Monday, December 10, 2012

Day 6 of Books for Women by Women with Michelle Cove




Hi Michelle, welcome to our forum...Corrie from Quilt Taffy did your review...
and btw I love MONDAYS! ....


“I Love Mondays and Other Confessions from Devoted Working Moms” by Michelle Cove

Children should come with instruction manuals!
Well, if you are a working mom and you have children, this is the instruction manual.

Michelle Cove, a filmmaker and author, has given a thorough account of situations that a working mom might find herself in.  Topics range from Too Much Apologizing, Multitasking, Dealing with School, Burnout, Boundaries, and Extended Family.  Not only are the topics discussed with humor and examples from many different types of moms, but also role-playing is included.  For example, if a child is concerned or complaining that her mom is gone too much, Cove gives dialogue to have with the child.  And the dialogue is good, simple and direct. 

The book’s approach is very calm and without drama.  A working mom doesn’t need to explain every reason why she works or to apologize repeatedly.  A choice to work has been made, and the book shares how to make the most of it for the mother, the child, the employer, the co-workers and the family without the guilt.  And there can be a lot of guilt.  Cove deals with the guilt about leaving every day, she also deals with the guilt of really enjoying a career, co-workers, business trips, and all that goes along with working. 

An unexpected chapter in the book is about girlfriends, and the role that a friend plays in relationship to everyday problems.  A friend gives warm, fuzzy external support.  The more support, the better.  The book also explains how to get support from co-workers, and employers.

This book is easy to read and well formatted.  There is a recap at the end of each chapter, and little quizzes to take to give a reality check of where one’s parenting might actually be.   Whether you love Mondays or hate them, this is a must read for all types of working moms.
Corrie Munson


A great review Corrie, an author who speaks for many of us, there is no doubt about it!
Thank you both.



This book is up for a giveaway today!  




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Twitter:  twitter.com/moonguides | twitter.com/sealpress 


                                       We Love our Sponsors..



A huge thanks to the following sponsors for offering up some very heartfelt presents for the month of December... Besides the featured Authors book each day, we will have weekly PRESENTS of the following..




From top to bottom.....Pellon is gifting 2 pillows, 1 batting for a throw, some  pillow stuffing, and some wonder under  to  2 winners who stick with Pellon!

Aurifil is gifting 4 boxes of large threads in a variety of colours to 4  lovers of threads....

Bag Lady is gifting 5 assorted frames for coin purses to 1 coin purse lover!

Reliable Corporation ( you can see close up here) is gifting 2 Sensor Irons to 2 quilters who love to iron.

Purdy's Chocolate is gifting 4 large boxes of chocolates...( I did not even peak under the wrapper, so I am not sure what is there )  to 4 lucky chocolate lovers.

Andover Fabrics is gifting 4 beautiful assorted fat quarter bundles to 4 fabric lovers...

And Seal Press will be gifting the book that is featured each day!

 Our whole month of December we cheerleaders will be celebrating all of YOU, who have been
with us for years. To our  new followers,  we will welcome you with all the warmth we can muster....

WE hope you will be visiting us and leaving lovely comments for all of our guests who have
made this month possible.... Take this time to thank those around you for all of our blessings...
It will be a very special month....

All those who follow will be eligible for all of our gifts.....and if we hit 5,000 followers, I have a very special gift for YOU....oh yes...wink... and all those who proceeded!


                      Whatever your wishes are this season, these are our wishes for you...!




With warmest blessings from our cheerleading TEAM...

Jane, Carol, Katherine, Marlene,  Wendy, Corrie, Linda, Cherry, 
Pauline, Christine....These are our cheerleaders...
and a new one who will be joining the team in 2013 Mary!

ps. each day winners will be announced the next morning! 





 Congrats to a sweet chocolate lover and quilter for sure...LAURA...


Our box of chocolates from Purdys is ready to be mailed to you today....
...Ohhh you will love this collection
of fine Canadian chocolate, a mixture of light and dark....



Saturday, December 8, 2012

Recap of our first week.. Book Titles and all of our December Gifts !







     Much appreciation goes out to Seal Press 
for being part of our wonderful month of December....
and all of our sponsors for this event! 

  I added a PINTEREST Board of all the books
as well as Authors too...

HERE




This month is filled with Books by Women for Women 
and many more GIFTS from our Wonderful Sponsors...!

3 lovely followers of sew we quilt, won these gifts...





  And look, why not having some PURDY's chocolates today for a giveaway...
who would like a box....winner annouced on MONDAY! 


                 Anyone like some chocolates?  
Tell us which book inspired you the most this week?




And speaking of lots of words..

WE have still have some openings for this blog hop....
LINDA will be our cheerleader in residence for this one...

See you Monday....
I have some christmas baking that needs my attention! 


Congrats to winner JCnNC
you have won  a copy of Rocking the PINK! 








Friday, December 7, 2012

Day 5 Books for Women by Women with Laura Roppe




Good Morning Ladies and today we are introducing
a lovely lady who is radiant, inside and out..
Here is a snippet about Laura...


Q&A with Laura Roppé


1.    What inspired you to begin writing Rocking the Pink

When I sat down to write Rocking the Pink, I had just completed rigorous treatments for breast cancer.  I wasn't sure if the treatments had worked or not, and I wasn't going to waste any time!  I wanted to write a book that would do two things:  1) inspire anyone coming down the cancer path after me, to give them hope and strength and laughter and support; and 2) inspire anyone NOT afflicted with cancer to get moving—not to wait until a cancer diagnosis or other calamity to start living the life they know they should be living. 

2.   How did music in particular help you through this journey? 

Music has been critical to my healing, my life, my self-expression, my evolution as a human being.  During my treatments, I constantly wrote songs, and that helped me to feel like me.  When I was writing a song, I could tap into a deeper part of me, a more honest part.   When I wrote the book, lyrics to my songs naturally were included, because they form such a large part of my story.  Also, my journey from practicing law into music is a huge plot-point in my book.

3.   What do you hope women will take away from your story?

My greatest hope is that my book will inspire others to stop ignoring their inner voice to listen to it! And make a conscious decision to make and seize every opportunity in this life to find joy, love and fulfillment.  And, I want them to feel just a little bit less alone, and part of something bigger than themselves.  We are all in this sisterhood together.

Thank You Laura, YOU are all about HOPE.
We hope all women will me moved by your story!

 This book is up for a giveaway today!  




Members of the Perseus Books Group | Distributed by Publishers Group West



Twitter:  twitter.com/moonguides | twitter.com/sealpress 


                                       We Love our Sponsors..



A huge thanks to the following sponsors for offering up some very heartfelt presents for the month of December... Besides the featured Authors book each day, we will have weekly PRESENTS of the following..




From top to bottom.....Pellon is gifting 2 pillows, 1 batting for a throw, some  pillow stuffing, and some wonder under  to  2 winners who stick with Pellon!

Aurifil is gifting 4 boxes of large threads in a variety of colours to 4  lovers of threads....

Bag Lady is gifting 5 assorted frames for coin purses to 1 coin purse lover!

Reliable Corporation ( you can see close up here) is gifting 2 Sensor Irons to 2 quilters who love to iron.

Purdy's Chocolate is gifting 4 large boxes of chocolates...( I did not even peak under the wrapper, so I am not sure what is there )  to 4 lucky chocolate lovers.

Andover Fabrics is gifting 4 beautiful assorted fat quarter bundles to 4 fabric lovers...

And Seal Press will be gifting the book that is featured each day!

 Our whole month of December we cheerleaders will be celebrating all of YOU, who have been
with us for years. To our  new followers,  we will welcome you with all the warmth we can muster....

WE hope you will be visiting us and leaving lovely comments for all of our guests who have
made this month possible.... Take this time to thank those around you for all of our blessings...
It will be a very special month....

All those who follow will be eligible for all of our gifts.....and if we hit 5,000 followers, I have a very special gift for YOU....oh yes...wink... and all those who proceeded!


                      Whatever your wishes are this season, these are our wishes for you...!




With warmest blessings from our cheerleading TEAM...

Jane, Carol, Katherine, Marlene,  Wendy, Corrie, Linda, Cherry, 
Pauline, Christine....These are our cheerleaders...
and a new one who will be joining the team in 2013 Mary!

ps. each day winners will be announced the next morning! 



Congrats WINNERS


Today "I quilt for fun" won the book, Reality Bites!

And 

 Kathy  won one of these bundles from Andover...




( all have been contacted)

To all those who have been leaving comments
thank you...what a great week..
We will resume on Monday! 

Have a great weekend...3 more weeks of giveaways!




Thursday, December 6, 2012

Day 4 Books for Women by Women, today we have Jennifer Pozner!






Our Author today is Jennifer...he Jennifer...nice to see you ! 

She was the cheerleader for our Red White and Blue 
and YOU Stitch ME Up this coming March! 



Reality Bits Back the Troubling Truth about Guilty Pleasure TV

Jennifer L. Pozner

About the Author:
Jennifer Pozner is a widely published journalist, an anti-racist feminist., media commentator who has appeared on NBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC News Now, GRITtv, Democracy Now!, National Public Radio,  Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Joe Scarborough.
She founded and is executive director of Women In Media & News .
She is the managing editor of WIMN’s Voices.
And also very easy to reach and chat with on Twitter.

Let's now take a look at her book and what she is trying to tell us with this work.

As Pozner explains, her task in Reality Bites Back is to turn a "critical, analytical lens at how women are portrayed throughout a form of entertainment often dismissed as harmless fluff."  She begins by exposing just how little "reality" goes into the making of reality television; careful casting, writing, and editing combine to produce the "unscripted" schlock that has become a mainstay of network and cable programming.  But Pozner's primary concern is not that these shows are not "real."  Rather, Pozner worries that reality shows have all too real--and harmful--effects on the way we view the world.  And, indeed, over the course of the text, Pozner demonstrates just that.  Weaving together evidence from every reality show that I have ever heard of, Pozner argues that shows like The Bachelor and The Real Housewives play to and profoundly strengthen social biases, particularly those that demean and undermine women.  

Why does it matter?  Isn't it just stupid entertainment?  Drawing on research by communications scholars, Pozner explains that television shapes the way that people make sense of the world.  The unreality of reality television thus influences people's expectations and values.  The solution to this cultural problem, as Pozner sees it, is to educate viewers and help us all watch television with a more critical eye.  With that in mind, Pozner uses the final two chapters of her book to offer tips on how to encourage others to think critically about their own TV guilty pleasures.  

I will leave it up to you the reader to decide how you feel, after you read this book.
If you want an in depth analysis of Reality TV this is the book for you! If you enjoy gender studies, this is for you. It would also make a wonderful college textbook for any gender studies class.

Thanks to Pozner for opening our eyes to reality TV.

Thanks Jane and Jennifer,  very insightful indeed!

This book will be gifted !

Members of the Perseus Books Group | Distributed by Publishers Group West




  WE love our SPONSORS



A huge thanks to the following sponsors for offering up some very heartfelt presents for the month of December... Besides the featured Authors book each day, we will have weekly PRESENTS of the following..




From top to bottom.....Pellon is gifting 2 pillows, 1 batting for a throw, some  pillow stuffing, and some wonder under  to  2 winners who stick with Pellon!

Aurifil is gifting 4 boxes of large threads in a variety of colours to 4  lovers of threads....

Bag Lady is gifting 5 assorted frames for coin purses to 1 coin purse lover!

Reliable Corporation ( you can see close up here) is gifting 2 Sensor Irons to 2 quilters who love to iron.

Purdy's Chocolate is gifting 4 large boxes of chocolates...( I did not even peak under the wrapper, so I am not sure what is there )  to 4 lucky chocolate lovers.

Andover Fabrics is gifting 4 beautiful assorted fat quarter bundles to 4 fabric lovers...

And Seal Press will be gifting the book that is featured each day!

 Our whole month of December we cheerleaders will be celebrating all of YOU, who have been
with us for years. To our  new followers,  we will welcome you with all the warmth we can muster....

WE hope you will be visiting us and leaving lovely comments for all of our guests who have
made this month possible.... Take this time to thank those around you for all of our blessings...
It will be a very special month....

All those who follow will be eligible for all of our gifts.....and if we hit 5,000 followers, I have a very special gift for YOU....oh yes...wink... and all those up to 5,000 have a chance for a prize as well. 


                      Whatever your wishes are this season, these are our wishes for you...!



With warmest blessings from our cheerleading TEAM...

Jane, Carol, Katherine, Marlene,  Wendy, Corrie, Linda, Cherry, 
Pauline, Christine....These are our cheerleaders...
and a new one who will be joining the team in 2013 Mary!

ps. winner or winners picked at random each day
are announced the next morning!

          CONGRATS YESTERDAY a lucky winner won the book of the day , Beautiful YOU and this Gift....

          It was TERESA --you won both these "gifts" Yes you won the book and
                                                                                   a box of Aurifil thread!