Make a Book About Your Favorite Person and You Could Win $2,500 from Blurb

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Blurb wants to meet your favorite person and in turn you could win $2,500! All you have to do is make a book about a loved one filled with all sorts of kind words, creativity and insight, and if selected, you could win $2,500! For every book you make (there are seven different categories, so seven different chances to win) you will receive a 30% discount on the printed product. With so many special people in your life (Hint: Mother’s Day is coming!), why not make a book for a few of them! With that much love to share, everyone is a winner!

Go to Blurb to check out the details of the contest to see what the categories are and when the entries are due. The 30% discount on My Favorite books will be applied at checkout when you use the promo code: MYFAVORITE.

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Spending Some Time with my Sweet Niece Livy

I am in love. Seriously in love. With my 13 month old niece, Livy, that is. Look at her adorable smiles, she was so happy that Auntie Quack Quack came to visit and babysit her while her Mama (my sister) went for an appointment.

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Let me explain the short story behind why I am Auntie Quack Quack; when my daughter was a baby, quacking with my hands was a way I could calm her when out in public with me. I naturally gave it a try one day with Livy, who was a little upset and low and behold it worked! Since that day I have been deemed Auntie Quack Quack because my Quack Quack whether it be in person or over the phone makes Livy smile. I am trying hard to get Livy to say Auntie but she has only said it maybe twice, her preferred term for me is Quack Quack. Sigh.

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This particular day, last Tuesday was such a joy! Livy smiled big for me the whole time and enjoys playing this “you can’t get me” game where she crawls away from you quickly after pushing towards you to tease you like “come and get me”. Livy has quite the personality and now that she is “on the go” it was not easy for me to get her to nap. In the past, a simple lullaby in Auntie’s arms would relax her to sleep, not so much this particular day. Livy wanted to run and explore and play with Auntie, okay not run but crawl quickly!

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One of our favorite things to do is to read this Care Bear book, actually a hand me down from my home to Livy. I passed down a lot of the books we had accumulated after Livy was born so that Livy could experience a love of books just like my kiddos. It’s adorable that to this day Livy remembers our Care Bear book and she often grabs it, turns pages and smiles at me to read along while she “reads” page by page. She is simply precious!

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My sister and I chat on the phone often but I don’t get to visit as often as I would like to because she is 45 minutes away and as I wrote the other day, I have my hands full with my seven year old son. I was told Livy is starting to take steps and standing up all confident, this picture above shows her cute face standing there and she stood there, while letting go of that toy forever. It was as if she was showing off her new skill to her Auntie. Later on, my Dad showed up after my sis returned home and Livy actually walked about 2 feet to me, stood at my legs, looked up and held her hands upwards in a “pick me up” way. I scooped her up all proud and happy. February 11, 2014 was the first time my niece walked to me!

I must admit, after years of realizing that my sister probably wouldn’t have a baby and I wouldn’t ever become an auntie, this experience has been a true blessing for my sister and myself. Being an Auntie has shown me how my sister felt about my first born child, she truly loved her in a way that you love your own child. I would do anything to ensure Livy is protected, and my sister. I love them dearly and never in a million years would I think I could love another baby the same exact way I love my own children I gave birth to. Family is such a blessing to have.



Karmen Sense Adventures – Common Sense Living Fun Book for Kids #books #children #spon

gift guide sponsorsToday I get to share a cute kids book to add to your holiday gift giving list, Karmen Sense Adventures.

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Give the gift of opening discussions in a fun way about table manners, personal hygiene, sending thank you notes, and wearing sunscreen with your kids with Karmen Sense Adventures. This 30 page book is a great book to enjoy with your children. This really is just a simple yet cute book for your children, perfect for that end of night story with the kids. Every night my son’s and I sit down on the carpet in their bedroom and read together. Now that my seven year old is happy to read along with me, I have been sharing reading the bedtime story with him. We take turns reading 1-2 pages each, just like I did with his older sister when she was younger.

Karmen Sense Adventures teaches such wonderful, yet simple skills in life but with a fun story twist which keeps your children engaged and wanting you to turn the page. Colorful pages that are illustrated by Rey Reyes, this book is written by Dana Myers Roberge. With a suggested retail price of $11.99 you can get your copy over at today just in time to pack up for placement under the tree this holiday season!

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Bugs in My Hair Children’s Book Plus more from David Shannon Giveaway

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Today I am here to share a new book for your children to enjoy, Bugs in my Hair. This is a book written by David Shannon. Head lice is the topic, a subject that is tabooed by many, “ewwww that person has head lice, they are gross and dirty” you know how it goes with the shame in facing the fact that your child got head lice. Can you imagine the shame your child feels when wind is put out there in the school? Children are mean and immature which means that they are not educated in the fact that head lice happens.


David Shannon is a comical writer, my children fully enjoyed “No, David” which is another book he wrote and you will be able to have a chance at wining three of David Shannon’s books below if you choose to enter the giveaway.

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