A Mother's Joy - Shared with a GIVEAWAY

20 Mar 2012

Posted by karen
karen's picture

{Breaking news! There is a winner for the giveaway, Nurturing Creativity: a Guide for Busy Moms. Comment number 6, as drawn by an online random generator, is the lucky recipient. Congratulations, Sara - please connect via my contact page with your email so Renee can send you your copy. Thanks to you all who left comments, and thanks to Renee who offered this copy to give away through my blog.} 

This is a remarkable day: one of memory and deep joy for my daughter.

Renee (Tougas) has launched her first e-book, Nurturing Creativity: A Guide for Busy Moms

 

Let me introduce you to the author I know.

Renee is my close friend, the mother of three (amazing) children, and lives authentic to the life she writes about in her blog, FIMBY. She home schools her three-some: sharing her passion and skills for language and learning, ever encouraging her students' imagination (and mess) to craft and display their creative works. Cardboard castles with knights and stables; glue guns, fabric, beads and markers;  soil, moss, plants and a jar with a lid - all these and more have taken up residence in their home and ours. 

Renee's grandmother (whose birthdate is today) expressed her creativity with fabric, yarn, nature's bounty -  Mom would have enjoyed this milestone day. The two of them could have reminisced those days at Grandma's house, creating slippers out of masking tape, baking together, and designing water slides for the lawn. 

Renee has nurtured her mother's creative soul: giving me permission to forego a spotless house if I'm "being called" to write or garden or knit. To pursue a dream at any age. To embrace the journey of trying new things and the time it takes to explore them. Thanks, Renee.

But of utmost importance, Renee has discovered and tended her own creative self - and from that she shares her experience -  encouraging young Moms that making creativity a priority can add meaning and beauty to their lives, that "everyone has the desire to create..."  

This guide was written especially to young Moms - but it will inspire others too...I've read the book! 

Some of the topics she addresses are:

- seasons of motherhood

- the value of creativity

- celebrating your uniqueness

- filling your well

- letting go of perfection

Included in the e-book are experiences of six other creative Moms. It's all wrapped up in about 50 PDF pages:  a nice length for busy Moms, busy anyone! 

Today, I am offering a giveaway of a downloadable copy. The one lucky winner will receive a download of three versions of the book. A printable PDF, a mobi file for your Kindle and an epub file for all other e-readers. To be eligible, all you have to do is leave a comment!

I will choose a winner at random on Friday night. Comments close at 8pm AT Friday, March 23rd.

If you aren't the lucky winner, you can purchase Renee's book here or at Amazon. At $3 a copy, Renee's making this book affordable for any budget.

 

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Annie 's picture

As a homeschooling & working mom of three young boys who just volunteered to leave her writing groups after being accused of not being "committed enough" to writing, I cannot imagine a book that needed to be written more.  :)


karen's picture

Be encouraged to take good care of our creative soul.


Blondell's picture

Admiring the commitment you put into your blog and detailed information you provide.
It's awesome to come across a blog every once in a while
that isn't the same out of date rehashed information. Wonderful read!
I've saved your site and I'm adding your RSS feeds to my
Google account.


Marcy's picture

Congratulations Renee!  I am sure your book is excellent and yes, "Betty" would be ever so proud of all of you!
 


karen's picture

How well you know the value of caring for your creative soul. Thanks for your visit.


Mammie's picture

Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you writing this article and the rest of the site is also very good.


Amy's picture

Wow, I would love to win this book! I love Renee's blog (which is how I found your blog!) and would love to read her new book.


Dewitt's picture

I think the admin of this website is really working hard for his web site, as
here every information is quality based data.


Jacinda's picture

I am a dedicated reader of FIMBY. I love her honesty and integrity. FIMBY was also how I came to read your blog. I'd love to read her new e-book. What a milestone. Great news.


karen's picture

I too am a dedicated FIMBY reader :) 


web site's picture

I'm really inspired along with your writing skills and
also with the structure for your weblog. Is this a paid subject matter
or did you customize it your self? Either way stay up the
excellent high quality writing, it is uncommon to look a great weblog like this one nowadays..


Carolyn Wilker's picture

Good for  your daughter for encouraging her children's creations. Yes, it can get messy, but it's fun!
Storygal


Sara's picture

Great idea for a book!  I am looking forward to reading it!


karen's picture

Hi Sara - I used a random generator for the draw - and you are the lucky one!. Could you please send me an email via my contact page and give me your email so Renee can send you the e-book?


Rhoni's picture

Congrats! Our children are our future and we must nurture them how we were meant to. Hopefully with efforts like this more people can understand to slow down and enjoy the path's process.
 
All the best


Pam R.'s picture

I've been a reader of FIMBY for 2 years now and am so proud of all that Renee and her family have accomplished the past several months.  It really takes courage and determination to make a move such as they have, leaving so many comforts behind and going to an unfamiliar (although beautiful) new home and city.  I would love to win this giveaway, her new ebook sounds like just what I'm looking for in my journey through motherhood right now :)


karen's picture

Living a life of adventure does take courage - but the surprises include challenges and joys, as Renee has shared on her blog.


Dagmar's picture

Congratulations on your accomplishment! I am sure you will continue with your success in sharing your knowledge with those that need a wee bit of encouragement.


Nereida's picture

An outstanding share! I've just forwarded this onto a co-worker who was conducting a little homework on this.
And he actually ordered me breakfast because I discovered it for
him... lol. So allow me to reword this.... Thanks for the meal!!
But yeah, thanx for spending some time to talk about this topic
here on your web page.


becca's picture

Congratulations Renee (and Karen)!  Your book sounds wonderful and I wish it had been available during the years I spent homeschooling my children!  But I have many homeschooling friends, and I will surely recommend it to them!  <3
 


Jo @ To a Pretty Life's picture

Renee's book sounds great!  My kids just soak up creativity like a sponge, especially my daughter.


Kimberly Mcnamara's picture

I'm glad you forwarded this announcement.  I hope to buy it for two young moms I know!
Take care!


karen's picture

Kim - hope you are well and I know Renee would appreciate you gettting out the good word about her e-book.


Simone Chia-Kangata's picture

As a busy mom who's planning to home school my litle ones, I'd love to have this book in my library!


karen's picture

Nice to hear from someone so close to home :)


Paulette Millis's picture

Hello Karen!
Wow, you have a lot to be proud of today!!!!  Obviously influence from Mom.  Please tell us a little bit about the book in your blog - how many pages, what ages, some sample ideas.
Blessings, Paulette.


karen's picture

I've added some information, including its length and some of the topics. It's directed mainly to Moms - how and why to allow themselves to nurture their personal creativity. Thanks for your kind words!


Tricia's picture

This looks wonderful & such a beautiful cover!


Nannie's picture

After I initially left a comment I seem to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now
on every time a comment is added I recieve four emails
with the same comment. There has to be a means you can remove
me from that service? Appreciate it.


Samantha's picture

I love and read FIMBY and would so love to win this eBook, congrats Renee. Thanks 


orilyn's picture

Congratulations to Renee on this great accomplishment! I know 2 young moms who would probably love to have this resource for their parenting! I also know a Nana who would love to have a copy too!


karen's picture

Parenting includes taking care of the parent  - and Renee's guide has great tips to encourage that. And that includes us grandparents!


Bonnie Way's picture

Congratulations to Renee - this is very exciting!  You must be so proud of her.  It sounds like a great book too; I'd love to read it.  :)


Rosalind's picture

When I initially left a comment I appear to have clicked
on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and
now each time a comment is added I get four emails with the exact same comment.
Perhaps there is a means you are able to remove me
from that service? Appreciate it.


alena m's picture

I just found out I'm pregnant with my first! This would be perfect


karen's picture

How exciting - good idea to be prepared how you'll nurture your creative soul once your wee one arrives.


shelli's picture

What a wonderful review! thank you for the opporuntity! Renee's e-book sounds so encouraging!


Colleen's picture

Congratulations to you, renee, and the whole family! We homeschool four children, close in age to renee's children. I keep coming back to her blog because I love her frankness, and the real life quality she portrays through her writing. Very excited about her ebook!


Debbie's picture

I've come over from Fimby to say Hi and how wonderful to have your and Rene's examples of mothering. I have enjoyed getting to know her through her words and as other blogs in my list have fallen by the wayside, her's has remained authentic and inspiring. I'm going to have to prioritise time to read her book!
 


karen's picture

In her own way, every mother has something so share. Thanks for your visit.


Mira van Zwaaij's picture

I would welcome a copy of this book as a busy woman in my mid 30's trying to conceive. Thanks & all the best of luck!
 


karen's picture

I hope the best for you in your desire to have a baby. 


Cornell's picture

Inspiring quest there. What occurred after? Thanks!


Becky's picture

sounds like a wonderful book! It is an incredible balancing act to raise and enjoy your kids amongst all the other 'things' that need doing!


Tara Luke's picture

This sounds like an inspiring book.  As a busy mother, we do tend to neglect ourselves and I look forward to reading all about what Renee has to offer on that thought.


Renee A.'s picture

I tried commenting yesterday but it looks like it didn't go through, so I'll try again. I have been visiting Renee's blog for quite a while now...it's on my list of daily must visit blogs for inspiration, which Renee truly is. i love the way she writes, so I can only imagine that her ebook is just as great (or maybe even better). iI'm also a homeschooling mother of three with the same name but since marriage and kids, I have put aside my creative life and now feel the need to return to it and start feeling like I can do something (and make a little money on the side). I just know Renee's book would give me the motivation to stop being afraid and just do it. 


karen's picture

Thanks for trying again and connecting. Be encouraged to again pick up your creative life. I too read Renee's blogs for inspiration :)


Kimberly's picture

I'm looking forward to reading this one way or another! : )


Abbe's picture

Oh, my.  I know so many mothers who would LOVE this...


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