I’m appearing at a local author’s book fair!

localauthorsbookfairI’m so lucky to be participating in the Local Author’s Fair in Costa Mesa on March 26th. Writers from all genres will be there promoting their respective publications. I plan to bring stickers and coloring pages for the kiddos! I’m looking forward to meeting other authors and book lovers. Thank you Orange County Writers for hosting this event!

Find out more about it at: www.ocwriters.org

Picture Book research at Barnes and Noble

This past sunday, I was able to get out and do something I haven’t done in quite awhile! I walked into a yummy book-scented Barnes and Noble complete with a cd section ala Blockbuster Music, and headed to read some popular picture books! Of course, whenever I pass anything that might of interest to my little one, I get distracted.

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I mean, come on, what 22 month old wouldn’t enjoy a soft barnyard full of chickens, ducks, cows, and pigs? Then again, maybe it delighted me just as much!

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I finally made my way to the picture book section, and pulled out these five fun stories — and devoured them! A new Enya song I’d never heard came on for my listening pleasure making the experience even more pleasurable!

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This little book, “Shh… we have a plan!” by Chris Haughton made me laugh out loud. The tiniest character on the left — That’s my daughter to a “t.”

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I left feeling refreshed, inspired and ready to write my own manuscripts. Being a children’s author certainly has its perks!

Writing and rain

 

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I opened up the front door earlier this evening to check for packages on my doorstep, and while I was not blessed with a bundle of goodies, I did get to take in a deep breath of damp, cool air with a slight musty smell that only comes with new rain. Though it is hours later now, I can still close my eyes and re-create the serenity that washed over me during that moment. I carried my daughter outside to show her the wonder of evening rain. She delighted in it so much, she ran inside telling her Dad “it’s raining.” Later, when putting her to bed for the evening, the tranquility continued. It wasn’t a raging in storm, just a light, constant pitter-pattering. It made me want to write! So after she was sound asleep, and for the first time in what felt like ages, I let words flow from my fingertips.

99 Monkeys on a Bus Now Available!

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Do you like picture books? Monkeys? Bananas? Buses? Trains? Mysteries? Are you between the ages of 0-99?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, I think you might love this book! Now available from Guardian Angel Publishing.

Available for purchase at:

Guardian Angel Publishing

and

amazon.com

A New Direction

futureRemember that post with the turtle?? The one where I said I was back, but that I’d be taking things slowly. It’s true!

I have been transformed.

Those four words are probably the understatement of the year. Looking back on my life before and after motherhood I almost don’t recognize my former self. So it seems only natural to transform my blog as well.

When I first returned to writing my blog, I tried to fit into the cookie shape of my former self – and that just wasn’t working! Thus, I wasn’t able to keep a good flow going. So I’ve decided to vary things up a bit and include posts involving my motherhood journey, recipes, hobbies, including my current obsession with whimsical nail wraps, and of coursing reading and writing. A lifestyle blog is a better fit now, and I’m excited about my new direction.

Coming soon! 99 Monkeys on a Bus picture book

99monkeysComing soon from Guardian Angel Publishing, my second picture book “99 Monkeys on a Bus.” More news to come soon.

I am beyond thrilled to have a childhood dream of mine come true: To hold a printed picture book written by yours truly that is available to young audiences including my daughter, Ava, who is a budding book lover!

My two addictions: nail wraps and picture books

I must admit I’m a little addicted… to nail wraps and picture books. And I have suddenly been inspired to design some custom nail wraps to complement my favorite children’s books. So tell me, what children’s books would you use to inspire a nail wrap design?

Here is my first rough go at creating “The Very Hungry Caterpillar-esque” wraps. Can you tell I’m not an artist?image_1W

My newest adventure!

IMG_6304As I have mentioned recently, I’ve been going through lots of changes this year. One of the big ones being that I’m officially staying at home full time with my daughter, at least for the first few years. That doesn’t mean I’ve stopped writing or pursuing my own business.

Enter … my latest obsession … Jamberry Nail wraps.

I have always had my nails done is some fashion … gels, acrylics, weekly manicures… but I just didn’t have the time for that anymore (not to mention how damaged my nails got.) And I’ve never had the patience for polish. Jamberry Nail wraps are the perfect solution for me as they require zero, yes, zero dry time! And there are over 350 styles to choose from. They make me feel pretty! There’s even one for bookworms!

If I’ve peeked your interest be sure to visit my website and find out more about hosting a party — it’s all virtual so anyone can participate with me (as long as you reside in the US or Canada) or if you are looking for an opportunity like this check out this page to find out more about joining!

I can also send you a free sample … Just fill out this form!

All best,

Christine aka Whimsy Girl Wraps

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First Year Favorite Books

My daughter and I have shared many great reads this past year, but some certainly stand out. Here’s some of our favorites!

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1. Ten Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth

When my daughter was very young, she loved staring at the bright colors, and as she grew more aware she loved rubbing her tiny fingers over the ladybug shapes and into each of the holes in the pages. This book is still one of her favorites.

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2. Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by James Dean

Not exactly the typical baby book, this one my daughter loves due to the repetition, and sing-songy tone used when reading it aloud. It has sure brought about lots of baby giggles from her!

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3. Ladybug Girl and her Mama by Jacky Davis

Admittingly, I may have enjoyed reading this book more than my little one, but what mother wouldn’t enjoying reminiscing about their day with their babes. It was always a nice way to wind down for the evening.

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4. Hug You, Kiss You, Love You by Joyce Wan

By far our favorite this year. When my little girl was just two months old she would smile and coo at the whimsical characters created by Joyce Wan. Now, at almost twelve months it has become such an interactive story for us to enjoy together … well if she let’s me turn the pages that is. =)