Book Review: Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf

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Little MerciesLittle Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf

Goodreads.com Synopsis:

Veteran social worker Ellen Moore has seen the worst side of humanity; the vilest acts one person can commit against another. She is a fiercely dedicated children’s advocate and a devoted mother and wife. But one blistering summer day, a simple moment of distraction will have repercussions that Ellen could never have imagined, threatening to shatter everything she holds dear, and trapping her between the gears of the system she works for.

Meanwhile, ten-year-old Jenny Briard has been living with her well-meaning but irresponsible father since her mother left them, sleeping on friends’ couches and moving in and out of cheap motels. When Jenny suddenly finds herself on her own, she is forced to survive with nothing but a few dollars and her street smarts. The last thing she wants is a social worker, but when Ellen’s and Jenny’s lives collide, little do they know just how much they can help one another.

A powerful and emotionally charged tale about motherhood and justice, Little Mercies is a searing portrait of the tenuous grasp we have on the things we love the most, and of the ties that unexpectedly bring us together.

My Review: 5 out of 5 stars. Read the synopsis and then go get yourself a copy. Heather had me within the first few sentences. Such a strong, powerful read. Tears were shed…lots of them. A fab read!!

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#bloggingedumacation – All About Media Kits

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#bloggingedumacation - All About Media Kits

Do you have a Media Kit at the ready for when a brand asks for one? No?? No worries. I’m here to tell you what you should have in said Media Kit. So let’s get to this #bloggingedumacation lesson…all about Media Kits.

ONE | Contact Info
Make sure you have your Contact Info…your email address, blog URL, phone number (optional).

TWO | Profile Picture
Include a picture of yourself so brands can put a face with a blog!

THREE | About You/Your Blog
Write a 3-5 sentence blurb (aka elevator pitch) about you and your blog. Like when you started, what you blog about, a little bit about yourself.

FOUR | Social Media
Make sure you include the links to your social media accounts.

FIVE | Stats
Include your most recent stats from your blog & social media accounts. It’s good to put in a 3-month average of your blog stats.

SIX | Brands You’ve Worked With
Boast about the brands you’ve worked with!!!

A media kit shows a snapshot of who you are and what your blog is about. It’s your tool to sell yourself to a brand. Show yourself off. This is the place for it!!

Some people include their rates on their Media Kit and some people don’t, so that’s totally optional and a personal preference.

Here are some great resources/examples of Media Kits on Pinterest.

Do you have a Media Kit??

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Sunday Sharefest v.9

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Each week I'll be sharing some blog posts that I think you will enjoy! Welcome to Sunday Sharefest!

This weekend I’ve been hanging out with my bestie at Antique Alley. She’s got a handmade shop called, CoraLou’s Creations, featuring headbands for little girls, fabric garlands, rompers for baby girls up to 1T-2T and some other fun things. I like to be crafty too so I whipped up some Spice Rack Frames (much to my hubs chagrin) just to see if I could sell any. I didn’t have any luck though so it looks like they’ll go up for sale in my shop or my besties shop. I also had a chance to hang out IRL with my other bestie, Busy Being Jennifer, who had her handmade shop, Shop Homespun Happiness, set up at Antique Alley.

So here’s what you might have missed on PHPT this week:
MONDAY
Do you know Who You are as a Blogger? In this #bloggingedumacation lesson, I’m sharing why it’s important for you to figure out.

TUESDAY
If you are book lover, check out the #LiteraryJunkies Monthly Book Question link up!!

WEDNESDAY
Contributor Kendra (Simply Darr{ling}) is sharing a fun & easy Fall Pumpkin Mason Jar Craft!

THURSDAY
I’m getting so excited for FALL. We had a little preview of the weather last weekend and it allowed me to get out some of my FALL essentials. However, here’s 9 more FALL Essentials that I’ll be adding to my closet this year!

FRIDAY
Contributor Ange (Hairspray & Highheels) is sharing FALL Beauty Essentials in the #beautyforless series!! Hop over to see what she’s recommending for the season!

SATURDAY
This has to be one of my ALL.TIME.FAVORITE cocktail inventions. A Caramel Apple Candy Corn Martini. SO YUM!
The perfect Fall cocktail! A Caramel Apple Candy Corn Martini

Okay, now to share some fun stuff I found this week on the interwebz:

ONE | This Roasted Yellow Tomato Soup from A House in the Hills looks delish!

TWO | Loving these fun Lip Tricks from Hello! My Name is Kandee Johnson

THREE | I’ve always wanted to make a Vinyl sign using my last name and Home.Made.Interest. shares her super easy tutorial!

FOUR | I just added a new pair of Boyfriend Jeans from my latest Stitch Fix Box so I was super excited to see how The Sweetest Thing styled her Boyfriend Jeans for Fall!!

FIVE | Loving on these Fall outfits over at Sophistifunk. The bow top is ADORBS!!!

SIX | And of course you cannot ever go wrong with a Pumpkin Cheesecake this time of year. OMG Yum from Lady Behind the Curtain.

What did you find this week that’d you would share for Sunday Sharefest??

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