Wednesday, February 17, 2010

I'm Fundraising - look for big post coming this weekend

Hello all - this weekend I'm unveiling a fundraising post where I am trying to raise money for a CF Foundation walk I will be a part of in April.

In the process I am trying to get offers of donations for giveaways.  So I am calling out to all of you - do you have suggestions of people to approach for offering giveaways as an incentive to donate money, blog about my fund raising, tweet or just comment on my blog.  I will be doing features of the giveaway authors/publicists/publishers and I already have lined a few things up (and will be doing a giveaway myself).  I just want to make this big because it raises money for something near and dear to my heart - my nephew and research for a cure for him.

So if you have done something like this before and have suggestions either comment or email me at crystalfulcher(at)  If you haven't done this but have suggestions please do the same.  I'm open to all suggestions. 

And lookout on Sunday for the unveiling of my fundraising/giveaway.

Thanks and have a wonderful evening.

Review and Tour: A Mom's Ultimate Book of Lists by Michelle LaRowe

A Mom's Ultimate Book of Lists by Michelle LaRowe
Publisher: Revell Books
Publish Date: January 1, 2010
Paperback, 335 pages

International “Nanny of the Year” shares 112 of the most practical parenting lists
that answer everything from pregnancy through preschool.

My Review:
A Mom's Ultimate Book of Lists is just what the title promises.  A book full of important lists that will help any first time or many time mom.  I enjoyed thumbing through this book and reading various lists.  Some of my favorites were the clothing size in relationship to height/length for various name brands (because we all know that different companies size differently), The  Preschoolers Library, Bully Proofing Your Kids, When to Call the Doctor and Games and Activities for the Car.  And that is just a small sampling.  There are so many great lists in this book that I just can't mention them all.  One that really stands out and I wish I had when my children were babies was the Length and Weight Guidelines for the First Year.  This has the growth charts from the doctor's office right in the book.   Both of my children dropped on the weight chart and these would have been reassuring to me as a mom when that was going on.
If you know of a first-time mom - this would  make an amazing baby shower gift.  I am going to give one to my sister-in-law who is due this summer.  I honestly wish I had this book when my children were smaller.  For those of  us with older children, there are still very useful lists.  I have several lists that I plan on using in the future (such as the aforementioned Games and Activities for the Car).

Grab a copy of this book and prepare to be wowed - all the information a mom needs is here (or most of it) and it is presented in such an easy way - just look for the list you need and read it in about 3 minutes.  Great for a busy mom.

About the Book:

As a professional nanny for more than 15 years and now as a mother herself, Michelle LaRowe has seen it all. She was even recognized as “Nanny of the Year” by the International Nanny Association in 2004, and the following year, President George W. Bush praised her for her dedication to in-home child care.

Now she shares her vast knowledge and expertise with moms everywhere, in her new book A Mom’s Ultimate Book of Lists, in which she provides the most sought-after and up-to-date information for parenting children from birth to age 5 in one easy-to-navigate resource. Also included is a special section dedicated to pregnancy.

In compiling this collection of 112 of the most practical lists for moms to live by, LaRowe ruthlessly sorted through the most reliable sources and tried-and-true recommendations for raising healthy and happy children.

Organized in an easy-to-find format, her book offers mothers the chance to find all the answers to their most pressing parenting questions in one resource. No more having to wade through outdated books, make sense of conflicting expert opinions or search for reliable information online: LaRowe has done all the meticulous research, combined with her professional know-how and experience, so that mothers can spend their time doing what they love best: Being a mom.

A sampling of the lists LaRowe provides in her book includes:

Preparing for Baby
o        What’s safe and not safe during pregnancy?
o        What to include in your birthing plan
o        Key components to include in your maternity-leave proposal

The First Year
o        Introducing solid foods
o        Top toys for baby’s first year
o        Sleep training your baby

The Toddler Years
o        Guilt-free DVDs for your toddler
o        10 life lessons to teach your toddler
o        The best bedtime routine

The Preschool Years
o        6 steps to a successful preschool playdate
o        Teaching children to share, step-by-step
o        The preschooler’s library

Family Life
o        10 house rules for every home
o        Age-appropriate chores for young children
o        Feeding a picky eater

Health and Safety Information
o        When to call the doctor
o        The top 12 safety mistakes parents make
o        Hidden household poisons

Saving Time, Money & Sanity
o        10 time-management tips for moms
o        Common children’s clothing size guidelines
o        A week’s worth of quick, family-friendly meals

LaRowe shares her professional wisdom, insights and advice in her practical, one-stop resource:
A Mom’s Ultimate Book of Lists: 100+ Lists to Save You Time, Money, and Sanity.

Available January 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Michelle LaRowe is a national speaker, parenting consultant, and author of the Nanny to the Rescue! series and Working Mom’s 411. The 2004 International Nanny Association "Nanny of the Year" and a credentialed career nanny who has specialized in working with multiples for more than fifteen years, Michelle has also been lauded for her dedication to improving the quality of in-home child care.

Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life.  They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet.

FCC Disclaimer:
This book was provided to me by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group for review and blog tour.

All Amazon links on this blog do not make me money, something in the laws of NC prohibit NC residents from profiting from associates pages.