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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Rosie and Friends Positively Different by Helen Hipp Book Tour Spotlight



Paperback: 28 Pages
Publisher: Different Kind of Safari, LLC (August 17, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0989013421
ISBN-13: 978-0989013420

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Rosie and Friends is Helping Children to Understand That Their Uniqueness Is Not a Weakness.

Rosie the Pink Hippo asks readers "What advice would you give your friends who want to feel better about themselves" in this adventure book to help readers see that being different can be positive. Join Rosie the Pink Hippo, Olivia the Ostrich, and many others in this educational and eye-opening 28-page illustrated children's book, Rosie and Friends Positively Different, a creative and fun teaching tool intended for parents, caregivers, teachers, and children who may have felt at some point in their life that they were different from their peers.


ABOUT HELEN HIPP

Helen Hipp has had her own kind of safari through the land of a large family. She was always exploring new ways to define herself. There are many ways to navigate the waters of life says Helen. “You may ride in a canoe, sailboat, motorboat, or you may find yourself on the back of a pink hippo!”

With a mindset that centered on creating opportunities out of obstacles, Helen explored career opportunities, by connecting her personal experiences (parenting a child with special needs) with her beliefs, professional skills, and aspirations.

Helen received her M.A. in counseling and began her career as a psychotherapist to help people find answers for their life problems. Her work eventually evolved into a coaching practice, WithinU Life Coaching, focusing on individuals with special needs and their families.

Helen has authored articles for Family Works and Washington Family Magazine and written multiple self-help articles published by ezine.com where she is viewed as an expert in her field. She has been a contributor as a special needs consultant to FOX44 News in Burlington, Vermont.

In addition to her work, Helen has written two children’s books creating a very effective way to motivate kids of all ages to meet their challenges with self-acceptance, confidence and understanding.

Her debut children’s book, A Different Kind of Safari, released in 2013 addresses the many questions life asks by offering up lighthearted, ever-changing perspectives that transform personal challenges into opportunities. Once again, the engaging safari family, led by Rosie the Pink Hippo inspires, and help you see your life differently in her new book, Rosie and Friends Positively Different. With a cast characters experiencing real-life issues such as anxiety, fear, physical differences and poor self-esteem, Helen Hipp’s adventure books provide children with the opportunity to identify, understand and feel supported by the characters handling of similar fears, interests, and concerns.


Readers can connect with Helen Hipp on her website and on Twitter.  

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Interview with Children's Book Author Helen Hipp


A few questions for author Helen Hipp:

Q: Your children’s adventure books are based on some unusual true-life experiences, please explain and give a brief description of your books.

A: While on Safari in Africa during 2001, my family witnessed something few get to see – a pink hippo. Separated from the pod and barely tolerated due to her differences, my son Ray, who has been diagnosed with autism, felt an instant affinity to the hippo and he named her Rosie.               

Rosie – the Pink Hippo knows a lot about being different, and her adventures offer up lighthearted, ever-changing perspectives that transform personal challenges into opportunities. 

Q: What vision do you have for your books and where do you want it to take you? 

A: My adventure books have already taken me on a journey’s that has given me the opportunity to meet a large number of wonderful people, all of which I refer to as my “Safari Family”. I cannot imagine anything more rewarding than bringing more of Rosie’s adventures and their powerful message onto the stage and into schools to create an atmosphere of enjoyment, understanding, acceptance and awareness.

Q: What appeals to you most about children’s books?

A: I find the presence of innocence, imagination and creativity that is woven into many of the children’s books very captivating. I guess you can say I am a child at heart.

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ABOUT HELEN HIPP

Helen Hipp has had her own kind of safari through the land of a large family. She was always exploring new ways to      define herself. There are many ways to navigate the waters of life says Helen. “You may ride in a canoe, sailboat, motorboat, or you may find yourself on the back of a pink hippo!”

With a mindset that centered on creating opportunities out of obstacles, Helen explored career opportunities, by connecting her personal experiences (parenting a child with special needs) with her beliefs, professional skills, and aspirations.

Helen received her M.A. in counseling and began her career as a psychotherapist to help people find answers for their life problems. Her work eventually evolved into a coaching practice, WithinU Life Coaching, focusing on individuals with special needs and their families.

Helen has authored articles for Family Works and Washington Family Magazine and written multiple self-help articles published by ezine.com where she is viewed as an expert in her field. She has been a contributor as a special needs consultant to FOX44 News in Burlington, Vermont.

In addition to her work, Helen has written two children’s books creating a very effective way to motivate kids of all ages to meet their challenges with self-acceptance, confidence and understanding.

Her debut children’s book, A Different Kind of Safari, released in 2013 addresses the many questions life asks by offering up lighthearted, ever-changing perspectives that transform personal challenges into opportunities. Once again, the engaging safari family, led by Rosie the Pink Hippo inspires, and help you see your life differently in her new book, Rosie and Friends Positively Different. With a cast characters experiencing real-life issues such as anxiety, fear, physical differences and poor self-esteem, Helen Hipp’s adventure books provide children with the opportunity to identify, understand and feel supported by the characters handling of similar fears, interests, and concerns.


Readers can connect with Helen Hipp on her website and on Twitter.  


Monday, November 28, 2016

Bear with Bear by Hagit R. Oron is a Uniquely Unconventional Book for Children!

I LOVE unusual and unique books for kids and Bear with Bear certainly fits that category. It's honestly unlike any other children's book I've read before. I knew I had to share it with readers!



DIY MOM BOOK REVIEW


The book blurb describes this as an unconventional children’s book. In the author’s words, "if you are looking for a conventional book you should continue your search, but if you're on a lookout for an original, non-traditional work then take a look inside." Well, I'm glad I took a look inside, because Bear with Bear is certainly unlike any other children's book I've ever read before. 

Bear with Bear begins with a note from the author to the reader, explaining that this is an unusual story about a child who wishes to have an unusual pet. The telling of the story is also unusual – the interactive format allows children to click on images to read the “story behind the story”. The little flags in the lower right hand corners of the pages allow readers to see if certain elements of the story are based on truth. The backstories are also located at the end of the book. What a fun way to present a children’s tale! Readers can also read the book in the conventional way – it’s totally up to the child.

Bear is a curious youngster who enjoys playing with “creepy” things. Bear tries to befriend any number of would-be pets, but his sister Penelope is easily scared and his mother tends to discourage Bear’s pet choices. Bear gets into all sorts of predicaments in his search for the perfect creepy pet.

I loved this book. I found it to be a unique and clever way to present a story to children. The vocabulary is age-appropriate. The illustrations are sweet and colorful. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the author’s personal stories as well. This is like getting two books for the price of one. Highly recommended!


5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Lechs Cozy Home Crafts Etsy Shop is Off to a Fantastic Start - Coupon Code Included!



Since my blog is called DIY Mom, it goes without saying that I’m all about moms who know the value of DIY-ing it in order to generate additional income in creative and innovative ways. I’ll be showcasing Etsy shops and their owners right here on the DIY Mom Blog so readers can get ideas and inspiration. Etsy is a huge marketplace where women (and men) from all walks of life can quickly and easily set up shop and sell their handcrafted items.


Today’s Etsy Shop focus is on Liliana Lech and her Lechs Cozy Home Crafts shop. Liliana is a self-taught artist, who enjoys creating a variety of handcrafted items to sell in her shop. Lechs Cozy Home Crafts sells:

  • Home Décor
  • Personalized Gifts
  • Custom Ornaments
  • Country Gifts
  • Primitives
  • Pet Inspired Gifts


And, since we’re currently into the holiday season, Lechs Cozy Home Crafts has plenty of holiday décor items in the shop. Custom orders are accepted, so this is a wonderful opportunity to find something unique and fun for those hard-to-shop-for people on your list.

What I especially love about Liliana’s shop is that it’s brand new, having just opened in September 2016, yet she already has a glowing review and almost thirty followers. That’s a wonderful accomplishment for a new Etsy shop, so she’s obviously doing things right!
When asked why she decided to take the Etsy plunge, Liliana explained, "Since I have more free time, with my kids getting older, I decided I needed to do something just for me. I enjoy making things that I, myself, love adding to my home. Unique and warm homey touches are my passion and I love sharing these things with other people." I love this attitude! Who doesn't enjoy filling their home with comforting and uplifting mementos and decor? 




Liliana knows what she likes and she makes sure to provide all the attention necessary to crafting her items so her customers can purchase things they’ll be proud to display in their own homes. She spends hours designing, planning, creating and perfecting her products. As she says, “I usually start with a thought of what I would love to have for my house. I may try a few different things until I'm thrilled about my outcome, and then it earns a spot in my shop.”

Lechs Cozy Home Crafts offers super-fast shipping times – just 3 – 5 business days. All items are packaged securely and safely so everything arrives at their destination in perfect condition. In fact, her glowing review hits on these two points beautifully. Now that’s A+ service!





Liliana is always available for Etsy consultations. She encourages potential customers to contact her anytime. She’s also on Facebook and Pinterest. Liliana is happy to engage with customers so feel free to connect with her anytime. 



DISCOUNT AVAILABLE WITH THIS ARTICLE ONLY:



Use Coupon Code Welcome1 and Receive $3 off your next $20 purchase from the Lechs Cozy Home Crafts Etsy Shop. 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Just in Time for the Holidays - God's Gift by Lee Ann Mancini is a Gorgeous and Wonderful Book for Children


“God’s Gift” centers around four sea children. Two of the children, Christian and Mary, celebrate Christmas, and the other two, Jacob and Jeremiah, celebrate Hanukkah. Christian and Mary believe they receive more presents during Christmas. Jacob and Jeremiah are convinced Hanukkah is a time for more gifts. Will the children come to an agreement? And will they begin to realize that it’s not about the amount of gifts received?

Wow! This is an absolutely gorgeous book. There are brilliantly beautiful illustrations on every single page. The book is generously sized at 10.9 x 8.6, with each illustration filling each page. That’s a ton of eye-catching artwork for children (and adults) to enjoy. The book is sturdy and the pages are glossy, high quality.

The story of God’s Gift is wonderfully written, in kid-friendly terms that never talks down to its audience. Children will easily understand the concept of God’s Gift – that it’s not all about how many gifts you receive, no matter which holiday you celebrate. It’s about God’s love for us all.

The author does an excellent job of explaining the true meanings of Christmas and Hanukkah, in a way in which children can relate. I enjoyed hearing the retelling of the origins of both holidays.  As a mother, grandmother and caregiver, I have no doubt boys and girls of any age will enjoy this charming book too. Highly recommended! Thanks to Book Crash, GLM Publishing and the author for gifting this book to me. This book would make an excellent holiday gift.


5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Shabby Gingham Flowers for Christmas Embellishment Swap

Just a brief post to share my Shabby Gingham Flowers. I was invited to participate in a DIY Christmas embellishment swap, so I started creating a stash of possible items to include. I saw several tutorials for these super simple flowers and knew I had to try them. They're SO easy and inexpensive you could probably make enough to fill a Christmas tree in no time. A special thanks goes out to my mom for giving me the gingham fabric!


Saturday, October 22, 2016

Have You Heard of Pocket Letters? Want to Swap?

Have you heard about Pocket Letters yet? They're the creative invention of crafter Janet Lane. Janet was looking for a way to share easy-to-mail cards similar to Project Life Cards and she came up with this wonderful idea. It's taken off like wild fire and Janet's Pocket Letter Pals Network now has tons of members from all over the world.

Just to give you an idea of what a Pocket Letter is, I'm including a PL that I recently did for a Halloween swap with one of my Pocket Letter pals. What's great about this idea is that it uses readily available trading card sleeves. You can get these sleeves just about anywhere and they're super inexpensive. Each pocket measures 2.5 x 3.5, which is the same size as an ATC/ACEO so it's extremely convenient! Pals go all out decorating, embellishing and adding extra goodies for their PL pals to use. It's an excellent hobby that fosters new relationships! There are even groups for kids, so your children can participate and make new mail art friends.




If you're interested in swapping Pocket Letters with me or my readers please feel free to leave a comment below!