A (belated) Valentine for moms

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Happy belated Valentine’s Day! I hope you all had a great Valentine’s (or anti-valentine’s) Day. Hubby and I took the kids to the zoo, because isn’t that what you’re supposed to do when you have kids? (Heh.)

Anyway. Last week, my Mommy Connections class created a photo series as a “Valentine for moms.” The point is to let moms know that they’re supported. Because let’s face it — when it comes to judging moms, other moms are the worst. I’ve never really understood why; I’ve always thought moms should support each other, regardless of what decisions we mKe for our children and families. Unfortunately, that’s often not the case and the judgiest of all people always seem to be other mothers.

This photo series wants to make sure that moms feel like they’re not alone. Because raising kids is hard enough as it is; we all need help and support.

So this is for you, moms of the world. Happy (belated) Valentine’s Day, mom to mom.

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So it’s been awhile…


I find that there aren’t enough hours in a day for all the things I want to accomplish. (Actually, this isn’t new. Having kids seems to have accelerated my day to the point that I wake up and five minutes later it’s bedtime again. I swear.)

Anyway. There hasn’t been a lot of new things going on. I signed up as an Usborne Books consultant (more on that later), and I’m back posting as regularly as possible at In Case of Survival (as regularly as I can when I’m focusing on book reviews). Which leads me to…

Book reviews! Yep, book reviews. I’m doing them again, but not here on the blog. I’ll be posting them at In Case of Survival, where they will get many more views. Which will be good for the book (mostly if it’s a good review though, heh). The only time I’ll post a review here is if the book is outside the SF or F genres, since those are what ICoS focuses on. (Aside: ICoS will be shifting focus to become a more general SF/F genre site.)

So, that’s basically it for now. Just wanted to post and say I haven’t hitched a ride to Mars. Yet, anyway. (That rock? That wasn’t me, throwing things at the rover. Honest.)

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GoldieBlox and the Three Axles

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For Christmas, my daughters each got a GoldieBlox. These are the coolest toys, you guys (seriously). Basically, it’s a picture book (with a “girly” story), but it comes with a “non-girly” building/engineering component. (I put girly and non-girly in quotation marks because the whole point of this toy is to let girls know that building things is a perfectly fine past-time for girls.)

Hubby and I have never been the “oh you must only play with dolls” type; our daughters have a mix of toys, ranging from their play house to their dress up box to their toy cars to their water guns. Munchkin, my four year old, once used her toy cars as dolls (Lightning McQueen was sick, you see, and had to go see the doctor, which was this random car she’d dug up out of the toy box).

Anyway. When Hubby heard of the GoldieBlox, he sent me the link to the Kickstarter video with the message “WE MUST BUY THIS.” When I saw the video, I replied with, “YES, WE MUST!” (because I may or may not have wanted to play with it myself). (Yep, our messages were in all caps.) (Good thing the Kickstarter was successful and GoldieBlox was already in production.) (Too many brackets.)

There are currently two GoldieBlox stories out — GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine (the original), and GoldieBlox and the Parade Float (the newest one). My kids got one each. And then we spent…well, a while playing with them. (Ha! Understatement. My girls LOVE these.)

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Book thoughts: A Christmas to Remember

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First off, I know Christmas is over. But Orthodox Christmas is January 7, 2014, so technically it’s still the Christmas season. (Hey, a technicality still counts.)

Anyway. Sometimes even I want to read something sappy and happy and romantic (shocking, right?), so I got my hands on a review copy of the Christmas romance anthology A Christmas to Remember. (So I have to review it now. You know how it goes.)

Aside: I’m a hopeless romantic at heart. Also, I love the holiday season (with the possible exception of the insanely crazy Christmas dinner season). So really, reading a Christmas romance book isn’t that far out of the realm of possibility.

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2013 in review

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Can you believe it’s the end of the year already? I just got used to writing “2013″ on things! (Kidding.) (Sort of.)

But since I’m not a Time Lord (damn it anyway), I have to acknowledge that it’s the end of 2013. What have you done this past year? Anything you’re proud of? Anything you’re not proud of and would rather forget? (Can you tell me what that thing was, because I like knowing these things?)

For me, my year was generally low-key boring. But maybe that’s because I can’t really remember what I did this year (darn that mommy brain). Here’s a recap of the major events:

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