Monday, November 25, 2013

Enter Madison and GA The Tale of the Messed Up Talent Show $100 Giveaway Book Blast

About the Book

The Tale of the Messed Up Talent Show
The Fourth Wunderkind Family Children's Book
Recipient of Mom's Choice Awards!
Title: Tale of the Messed Up Talent Show (Madison and GA - My Guardian Angel) Author: Melissa Perry Moraja Publication Date: November 15, 2013 Publisher: Independent - Melissa Productions Inc. Number of pages: 156 Recommended age: 6-12    

Summary

Madison Wunderkind is a sweet, honest girl, who always seems to find herself in trouble with the principal. But this time she's not alone. It all started three days earlier, when Sophia, the most popular fifth-grade girl at Gator Elementary, asked Madison to hang out and plan this year's talent show. Instantly, Madison had become Little Miss Popular. But what Madison soon discovered was that being Little Miss Popular wasn't all it was cracked up to be. Her best friends were ignoring her. Her brothers were angry at her. And her guardian angel, GA, was irritated by her snobbish attitude. And if things couldn't get more messed up for Madison, everything that could go wrong at the talent show did, sparking Principal Dimples to find out why! Find out what happens at Gator Elementary's Talent Show. Will GA be able to help Madison? Or will Madison become Little Miss Lonely? Also, try and find one of GA's feathers in each picture!
 

Purchase

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You can purchase the first book of the series (e-copy), Madison and GA (My Guardian Angel) Tale of the Slimy Spitball for only 99 cents until Christmas, December 25, 2013 from Amazon, iTunes or Barnes and Noble. Just click on the cover below to go to Amazon!

Madison and GA The Tale of the Slimy Spitball by Melissa Perry Moraja  

About the Author: Melissa Perry Moraja

Melissa Perry Moraja, AuthorMelissa Perry Moraja, Founder of Melissa Productions, Inc. and Mom's Choice Awards Recipient, is an entrepreneurial mom, a multifaceted business woman, a creative producer, and an author/illustrator of numerous modern-fantasy children's books and self-help books. Melissa also has published articles, appeared on television, been interviewed on radio, has spoken in front of hundreds of people, and held workshops at local schools, discussing creative learning, publishing and parenting. Her desire to make a difference in her four young children’s lives inspired her to leave her six-salary career at IBM in 2007 to become a full-time mom and children's author. Melissa spends her personal time coaching soccer and softball, painting, and coming up with fun art projects for her kids. She also blogs for Working Mother blog, has guest blogged for Charlotte Observer Mom's Charlotte, and has her own personal blog at Not Your Ordinary Psychic Mom. Melissa is also committed to building awareness and support for Type 1 Diabetes. Her twin daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes November 4, 2011. To learn more about Madison's type 1 diabetes disease please read Madison's Story.

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* $100 Book Blast Giveaway *

Prize: $100 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner's choice) Contest runs: November 25 to December 24, 11:59 pm, 2013 Open: 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 the author, Melissa Perry Moraja and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions - feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Mom's Choice Awards Recipient for Madison and GA - Tale of the Messed Up Talent Show

I'm so excited to share that my fourth Wunderkind Family modern-fantasy children's chapter book, Madison and GA (My Guardian Angel) Tale of the Messed Up Talent Show is among the best at Mom's Choice Awards! It's an award that recognizes the best in family-friendly media, products and service.

Madison and GA (My Guardian Angel) Tale of the Messed Up Talent Show was evaluated by an esteemed panel of judges which includes education, media and other experts as well as parents,children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow, Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein, The Safe Side Project, Catherine Witcher, M.Ed, special needs expert and founder of Precision Education, Inc., and Patricia Rossi, host of NBC’s Manners Minute.

Thank you all so much for your support! I love writing and illustrating and I'm so happy that Madison and GA's story is among one of Mom's Choice Awards!




 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Fun and Educational Arts and Crafts Online Classes for the Family

Earlier this year, I mentioned that I love the concept of online arts and craft classes for mom's and kids. Being a mom with four kids and a husband who travels, it is really hard for me to participate in a weekly painting or other artsy-craftsy type class outside of my home. And I definitely have thought about it!

So this summer I found this company called Craftsy, which offers lots of online tutorial classes, like baking, sewing, knitting, painting and even photography. And I just recently learned they even sell products at a discount.

What they have created is something I've always wanted to do. At least, until I read how much time is involved in the creation of each class (read the Behind the Scenes part). Maybe someday! Right now I have a packed schedule writing, illustrating, and producing my children's books, while being a full-time mom.

Below is some info on Craftsy. Personally, I think it's a great way to keep your kids busy, especially over the holidays and school vacation, while teaching them a craft skill in the process.

What is Craftsy?
Craftsy is a worldwide craft community offering online classes. It also has a patterns marketplace where independent designers can sell their patterns; a supplies shop with great deals on yarn, fabric, and class kits; and a projects section where members share pictures of their latest craft successes.

The Making of a CraftsyClass
Before filming even begins, hours and hours are spent determining what content will be covered in each class, and how to best teach specific techniques to the camera. Instructors work with an instructional designer to create an in-depth outline of each lesson, and decide how to best prepare props or “step-outs” that show what your project should like at different steps.

Most Craftsy classes are filmed in one of five
Craftsystudios in Denver, CO, assuring that every part of the production process goes off without a hitch. They fly in instructors from all over the world to spend several days filming, then spend several weeks turning hours of footage into a two to three hour class experience that has been watched, rewatched, and reviewed by industry experts.


Why I Like the Concept
You can retake the class as many times as you want, and the 30-second repeat feature allows you to watch the same section over and over again until you get every technique just right. Every class has a 100% money-back guarantee. Can't beat that!







Thursday, November 14, 2013

Holiday Blues, Never Again Oath

Take The Holiday Blues Oath For Your Children | Working Mother

There you are trying to sneak into my house.
There you are as quiet as a mouse.
Holiday Blues I know you’re there.
But this holiday season I don’t care.
Holiday Blues I’ve got some news.
You aren’t going to give me any of those blues.
Not hear. Not now. Not ever again.
You aren’t going to win and become my best friend.
I will fight you and bite you.
And I will never like you.
Holiday blues go away.
You aren’t welcomed in my home any day!
  
By Melissa Perry Moraja

 

Saturday, November 09, 2013

2013 Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids Ages Two to Ten

I love Christmas! And this Christmas I've put a lot of thought and research into the best toys (some have even won Parenting awards) and gadgets to purchase for my kids! In the years past, my kids have opened up a gift or two and never played with their present. And my husband has actually returned several of his.

This year will be different! And it will be cost effective and practical. Below are the gifts on my kids Christmas Wish List, which are mommy approved this Christmas 2013!

Also, I loved this! 1,000 kids voted for their favorite holiday toys! Checkout what they picked.
Top Toys This Holiday Season Voted By 1,000 Kids

Really insane prices at Walmart on Thanksgiving Day, November 28th! Check them out Walmart Black Friday 2013!

Here are some must have links to check daily:
Amazon's Today's Deal
Walmart Value of the Day

Our Family Wish List Gift:
For the past three years, we've chosen Skylanders as the gift our kids open on Christmas Eve. It's a huge hit! And this year Skylanders Swap Force Starter Pack (Wii) is the winner! But their is a new competition in the mix - Disney Infinity Starter Kit (Wii) .  Right now this is on our Wish List! The reason is because Disney Infinity's reviews seem to be average. Reviewers have said that the gaming is buggy and you can get through the levels pretty quickly. What I would recommend is if you buy it, keep your receipt. This way if you need to return it, you can. Remember, these games are an investment. Each requires you to continously purchase more and more figures.

Skylanders Swap Force Starter Pack (Wii)

or







Not sure if we'll be getting this. It retails for $479.00. But it is one of the most demanded products this Christmas season.
 



Ten Year Old Boy Christmas Wish List:
We will be putting a gift card in his stocking for $20.00 so he can get a membership to Minecraft on his computer.

Ant Farm Gel Colony with Lights
I purchased this for my oldest son when he was six years old. It was a blast to watch the ants make tunnels and it looked really cool in the dark. I'm buying him another for Christmas! It was what he asked for.




Nancy B’s Science Club AquaScope™ and UnderwaterWonders Activity Journal

This toy won Parent's Choice Silver Honor!
 
 
Still up on the air on this one. In fact, I am struggling with this one. Many of my son's friends have or are getting an iPhone. My husband and I just can't see it's value at this point. So right now, my son is saving to buy this phone.


What are they going to come up with next? This cool robot fish swims around its bowl, just like a real fish, when it comes in contact with water. My son wants the shark one - Aquabot Shark on Amazon.
 

New England Patriots Door Stop Sign
Thought it would be fun to get both of my sons a door sign. I bought my ten year old the below sign and his brother a Dallas Cowboy sign.
 




Nine Year Old Boy Christmas Wish List:

Uncle Milton Moon In My Room
I have been thinking about getting this for one of my boys for years and this year I did!


This is still on our Wish List. The reason is because some of the reviews mentioned that it's not the best toy to use on hardwood floors because it could scratch them. And other's said it doesn't work well on carpet. It sounds like it is more of a garage or outdoor toy. If you are interested, presently, I found it cheaper on Amazon. I think Walmart's price must be wrong. Hopefully the catch and update.
 




 
I bought this for my son last Christmas and it's still a hit!
 




 
 Nine Year Old Girl Christmas Wish List:
We'll be putting movie tickets in her stocking this holiday season! As well as the boys!

Flutterbye Flying Fairy Doll
Yes, I purchased it. It was the #1 toy my nine year old daughter asked for Christmas.
 

 
Nerf Rebelle Heartbreaker Bow Blaster
This is a HOT item this Christmas and looks like so much fun. It also has really good reviews!
 









Great for drawing, doodling, homework and keeping notes.



Alex Toys Cool Duct Tape Fashion Kit

This is my favorite thing to do with my nine year old daughter! We've taped headbands, sneakers, and even the top of her baseball pat.




Do It Yourself Duct Tape Kit


I'm not able to purchase this for my daughter this year because I have a 2 year old. But her girlfriends love making bracelets out of rubber bands.


Autographed copy of Madison and GA (Tale of the Messed Up Talent Show)
Yes, I wrote it, but it was just released on November 15th and my daughter, Madison, who has type 1 diabetes, keeps asking me for a copy. Thought I'd surprise her for Christmas! I was even thinking of framing the front cover and having her fictional character's picture next to her picture.
 




Two Year Old Girl or Boy:

LeapFrog Red with Me Scout Toy
We have LeapFrog Tag. We purchased it when my oldest three were 4 years old. It was the best purchase we ever made. I'm going to try Read with me Scout for my 2 year old.

This toy pup reads and asks questions!


VTech Tote Go Laptop Pink

  
Jake and the Neverland Pirates Musical Pirate Ship
I won't be purchasing this for Isabella. But thought I would share it because its so darn cute!
 





 

B. Parum Pum Pum Pum Drum Set (at Target)
 

Leap Frog Letter Factory Phonics Numbers





Mom:

Fashion Angels Tapeffiti 30 Piece Caddy
Yes, I'm going to be opening up Tapeffiti for Christmas. This stuff is great arts and crafts projects, making ripped paper look cool, and more!
 




 
Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone (Platinum)

I'm creating a book app and need high quality recording. My kids can also use it to record music and singing.

 
 
 
I'll be wearing these to the Southern Christmas Show for Children's Story Time. I tried them on and they don't show your belly and truthfully they aren't sexy. They are really cute! I plan on wearing my hair in pick-tails.
 




This is the best and most practical gift for a man or woman. It comes in lots of colors. Great stock'n stuffer.
 

 
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Holiday Return Address Labels


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Monday, November 04, 2013

My Type 1 Diabetic Child Wrote Tom Brady A Letter

 
Madison just before she was diagnosed holding her newborn sister.
Today, November 4, 2013 is one of the most emotional days of my life now. It used to be a special day where I would call my mom and dad and wish them a Happy Anniversary. But for the past two years, instead, I've woken up with tears in my eyes thinking, How in the world did my daughter, Madison, get type 1 diabetes? Why her? And why don't other parents understand that this disease could happen to any family? It's on the rise and no one knows why.

This past weekend, I mentioned to Madison how cool it would be if we could get Tom Brady, Quarterback for the New England Patriots, to sign one of my children's books (her suggestion was-Madison and GA (My Guardian Angel) Tale of the Messed Up Talent Show or Madison and GA (My Guardian Angel) The Tale of the Slimy Spitball) and use it to raise money in support of finding a cure for type 1 diabetes. Madison loved the idea and even wrote Mr. Brady a letter.

In the letter (See below), I think she was sweetly modest about what she deals with on a daily basis. The highs and lows of this disease makes it a roller coaster ride for any child and family. When her blood sugar is above 235, Madison has a hard time focusing. And lately, during soccer, she's had a hard time breathing. She even came off the field once asking if I could take her to the hospital. She thought she was dieing, because she was experiencing anxiety causing her heart to race. She also gets  more emotional. And her eyes get blurry, making it more challenging for her to do school work and practice piano. She's not able to run around like every other kid. Or eat what she wants, when she wants. She first has to check her blood sugar and then pay attention to the signals in her body. She calls this disease a feeling disease because all she does every second of every day is feel; and very rarely does she feel great.



Since Madison was four years old, she has dreamed about being a pro-athlete. For years she mentioned being an Olympic soccer player. But for the past year, she is starting to have doubts because every time she has a soccer game the stress, worry and excitement has caused her blood sugar to do funky things, making her not feel great on the field.

There are a handful of children with type 1 diabetes who have grown-up and succeeded as pro-athletes. People like Jay Cutler, Quarterback for the Chicago Bears and type 1 diabetic give Madison hope that her dream can come true. I do want to share that Madison thought about writing to Mr. Cutler because he understands the challenges she is going through and she was born in the Chicago area.  But, because of me, she was raised a loyal fan to the Patriots and wanted to first ask Tom Brady. He has three kids and she hopes that he will take the time to learn about a disease that no family is immune to.

The Patriots are playing the Panthers on November 18th here in Charlotte, North Carolina--the same month she was diagnosed and the same month it's National Diabetes Month. It would bring the biggest joy to her life, knowing Tom Brady is supporting type 1 diabetes and as her mom, she needs hope that her dreams can come true! Role models are so important for children, especially ones with diseases that make it more challenging for them to achieve their dreams.

Another pro-athlete, Ray Allen of the Miami Heat, also deals with the daily highs and lows of type 1 diabetes. His son, Walker, was diagnosed at age two.

I would be happy to exchange autographs with any pro-athlete in support of type 1 diabetes!
I won't give up trying to find ways to raise money for a cure for type 1 diabetes and free my child and other's from this burdomsome disease.  TO A CURE!

HOLIDAY WISH! Perhaps Tom Brady and family could join me at the Southern Christmas Show for Children's PAJAMA Story Time on November 17th at 2:00 pm on the entertainment stage. Madison will be there along with one of her close friends who is only six years old and living with type 1 diabetes.

Also, a percentage of my children's books proceeds goes to type 1 diabetes. This disease has inspired me to help kids through writing humorous stories that promote self-awareness and confidence! Every book is written with the family in mind!