Children's Books, Giveaways, Parenting, Reviews

A Review & Giveaway from FlattenMe Personalized Books and Gifts

Book Review and Giveaway

Reading has always been an important part of the daily routine in our household. It’s something I’ve enjoyed since childhood and knew would someday become common practice when I eventually had children of my own. When I was pregnant with C, I found myself reading to her in utero (which, now that I look back, sounds a little crazy) and that trend continued after she was born. Now that a little older, she’s better able to understand and follow sequences of events. Reading to her has transitioned from looking at pictures to enjoying (toddler appropriate) storylines. I’ve noticed that she’s started to develop a passion and love for books and reading which is probably why I was so elated for the opportunity to review a personalized book from FlattenMe.Com. The company has also graciously offered to giveaway a personalized book to one of you (more on that below).

Owl Always Love You Personalized Book

“Owl Always Love You”, written by Robyn Spizman and illustrated by Erica Leighton, is a ‘bedtime story for little night owls’ (who doesn’t love owls?!). Each page is beautifully illustrated and sends a message of abounding love for the main character (which, in my book, is my daughter). It’s a reminder to children that they are loved, always and unconditionally. The pages compare the love we have for our children to things found in nature and daily life like a cradle loving to rock, rain loving a cloud, and kites loving to fly. The message is simple and easy for children to understand: they are special and they are loved.

The hardback book is comprised of fourteen thick, easy to turn story pages each with its own unique and beautiful illustration. You can take a peek at each individual page online here. FlattenMe.com also offers personalized photo books, journals, tshirts, wall art, and more online which make for great gifts for every family member. FlattenMe has offered to host a giveaway for one lucky reader to enjoy a Keepsake personalized Owl book of their very own (less the cost of shipping, which is $3.99).

To Enter (each option earns one entry):

  • “Like” the FlattenMe Facebook page and post a message on their wall telling them that #ItsAnOrdinaryBlog sent you (be sure to use the # hashtag so I can see the post).
  • Head on over to the It’s An Ordinary Blog Facebook page and tell me what your favorite thing about the Owl Always Love You book is.
  • Leave a comment on this post telling me who you would personalize this sweet book for.

A winner will be randomly drawn on Friday November 1st. As always, good luck and my the odds be ever in your favor!

Flatten Me

While FlattenMe sent a personalized copy of “Owl Always Love You” free of charge in exchange for my review and giveaway, I am under no obligation to write a positive review and all expressed thoughts are uniquely my own. Please feel free to reach out to me anytime with questions: ItsAnOrdinaryBlog@gmail.com.

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“My Heart Warrior” A Pre-Post

My Heart Warrior

I recently ordered a book written by a good friend of mine from college. I am planning to do a book review post next month after I’ve had time to read it but I thought that it was important to spend some time today giving a brief back story on why the book was written in the first place.

Mike and his wife Gloria welcomed baby Aaron into the world in November 2011. Aaron was born with a rare congenital heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS). What that basically means is that the left ventricle of Aaron’s heart was not developed. When an infant is diagnosed with HLHS, surgical intervention becomes a necessary requirement in an attempt to prolong the child’s life. Even with surgical management, survival is not guaranteed.

Aaron, his family, and his medical team at Duke Children’s Hospital in Durham, North Carolina, fought so hard for his survival but, unfortunately, he lost the battle in May 2012, on his six month birthday. This devastating loss inspired Mike to write a book, “My Heart Warrior: Living with HLHS Through a Father’s Eyes”. It outlines and documents their experience with baby Aaron.

I am confident that their story can help families touched by this heart wrenching condition and other medical issues. If you would like to read it along with me, you can purchase the book through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or directly from the publisher. I’ve included links for each of those below. They also have several products available for purchase through their website: My Heart Warrior.

Mike donates a significant percentage of the profits from each purchase to both the Ronald McDonald House of Durham, North Carolina, and to Duke Children’s Hospital Cardiology Department, who provided so much support during Aaron’s care. Your purchase will help families dealing with medical crisis in the Raleigh/Durham area.

BookLocker Publisher (Available both electronically and on paperback)