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Researching My Third Book…

I am very excited about my third book, celebrating and teaching young kids about acceptance of those ‘different’ around us…those with ‪#‎disabilities or visual differences. This book will be for ages 4 to 8. Simple and thought provoking for kids. A very personal book for me, and one that I hope to get out to ‪#‎hospitals and schools. I will be taking on the difficult task of launching a Kickstarter campaign for the month of May, in order to raise money to get my books out to ‪#‎healthcare‬ organizations and groups. I welcome emails and info from anyone out there during my current researching stages.

This book deals with sensitive issues, but my message is to make a book that spreads the message of acceptance and love.  My oldest child is 5 1/2 years old, and he asks many questions about those around him, and I have already tried to teach him that the differences we see in others makes them unique and special.  We are all the same inside.   The earlier this is taught to kids, the better for everyone is society. I will be telling a story in a way that I hope my boys will understand, and other kids will to.   The question is, what differences to include or not? How to narrow it down?  This is part of my researching faze. It will be mostly geared towards the differences kids mostly see in schools, this I do know.

Although I will not be focusing on facial differences, something I can relate to,  I know that I will have the support of About Face International…a group that I have volunteer with for 16 years.

 

Stay tuned!  ‪#‎AboutFaceInternational‬ ‪#‎dsat‬ ‪#‎autism‬‪#‎downsyndrome‬ ‪#‎cysticfibrosiscanada‬

support group for individuals and their families, with facial differences

Photo for a campaign I took about Facial Differences

Great Book Review of Sharing Is Love

It is always fantastic meeting new bloggers via the internet.   Supporting each other and marketing all our talents  is inspiring.  Here is my latest book review, and you can win a copy of my book through Amanda’s  Multitestingmommy website.  She has a great site with lots to read and learn. I encourage you to follow her!

mommy blogger in canada with reviews and giveaways

 

 

 

A great book reading in Toronto yesterday!

Check out some pics from my book reading yesterday of ‘Sharing Is Love- My brother and me’ at Toronto’s Little Feet/Little Faces Preschool.   http://littlefeetlittlefacespreschool.blogspot.ca/

This made me so happy seeing this blog and all the photos.  I was invited back for when my second book comes out in June – ‘Sharing is Love- My sister and me’.
canadian author doing book readings in toronto schools

new children's author reading books about kindness and growingThe kids were so cute, and they all had made their own little books throughout the week.  A few of their kids read their books and read it in front of the class.

I left my own little gift for the students too, a colouring page from a page in my book.  It included room to colour in their favorite toy to share.  All parents from Little Feet/Little Faces  receives a 15% discount on any book order too.

A fun morning!

I almost felt a bit emotional seeing this next photo..not sure why.  It just felt special, since I have not done many book readings yet so I valued this photo.

children's author book reading in toronto preschool

 

Have you ever read to your child’s class before?  How was the experience?

 

 

My first Entrepreneur Interview- With Tammy Mitchell

I personally love reading about other parents who run their own business, while trying to manage it with children. Being a Mompreneur myself (and an Entrepreneur for 15 years), I know first hand of the challenges, advantages, and yes…frustrations!  In the end, we all choose a career path because we believe we are truly meant to follow it.  We all ‘make it work’ with family, to the best of our ability.  No two people parent the same way and nobody has the exact same beliefs or dreams with regards to their career or family life.  I always find it inspiring to observe, learn, appreciate and read about what makes other moms or dads tick.

My future informal interviews consist of a number of questions that the person can choose to answer. It is only fitting that I pick for my first interview a mother, who was the first to review my children’s book on her blog.  I am forever grateful for the wonderful review she did of my children’s book.  You can read it here.

Tammy, Owner and Creator of In R Dreams

Tammy, Owner and Creator of In R Dreams

 

Tammy is a mother of four young kids and runs a successful ‘Mommy Blogging’ website.   She is a writer and brand ambassador for her site.  Visit her here.  First off,  anyone who has four children is someone I want to learn more about ….as I sometimes am pulling out my hair with just two. Kudos to her!  Tammy and I have communicated  via email almost weekly over the past couple of months.  She has great articles and giveaways…and I encourage you to follow her site.  I have not actually met her, but it is amazing how you can get to know someone via social media and consider them a friend.  You just know they are an admirable, hard working person. Anyone with four kids is a hard worker in my books.  Heck, she mentioned to me that her young kids and husband ALL drove to PEI last summer…impressive!  I am not as brave and this is on our ‘to do’ list when our kids are a bit older. Yet she loved the trip and is “living her dream”, her website ‘motto’.  So let’s learn a bit more about Tammy and her business. 

Thanks again Tammy for sharing with all of us.

Tell us who is in your family.  What are your kids’ ages?

Hi I am Tammy a busy WAHM of four children, our daughter is 8 followed by three boys 6/4/ almost 3. We are a young family living in the middle of our dream on four beautiful acres in the country. My husband and I are childhood sweethearts who have been together since I was 14.

Tell us about your business and how long you have had it.

We actually have two businesses that we both work very hard at. I spend my time in between playing cars and wiping up spilt milk writing on inRdream.com. My love of writing is something I stumbled on almost three years ago and I absolutely love sitting down and letting my words flow. On inRdream.com I share motherhood stories based on our life weaved in with product reviews and giveaways, dotted with loads of inspiration.

Our family business is DCM Inc. I currently work behind the scenes on SEO and Google Ads building searchable keywords.

In the near future we plan on dabbling and investing in real estate properties.

What are your proudest career accomplishments?

That is a great question. When I was in high school the only career I ever wanted was to be a SAHM to lots of children. Today although I do dabble between two businesses my ‘career’ as a SAHM is my proudest accomplishment and the one career that comes before any other.

What tip would you have for a mom running a business, who may be feeling overwhelmed?

I believe even we mothers who have been running businesses for years feel overwhelmed, I know I do at times.

My best tip is to write a to-do list which in turn will relive your cognitive load. Then take a moment to step back and feel grateful for the moment you’re in.  This always allows me to feel grounded and remind myself why I am doing this and why it is important to my family to continue. It also gives me a chance to look into my overwhelming moment with a new set of eyes. Here is a quote that I always like to be reminded of…

What is Impossible becomes hard.

What is hard becomes easy.

What is easy becomes effortless.

What is effortless becomes AWESOME!

I feel that most moms don’t give themselves the credit they deserve for how hard they work raising children, so what are you most proud of as a mother?

The other day our 8 year old daughter said she wants to be a SAHM like me and write. In that moment I realized that I am shaping our children by the experiences we are walking them through. Seeing the excitement in her eyes melted my heart.

That is just one moment I am most proud of, however I could write a novel on this topic because it warms my heart a great deal. I try to take a moment each day and look over my impact on my family and I am very satisfied with my ‘career’ as a mother and the path I take each day and the hard work I put in as a mother of four.

What do you do for yourself in life to relax and feel revived when needed?

When I need to relax I draw a warm bath, grab a magazine or book and soak for an hour or so. My husband always entertains the kids while mommy takes some ‘me time’.  He is so hands on and extremely involved with the kids.

entrepreneur and mommy blogger interview

Tammy’s Family. A photo from their PEI road trip.

ABOUT BOOKS

Which books or authors are your kids currently enjoying? (For any of your children)

Our daughter has started reading Geronimo Stilton by Elisabetta Dami. She gets nose deep into them and it is hard to get her attention. I love that she is taking to reading and really enjoys getting lost in a good book.

They boys love anything with cars, trucks and action but I love reading books filled with life lessons or recent events. Recently we read Berenstain bears Book The Truth because someone was dabbling in a few white lies.

Don’t forget to visit Tammy’s site http://inrdreams.com 

Let’s share..what do you do to ‘wind down’ and relax as a mom or dad if  feeling a bit overwhelmed? Answer below, I would love to hear.

This quote made me laugh!

“Having a 2 year old is like having a blender without a lid.”- Jerry Seinfeld

I’m sure many of us can relate to this who have a child under age 3!

Yet they are so darn cute!

Here are five parenting tips if you wish to read more.

Remind yourself to always breath and take a deep breath..that’s what I do.

What do you do during these tough moments..would love to hear below.

Books for children that will help them to grow and learn.

My Oliver- 2.5 years.

 

My Easter weekend recap- plus win a copy of my book!

books for kids teaching patience and kindness. stories for children, rhyming books for kids

Easter egg hunting outside at the Grandparents place in Beamsville.

It is Tuesday evening. My kids were home for the past four days for Easter long weekend. My oldest son is in full time junior kindergarten, and my youngest in 2 days a week daycare. Today they were both at their schools and the house seemed way too quiet, but I welcomed it!  Easter weekend for us consists of visiting one set of Grandparents one day in Beamsville, Ontario.  The other day we visit the other set in Barrie, Ontario. We live in Brampton, and the drive to each of those cities is exactly one hour.  Not too long a drive, but we always go up in the late morning and stay until early evening when we visit.

And of course when we go up, other extended relatives come over for a visit too.  It is more people, more fun, and VERY loud. I wouldn’t change it, but throw two little active boys into the picture, schedules thrown off, too much sweets and chocolate, super excited attitudes,  and they are two very long days.    I suspect most families with young kids can relate to this, especially if holidays consist of visiting family.

I compiled a list of what I already  somewhat knew about the mix of young children and special holiday weekends, and the list was only verified this past Easter weekend.  I know this is not the case for all families, but this is our reality at this time in the Babic household.

My top Easter weekend realities in our family.
1.  Kids will eat too much chocolate.
2.  We will be negotiating and bribing the entire weekend for kids to eat the healthy food and their meals in order to eat some of that chocolate.
3. Kids will mostly have chocolate on their minds for the entire Easter weekend.
4. Kids receive other gifts from the grandparents and extended family other than chocolate.  Clothes, books, candy, dinky cars, bubbles, balls and even money (It was us parents who only got them some Easter chocolates to hunt for).   I don’t remember getting all this stuff 35 years ago!?
5. Grandparents like collecting Easter presents up to one month before the day.
6. Don’t keep Nerf ball gifts in the house. Something will get broken.
7. Don’t expect kids under age 5 to understand its o.k to throw Nerf balls when adults are playing with you indoors, but then it is not o.k. to throw the ball 10 minute later on their own. Something will get broken.
8. We should be firm when having a ‘no Nerf ball’ rule indoors.  It’s soft but can be deadly.
9. Kids will have more than one Easter egg hunt  on Easter weekend
10. The more little kids get, the more they want ‘more’ (for kids under age 5 at least). It’s important to start ingraining being thankful and grateful at these early ages so that they grow up with these values.
11. Preschoolers won’t nap or rest Easter weekend…don’t even try anymore.
12. Kids will not fall asleep on the way home back from the grandparents, no matter how tired they are (at least not before 9:30 pm from my experience).
13. Kids will ask for those chocolates for days after Easter is over, 10 times per day (and for countless days to come…).
14. Parents will gain weight from their kids Easter chocolate that are ‘put away’.
15. Have wine ready at home in the evening when the kids are asleep
16. Have wine ready at home in the evening when the kids are asleep on Day 2 of visits.
17. We are fortunate to have the extended family to spend the holidays with, and all four Grandparents are with us.
18. Embrace the chaos, and realize this stage when kids are full of joy and excitement for these weekends is short lived. The weekend is exhausting, but I wouldn’t change it in the end
picture books for children, books for kids, books about sharing

A calm moment on Easter Sunday… reading and eating something healthy!

What is a reality from this past Easter weekend that you would add? I would love to hear!  Let’s keep it light.  Please leave a reply below (no emails will be posted).  Best of all, a random draw will be held on Saturday April 26 for a copy of my new book. The winner will be posted Saturday on my blog (or emailed privately if you ‘sign up’ to my site).

Also, if you want to get some parenting tips during the holidays, here’s one with five suggestions.

All responses to this list will be automatically entered.  The winner will be mailed a copy of my book; Sharing is Love- My brother and me, early next week.

I look forward to reading your comments below!

parenting kids during the holidays

A sugar rush for Benjamin and Oliver. Or partly just being normal little boys.

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Part 2 Review of the 2014 Mompreneur Conference

It took me a bit longer than a week to post my Part 2 review, but life with two sick kids this week tends to make that happen.

Everyone attends these conferences with their own intentions and goals.  Any of the following reasons can pertain; For pure networking and to make new connections (the main reason), to learn new skills and tips on running their business, to sell their actual product at a  vendor table,  to get re-motivated, to hear specific speakers, to re-connect with past business acquaintances, or maybe just to have a ‘weekend away’ with other ambitious woman. It may be ‘all of the above’  for some.  Did you attend for a reason not listed? Please comment below…I would love to hear.

The highlight of the Mompreneur conference was listening to the keynote speaker Arlene Dickinson (more details on Arlene’s speech in my Part 1 blog below), there were many other ambitious business woman sharing their journey’s.
keynote speaker arlene dickinson at the mompreneur conference

Arlene Dickinson Speaking

As mentioned, the day started with registration, receiving our ‘goody bag’, breakfast, opening speeches and introductions, followed by your chosen ‘Breakout Session A’ at 10:25 am. I picked the following  speakers; Paula Coop McCrory  Pinterest expert, Kim Wilson (Creative head at KidsCBC), and Joanna Duong (Founder of Henkaa fashions). I also very much enjoyed having a 1-ON-1 ‘Expert Consultation’ with Business Coach Lara Galloway (of MomBiz).

Although I am not sure Pinterest would benefit me much for Babic Books, I did enjoy listening to Paula and learning about the site.  Paula has more than 4 million followers, and one of the most popular Pinterest profiles worldwide.  As for Kim Wilson,  I went to this informative session because the ‘TV for kids’ debate is something that we often wonder about.  In the end, it clarified what we already know which is to be selective with your kids programming.  There are many great shows out there that kids, where they can learn and be stimulated  in a positive way.  TV is not all BAD.  Kim also provided a website with ratings of shows, based on reviews from kids, parents and the experts. Here is the website.  http://www.commonsensemedia.org .   I  try to limit my kids TV time, but some days they will watch more or way less.  Example…this week of sickos in the house the TV has helped a lot.  Don’t beat yourself up over it as parents… balance is key.

Joanna Duong was interesting, as her interchangeable dress business Henkaa has quickly grown the past few years. You could tell she was also a bit overwhelmed by its progress and success.  Great for her! She is young and motivated, and clearly did not let her doubts influence her ideas and progress.  I half to admit, I just bought a knock off of one of her designs from Wallmart for $20, just to have  a cute summer dress. Her dresses sell for $100 plus, which I would consider buying for a dressier type outfit (and it can still can be used for a casual event).  I know the quality of her dresses would surprise my $20 dress.

Joanna Duong entrepreneur

The Henkaa Dress

I missed most of Kathleen Mundy’s presentation that I was signed up for.  The day was a bit behind schedule and my 15 minute session fell into … seminar.   My one-on-one went longer than 15 minutes, and it as nice chatting to a stranger about my goals and fears. She had unbiased advice that did help me. She recommended Oprah’s one page business plan .  Check it out.  I filled this out the past weekend and it helped sort of out my goals and thoughts.   Thanks for the recommendation Lara. Lara overall verified some things I already knew, but sometimes verification is necessarily to bring more confidence.

The closing presentation was by ‘Eli Davidson…’The Quantum Leap Catalyst’  from 4:15 to 5:00, but the day was running late so she finished up about 5:30 pm.  Eli Davidson was interesting, but I admit not someone I could relate to.  I could not personally jive with the way she spoke to the crowd. She was a bit too eccentric for my preference.  I think Canadians and Americans generally have a different public speaking method (especially when it comes to motivational speaking).  I know the others at my table could not quite ‘get’ her either. To each their own. None the less, she has accomplished a lot, and I respect her for that.

After changing and freshening up in our hotel room at the Sheraton Conference Center, we enjoyed a delicious dinner at 6:30 pm.

Kelly and I at the conference during dinner.

Kelly and I at the conference during dinner.

One cool thing that happened at the event was running into our family friend Kelly Bos. Her husband was in our wedding party when Gregor and I got married 7 years ago.  They are now living in British Virgin Islansd with their daughter.  I knew she was back in the GTA for the birth of her second child, a little boy ( see photo below), but unaware she would be at this event.  She used our hotel room to go up and pump.  It was great hanging with her.  I saw her one week later to meet her little boy, which is when I took this photo.

working moms with a baby

Baby Lincoln, 6 weeks old

Ironically, I finish Part 2 of this blog the same way I finished Part 1….revealing another ‘win’ from the event.  As you may have seen from Part 1 blog, I won a COACH bag by simply placing my card in a jar (won from Susanne Hemet at http://www.collectiveherd.com/ ).  Well, I received an email yesterday revealing that I won  a Cutco French Chef Knife, again, by simply putting my card in the jar.  I guess putting your card in a jar CAN actually win you something.   I can tell you that we don’t own a $154.00 knife, but now we do. MY husband will enjoy this more then me, since he is picky about his cutting knives.    I hope I don’t have to wait another 38 years to win stuff of any value.  My mom told me today that ‘win’s’ happen in three’s, so stay tuned for my next post with my third  prize. I can hope….but I don’t really believe in the ‘good or bad things happen in 3’s superstition’.  But if it does, I hope its a trip next time.
purse prize from mompreneur conference

My purse I won. Love that its for everyday use.