Tuesday, April 30, 2013

End of School Year MAY BOOK GIVEAWAY - The Secret of the Shark Tooth Crab Claw

May Book Giveaway! Let's encourage reading this summer!
I'll be offering a free copy of my funny, modern-fantasy children's chapter book-The Secret of the Shark Tooth Crab Claw--in a random drawing.
Join Jake on his next adventure!

It’s school vacation and Jake heads to the beach with his family, ready to explore the ocean. But not before his parents review the RULES. But that’s the least of his worries.

When a surfer dude shares that a mysterious sea creature has been caught in a fishing net, Jake sets out to rescue it! But in order for Jake to do that he has to include his annoying brother and tattletaling sister in his secret plan.

Will Jake rescue the trapped sea creature? Will Jake’s younger twin siblings reveal his secret plan? Or will there be more RULES that put a damper on Jake’s Adventures?

This is a funny, modern-fantasy adventure children's chapter book targeted to children ages 6 - 12 years old. It's a fun read for both boys and girls. Madison from Madison and GA (My Guardian Angel) The Tale of the Slimy Spitball is Jake's twin sibling. In this story, Madison is 15 1/2 months younger.

To ENTER the End of the School Year MAY BOOK GIVEAWAY (May 1 - May 31, 2013), please do the following:
  1. Follow my blog!
  2. Leave a comment and if you have a blog, please leave your blog URL so I can follow back!
Please come back every month, because  I will be giving away one of my children's books!

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Madison's Smiles! We Did it! Our 2nd JDRF Walk

This past saturday morning, I hopped out of bed and put a smile on my face for my daughter, Madison. And I'm so glad that I did! My smile gave Madison strength to be strong for a disease that we still haven't a clue how she got.

When we arrived at the walk, the first person Madison saw was her second grade teacher, Mrs. Anderson (on the left with pink bag. Madison's next to her). Her face lit up as if she had just seen Mickey Mouse for the first time. They hugged and my smile grew bigger, and it kept growing bigger and brighter every time I witnessed Madison hugging another friend who showed up to walk in support of her disease.

I can't thank everyone enough for walking with us on that day and for all our other friends and family for being there for Madison. The past 18 month hasn't been easy. And I thank God every day that I have a daughter who has handled this disease with grace. I'm not sure I would have been able to.

Madison's smiles and giggles makes our days lighter. And the day we walked, she was an angel, shining her light on all of us and bringing the biggest, most loving smile to my face.

Madison is in the orange. Her school friend, Addie, who has type 1 diabetes too is right next to her.
Madison's siblings and friends who came out to support her!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

A Mommy's Tears and a Daughters Lows

As I'm sitting here writing this, I'm wiping tears from my eyes. I have the mommy lows. The past couple of days has been an emotional roller coaster ride for me again. Madison's blood sugar keeps dropping which probably means she's coming down with something. And it makes me super angry that we have to feed her disease in order to bring her blood sugar back up. She's not running. She's not playing. It just keeps dropping.

But Madison's type 1 diabetic lows aren't what's making me have the mommy lows right now. It's actually preparing for the JDRF Walk for a Cure which is April 27, 2013. I don't want to walk. I actually want to run in the complete opposite direction. This SUCKS! I know I've said it a zillion times over the past seventeen months, but I have to keep saying it so I can get through this disease. I need others to know that this disease really SUCKS! And I need others to say, "We're with you through this." But instead, I feel alone. So I'm writing to let it all out, hoping that I can get through my daughters second walk.

My mommy low dropped big time on Tuesday night, when my husband asked me to send out a reminder email to friends and family about the walk (which I had put off for weeks and if you know me, this is not normal for me). I got comfortable in front of my computer and logged into Madison's Meter Patrol JDRF Walk page. As soon as the page was visible, my mouth frowned and eyes became heavy and heart felt as if someone was squeezing it. Within milliseconds, I started to go through that dreadful mourning phase that I went through when she was first diagnosed on November 4, 2011. I got angry. Then I got sad. Then I was okay with her having it. Then I got angry again. Then I got angry at my husband for suggesting that I send a reminder. Then I snapped at him. And then I felt awful for snapping at him. This emotional roller coaster hasn't stopped since Tuesday.

I keep waiting for the day when I will truly be okay with her having this disease. But I'm not. I'm still mad. I'm still confused with why she has it. And I'm burnt out thinking and worrying about it every second of every day. I want everything to go back to the way it was seventeen months ago. I want my little girl healthy. And I want peace of mind.

A mommy who prays for a CURE for type 1 diabetes!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Five Reasons Why We Should Take Care of the Earth | workingmother.com

Five Reasons Why We Should Take Care of the Earth | workingmother.com

Happy Earth Day! I Was Nominated For The Liebster Blog Award!

So this awesome blogging mom named Taylor of Mom and Monster Blog gave me the Liebster blog award a few days ago! And I'm excited! It's my first blog award!

The Liebster Blog Award is given to up and coming bloggers by established bloggers (less than 200 followers), in order to recognize them, let them know that they are appreciated, and to spread the word about new blogs. The rules are:

    No tag back! But PLEASE leave me a comment on this post with the URL to your Liebster post so that I can learn more about you! And I would love it if you followed my blog! Thanks, Melissa, mom of four.
Here are eleven facts about me!
  1. I've written and illustrated seven children's books and three self-help books.
  2. I have four beautiful, funny children! They make me laugh every second of every day. I have a 10 year old boy, 8 1/2 year old boy/girl twins, and a 1 year old.
  3. My twin daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes November 4, 2011 when she was 7 years old. And honestly, this disease sucks! To a CURE!
  4. I achieved summa cum laude ranking for my undergraduate degree (finance) and graduate degree (marketing).
  5. I worked as a Global Marketing Program Manager for ibm.com (IBM).
  6. I coached kids t-ball, soccer and fast pitch softball. And I hope I'll be able to coach my grandkids! Of course I have quite a few years before that will ever happen. To a healthy body and lifestyle!
  7. Please please checkout my website. I'm trying to build awareness for these educational splaterrific characters-Splatter and Friends-The Guardians of the Prism-so I can pitch them as a children's television show. Thank you!
  8. I built my own website www.melissaproductions.com. And now I'm trying to teach myself how to animate. Crazy hard.
  9. I grew up in Bedford, New Hampshire. I miss my family alot. My three sisters, mom, dad, grandmother, cousins, etc still live in NH and Mass. I hope someday I'll be able to have a second home there.
  10. I met my husband at a bar in Chicago. Isn't that just unbelievable? I was hoping that I would have met him in Italy or Paris. LOL
  11. I have a gift of being able to see the future--I've been a professional psychic medium since I was 21 years old. And yes, I'm as normal and down-to-earth as they come. Wish others saw it as just part of our human ability and didn't get so freaked out about it. www.melissamoraja.com.

Here are the question. Please use these for the questions to answer if I nominated you! Thanks
  1. What are you doing when you're the happiest? I'm out playing sports with my children and creating stories with them.
  2. Where is the one place that you're dying to go? I would love to go back to Italy. But this time I want to share it with my mom, dad and my kids. I love Italy! It has so much history. And the food is exquisite!
  3. What got you to start blogging?
    I wanted to share what it's like being a psychic, educated mom who is married to a southern corporate executive while raising intuitive kids in a traditional society. Although, quite often I write about what I'm passionate  about at that moment in time. 
  4. What does your blog name mean? I truly am not your ordinary psychic mom. I'm a mom entrepreneur with two traditional degrees, a corporate background, who loves to play and coach sports. I'm married to a southern gentleman who calls sneakers tennis shoes. I hate doing dishes and laundry even though I have to do them daily. I love imagining and pretending just like my kids. I'd prefer the latest and greatest techy gadget over flowers and perfume. And I'm raising my kids to leverage their senses.
  5. What is your favorite book and why?
    As a mom entrepreneur, writer, and illustrator, I have to say mine-although I did really like the Hunger Games and I'm a big fan of the Percy Jackson series and I love Dr. Suess! For preschoolers definitely Goodnight Goodnight Goodnight Baby Blue . It's sweet, has sight words and helps them clear all the memories of their day. For elementary aged kids my humor modern fantasy books. For girls the first book in the Madison and GA (My Guardian Angel) series which teaches them they don't have to be perfect. And for boys the second book in the Jakes Adventures series which teaches them about family, including siblings, and problem-solving.
  6. Who is your favorite person in the world, and why? My mom. She is one of the sweetest most understanding people I know. She truly is a mom--always giving, loving, and sharing.
  7. What's the perfect Saturday to you? Waking up, having breakfast with my children and heading out for a day of watching them play sports.
  8. What do you want your kids (present/future) to remember about you?
    I hope they remember how much I loved them and how important I thought it was to accept and treat everyone the way they wanted to be treated.
  9. What is the best memory you have of your own parents (or whoever raised you)?They always helped anyone, even a stranger, if they were in need. My parents are very loving and giving.
  10. What's something that you never get tired of? Getting hugs and kisses from my kids!
  11. What's your weirdest habit? Oh boy! This is a really embarrassing question. My weirdest habit? Hmm. Maybe licking the butter knife.

Now my nominees! Hooray! Just a heads up. I couldn't find some of your follower counts, so I apologize if you're over the 200 limit! Great blogs no matter what.

Lastly, my questions for the nominees!
  1. If you could do anything for a career, what would you do?
  2. If you could live anywhere, where would you live, and why?
  3. What is your greatest accomplishment?
  4. What do you enjoy writing/blogging about the most?
  5. What is the one cause that is near and dear to your heart, and why?
  6. What is your favorite animal, and why?
  7. Which is your favorite blog, and why?
  8. What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?
  9. What is the one thing you hope your children have learned from you?
  10. If you could, how would you change the world?
  11. What makes you laugh?

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Mom, Is the Tooth Fairy Real? When Should a Parent Tell the Truth? | workingmother.com

Mom, Is the Tooth Fairy Real? When Should a Parent Tell the Truth? | workingmother.com

ASTROLOGY NEWS: Pluto Goes Retrograde April 12-Stop Pitying Yourself

Pluto is the planet that makes change appear as if it will never happen. Pluto works behind the scenes, transforming the inner you and making sure you know and feel the choices you have made. Its like having a dark cloud over your head for months and sometimes years, toying with you by sprinkling a few heavy drops of rain here and there until it finally is ready to downpour and then move on.

On April 12, 2013, Pluto goes retrograde in the sign of Capricorn. Get ready to dissect your inner world. It's a time to reflect on if you are spending your time wisely. It's a time to overcome your fears of success. It's a time of letting go of things you can't control. But it also may be a time where you feel alone, unsure about your future and who you will share it with.

My suggestion is to go out with friends and enjoy your spring and summer. If you find yourself caught up in a pity me state of mind, call a fun friend who can bring a smile to your face. Go see your therapist. Get a massage. Go to a career workshop. Take a fun class. Start a hobby.

Being alone is your worst enemy. Doing the things you love and being with the people you enjoy will help you get through Pluto's long drawn out retrograde period.

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

The Tale of the Slimy Spitball APRIL and KID-LIT BOOK GIVEAWAY! (Giving away two books!)

My Guardian Angel seriesThe Tale of the Slimy Spitball is the second book in the Wunderkind Family series children's chapter book series. It's a funny, modern-fantasy children's chapter book that teaches children that they don't have to be perfect. Even Madison's guardian angel isn't. Every story will share at least one learning lesson such as bullying, friendship, and responsibility.

Since Madison was born, her guardian angel has been right by her side, spilling her milk and doing silly kid-stuff. But now that Madison is ten years old, her parents and teachers think it’s time for her to start acting like a big girl, which means she needs to stop blaming her imaginary friend for everything that goes wrong. And that is exactly what Madison has been trying to do. But what everyone doesn’t know is Madison’s imaginary friend is a sassy, childish (yet very loyal and loving) guardian angel named GA. GA's job is to protect Madison and teach her important stuff so she can earn feathers for her wings and one day fly. Not simple for an angel who seems to always be misplacing her halo and getting herself into mischief, leaving Madison to take the blame.

KidLit Book Giveaway
In The Tale of the Slimy Spitball, Madison finds herself in the principal's office again. This time she's being accused of spitting a slimy spitball at this kid Zach on the school bus. Find out who really spit the spitball? Will G.A. earn a feather for her wings? Or will Madison take the blame again?

I'm giving away two copies of Madison and GA (My Guardian Angel) The Tale of the Slimy Spitball. One in April and the other for the KID-LIT Hop in May.

ENTER the Kid-Lit BOOK GIVEAWAY through the Rafflecopter giveaway below!

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Study Says Over-Thinking Things Can Make You Sick | workingmother.com

Study Says Over-Thinking Things Can Make You Sick | workingmother.com