What We Are Reading Wednesday

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In honour of Valentines Day, today on What We Are Reading Wednesday I have chosen our one and only Valentines book.

I’m not certain as to why but I don’t tend to collect holiday centred books. It feels disingenuous to be reading a Halloween book in spring for me and I would rather spend my hard earned dollars on year round books.

But then on holidays I wish I had theme specific books…. Obviously this is quite a self created predicament.

In any case our one Valentines book is a good one. Mouse is making Valentines for his friends and each one showcases what he loves about that particular friend. Its a cute and quick story that really embraces the ideals of modern day Valentines.

The illustrations are colourful and fun and I guarantee your children will like searching for a missing character on one page and then giggle at the next.

If you want to read a copy of my new book “Climbing Mountains at Bedtime” it is available for sale. Comment and I’ll get you a copy 🙂

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When Your To Do List Gets Away From You

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This meme so accurately explains how I feel about my life. Except with writing books…

I am finally launching “Climbing Mountains at Bedtime.” So very excited to finally receive these books in the mail this week that I may or may not have slept with them beside my bed just to ensure their safety. (When I told my son they were in waiting for pick up he got very agitated and told me we should go get them “right now before someone finds them and wrecks them again mommy!”)

Check out the official launch event on Facebook

While all that drama was happening with getting books in, I found an illustration for my next book and she completed all the sketches for it. So within a few weeks my third book will be complete and ready to send to printers. And I just know you will love love love this one as well! I plan on releasing the name soon (maybe with a special contest – stay tuned!)

And as if that wasn’t enough on my plate, inspiration hit me and I wrote another book. And you guys I am so so excited for this one. I feel like its my best writing to date. Its a polar opposite to anything I have written before. So its exciting and nerve wracking at the same time.

So there is tons to look forward to in the next little while. And I can’t wait to continue my journey with you. Thanks for following!

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PJ Party Book Launch Open House

 

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So excited to officially announce our awesome collaboration! Please join us as we launch “Climbing Mountains at Bedtime.”

When? – Saturday February 24th, 2018 from 10am-1pm

Where? – Allison Andria’s Photography studio

What? –  A time to read, snack and play. Capture the moment through professional photos with a book reading every half hour.

How much? – $35 includes one digital photo and one copy of the book (additional photos available for $10 each)

Really excited to see you there!

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Photo credits to Allison Andria Photography

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Good News All Around

My books are finally on their way! Can’t wait to hold these in my hands. I may build a bed out of them I’m so excited! But seriously I can finally share these with everyone now! YAY!

And that means events coming up soon. I don’t want to give away the surprise but the first one is going to be AMAZING! Keep checking back to hear more about this exciting new venture.

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My Big Mistake

So this is my sad sob story. My tale of woe. My issue with technology and customer service. Read on for the story of my lost books.

I placed an order for copies of my new book Climbing Mountains at Bedtime in November. When placing this order I had three shipping options at three price points. I assumed the mid range shipping level was the mid range price point and so expected my books to be in in a week.

I assumed wrong.

The lowest service shipping was actually the mid grade price point. And so I unintentionally ordered $775 worth of books uninsured and not trackable.

Cue tears.

But it gets worse. Much much worse.

My package should have still come. But this form for customs was also not what it appeared to be and I unintentionally filled in the total price for all my books where I should have put the cost of one book.

So customs got a box of 100 books that said it was worth $100000. I imagine some eye brows were raised.

Customs says they will likely ship the box back to the printers. (Can’t track it though…..) Printers says the books will likely be abandoned and destroyed.

So I’m out a ton of money on these books.

And dealing with some questionable customer service around it.

It’s immensely frustrating. But I am ever grateful for my wonderful followers patience with me. I am hopeful I will have books soon!

Tell me about your shipping horror story and offer any advice you want below!!

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Best Christmas Playdough Recipe

I’ve been telling the kids that we are going to make Christmas cookies everyday for the last few days. And we still haven’t. So today I am continuing to perpetuate that laziness and we are using playdough instead to create wonderful stuff with our big old tub of cookie cutters.

Found this for like $10 at an outlet store. Love it!

Back to the recipe. So this playdough my kids are using now is from October. And it’s still good. So I’m going to share my recipe with you so you can have some last forever playdough too!

I’ll also share my secret ingredient that turns this regular playdough into magical Christmas playdough.

Recipe

3 cups all purpose flour

1.5 cups salt

6 tsp cream of tartar

6 tbsp of oil

3 cups water

Food colouring

Mix everything together in a big pot. Cook over low heat until you form a big ball of dough. Dump on the counter to cool and once cooled store in an airtight container.

How can you make this into special Christmas playdough? Simple – add scents. I’ve used peppermint essential oil but honestly peppermint extract from the store also works!

If you aren’t a huge fan of minty smells – mix up your own Christmas spice playdough with whatever spices make you smile. (Disclosure – I actually made pumpkin spice playdough last fall *clears throat and looks away)

Hope you enjoy making and playing with some awesome playdough! What add ins do you use to add an extra bit of special to your playdough? Leave a comment

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What We Are Reading Wednesdays

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The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear is a super fun book. The art work is fantastic and opens up so many extra conversations between me and my children. They love all the things the mouse does to protect his precious strawberry and giggle every time I pretend to stomp through the forest like the bear.

This is also a fantastic book for bedtimes when you want them to feel as though you have read a BIG story but in a shorter amount of time. Even though it is a super quick read, my kids refer to it as a long book.

This was a Christmas gift three years ago and we still are enjoying this story.

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