The Joy of Missing Out #JOMO

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By Christina Crook

In this newly released book, Vancouver-born author and TEDx Speaker Christina Crook shares her experience with staying offline for a period of 31 days, and offers new insight into the impact of our reliance on technology in our day-to-day lives.

Excerpt: Statistics tell us that most of us are not living with this kind of joy; we are not living our very good days. Instead, we are living in silos. In rooms all over the city, we are gathered side-by-side in cubicles, high above spider-legged byways, spending the currency of our lives in front of MacBook Pros with retina displays, iPads and Androids. Little “poolunk” sounds indicate messages received, interrupting conversations, thoughts and feelings. Neighbors are tucked indoors. Our energies, creativity and time — per- haps the best of us — are being spent committed to screens. Already our gadgets are wearable and, sooner than we think, they’ll be under our skin.

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Princess Madeline Trilogy

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The Escape of Princess Madeline by Kirstin PulioffTitle: The Escape of Princess Madeline (Princess Madeline Trilogy, Book #1)  Length: 138 pages Recommended for: Ages 10+

Summary: The princess of Soron, Madeline wakes on her sixteenth birthday to learn that her father has already prepared for her betrothal. Her suitors and knight champion rush to the rescue when she disappears suddenly, but not all is as it seems. The princess’s flight has put the kingdom at stake…

Can Madeline find freedom or does it come with too high a price?

Follow along with her on this adventure full of twists and turns as she tries to find her freedom and answers to her questions about life and love.


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The Beatrix Girls – The Best Song Contest!

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Music has the power to uplift us, to make us move, and to get us smiling. This month The Beatrix Girls are celebrating some of their favourite chart-topping songs, and they’d love to know which one is your favourite.

Choose the song that gets you grooving, and once the votes have been tallied at the end of the promotion, everyone who chose the Top Song will be entered for the chance to win a fabulous The Beatrix Girls prize pack!

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Raising Sleeping Stones Book Blast

Raising Sleeping Stones

About Raising Sleeping Stones (The Orora Crona Chronicles, Book 1)

Author: P.H.T. Bennet | Length: 364 pages (est.) | Recommended For: Ages 9 to 14

You can purchase a copy of this innovative book/app for only 99 cents until April 2, 2015!

Please note that the full functionalities of the app (e.g., music, hidden illustrations, and other interactive features) are not included in the e-book. The app is available through iTunes.

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Spring Break Bucket List

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Spring Break is upon us and I have been searching for ideas of how to keep my two little boys busy while we are home for two weeks.

This weekend we sat down as a family and created our family’s “Spring Break Bucket List” for 2015.

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Devon’s Choice Blog Tour

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Written by Catherine Bennett

Devon Murphy leads a life with no surprises. She spends her time working part-time at a coffee shop, building her online graphics design business and keeping tabs on her aging father. The only tricky situation in her life is a shallow relationship with the pampered and affluent Michael Turner, who sees her as one in a string of women to conquer.

Brandon lost his father, and now his only goal is to carry on the family business and live life on his own terms. Then one snowy evening he walks into the coffee shop and is enchanted by the red-haired barista behind the counter. Can Devon and Brandon’s attraction for each other be strong enough to help renew their faith and erase their deepest disappointments?

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Educational Apps from Kids Academy #MomBuzz #FreeKidsApp


I was very excited when we were given the opportunity to test out the new updates to these Kids Academy apps. With a 3 year old at home I am always looking for new ways to keep him learning.

Preschool & Kindergarten Baby Books, Songs, and Early Reading Toddler Games

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Stellarcadia Book Blast

Stellarcadia by Julie Anne Grasso

About Stellarcadia (Adventures of Caramel Cardamom, Book 3)

Written by: Julie Anne Grasso | Length: 128 pages | Recommended for: Ages 8 to 12

Description: Caramel Cinnamon can hardly believe her luck! The teen elf has been invited to attend the first Intergalactic Youth Summit, which is to be hosted on-board the Stellarcadia. Her friends can’t wait to go “hyper,” but just the thought of it chills Caramel to the bone. None of her worries could compare to the icy reception she receives when she arrives. Determined to get to the bottom of it, Caramel stumbles on a dangerous conspiracy, but no one believes her when she tries to shed light on it. Caramel will have to do more than just outwit her enemies, she will have to convince her friends to take her seriously.

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Connect with author Julie Anne Grasso

Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


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Stellarcadia Book Blast Giveaway

Open internationally – Enter by 11:59 PM on March 25, 2015

Prize (1 winner) –

  • $25 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice)

How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.

Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Julie Anne Grasso and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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The Healthy Family Expo 2015


The 2nd annual Healthy Family Expo is coming to the Vancouver Convention Centre on March 29, 2015 and my family is really excited to be there! It’s going to be a fun-filled day for Lower Mainland families with kids aged 0-12; offering small steps & simple solutions to healthy, active, eco-friendly living.

I know I’ve said it a few times before, but for those who don’t know–I love to support Canadian businesses; especially those that promote safer and healthier options for our families! I am really excited to explore the 100+ exhibits, to discover some some new-to-me products, and meet some of the people behind the brands. And my kids… Well, they were basically vibrating with excitement when I showed them some of the activities that will be part of the Biggest Active Kid Zone in the Lower Mainland! I can’t blame them really – with everything from bouncing, climbing wall, giant hamster ball track, Tumblebus, run bike area, and baby crawl zone to family fitness – I’m pretty eager to check it out too!

Sounds like the perfect day already right? But there’s still lots more to tell you about! Here’s some more of what we have to look forward to:

  • First 200 attendees receive child day ticket to the Sea to Sky Gondola
  • Bobs & LoLo concerts at 11 am and 2 pm
  • $10,000 Grand Prize Showcase, including a 1-year lease on a Toyota Prius

You can join in on all of the pre-Expo fun online, for the chance to win lots of other great prizes that will be given away leading up to the event. Stay up-to-date by joining their Facebook Event (flash giveaways running daily for the whole month of March), liking/following their Facebook , Twitter, and Pinterest accounts, and visiting their website.



  • Kids 12 and under are FREE!
  • Ages 13+:
    • $8 in advance (buy online or at Whole Foods Market or London Drugs)
    • Advance tickets are entered to win a 2015/2016 family season’s pass to Cypress Mountain, and $1 from each ticket sale supports the Canucks Autism Network.
    • $12 cash at the door


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$2000 Pre-Expo Online Giveaway

To kick off the pre-Expo celebrations, Healthy Family Expo partners & exhibitors have teamed up to give one lucky Lower Mainland winner a healthy family prize package valued at over $2000!

This generous prize package includes:

This pre-Expo online giveaway runs from March 2nd to 25th, 2015. Enter through Rafflecopter below. Winner will be announced at the Healthy Family Expo Facebook Party on Thursday, March 26th,2015.

Winner must collect all prizes at the Healthy Family Expo live event at the Vancouver Convention Centre on Sunday, March 29th, 2015, open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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The Crystal Keeper Book Blast

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The Crystal Keeper by Laurisa White Reyes

Fourteen years before The Rock of Ivanore

Jayson’s sole purpose for staying alive is to protect his half of the Seer’s crystal. He was exiled from his homeland for loving the king’s daughter, Ivanore, and lives among the shadows of Hestoria. Two opposing factions are both pursuing him: a League of Magicians who intend to use the crystal for their own selfish gain, and the Guilde, the ancient guardians of the crystal.

Ivanore, the Seer, has fled her father to search for Jayson in Hestoria. She is plagued with visions of him being tortured and is determined to rescue him. When the Magicians capture her, she unwittingly jeopardizes everything Jayson has vowed to protect and he is faced with a devastating choice – Save Ivanore, or save the crystal?

The Crystal Keeper trilogy is available in print or digital formats.

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