Honoring Parents Category
We are super excited about it being the month of June for several reasons. It is the month when we celebrate Father’s Day, have warm weather for picnics and BBQ’s and start the celebration of Kolcraft’s 65th Anniversary!
We have all sorts of great contests & sweepstakes where you can win strollers, adult and crib mattresses from Sealy and more! We also have some great dad interviews, dad book reviews, etc. coming your way.
Stay tuned as we not only celebrate dads, but the all the ups and downs of your family journey!
Your child’s first steps, first words, first smile – these are precious memories you always have with you. Some people scrapbook these memories, others journal them, but how about a way to not only keep these memories but share them with family and friends?
My Mom Memories website is a way to share your memories with others, but you can also save them in your own personal memory archive as well! The best part is you can’t misplace this, it can’t get damaged by water or other household disasters!
How do you keep your mommy memories alive?
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. -Berthold Auerbach
We recently became acquainted with Candice Night and her music which has topped the charts at Billboard. We love how her voices haunts and soothes as it blends with the mix of traditional and modern day instruments against a folk-rock background. What caught our attention even more is that Candice is a new mom. Grab a cup of coffee or tea – you are going to love this interview.
Candice, you have been singing melodies since 6 months (yes, 6 months readers!), been actively involved in theater, modeling and all forms of the arts. Would you say your involvement in the arts from childhood helped lead you to a singing career?
I think it led to my insatiable appetite for music. A great enjoyment and huge appreciation for it as a medium, an escape, and an outlet, My household was always a very musical one, with both parents playing piano and singing and listening to everything from big band sounds to show tunes. As I got older I really delved into the lyrical side of songs and saw many parallels between my own emotions and what was being expressed in certain songs. In my teens my escape from pressures was always to get lost in the world of music. It was a powerful calling. So I knew I had to be around music somehow as a career. I thought I might work for a radio station or record company, but when I was interning at a radio station and met Ritchie, (my husband and then guitarist of Deep Purple, who is also my co-writer and guitarist of our band Blackmore’s Night), my life took a very unexpected and wonderful turn. Looking back, it was the fact that I was enrolled in acting and theater productions at the age of 4 that allowed me to be able to slip into another character so easily. It fed my imagination and that in turn helped me in my lyrical writing and my stage presence. It was my modeling that honed any skills on video and photo shoots for the cds and my singing from such an early age that gave me a precise ear for pitching. So, it all came into play!
You recently became a mom to a beautiful girl Autumn. How has being a mom inspired your singing?
I actually did the American tour and recorded all of our cd, Autumn Sky, while I was pregnant. I recorded until 2 weeks before I gave birth! It is a very cathartic experience to be able to create music. You are basically sharing your most intimate journal entries, your hopes and fears and dreams with the world within your songs. Then people either dismiss them or adopt them as their own. But when you are creating music and creating a life within you at the same time, that just goes beyond anything words can describe. That parallel of creation is breathtaking. I wasn’t sure if I was having a boy or a girl, and at that point it didn’t matter, but now reflecting on the songs I wrote, my daughter is present as in inspiration in so many of them. Whether it is Strawberry Girl, which is basically what I imagined her to be like if I were to have a girl, and it is amazing how she came out just as I dreamed! Or Believe In Me, a reflection of me, yet so incredibly individual and different at the same time. She is almost 1 and continues to inspire me every moment of the day. I am constantly amazed by her.
Did you sing to Autumn when you were pregnant? Does she seem to “remember” the songs you sang to her? Do you have a favorite song to sing to Autumn now?
I sang to her, I played my instruments, I even played my cd player with my headphones on my tummy! She loves music and she always gets a big smile and dances whenever she hears music, whether it is me singing or from another source. But there are those incredibly intimate and special moments when I will be singing a lullaby or a song I wrote to her and she will just be in my arms, looking into my eyes or watching my mouth and touching my face and you think there is no where I would rather be and I want to live in this moment forever. I do still sing her Strawberry Girl and some songs written especially for her that we haven’t recorded because they are so personal. And of course the standards like Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. But I am thinking of collecting some of the more unknown lullabies and recording a cd because there are some really beautiful songs out there that you never hear of. Some of my fans started sending some to me after I gave birth and I fell in love with some of the songs. There were some songs that made me so emotional that I couldn’t even sing them to her.
Your career brings you on the road a lot. How do you balance being a working/traveling mom and home life?
The most difficult thing I have had to do was to leave Autumn at home at the age of 3 months for a whole month because we needed to perform in Germany. I am lucky to have my parents live close to me so they took good care of Autumn for that month. But, although I knew she was in good hands, it didn’t make the separation any easier on me. There were bets placed that I would be on a plane home as soon as I had a couple of days off, just to hold her. Before I left I recorded a dvd of me talking and singing to her. I recorded a lullaby cd for her to hear my voice. My parents played them for her everyday so she knew Mommy was around. I also skyped her twice a day so I could at least see her and she responded to me on the computer screen. I just recently tried doing that while I was on tour here and now that she’s 11 months, she saw me and tried to reach me through the screen and got very upset when she couldn’t get to me, so I can’t use that mode of connection anymore! Luckily, she will be coming with us on our upcoming international tours so I won’t have to. Now that’s she’s a bit older, we feel more comfortable having her travel with us. So the upcoming tours will be very interesting! It is hard to balance things though, as a working Mom. There is so much you need to do for work purposes and so much you need to do for home and family. Sometimes there are just not enough hours in the day. But I find that you don’t have to put so much pressure on yourself, you aren’t super human. You do as much as you can, and then everything else will get done when you can do it. It helps to prioritize. But sometimes, you just have to say “No- I can not do that right now”. And as Moms, or as women, that’s not in our genes or comfort zone, sometimes. To admit we’re human, or we can’t fix or take care of something at that very moment. Its a hard lesson to learn.
What tips do you have for keeping in touch with your child when you are out of your regular routine when traveling?
I really loved the idea of recording yourself on a camcorder so your child can see you and hear you, whether its reading a book to them or just a goodnight message or a daily “I Love You”. Phone calls are always great, Autumn just hears my voice and grabs the phone and I listen to her press all the buttons and often, accidentally hang up on me. I love it. I like to leave something behind that smells like me also, so she can sleep with it at night and it is comforting. A compilation cd is great- of the songs you sing to your child or that they hear while you are around. It really depends how old the child is, I know, and as she gets older, she will be able to understand more that Mommy is coming back soon and the communication will be easier via Skype or phone. Right now, we’re at a separation anxiety stage a little bit, so its tricky. But she’s better with me on the phone when I have to go away, I think its still the fascination of Mommy’s voice coming out of a box and her button pressing that she enjoys.
What is the latest project you are working on? How has Autumn become part of this project & your music in general?
We are recording a new cd, as well as I will be releasing my solo cd later this year. Actually, when Autumn was born we changed the name of our current cd from its working title to Autumn Sky because of her. We wanted people to know that the cd was inspired by her and to have hopes that she will have no boundaries in life. The sky is the limit…. I even did her nursery in a sky theme so she has her own Autumn’s sky in her room with Moons and stars on the walls. Ritchie has been holding the guitar over her for her to strum since she was just a couple of months old. So whenever she sees the guitar she gets so excited and wants to strum it. She sings along to everything from her See and Say- which she has been humming to since she was 5 months old- to the dial tone on the speaker phone. She dances all the time. While I was doing mapping tracks for our new cd Autumn grabbed one of my recorders and started blowing into it! How she even figured that out is a mystery to me. So on many of the mapping tracks we can hear Autie playing recorder or singing along on top of what we are doing. Maybe I’ll do a hidden track on the cd for her performances! I also have to do a video for my new solo cd which I will be filming later on this summer and I am trying to write a story board that will allow her to be in the video with me. She is a part of everything we do now. I bring her with me whenever I can. I call her my Pocket Princess because I love to take her with me everywhere. I am constantly hovering over her with a video camera or a still camera. I call myself Mamarazzi I take so many photos of her. Ritchie can be Paparazzi. Ritchie wrote his first song for her when she was home for just 2 days from the hospital. She was in her swing , sleeping, and he wrote the most beautiful words and music inspired by this little sleeping angel. She inspires us all the time.
Candice at a glance
If you had no commitments or obligations, what would you do with a free day? I would spend time outside in nature with Autumn showing her how the grass feels beneath her feet, the wind in her hair, the smells of the flowers, the sand and water on the seashore. Just spending time in nature is so relaxing and invigorating at the same time. It heightens my senses but also cleanses my spirit. I want to share all the wonders and beauty of the natural world with Autumn and for her to be brought up with that same wonder and awe but also respect for nature. We would hear the birds, watch the sunset and then chase fireflies at night. The perfect end to a perfect day.
How do you recharge your mommy battery? I nap when she naps if at all possible. No better way to recharge than much needed sleep. Just shut everything else off and quick cat nap while my angel is napping as well. Or just getting outside to feel the fresh air is a quick pick me up. A total luxury for me would be to run down the road and get a facial or a massage. But those are few and far between!
What is something that is always in your fridge? Eggs. I had gestational diabetes when I was pregnant and I was allowed to have 2 4 inch pancakes and an egg for breakfast. Now that I no longer have diabetes, its still my favorite breakfast, though I have more than 1 pancake these days. But its breakfast food as well as making omelets for a quick lunch or dinner if you run out of ideas or ingredients.
What is your favorite genre of music? I don’t think music should have genres. It always amazes me that something that is born of creative expression and freedom needs to be fit neatly into a box with a nice little label on it for people to be interested or understand it. What we do has so much variety than no one know what box to put us in! So, I have to say I love music that is melodic. That has an air of mystery to it. That has thought to the lyric that brings you on an emotional journey. I love Sarah Brightman, Maggie Reilly, All About Eve. Romantic and visual lyrics and captivating female vocals is what I am drawn to.
If someone were to write a song about your life, what would the title be? Inspired by the Mystery
Bring yourself a little piece of heaven – hear a sample of Candice’s music here
The sacrifices of Motherhood begin when your body is no longer your own in pregnancy. Sometimes it seems your body is changing daily as your baby grows and develops. The changes your body undergo are all worth it when you see your little baby and get to kiss her fingers and toes, when your little guy starts to walk or when you catch a glimpse of her first smile.
We would all do it 100 times over because we love our children so much, but we also realize that it isn’t always easy to accept our post-pregnancy bodies. It’s easy to become discouraged by stretch marks, that extra flab of skin that won’t go away, etc. We tend to think we are the only one with this “problem”.
We came across a website The Shape of a Mother. It is a refreshing site where moms can post photos of their post-pregnancy bodies, talk to other moms and share their struggles, hopes and dreams. We love how honest and real the site is. It encourages us to cherish our bodies and discover that perhaps what we label as a flaw isn’t a flaw at all.
Check it out and tell us what you think!
*Please note there is some nudity on this site due to the post-pregnancy photos posted.
We recently had the opportunity to get to know Cherise from Mom and More blog. We love her excitement and love for being a mommy and finding great deals – it’s contagious! We were able to catch up with her and had to share her interview with our readers.
Cherise, you were never a blog “fanatic” & only a few years ago began blogging yourself. What inspired you to connect with other parents through a blog?
When I had my first son I was pretty much on my own, as none of our friends had kids yet. I felt like my whole life was changing diapers and feeding my baby, I didn’t have anything that I did just for myself or anyone to really talk to about being a mom. I started my blog just two months after my second child was born to have somewhere to organize my thoughts, have adult conservation (even though it was through posts, comments, and emails), and just escape for a little bit. I love reading comments from my readers, especially when I ask for help and I love to read other blogs!
You have some great reviews of various products on your blog. What is your favorite part of reviewing products?
When I started blogging I had no clue I could actually review products on my own and then once I started I got hooked! I love reviewing products because there are so many great products out there that either don’t get advertised or moms aren’t sure of. I try to post any issues I found with the product so moms know if the product would work for their own child (or themselves.) I have always been an opinionated person and have been very fortunate to work with great companies. I do want to add though that its not all fun and games, reviewing products is a lot of work as I research the company, work with PR reps, test of the product, take pictures, organize my thoughts into a blog post, include all the links and if I am including a giveaway I have to work that out.
You are expecting a baby girl. How has this pregnancy been different than your first two with boys?
With my first two pregnancies (both boys) I was hungry all the time and had tons of cravings. They were both also very active kicking me and moving around, and my belly was not as round and cute! With this baby I am not really any hungrier than usual and don’t have any odd cravings. My belly is also firmer and round, and she doesn’t move too much (yet!).
Do you have a favorite “mom moment” that you can share with us?
My favorite mom moment just happened recently. My 4 year old has had speech issues and is slowly saying new words every day. About a week ago we were watching television and he said his name “Aidan” – I was so shocked! Before then he would just say his name is “A” and now he can say his name, spell it aloud and write it! I think I may have taken those things for granted if it wasn’t such a great accomplishment for him to speak words.
As a mom of soon to be 3 little ones under 4 years old, do you have any advice for first-time parents?
Take everyday as it comes and don’t try to do so much. I have friends who plan every day with their kids with events or playdates. While I do plan things here and there, mainly we go with the flow. I try not to get mad at every little thing, but rather focus on bigger issues that are wrong. I also try to avoid housework or chores while the kids are napping and use that time for myself whether I read a book, nap, or blog!
Now for a quick glance into Cherise’s life.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go & what would you do there? I would go on a cruise ship, somewhere tropical. My husband and I went on a cruise for our honeymoon and were so tired from our wedding and too many excursions that we didn’t really get to relax and enjoy it. I would love to go on a cruise, lay out by the pool, walk casually around the ports we stop at, and do some light shopping. (As fun as the excursions were on each island we stopped at, we did too much.)
What’s your guilty pleasure? Vampire books, shows and movies. I didn’t get into vampires until after the first Twilight movie came out when my tween sister begged me to watch it with her, since then I have been hooked.
What is an instant de-stressor for you? Blogging or just surfing the Internet. Just getting on the computer I usually can find something I have been searching for, find a great post to read, or blog about my own life!
If you had a free day with no obligations, what would you do with it? I would love to spend the day with my mom shopping, eating out, and getting some pampering. She works a lot and is not the type of mom to do those things.
If someone was going to write a book of your life, what would the title be? I think the name of my blog Mom and More sums up my life as a book title. I am a mom first, but I am also a wife, daughter, sister, niece, granddaughter, friend, and woman! I think it is important for moms to have something outside of just being a mom!
Hop over to Cherise’s blog – Mom & More, you will find a new friend who you we know you will enjoy getting to know!
We believe that motherhood should be celebrated every day and didn’t want the Mother’s Day fun to end the day after so we are having a Mother’s Day contest from May 9-15 until midnight CST! The winner will receive a $100 Amex gift certificate which you can use to shop, pamper yourself or have a night out on the town with friends – whatever your mommy heart desires!
It’s easy to enter:
Just visit our Facebook fan page and leave a comment finishing these two sentences:
- My fondest memory of my mom is…
- The thing I love most about being a mom is…
We can’t wait to see your posts! Good luck!
Did you know that a woman dies every 90 seconds from complications of pregnancy? 90% of these deaths are preventable if these moms could only get the care they need.
The movie No Woman, No Cry and corresponding website Every Mother Counts is dedicated to raising awareness and funds to help improve maternal care in the US & other countries. This movement is trying to do everything from raise money to build clinics for safe delivery in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to sponsoring Midwife training in the Middle East and improving maternal care in the USA.
Will you be watching No Woman, No Cry?
Every mom needs time to recharge her mommy battery. We have done Tip Tuesdays in the past about building a mom cave, tips on mom relaxation and have had contests to win mom time at a spa.
Since supporting moms is part of who we are at Kolcraft, we were very excited to hear about National Mom’s Nite Out and had to share it with you.
National Mom’s Nite Out is the first nationally organized celebration of motherhood intended to bring together today’s moms – physically and virtually! The nite will consist of local events held across the USA , as well as mom-organized parties and virtual activities.
The event will take place Thursday, May 5th. Check out the website for ideas on how to host a Mom’s Nite Out, how to participate virtually or how to be part of local Mom’s Nite Out events. You deserve the night off!
How will you be participating in Mom’s Nite Out?
Mother’s Day is around the corner. It will (hopefully) be a day filled with love, gratitude and whatever makes moms smile. We know one thing that makes moms smile is a memory of a special time with her children whether that be pregnancy, the weeks after baby was born or a monumental time in her child’s life like his first day or school or her first ballet recital. A picture truly is worth a thousand words, especially when it’s a photo of that special moment.
We love how many moms are recording their pregnancy and motherhood with “belly shots” or newborn portraits. We think that a portrait session is a great mother’s day gift and we had the opportunity to catch up with a mom who not only captured her own motherhood journey in photos, she helps other moms do the same. Grab a cup of coffee & join us as we walk into the world of memories with Elise from Wehmeier Portraits.
Moms who help other moms – whether that be through great products or helpful services – have a special place in our Kolcraft heart. We love that you are a mom who helps other moms capture special moments through portraits. Why portraits & why a family business?
Photography has been at the core of my relationship with my husband Rob, Wehmeier Portraits’ photographer. At the time we met he was a Commercial Photographer, creating images for businesses with no intention of photographing babies, families or weddings and yet he created beautiful images of people being themselves. In 1998 we were expecting our first child and he suggested photographing my pregnant body. With much reluctance I gave in and he photographed a very pregnant Elise. Honestly, I just wanted to get it done so he would stop asking. Looking back I am so glad he persisted – I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the images he created during that first maternity session because it marked the start of our family’s photographic history, a history that truly tells the story of how our family has grown to include 3 wonderful children, now ages 12, 8 and 6 ½. Following the birth of our oldest we made the decision I would not return to my office manager position with another firm, but would work with Rob to grow his commercial photography business. After a few years and hundreds of rolls of film of our daughter, Rob and I tiptoed and then jumped with both feet to create what is now Wehmeier Portraits. I enjoy working and creating alongside by best friend and yes, we do have days that are more challenging than others. We have begun to include our 12 year old daughter with different studio tasks and she is our ‘go to’ gal when doing on-site printing.
We love how you seem to capture not only mom moments, but mom feelings. Your photos just ooze meaning. Where do you find your inspiration to capture just the right moment?
Wehmeier Portraits is a boutique studio which means we appeal to the sensitivities of clients, most often women, who appreciate quality products, ambiance, packaging, customer service and the overall experience found in high end specialty shops and clothing boutiques. With that said, we work to get to know our clients before they arrive for their session. We always ask if they were referred to our studio and by whom so I know into which images they have seen. I ask questions that provide insight into who a child is (shy, outgoing, sensitive), what motivated mom to call (new baby, special milestone or just because), what does the family like to do together, etc. But our secret weapon is Mr. Rob. He LOVES photographing children and is amazing at capturing their personality and honestly this comes from the heart by simply observing and interacting with a child or family.
What have you learned through your creative process about being a mom?
As a working mom I struggle with balance between home life and work life. I find that both of my worlds excel when things are right at home. I want my children to be happy, confident and successful at whatever they do, just as my mom wanted this for me. I have to let each of them be who they are and not force them to be something they are not. This sounds so simple, but can be so very hard at times, particularly as we move into the pre-teen years.
Today’s market is saturated with flip cameras, DIY sites for photography, easy up-load sites like shutterfly, etc. What would you say is the biggest benefit to going to a studio for portraits versus a DIY session?
Hands down, professional expertise. Spending the money to have your baby or family professionally photographed is sometimes considered a luxury. After all, digital technology allows us to buy great point-and-click cameras – perfect for those spontaneous shots we snap of family and friends. Consider this example I recently came across: A pair of scissors at your local drugstore is just a few dollars. You can choose to cut and style your hair yourself. However, almost everyone will agree that your hair will look much better if you hire a professional stylist. There is so much more to creating photographic art than pushing a camera button and sending a photo off to be printed. Professional quality takes time and expertise. The end result is a cherished portrait that a family will value for many decades, and who can put a price on family heritage?
For the past few years we have participated in a portrait exchange with friend and fellow professional photographer, Brian Warling. We get our two families together with Rob photographing Brian with his family and then Brian photographing Rob and I with our children. This allows us to be photographed as the Wehmeier family and to be fully engaged with our kids. Rob is not distracted or wondering if the exposure is correct or is everyone smiling – that’s what the professional is doing.
What is one of the biggest challenges to running a family owned business?
The biggest challenge of running Wehmeier Portraits is making every day count. If we don’t work hard every day to reach out to a mom who has not heard about our studio or we give up on a session because the one year old would rather sit on mom’s lap than in the middle of the background, we don’t move forward. Every day we need to wake up and be ready to meet the challenges before us by being the best we can be in every session, especially knowing how much effort mom’s put in to preparing it.
Any advice for moms who want to start a business?
If you want to start a business, educate yourself on what it means to run a business and to be in business. Community colleges often offer classes on starting a business and this can help to understand processes and pitfalls of starting a business rather than ‘learning on the job.” Talk with other small business owners about their successes and challenges, you can learn a lot from other business owners. Read The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber.
Now for a quick glance into Elise’s life.
What is the one thing you look forward to everyday? Two things actually, seeing my kids wake up in the morning and going to work with my best friend.
What’s your guilty pleasure? Diet Coke and Culver’s frozen custard
If you had a “free day” with no commitments or obligations, what would you do with it? I would take a nap without setting an alarm to wake me up and then when awake I would pull out my scrapbooks and continue preserving memories.
What is your favorite activity with kids? There is nothing better than snuggling on the couch with a child under each arm.
If someone was going to write a book on your life, what would the title be? Making Memories One Day at a Time
Have you checked out the latest boxes of Cheerios®? They have a very special surprise in them – a children’s book! Cheerios and Simon & Schuster have partnered to encourage parents and kids to read together. Since 2002, Cheerios has giveaway away over 50 million books on package and donated more than $3.5 million to a non-profit that provides children from low income families the opportunity to own their first books. It’s a wonderful program and we applaud both Cheerios and Simon & Schuster for this great program.
We were lucky enough to catch up with Laurie Isop, author of How Do You Hug a Porcupine? and winner of the 2009 Spoonfuls of Stories Contest. Laurie is a very down-to-earth mom with an imagination that brings children and adults to wonderful worlds of possibility. We know you will enjoy her as much as we did!
Laurie, did you ever imagine you would be a published author?
I was always hopeful I would be and when you have hope it’s an inspiring thing to have! When my boys were little I made stories with clip art on the computer and used their names in the story. It was a fun project and gave them a positive connection to reading. As for me, it made me “feel” published. After that I started writing more seriously.
What inspired you to enter Spoonfuls of Stories contest by Cheerios?
My sister told me about the contest so I entered. I learned a lot along the way. I still remember the day I received the call that I won the contest. I was STUNNED. It was a miserable afternoon and when I picked up the phone, I heard a lovely voice. At first I thought it was a solicitor and almost didn’t answer the phone! When she told me that I won, I was so excited and emotional. First thing I did was call my mom to tell her the good news.
Where did you get the idea for your book?
It was a process really. My family was sitting around the dinner table talking about people who are difficult to warm up to. You know, the kind who are cold and “prickly”. I realized there was something here that could be a story concept. Kids love animals and are receptive to learning from animals so an animal would be part of the story. My family brainstormed – there are fun animals, cute animals and animals that might not be so easy to love. (Editor’s note – we love that a book for children was the result of a family, meal discussion.)
What do you hope parents and children will get form reading your story?
I hope they see the basic message of being persistent and that things that are difficult can be done. You just have to keep your options open because there is always a way!
Writing children’s books is in many ways more difficult than writing a novel. What made you want to write this genre?
Children’s books have their own sets of challenges, but I like that challenge. It’s a challenge to get it done, but when you met that challenge there is a sense of completion. I actually had my mailman, UPS man and the kids read the various stages of How Do You Hug A Porcupine? When the book was finally published my family thought it was so wonderful. It was like seeing a baby for the first time. I examined it like I was looking at a newborn. It was real and surreal at the same time. We toasted our new arrival and drank plenty of wine to celebrate!
Why is reading to children so important?
It’s all about connection. Reading to a child, sitting close to him, drawing her into the story and escaping from the digital world all brings a positive impact on your relationship with your child and teaches them to love to read. Each child will love a different sort of story. You have to just see what type of story they connect with and follow that lead.
Will there be more books?
YES! Stay tuned.
Laurie at a glance
Describe your ultimate day – Oh it’s a luxury to even think about it! I would sleep in and have breakfast with my husband. It would be 70º and sunny, chores would be done so I wouldn’t feel the pressure of completing them! I would do some yoga then head to the water and the islands nearby. Oh – I’d also go to the spa and then have about 2 free hours to write.
What is always in your fridge? Leftovers!
What is your favorite mom phrase? HA! “I’m on my way home, please make sure you pick up…”
If someone was going to write a book about your life, what would the title be? The One Woman Band
WIN A Copy of How Do You Hug A Porcupine?
Laurie is giving away an autographed copy of How Do You Hug A Porcupine? It’s easy to enter!
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Extra Entry - Check out Laurie’s website and let us know one interesting thing that you learned about her as an author.
You can never have too many copies of this adorable book. Run out to your grocery store and pick up a box of nutritious Cheerios. Enjoy reading the story and having a healthy breakfast!