Virtual Release Party & Giveaway!

It’s RELEASE DAY! I know, I know, my book has been trickling out for weeks now and it’s already been read and reviewed by a lot of you. But today it’s official: The Christian Mama’s Guide to Having a Baby is out. And we’re going to celebrate! I’d still love it if any (all!) of you could make it to our RELEASE PARTY tonight at Max’s Wine Dive. Drop by between 7:30 and 9:30 for food, wine, giveaways and more! If you can’t make it, I still want you to be part of the fun. So, I’m giving away PRIZES to my virtual friends, too! Here’s what you can win: 1. ONE commenter will win a $20 gift card to ZULILY, my favorite online store for moms and kids. Warning: Zulily is TROUBLE. Once you’ve seen the supercute and cool kid stuff they have, it’s hard to resist. AND 2. ONE commenter will win a signed copy of my book. Just click below and leave me a comment answering these questions: 1) Have you seen my book anywhere (online or in stores)? Where? or 2) What book are you reading right now? or 3) What did you to do celebrate YOUR release day? Contest closes Tuesday, March...

The Dress

Today, I’m going to have to take a break from blogging about serious topics (you know, like chocolate) to talk about something even more important: a little black dress. Guys, go ahead and click that little red X now. Girls, my book release party is next week. And, my sweet and sensitive husband told me last week that he thought a new outfit was in order. Which made me very, very excited until I realized that I’m 6 months pregnant and any dress I buy will be a maternity dress. And the fact that I will not only be huge and pregnant at the party, but that any dress I buy will be relocated to the Goodwill bin in a couple months pretty much sucked the fun out of my shopping trip. But, since I have to wear something, I went to the mall and tried on every single dress I saw and finally found one that I liked. Sort of. Here’s the problem: I’m having self-confidence issues. And, with that in mind, I’m going to do the one thing that any girl in my situation would do: Tell everyone and anyone that I think it makes my boobs look too big and my butt look wide so that when they see me at the party, they’ll notice the flaws that they never would’ve even considered had I not mentioned them. Good plan, right? So, anyway, now that I’ve divulged that little tidbit, I need your advice. The dress in the picture above is the real dress but the model in the picture above is NOT me. So, imagine...

Jumpstarting Your Dreams

So, today I had to share an article written by one of my favorite authors of all time, Kathi Lipp. I had the chance to meet Kathi when I went to a book marketing workshop in California last summer. From there, I read all of her books– The Husband Project, The Marriage Project and her newest release, The Me Project— and fell in love with each of them. Every time I read something that she’s written, I find myself thinking “she gets me”– it’s like she has a window into my mind and knows what I’m thinking and feeling and how to coach me through it. I think of her as my long-lost bff, mentor mom and author mentor. Anyway, in honor of her new book (which is FABULOUS, by the way), here’s her tips on how to kick-start your dreams: Three Super-Simple Kick Starts to Living Your Dreams – in the next 15 minutes by Kathi Lipp Is there a dream that God has given you, but you are waiting until the kids are grown and you have money in the bank before you get started? You may not be able to enroll in a month long pastry making class or take a week off of work to get started on your novel, but today you can take three little baby steps to making your dream a day-to-day reality. 1. Go Public with It It’s a little scary to tell the world what you want to do when you grow up—but this is one little step could get you closer to living your dream than almost any other....

I Have A Chocolate Problem

My friend Teresa gave me a huge bag of chocolates for Valentine’s Day. And not just any chocolates, but really yummy chocolate like Ghiradelli Squares, those yummy round Lindt balls and Hershey’s Bars. But, I have a problem. I can’t stop eating them. I told myself when my daughter was throwing a massive screaming fit in the car because her seat belt was twisted (cause that’s a reason to cry) that I could treat myself to one piece after the kids started napping. But I ate one. And then another. And now I’m sitting here staring at six empty wrappers on the coffee table in front of me and wondering why I have no willpower at all. Someone help me! Or at least come steal my chocolate bag from me before I eat the whole...

A “Broken Eye” and The Romance of Valentine’s Day

Joey had a little accident at school yesterday. He fell off of the top of the playground face-first and smashed up his nose and face. The doctor says there is a slight hairline fracture to the side of the eye socket. It’s really no big deal– just a little ice and r&r and he should be no worse for the wear. I’d take a picture and post it, but I promised him I wouldn’t. He doesn’t want anyone to see his nose because it “looks funny”. After it happened, the school called me and since my mom works in the building next-door, I sent her over to investigate. When she got there, he was crying. But not because he hurt, but because he was worried he was going to miss his Valentine’s Day party. According to him, “the girls are really “bumantic” (5-year-old speak for romantic) on Valentine’s Day and they all colored him cards and he didn’t want to leave school because he was going to chase them on the playground later.” With an excuse like that, we let him stay, swollen nose and all. He explained to me later that the girls were really going to want to chase him now that he has a “broken eye”. He’s going to use this to his full advantage. I’m starting to feel sorry for these poor...
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