and gadgets fascinate the youngest of spectators.  Volunteer bubble apprentices keeps everyone cheering, laughing and having a good time.

What I love most about bubble art performing is the feelings you share with everyone there. Bliss, euphoria, warmth, nostalgia, affection, wonder, innocence. I've found no past-time more fulfilling. The crystal clear message it sends without a spoken word is even more touching. A message of how delicate yet precious life is. A message nurturing virtue, kindness, love and peace. A message of hope that keeps you smiling long after the show has ended.

For more on blowing bubbles see my other blogs. Art of Blowing Bubbles

Mark Angelo Askew

To book a bubble show in the Baltimore MD metropolitan area send an email to with "Book A Bubble Master Show" in the subject line. 

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

How To Plan A Wonderful Family Reunion

Now's the time to start planning your next family reunion.
Watch this video and get inspired.

Let's Get Started. 

Step 1.  Click Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social web app
in the profiles section of this blog.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Have A Sweet And Easy Sunday

Hello family reunion planners. You've worked hard to keep the home fires burning. Wishing you all a Sweet 'n Easy Sunday Morning, Afternoon and Evening.  From under the Golden Tree.

Friday, January 23, 2015

How To Design and Sell T-shirts Online

It's mid-January. Needless to say this it the time to assemble the reunion planning committee. The goal would be to agree on the color and basic design of the illustrious family reunion T-shirt. Start with theme and slogans agreed upon. Use these as a basis for the logo, colors and design style.

If you're like me, taking orders by phone and putting each order status on a T-shirt roster spreadsheet is not what you would call a blast. Still bringing the family together to affirm identity, maintain a support system, infuse empowerment and just have a good ol' time makes it all worth the effort.
Still you have to wonder if there is an easier way to step through the T-shirt ordering process.

The quick answer is Yes. Do it online. How?  First step. Design it. There are scores of top notch T-shirt design apps out there but the one you want is an app that will not only allow you to design the shirt, but send a snap shot to all family members via email or social network plugin.  Even better, you want an app tha twill help you keep track of orders. And taking it up a notch how about an app that will help you make money that can be added to event funding. Now that's an app!

Family Reunion T-shirt Designs I do like the T-shirt designer app featured at Zazzle. In the past the site catered to young artists who wanted to display their brilliant designs on shirts, shoes or carrying cases.  Now Zazzle has matured and has become well seasoned in the art of online custom design and printing. That said you can be assured your design will be rendered and printed just as it appears on the T-shirt design app. Even better you can create matching accessories for your shirt like caps or aprons, not to mention invitations and banners. Best of all you can sell the entire ensemble online and send it to family and friend across the social galaxy. And if you're not careful you might even consider it a means to earning a second income. These T-shirt designer apps are available for immediate use under the golden tree...

Another popular T-shirt designing app I particularly like is the one featured at This site boasts hundreds of design graphics and styles including a wide selection of beautiful ink colors. In addition you can present the T-shirt design to family friends online and event Boost it! Sell your t-shirt designs on your own Booster page to support your cause, passion or project.  You can present them on your Facebook page, and before you know it is cutting you a check.

These designer web apps are featured on Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social. What could be more practical and time saving? The online web app is simple and easy to use. Nothing too complex.

The features are so user friendly even your pre-teen can plan an event with it.

Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social web app. Click the link in my profile to access the T-shirt designer app and get started design your family reunion Tees.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Timing Is Everything

Making family reunion events fun and memorable is what good event planning is all about. That said effective timing when planning organizing and managing the event is everything.

That said, give everyone plenty of notice.  6 to 12 months advance notice will allow attendees to plan some of their vacation time around the event. Make good use of the "Advance Family Reunion Planner Timeline" found in Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social web app and eBook to guide you through the month to month planning process.

Getting the Word Out

If you're under 45 years of age you know what it takes to get the word out online across social networks. Readers 50 and older - take advantage of social network features like Facebook's online messaging features, including, the event announcement, status, chat and more.

With Facebook's event feature, people can organize gatherings, manage invitations and send notifications and reminders to their friends. People can use events to invite their friends to anything from a dinner party to a community fundraiser. There are currently more than 16 million events created on Facebook each month.

Just select Events on the left of your Facebook page, choose create and start typing your event into the form fields.  Add a time and place, and you'll be ready to share your plans instantly. With the Facebook Events application you can share extra details like where and when to meet and directions.

Word-of-mouth is good too. Use Skype or Google Hangout and talk face to face to let all family members know the family is having a reunion. Family reunion event announcement sites found on most family reunion web resources are also helpful. Fimark's Family Reunion Planner web app mentioned earlier is designed to quickly connect you to Facebook, Google Plus, Hangout and Skype features to get the event planning process rolling. You'll find sample announcement letters, surveys and event planning worksheets you can easily share online over these networks.

That said, before you use Facebook or Google's event  announcement features there are several other steps you need to take like contact updates, taking surveys, choosing committee members and selecting themes, slogans to name a few. That's where a good Family Reunion planning app comes in.

Reunion Planning Committee

If you’re planning a big reunion event, you do well to put together a reunion committee. Ask for other family members to help with planning activities and choosing the time and place (this should be done first). The web app and eBook provide a detailed committee organizing and managing guide as part of the Checklist feature.

When you plan the event in a timely manner you'll get the help and resources you need, saving time, energy and drastically reducing expenses.  When should you start planning a July family reunion gathering? Anytime between November and January will help you stay ahead of the game. Follow the web app or eBook checklist steps closely and you'll have your family reunion event organized right on time.

Don't have the Fimark Family Reunion Planner Social web app and eBook package? Find the link in the profiles section of this blog. The paperback book can be found on

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Reunion Activities The Whole Family Will Enjoy

Planning and organizing a family reunion is perhaps one of the most engaging and fulfilling projects you will ever embark upon. Here are a few tips to ensure that everyone has a share when making reunion plans.

Planning a family reunion is much like planning a voyage to a remote destination that's full of excitement, surprise and wonder.  When everyone involved is supportive of the plans for the trip your even closer to reaching your destination. To that end create an itinerary featuring activities everyone will enjoy.

Charting The Course
When planning a trip your first step is to get good directions, chart your course and follow a trusted guide. That's where my web app Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social comes in. It's designed to help you plan every aspect of the event and access the talents and skills of those you might delegate specific task to.

Location Activities and Dining
Consider the best location for specific family activities and dining.  To do this first consider the following: What is your mission and objective? What will the theme of the event be? What theme related activities will be included? At what homestead or remote location will be the event be held?

How To Make Planning Fun
Consider the talents, skills and experience of reunion invitees. Arrange to bring small groups of family members together to plan, craft, create and organize various aspect and activities of event.

To that end invite the family to contribute ideas regarding theme colors, decor, music and fun activities. Create a meeting schedule outlining the day and time each respective groups will come together, the task at hand, as well as materials and supplies needed.

What? You don't have Fimark's Family Reunion Planners Social web app yet? Now 20% off for a limited time. No coupon needed. Just click the link in my profile blurb.

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Here's Some Sunday Love

Sweet Sunday Love
Wishing our family reunion planning family
some sweet Sunday love.
Keep putting some love in it. Enjoy!

Mark and Brenda

The Family Reunion Planners Blog - Inspiring Reunion Planning Ideas

#sweetlove #happysunday #sundaylove #greetings #familyreunionplanning

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Fun Family Reunion Planning Checklist

Autumn, winter or summer. Anytime is the perfect time to start planning your next family reunion. How can you get your family reunion plans off the ground today? Here's a short list to get you started.

1. Update your family contacts on Google Plus, Facebook and Skype

2. Send a reunion theme, location and activity survey to all your invitees

3. Select your family reunion planning committee from first responders and delegate departmental assignments using Fimark's Family Reunion Planners Social web apps Invitees Interest List (education and occupation columns)*

4. Hold a Facebook, Skype** or Google Plus Committee Meeting from your browser

5. Use The Survey Results app** and report results to the committee

6. Share T-shirt Designs using The T-shirt Designer app** and determine fees

7. Discuss sending out an online fundraiser using the Fundraiser app**

8. Find fun and exciting themes, associated activities, itineraries and theme related luncheon and dinner programs in the eBook*


*Get my eBook Fimark's Family Reunion Guide and Keepsake to get committee department worksheets detailing each committee members assignments. 

**The eBook, Survey Results app T-shirt Designer app and Fundraiser app are all part of Fimark's Family Reunion Planners Social web app. You can access Google Plus, Facebook and Skype conferencing via the web app, review suggested activity ideas, run reports, send out invitations, make family reunion keepsake memory booklets, follow a comprehensive event planning checklist, make a budget, review pre-written materials and supply lists, lookup vendors and accommodations, print committee assignment sheets and followup in a practical and timely manner, print poems and more.

What? You don't have Fimark's Family Reunion Planners Social web app yet?  Was priced at $49. Now 20% off for a limited time. No coupon needed.  Access Fimark's Family Reunion Planners Social web app

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Home Care And Family Business Invitation

You're invited to our new page Home Care & Family Business.  A place we share family oriented news, home decor and design ideas, creative crafts, delightful recipes, event planning tips and blog blurbs in just the right morsels to inspire you and sweeten your day. Join today and get inspired.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

2 Free Fundraiser Apps You Just Gotta Try

They say the best things in life are free. Well I'm a believer. As a matter of fact I use to call myself the cheapest guy in town. Not anymore. If there is a way to get it cheap and a way to get it free - free is where I'll be. So the first app I'd like to present allows you to collect funds directly from recipients online and is very secure. It's called Paypal. Even better, with a Paypal account you can apply for a paypal debit card and have instant access to funds via ATM or anywhere MasterCard debit cards are honored. Best of all it's free.

Now it's time to tell you about a free web app that's getting a lot of attention. It has been drawing in millions of dollars over the past few months. It's an ingeniously designed fundraising web app.  I'm sharing this simply because it works.  I have drawn over $4000 from app users.  A significant sum for a family reunion planner.

The best thing about this fundraising web app is that you can use it completely free if all you need is a page to sell tickets, That's right free. As an alternative, you can opt for a free trial fundraiser website with all the bells and whistles. 

The special features of the fundraising website template or web app would be ideal for:
1. Sports Team Fundraising
2. Community Outreach Fundraising
3. Scholarship  Fundraising
4. Sponsorship Fundraising
5. Medical Care Fundraising
6. Research Fundraising
7. Artist Support Fundraising
8. Accident Victim Fundraising
9. Family Reunion Fundraiser
10. Class Reunion Fundraiser

The company is They boast having helped raise over $25,000,000 and is the only company that allows individuals to accept donations online and sell tickets without a merchant account on a complimentary fundraising web page that has no ads and hundreds of design themes to choose from.

View Live Real Time Fundraisers
Want to see just how effective these web apps are handling live real time fundraising? Test this online Fundraiser appWhen checking out the fundraiser websites on display note that many are collecting thousands of dollars as we speak from generous online donations or ticket sales. These websites are designed to be self-promoting and search engine optimized. Get a top quality fully functioning fundraiser web app free. 

Share this page with colleagues who could benefit from a free fundraising web app. 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy Sunday!

Wishing all of my readers, planners, bakers and craft making dreamers a very snap happy Sunday.

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