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REVIEW: Ozeri Epicurean Digital Kitchen Scale

In our household, we buy food in bulk and then separate it and freeze it in to more manageable portions.  For this reason, I have been dying to get my hands on a kitchen scale, so I can more accurately measure instead of trying to approximate!  I’m thrilled that I got the chance to review the Ozeri Epicurean Digital Kitchen Scale, because it works perfectly for my needs.

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As you can see, the scale itself has a reflective metallic finish with a tempered glass weighing plate.  This aesthetically pleasing design is sure to match any kitchen, and the sleek surface is eye catching indeed.

 

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The scale is ready to go right out of the box.  It lights up with a bright digital display that can be changed to either grams or ounces.

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For my purposes, I was splitting up a large package of chicken tenders into one pound bags.  This scale is absolutely accurate, as it measures to the hundredth of the chosen measurement.  The coolest feature of the scale is that it has a tare system, which means you can weigh your container and then subtract that weight from the weight of the items you are weighing (did that make sense? I feel like I used the word weigh WAY too much…).  As I was using zipper seal bags to store my chicken in, this didn’t make much of a difference for me but I can see it will be useful in the future!

The one and only caveat I have with this scale is with the glass plate.  It comes unscrewed rather easily from the base, and while that is a plus for cleaning, it’s not good for clumsy fingers.  But, with careful use and storage, this should be a non-issue.

I definitely recommend the Ozeri Epicurean Digital Kitchen Scale for those who need it for basic household use, because it is a no-brainer to use and will fancy up your kitchen!

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  • Celebrated design features a contoured base layered with a reflective glass sheet for understated elegance and décor.
  • Shatter-resistant glass weighing platform is completely separated from the touch buttons to ensure the highest possible accuracy.
  • Reinforced sturdy base keeps the scale in place during operation.
  • Features an instant-response Unit button to effortlessly change the unit of measurement, and an instant-response Tare button to calculate the net weight of your ingredients.
  • Large high-contrast LED screen displays weights up to a maximum of 5000 g (176 oz) in graduations of 1 g or 0.1 oz.

BOOK TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Backward Compatible by Sarah Daltry & Pete Clark

Backward Compatible

by Sarah Daltry & Pete Clark

NA Contemporary

Book Description

Not too long ago, in a town that, depending on your current location, is either not super far or actually quite close… (insert Star Wars theme music here…)

It is a time of chaotic hormones.

Two nerdy gents home for winter break have discovered a female gamer at a midnight release.

During the break, the gamer trio manages to reveal the game’s secret boss, a hidden enemy with enough power to destroy anything in its path.

Pursued by other gamers who want to be the first to beat this boss, George and Katie race to level up, and, in so doing, restore decency and sexual activity to their personal galaxy…

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MY THOUGHTS: 3 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS

 

Backward Compatible: A Geek Love Story by Sarah Daltry

As a female who plays video games (I hate the term “girl gamer”), I should be offended by a lot of the things that happen in this book; after all, a girl uses her cleavage to her advantage in the very first chapter. While I definitely hated all the ridiculous stereotypes this book is filled with, I have to admit that this book did have an original twist on boy meets girl and romance.
First off, let me say if you aren’t what some would call a nerd, you will not understand this book, much less enjoy it. There are references to nerd culture, video games, movies, books, and the like in practically every line. I would call myself a geek, and there were some parts even I didn’t understand. This is one thing that massively bothered me, actually: every single character in this book has snarky, geeky comments to make, which are basically the only things that come out of their mouths. The main characters sounded more like 12 and 13 year olds with all the raunchy insults they were throwing around, and that is not good because they are supposed to be in college.

Let’s talk a little about our main characters. Katie, George, and Lanyon are home during their respective semester breaks. Katie is a loner who would rather spend her time leveling up than dressing up. George and Lanyon are lifelong best friends who probably (definitely) spend way too much time together, to the chagrin of both their love lives. All three of these people are at the game store waiting on the midnight release of the hottest new MMORPG. When Katie and George both grab for the last copy of the game, it’s not exactly a love at first sight moment. But as they spend more time together both in the real world and the online gaming one, sparks slowly start to fly and they begin dating–even if Lanyon is tagging along for every one.

As I said, this book is chock full of gamer stereotypes, so many so that I have to wonder if the authors are even gamers themselves. The characters in this novel subsist on Mountain Dew, Snickers, and Denny’s, and regularly stay up for more than 24 hours at a time in front of their consoles. Not only does this sound more like the behavior of teenagers than college students, but I feel like these kids’ parents would not be letting them get away with these kinds of things during their time at home and the holiday season. Maybe I’m just a pragmatist since I’m a parent myself.

The best thing about the book is that Katie and George’s courtship was so sweet and unique. They both really have no romantic backgrounds and no idea how to let one another know how they really feel. But, they try their best, and with the help (and hindrance) of their friends they come together without the ton of drama that YA and NA romances usually have.

I think this may be best suited for an audience a bit younger than me, though I’m glad I had the chance to read a refreshing romance for a change.

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About the Authors

Sarah Daltry:

Sarah Daltry writes about the regular people who populate our lives. She’s written works in various genres – romance, erotica, fantasy, horror. Genre isn’t as important as telling a story about people and how their lives unfold. Sarah tends to focus on YA/NA characters but she’s been known to shake it up. Most of her stories are about relationships – romantic, familial, friendly – because love and empathy are the foundation of life. It doesn’t matter if the story is set in contemporary NY, historical Britain, or a fantasy world in the future – human beings are most interesting in the ways they interact with others. This is the principle behind all of Sarah’s stories.

Sarah has spent most of her life in school, from her BA and MA in English and writing to teaching both at the high school and college level. She also loves studying art history and really anything because learning is fun.

When Sarah isn’t writing, she tends to waste a lot of time checking Facebook for pictures of cats, shooting virtual zombies, and simply staring out the window.

She has written several books, most notably Bitter Fruits, an urban fantasy in the Eden’s Fall series, and the six-part New Adult contemporary Flowering series. Her most recent release is Primordial Dust, a YA fantasy.

 

Pete Clark:

Pete Clark likes writing, animals, potato chips, and cheese. Midnight Riders was his first published novel, although he can also proudly say he finally finished Helix Crashing, the fantasy novel he has been working on for over a decade. In addition, he has written Across the Barren Landscape, a collection of linked Western short stories, and Tales from Midnight’s Graveyard, a collection of non-linked horror, science fiction, and fantasy stories. He also writes plays, both dramatic and comedic.

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SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY: What If by Jessica Barondes

What if...? by Jessica Barondes

 

Title: What if…? | Author: Jessica Barondes | Publication Date: January 7, 2014 | Publisher: Sense and Sensability Press | Pages: 145 | Recommended Ages: 10+ | Reviewed by: Renee (Mother)

Summary: Life is complicated for the average tween, but try being the smallest girl in 7th grade and navigating the choppy waters of middle school without a mom. Such is the plight of Penelope “P” Ziegler, until she decides to take matters into her own hands and find a wife for her hopelessly quirky dad. Despite Dad’s objections, P is sure—with all her heart—that there’s a woman out there who will make them both very happy!

 

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What if...? by Jessica Barondes

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What if…? is a bittersweet and sometimes comical tale of a tween girl, P, who must come to terms with the loss of her mother as she navigates the world of dating, puberty, school, and friendships. P will absolutely warm your heart and the ending is guaranteed to leave you teary-eyed. While I sometimes felt that the themes were more appropriate for teens, I also came to realize that tween girls will also really enjoy reading about the world that they are just on the cusp of entering. *shudder* Ages 10+.” ~ Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

“What a treat to fall in love with a character from the first second you begin to read her story. P has wit, charm, pluck, charisma–and a lot of things to learn. I totally loved her voice, world, friends and the many ways in which she drove her father Georgy insane. Full of laughs and love this charming book is a wonderful read–no matter what your age.” ~ 5 Star Review, Blue, Amazon

“This is a charming and delightful read from start to finish, filled with characters you really care about, especially the unique girl “P” at the center. You don’t have to be in this age group or life situation to relate to the sweet and heartfelt story about wanting the best for those you love. It’s timeless and inspiring and may bring a tear to your eye!” ~ 5 Star Review, Susan A., Amazon

“Witty, intelligent and edgy coming-of-age book for girls (and parents!). This little book is a real gem. I bought it for my nieces too in hopes that they will appreciate their moms more! (and give their dads a chance to be a true hero, like the dad in this book!) I would bet that school libraries, teachers, parents and girls will rate this book a favorite for years to come.” ~ 5 Star Review, Louann B., Amazon

“I was absolutely enchanted from the first page. This book made me cry! It was delightful. The story so sweet and the characters endearing and so real. By the time I got to the end, I just wanted to burst out in applause. This book is a joy to read at any age but perfect for the “tween” reader.” ~ 5 Star Review, Jen W., Amazon

“Both my 11-year old daughter and I loved this wonderfully written book. Charming and exciting from beginning to end, this book is a real treasure.” ~ 5 Star Review, Susan L., Amazon

 

About the Author

Jessica BarondesJessica Barondes grew up in La Jolla, California and now makes her home in Los Angeles with her husband Ben and their teenagers Jonah and Ellie. Jessica is also a screenwriter whose credits include Little Secrets, Lucky Seven, and Wish Upon a Star, a Disney Channel classic, which was a winner at the Heartland Film Festival. Jessica is currently working on several new movie projects and is an associate producer of the new family film Cowgirls n’ Angeles: Dakota’s Summer.

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Signs that You May Have a Cold or Flu

 

It can be tricky to tell whether you have a cold, flu, or allergies. Since adults can develop allergies at any time during their lives, they could easily mistake their symptoms for a cold or flu. Allergies are not contagious, but the cold and flu are, so it is important to learn how to tell if you have a cold or flu and should stay away from others or go to the doctor. Here are some of the most common signs to look for if you suspect that you may be developing a cold or flu.

Fever

If you develop a fever, you may have the flu and you should stay away from others in order to prevent the spreading of your germs. A fever is also possible with the common cold but less likely. In adults, a fever is any temperature over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and in children a fever is any temperature over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. It is important to call your doctor if your temperature reaches 103 degrees, or if it lasts longer than 7 days. It is also important to seek medical attention immediately if any of the following symptoms accompany your fever:

Chest pain
Severe headache
Blood in stool
Stiff neck
Rash
Excessive sleepiness or confusion
Chest pain
Severe abdominal pain
Trouble breathing
Excessive vomiting

If your fever goes away and then returns again a few days later, you may have pneumonia and should be checked by a doctor.

Runny or Stuffy Nose

One of the most noticeable and common signs of a cold or flu is the development of a runny or stuffy nose. In most colds, this symptom lasts for a few days to a week and is typically not serious. With the flu, congestion can last for more than a week. Saline rinses, decongestants, and nasal sprays can help to alleviate symptoms.

Body Aches

The common flu often causes body aches that can be quite uncomfortable. If you experience body aches in conjunction with congestion or fever, then you likely have the flu. Some over-the-counter medicines such as ibuprofen and Tylenol can help to alleviate muscle aches and soreness due to the cold and flu.

Sore Throat

A sore throat is often one of the first signs of a developing cold or flu, and can be either scratchy or raw. If you have a cold, your sore throat will likely fade away within a day or two. If you have a flu, your sore throat may last longer and may cause more severe pain.

Diarrhea and Vomiting

In some cases, the flu can cause diarrhea and vomiting in addition to the more typical symptoms such as sore throat and congestion. Swine flu is known for causing diarrhea and vomiting. If symptoms are severe they can lead to dehydration and could be dangerous. It is important to try to keep hydrated and to seek medical treatment if dehydration occurs.

According to the article “Important Information for Cold and Flu Season”, individuals who want to avoid developing the cold or flu should try to keep hydrated by drinking 8 glasses of water per day, use a humidifier at night, avoid drinking alcohol, and keep their mouth moist in order to fight off germs.

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard

 

Strange and Ever After

by Susan Dennard

Something Strange and Deadly, Book 3

Book Description

In the conclusion to the trilogy that Publishers Weekly called “a roaring—and addictive—gothic world,” Eleanor Fitt must control her growing power, face her feelings for Daniel, and confront the evil necromancer Marcus…all before it’s too late.
He took her brother, he took her mother, and now, Marcus has taken her good friend Jie. With more determination than ever to bring this sinister man to justice, Eleanor heads to the hot desert streets of nineteenth-century Egypt in hopes of ending this nightmare. But in addition to her increasingly tense relationships with Daniel, Joseph, and her demon, Oliver, Eleanor must also deal with her former friend, Allison, who has curiously entangled herself in Eleanor’s mission.
With the rising dead chomping at her every move and Jie’s life hanging in the balance, Eleanor is convinced that her black magic will see her through to the bitter end. But there will be a price. Though she and the Spirit Hunters have weathered every battle thus far, there will be consequences to suffer this time—the effects of which will be irreversible. And when it’s over, only some will be able to live a strange and ever after.
Susan Dennard will leave readers breathless and forever changed in the concluding pages of this riveting ride.

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MY THOUGHTS: 4 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS

 

This is one of my favorite series I’ve ever read.  It’s also the only steampunk type series I’ve ever read.  I originally started the series because of the promise of zombies, but I got into it quickly and discovered the books were about a lot more than just that.

The final novel starts out right in the middle of where the previous book left off.  This can be a problem if it has been a long time since you read the books in the series, as was the case with me.  The author does drop some hints about what happened to get us up to the point where we are, but I ended up having to Google to recall who certain characters were and I still found myself a bit lost at times.

Thankfully, the action in Strange & Ever After is immediate, and I found myself once again lost in Eleanor’s world.  You can tell that Eleanor has changed so much, not just over the course of the series, but actually from one book to the next.  She has experienced so much loss at the hands of Marcus, that her singular fixation is on making sure he is destroyed.  She doesn’t intend to let anyone get in her way, be they friend or foe.

The reader can tell Eleanor’s magic has changed her as well.  She is no longer tentative about using it, even though internally she is struggling with the thought of taking it too far.  Her use of necromancer magic has many effects: it physically drains her; it puts her at odds with her fellow Spirit Hunters; it makes her forget any sense of propriety she ever had.  I’m not going to say I didn’t like Eleanor in this novel, but her new demeanor did take a lot of getting used to, and I felt bad for some of the interactions she had with other characters.

I’m still undecided on whether I liked the ending.  I think I’m going to go back and give it a second glance and maybe change up this review a bit.  I will say that I’m happy I read this series; as I stated before it’s one of my favorites from start to end.  I definitely recommend it to steampunk fans, zombie fans, romance fans, and anyone who loves to see the main characters grow and change throughout a series.  Very well done, Ms. Dennard.

 

About the Author

I am a writer, reader, lover of animals, and eater of cookies. I used to be a marine biologist, but now I write novels. And not novels about fish either, but novels about kick-butt heroines and swoon-worthy rogues (I reallylike swoon-worthy rogues).
I live in the Midwest with my husband and two dogs (Asimov and Princess Leia), and you can learn more about my crazy thoughts and crippling cookie-addiction on my blog or twitter.
My debut, SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY is now available from HarperTeen along with the prequel, A DAWN MOST WICKED, and the sequel A DARKNESS STRANGE & LOVELY.
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SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY: Jack the Boogey is My Real Name by Davon & Chase Washington

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for “Jack the Boogey is My Real Name” by Davon Washington & Chase Washington, a delightful bedtime picture book for children who are afraid of the dark.

Jack the Boogey is my Name by Davon Washington

About the Book

Title: Jack the Boogey is my Real Name: The Truth about “The Boogeyman” | Authors: Davon Washington & Chase Washington | Illustrator: Ana-Gabriela Stroe | Publication Date: January 1, 2014 | Publisher: Bedford House Books | Pages: 32 | Recommended Ages: 3 to 8

Summary: Have a child that’s afraid of the dark? Are you a little curious about what happens when the lights go out? This delightful children’s picture book will not only enhance the night time reading experience but bedtime in itself will never be the same. Jack The Boogey encourages kids to push through their fears, persevere and always do the right thing. One of the world’s most feared creatures may have just become the most loved.

 

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“I highly recommend this adorable tale to children who don’t want to go to sleep at night because they are afraid the Boogeyman will get them! They just might discover that this isn’t true. ” ~ 5 Star Review, Amy G., Amazon

“My little one and I thoroughly enjoyed the story (he made me read it twice as soon as I took it out of the package and I had to distract him with Monsters University to get away to write a review), but the real treat to me was stashed in the cover blurb hidden away in the back of the book. It’s written by Davon Washington and his son, Chase. Davon wanted to help young Chase understand how much work and effort went into providing the nice things he had, so he let Chase make this a project in which they could collaborate and Chase could get an idea of the value of hard work. To me, that’s the best part of the story! ” ~ 5 Star Review, Breeni B., Amazon

“I loved this book! The illustrations were such a big pull for me. It almost felt like watching a tv show in the sense that you are brought into the world of Jack the Boogey instead of trying to imagine the scariest non-monster possible. I do think that this is a great read for Young Readers because of the conflict and resolution. I enjoyed that Jack showed vulnerability (being upset over the children’s misunderstanding that he was actually a helpful GOOD monster) and that it was OK to show emotion. This is a great lesson for all young readers. Sometimes when they see life lessons happening via forms of entertainment (books, movies, tv, et al) vs. just hearing about it from their parents, it sinks in a bit more.” ~ 5 Star Review, LaToya, Amazon

 

About the Authors: Davon & Chase Washington

Davon WashingtonDavon Washington is an entertainment executive who was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Davon has made a career out of helping people bring their artistic dreams to fruition. The same people who more often than not do very little to enhance the tender minds of the culture that supports them. Creative thinking isn’t a skill that you learn as an adult. It starts with that same imagination that we let run wild after we’ve mastered harder tasks like walking, talking and using the bathroom ourselves. It’s Davon’s mission to build a nation of creative thinkers one book at a time.

Davon and his six-year old son, Chase collaborated to bring Jack the Boogey is My Real Name to life. This is their first book.

 

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REVIEW: Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

Dad is Fat

by Jim Gaffigan

Comedy/Parenting

Book Description

In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald’s, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children—everything from cousins (“celebrities for little kids”) to toddlers’ communication skills (“they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news”), to the eating habits of four year olds (“there is no difference between a four year old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor”). Reminiscent of Bill Cosby’sFatherhoodDad is Fat is sharply observed, explosively funny, and a cry for help from a man who has realized he and his wife are outnumbered in their own home.

MY THOUGHTS:

2 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS

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Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

Jim Gaffigan is one of my favorite stand up comedians, but unfortunately his humor does not transfer to the pages of a book very well.

I’m not sure who his intended audience is, but this book tends to fall flat no matter who it is aimed at. If you’re a parent, then Gaffigan is telling you things you already know. If you’re not a parent, then you really don’t want to hear about all the trivial complaints Jim has about his kids. If you’re a fan of his stand up shows, you’ll be disappointed because a lot of his material has been recycled within this book.

I’m also not sure if the point of this book is to complain about his kids, because that’s really all he seems to be doing. Hey, you know what would probably cause less complaining? NOT having five kids within a tiny two bedroom apartment in NYC. I’m not saying he shouldn’t have that many kids or whatever, but maybe he shouldn’t have had that many if he needs to write a book about all the grief they give him.

When Jim’s not complaining, he’s kind of on a soapbox. People always seem to be asking him if he’s done having kids, and in this book he’s taken the liberty of telling those people to stop asking. But, it doesn’t come across as funny–you can tell he’s beyond irritated, but hey, it’s just a fact that people will be asking you these questions no matter how many kids you have. People are just nosy.

I wish I would have enjoyed this book or gotten at least a few laughs out of it, but happily it was a short read…I’ll stick to Jim’s stand up from now on.

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5 Benefits to the Veggie Burger

There’s nothing like the taste of a hot veggie burger fresh off the grill anytime of the year. Once you take that first bite and feel the flavor explosion hit your taste buds, it can almost feel like a food coma. In addition to great taste, there are many additional benefits to choosing vegan burgers over regular beef burgers. Here is a list of five of the great benefits you receive by choosing to sink your teeth into a veggie patty over a meat one.

Lower in Fat and Calories

Incorporating veggie burgers into your diet is a healthy and nutritious way to cut extra calories and fat. When you want to lose a few pounds or inches you don’t have to drastically change your eating habits, just incorporate smarter and healthier options into your everyday eating plan, such as veggie burgers. A lean beef hamburger patty has about 10 grams of fat in it, while the average veggie patty carries only about 3 grams of fat.

In addition to saving on fat, you can also save a bunch of calories by switching to the veggie burger. While an average beef burger can easily exceed 200 calories in one serving, a veggie patty may have as low as 70 calories per serving. It’s definitely a great start to a lower calorie and lower fat diet plan.

High in Fiber

Many people don’t get enough heart-healthy fiber in their diets, but by choosing to eat veggie burgers, you’re on the right track. Veggie burgers are loaded with fiber that is not only good for your heart, but is also beneficial to your colon. In fact, red meat may be linked to colon cancer so by choosing to eat veggie burgers you are preventing serious disease from entering your body.

Helps to Prevent Disease

Not only do veggie burgers help prevent colon cancer, but they can also prevent other serious heart diseases as well. Most veggie burgers and vegan burgers contain soy as an ingredient, which carries phytochemicals that can help lower your LDL, or bad, cholesterol. The LDL cholesterol has been shown to clog arteries and block blood flow to the heart, which can cause major heart diseases or even a heart attack. By choosing to ingest a veggie patty you are aiding your body in fighting serious disease.

When you eat a veggie burger with soy in it, you are also helping your body by allowing your bones to retain additional calcium. This calcium allows your body to fight against diseases like osteoporosis and other bone debilitating diseases.

Fewer Preservatives
Preservatives are common additives in processed food that extend their shelf life. Food manufacturers frequently use additives in their products to ensure they stay fresh until you eat it. While this is very common in our culture, it isn’t the best option for your health. In fact it may have some serious drawbacks related to it. The preservatives that are commonly found in meat patties can contain sodium nitrites, which have been linked to some serious diseases that are life-threatening, such as leukemia and brain cancer. Veggie burgers often contain fewer to no preservatives in their ingredients and can be the healthier option.

The Taste

If you have never tried a veggie patty before, then now is the time! Veggie burgers have drastically improved in texture, and more importantly, taste over the past several years. Since there are so many options of veggie burgers available on the market, you are sure to find something you love. For instance, if you choose a veggie patty that has more soy and less oil, it will produce a burger that has the texture of a hamburger. If your veggie patty has more grains and vegetables in it, then the taste and texture will be less like meat. Try a variety of options to determine which one you prefer.

In addition to all of the above named benefits of veggie burgers, they are also super convenient. You can cook one from completely frozen to steaming hot in just a minute or two, and you won’t have to worry about the risk of E.coli or other bacteria that can show up on undercooked meats. Whatever the reason is that you decide to savor a flavorful and satisfying veggie burger; eat up because your body is enjoying the health benefits as much as you are the taste.

 

SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY: Maisy and the Missing Mice by Elizabeth Woodrum

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for the first book in The Maisy Files mystery chapter book series by Elizabeth Woodrum, “Maisy and the Missing Mice”. Book 2 in the series, “Maisy and the Money Marauder” is coming August, 2014. If you haven’t checked out Book 1, you can grab a copy for only 99 cents from Amazon!

 

About the Book

Maisy and the Missing MiceTitle: Maisy and the Missing Mice (The Maisy Files) | Author: Elizabeth Woodrum | Publication Date: September 24, 2013 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 75 | Recommended Ages: 6 to 10

Summary: Maisy Sawyer is not your average fourth grade student. She is a detective with a special skill for solving mysteries. She loves black and white mystery movies, cherry lollipops, and her dog, Reesie. When a thief known as The Black Boot steals the school’s mascots and her lollipops, Maisy sets out to solve the case. Can she help return the mice to their home in the science lab? Will she ever see her beloved lollipops again? Find out in the first book in The Maisy Files series.

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The Buzz About the Book

Maisy and the Missing Mice is a fun chapter book featuring a smart and sassy tween girl as the title character; a solid and interesting plot featuring age-appropriate intrigue and suspense; and some terrific writing that carries the reader on a journey as a detective uncovering clues and solving the mystery of who stole the missing mice. I highly recommend this book as a read aloud book for children between the ages of 6 and 10 or for independent readers between the ages of 7 and 12 who love to read mysteries.” ~ Renee, Mother Daughter Book Reviews

“Woodrum certainly knows her target audience and does a very nice job with the character development of Maisy. This is an incredibly kid-friendly story that makes a great introduction to the genre of mystery for newly independent readers. It’s a quick page turning read that encourages kids to think outside of the box.” ~ The Children’s Book Review

“The delights from this book start with the cover art and continue with a fun story that is well-written.” ~ 5 Star Review, R. Johnson, Amazon

“My name is Kat. I am 9 years old. I would rate this a five because I like everything about it, the mystery the most. It was fun to read. My favorite part was the mystery and the end. I love this book so much. I think other kids would love it too because it has mystery and most kids would like mystery books. Most mystery books have a good mystery. I would love to read the whole series.” ~ 5 Star Review, Heather A., Amazon

“What an Amazing book. I totally love it. I admire the author dedication for writing an incredible book. While reading this book, it was very clear that author understand kids. I’ve always been an avid reader and this book is one of the best books I have read in 2014. This book grabs my attention from the very start of the book and couldn’t put it aside till I finish it.” ~ 5 Star Review, KristinT, Amazon

“I knew I would love this book simply because I knew it would remind me of the mystery books I read in my childhood. I really love how much trust the teachers and community as a whole put in Maisy. She is well deserving of their admiration as the way she finds clues and finds the mascot for the school is well thought out. This is a story any child would love to read. I hope Maisy continues to solve mysteries…” ~ 5 Star Review, Josh, Amazon

 

About the Author: Elizabeth Woodrum

Elizabeth Woodrum

Elizabeth Woodrum

Elizabeth Woodrum is an elementary teacher in Ohio. She came to love writing when she was in elementary school, but more recently began writing material for use in her classroom. From that writing, grew the desire to write books for the general population of children and adults alike. The Maisy Files, a children’s series, is the first series that she has published.

As a reader, Elizabeth prefers the fantasy genre, but she enjoys realistic fiction as well. Some of her favorite authors include JK Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Rick Riordan, Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins, and Nicholas Sparks. Originally from Indiana, Elizabeth currently resides near Dayton, Ohio with her two pets: a cat named Butterscotch and a dog named Reese Cup.

 

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GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY: A Different Kind of Safari by Helen Hipp

 

A Different Kind of Safari Helen Hipp

About the Book

Title: A Different Kind of Safari | Author: Helen C. Hipp | Publication Date: March 19, 2013 | Publisher: A Different Kind of Safari LLC | Pages: 32 | Recommended Ages: 5 to 10

Summary: What do you need to feel happy about being different? Based loosely on real life experiences, this heartwarming and powerful book illustrates how self-awareness, and courage help a young boy named Raymond learn the difference between seeing things as they appear to be and seeing things as they are. Feeling “different and lonely” Raymond befriends a hippo while on Safari in Africa. Unlike other grey hippos, this hippo is pink. Ray is soon carried into a world beyond labels and challenging assumptions. You will never guess what happens next!

 

The Inspiration Behind the Story by Helen Hipp

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Inspired by real-life adventure, the story behind the story unfolded when I went on an African safari back in 2001. The trip was lead by my father whose dream was to share the safari experience with his family. Little did I know that this trip was going to incite me to write a children’s adventure book but it did.

The storyline made it appearance when my family spotted a pod of hippos and one was pink! My son Ray fourteen at the time immediately named her “Rosie”. Curious and wanting to learn more about this hippo we asked the guide many questions about hippos and hippo behavior. Specifically I wanted to know why the pink hippo stood so far outside of her pod. The familiarity of the guides answer took me by surprise, he explained that “Rosie” was tolerated but not necessarily accepted by the herd because of her differences. As a parent of a child with special needs I immediately felt a strong affiliation with Rosie’s situation as did my son Ray who has experienced his own challenges with acceptance. Inspired, I decided to share the story with the world by weaving them into a children’s adventure book that celebrates differences. The book is entitled “A Different Kind of Safari”. Find out what you can learn from Rosie the pink hippo, and how you can share those lessons with the children in your life.

 

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“A timeless book, that will speak to everyone. To be enjoyed over and over again! A fun, yet very thought provoking story for all ages. If books had a satisfaction guarantee, this one would be on the top of the list. ” ~ 5 Star Review, Adden B. Chrystie, Amazon

“A Different Kind of Safari is truly a different kind of children’s book! The beautiful artwork bring a very special story to life and I am excited the book is now available in audio format for an added bonus while driving kids around town! I particularly love the message of the book, which teaches us to celebrate our unique differences through Rosie the Pink Hippo rather than allow them to keep us from exploring our potentials. I highly recommend this book to all parents and special needs educators in particular. Thank you for writing this wonderful story!” ~ 5 Star Review, missladyjane, Barnes and Noble

“I really enjoyed this book. The illustrations were beautiful. I found this book to be very interesting and it was written from real life experiences. A Different Kind of Safari draws you in along with Ray on his journey to find his happiness and the answers to his questions. I recommend this book to children that are of grade school age but yet many younger children may enjoy the illustrations.” ~ 5 Star Review, Whittle House, Goodreads

“The book has a great story. The illustrations are amazing!!!!! Get this book! All children from the young to the old will love this book. ” ~ 5 Star Review, Mel, Amazon

“A Different Kind of Safari is not only a good book, but a great story! It is not only for caregivers, teachers and parents, but for anyone who has ever felt out of place. A pink hippo named “Rosie” and her friend “Ray” take a journey and explore their similarities and differences on the river of life. Self- acceptance and the acceptance of others is exquisitely conveyed in a fresh, FUN way through this sweet tail. It is a prize for all libraries!” ~ 5 Star Review, Anna Wood, Barnes and Noble

 

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About the Author: Helen C. Hipp

Helen C. Hipp, AuthorHelen Hipp’s experience raising a special needs child led her to an M.A. in clinical psychology and certification as a life coach. She began her career as a psychotherapist to help people find answers for their life problems. Her work eventually evolved into a coaching practice, WithinU Life Coaching, focusing on individuals with special needs and their families. Helen uses her 13+ years of counseling experience and 20+ years’ experience as a successful advocate for individuals with special needs by helping them reveal their innate ability to solve difficult situations. Her debut book ” A Different Kind of Safari” puts into words the essence of Helen’s teachings addressing the many questions life asks by offering up lighthearted, ever-changing perspectives that transform personal challenges into opportunities.

For more information, visit the books official website and to see a picture of the real Rosie the real life pink hippo that inspired this story, go to www.adifferentkindofsafari.com;

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