Disney Baby Magical Moments Photo Contest


As mentioned in the september newsletter the Magical Moments Photo Contest is now here.

The 1st place prize is a $500 Target (Canada) gift card, 2nd is a 1 of 4 weekly prizes of $100 Target (Canada) gift card!

Start clicking and good luck!

To enter, simply visit the contest page and follow the three step process:

  1. Upload a photo of you and your baby showing your Disney spirit
  1. Enter your contact information
  1. Submit!

I'll be sharing pictures of my little monkey with his favorite pal Mickey Mouse! I hope to see you all enter as well.

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Cheryl. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

Author Spotlight Saturday ~ Meet Emerald O'Brien

Please welcome Emerald O'Brien to Genuine Jenn! Emerald is a new Canadian author! I am super happy to help with spreading the word about Emerald's new book. Watch for my review on the blog!

Tell us a little bit about your book(s) and yourself.

I write mysteries and I love to read them too. I'm from Ontario, Canada, and I live with my husband and our two beagle pups, Tucker and Wynnie. My debut novel, Darkness Follows is a NA Mystery, and the sequel, Shadows Remain, will be out this fall. 

When was your first book published?

Darkness Follows was published May 8th of this year (2014). 

Are you currently working on anything?

After finishing Darkness Follows, and it's sequel, Shadows Remain, I've been working on my third novel. It is not related to the others, although it's another mystery. It's also a thriller, and it's yet to be named, but should be out in 2015. 

Why did you decide to become an Author?

I've always loved to read and write. It was after I finished my first story that I decided I had to keep writing. I knew that when I was happy with what I created, I wanted to fulfill a bit of a dream of mine, which would be to publish it. 

Who and what inspired you to write?

The people in my life who have a talent with writing, and those who love to read have really inspired me. When I discovered I was passionate about those things, I loved to share that passion with family, friends and teachers. It got to the point that I couldn't read without wanting to write. 

When you are writing to you like to listen to music? What is on your playlist?

I rarely listen to music when I write, but I do listen to a song just before I start that helps to get me in the mood, whatever that may be. Songs I listened to while writing my first two
books include: The Tragically Hip- Scared, Eli Young Band- Drunk Last Night, Courtyard Hounds- Skyline, The Mark Inside- Can't Take Her With You, BTO- Let It Ride, Pearl Jam- Sirens, Matt Mays- Take It On Faith. 

Who is your favorite character in your books?

My favourite character to date would probably be Ryanne Patrick. She's one of the main characters in Darkness Follows. She faced many challenges and she grew a lot as a person. 

Do you ever take characteristics or nuances from close friends or family when working on character development and if so has that friend or family member noticed and what was their response to it?

Two of the main characters in Darkness Follows are sisters. I've reflected a bit of my sister and I in them as people, and yes, my sister did notice when she read it. She also noted the many differences, so while there are some similarities, their relationship is different. 

What is your favorite book of all time?

It has to be something by Stephen King. Maybe The Long Walk...or The Stand...or Lisey's Story... 

Tell us in one sentence why we should read your books.

If you like mysteries, mine are unpredictable; mixed with thrills, crime, and a bit of romance. 

List your books that are available
Darkness Follows
Shadows Remain (Coming October 8th,2014) 

Where can people connect with you?

Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Facebook |  

Thanks for taking your time to answer some questions for my readers at Genuine Jenn. 

Giveaway time! Emerald would like to give away 3 copies of her e-books Darkness Follows & Shadows Remain! This giveaway is open worldwide. Please enter below. 

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~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

Appaloosa Summer by Tudor Robins ~ Book Review

Book Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Meg Traherne has never known loss. Until the beautiful, talented horse she trained herself, drops dead underneath her in the show ring.

Jared Strickland has been living with loss ever since his father died in a tragic farming accident.

Meg escapes from her grief by changing everything about her life; moving away from home to spend her summer living on an island in the St. Lawrence River, scrubbing toilets and waiting on guests at a B&B.

Once there, she meets Jared; doing his best to keep anything else in his life from changing.

When Jared offers Meg a scruffy appaloosa mare out of a friend’s back field, it’s the beginning of a journey that will change both of them by the end of the summer.

Purchase a copy on Amazon or Indigo

About the Author:

Tudor Robins is an Ottawa-based young adult author whose first novel, Objects in Mirror, was named a Best Book for Kids and Teens by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.

She gathered publishing-related experience in her roles as a magazine editor and publishing sales representative, as well as working in offset and digital printing. Tudor currently teaches writing workshops for adults and children, as well as developing writing contests and programming to motivate young writers.

Tudor loves reading, writing, and horseback riding, and spending time with her husband and two sons.

Appaloosa Summer is now available in paperback through Amazon (link), and can also be purchased in the Kindle store.

Receiving messages from readers is one of Tudor’s favourite things, so please feel free to visit her website and connect with her on Facebook.

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I was super excited to have a chance to read Appaloosa Summer by Tudor Robins for a few reasons ~ the author is local to myself (always fun when the book is set in your area), its about horses and has been compared to Heartland (which I love that show when I get to see it) and it is a nice change of genre from the regular books I usually read.

This book is a YA and it really would be good for the middle school/YA crowd for sure. The storyline is deals with loss, recovery, friendship, growing up and love. It starts off grabbing the reader by the heartstrings when Meg's horse dies during a showing. From there Meg has to learn to grieve and continue on with her life. Both Meg and Jared are very likeable characters in this book and I found the way the author writes the story to draw the reader into the characters and had me hooked and wanting more. Each of the main characters have experienced loss and are trying to recover. They help each other through these hard times.

I found this to be a easy read, hooked from the beginning and drawn into the book up to the last page. I look forward to reading Tudor Robins Object in the Mirror. I give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend this book.

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. I received the above book for review purpose. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

Fitness Journey ~ Workouts

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Now that I have been working on breaking my bad eating habits I have decided that I need to get on a workout schedule of some sort. I did the walking thing last year and I can tell you that walking alone doesn't get the results that you really want without a change in eating habits. It is the same if you do workouts all the time but eat really crummy. You may lose some weight or notice a few inches gone but with the combination on healthy eating habits and workouts you will be amazed at the results you can get!

Like most of you I pop onto Facebook a lot throughout the day and have been seeing one of my friends shedding some extreme pounds. I am super proud of her and know that it can't be easy as neither of us were really one to "workout" in the past. I then saw she was doing some of those workouts you see on tv infomercials from Beachbody and I was very interested. So I sent her a private message on Facebook asking her about the workouts, shakes and how she is liking it. Next thing I know I am part of this great group of ladies on the same journey!  I hope to one day be able to share my before and after photos and results but right now I will share with you what I am doing and what kind of results are happening right now. 

I decided to get right to work while I still had the motivation and grabbed a couple free HIIT workouts on YouTube. By the way there are TONS of amazing workouts online! I was finding the videos I started with hard on my knees and decided to grab the new Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred from Walmart when I was out grocery shopping.

I took some pictures and a week later some measurements and have been doing my workouts religiously every night/day I can with a few rest days here and there. With my work schedule I have had to really push myself to do workouts on the day I come off of an overnight and remember to do one in the daytime on the day going into my work night.

I started this journey at the end of August and it is finally getting easier to be motivated to workout each day that I can. I completed the first level of the Beginner Shred and am well on my way into level 2. Level 1 was tough for the squats, lunges and push ups. Now that I am on level 2 Jillian doesn't give us much of a break and we are working hard at blasting away that extra fat while working those muscles in every part of our body. I was just dripping with sweat the last night. I am enjoying it a lot.

Do you have a favorite workout or what workout are you currently doing?

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

Their Rigid Rules Book Review

Their Rigid Rules, the 3rd book and prequel in The Chemical Attraction Series, can be read first or last in the series.

Taylor Valentine, a senior at Western Michigan University, has had her life planned out since kindergarten. After her parents died while she was still in high school, she had perfected it to make them proud. Now with the help of her best friends, Joe and Eva, she focuses on graduation and a career with romance in the far distant future. However, when the visiting professor enters the lecture hall to a four-weekend Civil War seminar, her perfect plan hits a snag.
As a handsome history professor and former marine, Dr. Stuart Morgan has his own set of strict rules especially with infatuated students. He enjoys his boring yet pleasant life until he starts receiving death threats. With his unwanted bodyguard in tow, Stuart is unnerved by his reaction to Taylor. Their rigid rules discourage all but a flirtation.

As the death threats become evident, the FBI believes Taylor’s the culprit, hindering their budding romance. When Taylor inadvertently becomes the target, Joe and Stuart whisk her away to protect her. Meanwhile, Joe struggles with his feelings for Taylor. He’s loved her since grade school. He won’t let her go and stands in Stuart’s way. The men push her to choose between the lifelong love of her best friend and the true love of her new boyfriend.

With the threats from family and foe pulling them apart, Stuart wonders if they can sustain the stress. Trusting their love, he must somehow convince Taylor to break her rules and embrace a new plan.

About the author:
Christina Thompson
After retiring from acupuncture and massage therapy, Christina found a new passion. She enjoys writing about the emotional workings of our mind and heart and the spiritual energy that taps into our passions. Her background in Traditional Chinese Medicine taught her that the mind and spirit affect the body in powerful ways. The healing power of LOVE is incredibly profound.

You can follow Christina on facebooktwitteramazongoodreads, and her website.

You can purchase Their Rigid Rules on Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

My review:

Their rigid rules is a prequel in the Chemical Attraction series. Chemical Attraction and Chemical Reaction were written previous to the prequel. I have not read the other stories of the Chemical Attraction series but they are now on my list to read.

Their rigid rules is an adult romantic suspense, and you will not be disappointed with the plot and many lovable characters. Stewart a history professor at Western Michigan University where Taylor attends as a student. An adorable relationship blossoms although it's forbidden, but as if that's not already unlike any regular relationship there is a would be killer who wants to kill Stewart and anyone he loves. Who the potential murderer is remains unknown even when you think you know. You will enjoy this page turning mystery i give it 4 bright starts. Well done Christina. 

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Cheryl. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

Author Spotlight Saturday ~ Meet James Snyder ~ Giveaway!

Welcome to Author Spotlight Saturday! This week we meet the man behind the trilogy The Beautiful-Ugly James Snyder. If you haven't seen my reviews you will want to check them out (Book #1, Book #2 and Book #3 is on its way, keep your eyes open for it.)

Please welcome James Snyder to Genuine Jenn!

Tell us a little bit about your book(s) and yourself.

The first thing I should tell you about my writing is I don’t focus on a particular genre. I don’t really think about genres at all, in fact. If I were to categorize my writing, I think it leans more toward the literary, but in the tradition of literary writing that places similar emphasis on both character and story. I try to write books that are as polished as I can make them, but the number one thing I want to give the reader is an exciting read with great characters. My first novel, American Warrior, concerns war and prison and much, much action, but it’s primarily a coming-of-age story. Great Expectations with an attitude. My second novel, Desolation Run, concerns three escaped convicts and a runaway girl, searching for a buried cache of stolen military payroll, while being pursued by a massive police manhunt and a psychotic cop. More in the tradition of Cormac McCarthy when he’s focused more on savage storytelling and less on pontificating. The Beautiful-Ugly is my venture into the young-adult, new-adult realm, but while writing it I was channeling stories about women in conflict with their lives, rereading Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina, etc., so I’m sure some leeching occurred. My just-released book of short stories, Tales of the Late Twentieth Century, gives you a good overview of what I’m doing now. If nothing else, read The Blue Light in the collection and you’ll see what I mean.

Myself? I come from a long line of storytellers (in some specious circles, otherwise known as liars), being born in Memphis, Tennessee and partially brought up in the South. We were poor and my father was never one to be without a job for long, so we moved about a great deal in pursuit of that goal. Currently, I’m an executive for a Fortune 500 company and live in Texas. My wife’s and my beautiful daughter is a junior in college, pursuing an English degree. Beyond reading and writing as much as the intake can handle, I love to kayak and travel. Winter wave-jumping, by the way, is the greatest stress reliever known to this man, among others. Something about crashing through high angry roils of icy green water that transforms all the bad into good. I really should write something about that.

When was your first book published?

American Warrior in 2004. My first short story was published in 1986 in a Black Mask anthology between Dashiell Hammett and James Ellroy. Nice bookends to be between.

Are you currently working on anything?

I’m shortly publishing The Beautiful-Ugly Trilogy as a single volume. I’m also working on an historical thriller about a serial killer in Gilded-Age New Orleans. It involves presidential politics (of 1884), the Liberty Bell and the very early mafia, and it’s based on real events that almost sent the United States into war with the Kingdom of Italy. Beyond that I’m sketching out a possible dystopian trilogy and other things in One Note. By the way, if you’re not familiar with Microsoft One Note, check it out. It’s a very cool organizing tool, not just for writing, but for anything you want to organize on your computer or collaborate on.

Why did you decide to become an Author?

I never really decided that. I’ve just always seen things in a creative sense. Reading great stories and seeing what was possible, or maybe pushing the limits beyond what seemed possible, was always like a duck to water for me. Stories, people, situations are constantly flowing through my head. If I didn’t use all this, creatively, I don’t know where I’d be. Frustrated, most likely. But what I’ve found is the best thing about being an author, beyond the writing part, is connecting with readers that get what you’re doing and enjoy it. It brings them pleasure. That’s my nirvana.

Who and what inspired you to write?

My mother always told this story about me that before I could even read I would slip my Golden Books between the slats on my baby sister’s crib so she could read them to me. Words and stories were always magic to me, and I can’t separate the time I started reading them and writing my own down. I was lucky to spend several formative years being raised around my Southern grannies and aunts, and they were all great storytellers. That’s what people did then when there were only three TV stations and your imagination. They talked to each other. They told wonderful stories to each other. And those rhythms and inflections and driving narratives were burned into my young mind, and I never forgot them.

When you are writing do you like to listen to music? What is on your playlist?

No, actually when I write I go into my own weird twilight zone. I’m creating other worlds, after all. So shades in my office are drawn because natural light distracts me. Just one incandescent lamp and my sweet little Lenovo laptop. Sometimes in the afternoon when I’m blocking and outlining a story or doing research I’ll listen to music, maybe sip some tea, open the shades, wander about. But when I’m doing the actual writing in the morning, it’s showtime, folks. Total concentration and focus. Cups of black Columbian coffee and brave new worlds to conquer. But as far as music goes, I listen to whatever’s playing. I like jazz, classical, grunge, techno, industrial, country. As I said, my daughter’s a junior in college and I count on her to keep me up to date. She tells me what’s hot now. But I have to tell you, the bands these days seem kind of tame in retrospect.

Who is your favorite character in your books? 

Oh gosh, they’re all so needy and jealous of each other already, I’d rather not say. I’m drawn to each one because of whom they are and what makes them so special. Now I will tell you I have some characters I would prefer never having to meet coming down the street, and I have others I regret never having the chance to meet. As you know, Jenn, the main character in The Beautiful-Ugly is Connelly Walker Pierce. And while she was not based upon my daughter, she was at least partially created because of her. So we’ll leave it at that.

Do you ever take characteristics or nuances from close friends or family when working on character development and if so has that friend or family member noticed and what was their response to it?

I may but I’m not conscious of it. I like my characters to come into their own lives in their own organic way. I don’t see them as made up of bits of people I know or have known. They just appear in my mind, and sometimes they’re vague and grow more defined as the story progress, and sometimes they come to me full-blooded and seething, and I’m just writing down what’s there before they’re gone.

What is your favorite book of all time?

I have to pick just one? Well, then something big and rich with a plethora of amazing scenes and characters and absolute rivers of astonishing heartbreaking breathtaking prose: I guess Tolstoy’s War and Peace. And if readers think that’s a too-easy copout, then, Albert Vigoleis Thelen’s The Island of Second Sight, another big wonderful book that defies category or easy logic, but is the best book to snuggle up with on a long cold rainy afternoon.

Tell us in one sentence why we should read your books.

Because you will meet amazing people that are realer than real caught up in heart-stopping situations that defy you to stop turning the pages.

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Where can people connect with you? 

Thanks for taking your time to answer some questions for my readers at Genuine Jenn. 

Giveaway time! James would like to offer a signed copy of The Beautiful-Ugly Trilogy in a single volume to one lucky Genuine Jenn reader. Please fill in the rafflecopter below for your chance to win! This giveaway is open to US/Canada and will close September 28th,2014. 

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~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes by Betsy St. Amant

Book Synopsis:

Kat Varland has had enough of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.

At twenty-six years old, Kat is still living in the shadows of her family in Bayou Bend, Louisiana. Still working shifts at her Aunt Maggie's bakery. Still wondering what to do with her passion for baking and her business degree. And still single.

But when Lucas Brannen, Kat's best friend, signs her up for a reality TV bake-off on Cupcake Combat, everything Kat ever wanted is suddenly dangled in front of her: creative license as a baker, recognition as a visionary . . . and a job at a famous bakery in New York.

As the competition heats up, Lucas realizes he might have made a huge mistake. As much as he wants the best for Kat, the only thing he wants for himself---her---is suddenly in danger of slipping away.

The bright lights of reality cooking wars and the chance at a successful career dazzle Kat's senses and Lucas is faced with a difficult choice: help his friend achieve her dreams . . . or sabotage her chances to keep her in Louisiana.

Purchase a copy on Amazon.

About the Author:

Betsy St. Amant lives in Louisiana and is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers group. Betsy is multi-published through Steeple Hill and has been published in Christian Communicator magazine and Praise Reports: Inspiring Real Life Stories of How God Answers Prayer. One of her short stories, ‘Kickboxing or Chocolate’, appears in a Tyndale compilation book, and she is also multi-published through The Wild Rose Press. She has a BA in Christian Communications and regularly freelances for her local newspaper. Betsy is a fireman’s wife, a mommy to a busy toddler, a chocolate-loving author and an avid reader who enjoys sharing the wonders of God’s grace through her stories.

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All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes is a great read when you are looking for that sweet romance and some flavorful fun with cupcakes! I love to bake and love cupcakes so I was hooked from the cover and title. Throw in a lil reality tv baking competition and what else can you ask for? Oh, a bit of romance! I really fell for the two main characters Kat and Lucas. They have been best friends for forever and both are feeling the lines blur but neither has the guts to say anything. This is where Lucas has this great plan to submit Kat for a cupcake baking show. Kat has really low self-esteem and feels she will always be stuck in the little town they grew up in making plain cupcakes - Strawberry, Vanilla and Chocolate. Lucas wants her to finally see how good at cupcake baking Kat really is. The storyline is fresh, fun and flows together very well. I had a hard time putting this book down and look forward to reading more by Betsy St. Amant.

I give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars!

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~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. I received the above book for review purpose.  All opinions are honest and my own.*~

Love & Cupcakes” Kindle Giveaway and Facebook Party from @BetsyStAmant!

Don't miss Betsy St. Amant's latest fiction release, All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes. A "sweet" tale of two best friends and the choices they make between dreams and a possible "sure thing," St. Amant's novel is sure to satisfy your romantic-fiction craving.
Betsy is celebrating with a fun Kindle giveaway and a Love & Cupcakes Facebook party! One winner will receive:
  • A brand new Kindle
  • All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes by Betsy St. Amant
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 18th. Winner will be announced at the "Love & Cupcakes" Author Chat Party on 9/18. Betsy will be hosting a "sweet" book chat, giving away prizes, and answering questions from readers. She will also share an exclusive sneak peek at her next book project!

So grab your copy of All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes and join Betsy on the evening of September 18th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 18th!

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. I received the above book for review purpose. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

Journey to a More Healthy Me!

If you have been following my blog over the last year you will likely remember I was working last fall to get fit. I started to couch to 5K but then ended up with really bad shin splints. After that I continued to push through them by walking any where from 15-30 km a week.

I am sad to say I fell off that walking schedule over the summer with the kids being home, along with the hot weather. I usually got in a few .5 - 1kms day. I have decided that just walking wasn't getting the results I was looking for. I want to lose 15-20lbs along with firming/toning my body.

One of my bad habits is eating too much, I have really lost sense of a healthy portion size. Eating has also been hard with working overnights, especially where I can't bring in my own foods. This means you are stuck eating what other people deem as "healthy". I am sad to say that healthy isn't on their menu for the most part. Mainly the place is stocked with junk food from chips, cookies, ice cream and other carb heavy foods. 

As an overnight worker I find myself in the middle of the night snacking, as I work alone and some nights can be long. Mostly heavy carb foods and in the am breakfast is usually more carbs, then I would find myself hungry again when I arrive home so I eat before bed. BAD HABITS!

So first thing was first - get my eating habits under control. Portion control, less carbs and more water. I used to be awesome at getting 64 oz of water a day and then stopped. I don't even know why I stopped, I just did. As of the last week of August I have been monitoring my eating habits with an app called My Fitness Pal. It has been great as it gives me a set amount of calories to eat a day based on weight, height and level of activity. If you exercise during the day the app will factor that in and you can eat a bit more healthy calories. The first few days it really took a lot to stick to a "serving" size vs what I would normally throw on my plate. Now I find I am adding more smaller snacks throughout the day and staying full longer. I am also eating breakfast but a healthy one or a protein shake with a fruit.  

Do you have bad eating habits? What is your worst habit?

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

September Newsletter Disney Mom: Baby Friendly Road Trip & Giveaway

This month Disney Baby is talking about how to ensure a baby-friendly road trip. Have you gone on a trip this year with your family? We have done a few small road trips, 4 hours can feel like an eternity with little people.

My son disliked his car seat when he was a baby, at 8 weeks old we eventually bought a convertible car seat, the difference was night and day. The incline made such a difference for him, and trips to the grocery store was no longer a torturous ordeal. 

He was about 4 months old when we made our first long journey, and our then 2 year old couldn't wait to get to the Toronto Zoo. To prepare we left early morning so that his nap time coordinated with the drive. Snacks were packed and accessible. Lots of reading material, toys, pit-stops and we might have splurged a bought a portable dvd player for our children's favorite Mickey Mouse Club House.

This fall we are preparing another trip to Toronto, and are very excited.


Road trips are a ton of fun. They’re a great way to spend time with your family or friends, clear your mind and explore new territory – all accompanied by the sweet sounds of the perfect driving playlist. But they also mean long hours spent in a confined space, which can be trying when you have a little one in tow. But if you love road trippin’, don’t despair! Disney Baby has some advice for making your journey safe and fun for everyone!

        Map your journey and plan ahead
When you’re packing for a little one, there is a lot to think about – from clothes and diapers to playthings and pushchairs, there’s plenty that baby just can’t be without. Try making lists in advance to give yourself some breathing room and to be sure that you don’t forget anything important.

2)                  Ensure safe seating
When you’ve got a baby on board, safety is key. Make sure that your car seat is the right size and that it’s properly installed. Also remember to tighten the seatbelt, UAS strap and harness to keep your little one firmly in place.

3)                  Take baby-breaks
Plan some stops along the way, so your baby has a chance to get outside, and more importantly, out of the car seat. Try using these breaks as an opportunity for adventure! Identify weird landmarks, beautiful scenery, or must-try meals on your route to make the journey as exciting as the destination.

4)                  Create a sun shield
Sunshades, like these Mickey and Minnie ones, help keep the car cool and darken the back seat, encouraging baby to nap. Not only are they functional, but they make adorable accessories for the family vehicle!

5)                  Choose tot-friendly tunes
Get yourself some baby-friendly music, to soothe and entertain your little one during the ride. Disney Baby has a selection of song and story CDs, like this Peter Pan one, and great musical anthologies, like this Disney Pixar Greatest collection, that are perfect for a long car trip.

This month disney baby has a fantastic giveaway. You have a chance to win 
  • A Monsters Inc SoftPal nightlight
  • A set of Minnie Mouse orthodontic bottles
  • A Minnie Mouse learner cup (for ages 6+)
  • A set of Minnie Mouse natural shape orthodontic pacifiers

 This is only available to CANADIAN residents, and you must comment on THIS BLOG post with your city and province of residence, IN ADDITION to the rafflecopter below. 

Thank you, and good luck!

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Also did you know about Disney Baby's Magical Moment's Photo Contest? There will be a chance to win a $500 Target gift card. Please stay tuned for more information as this will be launching soon this month!

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Cheryl. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

Mani Monday ~ Back to School Mani

Back-to-School mani for my daughter was Painted Paisley Jr wraps. She is so excited that finally her nails are growing since she is wearing Jamberry wraps all the time. Look at those pretty nails!

Pop on over to The Knit Wit by Shair to see what is new on her Mani Monday!

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

Shadow of the Last Men (Book #1 The Next Man Saga) by J.M. Salyards

Book Synopsis:

In the frozen wastes of the distant future, a killer known as Harrow prepares for his final battle. Technocratic elites have poisoned his world, enslaved his neighbors, and left his entire people destitute and depraved. Now this lone guided missile of a man is willing to shed the last tatters of his humanity to exact his vengeance.

In this first volume of the Next Man Saga, J.M. Salyards presents a novel that sweeps from the apocalyptic Outlands to the palatial luxury of the corridors of power, and finds Harrow about to begin a war of annihilation. Before he can, he discovers allies who might bring him back from the brink. A psycho-spiritualist teenage boy and a disgraced princess of the elites may give Harrow a final tether to life, and as wills and fists collide, the unwilling hero must choose between a future beyond his victory, or death as his only chance for peace.

Purchase a copy on Amazon

About the Author: 
J.M. Salyards (born 1982) lives in Maryland with his wife and daughter and dreams of becoming a man of a million words. His breakout trilogy The Next Man Saga begins with Volume 1: Shadow of the Last Men.

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While I don’t usually go to Sci-Fic books I quite enjoyed reading Shadow of the Last Man. I have seen people compare it to the hunger games, but I think it’s much more than that. The Outlanders and The Last Men seem to be from two different worlds. One filled with spirits and one with weird technology. While the scene and character development of the Outlanders was really easy to follow and picture and made me appreciate their lives and their journey, the scenes of The Order/Last Men was a little harder for me to understand the computers and technology of what exactly they are doing. I think this added to my experience of the book though and made me enjoy it even more. I often would ask myself out loud, “what the heck are they doing now!” I am not sure if it was done intentionally but I quickly came to the conclusion what made the Order superior to the Outlanders was what was making them inferior to defending themselves against them. Sometimes the good ol’ fashion way works best. 

I enjoyed most reading about Harrow and Quintain, and enjoyed that in the beginning they were clearly separate from the stories of The Order/The Last Men. It was a smooth transition once the characters were brought together. I quickly grew to love the Outlanders and cheer for them, as quick as I grew to love the Outlander characters and lives I just as quickly grew to hate the corruptness and the Last Men characters.

It took me a while to realize what was happening between Harrow and Alouine but it was because I was more wrapped up in the fight for survival, and it was not easy to trust her character knowing where she came from.

J.M. Salyards, is a talented writer and did an amazing job developing the characters and the scenery, I could close my eyes and feel like I was right there in the moment watching from the side lines.

While Sci-Fic is not something I would usually pick off a shelf on my own, I am really glad I read this novel and would recommend it to anyone wishing to evolve their reading comfort zone. I am excited to read the sequel!

I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars!

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

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