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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Dani's Story: A Journey from Neglect to Love by Diane & Bernie Lierow and Kay West (book review)

***Mother's Day Gift Idea (pre-order)***

Dani's Story: A Journey from Neglect to Love
Not since "A Child Called It" have I enjoyed/hated reading a story more.  Although the difference is that I have had children since, so the maternal instincts in me wept for this girl.  (Okay, so I don't have maternal instincts, but you get my point.)

Dani's story is about a young girl who was living in deplorable conditions when she was taken away from the situation.  She seemed to be so damaged and neglected that people thought there was no hope of rescuing her from a doomed existence and future.  This book is the story told by the couple that eventually adopted Danielle (which in itself was a daunting task of wrestling with a legal system that seemed completely in the wrong) and transformed her for the better.  With their love and support, Dani was able to overcome great hardships and lead a life that she never thought she could have or even deserve.

I thought this was a very moving book.  I was disgusted at the idea that parents would treat their own children like this, angry at the legal system that couldn't see what was right for this girl and joyous that there are good people out there that aren't selfish and can see that sometimes the littlest things can change someone's life for the better.

Definitely worth the read, you won't want to puty it down!!!

MOTR Grade: A-


Dani's Story is available in hardback June 2011!!!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Blues

First and foremost, my apologies on inundating everyone with reviews and no original posts- gotta pay the bills, and since there are so many, sometimes I get buried in them and have a hard time surfacing enough to think of worthwhile things to say- not that anything I say is necessarily worthwhile, but I like to ramble from time to time...

So today is Easter- go Jesus!  As a big fan of God, I do acknowledge this holiday.  And this year I have a huge case of the blues.  I'm going to chalk it up to 30% adjusting to my new bipolar meds and 70% not being around family for the first Easter in my existence.  Normally I spend every Easter with my parents and since becoming a mom, I have never spent an Easter away from my kids.  Well, this year I am not around either and it is lighting the edges of my heart on fire and slowly smoldering itself into the middle.

Without getting into negativity and drama, I found myself "unable" to go back to my hometown for the holidays.  I would have only spent a couple hours with my kids anyway while they did an Easter egg hunt, so it hardly made up for the sheer velocity of retribution I would have had to deal with by going back.  So, I told my daughter that I would stay home and make sure I was here to get whatever the Easter bunny left in case he left it outside the door.  She seemed quite okay with this idea and was not disappointed that I wasn't going back with her.  My son is too young to understand the concept of it being a holiday, he just knows that he gets presents... and don't even get me started on where the french fries this whole Easter bunny thing came from when we celebrate the holiday because Jesus rose... did he see a bunny and dub it the deliverer of candy and trinkets?  I don't recall seeing that in the Bible, but maybe I was skimming.

So what am I going to do on this Easter?  Well, I'm going to try to dig myself out of this hole of despair and emotional turmoil and try to enjoy spending the day with the boyfriend.  I know that I should try to make it special for him because he did not get to see his family either, but my selfish tendencies come in and I find it hard to muster a facade of excitedness.  I did start a crockpot full of loaded baked potato soup for dinner and I guess it's an Easter food because it has bacon and bacon comes from a pig and so does ham.

Okay, I'm going to wallow in self pity now.  Enjoy the day, whichever way you choose to do so!!!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Goodnight for Justice

I would definitely not say that I am a fan of westerns, but there are a couple that I was willing to try that didn't make me shudder in revulsion, i.e. Tombstone and Silverado.  Well, this one was oooookay, but not spectacular.  I thought the plot was interesting, but tired.  The whole vengeance for my slaughtered family thing has been done, but not so much as a western.  I think for a Hallmark movie, it was what it was and it was decent.  It is definitely worth a rainy day watch.  Luke Perry is pretty cute, after all!

Luke Perry and Jason Priestley last worked together on the legendary 90's teen soap "Beverly Hills, 90210," but in GOODNIGHT FOR JUSTICE, an acclaimed Western which premiered on the Hallmark Channel in January 2011 they reunite for the very first time with Priestley behind the camera and Perry in the lead.

John Goodnight (Perry) has a crystal clear memory of the day that his family fell victim to ruthless outlaws. He and the wife of Circuit Judge Aldous Shaw were the only survivors of the attack; she would become his foster mother.  Goodnight cannot forget the corrupt man who destroyed his family and he lives for a second chance encounter with the outlaw.  Years later, after he’s named a circuit judge of the Western Territories, Goodnight must choose between justice and revenge when the same outlaws return to terrorize his lands.

CAST/CREW
  • Luke Perry (“Beverly Hills, 90210”, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Lara Gilchrist (“Battlestar Galactica”, The Seamstress)
  • Melanie Papalia (Postal, American Pie Presents: The Book of Love)
  • Michael Teigen (TRON: Legacy, Nightwatching)
  • Director Jason Priestley (Tombstone, “Beverly Hills 90210”)

BONUS FEATURES
·         New filmed interview with Luke Perry and Jason Priestley
Family Time Factor:  It's appropriate for most ages, but would probably be more enjoyed from ages 10 and up if you're going to watch it as a family.
MOTR Grade: C

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Arm & Hammer Power Gel is Turning ONE!

America’s first gel laundry detergent, ARM & HAMMER® Power Gel, is turning one and celebrating the true essence of first birthday parties, from the chocolate cake smeared bibs to the grass and dirt stained clothes. Now through June 15th, parents are invited to share messy first birthday moments for a chance to win a dream birthday party for their child. 

As a parent, stains are something you come to realize are unavoidable- who am I kidding, even if I didn't have kids, I'm a clutsy, sloppy person, so stains just are part of my every day life!  I used Arm & Hammer Power Gel for the first time ever on my last load of laundry and I was not only amazed, I was astounded!  Normally the crummy washing machines at my apartment complex don't get anything clean, but not only did they get clean with this detergent, but they SMELLED clean!  I was quite impressed, let me just say!

Anyway, there's a contest going on to help celebrate this one year birthday and Arm & Hammer Power Gel wants you to participate! Everyone has photos that capture a truly unforgettable and messy moment from their child’s first birthday. Parents can simply share a favorite photo from the celebration, along with a caption that describes the moment to www.PowerGelParty.com for a chance to win an ultimate kids birthday party, professionally planned and full of fun, messy activities. 

EASTER coupon codes!

Normally I don't care about helping my readers save money, but I found this interesting:

These are courtesy of currentcodes.com

1-800-Baskets: Save 20% off Treats and Sweets with code EASTER20
Cheryl’s: Save 15% off Easter Baskets with code EBASKET25
Fleurop.com: Save 10% on flowers with code EASTER11
1-800-Flowers: Save  15% on Easter purchases with code EASTER15
ProFlowers.com: Offering Easter gifts for $19.99 with a FREE vase
Floraqueen.com: Save 10% off discount on purchases with code EASTER10
CandyDirect.com: Save 3% off any order with code EASTERDEAL3
Dancing Deer Baking Co.: Save 20% off all Easter Gifts with code EASTER20
JellyBelly.com: Save 10% off $35 or more from Easter category with code BUNNY
Johnston County Hams: Save 10% off purchase with code EASTER10
PrintCandies.com: Save 25% off 50$ or more with code EASTER25
Harry & David: Save 20% off orders over $50 with code SPRING20
BakeMeAWish.com: 15% off all Gourmet Easter Cakes

Being a Mom Doesn't Mean You're Dead!

Being a mom doesn't mean you're a robot, a Stepford Wife or a mindless zombie who eats, sleeps and breathes diapers, laundry, cooking, cleaning and going to bed at 8pm.  (Okay, so I go to bed by 10pm most nights, but leave me alone!)  With that in mind, I bring you a nice reprieve from monotony.

EdenFantasys is not only an online "adult" store, but it is also a community.  They have everything from reviews to forums to interviews, you name it, they've got it!  And it's not raunch, it's life.  There's a reason why humans are different than animals, we have more feelings, more knowledge, more need for closeness.  Get daring, get bold, enjoy a little bit of fun, extra-curricular activities that remind you that you are more than just a machine!  Whether you buy a toy, join a forum or just do a little research, you owe it to yourself to live a little!

Sex toys - EdenFantasys adult toys store

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Reconnected Kids by Dr. Robert Melillo (book review)

Reconnected Kids: Help Your Child Achieve Physical, Mental and Emotional Balance is a new book written by Dr. Robert Melillo, creator and cofounder of Brain Balance Centers.  It is a guide that helps parents to understand the mental, physical and emotional states that their children are at or should be at or nearing for their age.  The goal of the book is to help parents understand and be able to help the child change unwanted or negative issues without the use of medication, anger or drama.

I found a lot of the information in the book to be very accurate, although I would not say that the book is written to the average reader.  I can easily see this book being made into a workshop and EXPLAINED to parents.  The average parent these days seems to be blue collar and without a high degree of education, especially not one of psychology.

My favorite section of the book was the chapter entitled "Behavior."  In this chapter, the author broke down behavior/emotional traits, physical traits and cognitive traits by age.  My daughter is 5, however I did not recognize many of the traits as being characteristic of her now.  She turned five in December.  So, I read the traits for a six year old and most of them were spot on!  For my three year old son, most things were accurate, but several were way off.  Of course, every child is different and special, so I'd assume they don't all fit into cookie cutter molds!

There was one section of the book that I think is very important to emphasize:

"Read, Read, Read!  The primary predictor of a child's reading ability and success in school is mostly related to one single factor: the amount of books found in the home!

As a parent, the best thing you can do to raise children with healthy brains is to encourage reading in your household.  Read books to them and with them and encourage them to read on their own.  Lead by example:  Pick up a book and let your kids see you reading.  If you never read a book, chances are your child won't either."

If you have questions about why your child acts the way they do, or if you are curious about how to help change certain behaviors, I'd definitely recommend this book.  If your child has extreme issues and you are at your wit's end, I suggest a professional.  This is not an answer to your prayers.

MOTR Grade: B

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Rocket Town by Bob Logan (children's book review)

Rocket TownBob Logan is a genius illustrator who has previously contributed his talent as a story artist on such features as Madagascar, Open Season and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.  He has also lent his brilliance to a first book, the picture book, The Sea of Bath.

In Rocket Town, Logan uses gorgeous, full page illustrations to tell a simple tale of a man who decides to take a rocket trip with his dog.  The words are simple and give basic opposites in small sentences.  There is not much story to this board book, but children could spend HOURS pouring over the pictures.  They are highly detailed, creative and illicit great imagination in your kids.  My son is 3 and LOVED it.  My daughter is 5 and liked the pictures, but was not that interested in it otherwise. 

This would make an excellent addition to your child's Easter basket!  (Or reward them for good behavior!)

MOTR Grade: A (but only for ages 3 and under.  I don't think it will excite older kids that much.)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Hawaiian Sarongs by Wave Shoppe

Do you have a killer body?  (Must be nice.)  Do you love to show it off?  (You go, girl!)  Well, the people who bring you the coolest Hawaiian shirts on the planet are also the proud makers of the coolest Hawaiian sarongs in the GALAXY!!!  Look completely chic, while covering up this summer! 

Sarongs are great because they can be worn at the waist, above the bust and if you might be so bold- wear it as a dress!  (Just watch out for the cool ocean breezes!)  My sarong is so gorgeous that I'm thinking of hanging it as art over my headboard...

I chose a gorgeous Hand Painted Sarong because the color was stunning and I absolutely love anything with butterflies on it!  They have many other patterns and fabrics as well.

If you want to add a little flair to the already gorgeous you, be sure to check out all of Wave Shoppe's collections.  Feel free to check out their promotions while you're there!  And if you're a fan of all things cool, make sure you say Aloha to Charles and tell him hamsterkitten sent you!