BLOGMAS: GIVEAWAY {Amazon Gift Card}! Book Coffee Happy Readers Are The KINDEST!

BLOGMAS: GIVEAWAY {Amazon Gift Card}! Book Coffee Happy Readers Are The KINDEST!

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Oh I’m so blown away.

Blog readers have sent me gifts in the past. Books, candles, bookmarks, and more! Every single time it happens, I’m completely blown away. How wonderful are people? More specifically, how wonderful are my blog readers???

I received this message last week and it touched my heart.

And then today…OMG. Look what arrived in my mailbox!

THE CHRISTMAS BOOKSHOP! I had written about how much I wanted it in THIS POST but was unable to find myself a copy. And the most beautiful magnetic page markers! I cannot believe the kindness of this blog reader whom I have never even met!

I can’t even put into words how much this means to me.

Writing this blog and introducing people to their new favorite books is my passion. I love my little hobby so much! I’ve learned an incredible amount (I have created and have successfully maintained a website all on my own…if you know me in real life, this is a very big deal, lol), I’ve met some WONDERFUL people, and I have been able to share my most favorite hobby with the world. I’ve had people tell me that I’ve turned them into READERS. How amazingly special is that?!?

The fact that I make money off of my blog is purely icing on the cake for me. It’s a great perk…but obviously not why I write this blog. I write this blog because it’s FUN! The minute it stops being fun is the minute I stop writing. Simple as that 🙂

People on the Internet can be MEAN. It’s easy to hide behind a screen and be judgmental, catty, and awful. There are entire websites devoted to the sole purpose of breaking down bloggers, gossiping about bloggers, and speculating about bloggers. Admittingly this is the reason it took me YEARS to start writing a blog although it was something I had wanted to do for so long. I didn’t want people being mean to me over something that is my fun hobby! I wanted the type of blog where people can visit just for fun. No drama. I will say…3 years into blogging and my blog readers have been nothing but kind, LOVELY, supportive, and wonderful. The comments I receive on blog posts and social media have ALWAYS been so kind! Even when people disagree with my thoughts on a book, etc….their comments are ALWAYS respectful which is exactly what I would hope they would be. I don’t WANT people to always agree with my opinions…how boring would that be?!? I absolutely love when we can have an honest and open discussion whether we are on the same side of an opinion or not. THAT is what a great blog is….the kind that can start a wonderful discussion with different opinions. For Book Coffee Happy, I find this type of discussion happens most often on Facebook. I love it! Especially when I post on the weekends asking what everyone is reading. So many people give such great suggestions all the time and I love seeing all of you interact with each other.

In 3 years of blogging, I have only had 1 negative experience and I will say….MAN did those people RIP ME TO SHREADS. But it was ok because I stood my ground, held my own, and felt strongly that I didn’t do anything wrong. It was years ago…I had written a blog post titled “One of the Worst Books I Have Ever Read.” I am a member of a Facebook group for bloggers and authors and I had shared my blog post on there. HOLY HELL did people come at me! They did NOT like that I had publicly written a negative review of a book! Many, many, many bloggers only publish positive reviews on their blog and if that works for them….awesome. I knew from the very beginning that I would not be doing that. I want my blog to be HONEST. Always. If I love a book, I have no problem sharing my opinion but if I hate a book, I also have no problem sharing my opinion. I know a lot of people don’t agree with this, but I really have strong feelings about it. I will never tell you that I love a book if I don’t. Over the years you have come to know me and to know my opinions on books. Many of you trust me and my opinions and I take that trust seriously! I will always and forever share my feelings and opinions both positive AND negative. If you want to read a blog where every single review is a positive one, this is most definitely NOT the blog for you ;). Those people in that Facebook group were RUTHLESS and the one and only thing I can say is that those were random strangers on Facebook….NOT my blog readers! My readers would never be that mean to me! Luckily, I’m pretty tough and in the end I took it as a COMPLIMENT that people were angry because I’m HONEST. (You can read that original blog post that sparked all of that HERE. And for what it’s worth, that book was quite literally and still IS quite literally one of the very worst books I’ve ever read. So there’s that).

I have some amazing ideas for the future of my blog and I can’t wait to share them with you! Thank you from the very bottom of my heart for your love, your support, and your kindness. Please keep interacting, commenting, and sharing. I’m really proud of this little book community that I have created! Thank you so much for being a part of it. You are very important and very special to me 🙂

Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

I want to pay this kindness forward during this holiday season. Receiving this gift made my heart so happy and I want to do that for someone else! Leave a comment below and I’ll randomly choose someone to receive a $10.00 Amazon gift card.

You can use it to buy yourself coffee, a new book, or anything else on Amazon that makes you happy :). I’ll send it directly from Amazon straight to your email address.

All of you have to do to enter is leave a comment right here on this blog post. Your comment can be about anything…make me smile!

**You must comment below to be eligible for the giveaway and you must comment here on this blog post (not on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)**

Giveaway will close tomorrow (12/17/22) at 6:00 pm CDT and the winner will be randomly chosen and announced here on my blog on Saturday (12/18/21).

Make sure you check the blog on Saturday to see if you’ve won (you will have 48 hours from the time I post the winner to email me the email address where you would like your Amazon gift card to be sent.  If I don’t hear from you within 48 hours, I will pick a new winner).

Good luck!  I can’t wait to read your comments!

Blogmas 2021 Posts:

12/1: Welcome to Blogmas 2021 {Video}!

12:2: BLOGMAS: Birthday Giveaway {Amazon Gift Card}!

12/3: BLOGMAS Book Review: One Day in December {Josie Silver}

12/4: BLOGMAS: My Birthday Visit to Barnes and Noble!

12/5: BLOGMAS: 3 Library Books I Recently Returned Without Reading

12/6: BLOGMAS Book Review: The Christmas Wedding {James Patterson}

12/7: BLOGMAS: (Non Holiday) Book Review: Other People’s Children {R.J. Hoffmann}

12/8: BLOGMAS: I Bought 5 New Books!

12/9: BLOGMAS: 8 Holiday Books I Want To Read

12/10: BLOGMAS: Must Have Book Accessory #4

12/11: BLOGMAS: The Holiday Drinks Book Tag

12/12: BLOGMAS: Book Review (Non Holiday): The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend {Katrina Bivald}

12/13: BLOGMAS: Book I’m Currently Reading, Coffee I’m Currently Drinking, I Thing Currently Making me HAPPY!

12/14: BLOGMAS: (Non Holiday) Book Review: The Photographer {Mary Dixie Carter}

12/15: BLOGMAS: 6 Books I Want To Read in 2022

Xo,

Jenny

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BLOGMAS: Birthday Giveaway {Amazon Gift Card}!

BLOGMAS: Birthday Giveaway {Amazon Gift Card}

Welcome to Day 2 of Blogmas…a birthday Amazon gift card giveaway 🙂

Here is a link to yesterday’s video post about Blogmas if you missed it: Welcome to Blogmas 2021 {Video}!

Today is my birthday! Every year on my birthday I do a giveaway to celebrate…what’s more fun that sharing my birthday joy with all of YOU???

This is the 4th year I have done this and I love doing it so much. This year’s giveaway will be a $10.00 Amazon gift card. You can use it to buy yourself coffee, a new book, or anything else on Amazon that makes you happy :). I’ll send it directly from Amazon straight to your email address.

All of you have to do to enter is leave a comment right here on this blog post. Your comment can be about anything…make me smile!

**You must comment below to be eligible for the giveaway and you must comment here on this blog post (not on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)**

Giveaway will close tomorrow (12/3/22) at 6:00 pm CDT and the winner will be randomly chosen and announced here on my blog on Saturday (12/4/21).

Make sure you check the blog on Saturday to see if you’ve won (you will have 48 hours from the time I post the winner to email me the email address where you would like your Amazon gift card to be sent.  If I don’t hear from you within 48 hours, I will pick a new winner).

Good luck!  I can’t wait to read your comments!

Xo,

Jenny

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BOOK GIVEAWAY (5 Copies) Open to US and International Readers! The Seven Day Switch {Kelly Harms}

I am so happy to welcome guest blogger Melissa Amster from Chick Lit Central back to Book Coffee Happy today! I always love working with Melissa. If you haven’t checked out her lovely book blog, you absolutely must! Hers was the very first book blog I ever read and she definitely was one of the inspirations for me to start blogging myself. We have a GREAT book (and giveaway!) for you today! Thank you so much, Melissa, for sharing an Advance Reader’s Copy of The Seven Day Switch by Kelly Harms with me this past spring.

Goodreads Synopsis of The Seven Day Switch {Kelly Harms}:

Celeste Mason is the Pinterest stay-at-home supermom of other mothers’ nightmares. Despite her all-organic, SunButter-loving, free-range kids, her immaculate home, and her volunteering awards, she still has time to relax with a nice glass of pinot at the end of the day. The only thing that ruins it all is her workaholic, career-obsessed neighbor, who makes no secret of what she thinks of Celeste’s life choices every chance she gets.

Wendy Charles is a celebrated productivity consultant, columnist, and speaker. On a minute-by-minute schedule, she makes the working-mom hustle look easy. She even spends at least one waking hour a day with her kids. She’s not apologizing for a thing. Especially to Celeste, who plays her superior parenting against Wendy whenever she can.

Who do Celeste and Wendy think they are? They’re about to find out thanks to one freaky week. After a neighborhood potluck and too much sangria, they wake up—um, what?—in each other’s bodies. Everything Celeste and Wendy thought they knew about the “other kind of mom” is flipped upside down—along with their messy, complicated, maybe not so different lives.

Jenny Share’s Review:

I read (and loved!) The Bright Side of Going Dark by Kelly Harms a few months back (you can the synopsis and my review HERE) and was so excited to read her newest book The Seven Day Switch. She has such an easy to read, easy to love style of writing and I am a BIG fan. I had a pretty good feeling about this book before I even opened to the first page and I’m so happy that my first thoughts turned out to be correct.

I absolutely loved this wonderful book.

This book should be required reading for every parent out there! You truly don’t ever know what somebody else is going through and what that person chooses to reveal to the world does not in fact always tell the entire story.

This book has made me look at so many people in my life in a whole different light and has made me wonder about what is going on in their lives that I am not privy to.

“Mommy Wars” are a very real thing and moms are constantly comparing themselves to each other. STOP THAT! The decisions that you make for your own family should never be compared to decisions that somebody else is making for her own family.

I recently came upon this quote and it really spoke to me:

“Your kids don’t care what other moms are doing.”

How incredibly true is that? Your kids really don’t care what other moms are doing as long as you are doing the right thing for them. Parenting doesn’t come with an instruction manual and what is right for one family may not be right for the next.

This book really spoke directly to my heart and if you are a mother, it will speak to yours too! Every mother will be able to identify with at least something within these pages. The characters, the storylines, the messages…I truly loved this beautiful book so very much.

***I would be absolutely remiss if I didn’t say the following. Those who know me in real life know that I am a HUGE advocate of breastfeeding. Extended breastfeeding (breastfeeding toddlers) is normal, beautiful, and something that I did with both of my children. As much as I love this book, I did not love the negative connotation that came with this particular storyline. For a book about breaking judgmental parenting barriers, this storyline was clearly negative against parents who choose to feed and nurture their children in this way. I really wish that this particular storyline and all that went along with it could have been written with a bit more objectivity.***

Melissa Amster’s Review:

I’m always a fan of surreal stories, where you have to suspend disbelief. So the premise of The Seven Day Switch was definitely up my alley before I even opened it! And what was inside was even better than what I was expecting. Even though the topic of switching minds has been done before, such as in Freaky Friday, Kelly Harms puts a fun and refreshing spin on it, while also emphasizing the importance of balance in one’s life. As soon as I read just one chapter, I knew I had to tell my friend who runs Balanced Working Moms on Facebook about it. And, of course, I knew this book would be perfect for Jenny and I was not only excited for her to read it, but also to review it together at her blog.

 
I really liked and identified with both Wendy and Celeste in different ways. I enjoyed seeing them navigate each others’ lives and the things they did to try to help each other out, even if it wasn’t always with the best of intentions. There was one part I didn’t agree with at first, but I’m glad it was recognized and hashed out between the two women. Wendy’s son reminded me so much of my younger son. (Even Celeste’s son was similar to him in some ways.) I think, personally, I am more of a Wendy. However, I am thankful to have a relationship with my husband and kids that is more on par with Celeste. There were a lot of great moments, as well as some humorous ones. It’s always tricky to write about one character living another character’s life, but Kelly did this flawlessly throughout the novel.

 This was a sweet and touching story that I definitely recommend!

Movie casting suggestions:

Wendy: Piper Perabo

Celeste: Ginnifer Goodwin

Seth: Alexander Skarsgård

Davis: Sam Page

Hugh: James Roday Rodriguez

Ruthie: Mary Elizabeth Ellis

***GIVEAWAY DETAILS***

Would you like to win a copy of The Seven Day Switch? We have 5 copies to give away (open to our US and International readers!)

To be entered, just leave a comment below (on this blog post)!  Your comment can be about anything!

**You must comment below to be eligible for the giveaway and you must comment here on this blog post (not on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)**

Giveaway will close tomorrow (7/8/21) at 6:00 pm CDT and the winners will be randomly chosen and announced here on my blog on Friday (7/9/21).

Make sure you check the blog on Friday to see if you’ve won (you will have 48 hours from the time I post the winner to email me the mailing address where you would like your book sent.  If I don’t hear from you within 48 hours, I will pick a new winner).

Good luck!  We can’t wait to read your comments!

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The Latest Book I Read in Less than 24 Hours, Giveaway (3 Copies!) Local Woman Missing {Mary Kubica}, Reading With My Family

The Latest Book I Read in Less than 24 Hours, Giveaway (3 Copies!) Local Woman Missing {Mary Kubica}, Reading With My Family

My husband bought me the most amazing looking candle from one of my favorite tv shows! I just wish it smelled as amazing as it looks….🤪

The Latest Book I Read in Less than 24 Hours:

I read Starfish by Lisa Fipps cover to cover in less than 24 hours over this past weekend! I’ll have a full review posted soon!

Goodreads Synopsis of Starfish {Lisa Fipps}:

Ever since Ellie wore a whale swimsuit and made a big splash at her fifth birthday party, she’s been bullied about her weight. To cope, she tries to live by the Fat Girl Rules–like “no making waves,” “avoid eating in public,” and “don’t move so fast that your body jiggles.” And she’s found her safe space–her swimming pool–where she feels weightless in a fat-obsessed world. In the water, she can stretch herself out like a starfish and take up all the room she wants. It’s also where she can get away from her pushy mom, who thinks criticizing Ellie’s weight will motivate her to diet. Fortunately, Ellie has allies in her dad, her therapist, and her new neighbor, Catalina, who loves Ellie for who she is. With this support buoying her, Ellie might finally be able to cast aside the Fat Girl Rules and starfish in real life–by unapologetically being her own fabulous self.

Local Woman Missing GIVEAWAY (3 Copies):

If you love psychological thrillers as much I do….oh BOY do I have a great giveaway for you to enter!

I’m so excited to be guest blogging today over on Chick Lit Central which includes my review, Melissa Amster’s review, AND an amazing giveaway of 3 copies of this amazing brand new book.

YOU WANT TO ENTER THIS ONE…we are giving away 3 copies!

Head on over to Chick Lit Central to enter for your chance to win. Thanks so much for collaborating on this with me, Melissa! I loved working with you as always!

Family Reading:

On Mother’s Day, my kids planned an ENTIRE day filled with all of my favorite things which included…

Drum roll, please…

AN HOUR OF SILENT FAMILY READING.

All 4 of us in bed reading silently. Books for my husband, daughter, and I. Electronic book for my son. It was GLORIOUS. I once wrote a post (you can read it HERE) all about how I believe reading next to those you love just enhances the reading experience and that is absolutely what happened yesterday. I loved it so, so much.

My view. Perfection.

I hope you are all having a nice Monday. Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Mommys out there, I hope yesterday included a bit of quiest and peaceful reading time for you!

I’ll be back here on Wednesday with a review of an adorable and important children’s book, can’t wait to share 🙂

Xo,

Jenny

Click on the images below to order the books through my Amazon affiliate links. When you order through these links, I receive a tiny commission. Thank you for your support, Xo

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**Childrens Book Giveaway** The Gift of Time {Kendra Esbrook}

I am BEYOND excited to review and host a giveaway for this beautiful book today! Everything about Kendra Esbrook’s The Gift of Time speaks directly to my heart. For years my husband and I have been asking our family members and friends to give our kids “experiences” for birthdays and holidays, even providing them with a list of ideas! As every parent knows, toys get played with for about 5 minutes and then quickly get forgotten but spending time with those you love….those memories last forever.

Synopsis of The Gift of Time {Kendra Esbrook}:

My Review of The Gift of Time {Kendra Esbrook}:

There aren’t enough words for me to use to describe how much I absolutely adore this book.

The perfect rhyming, the adorable pictures, the BEAUTIFUL message…all of it combines to create an absolutely wonderful children’s book that would be a perfect addition to any child’s library or classroom.

Spending quality time together is always number 1 in our house. My husband and I work so hard to create special memories for our kids. Sometimes they are elaborate….family vacations, etc. Sometimes they are simple…picnic lunches on our trampoline, etc. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to create beautiful and meaningful memories! Last week I let my daughter do my makeup and her and I literally laughed together the entire time. Let’s just say that the end result was that my face did NOT look perfect but the memory of those giggles from both of us and the quality time we spent together…PERFECT 🙂

Some of my absolute favorite memories of spending time with my children include baking together, playing in the snow together, cuddling on our couch while watching tv, and taking walks together around our neighborhood. Sometimes even the simplest of activities can turn into the most special memories 🙂

Teaching our kids that spending time together should always the most important thing has been something that my husband and I have felt strongly about since day 1. The Gift of Time exemplifies this in the very best of ways. Such a beautiful book with such a beautiful message! Children should understand from the youngest of ages that spending time with those they love is the greatest gift of all. A book such as The Gift of Time is such a perfect way to lead into a discussion about this with a child.

This book would make the perfect gift for any child in your life! Your own child, grandchild, niece, nephew, friend…any special child in your life would absolutely love the gift of this book and the opportunity to spend quality time with you.

And a bonus of gifting your time to a child? Not only do THEY receive those special memories of spending time together…but YOU also receive those special memories as well 🙂

Today is my son’s 5th birthday and this book is one of his gifts! Something tells me that it will be his favorite one 🙂 I love that this book has a page for you to write your gift. Such a special keepsake!

We can’t wait for him to open it so we can to read it to him!

I am a HUGE fan of Kendra Esbrook. I reviewed her first book A Bag for Santa on my blog 2 years ago and I LOVED that book and it’s beautiful message. You can read my post all about A Bag for Santa HERE. I’m already excited about book #3!!!

A Conversation with Kendra Esbrook About Her Newest Book, The Gift of Time:

What ages would be the ideal readers for your book?

2-10 but even adults can appreciate the lesson

How did you create the idea for your book?

We are strong believers in experiences over things, I wanted kids to appreciate how special time together can be. I also made sure to have ideas in the book that didn’t cost any money so readers would be inspired by free time together.

What are some examples of “gifts of time” that parents could provide for their children?

Movie night at home with popcorn

A trip to a favorite place or new place

Ice cream date 

Family bike ride

Picnic

Tea party

A trip to a new or favorite location 

Set up a tent in the living room and have a sleepover 

Baking together 

Making a fairy garden together 

Park hopping 

Create a treasure map and follow to a prize

Write and illustrate a book together 

Where can your book be purchased?
https://kendraesbrook.bigcartel.com
And digital copy on amazon 
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08KZJZ4N9/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_7N4NWVEH8VFY5VK3YB3B

Any additional information that you would like to provide about you or your book:

This is my second book, check out A Bag For Santa. And be on the lookout for a 3rd book coming 2022!

***GIVEAWAY DETAILS***

Would you like to win a copy of The Gift of Time? I have 1 signed copy to give away (open to US only for this giveaway)!  

To be entered, just leave a comment below (on this blog post)!  Your comment can be about anything!

**You must comment below to be eligible for the giveaway and you must comment here on this blog post (not on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)**

Giveaway will close tomorrow (2/25/20) at 6:00 pm CDT and the winner will be randomly chosen and announced here on my blog on Friday (2/26/20).

Make sure you check the blog on Friday to see if you’ve won (you will have 48 hours from the time I post the winner to email me the mailing address where you would like your book sent.  If I don’t hear from you within 48 hours, I will pick a new winner).

Good luck!  Can’t wait to read your comments!

Xo,

Jenny

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Random Book Blogger Thoughts

I have so many random thoughts to share with you today that I decided to dedicate an entire post to them, lol. I actually think I will do this as a regular series on Book Coffee Happy 🙂 Welcome to the the first installment of Random Book Blogger Thoughts!

Thank You

Thank you so much for all of your kind comments on my LAST POST. To be completely transparent, I was nervous to write that post and after I finally did write it…I almost deleted it before posting. I was very worried that I was going to come across as insincere and that was absolutely NOT my intention! I was so pleasantly surprised to see that I am not the only one who feels the way that I do. Book related discussions are so amazing and some of the comments on that post brought up such excellent points! I would still love to hear from the other side but I completely respect why you might not want to comment on this topic.

Book I Recently Read

I finished reading Kelly Yang’s Parachutes yesterday. I’ll post my review here next week…stay tuned!

A Book Poll

Thank you to everyone who has answered my poll on Instagram! SO many of you did and I appreciate the advice! I have these 2 books both currently checked out of the library and I truly couldn’t decide which to read next…I’ve heard great things about both! Here are the final results! Excited to start reading Invisible Girl tonight 🙂

My Daughter’s Homework

My daughter’s 3rd grade teacher has assigned each student to read for 20 minutes each day and it has quickly turned into one of my favorite times of the entire day! She grabs a book, I grab a book, my son grabs a book, and the 3 of us cuddle up and silently read for 20 minutes. I light a candle and have a mug of steaming coffee. HEAVEN. I promised her that whenever she needs to read for homework, I will ALWAYS join her! I love, love, love this time in the day. NOTE: The second that 20 minute timer goes off, my children literally RUN out of the room…but you KNOW Mama stays and finishes whatever chapter she’s in the middle of, lol.

This Book Blogger’s Biggest Fan

Nobody on Earth has a more wonderful father than I. He reads every single post I write and always has such wonderful and supportive things to say. I LOVE YOU, DAD!

Children’s Book Giveaway

I have an AWESOME giveaway coming up on Wednesday for a BEAUTIFUL children’s book! This book truly speaks directly to my heart and I’m so excited to share it with you! Be sure to check back here on Wednesday for your chance to win.

Your turn…tell me something random in the comments below!

Xo,

Jenny

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**GIVEAWAY** Everyday Mindfulness {Melissa Steginus}

According to Merriam Webster, the definition of mindfulness is as follows: 1: the quality or state of being mindful 2: the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis also: such a state of awareness. The act of mindfulness is something that I have personally been working on over the past year. A few months ago, I took a virtual mindfulness course and it was amazing. I learned so much about how to center my thoughts and actions! I even had my children take the family friendly version of the same virtual mindfulness course that I had taken and it was largely beneficial for our whole family. I think practicing mindfulness is SUCH an important skill and one that could truly benefit everyone in their daily life, regardless of age. Melissa Steginus’s Everyday Mindfulness says right on the cover that it contains “108 simple practices to empower yourself and transform your life”. If THAT doesn’t grab your attention, I’m not sure what would! Who couldn’t use THAT in their life?!? I’m so excited for this giveaway!

Goodreads Synopsis of Everyday Mindfulness {Melissa Steginus}:

“Everyday Mindfulness” guides you through the most powerful daily mindfulness practices that help you rewire your habits and rewrite your life.

With step-by-step instruction and evidence-based exercises you can do in as little as 5 minutes a day, it’s never been easier to make positive changes stick in your life.

This is a powerful personal development program cleverly disguised as a book.

Connect with Yourself and Discover Your Capacity

Most of us are so busy that we forgot to focus on how we really feel, what we truly desire, and what we need to do to move our lives in the right direction.

This book is your master manual for reconnecting with yourself and your inner resources so you can take immediate action to transform your life.

The power to change your life is in the small things you do every day. This book guides you through over 100 simple practices, in small doses, so you can discover what works best for you and build on it.

This book is designed to help you master the six areas of your life:

• Physical: Listen to your body and reconnect with yourself
• Emotional: Understand your feelings and learn to trust them
• Rational: Observe your thought patterns to gain mental clarity
• Spiritual: Explore your relationship with yourself and your truth
• Occupation: Manage your time and energy to pursue your priorities
• Network: Nourish relationships that deepen your sense of belonging

Each of the six sections has 18 exercises, complete with reflection questions, to help you reclaim, redefine, and realize your untapped potential within that area of your life.

With “Everyday Mindfulness” you will awaken to yourself, connect with your inner wisdom, and tap into your capacity for self-empowerment, fulfillment, and transformation.

It all begins with paying attention.

This book includes 108 daily mindfulness practices, explanations of the purpose behind each practice, and over 300 reflection questions that encourage profound self-exploration and transformative action.

My Thoughts on Everyday Mindfulness {Melissa Steginus}:

Back in November when I was asked if I would like to review Everyday Mindfulness on my blog I was so excited to say YES! I wanted to really take time to read this book and have the opportunity to practice it’s teachings in my own life before writing my review. I’m so glad that I did!

This book is beautiful. It outlines 108 mindful practices and breaks them down in a specific order, 1 practice to focus on each day. I actually kept this book in my closet so that each morning as I was getting dressed, I took literally 2 minutes to read about the practice that I would be focusing on for that day. Keeping it in my closet and so visible was a perfect visual reminder that this was now part of my morning routine and made it so easy to remember to read that day’s practice. At the end of each day, I again took 2 minutes as I was getting ready for bed to reflect upon the day’s practice and write a few details of how it went and what I learned.

When I first received this book, I took some random photos of a few of the pages to share with you. I made sure to do this BEFORE I filled them with my writing. Mindfulness is a deeply personal journey and as much as I love to share my thoughts and feelings with all of you, somehow this feels different and too personal to share. Here are some of the “before” photos to give you an idea of some of the simple practices (which are now all filled in with my own thoughts):

I would sum up my time working through this book as one of learning and connecting with so many aspects of my life. This book is a GIFT…it very literally gives you the tools to reset your thinking and help you to self connect.

I very highly recommend this book…for everyone. Every single person can and will benefit from the simple practices in this book. Whether you already practice mindfulness on a regular basis or this is a completely new area of exploration for you, the tools that this book will give you will be so beneficial in so many areas of your life. I’m so happy to introduce you to this lovely book!

There has never been a more perfect time to practice mindfulness than right now. With so much uncertainty in the world, learning how to better connect with your own self is so important.

I love this book.

To learn more about Everyday Mindfulness, here are some helpful links:

Melissa Steginus’s Website: www.melissasteginus.com

TCK Publishing Website: www.tckpublishing.com

***GIVEAWAY DETAILS***

Would you like to win a copy of Everyday Mindfulness? I have 1 copy to give away (open to US only for this giveaway)!

To be entered, just leave a comment below (on this blog post)!  Your comment can be about anything!

**You must comment below to be eligible for the giveaway and you must comment here on this blog post (not on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)**

Giveaway will close tomorrow (1/26/21) at 6:00 pm CDT and the winner will be randomly chosen and announced here on my blog on Wednesday (1/27/21).

Make sure you check the blog on Wednesday to see if you’ve won (you will have 48 hours from the time I post the winners to email me your mailing address.  If I don’t hear from you within 48 hours, I will pick a new winner).

Good luck!  Can’t wait to read your comments!

Xo,

Jenny

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GIVEAWAY and Book Review: Woman on the Edge {Samantha M. Bailey}

Thank you for all of your support on my last post “The 12 Best Books I’ve Read in 2020” (you can read that post HERE)! So many of you read it that it is now the most viewed post that I’ve ever written on this blog 🙂 I absolutely love sharing my book suggestions with you and I’m SO excited to share another AWESOME book with you today! Samantha M. Bailey’s Woman on the Edge had been on my to read radar for months ever since my friend Melissa read it and told me how much she had loved it (check out Melissa’s wonderful book review blog HERE). I was SUPER excited when my copy came in at the library and I immediately raced to pick it up! Once I started reading and I told Melissa how much I was enjoying it, she so kindly introduced Samantha M. Bailey and I. I’ve truly loved communicating with Samantha over the past few months…she’s not only an AMAZING writer but a super sweet person. Thank you so much, Samantha and thank you to Melissa for introducing us 🙂 I’m so excited to share Samantha’s AWESOME book debut with all of you today and to host a GIVEAWAY for it as well!

Goodreads Synopsis of Woman on the Edge {Samantha M. Bailey}:

A total stranger on the subway platform whispers, “Take my baby.”

She places her child in your arms. She says your name.

Then she jumps…

In a split second, Morgan Kincaid’s life changes forever. She’s on her way home from work when a mother begs her to take her baby, then places the infant in her arms. Before Morgan can stop her, the distraught mother jumps in front of an oncoming train.

Morgan has never seen this woman before, and she can’t understand what would cause a person to give away her child and take her own life. She also can’t understand how this woman knew her name.

The police take Morgan in for questioning. She soon learns that the woman who jumped was Nicole Markham, prominent CEO of the athletic brand Breathe. She also learns that no witness can corroborate her version of events, which means she’s just become a murder suspect.

To prove her innocence, Morgan frantically retraces the last days of Nicole’s life. Was Nicole a new mother struggling with paranoia or was she in danger? When strange things start happening to Morgan, she suddenly realizes she might be in danger, too.

Woman on the Edge is a pulse-pounding, propulsive thriller about the lengths to which a woman will go to protect her baby—even if that means sacrificing her own life. 

My Review of Woman on the Edge {Samantha M. Bailey}:

This book was GREAT.

As you know, short chapters are my favorite and this book was PERFECT. Chapters that are only a few pages long make it SO easy to FLY through a book that was exactly what happened here. I also appreciated that this story was only told from only 2 alternating points of view. More than that and it would have been confusing. 2 was perfection.

As someone who lived in downtown Chicago for 8 years, I absolutely LOVED all of the street references. My exact neighborhood was a major reference in this story!

This book had so many twists. Just when I would think I had the ending all figured out, something would happen to make me completely change my mind. LOVE. I was completely invested in this story and these characters. I was on the edge of my seat trying to figure out how everything was going to end! Kept me guessing right up until the very end. I truly couldn’t put this book down.

I absolutely love the writing in this book and I am eagerly looking forward to future works by Samantha M. Bailey! This is her debut novel…and what a wonderful debut it is.

I had posted this on Instagram:

#truth.

I absolutely loved this book…you will, too!

A Conversation with Samantha M. Bailey:

As someone who lived in downtown Chicago for many years, I absolutely loved reading about the streets, neighborhoods, etc. I was shocked to learn that you live in Canada! Have you ever lived in Chicago? If not, how did you conduct your research to learn each neighborhood’s personality so perfectly?

Thank you! I’m so happy to know I got it right! I’ve never lived in Chicago, but I’ve visited, though it was when I was much younger. For my debut, I wanted an American city to reach a wider audience and because it felt too close to home to set it in Toronto, where I live. When I was thinking about which city I wanted, Chicago felt so right because it seems to have a similar landscape, architecture, diversity, and sensibility to Toronto, which helped me envision it. Because my budget didn’t extend to traveling, I relied on Google, Google Earth, and the little person who walks along the streets in Google Maps. I was also lucky that my copy editor, Erica Ferguson, lived in Chicago so she could tell me when my characters were driving into the lake.

 How did you choose the names for the characters in Woman on the Edge?

It was such a process! It always is for me. I look at baby name websites for the years my characters were born and wait for the right name to hit me. But as I revised, I changed the names of many of the characters, like Morgan, because with edits I would re-imagine who the characters are. In my next book, I’ve already changed characters’ names a few times, and I’ll probably change them again. 

This book explores many themes including mental health, motherhood, marriage, friendship, and love. Of these themes, which was the hardest for you to write? Which was the easiest? Why?

I don’t think any of the themes were easy for me, except maybe the love a mother has for her child. Even that, though, is deeply emotional for me. While I didn’t experience postpartum depression myself and depended on the struggles of my friends, ones I watched firsthand and those they generously shared with me, I definitely felt anxiety about being the best mother I could to my own two children. It’s such a sudden, shocking, beautiful, frightening life change when your baby is put in your arms for the first time. Writing about Nicole’s struggles was complex and cathartic, as was writing about suicide, loss, relationships, and family. I’m grateful to have an incredibly loving and supportive family and the best friends in the world, which helps, I think, to separate my own life from my characters’ so I can really dig deep.

Woman on the Edge was such an amazing debut, I’d love to hear more about your future literary plans. Are you working on another book? Can you tell us anything about it? If you aren’t currently working on another book, what type of book (if any) can you see yourself working on in the future?

This means so much to me. Releasing a debut is both joyous and scary, and doing so in 2020 has been a roller coaster. Besides my family and friends, what’s kept me grounded during the pandemic has been writing my next thriller. Writing is where I put my fears and worries, and it helps me handle them when I can unleash them on my characters. I’m so thankful to you, Jenny, and the entire book community for giving me the career I’ve longed for. I just finished my draft of my untitled-for-now next book, set in Canada, that is about middle-aged motherhood, obsession, addiction, neighbors, and…a dead body. It’s tentatively slated to release in late 2021, but until then, the mass market paperback of Woman on the Edge is up for pre-order and out on February 23, 2021.

***GIVEAWAY DETAILS***

Would you like to win an electronic copy of Woman on The Edge? I have 1 ebook to give away (open to US and Canada only for this giveaway)!  

To be entered, just leave a comment below (on this blog post)!  Your comment can be about anything!

**You must comment below to be eligible for the giveaway and you must comment here on this blog post (not on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)**

Giveaway will close tomorrow (10/17/20) at 6:00 pm CDT and the winner will be randomly chosen and announced here on my blog on Friday (10/18/20).

Make sure you check the blog on Friday to see if you’ve won (you will have 48 hours from the time I post the winners to email me which email address where you would like your ebook sent.  If I don’t hear from you within 48 hours, I will pick a new winner).

Good luck!  Can’t wait to read your comments!

Xo,

Jenny

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Random Bookish Thoughts, Birthday Snapshots, and the Amazon Gift Card Giveaway Winner {Video}

Happy Friday! Today’s blog post will be some random bookish thoughts, snapshots from my birthday, and a video announcing my birthday Amazon gift card giveaway winner!

Random Bookish Thoughts:

My daughter did this homework over Thanksgiving and I love it so much. She said, “My teacher says it’s optional” and I replied, “Aaaaaaand your mom says it’s mandatory!” **Also, when your mom is a former teacher, she makes you complete 10 squares, not 5! **

Almost done reading this book, I’ll have my review posted ASAP!

Do you remember when I posted this review and included a picture of the fake fireplace in the Michigan cottage? I was so obsessed with reading in front of that fireplace and haven’t stopped thinking (or talking about) it since we’ve been back home. We do have a real fireplace in our family room but I REALLY wanted one of these for our living room so when I’m reading on my favorite couch, I can have the absolute perfect reading experience! My husband bought me this one for my birthday and my daughter bought me a tiny box that makes fire crackling sounds! It’s PERFECT, so warm and toast, and I’m completely 100 percent obsessed. You KNOW I read a book in front of it on the very first night and I think I smiled the entire time while reading.

Birthday Snapshots

My birthday was absolutely wonderful and included all of my favorite things: My little family, breakfast made by my daughter, a socially distanced outside visit with my amazing parents, Thai food for dinner, Culvers, decorations from my kids, a family Uno tournament, outside socially distanced visits from my best friends, and more. It was a lovely, lovely birthday and the best part was how truly loved I felt.

Swingset decorated by my son:

One of the gifts from my best friends included a gift card to enjoy my favorite drink on my special day!

If you know me in real life, you know that Culvers is my absolute most favorite dessert!

Notice the UNO cards in the above photo? Our family has had a tournament going since July with a leaderboard and everything. Guess who is currently in FIRST PLACE??? #mama

Amazon Gift Card Giveaway Winner Video:

Happy Friday, friends! I hope you have a wonderful weekend filled with love and BOOKS!

Xo,

Jenny

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Today is My Birthday! *Amazon Gift Card Giveaway*

Birthday giveaway of an Amazon gift card for one blog reader 🙂

Today is my birthday! I bought this shirt as a birthday gift to myself 🙂

Love!

For the past 2 years, I’ve given away a small gift card on my birthday to a blog reader. It feels so good to share a bit of my birthday joy with you guys!

Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Leave a comment below (on this actual blog post). I’ll randomly choose a winner and email her/him a $10.00 Amazon egift card! You can use that $10.00 and put it towards a new book or anything else that makes you feel happy. I’ll announce the winner in Friday’s blog post! You will have 48 hours from the time I post your name to email me the email address where you would like your egift card sent. If I don’t hear from you in 48 hours, I’ll choose someone else.

I hope you are all having a wonderful day! Happy birthday to ME (and also to my girl Britney Spears!)

Xo,

Jenny

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