Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Huggies MomInspired Grant Program

Maria Bailey of MomSelect has a passion for helping moms build their business. For the last 3 years, she's been working with Huggies to create a program that empowers mom business owners with the money and information they need to build their businesses. Maria's first success was talking Huggies into launching the Huggies MomInspired grant program, www.HuggiesMomInspired.com, which awards $15,000 grants to mom inventors.

In 2010, The Huggies brand introduced its MomInspired grant program, providing inventive moms with the resources and seed capital they need to help transform viable product ideas into successful new businesses, or take their businesses to the next level. In its inaugural round of submissions, the program solicited almost 400 applications and awarded $15,000 each to 12 inspired moms to help fund their business startups based on innovative baby or child care products inspired by motherhood. Grant-worthy examples include:

o Allyson Phillips - TILTY CUP
o Amy Baxter, Buzzy Pain Relief
o Michelle Staley, Busy

Round two of grant submissions is currently open through June 30, 2011 at HuggiesMomInspired.com. Twelve inspired moms will be awarded $15,000 each in the Fall of 2011, to turn their original, viable child care product ideas into a reality, or progress their already established small businesses - original, innovative and viable new business and product ideas designed to help make life easier for parents. Visit HuggiesMomInspired.com for more information on the grant program, eligibility requirements and details on the first round of grant recipients.

I know that there are lots of moms out there who can definitely use the grant money, but may not know about the program yet. YOU COULD BE THE NEXT BIG THING!!!!!!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Here, Home, Hope Book Review

About Here, Home, Hope:

Here, Home, Hope by author Kaira Rouda is the fictional story of one woman's courageous journey through midlife crisis and personal reinvention - all told with a sense of heart and humor.

Kelly Mills Johnson becomes restless in her thirty-ninth year. An appetite for more, forces her to take stock of her ordinary middle-American existence and her neighbors’ seemingly perfect lives. Her marriage to a successful attorney has settled into a comfortable routine, and being the mother of two adorable sons has been rewarding but exhausting. Meanwhile, Kelly’s own passions lie wasted. She eyes with envy the lives of her two best friends, Kathryn and Charlotte, both beautiful, successful businesswomen who seem to have it all. Kelly takes charge of her life, devising a midlife makeover plan.

Here, Home, Hope will surely appeal to readers of chick lit and other women’s fiction titles who are ready to transition into something new in their own life.


I wasn't really sure about this book at first...but that was my own issue. I am used to only reading Christian fiction, so this was a leap for me. But it really didn't take long before I got into it and it was hard to stop reading. It was a delightful read, and very close to home. As someone who is also going through a lot of changes in her life right now, it was a great reminder of what we can do to better our lives. It came at a great time for me. It was truly stuff I needed to remind me of life and how to cope. It also was nice to know that even though the character was fictional, the mind it came from was not, and it was nice to know that there are other women out there who feel similar to how I feel. What a relief to know that I am not alone! I would suggest this book to any woman...not just a woman going through major changes in her life...but any woman. I truly believe that ANY woman can relate to this character in one way or another.


Interested in buying this book? Click here!

Make sure you also check out the author's website! Click here!

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Would you like to meet the author and have her sign your new book? Click here!

Last but not least, you MUST see the book trailer!!! Click here!!!!!

What other author's are saying about Here, Home, Hope:

Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers, and one of Oprah’s Thirty Favorite Women Writers

”Reading Kaira Rouda is like getting together with one of your best friends – fun, fast, and full of great advice! Here, Home, Hope sparkles with humor and heart.”

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book from One2One Network to give my honest review of the book. There was no compensation given.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus

My family and I were given the opportunity to go to the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus this past Friday night! The GREATEST show on earth...TRULY was THE GREATEST show on earth!! What a delight!! I have to say...we have only gone to little circuses before....my 10 and 12 year old were not happy to have to go to this one...but by intermission they were apologizing for giving me grief....they said, "This is SO cool!" So...that goes to show you that a circus is NOT just a circus. It is only a TRUE circus if it is a Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus!

First off, we had GREAT seats! 7th row...right up front! This next few pictures are of the opening show.
After the opening we went right into horses. My daughter is a HUGE fan of horses...this was FABULOUS for her! There were three rings. The first two rings held arabians, etc. The third ring in the back held ZEBRAS! If you look real closely you can see the stripes back there. My daughter was beside herself with excitement! NONE of my kids could remove their eyes from the front of the Qwest Center and the show had only JUST begun!

Shortly after horses we had these two...um...strong men come in. They were balancing telephone poles and logs...you name it...they even balanced eachother! They were...um...different to watch. After them came in the clowns that spoofed their abilities. The clowns came in after every act...but this particular clown spoof was by far the best! I was busting at the seams laughing so hard! Clowns don't USUALLY make me laugh! My kids are also VERY afraid of clowns...but suddenly they no longer are. They actually have been talking about the clowns all week!

There were several things that I didn't get pictures of...like a great dance routine by a group with space type shoes on so they could bounce really high....other acrobatics that I missed...it was just JAM packed full of awesome things!! My favorite was the elephants though. I just absolutely LOVE elephants. I don't know if I just love them because...or if I love them because I was raised with a mom that collected them and I have been around them all my life...I don't know...but the fact still stands that I LOVE elephants! I had a TON of pictures...but almost all but this one were too blurry to share. I was very upset. :-( They did a great job! So proud of my elephants!

And what is a circus without the tigers!!! I must say, this was the most exciting portion of the show because one of the tigers, Princessa, had a bit of an attitude and the show had to be cut short. The tiger tamer had a mic on...so we could hear everything he was saying to the tigers. Once he started yelling at Princessa for not behaving and she was VERY uncooperative, they shut his mic off and out came the whips. I heard a lot of people around me saying that he was being cruel and it wasn't fair what he was doing...but these are dangerous animals...and honestly, I would much rather him do that instead of letting this tiger maul him in front of thousands of little child eyes. His training measures may not be what we believe they should be...but in that situation, I think he did what was necessary. That big kitty was NOT in a nice mood. Very exciting! What we DID see of his show...which was very little...but what we DID see, was very nice.And who can forget the little um....circle guys. I don't even know what these things are called...but they are one of my favorites too!The tight rope is always exciting too and gets my heart pumping! Everyone did a great job. There was only that one problem with the tiger...otherwise the whole show went off without a hitch.
I would CERTAINLY suggest this circus to ANYONE of ANY AGE. I had a GREAT time and I KNOW my kids had a great time as well!!! Go to Ticket Master to see when and where they will be near you!!! It is DEFINITELY worth it!! I PROMISE!!!!

* I was not compensated for this post. All of the opinions in this post are mine and mine alone. I was given tickets to attend in exchange for my honest post. *

Friday, June 3, 2011

The Greatest Show On Earth!!!

I was given tickets to Ringling Barnum and Bailey Circus tonight to review it! It was AWESOME! TONS of pictures to come....we are just leaving for the weekend, so you will have to wait until Monday! Sorry! Stay tuned!!!

Thursday, June 2, 2011


KEELEY is the winner of the Bryton Pick Floss in seconds!!!! Congratulations Keeley! I am e-mailing you right now!!!!

keeley said...
I follow you. :)