CLARENDON MOMS MONTHLY BOOK CLUB (FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION)
SKINNYGIRL SOLUTIONS is your guide to having it all without getting overwhelmed. Bethenny’s nononsense advice extends beyond the first adult steps and well into real relationships, established careers, and mommyhood, including: • Living Naturally Thin • Making fresh, healthy food for the table and on the go • Organizing your kitchen, your closet, and even your bathroom • Finding great fashion without breaking the bank • Beauty care essentials • Creating a home that’s a haven • Effortless entertaining • Career planning • Entrepreneur advice • And how to create work-life balance
I Am Mixed BY Garcelle Beauvais
Celebrity Mommy and actress Garcelle Beauvais has penned a new children’s book titled “I AM MIXED”. And as a mixed race mommy with a mixed race family, I hope you will understand how excited and happy her book makes me feel!
Best known for her roles on The Jamie Foxx Show and NYPD Blue, Garcelle is also starring in the Channing Tatum/Jamie Foxx Summer Action Flick “White House Down”.
Last year, Garcelle Beauvais and Stranger Comics announced the launch of the “I AM” children’s book series and are now happy to announce the release of the first title, “I AM MIXED.” The street date for the hardcover book has been set for August 7th and it is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.
Drawing on her life experience as a mother and her research on children’s issues, Garcelle’s books will address identity issues relevant to many children today. The books are co-authored by Garcelle and Stranger Comic’s president, Sebastian A. Jones, and they are being beautifully illustrated by artist James C. Webster . The first book, “I AM MIXED”, focuses on brother and sister Jay and Nia, and explores the thoughts and emotions shared between siblings of mixed ethnicities. The second book in the series, “I AM LIVING IN 2 HOMES”, deals with children of divorce (expected release near the end of the year). Future installments include “I AM ADOPTED” and “I AM A TWIN.”
A lot of parents have a tough time tackling questions about race or even familial relationships and settings, but even when her boys were 2 1/2, Garcelle thought it was an important conversation to start. “I didn’t want them to be asked why is your mommy brown and daddy white and not have them understand it themselves. I wanted them to know that they’re the best parts of us put together. What I wanted most of all is for them to be proud of who they are and celebrate themselves.”
Celebrity moms like Halle Berry, who wrote the forward of the book, appreciates this celebration of diversity. She said, “I Am Mixed” is an invaluable teaching tool that all children from all races can learn from.”
Hooray for difference, diversity, openness and most of all, cool moms like Garcelle.
Tia’s book, Oh, Baby: Pregnancy Tales and Advice from One Hot Mama to Another came out last May, 2012, but I loved it so much, I included in the August 2013 Book Club Recommendations. The book is just what we expect from her—a funny, sassy, no-nonsense guide to pregnancy written by one of your best girlfriends.
Tia dishes on how to feel and look good [when bloated and cranky]; how to keep your personal style [when your heart says heels but your bigger-than-normal feet scream flats]; how to eat healthy [though all you crave are Fun-ions]; and what to buy, skip, and laugh at [Wipe warmers? YES, lots of newborn diapers—not necessary]. The first time you hold that baby in your arms is magical!
Time for Kids in the Kitchen Cookbook makes cooking easy, fun, and healthy for kids ages 8 – 12. With more than 80 recipes from MyRecipes.com, and with a parent helper, you’ll be the boss of the kitchen. Learn to make breakfast, lunch, dinner, side dishes, snacks, and desserts. To mix it up a bit, you’ll find amazing food factoids and articles from TIME for Kids magazine andTFK Around the World. Its spiral, lay-flat binding makes it easy for following directions without losing your place.
THE SH!T NO ONE TELLS YOU (about your baby’s first year…) BY DAWN DAIS
New book offers hilarious anecdotes, no-nonsense advice, and clever tips to new moms.
“An amusing and accurate examination of life with an infant.” -Kirkus Reviews
So, your baby has arrived and it’s all gurgling cuteness, chirping birds, and rainbows-just like in the commercials, right? No? Well, welcome to reality, says Dawn Dais, author of the new book THE SH!T NO ONE TELLS YOU: A GUIDE TO SURVING YOUR BABY’S FIRST YEAR (Seal Press, June 2013, paperback). Dais, an acclaimed humor writer, the mother of a two year-old daughter and the soon-to-be mom of a son, tells it like it is-and it is often stinky, exhausting, and tearful (mostly for the mom). She offers invaluable advice, regular input from other MOFLs (Moms on the Front Lines), and what every new mom needs to get through the day-a few (sagging) belly laughs.
Here is just some of what she has to offer.
- It may not be love at first sight (mostly because at first sight the child looks like an alien): Bonding with your new baby;
- Your life is officially over (it had a good run): Learning to love your life without sleep, freedom, and spare time;
- Breastfeeding is really f’n hard (your nipples will never know what hit them): Help for getting used to that sucking sound;
- Poop, puke, and pee (the trifecta will getcha): Help for dealing with the icky things;
- Teeth are the devil (and your child is possessed). Tips for exorcism…er…teething
- And much more…including…Who needs a health plan when you have the internet (Ph.D.s are overrated); You are a horrible mother whether or not your vaccinate (so good luck with that decision); You’ll probably want a divorce (and so will your partner); You can’t afford this (adorableness does not come cheap).
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dawn Dais is a freelance writer and graphic designer. Her previous books include The Nonrunner’s Marathon Guide for Women and The Noncyclcists Guide to the Century and Other Road Races. She lives in Roseville, California with her partner Becky, their daughter Vivian, and their two very needy dogs and two rather moody cats.
Raising children is a serious business, especially in this era of two working parents with jam-packed schedules. A helping hand can make all the difference. Nationally recognized parenting expert Blythe Lipman is on a mission to help parents, offering hundreds of practical tips with a dash of humor. WithHelp! My Toddler Came Without Instructions at the bedside table, parents will go from stressed-out, overwhelmed, and exhausted, to melt-down free and mellow!
Crafting Calm: Projects and Practices for Creativity and Contemplation by Maggie Oman Shannon
In this wired, wild world, it is harder than ever to shut out noise and busyness in order to truly calm yourself, but in Crafting Calm, a D.I.Y. guide to peace of mind, you’ll find inspiring ideas for how to do exactly that through a wide range of creative exercises. In this book, author Maggie Oman Shannon explores crafts and creativity as a practice with enormous physical, mental, and spiritual benefits. By immersing ourselves in a craft with intention and mindfulness, we can quiet those voices around us and in us—we can enter sacred stillness. Through revealing interviews, personal stories, and forty suggested activities, the author shows how creative processes can become spiritual practices. Whether you’re an aspiring artist, longtime craftsperson, or someone who has never set foot in a craft-store (yet!), you’ll find something in Crafting Calm to inspire you.
From the editors of Sports Illustrated Kids comes The Big Book of Who: Football, a 128-page collection of the brightest stars in America’s favorite sport, past and present. Profiles, facts and stats will bring the best players in pro football history to life with all of the classic touches that Sports Illustrated Kids is famous for – terrific, age-appropriate writing and exciting sports photography. Gridiron greats such as, from Sammy Baugh to Cam Newton, Jim Brown to Emmitt Smith, Dick Butkus to Ray Lewis will be profiled.
The Digest Diet by Liz Vaccariello is a 21-day weight-loss plan based on groundbreaking science and newly discovered foods and habits that help your body to release fat. Reader’s Digest sifted through all the weight-loss science to pick the foods, recipes, and habits that truly slim you down quickly and safely. We reviewed cutting-edge nutrition advances and myth-busting articles. We discovered some new reasons fat creeps on—and reliable ways to get it to fade away quickly. The Digest Diet targets surprising fat increasers in three key areas—eating, environment and exercise—and gives you the tools you need to turn the tables and shift your body into fat release mode.
5 Minutes to Stress Relief by Lauren E. Miller
Guest Post by Lauren E. Miller (Author of “5 Minutes to Stress Relief”)
3 Grab & Go Stress Relief Tips for Busy Moms:
Spiritual Tip: You have a strong spirit. How do I know? You’re a mom. Do not forget the strength of your spirit. Many times you burn out half way through your day as you frantically try to meet the needs of everyone around you. You are not aligned with what you value most in life concerning taking care of yourself. You may say, “I don’t have time to focus on remembering the strength contained within my soul.” Anytime you play the victim in life you will remain stuck. When your priorities are clear, your decisions are easy in terms of how you spend your time. Take 4 minutes out of every hour to breathe deeply three times, humming as you exhale, the humming is enough of a physical distraction to break the monkey chatter in your head. Focus on what does not need to be fixed: your ability to choose faith over fear, the truth that you are enough just as you are, your worth and lovability. When I went through cancer with my children at the ages of 8, 10 and 12 years old I remember taking breaks throughout my days to reconnect with my awareness that God was moving through me, empowering my weak body with the ability to choose life and love no matter what surrounded me. Take time to remember that you are first and foremost a spiritual being, connected to the God of the Universe having a physical experience. Move from the inside out today.
Emotional Tip: Worry? Fear? Doubt? Ain’t nobody got time for that! As a mom, it’s easy to rise and fall emotionally based on the craze of life that is going on around you, not to mention attaching your sense of self worth to your to do list. An attachment is an emotional state of clinging do to the belief that without some particular thing or outcome you cannot be happy. Practice going within to reconnect to the source of happiness which does not rise and fall based on accomplishments, recognition and checked off to do lists. Your emotional state flows directly from your feelings of worth, love, safety and connection. Whenever you start to question these you will be emotionally bumped. When you experience overwhelm ask yourself, where do I feel inadequate and incapable? Have I attached my sense of self worth to something outside of me? My children? Spouse? Position in life? Stress is simply an invitation to identify where you feel threatened and remember that you are worthy, capable of handling any situation, loved and accepted just as you are…not because your children have accomplished certain things or even that they listen to you or because you can do it all, simply because of who YOU are. Next time you feel emotionally overwhelmed try this: tap on your thymus located 2 inches below the “U” shaped dip at the base of your neck and say, “I have faith and confidence in God and my ability to handle this situation, my future is secure, I am secure.” Repeat this statement while you tap for 1-3 minutes.
Physical Tip: Don’t have time to work out? Make it. Try the popular burst training workout which can be done 3-4 times a week in less than 15 minutes. Choose 3-6 physical exercises that you like (or wouldn’t mind doing: sit-ups, push-ups, squats, speed punches, jump rope, dancing, running in place). Do each one separately as fast as you can for 30 or 60 second burst/rest intervals. For example, you run in place as fast as you can for 60 seconds and then you rest for 60 seconds. Complete 3-6 intervals first thing in the morning, and experience the benefit of increased energy, clarity of thinking, decreased cortisol levels (unlike extensive physical training) AND 36 hours of FAT burning. This workout ROCKS because it’s quick and you get results. This is the perfect busy schedule work out!
The techniques above are taken from Lauren E Miller’s 4th book recently launched by Career Press/New Page Books.
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About the Author: Lauren E Miller (LaurenEmiller.com) is a world renowned stress relief expert, award winning international bestselling author/speaker and founder of Stress Solutions University receiving national recognition in Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, Family Circle, CNBC, MSNBC, Lifetime and Discovery along with the International Journal of Healing and Care. With 18 years of intensive extended education in the areas of anxiety relief and stress reduction, Lauren equips men and women worldwide with the skill-sets to step into personal excellence and inner peace. Lauren is a certified Master NLP Practitioner and holds her Advanced Training Certificate in EFT, two energy psychology modalities that lead to profound inner transformation. She has conquered two top life stressors at the same time: advanced cancer and divorce. Her 4th Best Selling Book: 5 Minutes to Stress Relief was released by Career Press/New Page Books Spring 2013.