Thursday, 28 November 2013

Release Day Blast-A Home for Christmas





Excerpt #1:

Riley came over every evening after work. He helped Cam with his homework. he got there before she did on Wednesday and he and Cam had dinner ready by the time she got home. Jenna had to fight tears as she sat at the table. It had been so long since someone had cooked for her. To be honest, other than her mother, she didn't think anyone ever had. Wade, her ex, certainly never did. Watching Cam work so closely with Riley, having Riley there filling the role that Wade had abandoned, even sitting at a table with candlelight and roses and food she hadn't had to prepare...it was a lot for her to handle. She was barely hanging on by a thread and when Riley had initiated the blessing, she lost it. "Mom?" Cam asked, uncertain of what was happening. Jenna covered her face with her hands, silently crying. She heard the scrape of a chair and then suddenly Riley was there, his arms around her, lifting her from the chair. She heard him say something to Cam and then he carried her from the room.

He sat on the sofa and cradled her in his lap and just held her while she cried. After several minutes, when her tears had subsided somewhat, Riley reached down to cup her chin in his hand and lift her head so he could look into her eyes. "I'm sorry," she whispered. "Nothing to be sorry about," he said, smoothing his hands over her cheeks to wipe her tears away.

"Mom?" Cam asked again, drawing her attention. "You OK?" "I'm good, bud, I'm sorry." Riley looked up at Cam and made eye contact with him. Jenna wasn't sure what passed between them, but Cam got up and left, leaving her there with Riley. "Look at me," he said, softly. When she raised her eyes to meet his gaze, he lifted her hand and kissed her knuckles. "What's going on?" She took a deep breath. "It's just...no one's ever done something like this for me before." "Like what? Take care of you?" She nodded. "Better get used to it, babe. I'm not going anywhere." She squeezed his hand, tears falling down her cheeks again. This time, Riley leaned forward and kissed them away before touching his lips to hers. For the first time, Jenna didn't hold herself back.

Maybe it was because Cam was just down the hall and she knew it couldn't get out-of-control. Whatever the case, she turned in his arms and wrapped her arms around his neck, deepening the kiss. "Thank you, Riley," she whispered when they pulled apart, pressing her forehead to his, and placing her fingertips against his lower lip. He nipped her fingertip lightly, then ran his tongue around her finger. "Anytime," he replied, "and I mean that. You don't have to do it all alone any more." "Riley," she whispered, kissing him, "please don't make promises you can't keep. My heart is fragile enough, but Cam..." He kissed her back. "Quit while you're ahead. Don't piss me off." She smiled and combed her fingers through the hair at his nape. "I'll try." "Good. Let me take care of you, Jenna.

You and Cam." She took a deep breath. "Tell you what. You're still here by Christmas? We'll talk," she said, giving him a final kiss then sliding off his lap. He watched her walk down the hall to Cam's room. Closing his eyes and letting his head fall back on the couch, he reached down to adjust himself in his jeans. For the first time since leaving the Navy, Riley felt like he wasn't just spinning his wheels.


Excerpt #2

Riley followed Cam into the living room and through the crowd so that they were standing at the front of the ring of people who had gathered around Jacke's piano, his mother on his right and Jenna's mother on his left. "Ladies and gentlemen," Jenna's father began, "I want to thank you for coming tonight. It is an honor and a joy to see so many of you in our home to celebrate this wonderful, joyous season with us. The wait staff is coming around with trays of champagne. Please, take a glass, and as they have done every year since they were five years old, allow my beautiful daughters to wish you and yours a wonderful, Merry Christmas." Jackie began to play as polite applause lauded their father's speech. Riley's eyes were locked on Jenna as the lights were dimmed and she was illuminated only by the twinkling of Christmas lights and the flames from the candles in the room. When she began to sing "O Holy Night", a chill ran through him at the purity and clarity of her voice.

She sounded, in his opinion, like an angel. Her voice was soft and sweet and reminded him of the times he'd heard the Celtic Woman group perform. When she hit the high note at the end, his breath caught. She was incredible. He placed his hand over his heart and flashed a bright smile to her when she finished, making her give a slight giggle. "This next song," she announced, "has been on my heart since I met this handsome sailor," she said, gesturing to him. "The other night, we were talking about the Christmases he spent in the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan, and even once in Bethlehem while in the Service, and how he missed being home for Christmas so many years. So, Riley, this one is for you." Jackie began playing, and then, singing in a completely different voice than she had the previous song, she locked eyes with him. Her voice was sultry as she sang, "I'm dreaming tonight, of a place I love, even more than I usually do. And although, I know, it's a long road back, I promise you...I'll be Home for Christmas..."

Beside him, his mother placed her hand on his bicep. he reached over to touch her hand, but could not tear his gaze away from Jenna. When she finished, proper or not, he stepped forward and drew her into his arms, giving her a brief, tender kiss in front of the assembled crowd. "Thank you," he whispered softly into her ear. "I love you, Riley," she whispered back. He kissed her brow and started to step away but she held him to her with an arm around his waist. "We have one final song. Thank you for spending your evening with our family." Once again, Jackie began playing, and this time, with Riley at her side, Jenna sang "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." Riley had his hand on her back and could feel the notes reverberating through her as she sang. He was so impressed with her singing; her voice was beautiful, different with all three songs that she sang. Sweet, sultry, soft and gentle all mixed together. He was so unbelievably turned on he was afraid the whole room would know. When she finished singing, she turned into him once more, kissing his cheek when he leaned down to whisper, "You're amazing," into her ear.



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Publication Date: August 7, 2013
Shane McCanton and Tessa Kelly were childhood enemies. Everything was a contest to them and Tessa always seemed to show Shane that nice guys finished last. Things change, however, when hormones take over and Shane begins to see the perpetual thorn-in-his-side as more than just his childhood nemesis...


Tessa had never meant to set into motion events that led to their childhood rivalry, but once it started, she embraced it with gusto...until her world started to fall apart and she realized that Shane was the one constant in her life, her rock who would never leave her and help her find her Long Way Home...


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Publication Date: November 4, 2013
Colt Harris wasn't on the hunt for love when he looked up from his lunch and spotted Sarah. As cliched as it was, time stood still - all he could see was her. Hearing her laugh sealed his fate; he knew his life was about to change.



Sarah Sauter was used to being alone. She lost her parents when she was eighteen and after a really bad love affair, had given up on ever finding love. Since then, her life had been all about simply surviving. Little did she know that when she went to lunch with her co-workers, she would have a chance encounter with a man who would literally turn her world upside down.



When Colt steps into Sarah's life, he finds that things with her aren't exactly as they appear to be. Secrets hidden deep in her past begin to surface, dropping Colt and Sarah in the middle of a nearly twenty-seven year old mystery. It will take all of Colt's strength, patience and resolve Finding Home for Sarah.

About  the Author

Ann Vaughn is a Native Texan now living in Oklahoma. She's been writing since the seventh grade (many MANY moons ago) when she and her friends were obsessed with the Sweet Valley High series. Back then, access to books wasn't as easy as it is now, so to tide her over between SVH releases, she began writing her own, Texas versions of SVH, full of lots of Texas Friday Night Lights and pitfalls and perils of teenage life in the 80s. Writing has always been a comfort and a release for her, though she never expected to be published. It wasn't until a conversation with her husband about the rise of eBooks that she decided to try her hand at self-publishing. It was scary and exciting and ever since the release of her first book, Long Way Home on August 7, 2013 she has been on a wild roller coaster ride that she wouldn't trade for the world. 

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Monday, 25 November 2013

Jawbreaker by Joelene Stockman- Review



I have the opportunity to review Jawbreaker by.Jolene Stockman,
It's a book for young adults.  It is about finding yourself, your passion and who you are.
Jawbreaker teaches you accountability. Your brand (who you are) is a very important part of the equation.  The metaphor of Jawbreaker is actually very fitting. Everyone has layers like an onion, or in this case, a jawbreaker. Sometimes, it is not always easy to open those layers. But they are what makes you who you are!


I think Jawbreaker is the perfect book for youth who are undecided on their future or who are graduating from high school. Its message is very important. Jawbreaker is easy to read and very accessible for the average reader. I think youth can learn a lot from reading it , as well. The messages of what to do with yourself and your brand, is timeless.

A couple negatives=overuse of exclamation points, which is just a small editing detail. Also, it is a little compressed. However, it is perfect for someone looking for a quick read.

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About the author: 


I'm a writer of books, an eater of wedges, and a lover of exclamation marks.

My YA non fiction, Total Blueprint for World Domination shows you how to design your dream world and make it happen!

My YA fiction, The Jelly Bean Crisis follows a high-achieving teen who goes against expectations to find a dream of her own.

I live in New Zealand and love gravy, fizzy drinks and shiny things. My reviews will focus on what I love. Because every book has it’s own special something, right? (We'll see!)

You can find me at www.jolenestockman.com


Thank you Jolene for allowing me to review Jawbreaker as well as Total World Domination! You are an inspirational writer~ 


Now onto my review of Total Blueprint for World Domination


Goodreads: 

This is is  great self help book for teens and young adults. They are valuable lessons without sending preachy. They are relatable and use characters we are familar with. The advice is simple and clear. Joelne is amazing at engaging her target audience.

Finding your life path doesn't seem so intimidating!

The only negative I can think of is some of the references may be less valid in a few years, but I think many will stand the test of time. As well, the advice is doled out with caring, humour and sensitivity.  It is a perfect book to start your self help collection!
4 stars!

Saturday, 23 November 2013

The Canadian Cloth Shop Review


The Canadian Cloth Shop

A few months ago, I entered in a contest for cloth wipes. It was guess the baby's weight and due date. I was the closest. I have received these gorgeous wipes. They are adorable. Some have butterflies and others have pink stars. They are soft. I have been using them to wipe my son's nose because he has been so sick. They are soft enough to do the job. They are perfect for wiping. You can either make a wipe solution or just use warm water.

I haven't been using cloth diapers on my son due to his rash. A combination of teething, sickness and a HE wash machine was doing a number on my poor baby's skin. I also was given the opportunity to review a cloth diaper. It is so adorable and matches the wipes. Perfect for a little girl- lol. While I really don't mind fi my toddler wears pink. These diaper and wipes are so adorable and comfy. It's interesting comparing the different sizes of WAHM cloth diapers.

This one size diaper is evenly made. A lot of care went into this diaper! The buttons line up.

Now onto the cons:  I found this diaper to not fit as well as I would hope. I could just do the first button on each side. However, that side, this diaper did not leak overnight with an insert and cover. So it's quite the absorbent diaper. Also, my son is long for his age, so I think that throws off the fit for a diaper.

I would definitely recommend this diaper though- It's perfect for smaller babies! 

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Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Choose your Charity Giveaway!


Have you heard of the Choose your Charity Giveaway? I love this giveaway- There will be two winners who will a fluffy package and their favourite charity will win some cloth too!


  • Grand Prize: 1 Lil Helper Diaper, 1 Funky Fluff Fusion Bamboo Diaper, and gift certificate for Ribbons and Stitches
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    30 Lil Helper Diapers and a Ribbons and Stitches gift card for their chosen cloth diaper charity
  • Second Prize: 1 Lil Helper Diaper and 1 Funky Fluff Fusion Stay Dry Diaper
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    15 Lil Helper Diapers for their chosen cloth diaper charity

  •  Now, I don't know much about Ribbons and Sitiches, but they sound great! You can read more here: http://clothdiaperaddicts.com/2013/11/choose-charity-2013/ and their facebook page!

    Now, I can totally vouch for Funky Fluff and Lil Helpers, both are Canadian companies. Their diapers are amazing, absorbent and fit well. 

    This giveaway is open to the US and Canada :)

    My vote is Cloth for a Cause- Southern Ontario (because of my experience)- They are so helpful for people in need.

    In general- I am so glad that cloth diaper charities exist for those who need help with diapers.  So support your favourite charity and win some neat diapers for yourself! 

    Monday, 18 November 2013

    Wolfsangel and Interview


    For your enjoyment, I have an author interview!


    1)      Where do you draw inspiration for your novels?
    When I moved from Australia to France, twenty years ago, I found myself enchanted by Europe’s antiquity, age-old culture, monuments and beguiling tales of the past. I started reading about this history, quite unaware that writing about it would become the next logical step. So, inspiration for my novels comes mainly from the true-life events that I’ve read about, or visited. The idea for the first book in L’Auberge des Anges historical series –– Spirit of Lost Angels –– published under the Triskele Books label in 2012, came on a Sunday afternoon walk. I was following the pathway of the nineteen crosses in the rural French village in which I live, and, on the banks of the Garon River, I reached cross number fifteen –– a small, granite cross named croix à gros ventre (cross with a big belly). Engraved with two entwined tibias and a heart shape, it is dated 1717, and commemorates two children who drowned in the Garon River. I was intrigued. Who were these children? How old were they? How had they drowned, and where are they buried? I hiked up to the local historical organization and learned the children were four and five years old, and are buried in the cemetery of a neighbouring village. I felt the urge to write the story of these lost little ones –– to give them a family, a village, an identity. The village of Lucie-sur-Vionne was born, as was the Vionne River and the family farm –– L’Auberge des Anges (The Inn of Angels). Thus began my foray into L’Auberge des Anges historical series that encompass different generations of this same family.

    2)Wolfsangel is depicted against the backdrop of WWII , what drew you to write about this historical era?

    Despite being a standalone novel, Wolfsangel is also the second in this series. The first, Spirit of Lost Angels, features the village of Lucie-sur-Vionne, and a bone-carved angel pendant that is passed down through generations of the Charpentier family. I wanted to keep Lucie-sur-Vionne and this family alive, exploring the effects of different historical upheavals on village and family life. But what prompted me to write about WWII in particular, was a visit to the site of a terrible war tragedy. This burned-out village haunted me, and I knew one day I would write a story based on it. Also, there’s a lot of documentation, movies, etc on how the bigger French cities were bombed, occupied and affected during WWII, but not so much information on the small village. I wanted to focus on a small, rural population in the hope the reader would get to know the characters more intimately and thus (hopefully) sympathize with them.

    3)How do you decide on certain names for your characters?

    When I spoke at several bookclubs about Spirit of Lost Angels, I realised that some people had trouble pronouncing certain characters’ names. So for Wolfsangel, I tried to find more easily pronounceable names for the characters; names that sound about the same whether they are read/spoken in French or in English.

    4)Do you like to listen to music while you write? Do you have any writing habits?

    I’m not a big listener of music at any time, really. I prefer silence, which is almost impossible, of course! My best writing is done first thing in the morning. Any time after lunch is hopeless, and just forget evenings and nights altogether!

    5)What are you most passionate about?

    My family, and my writing.

    6)If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
    On the beachfront, in the northern suburbs of Wollongong, New South Wales, in Australia, where I grew up.

    7)If you could travel back to any era in time, what would it be? 
    At the moment, I’d love to spend a day in 14th century France. It would help enormously with my current novel, the third in L’Auberge des Anges series –– Midwife Héloïse – Blood Rose Angel –– which is set in 1348, during the Black Plague years. Though I’d only want to go for a day mind, have a quick look around, take it all in, then get out quick smart before I caught the plague, or any other nasties that were rife during that era.

    8)How did you decide you wanted to write a book?
    I’d spent my childhood with my head in books, and dabbled in some half-hearted creative writing. As my children grew up, and I had more time, I enrolled in an online creative writing course and, after a few competition successes with short stories, I turned my hand to novels. I didn’t consciously decide to write a book… I just found myself writing one.

    9) What is your favourite food?
    Dark chocolate, preferably dunked into a glass of icy cold chocolate-flavoured milk.

    10) What is your biggest goal?
    The goal of many writers- to write a book people love!


    Thank you Lisa!! That was a fascinating interview.  I love learning more about how writers 'write'. 

    My Review:


    Wolfsangel tells the story of a family living in France during the World War. Celeste lives with her maman, pere, sister and two brothers. They are in the French resistance. A situation which is fruaght with danger- you can feel the tension. As well as the tension between right and wrong. 

    Celeste is an interesting character. She forms a relationship with a German officer. But is unsure whether she should trust him. At the same time, she cares deeply for her family. She takes to the tasks at hand. I also think she is a very strong protagonist. She is also easy to relate to.
    Celeste's relationship with her mother has a lot of friction. Through the novel, Celeste trues to ubkic her mother's secrets, but is unscuccsful until a similar event catalysts their relationship between what the reader (and Celeste) has percieved so far.

    Lisa Perrault masterfully develops the characters of Celeste and her maman. Each act priecesly as you can imagine someone would trying to survive ub Frabce during WWII.  At it's core, this novel is about survival. How do you survive as a family, as an individual during tough circumstances? How do you survive when certain facts are reveaked and ideas are swept away

    A lot of research and care went into this novel. Wolfsangel will tug at your emotions. You will love, cry and be swept up in the wave of world war 2.  Additionally, the setting was so well described I felt transported back to the era. I felt like a part of the French countryside. 

    The only downside, this book made me cry! However, it is a good thing when a book is able to evoke emotion from you. I would happily read mre of Liza Perrat's work. I rate this novel 5 stars. 


    Seven decades after German troops march into her village, Céleste Roussel is still unable to assuage her guilt.
    1943. German soldiers occupy provincial Lucie-sur-Vionne, and as the villagers pursue treacherous schemes to deceive and swindle the enemy, Céleste embarks on her own perilous mission as her passion for a Reich officer flourishes.
    When her loved ones are deported to concentration camps, Céleste is drawn into the vortex of this monumental conflict, and the adventure and danger of French Resistance collaboration.
    As she confronts the harrowing truths of the Second World War’s darkest years, Céleste is forced to choose: pursue her love for the German officer, or answer General de Gaulle’s call to fight for her country.
    Her fate suspended on the fraying thread of her will, Celeste gains strength from the angel talisman bequeathed to her through her lineage of healer kinswomen.
    The decision she makes will shadow the remainder of her days.
    A woman’s unforgettable journey to help liberate Occupied France, Wolfsangel is a stirring portrayal of the courage and resilience of the human mind, body and spirit. [provided by the author]
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    AUTHOR

    Liza grew up in Wollongong, Australia, where she worked as a general nurse and midwife for fifteen years
    When she met her French husband on a Bangkok bus, she moved to France, where she has been living with her husband and three children for twenty years. She works part-time as a French-English medical translator.
    Since completing a creative writing course twelve years ago, several of her short stories have won awards, notably the Writers Bureau annual competition of 2004 and her stories have been published widely in anthologies and small press magazines. Her articles on French culture and tradition have been published in international magazines such as France Magazine and France Today.
    She has completed four novels and one short-story collection, and is represented by Judith Murdoch of the Judith Murdoch Literary Agency.
    Spirit of Lost Angels is the first in an historical series set against a backdrop of rural France. The second in the series – Wolfsangel – will be published in November, 2013, and Liza is busy working on the third novel in the series: Midwife Héloïse – Blood Rose Angel.
    Liza reviews books for the Historical Novel Society and Words with Jam magazine. [provided by the author]

    For more info:  http://francebooktours.com/2013/09/04/liza-perrat-on-tour-wolfsangel/


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    Saturday, 16 November 2013

    The Illusions of Eventide- Cover Reveal

    The cover for the third House of Crimson and Clover novel is here!
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    Nicolas Deschanel was betrayed by the only two people who matter to him. Their disloyalty stung and an overwhelming sense of loss lingers. Nicolas has lived the high life professing to not have a care in the world, and now this illusion is calling his bluff.
    Determined to take control of an existence now devoid of purpose, he sojourns to his family's holiday home on the Gulf of Mexico. Resolved more than depressed, he plans to privately say goodbye to a world which no longer needs him. Of questionable fortune, he finds a woman, Mercy, sitting alone on the shore at eventide. Nicolas is conflicted between an obligation to help, and annoyance at her intrusion.
    Mercy has many layers of secrets. Deepest of all, she cannot tell this Child of Man she is thousands of years old and very powerful. In her presence, Nicolas’ own dormant powers begin to surface, triggering a sequence of events that cause both of their lives to spiral further out of control. When old friends from both sides come to help, together they all learn a painful truth: new life can only begin once you've set free what means the most.
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    Friday, 15 November 2013

    Gluten Summit 2013




    Are you trying to figure out what the problems are with eating 'gluten'? Newly diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten intolerance? Or just want to learn more about the connections between eating gluten and the effects on the brain? I highly suggest checking out the gluten summit.

    • It is online
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    Wednesday, 13 November 2013

    Book Blast: The Christmas Owl- Giveaway

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    The Christmas Owl by Angela MuseTitle: The Christmas Owl

    Author: Angela Muse

    Illustrator: Helen H. Wu

    Publication Date: November, 2013

    Publisher: Independent - 4eyesbooks

    Number of pages: 36


    Recommended age: 3+


    Summary

    A Barred owl becomes injured and must ask others for help. He promises to give back to those who have a generous heart and he is true to his word. Also check out Lil Glimmer, The Nutt Family: An Acorny Adventure, The Pig Princess, The Bee Bully, Eager Eaglets: Birds of Play, Cactus Charlie, Suzy Snowflake and Monsters Have Mommies by this author.

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    I was born in California to a military family. This meant that I was the "new kid" in school every couple of years. It was hard always trying to make new friends, but I discovered I had a knack for writing. I began writing poetry in high school and really enjoyed expressing myself by using pen and paper. After becoming a Mom in 2003, I continued my storytelling to my own children. In 2009 I wrote and published my first children's book aimed at toddlers. In 2012 I am set to release several more children's books. Check out what I'm working on by visiting my children's book blog.

    Writing is such a wonderful creative process and I look forward to sharing more of my stories with lots of new little readers!

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    Monday, 11 November 2013

    Blogger Opp: Five Star Wellness Center Giveaway Event

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    Body wraps are an advanced development that works on shrinking Cellulite, which is found directly below the surface of the skin. Body Wrapping also eliminates toxins and impurities that have built up in the body.
    And who can’t use $100 cash (paid via PayPal) this time of year! This winner can splurge on themselves or use it for Christmas gifts.
    All bloggers who sign up to participate in the giveaway event will get one link FREE Twitter link. Bloggers with more than 5,000 Facebook fans can choose either a Facebook or Twitter link! We simply ask that you post the HTML and Rafflecopter to your blog, and promote the event at least 3 times per week on Facebook, Twitter or the social media outlet of your choice.
    This giveaway event is open to US residents only and will run from November 20 to December 11, 2013.

    The Taddy Tote giveaway

    Tady Tote Giveaway
    The Tady Tote transforms from a plush, cushioned mat to a bag—instantly! From tummy time to preschool and beyond, a child will love playing, napping and cuddling on this comfy mat.


    ts many uses include, but  aren’t limited to:

    • Tummy time mat (cushioned for hard floors)
    • Picnic blanket (water-resistant)
    • Toddler nap mat & preschool mat
    • Quick clean up (leave items on mat, and simply fold & go)
    • Snuggly blanket (removable and an embroidered teddy bear)

    Bloggers: 

    As you can see, the Tady Tote would make a great Christmas gift for a family with a young child! So I’m super excited that we’ll be giving away 2 of them to our readers! The winners will have their choice from the current Tady Tote styles!
    All participating bloggers will receive one FREE Twitter link on the Rafflecopter entry form! You can add your Facebook, Pinterest, Email or RSS link for a small additional fee.
    We simply ask that you post the HTML and Rafflecopter to your blog, and promote the event at least 3 times per week on Facebook, Twitter or the social media outlet of your choice. The giveaway is open to US only

    Sunday, 10 November 2013

    Remembrance Day 2013


    Remembrance Day is November 11. 

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/cenotaphs-monuments-to-our-veterans-1.972283


    When I was young Remembrance Day consisted of either going to the Cenotaph ( a memorial site) or a visit from a veteran.  We bought poppies, coloured in work books about Remembrance Day and committed the Poem In Flanders Fields to memory. ]

    In grade 8? Writing an essay to celebrate being Canadians and our freedoms. 

    In university  celebrating Remembrance Day was about visiting the chapel, buying poppies and listening to speeches. 

    Now that I have a young child, remembrance day means teaching my child about equality, respect, freedom and how thousands of men and women fight for our rights and ability to embrace them.

    The easiest way to introduce Remembrance Day is through crafts.  Because my little guy is so young we might start off by drawing poppies or a cut and paste activity. 

    Now, you don't have to agree with war to support our troops. Our troops are an extension of us, our community   Many do not get the mental health help they require, which is terrible.  I feel like it is up to us to fight for them. 

    Each soldier is a member of a family, a community and their sacrifice means so much more. I added a link to the touching story because it describes so poignantly.


    http://www.canadianliving.com/blogs/life/2013/11/07/remembrance-day-tribute-our-beloved-eddie

    How do you commemorate Remembrance Day?