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How Grateful Children Thank & Praise Their Moms

Mother’s Day is bittersweet for me because in 3 days it will mark 10 years that I lost my mother on that very day. While I enjoy celebrating my motherhood with my family, there is always a huge part that is missing.  I know my mother would never want me to be sad so I try to stay happy and positive about the day.

A great book that has heartwarming and entertaining stories  by grateful children all in praise of their mother is Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks to My Mom.  This new book is filled with stories to brighten any mother’s day and show that kids were truly paying attention to their mom after all.  The book features country singer Jo Dee Messina’s own story about her mom! You will also find stories about the other moms in your life, step-mothers, grandmothers, in-laws and more.

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This book makes a great gift for moms or for yourself.  101 stories of love, learning and gratitude fill the pages to give mom the praise she deserves. Children of all ages share their words of thanks in these 101 stories of love, learning, and gratitude to the woman they couldn’t have done without!

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Help Your Children Be The Best They Can Be

As parents, grandparents, teachers, counselors and more we want to help kids be the best they can be.  Self-esteem, tolerance, good values – these are gifts that will last children a lifetime and help them become successful adults. I want to share a great book with you that shows kids positive role models to follow in its stories about making good choices, having confidence and doing the right thing.  These stories serve as a sounding board to encourage conversation and discussion between children and adults.  Perfect for family discussions and great for the classroom.

From Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, Be The Best You Can Be is a  joint project of Chicken Soup for the Soul and The Boniuk Foundation, working together to promote tolerance, respect, and compassion, inspiring young people and adults to embrace their differences, reject stereotypes, and make good choices. It’s part of a larger effort that includes additional books for teens, college students, parents, and grandparents, as well as a family television show every Saturday morning starting in October.

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This book harnesses the power of storytelling to inspire and teach kids, while also entertaining them. Key issues such as bullying, tolerance, and values are addressed in stories selected from Chicken Soup for the Soul’s vast library and represent the best on these topics from the company’s 22-year history.

You can read a story from the book HERE!

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Hope & Miracles Review & Giveaway! 3 Winners!

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Do you ever feel like you need some reassurance, especially in your faith?  I think most of us can relate to that. Sometimes we need to be reminded and shown that just because we cannot see something, does not mean it does not exist.  When you are feeling down or having trouble accepting things that may be occurring in your life, it can have you doubting your faith.

Perhaps you have lost someone you love and want desperately to know they are still around. Maybe you are praying for a sign.  The Chicken Soup for the Soul: Hope & Miracles book is full of 101 miraculous stories of hope, faith, divine intervention and answered prayers that will amaze you.  These encouraging stories will lift your spirits and restore your faith.

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Read about the mother of a Sandy Hook shooting victim who prayed for a sign that here son Jesse was okay and minutes later saw “Jesse & Jesus” written in the sky.  You will be amazed when you read how a grieving daughter remembering her mom’s appearance on the show, Let’s Make A Deal, went there herself.  She was picked from the audience and won a new car!  A woman sitting on a bench, suddenly hears her mother’s voice and it forces her off the bench. A few moments later a tree falls on the bench.  If that does not have you believing, it was also the anniversary of her mom’s death.  In another story a brother and sister who were separated at British orphanage during World War II were reunited 75 years later in Australia.  Read  about a businessman turned paster who did not believe in miracles until he laid his hands on a paralyzed man who then walked into his office a few weeks later.  There are 96 other stories that are powerful examples of our connection to a higher power that will fill you with awe and give your strength when you are weak.

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Chicken Soup For The Soul: Reboot Your Life Book Review & Giveaway!!! 3 Winners!!!

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Are you feeling a bit down, need something to change?  Do you want to go in a different direction?  We all fall into ruts at times, with our jobs, our relationships, our lives.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Reboot Your Life will inspire, invigorate, and empower you to break out of your rut. With its powerful stories of taking chances, positive life changes, and finding new paths to happiness, you will be inspired to find the courage to reboot your own life!  The book is packed with  101 inspiring personal stories of change that will motivate and encourage you to find your own new path to happiness.

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Every chapter begins with a motivational quote about rebooting or changing what you don’t like in your life.  As you read the stories of people who began again even when most people would feel it is too late, you will be cheering for them and left with a healthy dose of inspiration for whatever course you wish to navigate.  You can purchase this book on Amazon.com and you can read the first several chapters there as well.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: “The Dog Did What?” Book Review & Giveaway!!!

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Are you a dog person?  Do you have one or more family members with four legs?  Do their antics and abilities amaze you?  If so you will love The Dog Did What?  This new book from Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing contains 101 Stories of Magical Moments, Miracles and Mayhem!  The book features a forward from Miranda Lambert.  You are sure to recognize your own dog(s) in this entertaining collection of stories about our best friends who save lives, help heal their human companions with an uncanny sense of intuition, goofy dogs and of course those bad, bad dogs!

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There is a special emphasis on the benefits and joys of adopting abandoned and rescue dogs!  The stories are sure to put a smile on your face, make you laugh out loud and even tear up a bit as you see your dog in a whole new light.  The royalties from this book support the American Humane Association.  Consider giving it as a gift to a dog lover and it truly becomes a gift that keep on giving to help dogs in need.  You can purchase on Amazon.com.

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Chicken Soup For The Soul: “Home Sweet Home” Book Review & Giveaway!!! 3 Winners!!!

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Whether you call an apartment, condo, or a house home, there is not much doubt that you probably feel like there is no place like home!  Do you feel like Dorothy clicking the heels of your ruby slippers 3 times at the end of a long day?  If so, you will probably love the Chicken Soup for the Soul Book, Home Sweet Home which is filled with 101  stories of Hearth, Happiness and Hard Work.  The book makes a great housewarming or hostess gift, is perfect to present to a new neighbor, or just to read yourself when you want some “me time”.

 

Enjoy stories about the excitement of moving into a new home, buying and selling, visiting your childhood home, remodeling stories, DIY disasters, downsizing and what makes a house a home.  Experience joy, laughter and inspiration in the stories about everything we do to make a home.  I can totally relate at this point to the remodeling and DIY disasters in the book since our home is in a state of craziness with all the renovation projects we have going on.  You can purchase this book on Amazon.com.

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Chicken Soup For The Soul, “The Multitasking Mom’s Survival Guide” Review & Giveaway!!! 3 Winners!!!

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Do you ever feel like you have so much on your plate you can never catch up?  I feel like that most days.  I always look around and feel that I just have so much going on.  With a house in chaos because no less than 5 major home improvement projects are happening, a very busy career as a marketing director, busy blogger and writer, brand ambassador, and handling a few businesses that my husband and I have, added to the fact that we have 5 kids and a big house (ever see the movie The Money Pit?), where there is always something to be done, I can feel like things are swirling out of control.  I am blessed to be able to work from home but I still work and work a lot!  I make time to play but probably not as much as I should.

When I was picking out books to review from Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, I chose The Multitasking Mom’s Survival Guide.  Do you wonder how I made that decision?  I didn’t think so.  I love this book because it’s filled with stories with moms like me, some who juggle and wonder how to keep all those balls in the air just like I do.  I have found that it’s okay to give yourself permission to say, “I am done for the day” and leave whatever for tomorrow and if it doesn’t get done then so be it.

 

I know that I need to prioritize what really needs to be done, my family needs, my needs, jobs that have deadlines are all first.  Then the things we want to get done can come next, but if I don’t get something done, I’m going to stop beating myself up for it.  The opposite is true to that too.  I read in one story in the book, we are told over and over the importance of playing with our kids, that messy houses are signs of great moms, but our kids need to see that we do have to work. Whether it’s for a job or doing the laundry, we teach them important things by showing them we have responsibilities that need attention too.  That really allows moms to release some of that mommy guilt  we all carry in one or two large suitcases with us.  Let’s unpack some of that today!

Stories that show the importance of a mom taking me time strike a very strong chord with me.  Often times I want to put my needs last but really, when I do the things for me I need to do or just spend some down time doing something I enjoy, it really helps my mood, spirit and productivity.  It’s just recognizing that if we don’t take care of our needs we can’t do a good job taking care of anything else and risk becoming resentful.

Stories about slowing down, learning from our kids, juggling a career and laughing after the fact among others will show you how other moms are surviving their multitasking years.  Read some great tips, funny disaster stories, and fill your mind with great ideas for your own life.  Best of all, you will know you are in good company and not alone.  You can purchase the book on Amazon.com.

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Enter To Win Tickets To See The New X-Men: Days Of Future Past Movie!!!

The new X-Men movie Days of Future Past is opening on May 23rd and if you have X-Men fans in your home like I do, you know this is a big deal!

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Right now at select Walgreens stores you will find a special Axe X-men gift pack and movie poster promo.  To find a participating Walgreens near you just input your zip code in the store locater below.


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GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU: HIDDEN TREASURE DVD Giveaway With 3 Winners!!!

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I adore Little and Big Nutbrown Hare.  I have such fond memories of sharing the Guess How Much I Love You book with my older kids, and when I was pregnant with Ethan, I flipped when I found a sweet stuffed version of the two in a gift shop and bought them on the spot.  My youngest two love the duo as much as my older kids did and there will always be a soft spot in my heart for that parent and child love their book evokes so perfectly.

INSPIRED BY THE BEST-SELLING BOOKS, THE ANIMATED ADVENTURES OF LITTLE NUTBROWN HARE HOP TO RICH LIFE IN THIS DVD FROM THE SERIES, BROADCAST  ON DISNEY JUNIOR!

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 GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU: HIDDEN TREASURE

Your little ones will love the animated adventures of Little Nutbrown Hare right up to the moon – and back!  In this fun-filled Disney Junior series inspired by Sam McBratney’s best-selling children’s book, Little Nutbrown Hare, his father and all their forest friends explore the world around them with the same endearing simplicity and love that has made the book series a timeless classic.  This debut single disc release features seven complete episodes in which Hare learns valuable life lessons such as the importance of friendship, learning from mistakes, embracing differences in one another and many more!

Type:  DVD

Running Time: 80 mins.

Genre:  Animation/Kids

Rated:  Not Rated

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Entertainment One is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!  Three lucky blog winners will win their own Hidden Treasure DVD!!!  Thank you to Entertainment One for the review DVD and for sponsoring this great giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!!  Open to US residents.

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Lost And Found DVD-A Magical Tale of Friendship Giveaway For 3 Winners!!! #HolidayGiftGuide

BASED ON THE BEST-SELLING BOOK FROM CELEBRATED AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR OLIVER JEFFERS COMES A MAGICAL TALE OF FRIENDSHIP AND ADVENTURE, WINNER OF MORE THAN 60 INTERNATIONAL AWARDS!

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Families will embark on an imagination-inspiring journey alongside a pair of unlikely companions when LOST AND FOUND, the deeply-heartwarming and critically-acclaimed animated film, arrived in the U.S. for the first time ever on DVD (SRP $9.98) and Digital platforms on October 15, 2013 from Entertainment One and is available now to place on every child’s Holiday Gift List!  A Winner of more than 60 international awards, as well as a coveted Parents Choice Gold Award, LOST AND FOUND will also air as a holiday special on Nick Jr.®

Based on the internationally best-selling children’s book by award-winning author, Oliver Jeffers, whose newest book has just captured the #1 spot on the New York Times Best Sellers list, the standout production was adapted and directed by Philip Hunt and features endearing narration by Academy Award®-winner Jim Broadbent (Harry Potter, Gangs of New York, Moulin Rouge), stunning CGI animation from Studio AKA, and a charming musical score by esteemed composer Max Richter (Shutter Island).  LOST AND FOUND brilliantly transports viewers from the 2D pages of the storybook to a rich and immersive world that will have both young and old alike mesmerized and brought to tears.  With more than five dozen international awards under its cap, the remarkable film is sure to find its way into audiences’ hearts with its universal and timeless message of the true value of friendship.

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Originally inspired by the real-life story of a little boy in Belfast, Ireland, who somehow managed to sneak a penguin out of the zoo during a class trip and all the way home to his bathtub before anyone noticed, LOST AND FOUND tells the unforgettable story of a little boy who one day finds a penguin on his doorstep.  Assuming that the unexpected visitor must have lost his way, the thoughtful and determined boy takes up the noble task of bringing the penguin back home – even if it means rowing all the way to the South Pole! But when the pair finally arrive at their destination, the boy soon discovers that maybe the penguin wasn’t really lost after all.  Maybe he was just lonely… And maybe he wasn’t the only one.

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Gentle and uplifting in equal measure, LOST AND FOUND provides families with a welcome alternative t0 today’s more frenetic on-screen entertainment options for kids. In addition to the movie, the DVD contains a special “Making of” featurette, showcasing interviews with Jeffers, as well as key members of the production and creative teams. The segment offers viewers a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the various elements that seamlessly come together to bring this dynamic film to memorable life.

Lost and Found should serve as an example to all children’s filmmakers

that kids don’t need a fast-paced cartoon or disrespectful characters to become engaged in a story. The pace of the 30-minute production is perfect,

as is everything else about it.”

— Parents Choice (Gold Award Winner)

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