10 posts categorized "Books"

Scrubby Notebooks: the portable whiteboard with a social conscience

November 08, 2015

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Scrubby is a reusable notebook made with dry erase pages so you can create anywhere. Use it with dry erase markers and it works just like your whiteboard. Use it with correctable markers and the ink does not wipe away, but erases easily with the pen's eraser or a cloth.

It's rugged and waterproof so you'll be able to reuse it over and over again. The covers feature amazing art by homeless youth from p:ear and a portion of proceeds benefit this great organization. 

It's a great way to keep kids unplugged and entertained at restaurants or while travelling. Perfect for practicing writing or math, doodling, exploring ideas or playing hangman. Parents will love using them, too!

The notebooks are designed and produced in SE Portland (printed and bound at Col-Tab, a woman-owned business on SE Belmont).

Local early birds will get their notebooks in time for the holidays!

To find out more check out our Kickstarter site: 


From Tessy & Tab: Magazine Donations

December 09, 2008

We received the following from Tessy & Tab.  Feel free to take advantage!

We found over 1,000 of our "old" magazines - from back when we used to use "first person" text. While they are perfectly good, we would not sell them since they are no longer our very best.

So, we packaged them up as "3-book Gift Packs" in little cellophane packages, and we made a cute card for the front.

Do you know an organization or organizer that works with kids who need some little stocking stuffers? We have assembled and stamped Priority Mail Envelopes that contain 10 GIft Packs each. If you reply to this email with an organization/contact and address, I will send one out today.

Linnea Johnsson
Customer Care
(800) 921-3284

Miranda: a zine about motherhood

November 20, 2008

Announcing the newest issue of Miranda, a zine about motherhood and other adventures by local writer Kate Haas. In issue #18:

Kubla Khan in Morocco – How the crushing heat of a North African summer inspired me to memorize a classic poem.

Not the Austins – As a kid, I vowed that my future family would be a model of literary, artistic togetherness, just like Madeleine L'Engle's Austin clan. Let's see how that worked out, shall we?

Homegrown Rituals – A peek into some seasonal celebrations. (Hint: we like fire.)

Swallows and Amazons Forever – Why my kids and I adore a series of eighty-year-old British books.

Bad Decision – "What are some bad decisions people make, Mama?" Oho, little boy, don't get me started!

The Lab Man – A blood draw early in parenthood teaches me a thing or two.

Plus, my boys and Freddie Mercury (!); the Motel of Lost Companions goes back to high school; lots more book reviews; Mama's Stray Thoughts (encompassing the geeky nature of yours truly, some odd kid questions and the shocking truth about volunteering in school); and a recipe for scrumptious cheese puffs.

$2 per issue, ordering information at www.mirandazine.com

A New, Local Source for Barefoot Books!

October 21, 2008

I am excited to spread the word with the urbanMama community that I have recently become an independent distributor for Barefoot Books, an award-winning children’s book publishing company dedicated to bringing high-quality art and story to children from all walks of life. Founded in 1993 by 2 working mothers, the company has been committed to nurturing a love of reading in a way that encourages children to explore their creativity and discover the diversity of the world’s many cultures and traditions.

Barefoot Books and their accompanying children’s products are not sold in large retail bookstores, but rather through small, independent retailers and their Stallholders—many of us are mamas who just love the books and want to share them with our communities. As a Stallholder, I have the opportunity to sell one or two books at a time to a neighbor, host a home party, or to organize a school-wide Book Fair Fundraiser. Please visit my website for more information, http://www.mybarefootbooks.com/LeahNoreng or send me an email LeahNoreng@mybarefootbooks.com to request a catalog, schedule a home party or to discuss your fundraising needs. Go Barefoot with me!

Summer Sale at Clementine NW!

July 16, 2008

I am excited to announce our first big sale at the hip online boutique Clementine NW! Starting today and running through the end of August we will be offering savings of up to 40% on our stock of organic and eco-friendly products for mamas, mamas-to-be, babies and children!

We also still have Free Shipping on all of our Organic Babylegs to promote our participation in the Sew Golden contest! Also remember that with every purchase you are creating a unique and custom gift box!

Shop now, shop early to get the best deals. Supplies are limited to stock on hand.

We will also be working to change things up a bit. We will be adding more options for customization and more products for mamas and babies! You’ll just have to wait and see all of the exciting changes we have planned!

Plus, continue to check the blog for more fun giveaways and special offers throughout the sale!


Book Review Op: HUMP - True Tales of Sex After Kids

July 10, 2008

I wanted to see if you'd like to review Kimberly Ford's excellent new book, HUMP True Tales of Sex After Kids (St. Martin's Griffin | July 2008), or perhaps interview the author.

Kimberly has written for Literary Mama, Moxie, and Mothering. Her new book serves as a lively and honest part-tale and part- guide to reclaiming sexuality after the bundle of joy arrives, HUMP True Tales of Sex After Kids inspires parents to snub the myth that your sex life dies after the baby is born (easier said than done, but there's hope).

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MotherTalk seeks Book Reviewers

July 03, 2008

MotherTalk just launched Connections, a matchmaking service for Books Seeking Reviewers. The listings are typically from authors or small presses who are looking for online reviewers but not a full-blown blog tour. It's a great way to beef up your book review portfolio, work directly with authors, or just find some truly wonderful books! (And if you'd like to submit your own book for a listing, just send email to info@mother-talk.com.

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"Do you have teenage daughters?"

November 04, 2007

Do you have teenage daughters?  We're looking for 20 mom bloggers with tween or teen daughters to review Body Drama, a down-to-earth, comprehensive, photo-filled medically accurate guide to all the questions that keep teen girls up at night. Teaming up with a leading physician specializing in adolescent health issues, former Miss Virginia Nancy Redd gives girls insight into the issues they’re often too embarrassed to raise with a doctor or parent, and reveals her own experiences with the culture of "American beauty." From body hair and bras, to acne and weight issues, along with crucial issues such as the importance of a healthy self image, Body Drama is a groundbreaking book packed with informative fast facts, how-tos, and moving personal anecdotes as well as hundreds of unretouched photographs -- no airbrushing, no supermodels, no kidding.

Schedule: 20-blog tour, January 7-18
Compensation: $20 Amazon Gift Certificate, plus free review copy
Sign up: email marjorie [at ] mother-talk [dot] com with a link to your mama blog

Group of Mamas Front Porch Sale

May 04, 2007

Good Quality Infant to preschooler stuff.

Girl clothing ranging up to 3T
Boy clothing ranging up to 6T
Boys & Girls shoes

High chair
2 very good condition crib mattresses
bike trailer
Contoured changing pad (never been used)
Changing table dresser
Bath seat
Safety Gate
Child proofing stuff
kids size sleeping bag (never been used)
Radio Flyer Trike
Roller Blades
NEW Pirate ship pinata
Night lights
Antique wooden baby cradle
and lots more......

and for the grown ups..
bike trainer
and other random things......

Sale will be held on our front porch rain or shine.

May 5, 2007
4336 NE 20th
Portland 97211

Mama's Movin' and Sellin' Stuff!

April 27, 2007

We're moving out of the country and selling our stuff. We're at 5528 NE 24th Avenue, near Killingsworth, and we're open Saturday, 8:30am-4pm. Some of our offerings:

  • A motherlode of paperbacks for children and young adults - 25 cents
  • Baby books - 25 cents
  • Vintage and recent baby clothes, included hand-knitted sweaters - $1
  • Size XS and S boys clothing - $1
  • New baby and toddler clothes, printed on American Apparel blanks - $5
  • Small toys - 25 cents
  • Big toys - $1-$2
  • Baby Bjorn - $15
  • Funky art supplies - $1