Friday, July 31, 2015

2015 July Bookmarks

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*Bookmarks is an online book club hosted at Creative2xmom. Here we discuss the books we've read in the past month as well as the suggested reading. Our suggested reading for July was Emma by Jane Austen.

 These are the books I read this month:


Be the Best Mom You Can Be by Marina Slayton-- See my review here.


When Grace Sings by Kim Vogel Sawyer-- See my review here.



Our suggested reading for July was Emma by Jane Austen--  Being a lit major in college, you would have thought I'd have read something by Jane Austen by now.  But I can honestly say this was certainly a first.  And at 500 pages, not one to be taken lightly.  Poor Miss Emma... so completely delusional.  Thinking she needs nothing in life, but playing matchmaker.  Strong, independent... and oh, so blind.  Her matchmaking gets her mixed up in more than one love triangle till she finally realizes she love is staring her right in the face.  At times slow, at times a tumble of mixed up action, Austen has written an incredibly flawed, but lovable character.  If you haven't read Austen's work, this is a great place to start.

So what are your bookmarks this month?

Tell us in the comments about the books you're chewing on. Or link up a review from your own blog. Let's share the books we're finding, good and bad. And give us your thoughts on Emma by Jane Austen.

And come back Aug 28th as we discuss The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Be The Best Mom You Can Be {Review}


So I read a lot of parenting books.  A lot.  I want to constantly be learning and growing as a mom.  And if there's one thing that's constant in parenthood, it's change.  Kids are growing into new stages and life is always evolving.  So I can use all the help I can get from parents who have gone before us.

When this one came up for review, I was naturally interested.  Sure I want to be the best mom I can be.  That's absolutely my goal.  Why would I do this parenting this half way?  Sign me up.

In this book Slayton talks about her own parenting journey and the struggles she saw displayed in her kid's friend's lives.  From those experiences, she draws her chapter topics:

1. Love is the Foundation
2. Building Belonging
3. Importance of Vision
4. Breaking Generational Curses
5. Moms are not Perfect
6. Start with Eternity in Mind
7. Answering Tough Questions
8. Encouragement
9. Communication, Collective Wisdom, and Community
10. Time is Our Friend
11. Hope is Available
12. Working Moms
13. Spirit-Led Ministry

There were definitely some good points to this book.  Chapter Six about Starting with Eternity in Mind is a great reminder for knowing that we're building thriving adults and not just striving for worldly success.  And chapter eight about encouraging your child was a great reminder to balance correction so our children don't loose heart.

However, overall, this book was quite simplistic.  Chapter One focuses on the fact that we should love our children.  I don't know many parents that struggle with this concept.  Liking them is sometimes a challenge, but love runs deep.  Chapter Five talks about the imperfections of motherhood.  Again, I don't know a mother that isn't daily confronted with her own inability to complete everything on her plate.  And I found that Slayton almost talked in circles, touching on the same points over and over again without providing any real, clear strategies.

This book just wasn't for me.  If you're looking for a fantastic book about motherhood, I would suggest the following:


What's the most important piece of parenting advice you've ever been given?

*Disclaimer: I was given this book for free from the publisher for review.  All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Disneyland Tips and Tricks

*This post was originally published on 11/4/13.  Enjoy!

Looking for a specific character?  Ask a cast member at the Guest Info Board.  They should know when and where to find the characters throughout the park that day.

Check out the baby centers in both Disneyland and California Adventure.  They're clean, quiet, and a great place to feed, change, or nurse baby.  They also have a first aid kit and you can refill your water bottles with filtered water.

Want to trade a pin?  Ask any cast member.  They'd be happy to trade with you.

Check into the Mark Twain Riverboat ride and if you're the first to ask, you can go into the wheel house and might even get to pull the horn.

Ask if you can ride in front of the Monorail and Train as well.  Be sure to check with the train conductor and get on at the Main Street Depot.

Looking for a cool place to rest your feet?  Stop by the Main Street Cinema for a breather during the afternoon heat and enjoy some classic Disney cartoons.

The Grizzly River lockers in California Adventure are free for the first two hours of the park opening.

If you pop a balloon while you're in the park, just bring it to the vendor and they will give you a new one.

There is a 15 min grace period for Fast Passes.

Fast Passes for World of Color are also located near Grizzly River Run.  Fast Passes entitle you to a spot on the front side of the show which is essential.  Pick up picnic food to enjoy while you wait for it to begin.

Looking for free filtered water?  My favorite place is the Baby Center.  But it's also been rumored that you can find filtered water in the following locations:
  *The French Market in New Orleans Square
  *Rancho del Zocalo in Frontierland
  *Tomorrowland Terrace to the left of the order window in Tomorrowland

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