Happy Spring and Welcome fresh new beginnings…
We hope you will enjoy and benefit from this issue and watch for our short and informative future issues. As always, we welcome your feedback and questions.


IT’S A PIECE OF CAKE GOES INTERNATIONAL

Anneyizbiz Magazine featured It’s a Piece of Cake in their February 2006 issue. www.anneyiz.biz is the premiere online portal and a monthly magazine based in Istanbul. Simla Akyol proudly announces becoming a staff writer for the magazine. She’ll be writing a monthly column for the magazine for mother’s who want “simply the best” for their children.



NEW KIDS ON THE COURTS
Tennis Machine Rentals (TMR) and Tennis for Kids
TMR (www.tennismachinerentals.com) is the San Francisco Bay Area's first and only tennis ball machine rental service providing the general public with access to portable ball machines, founded in January of 2006.

Parents can now coach alongside their child while balls are being fed by the machine. TMR provides the ball machine, ball hopper, and tennis balls.

If you mention "TENNIS FOR KIDS" when renting, a portion of the fee will be donated to Tennis for Kids organization. TennisForKids.org is a non-profit organization based in San Francisco that seeks to bring the joys of tennis to under-privileged children of all ages.


HIRING AN ENTERTAINER
The ideal approach to hiring an entertainer is to see the performer in action. If it is impossible to view the act in advance, arrange a meeting with the performer beforehand. At this time you should take note of the performer’s appearance and promptness. References are essential. A professional entertainer should be able to provide you with at least a website/brochure or video/DVD.



KINDER GARDENING
Gardening teaches kids the wonder of nature and the caring of living things, not to mention environmental science and the effects we have on our environment.

Here are a few tips to get your kids interested in gardening:

Get them in on the garden planning – Kids have great ideas when it comes to gardening. They may come up with things you never thought of.
 
Let them explore – Kids may want to do some extra hole digging, go off and hunt bugs or make mud pies. This is all part of the kinder gardener experience.

Start some gardening traditions – Like growing pumpkins every year and carve them up on Halloween.
 
Gardening without a garden – You can check out your neighbourhood for a community garden.


THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS
 
Spring is the time to get ready for wild & fun outdoor parties and activities, competitive sports as well as seasonal allergies, bug bites, sports injuries and more…

The American Academy of Pediatrics website www.aap.org offers great advice that parents can use to promote a safe, optimal physical, mental and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults.


Be sure to visit our website at www.itsapieceofcake.net
Send your questions and creative party ideas to simla@itsapieceofcake.net.

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Spring 2006

Simla Akyol is the founder of It's a Piece of Cake, Children's Events and Entertainment service in San Francisco. Akyol trained as an artist and entertainer in London and New York. She has hosted children's events and worked with children in Europe and the USA for over ten years. It's a Piece of Cake specializes in custom-designed birthday parties and hosts educational workshops for kids and parents. You can contact Simla via e-mail at simla@itsapieceofcake.net or phone (415) 987-1946.

















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