Children's Books

Celebrating Women in Business with the children’s book – Neema’s Reason to Smile

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Celebrating Women in Business with the children's book

Neema’s Reason to Smile – May 1, 2018

By: Patricia Newman

The greatest gift a child can be given is education. In this book Neema dreams of going to school so that she can be financially secure one day. There is a town in Kenya where many kids are unable to attend school. Then one woman opened up the Jambo Jipya School which gave kids access to schooling despite funds for supplies or lack of parents understanding that it is important. Kids who always dreamed of school but had no access finally did now. It is an example of how dreams can be realized through community along with an inspiring story about female empowerment and global citizenship.

This book is a part of the Lightswitch Learning division of the Sussman Education Company. This means that Neema’s Reason to Smile is an engaging resource for parents and teachers who want to help their children succeed all the way around. The book is inspiring and based on a real life story

Neema's Reason to Smile

You can find the book on Amazon and begin lifting a child up today with this inspiring story.

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New Children’s Book – The Backup Bunny

New Children's Book - The Backup Bunny

The Backup Bunny

By: Abigail Rayner

Let me start by saying one word – Precious! Anthony is 10 and he still has his ‘Bear Bear’. All kids have their favorite stuffie or blankie so this story is relatable even to the oldest child who hears this story. We even laughed a bit in parts of this book.

When Max loses his favorite toy—Bunny—his clever mom brings out the “backup bunny”—Fluffy—to save the day. Fluffy is thrilled to have the chance to play with Max, but is soon rejected by the observant child who notices that his ears are too new and perky. Can Fluffy find a way into his favorite boy’s heart?


Find the Backup Bunny on Amazon and Simon & Schuster books.

Books Reviews, Recipes

The Moosewood Restaurant Table Recipe Book

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The Moosewood Restaurant Table Recipe Book

The Moosewood Restaurant Table: 250 Brand-New Recipes from the Natural Foods Restaurant That Revolutionized Eating in America

Moosewood Restaurant has been bringing up natural food recipes to their tables for 5 decades now. The restaurants farm-to-table philosophy has been helping us dine out healthier and some of their popular recipes are in this newest edition.

The book is a hardcover and very thick with pictures worked in throughout the book. Because of this it makes a great gift for a foodie!


“The Moosewood Collective has nineteen members who share responsibilities and participate in the various jobs necessary to run what has grown from a very small natural foods restaurant to a larger and more diversified company. Most members of the Collective have worked together for at least 15 years, and some have worked for the restaurant since it was founded in 1973. The Moosewood Collective is the recipient of three James Beard Awards and numerous nominations. Moosewood Restaurant Cooking for Health is its twelfth book.”

Available on Amazon!

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Fidget Spinners: 50 Super Cool Tricks and Activities – Book

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Fun with Fidget Spinners: 50 Super Cool Tricks and Activities

Fun with Fidget Spinners: 50 Super Cool Tricks and Activities

David King (of GeekBite)

It’s a $500M toy fad that most likely you or the kids have been a part of. The first time I heard of a fidget spinner was just a few months ago when a Mom on a community FB group posted that “…for anyone looking, we just found some fidget spinners at 7-11. They will run out so letting you know!” What is a fidget spinner? I asked my 9 year old and he jumped up and down. Apparently he not only knew and had seen a fidget spinner but heard they are no where to be found. He ran up to get his money and did not have enough so he begged to do chores and run down to the store ASAP. Now he has many of them. In fact, on a recent trip to NYC the first 3 souvenirs he bought with his spending money were fidget spinners that were in gift shops and street vendors.


For me, I played with one for a few moments and then was a bit unsure what I ought to do next. My son. however tosses and uses props so when I saw this book I knew he’d have a blast with the tricks and activities. Some are very challenging and others are just simple and fun.

The tricks are performed in photo by Pro Fidgeter (is that a title?) David King who is host to a show my son has watched on Youtube called GeekBite. Stack spinners, spin on water bottles and do skateboard flip ups. And for Mom and Dad who are curious, there is a section that provides information on the true health benefits of these fidget spinners. I set the book on the table and did some chores and when I cam back into the room, Anthony had put the Xbox controllers down and was flipping through the book with his spinner in hand. It took him away from the screen and that’s the best part of it for me.

Find the book at a great price on Amazon for Kindle or paperback.

Books Reviews, Gift Guides, Home

Home – Building with Secondhand Stuff

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Building with Secondhand Stuff, 2nd Edition:

How to Reclaim, Repurpose, Re-use & Upcycle Salvaged & Leftover Materials

We are having a home built as I write this and are about 2 weeks from move in. I have so many visions of wood and reclaimed decor projects for the home, inside and out. When I saw this book and it’s cover I knew it was a book I needed to have for 2 reasons. I wanted to read some tips and get some questions answered on some projects I have in mind and I wanted a fun coffee table book for the living room and it will be on a wood coffee table in a basket. I loved the cover and colors.

This is the second edition, updated by Author Chris Peterson.

There are many chapters that cover topics from stained glass, metals and all wood. I have already become inspired for a few metal projects I never would have thought of before browsing this book.

Do you know a DIY’er? This would make a fantastic gift full of resources from how-to, safety and buying guides. It is available at many book stores including Amazon and published by Quarto Knows Books. Head over to see all of the Quarto Knows Summer Titles and you can save with promo code: SUMMERFUN!

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World Book Day Giveaway Hop: My Book + $15 Amazon Gift Card

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Welcome to the World Book Day Hop with Review Wire Media!

About my giveaway

In 2014 I published my book, Love Should Not Hurt: Letting Go of the Pain to Live in Freedom. Several months later I made a few changes to the original book. I have to admit I wrote it as a bit of self healing after being told it was good therapy for some PTSD I was dealing with years after escaping a dangerous relationship. So I told my story in brutal honesty, put it in a book and listed it in on Amazon. I never promoted it much yet it gained attention on its own.

I am taking this opportunity for World Book Day to bring my story back up from years of being at the bottom of my work pile. It is my story, not a self-help guide. It is a short read and just a story I hope can help other victims know they are not alone and perhaps find the hope they need to find a way out safely.


To enter for your chance to read a copy of my book and a little extra Amazon credit for you, enter below. Open Worldwide, but gift card prize is in USD. Ends on April 24, 2017. Good Luck.

*Note: After giveaway ends, I will send ONLY one email exclusively by me to all entrants announcing the winner after the prize is claimed. Your entry information is not shared to anyone else.

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