Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Marketing Your Self-published Children's Book

Award winning children's book
I can't believe it's been 10 years since I've been writing and illustrating children's books. It started with a simple idea where I drew up kid-friendly colorful characters that lived in the rainbow and called them Splatter and Friends. Years later, I had another inspirational children's book idea  Wunderkind Family children's chapter book collection. My end all goal for these books was to inspire kids to read and imagine and to teach them about themselves.

I've made mistakes along the way, such as rushing to publish a book before investing in professional editing and then having to redo the entire book again. I also discovered there are easier ways in illustrating a book such as using a Wacom drawing tablet. And I continue to find new ways in marketing my World-wide children's book brands.

Self-publishing is growing. It's not an easy journey making it into a lucrative career, but it is possible.

How to market your self-published children's book
  • Use social media to spread the word. The tools that have worked well for me are:
  • Children's chapter book mystery
  • Get book reviews and have them not only post a review on their blog, but also on Amazon and Goodreads
  • Start locally by holding local author events and writing workshops. Contact your local newspaper and ask them to do a write-up about your event
  • Get your children's self-published books on consignment in local bricks and mortar books stores
  • Get your children's story in the hands of teachers, librarians, parents, grandparents, relatives and kids by giving them away 
  • Offer giveaways and deals, especially around the holidays
  • Become a member of SCBWI and participate in their workshops
  • Network on Goodreads and ask people to review your book
  • Create an author page on Amazon.
  • Become a member of Linkedin writing and self-publishing groups
  • Market your book on Net Galley for additional reviews
  • Submit your children's book for awards
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Creating brand awareness for your children's book is an investment of time and money. Most likely it won't happen overnight. It's truly a journey.

I hope you'll share other ideas! And please check out my books on www.melissaproductions.com!




Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Parents Type One Diabetes Nightmare - Child With Super Low Blood Sugar

Continuous Glucose Monitor
Red on CGM is Danger Zone
Last night at bedtime, I did my normal routine with my 11 year old who has type one diabetes. We checked her blood sugar. It was in the low 200's, so I gave her some insulin. What I didn't take into account was the two hour fast pitch team training she had from 6:00 - 8:00 pm, which involved quite bit of agility drills.

I usually leave her - Madison, blood glucose higher on those nights, because during her sleeping state her body is still adjusting from all the running. Typically, intense and long athletic workouts causes her blood glucose to go down for quite a few hours after. But last night I forgot to take that into account. It was such a crazy busy night. We got home around 8:30 pm and I immediately started getting all four of my kids ready for bed, as my husband was traveling. I focused on my four year old because she had been sick all day with a stomach ache and fever.

With everyone in bed, I then got ready myself. Well...around 1:15 am I heard my type one daughters CGM (continuous glucose monitor) alarm going off. It was a different alarm sound than what I had ever heard before. And ironically, the carbon monoxide battery alarm started to sound at the same time. I immediately jumped out of bed, sprinted to Madison's CGM. It read 49 with an arrow slightly pointing down. My heart stopped beating. A 49 reading with an arrow slightly going down meant that her blood glucose was lower than 49 and still going down.

I bolted into her bedroom, shouting her name over and over again. When I got by her side, I immediately began trying to wake her up.  My heart was racing as I kept trying. Finally she gave me a sweet Maddie smile. I could tell she was totally out of it. I helped her to a sitting position, put a juice to her mouth and encouraged her to drink. I was so happy that she could! If she hadn't been able to, I would have tried frosting, where you put some inside a person who has type one diabetes and isn't alert inner cheek and hope that the sugar absorbs fast enough. And if that wouldn't had worked, I would have had to resort to the Glucagon pen and then call 911.

Thank heavens I didn't have to use the Glucagon pen. I know parents who have and they've shared that it was one of the scariest moments of their life, wondering if their child would go into coma and possibly die.

As you can see from the continuous glucose monitor screen image, the red is the danger zone. I juiced her up pretty well, because right after her blood sugar spiked past 300. I got up several more times during the night, making sure she was okay and also giving her a little insulin to start leveling her blood glucose out and bringing it back down into the 100's.

I wish I knew why her, or why anyone, has type one diabetes. It's a silent disease and an awful one for anyone to live with. Every second of every day I pray for a cure!

Type one diabetes and type two diabetes are not the same disease!


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Children's Book Blast $25 Cash Giveaway - This Little President by Joan Holub

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Children's Book Blast for the newly-released children's board book, "This Little President: A Presidential Primer" by Joan Holub and Daniel Roode.

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About the Book

Title: This Little President: A Presidential Primer | Author: Joan Holub | Illustrator: Daniel Roode | Publication Date: January 12, 2016 | Publisher: Little Simon | Pages: 26 | Recommended Ages: 2 to 6

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Children's Book Description: A children's picture board book primer on presidents. Learn about the United States Presidents with this bright and playful board book! Highlighting ten of the most memorable USA Presidents—and featuring all forty-four on the last page—parents and little leaders-in-training alike will love sharing this fun primer full of age-appropriate facts, leadership skills, and White House history.
Leading our country. Helping you and me. Keeping all fifty states safe, happy, and free. Little presidents have a great big job.
See more at Little Simon  

Sneak Peek of This Little President Children's Picture Book

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About the Author: Joan Holub

Joan-Holub-GG-264x300Joan Holub is the author of 140+ books for children including the Mini Myths series of 8 board books: Be Careful, Icarus!, Brush Your Hair, Medusa!, Make A Wish Midas! Joan also authored the acclaimed picture books Little Red Writing, The Knights Before Christmas, and Mighty Dads, a New York Times bestseller. Joan also co-authors (with Suzanne Williams) three series: Goddess Girls (ages 8-12, Greek mythology with a middle school twist), Grimmtastic Girls (for ages 8-12, fairy tale adventure with a middle school twist), and Heroes in Training (ages 6-11, Greek mythology adventure chapter books).

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** Children's Picture Book Blast Giveaway **

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner's choice Giveaway ends: January 26, 11:59 pm, 2016 Open to: Internationally How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by Joan Holub and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send an email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com. a Rafflecopter giveaway MDBR Book Promotion Services

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Children's Book Blast $25 Giveaway - Goo and Spot Picture Book

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for the fun-filled picture book, "Goo and Spot in the Do Not Wiggle Riddle" by Elsa Takaoka. Grab a copy of "Goo and Spot in the Do Not Wiggle Riddle" and "Goo and Spot in the Great Zoo Escape for FREE, December 8 and 9, 2015.

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Goo and Spot in the Do Not Wiggle Riddle

 About the Book

Title: Goo and Spot in the Do Not Wiggle Riddle | Author: Elsa Takaoka | Illustrator: Catherine Toennisson | Publication Date: February, 2014 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 38 | Ages: 3 to 8

Book Description: 4.4 out of 5 stars with over 100 customer reviews. Two time #1 Amazon Best Seller in Manners. Illustratated by former DreamWorks Big Idea storyboardist Catherine Toennisson. Funny, silly and sweet, Goo and Spot teaches the importance of good listening skills. This amusing riddle educates without sounding like lessons and lectures. Instead, it has a fun and imaginative style. This book about Goo and Spot’s amazing and colorful adventures will definitely hit a child’s funny bone, with a valuable lesson learned along the way!

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Goo and Spot in the Great Zoo Escape  

A *NEW* "Goo and Spot" Book Coming Soon!!

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The Buzz About the Book

"How cute and clever was this book. It was like Dr. Seuss has found a friend." ~ Grafixsus, Amazon

"This would be the perfect book to read to a group of wriggly kindergartners. " ~ Anon, Anon, Amazon

"Both the text and the illustrations are rich and dynamic and evoke in both adults and children alike a desire to interact with the text and the images both creatively and consistently." ~ Margot V., Amazon

"The story makes my sons giggle with glee and they gave me a big hug at the ending. Thumbs up!" ~ Torres, Amazon

"The words come to life to young readers through the bright and fresh artwork making this a wonderful rhyming book that kids will want to read over and over!" ~ April M., Amazon
 

About the Author: Elsa Takaoka

DSC_8068-EditBudding author Elsa Takaoka puts her pen to paper and creates a fun and heart-warming story. Spinning words with natural creativity, Elsa discovered her love of language at a very early age. She then pursued a career in Speech Language Pathology and English as a Second Language until the birth of her first daughter. Reading to her own little girls sparked her whimsical journey through children’s literature. Her dream to write and publish a picture book was achieved with Goo and Spot and The Do Not Wiggle Riddle, the first in the Goo and Spot book series. Currently, Elsa lives in Fukuoka, Japan with her sources of inspiration- her loving husband and their two adorable little girls.

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** Book Blast Giveaway **

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner's choice Giveaway ends: December 20, 11:59 pm, 2015 Open to: Internationally How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by Elsa Takaoka and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send an email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com. a Rafflecopter giveaway MDBR Book Promotion Services

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Children's Book Blast $25 Giveaway - Lionel's Grand Adventure Picture Book

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for the middle grade book, "Lionel's Christmas Adventure: Lionel Learns the True Meaning of Christmas", based on the lovable character, Lionel Snodgrass, created by Paul Hewlett.
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About the Book


Title: Lionel's Christmas Adventure: Lionel learns the true meaning of Christmas | Author: Paul R. Hewlett | Publication Date: November 10, 2012 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 40 | Recommended Ages: 5 to 10 Book Description: Have you ever wanted something you couldn't have? Meet Lionel, a loveable bully-magnet who desperately wants a new sled and will do anything to get it.This fun Christmas book follows Lionel from Larrystown to the North Pole. His magical Three-Toed-Potbellied Walbaun foot is back and is as unpredictable as ever. Whether Lionel's sledding, ice skating, or in a life-sized gingerbread village, it takes him on some grand adventures. Filled with great Christmas imagery, this book is perfect for young readers and family story time. Get it Now Amazon button  


The Buzz About the Book

"I loved reading about Lionel and his adventure. And I love a good Christmas story. I got both in this one amazing book! " ~ Susan S., Amazon

"Lionel's Christmas Adventure is a classic, reminds me of Charlie Brown in fact it would be super cute as a cartoon for kids during the holidays. Must Read!" ~ Lovely Reader, Amazon

"A great story for children with a sprinkling of magic... A book that will encourage children to think about what is really valuable in life. ~ Diane, Amazon

"The story is a great read, not just for the holiday, but all year as well." ~ Mysunshine510, Amazon

"Lionel’s character and thoughts are perfect for teaching younger ones the true spirit of the holidays, and ways that we as community members can give back to others and it doesn’t cost us anything but some time and kindness. Join Lionel in spreading some Christmas cheer!" ~ Charlie A., Amazon

About the Author: Paul R. Hewlett

Paul XmasPaul R. Hewlett is the author of the Lionel’s Grand Adventure series. Lionel Goes to Camp is the third book in the series. In addition to writing the Lionel’s Grand Adventure books, Paul does freelance writing and co-authors a children’s/middle grade/young adult blog called Sher A. Hart: Written Art. You can learn more about Paul at paulrhewlett.weebly.com  

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Twitter * Google+ * Goodreads

 

** Book Blast Giveaway **

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner's choice Giveaway ends: December 18, 11:59 pm, 2015 Open to: Internationally How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by Paul Hewlett and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send an email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com. a Rafflecopter giveaway MDBR Book Promotion Services

Friday, November 20, 2015

Children's Book Blast Cash Giveaway and Book Review - Mice & Spiders & Webs . . . Oh My!

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for the picture book "Mice & Spiders & Webs... Oh My!" by Sherrill S. Cannon.

Mice & Spiders & Webs... Oh My! Title: Mice & Spiders & Webs... Oh My! | Author: Sherrill S. Cannon | Illustrator: Kalpart | Publication Date: March 19, 2015 | Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency, LLC | Pages: 30 | Recommended Ages: 3 to 8 | Reviewed by: Renee (Mother) Summary: Is your child a good listener? Rosemary is a little girl who is worried about returning to school after her teacher warns the class that they would soon have some mice, spiders, and webs in the classroom. Could Rosemary have misunderstood something? How can mice and spiders and webs belong at school? Full of "Computer Speak," this story introduces young readers to basic computer terms in a delightful way! See if your child can discover the mystery of the misunderstood words, and learn about the fun of computers with Rosemary. Get it Now Amazon button

Please note that 50% of the cost of Sherrill Cannon's books go to the following two organizations: http://sbpra.com/curejm and http://sbpra.com/imbullyfree. Here are Ms. Cannon's other books:

Macintosh HD:Users:skcannon60:Dropbox:iPhoto Library:Masters:2014:03:15:20140315-145024:IMG_1139.JPGMy Fingerpaint Masterpiece deals with perspective, perception and self-esteem as a child fingerpaints artwork in class, and later discovers it as part of the town’s Art Contest.       Macintosh HD:Users:skcannon60:Dropbox:iPhoto Library:Masters:2014:06:12:20140612-155332:IMG_1287.JPGManner-Man is a Superhero who helps children cope with bullies, and teaches them how to look within themselves for their own superhero.  
 Macintosh HD:Users:skcannon60:Dropbox:iPhoto Library:Masters:2014:08:20:20140820-114042:IMG_1390.JPGGimme-Jimmy is about how a bully learns to share. His “New Polite Rule” helps him learn to make friends.    
Macintosh HD:Users:skcannon60:Dropbox:iPhoto Library:Masters:2012:09:10:20120910-174324:TheMagicWord-6lg copy.jpgThe Magic Word helps Elisabeth learn the magic word “please”, and to use it every day. Please and Thank you are words that everyone needs to use!    
 Macintosh HD:Users:skcannon60:Dropbox:iPhoto Library:Masters:2013:11:06:20131106-210036:IMG_0871.JPGPeter and the Whimper-Whineys, helps parents cope with whining, disguised as a fun story. Peter is a rabbit who whines all the time, and might have to join the Whimper-Whineys.      
 Macintosh HD:Users:skcannon60:Dropbox:iPhoto Library:Masters:2013:11:06:20131106-210036:IMG_0873.JPGSanta’s Birthday Gift includes Santa in the Christmas story. (After reading a story of the nativity to her granddaughter, she was asked “But where’s Santa?”)      

The Buzz About the Book

"Mice & Spiders & Webs... Oh My! features a wonderful rhyming tale with an important underlying message about "being a good listener". As an added bonus, the book also features bright and kid-friendly illustrations with cameo appearances of characters and covers from previous books. I highly recommend this (and other books by Sherrill S. Cannon) for children ages 4 to 8 years." ~ Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

"I adored this fun story and know it will become a fast favorite among readers." ~ Stacie @ BeachBoundBooks

"This book is educational, while entertaining too, and is a great teaching tool on being a good Listener." ~ Lu Ann, Rockin' Book Reviews

"This is a very fun book for both children and adults. It carries an important message, but at the same time introduces computer terminology that perhaps not every child will be familiar with." ~ Crsytal @ Castle View Academy
 

About the Author: Sherrill S. Cannon

Sherrill CannonSherrill S. Cannon is a former teacher and a grandmother of ten, who is also an Award-Winning Best-Selling Author! Her multi-cultural books have received thirty-six 2011-15 National and International awards. Most of her books try to teach something, like good manners and consideration for others. All of her books are part of two fundraisers, one to help find a cure for Juvenile Myositis, an incurable children's disease at http://sbpra.com/curejm/ and another for the anti-bullying campaign at imbullyfree.org at http://sbpra.com/imbullyfree 50% of the cost of her books on these sites will go directly to each organization! Sherrill is also the author of seven published and internationally performed plays for elementary school children, She is a resident of New Hope, PA and travels with her husband of 55 years throughout North America in their RV, sharing her books along the way!

Website * SBPRA Website * CureJM Website

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** Book Blast Giveaway **

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner's choice Giveaway ends: December 9, 11:59 pm, 2015 Open to: Internationally How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by Sherrill S. Cannon and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send an email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com. a Rafflecopter giveaway MDBR Book Promotion Services

Monday, November 16, 2015

Children's Book Review and Cash Giveaway - Finn's Rocket

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for "Finn's Rocket: A Surfer Catches Air", the third book in the "Finn's Fast Books" middle grade series by Serena Schreiber.

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About the Book

Title: Finn's Rocket: A Surfer Catches Air (Finn's Fast Books, Book #3) | Author: Serena Schreiber | Publication Date: November 1, 2015 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 176 | Recommended Ages: 7 to 12

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Book Description: Finn's summer vacation plans didn't include leaving the planet. When his little sister gets kidnapped from space camp, Finn will do anything and go anywhere to get her back. Even the international space station.
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The Buzz About "Finn's Fast Books"

Finn's Ship: "The story blends Finn's American upbringing with his German heritage, acquainting the reader with the many similarities and differences in food, culture, language, transportation and family values." ~ Candy 613, Amazon
Finn's Ship: "The author did a marvelous job bringing the characters to life and making the reader feel apart of each scene." ~ Glen G., Amazon
Finn's Car: "I really enjoyed reading this book! Very fun to read and it's something that teens will love to read. I recommend it to everyone!" ~ Jocelyn, Amazon
Finn's Car: "A well-paced, funny and highly infectious read!" ~ Bree W., Amazon
 

About the Author: Serena Schreiber

serenaschreiberFirst published in Brooklyn in third grade, Serena Schreiber took a circuitous route through Europe to settle in Florida. When not writing for kids or scientists, she follows her other muse, fantasy. She's a happy co-conspirator of Florida Writers Association Youth Program and runs the Howl at the Moon Writers Jam. Serena has two amazing children, a handsome husband, and a turtle named Bolt.

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** Book Blast Giveaway **

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner's choice Giveaway ends: November 29, 11:59 pm, 2015 Open to: Internationally How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by Serena Schreiber and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send an email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com. a Rafflecopter giveaway MDBR Book Promotion Services  

Monday, November 2, 2015

2015 Top Five Holiday Gift Gadgets

Here are my top five electronic gadgets for 2015 holiday gifts! Everyone from mom, dad and the kids will enjoy these fun electronic gifts this holiday season.

Self-balancing Two-wheel Electronic Scooter 

Self-balancing electronic scooter
 
This is one of the hottest electronic toys of the 2015 holiday season! And after witnessing my 12 year old son testing a neighbors Segway-like handle-bar free scooter over Halloween, it is now on my top family gifts this holiday season. I'm hoping it will be included in Amazon's Lightning Deal or Black Friday, because it's a little pricy right now. 

Highlights about the electronic two-wheel scooter:

  • Goes about 10 miles per hour
  • Holds about 220 lbs
  • Battery life is about 20 miles
  • Easy to learn how to ride

Fitbit Charge HR Wireless Activity Wristband

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This is on the top of my list this Christmas! You can track your heart rate, workouts, floors climbed, steps walked and monitor your sleep. I'm actually considering getting my 11 year old daughter who has type one diabetes one. She plays soccer. I'd love to see if her blood sugar rises as her heart rate increases and if we can use the Fitbit heart rate monitor to predict her blood glucose variations.

Highlights:

  • Monitor your heart-rate
  • Track workouts, heart rate, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, active minutes and steps
  • Monitor your sleep
  • Silent alarm allows you to wake
  • Sync Fitbit stats wirelessly and automatically to your computer and over 150 leading smartphones

Amazon Echo

This is one amazing electronic gadget! It answers your questions such as what is the weather today or is there traffic on route I-77 or who won the Monday Night Football Game. It's connected to the cloud so it is continuously learning. I like that it can share your daily calendar and the weather without having to log on to your computer.


Highlights:
  • Controlled by your voice
  • Connected to the cloud
  • Plays music and shares information such as traffic, weather, audio books, sports and more instantly. 

Apple Watch

Apple Watch
The Apple Watch is one amazing gadget. You can receive and send notifications such as text messages. Pay for your groceries. Track your workout. Get directions. Play music. What is even more impressive is how many different styles and looks are available. There is even a Mickey Mouse watch. Brilliant addition for all those Disney fans.

Highlights:
  • Get notifications
  • Siri question and answer response
  • Play music
  • Secure payment option

Roku 3 Streaming Media Player with Voice Search (2015 Version)

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By by cable television! Roku 3 is the ultimate streaming media player with access to over 250,000 movies, TV episodes, games, music, sports, kid programming and more! I've never tried it, but would love for people to share their experiences. From what I read it has voice search, headphones for private listening, point-anywhere ease of use and motion control for gaming. 

Highlights:
  • 2,000 streaming channels
  • 1080p stunning HD video as well as Ethernet, USB and microSD card ports
  • Headphones for private listening
  • Motion control for gaming




Friday, October 16, 2015

Reader's Favorite Gold Medal Children's Picture Book Award Winner - Isabella Babysits Baxter

Children's Picture Book Award Winner
 "Isabella Babysits Baxter" is a 2015 Readers' Favorite Gold Medal Winner in the Children - Picture/Pop up category! 

Reader's Favorite Children's Picture Book Gold Medal WinnerReaders’ Favorite is proud to announce that "Isabella Babysits Baxter" by Melissa Perry Moraja is a Gold Medal Winner in the Children - Picture/Pop up category in our 2015 International Book Award Contest.

"Funny, entertaining and educational!"




The 2015 Readers' Favorite International Book Award Contest featured thousands of contestants from over a dozen countries.

Readers' Favorite has become the fastest growing book review and award contest site on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the “Best Websites for Authors” and “Honoring Excellence” awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.

In addition to reviewing for some of the biggest names in the literary industry, as well as the first time independent author, they host a respected award contest which features entries from new authors to NYT best-sellers, as well as celebrities like Jim Carrey and Henry Winkler.

About Isabella Babysits Baxter
Six year old Isabella usually is the one who has a babysitter. But when her enormous puppy named Baxter creates a mess and prevents her mom from working, Isabella's mom asks her to babysit him. And Isabella knows exactly how to do it! Or does she? First, Isabella gets Baxter dressed...TWICE! Next they have a snack, but not without a CRASH and a BANG. And that’s just the beginning. Join Isabella in her very first picture book filled with lots of humor and adventure as she tries to keep Baxter from making a bigger mess. 

Isabella Babysits Baxter has also been awarded:
Mom's Choice Award
B.R.A.G. Medallion Award

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Tween Children's Book Review and Cash Giveaway - Miss Priss: One and Off the Court

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the tween chapter book "Miss Priss: On and Off the Court" by Judy Phillips and Brenda Nichols from September 15 to 21, 2015.
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MISS PRISS: ON AND OFF THE COURT is book one in the new tween chapter series by Mom’s Choice Award winning writer-illustrator Team, ‘Brenjudy’. On and Off the Court introduces Priscilla Penelope Paxton (Miss Priss), a ten year old whose interests and curiosity land her in, sometimes, sticky situations. A unique coming-of-age story bound to bring giggles and enjoyment to all its readers as Miss Priss encounters and overcomes a slew of challenges, even the one that will continue to grow—self-awareness. The book features full color illustrations.Miss Priss On and Off the Court

About the Book

Title: Miss Priss: On and Off the Court | Author: Judy Phillips | Illustrator: Brenda Nichols | Publication Date: August 20, 2015 | Publisher: Tadpole Press ...4 Kids (a division of Smooth Sailing Press) | Pages: 230 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 12 Summary: Priscilla Penelope Paxton is a witty ten year old whose inter-ests and curiosity land her in, sometimes, sticky situations. Dance classes, Girl Scouts, school assignments, friends and hanging out at her family's drug store, and the local Piggly Wiggly would leave any other person with no time for any-thing else. Yet, the thrill of basketball and joining the Little Dribblers finds its way into Miss Priss' heart. Though this interest will prove to be a dream that requires overcoming the greatest of challenges; Mom’s opposition. A task that will require ingenuity, perseverance and a little help from some loved ones.

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Book Review

Simply a delightful read! My 11 year old and I chuckled quite a bit throughout the story. The illustrations were entertaining as was the story. My daughter loves basketball, so was immediately anxious to read the story. And Miss Priss, one busy 10 year old girl, didn't disappoint her. Judy Phillips did an amazing job with keeping the reader engaged and the illustrations by Brenda Nichols complimented the story.

My daughter and I highly recommend this story. Miss Priss: On and Off the Court is packed with lots of humor and plenty of kid growing moments.

About the Author: Judy Phillips

Judy PhillipsJudy Phillips is an educator with over twenty years of experience and is currently a counselor at Samuel Houston Elemen-tary School in Huntsville, Texas. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas and a Master of Education degree in Coun-seling from Sam Houston State University. Phillips volunteers locally with university students through local ministries and mentor programs.

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About the Illustrator: Brenda Nichols

Brenda NicholsBrenda Nichols was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and is an educator at university level, with over twenty years of experience. She is currently the Head Women's Basketball Coach and Professor of Kinesiology at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Nichols holds an Associate of Arts degree from Western Texas College in Snyder, Texas, a Bachelor's degree from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, and a Master's degree from The University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida. Nichols volunteers locally by mentoring students and through motivational speaking engagements at schools and various civic organizations.

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Friday, September 4, 2015

How to Make Ice Cream Cake Cones - Yummy Fun Dessert Recipe

My kids and their friends loved making ice cream cake cones! They tasted amazing and were so easy to make. 

These fun kid-friendly treats are perfect for birthday parties, camps and school classroom events!


Ingredients

1 box of yummy cake mix! We love Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ cake mix. White and Devils food are our favorites! Although many kids like Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™
Sprinkle cake mix.

Water, vegetable oil and eggs as stated on cake box mix.

24 ice cream cake cones. Flat-bottomed ice cream cones are the easiest to use.

M&M's, mini marshmallows, chocolate chip batter and brownie batter. We stuffed some mini marshmallows and M&M chocolates in the cupcake batter before baking.  We also tried layering the ice cream cone cake with brownie batter and chocolate chip batter for fun. It tasted amazing!

Tip: We found that the M&M's sunk to the bottom of the ice cream cone cake while the mini marshmallows floated to the top. To allow for the M&M's to not sink, we baked the ice cream cone cakes for about 5 minutes and then added the M&M's. It also helped push some of the marshmallows down into the batter.
Ice cream cake cone toppings
Ice cream cake cone topping ideas

Toppings

Iced Frosting
Cherry's
M&M's
Hershey Kiss
Reese's chocolate
Sprinkles
Whipped Cream
Ice Cream
Oreo Cookie's crushed
Chocolate syrup
Chocolate shell syrup
Cake pop cakes

Directions 

Heat oven to 350°F (follow instructions on cake mix box). Place paper baking cupcake cups in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups. Baking cupcake cups protect the ice cream cones.
2 Make cake batter as directed on box. 
3 Fill each ice cream cone the same. We filled some 1/2 way up so we could plop a scoop of ice cream on top, and other's we filled 3/4's of the way up to frost.
Ice cream cake cones

4 Bake 16 to 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in cake comes out clean. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. 
Betty Crocker cake cones
Betty Crocker ice cream cake cones
5 Decorate the ice cream cake cones any way you'd like! Our favorite was adding a scoop of ice cream!

Brownie Ice Cream Cake Cones
Brownie and mini marshmallow ice cream cake cones

Additional tips:Poke a hole into the cooked ice cream cake cone. Then squirt some chocolate syrup into it or stuff some M&M's. Then top with one round cake pop or ice cream, and decorate!
Please share other fun creative toppings and ways you've made this delicious kid treat!