Jul 312013

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for CaringBridge. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

Bilateral microtia with atresia.  Kind of a big mouthful, isn’t it?  Bilateral microtia with atresia is a condition that basically means being born without ears, which makes it an even bigger mouthful when you need to learn to say it in conjunction with your own child.

This is something that my friend Jamie had to deal with a few years ago.  Her daughter, Bobbi, otherwise-healthy, was born without ears, meaning also deaf.  There were many consults with specialists, a fitting for a headband that acted as a hearing aid, and flights to California to doctors who were able to literally build Bobbi ears.  While I would have loved to have been there to offer my support, I lived in a different state which made it impossible.

New Book "Hope Conquers All" from the Founder of CaringBridge

Fortunately I was able to stay connected and be part of all the updates through a site called CaringBridge.  For more than 15 years, the nonprofit CaringBridge has served as a lifeline of hope, bringing together families struggling with illnesses and tragedies.  Sona Mehring, the founder of CaringBridge wanted to share these important stories to inspire hope, and so she has written a new book, Hope Conquers All.  Ranging from young children with cancer, to adults awaiting transplants, these first-person accounts share the importance CaringBridge had in their personal journeys.  You can find the book on the CaringBridge site.  It would make a nice gift to provide uplifting tales for those who are in need of love and support, and all author proceeds go to CaringBridge.

Have you ever shared via CaringBridge?  I’d love to hear about it!

Feb 232012

I’ve always been interested in yoga; I haven’t taken any actual classes, but I did try and follow along to a tv show a handful of times when I was younger.  Yoga is often billed as being great for stress relief, increased flexibility, and better sleeping patterns.  It’s that last benefit that has always most piqued my attention, as I’ve had sleep issues since college.  Baby C. has also seemed to inherit some of those sleeping issues, so when I was introduced to the Yawning Yoga book I definitely was interested.  Yawning Yoga is a yoga book for kids and is written to promote more restful sleep when used as part of your child’s bedtime routine.

Yawning Yoga: Yoga Book For Kids

The book is written by Laurie Jordan who is a New York-based yoga instructor with her own private practice and years of experience working with people of all ages.  She created Little Sprouts Yoga for kids and is the Director of Kids Programming at Kaia Yoga. Some of the moves in the book are obviously a little advanced for Baby C.; she is, after all, just a year old.  But she loves to dance and mimic movement, so some of the moves are doable.  For example, the first suggested pose is called “Greet the Moon!” and involves reaching way up into the air, then bending over and putting your head to the ground.  Baby C. is a pro at this one (she loves looking at the world upside-down through her feet). I think parents may enjoy adding this to their kids’ bedtime routines.  Anything to help quiet the mind is worth trying in my opinion, especially if your children have sleep issues.  You can follow Yawning Yoga on Twitter and like them on Facebookto stay up-to-date on specials and news.

Where to Buy:

You can purchase the hardcover Yawning Yoga book from Amazon (it’s also available for the Kindle and Nook).

I received a copy of the book in order to facilitate my review.   No other compensation was received and all opinions are 100% that of myself and my family.

Feb 222012

The i like book for kids is such a neat product.

I’m sure most people are familiar with baby books; it gives you the opportunity to document your child’s first year of life.  Well, the i like books for kids is kind of an extension of that.  It allows you to write down one thing you like about the child each day for a year.  There are two lines per day,  so you can either choose two things, or two people can each choose one thing (for example, Mom & Dad, Gram & Gramp, two siblings, etc. could each could choose one thing to write).

These books – which come in a variety of colors – could be great to boost a child’s self-esteem.  Your positive opinions of them be memorialized for life, giving your kids the opportunity to look back on them through the years.  And if you choose to share them as you write them daily, it can also provide an instant feel-good moment on rough days.  You could add your “i like…” moment to your nightly dinner or bedtime routines.

If you’d like more information about i like books (psst – they have them for couples, too) you can follow them on Twitter and like them on Facebook.

I received product in order to facilitate my review. No additional compensation was received and all opinions, as always, are 100% that of myself and my family.

Dec 202011

2011 Holiday Gift Guide – A New Christmas Book

(Be sure to check out all the other great Gift Guide items and giveaways here.)

New Christmas Books - The Night After Christmas
I know you’ve heard me say a number of times how much I love books, and especially Christmas books.  Now someone has found a way to extend the joy and excitement that comes with Christmas stories; there is “The Night After Christmas” book.
“The Night After Christmas” picks up where the iconic “The Night Before Christmas” book leaves off.  It takes you back to the North Pole with Santa after the presents have all been delivered and the children are all snuggled in bed with their new gifts.  I always wondered what Santa did on Christmas night – and now I know!
Baby C. has let me read this to her a few times and she loves the illustrations.  I’m sure this will find a home in our yearly reading rotation.  I’ve heard from a few others that it’s quickly become a much-loved book in their homes.  I think you will love it, too.

Where to Buy:

“The Night After Christmas” is available in both soft cover ($8.99) and eBook ($0.99) form from retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Buy.com.

Want to Win?

Giveaway closed.

What is your favorite “new” Christmas book?

I received a product in order to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received and all opinions are 100% mine and my family’s.
Dec 152011

2011 Holiday Gift Guide – Christmas Books

(Be sure to check out all the other great Gift Guide items and giveaways here.)

Christmas Books
I love books and I’m excited that Baby C. loves them, too.  One type of book that has always had a special place in my heart is Christmas books.  I remember my Dad reading The Night Before Christmas to me during every Christmas season as a child, and since then, I’ve collected Christmas books of any kind.
Howard B. Wigglebottom and the Power of Giving: A Christmas Story was a very sweet.  Howard B. Wigglebotttom is a bunny that learns that giving is better than getting.  At the start of the story, he’s not very good about sharing, he doesn’t listen very well to his parents, and all he can think about is himself.  But when he gets separated from his family and finds himself scared and alone, a set of new friends with less fortunate circumstances helps show him just how lucky he has been all along. Continue reading »