Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Jack the Boogey is My Real Name Book Blast and $25 giveaway

Disclosure: I earned an entry into a separate giveaway for blog blast participants in exchange for this post. I also got the chance to have new readers come visit my blog (welcome new readers! please feel free to stay and browse a while!). None of the links in this post are affiliate links for me. If you are a blogger and would like the opportunity to participate in future blog tours and blog blasts sign up at Mother, Daughter, & Son Book Reviews.


Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for "Jack the Boogey is My Real Name" by Davon Washington & Chase Washington, a delightful bedtime picture book for children who are afraid of the dark.

Jack the Boogey is my Name by Davon Washington

About the Book

Title: Jack the Boogey is my Real Name: The Truth about "The Boogeyman"
Authors: Davon Washington & Chase Washington
Illustrator: Ana-Gabriela Stroe
Publication Date: January 1, 2014
Publisher: Bedford House Books
Pages: 32
Recommended Ages: 3 to 8 
Summary: Have a child that's afraid of the dark? Are you a little curious about what happens when the lights go out? This delightful children's picture book will not only enhance the night time reading experience but bedtime in itself will never be the same. Jack The Boogey encourages kids to push through their fears, persevere and always do the right thing. One of the world's most feared creatures may have just become the most loved.  

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The Buzz

"I highly recommend this adorable tale to children who don't want to go to sleep at night because they are afraid the Boogeyman will get them! They just might discover that this isn't true. " ~ 5 Star Review, Amy G., Amazon
"My little one and I thoroughly enjoyed the story (he made me read it twice as soon as I took it out of the package and I had to distract him with Monsters University to get away to write a review), but the real treat to me was stashed in the cover blurb hidden away in the back of the book. It's written by Davon Washington and his son, Chase. Davon wanted to help young Chase understand how much work and effort went into providing the nice things he had, so he let Chase make this a project in which they could collaborate and Chase could get an idea of the value of hard work. To me, that's the best part of the story! " ~ 5 Star Review, Breeni B., Amazon
"I loved this book! The illustrations were such a big pull for me. It almost felt like watching a tv show in the sense that you are brought into the world of Jack the Boogey instead of trying to imagine the scariest non-monster possible. I do think that this is a great read for Young Readers because of the conflict and resolution. I enjoyed that Jack showed vulnerability (being upset over the children's misunderstanding that he was actually a helpful GOOD monster) and that it was OK to show emotion. This is a great lesson for all young readers. Sometimes when they see life lessons happening via forms of entertainment (books, movies, tv, et al) vs. just hearing about it from their parents, it sinks in a bit more." ~ 5 Star Review, LaToya, Amazon
 

About the Authors: Davon & Chase Washington

Davon WashingtonDavon Washington is an entertainment executive who was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Davon has made a career out of helping people bring their artistic dreams to fruition. The same people who more often than not do very little to enhance the tender minds of the culture that supports them. Creative thinking isn't a skill that you learn as an adult. It starts with that same imagination that we let run wild after we've mastered harder tasks like walking, talking and using the bathroom ourselves. It's Davon's mission to build a nation of creative thinkers one book at a time. Davon and his six-year old son, Chase collaborated to bring Jack the Boogey is My Real Name to life. This is their first book.  

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Busy Day Recipes: Roasted Veggies

This is my easiest side dish. I make it when I need a quick and easy vegetable to serve with a meal. My husband loves it and my kids go back and forth on eating it (as is normal for a 2.5 yr old and 10 mo old). 



Roasted veggies

Ingredients:
Frozen veggies (I use broccoli, or mixed veggies, or green beans  because that is what I can find at our stores. This recipe also works for fresh veggies, but that will require some cutting, peeling, etc so that depends on your time
Oil of choice (I use olive oil)

Directions:
Spread frozen veggies on a cookie sheet with sides.
Drizzle with oil of choice. 
Sprinkle on salt. 
Put on top rack of oven with oven set to high broil. 
Cook until veggies are crisp around edges and browned/blackened to your liking. 

Notes:
I sometimes make 2 pans of these veggies or make these veggies with a meat (such as 2 Ingredient Coconut Chicken or Cheesy Swai Fish). To do that simply put all of the pans in the oven  with the meat on the lowest rack and rotate the pans until everything is cooked.



This recipe is paleo, gluten free, grain free, dairy free, legume free, soy free, egg free, fish free, shellfish free, nut free, peanut free, sugar free, and delicious!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Maisy and the Missing Mice Book Blast and $25 giveaway

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Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for the first book in The Maisy Files mystery chapter book series by Elizabeth Woodrum, "Maisy and the Missing Mice". Book 2 in the series, "Maisy and the Money Marauder" is coming August, 2014. If you haven't checked out Book 1, you can grab a copy for only 99 cents from Amazon!

 

About the Book

Maisy and the Missing MiceTitle: Maisy and the Missing Mice (The Maisy Files)
Author: Elizabeth Woodrum
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 75
Recommended Ages: 6 to 10 
Summary: Maisy Sawyer is not your average fourth grade student. She is a detective with a special skill for solving mysteries. She loves black and white mystery movies, cherry lollipops, and her dog, Reesie. When a thief known as The Black Boot steals the school's mascots and her lollipops, Maisy sets out to solve the case. Can she help return the mice to their home in the science lab? Will she ever see her beloved lollipops again? Find out in the first book in The Maisy Files series.      

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The Buzz About the Book

"Maisy and the Missing Mice is a fun chapter book featuring a smart and sassy tween girl as the title character; a solid and interesting plot featuring age-appropriate intrigue and suspense; and some terrific writing that carries the reader on a journey as a detective uncovering clues and solving the mystery of who stole the missing mice. I highly recommend this book as a read aloud book for children between the ages of 6 and 10 or for independent readers between the ages of 7 and 12 who love to read mysteries." ~ Renee, Mother Daughter Book Reviews
"Woodrum certainly knows her target audience and does a very nice job with the character development of Maisy. This is an incredibly kid-friendly story that makes a great introduction to the genre of mystery for newly independent readers. It's a quick page turning read that encourages kids to think outside of the box." ~ The Children's Book Review
"The delights from this book start with the cover art and continue with a fun story that is well-written." ~ 5 Star Review, R. Johnson, Amazon
"My name is Kat. I am 9 years old. I would rate this a five because I like everything about it, the mystery the most. It was fun to read. My favorite part was the mystery and the end. I love this book so much. I think other kids would love it too because it has mystery and most kids would like mystery books. Most mystery books have a good mystery. I would love to read the whole series." ~ 5 Star Review, Heather A., Amazon
"What an Amazing book. I totally love it. I admire the author dedication for writing an incredible book. While reading this book, it was very clear that author understand kids. I’ve always been an avid reader and this book is one of the best books I have read in 2014. This book grabs my attention from the very start of the book and couldn't put it aside till I finish it." ~ 5 Star Review, KristinT, Amazon
"I knew I would love this book simply because I knew it would remind me of the mystery books I read in my childhood. I really love how much trust the teachers and community as a whole put in Maisy. She is well deserving of their admiration as the way she finds clues and finds the mascot for the school is well thought out. This is a story any child would love to read. I hope Maisy continues to solve mysteries..." ~ 5 Star Review, Josh, Amazon
 

About the Author: Elizabeth Woodrum

Elizabeth WoodrumElizabeth Woodrum is an elementary teacher in Ohio. She came to love writing when she was in elementary school, but more recently began writing material for use in her classroom. From that writing, grew the desire to write books for the general population of children and adults alike. The Maisy Files, a children's series, is the first series that she has published. As a reader, Elizabeth prefers the fantasy genre, but she enjoys realistic fiction as well. Some of her favorite authors include JK Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Rick Riordan, Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins, and Nicholas Sparks. Originally from Indiana, Elizabeth currently resides near Dayton, Ohio with her two pets: a cat named Butterscotch and a dog named Reese Cup.  

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A Different Kind of Safari Book Blast and $25 giveaway

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A Different Kind of Safari Helen HippI’m pleased to be contributing this review to the Small Fry Safari Readers Challenge 2014, hosted by The Bookshelf Gargoyle, specifically under the category “A book with something related to safari in the title”. Click HERE for more information.  

About the Book

Title: A Different Kind of Safari
Author: Helen C. Hipp
Publication Date: March 19, 2013
Publisher: A Different Kind of Safari LLC
Pages: 32
Recommended Ages: 5 to 10
Summary: What do you need to feel happy about being different? Based loosely on real life experiences, this heartwarming and powerful book illustrates how self-awareness, and courage help a young boy named Raymond learn the difference between seeing things as they appear to be and seeing things as they are. Feeling "different and lonely" Raymond befriends a hippo while on Safari in Africa. Unlike other grey hippos, this hippo is pink. Ray is soon carried into a world beyond labels and challenging assumptions. You will never guess what happens next!  

The Inspiration Behind the Story by Helen Hipp

A Different Kind of Safari inside page Inspired by real-life adventure, the story behind the story unfolded when I went on an African safari back in 2001. The trip was lead by my father whose dream was to share the safari experience with his family. Little did I know that this trip was going to incite me to write a children’s adventure book but it did. The storyline made it appearance when my family spotted a pod of hippos and one was pink! My son Ray fourteen at the time immediately named her “Rosie”. Curious and wanting to learn more about this hippo we asked the guide many questions about hippos and hippo behavior. Specifically I wanted to know why the pink hippo stood so far outside of her pod. The familiarity of the guides answer took me by surprise, he explained that “Rosie” was tolerated but not necessarily accepted by the herd because of her differences. As a parent of a child with special needs I immediately felt a strong affiliation with Rosie’s situation as did my son Ray who has experienced his own challenges with acceptance. Inspired, I decided to share the story with the world by weaving them into a children's adventure book that celebrates differences. The book is entitled “A Different Kind of Safari”. Find out what you can learn from Rosie the pink hippo, and how you can share those lessons with the children in your life.  

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The Buzz About the Book

"A timeless book, that will speak to everyone. To be enjoyed over and over again! A fun, yet very thought provoking story for all ages. If books had a satisfaction guarantee, this one would be on the top of the list. " ~ 5 Star Review, Adden B. Chrystie, Amazon
"A Different Kind of Safari is truly a different kind of children's book! The beautiful artwork bring a very special story to life and I am excited the book is now available in audio format for an added bonus while driving kids around town! I particularly love the message of the book, which teaches us to celebrate our unique differences through Rosie the Pink Hippo rather than allow them to keep us from exploring our potentials. I highly recommend this book to all parents and special needs educators in particular. Thank you for writing this wonderful story!" ~ 5 Star Review, missladyjane, Barnes and Noble
"I really enjoyed this book. The illustrations were beautiful. I found this book to be very interesting and it was written from real life experiences. A Different Kind of Safari draws you in along with Ray on his journey to find his happiness and the answers to his questions. I recommend this book to children that are of grade school age but yet many younger children may enjoy the illustrations." ~ 5 Star Review, Whittle House, Goodreads
"The book has a great story. The illustrations are amazing!!!!! Get this book! All children from the young to the old will love this book. " ~ 5 Star Review, Mel, Amazon
"A Different Kind of Safari is not only a good book, but a great story! It is not only for caregivers, teachers and parents, but for anyone who has ever felt out of place. A pink hippo named “Rosie” and her friend “Ray” take a journey and explore their similarities and differences on the river of life. Self- acceptance and the acceptance of others is exquisitely conveyed in a fresh, FUN way through this sweet tail. It is a prize for all libraries!" ~ 5 Star Review, Anna Wood, Barnes and Noble
 

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About the Author: Helen C. Hipp

Helen C. Hipp, AuthorHelen Hipp’s experience raising a special needs child led her to an M.A. in clinical psychology and certification as a life coach. She began her career as a psychotherapist to help people find answers for their life problems. Her work eventually evolved into a coaching practice, WithinU Life Coaching, focusing on individuals with special needs and their families. Helen uses her 13+ years of counseling experience and 20+ years’ experience as a successful advocate for individuals with special needs by helping them reveal their innate ability to solve difficult situations. Her debut book " A Different Kind of Safari" puts into words the essence of Helen's teachings addressing the many questions life asks by offering up lighthearted, ever-changing perspectives that transform personal challenges into opportunities. For more information, visit the books official website and to see a picture of the real Rosie the real life pink hippo that inspired this story, go to www.adifferentkindofsafari.com

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Busy Day Recipes: 2 ingredient Coconut Chicken

This is my most basic go-to meal. It has 2 main ingredients and then a few optional spices. How much easier can it get than that? I serve it with roasted veggies (recipe coming soon) and if we want baked potatoes or sweet potatoes. Both of which are super easy. In short if I stock the ingredients I can have a meal on the table in 30 minutes made from frozen ingredients and pantry staples!




2 Ingredient Coconut Chicken

Ingredients
Chicken (use enough for each person to have a serving and have some leftovers. I use boneless skinless chicken breasts, but any cut would probably work. Frozen chicken totally works for this, just needs a little longer to cook.)
Coconut oil (use a small dab (~ 1t) on each breast or cut)
Optional: any spices or flavoring you would like (my favorite is lavender and lemon juice)

Directions:
Place chicken in a pan with sides.
Dab coconut oil on top. 
Add any seasonings desired 
Bake until no pink is left in the middle (a higher temperature will make it done quicker, a lower done slower) 
Or if you are making the roasted veggies put in on the bottom rack and put the oven and it will cook while the veggies are broiling.


This recipe is paleo, AIP, gluten free, grain free, dairy free, legume free, soy free, egg free, fish free, shellfish free, nut free, peanut free, sugar free, and delicious!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Starchild Series Book Blast and $25 giveaway


Disclosure: I earned an entry into a separate giveaway for blog blast participants in exchange for this post. I also got the chance to have new readers come visit my blog (welcome new readers! please feel free to stay and browse a while!). None of the links in this post are affiliate links for me. If you are a blogger and would like the opportunity to participate in future blog tours and blog blasts sign up at Mother, Daughter, & Son Book Reviews.

About the Books

Book 1: The Age of Akra

Age of Akra (Starchild, Book 1)Title: Starchild: The Age of Akra (Book 1)
Author: Vacen Taylor
Publication Date: March 6, 2013
Publisher: Odyssey Books
Pages: 135
Recommended Ages: 10+
Reviewed by: Renee (Mother)
Summary: When Mai is chosen to take a pilgrimage to the Valley of a Thousand Thoughts to train with the oldest and wisest master of their people, an ancient prophecy is set in motion. The events to come have been predicted but are not unchangeable. When the Starchild returns to the planet of Sage, the foreknowledge of the prophecy begins to gain strength. Four children come together and become linked to the events that lie ahead. In The Age of Akra, the first stage of their journey has them facing the deadly spiderflax, only then to be confronted by a creature of the underworld, an evil Dementra called Amual. The struggle to bring peace to the world of powerful energies lies in the hands of these four children and a strange little lizard. And it will not come easy. This journey is only the beginning.  

Buzz About Book 1

"The Age of Akra is a riveting, well-written, and imaginative story featuring an intricate plot and stellar cast of characters that is sure to be thoroughly enjoyed by tweens, teens, and even adults who love a great science fiction tale. This is a real page-turner and I highly recommend this book to children aged 10 and older. I just loved it and to think the author has seven books planned for the series ... I'm salivating." ~ Renee, Mother Daughter Book Reviews
"What an imagination!! Absolutely fabulous. What a great read. The characters came to life so easily. Their physical descriptions have me a visual idea but their personalities evolved and developed quickly so they were my friends and heroes before very long. I cried when Mia was selected and was on the edge of my seat when it looked like Long wouldn't make it. I couldn't put it down. A very clever story with wonderful likable characters in amazing places with fascinating skills and weird animals. I went through a range is emotions with these characters where I wanted to hug them, love them, give them a good slap, protect and spend time with. I cannot wait for book 2. Highly recommend this series of books and hope they make a movie from it would be a blockbuster!!!" ~ 5 Star Review, Dannielle S., Goodreads
"Masterfully told from different viewpoints, Starchild is neither a "boy" nor "girl" book, but rather an everyone book. Struggling readers will enjoy the simple truths of the characters, and more advanced readers will delight in the journey of Mai, Long, and Akra. A journey that introduces multifaceted characters, whom I hope will make an appearance in subsequent titles in The Starchild Series, because I'm already attached to them. Even the slightest of creatures was placed in Starchild with the greatest of skill, care, and thought. Outstanding job, Ms. Taylor, and I look forward to continuing my journey through the series." ~ 5 Star Review, C. Bullard, Amazon
 

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Book 2: The City of Souls

Starchild: The City of Souls by Vacen TaylorTitle: Starchild: The City of Souls (Book 2)
Author: Vacen Taylor
Publication Date:October 14, 2013
Publisher: Odyssey Books
Pages: 137
Recommended Ages: 10+
Reviewed by: Renee (Mother)
Summary: In The City of Souls, the pilgrimage to the Valley of a Thousand Thoughts continues. Having already triumphed against dangerous adversaries in The Age of Akra, the four children -- Mai, Long, Akra and Sahib -- now face the evil melkarie and must escape to the City of Souls. When they reach the safety of the land of Naroan, in a city hidden under a blanket of living green, the children are confronted with the challenge of locating the Singing Soul. But the underworld is searching for it too, and will do anything to stop the young pilgrims from finding it. The prophesy is at risk of being extinguished unless the children succeed in their quest.  

Buzz About Book 2

"The City of Souls is the second book in a science fiction fantasy featuring an intricate and engaging plot, well-developed characters who are faced with new challenges, a well-described setting reminiscent of Star Wars with a hint of Lord of the Rings and Indiana Jones-style action and suspense. I’m in this series for the whole haul as I feel completely invested in what happens next as the prophecy continues to roll forward. I highly recommend this book as well as the series to science fiction aficionados ages 10 years and older looking for something a little different. ~ Renee, Mother Daughter Book Reviews
"The author graciously sent a signed copy of this 2nd book in her series to my daughter Emily. Emily read Vacen Taylor's first book in the Starchild series: The Age of Akra. She very much enjoyed the adventure and getting to know the characters. Emily eagerly anticipated the next book! Emily was thrilled when her copy of The City of Souls arrived and did what she could do to avoid her homework so that she could sneak and read The City of Souls. She read the book with much interest and said that she loved every bit of it. As a parent, it's a big comfort and joy to me when my kids find stories written for their enjoyment! The Starchild series captured the heart and imagination of my daughter. And she very much looks forward to book three." ~ 5 Star Review, Vonda N., Goodreads
"Ms Taylor provides masterful descriptions that don't bore the reader. Thank you. I think the writing is at its best in the action, but the character building, backstory and forewarning is all there and relevant to the overall building of good storytelling. I'm assuming the introductions to some of the other multifaceted characters will have relevance in future books. I do hope so. Overall, a great read for children who are looking for something refreshingly new and unique." ~ 5 Star Review, Kirt T., Amazon
 

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About the Author: Vacen Taylor

Vacen Taylor AuthorVacen Taylor is an Australian author, writer, occasional artist and amateur photographer. She loves creating stories for children and reading to her young readers. She is a happy person with a zest for life and exploring the world at large. Vacen collects comics and loves superheroes. Her favourite superhero is Spider-Man. Vacen also believes in expressing the uniqueness of self. She has had several short stories published for adults online. Starchild is her first novel for children and is the first book in a series of seven.

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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Vacen Taylor and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Destiny and Faith Go To Twincentric Academy Book Blast and $50 giveaway!

Disclosure: I earned an entry into a separate giveaway for blog blast participants in exchange for this post. I also got the chance to have new readers come visit my blog (welcome new readers! please feel free to stay and browse a while!). None of the links in this post are affiliate links for me. If you are a blogger and would like the opportunity to participate in future blog tours and blog blasts sign up at Mother, Daughter, & Son Book Reviews.

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating this Book Blast on behalf of author Jourden Cleghorn who writes under the pen name of Teddy O'Malley.

Jourden was recently involved in a serious automobile accident resulting in severe injuries just days after her new book, Destiny and Faith Go To Twincentric Academy, was published in May 2014. The indie author community has come together to support this young author/illustrator during this challenging time. Please read below to see what you can do to help in a small way.

Destiny and Faith by Teddy O'Malley 

About the Book

Title: Destiny and Faith Go To Twincentric Academy
Author: Teddy O'Malley
Publication Date: May 11, 2014
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 62
Recommended Ages: 6 to 10 
Summary: Destiny and Faith are going into second grade and their mom has a great idea. She's going to send them to a school for twins! They're not sure whether to be excited or terrified. Come join them and see what happens!      

The Buzz

"Anyone who's tried to buy a book or birthday card for a child who isn't white will know how few are available. Golden hair and blue eyes rule. I was delighted by Destiny and Faith, who are mixed race/bi-racial, perfect for some children very close to me. However, let me quickly say that this is a story for all children. A school for twins is such a great idea and Destiny and Faith's adventures have a universal message about friendship and learning how to get along with each other. This would also be a good book for actual twins as some of the issues that arise in twin relationships come up in the story." ~ 5 Star Review, Mary Josephina Cade, Amazon
"I just finished reading this book. I got it for my daughter and decided to read it myself. It is so ORIGINAL and totally ADORABLE! A MUST READ for young children looking to read their FIRST CHAPTER BOOK! My daughter LOVES it!! I highly recommend this book!! " ~ 5 Star Review, radams, Amazon
"A great story for young girls, with lots of fun dialogue. Accompanied throughout by black and white drawings. These capture the body language and expressions of the different characters perfectly. Looking forward to more in the Destiny and Faith series." ~ 5 Star Review, M.J. Kinsman, Amazon
 

About the Author: Teddy O'Malley

Jourden Cleghorn, who writes and illustrates children’s books under the pen name Teddy O' Malley, was born in in Saint Louis, Missouri. She has traveled all over the United States and enjoys learning about new things and other cultures. She dreams of visiting a foreign country. She has enjoyed studying Spanish, German, and now Italian as well. Jourden paired her language skills with pictures of puppies to write Tell Me How You Say Good Night, a bedtime story. And a childhood friendship with a biracial girl named Hope influenced Jourden to make the Destiny and Faith characters biracial in her series about twins. Many of her books include a thread about friendship and acceptance of others. Jourden previously worked part time as a nurse assistant helping the disabled and elderly.

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On Thursday, May 15, 2014, Jourden was the passenger in a small car when a much larger truck turned in front of them. She suffered severe injuries as a result of this accident including a cracked sternum, punctured lung, broken arm, and broken foot. Unforutnately, the nature and severity of Jourden's injuries have limited her ability to promote her books effectively. I was very moved when I was approached by a member of the Facebook group, "Fun-tastic Children’s Books " (of which Jourden is an active member) to help this young author. This wonderful group took it upon themselves to promote Jourden’s books on her behalf. They bought, reviewed, tweeted and shared her books throughout social media and are sponsoring (along with MDBR) the giveaway below. If you should choose to enter the giveaway below (open worldwide), you will see an option to earn 10 extra entries in the giveaway by purchasing a copy of Teddy O'Malley's latest book, Destiny and Faith Go To Twincentric Academy from Amazon for only 99 cents. I hope you will consider helping out the author in this small way. Of note, during her recovery, Jourden found the inspiration for another children’s book. It will be about a child recovering from a car crash and having to cope with learning to write with the opposite hand, and other hardships that must be overcome during the healing process. Jourden usually writes with her right hand, but plans to illustrate the book using her left. She wants to show that hardships can be overcome if one does not give up.  

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Cat Who Lost His Meow Book Blast and $50 giveaway!

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The Cat Who Lost His Meow by Angela Muse

About the Book

Title: The Cat Who Lost His Meow
Author: Angela Muse
Illustrator: Helen H. Wu
Publication Date: June 1, 2014
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 32
Recommended Ages: 3+ 
Summary: Chester the lazy calico cat has suddenly lost his meow. He’s looking everywhere, but can’t seem to find his voice. When Chester puts himself in a frightening situation he not only finds his voice return, but he also finds his courage. This experience makes Chester appreciate things a little bit more than he had before.     

About the Author: Angela Muse

Angela Muse, Author
Angela Muse was born in California to a military family. This meant that she got used to being the "new kid" in school every couple of years. It was hard trying to make new friends, but Angela discovered she had a knack for writing. In high school Angela began writing poetry and song lyrics. Expressing herself through writing seemed very natural. After becoming a Mom in 2003, Angela continued her storytelling to her own children. In 2009 she wrote and published her first rhyming children's book aimed at toddlers. Since then she has released several more children's picture books and released her first young adult romance series, The Alpha Girls, in 2012.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Our Garden This Year - Garden Tour

You may have noticed that it has been a while since I posted (you may not have, I know how it is with a busy life :)).

The reason for the long break in posting is because the Random family has moved! We moved 5 minutes north of where we were before but it was just enough to get us out into the country. We absolutely love our new house. It is almost twice as big as our old house (if you count the basement, which we do because it is totally usable). And we now have 3/4 acre of land for the kids and us to play with. We have a huge garden this year and we have ambitious plans to have chickens next year and possibly a sheep, cow, or goat at some point. We are trying to work our way toward a more self-sustained, nature based life.

We love our new house but it is a lot of work. We are remodeling the kitchen, living room, and bathroom. We are still working on unpacking, and getting everything situated. And I am growing a garden, not just a garden, a huge garden. A garden so big I never thought I would be able to fill it, but I did, and am expanding it.

The house came with a lot of established fruit producing plants 2 apple trees, two pear trees, a cherry tree, a huge grapevine, and lots of raspberry plants and several other plants. And it came with a huge garden plot just waiting to be filled (well tilled and filled since by the time i got around to working the garden the weeds had taken off like crazy, thank goodness my mom owns a tiller).

I have done a lot of work in the garden and I am very proud of how well it is doing so I might just post about it regularly (or I might not because I am crazy busy working on it. On days where I can't work in the garden I try to go out once a day just to look at everything. It is so peaceful and God filled, and I cant believe it is growing and it will give us food. It is amazing how much I enjoy gardening. I hated gardening as a kid, I mean really hated it (I talked about this in my gardening post last year too), I would choose cleaning the house over gardening (because it was quicker and I didn't really understand the benefit of it. But now as an adult who is paying for all that food, and as a health conscious mama who wants to provide delicious additive and allergen free food for her family I see the benefit. And I have found the time to work on it. Little Man 1 is busy and active and loves to be outside. He would play outside all day if I would let him. So in the mornings I take him outside to play (he loves to play with the neighbor kids, we were blessed with built in playmates!) while Little Man 2 takes his morning nap. It works great all around!

Anyways I wanted to give you a little tour of my garden because I am proud of it and I love to show it off because I have worked so hard on it.

My Garden Tour 

 This is the garden plot. I cant believe how God has blessed us with this huge garden area. And I ccan't believe that I filled it already.
 At the front edge of the garden is a small area where I planted dill, 2 sunflowers, and green onions.
 Then comes the strawberry plants, this was a recent addition born from a sale on plants at the local nursery. I actually dug up a new row (I have planted so much I needed to expand the garden) and dug up a row of what was supposed to be potatoes that never grew. I still have 11 more strawberry plants that need a home I will probably have to expand the garden by another row or two, or put in a strawberry patch elsewhere. In the middle is kohlrabi that had already been planted there, I put the strawberries in around them.To the right of the strawberries is the cucumber plants.
After the cucumber plants comes the peppers, the sweet peppers in the front and the jalepenos in the back. Then the broccoli and cabbage.
Then comes crazy amounts of winter squash (and I do mean crazy, there are more). These are all either pumpkins or spaghetti squash (I couldn't remember exactly where I planted what, I kept them with their groups when transplanting but I don't know what is what). The other plants that I planted from seed (got the seeds from Walgreen's) didn't grow much so I thought I would need to plant the whole package to get a few plants to grow. Well these seeds I had gotten from a greenhouse while I was buying other plants there. And these seeds took off, I think every one of them grew. And while I was planting those I had spaghetti squash seed drying on my counter (I saved them to roast). And I thought why don't I just toss these in and see if they grow. Well those all grew too, so I have tons of spaghetti squash plants and not a few pumpkin plants (Unfortunately I cant tell them apart :( ). So I transplanted them from their original hills, because there were way too many plants way too close together, into these rows and the ones shown below. I figured some of them might die in the move, but they all seem to have survived it and they are going strong so I am going to have to thin them again. I am thinking about taking them to church and giving them away because I hate to waste a plant. And we may be eating tons of spaghetti squash this winter. Oh and that one row in the middle is radishes. That is the one thing that really grew well from the Walgreen's seeds, I have already harvested a couple of handfuls that is why it is so sparse.
 Here are my tomato plants. I have 18 tomato plants. I may have been a little overzealous in tomato plant buying but they came in sets of 4 each and I wanted to try a couple types and my aunt gave me 6 plants (3 different types) so I have a bunch (and yes I already had the 6 from my aunt before I bought my 12 but I really wanted to have those types. I bought early girl (because who doesn't want early tomatoes), sweet 100 (sweet baby tomatoes, love sweet tomatoes, and I love to eat tomatoes for snacks, so little ones are easy for that), and celebrity (they just sounded amazing and fun). So yeah we will have a lot of tomatoes. I plan to can sauce and juice and paste and salsa so they will get used. And what I ant use I will give away to family and friends or possibly if we have tons sell (same with the spaghetti squash, oh and our amazing house does have a root cellar, yay!). And yes, I did learn my lesson about tomato cages being made for a reason last year, but I only have 7 tomato cages and 18 plants. I need to buy more, but I keep forgetting, and I haven't found a good deal yet. I just need to buy them and get them in before the plants get too big, they are already getting pretty big.
 I guess I didn't get a wider picture of this. The little plants are zucchini, the big ones to the right are summer squash. These plants did a little more reasonably. I have 8 zucchini plants and 2 summer squash (the summer squash was seeds from Walgreen's, the zucchini seeds were from the nursery). I think I need to spread the zucchini plants out a little.
 Here are more of the spaghetti squash or pumpkin plants.
 And again more. You see what I mean about them going a little crazy?
 Ok, this may just look like a big weed patch but there are 4 watermelon plants in there. You can see the two at the front in their little dug out areas, the other two are at the back. Seriously who has room to plant plants 10 feet apart? The reason this is a weed patch and not tilled is because we didnt think we were going to use it this year. The center of this patch was (for some unknown reason) used as a burn pile and I want to dig up some of the burn remnants (there is some plastic in there) and get them out of the garden before I plant over there, so I put the watermelon plants on the two ends. Kill two birds with one stone, right?
This patch I am especially proud of. Can you guess what it is? It is sweet potatoes. I never even seen sweet potatoes grown before. But Little Man 2 and I love sweet potatoes and they are not the cheapest thing in the quantity that we go through them. So I researched how to grow them and bought some and planted them and they seem to be growing! Yay! I hope they are growing as well under the ground as they are above. I am really curious about what is happening under the ground.
 Sorry about my finger in the photo. Apparently I only took one of this photo. I took a lot of photos (like tons, I had to stop myself from showing you pictures of each individual plant, not really but if you are a passionate gardener you know what i mean :) )

This side of my garden is the melons. There are cantaloupe, Watermelon and Honeydew over here, kind of mixed up. there is a row of watermelon in the middle and on either side because I got watermelon plants from 2 different nurseries and I want to see which ones I like better so I can buy those next year. This end of the garden didn't get tilled at first. Like I said, I did not think I would get anywhere near filling the whole garden so we only tilled the front 1/3 of the garden. when we went to till the 2nd time we didn't till the middle because of the burn pile, we tilled the sweet potato patch but it was a lot of work with the weeds having grown so much and it was late and buggy so we just tilled rows for the melons and left weed patches in between. And now the weeds are creeping in the rows again. So I need to weed some more.

You saw my weed control regimen in the previous pictures. I put down cardboard in between the rows and then put grass clippings around the actual plants. But I haven't had enough time and grass clippings to do this end of the garden yet. And as you can see it makes a big difference. There are still weeds at the other end of the garden but not as many as this end (and to be fair like i said this end did not have all the weeds tilled away like the other end did).
 Over there in that clover patch are the last 4 watermelon plants (yes, that makes 12 watermelon plants, we like watermelon). You can also see one of our adorable kitties, Faith, and all the random garden wires that haven't been utilized.
 This is a small asparagus patch on the other side of the grape vine that came with the house. It must be really old because it has some of the biggest asparagus stems that I have ever seen. Unfortunately it is a super tiny patch and I only got a few asparagus, I think i need to plant some more. All you can see in this picture it the one that went to see, look how huge it is!
 In case you think I am a super great gardener who doesn't make mistakes (why would you think that I just showed you my weed patch that passes for a garden :) ) I thought I 'd show you one of my big failures this year. This is my lettuce and kale graveyard. My mom gave me some seedlings and suggested that they needed to not get too much sun so I planted them in front of a window along the back of the house. I am not sure if it was the lesser sunlight or the water situation (I alternated between drowning them and forgetting them since they were away from the main garden) or the untilled, rooty, ground in front of the window or what but these lettuce and kale died very quickly. Fortunately lettuce is not terribly expensive :)
 This is our cherry tree I wish I could show you how beautiful the cherries are in the tree, but we already picked the ripest cherries.
 This is one of the apple trees, you can see the little apples starting to form.
 This is one of the pear trees, you can see the little pears. I can see this tree from my living room window and I enjoy watching the pears grow.
 This is the grape vine. As you can see it is huge!
 There are lots of raspberries scattered along the grape vine.
 I planted 8 little trees around the yard . They grew in my mom's compost pile. We dont know for sure what kind they are it will be fun to see when they get big ans start producing :)
Some of the little trees are dying really quickly. I dont know why some of them are thriving while others are dying. If you know, please tell me :)


So there it is, my beautiful garden. I am so proud of it, and so blessed that God gave it to me. I am trying to do my best with it. I read somewhere that all of gardening is an experiment and I believe it, you try things and they work or they fail, you learn and perfect or move on. I have been learning little bits the last 5 years, and I am sure I will learn even more this year. And I am having a lot of fun with it! Thank you God for this opportunity!

Sorry this post was so long. Are you growing a garden this year? What did you plant? Any advice for me? Any questions (I don't know tons, but I will tell you anything I do know :) ).
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