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The Mother of All Meltdowns - a Must Read

in , , , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Monday, November 04, 2013

I am thrilled to share this book with you on a Monday. You know the day we Moms have to switch from weekend mode back to work mode, get everybody out of the house dressed, fed and on time. And we are supposed to do it without becoming a screaming shrew. Yeah, I don't like Monday's much either, in fact, I am running late right now getting my post up, but after reading The Mother of All Meltdowns- I know these wonderful Moms will forgive me.

About :The Mother of All Meltdowns:

"Every mother, at some point, inevitably becomes her own worst enemy. In a millisecond, her halo crumbles and she has a moment so crazed it is forever known as the one…The Mother of All Meltdowns. 
This anthology was written by women who have had their moments. Together we have experienced the anguish and frustration of the adult-sized tantrum. We have shed the tears, dropped to our knees in agony, and asked the age-old question, “Why me?” From poop-decorated rooms to having our liquid gold scrutinized and confiscated by TSA, we’re not afraid to share our collection of thirty tell-all stories. We are survivalists and know that within every meltdown there is a silver lining."

I invite you to meet these honest, engaging women by visiting the website  HERE and following them on Facebook and Twitter. 

My Review: 

Reading this book was cathartic for me not only as a Mom, but as a multi-tasking Blogger much like these ladies. They open up and rip the band-aide off the "everything is FINE" scenario all Moms have tried to pass off. Truth: We have all had moments we would love to forget happened, so I stand up, applaud and say Brava! to each and every women who shared in The Mother of All Meltdowns. 
This book has a chapter for every age and stage of childhood, plus a diverse line up of Moms. You will find yourself laughing, crying and nodding in agreement as you read. 
The Mother of All Meltdowns shows you clearly that we are all just humans trying to do our best with several nods to wine, poop and sweat. Oh, and I can't forget to mention the LOVE. It is at the very heart of every story. 
I am so happy I got invited to read this book, I saw myself in the pages and I bet you will too! My favorite quote is: "The Greatest motherhood truth is to recognize you are not alone!" by Melissa Swedoski .

 Head on over to their website or purchase your copy at Amazon.

As always, I hope you found this review helpful. I hope you will enjoy reading this book and would love for you to stop back by and let me know your thoughts after you read it. Since it's selling like hot cakes- I would love to hear from you if you have already read the book too! Leave a comment and share your favorite meltdown in the book, or if you are brave share your own meltdown here. 

Disclosure: I received a free PDF copy of The Mother of All Meltdowns in the hopes that I would share my opinion of it on my blog. No other compensation was given, or asked for, I was only to happy to share this book with you because I felt it would interest you my readers as much as it did me. Note: The Amazon link above is my affiliate link, which may mean compensation for me should you choose to purchase via it. 

October finds me Pink and Blue

in , , , , , , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Thursday, October 17, 2013

To say this has not been a “normal” October for most Americans is probably an understatement what with our government squabbling and causing all manner of hardships all across our nation. I am in no way a political debater or writer, so I will just say, I am glad EVERYBODY got to go back to work today and I hope you are enjoying some of nature's beauty that October brings.

I wanted to take time out today to share a part of my “other” job with you. Near the end of August, I rejoined Avon, (you can read more about my Avon story here) and in these short few weeks, I have reconnected with old customers and friends in such a positive way. 

Several have told me they missed shopping with me and talking with me. Sure, everybody knows Avon and likes their products- but when you have ladies telling you that it just wasn’t the same as shopping with me; I cannot tell you how empowering and uplifting their comments are! 

This leads me to why October finds me Pink and Blue.

Avon’s Breast Cancer Crusade is world renowned and I take pride in being a little fish in a big pond of caring and giving individuals who work tirelessly to help find a cure.
 I invite you to please visit Avon’s Breast Cancer Crusade page to learn about ways you can get involved. I would love it if you visited my Pink page and see if there is a product or two you would like to purchase to do your part. 

Now I would like to talk about the Blue part of my October. 

Did you know that October is also Speak out against Domestic Violence month? 

Speak Out Against
Domestic Violence

As a Mom of two daughters, I find that as they get older the fear of dating abuse and or sexual violence becomes a tough topic that I have to address. I “lightly” touched on the subject with my 14 year old and will cross that same bridge with my 10 year old when I feel she is ready.  

What is Domestic Violence? 

According to Avon: "Domestic violence is a pattern of abuse with the goal of establishing or maintaining power and control over the victim. It can happen occasionally or continuously and often worsens over time. Domestic violence includes physical, sexual, mental, and financial abuse. It knows no boundaries: Domestic violence can affect anyone, regardless of income, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religion.
To help bring this issue out of the shadows, the Avon Foundation for Women launched Speak Out Against Domestic Violence, an initiative to build awareness, educate, and improve prevention and direct service programs. Through the end of 2012, in the U.S. alone, we have provided more than $33 million for the domestic violence cause."
Parents: Especially Moms! If you have a teen or older tween, perhaps it's time for you to have this talk too.  Don’t wait too long! Kids are learning “stuff” at earlier ages than most of us did. Let’s help keep our kids safe by learning all we can about this silent problem.
 Please visit Avon’s Speak out Against Violence Campaign and see how you can help this important cause here.  I would love it if you stopped by my Blue page to see if you would like to purchase any of our special empowerment pieces.
I'm ordering myself this beautiful Butterfly Umbrella.  It's only $10.00 and it will help fund help. 100% of net profits ($6.62) will be donated to the Avon Foundation for programs dedicated to ending violence against women. And just so you know, Avon Reps. do not earn commissions on any of the Pink or Blue products. :)

Do you need help?

Four little words that to some may be very hard to answer. But, If you are reading this and you are a victim of domestic violence, no matter how small: please reach out to somebody.  Don’t stay silent. Please. After reading the study results Avon conducted in September of this year, silence is not the answer! Avon wants to help. We Avon Reps. want to help. If you visit this page, there are lists of help line numbers in categories to help you.

For Teens: 

Love doesn't hurt. Love is Respect.

I know you think parents and adults just don't get it and hey, maybe we don't, but we want to- Try talking to us! If you can't yet, please visit this interactive page full of quizzes and resources that may help you find your voice.
Be Safe not Silent

Lastly, if you are reading this and think Avon might be a good fit for you too, I invite you to join my Avon family.  

Thank you in advance for helping me and Avon support these very worthy causes this month and throughout the year. Do you have a charity or cause to share? Please feel free to let me know in your comment.