Book review: ‘How to raise great kids’

I am blessed to receive so many emails from readers, companies and generally cool people.  So many, in fact, that I simply don’t have time to review all of the products and requests that come through the pipeline.  Not the Alaska pipeline.  But the blog pipeline. Back on Thanksgiving Day 2016, I got a really nice email from Jim Gromer. And yes, you read that correctly.  It was Thanksgiving Day 2016 and I am just getting to this review.  I am embarrassed to admit this delay but I wanted to do this one and it took me far longer than it should have.  However, I am trying to raise great kids and I guess that is where the majority of my time goes.  To parenting and work, laundry, etc.  Well, you know the drill (total pun intended with the Alaska reference!)  We are all multitasking, right?

Anyway, my point is, sometimes, in a few sentences or so, you can tell someone is a kindred spirit; that you really have to take a longer look at this inquiry. That, if this person had been in your high school or was your neighbor, you would be friends.  I am like that.  I am intuitive about people.  At least, most of the time.

So let me tell you about the book ‘How to Raise Great Kids’ and how you can get it.  You can click that link ahead of time or you can wait and I can tell you what I like about it.  This book has tips for learning, games and general all around fun with your children.  What I loved about the concept was the onus was put on the children to be great…..raise great kids.  I like that.  Then some of the pressure is off… becomes a partnership and both parents and children are responsible for their greatness.  And the children are expected to be respectful, have fun, gain self-confidence and more.  Now, I know you are thinking, ‘I know everything about parenting….what could I learn?‘ Trust me, you don’t know everything.  None of us do.  And the minute we realize that, we become better parents instantly.

There is nothing better than a great book....well, a great book signed by the author!

There is nothing better than a great book….well, a great book signed by the author!

This book is filled with tips for communication, hygiene, safety, instilling faith and confidence in little ones and the list goes on.  The chapters are short and filled with great suggestions.  If you are parenting or know a parent or are invited to a baby shower, this is a gem of a book.  Here’s the link: How to Raise Great Kids…..don’t be like me and wait.  Enjoy!  Parent away!  And the author’s advice and my advice:  cherish every minute of it….yes, parenting can be really fun!  It sounds like an oxymoron but it is not!

Oh, and here’s my favorite line – “Life is messy but when you cherish the golden moments and power through the inevitable tough times, you give your family a fighting chance to leave a positive legacy.”  Sage advice from Jim Gromer!.


Do not miss this perfume giveaway!

Recently, one of my friends said to me, “What is this about your blog and some Louboutin giveaway?”  Umm, that was weeks ago.  She continued in a genuine and animated manner, “How come I didn’t know about it?”  Umm, I guess you are not reading it?  What can I say?  But it’s all good because the ideas and giveaways keep rolling in and the audience keeps growing.  The rock is getting easier to push.  Or is the hill less steep?  I am not sure.  Anyway, I want to tell you about a giveaway that combines books and perfume and when it rolled into the blog pipeline, I had to think, ‘Could it get any better than this?’  I love books.  I love perfume.  Who doesn’t love at least one of them, right?  And now someone is designing perfume based on imaginary books and characters?  So it is quirky, too.  Love that!

The perfume designer is Josh Meyer and he blends a variety of ingredients and creates an imaginary author and storyline around the scent.  I have not had the pleasure of smelling the fragrances yet  (I am always available for such a task, though, hint, hint), but the lucky and talented ladies over at the blog have and they are hosting the giveaway.  The scents have cool names like Cape Heartache and Falling into the Sea.  Oh, these are dramatic, huh?  The packaging is magnificent; so artsy and cool.  They would be like objets d’art on your cosmetic table.  I am not kidding.  The packaging makes me wish I had tried harder in my French classes.  I don’t know why but ooh la la.

The giveaway is for 3 sample sets so each lucky winner will get to try several of Josh’s fragrances.  How wonderful is that?  But you have to act quickly because the contest ends Monday, March 24 at 12 am EST and is open to US residents only.  Don’t miss out!  Here is the link to enter this fabulous contest:…  Happy spritzing!