Wednesday, March 21, 2012

New Book Release- Seeing Cinderella


I had the opportunity in the fall to read my first ARC- an Advanced Reader Copy- of Seeing Cinderella by debut author Jenny Lundquist.  It was a fun read and I loved getting to know the characters.  I’m including a synopsis below, but all you need to do is take a look at the cover and know that it’s a book about middle school and magic glasses.  Smile  Can you imagine what you could do with those?!  While there is a lighthearted tone to the book, Ms. Lundquist also deals with real issues like friendship and secrets.

It’s available now on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  You can even get it on your Kindle or Nook!

So, if you have a young reader in your life, or if you enjoy a good read yourself, this is a good one to check out.

Congratulations to Jenny Lundquist!


From her website . . .

Seeing Cinderella: Calliope Meadow Anderson is terrified to start seventh grade. Not that the summer has been so great— her overachieving best friend, Ellen, is slipping away, her parents’ marriage is falling apart, and to top it all off, she has to get glasses the day before school starts. Life isn’t going too smoothly.

But things get unexpectedly weird when Callie meets her wacky optometrist and receives a pair of glasses so ugly they make braces and headgear look cute. But pretty soon, Callie makes a freaky discovery. Her glasses have magic powers: they can read people’s thoughts (and she’s pretty sure they repel boys, too).

Callie uses her new glasses to navigate middle school life and learns things she never knew about the people around her. That overachieving Ellen isn’t so super confident, after all. That neither of her parents are who she thought they were. That it’s a good idea to make sure your crush Knows Your Name before you spy on his thoughts. But when the glasses show Callie that Ana Garcia—a new student from Mexico and Callie’s Spanish tutor—has become a real-life Cinderella in her uncle’s house, she has to make a choice. Will she stay in the shadows and hide behind her magic glasses, or step out of the background and stand up for her friend?

Monday, March 19, 2012

Red Envelope


If you’re a regular here, it’s no secret that I love to shop online.  Running Mommy’s Idea has given me the chance to find lots of fun places to shop and I get plenty of e-mails about great products to check out.  Today’s spotlight is Red Envelope- an online store with unique products, many of which can be personalized.


If you’re already getting ready for Easter, which will be here before you know it, you have to head on over and check out their adorable personalized Easter baskets!  You’ll have plenty of choices if you’re looking for gifts, whether it’s a basket for the kids, treats for the grown-ups, or a gift for someone special.  CMF_12_CKNESTRSURPZ_W1_SQ

You’ll also find things for the home, jewelry, and entertaining, just to name a few.  There’s even a spring sale on until March 20th!

Ordering is easy and you can choose your own shipping date.  Of course, it’s extra if you want it faster than standard, but order early because standard can be a couple weeks out.  You can even use a promotional code, but only one per order, which can give you a nice discount off of your purchase. 

I haven’t received this order just yet, but my last purchase was easy and came exactly as described.  I’m looking forward to filling up the cute little Easter baskets I ordered.  Believe it or not, my kids aren’t big candy fans, so I better do some more shopping for the goodies that will go inside.  :)


*I received a product for review, but opinions are always my own.