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Papersalt – Family Friendly, Positive and Gorgeous – A Review

papersalt books - capability mom blogpapersalt books capability mom blog I just received these lovely books from Papersalt and love everything about them, the paper is nicer than standard cardstock, the colors are gorgeous, the graphics creative and the messages are spot on. Wow, imagine how I would gush if they paid me to write this (which they most assuredly did not). I did receive four books to review being a girl, being a boy,take the stairs and dinner table manners. I had a tough time deciding because the messages are so lovely and delivered in such a creative and simple way. Positive, helpful and sweet – the books are a pleasure to handle and you can write in them, too.

My family liked the taking the stairs and dinner table manners because there was more concrete information (Eat like you have hours) but I liked them all. I probably should have asked for the teen books if I wanted a better family review. Maybe that will be a future post!

Papersalt produces these books to help families get moving, get talking, and be positive. All of the messages and affirmations are wonderful and accessible for even the youngest children) and even families with older kids need a gentle reminder or two…our family needs this one from time to time.

capability mom loves papersalt bookscapability mom loves papersalt booksVisit Papersalt online to find more great books and their lovely blog with posts like The Skirt I Shouldn’t Have Worn To School  by Marina Orievsky which I may just forward to all of my friends with girls.

Making the transition into high school can be difficult for some girls. High school is an experience that you go into feeling all grown up and come out of only to reflect on just how much you’ve learned and how much you still have yet to learn. Being at a new school around older kids has added pressures for “fitting in.” For me, I wanted to look like all the other girls who came to school with a full face of makeup and wearing six-inch long Abercrombie skirts in the winter. The whole idea seemed silly to me but I couldn’t help but take on a “if you can’t beat’em, join’em” approach. This is an excerpt – to read the rest of this post go to




Mommy Blogger: Love it or hate it?

NY Times

There are quite a few strong opinions about the term Mommy blogger.  I don’t particularly mind it but I do get why people take offense at this label.  Are there Daddy bloggers?  Yes, but if a man blogs about, oh, I don’t know, social media, is a he a daddy blogger or just if he writes about parenting is that his handle?  Google “Mommy Blogger” and you get 3,470,000 results.  There are clubs, discussion boards, great information and writing, like this from PhD in Parenting,  Typology of the Mommy Blogger gives a great breakdown of types of Mommy Bloggers and links to them as well. 

Yesterday I found great responses to the New York Times article on Mommy Bloggers. I list just a few here but there are so many more – please excuse inconsistency in showing links/articles.  I am a newbie and it shows but my enthusiasm for the writing should make up for it – yes?

From Mom101:

From The Heir to Blair:

from Upper Case Woman:

Excuse Me New York Times, Don’t Bother Me. Because You’re Absolutely Fucking Right, I’m Building My Brand..

and another great site: The Secret is in the Sauce

Enjoy reading these posts and let me know what you think.

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