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For My Children – A Mother’s Journal of Memories, Wishes & Wisdom GIVEAWAY (CLOSED)

Boy it is giveaway central around here lately (and there’s even more to come a little later this week!). There have just been so many great things to share – and I hope you know I don’t do giveaways or reviews for anything I don’t think is really awesome – my enthusiasm is very real! :)

Today I’m thrilled to be sharing a beautiful book recently released by Dionna Ford, blogger at Code Name: Mama and co-founder of both the Natural Parents Network and Nursing Freedom.org.

The book is called For My Children – A Mother’s Journal of Memories, Wishes & Wisdom. A gorgeous keepsake intended for mothers of grown children – it is one of the best ways I’ve ever seen for a mom to pass on her memories and wisdom in a form her children can treasure forever.

You know how a beautiful journal just inspires you to want to fill it up? I always feel that way when I browse the fancy journal section in the bookstore – and For My Children fits that bill perfectly. It’s so pretty! The illustrations, the colours – everything about it cries, “Write in me!”

And for those looking for further inspiration, For My Children takes care of that, too. Each page is headed with a prompt or guide for writing your thoughts to your kids – things like:

  • What do you wish you had known as a new mother?
  • If you had to compare your family members to fictional characters (from movies, books, etc.), who would they be?
  • Have you ever nursed a broken heart? What did you find were the best ways to heal the hurt? Read the rest of this entry »

Moon Time: A Guide to Celebrating Your Menstrual Cycle ~ GIVEAWAY (CLOSED)

If you’ve stopped by at all this week, you’ve probably noticed something of a theme.

It started last year around Earth Day when I made the switch from disposable to reusable menstrual products and spent a week reviewing the different brands and products I tried.

I’ve learned so much and been so satisfied with my choice since then that I’ve decided to turn it into kind of an annual thing – a week of each year dedicated to extolling the benefits of making the switch – AND to learning more about ourselves and our cycles in general, in a quest to turn something that may feel like a big downer (or worse!) for most of us every month into something we can actually celebrate.

Now I’ll be perfectly honest – I’m not 100% there yet. There are many, many things I don’t love about my period (especially the bloating! :p).

But it’s such an inherent part of being a woman that gets passed over so easily and so often – the amazing cycles we experience every month (they really are amazing when you think about it) are so frequently not even considered – truly it’s a shame!

I’ve been trying for awhile now to alter my own perceptions about the whole thing, which was why I was so thrilled when Lucy Pearce’s book, Moon Time: A guide to celebrating your menstrual cycle, was published. I bought my copy within weeks of the release date and was not disappointed (not that I expected to be – I love Lucy’s writing!).

Moon Time has been exactly the guide I needed to really begin the journey to loving acceptance – and the empowerment that is possible – in knowing and valuing the way my body works in all of its seasons. Read the rest of this entry »

Blogiversary Giveaway #2: Ice Pop Joy/$18.95 ARV (CLOSED}

Today we are presenting our Blogiversary Giveaway #2 – the book Ice Pop Joy courtesy of author Anni Daulter & Sellers Publishing!

(This is a joint giveaway that is posted at both Becoming Crunchy and Hybrid Rasta Mama. YOU MAY ONLY ENTER ON ONE SITE! :) )

I have to admit, when I first received my copy of the book Ice Pop Joy, by Anni Daulter, for review, I had the sneaky thought running around my head…’It’s a popsicle book. How great could it really be?’

Well, I’m not ashamed to admit that I was way off base – this book is awesome!!

See, I was kind of imagining those Kool-aid popsicles we used to make as kids – open package, stir in sugary powder, freeze and you’re done – an awesome project to be sure (I loved making my own popsicles!) – but certainly nothing I would ever give to my little one…Kool-aid is a thing of the past for this mama!

Ice Pop Joy, of course, it about as far from that as you can imagine – but you still get the tasty, exciting goodness of making your own popsicles – the most important part for the little ones concerned!

It all became clear to me as soon as I started reading a bit more about the author, Anni Daulter. Aside from creating Ice Pop Joy, Anni is a mom of four, one of the editors of Bamboo Magazine: Conscious Family Living (an awesome free online mag – I have been loving their first issue and can’t wait for more!), author of Organically Raised – Conscious Cooking For Babies & Toddlers, working on 2 upcoming books – The Organic Family Cookbook and an Eco-Party Book, and she’s involved in all kinds of other green, healthy, eco-friendly projects – this is one awesome mama! Read the rest of this entry »

Prodigal Summer – Mini Book Review

Cover of "Prodigal Summer: A Novel"

Cover of Prodigal Summer: A Novel

I recently saw this article: Decline of Predators Throws Off Food Chain, and it made me think of the Barbara Kingsolver novel Prodigal Summer, where she explores the same concept through a story told by 3 very different people during a particular summer in southern Appalachia.

As Kingsolver is certainly one of my favorite authors and this is an important and interesting issue to be aware of, I thought I would share a mini book review for anyone who might be looking for a little summer reading or new author to enjoy…

Prodigal Summer is a story of one summer as told through the eyes of 3 people:

‘Old Chestnuts’ or Garnett Walker III is a crusty, nosy old gentleman who has very certain ideas about appropriateness and the way life should be – of course with quite a high idea of himself as one of the few who posses this particular wisdom. He is also a man on a mission – he’s spent his retirement in attempts to revive the American Chestnut tree, a species almost totally eradicated from blight, by crossing strands from the inferior Chinese Chestnut to create a tree possessing all the qualities of the American while maintaining the Chinese Chestnut’s ability to withstand blight. His main problems include the fear that he will die before his work can be completed, and irritability with his hippieish, organically growing neighbor, old Nannie Rawley, who always manages to somehow foil his pesticide spraying ways. Read the rest of this entry »

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