Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Secrets of Midwives - giveaway

Disclosure: I was provided with one advance copy, and one copy to give away. All opinions are my own. Does not include affiliate links.

When you read 220 pages of a book in one day, and stay up well past 2am to finish it..I would say it is a pretty amazing read.

The Secrets of Midwives by Sally Hepworth is that very book.

I was first drawn to the novel because it is set in Rhode Island, my home state. Yet, as I began to read, I was immersed in the characters, their lives, feelings, emotions and relationships.

Three generations of midwives - Floss, Grace, and Neva - tell their stories and share their secrets. The relationships between the women, their partners, and their pasts are absolutely compelling.

It was a book I could not put down, and I believe you will feel the same!

If you would like to read this amazing book, please enter this giveaway.US residents only, please.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

stream of consciousness Sunday: blog posts I can't write...

So Stream of Consciousness Sunday, hosted by Fadra at All Things Fadra, used to be one of my FAVORITE days of the week to write. 5 minutes and a brain dump. That's it. I loved it. It was passed on to someone else who stopped hosting it, and of course I have basically stopped blogging, so I haven't participated in a very long time. But today, I'm called to the computer.

There are blog posts swirling in my head, that i so badly want to write. But I feel like I can't.

I feel like I can't becaues they are things that are too shameful to admit. Or things that could piss people that may read it off. things that i don't necessarily want people to know. Or things that I am afraid to put out there.

I sometimes wish this blog were anonymous. That you had no idea who I am, so I could write whatever I wanted and not have to worry about people getting mad.

people, that probably don't even read this blog. Or would probably never see it. But the fear of what they may see if I wrote the posts in my head...is crippling.

And it isn't the same if I were to write them in a journal. It isn't the same. Sharing them with myself...I am already doing that. when I am lying in bed, crying, thinking about one particular post, the idea for which bubbled up last night while I read a book into the wee hours of the morning. So writing it out in a journal, it doesn't count.

I hate that this space feels like it is no longer my own. That i can no longer be honest here. Who is reading. Who may flip out on my honest words. Who I may hurt.

I miss writing. But the things I want to write...I can't. And I'm tired of just writing about my yo-yo get healthy journey. That is really nothing but a huge joke at this point.

I just can't write what i want to write about. And I don't know where to go from here...


5 minutes and a brain dump. Link up at All Things Fadra.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

World Vision Gift Catalog 2014 - with a #giveaway

Right now, people are dashing here and there to find the perfect last minute gift.

Right now, people are hoping that the gift they ordered online today will arrive by Christmas Eve.

Right now, people are trying to think of ways to do more good in the world.

Well what if you could gift the perfect last minute gift to more than one person? What if you could order a gift online, and not have to worry about it being delivered? What if you could do more good in the world, right now?

By making a donation through World Vision, you can help families and children around the world get the help they need, and receive a beautiful gift in return. These items are made by artisans from around the world, and the sale of their items directly impacts their communities.

50% of people plan on doing online shopping this holiday season, so why not do some good with your shopping? Here's how it works:

The items in the World Vision Gift Catalog are absolutely gorgeous. As a thank you, I have received this incredible necklace made by a Balinese artisan.

The necklace is exquisite, and you can win one for yourself or for a loved one.

Share this blog post to spread the word about the amazing work that World Vision USA is doing across the globe.

This Rafflecopter giveaway is open to US residents only. Giveaway will run from Wednesday, December 3 to Monday, December 8. Winner will be chosen on Tuesday, December 9.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Bringing #BookMagic to the holidays with Put Me In The Story personalized books

This is a sponsored post. I received compensation for this post, however all opinions are my own.

I absolutely love reading. Ever since I was a little girl, I have been a bookworm. I can devour a book that I love within a day. I will put off everything else to get to the end of a book I haven't been able to put down. I will read and not notice that the sun has gone down.

I absolutely love reading.

And when I became a mom, I knew that it was incredibly important to me to pass my love of reading on to my son. I knew that I would treasure the time I would spend reading to him every night before bed, on a cold day snuggled up on the couch. I hoped that he would love getting lost in a story just as much as I always have.

I am so lucky. Because Benjamin has done exactly that.

My favorite time of day is that time we spend snuggling in my grandmother's rocking chair, curled up together with a few good stories before going off to dream land. Whether we are reading about pirates and fairies, mommies hanging moons, or the upcoming holiday, this time spent together is, and has always been, such a special time between my son and I.

This special bond that my son and I have through our love of books and reading is exactly why I am so excited to share Put Me In The Story personalized books with you!

I've always thought that the idea of having a personalized book for my son was wonderful. Yet, I've never found any that I love. Until I was introduced to Put Me In The Story personalized books.

The books are absolutely gorgeous. There are popular favorites, books with characters that our children love, and books like You are my Heart...which is the book I chose. The book is amazing, with beautiful pictures, and an emotional and special message. For my son and I, it could not have been more perfect and fitting.

Put Me In The Story personalized books believes in books can create a magical bond between parents and their children. Adding a personal touch to our favorite stories creates even more #BookMagic, and can open the eyes of children to even more wonder this holiday season.

I am so excited to announce that Put Me In The Story personalized books is giving you the chance to win some amazing prizes to bring #BookMagic to your own family.

You can enter using the Rafflecopter below. Entries accepted through December 5, 2014. Bring some amazing #BookMagic to you and your family this holiday season, with Put Me In The Story personalized books! Good luck!

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