Manic Mama of 2

Just a Mama with her Books and Kids! Reviews, Giveaways, and Life Rambles <3

Second Chance Bride Blast ($25 Amazon GC Giveaway) July 24, 2014

Filed under: Books,gift card,Giveaway,PBT — manicmamaof2 @ 8:48 am

SecondChanceBrideBannerSecond-Chance-Bride resizedAfter being jilted, practically at the altar, Genie Wainwright heads to Hawaii to escape the well-meant pity party her friends and family are bound to throw on her behalf. What she never expects is to find someone to help her mend her broken heart.

Donnie Taylor, owner of the posh Sapphire Bay Resort, has no interest in marriage—until he meets an unforgettable guest at the hotel. What starts out as a kindhearted gesture brings Donnie something he never expects—love!

Buy on:
Amazon | B&N | iTunes (Preorder on Aug 15th)


About the author:

Author Sandra EdwardsNEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY Bestselling Author Sandra Edwards writes award-winning romance in a variety of subgenres such as paranormal (mostly time travel and reincarnation), contemporary, and suspense. She lives in the U.S. (west coast) with her husband, two kids, four dogs and one very temperamental feline. Sandra’s books often push the envelope and step outside the boundaries of conventional romance. For more info on Sandra’s books, visit her website at Sign up for Sandra’s NEW RELEASE ALERT at

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Read the Reviews
Mama’s Got Flair

My Mismatched World

For Him and My Family

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Niki’s Book Blog

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Get Outdoors With The Clymb July 23, 2014

Filed under: Clothing,Shoes,sponsored — manicmamaof2 @ 11:44 am

When I look for outdoor wear, it is always hard to find everything that you are looking for in one place especially if you like different brands for different items. Doing outdoor activities can be a really fun experience if you have the right gear to accommodate what you need. The Clymb is the website that can bring you to all the brands that you love in one place. I am personally addicted to items by Patagonia and find it hard to get them around my area. There is now a place where I can go on the web and know that I am going to be able to see the most recent styles that they have to offer. You may have another brand that you love and you will be able to find everything that you need for any outdoor activity that you can think of at The Clymb’s website.

You can take Patagonia’s footwear home from their website at up to 70% off the price as well. I am a comfortable shoe fanatic but they also have to somewhat look adorable.


This is just one example of a shoe called the Women’s Advocate Ballet Smooth that is featured on the website. It is absolutely adorable and gives you comfort and support that you need.

One more that I absolutely LOVE is called the Women’s Maha. These are shoes that you can wear every day as well as on an outing.


Patagonia is a well known brand and can be trusted in their quality. To get these items at such a great price and so much more at The Clymb is something to get excited about. All of my outdoor enthusiasts, whether it be for summer or the cooler seasons can trust that they will be able to find anything and everything that they need for themselves and even down to their pets at The Clymb.

If you are interested in signing up as a member to get their most exclusive details on products, stories and adventures please do so here.

Start your adventures with all the brands that you love, including Patagonia, for way less than you would pay anywhere else. It is almost time for the seasons to be changing and you don’t want to be without the gear that will get you to your adventures in comfort and style for less!

Follow The Clymb on Facebook & Twitter

What’s your favorite outdoor activity?


Disclosure: Manic Mama of 2 was compensated for this posting, but all thoughts are my own.


Making Milestones Giveaway Event (Ends 8/5) July 22, 2014

Filed under: Giveaway,Moon Event — manicmamaof2 @ 4:06 pm


Beaded Sequin Tote filled w/ Jewelry Making Package*
5 Pairs of Sterling Silver and Crystal Ear Studs
 Total Package ARV: $220
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Flight Of The Mite Book Blast & $25 Amazon/Paypal Giveaway (Ends 8/19) July 21, 2014

Filed under: Books,gift card,Giveaway — manicmamaof2 @ 9:00 am

Flight of the Mite

Title: Flight of the Mite | Author: Grayson Smith | Illustrator: Alana Kyle | Publication Date: 2013 | Publisher: Peppermint Toast Publishing: Independent | Pages: 32 | Recommended Ages: 3 to 8 | Reviewed by: Renee and Dominic (Mother and Son)

Information About The Book: A tale of wonder and imagination, Flight of the Mite is a children’s read-aloud picture book, written by Grayson Smith and illustrated by Alana Kyle. As a tiny mite stares in wonder at the nighttime stars, she becomes certain that if she were only able to travel to them, she would meet a world of wondrous creatures. She determines to build a flying contraption, and through persistence, ingenuity, and wise counsel, journeys to the nearest star. There she encounters the Others of her dreams and finds herself on an adventure where she learns that her imagination is her most important tool! This story of imagination, courage, and determination is perfect for the little mite in your life! Flight of the Mite is the first book published by the independent small press, Peppermint Toast Publishing, out of New Westminster, British Columbia. Peppermint Toast Publishing strives to work with emerging authors and artists towards the high-quality and environmentally-friendly publication of children’s picture books and literature, in profit-sharing partnership with local charitable organizations.



Peppermint Toast Publishing is happy to be contributing $3 from the sales for each copy of Flight of the Mite sold, going to help sick kids get better at BC Children’s Hospital. Visit their Online Store to purchase your copy!

Peppermint Toast Publishing | Amazon (Canada)


The Buzz About the Book

Mother and Son Review by MDBR: “Flight of the Mite is a delightful, rhyming picture book featuring an adorable little mite who dreams big as the main character; a magical story underscoring the importance of imagination in children’s development; and absolutely gorgeous and whimsical illustrations. I highly recommend this book to children ages 3 to 8 and I think it would be a great choice for reading aloud to children in a classroom or library setting.”

“This is our new favourite story to read and will be a book that we will be keeping to pass down to future member of our family.” ~ Raincity Parent

“This wonderful piece of children’s literature is well crafted and appropriate for children and adults, the message is clear, embrace diversity, ones weakness may actually be strength. The most interesting and entertaining part is that there is a consistent rhythm and rhyme to the story, keeping the powerful message light and playful.” ~ Active Lee Dadding

” I have read the sweetest story!…The combination of these two talents [i.e., the author and illustrator] working together has left us with a sweet rhyming story about a little mites big imagination.” ~ Moments in Mommyland

“I recently received a new children’s book to review called Flight of the Mite. So of course I went to the best critic in the house – my 4 year old son[...]. We sat down to read the story together and discovered a delightful tale about imagination and discovery… The illustrations are delightful and [my son] insisted that we stop to discuss some of them along the way. There was more than one “wow!” over a picture of the mite climbing a dandelion.” ~ Prenatal to Parenting


About the Author: Grayson Smith

Grayson SmithGrayson Smith was born in Alberta, but attended a boarding school in Germany for 11 years. After high school, he attended SFU, where he obtained a degree in Criminology and met his beautiful wife, Linda. Throughout university, Grayson wrote stories when he should have been paying attention in class. After completing his degree, he became a police officer, and still enjoys that job thoroughly. As of 2012, Grayson gets to re-envision the world through the eyes of his baby son, Josiah. Writing is a wonderful way for Grayson to express the silliness and vagary that simmers beneath his well-practiced outer layer of respectability and professionalism.



About the Illustrator: Alana Kyle

Alana Kyle, IllustratorAlana Kyle was born and raised in the Lower Mainland. As a small child, she was sweet, quiet, and frequently lost inside her own head. Ever since she was young, she was motivated by her love of artistic creativity and attention to detail, and remains captivated by storybooks and imagination. Alana attended and graduated from Emily Carr University of Art + Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and also obtained a three-year diploma of Illustration and Design from Capilano University. She works as an illustrator and graphic designer, and lives in Coquitlam.


Links to More Information

Peppermint Toast Publishing | Twitter | Goodreads

Facebook (Peppermint Toast Publishing) | Facebook (Flight of the Mite)


* $25 Book Blast Giveaway *

Amazon 25 gift card

Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice)

Contest ends: August 19, 11:59 pm, 2014

Open: Internationally

How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.

Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Grayson Smith and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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10 Days, 10 Winners! #PurexInsiders July 18, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — manicmamaof2 @ 1:36 pm

I love being a Purex Insider because I get to share promotions like this with my readers!


Purex is now running a contest between now and July 23 for there to be 10 days with 10 winners to win a year of Fels Naptha soap.

I love this soap and have reviewed it before. You can read all about it here.

Make sure that you enter the promotion by clicking on the picture below and Good luck!

year supply of soap

Take the chance to win a full year’s supply and not have to worry about buying laundry soap or stain remover for 365 days!

About the Sweepstakes

Since 1894, Purex Fels-Naptha laundry bar has been working overtime to remove greasy, oily stains, perspiration, and ring-around-the-collar. To celebrate we’ll be giving away a year’s supply each day from July 14 – 23.



Building Your Own Home & Chance To Win $50! (Ends 7/30)

Filed under: Uncategorized — manicmamaof2 @ 12:19 pm

Disclaimer: One or more products below were provided for free. However the review is my honest opinion. This post may include affiliate links.

Ins and Outs of Building Your Own Home


I’ve always wanted to live in a more isolated area. To have a city nearby but on a few acres of land, secluded from traffic, neighbors on all sides. I want to be close enough to get to the stores but able to have a large garden, an orchid and lots of trees. A part of all of this is to build my own house. Top to bottom. In ways that would work for me and my family. I’d love wood flooring and lots of windows. A wrap around deck. A two-story house with at least a 3-car garage and a large shed for my garden supplies.

I’m still trying to find that ideal place. I want it close enough to see all of my family too. I’m excited to discover the Homestart website can help this dream become a reality. There are a few cities within 50-100 miles to my family that I have found have large plots of land. Getting this all tied together is something I want to happen while the children are still young so they can enjoy the fresh open air and spacious land.



For me California is where I want to stay. We have the desert, the snow up in Big Bear and Mammoth, the beaches and everything in between. Making it ideal for being outdoors and gardening all year long.

Right now you can enter to win $50.

Winner must be of the age of 18-years-old or older and live in the Continental U.S.

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Favorite Crime/Law Based TV Show & Chance to win $50! (Ends 7/30)

Filed under: Uncategorized — manicmamaof2 @ 12:16 pm

My Favorite Crime/Law Based TV Shows

Is it only me? I can’t help it. I just love watching tv shows that have crime and law in them. Anything from COPS to Law & Order. Lets not forget the 80′s shows, like JAG and Murder One. There seems to be some sense of warmness when justice is served and Prime Lawyers solve the cases.

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Current the show I watch habitually is Law & Order. It also happens to be the longest running law tv show, having started in the 1990. I was in high school at that time. Yes, that dates how old I am. While the shows have changed over the years the laws really haven’t. Expert lawyers work with the police to find evidence, interrogate witnesses, analyze data and bust the criminals. These sharp witted lawyers are both entertaining and educational, showing how the law works. I can’t wait to see how these shows change and evolve as modern technology changes. From tracking on cell phones to better ways to test DNA. Hopefully we have better ways to solve crimes and have justice served to protect the innocent.

What Is Your Favorite Crime/Law Based TV Show & Who Is Your Favorite Actor?

You might not have the same favorites as I do but you can still be a winner!

Right now you can enter to win $50 Giveaway.

Winner must be over the age of 18-years-old and live in the Continental U.S.

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