For this week's Newfie Newsroom post, I decided to pull out an oldie but goodie. When Emily was first learning to sit up, she used her brother Baxter for an anchor.
I'm a firm believer that we all should spend our summer months sitting by a body of water, soaking up the rays with a book in hand. We owe it to ourselves after the brutal winter that left us pale and downright grumpy. This is why I'm offering the digital version of Underwater Secrets for .99 today only. What better way to kick off the summer than to dive into a book about relationships, lakeside drama and characters that will keep you entertained.
As promised, today marks the day that I launch the first official weekly "Newfie Newsroom" post. The weekly posts will be sure to leave you immersed in cuteness, complete with fur, drool and chubby toddler cheeks. And I leave you with this...
And yes, I'm doing all of them...
Call my daughter "Princess"
I remember it like it was yesterday. I overheard a woman referring to her daughter as "princess." I wanted to gag right then and there. I never even felt the need to say that I would never do this, because I couldn't even imagine it as a temptation. BUT, for whatever reason I call Emily....wait for it....PRINCESS! And it's not just once in awhile, it's nearly every day! Even when it comes out of my mouth it sounds foreign, like when you are expecting to take a sip of diet Coke and it turns out to be orange juice. I honestly don't know where it came from, but I guess maybe she is a sweet little princess to me. I can only imagine how many sets of eyes have been rolled and how many people are probably thinking "pageant mom," when they hear me call her this term of endearment.
Give my child junk food
I like to consider myself a bit of a healthy eater, minus the occasional weekend day where my husband and I declare a "treat day" and we eat whatever we want. I always said, "my child will not eat that sugary crap," and she doesn't eighty percent of the time. But there is that twenty percent when I just want to see the expression on her face when she bites into a chocolate chip cookie fresh from the new bakery in town. And, I'll admit-I've been known to toss her a piece of chocolate when I've exhausted all other healthy options and she just won't stop crying.
Allow her to run around wild in stores
Okay, so this one was just recently added to my list-ever since Emily discovered that being mobile is far more exciting than sitting in a boring shopping cart. So, it was either let her wiggle her way out of the cart, risking her falling onto the floor or let her run free. While letting her run free has it's own challenges, I find that the more I try to stop her from pulling those cereal boxes off of the shelf, the more she will want to do it.
Let her grandparents spoil her
I can't say that I have a lot of control over this one, especially when she spends time with her grandparents while I'm not around. And the girl has three sets of grandparents, so there is no shortage of her getting what she wants.
Spoil her with a toy while out shopping
Okay, so picture this-you are out shopping with the cutest baby/toddler in the world and she reaches for something off of a shelf. She pulls it to her chest with her chubby pink fingers and the sweetest toothless grin lights up her face. ENOUGH SAID. She really must've had a need for that stuffed dog keychain with the ridiculously big eyes.
Dress her in pink all the time
When my husband and I were registering for the baby shower, we specifically put gender neutral items on the list even though we knew we were having a girl. My husband probably had visions of her wearing Marquette Basketball clothing at all times, while I envisioned her wardrobe consisting of shirts and pants with cute animals on them. Unfortunately for both of us...the girl looks STUNNING in pink. So, yes, every day there is a splash of pink somewhere on her attire.
Let her watch television
Don't get your panties in a bunch-I don't plop her down in front of the TV for hours at a time. But, she has her special programs that she likes-Elmo, Sid the Science Kid, and Dinosaur Train. And man, it's amazing what I can accomplish during one of those 24 minute shows. Thank you Netflix, thank you Sesame Street.
Let our child ride the dogs
It's a common misconception that big dogs are bred to give children rides like they are ponies in a petting zoo. And, yes the funny passerby will joke "I bet your baby can ride those dogs." Well, yeah...she can. But she's not supposed to because of the potential harm it could cause their backs. But, rules are made to be broken, especially when they involve this level of cuteness.
Book clubs. They are all the rage these days. They even sell paraphernalia that boasts rivaling book clubs outdrinking each other. It's a perfect way for gals to get away for the night to discuss the latest read, have a cocktail (or five in some cases), and participate in themed meals.
As an author, I've attended book club meetings locally as both a writer and a reader. But this past weekend was my first time branching out and trekking to Vermont to attend a meeting with a group of women I had never met before. The club had read my latest release, Underwater Secrets. As soon as I arrived, the host greeted me with open arms, presenting me with a box of chocolates from a local store. Before the guests started to arrive, she told me how their book club works. They meet once a month and the person hosting gets to choose the book, as well as provide the meal and drinks, all in line with the theme of the book. In this case, the host was preparing a full blown meal of corned beef and cabbage, along with smores fondue and Coronas. Has this inspired you to read Underwater Secrets yet? ;)
After dinner, the group of ten ladies, gathered in the cozy living room and sipped on coffee out of cups that were similar to that described in the book. I was so impressed by how well the host brought Underwater Secrets to life but it didn't stop there. The discussion started about the book and of course there were questions about the writing process. But the inspiration really fired up when the conversation branched off and we talked about anything from motherhood, health, happiness levels and the beautiful state of Vermont. These women inspired me with their questions, their own personal backgrounds and of course their love of reading. Three hours flew by, and I left there feeling rejuvenated and energized. Because of this, I couldn't wait to get back to my laptop and start working on my next project.
A big thank you to the "Fancy Ladies Book Club." :)