Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site

March 31, 2016By auroraBook Review 1 Comment

  Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker SNYNOPSIS  As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest—so they’ll be ready for another day of rough and … Read More

Launching a Saga

March 29, 2016By auroraAuthor Life No Comments

  The Bloodmark Saga Once upon a time…a wanna-be writer sat in a hospital room with her mama and her beloved mother was told she had an incurable cancer. That was the moment my life changed. I had to give up my naive, child-like view that my mama would live to be as old as … Read More

Five Ways to Cope with Grief

March 28, 2016By auroraInsights 1 Comment

  1,096 Days Alone It has been three years…1,096 days…since I have heard my mama’s voice or felt her hugs. I lost her to cancer after an ugly three year battle. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss her. The pain is as real as the day I lost her. She was a huge … Read More

The Target Tantrum

March 25, 2016By auroraInsights No Comments

  Baby Flames On a average day my son and I ventured to Target, something we do often enough. As we entered the store he saw the dreaded Dollar Area. You know the spot put right there just to make your trip to Target to get toilet paper more miserable. Well on this particular day … Read More

The Incredible Book Eating Boy

March 24, 2016By auroraBook Review No Comments

  The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers  SYNOPSIS Like many children, Henry loves books. But Henry doesn’t like to read books, he likes to eat them. Big books, picture books, reference books . . . if it has pages, Henry chews them up and swallows (but red ones are his favorite). And the … Read More

Five Tips for Traveling with a Toddler

March 22, 2016By auroraInsights No Comments

  Traveling with a Toddler I like to say “Pride be Gone” when I travel with my son. There will be moments where they eat something you would normally shun, moments where you lose your ultra-cool, and moments when all rules are cast aside and life truly begins. That is traveling with children. I have road … Read More

It Takes a Village

March 16, 2016By auroraInsights No Comments

  The old adage is true…it takes a village.  One day I was shopping at my local Trader Joe’s when I saw a little boy, about eight years old, pushing a grocery cart backward with his tiny baby brother in the toddler seat. The older boy starts hopping the cart up and down as me … Read More

Five Things I learned Through Grief

March 15, 2016By auroraInsights No Comments

  Five Things I learned Through Grief 1. Every Moment Counts Time is yours, you use it up how you want. I called my mom every day when I got off work. Not because I had something brilliant to share, nor because I was always in the mood to talk, but instead because you never know when … Read More

In the Beginning

March 14, 2016By auroraInsights No Comments

  How it all began The Mama Village came to life from a broken heart. I started this journey in when my mom was diagnosed with an incurable cancer. I remember sitting in that pale green room and hearing the doctor’s words echoing in my mind. I remember trying not to cry, to be strong … Read More