Book Review: Stark Raving Dad – Poems for the Frazzled Parent in All of Us

Stark Raving Dad is a new book from Running Press aimed at frazzled parents who are still able to laugh through their pain. From pondering the myriad of diaper choices in the baby aisle to getting spewed with bodily fluids, author Sanderson Dean captures the angst of parenthood all in comedic verse and accompanies it with original art drawn by his children.

I was impressed at the sheer volume of poems in the book. At 127 pages, this was a leap from the usual 25 page children’s books I’m sent to review. But this one is definitely not aimed at the kids, who probably wouldn’t see the humor in the evils of broccoli, dirty socks or dropping the kid off at daycare with a loaded diaper. It speaks to us, the parents who have all been there. 

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The poems cover a wide variety of parenting topics and they don’t really follow a specific pattern. Some rhyme and some are more free-form. I’m hoping Mr. Dean doesn’t take this the wrong way, but it reminds me of the kind of book you find in the bathroom. It makes good toilet reading, if parents actually got a chance to read on the toilet anymore. There’s probably a poem in there about that too.

The book is a lot of fun and everything is painfully (and humorously) relatable for anyone with children. It would make a great baby shower, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift. Or maybe a housewarming gift for the aforementioned quality me-time toilet reading.

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About the Author:

Sanderson Dean has been an Emmy Award-winning writer/producer/creative in the television and film advertising business for more than two decades. He is a husband and proud father of two boys who serve as his poetic inspiration (and book illustrators). Find him online at StarkRavingDad.com and check out his book on Amazon: Stark Raving Dad

 

Smell as Good as You Look with Photo Air Fresheners

When PhotoAirFresheners.com contacted me about reviewing their product, I thought a custom photo air freshener might be a neat Mother’s Day present. I always send my mom some pics, why not send ones that make everything smell good too?

There’s no minimum quantity, shipping is free and you can choose from eight different scents and shapes. I chose a heart shape with one of my favorite photos and their most popular scent, cucumber mint. Other scent choices are bacon, cherry, citrus, coconut, new car, pine and vanilla. You can also choose unscented if you just want the hanging photo.

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Ordering was really easy! First you choose your shape, then add and image and add text if you want. I chose to go with just an image, not text. You can also upload a different photo for the back, or keep it the same.

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Once you upload the photo, you can adjust the size using the “transform” tool. You want to get any wording inside the green line, and everything important inside the dotted line which is where it will be cut. There’s also a black dot at the top that shows you where the hole will go for the elastic loop.

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Prices start at $12.50 for a single air freshener, but go down as low as $5 with quantity and the price includes free shipping. My order arrived in just a few days, with each air freshener individually packed in sealed plastic. The cucumber mint is a really pleasant scent! I also got a few in my usual favorite, vanilla. The pictures came out really nice and I think these will make a great gift, as well as look good hanging in my car.

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I also ordered a few with my GeekMamas.com logo on them. I thought they came out looking great, but they recommend their sister company, CustomComet.com, for printing logo products. They specialize in printing promotional products with crisp images and custom shapes. They do have a minimum order there, but prices go as low as $2.50 and there are a lot more choices for shapes and scents.

I was very happy with the quality of my Photo Air Fresheners, the ease of ordering and fast shipping. If you have more questions about getting your own custom photo air fresheners, check out their FAQ page at: https://photoairfresheners.com/frequently-asked-questions/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mogix Makes Portable Cell Phone Power that Fits in Your Pocket

In this era of cell phone dependability, we never want to get caught with a drained battery. Mogix makes it easy to avoid the dreaded dead phone experience with their ultra thin 5000mAh portable cell phone chargers that easily fit in your purse, baby bag, glove compartment or even your pocket.

Mogix sent me their Portable Power Bank in both black and white to try out for the blog, and I was immediately impressed by how slim and lightweight they were. The sleek design and 3.8 oz. weight make it easy to stash these in my “mom bag” without adding to its ever-growing bulk. Smaller than an iPhone, but powerful enough to charge any cell phone or small USB-friendly device in a matter of hours, this is definitely a handy little gadget.

The first thing I did was plug it in to make sure it had a full charge. It comes with a charging cable for the power bank, but you use your own regular phone charging cable to connect your phone. They recommend charging it about four hours or just leaving it plugged in overnight. Once the four little lights on the front are all lit, you are fully charged. You can check the amount of charge by pressing the little button on the front. For this particular charger, you can get one to three phone charges out of one battery charge and about 500 charges overall.

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Once it was fully charged, I let my phone get down to around 8% left on my battery before I tested it. I used my usual phone cord and plugged it into the USB port on the Mogix charger. I checked it after about 30 minutes and I was already up to 45%.  After that, it took about two hours to get a full charge. The good thing is you can use the phone while it’s charging, so no need to wait around for it to finish. After it charged, the battery lights on the Mogix only went down to three, so it appears I could probably get a few charges out of it before needing to recharge.

The battery will shut off on its own and not keep charging, so your device is protected by an auto shut-off and temperature control system. The Mogix also comes with a 90 Day Satisfaction Guarantee and 18 Month Warranty.

It was easy to use, fast to charge and didn’t take up much space. I’ll definitely be keeping one of these stashed in our “go bag” that we take on our bike and park adventures!

Click here to shop for the Mogix portable charger on Amazon.

Book Review: P is for Poop by Ben Luster

My son has not been the most receptive little reader. In fact, he’s been downright combative at times, like when I tried to read him What’s Making Walter C. Laugh? and he threw a giant tantrum, and then there was the time he kept shoving poor Sgt. Stubby in the trash. It got to where I was hesitant to even suggest we try looking at a book together. Then Ben Luster sent us a book that involved poop and other gross things and I thought, maybe this book has a chance…

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P is for Poop is a funny, rhyming alphabet book that was inspired by the many diaper changes of a sleep-deprived parent. It started as a birthday gift for Ben’s daughter and was made public with the encouragement of his wife. Each page is dedicated to a letter of the alphabet and features a bright colorful illustration drawn by Sarah Walsh.

The story follows typical family shenanigans from A for awake to ZZZ for goodnight. And during that time, plenty of funny, silly and yes, sometimes stinky things happen. My son was captivated from pages 3 and 4, as soon as the cat pooped in the shoe. And guess what? The dog pooped there too!

No crying, no tearing the book out of my hands and throwing it in the trash. So there’s the secret- I just have to get him books about poop! Of course there’s more than just poop in there- the pages that speak to me the most are “M is for Memory, Mine is no more” and “N is for Nope, can’t remember what I came in here for.” Ben is talking to us parents too!

You can find P is for Poop on Amazon in paperback for $9.99  — (*links to amazon are affiliate links)

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Book Review: What’s Making Walter C. Laugh? by Ginny Jordan

What’s Making Walter C. Laugh? is a fun and colorful children’s book that will get you and your child engaged in the story as you giggle about unicorns on unicycles and ice-skating ladybugs.

It’s a collection of whimsical illustrations of animals and objects doing silly things that will give you plenty to talk about, and giggle about, on each page. The pictures are eye-catching and the captions engaging. And it ends with blank pages so you and your child can doodle pictures about what makes you laugh!

What’s Making Walter C. Laugh? is rated 5 Stars on Amazon and available in both paperback and Kindle editions.

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This is the first book written by Ginny Jordan, who lives in New York with her Havapoo, Mio. While teaching in New York, she was the only teacher in her school to earn the Outstanding Service Award and gained plenty of experience making children laugh!

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