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High in the Sky - Adventures on a Tire Swing

Written by Kathleen Gauer, illustrated by Sari Richter 

With its upbeat, rhythmic text and charming watercolours, High in the Sky follows a child’s energetic and wildly imaginative adventures – all while riding on a tire swing.  This book will delight young and old alike!  And at the end of the book, there are fun and creative educational activities that children, parents and educators will enjoy.

“All of a sudden, I’m in control.  The harder I pump, the higher I soar.  I bend my knees and off I go to places I’ve never been before…”

Ask for High in the Sky (or Kathleen’s second book, For No Reason) at your local library or order your own signed copies from Amazon.ca or https://www.skippingstonepress.net where you can download free colouring pages and easy instructions to make a paper plate tire swing.

Visit Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_t8udJ-jGU to watch the book’s trailer!  Retail price:   $13.95 CAN.  #tireswing #imagination #picturebook  #highinthesky



Book Review:: Santa's Secret Elf

The newest holiday book on the market works to combine the joy of Christmas with the true reason for the season. Santa's Secret Elf is a 42-page children's book that will surely become your family's new favorite tradition.

Santa knows he can make all the toys and games that kids ask for but realizes that he needs a special helper to handle the letters that ask for things far bigger than he can handle. Santa asks Merryam to help him do the job he can't. Merryam prays for what the families need while Santa makes what the kids want.

Santa's Secret Elf shares how even Santa needs a little help when he has a request from kids he can't handle. With prayer, faith and a lot of fun Merryam helps Santa get it all done. Merryam is even more important than Rudolph in the North Pole when it comes to helping Santa and all the kids across the land.

There is a great story behind the story as well.

Kara is a wife, mom and business owner that also survived a breast cancer diagnosis at 39. Her kids Shelby and Gordy are the joy in her light and make each day a blessing. While going through chemo her son sat on Santa's Lap and told him all he wanted was to make his mommy well. With tears in both their eyes Merryam was born.

Aside from the meaningful story, there is a lot of added fun. When you're finished reading, be sure to find the hidden elves on each page. The website also features a lot of extra goodies like games and coloring pages for the kids!

My own children loved the website and the pdf book. All of the materials are colorful, attention grabbing and fun.

To get your copy, click here.

*I was given a free download of the book in order to write this review, however all opinions are my own.


My Mommy Likes to Wiggle

Kathleen Gauer is a Toronto, Ontario, Canada teacher and writer who has recently published a children's picture book that is of interest to dance diva moms and families. Her daughter-in-law, a qualified Zumba instructor in Welland, Ontario, inspired her to write this book. 

"My Mommy Likes to Wiggle" is a charmingly-illustrated rhyming story about a mom whose passion is dancing ("Salsa, Samba and the Cha Cha beat Sweep my Mommy off her feet....). 

Available at Indigo/Chapters, this light-hearted book was created for parents and children to enjoy together.  Instructions plus diagrams and other interesting dance facts appear at the end of this catchy, rhythmic tale.  Find out how one family gets involved with this dancing obsession and learn some simple basic Latin dance steps in the process.

To get your copy, click here!



The Pumpkin Plan: A Simple Strategy to Grow a Remarkable Business in Any Field

It’s been awhile since I’ve read a good business book. When I was offered the title of ‘Buzz Warrior’ and given an advance copy of Mike Michalowicz’s The Pumpkin Plan I was ecstatic. Not only was another book from the famed author of The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur sure to be a good read, but I was also tied to the commitment. So, I had to make myself take time to read the book. {That’s not always an easy task with three kids running around.}

I couldn’t have lucked out more. Not only was the book an easy read, it was packed full of great tips and a detailed strategy about how to take my business to the next level. My highlighter definitely got a work out and several pages have gotten marked as I’ve gone back through and reread key points. I hit the jackpot! I highly recommend you read the book as well. This advice is invaluable if you’re running a business!

I’m going to highlight two of my many favorite take-aways from the book for you.

1. “But if your business is dependent on you doing all the work, or even most of it, you’ll never grow a giant pumpkin.”

This is one of the first points, early in the book, that really resonated with me. It felt great to have someone justify my need for outsourcing and delegation. Really, as one person, there is no possible way I can grow a giant pumpkin business. No one can. Seems obvious, but if you can’t train others to do what you’re doing, there will be a ceiling on how large you can grow your business.

2. “More is not better, people. Better is better”

Can I really fire clients? You all have them I’m sure, the ones who are a pain, who ask too much of you, who maybe even cost you money. Michalowicz suggests we fire them. It’s the basic principle of quality over quantity. I like it.

As I said, I had many, many favorites from the book. It definitely proved to be an entertaining read as well as a valuable one.  Get a copy, read more about these strategies, the One Nut Guy, and so much more! You can get your copy here!

*I was given a free copy of the book in exchange for the review. However, all opinions contained in this post are my own.


Book Review:: How to Love Your Labour: One Woman’s Journey from Freaking Out to Fearless Birth

When I was asked to review a book about birth, I quickly jumped at the chance! A bit of a birth junkie myself; I’m intrigued by the birth process and the stories of those that experience natural childbirth. In her book, Tracey Rose details her journey from being fearful about birth, to her completely painless natural childbirth using hypnosis.

While I haven’t experienced a painless birth, or used hypnosis, I’ve read quite a bit about the subject and completely believe it’s possible. Rose talks a lot about her education process and how she learned the risks of cesarean sections, induction and medicated birth. I too went down this path of self-education. Unfortunately, my own journey came after an unnecessary c-section.

The results were somewhat similar though. Like Rose, I came to realize I wanted the most healthy and best birth experience possible for not only me, but my baby. I share Rose’s opinion that the best is the most natural. She lists the many side effects and risks associated with surgical and medicated birth. This is great because many moms, especially first-time moms aren’t aware of the potential complications.

Rose admits in her book that medical intervention is sometimes necessary, and she’s grateful that it’s available when needed. I share those sentiments. However, birth is a natural, physiological process that a woman’s body is designed for. One of my favorite quotes that Rose uses in the book is:

“I think one of the best things we could do would be to help women/parents/families discover their own birth power, from within themselves. And to let them know it's always been there, they just needed to tap into it.”

John H. Kennell, MD

In the book, Rose details her experience with childbirth education classes and how she was able to prepare mentally and physically for the labor and births. She acknowledges the strong role that emotion and fear play and the process of eliminating these fears and fully embracing the emotion.

For example, when using hypnosis for birth, different words are used. Contractions become surges and pushing becomes breathing the baby down. The different word choices help the mother envision a peaceful experience rather than one filled with pain.

Rose gave birth in Australia, so I think there are some minimal differences between the hospitals and medical systems here in the US. Rose depicts her story extremely well. The possibility of a painless birth excites me. Although I don’t expect to have any more children, the book has definitely inspired me to further research hypnosis if I did. If you don’t believe that a painless childbirth is possible, I encourage you to get Rose’s book and learn about the method first-hand. You won’t regret it. Knowledge is power!

The book will be released next week, {you can purchase it here} but I do have one free copy to giveaway! If you’d like to win it, comment here with tell me why! To earn extra entries, like Market Mommy on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, like Natural Childbirth World on Facebook or follow TraceyRoseLive on Twitter. Please leave a comment {including contact information} for each completed task. The giveaway will end on Thursday, May 10 at 11:59 p.m. EST and we’ll draw a winner via random.org.