Monthly Archives: January 2022

Episode 56. A Kidpreneur Shares his Love of Candles


Alejandro is a young entrepreneur from the Washington D.C. metro area. He’s the founder of Smell of Love Candles, a company that specializes in creating natural, hand-poured vegan candles that are good for you, good for the environment and are socially responsible. He started Smell of Love Candles to buy more books, save money for college and to help those in need.

Alejandro believes that we are stronger when we take care of each other, so his company donates a portion of each month’s profits to charity.

Alejandro is the founder of the YouTube channel: Smell of Love Candles, where he shares tips on candle making with natural waxes and business lessons learned as he runs his business. Alejandro also shares his entrepreneurial journey on his podcast: Lessons from a Kidpreneur, which is available on major podcast networks.

Alejandro has been featured on media, both print and broadcast. He hopes to inspire others to pursue their dreams, no matter their age.


Adventures with Grammy Storytelling Family History Books

Before we listen to my interview with Alejandro, I have three important announcements.

  1. Sign up for my newsletter by visiting my website: and clicking the newsletter signup link, or text to join! Start by texting Grammy to 22828.
  2. I interviewed Manny Oliverez, the author of 100 Things I love about Grandpa on Episode 52. We will be giving a copy of his book to one of the Adventures with Grammy newsletter subscribers when he and his daughter are guests on an upcoming podcast. You may recall that Manny is a HUGE Disney fan and regularly vacations there with his family. His daughter owns a Disney concierge travel service; they will be here in time for spring vacation to give us tips on how to best navigate the Florida theme park.
  3. A quick reminder that my family history storytelling journals are available for sale on my website. Family history is important, and your story is important. You must “write it down to pass it down.” The journals are filled with tips to do just that. To learn more visit

Now, here’s Alejandro!



Episode 55: A Chat with Author/Illustrator Dori Durbin



My guest for Episode 55 is author/illustrator Dori Durbin.  Her book series is titles Little Cat Feelings. She has published two picture books in that series: “Little Cat Needs Space” and “Little Cat Feels Left Out.” She will release her third book, a chapter book titled, “Little Cat & Dog’s Birthday Bake: A Recipe in Caring,” February 2, 2022.

The former teacher and fitness instructor lives in Michigan with her husband, son, daughter, three pampered indoor cats, and her old Great Dane.

A few days before our conversation, the Durbins were in Florida for her daughter’s soccer tournament. Before we talked about her books, Dori and I chatted about the trip.

Dori Durbin


Dori Durbin, Author & Illustrator (

Dori Durbin (Author of Little Cat Needs Space) (

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The books are My Family Tree for children ages 5-12; My Life in Pictures: A Legacy Journal for Teens; and Snap Shots of My Life for adults.

Episode 54. Storytelling


The Adventures with Grammy Podcast is pleased to welcome Storyteller Debra Weller, a creative performance artist using oral tradition storytelling, puppets and music to engage her audiences and students.

Debra began her career as a Storyteller more than forty years ago in New Jersey as part of the Annie Lynn Storytellers. They performed in schools, libraries, festivals and the Philadelphia Folk Festival. After a move to California, she helped to form the non-profit, South Coast Storytellers Guild. In California, she led storytelling camps, after school storytelling clubs, performed at schools, libraries and festivals as well as teaching kindergarten for thirty years.

She was the Storyteller in Residence at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles for six months. Her favorite character is Mrs. Santa Storyteller. Three years ago, she moved to Florida and has served as the president of the Tale Tellers of St. Augustine and on the Board of Directors of the Florida Storytelling Association. Debra has taught workshops from docent training to teacher professional development. Storytelling has taken her to China, Vietnam, and Scotland.

During the past two years, Debra has been presenting at international, virtual conferences and storytelling concerts. Her presentations deliver quality professional development and entertainment. In June 2021, she presented a workshop, Storytelling the Heart of the Curriculum for Early Childhood Development Forum and was a speaker at the Sphere of Influence Forum.

She provides voice overs for the Magic Polygon Storytelling App and is a frequent guest teller on Basket of Talez podcast. She offers online education and virtual coaching on her web site: and her YouTube channel. She is driven by a personal philosophy to provide valuable, educational experiences and performances for children and adults to bring stories alive!

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The books are My Family Tree for children ages 5-12; My Life in Pictures: A Legacy Journal for Teens; and Snap Shots of My Life for adults.

Episode 53. The Dad Connection: A Bridge to Your Children


The Adventures with Grammy podcast welcomes Scott Handley, author of The Dad Connection: A Bridge to Your children.

Listen to this single dad talk about his determination to build good relationships with his two sons. His journey as a single parent provides a wellspring of experience, advice, and know-how.

Using his own deeply personal notes on the process of raising his children, recorded as their lives unfolded, he determined that love and respect would be the simple base upon which he would build relationships.

This guide for parents showcases the understanding of love, respect, patience, energy, care, perspective, service, and trust needed to build strong and deeply loving parent-child relationships. It is a life-altering lens through which to see, understand, and love the relationships you have been blessed to receive.

Learn more about Scott and his book at



Learn about the Adventures with Grammy’s books at

The books are My Family Tree for children ages 5-12; My Life in Pictures: A Legacy Journal for Teens; and Snap Shots of My Life for adults.