Retro Baby #Book #Review #Sponsored

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Disclaimer: This post is part of a campaign through RoleMommy. I received a sample in order to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed are 100% my own.

retro baby
As a mom of 7, I get asked all the time, “How can you afford all those kids?” My response every time is, “Kids aren’t expensive. STUFF is expensive.” So, when I found out about the book “Retro Baby” by Anne H. Zachry, PhD, OTR/L, that had the words, “Cut back on all the gear and boost your baby’s development with more than 100 time-tested activities,” I knew I would love it.

And I was right!

Dr. Zachry takes readers through a baby’s first year of life. She details what items are really necessary for baby to have, and she lets you know which ones you can do without. Throughout the entire book, there are pages and pages of age-appropriate activities you can do with your little one to get her developing right on track. The best part? Every activity requires items you already have on hand, or don’t require any extra “gear” at all. That means those 100+ activities are free. Did you hear that? It won’t cost you a penny to help your child develop. Awesome.

Another feature of the book that I really like is that at each stage: Birth to 3 months, 4 to 6 months, and so on, she lists all of the developmental milestones you can expect your baby to display during that growth period. They are really right on target at each phase.

I am super impressed with this book, and it is the one book I believe every new (and experienced!) mom should have on hand. This should be the first book a woman reads after she finds out she’s pregnant, and it should be the one book she continue to come back to month after month once her baby is born. It is easy to read, full of information, and incredibly detailed without boring you or overstimulating your grown-up mind. 🙂

My youngest child, Carly, is now 9 months old. I tried all of the activities in the Retro Baby book with her, and she definitely has her favorite activities. She loves the “If the Hat Fits…” activity where we put the hat on and off her head and my head. She just laughs when either she or I knocks the hat off. I just love this age. I also get the other kids involved in the activities. I’ve noticed Carly (and my other younger children) learn best when they are watching their older siblings. This is a great way to get them all interacting with each other and having fun together.

I have absolutely enjoyed this book, and this will now be my must-give Baby Shower gift for any new moms-to-be. I am so impressed with the book, and I believe it should be in ever household.

To purchase your copy of Retro Baby, head on over to Amazon.com, where you can find it for $13.22 for paperback, or $9.99 for the Kindle version. It’s an excellent value, and the book is worth every penny!

Also, be sure to follow Dr. Zachry on Facebook and Twitter.

The Fast Metabolism Diet {Review, Sponsored} #FastMetabolismDiet

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When you first pick up the book The Fast Metabolism Diet by Haylie Pomroy, and turn it over to read what the book is all about, you may just be surprised:

D.I.E.T.
Did I Eat Today?
A revolutionary new way to think about the word DIET

Interesting, right? The book is about so much more than just dieting to lose weight. It’s about changing lives by fighting obesity, curing chronic illnesses, and healing a broken metabolism.

The Fast Metabolism DietThe program is 28 days long. I tried it, and overall, I am pleased with my results.

The book cover says you can lose up to 20 pounds in 28 days while on this program.

With every fiber of my being, I wanted to lose 20 pounds in 4 weeks. I followed the diet step by step, and the first week, I gained a pound.

I cried. I wanted to give up, but after a pep talk from SheSpeaks and the author, I decided to keep going. Week 2, I lost 2 pounds. Week 3 down another pound. And week 4, down one more pound. Total weight lost: 4 pounds in 4 weeks. Not fabulous, but not horrible either.

Now, I will note that as a breastfeeding mom, I have to keep my calorie intake between 1,500 and 1,800 daily calories. (That’s from my own physician – please speak with your own doctor before starting a diet program, especially if you are breastfeeding.) I was told that I should only lose an average of 1 – 2 pounds per week. So, according to that, the diet worked for me! It took a week to wake my metabolism up, but after that, I’ve consistently lost at least one pound per week.

I will tell you that at first, the diet confused me. (Which is probably why I did so terribly the first week on the program.) So, I went back and read the book again – this time taking notes as I went. I highlighted important statements, recipes, and meal plans. That really seemed to help, and I was excited to see that I had lost 2 pounds the next week.

I also believe that if I could have kept my calorie intake lower, I may have done better on the diet. But, I won’t be able to give that a try until I’m done breastfeeding. And I’m praying that doesn’t happen for at least another 9 months.

Also, I never, ever felt hungry when I was on this diet – as I have in the past on other diets. I really feel this is an excellent program and a wonderful option for someone who is looking to change their lifestyle and live a healthier life.

You can bet I will be trying the Fast Metabolism Diet again. There are many aspects of the program that I will continue to use while I’m nursing. And if I haven’t reached my goal weight by the time Carly is weaned, I will jump back into the program full force.

I think this book is a must read for anyone who wants to lose weight, and I encourage you to check it out and learn more information by accessing the following resources:

If you try the Fast Metabolism Diet, please let me know your results! I’d love to hear from someone who lost 10 pounds or more! I *know* it can be done, and I’d love to see my readers have great success with this.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for She Speaks and The Fast Metabolism Diet. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and are based on my own experiences with the book/program.

The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep {Review, Sponsored}

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For this review, I received a copy of “The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep” by Harvey Karp, MD.

As a mom of 7, you would think that I would be a pro at getting a baby to sleep through the night, right?

Wrong.

It simply means that I get to experience several times the amount of sleepless nights most women experience. In all honesty, my kids are horrible sleepers.

However, after reading this book, I now know what I’ve been doing wrong, and have made some major changes to our bedtime and naptime routines.

The book is called The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep. It offers simple solutions for kids from birth to 5 years.

The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep

This book is exactly what I needed, since the 3 children I have the most trouble with are my 2 month old, my 2 year old, and my 4 year old.

The book is full of tips on how you can boost baby’s sleep within days. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • What’s the best white noise that’s the key to a good night’s sleep? (Did you know there’s actually such a thing as bad white noise?)
  • A baby must learn how to self-soothe, so you actually want to wake a sleeping baby. The best time to wake a baby is just as you are putting it to bed.
  • Learn how you can safely reap the benefits of swaddling while avoiding the risks.
  • Tricks for avoiding the “cry-it-out” method, ending bedtime struggles for infants and toddlers, and achieve a more restful night’s sleep – all in just days!

As I read through the book, I couldn’t help but nod in agreement at so much he had to say. And let me tell you, there were more than a few “light bulb” moments when I realized I was doing exactly what he was encouraging parents not to do.

They say you never stop learning, and that is definitely true for this mom. I’ve already started implementing some of the tricks mentioned in this book, and I will be adding in more and more as time goes on. I am excited about it and I am looking forward to soon getting a better night’s sleep.

If you’re looking for a way to get your infant or toddler to sleep better at night, I highly recommend you grab a copy of The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep. You won’t regret it!

Learn more about the book and the author with these links:

The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep
Dr. Harvey Karp
HarperCollins Publishers
Paperback
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062113320

Disclaimer:  I am participating in a book review campaign with One2One Network. I received this book from Harper Collins for the purposes of reviewing it. I have not received compensation. My participation in the campaign enters me into a drawing for a gift card. All opinions stated are my own.

The Essential Gluten-Free Grocery Guide {Book Review}

I often talk on here about how I purchase a lot of gluten free products. My son Jace thrives on a gluten free diet, and so I do my best to keep his gluten intake to a minimum.

And I need all the help in the world to make that happen.

That’s why I am SO thankful for the The Essential Gluten-Free Grocery Guide by Triumph Dining Gluten-Free Publishing.

This book tells you everything you need to know about purchasing gluten free products. The symbols beside each product listed are easy to understand, and the lists in the book are easy to follow and make it simple to find exactly what products you need.

The guide covers more than 44,000 products and helps eliminate so many of the challenges that come with gluten free shopping. It also has several pages of tips to help with grocery shopping such as picking a grocery store, pitfalls to avoid, and more. It also explains labels on products, how to use the product list in the guide, defines the symbols listed in the book, and explains some of the limitations of the guide.

This is by far the most comprehensive, easy to follow, absolute best guide I have found to help aid with gluten free shopping. I am so impressed with how detailed and full of information this book really is.

If you are living gluten free, if you are trying to start, or even if you are just thinking about trying more gluten free items, I highly recommend this book. I keep my copy inside my reusable bags so that I have it every time I enter the grocery store. I have my favorite items circled, and I’ve written the aisle number beside my favorite items. It has cut my shopping time in half. I love it!

Hurry on over to Amazon and grab your copy of The Essential Gluten-Free Grocery Guide today in paperback or for your Kindle. (The Kindle copy is just $9.99 right now!)

It is an excellent value, and a must have book for any GF family.

Disclaimer: I am participating in a blog tour with Parent Reviewers. I received a copy of the book in order to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and have not been influenced in any way.

“Isabella and Her Polka Dot Umbrella” {Childrens Book Review}

One of my favorite things to do is read with my kids. My daughter Lucy loves when she and I get to sit down and read together. So, when I was asked to review “Isabella and Her Polka Dot Umbrella,” I jumped at the chance.

The little girl in the story reminds me so much of my Lucy. Isabella is a very busy little girl, who has a hard time going to sleep at night. Her parents try everything they can to wear her out during the day: they buy her a trampoline, take her to gymnastics class, anything they can think of. Then, one rainy day, Isabella’s mom gives her a polka dot umbrella and sends her outside (along with their dog Elvis). The adventures that they have because of this umbrella bring her lots of joy and her imagination runs wild.

Lucy loved reading the story of Elvis, Isabella, and her polka dot umbrella. I am quite certain that if I gave Lucy a polka dot umbrella we would get the same results that Isabella’s parents did. 🙂

The graphics and colors in the book are amazing. The detail in the artwork is just beautiful, and every single page is frame worthy.

Lucy and I both give this book 2 thumbs up. We loved the story, we loved the pictures, and we loved spending time together reading it. It’s not too long, making it the perfect bedtime story, or it can be used as a tool to spark a conversation with your little ones. For example, you could ask your child, “What would you do with the umbrella?” or “Could you pretend an umbrella was your airplane?” or other questions.

I highly recommend this book to any family that loves to read together. Right now, you can purchase “Isabella and Her Polka Dot Umbrella” on Amazon for just $12.95. (And it’s eligible for free Super Saver Shipping!) It’s an excellent value, and would make the perfect addition to your home library.

Disclaimer: I am participating in a blog tour with Parent Reviewers on behalf of the author Carla Forrest. I received a copy of the book in order to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and have not been influenced in any way.

Holiday Guide: Gracie’s Gift {Book Review}

Lucy and I have a new favorite book. It’s called Gracie’s Gift, written by Andrea Trosclair and illustrated by Sean Gautreaux.

We have probably read this book about a million times, and I am not exaggerating. I’ve memorized it word for word, and it is simply the sweetest story about the relationship between a mother and daughter that I have ever read.Gracie's Gift

The book starts off with Gracie preparing for her birthday celebration. She’s got a beautiful dress all ready to go, but there’s one more thing: a bow for her hair. Gracie doesn’t understand why she always has to wear a bow. In the book, Gracie’s mother explains that on every gift is a matching bow. She goes on to explain that the bows in Gracie’s hair symbolize the fact that Gracie is God’s gift to her. Every day when she puts the bow in Gracie’s hair, she thanks God for His wonderful gift.

The first time I read the story to Lucy, she asked me if that’s why I always put bows in her hair. I have since she was a baby. But, honestly? I had never thought of it that way until I read Gracie’s Gift. Now, I find myself whispering a prayer of thanks as a brush Lucy’s hair and – yep, you guessed it – put a bow in her hair.

Lucy loves this book so much that she even sleeps with it right beside her. {Which was great until she got the stomach flu last night. Now I’ll be buying her a new copy.} It’s the first thing we read together in the morning, and the last thing we read at night…. and about a hundred times throughout the day. But, no matter how many times I read it {or quote it!}, I never get tired of it. I have always thought of my children as gifts from the Lord, but this book just put it into an entirely new perspective.

Lucy & Gracie's GiftI have 4 boys and 2 girls – and only one of those girls will still wear a bow in her hair. So, since I can’t put bows atop each of their heads, I find a different way to stop what I’m doing and just thank the Lord daily for each one of them. I pray for them daily when I have my quiet time, but I also like taking a moment just to whisper “Thanks” during the day as well. After all, these gifts grow up way too quickly, and before I know it, I’ll be praying for them and their children.

I would highly recommend this book to any mom with a little girl {or girls}. It is a sweet book that I am certain you will enjoy. This would make the perfect Christmas gift or stocking stuffer for your little girl.

To learn more about the book Gracie’s Gift and the author Andrea Trosclair, visit Andrea’s website at www.Trosclair.com. You can also purchase the book on the website while you’re there, or I found it on Amazon for $16.95 and eligible for free super saver shipping.

Also be sure to become a fan of Trosclair Tales on Facebook.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of “Gracie’s Gift” from Trosclair Tales in order to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed are 100% my own and have not been influenced in any way.

You Can Do A Graphic Novel {Book Review + Giveaway – 3 Winners!}

This giveaway will end Friday, July 8th at 11:59pm EST.

you can do a graphic novelMy son, Zander loves to draw. And from those drawings, he creates stories. He’s made robots that do the hula, and a plethora of superheroes with powers even the top dogs haven’t come up with. (I was having trouble opening a can one day with my manual can opener, so Zander decided to create a super hero whose arm turned into a giant can opener that would take the lid off in seconds.)

I love his imagination, and I just know he’s going to be the next Stan Lee.

So, when I got the opportunity to review You Can Do A Graphic Novel by Barbara Slate, I jumped at the chance. Even if I don’t have any interest in ever creating a graphic novel, I know a young man that does, and I knew he’d jump all over the book.

I was right! As soon as it arrived, he snatched it out of my hands and didn’t put it down for hours. I’m not really sure how much of it he understood, but I’m pretty sure he understood it at least a little bit. Now, every story he draws, he’s very careful to have every part of the story Barbara Slate suggests having. And if he starts a story and can’t come up with a good climax, he scraps it and starts over. (He may have inherited his artistic ability from his grandpa, but he definitely got his mom’s need for perfection.)

We’ve had the book a couple of weeks now, and I always see Zander carrying it around, along with his art supplies. They’re always together, and it’s almost like he can’t do one without the other.

One thing that I love is that in the back of the book, there’s a glossary. I haven’t had to try and make up meanings for words in the book, they’re right there, easy to read and understand.

I know that I’m talking about this book and my (almost) 8 year old, but this book isn’t just for little kids. I enjoyed reading it and learning more about the stuff that Zander loves so much. It’s interesting and full of very useful tips. It’s perfect for anyone – of any age – that wants to learn how to create a graphic novel.

My favorite part of the book is on the front cover. It’s a quote by Stan Lee about the book. It states:
“I shudder at the thought of having to compete with a whole new gaggle of graphic novel creators! I tremble because if anyone can bring out the writer and artist hidden within society’s somnambulant psyche, it’s the titanically talented Barbara Slate. So please don’t read this book. I have a family to support!”

If it’s enough to scare the heebie jeebies out of Stan Lee, then it’s good enough for my boy! 🙂

If you – or someone you love has a love for graphic novels, this book is an excellent resource to teach them how they, too, can create their own graphic novel and be on their way to achieving their dreams.

To learn more about You Can Do A Graphic Novel by Barbara Slate, check out their website at YouCanDoAGraphicNovel.com. The book retails for $19.95, but you can find it on Amazon for just $13.57 and it’s eligible for free shipping.

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Disclaimer: I was contacted by a representative of Wilks Communications on behalf of Barbara Slate and You Can Do A Graphic Novel. I received a copy of the book in order to facilitate my review. I was in no other way compensated for this post. Opinions expressed are 100% my own. The sponsor is fulfilling the prize as stated above.

Sweet Valley Confidential: 10 Years Later {Book Review}

Sweet Valley ConfidentialBack in Junior High and High School, there were many times after school that my brother and I would have to wait at the library next door to the school until our Dad was able to pick us up. That meant hours each day surrounded by thousands of books. After I would finish my homework, I would head over to the “teen” section of the library and grab a Sweet Valley High book. I loved them so much that I would read the books over and over again until the next book in the series was available.

When Ashley was 3, she and I moved back to Ohio from the Chicago area, and I went to yard sales all the time. At one yard sale, I found a girl my age that was selling her entire collection of Sweet Valley High books, so I just had to grab them. I hoped that someday Ashley would share my love for reading, and these would be a fun escape from the day-to-day. It’s ok. You can tell me that I’m a dork. I know that. The books were full of nothing educational or fundamental to life as we know it, but it was a great way for me to escape my normal geeky little life.

Imagine my delight when I received word that Sweet Valley Confidential: 10 Years Later was set to be released, and the publishers wanted to send me a copy! I was thrilled! It had been years since I even thought about Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield and the rest of the Sweet Valley High gang.

Before I get to my review, here’s a synopsis of the book:

Ten years after graduating from Sweet Valley High, the Wakefield twins have had a falling-out of epic proportions. When Jessica commits a complete and utter betrayal, Elizabeth flees to New York to escape the pain and immerse herself in her lifelong dream of becoming a journalist.

Jessica remains in California, dealing with the fallout of her heart-wrenching choices. She has a career she loves and lots of old friends, but she missis her sister, hor oldest best friend. With Elizabeth has her enemy, Sweet Valley is no longer the idyllic town of their youth.

Jessica longs for forgiveness, but Elizabeth can’t forget her twin’s duplicity. She decides the only way to heal her broken heart is to get revenge. Always the “good” twin, the one getting her reckless sister out of trouble, Elizabeth is now about to turn the tables…

Author Francine Pascal finally unfolds the continuing story of Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield – and the whole gang from Sweet Valley – in this exciting new contemporary novel, sure to be a delight and a surprise for the millions of fans of these beloved characters.

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (March 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312667574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312667573

There are things that I liked – and didn’t like – in the book.

First, I liked the fact that Sweet Valley is still an escape from the every day. I also like the back and forth in the book between New York and Sweet Valley. And the book is written in the same type of context as the Sweet Valley High books. Back and forth from one person’s perspective to another. So much the same, and yet so very, very different.

I did not like the language in the book. Call me a prude, but I truly believe that just because you “grow up” doesn’t mean you need to use foul language. There are beyond-trashy details throughout the book that made me cringe. And one story line could have been completely left out. Then there’s the fact that Jessica uses the words “like” and “so” more than any other creature on this planet. I was like so over it by like chapter 2.

Overall, it was a pretty good book. Something I would pack in my suitcase to read by the pool on a vacation. I would have purchased this book had it not been sent to me to do this review, just because I loved Sweet Valley High so much as a kid.

If you’d like to escape the every day and drift off back to Sweet Valley, definitely check out the book. Just be warned, it may not be exactly what you were hoping for…

To learn more about Sweet Valley Confidential, check out their website: www.SweetValleyTenYearsLater.com Sweet Valley Confidential can be purchased at your local book stores and retail stores nationwide. You can also find it online at the following places:

And if you’re really Sweet Valley obsessed, you can also find them on Twitter and Facebook.

Disclaimer: I was contacted by Get Red PR on behalf of Sweet Valley Confidential. I received a copy of the book in order to facilitate my review. I was in no other way compensated for this post. Opinions expressed are 100% my own.

What’s Eating Your Child? {Book Review}

What's Eating Your Child?A few weeks ago, I was sent a copy of the book “What’s Eating Your Child?” by Kelly Dorfman, MS, LND. The title continues, “The Hidden Connections Between Food and Childhood Ailments: Anxiety, Recurrent Ear Infections, Stomachaches, Picky Eating, Rashes, ADHA, and More. And What Every Parent Can Do About It.

When I first heard about the book, I was very anxious to get my hands on a copy. I am mom to 3 very picky eaters, and one of my picky eaters has almost a “bi-polar” attitude. One moment, he will be as sweet as can be, loving me, hugging me, and so well behaved. And then, something snaps, and he’s mean, vindictive, and spiteful. It is absolutely crazy to me. I wanted to see if this book could offer any help. Maybe it couldn’t solve the “bi-polar” issues, but it may be able to help with the picky eating, right?

I figured it was definitely worth a try.

I read the entire book through in one sitting. I had heard that food can affect certain emotional behaviors. I have a friend that’s been trying to convince me of that for months now. She changed her entire family’s diet, and she has seen drastic changes in her children. I figured it was coincidence. Food can’t make that much impact on us, can it?

Each chapter of the book convinced me how wrong I really was. You should see how much I have marked up, highlighted, and dog-eared this book. But, there is just so much information in there that I found myself constantly going back to it.

Because of this book, I learned that Zander’s chicken skin is a lack of essential fatty acids. Because he is such a picky eater, he is missing out on so many things that his body needs. The book gave practical, easy to follow advice on how to introduce these essential fats into Zander’s diet. It’s still a battle, and we’re still dealing with quite a bit of chicken skin, but it is getting better.

The biggest change, though, has been in Jace. The book suggested that Jace’s “bi-polar” emotions could be caused by too much gluten in his diet. As I read, all I could think about it how much gluten I serve: pasta dishes, breads, and on and on… My cupboards were full of gluten-based products. For one week, I gave Jace absolutely no gluten. (Do you know how expensive and difficult that is? More power to the moms who deal with maintaining gluten free diets in their household!) By day 2, Jace was a completely different kid. And, now, when he starts to act up, I realize he’s been getting too much gluten and I need to cut back.

The entire book is full of tips just like those mentioned above. And in the back of the book, you can find a fabulous “FAQ section.” That section answered dozens of my questions, and I find myself going back to it all the time.

I cannot promise that this book will “cure” your child, but it can tell you what it has done for my children – it has made a world of difference! If you have been wondering how food affects your children, or if you’ve noticed some odd behaviors in your child, I would highly, highly recommend this book.

Book Details:
“What’s Eating Your Child”
Workman Publishing – New York
ISBN 978-0-7611-6119-6
$13.95 US
www.workman.com

You can find the book at your local bookstore. I’ve also found it on Amazon for just $10.95 with free super saver shipping. (The kindle edition is just $9.39.) To learn more about the book, visit the website whatseatingyourchild.com.

Disclaimer: I was contacted on behalf of Workman Publishing and received a copy of the book in order to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed are 100% my own, and should be read as such. I am not a medical professional, and make no claims this book will “cure” your child. I was in no way compensated for this post.

First-Time Dad {Book Review & Giveaway}

This giveaway will end Sunday, June 26th at 11:59pm EST.

First-Time DadFather’s Day is almost here, and it’s a time when we let our dads know how special they are, and how much we appreciate all that they do.

Being a dad is tough. Really tough. You work hard, sacrifice your wants and needs for those of your children, and you feel a lot of pressure. I’m not a dad, but I am married to a really fantastic one, and I know that it’s not easy.

John Fuller, cohost on the daily Focus on the Family radio broadcast, has written a new book called First-Time Dad. While my husband isn’t a first time dad, had admires and respects John Fuller, and we both wanted to read the book. Here’s the synopsis:

Perhaps one of the most powerful influences in the world is that of a dad on his child.
As a first-time dad, you will encounter so many new experiences! You’ll gaze at tiny fingers and toes, change dirty diapers, initiate tickle attacks, endure sleepless nights, tell bedtime stories, field seemingly unanswerable questions, and so much more.
Focus on the Family ministry veteran (and father of six) John Fuller lets you in on the stuff you really need to know… because in just a few months or weeks or days, your life is going to change – forever.

What a great book! My husband and I both thoroughly enjoyed the book, and after 6 of our own children, we were still able to learn a few things.

John Fuller takes an easy-going, excited approach to telling dads all the wonderful ways their lives will change after the baby is born. It’s not all sunshine and roses, and he makes that clear as well. Never in a condescending or “don’t do this” approach. He gives practical advice and tips on surviving work, marriage, and fatherhood.

My favorite chapter is Chapter 5: How a Baby Affects Your Marriage. Marriage takes a big hit after a new baby is born. It’s hard to make date night a reality, and sometimes marriage gets put on the back burner. John gives 7 healthy habits to make sure you are doing everything for your marriage. He also offers 5 tips to help your marriage survive a new baby. (And as a wife and mother of 6, I wholeheartedly agree with his tips!)

My husband read and re-read Chapter 4 over and over again. The title of it is “Break the Chain.” Whether you had an amazing father or an absent father, there will always be inherited negatives. Whether we want to admit it or not, we are just like our parents. (Ever said something and then immediately though, “When did my dad get here?” Those are some of the traits I’m talking about!) He reminds the men reading this book that no one is perfect. We all make mistakes. It’s how we react and recover from those mistakes that makes them good fathers.

Overall, this is an excellent book, and a must-read for any new father or father-to-be. Full of advice, tips, and more resources than one could imagine, this book tells dads everything they need to know about how much their life is about to change. I would highly recommend it to anyone that wants to be the very best dad they can be. I am so thankful my husband and I both had the opportunity to read this book.

First-Time Dad can be found at your favorite local Christian bookstore, online at ChristianBook.com or on Amazon.

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