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The Newest Must-Have Summer Read for Moms Utilizing Social Media

The Newest Must-Have Summer Read for Moms Utilizing Social Media

With a combined total of five young children, two careers, four blogs, and dozens of regular clients, Debbie and I have searched hard for work-life-family balance. We both admire Colleen Padlla of Classymommy.com and Audrey McCelland of Momgenerations.com for the paths they have trail-blazed, finding a way to be simultaneously successful in the family world and the working world, all from their dining room tables! New mothers can put years of hard work spent in the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books (Advice), Featured, Mommy Blogs, Parenting Blogs

If You Give a Mom a Martini…

If You Give a Mom a Martini…

When my son was a newborn, The Rookie Mom’s Handbook helped me embrace motherhood.  Written by the two bloggers who started www.rookiemoms.com, this passage in The Rookie Mom’s Handbook spoke to me: “Welcome to Motherhood…You’re a rookie mom. Untrained, no experience. That’s you. And that’s not an insult. Even those of us who spent our adolescence babysitting for other people’s children or who work as preschool teachers or pediatric nurses are in for some big surprises. We’ve never been … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Books (Activities), Books (Advice), Featured, Gift Ideas, Hip Find, Mommy Blogs, Mommy Gifts

Summer Reading: North of Beautiful

Summer Reading: North of Beautiful

School’s almost out. You may be looking for great summer books for your teen. I had a chance to review Justina Chen Headley’s third book, North of Beautiful. And I highly recommend it to teen girls and their mothers. Terra Rose Cooper, has a port wine stain covering the left side of her face. She tries to cover her birthmark with heavy makeup and undergoes numerous painful procedures in an attempt to remove it. In Terra’s mind, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Books (Fiction), Featured

Teaching Preschoolers About Money

Teaching Preschoolers About Money

Learning to recognize different coins and understanding their value is an essential part of the preschool and the kindergarten curriculum. Parents can use coins to introduce math concepts like sorting and counting. You can help your child learn to identify coins and their value while teaching them to save money using Coin County: A Bank in a Book, an award-winning book by Innovative Kids. Children can save over $20 by filling the slots in the book with pennies, nickels, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Books (Activities), Books (Pre-School), Books (School Aged), Counting, Educational, Featured

Momma Loves Her Little Son Book Review

Momma Loves Her Little Son Book Review

When I was a little girl, I asked my mother to read me The Runaway Bunny over and over away.  The imaginative and beautiful pictures captivated me initially, but the book became a favorite because it so perfectly expresses the depth and strength of a mother’s love for her child. I still remember cuddling with my mother while she read me that story.  I felt so loved and so comforted by the story. And I think … Read entire article »

Filed under: Baby Gifts, Books, Books (Fiction), Books (Pre-School), Books (School Aged), Contests, Featured, Gift Ideas, Mommy Gifts, Mother's Day, Pre-schoolers

Mamanista Reads: 10-10-10 by Suzy Welch

Mamanista Reads: 10-10-10 by Suzy Welch

The folks at MomCentral sent me a review sample of Suzy Welch’s new book 10-10-10: A Life-Transforming Idea.  From the cover, it looked like another “self-help” book. Since I’m not a big fan of that genre, I’ll admit that I only cracked open 10-10-10because of Suzy Welch’s…ahem…notoriety.* But I kept reading because the 10-10-10 idea actually made sense.  10-10-10 is a decision-making practice that helps you make tough choices based on your values rather than out of  guilt, stress … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Books (Advice), Books (Memoirs), Featured

“The Help” Book Review

“The Help” Book Review

Some books are so good that I’ll stay awake all night to finish reading them. The Help is one of those books. It also happens to be one of the best fiction books I’ve read about race relations and the birth of the civil rights movement. Set in rural Mississippi during the 1960s, the book mentions Martin Luther King Jr.’s march, the death of Medgar Evers, the Freedom Riders, the integration of the University of Mississippi by James Meredith, the sit-ins … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Books (Fiction)

Happy 200th Birthday Charles Darwin!

February 12th is Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday. Mark the occasion by reading Animals Charles Darwin Saw, a picture book that is part of the Explorers Adventure Series by Chronicle Books. The book is intended for children ages 7 to 12, but younger children might need help with some of the advanced vocabulary. Teachers and librarians will want to add this book to their collection since it clearly explains the history of Darwin’s voyage to the Galapagos, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Books (School Aged), Uncategorized