Thursday, December 27, 2012

Upcoming Children's Books

Girl Standing Behind Stack of Big Books

I trust you all had a wonderful Christmas.  I can't believe it has come and gone.  It seems to go by faster every year, especially when there are kids involved.

As we approach 2013, I have a couple children's books that I will be reviewing here on the blog.  I won't reveal the titles as of yet because, well quite frankly, I am sitting here in bed recovering from a stomach bug.  I can't seem to get myself up to go grab the titles to share with you.  Hang tight though, they will  be made available shortly. 

I am excited about one in particular, as it has to do with a name that just happens to be my middle daughter's name, good stuff.

Well, sorry so short, I can barely keep my eyes open.  This Michigan mom needs a nap and to regain her strength.  Such a bummer.  I usually don't get sick and when I do, ugh it knocks me down.  Thankfully, nobody else in the house is sick.  I think I just need to learn how to slow down. God may be testing me in this way.

If I don't post tomorrow, stay tuned for Monday!

Many blessings everyone.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Free Photos with Timeless Hues Photography

Good morning Michigan moms and visiting readers.  I would like to share with you something very touching and inspirational.  This was sent to the Michigan Home Mommy Works Facebook page and she wanted me to share this with all of you.  Read below.

Ami Fischer
"FREE PHOTOS: Olivia Engle was one of the precious babies that lost her life at Sandy Hook Elementary on 12/14/12. The Olivia Act was created by a fellow photographer after learning that the Engle family had their family portraits taken not long before the tragedy. Understanding how truly priceless these photographs now are to this family the photographer has offered a free session to a family and is challenging other photographers to do the same.

Like Timeless Hues Photography on Facebook

 I am accepting this challenge and will be giving away one free session including prints to a family. I am now taking nominations so if you know of a family who would benefit from and appreciate this amazing gift please email me their name, their email address or phone # and let me know why you are nominating them. PLEASE EMAIL ONLY, no names or stories on this post. Email all entries to and make the subject  “The Olivia Act”...

I will accept nominations until 12/31/2012 and the session can take place anytime in 2013. The family receiving this gift will be notified by mid January. Please consider sharing this post as well so that other families and photographers can take part.

Timeless Hues Photography

 Thank you so much for taking the time to read and nominate." ~ Ami Jewell Fischer

Ami is a respected photographer located here in Michigan.  Please feel free to nominate a family that would benefit from The Olivia Act.  R.I.P. sweet Olivia Engle.  I know your family misses you dearly.

Thank you to Ami for sharing this info with us.  We are all deeply saddened and touched by this recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Middle School in Newport, Connecticut.  We can only pray peace and comfort on all of the families involved.

Many Blessings!

For inquiries, please contact me at

And the Winners of the Panera Bread 10 Dollar Gift Card Giveaway are............

Lauren Weber and Elizabeth Parker
Christmas Snowman with Candy Cane
Congratulations ladies! Lauren and Elizabeth will be contacted through email to both receive a $10 gift card from Panera Bread.  Thank you to everyone who entered this (Michigan only) giveaway.  I am so thrilled that these fellow Michigan bloggers were randomly chosen through Rafflecopter.   I happen to follow both blogs and they are great!  Check them out below:
Elizabeth's Blog: Yes/No Films
If you missed out on the recent post for this giveaway, you can read it here along with disclaimer, etc.
If you would like to submit a product or service for review/giveaway here on Michigan Home Mommy Works, please contact me at for details.  It's a great way to gain extra exposure for your business. I look forward to working with you.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Valentine's Day Advertising Guide 2013

It's not even Christmas and yet you are already seeing "Valentine's Day" in the title.  Wow, right? Haha! Well, as I have posted in the past, I was going to try and do a Christmas guide advertising mom businesses and services.  But, because I was too late in my decision, I decided to post-pone until next year and put the invite out in September instead.  There was a great response, so I am pretty excited about that.

For Valentine's Day, I would like to do a mini advertising guide showcasing any specials or promotions you may be having.  If you would like to advertise a product or service for this upcoming Valentine's Day guide (which will be available well in advance of Valentine's Day), please email me at  It will only be $5 for inclusion.  Custom Cakes by Kimi and Walls Gifts and More are just a couple of the businesses you may be seeing in the upcoming Michigan mom business guide.   In order for the online guide to be active, there must be 10 + businesses on board.  The lastest you can respond to this opportunity is January 15, 2013.  Reserve your spot today. Again,

Let us remember to continually pray for all of the families and friends who lost loved ones in the Newport, CT tragedy.  I am sure many families will not be celebrating Christmas this year.  Lord help them!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Remembering the Precious Children and Adults in Newport, Connecticut

Today, my heart is saddened.  As you know, families and friends in Newport, Connecticut lost precious loved ones this past Friday, December 14, 2012.  I cannot image the complete horror and devastation these parents faced when they found out their precious babies lives were taken from them.

As I see pictures of these sweet faces slowly unfold, my heart aches with tears streaming down my face.  Mommies and daddies no longer wake up with the smiles, joy, and wonder of their precious child.  Wishing it is a nightmare, reality sets in for these families.  Christmas will be dark and grief and sorrow will consume these families in the days ahead. 

Here is my prayer, feel free to pray it with me.  My heart's desire that many turn to Jesus in the days ahead.  I understand this is not popular, but I am not afraid to stand up for what I believe in.  Having been through a different type of tragedy of losing a child (baby), my faith and hope could only grow stronger.  I just can't imagine this type of loss, ugh my heart beats harder at the thought.

My prayer...

"Lord, be with these families this day.  I know comfort and peace seems so far fetched right now.  These families will feel like they can't go on without them.  It's time to turn to you, Jesus. It's time to realize we need you back in the schools. Our future is so uncertain, but through Christ, we have eternal hope."

A fellow blogger is posted on "26 Acts of Kindness" to remember all the lives lost.  Feel free to participate in this as a beautiful tribute to all of these children and adults.

Many blessings to you all.  Hold your families today

The Winner of the FeverAll Cool Pack Giveaway Is.....

Jamie Tobias!
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Congratulations, Jamie!  Jamie will be receiving the branded FeverAll cool pack for kids as well as a small box of FeverAll suppositories for teething babies.  Thanks to all of you who entered the giveaway.  You can read original post on FeverAll here along with disclaimer, etc.

Many blessings!
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Friday, December 14, 2012

Christmas Gift Deals for Coupon Friday

Happy Friday!  I have updated the "Deals for Moms" page.  You can take advantage of:
  • Coupon Deals
  • Michigan Mom Deals through Mamapedia
  • Fashion Deals
With Christmas coming, it's probably time to stock up on necessary items, especially for all of us on a budget.  Take advantage of these amazing deals before they are gone.    I have over 200 coupon deals posted on the page.  There are groceries, toiletries, and even gifts available for your last minute shopping needs.  Some great gift ideas available are:

*Refer to items marked below
  • $3 off Words With Friends Game from Hasbro *(7)
  • $3 off Draw Something Game from Hasbro *(9)
  • $5 off Tigger Movie Bounce-a-rrrific DVD *(41)
  • $3 off Chronicles of Narnia Blu-Ray *(51)
  • $3 off Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules DVD *(52)
  • $10 off Barbie Toys by Mattel, $50 Minimum *(56)
  • $3 off Sound of Music Blu-Ray or DVD *(59)
  • $3 off Home Alone Blu-Ray *(61)
  • $5 off Power Rangers Super Samurai Season *(68)
  • $2 off $19.97 or more in Crayola Products *(76)
and MUCH more!

I would normally have linked the above items to the exact coupon, but because I am an affiliate for these coupons, I cannot click my own links personally, plus they show up as "clipped."  To help you out, you may see a number next to the coupon in parenthesis.  It's in order as the coupons appear on the page.

CLICK HERE To take you over to Coupon Friday!  Don't miss out! Some of these deals expire quickly!

Happy Shopping!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Scrumptious Blueberry French Toast Recipe PLUS Panera Bread Gift Card Giveaway

Are you looking for some fun holiday recipes?  How about holiday breakfast or brunch recipes?  I was recently introduced to a blueberry french toast recipe using Panera Bread's cinnamon raisin bread.

This is our variation using Panera Bread's Cinnamon Raisin Bread, but you get the idea below.

Here are the ingredients and directions posted by Panera Bread


  • 1 loaf Panera Bread Cinnamon Raisin Bread
  • 8 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese spread, at room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange zest
  • ¾ cup fresh blueberries
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

  • Directions

    1. "Cut bread into 1 1/4-inch-thick slices (you should have about 8 slices). Cut a slit through the top crust of each slice to form a deep pocket.

    2. In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese, 3 tablespoons of sugar, and orange zest. Stir in blueberries and spoon filling equally into bread pockets. Lay stuffed slices of bread in a shallow 4-quart baking dish, such as a 15-inch-by-10-inch dish.

    3. In medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, salt, and remaining the 1 tablespoon of sugar. Pour mixture evenly over bread, tilting the dish to completely coat the bread. Let sit until the liquid is absorbed, at least 30 minutes at room temperature or covered in the refrigerator overnight.

    4. Coat a large skillet or griddle with cooking spray, oil, or butter, and heat over medium-high heat. Add the Panera Bread Cinnamon Raisin Bread and cook until nicely browned and crisp outside, about 5 minutes per side."

    TIP: "If you don’t have whole milk, use 1 cup 2 percent milk and 1/2 cup heavy cream."
    Nutritional Info: 489 calories, 19 g protein, 61 g carbohydrate, 20 g fat, 259 mg cholesterol, 443 mg sodium, 3 g dietary fiber

    Interested in this scrumptious recipe?  To get you started, I have two $10 Panera Bread gift cards up for grabs.  Just enter the giveaway through Rafflecopter below. There can only be two winners. This giveaway is for Michigan residents only.  Enjoy!

    Michigan Home Mommy Works received Panera Bread Gift Cards worth $10 each in exchange for this post and giveaway. Any opinions expressed here are honest and my own.

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    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

    Holiday Hair for Girls Tutorial

    Hello everyone!  This morning I have a holiday tutorial you may be interested in especially, if you are the mom/parent of a little girl.

    As a mom of three girls, I am always looking for creative ways to do their hair even around Christmas time.  I was introduced to this tutorial by on easy hair do's and wanted to share with you. The styles are so elegant and unique as you will see below. Enjoy!

    Heart Braid

    Cozy's signature style, this is a must-have look for the holidays.


    What You’ll Need: Wide-tooth comb, fine-tooth comb, decorative hair clip, ponytail holders

    Step 1: Starting with damp hair (either towel-dried or misted), use a wide-tooth comb to detangle the hair. Then, using a fine-tooth comb, part the hair down the middle of the head. Clip one side up right above the ear.

    Step 2: On the other side of the part, use the fine comb to gather a thin section of hair from the crown. This section should measure about 2 inches from the hairline to the top of the head.

    Step 3: Divide this section into three, and begin a French braid starting at the crown and curving toward the temple, then toward the back of the head, like the top lobe of a heart. You will be lifting hair into the braid only from this side of the part. Leave no loose hair in front of the ears.

    Step 4: When you reach the center part at the back of the head, secure the braid with a ponytail holder. If the hair is very long, end the braid about mid ear; the ends will hang down the back.

    Step 5: Unclip the hair on the other side of the part and repeat the process. Secure with a ponytail holder.

    Step 6: Join the ends of the braids together in the back with a decorative bow or ponytail holder to form the bottom point of the heart.
    The Present Bow
    This adorable style will make your child’s hair the talk of the town. Create a perfect bow to wrap up your child’s holiday look. It’s an easy style that can be used for everyday wear as well. Note: the hair should be long enough to create a bow.

    What you’ll need: Brush/wide-tooth comb, spray bottle of water,fine-tooth comb, hair spray, spray-on hair glitter, hairpins

    Step 1: Starting with dry hair, brush or comb the hair to smooth and detangle it. Lightly mist it with water so it is slightly damp. Using the fine-tooth comb, part hair in the center.

    Step 2: On one side of the part near the hairline, pick up a 1-inch section of hair to create a long strand.

    Step 3: Repeat on the other side of the part, to create a second strand of hair. Join the two strands together by creating a loose knot. Spray the knot and pin it in place. Then loosely create the perfect bow, tying the two strands together. Pin each bow in place and spray with hairspray to secure the bow. For a finishing touch, cover the bow with spray-on hair glitter; be generous with the glitter if you really want your bow to sparkle!

    The French Braid Headband
    Besides being a great way to keep hair off the face, this braided headband makes its own accessory. Girls can wear it with their hair hanging down in back, or with a ponytail.

    What You’ll Need: Wide-tooth comb, fine-tooth comb, ponytail holders, jaw clip, decorative bobby pins.
    Step 1: Start with damp hair (either towel –dried or misted) and use a wide-tooth comb to detangle the hair.
    Step 2: Use a fine-tooth comb to draw a horizontal line across the crown from the top of one ear to the top of the other ear. From the line, comb the hair forward to the face. Pull the hair in back of the line into a ponytail holder or jaw clip so it stays out of your way.
    Step 3: Choose which ear you want the braid to start from. Tilt the head so the ear you’ve chosen is facing up toward the ceiling. With your child’s ear tilted up, being making the braided headband using the hair in front of the part.
    Step 4: Once you’ve reached the other ear, secure the braid with a ponytail holder. If you like, tuck it behind the ear and pin it in place with a few bobby pins. Remove the ponytail holder or jaw clip use in Step 2 and style as you like. Finish by adding sparkly or decorative hairpins through different parts of the braid.

    The Braided Bun

    This simple way of scooping hair up always makes girls feel grown-up. And the braided bun is extremely versatile – it can be adorned with a fun clip or headband to dress it up, or worn alone as a stylish and effective way to keep hair off the face.

    What You’ll Need: Ponytail holder, bobby pins, beaded/decorative pins, decorative hair band.

    Step 1: Gather hair in a loose ponytail. Make a braid with the ponytail, tying it off with a ponytail holder.

    Step 2: Twist the braided ponytail into a tight rope, coiling it around itself at the base.

    Step 3: Tuck the ends of the coil into the ponytail holder at the base. Then secure the bun by pushing bobby pins into the hair at the bun’s base on all sides. Lightly spritz the bun with hair spray or spray-on hair glitter to lock in the style.

    The Quadruple Twist

    A quick flick of the wrist creates this cute coif that only looks complicated. You can fancy it up with pretty beads or barrettes to go with your child’s holiday outfit.

    What You’ll Need: Spray bottle, fine-tooth comb, hair clip to section hair, small ponytail holders, mini- clips, hair gel or light styling cream

    Step 1: Mist the hair with the spray bottle to make it damp but not wet. Part in the middle with a fine-tooth comb, and gather a section of the hair on one side of the part, from the part to the outer eyebrow.

    Step 2: Divide this section in half, with one half near the part and on half away from it. Clip the half closest to the part out of the way.

    Step 3: Hold the remaining half and begin twisting it on a diagonal path toward the part. Twist firmly, gathering additional hair as you twist, but not so tightly that it hurts. Twist till you reach the part, then secure the end with a ponytail holder, letting the excess hair hand down.

    Step 4: Unclip the half-section closest to the part and mist again. Using the same method, twist this section firmly in the direction of the part. Secure with a ponytail holder.

    Step 5: Repeat the process on the other side of the part to create tow more twists, for a total of four.

    Step 6: Attach pretty clips to the ponytail holder on each twist, be creative with these as it’s a holiday style. Rub a pea-sized amount of gel or light styling cream between your palms and scrunch the curls to finish.

    To see Cozy talk about these fabulous styles on The Today Show please visit:

    For more information on Cozy Friedman, So Cozy products and more please visit

    Thank you to for this information.  I cannot wait to try these styles on my girls this Christmas.

    Images  and info courtesy of Cozy Cuts for Kids

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    Monday, December 10, 2012

    Pain Relievers for Infants and Children: FeverAll® Cool Pack Giveaway

    Good afternoon Michigan moms and visiting readers.  I have some information that I would like to relay to you regarding pain relievers.  After all, having babies/children and being a busy parent can sometimes take a toll not only on us as moms, but on our little ones as well.

    Do you have a baby currently in the teething phase?  Even though it is an exciting milestone, it can also be a painful and miserable time for many babies. I definitely remember those days with my girls.  This can also be stressful on mommy and daddy too depending on the severity.  "You can be prepared to help provide temporary relief for your little one's teething pain, even as young as six months, when oral pain medication won't go or stay down (spitting it out, etc.) with  FeverAll® Acetaminophen Suppositories.  This  is an alternative to oral acetaminophen for temporary pain relief and fever reduction: no fuss, no mess, just confident, accurate dosing your child's age every single time."

    Why should you consider keeping FeverAll® in your medicine cabinet?  Here is info provided for this blog by FeverAll®:

    • Did you know that Benzocaine teething gels are a no-no?  Just this year, the FDA advised against using teething medicine containing benzocaine commonly found in teething gels.  Acetaminophen is safe when used as directed and is commonly recommended by pediatricians as a temporary pain reliever for teething.
    • As a parent, you know to expect the unexpected.  With FeverAll®, you will be ready to temporarly relieve your infant's or child's pain and reduce fever, even when you are unable to get them to take ligquid acetaminophen orally due to fussiness, vomiting, spitting up, or spitting out.
    • FeverAll® is trusted: It's an Official Recommended Product of "Mommy MD Guides." ( ), and parents and healthcare providers have relied on the accuracy and easy-of-use of FeverAll® for more than 30 years to temporarily relieve pain and reduce fever.
    • There's nothing else like it: FeverAll® is the top national brand of acetaminophen in suppository form and FeverAll® Infants Strength (80 mg) is the ONLY acetaminophen suppository approved for infants as young as six months.
    FeverAll® is available at major retailers and drugstores across the U.S., such as CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, and Walmart, for a suggested retail price of approximately $7.00 for a package of six suppositories.  It is available in three strengths randing from Infants to Children's and Jr. Strength for kids up to 12 years of age.  Learn more about FeverAll® at You can also become a fan on Facebook at

    This is great info to have, especially when you have a miserable little teether.  Would you consider using this product as a safer alternative to teething gels?

    I currently have one sample box of FeverAll®  available to one of my readers with a teething baby.  If you would be interested, please email me at:
    First come, first serve. (6 suppositories)

    Here is a giveaway for a branded FeverAll® branded cool pack and FeverAll Suppositories.  The cool pack is great even if you don't have a teething baby. This giveaway is for U.S residents only. 

    Michigan Home Mommy Works received a sample of FeverAll® and a cool pack in exchange for this post.  All opinions expressed here, if any, are honest and my own.

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    Enter Giveaway Below!

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    And the Winner of Rock My ABC's CD Giveaway is.......

    Jill Keogh Craft
    Blue and Green Flower
    Congratulations!  Jill will be receiving: Rock My ABC's with Channing Banks.  To read information about this particular toddler/preschool CD and artist Channing Banks, click here (Disclaimer etc., is also available within the post.)
    Thank you for everyone who entered in the Rock My ABC's giveaway.  Stay tuned for future giveaways here on Michigan Home Mommy Works.
    If you would like to submit a product/service for review on Michigan Home Mommy Works, please contact me at for more details.
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    Thursday, December 6, 2012

    Michigan Mommy Christmas

    Hello fellow Michigan mommies.  I am sorry for the delay in posting.  My sweet uncle passed away Tuesday morning. (My mom's younger brother)  It has been a rough road, but God is faithful and we know that he is no longer suffering and that we will see him again one day.  My heart aches, but it is full at the same time.  Supernatural peace is amazing.  Please keep my mom and the family in your thoughts and prayers as we prepare for his memorial in the days ahead.

    Here's a question for you regarding Christmas traditions and I would love to hear from you about this.  What is one family Christmas tradition that you do with your family?  This doesn't have to involve gifts.  For example, my family lights a Christmas candle in memory of our son that passed away in 2005.  It is just something we started shortly after his passing and have been going strong ever since.  On Christmas morning we always read the story of Christ's birth out of the Bible and sing Happy Birthday to Jesus.  The girls want to start making a cake or something too, so I thought that would be fun and sweet.  We try to make it as memorable as possible.  I understand that a lot of families struggle during this time of year so I want to be sensitive to that as well.

    Feel free to post your comments below.  I look forward to reading them.

    Many Blessings!

    Monday, December 3, 2012

    Meet Channing Banks with Rock My ABC's Review/Giveaway

    Happy Monday Michigan moms and visiting readers.  I have a fun review/giveaway this week perfect for your toddler/preschooler and just in time for Christmas!  Before I do the review,  I am so excited to share this mompreneur with you, after all, this is the foundation of Michigan Home Mommy Works.  So exciting!  Meet:

    Channing Banks
    Channing Banks is an International dance artist born and raised in the U.S. She is the mother of two young children as well as a respected dance artist/singer overseas with charted hits and a school teacher for a decade.

    "When my daughter was born, I looked around for some children's car music that would be educational for her yet nice to listen to and I didn't  find all too much, Channing explains, "Then when my son was born, I set out to make a children's music CD for his first birthday present.  I would put the kids to bed, hang out with my husband and when we went to bed too, I would start working.  Nights and nights I worked to get it done, but I finished it by his birthday and was so happy to give him his gift."  Channing Banks

    The CD just happened to be a gift that kept on giving with positive feedback from fellow parents. Rock My ABC's became available to the rest of the world today, December 3rd. Congrats Channing!  In 2013, Channing plans to tour behind Rock My ABC's, with a full production.

    Right now as I type this, my girls are listening to Rock My ABC's and I must say, I love it.  My preschooler seems to really enjoy it.  My girls love the song: My Daddy Is A Superhero.  It's so precious!  Here are the list of songs in order on the CD that have a fun yet modern sound:
    1. Rock My ABC's
    2. Birthday Special Day
    3. Brush Brusha
    4. Different People
    5. The Colors of My Rainbow
    6. My Daddy is a Superhero
    7. Fruits and Vegetables
    8. Let's All Count
    9. I Like to Play With my Friends
    10. Jungle Noises
    11. My Mommy Loves Me
    12. Sweet Dreams
    Stream Rock My ABC's here

    I can honestly say, that all of the songs have a fun beat that toddlers and preschoolers will love.  My preschooler is dancing away right now! HAHA!  Thanks so much to Channing Banks for allowing me the chance to listen and rock out to this CD with my girls, it was a blast!

    There is currently one CD: Rock My ABC's available to give away to one reader here on Michigan Home Mommy Works. This CD also contains Channing Banks autograph.  Extra perk! This giveaway is for U.S. residents only ages 18+.  Just enter through Rafflecopter below!

    Ready to just purchase a CD? Visit for details.

    Have a wonderful week.

    Michigan Home Mommy Works received a copy of Rock My ABC's for review in exchange for this post, however, all opinions expressed here are honest and my own.

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