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Book Giveaway: My children’s book… Dream Of All The Stars Above.

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So, I wrote a children’s book, my very first, and the awesome Carrie illustrated it with beautiful watercolor paintings. It’s a short and simple “bedtime book” for kids, newborn-4. I was wanting to make it a board book but found that to be near impossible for self-publishing.

I wrote this book a few years ago with Carrie and it’s finally published! If you ever need an illustrator, Carrie is the one. I’m slowly writing a blog based book including past posts and some new writing (if I can concentrate long enough to put it together) and I’m going to have Carrie do the cover for that as well.

I’m also writing an adult (no, not porn… although hmmm…) mystery called The Mill which I have been working on for at least 2 years but doubt has been plaguing me. Yes, I am my own worst enemy. Let me know if you’d like to read a little of the first chapter and maybe I’ll put it up in a post. 

Back to the book at hand… I’m doing a giveaway for 2 books of Dream Of All The Stars Above. It’s open for everyone to enter. All you need to do is let me know what your favorite books to read were when you were a kid/teen.

For me, I absolutely adored all of the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary, which I’m now reading to my daughter (how awesome is that), Judy Blume rocked it (Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret and Tiger Eyes were my favorites!), and when I was a little older, I would get my hands on anything to do with V.C. Andrews. Yes, I am loving the movies Lifetime is doing based on the Flowers In The Attic books!

The giveaway is open for submissions, one per person that will be selected by the random number generator, until Tuesday, July 22nd at 8 pm EST. Good Luck!

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Book Review: The Mother Of All Meltdowns

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The Mother Of All Meltdowns is a collection of stories written by 30 bloggers who write about their very relatable “mommy meltdowns” when dealing with their children. The candid experiences these moms share will make you want to put everything else on hold while you dive into this delectable read.

From Lego stress and getting that precious liquid gold through TSA to Christmas flu and a fantastic powdered sugar fight.

It had me feeling much better when it comes to some of my own meltdowns I’ve had with my 5 year-old. One of my fondest moments came when I was in the parking lot of a grocery store just a few weeks shy of Christmas. My husband had run into the store for some formula and I was waiting in the car with my then 7 month old daughter.

In just a few short minutes, my little girl had one of the worst diapers I’ve ever smelled. Even though we were about 5 minutes from our house, I couldn’t take it and decided to change her in the car. There were several parking spaces all around us and after making sure the coast was clear, I popped out of the car with my butt in the air while I tried to set the record for the world’s fastest diaper change.

The passenger side door kept on hitting me in the back on the legs while I was changing my daughter’s diaper and I was simultaneously trying to keep a look out for cars while making sure there wasn’t contact with the loaded diaper and the car interior and trying to keep my baby happy.

All of a sudden I heard a man yell “Get your ass out of the way!”

Huh, me??

Oh yes, he was talking to me. Out of all of the parking spaces around us, this older man wanted the one right next to our car. I was in mid wipe and tried to scootch the car door closed as much as I could without slamming it on my ass. “Move your ass, lady!” Oh no, he didn’t!!

Tis ‘the season to be jolly!

My blood began to boil but I tried to remain calm. I replied by saying I’m right in the middle of changing my child’s diaper and I’m going as fast as I could. “That’s not my f*cking problem.”  is what I got in return.

Fa la la la la.

Trust me, I had a very clear thought of wiping my daughter up and then taking her poopy diaper and slamming it on this man’s car windshield. Then, I pictured my husband walking out of the store and seeing police cars and me in handcuffs, being charged with defacing property.

I’ll pass.

The man couldn’t finish getting in the parking space because my ass was hanging out of the back seat so he started revving up the engine of his car.

Joy to the world!

I have quite a mouth and can make a trucker blush but somehow I didn’t go off on this jerk. With my face hot and as red as fire, I yelled out “JUST GIVE ME A DAMN SECOND!!” and surprised myself with the lack of f-bomb’s. Who am I?

I was pissed beyond belief. Despite the several other parking spaces around, this man finally got into the one next to us and yelled at me the entire way as he walked into the store.

I still had that poopy diaper in my hand and wanted to grab my daughter and run after him, screaming and cursing him out while I went SPLAT with the diaper on his windshield. By this time, my head was exploding with rage and my daughter was crying. My husband finally came out of the grocery store and he saw me red faced with both me and my daughter crying our eyes out.

I’m pretty sure what I told him about the older man in the car made absolutely no sense but he calmed us both down. The huge glass of wine I had after we got home was a big help as well.

No matter what stage of motherhood you’re in, The Mother Of All Meltdowns will reasonate with you.

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Children’s Book Review: The Worst Princess

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The Worst Princess

I’m just going to jump right in and say this is a must have for your young daughter’s library. The hummingbird and I love this book and I usually end up reading it 2 or 3 times in a row. The story has such a wonderful rhythm.

It’s about a Princess. Princess Sue, to be exact. She’s ready to find her Prince and live the life she was destined for. Princess Sue finally gets what has always been expected  of her but quickly sees that getting her Prince isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

She wants more than the beautiful dresses and shoes she’s given. She also wants more than just living in the tower of her Prince’s castle. Princess Sue finds a friend in a dragon and with that, she finds that she alone can make herself happy. Girl power!

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Children’s Book Reviews: Peanut Butter and Jellyfish & A Gift For Mama

I think in all this time that I’ve been reviewing children’s books, I forgot to thank Random House for giving me these books to check out. So, thank you, Random House!

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Peanut Butter and Jellyfish

I absolutely love the vibrant illustrations of this book. PB and Jelly are great friends who love playing throughout their ocean home. But there’s one problem. Crabby, who never has anything nice to say.

PB and Jelly try their best to ignore him until one day, when Crabby gets himself in a jam and needs help.

This is a wonderful book for kids that shows it’s never too late to apologize and do the right thing.

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A Gift For Mama

Set in Vienna, the story is about a young boy, Oskar, who sets out to find his mother a gift. He doesn’t have much to spend but finds a beautiful yellow rose to give to her.

Things don’t go as planned though, and Oskar keeps coming across others who persuade him to change each gift he finds. In the end, he’s left with nothing.

But the kindness of a little girl changes that.

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Book Review: Deep In The Sahara

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Deep In The Sahara is about a young girl, Lalla, who admires and cannot wait to wear a malafa, a colorful cloth Mauritanian women wear.

Lalla sees the different women in her life, wearing the malafa and sees that the women wearing it exude beauty, mystery, and to homor tradition.

Her mother soon lets her know that the malafa stands for more than that. A malafa is for faith.

This is a gorgeous and very well-written book. The illustrations are beautiful and I love that it helps children learn of another culture. The age level for the book is between 4-8 years old.

Deep In The Sahara is by Kelly Cunnane and Hoda Hadadi.

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Book Review: The Snicky Guide To Falling Asleep

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This is an adorable book about Snicky the dog and the many ways he likes falling asleep. Written by Pamela Ann Will, The Snicky Guide To Falling Asleep is a great book for the little ones.

The hummingbird has me read it to her several times in a row. Her favorite part is when she sees Snicky cuddled up in blankets. When I asked the little bird how much she likes the book, she spread her arms wide and said “this much!”

About the book…

Snicky was rescued from a shelter by Pamela who put his picture on the internet. It was love at first sight when she saw his cute face and big ears. This book is the result of Snicky’s uncanny ability to fall asleep anytime and anywhere.

Let Snicky be your child’s role model as he demonstrates all the fun ways to go to sleep.

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This book is available at SnickyBooks.

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Book Review: Full Dark, No Stars

fulldarknostarsFull Dark, No Stars was the very first book I read from Stephen King a few years ago and that’s when I fell in love with his writing. I recently started reading it for the second time and holy shit, I think it’s even better this time around.

It’s super, super, good. Did I mention how great I think this book is?

It has 4 stories:

1922 – This story involves a murder on a farm and comes from the main character’s point of view. Excellent storytelling by Stephen King.

Big Driver – I was immediately sucked into this story about a female author who ends up in hell on earth on the way back from a speaking engagement. She’s assaulted and left for dead. This story is such an incredible piece of writing and my favorite out of the whole book.

Fair Extension – A tale where a man makes a deal with the devil. It’s the shortest story in the book. This is good but didn’t really stand out for me.

A Good Marriage – Holy shit, people! This was such a great read and surprised the hell out of me. With her husband out of town, a wife goes into the garage for some batteries and the secrets of her husband start to unfold. Really, really excellent.

I hope you enjoy this book as much as I do.

*Volcano

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