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Aloha Friday: Bad Mommy Moment

1/28/11
blogging memes, writing prompts

Here is how Aloha Friday works from Kailani's blog An Island Life:

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.



I have a confession to make. I suffered from a Bad Mommy Moment the other day. I was trying to clip Baby A's little fingernails and I accidentally got the skin on her thumb. I felt so awful as I saw her little face scrunch up and cry and felt even worse when I saw the blood dripping out of her little finger. I felt like I deserved the Worst Mom of the Year award even though I knew it was an accident.

My Question For You This Week: What's one of your Bad Mommy moments?

Visual Serendipity Blog Design Giveaway

1/27/11
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I just discovered this really cool blog designer at Visual Serendipity. She is having a great giveaway that ends January 31st. If you're looking for a new design, head on over to enter! Tell her that The Attic Girl sent you.


Wordless Wednesday: 1 month Old

1/26/11





For more Wordless Wednesday, visit Five Minutes for Mom. You can also share your Wordless Wednesday post in the linky below.



Box Tops For Education Program

1/24/11
Have you heard about the Box Tops for Education Program?

"Box Tops for Education was created by General Mills in 1996 as an easy way to help make a difference for kids and schools. Since then, schools have earned more than $375 million through the program to help get the things they need-from books and school supplies to playground equipment and computers. Help make a difference in schools by clipping Box Tops from more than 240 brands, including Cheerios, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Hamburger Helper, Kleenex, Ziploc, Hefty, Juicy Juice, Avery, Welch´s, Land O´Lakes and Brita. Find out how much your school has earned and learn other ways to earn cash for your school at www.btfe.com."

It's easy to participate; simply clip the box tops from products you already buy and send them into your child's school. We have been clipping them diligently at our house for years.

By participating in the program, American schools can earn over $50 million this 2010/2011 school year! Watch the video clip below to see how Box Tops for Education surprised shoppers at a grocery store to celebrate.





You can follow Box Tops For Education On:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BoxTopsForEducation

Twitter: www.twitter.com/BTFE



Disclosure: This information was provided to me by MyBlogSpark. I did not receive any compensation for this post.


Aloha Friday: Is It Tacky?

1/21/11
blogging memes, writing prompts

Here is how Aloha Friday works from Kailani's blog An Island Life:

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.



I was watching The View this morning and they were discussing how this girl received an email from a guy she went out on a date with that asked for her to pay half of the dinner bill he had paid because they weren't going to go out again. I was shocked that a guy would actually send an email like that after he had already paid for their date. If a guy offers to pay for a date, then I don't think he should ask for the money back later just because it didn't work out. Seems pretty tacky to me!

My Question For You This Week: Do you think it's tacky to ask for someone to ask for half the date's cost if they aren't going to go out again?

Wordless Wednesday: Doggy Love

1/19/11

For more Wordless Wednesday, visit Five Minutes for Mom. You can also share your Wordless Wednesday post in the linky below.


Bloggy Blog Designz January Giveaway

1/17/11


Bloggy Blog Designz is having a Giveaway!!! They are giving away all kinds of goodies. Plus ALL entrants will receive 20% off any purchase through the end of the month! Be sure to check out their website for more information, or to enter yourself. Take a look at their portfolio and packages to see what's right for you. The first 5 entrants will receive a $15 giftcard. The giveaway will close on January 22, so be sure to have your posts done and comments left by midnight! Good Luck to everyone!



Aloha Friday: What Do You Think

1/14/11
blogging memes, writing prompts

Here is how Aloha Friday works from Kailani's blog An Island Life:

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.



My Question For You This Week: At what age would you leave your child home alone for a period of time?

FIRST Wild Card Book Tour God Gave Us The World by Lisa Tawn Bergren #Sponsored

1/13/11
book tours, book reviews, christian fictionIt is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!


Today's Wild Card author is:

Lisa Tawn Bergren

and the illustrator:


and the book:


WaterBrook Press (January 11, 2011)
***Special thanks to Staci Carmichael, Marketing and Publicity Coordinator, Doubleday Religion / Waterbrook Multnomah / Divisions of Random House, Inc. for sending me a review copy.***

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


author bios, book reviews, christian fiction, children's authors, children's books, picture booksLisa Tawn Bergren is the award-winning author of nearly thirty titles, totaling more than 1.5 million books in print. She writes in a broad range of genres, from adult fiction to devotional. God Gave Us Love follows in Lisa’s classic tradition of the best-selling God Gave Us You. She makes her home in Colorado, with her husband, Tim, and their children, Olivia, Emma, and Jack.


Visit the author's website.


ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:


illustrator bio, children's book illustrators, children's books, christian fiction, children's picture books
Laura J. Bryant studied painting, printmaking, and sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She has illustrated numerous award-winning children’s books, including God Gave Us You, Smudge Bunny, and If You Were My Baby. Laura lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

Visit the illustrator's website.

Product Details:

List Price: $10.99
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press (January 11, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1400074487
ISBN-13: 978-1400074488

Also Available:

God Gave Us You
God Gave Us Two
God Gave Us Christmas
God Gave Us Heaven
God Gave Us Love
God Gave Us So Much
– a limited three book treasury



AND NOW...THE FIRST FOUR PAGES...press the pictures to better view them:

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Lisa Tawn Bergren, children's books, picture books, christian children's books, christian fiction
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My Review/Thoughts:


This is a wonderful story to read to young children.  It has a delightful story line that talks about how God created everything and everyone and that each creation is special and unique.  The polar bear characters are very cute and children will relate to them.  The illustrations are beautiful also!  I can't wait until my little one is old enough to discuss this book with me at bed time.

Teaser Tuesdays: Thread of Hope Meditations for Women by Faye Hill Thompson

1/11/11


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser:

"This episode taught me that I need to slow down and pay closer attention to what I am doing. Far more important, though, I need to relax and appreciate what is important about my relationships."

--pg. 175 Thread of Hope Meditations for Women by Faye Hill Thompson

What are you reading?  If you have a teaser, you can head on over to Miz B's blog or share it here by leaving a comment.

Aloha Friday: Happy New Year

1/7/11
blogging memes, writing prompts

Here is how Aloha Friday works from Kailani's blog An Island Life:

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.



New Year's Eve was a great night for us. My in-laws got to meet our baby girl for the first time. We rang in the New Year watching Dick Clark's Rockin' Eve, sipped sparkling cider, and enjoyed time with family.

My Question For You This Week:  How'd You Celebrate New Year's Eve?

3 Weeks

1/6/11
It's hard to believe my baby is 3 weeks old already. Days have blended into each other over these past few weeks. It's been feed, burp, change, rock, repeat. Somewhere in between that, she sleeps. She sleeps really well during the day hours with just a little fussiness, but at night, she is in and out and cries frequently. We have switched her formula to soy to see if that will help with the gas that seems to give her a bit of pain. It is getting a little better. I think I caught 3 straight hours of sleep one night! Woohoo!

I am trying to keep up with my usual routine, but things are all turned around. So if you don't see me blogging or tweeting for a bit, know that I am probably trying to catch some z's.

Teaser Tuesdays: Baby; The All Important First Year by Baby Center Edited by Linda J Murray

1/4/11


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser:

This week, I thought I'd share a teaser from the only book I've had much time to read lately now that my little one is here.

"It's great when a partner is eager to get hands-on with the baby. Not only can it make you feel all warm and fuzzy to see them together, but it takes of the pressure off you...Close nurturing cuddling strengthens the attachment between father and baby and forms the foundation of a strong, loving bond for the years ahead."

--Baby the all important first year by Baby Center, Edited by Linda J Murray pg. 86-87

What are you reading?  If you have a teaser, you can head on over to Miz B's blog or share it here by leaving a comment.


12 Pearls of Christmas: Imua

1/3/11
A great Hawaiian saying is "Imua!" which means to move forward with confidence and courage. It's a great word for the upcoming new year as we explore new opportunities and perhaps face fears.

This week, I put into practice "imua" by facing my fear of ziplining. Yes, I stepped off a wooden platform to soar across 1800 feet of the world's fifth largest caldera located in Kauai. Encouraged by my teenage daughters, I faced my fear of not being in control of my destiny and took a leap of faith.



The excellent guides, Mitch and Chris of Outfitters Kauai prepared us well for our ultimate "black diamond" zipline adventure. We did several practice runs on what I thought were "big ziplines" but little did I know what was really awaiting. The guides constantly reminded us that the most important lesson we all needed to learn to be safe was to "trust our gear."

True wisdom that I needed to hear. For too long in life, I have "held on tightly" when what I should have done was to "let go and let God." He provides "the gear" that we need to sustain us through the difficult moments of life as we soar across jungles.

So I guess my advice would be this: "Face your fear and trust God's gear." IMUA!!

What fear do you need to face this year? What have you been holding on too tightly? What does "imua" mean to you?

Margaret McSweeney is the founder of Pearl Girls (www.pearlgirls.info), the host of Kitchen Chat (http://margaretmcsweeney.com/kitchen-chat/), and an author. Her book, Pearl Girls: Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace, was published in 2009. Margaret is fast at work on a fiction manuscript (or three) and can be found blogging at From Finance to Fiction (http://fromfinancetofiction.blogspot.com).

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