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How to Through A Larger Than Life Small Wedding on a Budget

This one is as simple as crowdfunding your honeymoon. It might sound strange at first, but do you really need another blender or set of dinner plates? Instead of having your guests purchase a bunch of things you’ll end up trying to return anyway, why not let them chip in for…

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How Due Date Calculators Can Change Your Pregnancy for the Better

Learning that you are pregnant can be one of the most joyous occasions in a woman’s life. As many of us know pregnancy can happen spontaneously or after much trying.  Regardless of how a woman becomes pregnant, it is vitally important for her to know when she…

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Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

I didn't quite expect to love this book as much as I did, but it's one of my favorite books this year and I hope you'd give it a look, and perhaps review it, too.WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTEBy Maria Semple…See More
Jul 26, 2012
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Growing Up Brave by Donna Pincus, PhD

Kids can have the strangest fears, and yet we all seem to treat such fears in the worst possible ways. We shrug them off and think that our kids will outgrow them, or we advise our kids to suck it up, or we refer to the abstract by saying, "There is nothing to fear but fear itself," which probably means nothing to a 3-year-old or even a teenager. The dangers of mistreating a child's fear can be, at its simplest, a lifelong mild phobia to, at its most complicated, self-harm, self-sabotage, and…See More
Jul 13, 2012
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Patrick Somerville's THIS BRIGHT RIVER

The Cradleauthor Patrick Somerville returns with a poignant, hilarious, and surprising look at reunited families, dark pasts, love, and righting mistakes in his latest novel. THIS BRIGHT RIVERBy Patrick Somerville …See More
May 31, 2012
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Elin Hilderbrand's New Book: SUMMERLAND

From the "Queen of the the Summer Novel"* who brought you "Silver Girl," "The Island" and "Castaways" comes her newest title, SUMMERLAND. Elin Hilderbrand returns to Nantucket with another captivating story and unforgettable characters.SUMMERLANDBy Elin Hilderbrand…See More
May 30, 2012
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Service by Marcus Luttrell

Members of the military and their families have probably asked this question on some occasion or another, "Why do they do it?" Why do men and women choose to become soldiers knowing that they would put their lives in danger? I'm sure non-military people have asked this question as well, and many of us come to the conclusion that they are doing it because they believe in the cause, they are patriots, and they do it because it will keep their families safe.  But there are, after all, stories…See More
Apr 26, 2012
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Diabetes and Obesity interchangeably take front and center in current health news of the last few years, but it's only lately that people have started to become more aware about what kind of dietary changes they could make to fight weight-related diseases. Unfortunately, the internet and media are wrought with misinformation.  Considering there are now 27 million Americans with Diabetes, everyone knows someone with diabetes, often they are family, if it isn't actually you. It seems everyone…See More
Jan 20, 2012
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The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

This is an enchanting novel. :) Don't believe me? Check it out on Goodreadsand find those awesome reviews. THE SNOW CHILDBy Eowyn Ivey Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for…See More
Jan 11, 2012
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Book for Review: American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar

We're starting 2012 with a great work of fiction. A stirring and explosive debut novel about an American Muslim family struggling with faith and belonging in the pre-9/11 world.  AMERICAN DERVISHBy Ayad Akhtar  Hayat Shah is a young American in love for the first time. His normal life of…See More
Dec 16, 2011
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Brothers (and Me)

Here's a heartfelt memoir exploring why countless women, especially black women, give so much to the men in their lives at any cost. Whether or not you agree with the things Donna Britt says, there is a lot of meaningful discussion in the pages of her book, not only about the men in black women's lives, but also issues that black women in general face growing up. There are truths in this book that can be applied to all women, regardless of race. It's a perspective, and it's an opening of…See More
Nov 21, 2011
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I've also decided to join this group because I handle web publicity for Hachette Book Group's mommy/parenting titles. I'd like to be able to offer mommy bloggers the chance to get ahold of our books, most of them pre-pub, and review them--perhaps even interview authors while they're at it.

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At 6:44am on July 10, 2013, Lea said…

Work At Home Mom, WAHM, Mom Blogger

I am stopping by to say "hello" :)
I haven't been here in a while.
I welcome your friendship :)

Lea @ Mother Baby Child & Weight Loss Help

At 5:15pm on September 17, 2010, Tiffany Schlarman said…
Heading to your blog! I have a review blog for books! Feel free to check it out ( :
At 11:43am on September 11, 2010, Robin Meritt said…
Hi Anna. I just checked out your blog and I love it. I had fun watching your videos. I got to laughing hysterically at some of the youtube videos (couldn't stop with just McCain -- and I wonder how hours fly by when I am online) of people making "Freudian" slips on TV. Ahhh... I would not want their job b/c if I said some of the things they said, I would not be able to stop laughing.

Your blogs look and feel is one of the best I have seen. I look forward to reading more!

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At 1:04am on August 18, 2010, Cynthia Helwig-Putorti said…
Hi there from The Girlz Korner in upstate New York where you'll find light, witty and rather entertaining articles on every topic imaginable from The Little Black Dress to Making Whoopie. So if you get a chance to kick back and exhale, if only for a brief moment ... come on over and see me some time. I just love this site. The women are so embracing and I hope you are enjoying your experience as much as I am.
At 10:06am on February 26, 2010, Angela & Angelica said…
Hi Anna, I visited you blog and I love it!, the theme is cute and is fun to read !.
At 10:35pm on August 14, 2009, Brandi Best said…

I need you to email me. I did a review giveaway back in May and my winner still has not received her books.

At 9:47am on February 12, 2009, Rebecca Sprouse said…
Welcome! Glad to have you here! If ya ever need anything...don't hesitate to ask! Look forward to getting to know you!

At 2:22am on February 10, 2009, Annette Piper said…
G'day Anna and welcome aboard :)
At 1:07pm on February 9, 2009, Gem said…
Aloha & welcome!

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