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I’ve been included in several anthologies about parenting and the expat life. Here, you can read all about them and buy them too!

Dutched Up! Rocking the Clogs, Expat Style

With its tall buildings and tulip-lined canals, the Netherlands is a wonderful place to visit. But what happens when  you move there instead? We asked a group of expat women to share their stories about moving to the land of  windmills. From wondering why everyone’s curtains are open, to stealing back bicycles, to struggling to get doctors  to take you seriously, to having babies, making friends and learning to get along with Dutch colleagues, these  women did not hold back in telling their tales of life in the Netherlands. Whether you are thinking of moving there  or have been a resident for years, this book has something to offer. You’ll laugh, cry, raise your fist in frustration  and nod your head in agreement. Most of all, you’ll be enthralled by these stories of everyday life from some not-so- everyday women.

Only Trollops Shave Above the Knee: The Crazy, Brilliant and Unforgettable Lessons We’ve Learned from Our Moms

Moms have a lot to say, and they’re not shy about letting it all out. The same women who breathe life into our limbs also smother us with their ominous, clever, and oh-so celebrated words—life lessons taught in the blink of an eye.

There are the extraordinary one-liners: When you get to be my age, you’ll understand. Because I said so, that’s why. And the hilarious side-pokers: Always wear clean underwear. Don’t eat yellow snow. Then there are those unusual “momisms” that totally mess with the offspring mind. This is especially true if you were told to only remove the fuzz from one-half of your legs when you were just thirteen years old.

Only Trollops Shave Above the Knee: The Crazy, Brilliant, and Unforgettable Lessons We’ve Learned from Our Mothers blends more than forty heart-warming, funny, and authentically told stories about the craziness of being reared and raised with the hard-hitting anecdotes that kept our mothers sane. Some of the tales will make you laugh; some will make you cry; and a few will leave you questioning how we ever survived our childhoods, let alone learn a few lessons. Although they may at times seem a little faulty, our mothers (and motherly figures) could drive like Andretti, cook like Julia Child, and shake someone up like an Italian mobster. We’ve survived and thrived, and never forgotten their enlightening words. We were listening after all.

Now sit up straight!

Martinis & Motherhood: Tales of Wonder, Woe &WTF


Stories that inspire, entertain, and make you laugh ’til you pee. Plus martinis! And not just any-old-martinis—these ones were designed just for moms!

These tales of Wonder, Woe and WTF?! share a little glimpse into the lives of other moms, who are a lot like you. Through their tales, we’re reminded to savour the little things (like capturing extra morning snuggles), to let go of the stresses (they won’t be in that unfortunate phase forever), and to be grateful for the laughs that the unexpected brings (because laughing is better than crying and it may be the only workout our abs get!).

So shake up an easy-to-make martini, put your feet up (quickly, before the kids find you) and join us on our journey as we toast to the many clink-worthy moments that motherhood brings.

Shannon Day is a former bartender-turned-teacher. She’s now a story-maker, martini-shaker, and fun-times project undertaker. Find her at MartinisAndMotherhood.com.

Tara Wilson writes about autism and ADHD in between knocking things over at the grocery store and chasing the squirrels in her head. Find her at DontLickTheDeck.com.

Yum! Deliciously Healthy Recipes for Kids

Feeding your children a healthy diet is hard. We are all busy parents with busy lives. We want quick, we want easy and we want healthy! Let us take the stress out of healthy eating for you! Co-authored by 17 busy mummy bloggers from around the world, we bring you our FAMILY FAVOURITE HEALTHY MEALS

Discover tried and tested, healthy meals that will change the way your children and family eat.

17 Busy Moms Bring You:

  • 12 Healthy Breakfast Recipes
  • 13 Healthy Lunches Recipes
  • 19 Healthy Dinner Recipes
  • 10 Healthy Dessert Recipes
  • 18 Healthy Snack Recipes

Sophias Dschungelabenteuer (Sophia’s Jungle Adventure, German Edition)


Join Sophia on her jungle adventure! Fly like a toucan, slither like a snake, and flutter like a butterfly as you act out this journey through a Costa Rican jungle. What else might you see?

Kids Yoga Stories introduce you to engaging characters who will get your child laughing, moving, and creating. Reading is good for the mind AND body! The story links several yoga poses in a specific sequence to create a coherent and meaningful story.

This book for ages 3 to 7 is more than a storybook, but it’s also a unique experience for children.

Sophia’s Jungle Adventure is also available in Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian, and German. See the author’s page for the whole list of yoga stories (including the complementary, Sophia’s Jungle Adventure Coloring Book) at www.amazon.com/author/giselleshardlow.


  • Reply Holly tanner November 12, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Can’t wait

    • Reply Olga Mecking November 12, 2014 at 10:22 pm

      Thank you, Holly! The book is already available on Amazon-please check the link!

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