Monday, March 10, 2014

Great way to help author friends

While reading another writing blog the other day, I came across this post and just had to share it!  The ideas in this blog post are great for those wanting to help support and promote friends who are published authors.

I love the ideas listed in this post.  I have done some of the items for my author friends.

I appreciate the variety of ideas mentioned.  I did not think about the impact actually reading a friend's book can have on other people.  I admit that when I see someone reading an actual book that I do tend to see if I can find out the title.

I have no problem reading a book in a waiting room or lobby.  Lately, I have been reading the books on writing that I own.  Perhaps I need to begin reading the books of my friends in public and save the writing books (if I do not know the author) for reading at home.

So, when my next book comes out, I hope that some of my friends will do one or more of the included suggestions to help me promote my books.  I know that I have sold copies of my first book due to friends passing on my name.  Friends helping me sell my books does work.

I also know that when my friends publish books of their own, I will be sure to do some of the suggestions listed.  Every little bit of promotion and support helps!

Have you done any of the suggestions in the referenced blog post to help promote a friend's (or your own) book?  I would love to hear what you have done.  Happy reading!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Blog Challenge that I am working on...join me!

I just found this challenge two days ago and am excited to be sharing it with you!  Since I found it after the challenge started, I am trying to catch up to the current day's challenge so that I can be on schedule with the rest of the group.

Boost Your Blog in 100 Days Challenge is all about supporting and promoting fellow bloggers over the course of 100 days.  It looks like a lot of fun for all of the bloggers that are being promoted as well as those of us that are participating in the challenge.

Join this challenge with me and meet a lot of fun bloggers over the next 100 days!  When you join the challenge or if you already have, please comment here and let me know.  I would love to cheer you on!

Enjoy the reading and the new blogs!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

My Family

When we met, I told Hubby that I did not want our children to have nicknames from their names.  Nicknames were okay, just not from their names.

I know I am not the only one that feels this way.  I am one of the few in my family - as my husband's family - that feels like this.

While I may mention my DH (Dear Husband) by his name, Jonathan, in my posts, he is the only one.  I will be using the nicknames that we have for our children here on the blog.

My oldest son, the 14-year old, is commonly referred to as "KB."  It is an abbreviation of a nickname that Jonathan gave him at birth.

The newly-turned 10-year old son has been called "Munchkin" since he was a wee one.  It's a nickname that stuck.  His other nickname is "Blue Eyes."  He was the first one in our family (of four, then) to have blue eyes.  He is still "Blue Eyes" to me.

The 3.5-year old son is "Cuddle Bug" although until about two weeks ago, he fought me on that nickname since he was real little.  He used to shake his finger at me and tell me, "No, not Cuddle Bug.  Me [insert his first name]."  Then, one day, I asked him if he were my "Cuddle Bug" and he said, "Yes!" WOW.  I was shocked as was everyone else.  He now says he is my "Cuddle Bug."

The just turned 2-year old son I have referred to as my calm since he was born.  He gets upset, cries, then is done and moves on with a happy (most of the time) attitude.  He tends to stay upset if he is seriously hurt or sick.  I call him my "Cutie Pie."

So, there is our family - the six of us.  Oh, as for my nickname, I go by "Mama" as far as the boys are concerned.

How about you?  Does your family use nicknames?  Do you use nicknames for your kids on your blog?

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Fevers, flu, and lots of naps

The last couple of weeks the six of us have been getting sick.  First, I got a sinus infection and it kept getting worse. I thought Jonathan also had a sinus infection though he said he was fine.

Then, last Saturday morning, the 8th of February, I came downstairs to find my 14-year old son with a raging fever.  Jonathan took him to the Urgent Care and decided to get checked for a sinus infection since he was there.

The 14-year old tested positive for Influenza B and negative to Strep.  Jonathan did indeed have a sinus infection.

Sunday morning, I wake up and the just-turned-two-year-old has a raging fever.  This begins to look like a pattern that is not making me smile.  The two-year old and I go to Urgent Care along with the three-year old who has not been feeling great.  Since I was already taking one of the little ones, I took both of them to be checked. 

The two-year old also tested positive for Influenza B.  The 3-year old, the doctor said, had a cold and I was instructed to bring him back in if and when he got the raging fever.

Since then, the low grade fever has been going around the family.  The two that tested positive for the flu have had the higher grade fevers though they are doing better the last couple of days.

The plans we have had on the calendar for activities were not attended as we did not want to share the flu.  It's been about two weeks now that we have not really left the house.

Menu plans also went out the window as none of us wanted to cook and no one was super hungry.  We had done the majority of our grocery shopping on the 6th. 

I had plans for this past Monday to work on the budget for the month.  I felt so horrible that I did not do anything.  My head was so foggy that working on the budget would have been frustrating at best.

Since we do home-school, it was less stressful not having to worry about missed days of school.  Today, the oldest two boys have been working on writing some poems.  It is something I have been wanting to do with them for awhile and today was a good day to do it.

Jonathan just got back from the doctor with the three-year old who also just tested positive for Influenza B.  Here we go again...

Monday, February 3, 2014

R is for Rainier Dental in Sumner Washington

My boys have been going to Rainier Dental's Sumner office for a couple of years now.  Going to the dentist is never fun but Rainier Dental tries to make it a little bit easier on (and for) the kids.

This last round of teeth cleaning, my third son joined the older two.  As Cuddle Bug is only three, I was hesitant about how he would handle the situation.  When at the pediatrician, he is one calm, cool, and more-than-well-behaved toddler.  He told Jonathan that he was going back on his own and did not need Daddy.  WOW!

My older two (KB and Munchkin) have had cleanings as well as the occasional cavity filled.  While there have been some problems with one of the boys (not wanting to sit still, fighting the x-rays, and so on), for the most part the visits to the dentist have been relatively painless (pun intended).

How does Rainier Dental make the visit to their office FUN for kids?  The kids that are patients "earn" tokens that can then be used to "purchase" small toys and other fun items after their dental visit is complete.  Though the small tokens and gifts may seem small and insignificant to us adults, for the children it can make the difference between a not-so-great visit and a well-behaved child for the visit.

Rainier Dental has four offices to serve our community which are located in Sumner, Tacoma, Bonney Lake, with their newest office being on Puyallup's South Hill (close to Graham).  While the Puyallup office is closer to home, our boys have an established relationship with the dentist and staff in the Sumner office.  So, for now, we will continue to drive to Sumner for the boys to go to Rainier Dental.