Review: Mom’s Journey: Practical Tips for Raising Kids by Limor Friedman + Giveaway

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Mom’s Journey: Practical Tips for Raising Kids
Limor Friedman
Published July 23, 2014 | Magical Tale Press
84 pages | Non-Fiction, Parenting

4 stars

About Mom’s Journey: Practical Tips for Raising Kids

All parents know the drill; lay on the baby talk thick and make sure children stay young for as long as possible. One look at Limor Friedman’s three successful daughters would have anyone believing that her and Mr. Friedman stuck by the same parenting ‘rule book’ to the letter when, in reality, they threw it out of the window as soon each child was born. Having proudly paved their own way of parenting, Friedman is urging others to do the same in her powerful new book.

‘Mom’s Journey’ offers hundreds of tips on raising kids the stress-free way while maintaining a career and balancing life’s other ever-changing demands. Friedman’s model involves no shouting, no unnecessary stress, a lot of love and the key ingredient – no conforming to the belief that the ‘common way’ is necessarily the right way.
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Review: The Observations of the Obstreperous Animals by Stanley and Katrina

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The Observations of the Obstreperous Animals
Stanley and Katrina
Released September 22, 2014 | Createspace
106 pages | Children’s Book for 8+

5 stars

About The Observations of the Obstreperous Animals

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Cat and dog. It is a love/hate relationship. Stanley and Katrina are back to share more humorous glimpses into their exciting lives in their second book via short stories. Yes, the pets are at it again but this time compete in a slam poetry contest, visit a pet psychic, and much more.This cat and dog writing team makes you stop and wonder what happens at your house when you’re not there.

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About Stanley and Katrina

stanley and katrina, the observations of the obstreperous animals, felicia, book blasty tour  Stanley and Katrina are the pet authors of The Observations of the Obstreperous Animals.

Stanley is a three-year-old black Labrador/Rottweiler mix who does his best to ignore Katrina. Stanley enjoys snow, attention and turkey.

Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge is an eight-year-old grey tabby cat who loves her toy mouse. She enjoys treats, naps and bossing the dog around.

Neighbor Girl (Felicia) is the human who knows us (Stanley& Katrina) the best and helps us with everything. She loves writing, reading, acting, singing, reading gymnastics, doodling, reading, ice skating, painting, reading, doing computer stuff, oh… did we mention reading? She is the co-creator and co-host of “The Write Chat“.

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I haven’t had the chance to read a book written by a kid – not even from my 10-year-old niece – until this one.

When I signed up for this book tour (it was recommended by one of my favorite virtual book tour organizers for children’s books), the author’s mom warned me of one thing: her daughter’s vocabulary was advanced and that this book may be better off for kids that are slightly older than the target age range.

True enough, the book did not fall short of my expectations. The entire time I was reading the book, I keep on forgetting that it was written by a kid about my niece’s age. There sure were a lot of big words, some of which I never would have been able to use in a sentence (unless I needed to, like in an English assignment haha). I found the book amusing, too. It’s humor is something I could not associate with an elementary grader.

Stanley and Katrina’s second book (I haven’t got the chance to read the first just yet) is a funny story of Stanley and Katrina’s (and Zorg’s) adventure as they try to prepare their “talents” for a pet show. Katrina is a bossy cat while Stanley seems like a carefree dog, in my opinion. Aside from trying to practice on their physical tricks, they also show off a few of their more intellectual abilities such as writing poems. Their To-do lists are also hilarious as well as their observations. It makes you wonder what your pets are really thinking about their owners and their surroundings when they are left to their own or when they are forced to do something.

I would recommend Stanley and Katrina’s second book to all middle-graders who love pets and writing. You know when you read someone else’s work and you find out that he/she is about the same age as you are, you usually end up becoming inspired and you would want to write a book yourself. Or you might want to check on your dictionary more often because the author’s vocabulary is really advanced.

Free Printables

Kid Lit Printables has created fun and FREE printables for The Observations of the Obstreperous Animals and will be adding more in the future. Click here to view all available printables now.

Get the First Book in the Series Free 

10/6 & 10/7/2014
The pets are offering their first book for free, via Amazon Kindle, the first two days of the Blog Tour. Click here to download Book 1 in the Stanley & Katrina series now. 
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Contest runs:October 6 to October 31, 11:59 pm, 2014
Open: Internationally
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Disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Review: K5 Learning Online Math and Reading Program

As a first-time mom to a now 19-month-old girl and a future homeschooler (cross fingers!), I find myself always on the lookout for great programs (sometimes I go overboard and look for curricula!) that would help my daughter’s education become a more enjoyable and fun experience for all of us. Although I have been talking a lot about letting the child be, the partner and I also think that having some structured lessons once in a while could be beneficial in giving our educational journey some sense of direction.

When I heard about K5 Learning, I couldn’t wait to try it out.

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What the program offers

Experts believe that English and Math are among the most fundamental subjects that a person should learn if he/she wants to succeed in life, however that might look like. I couldn’t agree more. But, I also believe that forced feeding in these subjects will only do more harm than good to a child’s interest to learn.

I am a very proud mom to say that my daughter learned her numbers (1 to 10) at 18 months. It was only a few weeks ago that she learned not to skip her 3s and 7s. Although the K5 Learning Math program is mostly focused on children from kindergarten to fifth grade, I decided to try it out with my toddler. As expected, the very basic level had been a little too advanced for her although she was able to enjoy identifying a few of the numbers.
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Taking DIY to the Next Level With Bloominous DIY Flowers

I love DIY. Well, okay, I’m a frustrated DIYer who couldn’t seem to get my projects right for most of the time. Anyway, when I heard about Bloominous, I was enthralled by their concept that, compensation aside, I answered with a resounding Yes! (if that is applicable in email) when they asked me to write a little something about their company.


You see, I have been in a domestic partnership with my daughter’s dad for about two years now. Sure, we do have plans about getting married one day – but definitely nothing immediate. I guess there’s something about wedding bells that gives me the jitters or something. Or probably because I want it all perfect this time around. In fact, I want to be in-charge with everything (in my power) about the wedding and I want it to happen in my own backyard. A house with a big yard is yet to be crossed off our list though.

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For the Bootstrapped

Obviously, one of the main reasons you would want to go for DIY flowers on your wedding – or on any other special occasion for that matter – is the savings! Bloominous can provide around 30% to 50% savings on the event’s floral budget so you could use it for more important priorities or you can keep it for future use as well.
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The Heart of the Matter

If you’ve been following this blog then you will have known that my 36 (or 37?) weeks of pregnancy went without a hitch. In the prenatal visit checklist that I have compiled here, most of my stats had been insignificant since they posed no threat to me nor the baby.

However, one of the things that had always worried me about starting a family, even back then, was the getting pregnant bit. You see, I had been diagnosed with VSD back when I was just two months old.
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